Category Archives: Supernatural

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

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Book 2 (Book 1: The Name of the Star)

Novel Summation:

A new threat haunts the streets of London…. Rory Deveaux has changed in ways she never could have imagined since moving to London and beginning a new life at boarding school. As if her newfound ability to see ghosts hadn’t complicated her life enough, Rory’s recent brush with the Jack the Ripper copycat has left her with an even more unusual and intense power. Now, a new string of inexplicable deaths is threatening London, and Rory has evidence that they are no coincidence. Something sinister is going on, and it is up to her to convince the city’s secret ghost-policing squad to listen before it’s too late.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy this series. It does make me want to move away to London. I think modern stories that have ghosts are sometimes hard to do and they aren’t very common. A lot of people criticize the writting style but I really like it. It’s very relatable and quirky. What I didn’t like about the writting style was so many mentions of things that exactly predicted what was currently happening that the characters were oblivious too. Such as the mention of Charles Manson. Rory is such a fun character but maybe a bit too naive. It could use some more depth from the supporting characters such as Stephen, Boo, and Callum . I liked the original idea that Rory suggested that the crack that formed from her confrontation with the Ripper has unleased angry mentally unstable ghosts but that idea was past over quickly. Also, Jane and her followers only really appeared at the end of the story so I hope there is more to them in the future. This book was very much a build up to a climax that didn’t happen but it was very enjoyable.

Future Books:

The next book in the Shades of London series is The Shadow Cabinet coming out in 2014.

The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. 3: The Morning Star by Robin Bridges

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Book 3 (Book 1: The Gathering Storm, Book 2: The Unfailing Light)

Novel Summation:

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890. Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness—vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors. Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does—and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina’s focus remains on the sword. Russia’s fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star—and delivers the final blow.

My Thoughts:

I love this series. It is beautifully written  and the setting is so captivating that takes you right into the time period and country. What I love about these books is the diverse range of character types and characters as well as the fact that you are transported to the locations Katerina goes to. We get a very clear picture on Egypt from that time period which was really neat but I don’t like the deviation away from Russia. I loved the very Russian feel of the first book and I just wished that this book could have remained in the country. Katerina for the most part seemed like a helpless heroine all the time. I liked that she wants to study medicine and her dreams are so strong that she is never deterred from fulfilling it but she also had a calling as a necromancer and she never answered it or wanted anything to do with it. George Alexandrovich was barely in the book and I wanted more of him with Katerina because they both seem so complete and stronger when they are together. I liked having more Danilo but he was blurred so much with Konstantin that it was hard to separate the two. A lot of the book felt rushed and a little bit of a cheat. For example the return of someone past dead made Katerina no long necessary, Danilo’s decision at the end, zombie creatures barely made any appearance or difference, why introduce the Gregori (though I like the lore) when they didn’t do much, and the battle wasn’t very big or epic like I hoped. I didn’t like the end of the book since it seemed boring. I do love this series and would definitely recommend it.

Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel

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Book 2 (Book 1: Infinite Days)

Novel Summation:

A new year is beginning at Wickham Boarding School. A new chance at life, at reversing the evil in my past. But nothing is ever as simple it seems… Last year, the love of my life died performing a ritual to fulfill my one wish and make me human. And now I’ve performed the same ritual for my friend Vicken – and survived. Why am I here, back safe on Wickham campus? The strong magic I used in the ritual did more than just make Vicken human. It drew someone to Lover’s Bay who does not belong here. She wants the ritual. Then she wants me dead. And she will take down any and everyone in my life to get what she wants. As if that weren’t enough, the ritual has also summoned the anger of the Aeris, the four elements and most fundamental powers on earth. They have a surprise and an unbearable punishment for me – like stepping into the sun for the first time, only to be put into a cage. And now I have to make an impossible choice – between love or life, yearning or having, present or past…

My Thoughts:

I had a lot of hope for this book after enjoying the first book so much but I was a little disappointed. We are once again immersed into the world of vampires and Lenah adjusting once more to being human again. Also, we are introduced to some more supernatural beings and we are told of more supernaturals in the world but besides the beginning introduction of the Aeris, the supernaturals don’t play a very big role. The mentioning of other supernaturals had a lot of promise but since they didn’t make an appearance I was a bit disappointed. The story was mainly about Lenah dealing with a new enemy and was her unyielding feelings for Rhode and when I mean mainly it was essentially all there was to the story. The new enemy seems like a replica of vampire Lenah, complete with her own coven of males.  Besides the main female, the others in her Coven aren’t mentioned which was a bit disappointing since knowing more vampires and the vampire world was really interesting. It was similar to the first book in that Lenah’s Coven wasn’t very detailed besides Vicken. Justin was really sweet in the first book and I liked him a lot then but in this book he was different and virtually non existent. This was disappointing since besides talking about love, there was no love in the book. I would say that I liked human Vicken, he was funny at times, but we didn’t get to see him being human which I would have liked to see. Rhode is also in the book but besides just talking about him he didn’t do much. Overall, for something with potential the book is just okay. I wanted more Justin, more Rhode, more romance, human Vicken, less Lenah moping and less of Lenah being weak when she shouldn’t have been.

Covet by Melissa Darnell

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Book 2 (Book 1: Coven)

Novel Summation:

Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart. Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she’s becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake. Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don’t expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for. A reckoning is coming…and not everyone will survive.

My Thoughts:

So I read this book awhile ago so this section  may be short. I really liked this book and there wasn’t too much that I didn’t like about. I do remember feeling that nothing was really happening. There didn’t see to be much plot development and it was more a story about the characters adjusting to being single and with their own changes. There were potential romances for both Savannah and Tristan but it was obvious that they weren’t going to work out and that the two of them would end up together. The ending of the book wasn’t too much of a shock but it should be interesting how everything works out in the next book. I did like Savannah’s dad playing a greater role in the book. I remember feeling that one side (either vampire or witch) was more emphasized in detail but I can’t remember which side that was, only that I was dismayed that the other side wasn’t as explored. Also, on a side not I really dislike the covers for these books. I would recommend this book for people who like a good story, which is something this series does. It never feels like too much but it can be anti climatic.

Future Books:

The next book in the series is called Consume and is due out August 27, 2013.

Book/Film Adaption Review

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Beautiful Creatures Movie PosterSo I saw the movie version of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl on Tuesday. I have to say I initially hated the casting. The two leads Alden Ehrenreich (Ethan) and Alice Englert (Lena) are virutally unknown and not how I pictured Ethan and Lena. However, their performance was really good, believable, and their chemistry was perfect. I absolutely loved the southern drawl and found the actor for Ethan to be super cute. The dialogue could be considered cheesy but I found it to be witty and cute. This movie is definitely a romance movie and if you’re hoping to get something more supernatural you will be disappointed. I recommend this movie for people who like a good love story or if you are a fan of the book.

Plot differences:

-There was quite a few difference from the book such as Marian was removed from the movie and Amma took on her role
-nothing about Macon being an incubus was mentioned
-the ending was different
-Larkin was made into a light castor when he is really dark and he was suppose to die
-Lena never erased Ethan’s memories
-Ethan was suppose to die and then be resurrected.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities

My Thoughts:

This is a pretty decent book. First off there were a lot of things I liked about the book and a lot of things I didn’t like. I didn’t like how much detail was given. I’m the type of person who glosses over detail scenes but I know others might enjoy the details in order to get a better picture. For me I usually take the actions and what people say as an  idea of what is going on. Another thing I didn’t think was all the supporting characters. All of them were boring and had really annoying traits. Rory herself was an okay character and could be very funny at times. However, by the end of the book I wasn’t sure if I actually got to know Rory as a character. The worst part for me was the romance. There was none and the romance that was there was pathetic. It was like the author didn’t want romance in the book at all but she knew she had to so she put forth a really lame attempt to include it. The book was very anti climatic and had little action. What I did like about the book was how much time and research was spent on studying Jack the Ripper. I found the whole storyline that revolved around Jack the Ripper to be the best part of the book. The whole secret ghost police was an interesting concept that was explained but I think it could have been introduced and developed a lot better so that you understood the society more. This might be explained more in future books. Also, the book ended with a really interesting twist. I would recommend this story if you like a good serial killer read.

Future Books:

The next book is called The Madness Underneath and comes out February 26, 2013.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Anna Dressed in Blood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Novel Summation:

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story… Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. And she, for whatever reason, spares his life

My Thoughts:

So this was a good book. It is incredibly well written. I really felt like I was in the mind of the protagonist, Cas. Also, the book is written in a way that makes it extremely funny and entertaining. Sometimes I felt that the writing was a little over the top, like the author was trying very hard to be a high school guy and sort of exaggerated too much. The plot itself was an interesting concept. Not many ghost stories are out there or at least I haven’t really read too many. The book reminded me of The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong minus all the other supernatural creatures. I didn’t like any of the supporting characters. In particular Carmel seemed like a really fake and annoying person and Thomas was really clingy . Cas himself seemed like an average guy, nothing too remarkable about him besides his knack for killing ghosts. He was a bit cocky at times. Anna was a really cool ghost and had a really interesting back story. The romance was expected but it was way too sudden; there was no real build up or reason that it just happened at that time. I think it was appropriate that I was watching American Horror Story at the time I was reading it because it made the book creepier. I would recommend this book if you like a good supernatural story.

Future Books:

The next book in the series is called Girl of Nightmares.