First read in February of 2009, Wake is one of those rare gems that I keep coming back to. In spite of the later ruin of the series, truly Gone was atFirst read in February of 2009, Wake is one of those rare gems that I keep coming back to. In spite of the later ruin of the series, truly Gone was atrocious, Wake still possesses some element of reading magic for me. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that it only takes two hours to read either. Quick read status or no, Wake can boast of containing not one, but two fantastically imperfect characters, a unique and heart breaking supernatural element, and a mystery that never dulls, even after multiple re-reads. The writing is sparse, befitting of the story, and is rather lovely in its own cold, lonesome way. I would recommend Wake to anyone, just stop the series after Fade....more
Secret Vampire was the first book I had read by LJ Smith and with it, began the start of my love affair with her writing. Her characters are enchanti Secret Vampire was the first book I had read by LJ Smith and with it, began the start of my love affair with her writing. Her characters are enchanting and her stories are vibrant and addicting. The NightWorld series was unlike anything I had ever read and continues to be one of my all time favorite books from childhood....more
I have been a devoted fan of L.J. Smith's for over a decade and I was so thrilled when I realized that she would be continuing the Vampire Diaries serI have been a devoted fan of L.J. Smith's for over a decade and I was so thrilled when I realized that she would be continuing the Vampire Diaries series in a new trilogy focusing primarily on Damon, my favorite character of the series. However, as much as I want to love this book, I just can't do it. On the one hand, I'm so glad that I got to see more of Damon, Elena is finally realizing her attraction to him, and that Damon was becoming more developed as a character. But then there is the other hand, where L.J. erased every gain Damon made with a rather unexplained and rather ridiculous twist. I also felt that she kind of slaughtered her characters in order to add length to her story and overall, her series. Many of the circumstances were confusing and just flat out nonsensical. The story was certainly ambitious, has loads of potential, I did enjoy it, but overall it just did not work. I'm still holding out hope for the next one. L.J. can certainly turn it all around. ...more
It's not often that I am able to read a fantastic book with a perfectly imperfect ending.
How I Live now is the story of Daisy, a young 15 year old girIt's not often that I am able to read a fantastic book with a perfectly imperfect ending.
How I Live now is the story of Daisy, a young 15 year old girl, struggling to find herself. Out of frustration over Daisy's obvious eating disorder, Daisy's father ships her off to live with her aunt and cousins in the English countryside. The results are life changing as Daisy finds acceptance and love amongst her new family. But all too soon it falls apart, as unknown forces declare war on her new country, and her family is torn apart.
This story not only presents a journey of girl trying to put together the pieces of her family, but also pieces of herself. How I Live Now will break your heart and mend it back, and is a definite must read. ...more
How I Let My Hair Grow Out is a hilarious coming of age story about a delightful cynic named Morgan who has been recently dumped by her self obsessedHow I Let My Hair Grow Out is a hilarious coming of age story about a delightful cynic named Morgan who has been recently dumped by her self obsessed boyfriend. When her parents send her packing to Ireland in hope of providing Morgan with a much needed reality check an interesting and unexpected adventure begins. Along the way, Morgan not only gains confidence from the poignant Colin, but also the insight to become her true self from a few enchanted friends from Long Ago. I truly enjoyed reading Morgan's wickedly snide, cynical insights. As someone who often expresses my moods through my hair, I completely related to the comical heroine. If you're looking for a book that embodies being a real, relatable, girl, this is the book for you. ...more
I find it rather hard to choose what type of review I would like to write, positive or negative. I suppose mine will be a bit of both. One the one hanI find it rather hard to choose what type of review I would like to write, positive or negative. I suppose mine will be a bit of both. One the one hand, I have to give Holly Black credit for attempting to write characters that do not fall within the norm. Not everyone is of a certain race, hair color, eye color, personality type, etc. and it is refreshing to read something other than a Mary Jane. I can also appreciate any author who is daring enough to include sex, cussing, and drugs into their story. What teenager hasn't partaken in at least one of the three aforementioned activities? However, despite Black's attempt to create a relatable and realistic character, I felt that Black made Kaye rather unidentifiable. She may not have been an All American do gooder, but she certainly fell within a stereotype, just not a very flattering one. She came across as a redneck/goth hybrid if such a thing were possible. She certainly was not anyone I would look up to or befriend. Is this really the kind of woman any of us would strive to be? One that chain smokes, steals, dresses like a street walker, and messes around with her best friend's loser boyfriend? Also, while I can appreciate a book that attempts a unique structure, the writing style was hard to enjoy. It was disjointed and I found myself having to reread several passages in order to make sense of what they were trying to convey. Lastly, Did anyone else find the love between Kaye and Roiben hard to swallow? I get that she thought he was cute, but looks aside, why is Kaye attracted to him exactly? More importantly, why is he attracted to her? Black did a poor job of making their love believable. All in all, the story made for an entertaining read, but it certainly did not live up to the hype. ...more
I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones, and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re-reads later in spI was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones, and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re-reads later in sptite of the fact that I'm older, wiser, and should know better. I've also read countless reviews, both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground, you either love it or you hate it.
I'm glad that I get to love it. What else can I say? [image error]
For me, this book shines, and to those of you who loved it, I imagine you are a bit like me. You found yourself immersed in a world where demons roam the night, weres run a bar, vamps occupy abandoned hotels, warlocks cast spells while rockin glitter in their hip hugging jeans, and the law is upheld by Shadowhunters, a race of humans blessed by the angel Raziel. Hokey? Sure. Rockin like a unicorn adorned bike? Hell yes! Even the setting, NYC, was so palpable; it became another character in this vibrant story. I thought the Shadowhunter world was funny, sleek, dark, sexy and hopeful. More importantly, the characters came so alive for me that they jumped off the pages. I felt as though I were in the story with them as opposed to merely following along in their journey.
Regardless of the types of books you prefer to read, or the characters that endear themselves to your heart, I think we all read to for some type of enjoyment. What evokes that enjoyment varies from reader to reader, but I still find excitement within these pages. To me, that is the mark of a fantastic book.
Those who know me are aware of how much I adore this series and it is nearly impossible for me to play favorites, but I think City of Ashes just mightThose who know me are aware of how much I adore this series and it is nearly impossible for me to play favorites, but I think City of Ashes just might win the prize. Typically the middle man falls victim into ESB Syndrome (Empire Strikes Back Syndrome) making it all too obvious that it was written with no other purpose than to serve as a pit stop between books one and three. Not only does this not apply to City of Ashes, I dare say that it is best in series.
While reading City of Bones was love at first read, introducing me to this magically delicious fictitious world, and City of Glass gave me an ending that was so perfectly incomplete in the sense that it answered all my questions, fulfilled all my desires and yet somehow left me yearning for more, it is City of Ashes that stole my heart.
God I love emotional torment!
City of Ashes begins where City of Bones left off, yet somehow feels entirely new, while remaining somewhat similar. Characters have lost some of their raw edge and now allow readers to see what lies beneath, desperate longing and hopeful yearning for something more, something better. You feel their emotions, despair along with them and want to fight beside them. Now that the foundation for the series has been set, City of Ashes is allowed the freedom to reveal its secrets to readers, while simultaneously hiding storylines not to be revealed until City of Glass. Normally that formula would be grating, but for COA it simply makes you squee with delight, and hunger for more.
I couldn't have asked for a better ending. I got everything I wanted. I don't want to summarize the book, I'll leave that to others, but I will say thI couldn't have asked for a better ending. I got everything I wanted. I don't want to summarize the book, I'll leave that to others, but I will say that there are some heartbreakingly beautiful scenes in this book. The characters became more developed and more endearing, especially Jace. His sarcastic wit is certainly present in this book; however, he is no longer hiding behind his carefully constructed facade. His torment over Clary is glaringly obvious from the first chapter.
I'm so glad that Clary didn't turn Jace away the night he left. Clary was the only person in the world that made Jace feel like he belonged and she was the only person he belonged to and the fact that she didn't turn away from him when he told her that he loved her probably meant more to him than her waiting until she knew the truth to love him back the same way. He had resigned himself to love her always, no matter what, and I'm glad that he got to know that she had resigned herself to the same fate.
Clare hasn't missed a beat in this final installment, not a detail spared, she answers every question I thought to ask while reading City of Bones and City of Ashes. I always felt as though I understood the motivations behind the characters' actions, but City of Glass brought to me a completly new understanding and insight, not just to the characters actions, but to the characters themselves. I didn't think it would be possible, but I fell more in love with each of them.
City of Glass is bittersweet magic. I'm so happy to know how it all ends, but sad the story is over. I'm going to miss these characters. City of Glass has earned itself the ranking of my all time favorite book!...more
This book had been living in my TBR stack for ages and out of sheer boredom, I finally picked it up and began reading. Now that I have, I kind of feelThis book had been living in my TBR stack for ages and out of sheer boredom, I finally picked it up and began reading. Now that I have, I kind of feel bad that I waited to so long to do so. The book was quirky and completely hilarious at moments, although those moments tended to be completely ridiculous and over the top, but I have a weird sense of humor, so what can ya do? I don't remember being nearly as witty as these teenage characters when I was 16, nor do I recall pondering any serious thoughts about life, depression, religion, etc. outside of my classes where I was required to do so, but none the less, I enjoyed reading their ponderings. Alaska's dramatic tendencies and manic-depressive mood swings often made my head hurt, but I remember being an angst ridden teenager so I cut her some slack, especially given her circumstances. The colonel’s insight and sarcastic humor was truly a delight to read, Mile's awkwardness and insecurities provided several hilarious, cringe-worthy moments, and the fox, well he was absolutely bizarre, and reminded me of a gangster sonic the hedgehog but made me laugh out loud all the same. The book tackles several issues that can be applied to all regardless of age. Furthermore, Alakska contains one of the most thought provoking ending that I have ever read. But, on a lighter note, and one of the things I enjoyed most, is that it demonstrates that dorkiness is its own type of cool. ...more