Once I saw the Covers of the Wicked Lovely Books, I was set on reading these books. It really did look promising, but I think it wasn't up to it. Sure it was a really good book, but the context and storyline was what perplexed me.
I like how Melissa Marr showed Faeries in their darker nature, not the cutesy fairies that everyone thinks of today. The Real Elizabethan Fairies, with darkness and tricks. That's the kind I mean.
The Plot...well. That's another story.
The Storyline of this book, was okay. Characters were fantastic, no doubt about it, except I didn't like how things went. Sometimes I LIKE it when the much better guy gets the girl instead of the one she was with first. NO, she became the better guy's queen, but she's STILL with the other guy! and the better guy's still with his first girl! CAN'T ANYONE SEE THAT THIS PICTURE IS WRONG??
I seriously thought that Kennan was better than the other guy...whatever his name was. Well, other than that, descriptions were AMAZING, like I could really imagine the character and what's going on, and I can't wait to read the next book!...more
Victoria is a strong character and this contrasts to Nicola, who's more poetic and girly...ish. Victoria does things that women at that wouldn't have done, and it's amazing how brave she is in the books...I'm wondering though, is she meant to be based on Queen Victoria? cause Queen Victoria was a strong woman and ruler (she had no men bossing her around for that fact!) and she was titled "Empress of India"....hmmm...I'll have to find out more! and I love how in both of Meg Cabot's novels, they end up with the guy who is more desirable to the readers than the ones that find, well, hot in their perspectives at the beginnings of the books. Comparing the two books, it's somehow quite similar. No doubt Meg Cabot did mean to have similar settings and time in history, and that they would end up with whom the main characters wouldn't end up with. But both stories have a bitter fiancé who only wanted Nicola/Victoria for a reason. Lord Sebastian wanted Nicola for her land, and Hugo Rothschild only wanted her for the money. Both had help in kidnapping her and Nicola/Victoria's two real lovers in the end come and save both. The bad thing about both these books being so similar, is that you can expect what's going to happen in the book, NOT that I'm saying that it's not a good book, because it is. On the other hand, I wish that Meg Cabot had made a series of these books, because I SERIOUSLY think she has a talent for also writing books based in the 1800's. There should be though, more variety in setting, cause both books are MAINLY based in London, England. (yeah true, in Victoria and the Rogue there are some India settings mentioned.) Maybe, y'know something else that would make it interesting, like The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen which was based in Manhattan. Just saying it as a suggestion! Meg Cabot is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G writer, as y'all have seen by the previous reviews which most (I believe) is Meg Cabot books :P. Gonna borrow some more Meg Cabot, from my borrowing-from-the-library-and-lending-it-to-me friend, Alex :), so be sure to catch those reviews...someday after I finish the motherload of reading that I have left! EHEM...so anyways, I gotta go finish up homework (groan) and I'll write another blog post, hopefully tomorrow! I'm pretty sure it's gonna be Tempted by PC and Kristen Cast....more
Even better the second time! I love this book. No, wait. Scratch that. I ADORE this book. I think Shiver as well as the rest of the series is one of the best werewolf YA books out there. The love, the challenge, the stakes. Amazing! I don't know why I've never reviewed this book. Well, obviously I'm pretty sure that this had been read before I created this blog :P When I first picked this one up, I was actually waiting for my mom at Walmart, while she was shopping for some stuff. I (naturally) went to the book section and a book with a GORGEOUS cover was waiting there. How could I resist? Only one problem: werewolves. I mean, the Twilight thing was still going, and I was pretty much sick of reading about vampires and werewolves. But in the end, the cover really got to me and SURPRISE, I bought it. Went home, and started reading. Couldn't. Stop. And thus, it became one of my favorites. I re-read it recently (and thus the review was born!) because I'd just bought Linger and I needed to read it once more to refresh my memory.
Grace. Oh, Grace. How I envy you. Love her personality and her headstrong ways, she is one of the most amazing main characters in YA lit out there. (and lucky her, she gets Sam!) Speaking of which, I've had this really long-time crush on Sam. Love his yellow eyes to his love for music and of course, his wolf-like nature. *Sigh*...I want a Sam! Isabel. OMG, love her. I want to BE her. Seriously, she's the snarky yet reliable (and hilarious!) supporting character. I mean, at first she's pretty icy, but then once you get to know her, things really get going. The tie between her and the story of Sam and Grace really all fit and make things turn out quite differently...
I really like how we see the perspective of Sam and Grace alternatively. We can first see the flashback from when Grace was first with the wolves and then from then on it's the present point of view with Sam as a wolf and Grace as a human watching him...watching her. I really like how they add the temperature on the chapter headings, so we can see how the temperature effects Sam's state of being. I know, nerdy :P but it's different! Another thing I found really cool was that the color of the ink used is usually the color of the color. I think for Linger it's the same (I have the UK cover, which is black, so the ink is...black) with the green ink and such. Just thought it made things more interesting.
Shiver is beautiful. The cover, the detail, the love–everything. I found myself wanting to have a wolf-like nature, and cheering on Sam to stay human. Stiefvater has revolutionized werewolves and made them evermore popular (and more lovable than vampires) with this novel. I've read Linger, and a review should be coming soon, and it is SO good.. Each book gets better and better than it already is!...more