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In a land ruled by Vampires, and overrun with rabids (creatures and humans bitten by vampires and turned into rabid beasts with absolute no control orIn a land ruled by Vampires, and overrun with rabids (creatures and humans bitten by vampires and turned into rabid beasts with absolute no control or reason), a young girl fights against the odds to preserve her humanity, and to accept what she has become. Allison lives in a Vampire City. She has a fierce hatred for these soulless creatures who put humans on registers and feed off them at the humans designated time. But in a moment of desperation, when Allison is facing the inevitability of death after a brutal attack from rabids, Allison chooses life over death, to become a vampire, the very creature she despises. But her will to live, even a life as a dead creature, overrides her hatred. And so begins her new life.
So. Vampires. I really have no love for them. There are too many vampire books, rip offs of Twilight, trying too hard to be the next Twilight. If I’m to read a vampire book, I want it to be more like, say, Dracula *evil grin*. I mean, what’s a vampire story without bloodthirsty, vengeful, distasteful monsters? Give me no charming, swooning vamps that can control their desire for human blood, and sparkle and shine like they’re Prince Charming themselves. Well, Kagawa created the perfect bloodthirsty vampires, and boy did she deliver! This story gives no apologies. It makes you cringe, it makes you hate vampires. And Kagawa is not shy with the violence and deaths. She brings you into the intense fights and scrambles for life, and it’s like you’re right there witnessing the atrocity. So, for this, for Julie’s willingness to describe the horror in detail, I thank her.
Allison was a pretty strong character. She’s dependent and fierce, and knows that to survive in a world of monsters, she must look out for herself, and not become attached to other people. But all this changes when she leaves the city as a vampire herself, and finds a group of people who are looking for a “promised land.” She finds something worth living for with these people, and though not all of them accept her, she understands them, because she used to be just like them. Haters of vampires, and understanding that sometimes to survive, you need to leave people behind you. But now Allison is that monster, and may very well kill these people if she lets her Hunger overcome her. Allison has to fight this wild desire in order to preserve some semblance of her humanity.
Now, I can’t say that I loved this book. While it was original and interesting, it didn’t enrapture me like Kagawa’s fey series did. Those, were fantastic. This, was just good. So I can’t say that fans of the fey series will love this new vampire series. Because I am one of the biggest fans of the fey series, but I didn’t love this book nearly as much. But most of the fey series fans who have read this book love it, so it may just be me. I think one thing that was a factor of my not loving it, was the amount of time it took for me to really become involved in the book. The first half of the book was kind of slow going for me. Sure, there was stuff happening, but there just was something that was holding me back. It wasn’t until about 60%, (view spoiler)[you know, the scene, when everyone finds out what she really is (hide spoiler)], that I finally perked up, and thought that finally! things were happening.
Another thing I did not like, sadly, was the romance. Oh, Zeke. Well, I did like him. He was a good character, with good qualities. He looked out for everyone and cared for them. He accepted Allison when others treated her with unkindness. As a character, he was alright, as the love interest, he fell flat. I felt no spark between the two, and, one thing that really annoyed me was that one part (view spoiler)[when they kissed (hide spoiler)]. It was at an inappropriate time, and all I was thinking was “Guys, really? Shouldn’t you be doing something that is more important? *rolls eyes*
Alright, enough with the bad. Immortal Rules was a pretty good novel. I would recommend it to fans of Kagawa’s fey series, and other people who are tired of vampire books. Because I think this is a vampire book that we readers have been looking for. It’s different and is unforgiving with its dark tone. And Kagawa’s writing is still amazing. That’s part of what kept me going, her flowing writing style that can paint vivid scenes and draw the reader in. So, while this may not have been what I was expecting, (both good and bad), I still enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to the sequel.
Thank you to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for the arc. ...more
Well, this book was something special. In fact, it was outright awesome. It was so awesome that I just can’t stop thinking about. I want to read it a Well, this book was something special. In fact, it was outright awesome. It was so awesome that I just can’t stop thinking about. I want to read it again. Right now. But I can’t, because there are so many other books to read. (Darn that to-read pile) But, just a shout out to all you YA loving readers who want a book that kicks butt, this one’s for you. Seriously, you will love this book. I guarantee it. And if you don’t, heaven forbid, I will send the Dead after you. And that, my friends, will not be a pretty sight.
Susan Dennard is a master at zombie creating. These guys are creepy, so disgusting you don’t want to look at them, but so compelling in their unnaturalness and gruesomeness you can’t help but look. Or, you know, read. Whenever these rotting corpses came onto the page, my adrenaline dialed up and I was flipping the pages in a rush to see what would happen. There are several fighting scenes with these zombies and the characters trying to defeat them. And Dennard can certainly write a riveting fight scene.
Right off that bat I could tell I was going to love Eleanor. She may be of the high class, forced to go to parties all glamoured up, whose only purpose in life is to marry rich so her poor mother will be taken care of. But Eleanor shows that she’s not the proper lady everyone expects her to be. This characterization of her was so awesome. It made the story so much more compelling to read. I loved reading the story through her eyes. Eleanor is a kick butt heroine. She doesn’t sit and cower while the big strong man saves her from the monsters. She gets up and fights them herself. I just loved her whole attitude and personality. She’s spunky and feisty. There’s this one paragraph which I felt showed who she is pretty well. Plus it had me laughing.
"Biddable? Biddable!” Somehow my pitch was even screechier than before. I kicked my bottom high and dipped my chest low- a perfect display of the Grecian pose. “If it’s a camel you wish to have, sir, than you are on the wrong continent!” I straightened, pleased by his astonished expression. Then I swiveled on my heel and resumed my race to the Centennial Exhibition. (37% kindle e-arc)
The romance was done to perfection. It was one of those romances that I enjoy the most. The kind where the two have a rocky start; they don’t like each other, find the other annoying, a nuisance. But then they start becoming attracted to the other, and find admirable qualities in them. And they fight their feelings, but falling in love becomes inevitable. And when they finally come together you just want to jump up and shout for joy. And then you fall right back into the story anxious for more. And then the book ends and you yell in frustration because you NEED more and you think you shall die in agony before the next book is released. Yes, I know I sometimes get overdramatic. But I can't help it, it's in my reader's blood
This book was just so amazing. The plot was exciting and fun, with a dash of mystery and an extra dollop of horror, and a sprinkle of romance. If you like strong heroines, no insta-love, adrenaline pulsing scenes, AND ZOMBIES (can’t forget the zombies ;) then you should definitely read Something Strange and Deadly. It will be worth your time. ...more
That ending. Curse that blasted ending! I knew it was going to happen. I thought it might before he first played that trick on her. Then he played thaThat ending. Curse that blasted ending! I knew it was going to happen. I thought it might before he first played that trick on her. Then he played that trick, and I thought, oh good, it probably won’t happen now, why would Bracken do that after he tricked her? And then, she had to go and do it. And my heart broke. And who knows what’s going to happen in the next book? Gah. I hate endings like these.
So, The Darkest Minds, was a novel I was highly anticipating. I completely fell in love with Alexandra’s debut, Brightly Woven, and honestly would have much preferred a sequel to that novel than a new series. But alas, we got a new series. But not alas, because this book was pretty much awesome. I was not expecting a story like this. A modern dystopian book with kids who have magical abilities. Hello! Bring on the fun and adventure. Ah, but no. Not that much fun. Because (slight spoiler? I don't know. not really spoilery, but, oh well.>(view spoiler)[kids being leveled down in spurts of blood after being holed up in camps/prisons because of their freakish abilities is not fun. (hide spoiler)] But--it was adventurous, and fast paced, and I couldn’t put it down. I loved the story line, and the dynamics in the characters.
Hmm, the characters. I loved them, I loved all of them. (Maybe not the bad guys, but even then, they were written so well that I applaud Alexandra’s skill). Ruby was amazing. She’s hurting from a terrible past, and a terrible present, and can’t believe that anyone could possibly want her, especially once they find out the real truth about her. But she doesn’t let that completely destroy her. She keeps pressing forward in hopes that she can control herself, and maybe, maybe have a future with people she loves. Like Liam. This was a romance that I loved. They want to be with each other, but she fights it, because of course she can’t, not with who (what) she is. But then the romance does evolve, into something beautiful, achingly so. I loved the buildup up their relationship, and how Ruby’s feelings for him grew, and then blossomed. It was perfect. And Liam, I love him too. He’s kind, and caring, and accepting. I loved his character. And I loved Chubs, and the friendship that formed between him and Ruby. And little Suzume. I’m pretty sure she’ll show up in book 2. She just has to. Along with CHUBS! and LIAM! *hint hint* Yes. I’m going to assume they will all be there.
Now, my emotions while reading this wonderful, dang gruesome book. Sometimes I really hate loving gruesome books. Gruesome sad books that make me cringe, and cry inside as my heart shatters to pieces. I hate reading (hearing) about kids getting hurt. And for some reason they can’t control, or explain, or get rid of! It’s not their fault they have these abilities. So, pretty much, there were some parts that still make me cringe, and I would like not read them again. Upon re-reading this book (whenever that may be) I may just skip those parts. And then the ending! Yep, made me cry.
In the end, I loved this book. When a book makes me fall in love with the characters, and the romance, and plays with my emotions, makes me cry, it more than likely will end up being a book I love. And that this book did, and so I did. So I can’t wait to read the sequels, and find out how in the heck is this all going to work out!
... Oh my gosh, Black is the Color is FINALLY on goodreads!! Now I can add it as must read, and anxiously waiting for, and...2013? Seriously? That long? Ah well, I am so flipping excited!!
Edit 4/21/11: And now it's going to be made into a movie!! So exciting :D And the book might be released in Summer 2012? Oh please please please please...
Edit 11/20/11: Uh, sudden different title, why the change? I mean, it's cool and all, The Darkest Minds, kind of foreboding, but Black is the Color was an awesome title. And, well, on IMDB it's still Black is the Color. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1907629/ Sooooo, I guess we'll just have to see, now won't we? Either way, it's gonna be an awesome book....more
I was a little surprised at how much I ended up liking this book. I was interested in it when I first heard about it. Then I started reading it and waI was a little surprised at how much I ended up liking this book. I was interested in it when I first heard about it. Then I started reading it and wasn’t sure how I felt about it, and was a little worried. It took a while for me to get into the book and to connect with the characters. But then as the story went on, I found something special in there that finally captured my interest.
Aria’s world is quite interesting. The novel is set in dystopia times, but there is some supernatural and fantasy aspects, though the fantasy is on a smaller scale, and kind of an unexpected musical aspect that brought the right amount of magic and beauty to the story. Aria lives in a society where people live in pods, closed off to the outside world that is full of disease and savages and only leads to death. They have an Eyesmart device (basically an eye patch that latches onto the skin around one of their eyes), that takes them into a virtual realistic world, where they can taste and smell and touch everything as if it were real. When Aria is accused of doing something she didn’t do, she is sent to the outside world, the Death Shop. Here she finds Perry, a savage, and together they go on a journey to recover what they have lost.
My problem with the book was the writing and characterization. I never felt the writing was great, it was just mediocre, and sometimes felt choppy. And I didn’t feel much connection or emotion with the characters as they were introduced. The writing never quite grew on me, (it was nice and easy to read, just not attention grabbing), but the characters slowly began to show themselves and their emotions. I came to understand and like them better. And the romance was sweet. It was brought on slow. It began rocky, with Aria and Perry not quite liking each other, but they soon begin to bond.
I thought the ending was nicely done. It wraps everything up nicely and ends with a sweet reunion. I think that there may be a sequel, there’s still some questions left unanswered. I don’t feel that it needs one though. I don’t know that I would read it unless I hear that it’s better than the first or is worth reading. But Under the Never Sky was a nice and intriguing read. Dystopian lovers I think will like it.
This arc was provided to me from the publisher via Netgalley....more