So this is another book series that I've seen everywhere on Instagram and its praises have been sung on Goodreads as well. I actually have had this boSo this is another book series that I've seen everywhere on Instagram and its praises have been sung on Goodreads as well. I actually have had this book on my shelf for months but I'm weird and had to buy the entire series before I started reading it. Well, I finally found Cress, the 3rd book in the series, to complete my collection for less than $9 at my local bookstore.
Cinder was on my July TBR and I was so excited to finally get to it. I checked it out from my library as an audiobook but I didn't listen to it as often because I wasn't driving to and from work. I listened to about half before I had to return it and then I just picked it off my shelves.
Needless to say, I enjoyed it. :) Especially when I realized that it was like Sailor Moon...
The audiobook, narrated by Rebecca Soler, is great. Soler did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life and I especially loved the way she portrayed Iko. I wished I could have listened to the whole thing. I think I'll check out other books in the series as an audiobook if Soler continued to narrate them.
So when I switched to a physical copy, in terms of writing, I won't say it's necessarily strong. It isn't abundant in flowery descriptions or lush details like maybe some other dystopian or sci-fis are. Linh Cinder is a mechanic and it's obvious that Meyer did her research in terms of technical aspects of Cinder's job. The world building was pretty decent. We get a bit about the history of New Beijing and how it came to be. There's a disease that wiped out a majority of the population. Since this is a series, I know we'll get more of the backstory which I look forward to. :)
I wasn't sure I liked Cinder though. She was just...average. I mean, her history was interesting, especially after (view spoiler)[we find out that she's the lost Princess Selene. (hide spoiler)] I'm excited to see how that will play out, and Cinder's relationship with Kai. It's obvious that Queen Levana will play a pivotal role as the story progresses.
Overall, I am pleased that I read it and I do look forward to the rest of the series. I've heard nothing but good things about it and this whole Sailor Moon vibe I'm getting is THE BEST FEELING. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I recently started following Sarah's Scribbles a few months ago. When I heard she released a book, I immediately added it to my TBR pile and put a holI recently started following Sarah's Scribbles a few months ago. When I heard she released a book, I immediately added it to my TBR pile and put a hold on it at the library. I don't regret a single thing, including reading it all in one sitting and laughing out loud while driving in the car with Husband while forcing him to read the ones I found the funniest. In general, in my element, really. XD
If you're an introvert or a bookworm like me, please pick this up and read it. I order you to try not to laugh because it's gonna be dang hard not to. And then once you finish, follow Sarah on Twitter or Tumblr and then giggle at every comic she posts.
Needless to say, I was able to relate on so many levels. This book is just a handful of some of--what I think are--Sarah's best comic panels.
"You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has. We're it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we ar"You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has. We're it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we are, we're the light, and we're spreading."
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
Another trilogy that ended pretty damn well, and I'm so pleased that it did. There were some flaws, but I'll talk about that later. Each book of this series got better and better, and it also got bloodier and bloodier, this one being the bloodiest of them all. I'm serious. I swear in just about every chapter people are dying, getting limbs chopped off, shoved through with razors. It was great! Yet sad at the same time.
What I've come to love the most about this series is the contrasting characters and the world building. In terms of characters, I'm looking at Darrow, Sevro, the Jackal, and Cassius, along with Mustang and Victra. Characters that are extremely well developed and have been through this entire series. The world building is beyond fantastic. I admit that I'm never one for a "space opera" (as my husband told me once I finished describing this book to him) but Brown does a wonderful job, and I'm pretty sure I'll read whatever else he writes.
Possible spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Morning Star picks up nearly a year after the end of Golden Son. Fitchner is dead. Darrow has been living in solitary confinement underneath the Jackal's home for well over nine months. The situation is achingly desperate because we don't know what's going on, but then we leap right into the action! Another aspect I really like about this series. Yes, there's a lot of politics going on (more props to Brown's world building) but there's a lot of action as well (hence all the blood, too). And we also have no idea what's going on with the Sons of Ares.
But then we do, then you love that damn little Howler more than you ever thought you could. I enjoyed the meshing of the worlds together, Gold and Red, Darrow's old and his new. We meet familiar and new friends as well, most of the new ones you love while the others you'd like to pick out their eye with a spoon.
I know this isn't really categorized as a romance and for obvious reasons, but sometimes, I just needed a little Darrow/Mustang interaction, especially after that ending. Mustang is a fantastic female character. She's brilliant and she's broken but she doesn't let her brokenness get in the way of her smarts and wits even when it comes to her brother, the Jackal who I think I'm gonna put up their with top 10 characters (villains?) I dislike beyond the shadow of a doubt. Darrow and Mustang really got to the core of things when they said he was seeking love but could never find it. He acted like a giant child really, even to the point where the Sovereign wanted to get rid of him.
I wanted to weep for Roque but I couldn't. He was just as snobby and twisted as the Jackal but in his own way.
The final showdown in the last few chapters. I seriously thought everyone was going down the drain. But then Cassius! And then I was like HELL YEAH. The showdown in the Sovereign's meeting was so crazy! All of them taking on Aja, I thought that woman was never going to die.
And the epilogue. Whaaaaaaaat. Crazy! But so great. <3
I will say that the ending felt...incomplete. As if there's a lot more story to tell. Because after all that happened, I just kept thinking, like some of the characters, What's going to happen now? The Golds have fallen, in a way, so...how will the world rebuild? Enemies have been made out of all this so...what now? I guess it's a relief to see that Brown's writing another series (Iron Gold) on this exact subject. I look forward to that.
Overall, I'm pleased I read this series. It's great and Brown is an amazing writer. If you don't think you like sci-fi, give this a try. It's a brilliant epic, calling on Norse, Roman, and Greek mythology, which were the aspect I enjoyed....more
Thank you to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
I know I say that contemporary YA novels aren'tThank you to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
I know I say that contemporary YA novels aren't my thing, but I've recently read a few that I really enjoyed and I thought I'd give this one a go. The cover makes it look creepy and thrilling. While it would fall under the "thriller" category, the whole concept lacked a few things for me to give it more than a 3 star or better than average rating.
Cate, the main character, attends an elite private school for children of wealthy families off the coast of Wales. Every year, the higher grade level students initiate The Game (a ritual I would call akin to a "hazing"). The Guild picks a few members in their class to become Initiates. Once initiated, the rules of the Game are laid out in that one by one, the anonymous "Killer" will "Kill" students one by one until someone can rightly guess the "Killer."
But when a "Kill" causes the authorities to spotlight the school, many members of the Guild wish to call the Game off. Cate and her old childhood friend, Vaughan, need to figure out whose hurting students before someone is truly killed. And it's the person Cate least expects...
First off, I'm a detail-oriented in person in that--well, I like details, and this book lacked that a bit for me. I didn't feel fully immersed in the story and I think a lot of characters were pretty flat. The story is very plot-driven. I like when characters make developments or have insights about themselves and I don't get that here. The "thriller" part of the book was good, though you seriously have to trudge through a rather boring first part of the book.
There is some occasionally high school drama throughout the book so if you can avoid rolling your eyes at someone trying to get back at another for kissing someone, then you might like this. I will say that I didn't guess the "Killer" until the very end, and I liked that because it kept me reading. I also liked that there was just an undertone of romance in the book. Not enough to label it a romance but the right amount because the romance is not the main focus.
However, I do feel there were some questions and things ended a bit openly. Right after we find out who the Killer is, we don't get any the in between details. The author merely skips to a few months later back with Cate. I almost felt it to be a loophole in the book. I mean, I suppose we don't necessarily need all that information but it's obvious that a lot happened afterwards. It sort of feels like there could be a sequel but it's obviously not pinned for one.
Overall, it was a good read but I don't think I'll be adding it to my shelves....more