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Posted December 30, 2011
So we have Cicely who has been in love with Ander, her best friend for 4 years. Ander has made in clear to her he wants nothing more than friendship from her though. Then there is Luke, the sexy vampire who comes to town to make Cicely fall in love with him, then betray her like her ancestor did to him long ago. And Ander who is secretly in love with Cicely, but cannot do anything about it because he is a monster that could hurt her; he is a werewolf. Yep, that about sums it up. Or does it??
What happens when Ander has to separate himself from Cicely even more in order to protect her? What happens when the vampire who is out to kill Cicely starts falling in love with her, jeopardizing the curse that could make him Immortal again? And what happens when Cicely falls for both guys? *Sheesh* What is a girl to do?
When I first opened Darkride up I saw it was over 500 pages on my nook, I thought ¿good grief this is going to take forever to read¿. But once I started the pages flew by. I was grabbed right from the start until the very last word. I loved the characters and the whole plot was positively appealing. Each chapter was a different POV of either Luke, Cicely or Ander; getting their take and feeling what they felt. And just when I thought I was rooting for one guy, I would have a change of heart for the other. I absolutely adored both guys in the story.
Rede brings a new take on Vampire/Werewolf/Loner Girl Love Triangles. It was kinda refreshing thinking ¿Huh there is no way out for any of them...they stand no chance¿. *Insert evil cackle here* But is there a happy ending for any of them? Well guess you¿re just going to have to read it ain¿t ya?
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Posted January 15, 2012
Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede was an excellent debut novel and a welcome addition to the Young-Adult genre. It had everything I look for in a good Young-Adult fantasy/paranormal story: Werewolves, vampires, romance and action! Her writing style was gorgeous and flawless as it weaved itself expertly between alternate point of views, flashbacks, and the supernatural. The characters were skillfully crafted, each and every one of them, so that each time you switched POV's you were tugged between Cecily's innocence and humanity, Luke's revenge and sadness, and Ander's desperation and love. The plot never once strayed and the action was always cranked up to MAX! The vampires and werewolves in Darkride had their own little twists, on top of what we already love about them. The romance... oh man it was intense! I still can't decide which team I'm on, though I think I'm leaning more towards Luke! There's just something about him that I love. He was sexy, intelligent, and deadly, despite his initial intentions. But I loved Ander too. He was lethal, loyal, and stuck in the middle of wanting Cecily, wanting to save his "family," and needing his humanity. But Luke... I can't shake him, and with that ending I'm sick and sad and I need more now! Luke’s intentions, Ander's dreams, and Cicely's actions, combined with Laura Bradley Rede's writing style created an exceptional read. I will admit that it took a little bit to get going at first and that it was somewhat lengthy at times, but once it did get going there was no getting off of this dark ride. Something else that I loved was the subtle hints at the author's imagination. Every once in a while she would create a scene that would blow me away. Whether the intent was fear, lust, love, sadness, or anger, it was never lacking and I loved it. I was sad to see this book end, but I'm positive this won't be last we see of these amazing characters, this fantastic story, and the author's unique voice. I'm dying to read book 2, I want more Luke, more Ander, and with Cecily's life being so dismantled I don't think I can wait! I would totally recommend Darkride to my YA PNR lovers, and those looking for a supernatural love triangle with bite and fangs!
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Posted December 13, 2011
I loved this book! I didn't set it down until I reached the end. Not only is it gripping til the end, but you can tell the author put a lot of time and attention into developing wonderful characters with dynamic story lines. The juicy parts are very yummy and the hero is a strong and complex likeable character. I hear the author is already working on another book and I can't wait! A must read!
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Posted March 3, 2013
In a way, this book feel like a quilt. A patchwork quilt, taken from all the other stories of vampires, werewolves and their paranormal trappings. I kept thinking, I've read this, I've seen this. In Twilight, Buffy, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, everything reminds me of something else.
Yet. But yet. There was something different in this book. I'm going to list some quotes, that I liked, which I think will give you a sense of the writing, that brings this patchwork book together.
This is the voice of Cicely, trailing behind the popular girls in the school hallway “Just a few feet behind them, I can't help thinking about a line from the battered Shakespeare in my bag: "A swan trooping among crows." Except in this case it's the opposite: I am a crow trooping after swans.”
Luke “I know I shouldn't turn to look at Cicely, no matter how much I want to. So I don't. But I can't stop myself from looking in the rearview mirror, as if looking at her indirectly will help somehow, like looking at an eclipse.”
Luke watching Cicely “I like the fact that she thinks. The human face is so legible that it sometimes seems possible to watch their thoughts, the way you can see fish moving in a lake by the little ripples they make on the surface.”
Cicely's thoughts on fashion “If escaping a lycanthrope has taught me anything, it's the importance of sensible footwear.”
Luke's musing “Ah, yes" he says, "The old story: 'Boy eats girl.”
Cecily again “I feel like I will split like a wishbone, but who will get their wish?”
So there you see an example of...touching, moving, at times funny, really good writing. Writing that means something because it's thought provoking and introspective.
You don't think "why is everyone enamored with this dull girl?" Because she is a person, with interests, talents and hobbies. There's a scene where a vampire boy, and a human girl bond over a selection of classical music, which is SO Twilight-esque....only, in this case, as a violinist, you understand why Cecily would be listening to it, and you understand that Luke used to hang around that crowd a century ago, and that scene makes sense.
In this story, every character, no matter how likable, is capable of, or has done, some not so pretty things. The book is told from the POV of Cicely, Luke and Ander. Everyone has their imperfections, Luke, sometimes acts like an old man, he may be in a teenage looking body, but not in mind, and he's not a nice person by any means. Ander can barely hold it together at any time, which makes him seem, flaky, or uncaring to his friends. I like the realism, the beauty is usually in the flaws.
So, if you are reading this view, I hope I've given you enough information to determine if you will pass up, or read this book yourself.
Posted January 20, 2013
Posted September 5, 2012
When you first see that this book is about a teenage girl, a werewolf, and a vampire, you may be tempted not to bother with it as there are so many books with the same idea already out there but all I can say is that would be a mistake!
This book was unique and a real page turner, with unpredictable twists and turns, and an ending that satisfied the book but left me wanting the second one to be available.
A great YA read for anyone who likes the vampire genre. V""V
Posted August 6, 2012
What an imaginative paranormal romance novel! This isn't normally the genre I read, but I enjoyed it very much. My husband even had to talk me into putting it down so I (he) could go to sleep. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2012
I like Dark Ride up until the ending. I really didn’t like the ending and I think it’s mostly because that isn’t how I wanted it to end. I do want to know where the story will go I hope Laura has a sequel in the mix as I am not happy with this ending and need some closure (that will make me happy ¿ )
I totally love Ander, he is amazing! I love Cicely and his friendship – it is one of those friendships that you wish you had growing up. I’m not a fan of Luke I dislike him and don’t trust him as far as I can throw him. Which isn’t that far as I am weak hehe.
The book changes between the 3 main characters narrating the story. At first I didn’t like this because it seemed like every time they switch narrators it was getting good with the previous narrator. I got used to it after awhile and didn’t mind it after all. Overall, Dark Ride was a good read that I enjoyed minus the ending.
Posted July 13, 2012
Posted June 13, 2012
This is one of my favorite books! Can't wait for a second book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love luke! And Ander but i feel at the end Ander lost his love a little for ciceley but otherwise than that loved the book and cant wait to see who she ends up with!(:
Posted May 21, 2012
Posted February 14, 2012
This book had me laughing out loud at times but it also brought tears to my eyes. A definite rollercoaster of emotion. A dark ride.
Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?
Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars, where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl’s heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?
Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:
You see the words girl, vampire and werewolf and you immediately think "another Twilight rip off". Nothing could be further from the truth. That is about as far as the similarities go.
From the moment I was a couple of pages in, I did not want to stop reading. Written from Cecily's, Ander's and Luke's POV, this just captures the readers attention. It's fast paced and exciting, at times I was on the edge of my seat with my heart in my mouth. It kept me guessing throughout, I had no idea what direction we were going to be taken in.
Cicely is an awesome main character. She is best friends with Ander, but secretly crushing on him. When he lets her down, she turns to Luke, who is only too happy to hang out with her. But this has unexpected consequences for him. Ander and Luke are natural enemies but they both need to make changes and work together for the sake of Cecily. They now have something in common.
Cicely is a normal girl one day and thrown into a world of vampires and werewolves the next. I was amazed and awed at her strength and courage as she dealt with not only trying to save her own life, but also the lives of those around her. I still don't know exactly how I feel about some things that happen in this book, I will have to see how the next one plays out before I can make my decision.
I love Ander and Luke and I'm completely torn between them. Normally I find it quite easy to pick a favourite in the love triangle, usually the guy who got there first, but not here. They are both great guys in their own ways.
I really like Emmie too. She totally loves being a thrall and she is such a happy, friendly person that it would be impossible not to like her. Zoe is also a really good friend to Cicely and she is lucky to have her.
Laura has put her own stamp on the mythology of vampires and werewolves. There are two different types of vampire, the ones who are born and the ones who are made. The ones who are made are undead. They don't heal from their injuries and can be killed by sunlight. The ones who were born are trying to get their immortality back.
I would definitely recommend this book, vampires, werewolves, romance and action, what more could a girl want?
Posted February 9, 2012
(Review by Stephanie Nagle for Word Vagabond: Supporting Independent and Small Press Authors.)
As if high school isn’t hard enough, Cicely Watson finds herself in the middle of the supernatural world with her life in danger. She figures out her best friend/secret crush, Ander, has a life-altering secret and there is a hidden world she never even noticed. Add in Luke, the new boy at school, and suddenly she’s in a supernatural love triangle. This story takes her through high school angst and into bodily harm.
The book starts off on Cicely’s sixteenth birthday and she has a birthday wish. If only she knew how complicated her life was going to get, she might have changed her wish. Little bits of information make the reader suspicious right away and grab attention. We learn within the first few pages that Ander is hiding something.
The story is written in first person and the characters are well developed. Unfortunately, the perspective changes every chapter which makes it hard to follow. The change in perspective makes it easier to get inside each character’s head, but it slows down the story as the reader tries to remember who “I” represents in each chapter.
Cicely is a strong character. I kept waiting for her to become the emo teenager, but her spunk and intelligence continued to surprise me. It was her unpredictability that kept me reading.
The other main characters, Ander and Luke, were fairly well developed as well. This is probably due to the change to each of their perspectives that gave the reader more insight. The side characters were quirky and interesting and I find myself hoping to learn more about them in a sequel.
Laura Bradley Rede took on a popular genre and managed to bring in a bit of originality. With stories such as Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, this wasn’t an easy task. If you love the supernatural and you like a fun read, then you will enjoy Darkride.
Posted February 2, 2012
When I first saw this book on a friend's blog, I was immediately drawn to it. It looked like it would be something a bit different. Plus, let's face it, the cover is made of awesome. During the first couple of chapters, I have to be honest, I thought this was going to be one of those YA books with a "canned" story arc. I was so wrong. The story took me all sorts of places I never expect to be and I enjoyed every minute of it. I also enjoyed that it was told from three very different points of view. I believe there will be a sequel and I hope it is as well done as this one. I will be first in line to get it when it comes out.
I'll tell you what I liked about this story:
* I never really knew what was going to come next and when I thought I did, I was often wrong. Were there some cliches? Of course, but that makes it fun?
* This story had one of the most romantic background stories I have read in a long time. When the story of the umbrella is told, my heart melted a little bit. I also love that the author felt comfortable giving such a heartfelt story to such an unusual couple.
* I love how the mythology used was a bit different from the typical were and vamp mythologies.
* In a lot of ways, this story is about family. What creates a family? Is it birth? Who raised you? Who you make a family with?
* With the exception of the true bad guys, all of the main characters are decent people doing the best they can do do what is right.
* I would feel comfortable suggesting this book to a teen, which is not the case with many of the YA books I have read lately. There are some heavy topics addressed (heavy from an parental perspective), but they are all done well and there is nothing sexual, graphically violent, or drug related.
* It definitely had the "I do not want to put it down factor".
* The three points of view really added depth to the story line.
* The story ended at a good ending spot with an open window for more adventures. I really hope those adventures will be shared with us because I really want to read more!
Overall, I was super happy with this read and am looking to more!!!!