Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.
And its snap split the world in two.
Days of Blood and Starlight was one of my most anticipated books of this year, and, as almost all of my other highly anticipated reads, it ended up disappointing me. Are my expectations too high or do the books have actual problems?
If you’ll have me answer that question, then I’d say that the books have major problems. But again, that’s just me.
Anypoodle, Days of Blood and Starlight was released a year later, give or take, from the time I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This means that I had no recollection of the past events. This means that I went in blindly.
If you are in my situation then know this: you will find yourself confused throughout the book. If you are not in my situation, then you’ll be probably happy because Laini Taylor spared you those annoying flashbacks.
You lucky duck.
Another problem I have with Days of Blood and Starlight is the story. Laini Taylor is taking it in a very different direction than its predecessor. I felt like it was more fantasy-ish than Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Which is good. Or is supposed to be good.
No more teenage drama, no more love triangles and all that crap. Gimme, right?
Well, it did not work for me for some unknown reason. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want stupid teenage shit. I just wanted.. something else that I can’t name and did not happen in Days of Blood and Starlight.
“Karou.” It was only a whisper, but she jumped at the sound of her name. Who—? She saw no one, she had heard no approach. Only… A draft of heat. A drift of sparks. Oh god. No. And then like a dropped veil, his glamour vanished and he was before her. Akiva.
Maybe more of this? I guess so. Too much war-related drama, too few Karou and Akiva.
Overall I did not hate it nor love it as I was expecting. It was just ok. That’s disappointing when I think of how awesome Daughter of Smoke and Bone is. I hope Laini Taylor makes it up to me in her next book.
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You know those books that are so superb and you read them with such passion that the world around you dims and what’s left is just the beauty of its p...moreYou know those books that are so superb and you read them with such passion that the world around you dims and what’s left is just the beauty of its pages and the images they create? And then the time comes to write a review and all that comes out are idiotic words that can never do the book justice? Yes, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books.
I can’t think of a way to write this review. I simply can’t. I’m afraid to smear the book’s beauty with my silly images and stupid jokes. So I’ll be respectful and serious and I won’t act like a psychopath and scream that this is the best book on Earth. No, I’ll just say one thing. Read it, experience it, wonder about it, cry with it, be happy with it, repeat. It’s simple.
Oh hell I can’t help myself!
How could I describe Daughter of Smoke and Bone? A Tooth Fairy’s wet dream!
Seriously! It’s full of ‘em. It should probably have teeth all over the cover. And speaking of the cover, it’s not awesome enough. If I was an assh*le I wouldn’t pick it because of the funky artwork. If you like to judge books by their covers this don’t make the mistake of skipping this one.
Anypoop, here’s a reaction cam image collection whatever for my humble reactions while reading the book.
So far my favorite book of 2011! Not exaggerating. Thanks to Dee for reminding me that Shadowfever was published in 2011. This means that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is my second favorite book of 2011!
First read: 18th - 20th Oct 2011 Second read: April 2014(less)
An emo, a princess, Tarzan and a thief walk into a bar.
The rest of the joke is the book itself.
I was so excited about reading this one. I do...moreAn emo, a princess, Tarzan and a thief walk into a bar.
The rest of the joke is the book itself.
I was so excited about reading this one. I don’t know why. It may have been the awesome cover, the author is a very good graphic artist and it shows. Goodreads had an extended preview for it once. It probably still does. Going through it, I could see some amazing artwork put in the book and that made me even more excited. Also, the beginning of each chapter has a cute illustration; this reminds me of Harry Potter a lot. All these things made me want Memory’s Wake so badly.
And then it was free on Amazon. I guess it was a one or two day thing because I don’t think it’s free anymore. Doesn’t hurt checking. I am happy I ended up waiting for it to get a discount (100% ftw) because I know I would have regretted buying it. Like this I did not pay a dime so I’m not that sad. At least I’m not sad about the wasted money. What I am sad is about – no more disappointed than sad – is that the book ended up being bad.
There are many things that bothered me about the story and characters. Most of the characters are not likeable. Ok, not most. All of them are. I did not like ANY character in this book. Really. There were also lots of terms mentioned throughout the book without giving more explanations.
“We are part of the resistance blah blah blah” or “The pact prohibits them from hurting us.”
Yes, but what is this resistance you speak of? What pact? What is this kingdom you are in? How do these wormholes or whatever the hell they are appear there? I feel like the author didn’t explain much about the universe and this failed to give depth to the story. The writing is ok but it’s obvious that Selina Fenech does not have much experience with writing. As I said before, many explanations were missing. The line of events often lost its flow. I would feel like I skipped one chapter because the events did not make much sense. The characters don’t really distinguish between each other. They are not likeable nor believable. Eh.
The first half of the book was horrible. I got bored, I got angry, I wanted to drop the book. The only thing that made me want to go on was this:
Yeah, Tarzan boy is hot. I am ashamed of it, but yeah. There’s my reason. And in the end I don’t think it was even worth it because I ended up not liking the dude. He just looks hot. That’s all.
The second half was better but it still didn’t save the rating from a low rating. I’m not going to give it one star, but I feel like I can’t give it more than two either.
So there you have it. If you ever find Memory’s Wake for free and have no other book at an arm’s reach, then give it a try. Otherwise I can’t really tell you to read it because, you know, meh.
I’ve been giving The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom a lot of thought ever since I saw its cover. It is needless to say that I loved it since the...moreI’ve been giving The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom a lot of thought ever since I saw its cover. It is needless to say that I loved it since the moment I laid my eyes on it. It kind of reminds me of DreamWorks movies, How to Train Your Dragon, in particular. I wonder why.
I really wanted to buy it and what kept me from doing it was my husband saying that it’s probably not that good. So I let it go and tried to put it behind me.
I needed the DreamWorks dragon book sooooo badly!! I couldn’t sleep at night because of it. I couldn’t eat nor focus on my work. I started hearing voices telling me to spend the last of my PayPal money on it and forget all about buying that new videogame that I wanted to play so much.
I almost gave in. Almost.
Bah, who am i kidding? I wouldn’t be here writing this review if I hadn’t bought the darned thing, would I?
Yeah I bought it...
And it didn’t suck!
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is actually a pretty fun book. Christopher Healy’s sense of humor is extremely cheesy and exactly my style. The characters are cute and the story is fun. There is a catch, though. The secret to loving this book is in not taking it seriously. Want a fast way of having some fun? Go for it. Want a serious book? Don’t bother. Fun and silly are the keywords here.
And why would you even expect a serious book considering the cover?! Does that look remotely serious to you? Of course not! Let’s use our brains a bit, people!
I was going to give it four stars but the awesome drawings (total surprise there) deserve an extra star. So maximum score for our League of Princes!
Don’t give me that look. I’m sure I‘m not the only one who imagined this.
Starting Enshadowed was a huge mistake. And before you go all berserk on me, no I don’t mean that it’s a bad book. On the contrary, it’s a very good book. What actually made me say this is the ending. That god forsaken ending. Then again, Nevermore had a frustrating ending as well, so I guess I should have seen it coming.
What bothered me about the ending, besides the obvious things - those who have read the book know what things I’m talking about - is the fact that book three will be out in fucking 2013. 2013. What the hell? That seems like a lifetime away.
Why couldn’t I wait until all three books are out, and then start the series? Why? Because Nevermore was too tempting. Now look at me paying the price. Enjoy watching me beg and suffer.
Buy it. Join the suffering.
The reason why I’m not giving it five stars is Varen’s absence. Isobel is great, but not great enough to cover up his absence. The story was also lacking at some points. Too much parenting going on, not enough magic. This got me a bit bored.
And the ending. That fucking ending. Someone please hand me a gun.
My first attempt to read Seraphina was about eight months ago. I received the ARC and dropped the book fifty pages in. I found it too boring/my mood w...moreMy first attempt to read Seraphina was about eight months ago. I received the ARC and dropped the book fifty pages in. I found it too boring/my mood wasn’t right.
My second attempt was the Seraphina audiobook. This attempt was successful. I managed to finish it in one piece.
Now, my problem with audiobooks is that I can get distracted very easily while listening to them. I usually work when I do so. My mind gets idle when I’m working.
Anyway, as I was saying, I get distracted a lot and I miss many important moments. Since Seraphina was twelve hours +, I can say that I just remember around two hours of events. If not less. I’m not sure whether this is good or bad.
Overall I liked the book. The MC was extremely pleasant, and ZOMG we’re talking about a YA heroine here, so show some respect! The dragon theme was cool. And that’s kind of it. I see many people loving Seraphina and calling it amazing. This did not happen to me.
Seraphina ended up being a nice book. Just nice. Nothing wow it changed my life. Not great, and not bad.
I am glad I managed to finish it though. I’m not sure whether I’ll go for an audiobook for the upcoming book. I guess I will, since Hartman’s writing style can easily get me bored.
I’m beginning to enjoy the madness. That’s not good. Not at all.
Long story short Alyssa Gardner is the great-great-great-[lots of greats]-granddaugh...more
I’m beginning to enjoy the madness. That’s not good. Not at all.
Long story short Alyssa Gardner is the great-great-great-[lots of greats]-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland novel. Because of a curse that originates from Alice’s escape from Wonderland, Alyssa’s mother becomes insane and is committed into an asylum. Alyssa later finds out that there is a way of lifting this curse and saving her mother. All she has to do is follow the velvety voice that leads her back to Wonderland.
My thoughts I was supposed to like Splintered. I was supposed to like it a lot. The bugs, the blood, the gore, the creatures. Everything is so similar to a video game called Alice Madness Returns. However, as Alice Madness Returns, the book is rather disappointing.
Actually, the game disappointed me more than the book, but let’s stick to the point. I could tell that something is wrong with Splintered since the beginning. The concept of the book is amazing, and the execution is close to perfect. All is well except for this itch that keeps on bothering me while reading it. The good news is that I know what the itch is. Or itches, in our case. The characters.
Let’s start with Alyssa. She is my biggest Splintered-related itch. Why? Because, like many other young adult protagonists, she annoys the crap out of me. Theoretically I was supposed to like her. Skater girl, good morbid side, artist. However, her attitude does not work for me. Most of the times she’s acting like a brat, and then a miracle occurs and she becomes the wisest creature in Wonderland. This more than ruined the story for me.
Actually, thinking about it, there are no good female characters in this book. The lead, Alyssa, is a stuck-up teenager that is pretty much annoying all the time. The soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend bitch, Taelor, who’s a mean asshole most of the times. The crazy mum who is.. well.. crazy all the time. And some other secondary characters who don’t get much development. They are evil, jealous, manipulative. No positives whatsoever.
And now the male characters. We get the best friend, Jeb, who's always treating Alyssa like a baby. He is sticking with his girlfriend because - oh noes! - he loves Alyssa too much. Fuck logic. He’s also a douche most of the times, ordering her around, taking decisions for her and all that. Meh.
Then we have the supernatural moth boy, Morpheus, who’s keen on bedding Alyssa the moment she steps into the same room as him. He’s also busy using her all the time, plotting and being a villain. Then he almost dies and all is forgiven.
But hold on kids! There is, in fact, a good male character in the book. Her father. I really liked him, even though Howard didn’t bother with developing him too much. Even so, I think he can be considered a decent character.
Back to our three main characters. Did you notice something? One girl and two boys. Do you know what this means?
Oh yes, my friends. A love triangle.
The typical Young Adult love triangle. The human boy versus the dark sexy moth-like creature. The love triangle bugs, pun not intended, the hell out of me. I feel like it’s taking away the dark feel of the story. Hell, it ruined the damn book for me. I hate hate hate HATE love triangles and this was an extremely frustrating one. Why? This is why:
Jeb is stable, strong, and genuine—my knight in shining armor. Morpheus is selfish, unreliable, and transcendent—chaos incarnate. Impossible to compare. Yet here I am, all of those things. Both light and dark at the same time. If I were to give in to one side of me, would that mean I’d have to give up the other? My heart aches at the possibility. Somehow I feel like I need both to be complete.
She is constantly jumping from one guy to another. And, of course, both of them will do anything to please the little plum. They will even die for her. They constantly snarl, growl and wave Alyssa around at each other. Next thing you know they’ll be having a pissing contest in order to see who will end up with the little Mary Sue. Ugh. Just cut the crap and focus with the story please!
Another problem I have, and this is a minor one so feel free to ignore it, is related A.G. Howard’s writing style. She is going for an extremely complex concept, and her style is a bit too simple for it. See, for example, Laini Taylor or Ekaterina Sedia, both authors having amazing writing styles. I think their style would match the dark Wonderland theme better than Howard’s.
To buy or not to buy? Splintered is between the best Alice in Wonderland related books I’ve read so far. Howard did an amazing job with the concept of a dark and disturbing Wonderland. The story is captivating and offers a good plot twist at the end. It also offers an extremely frustrating love triangle and undeveloped characters that spoil the magic of the story. If you can ignore these negative elements, then you should totally give Splintered a try.