Drowning in my tears. All I can say is; if I can't find a love like this, then I want to write about a love story like this, that makes people feel asDrowning in my tears. All I can say is; if I can't find a love like this, then I want to write about a love story like this, that makes people feel as much as I did when reading that last page. (Basically... a sobbing mess with too many feelings anyone should ever have for fictional characters). I loved that we got to see the other pairings in the end and that Sakura gained some advice from them, even if I thought they were rather obvious things. Honestly, though, CLAMP captures the very best in people and their feelings toward each other. It's amazing and you wouldn't see that many stories with so much heart as this one.
Tomoyo, of course, is the best and deserves her own happy ending in some way....more
Okay, so this series is my absolute guilty pleasure. It's dark, disturbing sometimes, and basically tells the story of a serial killer. But the main cOkay, so this series is my absolute guilty pleasure. It's dark, disturbing sometimes, and basically tells the story of a serial killer. But the main character is so sympathetic that you can't help rooting for her, wanting her to get good things despite how hard it is to just get a brand new fresh start. I love the secret society stuff in this book - seems like Kate Brian is really into that lately what with them being in the Private series as well - and I wonder if she's ever read Secret Society Girl because Stone & Grave is in many ways similar to Rose & Grave, if not strangely with more complicated and difficult recruitment process. Anyway, I'm glad in this book one problem was resolved, but of course right after that we were presented with another horrific twist, one that I can't wait to read more of from the next book! Seriously awesome....more
**spoiler alert** Things looked bleak since the ending of the last book, but somehow Blood Promise manages to keep being interesting for me from the b**spoiler alert** Things looked bleak since the ending of the last book, but somehow Blood Promise manages to keep being interesting for me from the beginning to end. There are a lot of emotional moments that made me really experience them; sadness, fear, love, confusion, everything Rose felt I felt it too. I love how close she came to giving in to Dimitri - even part of me nearly succumbed to it while I was reading. I was almost urging her to do it, just so she could get her happy ending.
But then of course Richelle Mead came up with a way to "fix" a Strigoi - something that up to this point was an irreversible state. I'm not sure how I feel about this because I hate it when writers provide an easy way out for something that looks impossible or tough. Sure, she was the one who put Rose and Dimitri in this position, but it seems rather convenient that Rose stumbled upon this cure exactly when she needs it. I guess I was hoping she would have handled it better than inventing something new in the middle of the series to fix the problem. Of course I'm happy for Rose for being able to get Dimitri back, but yeah, I guess that's my only nitpick about it. Either way I really enjoyed this and totally looking forward to the last two books, hoping they'll be even more awesome....more
It might just be me and my emotional self, but I was having a serious trouble to stop crying during the last fifty or so pages of this book. RichelleIt might just be me and my emotional self, but I was having a serious trouble to stop crying during the last fifty or so pages of this book. Richelle Mead proves that in order to create a powerful effect on your story, you don't need extraordinary grammar or extremely-poetic words, nor cheesy, over-the-top, cringe-worthy dialogues. Known for her simple, straight-forward way of telling her stories, she still managed to reduce me to a sobbing mess with Shadow Kiss... the best vampire YA book I've encountered so far. And it's the never-quite-happy endings and the constant challenges that are thrown our heroine's way every time it seems like there's hope that makes for all the best parts of the story....more
Considering my previous reviews about this series, I honestly didn't expect to get so attached to the characters as I apparently am now. Throughout reConsidering my previous reviews about this series, I honestly didn't expect to get so attached to the characters as I apparently am now. Throughout reading this book, I just felt so hard for all of them and I teared up. Many times. It was almost physically difficult getting through this book because of all the elicited emotions. Apparently I have unknowingly found myself bound to the characters tighter than I realized.
Ultimately though, this is a story about love, despite everything else; the faery aspect, the court intrigues, the final battle. It's a story about love, about choices, about sacrifice, and about balance. And despite the slow-moving plot at the beginning and the not-that-epic final battle, those things still played a great part and that's what's important for me. I'm happy with the way everyone's stories ended, and in the end I even cared for all of them, if maybe not so much for Seth and Seth and Aislinn together. But I especially love how the story has come full circle.
At one point I have actually started shipping Aislinn/Keenan and I kinda hoped it would happen or even just for one night to see how it would affect the court but alas, Melissa Marr stood by her initial couples and didn't waver. It's a little unrealistic, maybe, but also a breath of fresh air from all the usual love triangles and girls who flip-flop between two guys. Not these characters. Everyone here has known what they wanted from the start, and I admire that even if I don't ship all of them.
I also found myself caring more about the Dark Court's stories and characters that I previously couldn't get into in Ink Exchange, probably the effect of reading "Stopping Time". I'm pleased they got their own happily ever after as well although I'm deadly curious how they'll sort that actual threesome.
And bottom line, this book left me wanting more. I really hope we'll see more of these characters, either in spin-offs or short stories or whatever. I just love them too much to have to say goodbye once and for all....more
This is the best book that I have read in a while. From the beginning, it's just been great writing that I enjoyed so much. It was easy to sympathizeThis is the best book that I have read in a while. From the beginning, it's just been great writing that I enjoyed so much. It was easy to sympathize with each of the characters, no matter how they can be in opposite spectrums most of the time. They were well-developed and complicated and I felt their pain along with them even if sometimes I also find them frustrating or ask them why they're doing what they're doing. I didn't see the twist coming at all, so that was also a pleasant surprise. And the ending was heartbreaking but realistic.
I was more invested in the sisters' relationship than the romance, though. I had little problems with the romance and some other nitpicks that I won't go into too much, but I like the whole setup and mythology in general. I like how it's simple; the bad guys are bad, they are only males, and they only hunt females, it really gives off the fairy tale vibe and none of those romanticized versions of monsters in the other YA stories. And I really, really like girls who could kick some butts.
And I have a special respect for authors who could write interesting fight scenes well, because action/fight scenes are my weakness and I hate writing them myself. But this book is full of it and while it's usually difficult for me to get through that much fighting, I didn't have that problem with this book. It reminded me in a lot of ways with Vampire Academy, which I also enjoyed very much. It's a gritty story with fairy tale touches, and the moment I heard there's gonna be another book based on yet another fairy tale (Sweetly) I already can't wait for it to come out. Jackson Pearce may well be one of my new favorite authors!...more
Epic epic finale. Lots of really touching scenes that made me tear up. Was it perfect? Well, no, because I still have some nitpicks about some stuff.Epic epic finale. Lots of really touching scenes that made me tear up. Was it perfect? Well, no, because I still have some nitpicks about some stuff. And the final battle is a little bit anticlimactic, but I understand the author was aiming for a bigger impact than just the hero killing the villain. I really like how everything's wrapped up, though, and I want to see more especially with how there's one loose end that has been left purposely dangling! All in all, pretty satisfied with this series, especially since many series that I love have provided disappointing conclusions....more
**spoiler alert** Okay... so I finally finished this book. The Sisterhood books have always been books that I could easily identify with and books tha**spoiler alert** Okay... so I finally finished this book. The Sisterhood books have always been books that I could easily identify with and books that have a special place in my heart. Perhaps because I grew up with it and I have three best friends in my life as well that remind me of this friendship.
First off, I could not believe that Tibby died. Now I understand why there are only three girls on the front cover. But when I first realized it... it really took me a while to deal with it, because it felt THAT unthinkable. It shows how powerful these characters and their friendship have become to me. But the decision to somehow "break" this sisterhood was incredibly brave, and the effect was powerful too. There were parts that made me cry a lot and were also read in what was perhaps a very inappropriate time as I had just left for England and left everyone I knew behind, so that clearly didn't help either.
But overall, really... this to me is one of those perfect books. Is it realistic? No, of course not. But I don't go into books to find realism. I go into books to find an escape, to find something more than this dull life with all its flaws, something magical, something that possibly will never happen in real life but can warm your heart and wish they could anyway.
I have always identified with Lena and I understand completely now why. She has my kind of love story. Yes, that one that is wrought with obstacles and spanned a few very long years, in which they simultaneously kept holding back yet knowing they're meant to be together. Which of course leads to impulsive, crazy decisions and extraordinary gestures like flying halfway across the world just to tell the other that you love them. I mean, I've only been waiting for them to get together all this time and I've been disappointed when I thought the fourth book would be the last and they still didn't get their happy ending. So now that they finally did, I'm really really happy for them. I'm not sure why a lot of people didn't like it, because I've always shipped them from the very start. All the crap that has happened in their relationship hasn't deterred me one bit because I'm hopelessly hopeful like that. I've always known she and Kostos would be endgame. It was obvious.
The only thing I feel was underdeveloped was Carmen. I feel like we get told very little about her, and then she still ended up alone, and except for that turning point near the end I just couldn't connect with her at all. It felt like she was forgotten somewhat.
The rest is beautiful, and it's definitely one of those books that make me wish as an author I could write something like that someday and touch as many people with it....more