This is a cute short starring Constable Newberry, who appears in The Iron Duke as Mina Wentworth's bodyguard. Fun backstory, but nothing super imperat...moreThis is a cute short starring Constable Newberry, who appears in The Iron Duke as Mina Wentworth's bodyguard. Fun backstory, but nothing super imperative to the overall story. (less)
I wish to note that I do not recommend the Audiobook version of this, more info at the end of the review.
Three books down and I have officially ad...moreI wish to note that I do not recommend the Audiobook version of this, more info at the end of the review.
Three books down and I have officially added Courtney Milan to my "I-will-read-anything-by-this-author" list.
I've been looking forward to Smite's book since we met him in the first one - he always came across as a aloof, so I was excited to learn more about him. Milan delivered.
I don't wan to get too book report-y on this, so I'm going to make a list of reasons why I loved this book (and, really, Courtney Milan's other books too).
-Smite is nothing like any romantic hero I have ever encountered before, but I still loved him and his story.
-Miranda is smart. She thinks for herself. She's honest. And she's incredibly patient to deal with Smite's inability to show any real feelings.
-There is no magic fix for Smite's issues and this is acknowledged by the characters. I honestly can not express how happy this made me. Smite has some serious psychological issues from his childhood and most romances would introduce a heroine as a panacea, Milan does not. Yes, there is a form of comfort that Smite finds in Miranda, but it is not a cure-all and it made their relationship seem all the more real.
I got a super good deal on this as a whispersync Kindle/Audible package, so I went with it. The book is narrated by Nicole Quinn and she just didn't do it for me. Her voice seemed more appropriate for a late middle-aged woman and I couldn't connect her with our young 20s heroine.
On top of that, it seemed like every man in the story sounded extremely raspy or high-pitched an annoying. All the other women sounded snobby or old and raspy. No one seemed to have a normal voice.
Do yourself a favor and get this in print or ebook. (less)
This book centers around Sieh, the God of Children and Tricks. I loved Sieh in the first two books, but he makes for a really difficult character to like. He tries to be mature; he is, after all, the oldest of all the godlings. But his nature as the god of children keeps him immature and indecisive, I wanted to slap him half the time.
My biggest problem with the book was the confusion, 80% of the time when a transition happened I had NO idea what was going on. Some confusion was understandably part of the story, it being written in the first person it makes no sense to divulge things that Sieh does not know, but some of the things he did know came across as vague to the readers.
The best part of this book was the short story at the end that wraps up the Oree/Tempa arc from The Broken Kingdoms. It was only a few pages and was way more fun to read than the book itself. (less)
This was another solid read from Jemisin. It is tough to review without giving to much away, but I loved that it continued the first book in the serie...moreThis was another solid read from Jemisin. It is tough to review without giving to much away, but I loved that it continued the first book in the series while still being a totally different story in a very changed world.
The one thing that bothered me was Oree's ability to see. She is blind with a magical ability, bit it wasn't explained well in the beginning and I found it awkward when she, as the narrator, would speak of the color of a person's hair. I would have appreciated it more of her sense of sight had been less accurate. (less)
I really loved Ship Breaker, the first book in this loosely connected series and I really wanted to love The Drowned Cities. I didn't.
I was excited to...moreI really loved Ship Breaker, the first book in this loosely connected series and I really wanted to love The Drowned Cities. I didn't.
I was excited to see Tool mentioned in the description of this book, he was one of my favorite characters from Ship Breaker and was hoping to explore his story more. Although he plays a big role in the story I didn't feel like we learned any more about him in this book.
I loved the world and the conflict that Bacigalupi created in The Drowned Cities and I appreciated the hopefully dark outlook in the book, but I really had trouble with the characters. Of the four major characters there was one that I liked and was rooting for - Mouse. Mahliah and Ocho were both irritatingly immature and I couldn't have cared less about them getting out of their issues.
Overall - quite disappointed in this book. :((less)