More like 4.5 stars. Engrossing story that pulled me in and kept me there until I was done. I even read in the car, which is dangerous ground for someMore like 4.5 stars. Engrossing story that pulled me in and kept me there until I was done. I even read in the car, which is dangerous ground for someone who gets motion-sick as easily as I do. I found the writing style fresh and interesting. I would happily read another novel by Julie. ...more
4.5 stars. Fun, well-written, with great characters. Loved the story. It slowed just a bit in the last third, probably because I was so anxious to fin4.5 stars. Fun, well-written, with great characters. Loved the story. It slowed just a bit in the last third, probably because I was so anxious to find out how the story would end. Highly recommended....more
I was intrigued as soon as I read the summary for A Blind Eye. I enjoyed this story about a conflicted young man, a strong-yet-vulnerable young womanI was intrigued as soon as I read the summary for A Blind Eye. I enjoyed this story about a conflicted young man, a strong-yet-vulnerable young woman with a unique ability, and an interesting storyline that kept me reading.
I really liked both main characters and several secondary characters as well. With a little more page space some of them could have been a bit more fleshed out. Considering the fast-moving plot, that extra character development would have been nice but not necessary and it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
The conflict between Christian and his father was well-developed and the reader is left with a realistic “resolution” considering their relationship. I loved the way the setting of the story came full circle.
A Blind Eye was a quick, suspense-filled read that adults will enjoy as much as their older teenagers. Though the book doesn’t hit 200 pages, it didn’t feel short or rushed. I believe this is Julie’s debut novel and I can honestly say I look forward to reading more from her.
I didn't rate this book in stars because the writing is good and the book was interesting enough that I finished it in about 24 hours (plus I needed tI didn't rate this book in stars because the writing is good and the book was interesting enough that I finished it in about 24 hours (plus I needed to get it back to the library) but it was an example of why sometimes YA just isn't my thing.
The main issue of the book is relevant and a serious topic that is in the news nearly every day. Unfortunately, there are way too many girls in the world who can relate to what happened to Charly in this book.
Where this book fell flat for me was that I didn't like, relate to, or even really care about any of the characters in the book. The only reason I kept reading was because I was curious about Ezra and if he would fulfill his this-character-could-be-interesting potential. I was mostly disappointed in that hope. Bree was somewhat redeeming and by far the nicest character who made the most effort toward Charly and Amelia, but everyone else was just...mean. All of them. Especially Amelia. So mean that I just couldn't make myself care about her, or her eventual reformation after Charly's revelation (which I saw coming from the very beginning). I felt very little when that moment came.
The ending felt rushed and ended in, what I felt, was an unnatural place/way and while I can see what the book was trying to do, it just didn't quite do it for *me.* A lot of people really enjoyed it, so be sure to go read their reviews and judge for yourself. Like I said, the writing itself is good, and I will read other books by the author to see how they compare to this one, it's simply that *this* book wasn't quite my thing. And that's okay....more
**spoiler alert** The first chapter of Blud and Magick pulled me in with great imagery and I enjoyed watching the Sages interact at the meeting that s**spoiler alert** The first chapter of Blud and Magick pulled me in with great imagery and I enjoyed watching the Sages interact at the meeting that sets the stage for the rest of the story. Their different personalities provided contrast and interest that made me want to learn more about them and their world.
The next chapter jumps forward to just after Darla’s 14th birthday. She is about to start yet another first day at a new school and we get a glimpse into her character before everything in her world changes. The rest of the story, told in Darla’s point-of-view, tells of her struggle to understand the life-changing revelation about who she really is and what her future holds.
After a great start with some intense action, the middle of the book slowed down significantly for me. There were a few inconsistencies in the plot line that had me scratching my head. One is a bit spoilerish so if you if you don't want to read it skip the following text:
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Edward tells Cirrus when Darla is eavesdropping that at the Blud and Magick school he will have to act as if he doesn’t know Darla so people will not think Cirrus is “in league” with her because of what they both are. Then, after passing through a portal into the magical world of Trivaesia City in order to shop for magic school–in a familiar Harry Potteresque way–Darla and Cirrus are seen together in public again and again by future schoolmates and townsfolk alike. Wouldn’t the two of them being seen together in the city be just as bad as being seen interacting at the school? Maybe even worse?
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In Trivaesia, there are magical creatures of all varieties. One of my favorite characters was a satyr named Azezal Baphomet. I liked his personality, and his unexpected, conflicted history gave him a depth I didn’t quite find in the other characters. I’m not sure if this is the beginning of a series or not. There is some great set up for more fully developing Darla’s potential in the next book, especially with the last minute twist at the end. I had hoped to get at least a few hints about a certain character’s motivations, but there were no answers for me at the end. I’m not sure what point Cirrus and Ash serve in the story so far and I’m assuming their roles will be explained and developed in later installments.
The last part of the book picked up for me again. I appreciated the conflict Darla faced at the end and the suspense as I turned pages. Would she or wouldn’t she? What would happen to her if she did? There were a few unexpected events near the end that mostly made up for the slow middle. I did find myself wishing that several characters and plot points had been a bit more developed. I think this author has a lot to offer the fantasy genre and I hope he continues to grow his writing skills. If this is the first in a series, I would most likely read the next one with the hope that my questions about certain characters will be answered.
I think that readers who enjoy magical adventures in different worlds will like Blud and Magick. The tone felt directed more to an older MG/younger YA audience, and there was very little romance so boys who don’t like “kissing books” might appreciate that aspect of the story.
Violence- a high school student is killed (no details), small amount of gore during a battle
Sex- none; a kiss on a cheek; short commentary on if someone was looking at a boy’s butt
Language- no swearing; the word “piss” is used at least once
I loved reading Slayers, so it was great revisiting these characters again in Friends and Traitors. After a key member of the Slayers’ team is revealeI loved reading Slayers, so it was great revisiting these characters again in Friends and Traitors. After a key member of the Slayers’ team is revealed as a traitor, two new dragon slayers join the team. Adventures are had, battles are fought, and relationships are forever altered.
I haven’t read a lot of YA involving dragons (only the Slayers series, the Dragon Slippers series by Jessica Day George and the first book in the Firelight series by Sophie Jordan), but it’s interesting to see different aspects of dragon lore portrayed in various ways in each one. If you like dragons, you will probably enjoy all three of these series.
The Slayers series is a lot of fun. I appreciate reading about a strong yet feminine lead character, as well as a group of teens working together as a team for the good of society. Both young men and young women, as well as their parents, will enjoy Slayers and it’s sequel, Friends and Traitors.
Review originally published on LDS Women's Book Review - www.ldswbr.com FTC FYI: received a free softcover ARC in exchange for an honest review....more
I knew that I would be giving The False Prince five stars within the first three paragraphs. I loved everything about this book. I devoured it in oneI knew that I would be giving The False Prince five stars within the first three paragraphs. I loved everything about this book. I devoured it in one day, savoring every word on every page. After I finished reading it I carried the book around with me, not quite ready to let go of the story yet.
So many times I thought I understood who did what and where the story was going, but I was wrong. I loved Mott and hated Conner. I laughed out loud and fumed with anger. I experienced disgust and disappointment and loyalty and triumph.
Sage is the most clever, infuriating, stubborn, independent, and contradicting character I’ve read in a long time. Maybe ever. He’s a talented thief, a protector and respecter of women, an orphaned young man with nothing to lose and no allies. When he finds himself swept up in a plot to place an impostor prince on the throne, he faces a simple choice: be the one Conner chooses as prince or die.
It is difficult to discuss in detail all of the reasons why I loved this book without giving things away. I look forward to re-reading The False Prince just as much as I do reading the next book in the series. I almost started reading it again as soon as I had finished my first time through.
I have heard so many good things about The False Prince in the months since its release earlier this year. My only regret is that I didn’t read it sooner. I eagerly recommend it to anyone who loves a good story and give The False Prince an enthusiastic 5 stars.
FTC FYI: Received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.