I think this is one of those 'it's not you it's me' situations. Even though I was looking forward to reading this once I started I realized I just wasI think this is one of those 'it's not you it's me' situations. Even though I was looking forward to reading this once I started I realized I just wasn't in the mood for it, so that might have something to do with my rating. That being said, this wasn't exactly what I thought it would be; I felt nothing for the characters nor did I feel anything between them, in fact the romance didn't really seem to start till very near the end of the book, so if your looking for a hot and heavy YA romance this is definitely not it, this is much more of a sweet, slow and realistic buildup. I kinda feel like I would've liked this a lot more if I had read this at a different time, so take this review with a grain of salt I suppose....more
**spoiler alert** 99% of humanity has died off from a plague and Lucy Holloway is the only one of her family to survive. She lives in the wilds alone,**spoiler alert** 99% of humanity has died off from a plague and Lucy Holloway is the only one of her family to survive. She lives in the wilds alone, until she is saved from a pack of rabid dogs by a boy named Aidan. Aidan lives in a small community nearby and asks Lucy to come back with him, after outrunning a tsunami, she decides that's a good idea. In the community she meets a boy named Sammy (Aidan's brother) who now has black skin and red eyes because of the plague; and Del who is of course beautiful and is Lucy's rival for Aidan's affections; and Grammalie Rose who is a strong, old, Polish woman who calls everyone little frog. Soon the Sweepers (men with tasers and vicious dogs) come and kidnap Del and some others but miraculously Del escapes. Lucy, Aidan, and Del decide to find the others that were taken and bring them back.
This was okay I guess, though I actually changed my rating from 3 to 2 stars. All the characters were just bland and boring and so was the story. I did at one point become very annoyed about the fact that even though Lucy mentions how odd it was that Del escaped when no one else ever has, she's never suspicious about it. The moment Del returned, I knew the Sweepers had obviously let her go for some reason. That didn't cross anyone elses mind? Really? Other than that little moment that made me roll my eyes, I didn't feel a whole lot about anything in this book....more
This is probably my fault for trying something I already knew I didn't like, UF is just not my thing but I like to pretend I'm well rounded when it coThis is probably my fault for trying something I already knew I didn't like, UF is just not my thing but I like to pretend I'm well rounded when it comes to reading. The main reason I dislike UF is the characters, and Mind Games is no different, Justine is annoying and blames Packard for almost all her troubles but she forgets that his decision is what ultimately saves her life. But like I said before, I don't usually like UF so this is all just a bias opinion anyway....more
I find it really difficult to like a book when I dislike the characters so much. Jeremy and Claudia are two of the most selfish and childish people, wI find it really difficult to like a book when I dislike the characters so much. Jeremy and Claudia are two of the most selfish and childish people, well more Jeremy than Claudia but she really annoyed me at times as well. I just didn't care about all these bad things that kept happenning to them because I just felt (perhaps unfairly so) that they deserved some of it.
And just for the record, if I ever had a husband who did what Jeremy did there would never be an invitation to crash on my couch, not even for one night....more
This takes place in modern day Moscow and deals with a race called the Others. The Others include vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards, shape shifteThis takes place in modern day Moscow and deals with a race called the Others. The Others include vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards, shape shifters and probably any other fantasy creatures you can think of. When a human becomes an Other they must make a choice to become either a light or a dark Other. Agents of the light are called the Night Watch and agents of the dark are called the Day Watch; each watch makes sure the other obeys the truce to keep a balance of power.
Anton is a Night Watch agent but is not very powerful, he's spent the last five years working behind a desk and doesn't have a lot of field experience (which his boss decides to change). While trying to save a boy from vampires, he comes across a young woman cursed by an Other, soon all of the Night Watch is on the hunt for this Other who may be strong enough to tip the balance of power.
This is actually three connecting stories that involve the same characters, which I was afraid I wouldn't like, but the stories are so close together in time it didn't bother me. For those who may not know, these stories were adapted into movies a few years ago (the first movie is an adaptation of the first story and the second movie is a bit of the second and third story) and I thought the first movie was pretty faithful to the source material. I was a little dissapointed that Egor is not Anton's son in the books, but that probably only bothered me because I saw the movie first. I thought the writing was kind of... clunky... I guess, but that may have just been the translation, other than that I really liked this new fantasy world that the author created and I found it to be an interesting story.
I won this in a Goodreads first reads. I know I've already explained how I rate books but this book deserves an explanation for my one star. When I raI won this in a Goodreads first reads. I know I've already explained how I rate books but this book deserves an explanation for my one star. When I rate books it has nothing to do with the quality, only how much I enjoyed it. I have quite a few books that I've given 4 stars that aren't great but I loved them anyway, so the stars are just a personal preference.
This story is about four women, the ambitious Cornelia, who is waiting for the announcement of her husband as heir. Her sister Marcella, who is more interested in writing about the historical events happening around her than dealing with her loveless marriage. Their cousins, Lollia who has been married three times, is only 19, and seems to take nothing seriously. And Diana who cares only for horses and racing.
The only reason for my lack of stars are the characters. I just couldn't relate to them, I didn't even like any of them. None of the girls really seemed to like each other much less care about each other, and only used each other. Since I didn't like any of them I didn't care about anything that happened to them, which made the book hard to enjoy.
Daughters of Rome is richly detailed and Kate Quinn is a talented writer so I'd love to read other books by her in the future, and even though I didn't like this I still recommend it because I think others may get more out of it than I did.
I wasn't sure if I should give this one or two stars, and I chose two because the story's well told and well written, but just not for me. If you likeI wasn't sure if I should give this one or two stars, and I chose two because the story's well told and well written, but just not for me. If you like sweet/fluffy romances, where the hero saves the damsel in distress (more than once), and the good guys are all thoroughly good and the bad guys are all thoroughly bad, than I think you would enjoy this....more
This was ...long, too long. I love to lose myself in a nice long story but there is such a thing as too much. There's a lot of research in the libraryThis was ...long, too long. I love to lose myself in a nice long story but there is such a thing as too much. There's a lot of research in the library, than some jogging, research, rowing, research, yoga, and, you guessed it, more research. We're then taken too France, because it's safer there ...or something, some stuff happens that I can't remember because I was bored out of my skull, then finally something happens that actually moves the story along. I guess it wasn't so safe there after all. Then we go to the house that Diana, our main character, grew up in. We meet her quirky aunts, kill a vampire, celebrate halloween with just enough space to end the book on a cliffhanger.
I wanted to like this book, but there seemed to be too much unnecessary stuff that just bogged the story down, which made it slow and boring. That being said, I think Deborah Harkness is a talented writer and this seems to be very well researched. I absolutely loved the idea behind it with the witches vs. Vampires, and it added a whole new kind of forbidden love. Maybe I just don't read enough, but it seemed new and different to me at least.
I actually recommend this, not because I loved it so much, but because judging by all the 4 and 5 star ratings, others did, and maybe they saw something I didn't. This seems to be a situation where you either love it or hate it, and I suggest you try it to see how you feel about it....more