"For the sake of one soul. For one loved one. For one life...the way I see it, there's nothing else worth fighting a war for."
A decidedly more dark and intense ride than the previous two volumes. This is really where the series began to find it's feet.
At times ironically funny, frustrating, and incredibly sad. The third book in the series, shows Harry Dresdan has evolved from the goofy, bumbling wizard/PI from the first book, into a truly heartbreaking character that you can't help but love.(less)
Rating: 6 stars Genre: Urban Fantasy Depth of the Characters: 6 stars. Rob Thurman is a master at this. Where it ranks in the series thus far: #1 - hands...moreRating: 6 stars Genre: Urban Fantasy Depth of the Characters: 6 stars. Rob Thurman is a master at this. Where it ranks in the series thus far: #1 - hands down the best and most emotionally engaging book of an already fantastic series.
This book made me cry. Not one or two random tears...this book made me sob like a baby that just had her favorite blanket stolen from her. Not because this was the end of the series (which it thankfully isn't) and not because (view spoiler)[ we ended up losing one of the main characters (which i spent a good deal of the book believing we would, but thankfully once again didn't happen). (hide spoiler)]...no, I cried because this book was just...so...damn...good.
Okay, so crying myself into a massive headache sounds like a strange reaction to a good book. Lord knows it has only happened to me once or twice before. I guess the real reason i cried was due to the characters.I felt the pain and frustration of these characters...for the impossible choices they had to make. The characters of Niko, Cal and Robin have always been some of my favorites in any type of fiction, but with Roadkill we had the added bonus of Rafferty and Catcher. and they were the ones I was most drawn to here. I'm not really going to say anything about them (to avoid another weeping fit) other than to just let anyone reading this know that their relationship was so spot on perfect. And it mirrored the relationship between Cal & Niko...which was part of the reason their story destroyed me on such a deep level.
Rob Thurman has long been one of my favorite authors, but with Roadkill she had vaulted to the top of the pack.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Not only is this by far the best book i have read all year, it is without a doubt one of the best books i h...more5+++ Stars
I will keep this short and sweet.
Not only is this by far the best book i have read all year, it is without a doubt one of the best books i have ever read. Period.
To look at the plot summery it sounds like it could never work: a love story between a young woman and a zombie. But, Marion takes an impossible idea and brings it to life in such a way that you don't question the premise. It reads like poetry, and unfolds like a movie before your eyes. You care about these people. Deeply. And I for one will never forget them.(less)
I have read all of Slaughter's books up until this point, and while i am a big fan of her writing in general, i find myself disliking the...more3 1/2-4 stars
I have read all of Slaughter's books up until this point, and while i am a big fan of her writing in general, i find myself disliking the majority of her regular characters. At this point there is really only one character that keeps me coming back to her books: Will Trent. His is such a truly believable, heart-breaking and fascinating character, and i consider him one of my favorite male characters in fiction, period. Unfortunately, there are several female characters throughout Slaughter's two series of books (which have now merged into one) that are so unlikable and in fact verging on hateful that i find myself needing a long break between Slaughter novels. Sara Linton is made out to be some kind of epitome of perfection...a brilliant doctor, beautiful and devoted to the memory of her dead husband. But to me, she comes off as condescending and holier then thou. And the author it seems, would like us to forget how much of a spiteful b*tch she could be to said husband before his death....Lena has her moments of being almost relatable compared to Sara, but just when you think she might not be as bad as you think she is, she does or says something that makes you realize that she has gotten far too many second chances along the course of this series. And don't even get me started on Will's "wife" Angie...
Having said all that, the majority of this book was beautifully written. The mystery kept me interested, and while the reveal of the villain was a bit of a let down, and the ending was far too drawn out (which seems to happen quite frequently in her books), i did enjoy the story overall.
Having finished reading this a few days ago, i have been struggling ever since to try and put into...moreRead more of my reviews at BookGasmic.
5 ++++++ Stars
Having finished reading this a few days ago, i have been struggling ever since to try and put into words how much I enjoyed this book.
The Night Circus is a magical experience from start to finish.
The circus appears without warning.
Probably one of the best opening lines i have read in recent memory. it succeeds in grabbing you from the first lines, and I found myself staying up all night because i literally could not force myself to put this book down.
Le Cirque des Reves...The Circus Of Dreams, is a fitting name for the other-worldly attraction that captures the hearts and minds of so many people. At the heart of the circus are Celia and Marco...two illusionists trained from an early age by two very different but equally powerful magicians... pitted against each other in a mysterious competition that spans nearly 30 years. The way this secret competition ends up encompassing Celia and Marco's lives....and the lives of everyone associated with the Circus (both directly and behind the scenes) is the true heart of this beautiful story. Every aspect of the storytelling works on every level. From the characters, to the atmosphere, to the budding romance, and the sense of dread that falls over everyone as things begin to spiral out of control.
Every second I spent reading this book was a joy, and i look forward not only to reading this book again, but to devouring anything else Erin Morgenstern releases in the future.(less)
After having only read 2 books by Courtney Milan, she has now become one of my Automatic Buy authors...moreRead more of my reviews at BookGasmic.
After having only read 2 books by Courtney Milan, she has now become one of my Automatic Buy authors.
The plot has been dissected by many other reviewers, so I will just concentrate on my thoughts on the characters themselves.
This was without question one of the best historical novels I have ever read. Milan has such a beautiful way of bringing a story to life. Each and every character is fully developed and she especially has a knack for creating amazing heroes.
*Let the gush-fest begin* Simply put...Ash is my ideal man. He's intelligent, devoted to his family, prone to smartass comebacks, confident but with a sense of vulnerability that he's not afraid to show. And he's willing to go to any and every length to win the heart of the woman he loves. In Margaret, Ash sees the epitome of everything he wants, no matter her supposed 'station' in life.
You're important. You matter.
That statement is just...perfection. Especially in the context of the story, and how it relates to Margaret's character.
And I have to say that Milan handled Ash's 'secret' very well. She took a plot element that could have come off as melodramatic and just made it another aspect to the personality of a truly wonderful character. *end gush-fest*
Unveiled has earned a permanent spot on my favorites shelf, and I am so incredibly eager to dive into the next book in the series.(less)
Every once in a while I stumble upon a book that takes me completely by surprise. I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but de...more5++++ stars
Every once in a while I stumble upon a book that takes me completely by surprise. I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but decided to take a chance on it because of the interesting synopsis and creepy cover art. I am so glad I did, because this was hands down one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I have had all year.
On the surface, Mackie seems like an average teenage boy. He goes to school, has a crush on a cheerleader and feels alienated from the adults in his life. But Mackie is a Replacement, a changling left in the place of a human baby that was stolen from it's crib in the middle of the night sixteen years ago. Because of his potentially fatal reactions to iron, blood and consecrated ground, each day is a struggle just to survive.
In Mackie, Yovanoff has created a truly wonderful character. The reader can't help but be captivated by his story. His sense of longing to live a normal life...to just belong somewhere, is heartbreaking. And his absolute devotion to his sister is just one of the many reasons I love him so much.
I loved just about every aspect of this book...from the smart dialogue, to all the truly creepy characters Mackie meets in the Underground world called Mayhem, to Mackie's best friend. The ONE thing that I was not so thrilled with was the female lead, Tate. She was just too...harsh for my taste. She didn't seem to appreciate everything that Mackie ended up going through to help her. And her hot and cold attitude toward him was frustrating. But in the end, that was just a minor annoyance that is easily overlooked.
What a wonderful surprise this turned out to be. Such an amazing story with truly unique and unforgettable characters. Loved every word!!
I will admit to going into this book not knowing exactly what to expect. The book synopsis is so vague and mysterious that I couldn't help but want to dive into this bizarre world where a young girl is sent out on these errands by her beastly guardian in search of teeth...human and otherwise. Where a door opens in Prague, and exits into Marrakesh.
I was completely captivated by this story from the first line. And I knew this was something special within the first few chapters.
I truly feel like delving any more into the actual plot would lessen the impact for anyone thinking of reading this book. This really should be a book that is experienced from beginning to end, with the roller coaster of emotions that that entails.
But, I do have to point out that Laini Taylor's writing is just absolute perfection. Her characters come to life in such a vivid way, that it honestly felt like I was inside the book as I was reading it. And one final comment regarding the character of Akiva. Hands down one of my favorite fictional characters ever.
Normally I would have been beyond annoyed by the MAJOR cliffhanger of an ending that this book had (the final few chapters left me a weepy mess), but I can forgive Taylor for that, knowing that we will have 2 more books in the series to look forward to.
One of the best books of 2011 (top 3) One of my all time favorite books...period.