I've been sitting on my thoughts for this book all day and the strangest thing happened. I started out thinking this book kinda wasn't for me, but theI've been sitting on my thoughts for this book all day and the strangest thing happened. I started out thinking this book kinda wasn't for me, but then the more I thought about it and the more I contemplated what I was going to say in my review I grew to not only like this story, but I actually kinda loved it. This has never happened to me so bare with my while I try and get all my thoughts together for this review.
The Star-Touched Queen was nothing at all what I thought it was going to be and I think that's one of the reasons I had a hard time connecting to it in the beginning. I would read a chapter and then put it down because it wasn't the gripping Game of Throneish plot I thought I was getting, but in it's defense I don't think it ever claimed to be this. I have no idea where I got that idea, but I did and it stuck so right off the bat I was left with a meh feeling unfortunately. What kept me going in the beginning was the amazingly beautiful writing. I think this book has to be one of the more eloquently written books I have read this year and I loved every minute of it. If it weren't for the writing I don't think I would have finished this and I would have seriously missed out on something amazing.
The story is a complicated one because it changed about halfway through. At the turning point is when I truly fell into the story. I thought the whole concept was really unique and interesting and I really wish the beginning had included this new world that was introduced. It was dark and well everything that I like in this type of book. It kinda felt like a cross between Melissa Marr and A.G. Howard and if you know me then you know I love these two authors above all else so this was a very good thing for me. So to say I was hooked was an understatement and at this point I couldn't put the book down. I read 70% of the book in one sitting.
I really enjoyed the characters in this story as well. Maya was determined and fierce and I liked her devotion to her people. I also really liked that she didn't back down from what she thought was right. She had very tough decisions throughout this book and it was nice seeing her make thoughtful choices. I also have to give a huge shout to Kamala. This horse was AMAZING! If I didn't like anything about this book I would have still loved Kamala. You will have to read to see why this horse is so amazing, but I will tell you she is my favorite character of the whole book!
My reasons for walking away thinking not for me are quite simple. 1) I really needed a glossary. There are a lot of words thrown at you and if you aren't familiar with this Indian culture and mythology then you will be lost just as I was. In the beginning I looked everything up, but that got to be too much because it felt like every other page I had to stop and look something up so I stopped. Which of course means I missed key things and that saddened me. Footnotes would have been an amazing addition that would have helped the authors readers immensely. 2) As much as I loved the world in the second half it was not built very well. I wish the author would have spent a bit more time building her world because I felt lost and disconnected so much of the story. At times I couldn't grasp what was going on and it felt very fantasical if that makes any sense. Kinda of like trying to read a Tim Burton film. I know this author has the ability to build a world so I feel let down that I didn't get to read it. 3) And lastly I would have loved a few chapters in Amar's POV. I understand why so many things were hidden regarding him, but in the beginning I would have loved to have heard his thoughts regarding Maya. I think I needed that to buy his love for her in the beginning. He was a complete mystery and yes I did like that, but I still wanted to be let in on a few of his secrets.
See these things are quite simple. but all added up I'm left walking away feeling meh not for me. Like I said though the more I thought about the story the more things made sense I really fell in love with Maya and her story. I thought it was a very whimsical yet dark story and I after thinking on it I think it was rather brilliant. The author has created something that is definitely unique and not something I will soon forget. I'm glad this turned out to not be what I expected and I am very thankful that the authors writing kept me going. I will even say this is in my top 10 books of this year which is so strange! It's just really that good! ...more
First... Thank you Meghan Rogers for not only writing writing a badass heroine (and I mean badass with a capital B) but for letting her stay that way tFirst... Thank you Meghan Rogers for not only writing writing a badass heroine (and I mean badass with a capital B) but for letting her stay that way throughout the entire book! I LOVED this beyond any words I can even think of, I might need an alien language to express my love for this book actually because they might have words we don't in the English language...hm have to look into that...
Anyway this book!! OMG this book. Be prepared for flails of all kinds because that's all I've been doing since I started this!! First the story starts off with a bang! We are thrown right into the action and my heart started pounding and never slowed down! I will say when I read the first interaction between Scorpion and Viper I did do an eyeroll because I just knew where that whole story line was going. Well I wasn't wrong on the basics but Meghan Rogers totally flipped the whole relationship between them upside down and this is where I truly started falling in love with Ms. Rogers.
Let me explain a tad. Usually in these instances there are forbidden looks, sweaty palms between the two love birds to be, and the guy is always the resident hottie who has a bad ex girlfriend lurking in the wings. I am not a fan of the overly hot guy who every girl wants, but he only has eyes for the new baddie so imagine my surprise when in this book we get none of that! Yes Scorpion is first in his class, but I never read one line not a single line that made him sound uber hot. I want to hug this author because she managed to give these characters an actual relationship that was hard built and not just founded on mutual attraction. She let these two incredible people hate each other for various reasons and then let them grow to an understanding. Will there eventually be a romance, I think so and I am totally okay with that. I love Scorpion and Viper like none other and if they do just remain friends I am okay with that too because the story is about so much more than just romance and I will take their relationship any way I can get it.
Okay now the story. I again loved every bit of it. It was complicated and all kinds of spy stuff craziness and it was glorious. I also want to say that I loved how the author took her readers right up to the brink of total meltdown but then eased up enough to let us breath a sigh of relief. I like that she knew how far to push and I feel confident enough to read the next book without looking at the ending to see if things blow up. They might still but Rogers has my total devotion to fix whatever blows up.
Viper was such a great character. She was impulsive, but totally knew her stuff and could back up whatever she threw down. I loved that she wasn't TSTL though and could listen to directions when she needed to. She didn't put herself in anything she couldn't get out of and I felt comfortable letting her take on dangerous actions. I enjoyed watching her grow and understand what it means to have a partner and I enjoyed watching her totally kick ass!! From the get go she proved how tough she was and she never faltered. Not even when she was at her weakest point.
I am curious who the mole is and I am quite sure there is one. I have my eye on a few people and I am hoping I am wrong because I love these selected characters so much. If she does pick one I have picked then I think it will be brilliant even if I will be mad and want to kick the author.
I think this whole story was exciting, exhilarating, and one that I can't see anybody being able to put down once they get started. I am so upset I have to wait for a year for the next installment! This one doesn't exactly end on cliff hanger, but it does end with a WHOA moment that makes me want the next one even more!!
If you love spy type books this is definitely for you and even if you don't love spy books this is still for you!! GO pick this up now!!! Meghan Rogers you are a writing GOD!!! Thank you for Viper and all her badassness, awesomeness, snarkiness, and amazingness!! ...more
I love Melissa Marr. I have been waiting and waiting for her to release another fae book and Seven Black Diamonds was amazing!!! Marr always manages tI love Melissa Marr. I have been waiting and waiting for her to release another fae book and Seven Black Diamonds was amazing!!! Marr always manages to amaze me and this book was pure brilliance!
This new fae world is different than her last in my opinion. It felt more like a kingdom than her previous ones and for me at least it was a whole new spin on her lore. I really enjoyed it and I thought it brought something new and fresh to her audience. The story included a whole new cast of characters who I loved fiercely and brought an interesting plot line that kept me on my toes the entire time!
The story centers around Lilywhite. She is fae-blood and in her world that is punishable by death so she keeps her secret to herself with the only exception being her father who just happens to be a drug lord. See interesting from the start right?! This story has so many different lines that I won't lie were a little hard to keep up with, but they all blended well together so even when I didn't totally grasp something I knew later I would get it.
I think one of my favorite things about this book was the way Marr created her characters. We don't have the annoying love triangle even though she could have put one in, we also finally get a heroine who has the training and logic to fight. I hate when the whole damsel in distress pops up and then all of a sudden knows how to fight. How did she learn??! Lily from the get go knew how to handle herself and I think adding that her family was basically the mob was brilliant. It set her up so that when she had to fight we as the readers knew she could. I loved this!
I also really loved the rest of the characters! They were fun and deep and I honestly can't wait to see where they go from where the book ended. I like that they all had there own problems, but they were there for one another when it counted. I hope this stays true for the rest of the series.
I'm really curious how the next book will play out. I can't wait to see more from The Hidden Lands and since I love all things dark and twisty I can't wait to see what the Queen of Blood and Rage has up her sleeve. She was definitely one of the reasons I kept reading. Her character showed no mercy and she was truly one to be feared. I hope Marr keeps her this way!!
The one and only thing that bothered me was the whole Abernathy Commandments. Lily repeated these constantly and it got to be a little much. I get that they were showing the reader her calculating side, but after the first ten times I really didn't need them recited.
I really loved this book and after a string of books that failed me and I am so glad I read this one. It showed me that some authors will always deliver and that Marr still holds a spot in my top five favorite authors of all time! ...more
**spoiler alert** This book was such a mess! From the description I was all set for a creepy thriller ride, but what I ultimately got was a crazy fath**spoiler alert** This book was such a mess! From the description I was all set for a creepy thriller ride, but what I ultimately got was a crazy father spouting insane offensive nonsense and a daughter who couldn't quit self medicating and cursing like a sailor. SO not what the book description promised.
This review will be filled with spoilers so you have been warned!!!!
Starting off I couldn't stand the main character Tessa. She was rude and I am totally a fan of free speech and I know teenagers curse, but her language was WAY out of hand. At times I felt completely uncomfortable and I just wanted to wash her mouth out with soap! I get people talk like this I do, but in a book I would prefer the language toned down especially in a YA book. That wasn't my only problem with her though.
She, in the beginning, seemed to be somewhat level headed and I did feel bad for her because of her father who was completely bat crap crazy, but she wasn't much better by the end! She self medicated even after she found out something important about herself (which came out of left field since nowhere in the book did this particular topic come up) and she chose to make bad choices repeatedly. Tessa was not a character I could ever stand behind even with her bad situation with her father.
Which brings me to her father. Nowhere in the description of this book does it say anything about religion being inside it's pages. Religion was ALL OVER this book and not in a good way or really even creepy way. It was very insane and offensive and just not what I signed up for when I picked this up. If I had known going in this was going to be the main focus I would have completely passed on this book. I don't like religion in my books for the most part, I can handle them in creepy ones because they do add an interesting spin at times, but this was not one of those times. At one point I felt like the author had an agenda and was preaching through his character, not good AT ALL!
The biggest reason why this book didn't work for me though was the overall story line. It made absolutely no sense! And here is the biggest spoiler....the house had nothing to do with the craziness!! There were a few scenes and I mean maybe two where the house might have had something going on, but in the end it was all about her crazy father and his past! The author could have made this amazing if he would would have focused more on that factor and less on trying to make his readers feel icky. I liked the backstory honestly, it was intriguing, creepy as all get out even with the religion aspect thrown in and I would have loved if this was the main focus. And it was to a point, but the author got to caught up in trying to make this book about something else and it just all fell apart.
The last thing I'll talk about it the writing. I just didn't like it. Every time someone came into the picture they were laughing! I don't think the author ever used other verb to describe anybody and it drove me insane. I also noticed a lot of inconsistencies like on one page the sun had set and then on the next page same scene she was out just before the sun set. I know this is an ARC and I should overlook those things, but there were just so many of them that it got to be impossible to overlook. Makes me wonder if the author rushed his work. With some good editing this could have been so much better.
OH and one more thing, in the end I swear the author threw everything but the kitchen sink into this story. We have powers, religion, weird boys who come out of nowhere, and a medium. I mean does the description mention any of these???? NOPE!
Wow this was a crazy filled roller coaster! The Darkest Corners is one of those rare books where just when you think you know everything it slaps youWow this was a crazy filled roller coaster! The Darkest Corners is one of those rare books where just when you think you know everything it slaps you in the face with an ending that you will never forget!
Tessa was a character that I felt sympathy for from the get go. She never really had a family and when he life gets turned upside down after testifying at a trial she looses her best friend as well. When she learns that her father is dying she returns to her old town and you can probably guess things start off crazy the moment she sets foot in her old best friends house.
I liked Tessa. I like I said felt sorry for her and just wanted to give her a hug, that is if she would have let me touch her. Tessa is quiet, reserved, and in all honesty felt like a frightened animal in front of headlights throughout the book. She did grow a backbone though and I loved seeing her stand up for herself and finally seek out her truth.
And man what a truth it was! This Kara Thomas is brilliant! She managed to weave in not one but two stories that played into each other throughout and it was amazing! I never knew to suspect and I loved that she kept me guessing. I've read a lot of books that fall into this category, but none of them to date has surprised as much as The Darkest Corners. That ending was chilling and after reading it I had to sit there and just shudder for several minutes.
I liked the other cast of characters as well. They each seemed to fit the small town life perfectly and I thought the author did a great job at interweaving everybody. There were a few loose ends that I would have liked tied up though. Katie and Ari both I think deserved a little bit more of a mention in the end and I also would have liked to have known more about the actual villain. We get to see the crazy twist, but I wanted more closure in their story lines.
I think what's really interesting though is how closely this resembled Making a Murderer. I know it wasn't intentional and I know that there are huge differences between the two, but since I watched the Netflix show recently I can't help, but to compare the two. This story is about two girls trying to figure out that night when the unthinkable happened and the fall out from their testimony. Was the wrong guy in jail?? This is the part that triggered my memory to the Netflix show and I loved it! I thought it was a unique spin on this genre and I again I am still floored at Thomas' brilliance!
All in all this was a very VERY strong thriller that totally captivated me and I can't wait to see what Kara Thomas throws at us next!!...more
I am incredibly frustrated by this book. The story was a really interesting one, but the main character Becket is insanely annoying and really killedI am incredibly frustrated by this book. The story was a really interesting one, but the main character Becket is insanely annoying and really killed this story for me.
The story opens up really strong and I liked the whole creepy factor that the author chose to go with. Was it original not really, but her spin was great and I found I liked it. That all changed when Becket became the main focus. Her constant "I'm not good enough, nobody will ever like me" grated on my nerves almost from the get go. I like stronger characters and this story deserved a stronger character. It needed it honestly. She was a weak minded person who didn't fight. I kept screaming at my Kindle FIGHT!! She never did. Even in the end she never fought and I just can't forgive her for what she did.
I also had a HUGE problem with Piper, Becket's so called best friend. How Becket could ever call Piper that is beyond me. This girl was rude, self-absorbed, and downright mean. If you have to schedule time to be with your best friend months in advance because she is too busy with her other friends she is not a friend to you. I have read several books where the BF is the best person ever, but I hated Piper. Yes I said hated. Every time she would come into the picture I groaned and just wanted to hit her. And this shows again that Becket wasn't a strong character because she made up excuses for Piper and just let her walk all over her. It was painful to see and I wish Becket would have kicked her to the curb.
The romance was okay. I would have liked to have seen a certain someone profess their feelings out loud. Instead I got to see Becket agonize over every single signal and it got annoying. I promise I really tried to cut her some slack as I was the overly shy nerdy in my high school days, but I couldn't look past all of it.
What stinks is that I loved the story. The small glimpses we get to see I loved. It was dark and crazy and felt like The Purge on magic steroids. I would have loved to have seen more development in the overall world. I wanted the hows and whys and way more details than we were given. I think if the author had chosen to focus more on the dark story and less on the teenage angst this would have been a huge hit for me. I will read the next installment because even though I'm really angry the cliffhanger ending did reel me in. GAH! I really hate when that happens, but it did and all I can hope for is that we get to see more of the magical side of things and I hope I get to see a stronger Becket.
A side note I'm beyond furious at what Becket's dad did. I can't say much because its a huge spoiler, but man I have never been madder at a parent in my lifetime of reading. She didn't deserve what he did and for that I have to give her a few sympathy points....more
I'm thinking I need to part ways with Ms. Henry. This is my third book by her and while I loved the first one I read these past two have really left mI'm thinking I need to part ways with Ms. Henry. This is my third book by her and while I loved the first one I read these past two have really left me feeling meh. I'm used to "it's not you it's me", but in this case I really kinda think it was the book.
The first chapter was amazing, full of suspense, girl on the run from the killer, and terror. I liked it and after reading it I was ready for this story, but it all fell apart rather quickly. It all just felt very convenient. From Olivia deciding to move into her mother's old house which just recently became available to the whole town opening up about this unsolved case that happened fourteen years ago. I just didn't buy it. The way the events happened also just seemed to work in Olivia's favor. I mean she decides to go to a certain family members funeral but has no idea how she is going to get in because she wants to keep her identity a secret when in walks the elderly neighbor she used to know. I can't imagine anybody asking a complete stranger to give them a ride to a funeral. I know certain things were exposed later, but at this time the neighbor still had no idea who Olivia was so that was no reason for her to even ask.
I also didn't like how Olivia just moved into her old town and started asking questions about her parents and what happened fourteen years ago. Everybody in town thought she was a stranger so why in the world would they talk to her? And when did Olivia decide to start looking for the killer? This was never explained all we get to read is her many inner monologues asking herself could it be this person, that person, what motive. She was not a detective and she didn't have any clue who these people were. How did she know this person would even still be in the town?? See very convenient. I think way more ground work needed to be worked in for me to buy a lot of the things that the author was throwing out. I also kept having to remind myself that Olivia was not an adult, but the way the adults kept treating her and telling her things that really shouldn't have been shared with a teenager it was hard to remember that she was only seventeen. It almost felt like a TV show where everyone gets stuck in their small town and everybody still acts like they are in high school. It was so bizarre!
I don't know a lot of things didn't add up. The ending especially didn't work for me. The actual villain was out of nowhere and didn't make much sense to me. I get the why's and how's but the author could have gone in a much darker path and it would have made me forget a lot of the things that bothered me. I know she's capable of this because of her previous book, but she just closed everything up with a weird bow that didn't even match her story.
So I am going to part ways with Ms. Henry. After two disappointing books I can say without a doubt her stories are just not for me....more
Have you ever read a book and just didn't get it, but wanted to so badly? Well this is me right now. I feel like I am totally missing out on some hugeHave you ever read a book and just didn't get it, but wanted to so badly? Well this is me right now. I feel like I am totally missing out on some huge secret and I don't like it at all. I want to like this book and I want my intelligence to understand what the author was trying to say to me, but I just don't get it.
The story started out really interesting. We have Dylan who is obsessed with the Other Place which I think and I'm pretty sure I'm right is Fairy. Now I could be wrong, but it felt like that was what the author was going for. Don't think Melissa Marr's world, but more like a fairy tale happy place with adventures...maybe Peter Pannish?? I don't know but anyway Dylan wanted to go back there because he felt like that was where he belonged. The story was weird from the start, but I understood it because the author did a great job cluing her readers in. Things slowly fell apart after that first part though for me.
This book is broken down into parts instead of chapters and the second part takes place ten years later and the world is a very different place. It all felt really sad to me. I kind of got the feeling like maybe the author was predicting our future because it was all very technology based and not in a good way. Think YouTube but way way bigger. This second story I understood too for the most part, but it didn't really connect much with the first. The Other Place was in there and a few other things, but not enough for me to connect the dots.
I trudged on though because I did like the writing and the story was still really interesting. This third part though was a little more different and while I still got it I started to really question where this was all going. This part was sadder than the previous ones and honestly made me scared. I don't think this could happen but it does make you think about where our world is headed.
The fourth part really made me think. This part was about a gaming world and was again sadder than the other parts. The Other Place and Dylan were still the only connecting lines throughout the stories and at this point I had no idea where the author was going. I had a hard time understanding this part because it was so very different than what my imagination could grasp so I was left feeling left out. Now that I am thinking of it every part felt like a short story. They all had a common thread, but nothing really connected them.
At the end I totally lost it all. This last part takes place more than one hundred years from the start and I have no idea what this story was supposed to be about. I feel like it has some higher meaning and I honestly feel a little stupid for not understanding it. I don't like when stories make me feel this way. I want to get it and I wanted to fall in love with this book because it had my name written all over it, but I'm left feeling very disgruntled, sad, and a little upset. I'm going to look through other reviews to see if it's just me and hopefully I'll find some clarity for this story because I feel like it should have been great and enlightening. Maybe I'm just reading too much into I don't know, but I'm completely lost after that last chapter.
I don't even know what to rate this honestly so I am for the first time ever not going to rate a book that I finished. I can't rate something I didn't understand in my opinion so there you go no rating and a review filled with I don't get its....sorry....more
This was not my usual read, but the idea behind it really intrigued me so I picked Jane Steele up without any expectations. This proved to be a good tThis was not my usual read, but the idea behind it really intrigued me so I picked Jane Steele up without any expectations. This proved to be a good thing, but I ended up really liking this one.
The story is sort of what the description says. In the story we have Jane Steele who meets some unfortunate individuals and thus takes matters into her own hands more than once. The first time happened as an accident, but it sparked something inside Jane that changed her forever. How could murder not change a person? Jane let it change her in more ways than one and throughout the story we see her be as calculating as a serial killer and as cunning as a thief all the while keeping one step ahead of any danger to herself.
Her road was not an easy one though. After the death of her mother she finds herself at a horrible school ruled by a madman who punishes students gleefully all the while naming the punishments as an act of God. I was worried that the story would stall here and that the religious aspect would take center stage, but it did not thankfully. The story does gain a lot of speed in this section and we see Jane grow into who she will ultimately become in those school walls, but er true adventure starts after her and her best friend flee.
Here's the thing though. I really got into the story up until the last 3/4 or so. At that point another side story took center stage and I felt myself becoming more and confused by historical facts and names. I am not a history buff so all this was WAY over my head. I just kept wishing the story would stay focused on Jane and her life. As I sit here writing this review I still can't tell you what really happened during the war that was described. I found it hard keeping up with the details with the writing style. Which is something else that took me a very long time to get used to. This wasn't a bad thing just something that slowed me down. It was very downtown abbyish and very classic like if that makes any sense. I found I could not skim or read fast because there were so many word puzzles. By the end I liked this because it did suit the story, but I feel like this will turn a lot of people off.
In the end I did like this like I said. The characters were all interesting and I found myself rooting for Jane and her love interest. I would have liked a better ending for her and Rebecca though. I felt like Rebecca kind of got the yucky end of that deal and even though I was mad at her for what she did I don't think she deserved that ending. I don't like big bows tied around every plot line, but for that one I really wanted one.
I think it that I haven't read Jane Eyre. Yes I know that's not something I should openly admit, but I haven't. I have read other reviews stating that this isn't close to the original classic so I am glad I didn't have anything to compare it to. So if you have read the original just bewarned that this is different from what I have been told. This story in my opinion will definitely stand on it's own though so you shouldn't be worried about that....more