I've been devouring a lot of YA fiction lately, especially that of the supernatural kind and, honestly, I'm running out of avenues. I'd been putting off the Blue Bloods novels because they just didn't interest me. Well, today I was bored so I picked this little gem up from the library.
It passed a few hours' worth of my time. Was it worth it? Well, I got some laughs. The book opens with a massive cliche. Which I suppose should have warned me and put me off reading the rest of it, Where to begin? Which I suppose should have warned me and put me off reading the rest of it, but I like to finish what I begin and, like I said, I was bored. Our main protagonist is Schuyler Van Alan. Tiny, black hair, blue eyes, absolutely gorgeous but, of course, completely unaware of it.
She dresses like a bag lady. Well, more like a very lucky bag lady who ransacks the trash bins of wealthy socialites and has revolving credit at fancy consignment shops. She has only one friend of course , a boy named Oliver who is of course in love with her, while she is of course completely unaware of how he feels about her.
Everyone else at her prestigious private school ignores her. Until one night when she's out with Oliver and she sees the ever-popular and completely gorgeous Jack Force. He flirts with her and she's completely confused by his sudden attention to her. So you would think this eventually goes somewhere. Jack and Schuyler DO share a couple of scenes together, but nothing all that great. They kiss once, but even that has a very strange vibe, like it just shouldn't be happening.
Probably because there isn't a whole lot of build up. They don't manage to kiss for long, either, because they're interrupted by Jack's twin sister, Mimi. The Jack and Mimi storyline is where things started to get creepy and make less and less sense. Jack's and Mimi's "relationship" is very quickly revealed to be more than what the average brother and sister share. Creep factor through the roof at this point. I mean, I guessed right away that it was some kind of reincarnation thing, but EWW. And Mimi's a total bitch, but not even in a believable way.
I got the feeling I was supposed to really hate her, but I couldn't. There just wasn't enough there. Schuyler has no parents. Her dad is dead, her mom's been in a coma since she was a baby, and she's been neglectfully supervised by her "grandmother" Cordelia. Cordelia is a throw-away character. She exists within the book merely for the sole purpose of providing a quick source of information for Schuyler, then she's killed off.
Let's just call her Tissue from now on. Schuyler blew her nose on her and her literary mission was accomplished. So I trudged through the first half or so of this book wondering why in the hell I was still reading since all I kept hearing about was how rich these people are and the kinds of clothes they wear, the hotels they stay in, the food they eat, etc. But then I got to the good stuff. The "Blue Bloods" are nothing more than a group of fallen angels whose punishment for betraying God was being condemned to live their immortal lives on earth until they've reached a zen-like state of contrition.
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At least, that's their mission; to be allowed back into the "garden" after paying penance for their misbehavior. So they don't kill humans. Not at all, in fact, they try to help us!
Did you know that all the beautiful and the humanitarian things in New York City are all thanks to rich angel space vampires? Anyway, they're reincarnated and, at the age of 15, start undergoing their "transformation" to vampire. So yeah, Jack and Mimi? Apparently this is some freaky BS wherein two souls are born as twins, but then, through a transition, one twin would assume the role of spouse.
This was to preserve the family's fortune. A whole new twist on "keepin' it in the family". Anyone else feel like vomiting? Intellectually, reading this book is akin to flipping through a toddler's board book. Not a whole lot going on. De La Cruz attempted to weave in some historical references by tying the whole Roanoke settlement mystery into the angel vampires' story, but she apparently expects that none of her readers have ever heard of it before. None of the teen characters in the book have.
We're supposed to believe that these kids are attending this super exclusive private school and NONE of them have ever heard of Roanoke or Croatoan? She's the product of her mother an angel vampire mating with a human. She's a "new soul", not a reincarnated one, and she's super rare.
Also, her mother, Allegra, is the archangel Gabriel simple explanation, but just don't ask. Gabriel and the archangel Michael who turns out to be Charles Force, Jack and Mimi's "dad were not condemned to the life of the angel vampires because of misbehavior, they chose to go with them to help lead them. So they were both "pure-of-heart". Well, we find out from the human Tissue that Schuyler is amazingly powerful because of who her mother is, and then Schuyler is told again, by the Tissue that, according to angel vampire prophecies, the daughter of Gabrielle will "lead them to the salvation they seek".
Okay, so that means that Allegra, Ms. Pure-of-heart leader, super angel vampire woman Yes, let me try and untangle this; Schuyler is important.
She's not a reincarnated angel, true These angel vampires have about as much sense as a moldy sack of rusty hammers. But what else would you expect from New York City's elite? The characters are two-dimensional and boring. On the surface it's just plain silly, but when you dig deeper it's inconsistent and completely nonsensical and looks a lot like swiss cheese with all the holes riddled throughout. This book really is the literary equivalent of a socialite; boring, vapid, shallow, narcissistic, and transparent.
I can put up with a lot from supernatural YA because I don't ask much. This book, however, asked me to suspend WAY too much of my intellect while not even having the common courtesy of providing any real entertainment. I know this review is all-over-the-place, but I really don't have the energy to try and rearrange everything so it makes more sense. Kinda like the book I'm reviewing. Mar 06, Eileen rated it it was ok Shelves: I read all three of these books in a day apiece. They're badly written, ludicrous candy. Seriously, rich NYC socialite vampires?
Don't get me started on how "Croatan" actually refers to one of the native American tribes in the barrier islands of NC, and was probably meant to serve as a direction for the rest of the Roanaoke colonists when they came back from England. I mean, yes, the whole subject of the R I read all three of these books in a day apiece.
I mean, yes, the whole subject of the Roanoake colony's disappearance is a fascinating mystery, but there is no way "Croatan" meant "super-vampires are hunting the regular vampires in the original colonies help help! Jan 31, Kristen Bongard rated it really liked it. Oh, my silly love of teen vampire books. Melissa de la Cruz makes a fun world, easy to read, with characters that you love and hate. Full of all the angst and envy of a proper high school novel, but with the added bite of the supernatural. I'm charmed by Schuyler, the accidentally beautiful protagonist.
She is endearing in her inability to fit in, which is something I'm sure many of us can relate to. How can you help but love to hate Mimi Force? A girl who has everything, and kno Oh, my silly love of teen vampire books. A girl who has everything, and knows that she really has been queen of the world. It's a fun, light read. It took me all of 4 or 5 hours, after which I promptly bought the next two books, which also took that long to read.
Not as deep or detailed as they could have been, as I really, really wanted them to be. My Robert Jordan-primed brain wanted the two-page scenes to stretch out for chapters. Unfortunately, this is teen fiction, not overdrawn adult fantasy. It's excellent for what it is. Blue Bloods is a trio combination of Gossip Girl, angels, and vampires. The idea and premise of this series is original and great! Basically the angels who sided with Lucifer were cast down from heaven and now they are Blue Bloods, vampires, who live in year long cycles, trying to achieve redemption.
It's a cool concept: Some parts of the concept are a bit hard to grasp. Cruz doesn't do a very good job of explaining things and constantly contradicts herself: Helloooo Upper East Side!! Oh the opulence and wealth. Quite fun to read of, but wayyy too much time was spent describing the luxury and the name-brand clothing and furniture. Most of this book was spent describing everyone's designer-brand things, I'd have liked more of the story to be about, oh I don't know, the plot perhaps? Cruz's writing is fine. It's simple; she writes fluffy, light stories.
I caught a grammar mistake or two in the writing. Cruz is great at describing, sometimes she goes overboard though. This book lacks humor and fun. I wish Cruz would incorporate that into her books please, anything to liven up this series!
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There is a plot! There's so much that could be done with this series but the execution is so poor that it goes nowhere! It hurts my bookworm heart because this series could be so good if written the right way. But alas, we instead are forced to read pages of nothingness and 50 pages of actual story and plot development and movement. The focus of this book is completely wrong. Focus on the threats, the Silver Bloods!
Have some character and plot development. Have meaningful scenes, not just randomly thrown-in ones. I don't like any of the characters. She's so dull though. Jack is mysterious and hot but besides that he doesn't have much going for him. I loathe Mimi, and her pride and vanity make me want to slap her. Bliss is a dolt. And she's way too obsessed with what people think of her. All of these characters get on my nerves. It goes from zero to sixty in 3. Jack and Schuyler hardly know each other and then they suddenly love each other?
And I think a love triangle might be forming? And there's definitely some incest I just want to puke when I think of Jack and Mimi together. P If I see any incestuous things happening in this series I will chuck the book across the room and start purging. I don't care about the little technicalities and how it's like "hey we're kind of siblings kind of not. We just so happen to be called back to live in this cycle as twin siblings," don't even. Cruz, don't even try to make it better by confusing me even more with the bonding rituals that Blue Bloods have that they renew with that same partner during each cycle There are so many cliches that made me roll my eyes in this book: Blue Bloods was a bad start to the series.
I'm holding onto the hope that this series gets better. It's an interesting concept and a great plot idea. Now if only the execution could improve Add The Gossip Girl. Mix it with Beverly Hills. Add a bit of Twilight. And a little piece from every YA novel you can remember reading. Doesnt leave a bad taste in your mouth but it definitely could have been better. The glamorous life of the Upper East Side citiziens -with a vampire twist. What the book focuses on is completely wrong. The author should have focused on the story than what the characters were wearing.
All these brand fixation is so annoying. This is supposed to be a vampire book not a fashion show! Does it have potential? Definitely gonna check out the other books. Never judge a series by its first book IF the first book it not a huge let down of course. I heard this one gets better so we shall see The Vampire type: They are not your 'ordinary vampires. Even though, I liked the world-building I dont think this one was a good vampire novel. Well, at least they dont sparkle, thats something. Cause; Still, view spoiler [angels, really?! Damn, I miss Buffy. And thats exactly why this one gets 3 stars and not 2 or 2.
Mimi- doesnt have a likeable bone in her body. Bliss- what kind of a name Bliss is?! I cant even pronunce it!!! Meet with the plain girl who discovers she isnt plain at all. Oh look she is suddenly beautiful. I wonder how it happened. Could it be…YA magic? Oliver— is a douchebag! Oliver had stopped speaking to Schuyle because she had moved Jack from the "Not" to the "Hot" column, without campaigning for Oliver's approval? Thats the reason he cuts her off? Oliver continues to refuse to even acknowledge her existence but what she does instead of confronting him; she takes his side and goes to apologise.
I'm supposed to forget about what happened because suddenly it turns out he is such a good guy? I'm supposed to see this shit as Schuyle being mature?! Although, view spoiler [ Oliver being a Conduit -one of the caretakers for the Blue Bloods hide spoiler ] I never saw it coming. I thought he was just gonna be a jealous BFF without a purpose. Now he has one but I still dont like where his story might be going. It's so predictable, unfortunately. And you can also smell who is gonna get picked from miles away too. A couple of cliches this book may or may have not started: Oh wait Bella made that one popular.
A couple of random thoughts: But you know Hollywood. They had to think of ways to kill us off some how. I don't know how we got such a bad rap. It's all created by The Conspiracy, you know. They like to mislead the Red Bloods. Never saw that one before, so original! Your memories last forever, so you're never really dead. I'm not exactly sold on the idea.
I dont care how it is presented. Who cares about their 'history' together. God, she was really pretty, Bliss thought. Pretty wasn't even the word—that would be like calling Audrey Hepburn good-looking. Why hadn't she ever noticed that before? Bliss wondered Bliss darling; a It is called 'YA magic'. It's not your fault. You are not blind. It can create wonders. I totally bought her flashback scene with Jack, damn hide spoiler ] -Dylan view spoiler [being a vampire.
Him being Silver Blood's pawn sucks, though. Why is it hard to suprise me these days? That was a great twist. Probably the only good twist this book had. Had me for a moment there! Hope the series gets better! I've just started this book, and there are a number of things in which this book is disappointing.
For one, Melissa de la Cruz keeps on nagging about what everybody is wearing. I couldn't care less.
It also contributes to annoying fact 2. The books moves damn slowly. I'm on page 97 and nothing has happened so far. And the same plot-hints are being dropped over and over. I'm laying the book away now, perhaps I will finish it later And I picked it up anyway, like 3 hours later.. The story does have some potential, but I'm not really enthousiastic about it. Also, the latin in the book wasn't correct, I'm definitely subtracting points for that. And why is it latin in the first place? If Gabriel and Micheal and all those others were cast down from heaven, and all the bla bla bla, shouldn't it be hebrew?
Reed Eastwood , obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants, and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone.
Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves, with white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays - good, normal, and clean. Her father is The King of England. She is The Controversial Princess. Regarded as down to earth by the press and rebellious by The King, Princess Adeline refuses to bow to the royal expectations her title carries. She knows better than anyone that the united front of the royal family is nothing but smoke and mirrors - lies and secrets masked by power and privilege.
She wants no part of it, and she will never surrender to The King's demand to marry a man she does not love.
ENTWINED WITH YOU – Chapter One
But despite Adeline's determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged. He loves me, and he doesn't even know my real name. The limelight that follows him could expose everything I'm hiding. But even knowing the risks, I can't force myself to stay away. I'm going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it. Will we lose it all when I reveal what's beneath this mask?
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me.
Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession I do very much like Sylvia's writing. Jill is definitely growing on me! Sylvia Day is a genius. I love this series. I adore Eva and Gideon and the fact that they are not just one dimensional.
They both have personal battles to face but never let personal problems overshine their love for one another. However, Sylvia Day never lets secondary characters slide and her supporting cast are well-rounded and well-developed. The characters really find their groove in this book. They get to know and understand each other and I loved the dynamic that created. Story - Okay, it's my fault. I listened to Bared to You and Reflected in You and didn't learn my lesson about this series. The problem is that I love the story of Ava and Gideon, their tortured pasts and their hot chemistry There's a saying that applies here, "Less is more.
Except for some good stuff toward the end, it's all over the place with side characters and little filler subplots. This isn't the conclusion to the trilogy we expected, so the author adds stupid fluff to stretch the series. I'm torn whether to continue with the series. Narrator - Love the narrator. She's got a velvety, sexy voice, and she can do a pretty good guy voice too!
Her performance lends class to the story.
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Overall - If you like lots and lots of steamy sex, you will love this book. Otherwise, you might find it boring. Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? I wouldn't go so far as to say this book was a waste of my time. I'm not entirely sure if Sylvia Day rushed to release this novel but it wasn't as compelling as the first two in the series. I guess it was just a little too far fetched and thick on the drama.
The parts that should have been elaborated on were left in the shadows. Still a good story though. Would you recommend Entwined With You to your friends? Absolutely, I still consider Sylvia a great writer and it's worth the read. Did Jill Redfield do a good job differentiating all the characters? Although Jill Redfield isn't my favorite narrator she's still in my top I've heard a lot worse.
This is such a hard review for me to write. Turns out there are in fact 2 more books planned. I must admit I felt cheated. At times the story was really flowing…we were getting answers and some real advancements in the plot. However, most of the time it just felt like so much fluff and filler.
And as a side note, I really dislike Bret! What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? I would have enjoyed this book if Day had of finished the story. As it is she wrote half a book and put it on the shelf for sale. I guess there will be a 4th book in the trilogy now. What reaction did this book spark in you? It made me angry that she took my money and did not finish the story. I feel like she just wants to make money. I will not buy another book to find out the ending I was promised in this one.
What disappointed you about Entwined With You? This book lacked the spark that was very evident in the first book. And what is it with authors at the moment - stories never end - they just hang there. I thought this series was marketed as a trilogy! Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvia Day again? No I don't think I will. Usually I really enjoy Jill Redfield's narration - but not with this book.
Though to be fair to her - the quality of the material she was working with was poor. I was annoyed that I had wasted time waiting for this book. I felt there was no storyline, and I expected to have a good ending, not to wait for another book to come out. I was so excited for this book to come out and end up very unhappy and disappointed.
Would you consider the audio edition of Entwined With You to be better than the print version? Jill is the perfect narrator for this book for me. I love the timber of her voice and I could listen to her read the phone book! This murder mystery set in the Aztec empire reads quickly, and it's refreshing to encounter such a unique setting, where blood rituals, human or animal sacrifice, and slavery are simply everyday aspects of life, as unremarkable to the main character Acatl as the brutality and violence of today's television and movies are to us.
As a main character, Acatl, the High Priest of the Dead, remains realistic even as he investigates a murder to try to clear his brother. Bodard keeps her characters grounded in ordinary frustration; Acatl's not a superhero or Sherlock Holmes kind of fantasy figure, but rather a more ordinary man who's been pushed out of his comfort zone. This can make the book occassionally aggravating, as I kept wanting Acatl to encounter more success.
But Acatl's struggles eventually build to an emotionally resonant climax. In that respect, Bodard's writing reminded me of Robin Hobb, where fantasy elements such as magic provide no relief from everyday personal struggles and the emotional costs of love, ambition, and family. Recommended if you like mysteries or want to encounter a fresh fantasy setting more concerned with character than escapism. See all 41 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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