I absolutely loved this! Definitely want to read more in the series :) (view spoiler)[I love how it started off as just a kind of average small-town,I absolutely loved this! Definitely want to read more in the series :) (view spoiler)[I love how it started off as just a kind of average small-town, high school novel with a mysterious boy... who suddenly turns out to be a prince in a fantasy world across the river! I know there are a lot of books out there where the mysterious new boy at school (although in this case William wasn't new) turns out to be a vampire/werewolf/angel/fairy etc, but for some reason in this case it felt remarkably fresh. (hide spoiler)]...more
Very likeable and interesting, and I enjoyed the theme of conservation in a magical setting. When I started reading for some reason I was imagining thVery likeable and interesting, and I enjoyed the theme of conservation in a magical setting. When I started reading for some reason I was imagining the fairies to be like bees - fairy keeper, bee keeper, fairy nectar, honey!
I really liked Sierra. She was willing to throw anyone and everyone under the bus to save her sister Phoebe, and at times she was downright bitchy to Nell without cause! I liked that she wasn't "perfect", but nor was she overly flawed - she was just realistic.
For some reason I enjoyed the first half of this more than the second - I was loving the quest the three were on, and then it felt like something changed a bit once they joined with Micah, the faun. Not sure what though! They were still in a hurry of course, but it felt as though the pace slowed down almost....more
**spoiler alert** I'm so calling Tove and Markis Bain being an item! I do like how it was never explicitly said though.
YAY LOKI! I'm so team Loki not**spoiler alert** I'm so calling Tove and Markis Bain being an item! I do like how it was never explicitly said though.
YAY LOKI! I'm so team Loki not team Finn. I'm glad Finn and Mia found each other in the end :)
That was awesome how Loki's stabbing brought about the emotion that Wendy needed to fully use her powers, and kill the King. Hah! And then Sara managed to save Loki! PHEW. I was worried for a bit there. I mean usually ya books tend to have a happily ever after BUT SOME OF THEM DON'T AND THEY HAVE A NOBLE SACRIFICE INSTEAD.
I thought this book was pretty cool, and it reminded me a bit of the Wings series in a way.
(view spoiler)[I loved the ending - the daring escape and rI thought this book was pretty cool, and it reminded me a bit of the Wings series in a way.
(view spoiler)[I loved the ending - the daring escape and reunion with Matt, which leaves it open-ended without screaming SEQUEL!!!! in your face. I actually have the second book from the library at the moment, but it's a good ending where you don't need to read on asap.
I liked the world and the changeling idea, although it struck me as a bit odd how little Wendy thought of Matt and Maggie once she'd gone. It was like there was a little at first, and then she just got on with her "new life" whereas I'd be all NO I WANT TO GO HOME RIGHT NOW SHUT UP I'M NOT LISTENING TO YOU.
Also... trolls? I can't help it, the word makes me think of ugly ogres, haha. But clearly these trylle trolls aren't, they're 99% human-looking. But it still struck me as a little jarring.
Aww, Rhys - Wendy's "mansklig" (ie. human she was exchanged for) - is awesome too. (hide spoiler)]...more
Okay, so this was just absolutely awesome and I loved it :D I only wish that it hadn't ended so abruptly (view spoiler)[and that Aenea hadn't died! OMOkay, so this was just absolutely awesome and I loved it :D I only wish that it hadn't ended so abruptly (view spoiler)[and that Aenea hadn't died! OMG HEARTBROKEN (hide spoiler)] because now I have to wait for a sequel when I'd originally thought this was just a stand-alone book. I mean not that it's a BAD thing to have more to (hopefully) look forward to, but that left the ending here a little unsatisfying.
I didn't know much about this going in at all, so the reading voyage of discovery was especially awesome. (view spoiler)[I did pick pretty early on that Gene and Micah were one and the same, but I like how it was deliberately not said for quite some time and you could be fooled into thinking they were different characters. I really loved the idea of the 'Kedi', the half-male, half-female demigod who is the only really truly whole being, having the parts of both genders. I loved that Micah crushed on girls as well as boys, that she wasn't a guy in a girl's body or a girl in a guy's body, but something in between in a body that was both. That was seriously neat. Her parents tried to raise her as female, but she was sometimes too boyish for that, but not entirely masculine. It was just seriously awesome to read and think about.
I loved Micah and Aenea together. WHY DID SHE HAVE TO DIE :( :( that seriously broke my heart, especially after she'd rejected Micah for hiding the truth from her! I wish it had been just one or the other, not the double whammy.
The world that this was set in was fascinating as well, if a little confusing at times. I'm not a huge fantasy person so I think some of the details did lose me at times and I'm still a little unclear on a whole bunch of things, which is embarrassing. But hopefully further book/s will help to explain things further! I'd also love to know more about just who Micah's real family were because it definitely sounds like she's part of something pretty major!
I loved Master Illari of the spices too, what a lovely character. And the circus was just fascinating and so brilliantly described. This is the perfect book to read soon after The Night Circus when you're still on a circus high! And also of course perfect to read if you want something a little more than just a straight forward male/female romance. The writing is just perfect too, omg. The words sing on the pages :D (hide spoiler)]...more
So this was pretty fabulous. Ash's journey to claim his soul was quite an epic one - I especially loved the Wolf joining in the quest, in order to beSo this was pretty fabulous. Ash's journey to claim his soul was quite an epic one - I especially loved the Wolf joining in the quest, in order to be part of yet another tale which will aid his immortality. He and Grim were fun together! The gauntlet was terrifying and the trials... whoa. (view spoiler)[Especially the one where Ash got to revisit all his cruelties, yikes!
But the last trial was kind of crazy. I had a feeling it wasn't real from the get-go because it all just seemed so... flat? Like, this happened and then this and then time marched on and suddenly his and Meghan's son is 17... I knew that couldn't just be how it ended! But holy crap, he "lived" this mortal life up to, I don't know, 80 years, then he "died" and that was when the trial ended and it turned out mere seconds had passed, WHAT. Gaaah. (hide spoiler)]...more
When she found out I'd only ever read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, my friend lent me her huge All-Seven-Books-in-One Narnia omnibus. So thisWhen she found out I'd only ever read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, my friend lent me her huge All-Seven-Books-in-One Narnia omnibus. So this was my first time reading The Magician's Nephew... and I just adored it :D...more
Yay, awesome new series for me to devour! Already borrowed the second and third books from the library too - they also had the fourth and fifth but IYay, awesome new series for me to devour! Already borrowed the second and third books from the library too - they also had the fourth and fifth but I figure I probably won't read all five in a row and that library only lets you renew twice.
Randomly, it tickled me when Virus made her grand appearance in her green business suit, with green lipstick, and... three-inch heels. Way to lose some cool points lady! An evil villainess has got to be in at LEAST six-inch heels... maybe five if she's expecting to run around a bit. But three? Not even worth a mention when it comes to heel height.
It's funny, being an only child these stories of siblings going to such great lengths for their other siblings (Labyrinth also sprung to mind when I began this) always seem so foreign to me. But then I thought, well if my best friend was kidnapped I'd make any bargain and deal and promise to rescue her, haha. Seriously, take my first born!!!
Cool idea too with Machina and the iron fey coming up against the 'regular' fey - aw, and I adored the "pack rats" :D
I sure hope Ash and Puck can become friends again too. And Grim is just awesome. And Angie, at the end! Who knew? Crazy that Meghan was away for three months too - I really thought time would have stood still. I loved when the changeling finally made himself properly known to her mother too, when Meghan returned with Ethan. Okay now I've written this I really want to read on!...more
Hm, I feel this may have been my favourite of the three so far. Awesome stuff! (view spoiler)[I loved the melding of the summer and iron magic withinHm, I feel this may have been my favourite of the three so far. Awesome stuff! (view spoiler)[I loved the melding of the summer and iron magic within Meghan too and how she was able to, I guess, create that safe place for the iron fey within Faery, so they can live alongside the regular fey. Also yay for more ironhorses, although I still miss Ironhorse :( (hide spoiler)]...more
**spoiler alert** I totally fell in love with Ironhorse and was totally devastated when he died in the battle :( :( What a fabulous, unintentionally h**spoiler alert** I totally fell in love with Ironhorse and was totally devastated when he died in the battle :( :( What a fabulous, unintentionally hilarious character! I loved the turn-around from enemy to friend and protector, that was brilliantly done and so believable.
The rest of the book was awesome too. I'm really enjoying this series! They're quick and easy reads which is always a win in my book....more
14/10/11 - My first actual book-crossing 'catch' - I saw this in an op-shop in the village and couldn't resist! And who knows, I might even enjoy it i14/10/11 - My first actual book-crossing 'catch' - I saw this in an op-shop in the village and couldn't resist! And who knows, I might even enjoy it if I read it...
Whee! I did enjoy it! A lot better than Deep Trouble - this is how you write magical creatures and make them seem so real and awesome! Better than just sticking a few pointlessly into an otherwise human word.
Oh my, the Bandabear ♥ (view spoiler)[That legit made me tear up when he was killed by the wig-wigs... it was so shocking too for a childrens' book! (hide spoiler)]
So, Twig is 13 and has been raised by woodtrolls, but is obviously not a woodtroll. And finally he learns that his parents found him as a baby, it's not just that he randomly looks different to the other trolls. He sets out to stay with his cousin but he strays from the path... the one thing woodtrolls know never to do. And what follows is a whole bunch of (often perilous!) adventures as he attemps to find the path again, and himself. (view spoiler)[Of course he eventually finds his real father, who is a Sky Pirate, and after the slight hiccup of Twig being abandoned again by the same father who abandoned him last time, they sail off into the sunset for a happily-ever-after. (hide spoiler)]
The twist at the end with the evil, tricky Gloamglozer was brilliant. (view spoiler)["Oh, Gloamglozer, help!" was a refrain of Twig's... what he didn't realise was that the actual Gloamglozer was listening, and helping - shapeshifting into different creatures each time to lead Twig on... at the end he EPIC betrays Twig and it was so shocking, because you start to really think that the Gloamglozer isn't evil, just misunderstood. Oy! (hide spoiler)]
Oh god, the Rotsucker was terrifying also. The other creatures were the goblins (looked over by the terrifying Grossmother, I enjoyed that name!), the slaughterers (the nicest of the lot), and the trogs. Mag was a pretty young trog who turned "termagant" ie. huge and ugly and disgusting and evil... I loved the illustrations in this as well, they were so vivid. I also loved the part where Twig's heartcharmer pointed upwards and he was sad that it didn't work, and how that came back later on!
I think if you like Roald Dahl then you'd enjoy this :D...more
Lovely Sandra gave me this to read in Utrecht! :D And I absolutely loved it :) It really was a nice quick read, and it was absolutely fascinating. I LLovely Sandra gave me this to read in Utrecht! :D And I absolutely loved it :) It really was a nice quick read, and it was absolutely fascinating. I LOVED the magic, it was so detailed and easy to understand - none of that crazy shit! Just a simple story, about a boy with a gift and lots of backstory about that gift. Orrec has the gift of "unmaking" which, when turned on something living, equals killing. But he can't control it and is scared of who or what he might accidentally unmake, so he blindfolds his eyes - as you need to see something in order to use that gift on it and he is not taking any chances. The story is simply told and easy to follow and the world was a lovely one. It's so nice to read a book like this that's just easy and comfortable, you know? There's danger and adventure afoot, but no enormous battles or anything like that: there are country towns with feuds - some of which are deadly, alas. I loved the setting and the characters, and would love to read more of Orrec and Gry now :) (And gorgeous Coaly his faithful guidedog! :D)...more
How awesome is it that I already had a shelf for fire?! Fire plays such an important role in this book that it's a very appropriate shelf as well.
NowHow awesome is it that I already had a shelf for fire?! Fire plays such an important role in this book that it's a very appropriate shelf as well.
Now that I've finished the trilogy (*sobs*), Magic Study is still my favourite, then Poison Study second. I feel bad saying that this was my least favourite because IT'S STILL INCREDIBLY AWESOME! Not least favourite, just third of the three. Still brilliant and engrossing, I guess I just found it a bit confusing at times... it's been a while since I read the first two, so I kept having to pause and remind myself which one was Ixia and which one was Sitia, and who was on which side... I don't always do so incredibly well with political stuff, even when it is in fantasy worlds! I still loved this book though, and I was able to follow it - there were just some parts that required deeper thought.
Also, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.
I wish there'd been more of Irys though, because I have such a literary crush on her. She's absolutely fantastic.
(view spoiler)[OMG biggest twist ever about Roze being Jal. I actually yelled aloud in my shock! I actually didn't see that coming AT ALL. I was actually thinking that Roze was going to eventually turn out to be good, despite being a first-class bitch. I thought she was just a bitch. Not, like, the root of all evil. DUDE. That was epic. (hide spoiler)]...more
OMG, I bought this off Amazon and the seller said it was in "good" condition... like 100 pages are LOOSE! And annoyingly I'd already given the sellerOMG, I bought this off Amazon and the seller said it was in "good" condition... like 100 pages are LOOSE! And annoyingly I'd already given the seller 5-star feedback before I noticed this. Sure all the pages are there and in order, but that's hardly acceptable condition, let alone good. Bah, humbug.
I loved this third book, but not quite as much as the first two. I wasn't as fond of Sky as I was of Lucien, and I think I really would have just preferred a female main character again! Seeing that book 4 is yet another boy just made me sigh.
This one feels a lot more dangerous than the last two... the warring di Chimici and Nucci clans seriously don't think much of killing people! Also, I was finding that there were way too many characters to keep track of - all those brothers and cousins and sisters getting married did my head in a little! But all that aside, it was still awesome and fun to read. I liked seeing Nicholas/Falco in the 21st century.
Also, Alice so had the right idea. If I found a talisman and Stravagated to Talia, I'd so not be up for all that constant adventure! I need my sleep :P
I loved Sandro, and the duel at the end was quite exciting... what with everything else going on as well! Male main character aside, it certainly makes me intrigued for book 4. Only I hope there's much less of Dr. Dethridge - I can't stand reading his dialogue! ;)...more
Oh wow, hell yes! I foolishly came into this after having read Magic Study, a bit back-to-front there, but I really don't think my enjoyment/understanOh wow, hell yes! I foolishly came into this after having read Magic Study, a bit back-to-front there, but I really don't think my enjoyment/understanding suffered at ALL from it. Magic Study reads very well on its own, and reading Poison Study second was like... helping to fill in the back story or something. Plus, I couldn't remember what was new knowledge and what I'd just forgotten I already knew anyway, in some cases!
And it was a marvelous book. I'd actually like to go back one further now and see some more of the previous years of Yelena's life, though I know much has been filled in in the first two books. Still, it would be interesting to read.
I like how the romance between her and Valek wasn't totally forced upon us. It came on slowly and took almost the whole 400 pages, rather than being rushed and unbelievable. So it WAS believable, despite my skepticism at first! I admit, the first few chapters had me going :/ at the idea, but then it was done so subtly and artfully that in the end I totally wanted them together. Though after book 2, I still ship Irys/Yelena more :P Sad that there wasn't as much Irys, or as much fabulous Irys, in this book, but at least she was there enough for me to not be sad. I LOVED Ari and Janco too!!! Bless those boys :D
I also loved the detail that went into Yelena's job, and the tests Valek gave her. Such fascinating stuff! I really need to re-read #2 now, so everything that I was vague on before will make more sense. Also, because I damn well love that book ;)
Oooooooh that was just marvellous :D Although it has been far too long since I have read City of Masks so there were a few small moments of confusion,Oooooooh that was just marvellous :D Although it has been far too long since I have read City of Masks so there were a few small moments of confusion, but they were soon cleared up. At first, I wasn't as sure of this one as I was the last but by midway I just didn't want to put it down and ended up loving it SO much, maybe even more? I really loved Georgia, she was a great character to follow, but for the start of the book I found myself enjoying more the parts set just in England, rather than those in Talia. (Kind of like Amy Amaryllis all over again!) It took me more time to get properly into the Talia stuff, I think because the whole deal with the Twelfths kept confusing me a bit. I was very close to having to take notes!
I loved how the younger di Chimici boys proved to be friends and especially adored the storyline following Falco. I was quite worried he was going to be forced to return, or would cave and return of his own accord. I was glad when that did not happen, and the epilogue was an especially brilliant touch. (Also brilliant? Arianna kissing Georgia. :P)
I love how the ending leaves you wanting more, and makes it obvious that there IS more, but it's also not a giant cliffhanger of doom. I have City of Flowers as well, waiting to be read, but I might read something else in between to stretch out the joy....more
Oh WOW, hell yes! Alex lent me this absolutely ages ago, but because it's the 2nd in a series I didn't read it straight away - I was planning on gettiOh WOW, hell yes! Alex lent me this absolutely ages ago, but because it's the 2nd in a series I didn't read it straight away - I was planning on getting hold of the first one first. Well, that didn't happen. I'm trying not to buy more books here until I'm finished with my 'tbr' pile and I didn't know if I'd want to spend money on the first book. So I finally caved and decided to see how I went with the second.
I. LOVED. It. So so so much! And now I am dying to get hold of the first to fill in the gaps :) The story made sense and was followable without having read the previous book, which was good. Sure there were some things that were a bit fuzzy still by the end, and yes the backstory would have helped a lot - but a lot of the time it was only small details and backstory, nothing that greatly hindered my reading and understanding.
It was adventurous and fast-paced and just lovely. Yelena is a brilliant character to follow but oh, Irys has my heart. I completely fell head over heels for her! And I am not generally a huge shipper, but I couldn't help it - I was totally shipping her and Yelena. Every time Valek was mentioned or came on the scene, it broke my heart a little. :P I didn't really see much appeal in him, but based on other reviews it seems like he just wasn't around as much as he was in the first book.
Also, this is one of the more grown-up YA books I have read and I really enjoyed that. Yelena is 20, and the book is also a lot darker and grittier than most. Frequent mentions of rape and torture that you don't normally have spelled out so starkly - or so often - in YA. This is exactly the level of book that I like, that mix between YA and adult.
I admit to also getting a minor crush on Alea. I wanted her to be taken to prison and kept there, not killed... I think I have a thing for fierce women. :D Milady DeWinter, anyone?!...more
The latter third or so was what made me give this four stars instead of three. I liked the first part a lot, but for me there was far too much sex, anThe latter third or so was what made me give this four stars instead of three. I liked the first part a lot, but for me there was far too much sex, and it started to feel gratuitous... actually, it felt that way from the first time they did it, in the flying carpet.
ALSO. Since when do *carpets* have windows and tops and doors and boots? Gah. :P
But I liked Rye a lot, she was a great character. Flora, I didn't see the huge appeal in so I wasn't as invested in their relationship as much as I would have been had they, I don't know, not done it straight away in the flying carpet? lol. I loved Rye's backstory and the information we were told about what 'Fairyland' (yeah, that's its real name...) was like. What a horrific society. I'd maybe have loved a whole book about Rye, from adolescence to now. The background was fascinating.
The language though - using words like "branch" and "elm" as exclamations... that was weird, since it was never really explained - and everyone has tree-ish sort of names themselves, so at first I thought Branch and Elm were like, nicknames. Bah.
Absolutely loved this one, perhaps even more than Wings! I loved the parts in Avalon with Laurel at its school and wandering around the town. Such a fAbsolutely loved this one, perhaps even more than Wings! I loved the parts in Avalon with Laurel at its school and wandering around the town. Such a fascinating place!...more
Today in my gf's bookstore I stumbled across the most amazing thing ever: a beautiful hardcover edition of Die unendliche Geschichte - aka the originaToday in my gf's bookstore I stumbled across the most amazing thing ever: a beautiful hardcover edition of Die unendliche Geschichte - aka the original German edition of The Neverending Story. So of course I had to buy it even though I already have two English copies - one is a falling-apart paperback with the movie tie-in cover, the other is a hardcover sadly missing its dust jacket but it has the gorgeous red and green text. This one also has the red and green instead of just plain/italic which makes it so much more exciting to read! I started very slowly reading it today. I've read it so many times in English that I know what is being said even if I don't know all the words, which is good. :)...more
I really loved this one, but not *quite* as much as the first book. The last hundred or so pages somehow seemed to drag in places, though I'm not sureI really loved this one, but not *quite* as much as the first book. The last hundred or so pages somehow seemed to drag in places, though I'm not sure why because there was also a lot of excitement! Can't wait to read the third book now though :D...more
2 stars is probably a bit harsh, but I really didn't like this one as much as the others. Probably it was the setting - in Limbo, where everything was2 stars is probably a bit harsh, but I really didn't like this one as much as the others. Probably it was the setting - in Limbo, where everything was like a Japanese video game. I also didn't really care for Tsubomi, which didn't help! It felt like a very long read, as opposed to the others which I breezed through....more
OMFG!! And with the closing of this book, I immediately had the question "what shall I read next?" answered, because I think I will die if I don't staOMFG!! And with the closing of this book, I immediately had the question "what shall I read next?" answered, because I think I will die if I don't start on The Amber Spyglass like, right NOW.
Oh goodness me. I found this second part a little slower to get into - still interesting, but not as amazing and gripping... yeah, it sure picked up. The stealing back of the alethiometer had me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath. Sweet jesus that was intense!
Also, I am still in love with Serafina Pekkala and like half the other witches. The witches are awesome and make my soul happy....more
But I was slightly torn between four and fiOh wow, this and The Subtle Knife are all one big jumble in my head right now!
tl;dr version = SO MUCH LOVE.
But I was slightly torn between four and five stars... at times, the sheer length of the book got to me and I found myself wishing that the trilogy was a quartet, that this last book had been split in two. Because the constant action was just exhausting: it's all GO GO GO with no break! And I am not one for very long books. I like something I can finish in one sitting because I am impatient to know what happens, so to have something that takes longer than that... coupled with not having much reading time in May... it kind of wore me out. (This is why I had to set aside Inkdeath midway, it was wearing me out.)
Still, I loved it and it was gripping and exciting and had me on the edge of my seat so many times. I loved Mary and the mulefa especially, and I still have a crush on Serafina Pekkala. There were parts of it that reminded me a lot of The Neverending Story; like the world of the dead and Father Gomez' tracking efforts. Mrs. Coulter really surprised me, in the good way, and my heart almost broke several times. (view spoiler)[And then did break at the end... I was hoping for some loophole, that Will and Lyra could have their happily ever after! *cries* (hide spoiler)]
I can't remember all of the other hundred things I flailed at now. But ohmygoodness I loved it. :D...more
This came very close to being a five-star book, but I am trying to be more picky with what I give five stars these days. The funny thing was, the partThis came very close to being a five-star book, but I am trying to be more picky with what I give five stars these days. The funny thing was, the part that dragged it down to 'only' four from me was the bit with Coriander in the other world... now usually I am all for fairy-tales and fantasy, but I was quite comfortably reading a book set in 1650s London, with crazy Puritans running around treating children horribly! And to suddenly insert what felt like a dream sequence in the middle... ah well, at least it wasn't too long before we were back to London again!...more
Enjoyable, and I loved the illustrations! Nice, light reading and I like how it leaves room for a sequel (though I am not sure if I was really investeEnjoyable, and I loved the illustrations! Nice, light reading and I like how it leaves room for a sequel (though I am not sure if I was really invested enough to want to read more)....more