Reviews by yugure
The relationship between Sarah and Lady Azura is revealed in this book, and while I can't say I was very surprised about it, Rivers does a nice job of dragging it out.... IF you ignore the prologue. For some reason, the author decided to spell everything out in a letter to Sarah's father that was supposedly sent to them while they lived in California. Why Rivers puts such a big reveal at the beginning of the book is beyond me. In fact, if you want to keep the tension, I suggest skipping the prologue completely (or reading it after you've finished the book). Other than that, the book was well done like the others in the series.
Perhaps not quite as good as the two previous books in this series, but a good read nonetheless. The focus of this book seemed to be more on the developing relationships between Sarah and her friends, Sarah and Jayden, and even Sarah and Lady Azura. Lots of tension between Sarah and Jayden in this one, and also a bit of a surprise when Sarah's father starts dating someone in town who has a daughter that Sarah knows!
Surprisingly good. I expected another Twilight hack job, but Beautiful Creatures was much better written with a much more interesting mythology. I enjoyed Garcia and Stohl's ability to create a realistic Southern town, though the "popular mean girls" were pretty much stereotypes through and through. Also, the book does run on a bit long and the two main characters do a bit too much "oh we can't be together"/"no we must be together" back and forth for my taste (we get it, your relationship is complicated). Mostly I enjoyed the style of writing and the voice of the narrator, but about 300 pages in I was ready for the story to come to a close.
Another great installment of the Saranormal series. Sara Collins reads like a very real, conflicted girl, dealing with both normal problems like fitting in and paranormal problems like helping ghosts. This book introduces a boy that Sara likes, and I thought their relationship was very well done. Not romance heavy, but certainly touches on what it's like to be a middle schooler and having a crush! Lily is a great best friend for Sara, and the character of Miranda is also a great addition - she clearly doesn't bond with Sara the way Lily does, but she's not an outright villainous "popular girl", either.
Well-crafted with believable characters and dialogue. Loved the conceit of sending love to the passengers on the plane. Astrid's family is both tragic and comic (perhaps tragicomic?) and I felt a great deal of sympathy for her. Sometimes I felt a little irritated with Astrid and what seemed to be excessive waffling, but then, I can't really blame her for that. She's going through quite a tough, confusing time. Also, about 3/4 of the way through I felt like the plot lost some of its momentum; I felt like the characters were just sitting around waiting for something to happen. But maybe that's King's point. Overall, a solid read.