After a slow start with some drawn-out high school drama, this kicks into a non-stop thriller. I struggled at the beginning--the constant brand name dAfter a slow start with some drawn-out high school drama, this kicks into a non-stop thriller. I struggled at the beginning--the constant brand name dropping and details about the rival friendship with Kaylee and not-so-interesting love interest Hunter felt drawn out. But, by the time the action starts, this all melts away into pointlessness as Mila's new life takes over.
This was a fun read that was pretty hard to put down with how much of a page-turner it got to be (it pulled out a lot of the cheap mini-cliffhanger chapter tricks). I never found there to be all that much depth to the characters or the story--Mila does grapple with the realization that she's not a human, but with how action-heavy things get she doesn't really have time to develop on this. None of the character relationships feel all that deep, either.
I'm definitely curious for the next book in the series--this was a fun diversion and I suspect the next book will be just as much so, with hopefully more in-depth character work....more
I jumped into this not realizing it was part of a series, and I don't know if that had anything to do with my initial struggle with all of the names (I jumped into this not realizing it was part of a series, and I don't know if that had anything to do with my initial struggle with all of the names (so many names and characters!). This took a fair bit of concentration compared to what I was expecting, but I actually liked that. A lot of spy thrillers rely heavily on action and explosions, whereas this relies on complex intrigues and plot twists.
Overall a very smart thriller, and I'll have to pick up more in the series for sure. The reader on here was fantastic to listen to....more
I went into this with absolutely the wrong expectations. Since Stephenson is such a cyberpunk legend, and the premise of this was revolving around anI went into this with absolutely the wrong expectations. Since Stephenson is such a cyberpunk legend, and the premise of this was revolving around an MMORPG, I naturally expected this to mainly be cyberpunk. Instead, this is really more of a thriller, with a little cyberpunk in the background.
That isn't to say this is bad--for fans of James Bond or the Bourne movies (or various other action spy thrillers), this will probably be more of a success, but for the science fiction fans this is more likely to be a let-down. The complex worldbuilding and infodump that Stephenson is so good at clears up pretty quick, although unfortunately for me that was my favorite part--the world of T'Rain was pretty fascinating to read about, and the Reamde virus as well.
I really, really liked Richard, but once the action starts Zula takes center stage for quite a while. Now, I really did like Zula, and it was great to see a female character take a such a strong lead position in an action thriller, but out of the two I really was more interested in Richard.
Even with my disappointments, this did still read super fast, and was entertaining....more
I was able to get a copy of this via Netgalley after being a fan of Wasserman's Skinned trilogy, and had absolutely no clue what to expect from this.I was able to get a copy of this via Netgalley after being a fan of Wasserman's Skinned trilogy, and had absolutely no clue what to expect from this. I hadn't even read the summary before diving in, but there was no surprise that it immediately sucked me right in with how much I enjoyed the Skinned trilogy.
This is one of the smartest teen books I've read in a long time. Unlike a lot of young adult books out there, Wasserman actually gives her readers some credit and assumes they've got some smarts. Not only does this deal a whole lot with Latin and historical academia, but it also does a spin on the idea of having historical documents that the characters are researching tying in with their lives in modern day.
Throw in some alchemy, action, espionage, witchcraft, and a centuries-old cult and it was an excellent ride....more
Picking right up from where Girl Who Played with Fire stopped (thankfully, because that was a really cruel way to drop things), this ended up being muPicking right up from where Girl Who Played with Fire stopped (thankfully, because that was a really cruel way to drop things), this ended up being much more of a legal thriller than I would have expected. Having played my share of Phoenix Wright games, I was totally able to get into this (especially the last chunk during the actual court hearing).
The mix of the conspiracy surrounding Lisbeth Salander's history, hacker espionage, and legal thriller was highly entertaining, and just as hard for me to put down as the other two. I was happy with the way things were tied up pretty solidly at the end of this, and all the characters felt very true to themselves. Very satisfying!...more
Unsurprisingly, this was just as hard to put down as the first in the trilogy, and I'm so glad I waited this long to read them because the cliffhangerUnsurprisingly, this was just as hard to put down as the first in the trilogy, and I'm so glad I waited this long to read them because the cliffhanger ending here is just mean. I feel bad for the people who read these as they were published and had to sit around wondering how it's all really going to clear up.
Once again, the translation is the weak point, but the characters and story again make up for it by far. All of the crazy twists and turns the plot took were fun and kept me guessing, and I especially loved the details of Lisbeth's past and origins that were pulled in....more
My first impression of this? "Wow, didn't I read this already, but in the fantasy genre?"
The main character is Richard Alex Rahl, and in the very firsMy first impression of this? "Wow, didn't I read this already, but in the fantasy genre?"
The main character is Richard Alex Rahl, and in the very first chapter he saves a mysterious and beautiful woman from getting killed by strange, brutal men. Not only is the beginning of the story pulled straight from the Sword of Truth novels, but the writing was much worse than Terry Goodkind normally is.
With the poor writing and recycled plot line, combined with the poor reviews in general, I decided to just pass on this. I gave it a shot, but it just seemed like a cheesy tie-in to his fantasy novels (from what I've read of other reviews, it gets pretty ridiculous just how much he makes sure we understand the connection between the two) and just not worth the time it would take to slog through the choppy writing....more
It's pretty telling that after I'd already watched the movie, and so knowing exactly how this mystery played out, I still could hardly put this aside.It's pretty telling that after I'd already watched the movie, and so knowing exactly how this mystery played out, I still could hardly put this aside. I hit the halfway point last night, and today I spent the afternoon plowing through the last 200 pages to finish it. Obviously not to find out what happens (although, I was curious to see if it was any different than the movie), but because the pacing and tension was so high that it's hard to tear away from.
I loved Lisbeth. I had no idea going into the movie that she would be such a unique character. For whatever reason, I'd expected her to be the typical Hollywood-beautiful heroine that most authors seem to think their readers want, but instead she's this subversive, anti-social punk! The way she handles Bjurman, alone, earns her so much love from me, but that's only the tip of things she does that makes her awesome. Blomkvist is a likable character (despite the typical "every woman wants to sleep with him" trick that heroes in thrillers always seem to have going for them), but Lisbeth was far more interesting.
Having seen the movie, I knew what to expect when it came to the rougher aspects of this. Other than the spotty translation, the biggest hurdle for most readers seems to be the violence that's almost exclusively aimed towards women. Considering the amount of misogyny some of the characters in here exhibit, parts of this just completely squicked me out reading, but luckily those scenes are pretty short and the payoff when justice/revenge is has is pretty satisfying. Some of the reviews I'd read of this made it sound like the book condoned the violence, which I'm certainly not seeing at all with how brutal these characters are punished.
This certainly wasn't without flaws, but it's one of those stories that just sticks in my head and makes me want more. I'll be jumping straight into the second, because I definitely need to find out more about Lisbeth....more
I really wanted to give this one a chance, but it was so bogged down in meaningless details that very little happened within the first 100 pages. TheI really wanted to give this one a chance, but it was so bogged down in meaningless details that very little happened within the first 100 pages. The style of writing is very meandering, so much that it detracts from the plot. Which is a shame, because the premise of the book sounded very interesting, but in the end it was just too dull for me to be able to get through. For me, it spent way too much time dwelling on the family of the characters rather than establishing a plot....more