Though I'm not usually much for straight up contempt romance I chose this book to be my first official foray into Young Adult literature because someo...moreThough I'm not usually much for straight up contempt romance I chose this book to be my first official foray into Young Adult literature because someone said it would be a good Valentine's Day read and though VD is still a week away I thought it would be a good choice. And boy am I glad I did...
This book was AMAZING. I can't remember the last time I gobbled up a book in one day. I probably would have done it in one sitting if I'd allowed myself it was that fun and that good.
The story was simple and straight forward. But that wasn't a bad thing in the slightest. Sometimes it's nice to read a story that just is what it is. No outrageous frills no serves no twists and turns. I love those types of books but sometimes it's nice to take an easy, though still amazing and fun, ride rather then a whole roller coaster of twists and turns.
This book was sweet, lighthearted and funny but at the same time it was soft, thoughtful and had strands of melancholy woven throughout. It's hard to find the right balance for those difference I've found especially in books but Smith does a masterful job.
The story gave just enough for the fact that it was set within a twenty-four hour period. It left you wanting to know more about Hadley and Oliver's life but also it felt good with how and when it ended. It was complete. Though I wouldn't mind more of these two be it more books or even perhaps a movie. I would LOVE a movie of this book.
So yeah if you're looking for a fun light easy read that still allows you to connect with the characters and think a little on the side I highly recommend this one.(less)
**spoiler alert** This review is for Graceling by Kristin Cashore it is the first book of her Seven Kingdoms Trilogy and her debut novel. It is a High...more**spoiler alert** This review is for Graceling by Kristin Cashore it is the first book of her Seven Kingdoms Trilogy and her debut novel. It is a High Fantasy novel that takes place in a world that has nothing to do with our own. At the center it is a tale about people who are born with special abilities and how others regard, treat (and in some cases) use them because of it. I gave it four stars here on Goodreads but I would really rate it a high 3 1/2 Stars. This review involves some mild spoilers so read at your own risk.
If I could give this book a rating based soley on the way it ended I would give it 5 stars. However there is a whole 470 other pages to take into consideration as well and those pages were filled with things that were both good and not so good. Not bad though. Nothing in this book as truly bad it just wasn't quiet good either if that makes any sort of sense.
Let me start off by saying I love High Fantasy. Love and adore it. I love a good Urban Fantasy and/or Paranormal tale as much as the next person but for me High Fantasy is where it's at. I just love stepping into a world that is not my own. Roamning around in it, getting to know it and it's people. What makes them tick, what makes them happy and what makes them scared. World building, when it's done right, is as much an art as writing itself.
Kristin does an excellent job of world building in this. The Seven Kingdoms come alive in this story. Sure we don't learn everything about ever corner of them in this but that's okay. You don't have to you just have to get the feeling that those corners actually exist that the author thought of them even if those details never actually make it into any page of the story or series itself. The characters were interesting the thought of Graces or special abilities are of course nothing new in High Fantasy but I thought she did an excellent job of making them her own.
The first sections of this novel was what held it down for me. It just felt chunky and rough. I know there was a lot to get through to introduce the world and the characters and the situation but that's exactly what it felt like I was sitting through. A good author will make that section of their story quick and painless or will craftily interweave it into the main plot itself I think there was an attempt in Graceling to do that but Kristin wasn't quiet ready for it yet. I realize this is her debut novel so of course the writing is a little rough around the edges yet. I think she can only get stronger the basics are definitely there and strong they just need to be smoothed and polished.
She proves this by the second part of the book. Once Katsa and Po head out on their own it only gets better and when Bitterblue gets added to the mix the book gets absolutely amazing. The pacing in the last half of the book was very well done and the writing only got stronger and tighter. It was a ride an awesome ride and I was very happy to go along with it until the ending.
Let's talk about that ending. I adored it. And yes I realize this is the first book in a trilogy so we will more then likely be seeing Katsa and Po again or if not seeing them then hearing about them. But it still is an incredibly brave and unsusual thing to do to write such an ending. It's not really a cliffhanger but more of a non-ending. They're happy and together but the ends haven't been tied up yet and knowing Katsa they might never get tied up. It's a twist that's hard to accomplish to make it work without it being frustrating for the reader to not get the closer they're expecting after spending almost 500 pages with a book. But it feels right and real for the story and for the characters especially for Katsa. Kristin pulls it off beautifully.
So all in all I enjoyed this book. There were some rough points but most of that were things that should be expected with a debut author and things that I think will improve with time. I will definitely be checking out the second book interested to see how her writing grows and to see how this seemingly unconnected prequel plot works into the trilogy as a whole. And of course I am REALLY looking forward to Bitterblue. Very much so.(less)
I will start by saying I didn't finish this book so I am basing my review soley on what I read at the point I put it down. I've rated what I read 2.5-...moreI will start by saying I didn't finish this book so I am basing my review soley on what I read at the point I put it down. I've rated what I read 2.5-3 stars.
I had high expectations for this book going in. I had heard so many people heap praise on it and Libba Bray.
I quickly realized after starting it that it was going to fall far short of my expectations. Let me start by saying it wasn't terrible. It was just flat...and really boring.
Really, really, really boring.
So much of the first 200 pages was spent doing nothing. Yes stuff happens and clues are dropped for the overall mystery but it didn't really feel like anything happened all because the writing was so flat and lifeless. The characters were boring and unlikeable. I didn't like the main character, I didn't like the side characters I didn't even like the background characters. There was just nothing interesting or grabbing about any of them. I found myself not caring at all about what happened to any of them.
So after a couple of days of first having to force myself to read and then avoiding reading altogether I've decided to put this book down. I still am curious enough about the overall mystery of the plot that I will probably pick it up again later but for now I have so many books to read that I'd rather spend my time on books I might actual find reading enjoyable. (less)