Am I reading this because I'm clearly going nuts over my other book?
What, no, psh.
This was...a slog.
And I'm not sure if it was a leftover slog afterAm I reading this because I'm clearly going nuts over my other book?
What, no, psh.
This was...a slog.
And I'm not sure if it was a leftover slog after trying so hard and failing to get through All My Puny Sorrows or just that I wasn't totally into this one.
Well now that I put it that way, it does seem a little obvious.
The Blade Itself isn't a terrible book by any means (though it needs a stricter editor!). It has a lively cast of characters, an interesting political storyline, and the presence of magic that gives it that spicy edge.
If only one of the characters wasn't a complete waste of space *cough Jezal cough* or another just made you feel pity and awkward all the time or another was just kind of sad most of the time and sunk the oh-so-uplifting tone a few feet more into the ground.
This was a very depressing book in a lot of ways.
The Blade Itself reminded me a lot of A Game of Thrones. And this isn't a comparison war or anything. But the use of magic slowly seeping into a mostly normal medieval world, the very grey characters, and the use of multiple POVs to showcase different parts of the world definitely sparked a few thoughts in my head. That's not to say fans of GoT should read this or anything. Abercrombie sadly doesn't have the political funtimes that makes GoT great or the suspenseful writing that would make us guess at every turn; instead his focus is on creating characters that are morally ambiguous yet strangely likable.
Except for Jezal. Screw you Jezal.
And it works. I haven't completely written off this series due to that fact. I want to know exactly where these bastards end up. And possibly see Bayat go insane.
***A big thank you to the author who offered me a review copy. Sorry I wasn't able to finish it :(***
I really, really tried to get into this one. I ga***A big thank you to the author who offered me a review copy. Sorry I wasn't able to finish it :(***
I really, really tried to get into this one. I gave it about 75 pages, but I really just can't do it anymore.
The writing, pacing, and constant character POV switchy-funtimes are just too jarring for me to fully embrace myself in this piece. Add a very unrealistic mythos (view spoiler)[WILLPOWER? UM OKAY WHAT (hide spoiler)] and a character named Pain (PLEASE GOD NO FLASHBACKS OF X2 HELP) and I started avoiding my phone just so I wouldn't have to consider reading this anymore.
I'm sorry. I tried.
No rating will be given, as I have not finished the book and thus cannot give an adequate review on the entirety of the piece, but anything marked as DNF or a book I gave up on is usually around the 1-2/5 mark.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There was a little too much crying for me to enjoy this one as much as the first, but still something in them (definitely not the romance, plot, or seThere was a little too much crying for me to enjoy this one as much as the first, but still something in them (definitely not the romance, plot, or setting) makes me keep reading.
I think it's...
Well it could be...
Screw it, I have no clue.
All I know is I have book 3, 4 and the novellas on reserve at the library for me....more
I'm not a fan of New Adult. I tried Easy several years ago and it was definitely, definitely not my thing. Why did I read this obviously NA, romance-fI'm not a fan of New Adult. I tried Easy several years ago and it was definitely, definitely not my thing. Why did I read this obviously NA, romance-filled novel?
Because I dared myself. And I am very, very stupid.
So, I knew going in there wasn't a good chance I was going to like this book. I'm not a fan of NA, personally I think it's just Harlequins for teenagers and young twenty-year olds that heavily center on the romance angle while trying to bring a modern/relevant point (rape/domestic abuse/slut shamming seems to be the most popular) within the larger plot....of the two characters getting together.
Basically, I feel like a lot of what I've read of NA is fanfiction-esque romances hiding behind a little sign that's trying to convince you there's a larger issue here. Most of the time there isn't; and most of the time it's just used to create tragic backstories for the characters and thus continues the cycle of victim-character-has-dark-secret as a plot.
AT LEAST, this is what I've gotten from the NA stuff I have read. There are always exceptions to the rule.
I just won't be reading them.
But because I'd rather not go into a giant rant about why this book bothered me, I'm just going to highlight some quotes that stuck out at me.
(p.1) Love was like a loaded gun. You slid your bullet inside the cold metal chamber as a safeguard for the inevitable day that everything went to shit. At the first sign of trouble, you blew your opponent to pieces, long before their finger found the trigger. At least that's what my mother's string of failed relationships taught me
(p. 154-155) "Is this how the other guys do it?"..."You let every other guy have you. You give away pieces of yourself like they're candy?"
I get that he's upset, but this is seriously pretty low. He does apologize later, but even if he didn't know her history, this is just disgusting.
(p. 210-211) "Fuck, baby."..."Baby, that...that was incredible
(p. ? can't remember) chromosomal superiority
I can't quite find this one, but I know it bothered and weirded me right out.
All in all, this book was kind of a clusterfuck of everything I don't like in a romance or even a novel: little to no plot, draaaaammmmmaaaaaa, and some fairly purple prose. I honestly have no one to blame but myself. This isn't the kind of book I like, and it's pretty obvious it doesn't like me back. But, hey, I didn't hate it completely. It was entertaining and quick enough for me to add an extra star just for scooping me in. Bravo, book, at least you did one thing right. ...more
I AM 100 PAGES IN AND I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT EVERYTHING. THIS BOOK IS GREAT. THAT IS ALL.
I can be a weird kind of reader at times. I like fast-paced acI AM 100 PAGES IN AND I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT EVERYTHING. THIS BOOK IS GREAT. THAT IS ALL.
I can be a weird kind of reader at times. I like fast-paced action oriented adventures, but also like slow paced building beautiful pieces of nothing that enchant my mind. See my reviews for The Night Circus and Pegasus if you need further proof of how weird I am. It's probably the reason I like a lot of middle books. I like lingering with characters and worlds.
This is one of those kinds of books. It's slow, it requires your patience, but also your attention. It's a soft novel of magic, a lingering quiet that slowly envelops you while you're reading. Does that mean it doesn't have action? Or freaky things that are still haunting my dreams? No. But you shouldn't expect to have that off the bat. It's a novel to be savored, not eaten quickly.
And that's my kind of thing. So yes, I loved it. I loved it for its words, its characters, its story. I loved it because it's something I wish I could've written. Do I recommend this for everyone? No, absolutely not. But if you like slow novels, if you like that kind of fantasy, then absolutely give it a shot. I know I won't stop dreaming about this one for a long, long while....more
This was an interesting, albeit less complex, follow-up to the original Kushiel series. While I didn't love this the way I loved the first trilogy-3.5
This was an interesting, albeit less complex, follow-up to the original Kushiel series. While I didn't love this the way I loved the first trilogy-it doesn't quite hold the same charm for me, I did enjoy it for the most part and the last two were particularly heart-stopping at some points. (view spoiler)[though that fucking bear quest, I never... (hide spoiler)]
But. Again, it's hard to capture the magic of the first trilogy (it's like Star Wars but in reverse order), but thankfully it's not a slog fest filled with angst and sand.
Well, not the sand at any rate.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was probably the longest prologue to a series that I've ever read. And I don't mean that the prologue was long in the book, but that the entire bThis was probably the longest prologue to a series that I've ever read. And I don't mean that the prologue was long in the book, but that the entire book was kind of a prologue to the series. Or, at least (seeing as I haven't read books 5 and 6), it felt that way.
In other words, this was like 750 pages of fluff that really only existed to show Imriel's character development. Yes, Carey introduced characters and set-up the possibility of intrigue for the next books, but really this book was about Imriel slowly getting over his trauma and being in control of it.
And that's nice and it was needed. BUT NOT 750 PAGES WORTH. As much as I enjoyed this book (and I did, surprisingly, I definitely zipped through it quicker than I expected which was nice), at the 500 mark I was getting a little tired. I know we have to see Imriel be better so we can get on to the fun times (there are funtimes coming right? RIGHT? I did not read a giant slew just to have more of this fluff?), but omg Carey you are trying.
Luckily I seem to be so in love with her writing and this world at this point, I'm quite content with all the crap this book was infested with. (view spoiler)[Especially the whole attraction to Phedre thing. I mean I get it, but at the same time I really, really don't. (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, this review is kind of a mess. Basically if you're looking for more political intrigue don't read this. You'll be disappointed. This isn't the original trilogy. It's a flashy follow-up that promises you bigger, better, but ultimately you end up with Jar Jar Binks Claudia being a whiny seductress with "secrets".
Thank you and where's my fanfiction about (view spoiler)[Imri and Lucius? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more