This was SO awesome. Nun assassins who kill people when the God of death says so. Oh, yeah, definitely my kind of book. "Why be the sheep, when you caThis was SO awesome. Nun assassins who kill people when the God of death says so. Oh, yeah, definitely my kind of book. "Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?" plus it's historical fiction plus THAT cover? This was screaming my name!
I was sucked in from the start, though it has a little slow hole after the second chapter, but as soon as Duval appears, this became mouth-dropping. You know that perfect kind of stubborn romance that's prone to fight and push and pull before actually realizing they're head over heels? Isn't that the best kind to read about? Ah, I think so.
Beyond gorgeous writing, steady plot filled with conflict and kick-ass female action way back in gown times (1400-Brittany), makes this one of this year's favorites. Sparkled with sprinkles of magic, history comes alive in a plot that shares all the amazing elements I love about high fantasy. Technically historical fantasy, this book will appeal to all readers, even those who don't normally read anything history-related.
I loved the array of characters, Ismae is just hands down one of the coolest heroine in a historical book and Duval was maybe too good, but still pretty yummily flawed at times. I loved the schemes and back-stabs going on, and how close the author managed to come to real events. It was addicting and smart and brilliant. The second installment cannot come fast enough for me!
“When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.”
“Surely He does not give us hearts so we may spend our lives ignoring them.” ...more
I've been waiting to finally post this review for so long! This was my initial reaction upon finishing it: " omgomgomg! LOVE LOVE LOVE! *happy, happyI've been waiting to finally post this review for so long! This was my initial reaction upon finishing it: " omgomgomg! LOVE LOVE LOVE! *happy, happy me*" That was my very insightful review on Goodreads until now.
This book captured my heart and made me fall in love with YA for the millionth time, again. Astounding in its characterization, brilliantly developed in its plot, and gorgeously poetic in its writing, Graffiti Moon is the first 2012 book to make it to my all-time favorites (And only two 2011 book managed that). I've been telling everyone I can to read it, because it portrays exactly what I love the most about well done contemporary, with a great I-hate-you-but-I'm-attracted-to-you romance, and breathtaking writing, that apparently one gets from being born in Australia because I can only compare it to Melina Marchetta.
The story is told from alternating point of views from Lucy and Ed. It allows us to know more than they do about what's really going on and it makes the story even more gripping. You're desperately waiting for *the moment* when they'll both know everything we know. It was just perfect.
The other aspect that I particularly enjoyed in way that no book has ever allowed me to enjoy, was the setting. It made this book more than special for me. I know it's set in Australia and I've never been, but it must look exactly like my city (Caracas, Venezuela) because I felt at home. You can tell it's nothing like America. It was quite unbelievable for me to finally find a book that resembled my teen experience a little. Therefore, the setting was extremely rich and vivid and also very 'artsy' another aspect I adored.
If you love contemporary, if you enjoyed Stephanie Perkins, if you want to peek at how YA should always be written, or all the above... YOU NEED TO READ THIS. <3...more
I really, truly loved this one. It's not as amazingly written as my favorite Epic Fantasies but nevertheless, it was great. Maybe just because it's fiI really, truly loved this one. It's not as amazingly written as my favorite Epic Fantasies but nevertheless, it was great. Maybe just because it's first person narration, told from Sage's point of view (not all of it, but you will see that as you go) and normally high fantasies delve a little more into a poetic writing when written in third person. But Sage's voice seemed very modern and witty, which was one of the things I loved about him. So, by no means am I saying that the writing is less than great, it actually flows neatly and the voice is very gripping. I've been pondering on how to review it because I'm not sure if it's YA or MG.
Either way, it felt YA to me. I absolutely adored Sage and I fell in love with the book even more near the end, and that left me thirsty for the sequel. I seriously cannot wait. This will be one of my most-wanted next year. Nielsen manages to give us a narrator that keeps us entertained while withholding bits of information, in a rather brilliant way. We find things that Sage has done throughout that he has never mentioned, and at first this bothered me, but ultimately I saw the amazingness in it.
While there is not too much world-building in this one, because the boys are prisoners, I felt comfortable in their world and I expect to see a lot more insight to the Kingdoms in the next one. Chapters are very short making this a very easy read.
What I liked the most, besides Sage? Shocking twist. That's always a big plus in a book. Count this in your Fantasy list for this year! ...more
So unusual and original. A very different take on epic/life-changing road trips. A wonderful journey, though: deep and heart-felt and hopeful. There'sSo unusual and original. A very different take on epic/life-changing road trips. A wonderful journey, though: deep and heart-felt and hopeful. There's something wonderful about authors who can write contemporary so amazingly realistic, and yet very original. I loved the premise of this. A girl band? Going on tour? Even though they totally suck? And told through the fresh and yummy point of view of their friend-who-is-a-boy?
I admit that at first I felt it was kind of slow and not very gripping, but I loved the writing from the very first sentence. The fact is that the premise makes it wrongly seem like it will be simply a fun book. And it's more than just a fun book, it has depth and emotions. I've mentioned before how I love male PoV, specially when it involves a weird bad girl, a la Looking For Alaska.
The biggest bump I found was trying to match the Beverly in the book with the one Colby is in love with. It's a story about endings, and facing the future. So Colby and Beverly's friendship we glimpsed through memories. During the whole book Beverly is cold and distant, and yet, I guess the writing was just good enough to make me feel there had been that special friendship. And one of the things I loved the most was Colby's relationships with the other girls in the band, Meg and Alexa. He was just so awesome. Loved his character!
At some point I was just so involved and having so much fun, and just wrapped up so much in this awesome idea of a road trip for a tour even though you couldn't be less famous (or talented for that matter), that I was just eager to read the whole thing. And the ending was so great and magical and unexpected that I ended up overseeing all my previous "bumps" with the story.
I haven't read Hold Still, but if it's anything like The Disenchantments, I'm sure I'll love it too. ...more
Really, Courtney Summers can do no wrong. She has this unique writing style that's so powerful and tense at the same time. She always deals with trueReally, Courtney Summers can do no wrong. She has this unique writing style that's so powerful and tense at the same time. She always deals with true issues that are so hard that there's just no way around it. This time, it was a suicide without explanation. No apparent reason, but Eddie's father is gone. And she needs to know why! The story was so stressful and the tension was so palpable that it was literally hard to tear my eyes away from it. My gaze was glued to the pages even when I felt so messed up I needed I break, still I needed to finish it first. I think I barely breathed while reading. And OMG! That twist! SHOKING! I was so mad and outraged and insulted. I did NOT see that coming!
This piercing portrayal of grief is as raw as it is real. To explore, not only a grieving process but a trauma too, the author needs to be as talented as Courtney Summers. As always, Summers teases the reader with bits of truth to add up and put together. And I felt as if there were two parallel plots unraveling next to each other to seamlessly come together at the end. There was the healing process with her mother and Milo, and then there was the mystery that needs to be figured out.
In the end I felt as torn apart as I felt satisfied. That is a feeling very few books provoke and almost every case its dark contemporary reads. Because they are the ones that truly expose with no sugar-coating the realities of our messed up world. That's why I love so much Courtney Summers: she's never afraid to show exactly how fucked-up people can be. And she never needs to say it, it's just there, plain on the pages.
If you want an awesome thought-provoking piece of literature that will leave you utterly shaken, then grab any of Courtney's books....more