As far as fairy tales go, this variation of the Beauty and the Beast theme was okay. The...moreI got this book to review from the Read It & Reap project.
As far as fairy tales go, this variation of the Beauty and the Beast theme was okay. The story reminded me more of the tale of the Prince beyond the Seven Seas with the male lead changing into an animal/monster only at night, but that was quite refreshing. That particular story is seldom mentioned when people think of a version of Beauty and the Beast, as far as I know.
There were just some teeny-tiny things that made me not enjoy the book as much I would have liked.
1) the outside world time scale: (view spoiler)[In the beginning it is mentioned that the curse has existed for at least eighty years or more. Inside the house on the other hand only four years have gone by. Thus for every year inside the house at least a full twenty years go by on the outside, which makes it around 1,76 outside years for every inside month. Further Will mentions that the outside times seems to be getting faster, so the 1,76 outside years are the bare minimum of a time discrepancy that could happen. But what do we see when Beauty leaves the house? From the narration it sounds as if only some short months have gone by, that it is the November of the same calendar year that she left. But she was at least one month inside the house! (hide spoiler)]
2) Bee's character: She was too... beastly to work as the second main character in a B&tB story. Frankly I do not understand how Will could fall in love with her. (view spoiler)[She actually rips up his books and then goes on to tell him that he is acting like a beast. Didn't she ever hear of respect towrds other people's things? (hide spoiler)]
Maybe those two points wouldn't have irked me so if the story had been longer. There would have been more chance to see the character's behaviour change.
As it was, I wanted to see more interaction between Bee and Liam in the dungeon. Instead I got sort of googly eyes at the pretty boy upstairs and a riddle that made me wonder what went on in Will's head, because for a guy who spent years with nothing else to do but read his twenty-thousand-books library and look for a way out, he sure was very oblivious to the screaming obvious metaphor of the curse riddle. on the other hand, maybe he already knew what was needed to break the curse, and just to think about it. That would have made sense at least.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book has nearly everything that I like in stories: vampires, magic and space ships. To make it easier to understand, let's imagine the following....moreThis book has nearly everything that I like in stories: vampires, magic and space ships. To make it easier to understand, let's imagine the following.
Take the tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, make it that said slayer is not longer the one and only fighting but one of a whole civilization sworn to hunt vampires. Make that civilization fight for thousands of years. Add a quite interesting 'cure' for vampirism, some space ships and really cool talking AIs and you have this book.
I admit that as I am writing this review, I have not finish reading the story. I also...moreI got this book to review through the Read It & Reap project.
I admit that as I am writing this review, I have not finish reading the story. I also admit, that it will take me a really long time to actually do this. With a bit of luck the time from first page to last won't go to Tolkien-esque proportions. (As I mentioned in another review: Over ten years and I'm still at chapter six of the Fellowship of the Ring.)
That said, what I've managed to read was quite fascinating.
Yes, the story evolves a bit slow, but it's the kind of slow that makes one watch three hundred episodes of anime just to find out what happened to a paticular character from the first episode. I actually want to find out what happens next. It is just that I can only read maybe a page of the book every couple of weeks.
I like the magic, the technology, the whole mythology of the story.
This is a book to set on your bedside table and read a bit when other books don't find your fancy.(less)
I like how it shows a woman's way to work for 'hell', but still...moreI got this book to review from the Read It & Reap project.
I really liked this book.
I like how it shows a woman's way to work for 'hell', but still remains a good person at heart. A person that is willing to destroy other people's hope and lives to see her family safe and secure, but still a good person.
The way Lilith's new demon powers are explained are something refreashing to me. It's not the 'normal' over-the-top powers like shooting lighting or super-strength or immortality. It's the more subtle way to seduce others to what she wants them to do. That kind of power is technically not even a power, it's basic psychology turned around to the near invincible.
It's really scary when you think about it. There are people out there in the world who do this for a living. They make people think that the ideas planted into their head are their own. One extreme of this is brain-washing, another side of it is advertising.(less)
This was a fun read. Perfect to while away some unused hours while riding a train.
Personally I thought the relationship between Gavin and Camille went a bit too fast from first/second meeting to I-am-willing-to-give-up-my-whole-life-for-you, but that is probably just a question of personal reading taste.
The ending was a bit abrupt and I am not really buying that (view spoiler)[Joel is really dead. After all, neither of the two main characters saw him die (hide spoiler)]. I've read far too many superhero comic books to believe something this drastic that is not witnessed. And even then it's not always a sure thing.
That said, I am glad there is more than one book to this story. I just want to know what happens next.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
On one hand, I really liked the fact that is is...moreI got this book from the Read It & Reap project to review.
I am not sure what to make of this book.
On one hand, I really liked the fact that is is a continuation of the story started in Amaranth. I could finally find out what happens next, this dreadful bit of emotion that makes us watch a tv series for years and years just to find out what happened with a character that was on-screen only in the first episode for maybe five minutes.
On the other hand, I really do not like that the book makes me want to see what comes in the next part of the series. Because, you see, The Gates was quite boring in my opinion. One cliche followed the next. We even got a nice and totally not unexpected return of a character previously believed to be dead.
(view spoiler)[Sadly it was not the one interesting but woefully underused character from book 1 that returned, but Gavin's mother. Gavin's mother that was held prisoner by the evil queen and made into a vampire to keep her at hand. Why said mother needed to be vampirized when apparently all Amaranthian humans can live for centuries is something that confused me to no end. (hide spoiler)]
But you want to know what really irked me? That near to anything even resembling actual action in the plot happened off-screen. Camille was told about this and that. She tells about this big motivational speech done by her guy where she was present to listen, but we get maybe ten words about the thing. She follows his lead everywhere without thinking, even though she tends to complain about said decisions.
With less words, this story had so much potential that was simply ignored it nearly made me weep. Instead I had so many moments of 'WTF?' it ruined the book for me.
People who loved reading Twilight will probably find this book pretty good. Me, not so much.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I am not very well versed in the mythology of the British/Irish islands, which is where I think some of the characteristics of this book's faeries com...moreI am not very well versed in the mythology of the British/Irish islands, which is where I think some of the characteristics of this book's faeries come from. The most I know about that kind of fae comes from Disney's Gargoyles and maybe a bit from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (this great white whale of books that I've never brought myself to finish reading and which movie version makes me fall asleep with it's gargantuan length).
Thus I come to fae lore with an open mind and a hope of great magic.
Which this book definitely delivered.
From the moment two friends on the way to their university meet a mysterious motorbike rider for the first time this book had me in its ban. The magic of woven through every word was just that - magic at its best potential.
The romance aspect of the story was not very much saccharine, which I am very thankful for. Too many fantasy or supernatural books have their main characters fall in love far too easily and without any reason.
All in all, the book is very worth a re-read and I will try to get my hands on the sequel as well. For, if you must know, I just have to find out what happens next.
A bleak future after a nuclear war. Chromosome gifted people (or as Marvel comics would say - mutants) live in the cities, apparently as some kind of...moreA bleak future after a nuclear war. Chromosome gifted people (or as Marvel comics would say - mutants) live in the cities, apparently as some kind of ruling class. Somewhere in the past there was also a war between two factions of angel decendents, which lead to all people with angel blood being considered outlaw.
A young girl tries to safe her comatose brother's life. There are intriques, mysteries, sword fights and were-beasts. There are also robotic birds and a perpetual state of being watched in the city.
All that should have made me love this book. Sadly, I am forced to admit that something was lacking from the story.
If 'When Copper Suns Fall' were created as a movie or tv series, the sparse descriptions of the culture and history would have made sense to me. The no doubt very impressive visuals of the screen medium would have been able to carry the story and made us forget that while there are at least maybe twenty characters mentioned in the book, they are mostly all just given names without anything else behind it. It would have been no problem, because we would have had a face to keep the characters apart, instead of helplessly grasping at names that mean nothing to the reader (as happened to me here).
Also what I really, really, really missed in the story was an explanation as to what the certain kinds of chromo gifted people could do. We are told that there are Trackers who can follow a person practically anywhere, but somehow they are using technology to do this. If they are some kind of human blood hounds that canliterally smell someone out, why do they need machines to do their job? The same goes with the Thoughmasters. Are they telepaths, empaths, stage actors? Or is Thoughtmaster just a glorified word for interrogator?
Then we are told that the Caduceans are good angel guys and the Tainted are the bad guys. Strangely it is the Caduceans who continuously lie/obfuscate to the narrator for her own good, or they delete her memory. The Tainted, as much as they seem to do evil things with the zombification and attemps to world domination, have not been anything but dead honest as far as I could see.
Because of this I am not so sure if our narrator is on the right side of this celestial conflict. Something just did not ring true for me there.(less)