I couldn't decided if I really liked this or was meh about it.
I enjoyed the overall plot and I liked the backstory, however there were some loose ends...moreI couldn't decided if I really liked this or was meh about it.
I enjoyed the overall plot and I liked the backstory, however there were some loose ends and some things were left wanting.
I actually read the actual book with real-life pages this time around (someone lent it) and whenever I closed the book when I was done with a reading session, I kept seeing the author's name, Philip Carter. Now, the back of the book says distinctly that that's a pseudonym for another author, so I got curious.
I got curious because (view spoiler)[ some of the reactions and interactions between Zoe and Ry seemed verrrry female-writer-ish. Ry did things no guy would do (or at least straight man would do) and when it was in his POV and it made it feel very...I don't know...lovey dovey. Don't get me wrong, that's all fine and dandy when reading the proper book, however I feel strange reading love scenes when the author says it's a man, when it feels like a woman writing. Now, some men do the love scene thing fine...and so do women, but it was just a weird-out mine thing when I felt looked at a male author's name. (hide spoiler)]
I doubt I explained that well. Maybe other people feel the same. That was my only major gripe about it, but it was a big one. It's a fun read, though and I'd recommend it if you can ignore the author's name. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The good: I liked the beginning story and the lore of the world. Her coming upon the sword was interesting. Liked m...moreThis book had good and bad points.
The good: I liked the beginning story and the lore of the world. Her coming upon the sword was interesting. Liked most everything after she meets Myn and before she gets to the village. I even liked the wise old wizard. I also thought Myranda was a good character at first...until she gets to the village. I loved Deacon.
The bad: Before she meets Myn was kind of boring and weird: -The storyline of Trigorah and all those involved in that whole deal...there was no point to this in this book. If it is revealed in later books, cool, but I really don't care enough to find out anymore about it. -Finding out Leo was (view spoiler)[basically a fox slash man; it made my insides feel weird because I wasn't sure if there was going to be furry sex and I wasn't okay with that (hide spoiler)].
-Didn't like that Myranda was good at everything pretty much the first time she tried things. -Too long. Too much sleeping and eating. Made me sleepy and hungry.
I put way more bad things...oops. I thought this was enjoyable enough to like it with 3 stars, but I don't think I'll be continuing the rest of the series, and I'm not sure I'd recommend this to some people...however I enjoyed it just enough. Deacon and Myn saved it even when I felt I was slogging through pages.
I may try the next book after a bit. I was reading this while sick with the flu and that may have put a negative outlook on the book as a whole. So keep that in mind.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I am glad I finally got to read this book. I have a tendency to not want to read YA books because I hate the teenage brain sometimes; however this one...moreI am glad I finally got to read this book. I have a tendency to not want to read YA books because I hate the teenage brain sometimes; however this one has only one or two lines of the *valley girl accent* "Oh. My. Gawd. Did you see that hawt guyy?!" thing. I really can't stand that element in (seems like most) YA books.
Anyway..I thought this story had a great interwoven plot that seemed very well laid-out! I loved the intricate back-story and the element of (view spoiler)[resurrection (hide spoiler)] that you learn about later. I did guess it much before it was revealed, however I think the author wanted that. It was that tool of "now you know more than the main character."
Also, I enjoyed the characters. They weren't your typical brand and they filled the story with character. I just love, love, love when an author uses character's personality to move along a plot rather than the plot moving them along.
Oh, and I am just so....so, oh, I don't know! The next book doesn't come out until November! You must know how I feel if you loved this book!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I enjoyed this well enough to be better than "just okay."
I don't really have much to say other than I wished there was more of Bradley's character. I...moreI enjoyed this well enough to be better than "just okay."
I don't really have much to say other than I wished there was more of Bradley's character. I felt that he was the strongest of them all. I also liked Amelia, however that may be because I connected with her since I think I would have acted the same way had I been in the same situation.
Oh, also this is teetering on being 2.5 stars because I felt the thing that Bradley discovered wasn't resolved (being vague on purpose). It seemed like such an integral part to the story once Ben figured it out. I may have missed something (since I listened to the audio), but there wasn't even a hint that the world was better because of what Richards discovered.(less)
Just as the stars say; it was okay. And I was glad I finished it.
It kept me interested enough to keep going, but I wouldn't have been upset if I lost...moreJust as the stars say; it was okay. And I was glad I finished it.
It kept me interested enough to keep going, but I wouldn't have been upset if I lost the book mid-way.
It may be because these aren't my kind of books. I'm more into made-up fantasy or historical novels....which, speaking of the latter; I was more interested in that storyline in this book.
I liked the overall plot: The history was cool, the basic mystery was okay, and the ending was...ehh. I kind of guessed part of it, however, the last twist she pulls you through was so irritating because it was almost unguessable. I like it much more when authors give you subtle clues throughout, and when you finally figure out "whodunnit" you have that squinty-eyes-at-the-ceiling "Ahhhh!" moment.
Also, I liked how the romance wasn't in-your-face too much, however the dialogue was. Very one-liner-ish as well as too-romantic things a man would never say to a woman. I almost started laughing at some serious romantic parts because if I was told some of those things I would just laugh. Of course, it IS romantic, but if men say that stuff out loud it becomes silly and boyish.
When I saw the cover of the book, I was immediately attracted to it, however I didn't start reading until several weeks later because the summary didn...moreWhen I saw the cover of the book, I was immediately attracted to it, however I didn't start reading until several weeks later because the summary didn't stir something inside me.
However, upon opening, every sentence Morgenstern had written jumped out and begged to be read and loved. This book is definitely not for those who dislike prose; it is, however, perfect for everyone else that does!
Don't get me wrong, it's not written like a poem or in staggered sentences...it's just beautifully composed words that evoke incredible feeling and emotion without sounding cheesy or overdone.
This follows the story, mainly, of 2 people who are set to compete against one another, from a young age, using what they learn from their magical teachers. They do not who they are competing against, nor do they have any rules or knowledge of when the competition will take place.
I can't say anything else or it will be too spoiler-y, however, aside from the main plot, I will say this is probably one of the most intense love stories I've ever read. No, this isn't exactly a romance, but the way Morgenstern writes their story, is so incredibly magnetic and heart-wrenching. She does it so subtly you won't even realize it until the end.
I will probably read this again so as to comprehend the whole of the story since it was so wound tight, then let loose (in a good way!)(less)
I had mixed feelings about this book the first 20% or so being that there was a lot of lore and history to understand...more4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this.
I had mixed feelings about this book the first 20% or so being that there was a lot of lore and history to understand before the story unraveled. It was amazingly detailed lore; not too amazing that it was incomprehensible. I was waiting for the story to get started and was almost going to put it down. However, because I am me, I decided to pretend it was the last book on earth that I should try to enjoy it.
And enjoy it I did. After finishing this book I realized the backstory and lore of the gods was my favorite part. It may have been because I was not in the proper mindset to be inundated with lots of the previously mentioned lore.
That made the book; lore. The characters were well-rounded, without a Mary-Jane in sight. I loved Yeine's flawed personality and I loved that she came from a previously "savage" people. Gave her a very specific character. The Nightlord was painstakingly crafted by Ms. Jemisin. Beautiful imperfection. Sieh was also one of my favorites. I would very much enjoy reading a novella about him. He was a very complex character as well.
Oh, and T'vril. Yes.
I loved the ending; I thought it very well tied-up. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy with a beautiful story.(less)