**spoiler alert** Oookay. I finally understand why this book annoys me so!
Claudia Gray cannot write suspense.
The first part of the book was interestin**spoiler alert** Oookay. I finally understand why this book annoys me so!
Claudia Gray cannot write suspense.
The first part of the book was interesting, but still, it was boring. Bianca runs around pretending to be part of Black Cross. Then, WHOA! Mrs Bethany, where did you come from? Oh, right. Of course, it was stupid Bianca, who - even though everyone tells her NOT TO - sends an email to her parents and thus plays a pretty big part in the attack that killed Eduardo.
Yeah... Eduardo. I didn't feel anything at his death. He was a jerk. I also could not feel Kate's pain. Why? Because I felt too disconnected with the characters.
Then, la di da da, Lucas and Bianca run away (how many times has this idiot run away again?) and they find shelter in some dingy place that I can't even remember because all Gray talked about was the sex they had, and how handsome Lucas look, and how they lived in a basement (I remember now!), and oh! Did I mention Lucas and how great he looked?
Then Bianca just... dies.
Guess what? When Bianca dies, she can do all these things that normal ghosts can't do or take a couple of centuries to learn! Ain't that awesome?!
I mean, come on. Yes, I KNOW that because she's the child of vampires, she's a little special. But still, pace it a little, Gray! She was a wraith for what? Two days? And then she already knew how to solidify and reappear and all that jazz. It felt as if Gray wanted to rush this process so that the readers didn't get bored with lack of Bianca x Lucas moments. Well, guess what? I wasn't bored (okay, I actually was) but it took my level of annoyance to a whole new high.
AND THEN, our little heroine watches as Balthazar and Lucas go to kill Charity. A fight ensures, Charity kills Lucas, and Lucas becomes a vampire.
I think this was the part where I was supposed to gasp out loud, stare at the book with my mouth open, and then chuck it to the wall because of the stupid cliffhanger.
See, it all comes down to suspense and connection. There was no suspense in the writing, and I really couldn't care less about what happened to Bianca and Lucas. Bianca could jump off a cliff and I would be cheering at the sidelines.
Like 'Stargazer', I only read this book because I don't like to leave a series hanging. My review for 'Afterlife' will be coming shortly....more
I thought Bianca was selfish. Really. Selfish. And infatuated with Lucas. Those are the two main reasons why I didn't find this any more enjoyable toI thought Bianca was selfish. Really. Selfish. And infatuated with Lucas. Those are the two main reasons why I didn't find this any more enjoyable to read than 'Evernight'.
Truth be told, I only read this book because I don't like to leave a series hanging; I may as well finish it.
Okay, this is the book in a nutshell: Bianca had secret meetings with Lucas, finds out that her parents are lying to her, freaks out at them, gives them the silent treatment, and then runs away with Lucas.
She makes her parents the bad guys, which I think is uncalled for. Okay, so they lied. But picture this:
Mum talking to three year old Bianca: Honey, you need to know the truth. Your father and I made a deal with ghosts to we could become pregant with you, even though vampires and ghosts are mortal enemies. And when you're older, it'll be okay. The wraiths only want you to become their own, so all you have to do is kill someone and you can become a vampire like mummy and daddy, opposed to dying or becoming a wraith yourself. Isn't that fun?!
Is that what she honestly wanted to hear? She's gotta remember that her parents raised her lovingly for sixteen years, and just because of that (admittedly big) lie, she thinks that they've betrayed her and her trust and runs off with a guy who she met for ONE YEAR.
I'm actually not quite sure what to say. After reading the reviews on this book, I was prepared for something irritating and kill-the-heroine type ofI'm actually not quite sure what to say. After reading the reviews on this book, I was prepared for something irritating and kill-the-heroine type of story, but... I... enjoyed it.
LE GASP! Oh no! Now I'm a disrespecting member of reading society because I liked this 'shitty' book when everyone else hates it!
Okay, I'll admit that there wasn't exactly a plot and that Patch and Nora were like cardboard cutouts, but I somehow overlooked all that and just... lost myself in a couple of hours in a book that I just simple read for something to do.
Nora WAS a little bit airheaded and Patch kind of creepy, but hey, it's them. It's their respective personalities. While I'm not sure how on earth you can excuse Nora's tendency to just dive around people's personal files and whatnot, I can empathize with Patch.
People. He's a FALLEN ANGEL. What? Did you expect someone who was all 'I work for a higher being even though they cast me down' and go to church and sing hymns and all that? No. He's an angel banished from Heaven, and that's usually for a really bad reason. So of course he's not going to be your average Joe.
Patch lies and manipulates and steals. So I think him wanting to kill Nora (while not a good thing) was very in-character and extremely likely. And hey, don't people say that when you're in love, you go all wonky and stuff? Patch is a jerk who happened to fall in love. Love changes people, and while I agree that Nora and Patch's "love" was just kind of weird, fast-moving, and bordering on obsession, well... *shrugs* Everyone's keeps on saying, "LOVE DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY!" but every love story is different. You can't group them all together.
(But I will mumble to myself that Nora and Patch's love WAS just totally unrealistic...)
Mm. I'm done here. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. Better than I expected. Certainly better than that damned Evernight series....more
**spoiler alert** Oh Lord. My friend recommended this to me and I figured it'd be good. I read the first chapter... and I got irritated within the fir**spoiler alert** Oh Lord. My friend recommended this to me and I figured it'd be good. I read the first chapter... and I got irritated within the first two minutes.
So... Bianca tries to run away, then she meets dream-boy Lucas. As soon as she started describing him, I went, "Okay, she's gonna fall in love with him. That's fine, I can handle that." But then she started talking about how she felt, how hot he looked, how she went all weird whenver she thought about him. And this wasn't just a one-time thing. Noooo, she had to mention it on every. Single. Page. I got pretty sick of it.
Also, we find out her parents are vampires, she's a vampire child, and she sees her parents drink blood at the dinner table every night.
... Um, okay. Why on earth didn't we hear about this earlier? She literally reveals this halfway through the book. YOU'D THINK THE READER WOULD WANT TO KNOW.
This book was a little vomit-inducing and I wanted to strangle Bianca a couple of times. And Lucas. Don't forget Lucas. The ending to the book made me roll my eyes, too. I mean, seriously. They're, what, sixteen or something and already declaring their love to each other and all that mojo. I really wanted to scream, "GET A LIFE!" I mean, love is awesome and all, but this? This was bordering on obsession....more
**spoiler alert** I see that a lot of people didn't like this book. I'll have to politely disagree.
... Because I thought that it was awesome.
I origina**spoiler alert** I see that a lot of people didn't like this book. I'll have to politely disagree.
... Because I thought that it was awesome.
I originally picked up this in a Dymocks bookstore, and after seeing the word 'alchemist', my interest perked (mainly because of a heavy 'Fullmetal Alchemist' influence). After reading VA and finishing 'Bloodlines', I'll have to honestly say that I loved and enjoyed it.
So, Sydney. To me, Sydney was a much more relatable character than Rose. Though Rose is fantastic and kick-ass, I found Sydney connectable because she was, well, NOT kick-ass and her strength lay in her brain. Her reactions were so NORMAL, and it was a lot like how I would react in such situations (though I'm not as smart as her). Some people call her a mothering hen. I say, 'Why not?' Someone in the group has to be the boss, and since Eddie is too quiet, Jill too juvenile and Adrian too... well, just too Adrian, the responsibility falls onto Sydney. Plus, I think, with her strict upbringing, it was a little natural.
But the thing that made Sydney HUMAN (I'm not talking about race) in my eyes was her apparent weight problem. Again, people have complained that it's sending the wrong message to girls, but I kinda thought otherwise. That flaw in Sydney's character was just so normal and so teen-like that I felt myself instantly connected to her, because there have been times in my life where I have felt inadequete about my size as well. To me, it felt as if Mead was trying to tell us that Sydney is also just a girl, like the majority of the readers, and that her life isn't perfect either. She has burdens and expectations. It's not all candy and flowers.
Next, Adrian. Who doesn't love Adrian? Okay, he's selfish and silly, and likes to waste people's time, but I was glad to see that he wasn't mopey and angsty and lamenting how depressing his life was 24/7. He DID do all those things, but it wasn't as if he did it every time we saw him. He was a welcome relief in the book, a nice way to lighten up the atmosphere with some nice witty comments or just blatant air-headedness (pine-cleaner...).
As for Jill, I found her annoying at times. She was immature and I don't think she really understood the importance of her position. She was snappish and moody, and at times I just wanted to slap her. But then, she was alright in other parts of the book, so I don't really mind her.
I commend Mead for the plot twist at the end with Lee, and the small subplot with the tattooes. I also congratulate her for making me dislike Keith Darnell to such a degree that I wished him dead every time he appeared.
I'm also eager to see if the mentioned vampire hunters would be expanded. Clarence said that vampire hunters worshiped the sun. Oh, lookie here! Trey happens to have a sun tattoo on his back. Does that mean anything? Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps I'm reading too far into it ^^;
I was also fine with this book having no romance. I'm not particuarly a fan of books which jump straight into a love story. I like the pace that Mead has set, and I'm sure, as the next book arrives, we'll be seeing a lot more.
Oh, another thing. People claim that Sydney is racist. I argue against this. She's afraid of creatures who live off other humans. Her whole life she's been taught that these 'creatures' were bad. I've watched the documentary 'A State of Mind', and I'm aware of how easy it is for people's minds to be set on one kind of thing because of repeated messages over and over. "They're dangerous. They're dangerous. Don't go near them. They're dangerous." You may think that it's easy to shake off, but trust me, it's not.
Plus, Jacob Black from 'Twilight' (forgive me for mentioning this horrible series) hates vampires. He calls them bloodsuckers and leeches. I don't see people calling HIM racist (or maybe they do and I haven't seen it), and this is in the same context. Noooo. All I hear is, "Team Jacob! Team Jacob! He's so hawt!!!"
Lucas from the 'Evernight' series (again, another terrible set of books) destests vampires as well. No one calls him racist either. So what makes Sydney different? Why is she 'racist'?
To finish my review, a little nod to the Sydney x Adrian moments that appear, mainly at the end of the book. I was initially against this pairing, but then I thought about for a second, then decided that I would fully support it. My mind jumps around like that.
I wait eagerly for 'The Golden Lily' to hit the bookstores. Less than a month to go!...more
**spoiler alert** I think I just died with happiness. Regardless of the fact that I had a Maths exam to be studying for, I sat down and read for five**spoiler alert** I think I just died with happiness. Regardless of the fact that I had a Maths exam to be studying for, I sat down and read for five hours straight.
It was beautiful.
I was so excited when I went to Dymocks to get the book that even the counter lady commented on how happy I was. But I really was. I was grinning and bouncing and I started reading on the bus-ride home.
So, now to my actual review.
I was slightly surprised to see that Jill was not featured as prominantly in this book as in Bloodlines. She popped in and out, but I was pleased to see the focus on Sydney and the way her attitude as changed. Sydney was much more relaxed around the crew, and what made that better was the way she kept questioning herself, wondering whether such-and-such was 'business' or 'friendship'. It just made Sydney's position that much more believable. The magic thing sometimes made me think, 'Sydney, just calm down. It's not going to kill you', but I like knowing that she will not be useless in future battles.
Adrian was as per usual ;) He was still witty and sarcastic, but his remarks and behaviour was tinged with gentle love. His attempts at getting closer to Sydney was adorable, and his hesitance in touching her was disappointing, and yet that just made the spark between them more... romance-y? I liked the scene with Adrian and his father; Sydney was excellent as well. It gave her another thing to connect with Adrian, but overall, I just wanted to hit Nathan Ivashkov as hard as I could... Or I'll just let Sydney do it ;D
The self-defence lessons were intriguing and I very much like Wolfe. When he first appeared and Sydney described him with an eyepatch, do you know what I thought of? I thought of pirates, which in turn made me think of this: "Yeah? Can you draw a skeleton riding a motorcycle with flames coming out of it? And I want a pirate hat on the skeleton. And a parrot on his shoulder. A skeleton parrot. Or maybe a ninja skeleton parrot? No, that would be overkill. But it'd be cool if the biker skeleton could be shooting some ninja throwing stars. That are on fire."
I must admit that I was very surprised to see Eddie x Angeline there. People have said that they wanted that couple, but I never thought Mead would actually go for it. I feel sorry for Jill, but at this point in time, I am at a neutral standing at this triangle. I personally don't mind whether Eddie goes with Jill or Angeline.
Angeline made me laugh a few times, but for some reason, I just can't quite picture her. Whenever I do, I always think of Rose, but I'm pretty sure Angeline has blonde hair. Perhaps it's Angeline's personality that just makes me think of Rose every time she appears.
Back to Jill: I liked her a lot more here than in Bloodlines. She was much more mature, especially about her relationship with Micah, and I respected her for it. I was impresed by her growth, and hope to see more.
Dimitri was Dimitri. Though I was glad to see him, I never felt any particular connection to him here, which is a huge difference compared to my love for Sydney, Adrian, Jill, Eddie, Angeline, even freaking Trey and Mrs Terwilliger. Why? Because I'm reading this series for the characters stated above, not for 'Dimka'. As hot as Dimitri is, I'd rather Adrian over him any day. (Why do I feel as if I'm melting due to the furious glares of Dimitri fangirls?) A lot of people have continued reading because of Dimitri. I continued reading because I love the Bloodlines series. Nothing more, nothing less.
As for Brody. Sorry, Bray. No, I think it was Brendan? Wait, I'm pretty sure it was Hayden. Hahaha, my apologies. I just laughed every time someone got his name wrong. Anyway, as for Brayden, I'm reluctant to admit I quite liked him at first. He was nice and really did seem to be the match for Sydney (though I was all for Sydrian throughout). The key words being 'at first'. Brayden's strange personality and his simple skill at making me think 'Oh my God, you DID NOT just say that' resulted in me... not really resent, not really irritate, but just made me want to roll my eyes and wish he would disappear whenever he DID appear. It's not that he was a bad character, I just didn't like him. Sydney's cluelessness is funny. Brayden's cluelessness is not. He insulted Sydney's dress at the Halloween party, and I was secretly hoping that Adrian would put him down then and there at the carpark. I was annoyed that he was Sydney's first kiss (IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADRIAN!) but I was relieved to find that Sydney did not think it was anything special. Buuuut, I was laughing every time Adrian and Brayden met because their encounters were always hilarious.
Right, now for the reason why I took off one star for this book: The Golden Lily was sadly predictable. When Sydney and Sonya got attacked in that alley, I knew it was the vampire hunters. When Sydney became suspicious of Trey's bruises, I knew that he was a vampire hunter as well (or Warriors, as they're called). I figured out what would happen before Sydney did, so the suspense fell flat.
However, all this 'putting the puzzle pieces together' on my end was partly due to the fact that many people have mentioned that "Trey has a sun tattoo on his back, so he's likely a hunter" and that Mead mentioned that the vampire hunters would probably make an appearance, so you'll understand why the plot was so easy to predict. Trey was already on my radar, and the rest just went on from there. Another thing that I'll praise Mead on is her clear difference between the Warriors (that name sounds so goddamn corny!) and the Alchemists, mainly due to how the Warriors were like gladiators and the Alchemists were very up-to-date, modern, and technological. That line between them was nice and helped me picture everything in context.
What I didn't expect was for the romance between Sydney and Adrian to show itself so soon. When Jill started babbling about Sydney's awesomeness, I knew that Adrian had fallen head-over-heels for her. There were a few times in the book where I couldn't breathe because I was too busy gaping at the book due to some of the cutest moments happening between those two. And when Adrian kissed Sydney, I felt as if my mouth was going to stay in a permanant grin and that I would never stop squealing. And then Sydney pushed Adrian away... but I was expecting that as well. Because it's Sydney, you know? Sydney, the one with the strict upbringing and swaddled in Alchemist rules. And her aversion to a relationship with Adrian will make the story much more interesting than if she had accepted him completely.
I had so many favourite scenes within this book, but the one I keep on remembering is when Adrian 'broke' into a house, and he and Sydney sat together at the pool. What struck me was that he allowed himself to get sunburned (he actually didn't seem to notice) just to see her happy. I thought that was the sweetest thing.
Alright, review done. I look forward to the next book, and when it comes out, I'll be in the bookshop jumping for joy.
"It doesn't matter. Take Eddie's blood. Take Belikov's blood. Take your own for all I care. But if she doesn't want to give hers, then that's all there is to it. She said no. This conversation is done."
I. Was. Freaking. Dying. I loved how Adrian stood up for her. It was so... so... Gah! I don't know! But it was just so (gallant seems too dramatic, but nice seems too weak) awesome of him.
Okay, just one last thing: Captain McTropicalShorts. I laughed so much....more
This was a pretty good read. I could tell from the cover and the blurb that this wouldn't be a plotless book and stupid main characters, and I was rigThis was a pretty good read. I could tell from the cover and the blurb that this wouldn't be a plotless book and stupid main characters, and I was right. There were a few issues I had with it, but it was smooth-ish overall.
Dru Anderson was refreshingly strong and very, very human in her actions. Her sadness and sense of loss after her father's death was extremely realistic; she cried and felt lonely throughout the book. You know how some characters are upset over a death for a couple of pages, then somehow forgets about them? Well, this wasn't the case. Dru was tough in places, then she broke down and became didn't know what to do at others. If I was in her position, I would probably act the same, and that helped me connect to her easily.
A problem I had with Dru was that her Dad keeps freaking speaking to her in her mind. At first it was okay. I talk to myself sometimes, but it just kept going on and on. Her dad's voice keeps popping up and screaming at her to movemovemove! It just got really weird.
Oh man, Graves. He was very different from other YA lead boys, and in a good way. He wasn't super hot, he wasn't super strong, he didn't sweep in to save Dru every second paragraph. He was just so normal, and I loved it. He challenged the stereotypes, from his behaviour to even his nationality. A half-Asian! What a rarity, and an awesome one at that. Graves was weak and not-quite handsome (but apparently he will be in a few years). He was skinny, didn't have a lot of muscle, and he cries like a fucking human being. Boys NEVER cry in YA literature, and certainly not like Graves. I didn't really think he was acting girly when he was crying or screaming, because really, he has a right to. He's a guy in a paranormal situation; before he met Dru, he didn't even know about the Real World, and there were things trying to kill him day and night! But he gets his heroic moments, which are scattered around, but still, they are there.
Graves didn't really have any special feature that set him apart from other teenage guys at first glance. But he was just simply, plainly, and unarguarbly nice. Nice and kind to a girl who looked like she was having a really bad day. Where can you find those types of guys nowadays?
I've read the tough-girl stuff before, but never the weak-guy leads. I enjoyed it.
Lili St. Crow likes to use similes and metaphors. While nice when carefully laid out, in Strange Angels it was an overload. The descriptions were muddied and I had to work my way around the words. Just lay off them a little, will ya?
And holy God, no insta-lurv. Another rarity. I don't think I've seen this in a while (excluding Team Human, but that was a parody), ever since I read Hunger Games. I haven't read a lot of YA literature, but this is the first time in a long while that a book was insta-lurve (and love in general) free. But is it just me, or do I see hints of Graves x Dru in the last couple of pages?
I've also realised that Dru is very, uh, stereotypical and judging. She keeps on mentioning cheerleaders being the first killed in horror movies, rivalries between jocks and geeks, and so on, so forth. Really, Dru. Stop with the cheerleader bashing. I'm not a cheerleader nor do I know any cheerleaders, but it does get annoying. Jus' saying.
The storyline was great; there was actually a plot. A lot of the time Dru was just bumbling around trying to work out what to do, but I didn't have a problem with that. She's depended on her dad for most of her life, so of course, when he's gone, she'll panic a bit.
The villain was... mm... okay. He'll be back. I'll speak more about him later, when I read enough to get a better judge on him. Christophe was annoying. Just fuck off, stupid.
Really liked Strange Angels. I recommend it....more
**spoiler alert** The only thing I looked forward to in this book was Vic and Ranulf... And Patrice. Those three were pretty good characters. Bianca?**spoiler alert** The only thing I looked forward to in this book was Vic and Ranulf... And Patrice. Those three were pretty good characters. Bianca? Ah, she can go rot in hell for because a selfish idiot.
The thing I wanted to talk about was the ending.
There's a fight. Mrs Bethany dies. Christopher dies. Lucas is in eternal torture (I would have preferred him to stay that way) and suddenly... Bianca finally locates her brains and uses them to figure out an awesome way to save Lucas!
I don't even get how she realised that. While I was reading through her realisations and reasons as to how to change Lucas back into a human, I had a 'WTF?' look on my face. Why? Because being in her head is agony. Being in her head while she's THINKING is agony + a healthy dose of dizziness. Basically, her mind is a mess, hence why I didn't understand how Bianca got this equation:
OMG LUCAS IS DYING! + OMG I remember something! + Mrs Bethany = Lucas will turn human again
Call me stupid (actually, don't, because I won't take it very well) but honestly. What. The. Hell?
So, Bianca makes up with her parents and stops blaming poor Balthazar on Lucas' vampirism, Lucas himself is restored to a human again, and they all lived happily ever after.
And I was left staring at the book with my eye twitching, but then happiness exploded in my heart when I realised, 'Yes! I've finished this torturous series! Never again will they stain my mind and test the urge to kill someone!'
Oooh! But the highlight of this book was when Balthazar yelled at Bianca. He told her to shut up and that she never listens to anyone but herself. Meanhile, I was staring at the pages with a maniacal grin on my face, thinking, 'Go, Balthazar! The bitch deserves it!'...more
I would give a nice, long review about how awesome this book was, but there are other much better reviewers out there who can do that for me as well aI would give a nice, long review about how awesome this book was, but there are other much better reviewers out there who can do that for me as well as give a thorough analysis of the story.
I will just say that it was certainly a lot funnier than I imagined. I was laughing out loud throughout. And the romance! (My Sydrian feels...) I'm glad Marcus did not turn out to be another point in the love triangle, I like the Eddie-Jill Angeline-Trey pairing, and yeah... It was all good.
And it looks so beautiful on my bookshelf. Now waiting for THE FIERY HEART!
2013... COME TO MAMA!
-27 June 2012- OMG IT HAS A COVER! But the dude on the far left looks a little... ew. Combined with the colouring, he kind of makes the book look like one of those old romance novels, what with his weird hair and chin. It's okay, though. I can always ignore him; the cover looks amazing anyway. I'm soooo glad they kept the usual Sydney and Adrian models, 'cause I like them. But where's Sydney's Alchemist tattoo? A lot of people are saying Marcus Finch is the guy on the left, but I don't think so. He's supposed to have an indigo tattoo that covers his Alchemist tattoo, which is on the left cheek. Since he's showing us his left cheek here and there's nothing on it, it eliminates Marcus.
-28 June 2012- Okay, so Mead told us that the cover was not final yet and that the tattoo(s?) were still being added. So, I take that back. The dude might be Marcus Finch. Aw, but there were so many theories running around about how Sydney might have left the Alchemists or something, hence why her tattoo is gone (though I don't know how you can actually get rid of a tattoo barring laser treatment). But I really, really want to know who the model for Adrian is! He's actually quite hot... (I know I'm a teenager, but now I sound hormonal as well ==;)
-3 July 2012- I've been staring at the cover for a while (because that's so not creepy) and is it just me or are Adrian's eyes green here? I swear they are. Perhaps they put contacts in or something, because model-Adrian's eyes were blue on the cover of Bloodlines.
-13 July 2012- Ooooh! The finalised cover! I swear they've done something to her eyes, though. They're... lighter? Or something? And I wasn't expecting the indigo tatto to look like that. Well, I wasn't sure what it looked like anyway.
-23 July 2012- THE BLURB! THE BLURB IS OUT! Wait a sec... Excuse me, but did I just read the word 'alluring' in the same sentence as 'Marcus Finch'? *Pauses* No... NO! NO, NO, NO! Meeeeadddd! You can't be serious! Not another love triangle! NOOOOOOOO! Now I'm so excited, but also really worried for what The Indigo Spell will bring for Sydney and Adrian....more
Strangely enjoyable. From the blurb, I thought it would be some average, less-than-impressive type of vampire book with insta-lurve and 'marry me's, sStrangely enjoyable. From the blurb, I thought it would be some average, less-than-impressive type of vampire book with insta-lurve and 'marry me's, so I didn't think much of it. I only picked it up because there was an Asian on the cover, and there aren't many Asians in YA books out there.
I was immensely critical of it when I first started, but after I realised it was a parody, I relaxed and allowed myself to enjoy it. I liked the multi-cultural aspects of it as well as having a main character who DID NOT find vampries supremely beautiful or talented. The acceptance of homosexuals also received a nod from me.
Mel was sometimes a little too suspicious of certain people, and her many different theories on the Saunders case sounded childish at times. But overall, her head wasn't a bad place to be in, and I found her actions and thoughts very teenage-like, enough for me to connect with her. She made me laugh out loud a few times, so bonus points to her.
Cathy annoyed me at the beginning. I was like, "Ugh... please. Not another Twilight," but since I wasn't seeing Francis from her point of view, it was mainly all was good.
Anna was fine as well. As for Kit... Well, let's just say I relished the relationship between him and Mel. THERE WAS NO INSTA-LURVE! PRAISE THE HEAVENS! Their friendship was so natural and easy, so that when Mel DID kiss him, I was like, "Yay!" and not, "Oh God, come on. You only knew him five minutes." Neither one of them did a 180 personality change when they started going out. Kit didn't suddenly go, "I will be human forever," and Mel didn't go, "Vampires are awesome!" which I was immensely impressed by. Sure, they both accepted each other, and it was fine from there.
As for Cathy and Mel's relationship, I thought it was very realistic. Sometimes, there are things that you just can't change your view on. For Mel, that was vampires. While in the end, she was somewhat okay with Cathy's decision, I'm pretty sure that a little part of her still resents it. And I think it's normal. You can't just change your entire view on the world just because of one person, no matter how close that person is. Harsh, but true.
So, yes. I unexpectedly liked this book. Well done, authors. You've surprised me ;)...more