How disappointing! The world created by Holmberg is pretty darn amazing, it's the most original, creative thing I've read in a very long time but theHow disappointing! The world created by Holmberg is pretty darn amazing, it's the most original, creative thing I've read in a very long time but the characters and plot don't do his setting justice.
After knowing her mentor for just one month (30% of the book), he is attacked and Ceony, the main character, races off to save him from certain death. The next 60% of the book comprises her adventure.
But.. it's not believable. She has hardly begun to even LIKE Thane, her mentor, when he's attacked. In fact, she's not sure he isn't crazy. She's been his apprentice for one month, but she's going to race off with her knowledge of two entire magical spells involving PAPER to save his life against an evil black magic wielder? Uh, okay. Yet the entire book talks about how very smart she is, top of her class, yada yada.
The whole adventure chase was too much for me. It felt too long and it felt like I was simply flung into it with very little introduction or warm up. Very imaginative though, like the premise of the story.
Overall, the book felt disproportionate to me and it distracted me most of the time I was reading it. What a waste of a great idea....more
Bahaha, these books are so bad. Like embarrassingly bad. Like, at night when I'm reading before bed, I try to shield my Kindle with my body so my boyfBahaha, these books are so bad. Like embarrassingly bad. Like, at night when I'm reading before bed, I try to shield my Kindle with my body so my boyfriend can't see what I'm reading over my shoulder bad. That's really bad.
There are basically two things going on here at once. First, Meredith is a fey princess that will ascend to the throne only if she can conceive a child before her evil cousin. Secondly, Meredith is also a private investigator, which forms the basis of the individual plot for each book. I'll totally admit here that the PI plots are super boring and I mostly just skim over those. I'm all about the faerie sex.
And... that's pretty much what this series is about. Don't expect anything amazing, just faerie romance....more
You have to be in the right mindset to take on an epic fantasy novel. I was ready and rarin' to go with A Clash of Kings after finishing A Game of ThrYou have to be in the right mindset to take on an epic fantasy novel. I was ready and rarin' to go with A Clash of Kings after finishing A Game of Thrones. I ADORED A Game of Thrones. I certainly liked A Clash of Kings as well, but I seemed to run out of steam about halfway through.
Martin is an amazing author and I know he's doing his very best to build up a deep and multifaceted world for us. I know that that takes a lot of build up and backstory. But, darn it, do I ever get impatient with all that stuff. I found myself especially skimming over long (and I mean LONG) dream sequences and hallucinations.
I also can't help but feel like I've missed something because I actually hated the characters that seem to be everybody else's favorites. My least favorites? Arya and Jon and Bran. BORING. I'm all about Daenerys and Tyrion (though I felt he got boring in the end) and Sansa (but ONLY in the end).
Anyway, still a great book and recommended, of course. Just make sure you take a deep breath and are prepared to stick it out before starting....more
Have you ever been reading a book and the whole time your brain is just going, "THIS IS SO GOOD. THIS. IS. SO.OH EM GEE THIS BOOK IS SO STINKING GOOD.
Have you ever been reading a book and the whole time your brain is just going, "THIS IS SO GOOD. THIS. IS. SO. GOOD. AHHHHTHISISSOGOOD"? I hope I'm not alone. Anyway, this is one of those books.
There are a lot of characters in this book. Every single one of them interesting and deep and evolving. The story world is novel yet not unbelievable. Maybe this is a strictly girly observation, but the story world is also beautiful. There are several storylines evolving at once and told from multiple perspectives chapter by chapter. I've read books written in a similar style that I found boring at best and annoying at worst. Martin does an amazing job here, though, and it results in a very long book that you just can't put down.
Get off the internet and read this book. Do it now....more
This was tough to finish. It wasn't BAD, it just wasn't for me. As many other reviewers have mentioned, some young adult books easily entertain old adThis was tough to finish. It wasn't BAD, it just wasn't for me. As many other reviewers have mentioned, some young adult books easily entertain old adults as well but, in my opinion, this book doesn't even fall into the young adult category. I would call this a children's book, for sure.
The plot in this novel just was not cohesive enough for me. Angie Sage does an awful job (imo) of setting up and revealing her story world to us. There are wizards, queens, princesses, seventh sons of seventh sons, custodians, and ExtraOrdinary Wizards but... What does it all mean?! What is the history? What is the role of each label in regards to the others? I was constantly distracted by these questions as I read and the answers are never revealed!
Somehow the characters came across as flat and rather cardboard-ish to me. That, combined with the lack of understanding of the story world, made it extremely difficult for me to care about these characters at all. I didn't feel like it was just me, either. The characters' concern for other characters in this book felt lackluster to the point that I disliked Silas Heap (the father) for seeming completely ambivalent to the danger his family was in.
It's a fun, whacky world that Angie Sage has created but without revelation and massive tie-together at the end of the novel this loses the intellectual finesse that I believe many readers need in order to fully enjoy any novel but especially a "young adult" novel....more
There are quite a few really great tales in this collection, most of them following Fionn or his relatives. I found most of these stories enchanting aThere are quite a few really great tales in this collection, most of them following Fionn or his relatives. I found most of these stories enchanting and whimsical. They made me feel like a child again. Some of them do get rather boring, however, and it seems that all of them end very abruptly, leaving the reader feeling jarred. ...more
Eek, waited too long to write up my thoughts on Shadowfever, details are already slipping away. So, uh, I liked Shadowfever. Like, a lot.
I picked up DEek, waited too long to write up my thoughts on Shadowfever, details are already slipping away. So, uh, I liked Shadowfever. Like, a lot.
I picked up Darkfever, the first book in this series, about two years ago for free on my Kindle. I loved it, so I read the next book and then the next one until I was dying for the publication of Shadowfever. It's a real life Kindle-ish fairy tale.
So, Shadowfever was pretty badass. I love Mac. I know KMM doesn't want to be judged as a crossover author or anything, but a romance novelist that can write a strong, hate-and/or-anger motivated heroine is the bee's knees. Actually, ANY author that can write a female character that isn't a blathering, whiny, worthless hunk of boobs and genitalia is the cat's pajamas; KMM is just extra awesome for doing so from the romance author's chair.
It has been a long while since I've read the first four novels in this series so maybe I've just forgotten but.. my goodness, Mac was awfully introspective in Shadowfever. Everything is wah wah, inner monologue, wah wah, vengeance, wah wah, right my wrongs. I skimmed over most of this because, really? You only have to tell me once that you hate yourself and I'll get it. That was my only issue with this book but since it was an ongoing issue (I assumed that eventually Mac would grow a pair) it did lower my opinion of this last installment quite a bit. I probably would have considered giving this five stars if it weren't for so much THINKING on Mac's part. I like ACTION! Pow, pow! Don't tell me; show me, KMM.
The ending to the series and the subsequent tying off of all the loose ends was believable and clever, but it wasn't brilliant. I'm okay with that. There is nothing wrong with a four star ending. When it comes right down to the nitty gritty, this book was at least equal parts urban fantasy and paranormal romance. It was possibly heavier on the romance. I don't expect brilliant eureka moments from romance novels and that this had any (I won't spoil them or embarrass myself by telling you what they were) was impressive enough for me....more
Well, I picked Switched up for 99 cents and that is one redeeming quality. This was a light, fluffy read but it didn't strike me as being geared towarWell, I picked Switched up for 99 cents and that is one redeeming quality. This was a light, fluffy read but it didn't strike me as being geared toward, you know, ten year old kids and that was a good thing.
Things I liked... I liked that the author is self-published and not much older than myself. I liked the characters Finn, Tove, and even Rhys very much. Wendy was alright but she seemed a little too whiny to me for someone that got slice-and-diced by her own mother and then grew up in humble surroundings. The troll angle is one that I have not seen before, and I read a LOT of paranormal YA (thanks, little sis). It was fresh and new to me. I felt the author's creativity in the names that she gave to places (Forening), things (mansklig), and the characters themselves (Elora). I even really, really liked the romance between Wendy and Finn at the end of the book.
Things that weren't so great? Everyone has said this already, but it's worth mentioning again: The editing. This book needed some love. There were typos, grammatical errors, and other things that were just, I don't know, wrong. A rod iron fence? Really? But I tried to gloss over these since I was aware going into the book that it was self-published.
I have to disagree with the majority here and say that I didn't like the beginning of Wendy and Finn's romance. First Wendy thinks Finn is creepy. Then she thinks he's annoying. Then she thinks he's a jerk. Then she's in love with him. That's fine! I've been there girl! But it happened too fast for me. There was no downtime, no Wendy-inner-monologue trying to sort out her feelings for Finn. She just hated him one moment and was in love with him the next. This is mostly forgiveable because it makes sense for Wendy to love him: She can relate him to her home, he's hunky, and duh knight in shining armor.
One last thing. I have a potty mouth myself but I found the foul language in this book to be awkward and unnecessary. I'm a total Stephen King fangirl, so foul language in a book doesn't faze me, I'm just saying it seemed oddly placed in Switched.
That's all! I'm really tempted to bump this to a 3 but it just wasn't memorable enough for me. I'm still debating reading Torn, the second book in the trilogy. If I decide to give it a go, I'll bump this to 3 stars. That seems fair....more
My sister is reading this series and loaned me this first book. Probably because she knows I'll read anything at all, I'm such an addict. Evermore isMy sister is reading this series and loaned me this first book. Probably because she knows I'll read anything at all, I'm such an addict. Evermore is alright. It's not great. It's not the worst thing I've ever read (I did just say I'll read anything, though).
There are two kinds of not-great books: The book that fails miserably at trying to be something it's not and the book that fails miserably at being something it was meant to be. Evermore is the latter. I don't think Evermore was supposed to be some life-altering story with a take-home message. It's just more teen fodder riding the fantastical sci-fi wave.
If you step back and accept Evermore for what it really is (teen fodder, yada yada), it's not TOO bad. It's written in the first person, present tense and it's done well, actually. That's definitely a gold star for Ms. Noel, first person present tense is rare and usually awful in execution. Evermore is well-paced and makes for some good escapism. That's about it, though, don't expect anything insightful or intelligent here. Just pure self-indulgence.
The characters in Evermore are remarkably flat and cookie-cutter. The character that bothered me the most, however, was Damen. We don't even KNOW anything about Damen. He's gorgeous, he's rich, blah blah blah, who cares? He has no personality to speak of. Not knowing anything about Damen makes sense since Ever doesn't know anything about Damen and this is first person. Fine. But then why does Ever "love" him? Is it because he gorgeous and rich? Because he's so boringly talented? Or is it the barely-explained way that he toys with her through the first half of the story? Stupid. Stupid, stupid.
Something else that drove me NUTS in Evermore were the actual names of the characters. Ever, Haven, Honor, Stacia, Sabine? Are you serious? It granted that extra special fakeness to the story that left a wretched taste in my mouth even as I was reading it.
Ever's character also annoyed me in just a few places. Her little stint with alcohol felt so out of character to me. Then, just like that, she quits drinking. It felt like filler. Really bad filler. Her stubbornness regarding Ava was so repetitive and persistent that it surpassed believability. It became downright irritating and I rarely get annoyed while reading.
Zzz. Boring! This is only book one of a trilogy, so I guess this book has some excuse for having a LOT of tedious back story, but that doesn't mean IZzz. Boring! This is only book one of a trilogy, so I guess this book has some excuse for having a LOT of tedious back story, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. It seemed like the entire first 60% of The Paradise War was blah, blah, blah back story. And then. AND THEN. We get to the so-called "good stuff," and still NOTHING HAPPENS.
The main character whines some more, his obnoxious and arrogant sidekick goes on and does some more obnoxious and arrogant things. There's a kiss. And then... the book is over.
Being the first book of a trilogy, it ends with a cliffhanger, of course but I won't be going forward to the second book because I simply will not reward an author for giving me literary blue balls. Jerk....more
This is a short novella bridging The Iron King and The Iron Daughter, neither of which I've read (har har). Given that little snag, this novella was sThis is a short novella bridging The Iron King and The Iron Daughter, neither of which I've read (har har). Given that little snag, this novella was still an intriguing read. Kagawa seems to have set up a very interesting story world for her characters. The one plot disaster in this novella (the Hunter) was a little... too easily solved, in my opinion, and then came off as being very dues ex machina.
Overall, reading this short little thing made me want to go back to the first book of this series and check that out so I would call it a success....more