This was much better and way more interesting than I thought it would be, let me just state that.
Rowan is kick ass but also sarcastic and intelligent.This was much better and way more interesting than I thought it would be, let me just state that.
Rowan is kick ass but also sarcastic and intelligent. She is seemingly loyal and she has enough secrets that I am keen to learn more about her.
The bad guys....well, I don't know how bad they are just yet because it seems like there might be a common goal with Ro and her group and these (I think they might be witch hunters? I'm unclear as the book doesn't really explain).
Either way? Something wicked this way comes.
Now the art.
Absolutely gorgeous lines, facial expressions, uses of angles and shadows, and a brilliant use of black and white with splashes of color.
I borrowed this from the library but I think I'm going have to purchase this for my own library....more
The Sword and Sorcery genre is still alive and kicking and this book is a great addition to the market. You have a kick ass and smart heroine, a su3.7
The Sword and Sorcery genre is still alive and kicking and this book is a great addition to the market. You have a kick ass and smart heroine, a sullen but intelligent hero, and a world in trouble.
The characters were interesting and the story telling was such that as a reader, you were definitely pulled in. The banter was fun and Gethen reminded me a little of Doctor Who (in that he is a very powerful guy who is unaccustomed to being questioned but needs it and also needs someone who is his opposite and makes him better i.e. a companion), and I enjoyed the trip to visit Appa and Amma. This book is a little hard to rate because I definitely enjoyed the hell out of this book and would recommend this but there were some issues.
Halina is frickin' kick ass. I mean, she can be a little cold but she is all fire. I would want her on my side in a battle.
Gethen is her complete opposite. He is dark and closed off but he is also has a duality that the title eludes to.
And it works.
You believe that these two can work both for each other and with each other.
With that said, this book would have been greatly served with more structure. The latter half of the book happened a little too quickly and the consequences of some of the actions from earlier in the book were never explored.
Another flaw was that there was a lot of telling rather than showing. I don't need to give you examples because you will read this book.
Also, the authorial device of 'talking to oneself' in order to further the plot or develop the character was at times incredibly annoying and other times incredibly obvious that it was a plot device. People talk to themselves all the time but I doubt it's this much for both characters.
I can't wait for the second book and I really hope it continues to follow Gethen and Halina.
PS. I learned a lot of archaic English due to this book. So, that's another bonus.
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This one had potential but I sort of lost interest after the first few POV switches and I have to be honest, I really didn't think that Kerwyn shouldThis one had potential but I sort of lost interest after the first few POV switches and I have to be honest, I really didn't think that Kerwyn should have been such a prominent character. I could've read the book without his POV.
Addy is pretty kick-ass but all in all this book didn't really grab me like I wanted it to. It started off great but then my interest just sort of dwindled.
I won't discourage you from this but I won't tell you to go out of your way either.
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This took me a bit to get into but once I was in, I was hooked.
However, there are a few things that bugged me....
Not enough Tarot. There were some3.7
This took me a bit to get into but once I was in, I was hooked.
However, there are a few things that bugged me....
Not enough Tarot. There were some really good scenes with tarot but for a professional and hereditary tarot reader, Felicia would be consulting them or thinking about them a lot more.
While the world building gets 3 stars (even though it's a bit too much for me to wrap my head around because I've never been good with time/space travel and things of that nature (view spoiler)[ Alexei time traveled in a weird Doctor Who/Time Machine way? Awesome, but huh? (hide spoiler)]) oh and (view spoiler)[ renew treatments, the longevity of the human race, and the Dark Ages after a massive natural disastrous event decimates most of the world?! Yes, that's a freaking awesome premise! (hide spoiler)]. The idea of government having too much power and what is the natural right of humans also gets brought up and is interwoven in everything Felicia and Alexei fight for and against. That's another .5 star.
Now for the characters:
We have Alexei, who is borderline Alpha Asshole and mostly because he was built that way. He starts to redeem himself as the book progresses and by the end you're a fan (view spoiler)[ even though he may or may not be human. Hopefully that gets explained because at times, due to his build, his pheromones come off as kind of roofie/rapey. I know, I know. How? Well read the damn book :P (hide spoiler)], and Felicia who is not as kick ass as she could be because she is in the shadow of said Alpha, and they have a steamy steamy chemistry. Minus the whole seemingly weaker than the male point, these two characters make sense. Especially when they are together. (view spoiler)[ I just didn't like the semi-cheating scene. I'm not a fan of cheating and even though the ex turns out to be a douche...I don't know, it sat wrong with me and kind of made the scenario seem like an extreme power play instead of an attraction that couldn't be helped (hide spoiler)]
In fact, the secondary characters were pretty cool too. I really enjoyed Oksana and Charlie Zero. I hope they're in the next one because they add the right dimension to the story and the characters. (view spoiler)[ although I do have one bone to pick and that's Roy. He became such a 2d character that it was almost unfair. Yes, he was a (view spoiler)[ spy (hide spoiler)] but to have him become this absolute shit head only to re-introduce Alexei? Ugh. That annoyed me (hide spoiler)].
Felicia, I think, is the only one that bugged me a bit. That's mainly because she was hot-tempered and quick to judge without waiting for reasoning. Which works for most of the book, except the whole thing with Pennyworth (view spoiler)[ I think I would have been livid and possibly thrown something at him, but I think 'Hate' was too strong a reaction and then have her turn around and promise to talk about it later was weird. Stick with a strong emotion Felicia! (hide spoiler)]. I did love Felicia's sass though. Her interactions with Belinkov would've had a lesser woman cursing, throwing and spitting but she handled it well and she handled it with sass and style.
The Alexei at the end, is the Alexei that is perfect for Felicia and vice versa. Both characters seemed to have grown and are right for each other based on what they went through.
Then through a series of manipulations, schemes and little betrayals (trust me, by the third time that Felicia got mad I rolled my eyes because at that point she should've expected it) we culminate to the end of the book (You need to read the whole book, not just rely on my little hints and spoilers) which has a predictable outcome in many respects but in a very unconventional and unpredictable manner (unless you paid super close attention and understand SCIENCE!).
All in all, I recommend this book. It would be a good summer read and while the sex scene is a little unrealistic (no guy can go that long), it's still pretty awesome.
I'm in line to read the next installment all ready. I just hope Felicia has a little more backbone and we get more tarot.
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I tried to read the omnibus a few months ago and stopped. I didn't like the art and I think I just wasn't in the mood (even though I've been meaning tI tried to read the omnibus a few months ago and stopped. I didn't like the art and I think I just wasn't in the mood (even though I've been meaning to read this series since 2006).
It took me 10 years but this comic is awesome. I am rooting for Jessica.
I couldn't particularly get into this story. Around 25% I started skimming anGoodreads ate my review :(
Ok, let's play "what did I say the first time?"
I couldn't particularly get into this story. Around 25% I started skimming and jumping. So, please take this review with a grain of sand.
All in all, the writing wasn't bad but it felt detached. The characters weren't overly developed and I had a hell of a time feeling for Clare or Wes. I think Rob and Kenneth were the only ones that I cared about.
Also, and this drove me nuts, the plot moved along with a lot of convenience and no real hardship. I had to suspend my disbelief several times and it was with the easiest and most mundane things (within the scope of the story)! The hand of the author was most definitely felt throughout the story.
(view spoiler)[ One example that jumps out at me is the fact that she was able to get in an out of the hospital so quickly. She was set up to leave with her brother from a psych ward - quickly. Ugh. Just regular human things happened way too easily. (hide spoiler)]
It wasn't a horrible story but I don't know if I'd go out of my way to recommend it.
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This was a surprisingly good book. I say surprisingly because there are some issues, mainly with the world building/exposition and I found myself a3.7
This was a surprisingly good book. I say surprisingly because there are some issues, mainly with the world building/exposition and I found myself a tad bit confused about what was going on at first.
Then I just rolled with it. However, for a first book, you need to have a better world built instead of an awesome premise. I didn't really understand what made the Sidhe/Sith the dominant species and therefore the bosses. I didn't know why the Clan-less where in the position they were in, how they managed to not get truly subjugated, how many clans there were, why and the different clans got to where they are, and the true hierarchy of the clans themselves (I mean we know abut Aifric but only until much much later).
Here we have a heroine, Integrity, who is a walking contradiction and most of the time this suits her. She's a thief and clan-less but she's also a pacifist and an outcast Sidhe. She is not instantly likeable and you alternately want to hug her and punch her, but its perfect because that's how she was intended.
The same can be said of Byron (although you start to like him a lot faster). When they are together, you get a sense that when/if they get together, it's going to be amazing.
Every one else needed to be fleshed out a little bit more, just like the world and magic systems. There is, in my humble opinion, an incredibly annoying character named Bob. So, you will have to deal with that.
What I did like about this book is the humor, Integrity and Byron, and the journey. I'm curious about the Adair clan, I want to know about the Foinse, and I have to know what Integrity is going to do with the information she has.
I look forward to the next book.
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This is a weird one to review because the first half of this book gets a 3.5 star rating for great pacing, plotting, and mystery. And pirates. Lady3.6
This is a weird one to review because the first half of this book gets a 3.5 star rating for great pacing, plotting, and mystery. And pirates. Lady Pirates!!!
Then, Corwen shows up. It's still good, still awesome.
Then they meet the Fae.
And that's when it starts to go downhill. In fact, I'd hazard a guess and say that they didn't even need to meet the Fae in the book and then this book wouldn't have felt so rushed.
Because that's the real problem. The last 45% was incredibly rushed. This book could've been a standalone with the way that it ended. But with all the potential material, world building, characters and magic, there was no need for the pacing to treble in speed. This book could've been stretched and more attention paid to the budding relationships of Ross and Corwen (view spoiler)[ that happened way too quick. Especially on her part. She had guilt about Gentleman Jim, kept her dead husband's ghost around, and basically distrusted and borderline disliked Corwen. Now you're going to tell me that after seeing Corwen naked, faking a marriage, and hanging out with the Fae - she is suddenly ready to give up the ghost and fall in love with him? Color me disbelieving. (hide spoiler)] and Ross and David.
Other things that could've been elaborated:
1 The quest to find the box and struggling with the good and bad of the consequence 2 building up the relationship with the rowankind and half fae 3 Ross adjusting to her new role in life 4 what actually happened to the rest of the world 5 a game plan for Ross, Corwen and David since there will be a second book
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This was a beautifully written book but for about 80% of the book I couldn't stand Maya and couldn't muster up enough sympathy for her to care what3.8
This was a beautifully written book but for about 80% of the book I couldn't stand Maya and couldn't muster up enough sympathy for her to care what happened to her. I kept going because the writer is a great storyteller.
The first half of the book was a little slow and really showcased Maya's selfishness, impetuous and impatience. Amar was the best part of this half of the book.
Then the second part came and Maya learned a bit of humility. Not too much mind you, but enough that, while not likeable, she became understood. I rooted for her and hoped that her transformation into someone whole, content and less thick headed lasted and continued.
The second half is a great foil to the first part and Maya has to learn what sacrifice really means and what she needs to do in order to let go of her shitty attitude (to quote Mayer Hawthorne).
The writing, the world building, the elements of myth, all were written beautifully. Chokshi has a lyricism to her words that hooks you. Even though I didn't love Maya, she was written with an air of loneliness and desperation that while you wanted to shake her at times, you wanted to know more, sometimes just for curiosity's sake.
The research was thorough with this book without giving it a specific place and time.
This was a combination, IMO, of the Cupid & Psyche myth as well as some Hindu myths. It was excellently written and I'm excited to read something else by Chokshi.
If you can get your hands on this book, I recommend that you read this.
*NetGalley ARC in exchange for an honest review...more
I need to own all of these. This would be a great series in a novel format and it's awesome as a graphic novel. I love the dynamic between "Delilah" aI need to own all of these. This would be a great series in a novel format and it's awesome as a graphic novel. I love the dynamic between "Delilah" and Mister Selim :D...more
I honestly don't really know how to catagorize this book other than what the descriptions states, it's Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones with urban fantasy anI honestly don't really know how to catagorize this book other than what the descriptions states, it's Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones with urban fantasy and the supernatural thrown in.
I liked the dialogue in the book, especially Sarah's conversation with us (the readers) as we follow her through Carneval. What I didn't really like was the lack of any strong plot development or explanation to the world building. I think I know what a Connected is, and I'm pretty sure I get what Sarah does, but without a real explanation I'm unsure if she's good/bad or ambivalent.
Tarot Cards are always a cool piece of Arcana so when I heard that Sarah uses Tarot to find things out I was super excited but I have to be honest, the Tarot Card thing was about two pages in total while the rest is her running around naked for a frog necklace while being mentally molested by a guy called the Magician.
Needless to say I felt like I was baited and then misdirected.
This is the prequel to everything so I expected a hell of a lot more than what I got, even though I do understand that it's a novella format. Perhaps if there had been some time spent on world building, arcane building and the addition of using said Tarot, then maybe I could've bolstered this higher.
I wasn't too sure about this book to be honest. I read an excerpt of the first chapter on Tor.Com and thought to myself, eh, why not give it a try4.45
I wasn't too sure about this book to be honest. I read an excerpt of the first chapter on Tor.Com and thought to myself, eh, why not give it a try.
I'm pretty glad I did.
This book centers around a strong woman who has lost herself, who is in a military that suffers from systemic and pervasive misogyny and who has opened herself up to a man who is both secretive and awesome.
My issue with this book, and had this not been written well this would be a MAJOR problem, is that this book didn't seem too sure about what it wanted to be. Did it want to be a 'women's fiction' or did it want to be a thriller, did it want to be both (the segue was too hard and clumsy).
And before anyone can truly complain about that sentence: Can a book be more than one genre? Abso-fucking-lutely, but when something is thrown in seemingly willy-nilly, then one must ask the question "which genre did you have in mind"?
The author clearly knows her shit which adds authenticity but there were times that I definitely skimmed some of the technical jargon simply because my brain couldn't wrap around the vernacular.
I did enjoy being in Sarah's mind even though she did have moments of ditziness (view spoiler)[ dude...every one tells you to watch yourself around Jonas, who was very creepy, you should probably take heed. Or, you are being horribly harassed and you say nothing. I know Sarah subscribes to the small-dot theory, but I wish had more of Emily's attitude about that because it's only going to get worse. And the third thing, doesn't everyone learn basic maneuvers in the military should they find themselves in a hold? (hide spoiler)])
This book held my interest and was a slow burn so do not go into this expecting a fast paced romantic thriller or hot steamy sex (there is sex but it's not written steamily (and yes, that's a word!)). It is first and foremost about a woman who is finding her lost self while shedding her past. It's about guilt and learning how to live, not just survive.
The odd part of the book, still good but not what I expected going in, was the end. It was well done and I'm glad it was in there I just wish there had been a bigger build up of the segue and less of a neat and tidy package as an ending. I say this, because even though I'm a fan of HEA, I still felt there were a few things that were a little uncharacteristic (Clagget) and a little out of left field (Emily's involvement).
If you like military books and strong but damaged female characters, if you like a little bit of romance with your intrigue, and a slow burn instead of rapid fire dialogue and action, then you'll enjoy this. This is a perfect beach or plane read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is the Leia we needed to see a bit more of in the movies (terms of action and being headstrong) but as this takes place in between, this is a reaThis is the Leia we needed to see a bit more of in the movies (terms of action and being headstrong) but as this takes place in between, this is a really awesome bit of Leia history.
Every little girl, every woman, needs to read this book to see that woman who aren't superheroes can also kick ass and take names....more
Um.......Wow. + I don't want to wait another year. *whimpers*
This book takes place right after the last and when I mentioned that something was going4.8
Um.......Wow. + I don't want to wait another year. *whimpers*
This book takes place right after the last and when I mentioned that something was going to happen and it wasn't going to pretty in my last review, well, I was right.
Oddly enough this is one of those books that you can't help but root for the terra indigene and not the 'humans'.
This book is many layered. I'm not going into the details because if you've been reading from the beginning, you know this. I'm not doing a book club analysis but I will point out that from the get-go, the title, to the destruction caused by humans, to the cassandra sangues prophesying....... it all leads to the biggest question of the book: "How much human do we want to keep?" then translated to "How many humans do we want to keep"?
It's a very interesting book when you read it like that. It's something that Simon struggles with, Meg, and to an extent the Others/Elders.
Though it seems that the large portion of the plot seems to have been dealt with in this book, the fate of Lakeside and it's humans are still undecided. Meg is still trying to figure out how to be herself and what that means. She's testing her boundaries and her limits and in the process, everything is sort of shaken up. Including Simon. Who is also coming to terms, and starting to realize, certain things about the way he deals with humans and Meg. Especially Meg.
The only downside (for me) was that there needed to be more Meg and Simon. As well as more Henry and Sam.
Also, some of the descriptions were very descriptive and I lost the train of thought a few times.
I've also developed an even bigger fear of open water.
PS. What does the sharkgard call a ship full of humans?
For some reason, this was a very interesting read for the first half of the book and then it sort of got....less enjoyable and a little weird.
(view spoiler)[ Ok, so the whole toppling over every single time she saw water, was a little much as I'm sure Willow could attest to. Also, the whole seeing the (view spoiler)[unborn baby with some ghosts, is a really odd thing and just what does it mean???? Especially when Henry and Pru said they were going to get to the kid. Not to mention the (view spoiler)[ miraculous magic sperm (hide spoiler)] oooh and the melodramatic villain. You'd think after so many centuries of plotting revenge and whatnot, he would kill Sebastian first or as soon as the ladies showed up. He clearly didn't read the "100 Things I would do If I were the Evil Villian" memo (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
I did enjoy seeing Raye and Becca again but the acceptance of magic so quickly was a little hard to believe at first. For people that just found out about their powers, it was just a little too easy for me to believe.
I think what bugged me about this installment was the way the romance was handled. It was destined. It was fated. It was insta-love but it was I-L at its worse because the reader had to relive it through the eyes of Willow while it was happening.
Oh! And this book overlaps with "Heat of the Moment", so there is very little surprise in the fast half of the book if you remember anything about the second book.
I don't know. There were just little things here and there (and the last twenty pages of the book) where my interest was broken and my attention wandered. This installment, despite Willow being very very interesting (and Sebastian kind of being a pain in the ass) didn't do it for me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I got hooked. I totally one hundred percent got hooked and I didn't want to. There are so many things that bugged me about this book but...damnDamnit!
I got hooked. I totally one hundred percent got hooked and I didn't want to. There are so many things that bugged me about this book but...damnit!...the characters weren't one of them.
Character wise, I only wish we had more time with Bobby and Raye. I really liked them together and I Really Liked their relationship. It didn't feel forced or phony, fast, but not instant. I enjoyed most of the secondary characters (minus Jenn. I just couldn't really stand her) and I wish we had just a little more time for interactions between Raye and both of her fathers.
Things that bugged me:
- That damn switch in POV's from first to third. WTF. By the end I was used to it but I definitely don't love that.
- Everything happened fast so that some things felt rushed. Take for instance the last 20 pages. If the book had been longer (and maybe not divided by the POV change) then things could've been expounded.
- Jenn. Just her very character made me want to roll my eyes.
All in all, I actually enjoyed this book. I even went out at my lunch break to by the next book because I want to find out if Raye finally meets her sister.
Again I say...Damnit! Because while this book is not the best book I've ever read nor is it the best magical book I've ever read......Handeland's good with her dialogue and her main characters and that's a magic that you can't ignore.