I waffled on this...2 stars - 3 stars - 2 stars - 3 stars...in the end I went with 3 out of sheer sentimentality.
Basically it boils down to this...II waffled on this...2 stars - 3 stars - 2 stars - 3 stars...in the end I went with 3 out of sheer sentimentality.
Basically it boils down to this...I am so hard up for anything Veronica Mars after the recent movie reigniting my love for this universe that I jumped to read this book. But then it took me forever to read it because well...Rob Thomas is a phenomenal tv writer but a terrible book writer.
The whole thing had a great plot, with twists and turns and intrigue, but it read like a script.
It was all TELL and absolutely no SHOW.
But like I said the story itself was fantastic, except for a SHOCKING LACK OF LOGAN.
I MISS YOU LOGAN!
Anyways, it was great to get more insight into the new VM universe and I am glad that I read it, but not sure I would read others...who knows though. ...more
This was an adorable short story in the Doctor Who Universe of the 10th doctor played by David Tenant. And the audiobook was actually read by him. WhiThis was an adorable short story in the Doctor Who Universe of the 10th doctor played by David Tenant. And the audiobook was actually read by him. Which, let's be honest, was the sole reason I bought it!
The story was about the Doctor arriving on a pirate radio ship off the coast of Britain during the 70s to capture a creature who fed on silence and was trying to take over the Earth. It was an engaging and slightly creepy story, but mad edit the best was David's take on the various characters and their unique voices.
It's only about an hour long and I wish it had been longer and more fleshed out, but it was like watching an episode of the original show. I totally enjoyed it and really loved getting another taste of David's version of the Doctor. This is a must read for any Doctor can who wants more! ...more
This installment focused a bit more on Nico than Eli, Miranda, or anyone else which was a bit boring at first as I have to admit I have never been tooThis installment focused a bit more on Nico than Eli, Miranda, or anyone else which was a bit boring at first as I have to admit I have never been too interested in her character despite her being a demon seed. But after I learned a bit more about her and demons in general I got pulled into the story a bit more.
This installment had a lot of action and a lot of heart wrenching moments compared to the last two books. The author definitely cranked it up a bit this time.
Also, a couple of new characters who were introduced but not fleshed out in the second book really got more screen time here like the some of he members of he league of Shadows, Slorn and his daughter, and other Spiritualists. I really liked learning about the different types of spirit talkers with the Wizards, spiritualists, and shapers. Each have their own connection to the Spirits and thoughts on how the world should be treated with them in mind.
I am really excited that I have found this series and am sad that Audible doesn't have e audiobooks for the next 2 books. Of well I shall just have to request them from the library ASAP!
If you are looking for a new series I can finitely recommend this one as being fun, intriguing, well written, and well paced! ...more
Oh Eli you little shit. I do adore you. You are an ass. You are conceited. You are single minded in your determination to be an idiot at times.
Yet IOh Eli you little shit. I do adore you. You are an ass. You are conceited. You are single minded in your determination to be an idiot at times.
Yet I adore you.
Even I can't explain it. I really thought his self centered arrogance would annoy the crap out of me yet it just Endears me. What's with that??? And poor Miranda, and the others having to deal with it! Ha!
This series is so fantastic and I highly recommend it. The magic, and setting in this universe is so well thought out and fascinating. I love that everything has a spirit from the greatest winds and seas to the smallest brick and roofing tile. Plus their personalities are just as varied says any humans could be. The story and pacing are excellent and I found myself listening to the audiobook whenever I had a free moment. Same as if I had been reading the real book or on my iPad. I would have been sneaking glances at the pages any chance I got.
So glad I have found this series and cannot wait to continue on! ...more
Eli Monpress - the greatest thief in the world - and he knows it.
His goal is to steal as much as possible, in the most outrageous ways possible, allEli Monpress - the greatest thief in the world - and he knows it.
His goal is to steal as much as possible, in the most outrageous ways possible, all in the name of upping his bounty worth. He uses the spirits that are present in all living things, but always with their permission, and is followed around by the one of the worlds greatest swordsman and a child with a demon growing inside her. So yeah, his antics, and his companions make him highly wanted throughout all the kingdoms and Miranda Lyonette, a Spirtualist, one who works with spirits has been set to catch him. Only what Miranda found was a criminal much worse that Elo, and soon she realizes she must join forces with Eli if she can ever hope to take down this new threat.
Holy crap, Eli is one of the cockiest characters I have ever read, and I went into this expecting to totally despise him but I actually enjoyed him. He made me roll my eyes and laugh with almost every line. I can definitely see him being a huge turn off for a lot of people though. He walks carefully the line between amusing and annoying, but easily slips to one side or the other! Miranda was actually not as likable as I expected to her. I knew she would be righteous, strict, and a complete believer, but I didn't expect her to be so cold to anyone that wasn't a spirit. Even fellow humans she didn't seem so keen on except for her Mentor. She would protect them, yes, but she was always so distant and removed.
I really enjoyed this book though for the world building. Everything everywhere has spirits. From the seas to the individual bricks in the walls. They all worked together in tandem with each other and with humans. They had their own distinct personalities and ranged from stupid to intelligent.
I listened to the audiobook for this story and totally recommend it. The reader was fantastic with the different voices, emotion, and pacing! I would definitely listen to other books by him! ...more
Well was a solid ball of confusion, enjoyment, more confusion, adventure, confusion, scariness, and finally confusion.
Seriously I don't know if it waWell was a solid ball of confusion, enjoyment, more confusion, adventure, confusion, scariness, and finally confusion.
Seriously I don't know if it was because I was listening to the audiobook or what but this book was difficult to keep up with. The multiple races, languages, settings, etc didn't help either.
The weird part was that despite the confusion I did still enjoy it a bit. The action scenes were tense (but still...yup...you guessed it - confusing) but they had great pacing.
The characters though left a lot to be desired. The main character Kaylen spent more time inside her head that not. She was overly introspective and often times naive. Once she made up her mind to think a certain way it took hell and high water to change her ideas. Severne, a boy she knew from her childhood that is now a hunky, protective man doesn't seem to have much of a personality beyond doing everything for kaylen even when she doesn't know about it. I didn't really get much of a grasp of his personality beyond he's feelings for her. Teamaris, the dragon, was the only character I really enjoyed because he was smart, mysterious, and had a great dry sense of humor. Beyond those 3 everyone was pretty much relegated to their one characteristic and were not allowed to ow beyond that.
I don't know. Maybe I'm judging it harshly because I did enjoy it while I was listening to it even though I didn't really get what all was happening. In hind sigh though I am just seeing all of its problems. Reading the synopsis for the next 8 books probably didn't help either. They all just cemented my ideas that Kaylen is indecisive, overly in her head, and naive.
(Oh and because I know this matters to others - as it matters to me - the love triangle in the book has yet to be resolved!!! 9 books and the characters still can't work out their shit??? That more than anything tells me that there is little to no character growth and thus not worth my time.)
All in all guess I'm glad I read it since I didn't hate it, but I won't be continuing on with the series.
Thank god I only got the first book and didn't buy the 1st 3 like I had planned!...more
Well thank god that is over with. I was literally checking my Audible app like every 5 minutes hoping I was near the end of this book. I just DO NOT uWell thank god that is over with. I was literally checking my Audible app like every 5 minutes hoping I was near the end of this book. I just DO NOT understand how this has become such an acclaimed series, I just don't. Of course I do understand why they are making it into a movie - boys in space learning to battle and fight bugs?? Yeah no wonder there.
Seriously though, Ender is a child prodigy. I get that. Sure I do, but that is an amazing genetic oddity. 3 child prodigies in the same family says gene manipulation to me, regardless of whatever era it takes place in. This uncanny intellegence makes him into a hell of a military strategist, thus the government takes him and begins training him at the age of 6 to become the world's next great military commander.
I never could buy into the idea that there was not an adult out there who could have won this war. What in the hell is wrong with these people that they isolate these children in a school where they are not allowed to see their family for 10 years??You are telling me that a 6 year old has more maturity and military strategy and out of the box thinking that an adult who volunteered/enlisted, so that turning all these kids into little army brats was necessary???
I think not.
Plus Ender had it soooooo easy. I know I know, he was lonely. But he never failed ANYTHING. All the games, the battles, the tests - he passes them all without a doubt that he will ever fail. Prodigy or no, everyone fails one time or another.
Such crap. Plus don't even get me started on Pater and Valentine, Ender's siblings, who are just plain crazy half the time.
Ug. I read this because it seems like it is on its way to being considered a classic, if it already isn't, but this was a waste of time for me. I definitely won't be reading any more from this series...and wait yeah, how is this even a series??? The ending of this book barely leaves that option open.
I tried to tough it out. Tried to persevere. But no I refuse. Life is too short for boring books.
And that's what this sad enI quit. QUIT. QUIT. QUIT.
I tried to tough it out. Tried to persevere. But no I refuse. Life is too short for boring books.
And that's what this sad ending to what started as a truly amazing trilogy was. Holy crap, it's like Alligent has started an epidemic! I never stopped reading reading the last book in a series half way through until that book. Now I'm doing it again!!!
This whole book was more worried about politics and war than the characters. Yes those things are important, but the whole damn reason I was reading the book was for the characters. Without them I could have just read a military history book on and freaking war the world has ever seen.
Finally, I must admit. I google the ending. And from what I have read it sounds like the STUPIDEST ending ever. (view spoiler)[A girl who never prays, suddenly does so hoping the hire power will save the boy and it happens???? And he specifically loses just his memories of her??? What the fuck. Memory does not work that way Ms. Lu. It's called science. Not magic. Now if this had been a world with magic I wouldn't have objected but it's not. So yeah. Sorry but you have to stick to the rules of your own making. (hide spoiler)]
First off let me just say that Kenyon deserves mega props for writing a m/m book. I know a couple of other mainstream authors have written one but I hFirst off let me just say that Kenyon deserves mega props for writing a m/m book. I know a couple of other mainstream authors have written one but I haven’t read any. So yeah – that alone is a big hell yeah in my book. Secondly, she deserves mega props for writing Maris in the first place. After Syn he is my favorite character in this series – he is upstanding, loyal, selfless, witty, humorous, loving, and like 20 other wonderful adjectives. He impressed the hell out of me in Born of Silence (book 5) and I was so happy to learn that he was getting his own book, and thus his own HEA!
So yeah – I totally liked this book! But it also had a couple of cons that were bad enough they are worth mentioning. But let’s start with the pros!
1. Maris and Ture: Awesome. They were both pretty believable with all of their emotional baggage and hang ups. But they were both also strong enough to take a chance on the other which paid off big. They were upfront like real adults about the issues they each had and never one tried to hide anything. It was pretty damn refreshing watching two adults actually be adults with one another.
2. Maris’s background comes to light and damn what a life he has lived. I always got that he loved Darling, but now I see why he loved Darling. And Ture was so amazing but understanding too once he learned about it. Poor Maris though – I just want to hug and squeeze all the bad memories right out of him.
3. The emotion was really raw in this book (although it *could* come off as whiny at points) – the two characters vulnerabilities were relatable and presented well.
4. And my fave part of this series is how much the other characters still get to play a role even though it isn’t “their” book. (Although some of the names floated right over my head and I couldn’t remember who they were – like Darling’s sister.)
But now we have to address the cons…At first I built this book up a bit in my head so its only chance was to fall short in my mind, but in reality these were some pretty obvious failings.
1. The length of the book felt fairly short. Longer than a novella, but shorter than a novel. Thus, the overall plot of the book was totally lacking. It started with the declaration of war between the league and Darling, but then this impending doom is only ever mentioned a handful of times throughout the rest of the book. I think this book was more of a filler novel than I anticipated as I can see the war plot being significant in future books as it develops. Honestly there wasn’t any overall action plot to this book – it focused solely on Maris and Ture’s relationship. And while that’s not a bad thing, it just isn’t how the rest of the series is written.
2. The sexy fun times were lacking and few and far between. Every other book in this series (or just by this author) is stuffed full of engaging and elaborate sex scenes. There was mainly 2 in this book, and both were short and semi vague. Also the acts themselves showed how little knowledge Kenyon has about it. Not to be crude but you can’t just jump right into anal. You gotta prep a little bit. Otherwise…OUCH!
3. The baby daddy plot was just weird – nuff said.
Pros and cons aside though I totally enjoyed the book and will continue the series! Maris and Ture were wonderful and I can’t wait for them to pop up in future books!
(Prior to reading the book)
At the end of Born of Silence all I wanted was for Maris to get his own book, and I thought that wouldn't happen since Kenyon alludes to his relationship with Tuere so much. So i figured that was all he would get!
So glad we get to read an entire book from Maris's POV and good on Kenyon for going against the norm with some M-M romance!
This was so disappointing on so many levels which made me even more disappointing as Margaret Cho is usually so funny!
I listened to this while on a rThis was so disappointing on so many levels which made me even more disappointing as Margaret Cho is usually so funny!
I listened to this while on a road trip and was expecting to laugh my ass off at her comical takes on life, reflections on our culture, and anecdotes of her own crazy life. Instead I got a mean spirited, ranty, poorly supported scolding on various reasons on why she hates everything - namely white people, republicans, and men.
Every thing she was angry at was went like this...anecdote about how a white person, republican, or man (or sometimes all 3!) insulted, offended, or persecuted her except this anecdote lacked any detail that you could actually google to know what the hell she was actually talking about. Then she went on to insult those who insulted her. Finally she concluded with complaints as to why people never asked her opinion on things like what happened to her, and concludes that they must not care because she is a Asian, liberal, lesbian woman. And if they don't want her opinion they are either racist,a radical republican, homophobic or misogynistic - or all of the above.
Maybe no one asks your opinions because you just get pissed off and yell at people and insult them instead of fighting their argument with rational, well though out rebuttals.
For instance she goes on and on and ON about George Bush 2, talking about what an idiot he is overall, but without every address specific events, ideas, etc and refuting them. He is just an idiot to her, and she expects that to be enough of a justification for calling someone an idiot. To be fair, a lot of people think Bush 2 was an idiot, but the point is anyone else you would have to justify your personal reasons for thinking someone was an idiot - unless you Cho and then it is apparently her right because she is an Asian, liberal, lesbian woman that is always prejudiced against. And that gives you the right to insult everyone in return instead of rising above and being the better person.
All in all, this was crap. I thought it would be funny, insightful, and a great hour during my road trip but instead I was super pissed by the end of it, and felt offended, and patronized.
Oh, while related but did not bother me near as much as the content - the way she read this book sounded like she was reading a dictionary. These are her own thoughts and words, but they sounded completely forced and foreign to her. I don't see how someone who is so completely used to getting up and talking in front of arena's of people and make them laugh could read her own words and sound so totally wooden and stiff. ...more