I have given up writing annotations and start reflecting on my experience and impression after the read for quite some time now. This book shall proce...moreI have given up writing annotations and start reflecting on my experience and impression after the read for quite some time now. This book shall proceed with the trend as well. Starting to follow a story based on a plot that almost every kid is aware of usually promises little room for speculations. Do not be deceived by this common stereotype because Cinder pushes old Cinderella story up to a new level entirely. We have, of course, a Cinderella personified even if she is a cyborg (surprise, surprise, but I bet you’ve already guessed about this twist from the book cover), an evil step mother, two step sisters, a Prince Charming and a good fairy (sort of;)) though no magic involved in terms it may be called magic in the common sense. And the similarities almost stop here, though not quite. However, despite a strong temptation to spill all the guts I will not go on further in order to spike your curiosity. The story also has a distinctive Oriental local colour implying that things are happening in the Eastern Commonwealth in future (us, Earthans, know this as modern China), that was also a fresh feature. At the same time the names of the characters are a cross between eastern inscription and European sounding, thus a reader will be afloat in the sea of understanding sometimes unfathomable eastern mentality and not over his/her head in the bits and pieces of another culture. It is worth mentioning that such word as “cyborg” is not a hint at some uncanny and bizarre makeshift story peppered with astounding phenomena and creatures concocted to lure into reading because such story line had not been yet implored by other authors. Not at all. To tell the truth, the events, characters, their peculiarities and personalities in Cinder are woven together so naturally that my uneasiness over the cyborg-word and related things evaporated as soon as I finished the first chapter. There are however some unlikelihoods, but they may be neglected as well as one fact I immediately suspected after the mentioning of Lunar Empire (or Kingdom or whatever).
I bet you will also not be disappointed with the ending and some realism inserted into the story. And I think you already know that you are in for a seques, which I am about to read starting… now :) (less)
I am very conflicted about what I felt in the beginning of the book and after I was done with the reading. On one hand, the story line was illogical,...moreI am very conflicted about what I felt in the beginning of the book and after I was done with the reading. On one hand, the story line was illogical, macabre, sinister and did not compell to me, on the other, it held some kind of dark magic and peaked my curiosity just enough to stop me from giving it up in the middle. The end proved to be a yielding experience giving me some thoughts to ponder on. I like the rich and abundant variety of Ms. Stiefvater images and allegations embodied in the book, yet I am not quite satisfied with the style as if i am not privy to some background info, lurking between the lines. To summarize, fans of this author will probably adore this book, while i recomment it with some reservation. (less)
Damn, the book is so good!:) and full of fun just as well. I'd try to come up with a review but it would be a cha...moreWhen in doubt blame the technology :)
Damn, the book is so good!:) and full of fun just as well. I'd try to come up with a review but it would be a challenge taking into account the multi-dimensional nature of it, speaking figuratively;)(less)
Easy-going and funny read, it falls well within the borders established for this genre ;) Like it immensely, it helped me a lot to relax after a tough...moreEasy-going and funny read, it falls well within the borders established for this genre ;) Like it immensely, it helped me a lot to relax after a tough working day by plunging into nicely construed paranormal fantasy world :)(less)
The 5th story of the FAYZ is still magnificent despite its gruesomeness and horrible details. Sometimes the plot became so unberably unfair and heart-...moreThe 5th story of the FAYZ is still magnificent despite its gruesomeness and horrible details. Sometimes the plot became so unberably unfair and heart-throbbingly awful that I wanted to let the book go, but.. it kept me strongly in its grip with a strong desire to know the further fate of Sam, Astrid, Dekka, Brianna, Caine, Diana, Drake, Penny and the rest of its characters.
P.S. I'm still in awe after finishing this installment and still eager to strangle some of the characters myself for the wrongs they did :) Well, the book does penetrate your core, I think, because it is very realistic in its unrealistic setting while a hope for a happy ending may be just a temporary respite.
Killer’s cousin is a novel about coping with homicide consequences. The protagonist, David, moves into the house, where his uncle, aunt and 11 year ol...moreKiller’s cousin is a novel about coping with homicide consequences. The protagonist, David, moves into the house, where his uncle, aunt and 11 year old cousin Lily reside. He’s groping with fears that haunt him after the trial for his GF murder. But the new place of residence poses another threat to him, namely the unspoken taboo of not mentioning anything of his older cousin Kathy demise and the hard time that the younger cousin Lily gives him by literally driving him mad with a rage. And he’s the one to unravel a deep dark secret of the family.
The story proved to be quite interesting. It’s not like it was totally unpredictable, but it didn’t drag along, being dynamic, brief and up to the point. The naughty attitude of Lily and her pranks can be very understandable by those readers who has similar brat of a cousin or niece, for example. But, humor aside, the main idea of the book lies much deeper than behavior of a fretful child, it shows two sides of the same coin – inner side, guilt and atonement of those who interrupted someone else’s life whether intentionally or not. (less)
This powerful and enigmatic book takes a reader by the hand and leads him/her into the labyrinth of mysterious cities, unpredictable events and sophis...moreThis powerful and enigmatic book takes a reader by the hand and leads him/her into the labyrinth of mysterious cities, unpredictable events and sophisticated characters. It starts as an ordinary contemporary tale in the enchanting city of Prague with a promise of a love story, but goes much much farther than that.
Karou is a seventeen year old girl who takes lessons at an artist school in Prague, being friends with Zuzanna and experiencing a slight aftershock of her ex-relationship with Kazimir. At the same time, her life has another side which no living human knows about. It is construed of errands to a small shop in the unremarkable corner of the city where the embodiments of her pictures live – strange and unexplainable monsters. Well, Karou is hardly human herself – blue hair, knowledge of many languages (some of which were never spoken by the mankind), tattoos on her palms she seems to be born with. But all of the above is only a preamble to the most wonderful story framed by love, betrayal and otherworldly war. Because after she encounters Akiva – handsome stranger with orange glow in his eyes who might be responsible for charred handprints over the doorways to secret places – she is bound to uncover a whole new dimension both inside her and around her.
The depiction of places where the protagonists came to be was so vivid, that I found myself swept over by unbearable desire to visit them instantly and to experience all the charms myself. Let alone the manner of writing: it is elegant and to the point, it’s emotional and spiritual, drawing to tears at times, it’s anything but boring and clichéd.
As an epilogue to the review I need to say that this story is a gem like no other. I believe you find it as magnificent and thrilling as I did. (less)