After reading Jane Eyre I found it hard to find a new book to read. I picked up several, then when I couldn't get into them I put them aside and picke...moreAfter reading Jane Eyre I found it hard to find a new book to read. I picked up several, then when I couldn't get into them I put them aside and picked up another book. When I eventually picked up Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher I found that I just couldn't put it down.
Academ's Fury is the second book in a series and all I can say is WOW. This book blew me away. I thought that the first book of this series, Furies of Calderon, was good but in comparison to Academ's Fury it sucked. Everything about this book is just so much better. The characters. The Plot. The Villains. The story just sucks you in from the first page and then just takes off like a rocket.
Tavi is now studying to be a Cursor at the academy in Alera Imperia while also working as a paige for Gaius Sextus, the First Lord. He has made many new friends at the academy including Maximus "Max" Antillus and Ehren. He has also made some new enemies, in the form of school bullies. Though despite the occasional run in and fight life is going pretty smoothly for the former farm boy.
That is until word of a new threat, one greater than any previously faced in Alera, comes to him. The Vord, a changeable group of creatures, who have only one purpose - attack anything non-vord that they come into contact with and wipe them out. Part of what makes the Vord so frightening is that they can also inhabit their victims, taking control of their bodies and abilities.
Around the same time Bernard, now a Count and ruler of the Garrison in Calderon Valley, comes into contact with the Vord as well. Soon its not long before epic battles are being fought both in Calderon Vally and in the heart of Alera Imperia itself! Unlike in Furies of Calderon, Tavi and company aren't just fighting for their homes, now they are fighting for the very survival of the Aleran people!
I am always wary of books that are over-hyped for all to often I'll pick up a book that everyone seems to...more**Originally posted on tickettoanywhere.net**
I am always wary of books that are over-hyped for all to often I'll pick up a book that everyone seems to be raving about only to find that I don't care much for it. This was the case of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand....the over-hyped part not the not caring for it. Because I did like Unearthly but I didn't love it as much as other people seem to have. For me, Clara wasn't the most likeable of characters and I really didn't like how she was obsessed with Christian. I get that teens do become obsessive sometimes with the boys around them but for most of the book Christian had a girlfriend and so I didn't care for that.
I did enjoy the angel lore in the book as it was different form anything I had read before. But it was just awfully convenient that so many angels just happened to be in the same small town in the middle of small town America. That had me rolling my eyes and getting a little exasperated. There were also several other cliches that happen throughout the book that also had me rolling my eyes and as a result I didn't totally love the story. I thought that there was a lot of excess of set up as well and the beginning dragged a bit for me but it wasn't so slow that I got frustrated and stopped reading. I also thought that once events started to unfold that many of the secondary characters were underutilized and often forgotten.
Unearthly also contained a love triangle and I am not a fan of those. The parts that I enjoyed most where in the middle of the book when Clara forgot about Christian (who was conveniently away for the summer) and spent time with Tucker. It was during those scenes in which I felt we got to know the real character and it was then that I actually liked her. I was glad that at the same time her friend Angela was also out of town but I missed Wendy. Angela was often abrasive and got on my nerves and Wendy was often underused as a character. I do hope that we get to see more of Wendy in Book 2 and get a little less of Christian and Angela. I also hope to see more of Jeffrey, Clara's younger brother, who was barely mentioned in this book though there was lots of set up for a future storyline involving his character.
I wasn't overly thrilled with this book but I felt like it has potential and so am curious to see where things go in the next book in this series. (less)
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When I first heard about Angelfall by Susan Ee I was very skeptical of it. First it had...more***As Originally posted on my blog tickettoanywhere(dot)net***
When I first heard about Angelfall by Susan Ee I was very skeptical of it. First it had angels and I am not a huge fan of that growing genre and second it was a self-published book....and we've all witness the horrors that can occur with self-published authors. But two bloggers, Po(sey) Sessions and YA Librarian Tales, whose opinions really matter to me kept insisting that this was one book that I really had to try. Yes, it was about Angels but it was about the scary biblical ones of old and it was more of a dystopia than not. And yes, it was self-published but it didn't read like one. And since it was only 99 cents on BN.com I crumbled under their praise and purchased this book.
This is a purchase that I don't regret as I really enjoyed Angelfall. I loved the world building of this post-apocalyptic world and I loved that we had a history of how it all came to be. We weren't just tossed into the ruins of America and told to just accept it without question of how society crumbled. I also enjoyed how angels weren't given a white washing and made into benevolent creatures. I liked how they were cold and hard and scary. Anyone who has every read the bible knows the power of angels and it was a bit terrifying to see it on the page.
Penryn's voice was also very strong and realistic. She didn't always make the wisest decisions but she always followed her heart. There were several times when she walked into danger knowing that she could have turned a blind eye and been safe. But she didn't. She took risks and dealt with the consequences of her actions. Learning a bit more about herself in the process. I also enjoyed her interactions with Raff, the angel she rescues and makes a pact with to try and save her sister. They had a funny banter and I enjoyed seeing them learn to cope with the other and learn that the other race may not be as bad as initially thought.
The problem that I had with the book was that just as the action really started to heat up, the story ended. And not just any ending but an ending with a cliff hanger. One that forces the reader to go and read the next book if they want to know what happens. I am filled with series fatigue and while I want to know what happens next a part of me is a little resentful that the only way to know is to keep reading.
Overall though, Angelfall is a solid addition to the dystopian craze and it might even be better than some of the other more popular dystopian reads out there. Its a solid world with a gripping plot line that will keep you on the edge of your seat as Penryn and Raff journey to across California. Its a book that will make your heart race and then break it a little over the course of Penryn's journey. Its a book where the choices aren't always easy but they are ones that need to be made. And for all of my series fatigue I really do hope that book 2 is available soon so that I can devour that one as quickly as I devoured Angelfall.
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