First Line(s): He was asleep, but woke at the sound of the key turning in the lock.
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner is the second book in her Queen's Thief series and picks up not long after the first book ends. While I didn't love The Thief I was intrigued enough to pick up this book and found it to be a quick and engrossing read. The Queen of Attolia starts off in the middle of the action and it made me gasp aloud within just a few chapters. The start of this one was just so much darker than the first book and I liked the grittiness of it. I also liked the Gen in this book better than the Gen in The Thief as he just seemed have more personality and quirks to him. Though there were still things that just seemed to come out of nowhere like when he declared his love for the Queen.
The Queen of Attolia is set up in a similar manner to The Thief in that there is very little dialogue so it just makes what little dialogue there is seem choppy and out of place. There is also no rhyme or reason to the changing POVs and one paragragh you can be in Gen's head, the next Attolia's and then the one after that in Eddis's head. I have never been a fan of random head jumping and that doesn't change with this book. I like my change in POV to be a bit more structured and obvious as it could take a few sentences to realize that you were no longer in the head you thought that you were in.
As I said above, I found The Queen of Attolia to be a bit of a darker story but it also was a bit more humorous as well. I liked what little dialogue scenes there were and think if there was more talking and less description/telling then I would have liked this one so much more. But despite the things about this one that irked me a bit I was still engaged in this story. Once I started reading it I didn't put it down unless I absolutely had to. So I managed to read this in just a couple of sittings. And at the end of this one I had a strong and burning desire to pick up the third book, The King of Attolia, which is something that didn't happen when I finished the first book. I liked the political intrigue of this story and how fast paced it was. It was a gripping story and I am looking forward to seeing where things go as the series progresses.
Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle, Washington // Redmond, Washington // Kirkland, Washington // Leavenworth, Washington
First Line(s): Emily Hamilton planned to kill her sister. She just had to figure out where to hide the body.
Blitizing Emily by Julie Brannagh is the start of an adult contemporary romance series that involve a fictional football team based in Seattle, Washington. The first book centers around Emily, a rising star in the opera word and Brandon who is one of the star players on the Seattle Sharks. Their meet/cute is nothing short of adorable and its quickly followed by a hospital visit and a misunderstanding that leads to the media thinking that they are engaged. As Brandon is trying to change his image from playboy to serious he somehow manages to convince Emily to play along for a month.
What follows is a cute romance that I read in just a few hours enjoying most every minute of the ride. I liked the chemistry between Emily and Brandon and loved how Brannagh wrote their story. Well, other than the pointless breakup and the whole lack of communication that could have settled so many problems. I also got a bit frustrated with Emily's sister Amy who couldn't keep a secret if her life depended on it and just some other things that rubbed me the wrong way. There were moments in the story that made me sigh with frustration but then there were also those moments that make my heart ache and just give me all those wonderful happy/sad type feels.
Blitzing Emily isn't a perfect book and there were some continuity errors and other issues that kept me from totally falling head over heels with it. But overall this was just the right book for me at the time I read it. It hit all those notes that I love in a book even while it contained some things I didn't like. I liked how Brannagh managed to write a story with a football star and an opera diva, people from such opposite spectrums of fame, and make it work. I adored Brandon's character and just loved all of his moments with Emily. Blitzing Emily was a fun, fast read and its one that I'd recommend to all who love a cute, sports themed romance and who are in need of a light and fluffy distraction. I enjoyed this one and will be looking out for Brannagh's other titles too.
Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Brooklyn, New York // London, England
First Line(s): Every morning I wake up and I tell myself this: It's just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through.
I have a confession to make, are you ready? Ok....I didn't really like the book If I Stay and so when its sequel, Where She Went was released I didn't think that I would ever read it. It wasn't until I saw the movie of If I Stay that I began to consider picking up Where She Went. I wasn't sure I'd like the movie but I had screening passes so I went and I liked the visual form of the story so much better than the book. I became invested in Mia's story and curious to know what happened to her when the movie ended. So I checked out a copy of Where She Went and gave it a try. As with some others I was a little surprised, but pleased, that the narrator was Adam, Mia's boyfriend from the first book.
Right from the start I thought that Where She Went was a pretty solid read. I was engrossed in the story and my heart really went out to Adam and all that he was going through. Yes, I felt for Mia as well but how things went, its just that Adam seemed so very broken and Mia was just cracked but still on the mend. I also liked the epigraphs featuring lyrics from Adam's bands album at the start of each chapter. These just highlighted how much Adam had changed in the three years since If I Stay and just how far he had separated himself from all those that he loved.
Where Where She Went lost me at the end....and spoiler alert if you haven't read this one yet...so Adam and Mia are on a bridge and they are finally talking about the horrible thing Mia did in just cutting off Adam without a word. There is tension, lots of tension, and exclamations from me saying "Finally! Finally Adam is confronting Mia!" And then the tension just breaks and for with a sigh Adam is all you're forgiven and I am fixed. That the last three years of guilt and torture and all that other crap he's been putting himself and those around him through was just done. Then there was this rush to a happily ever after that just felt a bit unreal. It wasn't solid and I just feel that eventually Adam and Mia will split again over resentments that they don't realize still exist.
Overall I loved the narrator, Dan Bittner, and thought that he was perfect for Adam but he did a horrible job with the female voice. There is a small chance that my dislike with Mia also made me dislike Bittner's narration of her lines but as I said, that's just a small chance. This is a narrator that I would listen to again and when I do I'll be able to better evaluate Bittner's skill with doing female voices.
The differences between the show and the GN mess with my brain on occasion...like how we already have Tyrese in the picture and there is no Daryl. HowThe differences between the show and the GN mess with my brain on occasion...like how we already have Tyrese in the picture and there is no Daryl. How they call the zombies, zombies and not walkers. How the events at the farm didn't span more than one book...and glen and all the rest. Starting to get into a grove of it those and liked this one more than the first. ...more