First I have to say that I liked the story. There was so much potential with the (view sI got this book to review from the Read It & Reap project.
First I have to say that I liked the story. There was so much potential with the (view spoiler)[pseudo-zombification and the hommage to Cthulhu with the bad guys (hide spoiler)].
The bad thing though was that the writing style seriously blocked my enjoyment to the story. There was too much unneeded detail in some scenes, like for example (view spoiler)[most of the first three chapters were only a description of how the main character got out of bed, made breakfast, drove his car to the repair shop and then went to the bank. Or the part where the monsters tell him about his 'destiny', torture him a bit and during that make this huge monotonous monologue. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
As far as fairy tales go, this variation of the Beauty and the Beast theme was okay. TheI 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"]>...more
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.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.
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 alsoI 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....more
I like how it shows a woman's way to work for 'hell', but stillI 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....more
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"]>...more
On one hand, I really liked the fact that is isI 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"]>...more
Story 1 - Shades of Grey A black-ops agent/assassin/man whose job officially does not exist is bound to a chair and tortured. This might look like your cliche James-Bond-has-been-taken-hostage scenario, but it is so much better. You see, it is not the actual plot of the story that is so fascinating, but the look into his psyche, the way he has so obviously fun while starting and maintaining a violent riot but still has enough scruples to shy away from killing children. Or his wife's lover.
Story 2 - There and Back Again A World War 2 story. As my grandfather would have said: "Starker Tobak" ('strong tobacco' in English). This story grips you hard and doesn't let you go until the bitter-sweet end.
Story 3 - Down the Rabbit Hole A story about a little boy and his toy rabbit, a toy that seems to be a bit more than just cuddly chloth and stuffing. In the beginning I thought this was just a story about the life of an abused child, but then Borger started to talk and the deaths were piling up. I still am not sure if the talking rabbit was just a figment of imagination or something more sinister. One way would be the beginnings of a scared little boy growing up to become a very scary adult. The other way is a protective avenging angel masquerading as a stuffed toy and finding ways hurt people in creative ways. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I am sad to admit that I didn't even finish it. I trI got this book to review from the Read It & Reap project.
This book really did nothing for me.
I am sad to admit that I didn't even finish it. I tried, oh how I tried, but the writing style threw me out of the story practically every second sentence.
This is how the plot looked from my point of view: (view spoiler)[Main character arrives at college, meets the room mates, *sqwee*-ing happens, "oh, dreadful me, my life has been dreadfully dreadful until I came here" happens with much exposition, more *sqwee*, dress shopping comes and goes, stilted dialogue pertaining a creepy moment on the street happens, a dance with a perfect boy that does nothing for the main character is next, ending with more *sqwee* and exposition and "dear girl, you should open your heart to love because you are just dreadfully dreadful afraid" from room mate. (hide spoiler)]
All the time my mind was going along the lines of "shouldn't there be aliens here?" and "what does the soap opera emotionalism has to do with a love story with an alien?".
There I was, somehow expecting a story that would remind me of Starman (if you know the movie with Jeff Bridges, that is), and what I got was this...
On the other hand, from all the four and five star reviews this book seems to get, there must be something that is worth reading inside the story. Too bad that I was not able to find it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more