I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately, but Darkest Powers is the first series that I’ve picked up that had anything to do with ghosts. It’s not usually something I’m all that interested in, but I’ve heard lots of positive things about Armstrong’s books over the years, and I figured I’d give them a shot.
First of all, who can beat the premise of the story? A kid growing up in a graveyard? That’s just plain awesome. And the way that Gaiman tells it, Bod seems to be having just as good – if not better – of an upbringing as any other child.
Gerritsen’s writing was, as usual, mostly neat and to the point. While she occasionally gets into more description than is necessary, she’s generally pretty good at being economical with the prose and keeping things down to the basics. I appreciate that in a crime/mystery novel.
Title: Spirit Bound Author: Richelle Mead Publication Year: 2010 Pages: 496 Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library From the cover: After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s – and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . .forever. (This is the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series, after Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, and Blood Promise.) In following the subplot of Dimitri having turned intro Strigoi, keeping Rose hostage while trying to convince her to “awaken” with him, and her eventual escape, Spirit Bound does a really great job of keeping up the adrenaline level. Even after giving a short time lapse before the beginning of the novel, the intensity of the relationship between Dimitri…
After reading the first two books in the series, I was really excited to read Shadow Kiss. I figured that it must be the point where Mead would hit her stride, and things would be high-octane and intense right through the novel. This didn’t quite turn out to be the case, though. Instead, it starts off slowly, as things go as much back to “normal” as they possibly could at the Academy, and as change begins to foment in their world. Plus, there’s the small matter of the trial and sentencing they’ve been waiting for since the end of Vampire Academy, which was more … slow-paced … than I would have expected.