I was surprised how much I ended up liking this prequel to the Madoka Magica series. I mean its not The original clearly, but it does provide a surpri...moreI was surprised how much I ended up liking this prequel to the Madoka Magica series. I mean its not The original clearly, but it does provide a surprising amount of depth to some of the characters and features a storyline I like.
Prophecies are my weaknesses at times. So is foretelling.
It's nice to see a lot of Mami and more of the gentler Kyouko that only appears near the end if the anime. Seeing Kyouko's interactions here with Yuma definitely helped me understand more her relationship with Sayaka later on as its clear, from the anime at any rate, that Yuma is no longer going to exist one way or another. In many ways Kyouko's interactions towards Yuma, her caring for her and her wish to protect her, provide the best context for which to understand her personality and actions within the anime.
It also makes her failure with Sayaka so much more tragic as she becomes yet another person the Kyouko cannot save. She sees Kyouko as Yuma, and perhaps that's the worst part of it all. There's failure and love all mixed up in there along with emotional displacement and pure, undeniable loneliness.
And yes I'm going to use this argument for all further discussions of the "pairing".
Don't you dare get me started in that people. This is a series about friendship, deep friendship I'll grant you, but it never crosses the line into sexual love of any kind. Lets be clear on that.
All in all, I really liked this. It was intriguing to read about the others and their backstories, considering we see so little of them in the anime, and was a nice little manga that made me long to watch the series all over again. 4-4.5/5(less)
The In His Eyes Anthology is a nice compilation of a variety of short stories, and excerpts from the author's various novels, but told through his eye...moreThe In His Eyes Anthology is a nice compilation of a variety of short stories, and excerpts from the author's various novels, but told through his eyes.
I like being punny
While I enjoyed most of these, I think I really would've like it more had it featured a more balanced ratio between the small quantity of short stories and the large amount of excerpts. Not knowing who these characters were or having any background made me feel isolated for quite a few of the stories in here. There were a fair few, Jessie Harrell's story about Eros for instance, that I did enjoy, but on the whole I felt like a third wheel.
It's a weird analogy, but I'm using it.
Nevertheless, it's a nice collection for the those who know the authors' various works, or who want to get a taste of them.
This short story, involving Link and his incubuness, was a nice addition to the Caster Chronicles and made me long for both a re-read of the series (g...moreThis short story, involving Link and his incubuness, was a nice addition to the Caster Chronicles and made me long for both a re-read of the series (god I've forgotten everything) and to finally get my hands on Beautiful Chaos.
(Which probably won't happen because I am: A. Lazy B. Cheap and C. Need to re-read the series again.)
On its own Dream Dark had everything I like about the Chronicles as a whole: Funny bits, Southern flair, and a prose I can't help but get sucked into. In relation to the rest of the series, the story did feel a bit meh as it mostly revolved around Link adapting to life as an incubus and didn't really go into further details about the big, ol' apocalypse storyline that's about to go down. It was nice to see some Link and Riley action, but I have to admit I wasn't/aren't totally pleased with the way their obviously unhealthy relationship is going.
That's why there is book 3 and 4, Carissa
One other thing that bugged me was how short the enovella was (the short story itself only a few chapters, while the rest is the first like 4 chapters of Beautiful Chaos); a fact that wouldn't gotten me madder (since I did pay for the damn thing) if I had actually started/read Beautiful Chaos, but instead I ended up enjoying reading the angst and paranormal filled excerpt, and started remembering all the fun stuff I had forgotten about this series.
While I usually enjoy extra stories/enovellas within a series, I seem to have a hard time really liking any in Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series....moreWhile I usually enjoy extra stories/enovellas within a series, I seem to have a hard time really liking any in Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. Never to Sleep, a novella about Sophie, a character I definitely have never cared for, was definitely my least favorite of the series, and really felt like an added story just to introduce Luca and have a reason for Sophie to join the gang.
And smack on Kaylee. to which the fangirl girlfriend in my mind is very very against
The prequel to Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Take, My Soul to Lose is an extra ebook concerning Kaylee's stint in the mental ward mentioned throughout t...moreThe prequel to Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Take, My Soul to Lose is an extra ebook concerning Kaylee's stint in the mental ward mentioned throughout the series. While the enovella only takes place during the course of a week, the event remains a crucial important part to the series, and Kaylee's character.
I both liked and didn't like this extra novella. The story was, as always with this series, addicting and interesting and I truly couldn't keep my hands off my ereader when reading this. On the other hand, however, Kaylee kind of reverted to her paranoid, self conscious self that I dealt with in the first Soul Screamers novel, and didn't care for. (Not that I wasn't expecting that, but you know it was kind of annoying). It was nice, however, to see Kaylee's experience with the mental ward, and to feel for her a lot more for continuing to be traumatized by it. I also liked the fact that we got to see another supernatural something that I'm hoping will come back and have some fun, supernatural fun times with the rest of the gang.
All in all, My Soul to Lose was entertaining and good addition to the series. While it wasn't as spectacular as the later novels, this short novella was an interesting and moving look at Kaylee's experience in the mental ward. 3.5/5(less)
After devouring the third in this mini series of novellas, I wasn't quite as pleased with The Assassin and the Empire as I was with its predecessor Th...moreAfter devouring the third in this mini series of novellas, I wasn't quite as pleased with The Assassin and the Empire as I was with its predecessor The Assassin and the Underworld. Most of my mehness I think stemmed from the fact that I knew a certain event had to happen in order for the events in the novel, Throne of Glass, to jump off from. (view spoiler)[For those who've read the novellas, it's obvious that Sam in some way or fashion has to die or get out of the picture completely, and that Celaena has to be arrested for the novel to stem off from (hide spoiler)]
Nevertheless, however, the novella was engaging, exciting, and suspenseful, and had me on my toes throughout. While I knew the end result, I never knew how Maas was going to bring us there, and was pretty curious to find out why. Arobynn's character really fascinated me in this one, and I'm curious to see if he'll show up in Throne of Glass.
And, more importantly, what he'll do...
All in all, this novella was a good addition to the series as a whole, though perhaps a little disappointing. It did move me, however, near the climax (ya'll know what I'm talking about), and that's saying something. 4/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is a short novella for the up-coming Throne of Glass, and concerns its main character, Celaena (Love the name, but by...moreThe Assassin and the Pirate Lord is a short novella for the up-coming Throne of Glass, and concerns its main character, Celaena (Love the name, but by God do I hate trying to spell that), and her adventures with a certain Pirate Lord as well as introducing us to Celaena's world and her badass role in it two years previous to the events in Throne of Glass (or at least the events I assumed from the synopsis).
As a novella, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is short, sweet, and wraps itself up nicely without really needing any additional information or feeling like some random off shoot of the book that isn't really needed in comparison to some enovellas I have read. (Winter's Passage, for instance, I always felt was kind of annoyingly tacked on to the series since most of the information in it was already summarized, (and in one case repeated word for word), in The Iron Daughter). Instead The Assassin and the Pirate Lord felt like an individual story that could stand on its own two feet, while still hinting at what was to come in Maas's up-coming novel.
For the most part I really enjoyed The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. It had action, hinted at a bit of romance, and showed a very badass heroine I easily warmed up to. While the action was the fairly standard assassin/courtly intrigue affair, it kept a good steady pace, and, tbh, I enjoy that kind of thing anyway so I doubt I would've complained :P. The romance I was mixed about at first, but I like the more subtle aspects of it, and the interplay between the characters. It definitely is something I would like to see fleshed out more, but I'm intrigued at the very least. Celaena as a heroine was perhaps one of my favorite parts of the novella, because while she was kind of a typical assassin, she was also kind of vain and a little arrogant, which I liked. It seems odd for me to cite arrogance and vanity as qualities I like in a heroine/hero, but I do have to admit some of my favorite leading ladies, like Scarlet O'Hara and Tris from Divergent, have more than their fair share of those qualities, so it really shouldn't come to any surprise.
What can I say? I prefer the flawed ones. It makes the story that much more interesting.
On a more negative note, I thought the whole morality issue of the novella was a bit too black and white for me, though still understandable from what is hinted at from the Celaena's background. As it is a short novella, however, I'm willing to forgive it because it is well written, and stands so solid on its own. I expect more gray to be shown in the actual novel, but for now I'm satisfied. The resolution at the end of the novella, in addition, was a bit too easy in my opinion, but still remained within the realms of reality.
All in all I really, really enjoyed The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. It showed great promise, had me flipping through its electronic pages in suspense, and got me excited for when the actual novel will be released. Until then, I hear there are three other novellas to whet my appetite until August. 4-4.5/5(less)
Summer's Crossing is a small story set between The Iron Queen and the fourth and final book in the Iron Fey series, and essentially sets the stage for...moreSummer's Crossing is a small story set between The Iron Queen and the fourth and final book in the Iron Fey series, and essentially sets the stage for The Iron Knight. Focusing on Puck and Ash, the small short story is about the beginnings of their partnership in doing a certain task that may or may not have something to do with the final events in The Iron Queen.
I GIVE NO SPOILERS MUAHAHAHA!
Anyway, this short novella was cute, sweet, and really brought insight into the character and thoughts of Puck, which I really enjoyed because hey, he doesn't get much love :P. The story is told from Puck's POV, and very much focuses on the love triangle between himself, Meghan, and Ash, while still progressing the plot for The Iron Knight. And of course there's all these fun little tidbits about the two that will make you laugh and smile.
Overall Summer's Crossing is a very insightful piece into Puck's, the 'other guy', mindset, and how for him the events we've seen through Meghan have gone down. Filled with Kagawa's typical humour and writing style, this is an ebook exclusive fans of the series really shouldn't miss. 4.5/5(less)
The Strange Case of Finley Jane is a short prequel ebook (about 9 chapters or so) to the steampunk romance The Girl in the Steel Corset (which, along...moreThe Strange Case of Finley Jane is a short prequel ebook (about 9 chapters or so) to the steampunk romance The Girl in the Steel Corset (which, along with other novels lately, seems to be a nod to the v. v. v. popular Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-title wise anyway). The story, while short, basically revolves around Finley, a girl with mysterious powers that give her a tendency for violence (go grrl power!) and her actions during her time as a companion to Pheobe, a young girl recently engaged to a man, Lord Vincent, who's much too old for her, and has a very large interest in science and technology a la Frankenstein style.
Before I start this review, I do have to admit that I've actually never read the original novel (Corset for short, too lazy to type full title), and only picked up the ebook because it was free, and well I wanted to see a bit of the world the author created to see if I'd like it. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised with this small tidbit, and am considering somehow getting my hands on Corset.
So, as this is both a prequel, and a short one at that, as well as being a side story and therefore not as well thought out/planned to be as awesome as the original story, I didn't expect much plotwise. Surprisingly, however, I was kind of impressed how much action and twists and turns there were in these nine or so chapters. While the plot is kind of cliched a bit, and pretty predictable, I liked it. It's part mystery, part action, and then there are these fun Victorian and steampunk bits that make it just lots of fun; all things I expect Corset to have as well. There isn't any romance in this small story, something that will obviously change as Corset contains another YA love triangle. Though apparently one of the players in that triangle is an automaton....
The world by itself is pretty basic. Victorian society, which Cross does stay pretty close to as far as I could see, plus all this crazy steampunk technology stuff. Automatons feature largely in this world, as do other steam powered machinery within the day-to-day household. There's a bit of name dropping in the prequel, (and stands to reason, the novel as well), Austen, Shelley, etc.., but that's to be expected.
There's not much development (well durr) in relation to the characters, but we get enough hints about Finley at the very least to be intrigued about what's going to come next. Most of it does revolve around Finley's supernatural powers, and the why and moral dilemma surrounding them as expected of a coming-into-powers novel, but Finley is a distracting enough character (full of grrl power and just general comebacks) to keep you occupied.
There isn't much to say about the writing. It's decent, gets the job done, and keeps you entertained, but there's nothing really about it that I'd rave about.
All in all, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is an interesting, and event filled prequel novella. There's good action, mystery, and fun victorian steampunk. 3.5-4/5(less)
Death: The Time of Your Life (which makes me think of that very popularized Green Day song) is a very short series of comics centering on the adventur...moreDeath: The Time of Your Life (which makes me think of that very popularized Green Day song) is a very short series of comics centering on the adventures of Death, Gaiman's character from the Sandman series (which I do have to finish..). In this gn, Death actually doesn't show up for most of the gn, and instead we follow a pop star called Foxglove, who has yet to reveal to the world she is a homosexual, and has a partner named Hazel as well as a child, Alvie. When Hazel gets into some trouble with the happy go lucky goth queen herself, Foxglove must figure out what's most important to her.
Even though I currently have only read one volume of Gaiman's Sandman series, and therefore have only 'met' Death once, she has easily been a favorite character of mine since then. So I was really pleased when a copy of one of her comics showed up on my bed as a surprise.
This gn did not disappoint. The story of Foxglove and Hazel is very moving, and touched me deeply. Gaiman does a good job in showing their love for one another, as well as preserving their individual personalities and weaknesses. It's very different in a sense from his Sandman stuff, in that it really isn't about the action/plot stuff, but centers more on the characters' feelings, and all those other mushy things. There were also some creepy underworld/death/magic things that made more than a little curious, and quite a bit disappointed when it wasn't really explained.
The only thing I didn't really care for in this gn was the fact that Death doesn't really show up much throughout it. Yes, the story isn't about Death, it's about Foxglove and Hazel, but I missed her. *pouts* :P
All in all, Death: The Time of Your Life was a well done, if short, gn revolving on everyone favorite's goth girl. The dialogue and narrative are pure Gaiman awesomeness, and the art is pretty damn good as well. A lovely, short, story. 4.5-5/5(less)