Before I get started, let me just say: I LOVED THIS. Love, love, love this book. One of my favorites of 2011. Before you get started on the review, kn...moreBefore I get started, let me just say: I LOVED THIS. Love, love, love this book. One of my favorites of 2011. Before you get started on the review, know that it will never do this book the justice that it deserves. Just go buy the book.
Laini Taylor is a story teller. A master story teller. She’s not a writer she’s an artist. Painting a world only she could create with words. Forming characters that seem as real as the person standing in front of you in line, close enough to touch. I was emotionally invested in this book. In this world and with it’s characters. Even though it was about as “out there” as you can get, I totally believed it was real. I never wanted it to end.
Now that is EPIC.
I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone and found myself in a daze. It was like waking up from a dream.
I don’t want to divulge too much of the story. As a reader I think it’s more exciting going into a story blind! I didn’t know much about the story when I picked it up, actually I didn’t really know what it was about at all. I think that perhaps that was why I was so taken with this novel. I was expecting a tinge of mystery, but this book was so much more than I could have every imagined.
You, as the reader, know what Karou knows. It isn’t much. We don’t know who she is or where she came from. We don’t know if she’s human or if she’s something more. And we don’t know why a glance from Akiva sets her skin on fire. Believe me, you will have an epic adventure figuring it all out. And good luck with that figuring out part, perhaps you’ll be better at it than me!
Daughter of Smoke of Bone was an epic adventure through worlds that only Taylor could create. I can’t wait to go back.(less)
Fracture. This book was entertaining, it was gripping and it was well written. I had a lot of fun reading it! And I would def...moreMy first 2012 debut! YAY!
Fracture. This book was entertaining, it was gripping and it was well written. I had a lot of fun reading it! And I would definitely recommend it. That being said, there were things about this novel that I loved and things about it that were just okay.
I loved the characterization! These characters had depth. I didn’t particularly love Delaney, I had a hard time decided if I liked her not. She drove me a little crazy at times, but still she was well written. Perhaps some of my disdain was her constant need to lead Decker on and then get mad when he finds someone that shows him he likes him and doesn’t play games! Argh! Come on Delaney! I mean the guy saved your life! Troy was a really fun character. One-second I loved him and the next he creeped me the heck out. I loved it!
I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this novel. Delaney trying to figure out exactly what is going on with her. The aspect of her ability while interesting, really didn’t work out for me as well I had hoped it would. It was getting really intense and then it just fell flat. Although it did leave the ending of the story open for interpretation.
I also had so many questions concerning Troy. And this might be a bit spoilery so perhaps you might want to skip these next few sentences. It seems Troy is constantly at battle with himself. It seems that if he was so concerned with being stuck in a “living hell” why did he not to kill himself earlier? That part just didn’t add up to me.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Fracture! I had a few snags with the book, but nothing that kept me from devouring it. The cover is awesome and really represents the eerie tone of the book. Looking forward to what Miranda comes up with next.(less)
I loved the premise of this novel. Absolutely loved it! I thought it was genius. I mean, didn’t everyone make one of those boxes full of all those obs...moreI loved the premise of this novel. Absolutely loved it! I thought it was genius. I mean, didn’t everyone make one of those boxes full of all those obscure items from your relationship that don’t really many anything to anyone but you. I know I’ve burned a few of those. What can I say? I’ve had some bad break-ups. I think I was so excited about the premise of this novel that once I was done reading I felt very underwhelmed.
The only reason I kept reading is because I wanted to see why they broke up. And it was exactly the reason I thought it was going to be. I should have just skipped ahead and saved myself hours of reading.
The entire novel Min is making references to these old movies. Normally I am down with that sort of thing, but this got to the point where it was just down right annoying. Everything that happened started with “it’s like when blah blah old movie reference inserted here” and throughout the novel I wondered why I’d never heard of any of these old movies and it’s because the author made them all up. It could have been genius, but it just wasn’t.
The novel was very well written, but Min definitely didn’t seem like a 16 year girl.
If I had to describe Why We Broke Up in word word it would be: awkward. I couldn’t tell if it was meant to be satire of a teen relationship or not. What was the reason these two were together in the first place? Perhaps I just wasn’t intellectual enough to “get” this one.
On another note, I short of wished I would have had a finished copy just to see the finished artwork. From what I could get from the incomplete arc, that part would have been fabulous!(less)
Honestly if a book has Jay Asher’s name on it, I’m going to read it. (And it’s about damn time there is another one with his name on it.) I hadn’t rea...moreHonestly if a book has Jay Asher’s name on it, I’m going to read it. (And it’s about damn time there is another one with his name on it.) I hadn’t read anything by Carolyn but I’ve always heard good things about her books, so I knew this was going to be good. And it was. I had a overdose of 90′s nostalgia while reading this thing, it was comical in that regard. It’s strange to think how far we’ve come in that short that time. I loved that I thought I had this story figured out, I just knew the way it was going to end, or so I thought.
The whole idea of finding yourself on the internet 15 years in the future is absolutely genius. Initially I was like, yes! I would love to see what I’ll be doing in 15 years, but as the story went on, I thought perhaps I wouldn’t want to know.
Josh and Emma are two characters that will leave a lasting impression on you. I know since I read this book back in May, I still think about it. I still think about the things I would have done different had I been in their position. How friendship and forgiveness are sometimes things you take for granted far too often. And how the decisions we make today, will always affect on our future.
It’s also insane how far we’ve come in the world of technology. Wow.
The Future of Us is a quick read. It’s fast paced and entertaining! It’s everything I wanted it to be and more!(less)
This books is so utterly FABULOUS! It’s one my favorite love stories and it happens in a mere twenty four hour period. Don’t worry about the instalove...moreThis books is so utterly FABULOUS! It’s one my favorite love stories and it happens in a mere twenty four hour period. Don’t worry about the instalove thing happening here. That’s something that I can’t stand and TSPoLaFS (did you like how I shortened the titles there, whew it’s a long one) does not have instalove. It has a progressive, genuine building of a relationship that is sweet and endearing.
Both characters are very relatable and I loved their scenes together. They just play off of each other so very well. Smith does an excellent job writing such likable characters.
The plot isn’t really all that complex. I know that some people will think that it’s all fluff, but it’s not. There are some serious moments thrown in there too. For the most part I just remember having that giddy feeling in my stomach during this novel. I love being invested in the characters and being excited when reading the story. This book is one of the reasons why I read!(less)
Absolutely incredible. Shatter Me is a novel that I will not soon forget.
What makes this novel so unforgettable. If I had to pick one thing it would b...moreAbsolutely incredible. Shatter Me is a novel that I will not soon forget.
What makes this novel so unforgettable. If I had to pick one thing it would be Mafi’s writing. Her depiction of Juliette’s voice is utterly captivating. There was one question that I battled with this entire novel and it’s the same one that Juliette asks herself. Who is she? To be in the mind of a character like that was absolutely shattering! (Pun intended.)
This novel has a bit of everything. I wouldn’t necessarily describe it solely as a dystopian novel. There is a strong love story as well as a supernatural twist. All of my favorites wrapped up into one breathtaking debut.
Shatter Me has all the elements that make a novel, a great novel. Superb writing, realistic and dimensional characters, an intense story and a gorgeous cover. The cover doesn’t really make the novel a great one, but I had to throw that one in there. Initially I wasn’t all impressed with this cover. My first thought was another one? The finished product with the foiling, it won me over.
There was not one thing that I didn’t like about this novel. Although, I could have used a little more Adam!
You might like Shatter Me if you like: Veronica Roth & Lauren DeStefano.(less)
Sara Zarr is such a fabulous writer. Every time I read one of her novels I am amazed at her story telling abilities. She can take a story that sounds...moreSara Zarr is such a fabulous writer. Every time I read one of her novels I am amazed at her story telling abilities. She can take a story that sounds so cliche and make it into something powerful and moving. She can take characters that I abhor and found annoying and make me care for them and their fictional existence.
I’ll admit. I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book. As much as I love Sara Zarr…. pregnant girl, recently deceased father. The whole thing sounded like an after school special to me and really it wasn’t my sort of thing. But I should have known that Sara wouldn’t let me down.
I didn’t like the characters at the beginning. AT. All. Jill was just rude and selfish! Mandy was so innocent and naive that it was annoying. Somewhere along the magical road of Zarr’s words I started to care for these two girls. I can’t exactly pinpoint when it happened, but it did.
How to Save a Life is a richly written story with an incredible cast of characters that I will not soon forget.(less)
If you have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this review will be spoilery!
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, is one of my all time favorite novel. Ever....moreIf you have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this review will be spoilery!
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, is one of my all time favorite novel. Ever. To say that The Fox Inheritance had a lot to live up to in my eyes... is an understatement. Although Jenna is still my favorite, The Fox Inheritance definitely makes an appearance on my list.
This story is different... a lot different than Jenna Fox. As the reader we're watching these characters deal with something completely different than what Jenna went through. There are more politics and technological advances... what Jenna's Dad started is barely a blip on the technology radar.
Locke and Kara were/are Jenna's best friends. You might remember that she finds them..... well finds their minds and disposes of them in hopes that they won't ever wake up to the nightmare that she has experienced. Only she didn't expect someone to have copies and she never expected to see her two best friends again.
Locke and Kara are two very distinct characters. It's unclear initially who they are... what they are. What their motives are, are they good? are they bad? Pearson does an excellent job presenting these two characters and weaving just enough of the past in with the present for readers to grasp how they must be struggling with this new world they've "awaken" to. My favorite character would be Dot Jefferson, if she doesn't make an impression on you... I may wonder if you're even human.
The plot was fairly simple, but the world and the details that Pearson created were far from that. An incredible story in an even more incredible series.(less)
After seeing Elizabeth do a presentation about herself and Fury while I was visiting New York, I couldn't...moreHow stunning is that cover! Could that be Ty?
After seeing Elizabeth do a presentation about herself and Fury while I was visiting New York, I couldn't wait to read Fury. I was ready to be impressed. And overall, I was. I could definitely see the Elizabeth that I had the chance to listen to coming through in her writing, and it was fantastic!
I didn't really like any of the characters in this book... well that's not true I did really liked JD... but the other ones were so.... selfish and mean. BUT! That's sort of integral to the plot of the story. I mean the Fates aren't going to hunt you down unless you've been involved in some shady business. Not that I didn't sympathize with Em & Chase at moments, because I did, but in the big picture of it all I probably would not want to be friends with those two.
I was expecting more appearances from the Furies. They were a ominous presence through most of the first half of the book.... and that was really it. I was expecting in your face torment! The last half of the novel was pretty creepy though, and that ending really did for me. Totally did not see that coming and the "two weeks" later chapter..... I am very much looking forward to book two.
I think I'm just going to copy and paste my review of The Exiled Queen and use it for The Gray Wolf too! Okay, not really.... but it would work!
This s...moreI think I'm just going to copy and paste my review of The Exiled Queen and use it for The Gray Wolf too! Okay, not really.... but it would work!
This series simple continues to get better and better as it goes along. I desperately need book four PRONTO! I'm glad I was able to start The Gray Wolf Throne so soon after reading The Exiled Queen. The characters and the story line were fresh in my mind, and I believe that always makes for a better reading experience. Needless to say, it doesn't always work out that way for me, but I feel a more instant connection with the characters when it does happen. I will sorely miss this characters as I wait for book four. I feel as though they've became my best friends. I've watched Raisa grow from a somewhat spoiled and entitled girl to a smart and selfless queen. I've watched Han transform from a thief into a powerful wizard. I can always use a little more Han! I love these characters, and I love this story.
This series amazes me... the intricacies of this word, I am seriously awed when I'm reading. Just the imagery and the imagination that Chima possesses. It's one of those "wow" moments. Everything in these series just comes together and works to beautifully. As I said in my review of The Exiled Queen... it's addicting!
I'll say it again... one of my most favorite fantasy series ever! And one of the best books I've read all year!(less)
I will admit that I enjoyed reading Crossed more so than I did Matched. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t e...moreI feel alone in my feelings for this series.
I will admit that I enjoyed reading Crossed more so than I did Matched. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t expecting much.
I liked getting into Ky’s head this time around. Crossed is told in two point of views, between Ky and Cassia. Although at times I found it hard to differentiate between their two character voices, despite the chapters being titled “Ky” or “Cassia”. And I liked getting to learn a little bit more about Ky and his history.
Condie is an extremely talented author, I won’t deny that she has a way with words. I love her writing, but this story just doesn’t work for me.
Crossed was slow paced, but again I was expecting that because of Matched. I never felt like anything was happening. Sure there are obstacles that the characters must overcome, but I never felt that gripping moment of heightened anxiety. That hook that draws you into the story and doesn’t let go.
As Crossed came to a close I felt rather disappointed. It was as though we were, exactly where we left off in Matched, we know that the Society is keeping things from us, but we are no closer to solving it. If anything, I’m only filled with more questions. (less)
I bought this book from the Book Depo, since it's been released in the UK for several months now, but I didn't actually read the story until I had a c...moreI bought this book from the Book Depo, since it's been released in the UK for several months now, but I didn't actually read the story until I had a copy of the US galley in hand. I'm not sure why I waited so long, my fellow UK bloggers had all but demanded that I read this book! I am a fan of the US cover over the UK one though! Though they both are beautiful.
Angel Burn is unlike any angel themed story I've read. When I think of angels I think of goodness and white lights... healing touches, yada yada. That's isn't the case for Weatherly's angels.
The angels in Angel Burn, are for lack of a better word... straight up EVIL! They (well almost all of them) feed on humans. Drinking their very essence of life. Yet the humans they feed from are left with thoughts of elation. These angels have touched their lives in the most positive way. Yeah, that's messed up!
Cue Alex, who is an AK. Yes, an angel KILLER! He is one of the few people that can see the angels doing their dirty work, and it's his personal mission to kill every last one of them. Too bad he ends up falling for one of them.... well a half one of them anyway, cue Willow.
Alex and Willow, loved them. They were both great characters individually and separately. They balanced each other out very nicely. Although their romance had me gagging at it's sweetness in certain aspects, the sugar fiend in me ate it up.
The story is told in multiple POVs which is something that I love! But I found myself getting a little confused with the change in narration... first person, third person... I got the hang of it after a while though.
The ending was a little abrupt, I felt like we were leading up to this big showdown... and for me it was a little bang and sizzle... instead of bang and EXPLOSION! Really looking forward to seeing where the rest of the story goes. I will be diving into Angel Fire come this December!(less)
I absolutely loved Silver Phoenix, so when I heard there was to be a sequel/companion novel, I was ecstatic!
One of the things I loved about Silver Pho...moreI absolutely loved Silver Phoenix, so when I heard there was to be a sequel/companion novel, I was ecstatic!
One of the things I loved about Silver Phoenix.... and I know this sounds a little strange... but it was the wonderful descriptions of the food! And on page two when I read about sticky rice, candied yams, dumplings and lotus buns, I knew it was going to be epic!
Fury of the Phoenix is such a different story from it's predecessor. It's still just as beautifully written, but we get to witness a whole other side of Ai Ling and Chen Yong. Two characters that I had not realized I desperately missed!
Ai Ling and Chen Yong make yet another journey in Fury of the Phoenix, but there is another story told that we only glimpsed in the first novel. And that is the one of Zhong Ye. I don't want to get into his character too much because it could certainly spoil the story of Silver Phoenix for those that have not read it. But I will say that my emotions toward him were much different this time around. There isn't as much action in book two, but there is still plenty of unexpected discoveries that are sure to keep you plenty intrigued!
I loved how Pon weaved these two stories together it what seemed like an effortless ease. (Though I'm sure it required some work!) I also love the the exploration into the legends and lore! It's much like the first novel in that way, with the various creatures and the mentions of the The Book of the Dead and The Book of the Divine. Simply fascinating.
One of the things that I had wanted after reading Silver Phoenix was to lean the story of her.... and did I ever. Such a fantastic series! And so beautifully written.
If you've not read this series, I strongly suggest that you pick it up! You won't be disappointed!(less)