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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
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Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Evil

Hwa Sun, August 21, 2012

Sweet Evil was as fantastic as I hoped it'd be :)

First order of business (I need to get the fan girling out of the way first): KAIDEN. He's so... I can't even put him into words, because no matter what I say, it's not going to justify him. Just know: he's hella-mazing.

Moving on...

I liked the new perspective on Nephilims. The nephilims are all sons and daughters of fallen angels, and their purpose is to "work" for their fathers, as in influence others to do bad things.

I thought it was cool how Anna was from GA, since I lived there for five years. And my family went on a road trip when moving to WA, so I rode in a car from GA to CA, too.

One of the things I liked the most about this book was that it was heavily focused on the relationship between Anna and Kaiden. For example, there's the road trip Anna and Kaiden took. During that time, they got to know each other better, while the reader got to know more about Nephilims (not to mention Kai, too). Sometimes, I felt like the two were just going in circles (especially after the road trip), but overall, I found it entertaining to read about their relationship.

The main weak point of Sweet Evil was its plot because there was no complexity to it. Since it's part of a trilogy, as I started getting closer to finishing the book, I kept expecting a big conflict to reveal itself, but there was no "bigger picture." Even so, I enjoyed the other aspects of the book too much to down grade its rating.

I think Sweet Evil is a definite must read for all YA Paranormal Romance fans. I really hope that there will be some news about the sequel soon, because I hate waiting for books, and I really want to know what will happen next!

Hwa Sun :)
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The Goddess Hunt by Aimée Carter
The Goddess Hunt

Hwa Sun, August 20, 2012

The Goddess Hunt is a very quick read (duh, it's a novella).

I liked that it gave an insight to the gods and goddesses. Kate has this illusion that the gods are perfect, but (as everyone who has read Greek mythology knows) they're not. They're just like humans (except they're immortal). They make mistakes, and they can let pride cloud their decisions at times.

Another thing I liked about this novella is that it proved the strong bond between Kate and Henry, and therefore made Henry a whole lot more likable. In my review for The Goddess Test, I mentioned that Henry scared me, but seeing what he'll do for Kate made me less scared of him.

The only thing I disliked was that because it's so short, everything felt a bit rushed.

Oh, and BTW Kate, YOU GO GIRL!

Now, I have both Goddess Interrupted and The Goddess Legacy, so I'll be reading them soon.

Hwa Sun :)
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Until I Die by Amy Plum
Until I Die

Hwa Sun, August 18, 2012

Kate and Vincent are one of the most adorable couples ever! X) I couldn't help, but smile at their adorable-ness.

Kate was sometimes a bit annoying, because she spoiled the mood often by bringing up revenant related stuff. I get that she wants to know more about her boyfriend's kindred, but did she always have to be such a party pooper? Other than that, though, she was still pretty awesome.

And Vincent... Oh, dear. He's "handsome, chivalrous, and witty." (I'm quoting the jacket flap.) He's such a gentleman to Kate, it's incredibly sweet.

A lot of the characters had at least one Drama Queen/King moment. By Drama Q/K moment, I mean that they overreacted big time on something that didn't seem that important.

As for the plot, I think a bit more complexity would have been nice, but it was overall interesting enough to keep me reading.

The numa are very underground for most of the time in this book, so you don't get to see much of them, and therefore, there's not much action. But, in the scenes that did have action, it was incredible. Kate was so bad-(fill in the blank, guys, because I'm not going to say that word).

And the ending! WHY?!?!?! It was like the ending for City of Fallen Angels ALL OVER AGAIN! Poor Kate and Vincent....

Until I Die was an amazing read, especially because I got to go back into the world of revenants. I seriously can't wait for the next (and last) book in the series, If I Should Die.

Hwa Sun :)
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I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy by Pittacus Lore
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy

Hwa Sun, August 17, 2012

Six's Legacy started off kind of slow.

In the beginning, there isn't much happening, it's all basically her back story, so it was pretty boring. I kept pausing and getting distracted because it was doing such a bad job at keeping my attention. I even considered not finishing it.

Once the pace picked up, though, and stuff started happening, it was actually pretty good. Of course, there were no surprises because it's just a more detailed version of Six's story. Still, it was cool seeing all the action from inside Six's head. (Six is my favorite character, so...)

Six's Legacy left me even more excited for The Rise of Nine, the next book in the Lorien Legacies.

Hwa Sun :)
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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Disaster

Hwa Sun, August 16, 2012

Le sigh. So disappointing :(

After reading the synopsis for Beautiful Disaster, I just had to read the book. It seemed so promising. But, sadly, it didn't live up to its promises. Let me explain why...

First of all, this book is over 400 pages long. So imagine that in the first 200 pages, they meet, slowly fall in love, go through some rough patches, and finally get together. Now, imagine that in the second half of the book, they break up and go through those stages all over again.

Well, yeah, that's pretty much what happened. The first time, it was okay, but during the second time, it was just "COME ON! We've been through this already!"

Also, the pacing was way off. At some parts, it felt super sloooow, and at others it felt super rushed. There were very few places where the pacing seemed just right.

Now (oh, gosh) the characters. I'm just going to give you a list of problems I had with them, okay?
Most of them were so moody, especially Abby. They were hardly ever stable with their emotions. One moment they were furious, and the next they were all lovey dovey. This made the characters seem really unrealistic for me.
Abby's back story seemed so completely fake. She seemed barely damaged by her past, which made her (again) unrealistic because it's hard to believe that someone who was raised like that escaped almost completely unaffected.
Travis, (sigh) boy does he have some major issues. He's the King of Jealousy, Overreacting, Anger, and Beating People Up. Not good.
The names... really? America? Shepley? Finch? Brazil? I'm not saying that I have anything against people with these names (because I don't). It's just the fact that there are so many people with such unusual names who all know each other that contributes into making the story unbelievable.

So, basically, most of them were unstable and unrealistic. Travis and Abby could be extremely irritating at times. They did have their sweet moments, though, where they were getting along and I wasn't annoyed at one (or both) of them.

There were a few characters that I really liked, like America (Abby was so lucky to have her as her best friend.), Finch (Ha ha, he's awesome.), and Shepley (He's awesome, too.).

Oh, and there's part of the book that's set in Las Vegas which sucked. Abby's reactions to everything was just so ugh. That was one of my least favorite parts of the book.

The writing was eh for me. It wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't horrible either.

And lastly, the ending was so incredibly sweet, but at the same time, so immensely stupid.

That's all I have to say about this book. Give it a go if you want. Maybe you'll enjoy it much more than I did.

Hwa Sun :)

P.S. I don't get the cover. It's pretty, but what does it have to with the book? Can someone explain it to me?
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