It was kinda hard to see Beau as his own person sometimes since so much of the dialogue Stephenie left in kept reminding me of Bella. Maybe it's becauIt was kinda hard to see Beau as his own person sometimes since so much of the dialogue Stephenie left in kept reminding me of Bella. Maybe it's because I'm so use to Bella's voice during those scenes as well since Twilight is my favorite of the series. But once I was able to differentiate between Beau and Bella, he was a decent character and I'm starting to understand what Stephenie meant about him lacking the chip on his shoulder that Bella carried. Certain things that bugged Bella, didn't seem to irritate him one bit and he even joked about them, It was refreshing since Bella's moodiness was tiring.
Also, the scenes between Edythe and Beau, their own scenes, not scenes reused from Edward and Bella, were very sweet and reminded me why Stephenie shines as a romance writer.
I loved how fiesty Edythe is. Jessamine and Archie's added scenes were so adorable! I wasn't happy with how Charlie felt more flat in this version, though it could be related to my only one book complaint below.
On the alternate ending...
(view spoiler)[ How come Beau was a fantastic newborn? Stephenie had said that preparing yourself before changing helped with your control because of the mind state yet Beau didn't have any of the mental preparation Bella had so why was his control perfect?
Because of the info dumping of things from the rest of the books since Life and Death is clearly a one shot, made the impact....less emotional after Edythe decided to go through changing him. It just paled in comparison to the original storyline and I feel like the whole alternate ending just...faltered because of it. Yeah I know, Stephenie doesn't like to end her stories on a completely tragic note (expect for Bree's story) but I just wished there was more emotion considering all of Beau's loved ones thinking it's a tragedy.
Maybe I shouldn't be doing so many comparisons but Beau and Edythe's happy ending didn't have a decent impact, either. Edward and Bella went through a lot in four books but Beau and Edythe didn't go through much considering it was just one book. I can't help but feel this really hurt it for me but it also doesn't seem fair since, yeah Edward and Bella had more books, therefore more emotional investment.
While I agree with Stephenie of how Beau's transformation has more regret than Bella's since she was able to reconcile with her dad after the big blow up, it also bothered me that Charlie is going to suffer for the rest of his life, having Beau back for a short while before losing him. It feels more painful since Charlie felt guilty about leaving Beau alone those times and I can't help but feel it's gonna eat him up, severely.
WHY WAS THIS COMPLETELY SKIPPED OUT ON?
Since New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn won't be happening, fans will be relieved that you won't have to deal with Beau falling apart with Edythe leaving, Julie's character going to hell and no Resnesmee counterpart ever existing since the gender swap. I had wondered if that was why Stephenie decided to change Beau to soon considering Resnesmee ceases to ever exist once Edward became Edythe in this story. (hide spoiler)]
As much as I want Midnight Sun (which won't be happening, thanks to that thief E.L. James), this was a fun, interesting What If.
Fun Fact: A few times, I pictured Beau looking like my ex-boyfriend. LOL.
Millennium Snow is an oldie but definite goodie worthy of your time. It's about an girl named Chiyuki whom, despite an serious heart conditiRating 4.5
Millennium Snow is an oldie but definite goodie worthy of your time. It's about an girl named Chiyuki whom, despite an serious heart condition, longs to see the first snow before she dies. She unexpectedly meets an sharp tongued vampire named Toya who has an strong distaste towards humans and even possibly blood in general. Halfway though the manga we come across another guy who is similar to Toya.
One of my favorite things about Bisco Hatori's works is that her characters have amazing depth. Even though they come off sometimes too mean or even too nice to be true, there are excellent reasonings that really make you feel for the characters, their back stories speak to you so well. I also love her blend of silly, laugh out loud moments, intense, serious and touching, tugs-at-your-heartstrings scenes. especially (view spoiler)[when Chiyuki is dying from an fatal heart attack and still wishes that Toya find someone that he'll spend 1000 years with and he breaks down or the whole backstory with Satsuki and his adopted grandmother. (hide spoiler)]
The artwork is less clean and refined then her newer Ouran works and her characters look exactly (especially if you read Ouran first) like Ouran's: Chiyuki = Girly Haruhi, Toya = Glassesless Kyouta and Satsuki = Tamaki with earrings.
That being said, I HIGHLY recommend this series if you want an lighthearted, less gorey vampire romance story.
Continuing on to volume 2, things take an bit darker turn when the trio and Yamimaru go on an snowy trip to Switzerland and later Chiyuki's4.5 Stars
Continuing on to volume 2, things take an bit darker turn when the trio and Yamimaru go on an snowy trip to Switzerland and later Chiyuki's older cousin pays an visit from America.
This volume definitely feels more serious as well as growing the beard. It does get an little unnerving like (view spoiler)[Toya being possessed by Isabel and Kei going to scary lengths of "protecting' Chiyuki from Toya, such as tying her up in her room (hide spoiler)] Toya and Chiyuki's relationship grows stronger and Toya is really coming to terms with his feelings for Chiyuki, Sadly Satsuki takes an major backseat for the Kei drama to unfold though.
I actually had noticed that when Toya's feelings for her are questioned, she doesn't admit to anyone that he loves her. I'm thinking that Bisco-san is going the route of building it up until he tells Chiyuki to her face, Kinda like Beauty and the Beast.
Also this is not the conclusion as Millenium Snow is now off Hiatus and as been completed at 4 volumes. I'm eager to how Bisco-san complete it though I REALLY wish it was longer, like 7 volumes.
There's a reason this book is called The Coffin Club.
After Alexander leaves at the end of the previous book, Raven is restless for him to come back anThere's a reason this book is called The Coffin Club.
After Alexander leaves at the end of the previous book, Raven is restless for him to come back and since summer vacation is here, Raven wastes no time going back to Hipsterville.
I gotta say, I thought Dance with A Vampire was amazing but Schreiber BLEW MY MIND with this book! After finding her footing in DwaV, she keeps getting better and better. The plotting was tighter, the writing more mature and Raven and Alexander's relationship better developed. Though, it does take a back seat to vampire politics and Schreiber going back to her Vampire Kisses roots of putting a deeper meaning when this is suppose to be a vampire romance, once again combining the feeling of an outcast, -human or vampire- and dealing with judging people. Speaking of roots, I couldn't help but feeling a sense of deja vu reading, like Raven coming to Hipsterville and going to The Coffin Club back in Kissing Coffins and Alexander acting suspiciously like Raven did back in Vampire Kisses when he questioned her at dinner of why she snuck into the mansion.
That plot twist tho. Seriously.
Now must I sit here and be butthurt, trying to get the next books....more