When I first saw this book, I was at first hesitant to buy it since Allison Van Diepen past books have all been more on the real life side of Young Ad...moreWhen I first saw this book, I was at first hesitant to buy it since Allison Van Diepen past books have all been more on the real life side of Young Adult. Which isn't my cup of tea usually; I prefer more of the fantasy/supernatural books. I read the excerpt and liked it.
I am so glad that I bought it.
As soon as I cracked open the book, the characters are highly relatable, so are the experiences of Nicole, the lead character.
Just like Van Diepen's past books, the slang that is used in the book fits right in and doesn't seem out of place (I have no clue how Van Diepen does it. Most author's I read who use slang in their books, it's very out of place and doesn't seem to flow with the book. I must point out that I've read Van Diepen's book Snitch and in the beginning in the book it was heavy with the Slang, this is not the case in this book.) However, the main character is part of a break dancing crew so there's terms for the moves that they do (i.e. 'apple jacks', 'coffee grinder', 'jackhammer', etc.). I for one have seen breakdancing done before but I have no knowledge of the moves, and so didn't know what they were doing. But Van Diepen wove in other terms that'll make sense for someone like me.
For those who love the vampire genre this is an interesting take on it. Some of the characters are sort of like vampires, but not really. They don't go around sucking blood like the western view of vampires, her vampires are Eastern ones. Where they "absorb" the energy/soul of a person.
I highly recommend this to any fan of young adult books be it the ones who like the real life ones or the fantasy/supernatural. (less)
Finally! The long awaited sequel to Eon/Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye/Eon:Dragoneye Reborn/The Two Pearls of Wisdom, I think Eona was originally supposed...moreFinally! The long awaited sequel to Eon/Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye/Eon:Dragoneye Reborn/The Two Pearls of Wisdom, I think Eona was originally supposed to be published back in 2009 but it is worth the wait. The number of pages can be daunting (a whoping 637 pages), but it's a whirlwind of a story set with betrayal, intrigue, romance, and of course dragons.
Eona/Necklace of the Gods picks up maybe a few days or a day after the previous book ended. I know that some people prefer this book because it has more action in it than book 1 (I actually liked all of the world building in book 1 but to each his own, I say). The pacing in this one was just as wonderful as book 1 (for example I thought it would be about the page 300 before we got to see Kygo again - I have a bit of a reader crush on him - and he would have heard of Eona's and her entourage exploits as they evaded Sethons army and just tore up the countryside looking for the true Emperor).
Kygo. Mmmm. He was great in the first book strong, slightly unsure of himself as a son of a concubine and emperor worrying that he was too soft to fit his fathers shoes. Yes, Kygo was usurped of his throne by his uncle Sethon (dysfunctional family anyone?) and you really get to see Kygo's authority in this one where he leads the rebellion. But I truly enjoyed the moments of uncertainty in him where he was unsure of himself and his ability to lead.
As you can guess, the full cast of characters from Book 1 are back in this one too and a few new ones, too. I was really pleased to see Dela back and a certain Eunuch guard. More revelations abound about Eona's past and Kinra (or was it Kirra? I can't remember). Plus, the whole secret keeping from Eona and Kygo was just brilliant - I liked that it was just about the same secret, too. Also, in book 1 when you first meet the prince, Kygo, I was so hoping for some spark between him and Eon(a). Maybe even a little Coffee Prince moment where he was struggling with his affection with who he thought was another man.
I was going to give this book five stars, but I'm giving four for one plot device. The romance between Eona and Ido. I found Ido to be a power-hunger, egotistical, bullyish, creeper. But one of the things that really bothered me about the romance was that in book one when he found out that Eona was a girl he said this: 'Think of what will happen when we are joined not only in power but in body too.' To me that screams he's going to rape her. Then he forced himself on her, kissing her. He did the same thing later on in the book but he was more forceful. So, he emotionally and physically abused.
To be treated that way and to turn around and have any kind of romantic feelings for that kind of "man" really rubbed me the wrong way. But alas that didn't take up a lot of pages the romance between Eona and the prince did thankfully.
Though, while I was taking a break from the book I had to wonder if Eona's attraction to Ido was because of how her dragon power was corrupting her in the way that it had corrupted him and that's the basis of the attraction? He's the personification of the power she craves to get away from the forced servitude she's always wanted to escape? If so, it brings to mind "with great power comes great responsibility".
But overall it was a really enjoyable read and I love the Eastern feel to the book. I really loved this world and would be okay if Goodman wanted to add a third book *wink wink*, but I know that it was only intended to be only two books. (less)
Most people who know me would be surprised in my reading of this book and even liking it. If I'm reading a cover jacket or back of the book and said b...moreMost people who know me would be surprised in my reading of this book and even liking it. If I'm reading a cover jacket or back of the book and said book is about angels or anything to do with Judeo-Christianity; then, I will put it back and avoid it like the Plague (however I had made an exception with Hush, Hush. But it was an ARC and let us not speak of it again).
I had come across Jeri Smith-Ready through her WVMP Radio series which I adore and thought I'd give her other work a try. I didn't really like Eyes of Crow, but I really enjoyed this book.
The book has snarkiness which I love and it does have almost a dark sense of humor to it at times which I do have. It doesn't have the ordinary take on Judeo-Christianity that I remember as a child (my dad used to love watch Touched By An Angel and other shows along that calibre). In fact, there wasn't a lot of overtures on it in the book, I thought.(less)
As a Kate Daniels fan I had the whole "NO!!! Write more Curran-Kate books!" but I happily pre-ordered the book hoping that it'd be just as good as Ilo...moreAs a Kate Daniels fan I had the whole "NO!!! Write more Curran-Kate books!" but I happily pre-ordered the book hoping that it'd be just as good as Ilona Andrews Kate Daniel Series.
And it is.
The characters are great, relatable, and real. (No one-dimensional characters here!) I tore (figuratively) right through this one and I can't wait to read the next series.
What really is the cherry on top of this book sundae (at least for kate daniel fans) is the excerpt at the end of the book for Magic Bleeds which comes out at the end of May. But I'm really excited for the sequel that's due to come out next year. (less)