Dark Symphony By Christine Feehan

This was a nice addition to the Dark Series. I honestly have gotten bored with the series itself due to repetition of what a Carpathian is and what a life mate is. as well as how they find each other. this book on the other hand was refreshing because, Christine introduced a new creature the Scarletti Jaguar clan. The Heroine is a blind pianist that falls in love with the Carpathian Byron. The Scarletti Palazzo is said to be cursed due to a series of unfortunate events (i.e. strange deaths, missing persons etc). Antonietta (the blind Scarletti) and Bryon embark on who is committing these latest crimes against the Scarletti family which sends them closer (at least Antonietta because Byron is already in love with her) to a romantic endeavor.
This book did have some lulls but kept up with a fast pace of Heroic life saving and life changing steamy sex, with a dash of Criminal minds Mystery. My favorite character in the book has to be Josef, Byron’s nephew, I mean come on that rap he did was hilariously jaw dropping. Josef also was quirky and young at heart. My least favorite character was Marita even though what was done to her was sad but I mean seriously if my kid had a family crest fall on her I wouldn’t let my cousin care for her while I play dramatics and faint. I would be there trying to be level headed and making sure my child was OK while I’m secretly freaking out.
My favorite scene was when Josef made the Gargoyle come to life as a prank on Byron, that was hilarious. My least favorite scene was when Marita kept fainting, she talks about how she is as strong as the Scarletti but when ever something bad happens she ends up fainting or screaming her head of.
but all in all again this was a refreshing change of events and has been steadily becoming more interesting over the last two or three books and I can’t wait to see where Feehan will take the Jaguar Clan in the up coming books and what other creatures lurk in the Carpathian world.

 

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The Infinite Sea

** spoiler alert ** I was astounded by the 5th Wave i wanted to keep reading, this book seemed more like a filler for what is about to come. So I’m hoping for a repeat reaction of the 5th wave with the next book. However, I did start to like Ringer better… A lot better. Vosch is The best Villain in the young adult books. He has topped my list of the top ten! He was methodical, he was more entity then person, kind of like the personification of death itself. He was terrifying. Ringer got some emotions in her FINALLY!!!
Like I said this second book seemed more of a filler for whats going to come next in the 5th Wave series. The story seemed to be dull and dragging on for ever in one part ant then the next it was like BAM!!! you’re sucked in and when your husband says lets go eat and you say ok after this chapter (which is only like a half a page) you end up reading that whole part and then its boring again and you have an annoyed husband. for my hubby if you are reading this “Look buddy I would not have know about this book if you hadn’t come home and said ‘Babe we must read this'” So it’s ALL YOUR FAULT!!!
Evan needs to figure out what he want’s to do live or be blown up he needs to stop trying to blow himself up it was heroic the first time, this second time all though not his fault, still ticked me off!!! I will be heart broken if he died. He’s my favorite!!! I liked Cassie I really did but in this book WOW she needed to pull on her big girl nannies and quit sitting around for this boy!!!! She had her brother to think about and whole bunch of other people that she made into sitting ducks.
the 7th part of this book you can tell Rick Yancey is building towards something. and that sparked my interest immensely. that whole sequence is what made this book in my opinion. My least favorite part is when Poundcake died…. That broke my feelers….:'( And the fact that most of this book was them deciding if they were going to leave the Walker Inn or stay sitting ducks.
All in all, my opinion of this second installment of the 5th Wave series are mixed but I definitely want to see what happens next for sure!!!

The 5th Wave.

** spoiler alert ** Ever Since my husband came home from work saying “I want to read the 5th Wave. Its about to be a movie and I think I really want to read it first.” I was Floored!!!! One my husband doesn’t read…EVER!!!! Sure he might read a post about some fishing technique or and article about guns but actually reading a fictional book; he had to be pulling my leg. So a month later you could probably think what I thought when my husband STILL talking about this book/movie. So I was like ‘OK, Valentine’s Day is coming up and I still need to get him a gift. Maybe I will get him this book.’ So I did. He was ecstatic, I asked him “OK where is my husband because it is obvious you were abducted by the body snatchers.” SO he reads it, at least the intro… :/ Now it is sitting in a box collecting dust….GREAT!!!
So months past we moved and I finally get around to it on my TBR List so I can get all my goal books of this year. I didn’t feel like moving boxes of Christmas Decorations and my boxes of books so I took the lazy route and grabbed it from the library. Later that day I finish the current book that I was reading and started on The 5th Wave. Let me tell you, Rick Yancey  had me hooked within the first chapter. I’m not one for a Dooms Day ANYTHING. But this book had EVERYTHING in it. action packed, Nail biting suspense, a Romeo and Juliet love connection and last but not least Extraterrestrials from another planet.
my favorite character in this book was Evan Walker. Evan Walker did have that “I’m Edward Cullen” thing going at the beginning and then the “I’ll be back” terminator mantra going at the end. He was every girls dream Chocolate brown eyes, and he told the protagonist of the book (Cassie) things to make your liver, quiver. 🙂 oh yea the down side to the perfect boyfriend was he is an alien…….
The best Scene(s) of the whole book in my opinion was when Evan called Cassie a Mayfly, I don’t know why but it was sweet. the other was the last bit when Camp Haven blew up into Smithereens. It was nail biting and on the edge of your seat will they make it out alive!!!! moments.
Least favorite Character was Vosch  for obvious reasons but he is by far the most menacing villain in any Young adult book since the Maximiun Ride Series by James Patterson. and I didn’t like Ringer, To no emotions. I know that is what the camp was doing to people but jeez if Rick would have told me that she had emotions before the Waves hit, I would have looked at him like he had three heads!!!!
The Saddest scene was when Cassie saw her brother for the first time since letting him (begrudgingly) get on that bus to the holocaust death camp.
Speaking of Death camps I did find some of the aspects of the story very similar to World War 2. For example, which kind of states the obvious; Camp Haven. Although The Nazis left the Jewish to sit there and waste away, Camp Haven trained the children how to be lean mean cold hearted killing machines (Ringer for example). Another example is how the people left over from the 3rd wave migrated together and hid out like in the movie Defiance with Liev  Schreiber. I think this was why I really got into this book because I could see World War 2 playing a big role (these are only two of the examples that I saw.)
Rick Yancey’s  writing reminded me of James Patterson’s with the Maximum Ride series. Short chapters, multiple point of views but mainly the lead character. I loved how there was no small character like sure Cassie is the main character but, in their own way they were all main characters; Even the Drill Sargent.
Things that I didn’t like about the book was, The symbolism of the Silver Cord and the circle of things. Where used way to much in my opinion. With that said how he used the symbolism I liked. Zombie’s sister’s necklace, a bullet from the gun all symbolizing a circle or Silver Cord.
All in all, this book was Phenomenal!!!! I can’t wait to read more and see what happens now and if they find each other.