I’ve always had a fear of reading sequels. Most of the ones I’ve read ended up disappointing me, others were not as good as the first book in the seriI’ve always had a fear of reading sequels. Most of the ones I’ve read ended up disappointing me, others were not as good as the first book in the series. You’d rarely get that one book that is better than its predecessor. I’m happy to let you know that Elements is one of those rare exceptions. Now, this is all my opinion. Some of you might not agree, but I’ll try to justify myself as best as I can.
I was afraid I’d end up not liking Elements so much. You can blame all those cheap Young Adult books I’ve read over the years. I was expecting a lot of drama revolving the love triangle, scandal over scandal because of Willow and Fillion’s attraction, and possibly a predictable cliffhanger ending. Well, Jesikah proving me wrong is an understatement.
The story was awesome, almost no predictability whatsoever. There still was a cliffhanger (grrrr I hate my life!) but it was a very nicely built and intense one. Is this good? Is it bad? Maybe bad because now I need book 3 and I got nothing. Otherwise it was a very good punch in the gut. I took it like a champ. Mostly.
Willow and Fillion didn’t get as much romance as I was expecting, but I think that can be considered a good thing. There’s always that point in a romance where the characters get together and pretty much lose their spark. Things between them get normal, and boring, a tad too fast. So I guess Willion (omg I can’t believe I’m doing the name merge thing, blame my laziness) getting a bit less screen time than expected served into keeping the romance tensed and still interesting.
Now for the big part. The Unholy Triangle. Did it suck? Did Guy #2 die in order to save Girl, leaving an open road for Guy #1 to be forever and ever with Girl?
Nah, that would be silly, wouldn’t it?
Guy #2, aka Coal, aka Mr. Awesome ended up becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. I know, I keep on adding more and more people to that list. But holy sh*t did the guy change. I’m speechless. I won’t spoil anything, but trust me when I say there’s no place like a book without a f*cking love triangle. That is all.
We also got a closer glimpse at the Outside world through the eyes of Mr. Six Pack Awesome, which was a very nice change from the peaceful New Eden, a lot more character development and a damn unpredictable book #3 setup.
Did I mention the pain that the cliffhanger caused me? No?
READ IT. And then PM me so that we can fangirl about it together....more
Don’t give me that look. I’m sure I‘m not the only one who imagined this.
Starting Enshadowed was aThe Poe Toaster.
Oh wait, I have an even better one!
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.
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 pYou 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...more
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 doAn 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 theI’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!
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 wMy 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.