Raquel Lyon is an English author, who writes YA fantasy and NA contemporary romance stories. Her heroines are kinda kooky, her heroes slightly devilish, and her romance a bit on the raunchy side. If the sun is out, so is she. She has a crazy sugar addiction and eats ice cubes as if they’re going out of fashion.
on March 25, 2013 :
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Feb. 21, 2013 :
I won a copy of this book in Elle Casey's January Anniversary Indie Book Giveaway.
This had a lot going for it, and in the beginning I liked it a lot - promising characters in Sophie and her friends, some nice gothic mystery trappings - but as it went on it was rather disappointing.
There is a lot of complex, original supernatural mythology, but it didn't have nearly enough world-building. It was all crammed into one book at a weird kind of fast pace - it almost felt like watching a movie on Fast-Forward! Also, I could never get a real handle on who Sophie was as a person. Her characterization was kind of inconsistent, which was fine for other characters whose motivations remain mysterious to help drive the plot, but mostly just confusing in the lead POV.
I also had issue with the grammar throughout - mostly with commas, or lack thereof. In short, there were some nice ideas here, but it felt more like a first draft than a polished novel.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2013 :
Overall: This book was good. I enjoyed the story line and the characters. I also liked the setting, it sounded very pretty. I liked the idea behind the Sophie and Tokala thing. If you've read it you know what I am talking about. I wish it went more into detail there, because I really liked that. I'm not a huge fan of vampire and werewolf books, but this one was a better one. It was a little unsuspenseful but maybe I wasn't emotionally invested in the story for some weird reason. I just didn't connect fully with them and their thoughts/feelings. This book reminded me of All That We See or Seem. I did a review on that book a little while ago. I just don't think this type of book is my cup of tea, you know? All-in-all it was good. There wasn't anything that I absolutely hated about it, but there also wasn't anything I loved.
Characters: Sophie kind of annoyed me. She would lead people on, and then get mad when they responded to her advances. She claims she wasn't a slut, like Lara, but that's exactly what she was. Basically she was a hypocrite. But other than that part of her, she was very sweet and nice. One other thing I didn't like was she was always endangering herself, and then yelling at someone else for not saving her fast enough. Its like then don't go looking for danger. I did like her connection with the fox and stuff. Its hard to explain without spoiling anything, so I will just leave it at that.
I also loved Connor. Seb also made me a little mad, but Connor was always there for Sophie. It was very sweet and he put up with all of her crap. It was so very cute.
Quotes: None that I can think of right now.
Recommend?: Yes, if you like the vamp/werewolf type of books. Im not a huge fan of these, but if you are I would greatly recommend it. 3.5 stars.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)