Friday, August 24, 2012
Thank you Wynne Channing for giving me the chance to read and review this ebook and thank goodness there were still some left for review.I loved the cover too.
“Yes,” I said, breathlessly.
“Now that I have you here all alone, what do you think I’m going to do to you?”
His voice was low, his breath cool.
I swallowed. “What?”
“I’m going to kill you.”
Axelia(Zee) a seventeen year old girl who is staying in Italy with a host family for two months to study Italian meets a boy named Paolo while trying to find her way to her host family's house. Paolo helps her find the house and they agree on seeing each other again at a pizzeria but she cant make it. So he goes to see her and convinces her to sneak out of the house. It was a great mistake and soon she will realize that Paolo wants to kill her. She tries to run away from him and falls into a well filled with vampire blood. Soon she has to face an army of vampire soldiers who were sent to take her to the empress because they believe she is an abomination. Zee now has to find a way to escape from the place they locked her in to meet her death. Zee is forced to live a life of hiding. Soon Lucas joins her and together they try to find a safe place. Thank goodness they soon will discover something that will be the end of their running but not before having to witness the deaths of some loved ones.
Paolo was the perfect guy I was really loving him. He was a total vampire prince charming. Everything was destroyed so soon. He didn't even get a second chance. : ( ooh well I'll survive and ill have to get on with life. I've got to admit I really didn't see it coming. Everything was totally different from what I had imagined.
Here is how I imagined the story going. Axelia was half human half vampire. Paolo knew that the moment he saw her. Obviously she didn't know. He would get close to her try to end her life or take her to the queen and the queen would try to kill her but he would fall in love with her and safe her. Or just how it happened till somewhere on page 83 but she would help him escape and they would fight the empress's army. But Wynne Channing's story is much better. : )
Ok so it didn't work with the first vampire lets go to the next. I guess Axelia was not a very like able person Paolo thought she was annoying because she talked too much. Lucas thought the same thing. I really liked her character she wasn't annoying at all in my opinion. I liked how strong and brave she was. I have read so many books and usually it takes a lot longer for the heroine to get some courage, some don't ever have it. Axelia's character really exceeded my expectations. This book had a lot of funny moments as well as sad and moments when I was in great panick that I was almost biting my nails. It was freaking great!
Wynne Channing wrote a well put together story. The plot was fantastic it had a little bit of everything, romance, adventure, deceptions, betrayals, including a little bit of jealousy and lots of suspense. It was also a very different book from all i've read. For example the history of the vampires, how they became to be, their gods, being able to be in a church (which it's pretty weird because supposedly they are all scared of churches from what we know), the story of what Axelia meant for their existence and the well of vampire blood.
Although I did not like some character deaths. I'm sure the author did not like it either. Im sure it was hard for her to make the decision of who to kill off, but hard decisions have to be made. I'll be reading the next book if there is one. I hope so though because I felt there would be more.
22 year old Camille has a normal simple life in California, she goes to school, works as a cashier and has a best friend named Daniel. She lived a happy peaceful life but was always missing something. She had always wanted to know who her father was. Before her mother's death she told Camille her father's name. After a few days she decided to contact him. She would have never guessed that the moment she got on the plane that would take her to meet her father would be the day her whole life would change. She will soon discover why her mother Angela never wanted to tell her who her father was and why Angela would always say her father was "magical" Camille will discover a whole new world. She would discover that some things she was taught in school were real and the dangers that her mother was trying to keep away from her. She did not know that she would be forced to pay her mother's blood dept until it was too late to escape.
I was soooo excited to read this book I usually read it around 12 a.m to like 3 a.m. It was painful to put it down because i was just soo engrossed with the story and did not want to stop reading. I've got to admit that "Blood Debt" was one of the few books that have made me cry. I was about to die while reading some parts. I was basically freaking out when I read page 365. The plot was amazing, centaurs are one of my favorite mystical creatures. It made me wish I was a centaur lol I would be able to say "let's see I want that handsome, strong guy, with those pretty big green blue eyes." ☺ but I wouldn't like to be in Camille's place. Her grandmother is a witch, what a horrible vile women she is. It was hard to imagine her being a loving sweet women to anyone. But she did act like she loved her son, probably because they were both monsters.
The story of Camille's family was wonderful. They were too good to be true. Beu, Brent, Daniel and Drake are definitely my favorite male characters. Bianca (she made me laugh so so much) and Camille were my favorite female characters. I just loved how fun they were specially Camille's brothers they never got tired, they had so much energy, were sweet and perfect gentlemen.
I was sad the book ended because I really wanted to know what Angela meant with what she said to Camille on page 412 about Drake. I hope it isn't something bad. I hope I get to read soon because I was left a little empty inside and full of questions. I can't wait for the next book. Fantastic work with this amazing story Nancy Straight. Oh and I bet there will be more from Daniel unless I'm wrong with who I am speculating he is. This is a book you've got to read it'll make you laugh, cry (if you are like me) you will definitely enjoy it.
First of all I wasn't very happy with the change of the main character. I liked Gabry and not knowing what she was thinking and reading the story through her eyes really made me sad. Yes, Annah was much braver and much stronger then Gabry(Abigail) . I did like her but I didn't like her relationship with Catcher. I was kind of jealous but I got over it soon enough.
Carrie Ryan didn't waste time at all, she came out with another well written book following Gabry's tween sister Annah and Catcher. They are in the tunnels of The Dark City (which is supposedly what was left of New York City) trying to find a way through the tunnel to go rescue Gabry(abigail) from the Recruiters who took her to the sanctuary.
Catcher tells Annah that a horde of unconsecrated( zombies) was coming to The Dark City. After getting out of the tunnels they find Elias, everything happens pretty quick and they have no other choice but to turn themselves in to the recruiters and get taken to the sanctuary where they will be safe away from The Dark City that was now full of unconsecrated. But will they be safe there? Was the recruiter's sanctuary really the right place to go? Since the protectorate was no longer around the recruiters turned vicious and cruel over using their power. What is the difference between being out in the City fighting the unconsecrated always in danger and being with the recruiters, who are like monsters? Here goes my question again. Where is Jed? I really don't want to believe that he died. Even though I don't believe there will be another book I do wish Carrie Ryan has plans to write a 4th book because there was in my point of view a cliffhanger. What happens next?????? Are there more survivors? Will humans survive? Or with so many zombies there's no future? My biggest question is why didn't catcher just go and behead every single unconsecrated in the world so it could be safe again for people?
Ok so I was pretty confused from the start. I didn't know who Mary was. Can you believe that? The truth is I thought this was another Mary and Gabrielle's story of how she got to the village where Mary from The Forest of Hands and Teeth was. I really would've loved to know where the real Gabrielle came from, why she went there and how she changed. But my questions were not answered in this book. Which really disappointed me. But that didn't change anything I still liked the story.
In this second book the heroine is so different from Mary. She is the kind of girl who will not break any rules that forbid her to go to the other side of the fences. She is content with the life she is given in Vista and she knows it's dangerous even though no one has been bitten for years. Gabry would never trade safety for an adventure outside the wooden barriers of vista but one night her best friend Cira, Cira's older brother Catcher and a few other friends convince her to go. Her life dramatically changes after that night. Gabry makes a promise to catcher's sister that she will go and find Catcher. So she goes to the other side of the ocean where the forest is to find Catcher. She meets Elias who saves her from the mudo(unconsecrated)(zombies) that were after her.
I really enjoyed the plot it has a much bigger twist than the first book. Not only does Gabry, Elias, Catcher and Cira have to save themselves from the unconsecrated but also from the Vista militiamen who are after them and will stop at nothing to have them in their hands. There is a romantic triangle in this book as well as the first one which made me feel a little better even though I did prefer catcher but Elias is also pretty fantastic. So I understand why it was so hard for Gabry to decide who she loved. Mary's secret about Gabry was a very ingenious idea. With that said Carrie Ryan really did it for me with The Dead Tossed Waves. I was scared to death, I cried, I laughed, I was screaming my guts out, I had nightmares and was always alert when I went out somewhere for like 2 weeks. Oh I almost forgot, whatever happened to Jed? Mary never says anything about him? And who was the women that she beheaded when she went to clean the ocean shore? I think it was her mother but who knows.
Mary has a dream, it is to see the ocean. After her moms death and her brother throwing her out of his life and house she has no option then to go to the sisterhood and serve god. Though she lost her faith and no longer believes in god she has no other option since no one spoke for her. In the book it doesn't say how old she or any of her friends are but I am thinking she's about 15 or 16 Which is the marrying age they would have in a pots-apocalyptic situation so they could have kids and that way humans will not go extinct though thats just my guess. I really got to say though that Mary's dream was not worth all that was lost. Yes Mary was kind of annoying in a way but I think about it and everyone goes through their own annoying or naive phase while growing up. I didn't like it that she put her dream before Travis. I was pretty devastated after reading chapter 31 page 375 I was really hoping for some kind of miracle but nothing happened. : (
I know and understand why the sisterhood would tell the village that they were all that was left. But I didn't agree with the way they handled Gabrielle's arrival at the village. I think they could've done something different and all would've been okay. Also what they saw marriage as, not about love but as a commitment is not a way to make a strong happy community because someone was bound to do something some day about those rules.
Though this are somewhat little problems compared to knowing that some day the zombies on the other side in The forest of hands and teeth could one day break the fence and pour inside your village and all you knew as your life and your family would be gone. That was what really scared me. I love zombie movies and books but it is just so scary to imagine yourself in that situation. It was easy and hard to think about being in that position. I would feel so vulnerable it would be easy to give up in my opinion. I would never want to live in a place that I know I am soo close to those flesh eating zombies. But the author did a great job in setting the story to the readers.
The story starts with Lily Wellston a 25 year old independent and intelligent single women who is bloody rich thanks to her aunt who left Lily her fortune and house. Lily goes to give her friend Euginia (Ginny) some company and help her cope with the loss of her husband. As soon as she arrives at Ginny's brother's house the duke of mountjoy they both feel an attraction to each other.
Their attraction starts growing after a while they start becoming intimately involved. But they try to not let it get emotionally far because Mountjoy is expected to someday marry Jane. But Mountjoy falls in love with Lily. Lily is a little bit more resistant to admitting her heart that she too loves Mountjoy because she feels that she would be betraying the memory of her deceased boyfriend Greer. Mountjoy is always feeling guilty because everyone expects him to propose to his betrothal Jane and marry her so he wants to end the relationship with Lily but he never does.
Lord Fenris Lily's causin comes in the picture. Lily thinks he is there to try to threaten her to give him their aunts fortune but soon he tells her why he is there. Mountjoy doesn't like Fenris and when he discovers why Lord Fenris is there he is not very happy about it but even though he is jealous he cannot do anything about it because he feels his duty is to marry Jane.
But does Jane want to marry him?
Or is Jane already interested in someone else? Is Jane really going to be humiliated and sad if he doesn't marry her like everyone expects him to? Where did Lord Nigel (Mountjoy's brother) go when he left from bitterward?
I would've liked to know more about Lord Nigel he was very mysterious in a way and I never knew how he was going to fit in the story but I did start noticing something he was hiding pretty well from his sister and brother. Though I would've loved to know a little bit more about Nigel there wasn't much about him. I liked his character he is pretty funny, fun and sweet. Which was the reason why I would've loved to hear more about his life. There were also some times when he used to show interest for Lily but I am sure it was acting so he wouldn't get caught.
So the story started pretty good from page one I couldn't put the book down. I was supposed to be reading 2 books at a time and I did not touch the other book at all just so I could read this story. I enjoyed the book a lot it was amazing from start to end. If the next book "Not Proper Enough" has all the steamy passionate romance like this book did it will be on my favorite historical romance shelf forever along with this book which I am certain it will. So I know I will love it.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Just thought I should tell everyone about this awesome giveaway of Dark Companion By Marta Acosta. Over at Pages From My Though. I'll leave the like here if you would like to enter.