Everneath – Brodi Ashton

Gorgeous artwork, hmm?

I decided to read this book after I saw the 5 stars reviews it got from almost every single person on GoodReads. I mean, sure, it was yet another YA supernatural/romance/fantasy novel, but I figured it couldn’t be worse than books like Hush Hush and Fallen.

Couldn’t be more happy I did!

Nikki Beckett, a 17-year-old girl, gets sucked into the underworld called Everneath, where the Everliving Cole feeds on her emotions for 100 years. When the Feeding ends, she chooses to Return – back on Earth, back to her family and friends, where only 6 months had passed since she went underground.

She only has 6 months on the surface to say her good-byes and to reconnect with her ex boyfriend Jack – the thing she wants the most – before she’s going to be dragged back to The Tunnels – a horrible place where humans are nothing more than energy/emotions batteries for the Everneath and it’s Queen. Nikki has a choice: go to the Tunnels or lose her heart, become an Everliving and return with Cole as his queen. She chooses to cheat Faith and try to remain on the Surface. Continue reading

Angels’ Blood – Nalini Singh

Angels’ Blood is the first novel in the Guild Hunter series written by Nalini Singh. I know it’s not a movie or a tv show, but hey..it’s an urban fantasy/paranormal romance novel so it’s bound to be turned into a show soon enough, right? It sorta, kinda, almost, but not really fits, yeah? Good.

I’ve been on an urban fantasy bender lately, starting with Charlaine Harris, Illona Andrews (Kate Daniels series-really good), Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson series-again..really good),  Chloe Neill ( Chicagoland Vampire series- my fave), Richelle Mead (VA and Georgina Kincaid series) and so on and so forth. All books I thoroughly enjoyed. So when my friend recommended the Guild Hunter series as “great” I figured why not? Being on the bender and all.

It might be the number of urban fantasy books I’ve read so far, raising me to the status of absolute expert, it might be because of Singh’s predictable writing, it might just mean I’m psychic, I’m not sure. But I was 99% sure I knew how this book was going to end three lines into chapter two. Still I gave it a shot and read it till the end and while I did like some parts, the scale tips in favor of the parts I didn’t like. Continue reading

True Blood – Differences between the show and the books.

I recently got reminded I have yet to finish reading all of the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series so, naturally, I started reading from book one, all over again. Because it’s such a long series, and mind you the last book isn’t even out yet, it was kind of necessary rereading just to keep up with characters and certain plot twists I might have otherwise forgotten.

I’m a fan of the tv show, True Blood, aswell. After reading the first 4 books in the series, I got to thinking about the differences between the two.

The four seasons out so far ( look out, season 5, incominggg!) are loosely based on those 4 books. I’ll only compare these books to the seasons.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD! for all of you who are not up to date with either the show or the books.  Continue reading

The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis is a short novella by Franz Kafka, published in 1915. Maybe one of his lesser known works, in comparison to novels like The Trial and Amerika, it’s considered one of the most important works of fiction in literature of the 20th century.

I read this not so long ago and have tried and succeeded in not reading any reviews/explanations/discussions about it before writing this post. That is mostly because I want what I express about the book to be my own ideas and not be influenced by outside sources. I’m truly curious if you would define my interpretation of this book as correct.

Of course, I believe that a written text, a book is open to a multitude of interpretations and it’s all about perception.

With that being said, I think the key to understanding this really odd novella is the title, metamorphosis.

met·a·mor·pho·sis:
1. A transformation, as by magic or sorcery.
2. Biology A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and, in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog.
 

The first definition is in direct connection to what happens to the main character. A fairly succesful traveling salesman by the name of Gregor Samsa, wakes up on day and realizes he’s been transformed into a giant insect. We never get any explanation as to how or why it happened, just an account of what follows and how his family treats him. Apparently unable to understand him, though he could still understand them, his parents and his sister take care of him for a time, while at the end deserting him to his death.

To understand this book better you have to look as Samsa as one character and his family as the other character. While one goes from a normal human being with a job ( a job on which the whole family relied) to turning into a huge insect and eventually dying, his family goes through an equally important transformation or metamorphosis, if you will.

From being hopeless and needy and dependent on Gregor and his job, they feel an immense sense of relief when he dies, but they have hope and plans again and means of sustaining the family without the help of Gregor anymore.

That is where the second definition of the word metamorphosis fits, I believe. It’s like watching the short life of a butterfly for each character, only starting in different life stages.  The family blossoms at the end, turning into the butterfly, while Samsa starts there and in the end dies. This is not to say that the insect he finds himself transformed into is a butterfly, it’s just a metaphor.

Anyway, this is just how I interpret and understand the book. Other thoughts and opinions are more than welcome 🙂