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  • Kiss of a Star (Artemis Lupine #2) on Feb. 03, 2011

    Oh my god! Another great book and another cliffhanger! And now I have to wait an entire year before the next book.....
  • Healed by Fire (Artemis Lupine #3) on Oct. 19, 2011

    I was so happy when this book came out. It cooled down pretty fast. Maybe it came because of the high expectations I had, since the other two book were so great. But I didn’t like this one as much as I thought I would. I didn’t get swept from my feet while reading the story… It’s still a nice story to read, but as you can understand I expected more, much more. I’m not exactly fond off first-person view and reading the book through the eyes of different characters, let alone a combination of it. I could live with it if it was the only thing that bothered me reading the book. This way of writing also made the book confusing at times and I developed a weaker bond with the characters. However, the beginning rocked! At first I didn’t even notice that the person who was telling the story was Chandra! I thought I was reading it from someone elses point of view and I was slightly disappointed about it. You can imagine how big my surprise was when I found out ^^. I didn’t recognize her because decades have passed since the last book. Wow! Never saw that one coming and I like surprises like this one ^^ Although can you still consider this book YA if the person herself is over a hundred years old or is this a PNR book? The disadvantage of the leap in time was that Artemis had changed, a lot. I didn’t recognize the naïve and fierce young woman who I met and grew to love. She almost seemed like a different person, even growing soft! The only thing that didn’t change was how naïve she is regarding men. *Sigh* Is she really a woman?? Speaking of men, the amount of men that fall in love with her increase with the minute. I know she’s a great gal, but there has to be a limit somewhere. In the first book we had one, in the second two and now we have three! Is this a trend? She doesn’t need that many falling for her, just one is enough and the limit to what she can handle I liked the world a lot more than the first book, when the paranormal beings invaded the human world. This time I couldn’t find something that bothered me and it became much more interesting. The King of the Vampires became sole dictator on earth and it became a medieval utopia, where humans are used as slaves. Apart from the human slaves, I found what we got to see very comprehensive and it had a mix of all kinds of customs, even some from the ancient Romans! The end was a bit too abrupt for my taste. I was still in the middle of the story and trying to understand what was happening, and then, no more pages! Of course it’s an open ending, just like the other two books, but this time it didn’t make me want to read to next book asap. It was a bit too predictable to end the story at this moment, so I knew what was coming ;). It also made me feel that everything’s gonna be alright in the book. Although I might come back on this statement after reading the last book in the series, knowing Catherine Banks, and I might find the ending a bit more impressive by then ^^ Overall Rating 3 hearts. I really wish I could give it more, but it’s just not worth it in my eyes. It’s a nice and amusing sequel, but it missed the earth shattering feeling the other books gave me after reading them. I didn’t get the feeling that much happened, even at the end. I’m still curious to how everything will end, so I’ll look forward to the next book, which hopefully has an even greater beginning. I never had such a huge HUH??! reaction after reading this one ^^
  • Beautiful Demons (Peachville High Demons, #1) on Aug. 05, 2012

    It's been a while since I've read a book about witches. At first I thought, after reading the blurb and the title, that this book would be about real demons in human form. After reading it, it turned out that the cheerleaders are just "ordinary" witches. I was slightly disappointed, cause I was looking forward to read something about demons. The story would have been so more interesting! Not that it wasn't a nice read, but witches are kinda standard material in YA these days and demons are not (haven't seen them that much or am I wrong? ) At first I sympathized a lot with Harper, since she was innocent most of the times, cause she couldn't control her powers. After she suffers from a combination of the flu and a magic spell, she starts to forget things and I started to feel a little annoyed. Okay, I know she couldn't do a thing about the magic spell, but the author had written it in such a way that it wasn't credible to me. To me it felt like she wasn't trying her best to break the spell, while the author probably envisioned a much more powerful spell... The ending of the book was a complete surprise for me! From the beginning I had one suspect in mind for the death of the girl, but it wasn't that person at all! Also it was hard to form an opinion if the "witches" were good or evil, since every time that I had one, they did something to turn it completely around. My overall rating of this book was 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3. This was because the end was very surprising and because of my vapidity for knowing which way the witches swing ;). Look forward to reading the next book in this series!
  • Song of The Moon (Artemis Lupine #1) on Aug. 05, 2012

    This book was on my to-read list for a while, but I hadn't taken the time to read it yet. I'm glad I finally did! The story is written in such a way that it's hard to put the book down. You won't stop reading till the end ( in my case ;) ). However, there were some things the author could have paid a little more attention to ( not that I have big problems with how it looks like now ;) ), since it just didn't feel logical sometimes. The first and major issue is with the attacks on humans, where millions are killed and missing. I imagine that if something like that would happen, there would be a creepy atmosphere or fear, but you didn't notice a thing of that when they were traveling. Even when they went to Paris and walked to the Eifel Tower, people just continued their everyday life. This is not logical, since major cities were the target of these attacks. People must have been scared and running away from the big cities. Not continuing their daily lives like everything is fine and there isn't a creepy mist that can murder them in seconds.... The second issue is that Artemis can be a bit naive, especially when boys are in the picture. Example: she doesn't get that when two boys are fighting (literally) it's because of her. Most girls would have understood what was happening before the boys were even lying on the ground... I also had a problem with how she treated Brent and Ares. It's possible that your best friend is in love with you, but it's nice to take his feeling into consideration and not crush them by acting like they don't exist at all. Initially, she treats Ares the same way, hurting his feelings ( he doesn't retaliate and stays nice to her... he's amazing ^^). Even when she understands the way their bond works more and more, she still tramples his feelings occasionally and it makes me want to smack her and comfort Ares at the same tame (although it's actually not a big dilemma, hugging Ares is way better ^^) She has definitely a problem with hierarchy. She doesn't behave well in front of alphas, but when someone she considers inferior to her doesn't treat her like one, all hell breaks loose. Although they are mates, the attraction between them was a bit too much at times. With half as much passion, I would have totally understood that they are destined to be with each other. I didn't have any problems with Ares, loved how he stayed so calm and nice (okay, he snapped sometimes, but that was completely understandable ;) ) while Artemis was trampling on his heart. The only problem I had with him was the difference in age. He's slightly *cough cough* older and you really notice it in his reactions. I know in Twilight they also have a huge age difference, but there you didn't notice it as much and here it bothered me a little... Overall rating: 4 hearts. Although I had some complaints, I still found it a great book to read. With a huge cliffhanger at the end *argh* If I can't stand something it's a cliffhanger -.- It always make me want to read the next book immediately ;) Therefore I will read the second book asap ;)
  • Lab Rat One : Touchstone Part 2 on Dec. 16, 2012

    Wow, WOW and again WOW! Usually I like a sequel about the same as the first book or a bit less, because the concept isn’t as new. But not with this one, this one rocked! Although there is less action, it’s great to discover the planet Muina. This is the planet where Cass landed and managed to survive on her own for a month. I had so many questions while reading this book that I had no other choice than to read this book in one go. But I was very sad when it ended, since a lot of my questions haven’t been answered yet. So now I’m waiting till the third book comes at the end of this month. Sigh, have to wait a bit more… So many things happened in this book, so much I just couldn’t write a summary about the beginning as I usually do for you guys. So many important events happened that I would have had to copy the entire beginning to write a fitting summary ^^ So this time you’ll have to figure out if this book is something for you by reading just the review and blurb . Despite that there was less “real action” in this book, so much happened that I was nearly overwhelmed, occasionally. But that just added to the fun! I wasn’t bored for a minute while reading this story. Although, because of all the events, it was easy to forget. Not really a compliment, but if you consider the fact that I’m actually planning to read this book again soon, it is. I can’t give a bigger compliment to Mrs. Höst. Even Twilight, a book I also loved, I read only once, but I think I’ll be rereading this book often! It’s just that good ^^ The focus in this book was the rediscovery of the world were Cass was found, Muina. And what an amazing world it is! Since it’s been completely abandoned by people for some time it returned to how our Earth once was: untouched. The world is described in such a way it’s like seeing a movie and what a beautiful world it is! It reminded me a bit of the nature in the movie Avatar. I especially liked that winter started and there was snow everywhere. That doesn’t happen often at my home, and since I love snow I really enjoyed reading that part ^^ Cass is again subject to the necessary tests and spends much of her time in the medical facility, especially after her powers start to grow. Definitely her ”favorite place to be” . With every page I read, I love her more and more. Despite everything she experiences she stays with both her feet firmly planted on the ground. She has a very hard time when her powers develop, but she isn’t put down by it and trains very hard to keep them under control. Although staring at a certain handsome Setari might or might not help that process . Overall rating 5 hearts. I loved this book from the beginning to the end. I enjoyed reading about Muina and the untouched nature. I’d love to visit a place like that once! I can recommend this book to everyone who loves a good science fiction, but I advice to read the first book first, otherwise you won’t understand a thing that’s going on . At the moment I’m impatiently waiting for the last book of this series. I so wanna now what happens next!
  • Lab Rat One : Touchstone Part 2 on Dec. 16, 2012

    Wow, WOW and again WOW! Usually I like a sequel about the same as the first book or a bit less, because the concept isn’t as new. But not with this one, this one rocked! Although there is less action, it’s great to discover the planet Muina. This is the planet where Cass landed and managed to survive on her own for a month. I had so many questions while reading this book that I had no other choice than to read this book in one go. But I was very sad when it ended, since a lot of my questions haven’t been answered yet. So now I’m waiting till the third book comes at the end of this month. Sigh, have to wait a bit more… So many things happened in this book, so much I just couldn’t write a summary about the beginning as I usually do for you guys. So many important events happened that I would have had to copy the entire beginning to write a fitting summary ^^ So this time you’ll have to figure out if this book is something for you by reading just the review and blurb . Despite that there was less “real action” in this book, so much happened that I was nearly overwhelmed, occasionally. But that just added to the fun! I wasn’t bored for a minute while reading this story. Although, because of all the events, it was easy to forget. Not really a compliment, but if you consider the fact that I’m actually planning to read this book again soon, it is. I can’t give a bigger compliment to Mrs. Höst. Even Twilight, a book I also loved, I read only once, but I think I’ll be rereading this book often! It’s just that good ^^ The focus in this book was the rediscovery of the world were Cass was found, Muina. And what an amazing world it is! Since it’s been completely abandoned by people for some time it returned to how our Earth once was: untouched. The world is described in such a way it’s like seeing a movie and what a beautiful world it is! It reminded me a bit of the nature in the movie Avatar. I especially liked that winter started and there was snow everywhere. That doesn’t happen often at my home, and since I love snow I really enjoyed reading that part ^^ Cass is again subject to the necessary tests and spends much of her time in the medical facility, especially after her powers start to grow. Definitely her ”favorite place to be” . With every page I read, I love her more and more. Despite everything she experiences she stays with both her feet firmly planted on the ground. She has a very hard time when her powers develop, but she isn’t put down by it and trains very hard to keep them under control. Although staring at a certain handsome Setari might or might not help that process . Overall rating 5 hearts. I loved this book from the beginning to the end. I enjoyed reading about Muina and the untouched nature. I’d love to visit a place like that once! I can recommend this book to everyone who loves a good science fiction, but I advice to read the first book first, otherwise you won’t understand a thing that’s going on . At the moment I’m impatiently waiting for the last book of this series. I so wanna now what happens next!
  • Caszandra : Touchstone Part 3 on Dec. 16, 2012

    *Deep Sigh* And so this story ends… At the moment I’m not happy that this was the last story about Cass and the Sentari. I wanna know more! Fortunately I found out that there will be a free epilogue coming out in two weeks, so I’m looking forward to finding out who ends up with who ^^ (most important info ) Just like Lab Rat One, a lot was happening in this one. To the extend that I can’t even remember what exactly happened at the beginning, only the ending is still freshly printed in my memory . But that’s not a problem for me, it really makes me want to start reading it again, the same reaction I had as with Lab Rat One. And as I said, I can’t give a bigger compliment to a writer I’m so glad that Cass and Kaoren are finally a couple. I was so excited for Cass at the ending of Lab Rat One (I actually read the ending a couple of times, loved it that much )! In this book we find if their relation will work. I liked it a lot that there is no “destined lover” in this series, just a girl and boy falling in love. You also don’t see that she loves him back in every sentence. Of course there are moments where she swoons (especially after watching her secret Kaoren collection ) but that’s totally understandable . And also in this book there are some great “squeel” moments and Cass has some really funny comments about Ruuel, that will make you laugh out loud ^^ As usual Cass spends some time in medical, with all the tests and scans, although this time she endures it a lot better. They even start to get an idea of what her powers are and what she can do with it, till the moment she does something totally unexpecting again. But that’s just Cass Overall rating 5 hearts. It was a great read and I had a hard time putting it down to go to my lectures (you can guess that I wasn’t paying much attention, wanted to know how the story continued ). I really loved the world Andrea K. Höst described with its amazing characters and I’m sad to say goodbye to it all. Although I have still the epilogue to look forward to ^^
  • Hidden Gem on Dec. 16, 2012

    This book was a very pleasant surprise! The idea behind the story appealed to me from the beginning. Otherwise I wouldn’t have chosen it of course , but the blurb doesn’t really tell what the story is about. There were also some perplexing turns in the story. I didn’t see them coming at all! But it was great to read it ^^ At first I thought this story would be about Gemma’s double life as Queen Bee. Surprisingly that doesn’t get much attention, there isn’t even one soul who thinks she could be Queen Bee. Instead you get to know the “normal” Gemma and how she has problems with her two identities. I especially liked reading about that. Cause everyone knows that fame also has a downside… Since it’s a book about romance you’ve got the great hunk, even multiple opportunities. Normally I don’t really like multiple interests, but in this book it’s handled in such a way that it’s actually believable to have more than one guy falling for you. And I really liked her choice of boyfriend in the end. Didn’t see that one coming and totally loved it! (A little bit cryptic, but I don’t want to spoil it for you guys ) There’s one thing I didn’t like about this book. It’s the very accurate description of the clothes and shoes. She’s wearing Prada this, Gucci there… I’m not that into clothes so I found it a little annoying. I really don’t care what she’s wearing, I wanna know more about what’s happening! Fortunately the elaborate descriptions became less as the story progressed. Or I quit paying attention to it I also had a bit of trouble switching between the events. In my Kindle version the text is written without any spaces between different events, so sometimes it was a little bit difficult to understand that there’s something new starting. But this is just a little design problem and doesn’t detract anything from the story ^^ Conclusion: 4 hearts. A lovely story to read, with unexpected twists. I liked the ending, although I don’t like the choice that’s been made. It’s clearly an open ending too, but fortunately without a cliffhanger. I can’t stand those things
  • The Rock Star's Daughter on Dec. 16, 2012

    Hmmm…. And that’s all she wrote. It’s hard for me to write about this book. It wasn’t spectacular or repulsive. It’s just not special, a dime a dozen story, that you’ll forget quickly. Of course there are some things that stood out for me, but the res of the story is meant for a boring Sunday afternoon, when you’ve got nothing to do ^^ First of all, it was a bit hard for me to understand that you would take a child who just lost her mother on a tour. Hello? She needs plenty of time to grieve, what obviously won’t happen when you hop from one city to the next. Then we have Taylor’s reaction with everything that happens: stoical. She’s the one who wanted to stay at home, but if push comes to shove, she just goes with the tour. Okay, she just lost her mother, but wouldn’t you want to stay at the place where you lived with her? Where’s the big fight, the angry shouting, the tears? And last but not least we have Taylor’s father. He’s a real piece of work. First of all he acts like a drama queen, which made me cringe and find the whole scene unbelievable. He’s a rock star for god’s sake! Since when do they have the image of drama queens? Okay, it’s not impossible, just highly unbelievable for me. And his behavior is totally unworthy for a father. His wife Jill, on the other hand, behaves much more like a responsible adult. She really has my sympathy. It’s not everyday you find out you’ll have to take care of the almost grown up daughter of your husband. Although her first reaction was a bit too much. The ending came as a big surprise. No HEA, not even a real HFN, just different, more of a real life ending. This came as a welcome change to the very predictable endings you have nowadays (which I also like, some people just are made to be together ) Although I preferred a bit more of an epilogue… Conclusion: 2 hearts. This book was OK. No fireworks, no throwing things, just a nice story for a dull afternoon. With an unusual ending, which made it more refreshing to read.
  • Black Waters (Book 1 in the Songstress Trilogy) on Dec. 16, 2012

    This book took off with a very strong start: Abby discovers a girl drowning in the water, but is unable to save her. It’s a really good way to put someone right in the middle of the story. Unfortunately those first pages were also the best in the whole book. The further I went, the more downhill it got. Till I had to struggle to finish the last chapters. That’s why I decided to not do my usual summary / introduction. I just don’t feel like it after reading this book, I’ve had enough. Then what was the reason that made this book go from a good book to something I don’t want to read anymore? It’s not something that I can explain in words. The excitement and suspense just went away, right after the start. And I didn’t like what was left. It also was hard for me to see story as a whole, it felt more like you watched different scenes without any connection between them, no transition from one scene to the other. I also had problems bonding with Abby and Brian. Abby acted a little bit too dependent and she wasn’t the kind of person that knows what to do and what not in certain situations. Like a normal person would. Brian on the other hand is too pessimistic. There isn’t a page where he forgets to mention how dangerous he thinks Abby is and that this time she will kill him for sure. And he keeps thinking such things, even after he knows that it’s not something Abby has control over and she has no intention at all of killing him. With no other funny or lovable characters in the book, it became a bore to read about the latest Abby action or pessimistic thoughts. I know I’ve put Romance as a tag, but in reality it’s hard to find in the book. Although there is a certain pull that Brian experiences. Abby is no doubt the most beautiful girl he has ever seen, but that is because of the mermaid genes. And Abby seems to like Brian just fine, too. And then they are suddenly a couple? What did I miss? Where is the slowly budding relationship? Where are the kisses? The emotions they have to experience? There isn’t even a confession? And no they don’t have the ability to read their minds. So this was a bit of a disappointment for me. Conclusion: 1 heart. The start of the book was intriguing, but it failed to keep my attention. I had a hard time bonding with Abby and Brian, who aren’t very likable to me. Furthermore the romance was very hard to find and not the best to read about. Such a shame for a book with such a good start!
  • A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones) on Dec. 16, 2012

    It was a bit hard for me to sort out the feelings I experienced while reading this book. It’s easy to get in the story and turn page after page, without overly annoying things to take your attention away from the story. It was a nice book to read. Nothing breathtakingly good or I-want-to throw-it -away-as-far-as possible bad. Just an enjoyable story where nothing really stood out. These are the hardest books to write a review about, in my experience . Well, what CAN I say about the story? It felt a bit like I was reading Twilight, but then from Edward’s perspective. Not that this is Twilight in a new coat or that it resembles even a bit. It’s a total different book. It’s just that this was how I imagined Edward would have felt, the emotions he would have experienced when he met Bella. Except the problems with the drinking blood and the shiny part. And the protagonist is a female. Although blood eventually plays an important role ^^ One thing I liked about the book is the connection between Charity’s past and Link (what an appropriate name ). It was so touching, cause this way she’ll never forget and he’ll be always with her. And it just means that some things are meant to be (hope this was cryptic enough and no it’s not Link I’m talking about ) It’s just a shame that nowadays most books I read rely on the instant chemical attraction or soul mate business. There’s no gradually falling in love anymore. Fortunately this book is different. Here the build up is slowly, gradually. And it’s not instant attraction, instead there’s the feeling of having met someone before ^^ A little thing that bothered me, though, was the way shifters are used. It wasn’t anything like the usual facts I’ve read about (for instance they can change in several different animals, which is cool ^^), but the way they were defined in this book wasn’t exactly to my liking. I’m just a very big Shifter Lover, so I prefer reading things a bit differently ^^ Conclusion: 3 hearts. A nice story about a new kind of vampire, without all the blood and shiny and I’ll-burn-in-the-sun stuff. With a love transcended through time. It’s a nice turn of events to follow the story through the eyes of the paranormal being instead of the mortal. The romance is slowly being build, not like the instant attraction you read about so often lately. Although I’m not that fond of the way shifters are portrayed.
  • Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1) on Dec. 16, 2012

    The first part of this book rocked. I had to hold my stomach several times, that’s how hard I was laughing. And that’s not something that happens often. I’m more of a quiet giggler What came after that first part was still fun, with some nice quotes here and there, but the story was less credible and captivating. Sometimes it felt like sentences were missing, or that the author forgot to tell us some very important information. There’s just too much happening and it’s being told in a short amount of pages. I’d preferred it if the pace was more relaxing, with more pages for explanations and room to breathe or to progress everything that just happened. The romance blossoming between Avery and Zellie happens at the same neck-braking speed. It’s like the seed blossomed in one day! I know there’s an attraction between them and that they’ve checked each other out for a while. But they’re sixteen years old! Even when they have lots of hormones going through their body, I still find it hard to believe that you would take of your shirt the second time you meet! They both didn’t feel like 16 your old teenagers. A times they behaved older or they acted like little children. But never your average sweet 16. It was kinda confusing. And now the Romeo and Julia concept. Although this isn’t the same story and they don’t die. At least not yet , I got the same feeling of star-crossed lovers. And I didn’t like it one bit that their parents tried to keep them apart. I mean, the vision is obviously something that happens way in the future. This means there’s plenty of time to think of something to prevent it from happening. And even if it did happen, they are soul mates, meant to be. So they would have at least some time together they can spend in absolute bliss. Beautiful memories that Zellie can treasure for the rest of her life. What would you choose? Limited time with the love of your life (and a baby)? Or living separately, not able to love each other, in fear that one of you would die? I know what my choice would be! What I liked most in this story (except from the beginning ) was the concept of the visions and the powers everyone has. It was well thought off. Almost every question that I had, got answered. And the ones that didn’t, well let’s say they motivate me to read the next book so much more! Cause the ending didn’t help much in creating some anxiety for the next book. It was a Disney ending: too sweet and perfect… Conclusion: 3 hearts. The story started very, very good. However the rest of the story was a bit pale in comparison. A lot of things happened in just a couple of pages. I got the feeling that it was a bit rushed and sentences were skipped. I didn’t like the Romeo and Julia, star-crossed lovers very much, but that’s just my opinion. On the other side, the concept of the paranormal powers was well thought of and on the whole: this story was a nice read.
  • Tributary on Dec. 01, 2013

    Read the full review at Witchmag's Boekenplank And another heart less. I was so thrilled after reading the first book in this series, Waterfall. But as the series continues, the excitement becomes less and less. Every story has the same concept. It feels like a copy of the one before. At the beginning, you couldn’t really see this, but it becomes more clear as the series goes on. In short: something happens that needs the attention or help of the she-wolves ad there are some skirmishes. Most of the time only the enemy is injured or dies during those clashes. The good guys don’t even get a scratch, miraculously! And even in the direst situation, it’s still a given that everyone gets saved, at the last moment. This is toooo predictable for me. I know that what I just wrote is standard material in most books nowadays, but it doesn’t bother me when it’s written in such a way that I won’t notice it. And as the River of Time series continues, I can’t help but notice it. It makes the story less thrilling and undoes the magical tale that was spun in Waterfall. I was also not a fan of Ali and how she behaved. Okay, she’s a typical Medieval gal, but to treat people who have been nothing but nice for you in such a way? I know it’s not something I’m capable off. Therefore she had only herself to blame for the consequences. But only a bit, since they were way worse than the crime she committed. And the way her feelings changed were a bit too sudden. Okay, you could see it coming, but still, it was tooo sudden. Same goes for lord Greco….. The only thing that was a bit interesting was Lia, and only at the beginning. She’s gotten a trauma because of all the people she had to kill during the war and now she finds it hard to touch a bow. She also has homesickness, which I can quite understand, given everything that happened. How Lia digests all of it, was written well. Although the ending of this process was, once again, quite sudden. It seemed like she went from processing to “cured” in a matter of minutes. I’d preferred if it was a bit more slowly, with more processing of how she felt and at least her telling somebody else about her feelings. Sometimes you’re just not able to cope alone. And this is one of those times. Otherwise, what are shrinks for? Conclusion 2 HEARTS. Despite the predictability, it was still a nice read. I’ll just think of this book as a very long epilogue, after Torrent. It gives you more insight of how everyone is faring and if they did get a happy ending. Although some parts were a little too sweet for my taste and I had a hard time connecting and liking Ali, one of the main characters in this story.