If you follow my reviews you know that I love Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series and really enjoyed the Vampire Academy novels. So I try all of Richelle’s other young adult novels. However, each time I’ve been let down. She just hasn’t been able to capture the beauty of the characters and the world she created for Vampire Academy.
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CONSPIRACY BOY is not the most amazing, most original young adult paranormal novel you’ll ever read. However, if you don’t go in expecting the next big thing, you’re going to be extremely satisfied. It’s a fun, action-filled read. And while White doesn’t break any molds, she definitely makes things interesting.
I DREAM OF DRAGONS is a lighthearted and at times very silly paranormal romance. I was confused as to what the title has to do with the story. There are dragons but nothing about dreams or genies. I thought it was a play on “I Dream of Genie” but alas, no genies. The characters were amusing and I loved Rory and his sisters. The way Rory and Amber meet was hilarious as they each tried to come up with ways to ‘share’ the apartment.
A promising concept that pays off, despite some pacing issues, FORGET TOMORROW blends science fiction with star crossed lovers. Oddly enough, though the world building was the more ambitious element, it was the run of the mill romance that slowed down the story.
In this third Baba Yaga book we are introduced to Bella, the Baba Yaga who watches over the forests and deserts of the Midwestern states. It was fun coming back to this series and seeing a modern take on the Baba Yaga of Slavic fairy tales. Since Baba Yaga lives in the forest in the old stories, Wickedly Powerful portrays a Baba in her most natural habitat amongst the trees and forest creatures.
Normally a huge fan of the Charley Davidson series, I’m having a hard time writing this review for THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE. While it still had some of the elements of the first eight books in the series, there was a lot that was different, and it was a bit more difficult to get through.
FEEL THE BURN was the eight book in the Dragon Kin series, but there was so much going on that it felt like the twentieth book – it had too much overarching plot and not enough of the main characters for my liking.
THINNING THE HERD was quirky and weird which is why I picked it up as a break from the more serious books I’ve been reading in urban fantasy. Hal Rupert, the main character of this story, is an animal control who protects the citizens of his city from shifters and other paranormal creatures.
While it didn’t live up completely to my expectations of a Sims book, BETWEEN A VAMP AND A HARD PLACE was an amusing romp through Europe with a modern-day heroine and a very old-fashioned hero. Obviously, conflicts abounded and BETWEEN A VAMP AND A HARD PLACE managed to keep my attention with one thing after another!
Full of action and drama, CRUCIBLE ZERO is a satisfying conclusion to the House Immortal. However, if you have not read the first two books in the series, I would not recommend CRUCIBLE ZERO as one to just pick up.