The Host may not be my all-time favorite, but it's definitely one of the most respected books I've read. It took me a little while to get into it but...moreThe Host may not be my all-time favorite, but it's definitely one of the most respected books I've read. It took me a little while to get into it but once I did, I was thinking about it all the time and I couldn't wait to continue reading it.
What I've always liked about Stephenie Meyer is her ability to be unique and original. She revolutionized vampires with her Twilight books and now, she's explored the deeper meaning of what it's like to be human.
What I don't understand is why this book is classified for adults. It's perfectly suitable for younger audiences. True to custom, Miss Meyer does not use heavy or excessive swear words. In fact, I can--barely--recall only one instance where a swear word was used. I applaud her ability to have a clean and appropriate sense for writing. She is a completely trustworthy author in a community where swearing and erotica in young adults books has become the thing.
"Fire" was just as captivating as "Graceling". The romance has that same unattainable feel at first, where you really, really want them to be together...more"Fire" was just as captivating as "Graceling". The romance has that same unattainable feel at first, where you really, really want them to be together but there's something huge in the way.
I like how the same aspect of an outcast is put into this novel like in Graceling. In Graceling, everyone feared Katsa for her Grace of "killing". In Fire, everyone fears her because she's a monster: someone with telepathy, beauty and wild colored hair.
I love the romance. Kristin Cashore is just brilliant at what she does. She creates a clear, concise story with characters that you wanna hang out with.
Kristin Cashore will forever be on of my favorite authors. I can't wait for Bitterblue. :)
Maggie Stiefvater’s work has always been my outlet. Her gritty plots and edgy characters wrapped in humor make hers the books I go to when I need a good laugh to get some perspective back on life. Her ability to write great, believable romances is also a factor, which is why I love her Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Having witnessed her tackling werewolves, it was fascinating to see her take on faeries, her debut topic.
Let’s start with my favorite subject in relation to Maggie Stiefvater: humor. Cause everyone who has ever read any of my reviews knows that I love to laugh. And I love books that make me laugh almost out of default. I managed to snag some of my favorite quotes from the book before I had to return it to the library. These stand merely as representatives to Maggie Stiefvater’s signature humor.
“Yes,” Sullivan said, standing up with his mostly empty bowl of rabbit food. “You’re fulfilling my ‘helping students who remind me of myself when I was young and stupid’ quota…Oh, and unless you need it to feel comfortable, you can leave your ego in your room; you won’t be needing it.”
Excerpted from the paperback edition, pg. 56
It’s quotes like that that make me think that Maggie Stiefvater was monstrous when provoked in college.
I stopped stroking his hair and smacked his head instead, becoming visible so fast that my head pounded. “Wake up, maggot.”
James winced under my hand. Without opening his eyes, he said, “Nuala.”
I glared at him. “Otherwise known as the only female who will ever be in your bed, loser.”
He flopped his hands over his face. “God have mercy, my head feels like hell. Kill me now, evil creature, and put me out of my misery.”
I pressed a finger against his windpipe, just hard enough that he’d have to ask me for a hall pass to be able to swallow. “Don’t tempt me.”
Excerpted from the paperback edition, pg. 104
Nuala slapped me, raising goose bumps. “Shut up!”
I covered my face with an arm and kept laughing. “God, woman, how’d you come up with that name? It sounds like a drunk guy asking if someone’s got leprosy.”
Nuala slapped my arm again. “Shut up. It’s distinctive. People would remember it. You know, they’d be, ‘Oh, Izzy Leopard did this film.’ ‘Oh yeah?’ ‘She’s brilliant.’”
”And a leper.”
Nuala’s expression was fierce. “I could kill you.”
”Oh, if I had a dime for every time someone’s told me that. Oh, if I had a dime for every time you’ve told me that.”
She took the popcorn bucket from me and set it on the seat on the other side of her. “I can’t believe I gave you popcorn. I should make you drink popcorn butter for mocking my director name.”
I grinned at her. “Truly, a fate worse than death.”
Excerpted from the paperback edition, pg. 137
Long passages, yes, but if that doesn’t make you want to rush to the library/bookstore to get it, what will?
The largely enjoyable topic of humor aside, Maggie Stiefvater has a talent for romance. Usually, when you pick up a book, you know immediately who’s gonna go with who and, if the author is particularly green, then you know exactly how. Well, it states right in the synopsis that James has a specific interest in our faerie friend and considering how fierce Nuala is, we already know it has to be romantically explosive. Well, I’m not going to tell you if it was or wasn’t. All I will share on that subject is that it was satisfying.
James was a really awesome character, too, especially contrasted next to Nuala.
Another one of Maggie Stiefvater’s talents: raising the stakes. The choice James has to make at the end makes me want to start biting my fingernails (a habit I un-learned when I was eight.) I was glued to my chair, about read to flip to the end to figure out what happens (but I didn’t.) I was thinking that there is no way James could get out of that without losing something—or someone.
The most distinctive thing that the book left with me is the sense of atmosphere and the character impressions. I returned this book to the library several weeks ago (yes, and I know I fail epically for having taken so long to write this review) but I always thought that a book’s quality lay with how much you remembered after the fact. For this book, it was the clear and concise atmosphere that I could practically picture myself in. And I remember the impressions that the characters gave me. That kind of ethereal feeling that I get from all characters.
If you liked Ms. Stiefvater’s previous work Lament and haven’t gotten to this one yet, you should get to it! And if you haven’t picked up her faerie books, but loved her Wolves of Mercy Falls series, you should get to that too.
And also let it be known that this marks my 100th review. That is all.(less)
A great new series to add to my favorites. I just gotta say this first: if you loved Mercy Thompson, you’ll love Faythe Sanders. I loved the attitude, humor and adventure in this story. (The fact that it was over 600 pages long didn’t hurt either.) I’ve never read anything about werecats before and it was a refreshing change from werewolves, though they share very similar mentalities. I’m so glad this book came so highly recommended from a trusted source, otherwise I never would have picked it up.
Talk about kickass. How come all the believable, tough heroines are in adult books? Somebody tries to write about a teenager who’s seasoned and tough and it comes off ALL wrong. Still, this was such a relief. Faythe was so cool and I loved reading through her eyes. It was easy for me to connect with her inner struggles since I too squirm under authority. Her external struggles just freaked me out but that was the intent and I commend Rachel Vincent for such incredible writing.
So it’s an adult book. I didn’t even realize that until I was over 200 pages in and slammed into the first sex scene. Still. This can be appropriate for the more “seasoned” young adults. For instance, if you’re a young adult who loves the Mercy Thompson series, you’ll be okay with this series. Seriously. It will be a new favorite.
The writing, the humor. God. I am SUCH a sucker for funny books. Both aspects are tied in with the very first line.
"The moment the door opened I knew an ass-kicking was inevitable. Whether I'd be giving it or receiving it was still a bit of a mystery."
The plot was fantastically put together. There were time when my rational brain was going, “Dude, there’s nothing going on,” but my irrational, literary-supported side was so engrossed in the story and the character interactions that I didn’t even care. Everything was funny and interesting, even if it seemed that nothing in particular was going on. As it is a series, I know that a lot of the seemingly pointless character interactions are really the foundations to the rest of the series.
In essence, you really need to read this book if you need a good dose of girl power. But if you’re a little squeamish when it comes to sex scenes (there are also scenes that include rape) then I suggest waiting a few years before picking this up. (Note: Meaning you WILL pick it up eventually…you’re just waiting until your mind is further corrupted by the world first…*wink*)(less)
My god! This was such an AWESOME book. It was such an adrenaline-pumping experience! I'm not even kidding. As I was reading, I could feel my heart beating faster and my breath speeding up...Oh man, John Flanagan really knows how to write! And the best part is, he does this every single one of his books. I hope he continues on with the Ranger's Apprentice books. He's already up to nine, but I love these characters so much and the whole setup--I hope he keeps going.
One thing I've noticed is that great books do not come from a few months of thinking. Oh no. This is the product of years. Why do you think books like the Lord of the Rings and Eragon are so good? Because the authors took their time. They were meticulous in their planning and paid attention to detail and the result was a world rich with believability and details that sustain the imagination. So think about the thought that went into this whole world to keep it going for nine books...Yeah. It's mind-boggling, isn't it? Not something put together in three months then called done.
Wow. There was this one moment in the middle of the book that just had me going--Oh crap. Just pause and catch your breath for a moment, Amelia! I was sitting in my chair, squealing, going, "Oh no! Oh no! Holy crap!" And then! (Oh yeah, it gets better.) At the end--if you've read John Flanagan, you know that the climaxes are always heart stopping--the end was fantastic! John Flanagan knows how to balance out "happily ever after" with reality. Most authors get flimsy and go SUPER easy on their characters. Whoa, not this dude! And that's what makes the characters so awesome to read about! They seem so real because they've suffered losses the same way we do and they live through them and change and mature.
For those who say nay--if you're going, meh, not my thing--think again! There is plenty of action in this book! And okay, so not that kind of action. There is romance but it isn't the center of the book. (If you've been looking for a break from the depths of drama you get from teenage romance novels, look no farther!) Tracking a band of murdering cutthroats across a barren desert? Planning to infiltrate a town to rescue your friends? Nearly dying attempting to rescue your horse? There is more than plenty of action to go around. (And I really had to choose carefully from the wide array of events so I don't give anything away.)
A note on the characters:
I think, above all, Will is still my favorite character. In many ways, he reminds me of Harry Potter--honorable heart, brave but unsure of himself before he finds his place; a natural leader and skilled at what he does.
But GOD! I freaking love Evanlyn's (Cassandra's) character! That girl really knows how it's done! Nowadays, you often expect the princess to be an independent figure, fighting for a place outside of the crown, but have you noticed how most times, the princess is still whiny and incapable? Not in this case! Cassandra knows a) how to use a weapon effectively; b) has a good sense of humor and wit; and c) can hold her own not only on the battlefield, but in delicate negotiations. What's there NOT to admire?
You know who would play a FANTASTIC Halt?! Jeremy Irons! He played Brom in Eragon and has a boatload of acting experience. He has this gruffy, serious by mysterious appearance that covers a soft heart--it would fit Halt perfectly! He doesn't fit ONE characteristic though: Halt's supposed to be a small figure, yes? Well, Jeremy Irons isn't small. :( But that is a mere technicality. If Ranger's Apprentice were to be made into a movie, Jeremy Irons NEEDS to be Halt. :)
If you're a fan of the previous books, you won't be disappointed with this new installment. It carries every aspect of John Flanagan's signature. The characters mature, are given new tests, discover new feelings, have new experiences. A purely fantastic adventure! I loved it!(less)
The Ranger's Apprentice series has been apart of my life since I was, say, ten- or eleven-years-old. It's one of those series racked right up there with Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl in terms of staying with a person for their entire lives. Even though I picked it up so long ago, the story still captivates me. Starting a Ranger's Apprentice book is like settling down at a campfire with a bunch of friends you've known forever and sharing really good stories.
Really, once a person gets to book 8 in any series, they have a little more than a preconceived notion about how they're going to feel about the book, already having known the history of the characters and knowing how the given world works. So I was already going into this book knowing that it was going to be awesome. My only concern being that if anyone died, I was going to flip #%$!.
The one negative I have on John Flanagan is his writing style. There is way too much telling and very little tact involved. There's also this consistent habit of switching POVs without indication, the reader just knows that the only way a particular sentence makes sense is if it was told in another character's POV. But John Flanagan really makes up for this through his characters and story and world.
I flipping love Will, the main character. And Halt. And Horace. And Will's horse, Tug. This particular installment really focused on the three -- I mean four (sorry, Tug) -- of them. Even though Horace got [spoiler redacted].
I also liked how there was very little romance. That's not to say that all the rest of his stories are full of doe-eyed, sappy-lipped lovers. I was really attracted to the idea that all of that was over by the first few chapters and the ladies bid goodbye to their men with a "okay, honey, have a good time" and let the menfolk go off on their adventure.
And these are legit adventures. Since I grew up on a healthy diet of Harry Potter, I really grew up loving hero stories. And really, this is a hero's story since I've always considered Will to be the main character, and therefore the hero. The good thing about John Flanagan is, though, that he pokes at stereotypes, so all his main characters are heroes in their own way and they all get a bit of the hero's limelight throughout the series. For example, Horace was really the man in this one. By the end of it, given John Flanagan's talent for storytelling, I was left biting my nails and growling, "If he dies..." under my breath while mentally planning all the ways I'd get revenge for any of the character's deaths.
Ranger's Apprentice has always captured me, and this installment was no different. I'm gripped with a terrified anticipation to read the sequel, Halt's Peril because nothing good can come of a title like that.
If you haven't picked up this series, you should get on that. Sit back and indulge on a bit of a hero's journey.(less)
I was told during a recommendation for this book that, "[I] will hate her in the beginning, but push through it; it's worth it in the end." Me? I'm a skeptic. I thought, "Psh. Translation: I will hate it. Plain and simple."
So not true.
My critique partner (who recommended this so heartily to me) was right 100%. I did hate the main character, Sam, in the beginning. She was shallow, petty, a bully... Her entitlement drove me insane. I wanted to slap her or throw the book across the room or something. But I kept my critique partner's words in mind. I had to push through. So I did. And it was so worth it.
Lauren Oliver did a fantastic job pulling off Sam's character and, specifically, her development throughout the story. To convincingly tell the story of a girl who goes from being the uber-bitch to the complete opposite takes skill. I knew Lauren Oliver had a gift when I read her book Delirium, but this blew me away.
There was a lot of dimension to Before I Fall. Lauren Oliver took her time and built up the world and the characters. She didn't pussyfoot around with the other, uglier, bitter side of the characters. The four of them (Sam, Lindsay, Elody and Ally) really redefined the meaning of bully. But they were 3D and each of them had their own role. All of them came alive to me. I loved watching each of their stories unfold.
I was most impressed by the way Lauren Oliver unfolded each day: if done wrong, it could get ugly real fast. It was masterfully done--very gut wrenching.
But it was such a heartbreaking story. I am not a fan of tragic endings, but you still have to love this book. It was powerfully alluring, almost magnetic.
If you are a fan of Lauren Oliver's Delirium, or if you're new to Lauren Oliver, I highly recommend this. Anyone can get into this story and fall in love with it.(less)
Enter stage right: Kelley Winslow. Enter stage left: Sonny Flannery. Meet at center stage: an excellently crafted romance.
Of course, it's one of thos...moreEnter stage right: Kelley Winslow. Enter stage left: Sonny Flannery. Meet at center stage: an excellently crafted romance.
Of course, it's one of those she's high-ranking, he's a guard type of things and they can't be together because of something or other but for once, I really liked the romance brought up between them. It didn't seem...skimmed over or over done. There aren't any long, hideously sappy scenes but the romance scenes are charmingly sweet. :)
I also love the ending. The way out isn't just handed to Kelley. She actually has to sit and think. Another thing about Kelley's character: she really rocks. She doesn't fall at Sonny's feet. She gets ticked off at him a lot in the beginning. But then again, at the end, there's the whole "can't be without you" thing with both of them, but still, it wasn't enough to deter me from the book.
Overall, there is just something that really gets me with this book. I can't wait to get the sequel. Actually, it was seeing the ads for the sequel over and over again that got me to read this book in the first place.
* Rating - 5/5 * Pages - Mass Market Paperback, 336 * Some swearing; very light. * I actually don't like the cover at all. It's creepy and doesn't do a very good job with conveying Kelley's description. I wish they'd had a different, softer, more mysterious cover. * Sequel: Darklight (in stores everywhere) (less)
I've been waiting forever for this book to come in at my library. With no offense to the author, I wasn't expecting it to be popular enough to where I...moreI've been waiting forever for this book to come in at my library. With no offense to the author, I wasn't expecting it to be popular enough to where I'd have to wait a long time for it to come in. But no! I was waiting for several weeks (probably carrying over into a month and a half) until I got it.
I don't really have anything negative to say about this book. Like, at all. The characters are enjoyable and well developed (not to mention sharp at their spying techniques). Ally Carter has a fabulous imagination. I love reading about spies and I can imagine how hard it would be to scrape up the material to write a book like this. I definitely admire Ally Carter.
I love the humor accompanied in her books. I've only ever read her Gallagher Girl books but there hasn't been a book yet that has lacked her signature humor.
Though it has "Disney" on it, it's suited for both younger and older teens. There's no language but plenty of in depth romance AND action that older teens want in a book.
A truly fascinating read. "Magic Under Glass," opens with Nimira performing at a crummy stage, searching the crowd for the eyes of her gentleman. A fe...moreA truly fascinating read. "Magic Under Glass," opens with Nimira performing at a crummy stage, searching the crowd for the eyes of her gentleman. A few scenes later, that gentleman offers her a job, performing at his estate alongside an automaton. Mirmia abandons her crummy life to step into adventure.
I admire Nimira, but differently than how I admire other characters. She's grounded but with a dreamer's heart. She isn't floppy, isn't outrageously brilliant and doesn't step up when you want her to. But she has a fast tongue and a kind heart. There's a certain air about her that makes her identifiable. As I said, she isn't the stunningly brilliant heroine I prefer to read about (and that kind is found so little in modern day fiction). Nimira does gives us a substantial amount of girl empowerment. Her determination and kindness make her shine.
I can see why someone would dislike this book. If you take it at face value, you see someone you might consider wimpy and uninteresting--the worst kind. But there is something there, between the lines. Nimira possesses something, or perhaps it is simply the plot. The world had me confused: I'm used to medieval maps and a defined time period. This time period had to be after the 1600's, for they have pistols. But the world is foreign. It almost runs parallel to a colonial time period--set in England with it's outlying estates, foreign worlds just behind the horizon, and snotty upper class.
I read this book in less than nine hours. It's a short read--only 225 pages--but the idea was original and it is originality that begins a great adventure. Something about it pulled me along and I read it every spare moment I had, and before I knew it, I was done with it.(less)
Ever had that feeling that a book gives you—where you know for sure that you’re totally in love with it, yet your head is so jumbled with its brilliance that even the day after you’ve finished reading it, you still can’t pinpoint the exact thing that made you love it? I feel like I can’t do it justice, even if I tried.
First, the main character. Completely awesome gal. Seriously. Worthy of a country girl. She must be from Kentucky. (Except this is a fantasy book, so she’ll have to settle from being from somewhere like Kentucky.) She’s a fighter and a kick-ass mother figure. She’s not only fiery and fierce, but kind and gentle. The way she worries over North is endearing and I can totally relate to her. She does have a few girly-girl moments, but please, don’t we all? This is a character I can get behind, a girl I can cheer for 100%. Always helps that she’s freaking hilarious.
“Syd, Syd, Syd,” he said, shaking his head.
"What?” I asked flatly. “Can we go up to our rooms yet?”
”Rooms!” He laughed. “What makes you think I got more than one? I’m not a money bag, you know.”
I sucked in a sharp breath. “That is completely inappropriate! It’s—It’s not proper, but apparently you wouldn’t know that. You wouldn’t know a moral if it slapped you in the face.”
You see the perfect blend of smart ass and chaste mother figure? And she carries this same attitude all throughout the book. I love her consistency, her believability, and cleverness. Sydelle has joined the ranks of my favorite heroines.
As for Mr. North. He could really be a scuzball sometimes but he’s really very sweet and the jerk-factor only makes for a more believable character. And the wizard thing is sexy. ;)
Overall, I loved the romance (even though the love triangle was a little too weakly represented for the impact it had on Sydelle). It wasn’t done too quickly, which is always an important aspect to me. (I really hate it when romances advance too quickly. It makes it harder to believe.) Alexandra Bracken handled it perfectly, not stretching it out too far (almost—the suspense was killing me) and not launching into it too quickly.
But let’s talk about the writing: It was fantastic. Can’t put it any other way. Well, I could go on and on about how awesome it was, how it was so simple and elegant that it painted perfect little scenes in my head. It wasn’t hard to understand and it wasn’t so over saturated with fluffiness that it was distracting.
In combination with the characters, the romance and the writing, it made for an excellent plot. It was engaging and exciting. I was watching for the cliché parts that are pitfalls for authors but I didn’t find any. It wasn’t overly cliché (always a plus) and Alexandra Bracken didn’t spare her characters any of life’s heartaches.
It really sucks that there isn’t a sequel, though. :( I just know that I’m going out to buy this book first chance I get. I need a copy of this stash of awesomeness for my bookshelf.
In conclusion, Alexandra Bracken has not only become one my favorite authors, but her characters have become a favorite as well. If you like authors like Cinda Williams Chima, Maria V. Snyder, or Kristin Cashore, you’ll love to add Alexandra Bracken to your list.(less)
What to say about this book...well. I first must say this about the author: I find myself reluctant to say that she writes as maturely as an adult but...moreWhat to say about this book...well. I first must say this about the author: I find myself reluctant to say that she writes as maturely as an adult but that would be inaccurate, for most adults don't write this well! The most accurate praise I can give is that here, for the first time in years, I have found an author who's literary style comes closest to that of J.K. Rowling's.
If Legacy does not become just as popular as the Harry Potter books, I will be thoroughly shocked.
First of all, here is an author who has created a character that has qualities I despise and yet I do not have any regrets about reading this tale through the Princess's eyes. The Princess Alera seems incredibly real and tangible. The cast of characters are just as diverse as those you'd find in real life. And the language used is flawless! Miss Kluver knows what she's talking about.
It is hard to fix this plot into a formula. It seems so real and alive that it feels more like a mere excerpt of a young woman's life and not a lot of stale words on paper. This alone is very intriguing.
I will say that it was the knowledge of Miss Kluver's youth that made me buy this book. My library did not have it (infuriatingly enough) and so I was forced to buy it before reading it. But I knew that it would be worth the $26 I paid for it. And I was not proven wrong.
Miss Kluver's abilities inspire me as much as they discourage. I find myself feeling that I will never be able to reach the standards that Cayla Kluver has set in her writing, but I am inspired enough to try. Legacy will remain on my desk as my source of inspiration until I have finished my own novel.
Cayla Kluver has now been added to the list of authors I want to meet, that had consisted of a small handful of names before and now hold another. Just to show you the importance of this, my list is now this: J.K. Rowling, Christopher Paolini, Tamora Pierce, Kristin Cashore, Maria V. Snyder and now Cayla Kluver. :)
I hope she finds it in her busy schedule to extend a tour date over here to Charlotte!
Just as a side note (because I like to have this information before I read a book): - There was little to no swearing. - There is an elaborate sword fight. - The romantic interest is very appealing and not in the mysterious-Edward Cullen way. - While there are words you might have to look up, they fit the time period and style of this novel and should not be distracting. - Depending on the edition you get, the drop caps at the beginning of each chapter are beautiful.(less)
Aurelia I must say is a brilliantly written novel. The plot is one of the best I've read, keeping me riveted to the pages. The style reminds me a lot...moreAurelia I must say is a brilliantly written novel. The plot is one of the best I've read, keeping me riveted to the pages. The style reminds me a lot of Tamora Pierce minus the fantasy twists.
I just have to add that I was so excited about the ending and I thought the closing was amazingly done. Very satisfying way to go into the next book. Aurelia showed them good!
I must find more of Ms. Osterlund's work. I'm definitely taking tips from her on plot twists. :)(less)
When I first started reading, my mind couldn't keep focused. I liked how Anne Osterlund opened with a strange scenario: one of our main characters, Ae...moreWhen I first started reading, my mind couldn't keep focused. I liked how Anne Osterlund opened with a strange scenario: one of our main characters, Aerin, in the middle of space, forced to send out a distress call. There's already some deep emotion hinting behind Aerin's character. Something has happened to her and somehow she's presented in such a way that you just have to know what it is.
Then we have Dane. The rebel son of the General of the Alliance's army. Like Aerin, he receives a letter inviting him to Academy 7, the most prestigious school in the universe.
Perhaps I should have gathered from the summary that this was a science fiction novel, when I assumed that it was present day. So my mind had to scramble to readjust itself at the change of genre.
I really enjoyed the romance, even if it took fooorrreeeevvvveeeerrrr for the two of them to DO anything! Reading her second novel, I realize that this is her style: not focus in entirely on the romance, but weave it into the core of the story. Furthermore, I've come to love and look forward to Anne Osterlund's fabulous plots. Just like "Aurelia," the plot was steeped into the history of Aerin and Dane's parents. Anne Osterlund unravels the plot masterfully in both "Aurelia," and "Academy 7," for only having two published novels under her belt.
Anne Osterlund weaves magnificent plots and crafts brilliant characters. Seeing Dane and Aerin square off against each other, both neck in neck in their class rank, was thrilling. My favorite part. Anne Osterlund has managed to give us a plot grounded in real emotions and real reactions.
Being the third and final book in a series, I was going in with mixed feelings. It was nice and long, which of course, I love. But so much happened! I cannot wrap my mind around the skills required to create such a twisted plot--and make it one you can follow. As I read, I kept thinking, "Okay, you know that this is important somehow." But it killed me trying to figure out HOW something, almost completely random, would tie in with the plot.
When you get a really awesome book, it's so hard to write about it without being redundant and without giving anything away. I want to rant about specific parts of the book, just to show you how AWESOME it was, but then hello--total spoiler. So bear with me while I try to water down the awesomeness for the sake of this review. ;)
The characters stayed alive. They're still just as vibrant and alive as they were in book one. I really love Opal's character, though most of the time I was calling her an idiot. I would be reading and I would go, "NO!! What are you doing?!" Multiple times. Out loud. Very loud. XD But Opal's strong and doesn't put up with crap from people, yet she's humble. She's also convinced that everything is her fault, which is like, worthy of a head slap. Still. She's funny and her journey trying to figure herself out is believable...even if it ended up ENTIRELY different than I thought it would.
I love the blending of the two stories. I think it's awesome that Maria V. Snyder has the foundation to bring in characters from her other series. So characters like Ari, Janco, Valek and Yelena make an appearance--many, many appearances. Valek becomes an integral part to the plot, which I liked because Valek is bloody awesome. It's funny though. Having read the Study books through Yelena's eyes, it's so different seeing her through Opal's. Yelena seems so much more intimidating. Like, "Ooooohhh, there's the Soulfinder. The big bad Soulfinder."
The summary hardly does this book justice. The ending was what really killed me. It was SO different than what I was expecting. I dislike love triangles from the start. I was just surprised at how believable I found this particular outcome. I was just like...Oh...okay. And kept going. But seriously--I loved the ending. Sweetness of it aside, it was believable. I cannot say that enough because it's so important.
Normally, I would warn younger teens against reading this book--for now. But if you've followed the Opal Cowan books so far, I'd say you're good to go, content-wise. It really annoys me how these books are listed under adult science fiction. Like, really, really annoys me. They're perfectly suitable for young adults. They're a lot like the Mercy Thompson books in nature. Not a lot of swearing, perhaps mature topics and maybe a few scenes that got a little heated, but overall, not as bad as it could be. I know a lot of young adults books that are worse than some adults books.
The cover: Golly g minor Batman! I love all the covers in the Glass series. Maria V. Snyder has some great graphic designers behind her.
I know that Maria V. Snyder may have plans for another Ixia/Sitia series. Right now, she's got her Outside In stories going. I REALLY want more of Ixia/Sitia. Seeing a Fisk story would be awesome.
So you see, my hands were pretty much tied writing this review. I want say, "Oh, I loved it when Opal did this..." etc. etc., but I do NOT post spoilers. So. For all of you who haven't picked up this series yet (for shame!), you should go find a copy of "Storm Glass" PRONTO!(less)
I couldn't believe this was the last book. I picked it up with a thrill and partial trepidation. I mean, this is the LAST BOOK! I don't want to finish...moreI couldn't believe this was the last book. I picked it up with a thrill and partial trepidation. I mean, this is the LAST BOOK! I don't want to finish it! I wanted to go slow but...just couldn't do it. I was done with it before I could even believe it.
Rick Riordan has a true talent for describing huge battle scenes. The second half of the book was ALL fighting. And I couldn't believe how alive it felt. All these huge things going on, negotiations, temptations, tension running high....
I loved the mystery. Like who was leaking all that info! Holy crap! I couldn't believe who it was!
Another thing too. The romance?! Practically throughout the entire thing, I was like, "They're gonna kiss! They're gonna kiss!" and what happens? They don't kiss! But the ending...wow. LOVED the ending. :) Fabulous way to end a series. It was funny and I closed the book with a huge grin on my face.
Why is that books written in guy's points of view are funnier? They just always are for some reason. Like the Pendragon books by D.J. MacHale, those were pretty funny.
I just love the detail Rick Riordan puts into his books. And Percy is such a believable character. All of them are. The hardships are just that--hard.
I can't wait for the Lightning Thief to come out. :) It looks fantastic, even if they changed a lot. I just wanna see some stuff on the big screen. And it helps that the guy is cute, eh? (less)