I have read all the book (separately) from this collection, The Den of Shadows. And to note, each book can be read separately.
First and foremost, I must get out there, that not all vampires are the same (as you may or may not be aware). For me, there are a few different categories that vampire books usually fall into: 1. Unique plot/characters/ideas 2. Good ideas w/ bad writing/support 3. Just plain terrible
The Den of Shadows falls into "Unique plot/characters/ideas". Although each individual novel is fairly short, Atwater-Rhodes manages to fit in a significant amount of development and plot (which is surprising!).
My only criticisms are that the writing could be better. There's great plots and characters, but how they're described and the imagery could be better (but then again, she started to write these books when she was 13!)
This is one of my favorite books so far. Although I never really got into Collins' other books, The Hunger Games is, I think, one of her best so far!
From start to finish, I was tearing through the pages. The plot and organization; everything together, just made this an excellent book. Although I must agree that Katniss may seem selfish, is it not human to be selfish sometimes? I thought that the whole idea of The Hunger Games was great. Just an awesome book!
I'm going to be blunt. This book was a disappointment.
Why? Maximum Ride was a great idea, that started off excellent and fell from better to worse. While the first book, The Angel Experiement, is one of my favorites, this book really threw me off the series. Since then I've continued to read the books just to follow the series and see where it goes.
So far it hasn't gone anywhere. Anyway, I though the ending of the third book was fine. It would have been a pretty good place to end. This continuation of the series drags on, losing focus (and probably readers).
I personally find that it has too much... "global warming" advertisement in it (not that it's a bad thing). I just feel that "go green" is pressed too much in the book, as if Patterson makes a visible effort to reiterate how important it is to be environmentally aware. Perhaps a good to get another environmental message out there, but this is not the way.
Memoirs of a Geisha has made it to my favorites list. It's difficult to describe how this book is.
This book (and the wonderful movie - I must say, one of the few excellent book-to-movie movies), one of the few historical fiction novels that I love.
Golden goes into so much detail about the life of a geisha, giving the reader insight into this strange life. All the research involved is amazing and the way it is written is amazing. The story is unique, filled with tales of betrayal, triumph and trial...
A classic, I am one of those people who usually stay away from said "classic" novels, and have some aversion to any book that might appear on the book list of my English class. Call of the Wild is one of those few exceptions! It's a fantastic book.
London is so descriptive, and the narrative just grabs you and pulls you in. It's a unique story of loyalty, courage, strength, and love. The book keeps you going until the last page, and even after that you are wishing for more.
This is one of those books that I have read more than once. Although it seems slow to start, I couldn't put it down. Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite authors anyway, and this book lived up to her others.
Although, I admit, throughout the majority of the book, I'm like "how can this be fantasy?" But it is. Trust me. And you will never be able to guess the ending!