I've read Michelle's Nightshade series so I was intrigued by her writing a YA series. Book 1 came up on an Audible sale, so I thought I'd try it out.
I will start by saying I LOVED it! I couldn't stop listening! The characters are sarcastic and fun even as they are surrounded by darkness and drama. The chemistry between them is perfect and you can almost see the story playing out in your head as you read it. Now I will say, it does have a Vampire Diaries feel to it... A girl that is a rare paranormal anomaly, her love interest the Angel, but the attraction to his brother the demon. The storyline does make for great suspenseful drama though and I've already started on book 2.
Let me start by saying that the Vampire Academy series is one of my absolute favorites of all time! I was so sad when the series ended, and not to crazy about a spin off series (because they rarely meet the standards set by the original story line!) that is, until I found out it would be following along with my dear Adrian Ivashkov.
Turns out Richelle Mead is one of a select few authors that can pull off a spin off and still capture her audience. Yes, the storyline in Bloodlines isn't quite as action packed and fast paced as Vampire Academy was; and there was more romance to be desired - but I think this first book has set up some great things to come in the series.
Adrian is still full of sarcastic wit, but now carries around an inner pain from the loss of Rose that affects everyone around him in some way or other. Sydney has to learn to deal with vampires up close and personal, along with confronting her past. This stress has her finding an ally in the unlikeliest of places.
I really enjoyed this book and will be moving on to The Golden Lily,
I can't get enough of Adrian, no matter what book he's in. ;)
I listened to this on audio, and again it was much better than reading it, but I still don't care for the quality of the story. LJ is much better with these characters.
I don't know if this book was better than the preview few in this particular series or if it was just better because I listened to it on Audio instead of reading it. But I did enjoy this one more that the others.
** spoiler alert ** I am extremely sad that this series is coming to an end soon. Rachel has an amazing imagination and being a Texas resident myself, I wouldn't mind stumbling into Morganville one day.
Black Dawn was another great addition to the series, and I can't wait to see what new rules the Amelie & Oliver duo will implement as they come together to rebuild the town! I'm excited that Micheal and Eve finally got married, and am ready for Shane and Claire to move forward with their relationship as well. Shane's dream sequence gave us a peak into his head and will hopefully set the precedence for their future!
This is one of the few books that in the end skips to the future for a glimpse of how their lives turned out. You aren't left hanging, wondering what could have been. Good series.
This was much better than the first one. A little less steam and a lot more story! The first one pulled you in, but this one makes you want to keep reading!
Honestly, I enjoy a good steamy scene... but there was a little too much in this book. I mean, let the girl catch her breath now and then. lol I did have to skip one of the scenes though, it was too gross for me! (I'm sure if you've read it already you know which one...)
I haven't actually looked at the books to see the layout, but listening to it on audio was a little annoying when it came to the emails.
From: Christian Grey
Time: 19: 23
To: Anastasia Steel
(Reading Message contents)
CEO Grey Int.
They read all of that to you each time!! ugh. I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it. But in the end, the story line caught my attention and I've already downloaded the next one so I can see what happens!
I read the first 7 books nearly back to back a couple years ago, but it was getting old. Seemed like each book was basically the same, brothers fight the enemy, some massive drama happens, one brother finds his mate... So I put it down thinking I'd read a few other books and come back to it.
I never had the urge to pick them back up.
Audible was having a sale a few weeks ago and I was scrolling through the list and saw them, and I figured why not, it's cheap. So I downloaded books 8 and 9. I listened to everything in my audible library until this was my only option, so I started it.
Once again, it was the same basic fundamental storyline - though one of the side stories made absolutely NO sense until the very end - and then it seemed nearly pointless that so much time was spent on it. Overall the book was good, lots of action and suspense. This series just doesn't do it for me anymore. Maybe it should have stopped at book 6 or 7.. or perhaps it's just the characters in the last couple of books that I'm not feeling, I'm not sure.
I will be listening to book 9 as it's in my library, and hopefully it picks back up. :)
Another great book by Rachel Caine!
The stories pace picks back up in this book, which I am grateful for! I was worried that it would be another amazing series ruined by the number of books the publishers can squeeze out of the author.
There is a lot of action in this one, along with the usual twists and turns that you don't see coming. A few of the chapters were narrated by other characters (Shane, Micheal, Myrnin, etc.) and while I usually don't like that - the way this one was done worked out well. One of my favorite chapters is by Myrnin, and it truly shows his crazy. I love it.
The ending surprised me, and I can't wait for the next book.
I'm glad it's coming to an end, while I do LOVE this series, how many ways can the residents of the glass house really save Morganville?
This was the first Jeaniene Frost book that I've listened to on Audio instead of actually reading.
I was really excited when this series was announce, I couldn't wait to focus on Dracula!
Vlad doesn't seem as quick witted in his own book as he did appearing in Bones & Cat's books, but he was still quite charming. Lelia's character grew as the story went on, gaining confidence and taking control of her life instead of hiding from the world behind her 'freak' status.
There was plenty of action to keep you interested, both in the bedroom and out. I'm really interested to see what happens in the next book with several characters, not just the main couple. Will Leila win Vlad's heart? I can see Maximus becoming a stronger part of the story if Jeaniene decides to go in that direction.
I can't wait for the next book! This is a definite must read, especially if you've already read Bone's & Cat. Though, don't worry if you haven't - this would be a stand alone series not giving anything away. I did enjoy them stopping in for a visit though.
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