Monday, July 18, 2011
Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.
The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?
I can't say that I enjoyed this book. It was OK, but, as in the same book, Nora is a strange person and she seems to take the worse decisions no matter the situation. Patch has a behaviour that scares Nora and also makes the reader hate him. I didn't quite get the fact that he was hiding from Nora when the answer was so simple.
A thing I liked is the twist in the plot. You never know who is the good one and who is the bad one, as always in Becca's books. When an old friend comes in town he seems to be exactly what Nora didn't need. She is trying to find out what caused the death of her father and ends up finding out the tragic truth with some help from him.
Caught between the relationship problems that she has with Patch, hating Marcie, finding out what happened to her dad and trying to buy a car, she never has enaugh time to solve any of her problems. Also, her mother never gets angry because she gets into trouble, but she gets angry at the beggining of the book because she is 4 minutes late. I find this a very strong contrast between her two sides wich I can't understand.
As usual, Vee can't stop eating junk food and dates the wrong guy. As usual, she has no idea about Patch being a fallen angel and all that.
Another thing that i didn't really understand is why, at first, one of the characters in the book tries to protect Nora and than is as cold as ice and really formal.
Conclusion: What I expected was a way better book. In the end, all the answers could have been guessed. Almost everything is predictable. I really hope that the 3rd book will be better.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
My review: I saw this book when it first came out but I wasn't really into this kind of books at the time. So I got it after a year. And I was fascinated.
The plot is so twisted, but at the same time easy to understand.Usually, when a writer complicates the plot to much, it gets hard to read and to follow.In this book, it's exactly the opposite. And I am not a native english speaker. And still, I was able to understand everything.
Erik seemed to be a nice guy, and Aphrodia the bad girl. Things start changing. And the character that I really hated, but, I tink, is the best way modeled is Zoey's step father. At each book there are more and more characters and a lot more stories. Anyway, you seem to be there and live all of Zoey's emotions.
It's a log time since I found a book about a group of special people and the best person to be the leader. I kind of feel sad for the others.
The thing is, all the stories of P.C. Cast take place somewhere near Tulsa and her main characters started being the same person with very small differences.
Conclusion : Very interesting and a great idea that people know about vampyres. and that they are accepted.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
My review: I was waiting to read this book for a long time. Why was I disappointed ? Because 3/4 of the book had almost nothing to do with what was mentioned. The first parts are just a long (and a bit boring) description of Luce's feelings and the life at Sword&Cross school.
The characters are interesting and there are some twists wich I loved. Good characters going bad. A crazy old lady. A best friend who dies.
Roland, Moly, Arriane, Gabe and especially Cam where never who I expected them to be. Oh and Miss Sophia.
The death scene was way to short and I couldn't understand a lot of it. Luce was just saved by the angels and that's all. No details. Exactly like in a film where everything is ok in the end. 100% happy. And the neutral fight. No one never wins. That's not a good thing because, this way, the book will never end.
But all this somehow bad parts are constructive. That's what makes the book good.
It became hard to read from time to time. Well, not hard, but somehow boring. I wished I could skip all the description parts and read the plot.I love description, but sometimes it's just too much.
I liked that when I had been reading the book, I never discovered what really happened to Trevor. This is a mistery.
The last thing that I want to mention is that I enjoyed the ending. Not a stereotypical happy ending (for now), But a mysterious ending that made me want to read more.
Conclusion: Nicely written. The plot is interesting, but, I think, a bit to mysterious.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
"Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for disturbed teens.
At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems…? Chloe realizes that if she doesn’t uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse…? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secrets? "
My review : I read this book about a year ago. I went into a library with my best friend and we were looking at the newest books as usual. I read the first part and it seemed cool.
I liked the way it is written. There are a lot of details and Chloe's way of thinking is really easy to understand.
There are 3 things that I liked about this book :
1) Chloe really belives that she has mental problems at first.
2) The fact that the Lyle house was not what it seemed.
3) The idea of the repeated scenes(rezidual as they call them ) after a death.- A death that is so horrible that it is repeated over and over again in the same place like a movie-
Chloe was able to see ghosts(real ones)when she was a small girl. But after one of them scares her at school(she was 15) she is sent to the Lyle house-a place that isn't quite what it should be- where a series of weird things happen because of her oversized powers.
She finds out that she can bring the dead to life and that she can talk to ghosts.
I was annoyed because we never find out very much about her necklace wich seems to be very important.
Conclusion : I loved this series. Kelley Armstrong is a great writer and here characters are great. I loved the situation twists.