So …. wow.
I just finished “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” and I’m pretty awestruck.
I haven’t been left that breathless from a book since … well, probably something TMI/TID related, or something Douglas Clegg wrote.
This book, man …
I’m going to write a proper review in the next few days, but right now all I can say is if you enjoy paranormal/romance, young adult novels … you NEED to read this book. NEED.
Also, the author is freaking cool as ice. I love her already <3.
I should probably stop starting books before I finish the stack I’ve already started. BUT I CAN’T HELP IT. I have book ADD, xD
I slept for an hour and a half tonight and then woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I started reading “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin. I’d heard a few people talking about it and thought it sounded pretty good so I finally decided to start reading it and it’s pretty good so far!
I didn’t think I was going to like it at first because the writing didn’t seem to pull me in, but it got better after the first few chapters, and I absolutely love how Mara interacts with her siblings, especially her older brother Daniel. It reminds me of how I am with my siblings, and it cracks me up.
AND MARA RESCUING THE PIT BULL <3. That definitely hit close to home and I love the author for including something like that :’)
I’m on chapter twenty now. I was going to stop and try to sleep again, but it’s almost six AM so I really don’t see the point now.
So I’ve been away for what feels like a ridiculous amount of time because I go back and forth between my house and my sister’s house, and my sister doesn’t have internet at the moment! So in order to get online, I either have to go to the library or the park(which would be easier since it’s just down the street, but they seem to have gotten rid of their Wifi >__<).
Anyway, I’m back at home now, on my crappy (but functioning) internet, along with all my books, so hopefully I can get back to my rambling and flailing and reading as I was before :-D
Also, I really wish the Inkworld had a fandom …
Kelly Creagh - “Nevermore”
(I reviewed this book earlier this year but I’m posting this here now since the sequel, Enshadowed, comes out this month!)
Being a huge fan of Poe, I knew this book was going to be a hit or a miss for me. Surprisingly, it was a bit of both.
At first, it physically hurt me to read the book, simply because of the horrendous high school cliches and the annoyance of the main character, Isobelle. I mean, do girls really act like that? But I digress. Once all that is past and the story actually starts to form, the book immediately gets better and draws you right in. The writing is fluid in most parts, and facts about Poe are spot-on and placed well within the context of the story, and Isobelle actually becomes likable once she stops treating Varen like a “freak.”
The story is imaginative and original. The “dreamworld” is unique and just that, dreamy. However, in some parts, the scenes can drone on and on when in reality they could have ended three paragraphs before. In fact, in some parts of the book, you can skip entire paragraphs and not miss anything of any importance at all.
All in all, the book is a good read. Like I said before, it’s imaginative, as well as eerie. The romance is lovable and you find yourself cheering for the characters. The story is lovely and haunting and surprisingly scary in some parts. In the end, I was glad I read it and am very much looking forward to the sequel.
Gena Showalter - “Wicked Nights”
Now, I am not a fan of Harlequin Romance at all. In fact, I avoid them like the plague. They’re all cheesy, predictable, and usually poorly written - nothing more then 300+ pages of heaving bosoms and throbbing manhood.
However, my one exception is this author, Gena Showalter. Years ago, I picked up a copy of “The Vampire’s Bride” which was part of her “Atlantis” series, and I decided to take a chance on it, despite it carrying the Harlequin brand. Needless to say, I was surprised because I loved it. Showalter is a ridiculously talented writer, who paints a vivid picture and creates characters you either love, hate, or love to hate.
This brings me to the point of this post, “Wicked Nights.” It’s the first in her new “Angels of the Dark” series. Now, I may be biased when I say this book is freaking great. Anyone who knows me know that I have a deep seated obsession with angels, especially well written, protective, male angels (I usually can’t stand female angels since there were none in the bible, but I make exceptions here and there, this being one of those cases).
This is the summary, taken from Goodreads.com |
Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless—and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never known before. Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation?
Of course the summary makes it sound like it’s all about sex, but it’s not. Annabelle is an interesting, eccentric girl who I found quite relatable - she seems like she would fit in well on Tumblr, and the trouble she faces inside the asylum makes her quite wary of anything regarding physical or sexual content.
Zacharel is moody, broody, and dreamy (as are most of Showalter’s main males). You don’t know whether you want to slap him or kiss him, but the more you read about him, the more you love him.
One of the things I love most about Showalter is the way she writes her side characters. They usually steal the show away from the main couple, and this book is no different. Reading about them makes you more excited for her upcoming books featuring those characters than you are about finishing this book. Not to mention how the characters in this series are tied into her previous series, “The Lords of the Underworld” (you don’t have to read those to read this, either, another bonus).
If you’ve never read anything by Showalter, I definitely suggest you pick this book up. It’s well written, funny, sexy, eerie, and fun. Overlook the Harlequin brand and you’re in for a treat :). Gena has been one of my favourite authors for a while, and she will always remain so. I cannot wait for the next book in this series featuring Koldo!
I ordered an anthology of “The Chronicles of Narnia” so I’m waiting to get it in the mail before I read the last three books. BUT I WANT TO READ THEM NOW.
I have plenty to distract myself with, though. I’m about halfway through “Breeder” by Douglas Clegg and I really need to sit down and finish “Insurgent” because it’s so good omg.
Oh, and I’m hopefully going to start on “Rot & Ruin” soon, since I FINALLY FOUND A PLACE TO DOWNLOAD IT!!
No but seriously I hope my Narnia book comes tomorrow, xD