So macabre and so amazing:) I'm glad I've found time and energy to finish reading this magnificent book. Still applauding to the author for the last i...moreSo macabre and so amazing:) I'm glad I've found time and energy to finish reading this magnificent book. Still applauding to the author for the last infinitesimal detail in the supernatural world that he constructed so meticulously.(less)
I regret to say that Bitterblue lacks the adventurous spirit of Graceling and thrill of Fire... For the most part it was overburdened with tedious fac...moreI regret to say that Bitterblue lacks the adventurous spirit of Graceling and thrill of Fire... For the most part it was overburdened with tedious facts, it desperately asked for action and got almost none of it in return. It was more like memoirs then a challenging or breathtaking story... The incriminations of the King Leck rule (if you by chance forget - it's Queen Bitterblue's father) are distressing though they might have saved a plot from a good deal of platitude. Heroes from previous books aside from Bitterblue herself got cameo parts which upset me a lot.(less)
I’ve gulped this book like a magic potion and felt all tingly and giddy inside. Before you know why, you’d better read through Iron King and Iron Daug...moreI’ve gulped this book like a magic potion and felt all tingly and giddy inside. Before you know why, you’d better read through Iron King and Iron Daughter unless you already did so, because next passage in my review will contain some spoilers of the previous installments of the Iron Fey series.
If you scrolled to this line, I presume you’re acquainted with abovementioned books or you’re just too curious to care. Ok, than we shall proceed, scroll a bit farther please.
Meghan Chase, a brave half-fairy Princess that destroyed the Iron King Machina and returned the scepter of the seasons to its rightful place, has been exiled from Nevernever for good along with her beloved Unseelie Prince and is finally coming back home to 14202 Cedar Drive Louisiana. She’s musing how she’ll carry on with her ordinary mortal life after all she was through? Will Ash blend into her daily routine? However, she doesn’t get the chance to draw a conclusion on the subject as far as she’s ambushed at her doorstep with the False Iron King minions. After this utterly unpleasant encounter Meghan comes to the decision: she can’t return home until the False King is after her, so she had to make her move against him and to eliminate the threat once and for all. Here’s how another breath-taking adventure begins…
Iron Queen is saturated with a positive vibe that encompasses both the strong convictions of the protagonist, sentimental and subtle romance, and a ceaseless flow of humor from Puck and Grimalkin (my best adoration went to Puck’s constant and witty “name-calling”: Lord Pointy Ears, bucket brigade and so on). Even the foul deeds of the villains seem less grim and horrifying at the background of such aura. The plot is magnificent: a chase, a mystery, a confrontation and a history merged in an intricate thread zigzagging within vast and unpredictable Nevernever land.
The only flaw I could find was an existence of several factitious moments when Meghan seemed to be quite thick while the solution/answer/guess was plain and obvious.
I was rushing to read, dying of curiosity, hurrying to reach the end (as brilliant as always in Mrs Kagawa stories). Now I’m left longing for more, screaming and stomping my feet like a spoilt child. I guess it will be an excruciatingly long anticipation till the Iron Knight is out.(less)
So, here we are in Gatlin. Again. It’s a small town in South Carolina where the reenactment of the Battle of Honey Hill takes place every year. The to...moreSo, here we are in Gatlin. Again. It’s a small town in South Carolina where the reenactment of the Battle of Honey Hill takes place every year. The town where the postman “never failed, rain or shine, to open your mail before he delivered it”. The town where the story of Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes has found new twists and turns as it proceeds unfolding. The protagonists are faced with a threat no one felt coming…
I was truly glued to this book: the more I listened to it the less willpower I had for pressing “stop” button. Mrs Garcia and Mrs Stohl work wonders in their writing, it seems. New characters have been introduced along with the new breath-taking choices. The plot was peppered with brilliant humor and nail-biting scenes. For several days I had a possibility to travel virtually to Casters world, dig into the roots or better say – the branches of Ravenwood’s genealogy tree, enjoy the intensity of Ethan’s visions, suspect everyone and everything and still come up surprised. Finally, the book finished with more intriguing cliffhanger than its predecessor “Beautiful Creatures”.
In order to further excite the interest of to-be-readers I allow myself to state that (SPOILER AHEAD) the math of Beautiful Darkness is the following: 2 characters shall to die, 2 characters will “switch places” and several new heroes will step up to the spotlight.
P.S. Special thanks go to Kevin T. Collins since he shaped and crafted the voices of the characters so good I almost could imagine them in flesh and blood. (less)
Despite my strong conviction is that the concept of vampires and werewolves is heavily abused in the contemporary YA literature, I’ve found this very...moreDespite my strong conviction is that the concept of vampires and werewolves is heavily abused in the contemporary YA literature, I’ve found this very novel interesting. Maybe, it was due to the accent|stress upon other values(less)
As readers may remember from the previous book, Finn, the protagonist, has escaped the horrible hi-tech prison-beast known as Incarceron. Nonetheless...moreAs readers may remember from the previous book, Finn, the protagonist, has escaped the horrible hi-tech prison-beast known as Incarceron. Nonetheless his way to freedom has just begun. He faces a lot of challenges in the Outside. The Court is a tangle of intricate plots; it’s a place where cunning Queen is always concocting some stunts. Claudia, the Warden’s daughter, has to address some issues too. For example, to prove to the world that Finn is the lost Prince Giles, heir to the throne of Havaarna dynasty, and to dispel her own doubts about that… The reader will also continue his/her journey through dark, dangerous and unyielding belly of ever watchful Incarceron with Attia and Keiro on their quest to find a door or a loop which once the Great Prophet Sapphique has found… This time one can get not only in the shoes of Claudia or Finn, but can glimpse the inner part of Attia, Keiro and Jared just as well.
While reading I was still marveling at quite a fresh and interesting concept of the prison being pictured as a living thing, a beast with sharp wit and dreams like those of a man. I was tormented to know the real secret of Incarceron and the key that unlock the heart. The personality of mysterious Sapphique was also the intrigue of the Era. Who is Saphiqque? What is Sapphique? Is he a man or a God? Is he a reality, or a figment of someone’s imagination or a faded legend that on its way from teller to teller was distorted beyond any common sense? The book is about to tell you. But the story shall expand to unimaginable horizons while being told. Besides, magic and science there are so intertwined together and a distinguishing line between these concepts is so thin that it’s often impossible to tell whether a certain event was a science of magic or the magic of science. Reality balances on the fringe of surreal, indeed. I adored exquisite epigraphs that accompanied almost every chapter. It seems as if the author elaborated every tiny detail in the Realm and the Incarceron, paying attention to myths and beliefs the inhabitants of the worlds profess.
The book poises many questions and answers just a few ones. I was groping with constant guessing because each turn of the plot pointed an arrow into an opposite direction to where my flow of thoughts was coming out from. Truly amazing maneuvering of a storyline, I must admit. However, I felt a little pang of disappointment when realized I was on the last page of the story and several riddles or phenomena were still left unexplained or open to the discussion/speculations...
So, if you want to experience adventure, mystery and thriller, Sapphique is definitely your pick. The admirers of romantic novels will probably be disappointed though. (less)
It’s difficult to say how I feel about the book. It wasn’t totally lame, yet it hadn’t been very exciting either.
The prologue in brief: young Tessa G...moreIt’s difficult to say how I feel about the book. It wasn’t totally lame, yet it hadn’t been very exciting either.
The prologue in brief: young Tessa Gray arrives to London upon the invitation letter of her brother Nathaniel. As soon as she’s out the ship she finds herself alone in the strange unwelcoming forever-gray city and above all trapped in some schemes of the Downworlders she’d never thought existed. As the story progresses we come to know the Protectors of the city’s order (and of mundanes) known as the Shadowhunters and the main villain known as the Magister who’s after Tessa and her newly discovered ability…
I gave the book 3 stars mostly due to the following reasons: 1) Predictability. The plot was sort of guessable, any suspicion that appeared along the way turned to be true with little room for ideas to maneuver. And the first place among the most bugging-my-bookwormish-mind things went to “but it was too late” statement. It set my teeth on edge because it was so obvious to appear before it actually appeared (I’ve encountered it throughout the book for 17 times and for God’s sake, it’s too much). 2) Overabundance of names and mythical creatures. Some characters appeared to be episodic, so why it was so essential to name them all and add some secondary story irrelevant to the main plot? The story could benefit more should Mrs Claire drop out some of them. Unless these details will be further ‘exploited’ in the sequels they do little good. 3) Borrowed ideas. After consulting with other reviews here, I must admit that I’ve never read Harry Potter, so I really don’t know to what extent the characters have been copied from that series to this one. But I did see some similarity to the other series – drug addiction (as in My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent), betrayal (as in Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl). The antagonism and outbursts of rudeness of Will Herondale as well as miscalculated perception of the main villain by the characters were also familiar though I couldn’t exactly pinpoint the source of the resemblance.
The end has proved to be a somewhat better from the beginning and the lines that lay in between. I guess that it’s because it implies the discovery of hidden Will’s dark secret, but… c’mon. I think it’s not extremely difficult to decipher the scope and content of it. Anyway, the technique of a thrilling cliffhanger is so popular these days.
What I actually liked… well… first of all, I guess it was the epoch described in the book. The spirit of Victorian England proved to be most wonderful despite everything. I also like novels involving the steampunk style. Finally, the characters were depicted quite vividly. Hence, I managed to read the book without giving up on it which is a good sign.
However, I’m still much undecided whether to proceed reading the Infernal Devices series. (less)
First of all I need to admit that I truly admire the works of Maria V. Snyder. I marveled at beautiful, mysterious, intricate and sophisticated worlds...moreFirst of all I need to admit that I truly admire the works of Maria V. Snyder. I marveled at beautiful, mysterious, intricate and sophisticated worlds created by her while reading the Study Series and the Glass Series. Her new creation didn't disappoint me as well :) Inside Out also introduces a reader into an interesting world named the Inside (I’ve guessed what it is related to only after reading 3/5 of the book) with a society divided into two main classes – the Uppers and the Scrubs. This society is subject to a number of strict and sometimes strange rules: the age is measured in weeks, not years; people cannot freely move between upper and lower levels, well, at least legally, and so on. The protagonist, Trella, had a misfortune to be born among the Scrubs who occupy two lower levels and engaged in hard and mostly dirty physical labor of keeping the Inside clean. Trella cleans the pipes and one day on her job triggers a series of events that change her life forever…And… Well, I’d better stop right here and let you discover the plot and its twists and turns by yourselves. Believe me, it’s worth it:)
I liked how the author played with the genres and characters mixing adventure, romance, suspense and dystopia into one fantastic story. The book was an easy and light read. The violence and relevant acts of it hushed to a minimum level. Hidden mysteries unraveled one by one giving me some time to speculate about the direction and flow of events. However, I was truly moved only once – the Sheepy and Mama Sheepy scene (you’ll understand what I mean as soon you reach that spot in the book, or, at least, I hope you’ll feel as much sentimental as me).
To keep the long review short, I’m looking forward to Outside In and hoping to see Trella and her friends there again!(less)