Sunday, December 30, 2012

Awry Review: The Archers of Avalon #2

Picking up right where Anew ends, you're immediately pulled back into the story and trying to understand what's happening, just as the characters are. And then you'll be like: WAIT A SECOND. WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?! 

That's how I felt, especially when the flashbacks start coming, where you'll see a beautiful love story unfolding before your eyes. I was swept up in the characters' journey when they were alive in 1538 and loved seeing how everything happened back then. I hate picking sides in a love triangle, but that's what you have to do, right? I'm pulling for Tristan. Not that Gabriel isn't a great guy, but after reading the second book, my feelings haven't changed toward Tristan (seriously, where can I find one of him?!?!?!) and my heart just melted at his and Scarlet's interactions and conversations. And although I'm hoping for a happy ending for Tristan and Scarlet, I'm also hoping for Gabriel to have a happy ending. I love him, too. And I hope, after this dreaded curse is broken, that he'll finally be able to love. 

And as if the love triangle isn't complicated enough, it gets even worse. Now that Scarlet can "feel" everything that Tristan's feeling, and vice versa, things get heated and people might be shocked at what happens. What I do like about it, is that Scarlet didn't automatically just jump into bed with Tristan (not that she can, since he is essentially killing her) when she discovers an attraction to him in the first book. She doesn't understand this, obviously since her memories have been lost to her. But in most books involving a love triangle, the woman is usually going back and forth between the two men, never deciding, never caring who gets hurt in the way. But not Scarlet. She's levelheaded, careful, and also stubborn. She hates hurting the brothers, and she doesn't give up on them, or her friends. She's still trying to find her identity, and if you're like me, you're really hoping her memories will come back to her soon! 

Wow! What an ending! I actually saw it coming, not what was going to happen, but who Raven was. But I didn't expect what happened to some of the characters. But it was a fantastic ending nonetheless, and now I'm totally going to buy the third book and finish reading it very quickly! 

I loved Awry more than Anew, if that's even possible. I loved the flashbacks, the story-line, the characters. It kept pulling me in, and I could not put it down until I was finished!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Anew Review: The Archers of Avalon

Normally I don't do reviews. I don't like influencing other people's opinions on books. Because books--as I see it--are all about the reader's personal perspective and taste. While one person might think the book is slow and boring, another might see it as fast paced and suspenseful. One might think the writing is immature or terrible, another person might pick up another book by that same author because they loved their writing style so much. But I had to share my opinion on Anew, because it was refreshing, intriguing, and had me clutching my kindle to my chest because of the story unfolding before my eyes. 

Now onto Anew. When I read the premise, I cringed. Love triangle. I hate love triangles. Most of the time, it's just a push and pull between the three characters, where the woman (because it's always a woman in the middle, right?) doesn't decide until the very end, almost as if she made up her mind using a coin toss. And most of the time, authors don't know how to write a convincing love triangle, where you don't end up hating the main character and you don't end up only on one team. Not to mention how tricky it is when you're dealing with two brothers vying for the same girl. After reading some of the reviews on Amazon, I still wasn't convinced I'd like the book. I mean, the good brother vs. the bad brother? It's cliched. And that safe and good guy always makes the woman's decision easy, right? I was so wrong. 

The beginning of the book started off a little slow for me. Maybe it was because of my ever present criticism of young adult books (although I am a young adult) that made me want to stop reading--the way the characters talked because they were in high school was a little grating. But I kept going because I was really intrigued. The little bits and pieces of explanation thrown in the beginning chapters had me itching to read further so I understood what it all meant and how it came together. I like that about a book, making me want to keep reading because I just have to know what happens next right this minute. 

Aside from the few grammatical and spelling errors, I loved this book! It was better than I imagined it would be. It had me laughing, crying, and my heart ripping in two for the characters. I thought the pace was set nicely, and that it kept pulling me in even when I wanted to scream in frustration because I didn't know what was going to happen. And the ending had me screaming: WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?! :)

I don't want to say too much, as I feel like whatever I say will ruin things for the reader. It only takes a few bits and pieces of the story for someone to piece it together and know what happens before they've even read the book. So I'll leave it at, if you love suspense, the paranormal, romance, and fantasy, you'll love this book. It combines all those elements, with a beautiful love triangle that will have your heart melting in a puddle.

Overall, I give this 4 stars out of 5. I'd give it more, but being an English person, I can't ignore the errors throughout. Plus the beginning was hard for me to get through, as it was pretty boring.

Now I have to start reading Awry, the second book in the series, before I go crazy! :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Vampire Craze

Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, House of Night series...
It's no wonder that people are going crazy for vampires, and even werewolves, right now. I think Twilight really helped bring back the vampire genre. And now there's TV series, book series, bringing new and interesting views on vampires. What they are, how they came to be, what kinds of power they have. 

I'm a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries! #TeamDamon! But I do love Stefan ;) I won't care either way who Elena ends up with, because this show is fascinating. And I, unlike other people, am really enjoying the new twists this season. Except the sire bond, sort of. I won't judge it till the story-line delves deeper and goes farther. 

I'm also a huge fan of The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts. Now, I hope you NR fans out there have read these three books, because if you haven't, you're really missing out. 

Morrigan's Cross: the first book in the series. Hoyt is the powerful sorcerer who is charged by the goddess of war, Morrigan, to form a circle that will have to defeat the vampire "queen" Lilith, a nasty vampire who's been around for 2,000 years. He ends up in our time, looking for his brother Cian, who has now lived almost  1,000 years himself. Then comes Glenna, the witch, and they travel to Ireland with Cian's friend, King. They don't know exactly where to start, but as they have a vampire among them, they can at least find out how to kill one. Hoyt and Glenna are interested in the magicks that they could use to defeat the enemy, as fire is a weapon against them. Moira and Larkin come along, and the circle is almost complete. When they lose one of their own, it almost tears them apart. Blair comes along almost near the end of the story, where they have a pretty big skirmish between the vampires, their first real fight. Hoyt and Glenna's love story is very sweet and lovely to see unfold. What I love about their relationship is that it's not perfect. It takes work and patience and heart. They have all of that. All in all, I loved this beginning. 

Dance of the Gods: now comes along the middle part. Larkin and Blair take point in it, and as you may have guessed, they fall in love too. Of course that happens, right? :P Larkin is by far my favorite of the males, but it's mostly a tie between him and Cian for me. He's charming, sweet, and he can turn into a dragon! Um, hello handsome! This book takes place half in Ireland, but mostly the rest is in Geall. This fantasy land that Nora created (maybe! I don't have a clue if she made up the name or not, along with a lot of this fantasy story-line). Blair is the warrior, tough as nails, too scared to love again when she was unkindly rejected by her first love. It's nice to see her find someone who accepts and loves her ever the more for who she is. Larkin strikes me as the man who would never reject the woman he loves, and he's also the type of guy who will never let the woman he loves go. They have a lot to work out, seeing as how he's from a completely new world than she. It works out, as all true love stories do, but not without its bumps and bruises along the way. This book didn't take me very long to finish, and then I was craving the last story until finally I got back to the library to get it. 

Valley of Silence: the final book in the series. And, to tell you the truth, my favorite. Not only because the huge battle takes place, but because of the love story unfolding between Moira and Cian. There's just something about a damaged man (okay, vampire) that draws me in. He's a mystery, a puzzle. He's sarcastic and sweet. Funny, when he likes to be, mean when he needs to be. He's not perfect, and neither is Moira. She's quiet and strong, intelligent and sometimes too empathetic. After witnessing her mother's death by vampires, she's learned to not only trust Cian, but came to love him. Their love is the sweetest, and the saddest of them all, for he'll live forever and she's only a mortal. Will he change her, turn her into a vampire, or will he let the only woman he's ever loved in a thousand years go? That's the question, and some of you may or may not be surprised with the ending. The six are still in Geall, making more preparations and training an army. We learn more about Lilith's past, and about her weaknesses. Then comes the battle, with a few little skirmishes along the way. Enjoy the fast pace and suspense! And the ending is totally worth the wait, trust me. :)

6 people: a sorcerer, a witch, a warrior, a scholar, one who has many shapes, and one who is lost. And in true Nora fashion, they end up in pairs. True love, passion, fantasy, a war of the worlds. Evil, death, happiness, life. These books have it all. They won't disappoint you, and if you love the vampire genre, you'll fall in love with these books and characters as I have. They've got a unique view, and who doesn't enjoy a good love story? And the best part? You get three of those great love stories. :)

She seriously needs to make this trilogy into movies!! I think so many people would love them, and since the vampire craze is still huge, it would have a lot of fans already. I would love to see these in film. I really want to see them happen, and SOON! Mostly just to see how the characters would look, and to see the battles. :) But seriously, THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN!