Thursday, October 31, 2013

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff Review

Title: Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Horror/Mystery
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Lyrical, creepy, tender and beautiful, Paper Valentine sucked me in immediately--I loved it! I can't wait for more of Brenna Yovanoff!

Hannah Wagner is a plain Jane girl who's trying to death with her best friend, Lillian's, death, six months earlier. As if this wasn't hard enough, Lillian is haunting her, birds are dying, and it's hotter than ever in the city--and dead bodies of young girls are springing up, with only a paper valentine as a clue. As Hannah gets closer to solving the gruesome mystery, she discovers first love, how to be true to yourself, and how to love someone else, even as she risks her own life..

What I enjoyed:
-The creepy, claustrophobic  narration of Hannah, beautiful and grim and stark
-The pacing--the book flew and I gobbled it up in a matter of hours
-The mystery that Yovanoff presents, which kept me frantically turning pages
-The surprising ending that I didn't see coming
-Ariel
-Finny
-Hannah's family
-Lillian especially, flawed and bratty and yet still a relatable character

What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this novel--despite the grim subject matter, it was beautiful and lovely and absolutely perfect!

I loved Paper Valentine! Anyone looking for a good thriller or ghost story should pick it up! Next on deck: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff!

Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs Review

Title: Sweet Shadows
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Medusa Girls, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though this is a worthy sequel, and I can't wait for the last one, this novel took a little while to get rolling--I had hoped for more information.

Gretchen, Grace, and Greer are back, juggling their normal lives with the secrets they aren't supposed to tell: As Medusa's descendants, they must rescue the Gorgons and race against time to get to the bottom of their heritage--even if it means putting their families and their very lives at risk.

What I enjoyed:
-The multiple narrations of the girls throughout the book
-The pacing, once it picked up
-Grace, Gretchen, and Greer, and the way they all seem to me like three different parts of a whole
-The deeper explanation of the Abyss and the girls' heritage
-Nick
-The group of beings Gretchen meets in the Abyss
-The girls' families--especially Grace's brother Thane!
-The ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-It took about a hundred pages to hook me
-I wish there had been clearer explanations of the gods' allegiances, and other things like that--just more information about the mythology of the novel in general, really

I liked Sweet Shadows, but I hope the last and third book is better! Next on deck: Swoon by Nina Malkin!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Scorch by Gina Damico Review (Possible Spoilers!)

Title: Scorch
Author: Gina Damico
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Mystery/Fantasy
Series: Croak, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Just as amazing and hilarious as its predecessor, I loved Scorch--it was even better than the first novel!

Lex and her ragtag gang of friends are back. On edge after the events that last happened in Croak, as well as utterly heartbroken, she returns to a Croak that has turned its back on her, afraid and full of judgment. But that's the least of Lex's problems: Zara is still on the loose, Damning people, killing innocents, and Norwood and Heloise are trying to take over Croak. As she races against time to solve yet another caper, she doesn't realize that she might not make it out of this one unscathed..

What I enjoyed:
-The narration, hilarious and touching (my family was constantly asking what I was laughing at while reading it)
-Lex, and her growth throughout the novel, trying to right her mistakes
-Driggs and her other ragtag pals in the Junior class
-Driggs and Lex's relationship
-The caper that is presented, even better than the last one
-Cordy
-Mort, and the other residents of Croak
-The cliffhanger ending--I want Rogue now, dammit!
-Zara
-The further explanation into Reaper lore, with as much new questions as answers

What I didn't enjoy:
-This book was so emotional and had me constantly reaching for the tissues!

I loved Scorch--it was worth waiting for! Next on deck: Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs!

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington Review

Title: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Romantic, original, fun, and full of action, I loved Embrace! I can't wait for the sequel! Anyone looking for a different take on an angel novel should run--not walk--run!--to the nearest bookstore for it!

Violet Eden wants nothing more than to tell her best friend, Linc, that she has deeper feelings for him. They've trained together, and they know everything about each other--that is, until Violet realizes that he's hiding something from her, something big. Then she meets Phoenix, a bad-boy hottie who also knows more than he's telling. Violet's life changes forever as she delves deeper into her past.. A past that may consume her and all she loves, if she isn't careful..

What I enjoyed:
-Violet's narration of the novel, as well as Violet herself--she is a strong heroine that I enjoyed, though she is flawed and beautifully, lovingly rendered
-Lincoln
-Phoenix
-The love triangle that spans the novel and I suspect is going further throughout the series
-The original angel lore that was easily explained and followed--I loved it!
-Griffin
-Onyx and Joel
-Steph
-Magda
-The cliffhanger ending--I'm dying for more already!

What I didn't enjoy:
-At times, Linc and Phoenix's constant pissing contests got on my nerves

I loved Embrace and I can't wait for the next one--easily one of my favorites of all time! Next on deck: Scorch by Gina Damico!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Firelight by Sophie Jordan Review

Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Firelight, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A beautiful, romantic tale of a teenage dragon just coming into her own, I greatly enjoyed Firelight--even though at times the heroine and her family annoyed me.

Jacinda Jones is no ordinary teenager--she is a draki, a dragon that is able to take human form. Revered in her pride for being the first fire-breathing draki in centuries, she loves the freedom she gets when she shifts. But that all changes when she is caught in her true form by a hunter--Will, a boy who doesn't want anything to do with his family's destruction. Torn from her home, Jacinda comes across Will again, and the two fall in love--even as forces beyond their control threaten to tear them apart.

What I enjoyed:
-Jacinda's narration, fresh and soulful, if a bit whiny at times, as she struggles to stay true to herself and her kind
-The pacing--it flew and I really enjoyed it
-The lore of the draki, different from traditional dragon knowledge but easily explained and followed
-Will, and his relationship with Jacinda, as well as trying to fight what he was born to
-The ending I kind of saw coming, but was different than I thought

What I didn't enjoy:
-Tamra
-Jacinda's mother
-Xander and Angus
-Cassian
-Most of the pride in general

I really liked Firelight, but not enough to keep reading--something about it just fell short for me. Next on deck: Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Passion by Lauren Kate Review (Possible Spoiler Alert!)

Title: Passion
Author: Lauren Kate
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Fallen, book three
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Beautiful, romantic, thrilling and dark, I loved Passion--it was a great sequel and I can't wait to see how the series ends!

Passion begins where Torment left off--Luce lost in the Announcers, portal jumping, trying desperately to unlock the secret between the curse of her and Daniel's passionate love affair that spans across centuries--confused and alone, with only a merry travel guide, Bill, to help her--Luce discovers that while she may go looking for answers--with Daniel and the others following in hot pursuit--they may be might in front of her, and she may not like just what she finds..

What I enjoyed:
-The amazing writing style that drew me in from the first sentence--I finished this in a matter of hours
-The pacing--I couldn't believe how fast it went! (I want the last one now. Right this instant! Lol.)
-Luce's deeper exploration of her relationship with Daniel, which added much needed depth for the series
-The clear explanation of the different cultures in the book that made it easy to follow, despite the breakneck pacing
-Bill
-Daniel's relentless pursuit of Luce, as well as exploration into his character as well
-The other fallen, all racing despite themselves to save Luce and Daniel's future
-The ending--I can't wait to read the rest!

What I didn't enjoy:
-At times it moved a little too fast and I was a little lost

I loved Passion and I can't wait for the last book! Next on deck: Firelight by Sophie Jordan!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield Review

Title: Chantress
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Series: Chantress, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Rich, magical, romantic and original, I loved Chantress--I'm looking forward to the sequel!

Lucy Marlowe has lived a quiet life off the coast of England for sixteen years. But that all changes when she hears a mysterious, enticing song on the wind. Unable to help herself, she gives voice to the song, and finds herself in the city of London, bewildered, lost, and frightened. Soon she discovers she is a Chantress, the last of her line, capable of singing magic into being. But with such power comes risk. Lucy discovers that an evil force called the Shadowgrims, and its leader, Scargrave, are after her, and they will stop at nothing until Lucy and everything she cares about is destroyed..

What I enjoyed:
-The writing style that grabbed me in from the beginning
-The pacing--I couldn't put it down and devoured it in two days!
-Lucy, and her character, as well as her evolution throughout the novel--I loved her!
-Penebrygg
-Nat, and his complex relationship with Lucy
-Norrie
-Miss Herlaine
-The Invisible College
-The historical background of 1660s London, so beautifully rendered
-The lore of the novel, rich and complex but easy to understand, always explained
-Scargrave
-The Shadowgrims

What I didn't enjoy:
-There were times when I was a little lost in the subterfuge of the novel

I really, really enjoyed Chantress--I can't wait until the next novel! Next on deck: Passion by Lauren Kate!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

After Daybreak by J.A. London Review

Title: After Daybreak
Author: J.A. London
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction/Horror
Series: Darkness Before Dawn, book three
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Romantic, dark, and thrilling, I enjoyed the last book in this vampire series--but I really think the ending could've been much better!

Dawn Montgomery has just found out a secret that has shattered everything she's ever known. Reluctantly armed with this knowledge, she and her friends--Victor, Michael, Tegan, Richard, Ian, and Faith--prepare for the ultimate battle against a vampire who has gone mad in his thirst for revenge. Along the way, she and Victor must navigate their complex relationship, and quickly, because tomorrow is coming close, and our star-crossed lovers might not live to see it.

What I enjoyed:
-The pacing of the novel--it sucked me right in and the book flew in a day and a half
-Dawn's narration, and her acceptance of herself throughout the novel, though it took a while to get there
-The dark, frightening, but still hopeful world that London paints in the book
-The dark, thrilling writing style that I really enjoyed
-Victor, and his complex, romantic, heartwarming relationship with Dawn
-Michael
-Tegan
-Richard and Faith
-Ian
-Sin
-Eris
-The explanation of vampire lore
-I liked how everything was explained, no question left unanswered for me

What I didn't enjoy:
-The only thing I didn't like about the book was the ending--I really felt it was anticlimactic and left a lot to be desired

I really liked After Daybreak--it was well worth the wait! Anyone who loves strong heroines, dystopian novels, or strong heroines should pick up the Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy! Next on deck: Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Everbound by Brodi Ashton Review

Title: Everbound
Author: Brodi Ashton
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Everneath, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Romantic, heart-wrenching, beautiful and dark, Everbound didn't hook me until the last half of the book--I really hope Evertrue is better!

Nikki Beckett is still mourning after the dramatic, heartbreaking events of recent weeks. Living on borrowed time, she is determined to fix it, even if it means asking for help from a man she no longer trusts; even if it means facing unimaginable horrors; even if it means sacrificing everything inside her.. No matter the cost..

What I enjoyed:
-The pacing of the novel in the second half
-Nikki, and her determination and dedication to true love, as well as her character evolution throughout the novel
-The unique, beautiful, deadly world of the Everneath, seen up close and personal this time around
-Nikki's family
-Cole, and his role throughout the book as a complex antihero
-Max
-Ashe
-Jack, of course
-Will
-Jules
-The surprising ending I never saw coming

What I didn't enjoy:
-The first half of the book didn't do much for me; it just felt like Nikki was whining the entire time
-I felt like I could predict most of what could happen, through the first half

I didn't like Everbound as much as I loved Everneath, but if you can brave your way through the first half, feel free to try. Next on deck: After Daybreak by J.A. London!

Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon Review

Title: Invincible
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series: The Chronicles of Nick, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Just as hilarious and even better than the first, I loved Invincible--I can't wait for the sequel! (Though I do wish that the Dark-Hunters lore was more clear.)

Nick Gautier has returned. Only a week after the previous novel, he's trying to deal with the remarkable and frightening revelations of his young life: He's the son of a demon, and could destroy the world if he isn't careful. Pretty scary things to learn when you're only fourteen, and the biggest thing you've ever wanted is to have a real girlfriend! Even worse, mysterious, creepy deaths are sprouting up all over the city, Nick isn't sure who to trust, or how to control his powers..

What I enjoyed:
-The hilarious writing style that I've come to expect from Kenyon
-The pacing--it flew and I almost threw a fit whenever I had to put it down
-Caleb
-Kody
-The villain and how the plot was executed with it
-Death, Pain, and Suffering
-Ambrose
-Kyrian
-Nick's family
-Acheron

What I didn't enjoy:
-I wish there was a way to understand the Dark-Hunters lore without having to read the adult series!

I really liked Invincible--it was a lot of fun! Next on deck: Everbound by Brodi Ashton!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon Review

Title: Infinity
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series: The Chronicles of Nick, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Hilarious, creepy, and fun, Kenyon's young adult alternative to the Dark Hunters series features Nick Gautier, a tough as nails Cajun kid from the wrong side of the tracks--and I loved him! More, please!

Nick Gautier is just a normal kid trying to stay out of trouble at his private school. All he wants is to get through his classes unscathed, take care of his mom, and maybe, just maybe, just a girl to finally kiss him. But these plans are derailed for our young hero when the dead start rising from the grave.. and those Nick loves just so happen to be on the menu! As if this weren't enough for one kid to deal with, he discovers that he isn't exactly what we'd call normal..

What I enjoyed:
-Nick's hilarious attitude and persona--he was a great main character that I fell in love with, and I loved his evolution throughout the story
-The solid narration of the novel
-The terrific, creepy pacing--It flew and I gobbled it up
-The lore of the story, though it might be slightly confusing for someone who hasn't read The Dark Hunters (Exhibit A, this kid. Lol.)
-Kyrian
-Nekoda
-Ambrose
-Nick's mother and friends
-Caleb
-The ending--I can't wait for Invincible!

What I didn't enjoy:
-As I said, some of the lore was a bit confusing, but it wasn't enough to bog the whole novel down.

I loved Infinity! A fresh new character in young adult for a girl to love--brava, Miss Kenyon! Next on deck: Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ingenue by Jillian Larkin Review (Possible Spoiler Alert!)

Title: Ingenue
Author: Jillian Larkin
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: The Flappers, book two
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: I was honestly expecting more out of this sequel--Honestly, I'm only reading the final one because of the historical period, and because I want to know what happens to the characters. I really wanted more and it was just dull, unfortunately.

Gloria, Clara, and Lorraine return--this time, all three of them are in New York. Gloria wants nothing more than to be with Jerome, the love of her life, even if it means giving up her riches, and living in the slums. Clara and Marcus are still going strong, though Clara is nervous about being back in New York again. Lorraine is desperate to scheme and get revenge on Gloria, even if it means leaving her innocence behind for good.

What I enjoyed:
-As always, the pacing of the novel--it flew, and that was the only thing that hooked me
-The historical research into the time period itself
-Gloria and Jerome
-Clara and Marcus
-Vera and Evan
-The glittering background Larkin paints, this time in New York
-The ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-The plot at times seemed too easy to figure out
-Lorraine, and her plot in the whole story
-Hank
-Carlito
-I really thought that the sequel was going to be better, but I didn't like it all that much
-I was expecting more and I'm barely hanging on to the series as it is
-Gloria's father
-I'm not even sure why I didn't like the novel, I just thought it was kind of mediocre

I didn't like Ingenue. Anyone looking for a good series about flappers should look elsewhere. Next on deck: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong!

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Everneath by Brodi Ashton Review

Title: Everneath
Author: Brodi Ashton
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Everneath, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Beautiful, bittersweet, and complex, this retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth made me fall in love--it was absolutely wonderful!

Nikki Beckett is a Forfeit--a human being selected to go down to the Everneath--Hell, the Underworld, to us regular human beings--but a place where darkness hides and beings called Everlivings--beings without any human emotion--live. Nikki has spent the last spring of the year with Cole in the Everneath, fueling him for the last century. But now Nikki has returned--to her boyfriend, Jack, to her family--and she isn't going back under without a fight. Unfortunately, Cole has followed her, and he's not leaving until he has Nikki back for good..

What I enjoyed:
-The beautiful prose of the novel
-The pacing--it flew and I gobbled it all up
-Nikki, and her determination to live life on her own terms
-Cole, and his love for her, as well as his bad boy persona
-Jack, and his tender, complex relationship with Nikki
-The deep, well-thought out lore of the novel, steeped in multiple mythologies
-The ending--I can't wait for the sequel!
-Nikki's family
-Jules
-The way the novel hooked me--I couldn't stop reading, even as my heart broke and mended in turn

What I didn't enjoy:
-Every now and then Nikki got on my nerves
-I feel that as much information was given, there were as many questions I found myself asking

I loved Everneath--it was a real treat! Anyone looking for a good retelling or romance should get it right away! Next on deck: Ingenue by Jillian Larkin!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray Review

Title: Spellcaster
Author: Claudia Gray
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series: Spellcaster, book one
Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though a valiant attempt at a book about magic, witches, and darkness, Gray's first novel in this new series disappointed me--the plot seemed too easy to figure out, the characters too plain, and only the lore is enough to keep me reading the next one.

Nadia Caldani is a witch. Her parents have recently divorced, and she moves to Captive's Sound for a fresh start. Once there, she finds the whole town under the influence of powerful, dark magic--especially Mateo Perez, the town crazy. He sees visions of the future, and once he and Nadia meet, they discover the cause of his madness--a powerful Sorceress working with The One Beneath--and the two find themselves up against a force of darkness and evil neither of them have ever seen.

What I enjoyed:
-The writing style of the novel
-The pacing--it flew
-Nadia, and her family
-Mateo, and his curse
-Elizabeth, ever now and then
-Verlaine
-The lore of the novel

What I didn't enjoy:
-The novel at times seemed a bit too slow for my taste
-The villain was far too easy to figure out
-The ending--I really feel that this novel should've been shorter
-The characters, at times, all of them, just irked me, especially Elizabeth
-Nadia's family dynamic
-Jeremy
-There wasn't nearly enough magic or action in this novel for me, and I just didn't like it.

I really didn't like Spellcaster much--I was expecting a lot more from it, and I felt like it left me hanging. Next on deck: Everneath by Brodi Ashton!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stay by Deb Caletti Review

Title: Stay
Author: Deb Caletti
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Tender, moving, romantic and frightening, Stay reminds me why I love contemporary fiction--it grabbed me up and held me captive until the last page, with many tears marking my progress! Bravo!

Clara Oates is a regular girl, who has recently moved. Trying to escape the past, and memories of a too-intense relationship with a boy named Christian, she discovers that it is indeed possible to move on, to love again, and to rediscover yourself after being lost, even though it isn't easy. But she realizes that no matter how far she runs, the past isn't so easy to forget..

What I enjoyed:
-The writing style, signature to Caletti and what made me a fan--tender, beautiful, yet gritty at the same time
-The narration, with Clara at the center, trying to move on but bogged down by memories of her past, as we all too often are as human beings
-The refreshing, quirky cast of characters, all flawed and beautiful and still very real, especially Finn, Clara, Sylvie, and Clara's father
-The pacing--the book flew and had me utterly breathless, and it actually broke my heart quite a few times
-The reminder that contemporary fiction can be just as riveting as other types of fiction
-Christian, and the intense, riveting, unhealthy relationship Clara has with him that Caletti paints with such finesse
-The ending

There was nothing I didn't enjoy about this beautiful, intense, romantic novel--it was amazing! Any fan of Caletti's--or contemporary fiction--should snatch this gem up! Next on deck: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay Review

Title: Of Beast and Beauty
Author: Stacey Jay
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Romantic, beautiful, and deep, Jay's retelling of Beauty and the Beast--even darker than the original--was a treat to read--I loved it!

Isra was raised to be a human sacrifice, a queen sentenced to death for the sake of keeping her city alive. She's never doubted her upbringing or her purpose in life, living with her taint, however reluctantly. But that all changes when she meets Gem, a member of the people living outside her city, a Monstrous whose people are dying. At first, the two hate one another, but soon reluctant friendship turns to something more.. and the doomed couple must race against time to save both of their worlds, or it will be too late for everyone involved..

What I enjoyed:
-The dark, magical, atmospheric world that Jay paints, frightening and beautiful all at once
-The mythology of the novel, deep and rich and believable
-The fun twist on a classic tale that pays homage to the original, as a retelling should
-Isra, and her fierce independence, and her goal to stay true to herself despite everything--even being blind!
-Gem, and his gruff exterior, but his sweetness inside, as well as his culture
-The multiple points of view that is a staple with Jay, but it gave more depth to the novel
-The ending
-Gem and Isra's growing relationship throughout the novel, as well as the characters evolving themselves

What I didn't enjoy:
-Bo
-Junjie
-Isra's father
-Gare
-At times the novel was a bit too graphic for my tastes

I loved Of Beast and Beauty--it was a wonderful retelling! Next on deck: Nightspell by Leah Cypess!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Sheperd Review

Title: The Madman's Daughter
Author: Megan Sheperd
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Horror
Series: The Madman's Daughter, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Dark, riveting, romantic, and terrifying, The Madman's Daughter swept me away completely--I can't wait for the sequel! One of my very favorites of 2013!

Juliet Moreau is a sixteen year old orphan girl in London, trying to make her way through her lonely days. Her mother is dead, her father is presumed dead too. After losing her job, a man from Juliet's past resurfaces, and she jumps at the chance to escape stifling Victorian London. He reluctantly consents, and she is swept away to a remote island, where her father is actually alive. But once there, Juliet discovers she is locked in a dangerous love triangle, and finds that she must unlock the secrets of her heritage.. Or she might not make it off the island alive..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the narration--it drew me in right away and kept packing punches and twists every few pages
-The pacing--it was breakneck and I couldn't put it down (I found myself actually throwing a fit when I had to leave it be in the space when I was reading it..)
-The creepy, beautiful writing that fit the mood of the novel perfectly
-Juliet, and her flawed, but relatable character
-The love triangle (Eeeee!)
-The deep questions the book brought to light in the story
-Montgomery
-Edward
-The lush tropical island
-The islanders
-The way the novel genre-jumped so easily
-The mystery that wasn't solved until the very end
-The cliffhanger ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-Juliet's father
-At times the book was a little graphic for my taste

I loved The Madman's Daughter--I can't wait for more! Next on deck: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay!