A Book Vacation
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're a fan of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, or Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, then I think you might really like Whirl. They are all very similar in style and even story line, yet each have their own flares and originality based on the author’s strengths.
Now, to be fair. Whirl actually came out at the same time Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Half-Blood did, give or take a month depending on the publication site you peruse, but due to different marketing and publishing houses, Half-Blood took off as Whirl remained lesser known. However, they are virtually one in the same, which makes me believe both were modeled off of Vampire Academy, which came out in 2007. But in the end, does it really matter? If the characters have different abilities, personalities, and issues, does it matter if the plotline is similar to other novels? Some are going to say “yes, definitely,” but I’ve found that, for me, it all depends on the author and how they spin their story. Personally, I enjoyed Half-Blood just as much as I enjoyed Whirl, but I distinctly disliked Vampire Academy, which I read a very long time ago (and probably need to re-read). And the reason for this is that they’re all different in their own rights, with different elements, be they vampire, deamon, or ondine, and the mythology surrounding them all is what gives the books their own originality (along with author flare and the ability to write).
Whirl focuses on the ondine—water elementals and selkies—a group I’ve never read about until now, and it was really interesting to learn all about this group of people. And I love novels about elementals, so it is no surprise that I really enjoyed this novel, regardless of it’s similarities to others I have read. Raveling gives her story life through her own words, and I really liked both Kendra and Tristan, especially as their worlds collided and the tensions mounted. Filled with intense scenes and non-stop action, Whirl grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I found myself wrapped up in Kendra’s life. The characterization was realistic and, though Kendra can definitely be a bit annoying at times, I see a little of myself in her, and so I was able to bond with her and her antics right away. She’s a free spirit set on fighting for those she loves, and I loved that she didn’t back down from a fight, regardless of danger.
Reader beware, there are tons of terms and names in this novel that you’ve most likely never heard of before. Luckily, the text explains it fairly well, but there’s also a glossary in the back for those of us who need it (like me) to keep everyone and everything straight, because there are a lot to remember.
Overall, I personally enjoyed this novel. But if you’re adverse to similar plotlines and you’ve read either Vampire Academy or Half-Blood, then you may want to skip this one. On the reverse, if you haven’t read either of those other novels, then pick up Whirl novel stat and check out the awesomeness that is the ondine.
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I know, I know. I've exclaimed once before in a review that I was on strike from all paranormal books.
The saying, "Read one, read all." Is that a saying? I don't know. Maybe I just made that up... Was really starting to make headway in my mind with a lot of these paranormal books.
But I'm glad that I conceded defeat and read this book. Relief is more like it! I would have been a tornado of anger, if I discovered this later on in the year.....
And for the price of .99 cents you're getting one kick ass book. No, literally, Kendra is a complete bad ass.
Everything that I expect in a book, and characters was all checked off.
I expect A LOT. It's like Emma Raveling stole my check list, and made my dreams come true!
The list is really quite simple, but it's much harder than you think to find books that have it all:
-Amazing romance AND tension
-Believable climatic scene <------ You know that scene, that is built up during the whole book, and when it occurs you're either let down, or so amped up that it was just right.
This author got it right.
So...5 things.. thats all I REALLY ask. (okay, there may be more.)
Kendra is seventeen, living with her foster parents and doing basically anything she wants. But she then receives a letter that is supposedly from her mother. Claiming that she needed to go back to Haverleau, and that someone would be there to take her back. Kendra is skeptical, and thinks its a joke.
But enter Tristan, the first of many fight scenes, and she arrives in Haverleau.
Immediately, when she arrives, she shakes things up for these people that have lived their lives close to the rules. Never once, have they doubted them.
Kendra will push the boundaries, and in the process also finds out news about her family and herself that she never knew.....
I completely LOVED Kendra. She puts up with nothing.
And who doesn't love it when a heroine can take care of herself, and doesn't shy away from a fight???
She was great!
But she wasn't that ever so annoying girl. The one that walks around and thinks she can take on everyone, and has the most bitter attitude.
Our heroine has insecurities, and feelings that she deals with. It makes her real, and shows us that we need more girls like this in "Bookland". You can understand why she is intriguing to everyone in Haverleau. You'll nod her head in understanding, when she captures a guys attention.
And even though she's a fighter, in every sense of the word. She has to work hard to become what she wants to truly be. Many times she becomes frustrated, and angry that it doesn't come as natural to her as the others. But I liked that! Everyone has had to work hard for something they want.
Deep breath, deep breath out....
No! I'm not in labor. But erratic breathing tends to happen when this character pops into my brain.
So if you already have blood pressure issues. I suggest you get yo' self on some pills, otherwise..... you're screwed when it comes to this gardinel...
(And for extra safety precautions, I suggest that you check your heart rate every 5 minutes or so...)
He was so completely intriguing. Seriously. One minute he is taking on a handful Aquidae(demons) and the next moment he is kindly speaking to Kendra, in his normal, patient voice.
Oh yea, one other thing, he's flippin' Prince....
Tristan and Kendra have such great chemistry. I loved that even though Tristan was a very prominent gardinel, he seemed to be unsure when it came to Kendra. He wanted something he couldn't have, and his obvious distress was clear. Your heart will give a lurch when you read about how he looks at her. You can just SEE the need, and it makes the romance in this book all the better!
And the club scene...Seriously.. don't even get me started....
I'm not going to mention the other characters. Because this review would then turn into a short novella... But they were all so great. Chloe, Audrey, Cam, Ryder, and JULIAN.
And the ending. It was probably the best action scene I've read in such a long time.
There are actually so many parts in the book that I could gush about. But then that would lead to spoilers, and then I would be guilt ridden for weeks over ruining such a great book for you guys'!
I did have to read this book at a slower pace. The terms (Which are so freakin' unique) are thrown in there frequently, and you have to focus as to not miss something important. But sometimes you need books like this, they keep you on your toes.
I have to say that I was very impressed by the meanings. Ms. Raveling clearly put a lot of time and effort into this novel.
So I give this a five star rating, (Disclaimer: I did NOT include the 20 stars that I mentally added in mind for Tristan....) and it is also my FIRST top read of 2012.
If you enjoyed Vampire Academy you'll devour this book. Just at a quicker pace, because it's even better.....
That's saying a lot, I was in a Dimitri coma last year for a good six months.
Now.. most important question. How many more months do I have to wait for Billow (Book 2) to be released?!!?