Audio Review: I’ve never listened to an audiobook narrated by Christine Lakin but I will again. Her voice is easy t...moreReview originally posted at YA Love
Audio Review: I’ve never listened to an audiobook narrated by Christine Lakin but I will again. Her voice is easy to listen to and I love how she so easily changes her accent to fit characters like Gavriel. I chose to listen to the audio because I really didn’t know if I’d like the book. I’ve found that it’s easier to try reading books I’m hesitant to read by listening to the audio. One of my seniors mentioned a love of vampire books on her interests survey which is what drove me to give The Coldest Girl in Coldtown a try. Anyway, this audiobook is on the longer side but it’s definitely worth a listen. At certain points throughout the audio–often at pivotal moments–different types of music play, which I didn’t think was really necessary, but I did appreciate it. This audiobook made cleaning, cooking, and driving much easier to get through. One quirk I need to mention is that I wasn’t expecting the switch in time periods/place. That threw me as I was listening, but I know it wouldn’t have been an issue had I been reading the book traditionally.
Book Review: I’m so happy to have finally found a Holly Black novel that I enjoyed! I was doubly hesitant to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown because I didn’t liked Holly Black’s Doll Bones or White Cat and I’m over vampire books. Tana’s story is addicting, creepy, and bloody. I’m not into horror, either, but I was engrossed in this book!
I just ordered a copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown because I know many of my students will want to read this once I tell them about it. I have quite a few horror and mystery fans, although not as many vampire fans, but regardless I know they’ll enjoy it. I’m going to recommend this to my Anna Dressed in Blood fans because even though there isn’t as much humor in Tana’s story, there’s plenty of gore and action to keep them interested.
When it comes to characters, I really enjoyed Tana and Gavriel. Gavriel is the perfect mix of mysterious and alluring. Tana is independent and strong-willed. I loved the interactions between the two characters and honestly couldn’t decide if I wanted them to be together or not. I wasn’t sure if I wanted Tana to go cold and/or become a vampire or continue on as an unaffected human. I kept wondering what would happen to her because it seemed like she would need to go one way or another to make her story work. I’ll let you find out what happens to Tana and if anything develops between her and Gavriel :)
Coldtown’s setting reminds me of a post-apocalyptic world. It’s run down, dismal, and dangerous. Holly Black did a great job describing and developing it. If there’s a second book I’ll be happy to read it and learn more about Coldtown, but the ending as it is now is satisfying.
If you’re looking for a vampire story without sparkly vampires then I recommend picking up The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.(less)
It took me some time to get into this book both physically (my first attempt at reading it) and au...moreReview originally posted on YA Love
It took me some time to get into this book both physically (my first attempt at reading it) and aurally. I’m so thankful I kept with the audio because it is one of my favorite audiobooks. To put it simply, the narration is wonderful. Khristine Hvam used a believable accent and differentiated between each character so well that I was never questioning which character was speaking. I love listening to audiobooks when I’m getting ready for work, driving to and from work, and getting chores/cooking done. I know I really love an audiobook when I find myself making excuses to drive somewhere or to get more cleaning done, which is what I did while listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
The first thing I want to say about Daughter of Smoke and Bone is that I love Laini Taylor’s beautiful use of vocabulary. Her writing is lush and vibrant. I don’t know if I would have appreciated it as much if I wasn’t listening to the audio, but it’s seriously wonderful. I’ve never read a book that uses vocabulary and description to the degree that Taylor does, at least not recently.
The story itself is layered and engrossing. I love Karou and the incredible life she leads. She’s feisty, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but she’s vulnerable as well. I was a little lost during the Akiva back story, but when everything came together I was so impressed and excited. I’ll admit that the back story was beginning to bother me since I didn’t know where it was going, but it did make me love Akiva that much more.
I’m not sure if any movie rights for Daughter of Smoke and Bone has been purchased, but I would love to see this story come to life on the big screen. I know a movie wouldn’t do it justice (they rarely do), but I think I’d still enjoy it just the same.
If you decide to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I hope you, make sure you have a copy of Days of Blood & Starlight handy because you’ll want to start reading it as soon as you can!(less)
I honestly had mixed reactions when I started reading The Farm. The concept is cool which is why I d...moreReview & Giveaway originally posted at YA Love
I honestly had mixed reactions when I started reading The Farm. The concept is cool which is why I decided to try it and join the blog tour. I’m not really big on vampires, but I like post-apocalyptic books. My students still like reading paranormal vampire novels and the post-apocalyptic genre is a big hit with them as well. Emily McKay’s debut is another book that I need to break down into what worked and what didn’t work.
What Worked For Me:
*The multiple points of view–The Farm is told from Lily, Mel, and Carter’s points of view told in alternating chapters. My favorite chapters are Mel’s because she’s autistic and has a really unique perspective and understanding of the world around her. The story works with this format because there’s so much going on and the characters are so involved. I learned more about Carter and his history during his chapters than in any of the other chapters, and I really don’t know how we could have learned as much about him without this format. Overall it added more layers to the story and really defined the characters. *Lily–I like what a strong heroine she is. She’s quick on her feet and stands up for herself and her sister. Her sense of humor, despite how horrible her life is, is witty and snarky. I really think teens with siblings who they’re close to or protective of, will connect with Lily and enjoy her character. *The pacing & action–The Farm is full of suspense, twists, and action. Emily McKay did a nice job balancing The Farm’s character development and plot development; it doesn’t feel like one more than the other (character driven or plot driven). I enjoyed the suspense and wondering how new developments were going to come to light. The pacing it great and will keep my students interested as they read.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
*Vampires–I’m over vampires. I don’t have much else to say on that topic. *I tried to keep an open mind on the vampire front, but some of the background storyline didn’t work for me. I don’t want to ruin anything because much of that isn’t revealed until 100+ pages in, but when I came to that story I sort of cringed. I had to start thinking of the book as more of a book for my students than for me at that point. And sometimes that’s what I really need to do when I read a book outside my comfort zone; I need to think about the students in class who will like it more than me. *I really liked Lily, Mel, and Carter, but I didn’t find myself connecting to them and their story until 75 or more pages in. I needed more earlier than that. (less)
First, if you haven’t read Embrace or the second book, Entice, do not read this review.
It’s becoming more and more difficult to write these reviews because I’m constantly worried about including a spoiler unintentionally, so I’m going to write my review as a list. Here it goes…
**Once again, Jessica Shirvington delivers tons of action. It’s almost on a constant loop in Emblaze. **The angst! The forbidden love! It hasn’t died down, that’s for sure! A plus to this is that Violet never strikes me as whiny. In fact, that’s a major plus. **I love how Stef’s character is developing. I have some predictions about her and some questions as well. She balances Violet and keeps her grounded which I love. **I kind of wish Spence played a bigger role in Emblaze. He’s in the story, but I missed the large part he played in Entice. **Embrace and Entice kept me hooked the entire time, but there were times during Emblaze that really dragged. Most of those scenes are between big action scenes when the characters are sort of at a stand still and spending too much time discussing strategy or history. **I was hoping for more development between Lincoln and Violet. Their relationship needs to move along more (in one way or another) considering this is the third book in the series. **I loved the surpise ending. I’m really looking forward to where that takes the story in the fourth book. **Overall I really enjoyed Emblaze and am looking forward to passing it on to my diehard fans in class :)(less)