Twas quite enjoyable. There was a time there in the second half of the beginning that I felt like it dragged and I was losing interest, but if you stiTwas quite enjoyable. There was a time there in the second half of the beginning that I felt like it dragged and I was losing interest, but if you stick it out it gets very good. This is basically an elaborate Labyrinth fanfiction....more
It took me a long time to finally read this because I'm sick of retellings. But in desperation for something new to read, I finally gave it a shot. GlIt took me a long time to finally read this because I'm sick of retellings. But in desperation for something new to read, I finally gave it a shot. Glad I did. This is a very entertaining book. Prince Kai is substantially charming. As far as retellings go, this is a good example....more
I think the author had a really good intention with this book, and I think in the future she definitely has potenI love plots and settings like this.
I think the author had a really good intention with this book, and I think in the future she definitely has potential to improve. But as it stands, her first published work has quite a few plot and character holes that I can't really get past.
I can see she is active on GR, so if by a small chance she is actually reading this review, I don't want her to think I am cattily dogging her or trying to be an ass. After all, I've never published anything. But I would at least like to express why I couldn't finish this book.
The first thing is: I kept telling myself that surely she would eventually explain why Amani is a "sharp shooter" as a female in a society where females are highly oppressed. Even if we can assume Amani sneaks out to practice, where and how? And how can she do it so often that she becomes a dead shot? How is it that she feels confident with any gun in her hand? Has she had more than sufficient practice with different gun types? Even assuming that guns aren't very advanced in this world, there are still different gunsmiths and things of the sort that would vary the experience in shooting. So I just feel like it was very difficult to believe Amani's status of sharp shooter without an in-depth explanation. However, I do admit that this is a DNF for me, so for all I know this might be explained some time after I stopped reading. Regardless, since this is such a gigantic part of the character and not part of some kind of spoiler, I feel like this should have been one of the first things explained.
Then we have the part that she decided to take the drunk stranger's place in the shooting competition, which upped the stakes but also made it likely that she could die. I thought this was kind of cool of her character, though the lack of internal explanation in this first person narrative as to why she would risk her life over a stranger was weird to me. There was no revelation of overwhelming guilt or some kind of internal torment to help the readers see why she would do this when we know she has a strong will to live.
At first, I could easily overlook that. It wasn't a big deal and I figured we would get to know Amani better later and it would explain itself. But then the other thing happened.
Amani, who has a strong will to not only live, but to survive, drugs Jin, steals his money, sells his horse, and leaves him for dead. After all, he was wanted for treason. Without money or a horse, he was most certainly a dead man. What makes him different from the drunken stranger she was willing to possibly die for? Jin, unlike the stranger, had saved Amani's life twice at that point in the book. Amani is even physically attracted to Jin and has developed a semi-friendly relationship with him. After leaving him for dead, and she is well on her way to never seeing him again as far as she knows, the narrative never describes any inkling of remorse, nor does it explain the lack of remorse.
Unfortunately, due to inconsistencies, Amani not believable at all. And even less so is Jin. I understand that some men are just horny and dumb, but Jin finds Amani again not to have any sort of revenge or vent his hurt and anger on her....but to continue travelling with her when she is just as dangerous as the men after him.
Once again, I could look past this if there was a compelling narrative that gave us reason to feel like there is a bigger reason for his choosing to find her again and continue travel with her. But this is not provided in the writings. Maybe later it is explained why he made such a seemingly illogical choice lacking all forms of survival instincts...but I had already lost my will to finish by that point :(
I also wanted to mention, back on the subject of Amani stealing from Jin and selling his horse, I thought it wasn't believable that Amani would choose to do that when she has never travelled on her own before and she knows how the world is to women. I think a believable Amani would choose to stick around the guy that saved her life twice. If there was a deeper reason for her choosing to do what she did, it is not well explained. Instead, all I know is that she chose a path that would almost certainly get her raped, killed, or both.
However, this book is getting a lot of positive feedback so I am happy for the author that their first published work is being enjoyed. ...more
I've been in a reading slump for a very long time. Not only did this book get me out of my slump, but it is the first book to make me feel as much asI've been in a reading slump for a very long time. Not only did this book get me out of my slump, but it is the first book to make me feel as much as this book makes me feel in a looooong time.
The way this book makes me feel is like I'm watching a Guillermo Del Toro movie. It's just the atmosphere I got from this magnificent story and Maggie really had me sucked in.
I have such strong feels for the friendships everyone has with each other. Everyone needs Gansey, and he is the link between all of them, but yet his bond with them is so strong that Adam and Ronan tolerate each other for him. The way Gansey feels genuine dread when he can't find one of them, it's so beautiful. I love how Adam (right now) is so sweet and you can feel your soul reaching out for him, wanting so bad for things to go his way, for him to get out of all his ruts.
Noah seriously kills me in the best way. I enjoy him SO much. I can't get over how much I enjoy his character. He's so fucking cute. I want to trap his soul into a teddy bear and cuddle it.
Maggie throws you for a loop quite a few times. She really tugs at your heart, your anger, your fears, your philosophies, your virtues....I love this book. It's seriously amazing
I wanted to love this book. Halfway through the book, I wanted to rate it 5 stars. I was going to overlook some of the unrealistic aspects of the firsI wanted to love this book. Halfway through the book, I wanted to rate it 5 stars. I was going to overlook some of the unrealistic aspects of the first half, because it's a YA novel and is obviously going to be unrealistic.
But then it started to seem like Bardugo was just being, for the lack of a nicer word, lazy with some of her explanations for things and things that happened.
This is a good book for atmosphere, and I very much ship Jesper and Wylan and enjoyed any time Jesper flirted with the little merchling. Very cute. The action was enjoyable, some of the dialogue was nice. I really really really wanted to give this a five star rating.
But I can't. And here's why.
Non-spoiler explanation as to why I'm giving this 3 stars: the character development is inconsistent and not believable. Characters portrayed as near-genius level smart make really STUPID decisions CONSTANTLY. The ages these characters are are ridiculous when considering how they act and their level of knowledge, regardless of her apparent attempt to explain why and how. In the middle of high-risk situations, the characters will stop to chat about subjects that, in my opinion, could wait for later when their lives are not in danger. Lots of overlooked plot points.
Please do not read ahead if you do not want spoilers: Did it bother anyone else that after Matthias witnessed Kaz promise a man freedom for information, and then MURDERING said man after getting that information, Matthias did not seem to think "Wow...if he promised this guy freedom for a favor and then did not keep to his promise, maybe that means he won't grant my pardon after I've done what he needed?" Like what?! That's the first thing that would go through my mind after witnessing that!
Then how about the fact that this "oh so smart" Kaz didn't make any effort to insure that Van Eck wasn't bullshitting him? He just took the man's word for it and believed he'd get 30 million kruge for the heist. That's right, you unmatched genius who is always ahead of the game! Don't make sure your employers are legit!!! Also, don't ask HIS son if his father even has actual connection and ability to pull that off!!! Wouldn't Wylan know? I mean I know he can't read but he is apparently a genius in every other aspect, so you'd think he'd know...
Oh and Jesper, you reliable companion and sharp shooter. Please create loud gunshot noises when you're supposed to stay hidden. Thank you. And Inej, thank you for encouraging his idiotic actions.
Also, Inej, ye who hates killing and says a million prayers every time you kill someone, it makes total sense that you would be in love with a really fucked up, immoralistic murderer like Kaz who self-proclaims to do anything for the right price, which makes me wonder if things worse than murder fall under that category. Inej, you make no sense. You hold such high regard to you morals and act holier than thou with people but for some reason you want in Kaz's pants. So much sense is made
Nina, yes please overwhelm inej with concern when y'all are in the middle of the heist and need to chop to it. Please baby her and ask her if she's okay with something she needs to do on a heist she agreed to go on. Waste more time. WE WANT YOU TO!!!! TIME WASTED MAKES SENSE. NO WONDER KAZ WANTED YOU TO COME ALONG.
Wylan, dear. I love how you go from "I'm not a criminal! I'm better than the likes of Kaz!" To "let's kill these two guards we just knocked out who probably have wives and kids" and then magically go right back to "I hate the idea of killing". YOU MAKE SO MUCH SENSE, BELIEVE ME.
There is more for me to be sarcastic about, but I think I will stop there. The only reason the 3 stars are there is because like I said, I enjoyed the atmosphere, the action, and I ship Jesper and Wylan. The missing two stars represent the missing plot points and missing sense-making character development....more
A very good book with an ending I did not foresee. The only reason it is a 4 star instead of a 5 star for me is because I do feel like the middle boggA very good book with an ending I did not foresee. The only reason it is a 4 star instead of a 5 star for me is because I do feel like the middle bogged down a bit, and there were opportunities not taken to make the middle more exciting. But regardless of that, I loved the characters and the ending was spectacular. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves apocalyptic stories and zombies :)...more
First I'll say that overall this is a good book. I like Ahlborn's writing style and the book indeed was creepy at times. However, I don't understand aFirst I'll say that overall this is a good book. I like Ahlborn's writing style and the book indeed was creepy at times. However, I don't understand all the people saying this book scared the bajeebus out of them. I saw all the reviews going crazy about how "scary" this book is and I bought it in excited anticipation to get the pants scared off of me. And then that didn't happen lol. It was just slightly creepy from time to time and the creepiest part is the very ending. So I'm just warning you guys out there: don't buy this to get scared unless you're just very easily scared lol. But if you're looking for a creepy read, pick this up....more
so far, i admit, i'm sensing a bella-edward thing going on. i know Maggie prolly reads these reviews and stuff and prolly gets sick and tired of the bso far, i admit, i'm sensing a bella-edward thing going on. i know Maggie prolly reads these reviews and stuff and prolly gets sick and tired of the bella-edward comparisons. like others said, Deirdre is a way stronger and more enjoyable character than bella but she definately is similar in her weakness to good looks and allowing common sense to disappear cus of this guy.
i dont know how i feel about luke yet. i'll just have to keep reading forward. i dont trust him although i have a feeling he's gonna end up changing his ways for her or something.....i'm really curious what the "just fuck her" stuff is about with that rabbit.
but see, that's one thing i like about the book so far: she does little tiny things to make you ant to turn the page. i'm inticed to find out what the convo with the bunny was about, i wanna know why deirdre's telekenetic, i wanna know why luke is tormented with his job of killing her and i definately want to know what the connection between this story and the prologue is.
i like the way this is written so far. i personally dont care for first-person books, myself, but still i am enjoying the read.
so far she has great sense of humor and every now and then, i find myself laughing aloud at something clever or funny in this book.
so far i like it and i look forward to finding out what the heck all this stuff is about :}...more