The first thing I want to talk about is the cover of Crave. Despite the girl on the front looking nothing likOriginally published on Once Upon A Time.
The first thing I want to talk about is the cover of Crave. Despite the girl on the front looking nothing like the image I have in my head of Savannah, and it being (let’s face it) a fairly generic young adult paranormal romance cover, I adore it. I know the UK cover (pictured) isn’t too different from the US edition but I just find those subtle differences enough to make it a stand out cover. The red and black is a nice contrast and the red leaves around the edges are foil embossed. It’s lovely.
As for the novel itself, I really enjoyed it. I was quite pleasantly surprised by Crave as I didn’t expect anything entirely different from any other young adult paranormal romance, and I suppose in a lot of ways it wasn’t, but the writing style pulled it up into a world of its’ own and I loved it. It is most definitely a gripping read and I adored the witchy elements in The Clann, and also Savannah’s half-witch, half-vampire genetic heritage. It’s a lot of fun discovering everything as Savannah does.
There are a lot of rather “meh” reviews around for Crave and because I’d seen so many, I had been put off a little from trying it for myself, and I suppose the issues these others have pointed out were present, however, I enjoyed it a lot and I may have missed out on a great read. My issues were with Savannah herself. The two perspective story telling method which varied between Savannah and Tristan’s viewpoints worked really well. They gave us a look into each character’s mind as we follow the developing romance between the two of them. Tristen I liked a lot as a character, but Savannah is one of those female characters that just doesn’t seem to have her head screwed on quite right. I kept wanting to shout at my book and tell her to just talk to people. Voice her issues, opinions, and everything inbetween because not doing so does nothing but cause more problems than it solves, whatever it is that she wants. Saying that, she isn’t an unloveable character and I did want to see her happy.
All in all I was pretty sad when I had to put Crave down as I was enjoying it thoroughly and I look forward to the next in the trilogy. If you’re into young adult paranormal romance, I highly recommend you check this one out....more
Okay guys, I started off thinking this was yet another clichéd, overrated young adult novel not worth all the hyOriginally posted on Once Upon A Time.
Okay guys, I started off thinking this was yet another clichéd, overrated young adult novel not worth all the hype it has gained. I’d seen the vampire ruling a town thing before in Morganville and there are so many post-apocalyptic dystopian novels around at the moment that I just couldn’t see myself coming to like The Immortal Rules. However, I was convinced otherwise pretty damn quickly.
Allison is actually a kick-ass heroine set to rival the likes of Buffy and whilst I didn’t see her as more than a regurgitated Katniss at first, she soon proved to be a hell of a lot more. She has good reason to be selfish in the beginning and eventually proves herself as the kind of character you can really get behind, agreeing with her methods. We follow her inner struggles, though they don’t overcome the entire novel, they’re just a fact of her becoming a vampire despite despising the creatures, and her decisions which whilst sometimes backfire horrendously do make a lot of sense.
The vampires are creatures worth hating, treating human beings as blood cattle, taking the ‘lucky’ few in to keep as thralls, pets that will do their biddings, and to run their closed off cities for them. They are slimy, horrid and purely out for their own gain. The rabids are terrifying. These are zombie-like creatures that live outside of the cities, though so much scarier. Faster, stronger, more powerful, but just as taken over by a craze for living flesh and blood as the zombies we know and love. They aren’t zombies. I have to reiterate that. But in the post-apocalyptic world, they reminded me vaguely of the swarms of walking dead. But so much worse.
The post-apocalyptic world and how it came to be is fascinating and horrifying and fantastic. Old shells of cities have become vampire-run towns with Kings and Councils. The suburbs have become ruins with stores of hundred year old canned goods for the Unregistered humans to scavenge. These are also the most likely places to find rabids as they tend to stay near human colonies, hoping for them to stumble into their midst. Whilst they aren’t clever, they have caught on to how their prey lives.
The Immortal Rules is well-written throughout. I am very glad I made myself read this and I am now going to book bully you guys into reading it as well. It is a unique piece of fiction which deals so well with the issues featured and I promise, it is most definitely not “yet another clichéd, overrated young adult novel”, it is so much more....more
I suppose I'd half forgotten what had happened to Amelie at the end of Last Breath as that seemed to be the onlyOriginally posted on Once Upon A Time.
I suppose I'd half forgotten what had happened to Amelie at the end of Last Breath as that seemed to be the only thing that wasn't repeated to us over and over again, which is actually something that really bugged me. We're given this nice little "previously in Morganville" chunk of text that catches us up to where we were and then it's also incorporated quite strongly into the story itself as well. Reminding us of everything that has happened. One or the other would do just fine! Still, despite it taking a little bit to pick up, after the first chapter or so it jumps right back into the Morganville we fell in love with and doesn't once start to drag.
In Black Dawn, Caine keeps to the multiple perspectives she used in Last Breath and I have to say that she has really got a hang of these. Though I get bored of multi-perspective stories as there are so many around, it's great to see different parts of the series and inside character's heads that we otherwise don't usually get to. I just hope we never get to see Myrnin's perspective because I really don't think that would work so well. He works best as a conundrum. Speaking of, he is as great as ever. I definitely laughed out loud a few times at his one liners and I will not spoil them for you. They're ace. But he is still a very deep character and I cannot stress how much I adore him.
As for the other characters, yet again we see more progression. Claire and Shane have really started to give me a warm glow when I read about them. They are so in love and the lack of angst is so refreshing. Michael and Eve, on the other hand, have quite a lot of problems in Black Dawn, particularly after the events in Last Breath. Michael is becoming more of a vampire every day and Eve has been hurt quite badly, as such, she becomes strong. Not just the faux badass that she has been all along but properly strong. And Amelie is dying. Worse, she's changing and not for the better.
Black Dawn is, in my honest opinion, the best yet. At some point I just stopped taking notes while reading because I was too engrossed to remember I needed to jot things down. If you read this review despite the warning of spoilers and aren't entirely up to date with the series, I seriously recommend you pick the series back up because it gets so good....more