I knew this was supposed to be a humorous book, but I didn't go into My Lady Jane with much anticipation of liking it. I'm new to all three of these aI knew this was supposed to be a humorous book, but I didn't go into My Lady Jane with much anticipation of liking it. I'm new to all three of these authors, and had no idea what to expect, but assumed this wasn't going to be my style.
So, at first, when I encountered an "amusing" part (which were plentiful), I'd do this little internal nod. Like, "yes, that's cute; yes, you're very clever and witty, narrators" and keep reading. But after a while, I realized it was growing on me when I started having trouble reading it while on the treadmill (thanks to my cataplexy problem — but in a *good* way this time).
Before long, I was having to suppress my snort-laughs so I didn't wake my husband as I kept on reading it way past my bedtime. I enjoyed it all very much. All the words, all the pages, all the giggles and actual LOLs. This book was a delight....more
I requested this book on a whim, but the Japanese setting and the kami lore intrigued me enough to dive right in. I've noticed a trend in my YA tasteI requested this book on a whim, but the Japanese setting and the kami lore intrigued me enough to dive right in. I've noticed a trend in my YA taste these days, and it's for books that steer away from the trends and norms we see so much of in YA lit. This might be the very first book I've read that's set in Japan, and it was such a welcome change.
Crewe has a wonderful way of introducing you to the kami and ghost lore, allowing you to feel a familiarity and comfort with it very early on. The way that ki (energy) is used, consumed, and shared was a different sort of magic system than you'd typically read in a fantasy novel.
I think one of my favorite parts about A Mortal Song, though, is the way Crewe challenges — or maybe breaks — the tropes. Sora starts out thinking she's The Chosen One, the one about which prophecies have been spoken, the one who will someday have to save the world. But when the truth is revealed and she realizes she's NOT the important one, she has to deal with so much introspection and struggle that's refreshing to see teen lit. I very much enjoyed her journey of growth and self acceptance throughout this book, and I like that she was definitely not the only one who had to face personal challenges — they all did!
I don't want to say too much more for fear of spoilers, but I do recommend this book! Whether you read it for the lore, for the setting, for the story, or for the character growth, it's going to be an enjoyable experience....more
Really enjoyed this overall. Although I wish it had been narrated by Australian people, since it's set in Australia and contains plenty of Oz slang/teReally enjoyed this overall. Although I wish it had been narrated by Australian people, since it's set in Australia and contains plenty of Oz slang/terms....more
3.5 stars ________ In some ways, The Bone Witch was Very Different — but in other ways, it felt somewhat typical... but with a twist. First sentence int3.5 stars ________ In some ways, The Bone Witch was Very Different — but in other ways, it felt somewhat typical... but with a twist. First sentence into this review, and I hope I'm making it clear that I have conflicted feelings about this book! So, let me state up front: I definitely liked this book, but I didn't love it.
The world building here is undoubtedly one of its best features. The magic system had some familiar aspects, but it also felt altogether different from any other. Societal norms, class, royalty — all of these were present and felt very true within their setting. It was easy to slide right into this book and follow Tea along her journey, because it all seemed natural. I loved the necromancy aspect of her magic. Though it was (obviously) shunned by the masses, I really enjoyed how comfortable she and her mentor were with death and dead beings!
The way the narrative was written, too, was a big perk for me. It starts out with someone interviewing Tea, so you read short sections from their perspective. And then the bulk of the story is what Tea is telling her interviewer. I LOVE this kind of storytelling mechanic, because you get little bits of foreshadowing. Plus, I like seeing what happened before, along with glimpses of what is happening Right Now. Definitely one of my favorite things about this book.
I suppose what has kept my rating closer to 3 stars here is just that much of the story felt like... almost... maintenance? If there had been more urgency or THINGS HAPPENING, maybe I wouldn't have felt this way. But, as it is, I think for the first half especially, the parts I liked most were the ones set in the Now.
All in all, this was an interesting book, and I'm curious to see what comes in the sequel. It's the kind of book I still want to recommend to basically everyone, because I think it's one that you just have to experience for yourself....more
So many YA books have either one narrator or do the duo-narrator thing, so when Three Dark Crowns promised me three narrators, I was intrigued. As a fSo many YA books have either one narrator or do the duo-narrator thing, so when Three Dark Crowns promised me three narrators, I was intrigued. As a fan of epic fantasy books, which often rotate through whole swathes of character viewpoints, I was surprised to find myself a little confused at the beginning of this book. But, once I got comfortable with each princess and her setting, I really started enjoying this tale.
At first I was dubious about the three princesses being pitted against each other, but it really added so much intrigue and tension for me as a reader. You get invested in the lives of EACH princess and when you're reading her story, you want her to succeed! Learning how each main character was dealing with her situation was very interesting for me, and I enjoyed the bits of lore sprinkled throughout the book (in the rituals, the rules, the buildings, the foods, everything!).
There is one thing in this story that royally pissed me off, and I have trouble deciding whether it makes sense or whether it was a plot device. I'm hoping for more elaboration on this front in the next book. Speaking of the next book... I can't freaking WAIT! The way this one ended left me satisfied in some ways, but also eager to find out where things would go from there!
Overall, this was a really entertaining read. Highly recommended!...more
I love-love-love companion pieces like this; artifacts from the world in which the story resides! This was like a gift to fans of the series. I wouldI love-love-love companion pieces like this; artifacts from the world in which the story resides! This was like a gift to fans of the series. I would totally buy this in physical form....more
This Savage Song has so many elements that I love — elements of a story that Victoria Schwab so wonderfully captures in her writing. The world is richThis Savage Song has so many elements that I love — elements of a story that Victoria Schwab so wonderfully captures in her writing. The world is rich and dark. The people are desperate and corrupt and earnest and heartbreaking. The harmonies that drove this story forward were haunting, expertly leading my emotions along a treacherous rollercoaster ride.
It's always interesting to watch a story unfold when you get attached to main characters on opposite sides of an intense conflict. Right away I was ready to kick some ass with no-nonsense Kate Harker; meanwhile August gently made my heart ache with his vulnerability and desire to prove himself. The people -- the characters -- each one felt like a real person with their own history, desires, faults, motives. Each one was dangerous and made me want to know them better all the same.
This is probably the darkest of all Schwab's books so far (at least that I've read), and I have to say that it definitely made an impact! At times, I was made uncomfortable, and at times I felt like wailing in agony because—OMG this CAN'T be happening! I'm telling you, you're in for a treat with this one. It's the kind of story that will leave your heart aching for days, and then you'll want to read it all over again.
I can't wait for this book to be out in the world, because it comes with a high recommendation from me! I'm pretty much convinced that Victoria Schwab can do no wrong....more
What intrigued me initially was the mental hospital (I'm a sucker for that setting) and the fantasy. Of course, I didn't get much of the ment3.5 stars
What intrigued me initially was the mental hospital (I'm a sucker for that setting) and the fantasy. Of course, I didn't get much of the mental hospital, since it quickly moved into fantasy, and that was okay. There were some imaginative and interesting aspects of the world-building, but I'd definitely call it 'fantasy lite'. There were also plot points that annoyed me, but maybe that's to be expected. (view spoiler)[She kisses (and maybe falls for???) three different guys in this book. Why do so many YA novels have the main character just kissing everyone? Maybe I'm weird... (hide spoiler)]
Overall, it was a light, easy read with some magic and intrigue. Nothing truly grabbed me, but nothing really pushed me away either. There were some nice surprises in the final quarter, too, which gave it that extra half star....more