Friday, 29 March 2013

Review: Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses, #1)

Vampire Kisses {Vampire Kisses, #1}/ Ellen Schreiber

Vampire Kisses is the first vampire novel by Ellen Schreiber, also the first book in the series with the same name.
This book is on the list of books called 'Books I've Read More Than Once'. You might think that I've read it three times because I like it? Kinda. But the real reason is that I have more than half of the series on my shelf, and every time I want to read the rest of the series, I end up forgetting the setting. Be warned people with memory problems.

The story goes around Raven Madison, a teenage goth that lives in Dullsville(or so she calls it), a small town full of gossipers. Her life is boring and pointless until someone moves in into the abandoned mansion on the hill.

In the past, this book would score from me a five star rating, but now that I go down to the details, it's hard not to notice some major flaws that are hidden with good foundation.

Plot:
The plot was the base for romantic vampire books. True story.
This novel was published way before Twilight, that brought with it an actual wave of books in this genre, both published and online writing websites as one.
After a bit of cliche history, the story was decent but there were some plot holes that I noticed only recently: how Raven and Alexander fell in love so deeply only by thinking of one another? How come this dude invited for dinner a girl who broke into his house? There are stuff unexplainable, especially the ending, but the next book gives an 'okay' summery of reasons. The funny thing is, that was supposed to be a stand alone. Are you telling me that we were supposed to read tarot cards to understand?


Writing:
I never had or do have a problem with Schreiber's writing style. The writing was simple and sparkling. Wait, sparkling? Her writing style was so light that you could just read chapters without noticing, or at least in my case. I would pick up more books by her.

Heroine- Raven:
I like Raven a lot. At least in this book. She knows how to kick ass and can be a badass but sometimes doing stupid things out of boredom. My biggest problem with her was that she was a giant goth-girl cliche, and let me tell you something: theres a type of goths called cyber goths and THEY WEAR BLACK WITH NEON COLORS. THEY EXIST, SO WHY NOT PUT THEM IN FICTION?! I love to rant, huh.


Love Interest- Alexander:
The swooing goth dude who loves Marilyn Manson so much that he can marry him, is our one and only love interest. Maybe this book is an old YA, but at least it doesn't have some weird-ass love triangle. It will soon get on my nerves.
This one is my favorite vampire dude ever (except for Grimm, one of my own characters). He is not the most realistic character ever, but he was decent. He had hobbies and wasn't a total Gary Stu, and it's easy to drool over him.

Overall: if you want a nice, relaxed, short read, this book will be a decent choice. Just be warned, it's gore-less.

Rating:
3.5/4 STARS

Recommended for:
-Vampire lovers
-Simple book lovers
-Those who want a nice read

Liked:
-Writing
-Raven
-Alexander
-Kinda the plot

Disliked:
-Gore-less
-Vegetarian vampire
-Typical goth

Random: Book Haul

Book Haul/ 03.21.13

My Book Buying Mania (BBM) started itching, again. I need to save money for an actual book shopping spree. Here are my results of a beautiful disaster:
L==>R: Shatter Me, Matched, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Review: Daire meets Ever (The Soul Seekers, #0.5)

Daire meets Ever {The Soul Seekers, #0.5}/ Alyson Noel

This is a short story that happens before most of the first book in The Soul Seekers series, Fated.
This short story features Daire Santos, the heroine of the new series. She's in the hospital ward, and in my theory, it's between chapter two to three.
Daire tries to escape from the hospital/psycho ward, and bumps into Ever.

The story was really short and was a 5+ minutes read. It was nice to spend a few moments on it and actually, between us, I think Noel wrote this shorty after she wrote the first book, because her writing was simple and fun to read.

Writing:
The writing didn't bold up, but I have no hate for simple writing, it was soft and fitted perfectly the story.

Characters:
Daire- She didn't do much but try and escape the hospital. In the story, I had no hate for her and liked her remarks.
Ever- It would be a surprise to most Noel haters, but Ever is nice and not annoying. I have no idea how that happened.
Damen- From where the fuck he came? Why was he here?
Jennika- Stay pretty, lady.

4/4.5 STARS

Liked:
-Daire
-Writing
-Enjoyed reading
-A bit of Ever

Dislikes:
-Damen doing shit
-Jennika...Jennika
-Shortness

Well, if you want to read this bonus, search for The Soul Seekers app on FaceBook. Takes no time and is a nice read.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Review: Night School

Night School/C. J. Daugherty


This is more of a rant than an actual review, so be warned my friends.

The story surrounds Allie, a problematic girl who gets arrested few times a year is sent to a boarding school miles from her hometown, London. She enrolls to the Cimmeria Academy, which hold 'secrets' and 'mystery'.

The second you heard Allie was arrested, you think she will be a badass and a strong heroine? Wrong!
I've read only half of the book but let me explain: there's two Allies; one int he first few chapters, the badass. And another who is a perfect student, like makeup and somehow survives without her iPod, who was her 'getaway'. It was so unrealistic that in one -poof- she turned into a loved by everyone girl, that she automatically get's into a love triangle. And one of her love interests tried to rape her. What is wrong with Young Adult novels nowadays?

Also, the idea of night classes sounded like the biggest rip off of the manga 'Vampire Knight'. Seriously, students who learn at night, mystery and shit... the people are- oh! Vampires! I was so surprised! Heck no. Daugherty didn't keep up the mystery well as she mostly just focuses on the stupid daily, boring stuff. God, I could slice the book in half and it would be the same!

The book was mostly boring and dull, and the love interests were so bleh. One that felt for me like some fake-face and the other was a rapist (yes, Allie almost got raped. The actual fuck?) I'm sorry I quit, but so many things are just wrong with this book.

Rating: 
0/0.5/1 STARS

Recommended to:
-people who don't mind reading a book with nothing
-who like any kind of book
-those who like to rant

Liked:
-The beggining
-Allie in the first few pages

Disliked:
Everything else

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Review: Fated (The Soul Seekers, #1)

Fated {The Soul Seekers, #1}/Alyson Noel


Where do I begin? First of all, I have really mixed up feelings about this book. I don't know if I love it or hate it, maybe both.

The story goes around Daire Santos, a daughter of a known make up artist of Hollywood, Jennika, who never had a place to call a home. When they are on a movie set in Morocco, Daire sees dead figures and heads on spikes, and when she tells that to her mother, she thinks she lost it and sends her to a doctor. The doctor can't help with his useless medication, so our 'poor' Daire is sent to New Mexico, to live with her Shamanist grandmother. Soon, she founds out she's a 'soul seeker' and her duty is to save the balance of her world.

Plot:
First thing first, the plot was actually pretty cool and awesome, compered to the first 50 pages I read of Evermore, Noel's other 'paraNORMAL' series. I loved the pattern of Native American mythology and the cool magicK (yes, it's written like that) skills that Daire learned along the way. But did she use them wisely? No! My only problem with the plot was that it was so predictable, that I wanted to take the book and throw it through the window. That's the reason why it took me few MONTHS to read it (while reading comic books along the way). If you can't stand a plot that you know what's going to happen, DON'T pick up this book.












(That's a warning to you all.)

That was my big hate about this novel, except the stupid romance.

Writing:
According to reviews on old Noel's novels, this book actually had a lot more showing than in other books, but if to tell the truth, will all those nice words, it felt really dull. It was like a painting that the artist just threw the pretties colors in the world on canvas, and it looked like a disaster. The writing was like 'oh, I found a new word in a dictionary that looks cool! I will put it in the next sentence!' I'm not even kidding.

Heroine- Daire Santos:
The most stupid, impatient and unthankful teenage girl I've ever met. If I choose from Daire, Zoey (The House of Night series) and Bella Duck (Twilight) which heroine I hate most, that would be a hard decision as 'to be, or not to be?'. I can't say much about her that I don't hate, so I will just say she was kind of okay in the last 10 pages. Seriously, Noel, seriously?














Love Interest- Dace:
Title says it all- those two lover birds are 'fated' to be together and no evil can do them apart.
Dace was supposed to be sweet, gentle and kind but I just saw him as the-wannabe-interesting-character (TWIC for short). I had high hopes for this douche.










Villain- Cade:
I might be the blackest ship ever, but I liked Cade. A lot.
Sad story is, he's one of the most three-dementional character in the story (except for few minor but awesome characters). He wasn't a perfect person and he was monster like, but he made the plot a bit better and he looked like an actual person. When I started reading the book, it never came to my mind that he would be my second favorite. I'm still shocked that one of my most favorite characters in the book was a manipulating dickhead. I still like him, though. Way too much.














Minor Characters:
Jennika- I don't know who I should give the-worst-mother-in-fiction award; to Jennika or Ezra's mother (from Pretty Little Liars). Jennika was this kind of character that you want to punch her and ask: the hell is wrong with you?!'
Her young age is an excuse to be a bitch, but hey, guess what? Being sixteen and pregnant shouldn't make you a bad parent! She never let her daughter have friends or a place to stay, as they were moving from one movie set to another. Oh, and the tragic irony is, she thinks it's best for her daughter. I just... I don't want to live on the planet anymore.

Xotichl- the second she appeared in the book, I fell in love with her. She was that girl that from the second she opens her month, you know you want her to always be there so you somehow like the book.
Xotichl (read Sochee) is a blind girl who can read energy. She's peaceful and spiritual but not naive and stupid. She was one of the most real characters and even at some point by the end, she turned into a true bad ass. I can't really describe how much I love her actually.













Paloma and Chay- those two were my favorite adults in the book. They guide our little Daire into all the three worlds, and they were really great support for her. Paloma was the grandmother that most of us would like to have: understanding, patient and had a realistic mind.
Chay was less of a guide than Paloma, but he helped with teaching some of the connections with the worlds.

Overall:
The book was a fun read from time to time, but I still wonder how I didn't rip apart the book at some points. I think I will try to survive the entire series.

2.5/3 STARS

Recommend to:
-Alyson Noel fans
-if you like sloppy romance
-if you are not a perfectionist

or

-you want to write a rant/negative review

Liked:
-idea
-Cade
-most of the minor characters
-cover

Disliked:
-Daire and Dace
-the romance
-writing
-Jennika
-predictable