Some of this story was infuriating as well as confusing. There was plenty of action, angst, romance, death and conspiracy. My favorite writing cocktai...moreSome of this story was infuriating as well as confusing. There was plenty of action, angst, romance, death and conspiracy. My favorite writing cocktail.
There's not much to say that hasn't been mentioned in other reviews but I will say that despite the fact the whining of the hero and heroine drove me batty, I still enjoy this series and will continue on to book #4.(less)
I'm in the middle of doing a binge read of the Mortal Instrument books. When the first book, City of Bones, first came out I read it but was never abl...moreI'm in the middle of doing a binge read of the Mortal Instrument books. When the first book, City of Bones, first came out I read it but was never able to get into the rest of the books. Now, a few years later, thanks to the recent film, I found myself deciding to give the series another try.
I am now invested and enjoying the series. I'm getting ready to start book #3.
I'm going to keep this review short but I will say that the pacing, character development, world building, conflict and plot have firmly hooked me and I have no complaints as of yet.
When we ended the first book, Willow and Alex were on the run and heading south toward Mexico thanks to Willow's precognitive dream. What Willow doesn...moreWhen we ended the first book, Willow and Alex were on the run and heading south toward Mexico thanks to Willow's precognitive dream. What Willow doesn't tell Alex is that she sees a boy in her dream that feels oddly familiar to her. Oh, and that she is attracted to.
This bit of news sets up one of the major side plot lines that drives the story: the love triangle. And, I will admit, this was one of the better ones. Often times with love triangles, one of the two love interests comes off a little, well, flat. Weatherly did not have that problem with Seb, the only other half-angel in the world besides Willow.
The angst between Willow, Seb and Alex was realistic and had me pulling my hair out in places at people's stupidity. That's when I felt fully invested in the characters. Even minor characters had a richness of development that I haven't seen in a while.
In addition to the well done character development, the pacing, main plot and other side plots kept me happily reading for several hours until I finished the 700+ page novel.
I cannot wait to read the final book in the trio. I personally am rooting for Willow x Seb, but that's just me.
Would I recommend it to others? That would be a big "YES!" I'm eagerly awaiting the library getting the newest one.(less)
I've been reading quite a lot lately and giving everything from 2 stars to 4 stars for the books that have crossed my path. It's very hard for me to g...moreI've been reading quite a lot lately and giving everything from 2 stars to 4 stars for the books that have crossed my path. It's very hard for me to give out 5 stars because there's always something that is a deal breaker for me when I'm reading. I did not have that problem with Steelheart.
I want to point out before I get going on my review that this is a YA novel. I noticed that when I saw other reviews that many were complaining about the style of writing. Sanderson's style is consistent and similar to other YA writers and stories. I just wanted to throw that out there so that other potential readers understand this.
It was the super powered human angle that hooked me. I love comic books and superheroes. This story made me think of X-men and how you have mutants that either want to get along with humanity and use their powers for good or you have mutants who believe they are superior and don't mind running over and destroying humanity to achieve that dominance.
Now imagine that the latter type of mutant suddenly appeared on the scene. They are arrogant, powerful and have a decided lack of interest in getting along with anyone. What will you, a mere human be able to do?
The main character, David, is faced with that choice after watching one of those super powered beings (called Epics) kill someone he loves. David's obsession (I wouldn't call it tenacity because that's too tame a word to describe this young man's drive) with killing that Epic and getting revenge is the major plot driving the story.
The reader is also introduced to a group called The Reckoners who fight to liberate humanity from the Epics.
There is lots of action, adventure and a small romance. The dialogue in this novel is rather, unique, but not a deal breaker for me. I've known many a fellow nerd who was so socially awkward that every time we open our mouths to be witty or try to fit in, we insert our foot or don't make sense to the world at large.
I would recommend this book for guys and girls. It was a page turner til the end and I would reread it in a heartbeat.(less)
I received an ebook ARC of this novel via Netgalley.
This is the description given by the publisher, "This terrifically taut and short novel is targete...moreI received an ebook ARC of this novel via Netgalley.
This is the description given by the publisher, "This terrifically taut and short novel is targeted for reluctant/struggling readers or kids with dyslexia. The interest level is aged 13 and up, while it is at a 3rd grade reading level."
I have included the above quote so that what I say here makes sense. The novel was definitely short at 100 pages. The novel does read with its basic sentences and light plot as if written for a younger age group. That was one of the reasons why I had trouble with the characters' ages (around 16 & up). It felt strange reading that the main character was in love with two different people because of the writing style.
As for plot, it is really, really basic. I was left, at the end of the story feeling a little let down. I hope that a second book is written to finish out the story.
Would I recommend this book for its target audience? The answer is yes. (less)
One of the most popular video games in the world, The Wordwick Games, holds a contest to find the best gamers in the world. The prize? A chance to pla...moreOne of the most popular video games in the world, The Wordwick Games, holds a contest to find the best gamers in the world. The prize? A chance to play a new game. Thus starts this quickly paced fantasy story that begins in our world and takes our young heroes to the land of Anachronia.
There are five main characters: Gemma the blonde English cheerleader; Sparks the sandy blonde quarterback from a Texas Ranch; Jack who is a nerd and very shy; Rio the mysterious boy from East L.A. and lastly, Kat who is petite, outspoken with a pixie look to her which she desperately tries to hide by dressing Goth.
The five teenagers are tasked with defeating a dragon and stopping a war (among other things) using the power of the ruler words.
What I liked most about this story is the fact that you can learn quite a few "big" words that are crucial to the survival of the main characters. It made me feel proud to be such a nerd and I enjoyed watching the characters trying to figure out the ruler words that would save them whenever they encountered sticky situations.
This story reminded me somewhat of the Chronicles of Narnia series (but not heavy on religious undertones and allegories) and would definitely be a good book to recommend to teens.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. The main character is a young man who has a less than honorable profession. Despite that, this kid has a heart of gold and...moreI really enjoyed this book. The main character is a young man who has a less than honorable profession. Despite that, this kid has a heart of gold and through the process of becoming friends with an alien, learns a lot about himself, people and the true meaning of friendship.
A highly recommend for readers of all ages but especially for boys who aren't big on reading. I think they would like this one. And best of all, there is no romance. Lots of adventure and more.
This is the third book in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. Just like the previous two, I enjoyed the continuing story of Dru Anderson, who...moreThis is the third book in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. Just like the previous two, I enjoyed the continuing story of Dru Anderson, who is one of only two living female dhamphirs.
The third book was full of answers as well as more questions for Dru to answer. The romance in this one heats up as well. St. Crow writes a nice mix of action, romance, and emotions in this series and, "Jealousy," was a good read.
I have to wait for my local library to get the fourth one but it is well worth the wait.(less)