But as much as I hate him right at this moment, I'm thinking... so is this finally the way the story's heading? Is Adam gradualWell Adam, you douche.
But as much as I hate him right at this moment, I'm thinking... so is this finally the way the story's heading? Is Adam gradually pulling away from Juliette? And what the hell brought about this sudden change?
I get it, Adam loves James. I really do, I know that. But that change of heart? All of a sudden?
I guess it's time to find out and read Ignite Me....more
I always get nostalgic whenever I read stories about high school, given that it was such a fun time of my life. And thReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
I always get nostalgic whenever I read stories about high school, given that it was such a fun time of my life. And the collection of stories in Luna East Academy brought out a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings in me while I was reading. There really is a story for anyone and everyone who've ever been through the good and the bad times, the crazy ups and downs and the confusing, exhilirating time that was High School.
Short but meaningful, each of the stories will bring out a different feeling from the reader the moment they finish reading. I started off feeling 'kilig', immediately responding to that sweetness that started off the stories in Luna East. It gradually pulled me in with the myriad of characters I meet in each author's work, each becoming a little more interesting as I navigate through the world of high school cliques, the social hierarchies, and the common denominator that binds all of the stories inside: friendship and love.
I really think the idea behind Luna East is brilliant! I love how I get to read works from different authors with different themes and writing styles and you not only get to see the contrasts in their works, but you get to know the lives of those within the fictional Academy that is Luna East. You are bound to meet a character that you will like and dislike, read a story that will make your heart ache or jump with joy, one that will fascinate you a lot and make you think of it even after you've finished reading. I love getting that wonderful, happy feeling.
All of the stories were really good, but some of them stayed with me long after I finished reading the Kindle ebook and they are:
Sitting in a Tree by Chrissie Peria
I've read this first on the Luna East blog, and it didn't get less sweeter or cuter after my second time reading. It makes one miss school fairs and all those booths that serves as "bridges" for some of the students to express what they feel for other fellow students.
Fifty two weeks by Mina V. Esguerra
I had a big smile pasted on my face by the time I finished reading this story. Anything Mina writes always seem to get under my skin, leaving me with extreme feels.
Yours is the First Face that I Saw by Ronald S. Lim
This story surprised me completely. I've read a handful of stories with LGBT themes, but Ron's just made me fall in love with his story immediately after reading the first few paragraphs. It's delightfully interesting and was written really well. My only complain: why does it have to end there? More!
Something Real by Miles Tan
My first taste of sadness in the world of Luna East. Gigi's story took time for it to sink in! There was something about her and what she's been through that makes me want to just hug her. The poor girl... and that guy. I have no words to express what I feel about James. It was a mix of frustration and disbelief and a little bit of sadness thrown in the mix. I love how this story brought out complex feelings from me. One of my top favorites!
The Rumor About Me by Kristel S. Villar
This has got to be my most favorite story in this collection! I just love anything that involves a shy, timid girl who learns to stand up for herself along the way and the jock who was completely different from what everyone thinks he really was. I wish it didn't end. I wish there was more.
Senpai’s #1 Fan by Anne Plaza
I was sold the moment the words "Kaname" and "Danny Choo" were mentioned at the start of the story, and later "Quatre Raberba Winner". Anne Plaza gave the readers a sneak peek into the world of Otakus, enough to gave Jannie a good foundation for her character. If I was a character in Luna East's world I'd probably be hanging out with Jannie and her friends. I will thrive at anime conventions and fangirl over goods and cosplayers, and still be focused enough to notice someone like Adrian. I also love how it wasn't just about anime or mecha costumes, but the transition to music is a good addition too!
Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Jayen San Diego
"I am always the second best, and I hate it." After I've read that line I knew I was going to like this story. I love how stubborn Maan can be, and how that stubborn streak in her draws Nico helplessly closer. There's something good about getting inside Maan and Nico's head and knowing how they feel about those around them and each other, which made me love the point of view switching. And those sweet moments at the end? I had to re-read them over and over.
If you think of each story as a part of a world you've yet to fully see, you will find something worth exploring in Luna East. There's definitely a lot of room for new stories and characters to appear, all of them existing in a world where anything can happen. But more than that, these collection of stories urges everyone to come not just explore life in Luna East, but try to write their own story. Each and every single tale can inspire a reader to write something, anything, to contribute to the world of arts, music, money and sports. What a really lovely work this is! Kudos to each and every writer in this collection! You are all a talented bunch! ...more
Emerald Green immediately picks up from the cliff hanger in Sapphire Blue. While Gwyneth is suffering a broken heart fReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
Emerald Green immediately picks up from the cliff hanger in Sapphire Blue. While Gwyneth is suffering a broken heart from Gideon's revelation in the previous book, they are a step closer to uncovering the mystery surrounding the Circle of Twelve and how it is tied to Gwyneth's fate.
I will say this: Gideon, you bastard. I didn't like him all that much in the first book, and just when I was liking him in Sapphire Blue, he unleashes a bomb against Gwen at the end of the book. And poor innocent Gwenny believed all of it. I liked Gwyneth, and her self-wallowing wasn't made boring by the way she was getting through Gideon's deception. Gwen's got this no nonsense attitude where she thinks too much but she wasn't the annoying type at all. I liked how Kerstin Gier wrote her, bubbly and funny and innocent at times, admitting to her own faults but certainly not letting it transform her into a lesser person. It was getting tiring to be constantly compared to Charlotte, and Gwen knew she can never be like her cousin, but still she doesn't harbor ill feeling against her cousin.
The romance in this book was plenty, as Gideon and Gwen's feelings for each other was finally out in the open, and there were a lot of really sweet moments that will satisfy everyone who has waited for the both of them to be together. There was also no shortage of laughter as Xemerius provided the needed comic relief with his sarcastic remarks and outrageous recaps of Gwen's life. Although I don't see much of a point for his character, he was like the sidekick that was just there to be funny, he's provided good support for Gwen. Also, Gwen has the best friend anyone could have. Lesley was such an interesting supporting character. She's that quirky, supportive BFF that isn't quick to judge, very good at research and has a good head for helping solve the mysteries surrounding the Count, the time travelers prophecy and sometimes, even Gwen's love problems.
Emerald Green was, admittedly, a long story. And while I sometimes stop and ask myself when will the story finally move forward, I was having fun being immersed in the story and seeing Gwen and Lesley and Gideon and Raphael putting their heads together, trying to solve this seemingly complex puzzle for all time travelers. The exciting, entertaining content definitely made up for the slow approach to the climax. And while I was busy swooning over Gwen and her love-hate relationship with Gideon, it was really enjoyable to go through all the layers of time traveling, history, secrets and truths that surround Gwen, her birth, her ability to time travel, the Guardians and the rest of the characters.
I can't say that the ending was unpredictable or something out of this world, but it's a neat finish for a trilogy that will leave the readers generally satisfied and happy, tying loose ends and wrapping up cliffhangers. There was no dramatic conclusion, but it was the type that retained the calmness and gave the story a clean closing.
Here's to me hoping Lesley and Raphael have their own sort of spin-off soon. Their chemistry is up to the roof and it made me giggle a couple of times!
If you like books about time travel with a funny, clumsy heroine whose life is entangled hopelessly with her family and a prophecy that might or might not bring about a drastic change in the world, a French speaking hero who can be so infuriating most of the time but can be charming if he wants to, a funny demon sidekick who eats annoying ghosts and a one of a kind best friend who does not bat an eyelash in the face of all the craziness in Gwen's family, this book is for you. Highly entertaining though long and sometimes slow paced, Emerald Green and the Ruby Red trilogy is still a good series for those who want to give books and stories about time traveling a try....more
The premise of the story was: "What if Hitler won World War II?". History used to be one of my favorite subjects backReview posted on Amaterasu Reads
The premise of the story was: "What if Hitler won World War II?". History used to be one of my favorite subjects back in high school, so this book immediately piqued my interest. What if THAT is our reality? Can you imagine a world where the Axis Powers took control of what's left of the world after they destroyed the Allies?
Zara lives in a world ruled by the German Empire. Life is hard for those left after the war has ended, it's even harder for Zara who is half-English but has half of Japanese blood running through her veins. She's a lesser person because she's a half, and the rest of the populace scorn and torment her for being a daughter of an Axis soldier. But Zara's mother died fighting for freedom which was still beyond reach, and she too wants to be free. It's easy for me to sympathize with Zara, for how she's treated and for what she sees in the world she lives in. I never once pitied her though, because right from the start you'll see a girl who wants to fight and use her abilities however she can to help achieve her dream of a free world, and be treated equally, no matter how dire the circumstances were for her.
I genuinely liked Bastian. It's quite a novelty to see him, a shy, awkward and awfully kind German boy, the son of a powerful military official, because he's the total opposite of how the world thinks he should be. He betrays expectations, and for good reason. I like how contrary he is, and with the way this novel is painted, he's such a welcome contrast. It's like he's the perfect representation of a small hope that not everyone is unkind. Though I would have liked him to be a bit more of a fighter, Bastian does good in saving Zara in his own way.
Caroline Tung Richmond immediately plunged me into a world permanently scarred by the war, torn into strategic lands ruled by the winners. The Germans rule, and they're a vicious master. You see the disparity of the life between the upper class and the Untermensch, the Mischlings. The world is built upon the cruelty of the German rule and their relentless, savage treatment of the populace. And then there's also the political unrest amidst the rulers themselves. It's a very grim world, and it was equal parts fascinating and terrifying to see the world reduced to that point.
There are characters in this book that you will immediately love, and I did, and the author just managed to break my heart for doing things to them. The short bursts of chaos turning into a full scale rebellion made my heart race and I enjoyed every minute as everything escalates into something big. Caroline Tung Richmond managed to inject just the right amount of suspense, tension and intrigue to an action packed storyline!
One of the biggest reasons why I love this book, aside from the solid re-imagining of an alternative world, is the romance. I must admit, I find myself wanting more than what transpired towards the end. Hopeful, yes, but I was thinking that both Bastian and Zara deserved something better than what they had. But maybe that's just one of the realities of war, a touch of realness added even towards the end. The fight for freedom will not end just because they were both in love.
Caroline Tung Richmond fashioned a convincing, fascinating history of her own in The Only Thing to Fear. Zara's tale is an engrossing read from page one! She doesn't disappoint. What a strong debut for Caroline! I will definitely be on the look out for her new books!...more
What was it that was so good about this novel? Every single person I know who've read it has raved about Darrow in somReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
What was it that was so good about this novel? Every single person I know who've read it has raved about Darrow in some form and way. When I started Red Rising, I immediately knew it was going to be a difficult sort of book to get through. I never really liked Darrow at first and it's one of the reasons why I thought there was no point in reading further. Yes, he was a helldriver, a boy who had never seen the Sun and whose life was all about digging, because he thought he was a pioneer like everyone else, to make Mars a better place to live in and that's good enough for him. He wants a quiet life, peaceful, with his wife Eo and his family and even though life tends to be unfair in Lykos, because he's a Red, and the lowest kind at that, he bears with it because he doesn't want to end up like his father. I understand that, but I initially thought, is this the boy that will start a change? How? He was weak. I should have known better though, because Pierce Brown, you are one sinister writer. Everything changed when Eo died, but the pain and the hurt did not stop after that. There was more.
And then this quote appeared, and I know Darrow's journey is about to start, and that it's going to be the harrowing kind. From then on, I started to look at him in a different perspective.
"Personally, I do not want to make you a man. Men are so very frail. Men break. Men die. No, I've always wished to make a god. So why not carve you to be the god of war?"
Red Rising has that deceptive kind of pace that makes you wonder where the story was going at first. it took me a while to get through the first 20% of the book, but then I see Darrow after his devastating loss and suddenly I find myself gritting my teeth and clutching a pillow. Reading about Darrow's eventual transformation was also one of the hardest things I had to get through in this book. It's not because it was boring or long, but because you feel every single emotion swirling inside of Darrow as it happens. White hot rage for the lies fed to him and his people, and the enormous pain of losing his love, the injustice in his life. A slave repeatedly dealt with unfair hands by the society's hierarchy that was prevalent in the world he lives in, Darrow's eventual transformation from being a young Helldriver to the Reaper was equally stunning and terrifying. Pierce Brown took his time shaping Darrow's character while building a world, a universe even, filled with unrest, ruled by colors, strength and power. He went through repeated changes, forged by hell and fire. And he was that very foolish boy at first, rash, short tempered, easily ruled by emotions. He's not the clever, calculating sort. He makes mistakes that has devastating consequences. He has moments he was unsure of, bitter, afraid, irrational, torn between his loyalty to his people and the truths he sees as a Gold. I had to remind myself that he's a boy, only just a boy, and yet he goes through test after test of not just his wit, his courage, but also tests of will and emotions. Until he becomes stronger, smarter, calmer, more powerful, methodical.
This story is grim and gruesome. Do not expect some laughable, fluffy moments to appear. There are none. Red Rising will overwhelm people with a powerful combination of cruelty, violence, bloody battles. Savagery. Gore. Mutilation. Death. This was all written in great detail, and Pierce Brown never holds back. Mars, the Red planet, sets a grisly stage for Darrow. But do not expect the plot to unravel just like that. It's a merciless world Darrow lives in, and he gradually discovered that through the first step of his journey, when he tries to become one of them. The Golds, the best of the best, the ruling class, the one with the power, wealth, money and influence. But you know what's fascinating in this set-up? The Golds are not what they seem to be. They lived in a world as brutal as the Reds, relentless, competitive, playing a high level game of politics and tactics, whose aim is to drive home lessons they must not forget. If they wanted to control the world, they should first learn to control themselves. And control comes in a hefty price. Sometimes you make friends, most of the time you need to kill them. Sometimes you're the leader, until you are betrayed in the worst way. It makes you wonder how wrong this world is, how unjust it can be, and not just for the under privileged, but also for those who are deemed to be at the top.
I was prepared to see a full scale rebellion, but Red Rising plunged me in an even dizzying world of war, a simulation that was all too real, a game that was a small scale version of what is to happen if Darrow was to achieve his purpose. There were secrets everywhere, clever exercises, alliances made and broken, tactics established, challenges issued, battles lost and won, unlikely friendships and untimely, budding and unexpected romance. Romance was the least bit of my concern in this book, because Darrow's heart will always be with Eo, but seeing Mustang changes things a little bit. Mercifully, Pierce Brown threw a little bit of positivity in the mix, because as you read, you'll start thinking whether Darrow's misery will ever end. And then when all things were said and done, I take a look at Darrow and I feel two things: I marvel at the boy he has become, and I become afraid for the person he was set to be.
Red Rising has set the bar high for a debut dystopia - science fiction book. It feels a little bit weird to think of it as a debut with how well Pierce Brown crafted this story. It was nothing short of brilliant. It was badass. It was gory. It was amazing. It was intense, heartrending, harrowing and agonizing. I have no idea where Pierce Brown got his inspiration and ideas for a story like this, but it's such an incredible story. Here's a boy broken and put back together, with nothing but hatred and pain, thrown into the wolves' den in a body that wasn't his to begin with, with the fate of an entire world in his hands. How does Pierce Brown do this? Red Rising is a kind of book I have never, ever, read of before. One of the best tales of revenge and vengeance ever told, and it's only the beginning.
To those with delicate conditions and are weak hearted, this book is not for you. There are countless moments that will be hard to digest in Red Rising, and you need a formidable resolve to get through most of them. But at the end of the book, you will see that it's all worth it....more
I wanted to like this book more than I did, but it was a little underwhelming towards the end. It's not bad though, it was enjoyable from the start, bI wanted to like this book more than I did, but it was a little underwhelming towards the end. It's not bad though, it was enjoyable from the start, but things just started to get a wee bit predictable at the end. Everyone pissed me off at some point and I got tired of seeing everyone cursing....more
Anna, whose family's business was just taking off, was an outcast in her new school. Aside from being new, she wasn'tReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
Anna, whose family's business was just taking off, was an outcast in her new school. Aside from being new, she wasn't as rich as everyone was. Until Elise came along, and all of a sudden they're inseparable, bonded together by all the things they did that challenged anyone and everyone, far from the normal house life they both have. But Elise was killed, and now Anna's the prime suspect. As the trial gets underway, Anna finds out who her real friends are and who aren't, trapped and alone in a foreign country, and for the first time, Anna takes a good look at her friendship with Elise, the good, the bad and the ugly side of it. What was true and what wasn't?
I am so torn between love and hate for a lot of characters and happenings in this book. Where I should feel pity or at least a semblance of it for Ana, I was apathetic instead. I understand what she had to go through, new kid from a newly rich family, trying to find her way through a place filled with kids from old money but her overall attitude and the actions she took made it very difficult for me to understand her as a person. I kept on asking myself "why, Ana?" countless of times. Too caught up in a destructive, toxic friendship to be aware of what really happens until it was too late. Was Anna a doormat? Too weak? Too trusting? It felt like she was the receiving end of her so called friends spite, envy and anger, all forms of it and the bad thing was she wasn't very nice herself and it's not like those things weren't warranted.
Elise is the sort of character who I instantly dislike. She's the type to self-destruct yet still be mysterious enough to hold some very terrible secrets of her own. Her beauty comes from the dangerous, intriguing, dark edge in her personality, the type you couldn't resist. Elise had a very twisted idea on what friendship is between her and Anna. Was it even friendship? Was there something more underneath that? They needed each other to get through the tough times of their lives but she still had enough in her to betray the person she claims she needed the most. I wanted to get inside her head, if only to know what drives her to do what she's doing. What a very disturbing character.
What kind of a spineless person is Tate? I kept feeling bad for Anna for falling for a person like him. Didn't she see what he truly looked like? Lamar was the only decent person in her string of so-called friends, one who I felt Anna should have given a chance instead. AK and Mel, I can't even begin to comprehend how much jealousy and envy they must feel to turn against Anna. I kept on feeling that those were not just spur of the moment, but a deep rooted hate for Anna for taking away Elise, for putting the blame on the most convenient person in their circle of friends. You get to see just how ugly everything can be when dark emotions take root in people's hearts.
Lies, betrayal, murder. As Anna goes through every single party, conversation, fights leading to the night of Elise's murder we see the motivation behind each of the characters. It doesn't end with her elite circle of friends, but there are also those in Aruba that might want Elise dead which adds to the complexity and mystery of the murder itself. You get to see what money can do for the rich, how corrupt officials can be and how the justice system can be compromised, and how hope as well as the perseverance to reveal the truth can change everything. Not everyone in Dangerous Girls is unpleasant. Gates and Lee were two of the most admirable characters in this book. They didn't have any obligation to help Anna, but they were there for her in her darkest moments. As if that wasn't enough to complicate the story, the role of the media in sensationalizing things are also felt in this story. I honestly think the way it was portrayed was truthful and spot on, as if Anna was the star of a dark reality show that anyone can just examine and form opinions of the way they want to.
The allure in Dangerous Girls comes from the waiting what fate awaits Anna. Alone in a foreign land, a primary suspect in her bestfriend's murder. While she was fighting to stay sane and re-evaluate her friendship with Elise, she was being typecasted as a psychopath at home, a cold blooded murderer. The emotions Anna felt were palpable and engrossing, it wraps around you, that feeling of despair and helplessness, the what-ifs, the bits and pieces of realization that not everything is as they seem, the injustice. Here is a teenage girl being tried for something she said she has not done, in a foreign country, where everything was done the wrong way from the onset. But then doubt stars to creep in, and you start rethinking and analyzing everything you have read to try and figure out just really what was the truth and what wasn't. My lack of emotion for the dismal behavior of the characters were compensated by how emotionally invested I was in the very story itself. It was a very, very good thriller.
I still insist that you give this book a try, no matter how unpleasant the characters can get. The ending, ultimately messed up my mind but Abigail Haas did a good job in exploring just how deep the ties of friendship between two people can get and the grimness of court battles can be. I always loved brain teasers and Dangerous Girls provided enough of that, urging readers to re-think their own ideals and perception of people. ...more
Those were the words inside Taylor's head as Anubis tries to capture her. CoincReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
Retribution, vengeance, justice, death.
Those were the words inside Taylor's head as Anubis tries to capture her. Coincidentally, these four words also describes a lot of what The Weight of Souls is all about. And those words made the story so very, very interesting.
Taylor see dead people, but it doesn't end there. They pass along a mark, and Taylor needs to find the killer and pass the mark or else the Darkness will come after her. She's a freak in school and has almost no friends and her dad believes she's having hallucinations, just like her mum. She's also a target of bullies, led by Justin Hargreaves who wants to make her life hell. But then Justin died, and suddenly she's the only one who can help him move on.
Taylor strikes me as a person who was forced to face a destiny she wasn't ready for very early in her life. She had a hard life, and people who don't understand what it's like, to be in contact with something unexplained every day, just judge her. There were moments where I pitied her for being so misunderstood and lacking in so many ways, but I admire her for trying, accepting a destiny forced upon her by an ancestor and trying to make a father understand that she needed to do what she's doing and by no means is it easy.
Justin did not immediately register on my list of potential love interest for Taylor. I told my friend in a conversation over Twitter a few minutes ago that he was a bona fide prick, and I think he was. He was an insufferable person who kept Taylor in an emotional rollercoaster. Does he hate her? Yes? Why? But as I read about him, my perception of his character changed. I love it when someone gets a chance to redeem himself, grabs that and turn into someone likable, like Justin.
Some might say that Taylor and Justin's relationship needed a lot more building to become a little more convincing, but I firmly believe that it only takes a single moment to change things between friends and foes. Justin and Taylor had enough moments to change their perception of each other in the story, and I do believe there were a lot of hints that signified that they had interest in each other long before Justin became a part of Taylor's unusual life. And Taylor deserves that kind of ending! I was so absorbed with the tale of Oh-Fa and the frequent switch between Taylor's life and her ancestor provides a solid anchor and foundation to the story that made it believable.
Reading Bryony's first novel, Angel's Fury, has made me familiar with the peculiar mix of themes, a play on the psychological and the supernatural nature of things and now with The Weight of Souls, Bryony Pearce introduced yet again an odd, interesting mix of Egyptian myth and an opposing scientific nature in an attempt to explain a girl's encounter with the undead. She has a way of writing a story with something you wouldn't expect to work and yet she convinces the readers that it's possible. And then there's more. The Weight of Souls touches base with things such as bullying, the power of cliques, what people perceive as mental illness when encountering the unexplainable and a romance with such an awkward start.
The Weight of Souls greets you with a dark, heart thumping start that transforms into something more complicated involving something ancient. There's no shortage of romance in this book and it provides a good breather in between Taylor's search to uncover the truth of a boy's death. Another great story from Bryony Pearce which I thoroughly enjoyed! With a thrilling storyline, an unlikely heroine, a breath taking, sometimes exasperating ghost of a love interest, it's a novel that made me swoon, anticipate and ultimately fall in love with Bryony Pearce's writing once more. Did I enjoy it? Yes, definitely! Do I want you to give this a try? Yes, please!...more
There's one thing I've learned when reading a YA series with a less than stellar start. Sometimes there areReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
There's one thing I've learned when reading a YA series with a less than stellar start. Sometimes there are books where the sequel completely turns around your perception of the book from ordinary to something enjoyable and with great potential, just like this one.
Sapphire Blue picks up where Ruby Red left off, shedding light on the events that transpired when Gideon and Gwen encountered Lucy and Paul when they weren't supposed to be there. Now they are nowhere close to completing the Circle of Twelve and suspicions are now arising as to who may be tipping off the time travelers' every move. People think it was Gwen, even Gideon, and now in between getting the hang of time traveling and proving that she's not a traitor, Gwen also has to figure out just what it is the people around her aren't telling her when the Circle is completed. But nothing's easy, and Gwen might have the power to go back in time, but can she figure things out before its too late?
Where Ruby Red felt like a very long prologue for the whole story, Sapphire Blue picked up the slack and moved the story forward in a good pace. Gwen was as funny as ever, and was still plagued by the same insecurities and uncertainties she had when she first discovered she was the Ruby. Only this time, Gwen was determined to figure things out on her own. I still can't help but laugh at the way Gwen thinks, and even though I want to hug her at times for being called out as being unworthy of her powers, she grits her teeth and do what she can. I do think she's capable given the chance to prove herself. And unlike in Ruby Red, Gwen is gradually getting better at being hilariously rebellious and slowly becoming capable herself. It's quite amusing to see Gwen trying to get the hang of being a time traveler and analyzing just what her relationship with Gideon is.
Gideon is probably the most frustrating character in this book. The boy shifts mood faster than you can blink and sometimes it just drives me crazy. One moment he was all over Gwen, the next he was interrogating her like everything that was happening was her fault. I felt so bad for Gwen, and I keep on trying to figure out what goes on in his mind most of the time, which felt so unusual since I was so used to trying to guess what the female lead is thinking, but Gideon takes time to figure out. Still, even though he's excruciating and can be quite a pain in the neck at times, Gideon is your classic bad boy and it's his biggest charm, aside from being strong and capable, which makes everyone swoon over him almost instantaneously.
Things seem to be developing not just for both Gideon and Gwen but for other characters in this book as well. Lesley, Gwen's trusted best friend, seems to be getting a story arc of her own with the introduction of Gideon's younger brother, Raphael. I loved Lesley for being smart and just a good best friend to Gwen and if there's anyone who deserves a story of her own, it's Lesley. What made this book such a fun read was the addition of Xemerius, the ghost gargoyle who is quite useful as a spy. I laugh every single time he asks Gwen for a pet and while he was trying to make sense of the time period he was in. He's like that little voice inside your head telling you things, may they be good or bad. It's still unclear how he fits in the story, but his ability to walk through walls might be handy to move the story further forward.
What ultimately made me love this book though, despite the still slow development of the story, albeit faster than it is in Ruby Red, is that many other things were happening at once that keeps the reader entertained. There are still more questions than answers in this book but certain things are explained better and there's finally hope that everything will make sense soon. The author is dropping hints on what might be in store for the next book. The question is, where does Gwen fit in all of it? Why is the Ruby so important and what is this Raven's power that everyone keeps on talking about? What happens when the Circle is completed? Why is Paul and Lucy so hell bent on preventing the Circle's completion?
Such a cliffhanger of an ending! I feel like Sapphire Blue built up all the tension and anticipation to prepare the readers for quite an ending in the third installment. Sapphire Blue is the deciding factor that made me love this trilogy. It just has "more" of everything. More development, more romance, more angst, more fun and laughter, more clues and more of the Count's secrets unraveling. Even though you still keep on guessing just what might happen next, the story flow is so much better and smoother and you just find yourself reading page after page, wanting to find out just what is still in store for Gwen and Gideon as they traverse time and space.
Sapphire Blue just made me love time traveling books! Definitely entertaining with a fun mix of characters that makes a reader frustrated, happy and a little satisfied with the way the story goes. I just hope everything gets wrapped up nicely in the last book! There are so many things to look forward to and I am so excited to find out how it all ends!...more
That moment gave me goosebumps and I was very scared for a minute. And then I realizReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
"Your last card was Death, Poppy."
That moment gave me goosebumps and I was very scared for a minute. And then I realized how good Sharon Jones was because with a single line, she made me feel fear. Is this book good? Based on that and a whole lot more, I will wholeheartedly say YES.
Poppy doesn't share the same Pagan beliefs like her mother does, but when her paths cross with a girl who ended up dead in the lake the next morning and she's starting to see people that aren't really alive, it's time for Poppy to think carefully of what she believes in. Having had a close encounter with Death herself, Poppy knows there's something more than the drowning everyone seems to think happened to Beth, and as Poppy tries her hardest to prove that it's nothing but that, her scientific, logical mind is put to test by the mystical and the unexplained she's starting to encounter.
I love Poppy. She's naturally inquisitive and once she's curious about something, she'll never rest until she finds out the mystery surrounding it. She might get on some people's nerves once in a while, especially with her best friend who she was secretly in love with, but it was all for a good cause. She's a typical teenager who's going through all the motions and dilemmas a teenager goes through, that is until the accident that almost took her life and the unexplainable things suddenly surrounding her. I understand her need to find a reason and explanation for things, because the very thought of them happening without a reason or being supernatural is what oftentimes scares the wits out of people.
I find the romance set-up for Dead Jealous very familiar yet unusual at the same time. The Knight and The King, an older guy and the best friend. This is one of the very few times where I wholeheartedly am rooting not the best friend, but the other guy. Michael, the very reason for Poppy's heartache, comes off as a very undesirable character for me. He's the guy who becomes your bestfriend, hides the fact that he's in love with you, gets a girlfriend, realizes that he still loves you but loves the other girl too and immerses himself in a dilemma that was all too cliche. The guy plays safe, and I hate how he had to agonize over his feelings for Poppy when one moment he was saying that he'd love her since he was little and then shift to being afraid of letting his girlfriend go. Despite some questionable things in his life, Tariq felt right. He's the type of guy you'll be comfortable with for being funny and familiar and a little flirty but he's there for Poppy when she needs it. I like him not because he's more mature and experienced, but I felt like he'll understand Poppy more.
Dead Jealous starts off at a deceptively steady pace with a quirky girl as the protagonist and then suddenly, as you read further and further, drawn by something hypnotic and good in the way the author wrote it, you encounter moments and scenes that will make you jump and wide eyed in the most unexpected moments. It became an addictive waiting game for me when I started to anticipate and guess when Poppy will have a brush with the supernatural. It became a very good guessing game when I started to try and figure out the mystery behind Beth's death and the reasons why it was done. If the title isn't enough to give you a clue on what kind of read this is, then brace yourself for a story filled with mystery, Pagan rituals and a lot of things that will make you think if they're real or from your imagination. It's Nancy Drew for teens with a dark twist. It gives you that nostalgic feeling when you were still gobbling up Nancy Drew novels and yet you find that Sharon Jones still has something fresh and new to offer in the way she writes.
What a very thrilling read! If the mystery surrounding one girl's death isn't enough to attract your attention, then Poppy's wonderfully dizzying life as it starts to unravel alongside the clues, the bits and pieces that makes up the events that happened that one, cold night will definitely draw you in. Death, heartbreaks, secrets, lies and deception, all wrapped up in one YA novel. Dead Jealous is the kind of novel you read that will make you think of it as ordinary but completely becomes something very interesting that will hook you in further until you find yourself breathless and reeling when everything finally falls into place. And despite my dislike of Michael, I think the ending was very romantic. See despite that dark, thrilling, put you on the edge of your seat kind of story, Dead Jealous ultimately still gives you that warm fuzzy feeling at the end and I loved that....more