This was definitely different and not at all what I had expected. Every urban fantasy I have read has a formula and I always love the main character.This was definitely different and not at all what I had expected. Every urban fantasy I have read has a formula and I always love the main character. This was not so with Nightwise and I found myself struggling to love Laytham. But you know what, R.S. Belcher managed to make me like him and let me tell you it was not easy.
I'll start with characters since that is what I opened my review up with. Laytham is not your normal UF hero. Nope he was dirty and not in the sexy way. He was the chain smoking, long haired, Kid Rock of this world and it took me a looonnnggg time to like him. I still don't know if I really do honestly. He's selfish and not shy about saying it, but well I got sucked into his badassness. I hate to admit it, but I did. After a point in the story I just couldn't help it. Laytham is not swoon worthy in the slightest, but I think he might have potential in there somewhere. I am hoping that his charm or whatever he has underneath all that yuckiness comes out in the next one because I need to see it. Yes he says darlin' and baby just the right way and yes his magical skills are quite impressive, but a girl needs more than just that.
Story was actually really good. It did take me a long time to fall into this one, but I think that had more to do with Laytham than the story. He was a roadblock, but once I got passed him everything clicked and I saw him and the story like a Nicholas Cage movie. Think 60 Seconds meets National Treasure. The story definitely had a historical adventure feel to it and in the end it was actually really interesting. Now some might start thinking a little too much on what unravels in the end and really its kinda hard not to go there myself. Conspiracy theorist could have a hay day with this bad boy and I have to give the author huge credit for thinking this up.
I think my favorite part was finding out who Laythams dad was. What a hoot! I can't wait to see where all that goes!
The two things that bugged me were the filler chapters. There were a few of them and they felt really out of place. I think a few could have been moved to the beginning and if they had I would have gotten to know more about Laytham and maybe liked him from the get go. As it stands though those chapters just felt strange and took the story away from what was going on. The other thing was the drinking in bad situations. If you are a badass wizard stop drinking when you need to think!! Every time I would scream at him!
Other than those two things I did enjoy this quite a bit. If you are looking for a typical UF this isn't what you need, but if you are looking for a selfish, badass wizard with a debt to pay adventure this is for you! Fun story and series that I will definitely continue on with! ...more
You know I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. I wasn't really loving it and then the ending happened and wow. I don't think I've ever read aYou know I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. I wasn't really loving it and then the ending happened and wow. I don't think I've ever read a book that made me want to change my rating as much as this one and I'm left really struggling with what to do.
So I'm going to try and talk this out. In the beginning we find out that every October Sam, Alice, Cara, and their mother have accidents. These accidents can be as small as stubbing a toe or as big as being hit by a car. Sometimes you survive them and sometimes you don't. No one knows why this happens they only know they have to be extra careful every October. This year Cara's friend Bea predicts this will be a bad season and so Cara starts wondering who and when will become a victim of the accident season.
Okay see this sounded so good and while I did like it okay it just didn't grab me. The story was too filled up with unrequited love, teenage partying, and tarot card reading. I wanted more about the accident season and I guess I just wanted something a bit darker. The whole beginning of the book felt a little too light for what was happening to this family. There were bits of strangeness and I'll admit I was taken in by a few scenes, but just when I would think the book had finally taken a dark turn things would go fluffy again. This changed in the last third of the book and that's when the wow happened.
We basically find out what happens when dark secrets are kept. This book took a total 180 turn for me and I wasn't prepared for the direction the author dove into. I mean talk about getting whiplash! When I finally figured out what was going on my mouth dropped and I finally understood why the author chose to include so much fluff. No one book can handle this much dark, she had to balance it out with something to give the reader hope for her characters. I think by building them all up it let the us know that things are bad, but you gotta remember the beginning. I have to say this twist was amazing and something I think will blind side most people.
See as I am writing this review I am leaning toward a pretty stellar rating because it is all starting to make sense to me. I honestly loved the writing and the character development was pretty amazing as well. The one thing I didn't like was all the smoking and substance abuse. This has been in quite a few books I've read lately and I am really hoping its not a new trend. I don't personally like it and especially for certain parts of this book it wasn't needed.
Okay I am going to go with 4 stars. This 4 stars is for the amazing writing, the brilliant slap you in your face 180, the characters that will stay with me for a long time especially Cara and Sam (who were just too cute), and the hope that was given in the beginning....more
This is definitely a different type of book and one that won't necessarily work for everybody, but it did work for me. I Crawl Through It isn't an inThis is definitely a different type of book and one that won't necessarily work for everybody, but it did work for me. I Crawl Through It isn't an in your face easy read, it's a read between the lines and quietly shouts at you type of book.
This story isn't really an easy one to describe. It is told from three perspectives Stanzi, China, and Lansdale. These three are all friends who in each their own way need help. There's a lot of psychological things going on with each and every character and honestly I am not even sure if I fully grasped the depth of their needs. The story takes us through numerous events like an invisible helicopter ride, bomb threats, and a naked bush man. Even though I am not sure what each event really signified I can tell each one was a huge moment and I felt like I was meant to remember them.
So you can see this is not something I fully understand, but at the same time I felt its greatness. There are always these hidden books that affect me and make me ponder the story and characters long after I put the book down. A.S. King has managed to do this and I know I will still be thinking about this book next year and the years to come after that. I find I might do a little digging and research to see if I can find out what the author was really trying to portray in her beautiful writing.
Like I said this book won't be for everyone. I definitely had to be in the mood for this type of read because sometimes I want things screaming at me, but this time I really did want something a little more quiet that would make me think. If you are looking for something different that takes care and time to understand this is for you.
On a side note for some reason this felt very Aussie to me and I am not sure why. I kept thinking this took place in Australia, but I was so very wrong. So if you like Aussie authors you just might like this as well.
I am not quite sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I really have to give the author credit for originality, but on the other I am just not surI am not quite sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I really have to give the author credit for originality, but on the other I am just not sure my imagination can go where the author wants me to go. Let me try and explain...
I sent this text to my reading buddy..."A Pharaoh sends its soul to a human in order to return to Earth. Now there are 2 souls living in one body and the Pharaoh basically has domination over that human body now. And when that said human/Pharaoh has steamy time with another blended person there are basically 4 people having steamy time"...does that make sense to you? I am honestly still trying to grasp the whole blended two people in one body scenario here. I liked Docia and I liked Ram, but then you throw in Vincent the host for Ram and Docia's carbon (the Egyptian soul that has set up camp in her body) and my feelings go wonky.
I started feeling bad for Vincent and Docia because it seems like they basically get taken over by these other souls. Ram is obviously the dominate one in his situation and it makes me wonder what will happen to Docia, the one he loves?? I know he is connected to her other soul, but it just feels weird! It's like there are four people in this relationship and for me that's two too many. I don't know if I will ever be okay with this. Maybe I have read too many sci fi books where the aliens take over the human body and that's my hang up. I just can't see this as good because Docia will lose herself. How can this work??!
All that aside the author does have an original idea. The whole Egyptian mythology was really interesting and I am definitely going to continue on for at least one more book to see what the author has up her sleeve. I think I know because of how things ended, but I am really curious to see how a certain soul will retrieve his soulmate.
The only other thing that bothered was the transitions. They were all really awkward and it always took me a few sentences to catch up and realize I was reading from somebody elses POV and more often than not in a completely different scene. This made the book feel clunky and clumsy.
So if you can get past the whole two souls in one body you might want to give this a go. I also know that with this genre it always takes me at least two to three books to really get into the story so maybe that's it too. I have definitely read stranger things so I won't write this one off yet....more
This really didn't work for me and I am honestly half blaming the synopsis. I've found lately that with several books the synopsis given does not in fThis really didn't work for me and I am honestly half blaming the synopsis. I've found lately that with several books the synopsis given does not in fact match the book at all. This is the case with What We Knew. The synopsis in my opinion promises creepy stalker craziness and what this book delivers is actually troubled teenagers who have been abused. Sooo not the same thing at all and I really wonder who writes those synopsis'!
I'm not saying this would have worked more for me if the synopsis actually matched the book, but it is hard for me to switch gears when I settle in to read something. I am a mood reader so I pick my books based on what I want at the moment and I think I would have chosen to read this at a different time if I had known it was going to be incredibly heavy. My previous book left me wanting something creepy and a palette cleanser and this just wasn't it. It is a very heavy book that deals with very heavy issues. Yes there is a creep factor sort of in it but it really takes a back seat to what's really going on with Tracy and her friends.
Like I said the whole going in and switching gears wasn't the only reason why this didn't work for me. I found each and every character to be annoying. Tracy was whiny and yes I know she went through something very traumatic, but she was just not somebody I could root for. She ended up being very hypocritical by the middle of the book and when that happened I lost respect for her. There was no reason to do what she did and she didn't even really feel bad about it until the blow up happened. I just really couldn't connect with her.
The other characters weren't any better. Lisa was mean and grouchy which again I now know the reason for her mood swings, but I just can't forgive some of her actions. Gabe, Trey and Adam weren't likeable at all either. They just seemed like your typical stoner high schoolers and while I am on the subject there is a lot of drinking and drugs in this. I was honestly appalled at how much substance abuse was used through this book. Where were the parents??! These activities actually happened in someones home! That to me is a plot hole I would have liked explained more.
I think the author chose to focus too much on teenage drama in the beginning and lost me by the middle. The end of the book was actually brilliant and really made me wish the beginning would have been just as brilliant. Looking back I can see clues to where the story was ultimately going, but the execution just stunk. I adore Barbara Stewart and this won't be my last book by her, but man this was a let down....more