**spoiler alert** So they broke it! They broke it and I can't fix my favorite series. Here are some reasons why I am so disillusioned:
No resolution of**spoiler alert** So they broke it! They broke it and I can't fix my favorite series. Here are some reasons why I am so disillusioned:
No resolution of Curran's shitty behavior from the first book.
Kate is not Kate anymore. She has turned into mcSissyPants. She whines and acts like a damsel in distress which is such a far cry from what made her awesome that it just broke my heart! I did not mind her worrying over Curran - it may have been excessive - but I dealt with it. It was the waiting for Curran to rescue her that I did not get. Shouldn't love make her stronger? Is it not that what she claimed? Yet she kept saying things like she had imagined they would face Roland together. Why?
Kate worries the heck outta Curran's absence but not once does she pause to consider whether Julie is safe. Yes, Barabas said she was but Kate just takes his word for it.
When Hugh shows up, Kate lets Curran fight him. Is that what the old Kate would do? Why would she let someone else fight her battle? So. Not. Kate.
The little chat with Do-little was so reminiscent of the ones that Harry used to have with Dumbledore that I had to recheck which book it was that I was reading.
Lack of interesting characters or really small cameos. These include Raphael, Kate's pooch, Julie, the Celtic guy, among others.
The transportation scene. Again, I was thrown back to the part where Cedric and Harry were taken to the cemetery. Even the dialogues sounded the same. No, Rowling was not the first one to use this in a plot but I had thought Kate Daniels series was smarter than this.
Not only did the violence level ratchet through the sky, Kate started looking like a sadist! She tortured the woman who had killed Aunt B. So. Not. Kate!
The conspirators were so obvious and in your face that I kept thinking, it could not be them! I do not like guessing how the mystery would be solved when I read. I let it unfold but this one just slapped me in the face!
Derek was also afflicted by the same disease. We expect Ascanio to act like a teenager but Derek is the kid who was tortured to death and then made to live. Why is he behaving like an idiot?
I loved the pack's behavior. They still think of Kate as an outsider and no matter what she does, she will remain one. That was the only thing that had stayed true to the previous books.
Ghastek. Curran berates him for not knowing stuff, I thought that was unfair that he would be the last to find out who Kate was. Again, just not like him.
I loved how Curran gave up his pack to be with Kate. It was what is expected of him.
There is no mention of how Jim would have reacted to Kate and Curran's departure. I more than wanted to see what he had to say about it.
Roland was exactly perfect. That is what I had come to expect from the Kate Daniels series and he was brilliant. The realization that his walk through caused was amazing as well. He is almost a god and Kate and Curran realized the futility of the security measures they had taken. That was done really well.
Hugh was another character that creeped me out in exactly the right way. He was deranged and his behavior at the Order showed that. However, when he continued to do nothing at the end, that was anticlimactic. I kept waiting for a final showdown but it never came.
I am just so sad that this book is becoming like the rest of them. Weddings and kick-ass ladies turning into delicate swooning flowers, how could this have happened?...more
The world in this novel was divided between two kinds of magic users: Privileged & Powder Mages. While the limitations of what Powder M
The world in this novel was divided between two kinds of magic users: Privileged & Powder Mages. While the limitations of what Powder Mages could do and could not do were clearly described, the author left the Privileged's extent of power in murky waters. That is why, whenever they pulled some new kind of crap, the reader would think it was within the magic-user's reach. Of course, we find out later that there were other sorcerers who were much more powerful. They are supposed to be extinct but at least three of them make an appearance.
The gods have abandoned the world or so the people think. So far, I have met two of them! While the most powerful of them all appears just as the book is about to end, his brother, a minor god, does get some face time in the book. Mihali can create food from nothing and heals through his cooking. Here is what I imagine he would look like:
There is no dearth of epic fantasies that focus on the military and they manage to snare me at times, (the Bridgeburners in Malazan Books of the Fallen) while failing to do so at other times (Glen Cook's Black Company). This one fell into the former category and I started to care about Olem, the Field Marshal's personal bodyguard, and Adamat, a retired police inspector. However much I wanted Olem not to die, when he survived the last fight at the end of the book, I felt as if he was one of Dumas' musketeers -- unkillable!
There are plots within plots and everyone has their own game but this complexity comes nowhere near to what Erikson can embroil his readers in.
For me, reading about the adventure that the soldiers were on was a hoot. The humor that was interwoven within that adventure was a big plus! Here are some of my favorite dialogues:
it is a good book for pre-teens because it read like a written version of the movie, The Mummy.
the story isn't overly long
Mau is the cutest
enjoyed the information included about different Egyptian deities
What I didn't like:
stuff that bothered me but probably wouldn't bother a 12yo, like: the kids getting used to the powers real quickly, how did everyone understand each other-were they speaking the same language? JJ sounded like a grown up in many scenes.
**spoiler alert** The author was kind enough to give me a free review copy.
You know those books that you just don't wanna put down? Not because there'**spoiler alert** The author was kind enough to give me a free review copy.
You know those books that you just don't wanna put down? Not because there's something exciting happening in the story or it is a good story...not only that but mostly because the writing flows and the story is being told so smoothly that you just read on and on. This book was such a book.
The parts I loved the most began when Pallas is aboard the ship and meets the crew. Their humor, lightheartedness and loyalty towards each other made them lovable.
I also liked that we're set up to hate Elena in the beginning of the story but we find out she has more depth and understands political intrigue much better than her younger sisters give her credit for.
Othello, I feared and hated just like I was supposed to. Even when I laughed at his antics, I wasn't less creeped out by him!
About the gods and their machinations: a) I'm not yet sure if they're actually deities and not humans who know what opposable thumbs are, b) they just don't care whose life they ruin, do they? Even Pallas who claims not to believe in gods & goddesses can't escape their schemes!
Pallas keeps mentioning how her father must miss her and I couldn't shake the feeling that there's something wrong there. Poor Pallas!
What would have made the book even better was a little more world building, maybe? Or a map, so we could understand what this world is like even better.
**spoiler alert** What I liked about the book: it was a much smoother read than the first book-the writing, as well as, the story. this time around the**spoiler alert** What I liked about the book: it was a much smoother read than the first book-the writing, as well as, the story. this time around the book was the right length Babs' smart ass comments kept cracking me up Sam could be seen becoming more comfortable with her powers and I also liked how she realized Trent was bad news, even when she couldn't abandon him Trent's POV added to the story in a positive way. Trent wasn't just allowed to forget everything and given Guardian status again.
What I didn't like: there were quite a few misspelled words & other errors. at times, it felt as if H.B. didn't want to be with Sam because of who she was but rather because of who she would become. the final battle with the devil should have kicked ass-it didn't! the effect that spirits have on zombies needed more explanation....more
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Interesting story. Glimpses of**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. Get your copy here.
Interesting story. Glimpses of mythology made it even more fun. Didn't much like the "instant love" between the main characters but they were sweet together. I loved that even though the Amazons were supposed to be a warrior race, they weren't completely without fear. Fast paced and just the right length....more
**spoiler alert** This is a YA book but not a typical one. What makes it different is that Cheyenne-the female lead– falls for a bad boy and realizes t**spoiler alert** This is a YA book but not a typical one. What makes it different is that Cheyenne-the female lead– falls for a bad boy and realizes that he isn’t perfect. Even though, she’s hopelessly attracted to Denver, she tries her best to keep a cool head around him. I did find it odd that she didn’t much resent him biting her but I guess that could be because it opened a whole new world to her. I loved the twins and their completely different personalities. What didn’t sit well with me was that Cheyenne kept disregarding her dreams. I mean you’re at a magic school and those dreams felt ominous, yet she didn’t seem to pay attention to them. The mystery surrounding the statue of the angel and the Fallen Angel was intriguing and I hope there’ll be more about them in the next book.
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I really enjoyed this b**spoiler alert** I received this book from Making Connections for free, in exchange of, an honest review. Get your copy here.
I really enjoyed this book for various reasons: anything that has to do with mythology always attracts me and the author incorporated Egyptian mythology into this story beautifully. the action begins with the first page and keeps going! the story kept me interested throughout and it was the right length. I liked how Nur/Nicole knew some things instinctively while she had to work to get better at others. Another thing I liked about this book was that it can be read as a stand alone. Looking forward to reading the next in the series....more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of, an honest review. Get your copy here.
After finishing off the first**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of, an honest review. Get your copy here.
After finishing off the first book, I just had to read the next one. The story felt more cohesive and interesting than the first one. Initially, I thought Marcus was going to end up with the bad guys and was a little put off by that but the author gave Marcus' story a new twist. Nur is shown to be learning and getting more command over her powers. We find out more about what kind of a person she is in this book. Yes, Kemsefet is the perfect guy for her but I'd like to know more about him-maybe in the next book? Can't say I was surprised about Alex! Want so bad to read the third book!...more
**spoiler alert** ★ Pickman's Other Model, Tsathoggua, A Colder War
★★ Mr. Gaunt, The Fungal Stain, Take Me To The River, Cold Water Survival,
★★★ Fair**spoiler alert** ★ Pickman's Other Model, Tsathoggua, A Colder War
★★ Mr. Gaunt, The Fungal Stain, Take Me To The River, Cold Water Survival,
★★★ Fair Exchange, The Vicar Of R'lyeh, The Crevasse, Bad Sushi, Old Virginia, The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft, The Oram County Whoosit, Buried In The Sky, Bringing Helena Back, The Essayist In The Wilderness, Shoggoths In Bloom, Lesser Demons, Another Fish Story
★★★★ A Study In Emerald, The Disciple, The Great White Bed, Grinding Rock, Details, Head Music, Mongoose...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections group to read and review. Get your copy here When a book ends and you yell out: "Did**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections group to read and review. Get your copy here When a book ends and you yell out: "Did he have to die?" then you know you liked the story. That the author can write is evident, the story grabbed my attention from the very beginning and kept me engrossed through out. Yes, it had a Tolkeinish flavor to it and at times came perilously close to LOTR but the author skilfully turned those scenes into his own- the horses sent by the Wind. Of all the characters, Gorin was my favorite. One other thing that I really liked was that we were spared the condescending attitude of the Elves- they were an old race but the Mages & Trolls were given equal importance. The burden that the Elven king had to carry..beautiful concept. S’Darin and his story-another unique part of this story. I could go on and on about the things I liked but I'll just say, fans of epic fantasy, you've gotta read this book!! ...more