Good first book. I liked the idea of the "graces" - but in some ways the graces aren't described enough - and it seems like the author tried to play t...moreGood first book. I liked the idea of the "graces" - but in some ways the graces aren't described enough - and it seems like the author tried to play them down by including some graces that are so ordinary (I mean having a great talent at cooking - that's compared to the ability to fight with superhuman ability? The 2 just don't seem to equate in my mind). It was well paced and the way it ended was a little of a surprise - which is nice since things in this genre are often fairly predictable (don't get me wrong, there were things that I saw coming a mile away, but the ending itself with the exact fate of the two main characters was the primary surprise). I think it took guts to not have the typical, "they lived happily ever after together" ending. Would have liked to have seen a little more of the action at the end - and as I said, more development with the graces. There is, in my opinion, room for so much development (and the opportunity to play up the magical side of the graces), and yet that is left basically untouched. But it was a good first book - and I understand that Ms. Cashore has another book coming - I will definitely purchase and read it!(less)
So far, most of the characters have promise. With the notable exception of Morgan... we'll have to see what happens once we get to the solstice.
Well,...moreSo far, most of the characters have promise. With the notable exception of Morgan... we'll have to see what happens once we get to the solstice.
Well, that was what I thought before getting to the end. I must say that it seemed to have so much promise. But that promise was dashed. Hard. I am hardest on endings of all books - but this one was so bad that I don't really even know what happened. It is totally set up for a sequel - but I won't read it. There wasn't enough character development for me - don't get me wrong, we get background info on all three of the "lings" (shot for changelings - and the "shorts" version, well, I could live without; it came across as an attempt to create new lingo in this genre and that isn't necessary, moreover, it felt forced and new lingo needs to just happen, it can't be forced). But the only one we really get to know is Ondine. And while Ondine is so important, why are we told over and over that Nix is the key? But we really get very little of Nix and we don't get enough to really get invested in him. Morgan on the other hand - she would have made a great villain and it seems that she is headed that way, but then I am really not sure what happens to her. And honestly, the way she is introduced made me wonder what happened in the really short time frame of the first few chapters to take such a character - who I was sort of indifferent to and turn her into such a bit__. All of a sudden it was like the reader is meant to hate her - and I did so I had no sympathy for her nor did I care what happened to her. I like plots where I care about what happens to the characters (even if I want the villain to get what he/she deserves, at least I care about the villian in some way - here, not so much). The story seems to have promise, but the execution of the "exidis" falls way short. And don't even get me started on the conflict that happens towards the end - the danger they are in - my reaction was "what? huh?" at the conclusion of that fiasco and I am a pretty careful reader. I won't waste my time on the sequel if there is one. (less)
Wow. I loved this book. What a great new twist on immortality. Thought it would be another vampire story, but I was pleasantly surprised. And I loved...moreWow. I loved this book. What a great new twist on immortality. Thought it would be another vampire story, but I was pleasantly surprised. And I loved the second book better then the first. Normally books that involve time travel, if that is too integral to the plot, make my head hurt. But this was so well done. I am eager for the next one!(less)
Another good one. And I loved the characters - Ash is a great man character and I was so glad to see the choice she made. The Winter Queen was a littl...moreAnother good one. And I loved the characters - Ash is a great man character and I was so glad to see the choice she made. The Winter Queen was a little "characature" (and ok, I know I can't spell) like, but it was good enough that I picked up the next one (Ink Exchange) about 30 minutes after finishing this! (less)
So glad I picked this one up. A great second story... some things I expected from the start and some pleasant surprises. I will say this probably isn'...moreSo glad I picked this one up. A great second story... some things I expected from the start and some pleasant surprises. I will say this probably isn't for the faint of heart though... Les has had a rough go of things and it certainly doesn't get any better for her. While there is only a little outright violence, there is a great deal of implied violence and references to quite a few deaths. And, while there's no outright sex, again, there is a great deal of implied sex. Especially once Irial gets his hands on Les. Like with the first, I was both pleasantly surprised and a little sad by the end. But I enjoyed it enough that I finished this last night and am picking up the third installment on my way home tonight!(less)
Like this one... but had less of an ending than the first 2. What I mean is that there is clearly a 4th on the way for each of the first 2 could stand...moreLike this one... but had less of an ending than the first 2. What I mean is that there is clearly a 4th on the way for each of the first 2 could stand alone and be seen as having a conclusion - where as this one, to me doesn't. I am eager to see how the triangle that has been set-up is resolved. I thoroughly enjoyed this book - a more traditional view of fairies, with courts and good vs. dark etc. Now I just need to figure out how long the wait will be until the next one!(less)
I am having a hard time deciding how much I liked this book...
The positives, we learn a little more about what is actually going on. Kingsley is prett...moreI am having a hard time deciding how much I liked this book...
The positives, we learn a little more about what is actually going on. Kingsley is pretty cool. We meet Allegra - although I would have liked to have seen more of her. We see Sky and Ollie together and hear of some fantastic stuff at the party in Paris. It inched along the story - but I do mean "inched" (a nice "jump" would have been preferred). Mimi... I will say this again in the negative section... I can't decide what to think of her now.
The negatives, well, I think they may have outweighed the positives. Mimi... well, can't decide what to think of her now - she seems to have some redeeming qualities after all (plus she can kick but nicely) but she is still Mimi, with her attitudes. The bad guys have Sky on the run, but they are still hidden in plain sight. And the way it all shakes out in the end... I just don't know what to think. I think the story is a good one - but not good enough to warrant another - what 5 books? If this is set up so that there will be a book per gate, I'll stop here. It's not that good a story. There are too many holes in the plot (and I don't mean like the fact that vamps don't exist, I mean it was almost like the author herself forgot about some of the things from the first book that were set out as rules of this world the book is set in) for me to want to stick it out. And having Bliss end things with her "Visitor" the way she did - please, I've seen that in dozens of horror movies. Not to mention, if the Visitor controls Bliss, the Visitor never would have let it happen.
I am so conflicted after reading it. I am sorry I wasted the cash on the hard cover - if I had waited for the soft cover I might not be so bummed. If I had a choice to give the book 1 1/2 stars, that would be the rating.(less)
This was a change from the types of YA books I typically read. But I didn't know that when I bought it. I expected more of a tie in to fairies or some...moreThis was a change from the types of YA books I typically read. But I didn't know that when I bought it. I expected more of a tie in to fairies or something. Don't get me wrong, there's obviously a lot of magic abound in this book, but it wasn't what I expected.
That's not to say I was disappointed. Because I wasn't. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. I will admit that more of a background in plays, Shakespeare specifically, might have lead to me enjoying some of the characters other then Bertie a little more.
I thought the story was well written - and it didn't go where I expected it to go. I liked it much better then where my brain thought the plot was headed. It took me a while to get started - and I started and finished a few books after starting this. But again, I think that is because I was trying to come to grips with my expectations and the difference between them and what I was actually reading.
I will say that based on a few reviews I read, I expected more romance. I didn't mind that fact that there was less of that then I expected. But I feel it important to let you know that this isn't really a YA "romance" novel. It is not going to fill the hole that Edward and Bella left (or the one left by Evermore, Fragile Eternity, Bluebloods, Coffin Club, the list can go on and on). But it was a great little story about a girl trying to find a way to hang on to the life she loves and is about to have yanked away from her. There are 2 potential love interests (one sort of comes about, but it's really incidental and not integral to the plot in my opinion, at least not as of the end of this book), but the focus is more on Bertie and the Theatre and the magic she holds inside. Not to mention the mystery of why she is in the theatre in the first place and it's really towards the end that we she she has great magical potential. Which I hope we see in another book (which looks like the case given that the title here in goodreads implies there are further "Acts" to come, which will be welcome reads for me).
Some of the lesser characters I am sure I would appreciate more if I were familiar with the plays from which they were born. But that didn't stop me from really liking it. I also really enjoyed the way certain things came to life - the way the green room kept Bertie fed, the way the scene changes served as the backdrop for showing Bertie the world, the was the props were props, but not really props at the same time.... There were some really clever ideas in the execution of the plot too (where the pages from "The Book" went was brilliant, in my opinion). I can honestly say that even though I miss Nate - I liked even the ending of this book. And I would expect that finding Nate is on the agenda for the next book (or books). I am thoroughly looking forward to the next one.(less)