*Reviewed on Mundie Moms as a Flashback Friday post on 5/16/2014*
For years now my close, bookwormish friends have recommended this series to me and ad*Reviewed on Mundie Moms as a Flashback Friday post on 5/16/2014*
For years now my close, bookwormish friends have recommended this series to me and advised me that I would fall in love with Cinda's writing. But somehow, I never did pick it up because all those shiny, new releases got in the way. And then one day, I tweeted a request for an outstanding audiobook recommendation, and sure enough The Demon King popped up again. I figured it was time to listen to this much recommended story.
And you know what? Those friends of mine were right. Cinda writes of a magical, fantasy world, but one whose characters you immediately recognize. Han, the former street lord of the Raggers, rough and right in his approach to just about everything. Yes I admit, I loved him right away.
But there's also Princess Raisa and oh, how I loved her. She is surrounded by all those expectations of what is "right for her", and with her character came the thing I love the most in these types of plots -- political intrigue.
Cinda's a master of surprise and while you may anticipate that a plot twist is coming, you won't be sure of it until it, BAM, hits you. The Demon King sits on my shelf alongside my favorite fantasy stories (think of Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief). Like a lot of first books with a large cast of characters, the plot is a bit slower, but I promise you that thanks to the wonderful narration of Carol Monda, you will keep all the characters straight and you will fall in love with both Han and Raisa. I finished the audiobook and immediately bought the second one. I need to know what happened next, and yes, yes, to all my bookish friends, you were so right, I did fall in love with Cinda's story. ...more
*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 8/1/2014 with a companion review of Shadow and Bone*
I find myself writing a lot about tension and stake in stories,*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 8/1/2014 with a companion review of Shadow and Bone*
I find myself writing a lot about tension and stake in stories, and from now on, I'm going to use Siege and Storm as an example of a second book that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Alina and Mal escape the Darkling, but not for long. My darling Darkling is more wicked than ever and dreams of him being an anti-hero begin to slip away as I'm convinced he is an intimidating villain through and through. Blurring the hero issues, is a newcomer, the sea-worthy scoundrel, Strumhond. The dialogue between Alina and Strumhond snaps, crackles and pops and I found myself wanting more scenes with the two of them.
But, this story is about stakes and Alina's role as a saint and savior to a desperate population leaves me wondering will she be able to out-power the Darkling? See what I mean? TENSION.
I'm going to end the review with a fact. I read both books over two days. And I'm pretty sure you will, too. Now excuse me, while I go and read the last installment, because I'm pretty sure the Darkling doesn't like to be kept waiting. ...more
*Published on Page Turners Blog on 5/12/2014* 4.5 out of 5 stars
What a wonderful twist on faery lore. Set in a steampunk Scotland, Elizabeth's story is*Published on Page Turners Blog on 5/12/2014* 4.5 out of 5 stars
What a wonderful twist on faery lore. Set in a steampunk Scotland, Elizabeth's story is filled with a historically detailed setting and characters that you will love from the very first page. When we meet Aileana she has just found out that she's a Falconer (the last of a breed of faery assassins). She's a girl who no longer dreams of balls, men with marriage potential and running her own estate, instead she has nightmares of her mother's death at the hands of a powerful faery. Her weapon-making prowess and thirst for vengeance make her a deadly foe. But on her journey, she is paired with three unlikely male characters -- the ever present (except when he's not) pixie, Derrick, the faery who trained Aileana to fight, Kiaran and the Seer, Gavin. There is a competitive deliciousness between Kiaran (a faery who kills his own kind) and Gavin (the son of a family friend who just happens to have the ability to see faery folk) and their protective stance over Aileana. But as you can imagine, Aileana needs very little of their help.
The plot spirals into a quest to prevent the seal (that houses murderous faerys from escaping and killing people) from breaking. The tension increases from page to page and the characters reveal more of their true nature in a perfectly paced plot that defines the best of all fantasy stories.
This is the perfect book to read as Spring turns into Summer and thoughts turn to quick reads for those road trips, beach days and hours by a pool. So, make yourself a big glass of iced tea (I love how Aileana in the most chaotic moments turned to tea) and settle into Elizabeth's world for a few hours, and don't be surprised if you finish this book in one sitting....more
My kindle informs me that this e-novella was only 43 pages. Well, it was 43 pages of pure, unfiltered fangi*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 7/29/2014*
My kindle informs me that this e-novella was only 43 pages. Well, it was 43 pages of pure, unfiltered fangirlish delight.. Let me back up a sec, you see I was maybe one of the few who actually liked the ending of Just One Year. I completely got the cinematic feeling of the abrupt moment as the curtain was drawn and we all thought, "NOOOOOOO! Don't stop there, Gayle!!!!". I got it. I did. It was fitting to the story of Allyson and Willem. They were these two strangers that were never really supposed to hit it off. Never really supposed to fall in love. And certainly, all those missed opportunities were never, ever supposed to lead to crossed paths once again. But (SPOILER), they did. And then what happened?
Gayle gives us the "what happened" bits, and she paces it along quite nicely so you're left with that feeling of okay, I get it. What happened was…what was supposed to happen. Sometimes, I think we readers are a little too curious with our What Ifs, but in this case, I am so glad that Gayle listened and gave us her What If.
If you haven't bought it, yes, it's well worth the price (currently $0.99 in most formats)....more
I've said this before, but I have to repeat it. Holly Black's storytelling is pure magic. It unfolds m*Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 12/31/15*
I've said this before, but I have to repeat it. Holly Black's storytelling is pure magic. It unfolds much like her faeries' spells-- slow and small and then it encompasses nearly everything including the reader.
Hazel and Ben are two of my very favorite characters. Each of them has a secret. As the plot moves forward and backward along the timeline, you will discover each of those secrets, and you will be plunged into Holly's always tricky faerie world. I just adore her faeries, and you will love the folktale feel of their world.
What Holly does best of all is wrap up this standalone story in a very tidy manner. I didn't think she would. With a mere 30 pages to go, I was still uncertain. Surely, a story so well plotted would beg for a cliffhanger and a sequel. But, I was so wrong. It wraps up beautifully in spite of all the twists.
These dark winter nights beg for a trip into an equally dark, faerie world populated with realistic characters. If you decided to pick it up, I promise you that you will love The Darkest Part of the Forest as much as I did....more