Curiousity Corner: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

This week instead of a review, I’ve decided to write about something that I have hopes to read at some point…soon? In the distant future somewhere at least.

Okay. So. I feel like everywhere I go, I’ve been seeing this book. That’s weird isn’t it? And each and every time this happens, I’m reluctant to flip through its contents. After all my stubbornness, I’m taking it as an extremely delayed sign. I think because the cover shares the same color scheme as the Twilight series (which I’ve read…though I shan’t speak of it) that it through me off a little bit? Yeah, let’s go with that. So I shoved my bitterness aside one day whilst bored on my cellular device as usual. I ordered a sample from Kelley Armstrong. Bitten seems to revolve around werewolves. Normally, I wouldn’t indulge in this sort of furry fantasy. But I’m thinking Year of the Vampire is over. At least for now.

The first few chapters that I got to peek, introduces our main character Elena who is a newly bitten wolf still trying to hold onto her humanity. It does seem to sound like the usual self-loathing supernatural creature, but I’m interested to see where this goes. Especially when Elena gives into her wolfy urges. It’s always a little fun when they join the dark side for a quick spin, don’t you think?
This is going to be added to my collection soon enough. Hopefully it won’t be collecting dust.

xox,
Sasha

Nostalgic Tales: Shiver

Title: Shiver
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Type of Book: Paperback
Genre: romance, urban fantasy, young-adult, Paranormal–>werewolves

Ahhh this book, wow let’s start. When thinking back on this particular story I actually do have a black in my file cabinet, its folder is filled with tattered paper work. Nevertheless I manage to gather some details.

Our main cast Sam and Grace a pair of lost souls each pinning for the other, or at least Grace doesn’t know she is pinning for Sam, because they’ve met long before when Grace was attacked by wolves as a child, who were tearing at her but for some reasons she remembered the one wolf who was watching by…the one with the yellow eyes. Since then a major obsession was created, so much so that it was ruining her social life.

*sigh* poor girl, they can never keep obsession and reality separate. Anyways, I would assume such an event would make one lead a very stressful life, maybe with a flinching after bite, but not Grace. Full on: I love you we’re meant to be! Especially when she figured out he had human parts under all that fur.

Another interesting fact, remember that number one rule where all werewolves transform with the moon or even sometimes they can do it at will, well this time it’s all about the cold. Poor pups gotta get all hairy when mother-winter comes along.

The whole story itself is OK, Grace doesn’t have anything going for her. Her parents are too obsorb in themselves to really notice her, her friends…I’m still not sure is they’re really friends, are drifting away. As soon as Grace meets Sam he becomes her whole world, so much that she goes into mass depression/panic-mode at the mere thought of losing him. Sam himself is very passive himself just because you never really know how he really feels and Grace tries really hard to make him feel sometimes it’s a little too much.

Did I mention that he even rejects having sex with her because “he wants to do it right?” yet, he has no qualms with sharing a bed with her and living in her home without the consent of her parents… so many tilting-head motions happen with this guy.

There is some drama in this story, a rogue werewolf who wasn’t supposed to be one and an old flame-but not really-although she claims she is.

Redeeming qualities for this author is the way she write I did like very much and the way she describes the COLD made me feel I was never going to see spring and summer. So if you decide to dive into this, it’s slow pace, characters are rather dull with their own angst issue and it may take you a long long time before finishing it. So good luck on reaching the end…p.s. there’s a sequel but I rather stay away from that. The ending of the first book is conclusive so why add more?

Grading: 3/5

Meli<3

Silver

Title: Silver
Author: Rhiannon Held
Publisher: Thor Books
Type of book: Paperback
Genre: Young adult, Paranormal-> Werewolves, romance, fantasy.
Pages: 320

This was another pick with Goodreads and although I battle and battle with it, on a trip to Indigo/Chapters I picked it up and here I am with my verdict. Leaping into this I found it amusing that the summary did nothing to portray that our main Character was going to be a mentally unstable, it’s usually a thing that authors do. You know maybe to differentiate themselves from all the others in this genre and so all readers know that “hey y’all this is some deep business so watch out!” not something I mind, instead it felt like dipping into a box of chocolates.

…Moving on to the real juice of it all…

The leading lady Silver, a scared girl, the last of her pack and runaway.The majority of the time she running from this monster who is still after her, trying to finish what it started. During this book I found myself wondering if the monster was real or even just a fabrication of her shattered mind. Her character is of some wanting nothing more than to forget the past and search for her wild-self, because of her tragic past she can no longer transform into a wolf. Say what? Then would that even classify her as a wolf to begin with? Apparently it does, I mean if you keep thinking you can fly you won’t come terms with not being able to until you fall down a cliff. *Gasp*
During her journey she has an otherworldly companion…Death. Who is one twisted pup (Pretty glad he was the embodiment of a wolf, I mean can you imagine how much freakier it would be it if he was some cloaked figure with a scythe following you around?). A mental-abuser, Death talks with the voices of the dead to taunts her and further her unstable state.

sick bastard! or is he?

Another character/love-interest/protagonist/He’s just a bit of everything Andrew Dare (badass last name *props*) comes in and for some reason I kept picturing Ian Somerhalder and I was just like DAMN but nevertheless, this guy is no hero……honestly, he really does not want the role. He would rather just be independent, but still likes to part of pack, it’s some confusing melodrama that I cannot get into at the moment. F.Y.I he has his reasons, blood wrenching, psychotic, anger filled reasons for not wanting to own up and become the alpha everyone knows he can be.

Thinking back I wonder if this was all some trick to give us some really irritating characters who seem very pitiful and lost in their own drama so that we the readers would feel so much that we had to keep reading to know if they grow or forever be alone.

Throughout the book becomes Andrew and even Silver become the characters we all love to aggravated at, you know the ones who at certain points you want to push on the ground and yell “stop making excuses and be brave for fudgesake!” we all know life is tough and horrible, but you outgrew your diapers.

Now we come onto what threw me. While Dare tries to locate Silver’s “monster” he has to travel to many packs like one of the pack leaders was named Seattle and I got confused as to them referring to the actual place or was that just the person’s name. Second, would be Silver talking in riddles. As I mentioned previously she is indeed mentally warped so I suppose it plays into character, but then again it felt really frustrating. The whole time you want to know what happens and she keeps pushing it away. Then she got me believing that she probably had another personality in her, because one minute she’s crazed and the next she was calm and authoritative. So maybe I mean she’s bipolar instead? Silver never sits still so never assume you have her figured out.

Another thing to pay attention to is the relationship between herself and Death. Although he has his own agenda their relationship was a little more than just tormentor and victim, he would appear whenever she was really in danger and offer her advice when she began pulling away from people who wanted to help her. So I don’t know if the author meant to show Death as an equally important being who although puts her into this craze state, also wants her to better herself.
Yet, she does regain some normality as we get closer to the end also the identity of her “monster” is revealed. I think i would have been much more upset if it was all in her head, that’s too far.

Things I wish would have been added would’ve been Dare’s personal life. The fact that he has a daughter is mentioned, I would have liked him being reunited with her, or try and get into contact but I guess that was not the plan nor possible. I had hoped that Silver, who is now cured of the foul injected-silver she would had regain her arm to function normally but I think the author did that on purpose as a reminder of what she survived.

The ending felt that things were only going to get better for our happy couple who didn’t say those magical words but as wolves, actions speak louder and did they EVER.. The author I do think she has great imagination and I did like her writing style too so perhaps I’ll tune into more books from her, however, if there is a sequel to this book I will have to think about it before indulging, because like I said it’s a lot of craziness.

Grading : 3/5
-Meli<3