Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I was really excited about Down London Road because I really love how Samantha You...moreWarning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I was really excited about Down London Road because I really love how Samantha Young writes her stuff, her Warriors of Ankh series was pretty great, I really enjoyed reading it, and I also liked the previous book in this series, On Dublin Street. Why did I like On Dublin Street? No idea. It’s not my usual thing but it worked for me perfectly at the time. Down London Road proved that me liking On Dublin Street was purely a mood thing. Oh well.
I went blindly into this book so I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea that this was going to happen:
My eyes flickered across the room and then my breath hitched as my gaze paused on a guy who was staring at me. Our eyes met, and for some absolutely bizarre reason the connection felt physical, like acknowledging each other’s presence had actually locked me in place.
Yeah, that made me know that I won’t like this book. I was hoping to be wrong, but no, I wasn’t wrong.
I really don’t like this sort of romance or this sort of characters. I also think that tattooed guys are being extremely overused and this aspect made Cam less attractive. He is also a douche. Me no like douche.
Johanna, the wonderful MC, is an idiot. I hated her. I didn’t even remember who the hell she was. I knew she was in On Dublin Street and I was trying so hard to remember who the hell she was. And then it came back to me. The money-digging chick who wanted to bang Braden. Oh yeah. No Miss Jo, I do not like you. I do not like you at all.
‘How can you take Malcolm and all those other guys’ help but not a friend’s?’ Because it’s a totally different thing!
Hah. Yes, she is like that. Now you know why I don’t like her. Oh, and check this quote from the book’s description:
Johanna Walker knows what she wants.
Really? She knows what she wants?? No, she doesn’t. That’s a huge pile of bullcrap right there. Why? Because the whole book is based on how Jo is unable to make up her mind about what she wants from her life. She is a stubborn woman who makes a shitload of bad decisions. And she gets to be a main character in a book I was really looking forward to reading. Yay me.
Thankfully, I was pretty. Tall with legs that went on forever […]
Cam on the other hand was not such a bad character, when compared to Joe, of course, but I didn’t like him much either. This is because of what a huge dick he was to Jo just because “he felt too attracted to her”. This gave him the right to be a total judgmental jerk, it seems. He made it up to her later on but I lost track of things when everything got too boring to handle. And I mean boring. They got together halfway through. As in together together, meet my family and all that shit together. That’s when things got too bad for me to even bother reading the rest of the book. It was just filled with useless drama. Did Young do this only to increase the page numbers of the book? It sure felt like it.
So, is Down London Road worth your money? It sure as hell was not worth mine, to tell you the truth. I would recommend you buying it only if you enjoy reading mostly romance books. Romance noobs might like it as well. As for the rest of us anti-romance, or partially anti-romance people, that’s a no. Ignore your hormones when it comes to this one.
Fans of Morganville Vampires rejoice! We finally got a book that lives up to this series potential. Or at least gets very close to it. Which is cool.
I...moreFans of Morganville Vampires rejoice! We finally got a book that lives up to this series potential. Or at least gets very close to it. Which is cool.
I really love this series and it pains me to give these books less than five stars. Morganville Vamps can do five stars easily. It just doesn’t work too hard to reach that for some reason unknown to me yet.
I never felt like continuing a series after giving the first book three stars. Never. That means that I found the series meh. Meh doesn’t want me to instantly buy the book and find out what happens next. And yet Morganville always leaves me wanting more. Is it the fact that the series is amazing or should I blame it on the cliffhangers? Or both? I’m going for both.
I do hope that the next installments will be even better since Midnight Alley gave more depth to the vampire universe. Caine keeps on adding more and more details to her stories and characters and all this boosts up the quality of her books. I am le extremely happy.
This review will be more or less my impression on the Mistborn trilogy. And I say trilogy to ignore the coming books since the trilogy concludes this...moreThis review will be more or less my impression on the Mistborn trilogy. And I say trilogy to ignore the coming books since the trilogy concludes this sequence of the Mistborn series.
Anypoodle, I cannot find words good enough to describe how much I’ve enjoyed reading these three books. Sure, it might seem frightening since they’re incredibly long, each book having at least 700 pages, but Sanderson managed to make it feel anything but long and boring.
He is such an amazingly talented writer and he made me feel a lot of emotions towards the characters belonging to this series. I’ve been through so many events with them. Happy, sad, terrifying. You name it. I’ve learned to love and respect them and I was so scared of reaching the end because I had no idea how I’d cope with the fact that there will be no more books about them in the future. I do think that Sanderson was right to keep this as short as he could. Maybe if here were more books things would have lost their spark. Or not. Who knows?
I am sad because of the bitter sweet ending. It was a happy ending, but not as happy as I would have wanted it to be. It left me staring out into the sky and trying to cope with what had happened. Three days later and I’m still not over it. I don’t know if and when I’ll be over it. We shall see.
The other thing I want to talk to - well more like ask you - is to read this series. Don’t expect rainbows, unicorns and happy princesses. Mistborn is a story about pain and what it means to fight for what you believe in. There are lots of deaths and lots of sadness so you have to try to read it accordingly. After you’re done meet me for some drinks. You’ll need them. You’ll also thank me for making you know this amazing series.
I’m not exaggerating when saying that this is a must read. Read it. Read it asap!
Trickster should be turned into a movie, and Tom Hiddleston should play Lem.
I really liked this book. At first I thought I...more
We were not good people.
Trickster should be turned into a movie, and Tom Hiddleston should play Lem.
I really liked this book. At first I thought I will end up DNFing it because the start was rather strange, and I thought it wouldn’t be my kind of book. But after a while, as I read on, I started to care about the characters and the story didn’t bother me anymore. On the contrary, it became extremely interesting. The characters are the strong point of Trickster. Their complexity makes them feel genuine. Oh, and the MC is more of an antihero. I likes me some antiheroes.
If you want to give Trickster a try then go ahead. But I must warn you, if you’re looking for pink clouds and mushy bears then this might not be the book for you. They call it Noir for a reason.
At first I felt lost. Loads of weird names. Freaking weird names. Really. For everything. Couldn’t remember anything. And the thing is, Blood’s Pride...moreAt first I felt lost. Loads of weird names. Freaking weird names. Really. For everything. Couldn’t remember anything. And the thing is, Blood’s Pride has a shitload of main characters. The point of view changed throughout the book more times than I could remember. It was overwhelming, especially since Evie Manieri has a thing for overly-complex idiotic names.
I need my books to be special in order to feel sucked in and enjoy what I’m reading. Blood’s Pride caught my attention with its first few chapters, but after a while the story got boring and confusing. The dialogues, in particular, bored me to tears. I felt like the characters on which the story focused were not that important, nor entertaining for that matter. I would have loved the story to focus more on the Mongrel, since she is the coolest character between them.
And what is that monster on the cover? (and what an amazing cover it is, I might add – totally misleading, but I will get to that later)
A dragon? A bat? A bat-dragon? A dragon-bat? Doesn’t matter. I want more of whatever that is. I was halfway through, and there was no bat-monster in sight. What a bunch of nonsense!
And speaking of the cover, it’s incredibly misleading. The cover made me think that Blood’s Pride is an epic adventure starring the Mongrel chick, with a bit of romance between her and the fire-wielding Ginger dude (see misleading cover). I did not get any of that. Sadness.
No, fuck that. No sadness. Anger. Injustice. Frustration. Not cool.
Am I going to give the next book in the series a try? Nope.
I started A Natural History of Dragons thinking that it’s a standalone book. As you know, A Natural History of Dragons is the so called memoir of Isab...moreI started A Natural History of Dragons thinking that it’s a standalone book. As you know, A Natural History of Dragons is the so called memoir of Isabella, or Lady Trent (whatever you want to call her), who is between the most acclaimed dragon researchers in the book’s universe. It’s needless to say that I was very curious to witness the events that have won Isabella’s title.
There were many things that I loved about this book. Exploring the world from Isabella’s point of view was nice. Marie Brennan built Isabella’s character very well, at least in the book’s first half. I appreciated how this book started with Isabella’s childhood since I got the feeling of growing up with her. And most importantly, the dragons!
THE FREAKING DRAGONS!!!
A Natural History of Dragons is all about the dragons. Dragons in the title, cover, illustrations (yes, this book has some amazing illustrations in it – zomg, yes?), and in every chapter. (read on and witness my drama – follow the *** if you want to skip directly to my drama and miss out all the fun)
Did I mention the fact that I love dragons?
On the minus side we have the poor universe. Yes, I failed to feel the depth of the cities the characters were in. The descriptions were decent enough, and there were two sketches, if I’m correct, of some environments. However, I felt like they were not enough. I wanted to know more about the surrounding cities, creatures, cultures (the interesting ones, not the exorcise the demons in ice cold water ones), and so on.
Did I mention that I wanted more dragons?
I was expecting to get all my answers from A Natural History of Dragons. I saw that the book is about 300 pages long, and it seemed weird because the topic seems like it needs more than 300 pages in order to present the story properly. By the time I got 90% in, it was obvious that the book will either have a sequel or will disappoint.
Did I mention that I’m sick of being disappointed by stupid books?
I’m not keen to have a sequel and I don’t want to be disappointed. What I wanted was a standalone book full of dragon chasing, dragon study, and dragon riding for all I care. Just give me what you promised in the summary!
Yes. So I need to warn you, this is a series. As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, I did not know this small detail (that makes a fucking difference).
After finishing A Natural History of Dragons, I got rather pissed off. The ending upset me not because it was a bad ending, but because it was rather pointless. Many things that happened in the end proved worthless, and this has much to do with the fact that half of the book is eventless, so Marie Brennan had to stir up your desire to read her next book somehow.
Hahafuckingha the joy and laughter and sunny delight shoot me now another book that fails to deliver what it promises in the fucking summary.
Fifty points from Griff- oh wait wrong book. Two stars from A Natural History of Smugglers.
***It seems like I have found a huge mistake in this book’s title. Please allow me to fix it.
Ah much better. And accurate. Don’t forget accurate.
Why accurate, you ask? Because A Natural History of Dragons does not revolve around frigging dragons as it’s supposed to, but around the stupid village and stupid smugglers. I feel like the dragons were almost completely ignored, minus a few scenes where they attack people, some bones and empty caves. How is this book called A Natural History of Dragons again? Is it because of the original book that stirred Isabella’s desire to study dragons? Could be. Where the fuck is the dragon study I wanted to read about? Oh, well maybe the smugglers have it.
So freaking disappointing. Really. If you want to read this book because of the dragons (which is the only reason why you would) then don’t bother. It’s not what you think it is, and I doubt the sequel will be better.
3 stars (because the illustrations were nice – lucky you)
Don’t give me that look! Just look at this. Look at it!!
Doesn't that deserve an extra star? Does it not?! What about 10 of them? I still can't make myself give this book more than 3 stars, even with the 10 awesome illustrations scattered throughout it. It's not that good of a book to deserve it.
“Asher Falls. Welcome to our kingdom, Amelia Gray.”
Long story short Amelia Gray gets a new commission in Asher Falls, a town full of mysterious peo...more
“Asher Falls. Welcome to our kingdom, Amelia Gray.”
Long story short Amelia Gray gets a new commission in Asher Falls, a town full of mysterious people and a secret that will change her life forever.
My thoughts I absolutely loved The Restorer, book one of the Graveyard Queen series, and I had to know what happens next. That’s why I started The Kingdom right after I finished it. I don’t know if this was a mistake or not, but I did not enjoy The Kingdom one bit.
My problems with The Kingdom are simple. It’s not as creepy as The Restorer, the story is extremely lacking and all the characters are either weakly developed or just plain ol’ annoying. And we get a love triangle, which pisses me off. I hate love triangles. I really really do.
There were many parts that I didn’t like, which are mostly related to the town’s people, the trio of witches, and the so called romance. And there were parts that I liked, which are mostly related to the ghosts, the forest and the lake. In the end I still wasn’t satisfied with the overall feel of the story. I can even say that The Kingdom is silly when compared to The Restorer. It’s also needless to say that the ending was ludicrous. I simply have no words to describe how disappointed I am.
To read or not to read? This is a tough question. It all depends on the reasons why you picked The Restorer in the first place. If you actually want to read something creepy then you’ll be disappointed with The Kingdom. If you just care about Amelia’s life, her romances, her past, etc. then you just might like it.
Omigosh I wanted this to be good. I wanted this to be good so badly. I wanted something creepy. Look at that cover! It sure looks like a creepy book....moreOmigosh I wanted this to be good. I wanted this to be good so badly. I wanted something creepy. Look at that cover! It sure looks like a creepy book. Creepy YA Romance. YA Romance generally sucks, I know, but look at the cover! How can’t that be awesome?!
“Easy, my dear Anzu. The cover is awesome, true, but it is a mere metaphor. The shadow monster doesn’t necessarily have to be a shadow monster but a symbol for the darkness within a person. Duh.”
Well… yeah. That sucks.
Bleh meh meh bleh bleh bleh.
:real review starts here:
In the future, be careful whom you rescue.
Companions of the Night is a pretty decent YA Paranormal Romance about a girl doing the right thing and getting in trouble because of it. More or less.
Is it like Twilight, you ask. No, rest assure, it’s not. It has character depth, no cheesiness (at least not too much cheesiness) and a pretty decent story. And think about it, the book is a bit over 200 pages long and yet offers so much more than the YA books I usually read. The advantage is that it doesn’t have enough time to overstay its welcome. I’m always a fan of that.
Another thing that I really liked is the author’s take on vampires. Here comes the metaphor I was talking about, the dark shadow. Kerry, the MC, rescues a vampire in distress. So far so corny. The dude is a teenager (meh) and pretty much kisses her ass for saving him.
"Wait! You mean that a vampire (super strength and all that) gets rescued by a mere teenage girl?! What the hell is this crap??!"
Well yeah. Duh, right? Super strength should have gotten the dude out of trouble.
"NOT IF IT WAS TWILIGHT!!"
And you are right again. But this is not Twilight. Vampires are evil and selfish. They only care about their wellbeing. They might faking it.
And they might threaten to kill you. Abduct you. Force you to work for them and threated to kill your family if you don’t comply.
Oh yes. This is how things go in Companions of the Night. And I love it. It makes sense. Ethan’s (the vamp) personality matched my image of vampires. I absolutely hate the usual sissy vamps in Paranormal books. No, these are not nice people that happened to grow a fang or two. No, they don’t sparkle nor eat animals because they are too “kind” to kill people. No, they don’t stay virgins for 100 years nor want to have a relationship with the Mary Sue next door. They are vile cruel disgusting creatures that belong in your nightmares not your sexual fantasies.
Unless.. you’re into that sorta thing. Which is fine by me. Whatever rocks your boat, stranger.
Anyways, I have two main things that I disliked about Companions of the Night.
One, the story was not creepy. I was expecting something else and I didn’t get it. Disappoint.
Two, the romance. I think I would have given it four stars if it wasn’t for the romance. It didn’t bother me since it took an incredibly small part of the book, say 20 pages or so, but I think the story would have been better without it.
If you ever have the possibility of reading this book, then take it. It’s a very fast and fun read. Should you buy it? Maybe if it has a discount, yes. Else try borrowing from someone.
Not bad but I was hoping it would be better. I couldn't really get myself to like Junco, I feel like she's trying too hard. Story-wise, it certainly i...moreNot bad but I was hoping it would be better. I couldn't really get myself to like Junco, I feel like she's trying too hard. Story-wise, it certainly isn't the most interesting thing out there. I'll give #2 a try.(less)
Ohkay. Dragon Age: The Silent Grove. Another video game inspired graphic novel. I can’t say that I hate the idea of reading more about a game I enjoye...moreOhkay. Dragon Age: The Silent Grove. Another video game inspired graphic novel. I can’t say that I hate the idea of reading more about a game I enjoyed playing but most of the time the stories end up disappointing me.
In Dragon Age: The Silent Grove we follow the footsteps of Alistair who is to become King of Ferelden. Alistair used to be my love interest in the game (yes, I was desperate) so it’s funny to see him being all badass when, in truth, he’s just a little insecure man. I never liked his character, to tell you the truth. And having the story revolve around him… well, you can imagine. Not impressed.
I had some technical, if you can call them that, problems. Because of the images having a small resolution, the text is very difficult to read. Zooming in is a nightmare. I always have this type of problems when it comes to graphic novel ARCs and because of this I’m actually thinking of giving up the process of requesting and reviewing ARC graphic novels.
ARC courtesy of Dark Horse Comics via NetGalley(less)
Swimming through the ocean was like flying through another world.
Long story short On her latest sea expedition, Queen Beatrice is accidentally stabb...more
Swimming through the ocean was like flying through another world.
Long story short On her latest sea expedition, Queen Beatrice is accidentally stabbed by Lirea, a mermaid that can shift into human form. The dagger Lirea was wielding is an enchanted one, and it absorbs Beatrice’s spirit. Danielle, Talia and Snow have to catch the culprit and save the queen’s life.
My thoughts I absolutely love pirate tales. And mermaids. And underwater adventures (thank you SpongeBob). And the three princesses. And kelpies.
I do not like spawning though. It’s too fishy for my taste.
Fishy. Get it?
The Mermaid's Madness was an incredibly fun read. Hines’ retelling of The Little Mermaid is extremely interesting and, as usual, way better than the original. The characters were very detailed and varied. I really liked Lirea, her madness was extremely well portrayed. I more than once felt bad for the poor thing. Another character that I liked was Hephyra. She made one hell of a captain. I hope we’ll meet her again soon. I kind of doubt it, but here’s hoping. /end of positive things
And now the negative ones. I was expecting to give The Mermaid's Madness five stars. That’s how much faith I have in Jim C. Hines. I am very sad to say that this is a mere 3.5 star book. Why? Because it went terribly slow at times. Some events were unnecessary, some decisions stupid, some characters a pain in the ass (yes, I’m talking about Snow). All of this made me want to put the book aside for a while and start something else. Something better. This is never a good sign. The good news is that after 50 to 60 percent I didn’t feel like this anymore.
So there you have it folks. Book two of the Princess series, The Mermaid's Madness makes up for its slow parts with a fun adventure, great characters and unique realms. I really enjoyed reading it and I can’t wait to get my claws on the next installment, Red Hood's Revenge. Lady of the Red Hood assassin? Count me in!
“The first time somebody strikes you, you’re shocked. You lack the reflexes to block or dodge the blows or to roll with the ones you can’t. The earlier you can learn those skills, the easier it is to deal with the next fight.”