Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Finale - Review

Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Yeah right! This book wouldn't be part of the Hush, Hush series if everything was over... Hank is gone now and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for...

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ All right I know there have been mixed feelings about Finale, but I have to say I enjoyed it. I didn't think it was amazing but it wasn't horrible either. It falls in the middle for me so three stars is a decent grading for me. The plot was a little disappointing, but it could have been a lot worse. Nora and Patch are back and I would have to say that Becca Fitzpatrick was pushing it when she broke Nora and Patch up...again. I know it was all for show, but it really got on my nerves. I thought the plot was just pulled out of thin air, but at the same time not. It was a little weird to me.

Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing was the same as always and that was both a good thing and a bad thing. Because the writing was pretty much the same I felt like I was having Deja vu moment. Some parts of the book I thought I had read before.

Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I don't know why but I wasn't really... All right in the last book I was happy when the old characters came back. Nora, Patch, Vee, Scott etc. etc. But this time it wasn't like the last. I wasn't bouncing with joy when Nora, Patch- all right thats a lie. I was very happy when Patch came back in the picture...very happy indeed. Sorry I had to have a little swoon moment for Patch... Anyway back to the review. I don't know why I wasn't totally excited like I was last time.

Nora - I was very happy when Nora got a back bone, but she got it the wrong way... She did things she shouldn't have. And to me that is a big no-no.

Patch - I've got nothing to say about him... He was perfect like always. Well I do have one thing to say he started to show more emotion and more love towards Nora. I really liked that. He wasn't a hard brick wall this time and it was refreshing.

Vee - All right I was getting seriously pissed off when Vee went all high and mighty about how Patch is a psychopath. She would know, she did date one once upon a time...

Scott - Scott transformed from would be bad ass to protective brother-figure to Nora. I'll always love Scott and what he stood for...

Dante - You know I liked Dante at first, but as the book progressed...not so much. I started to hate him- no thats not right. I started to loathe him with a passion.

Marcie - I've never liked her... In this book I sort of did, but I knew she was up to something. And come to find out I was right, she was up to no good.

Overall I give Finale - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ out of ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Ghost And The Goth - Review

It's not my fault that I was born with it all- good looks, silky blonde hair, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing. My life (ahem, death) isn't perfect, though. Run over by a bus of band geeks- could there be anything worse? Actually, yes. I'm quickly losing control of my afterlife, and the only person who can see or hear me is Will Killian, TOTAL loser boy. If I can get Will to talk to me, I might have a chance. But that means trusting him with my secrets…and I don't trust anyone living or dead.

The Goth 

My mom thinks I'm crazy. My shrink wants to lock me up. Basically, my life sucks. And that was before the homecoming queen started haunting me. Alona Dare was a pain when she was alive; dead, she's even worse. Yeah, I can see, hear and touch ghosts. And not I've got a dead cheerleader who won't leave me alone, and a violent ghost who wants me dead. Alona and I might be able to help each other if we can stop hating each other long enough to try. Yeah…I'm screwed.

Alright what can I say about The Ghost and The Goth… Well four words come to mind; I. Totally. Loved. It. Yeah I know can I be any more of a dork for saying it like that- wait don't answer that. I really don't want to know if that makes me a dork, or not ha ha! Any hoo on to the review!

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Alona Dare is the girl that every guy wants to date (some girls to) and every girl wants to be (not all girls wish to be her). On a cool early morning Alona Dare is on her way out, having snuck of school, to do some hush, hush things when… she got hit by a bus full of band geeks! Now she's one of the ghouly ghostly kind and she's totally not loving it one bit. She wants to know why the holy bright light hasn't come and claimed her and taken her to paradise. And with Will Killian help, if he likes it or not, she'll soon be taken up to heaven, or where ever she is meant to go. Will Killian has always been able to see, hear, talk, even touch ghosts. And he's gone as far as told his Mother this and now his shrink wants to lock him up and throw away the key. Will tries his best to ignored the spirits and ghost that haunt him, but its really hard- okay, okay its impossible to ignore Alona Dare. He promises to help her, if she promises to help him with his ghost groupies that are starting to show up after news gets out that he can hear ghosts. I really enjoyed The Ghost And The Goth and I can't wait to read the next in this trilogy; Queen Of The Dead.

Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing was done very well and I really loved how the words flowed together, they fit well together. It wasn't any broken words, or sentences that didn't make sense, I really loved and enjoyed that. If I can't concentrate on the words I know that I will never finish a book.

Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I can't tell you how much I loved the characters in this book! Now that doesn't mean I won't try…

Alona Dare - Alona is your average popular girl. Cheerleader, fashion expert, determined, and down right snobby nose bitch- sorry had to be said. I really loved her determined attitude towards everything, always putting her best foot forward and knowing that she will always get what she wants, only if she hadn't gone off and died…

Will Killian - Will is your everyday average guy, that likes dark clothes- oh and he can see, hear and touch ghosts. He tells Alona time and time again that he isn't Goth, but with his dark hair, pale skin, and his dark clothes it really does help him fight against her ruling of him being Goth. I really liked him. I thought he was a really cool character and I can't wait to read more into his character in the next book!

Joonie - Okay I really didn't like her that much. She was a little…weird- okay creepy, to me at least! I'm not saying that no one else will like her, but…you'll see what I mean when you read the book. I don't want to spoil anything for any of you guys.

Julia Killian - Mother of Will Killian, whose husband committed suicide three years before, a emotional drained woman because of this. She is debating putting Will in the nut house after all his talk of ghosts and being able to hear and see them.

Overall I give this book ☆ no more and no less!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Silence - Review

Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks- with no one knowing where she was or who she was with- she tries to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her friends, Vee, and dodge her mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is the voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows. And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a very sexy stranger, who she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers... and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

If I could describe this book in one word I would and guess what, I'm going to: amazing! I couldn't believe how much this book drew me in. When I read the summary and learned that Nora lost her memory I was really kind of nervous. I didn't think I would enjoy it that much, but then <i>he</i> came back into the picture and I was smiling like a schoolgirl. As I read the book I found myself laughing, smiling, wanting to scream, tear my hair, and really really punch someone whose name starts with a H. I ended up finishing the book and hardly being able to wait for the fourth installment in Fall 2012. If you have yet to read this series I can honestly say you should! It's great and you won't regret it!

Plot - Nora is back but things have gone from bad to worse: she's lost her memory and can't remember anything from the past 5 months. She wakes up in Coldwater Cemetery and has no knowledge of how she got there. After a lot of news that it's not the month she thinks it is and that she has been MIA for only three months. She doesn't understand any of it and is determined to get down to the bottom of it. The plot was very good I couldn't keep the book closed for more then a few minutes without picking it back up and beginning to read it again.

Writing - The writing was great! It drew me in and I couldn't kept my nose out of this book! It was that good. The writing is detail and you feel as if your there as a invisible bystander as the story progresses. The writing hasn't changed at all and I love that about it.

Characters - Nora and Patch are back and I found myself squealing like a fangirl when Patch showed back up. I couldn't get enough of the characters and I can't wait to read the next book in the Hush, Hush series!

Overall I give this book - no more and no less!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Crescendo - Review

Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him- despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer.

But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything- and everyone- she trusts.

When I first read Hush, Hush I don’t think there was even talk of there being a next book, well not yet anyway- but boy am I glad that Becca Fitzpatrick wrote Crescendo. I was at the store looking for something new to read when Crescendo caught my eye. I stared at it in awe, I couldn’t believe that it was out. I snatched the book up immediately. I opened it and read the first few pages and was jumpy with excitement! I knew right then that I had to get it. So I did and I began to read it right when I got home. This book takes you into a world of fallen angels, love, betrayal, and revenge. If you haven’t read Hush, Hush or are thinking that Crescendo isn’t going to be worth your time and money, your wrong! It totally is worth your time, money, and so much more.

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The plot beginnings where Hush, Hush left off. It’s a few months after the Hush, Hush and Nora is in a happy relationship with Patch, well as happy as she’s going to get anyway. After a whacky night at the beach things soon start to change, Patch starts to change. He isn’t around as much as Nora would like and she hears that he’s hanging out with Marcie Millar, Nora’s archenemy. She wants to get some answer from Patch, but he tells her to leave him alone basically and Nora is happy- well maybe not happy- to. Then Scott Parnell moves back to town, and things come up that surprise Nora, no pun indented! Nora starts to wonder if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with her father’s death. She wants answer and she is determined to get them, no matter what the cost. I loved the plot of Hush, Hush and I loved the plot of Crescendo. What makes a great plot is where there actually is one. Your drawn into the story and in the role of Nora. You experiment what she does, what she feels and the mission she is on to discover all that has been on her mind since she discovered that she is part of the Nephilim bloodline.

Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing is similar to Hush, Hush and of course that is a good thing. What one of the things that made me fall in love with Hush, Hush was it’s writing (the other being the characters) and how the words are alive and you don’t find yourself confused after the first paragraph.

Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The characters are both original and unique. You can’t help but fall love with Nora, Patch, Vee, Rixon, and even Marcie Millar from time to time. You’ll find yourself falling deeper in love with each character as you learn more about them and traveling with them through a journey to discover all the secrets of the Nephilim world and all that is hidden in it’s shadows…

Overall I give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ - more and no less!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bite Club - Review

After learning that vampires populate Morganville- and surviving a number of adventures with her new night-dwelling friends- college student Claire Danvers has come to realize that for the most part, the undead just want to live their lives.

But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport being broadcast over the internet: bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against one another- or worse, against humans. Tracking the out-of-town signal leads Claire- accompanied by a loyal group of friends and frenemies- to discover that what began as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville.

And if they want to survive, they'll have to do a lot more than fight...

When I saw this book my mouth dropped. I couldn't believe that it was out already, after finishing Ghost Town a few months before I was prepared to wait a lot longer then I did for Bite Club to come out. But there it was looking unread and beautiful that I just had to buy it. I finished it and I couldn't believe what transpired throughout the book. There were times I was completely taken by surprised and times I wanted to scream and shout and just throw the book across the room, but it got better and I found myself smiling as I read the last page. And here I sit writing this review and anxious to get my hands on the next book in the Morganville Vampires series, Last Breath!

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The plot didn't differ from the earlier books and I was so happy that it was as the books before it! You never want to see a book series that you've love from the beginning to change right at the end, never! And like I said before I'm super glad that Rachel Caine didn't change a thing!

Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing hasn't really changed at all and I'm glad that it hasn't. I like Rachel Caine's writing style, it's very addicting and you never, ever want to put the book(s) down!

Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Claire is back along with Shane, Eve, and Michael for an all new and deadly, if your not careful, adventure! Things have grow back to normal, but now a new gym has been started up and Claire doesn't know if this is good, or bad. Is it good, or bad? Well you'll just have to read the book and decide that for yourself.

Claire Danvers - Claire is a 17 year old college student living in a town that is infested with vampires. Now all vampires aren't all bad, but Claire has been known to trust the wrong kind of vampires, hell even some humans can't be trusted in Morganville. It's all about survival in this town and you can't throw trust around like it's free money. Claire has learned this the hard way and she finds herself taking her time in figuring out who she can trust and who she has to keep an eye on because you never know you might end up beginning someone's meal!

Shane Collins - Shane has a hatred for vampires that would shock a lot of people. Things happened many years ago that he would love to forget, but can't. His family was torn apart by the thing he despises most in the world: vampires. A gym has opened up and its for learning to defend yourself against vampires, and Shane can't wait to join. After joining this gym and take secret 'special' classes Shane begins to act different, like he was before: distant and cold. Claire isn't to keen on letting Shane out of her sights after he begins to at strange and not like himself. Claire doesn't know whats up with Shane and his mood swings, but she sets out to find out just what is wrong with him and turn him back in the Shane that everyone loves!

Eve Rosser - Eve is gothic and she loves it! She doesn't take anyones crap, not even Shane's. Eve is ready for life to settle down so that she and her boyfriend, Michael Glass, can focus on their relationship, but as you well know there will be none of that in Morganville. Trouble starts up again and the whole Glass House gang sets out to find the trouble and end it, permanently. New and old enemies show up and Eve isn't sure that Morganville is going to last this time around!

Michael Glass - Undead rocker and all around american boy. He is a Morganville native, born and raised. So he knows when things go bump in the night and that's not on account with the bat like ears and sharpened eyes of a vampire. He, like Shane and Eve, have lived in Morganville for far to long to not know what's going on and who's doing what, even if it's something they shouldn't be doing. When trouble starts up yet again and Shane is acting weirder then usual, Michael knows that somethings about to go down and that it might be more then he, Claire, and even Eve and handle.

Myrnin - He is Claires undead boss and the mad scientist behind how things run in Morganville. He is brilliant, but also mad and Claire finds herself always fearing when she goes to work, because one day she might find him mad as ever and out of his mind and ready to bite into for a little snack.

Overall I give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ - no more and no less! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Vampire Academy - Review

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires- the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them. 

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger...and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever...

If I had to sum this book up into one word it would have to be amazing! I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down I was so wrapped up into the complex world of Vampire Academy. Richelle Mead did a fantasic job and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the Vampire Academy series, Forstbite.

Rose and Lissa have been on the run for two years. Dodging anything and everything that the St. Vladimir Academy sent there way. But one night that all changed. They were caught and dragged back to the one place Rose never thought they'd see again. As she put under house arrest and is told that she will not be allowed to see Lissa, Rose does everything in her power to come up with a plan to escape so what happen 2 years before didn't happen again. But as Rose and Lissa fall back into swing of thing, they decided that it would be best to stay and ride out the rest of their high school year and graduate. But as nasty and cruel things are done to Rose and the people that she cares most about, she starts to think that running away looks more and more appealing.

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The plot was very well thought out and done. I haven't seen such a unique plot in a really long time, sad but true. I found myself sucked into Rose's world of mortal vampires who, if killed while feeding, turned into the evil Strigoi, and she would do anything to keep Lissa away from temptation and in the likelihood, her becoming one of them.
Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ In my opinion the writing was very well written and I found myself reading and reading and finding it hard to stop. I want to read and read more and more until sadly the book ended.
Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The characters I loved! I couldn't get enough of Rose, Lissa, Dimitri, Mason, and all the others you get to read about.

Rose Hathaway - Rose is your average girl. She likes partying and drinking, but she gives that all up to protect and keep safe her best friend, Lissa from the Strigoi, vampires that never die. So when she and Lissa are dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy she is ordered not to see or speak to Lissa. But she won't take this sitting down. She set out to show them all that she can become powerful enough to keep Lissa safe so that one day she'll become her  
officialguardian. So she begins training with Dimitri and soon finds herself drawn to him even though he is 7 years her senior.

Vasilisa 'Lissa' Dragomir - Lissa has always been shy and never into standing out and partying like Rose. After losing her parents and older brother, and nearly losing Rose as well, Lissa has become unstable. But after meeting Christian she finds herself becoming whole again and feeling alive for the first time in so many years.

Dimitri Belikov - Dimitri is a very strong and powerful guardian, so much that he has been called a number of names one of them naming him a god. After Lissa and Rose's return to the academy, he is named Lissa new guardian. He then is giving the assignment of training Rose so that when she is strong enough she can become Lissa guardian.

Christian Ozera - Christian is one that is set on the old ways of the Moroi: fighting back against the Strigoi by the use of magic even though it has been banned for hundreds and hundreds of years. He is taken with Lissa and goes out of his way to make sure that she is safe and that no harm with come to her: even if its from herself.

Mason - Mason is one of Rose's old friends from before she and Lissa made a break for it. He helps Rose with a number of things and only because she's his friend and he is hopelessly in love with her.

Overall I give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ - no more and no less!

Linger - Review

The longing.
 Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For am, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain. 

The loss. 
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of begin human. 

The linger. 
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces- wolf and human- with love baring its two sides as well. It's harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough? 

If I could sum this book up into one word that would be spectacular! I loved this book so much that I found myself saddened that it had to end. This book leaves you wanting more and more and wanting to get your hands on the next book in this amazing trilogy, forever. 

The book continues a few months after shiver ended. Spring is on it's way, but its taking its sweet time on getting there. Sam is still finding it hard to believe that he's turned human for good and Grace is discovering that something is changing within her and she doesn't know what. 

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I thought the plot was amazing! It starts off where shiver ended and I was so happy that it did! 
Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing was awesome as always! 
Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I've got to say I missed Grace and Sam a whole lot and I was so excited picking up linger and reading were Shiver left off and to see what was happening with all the characters and wolves of Mercy Falls. 

Grace Brisbane - Grace is back and is ready to start her new life with Sam and look forward to her future with him. I enjoyed her character very much. She hasn't changed much, if at all, from shiver and I loved that. Grace is feeling something dark falling over her and waiting to be released. 

Sam Roth - Sam is extremely happy that he is not turning into a wolf and you can tell that by the way he is now living his life. He's ready to live his life and marry Grace, but when has anything been easy. Now with this strange unknown sickness falling upon Grace and their love is thrown through obstacle through obstacle. He will do anything to make things right so that he and Grace can continue living their lives the way they want. 

Cole St. Clair - Cole is a troubled and damaged soul. He want's nothing more then to leave his human life behind him and become a wolf forever. Cole is someone that wants to leave his life behind him and start a new one as a wolf, but it's not what he expects. Things become complicated and the thing he thought he wanted turns out to be totally the opposite. 

Isabel Culpeper - Isabel is her selfish self who says many true things in a very cruel way, but it's the truth none the less. She meets Cole and finds herself strangely attracted to him. Isabel wants to forget all that's happening around her, but she knows that's not possible so she lives with it all. The death of her brother, her parents fighting, and the wolves that were the cause of her brothers death even though she blames herself for it. She finds herself beginning the voice of reason and trying to bring everyone down to earth and trying to figure out whats going no with Grace and how to fix it.

Overall I give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ - no more and no less!