4.5/5 stars. This one made me laugh quite a bit. I loved the haiku. I loved the penguins. I will definitely read the next book in the series, though I...more4.5/5 stars. This one made me laugh quite a bit. I loved the haiku. I loved the penguins. I will definitely read the next book in the series, though I wonder where the book will go from where it left off...(less)
I absolutely *LOVED* this book. It reminded me in tone and character development of a hybrid of two of my favorite book series -- The Fever Series by...moreI absolutely *LOVED* this book. It reminded me in tone and character development of a hybrid of two of my favorite book series -- The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
It was so good to have an exciting dystopian fantasy style setting again. I love that type of backdrop, and the heroine had quite a crazy setup from the opening chapter to the end of the book. Happily, there were lots of enigmatic characters throughout the story. I love complex characters in my book, difficult to see who is really good and who is really bad. Valek was akin to Barrons of the Fever series in a lot of personality characteristics. I also appreciated how Yelena was such a strong heroine in the book.
On the downside, it is a young adult book, so there was some obvious foreshadowing. Even with it being young adult, the book still held plenty of intrigue and mystery for me as an adult. So, don't let the fact that it is from the young-adult genre stop you from reading it.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes an exciting story with a dystopian backdrop. I will be continuing on with the series immediately. I'm glad I picked up the set of books on my kindle :)
"And knowing now about my power only added yet another way I could die. If Valek discovered my magic, I was dead. If I didn't find a way to go to Sitia, I was dead. If someone poisoned the Commander's food, I was dead. If Brazell built his factory and sought revenge, I was dead. Dead, dead, dead and dead. Death by Butterfly's Dust was beginning to look attractive. If was the only scenario where I would get to choose when, where and how I died."
"I shouldn't admire and respect him; I should vilify him. Shouldn't, should, shouldn't should. So easy to say but so hard to believe."(less)
I wasn't completely shocked at how it all ended. I won't write any spoilers, but I think that the movie 6 kind of spoiled book 7. If I hadn't seen it,...moreI wasn't completely shocked at how it all ended. I won't write any spoilers, but I think that the movie 6 kind of spoiled book 7. If I hadn't seen it, I think I would have been more surprised at some of the twists in this book.(less)
For some reason, I really disliked book 2 in this trilogy (The Royal Pain), but I enjoyed this one. Didn't laugh in book 2, but the humor returned for...moreFor some reason, I really disliked book 2 in this trilogy (The Royal Pain), but I enjoyed this one. Didn't laugh in book 2, but the humor returned for me with this potion of the story. I also liked the heroine better and appreciated more interaction with the royal family. In that respect, it was closer in feel to book 1, and I believe that is why I found the story to be funny again.(less)
Much less singing in this book, and more exciting scenes with characters like Golem. I appreciate that :) However, once again, I preferred the movie t...moreMuch less singing in this book, and more exciting scenes with characters like Golem. I appreciate that :) However, once again, I preferred the movie to the book.(less)
I suppose what I am about to type will be considered sacrilegious to some reading this review. However, I always believe in honesty in reviews, so he...more I suppose what I am about to type will be considered sacrilegious to some reading this review. However, I always believe in honesty in reviews, so here goes anyway :)
As much as I love the story, I have to say that I liked the movie better than the book. *gasp* There’s the blasphemy for you. Hehehehe. There was just so much singing in the book. I wish I could have skimmed the singing passages, but I was listening to the audiobook which made skipping the songs difficult. Maybe I was clouded in my judgement by the audiobook narrator’s singing talent, but I grew very tired of it early on in the book. And yet, it continued… and continued… and continued.
The LOTR movies that came out in the early part of the 21st century are some of my favorite movies. I was amazed by the cinematography, the story, the acting, and the music. The movies were something my husband and I could both enjoy together, and we have watched the movies numerous times over the last several years. Other than reading part of THE HOBBIT when I was a kid, I had never gotten around to reading the LOTR trilogy.
After listening to my husband wax poetic about how much he loved to read the Lord of the Rings growing up, I made a decision that I wanted to read the books to see for myself how they compared to the movies. Now that I’ve read the first book, I understand some of the characters my husband said were missing from the movies (such as Tom Bombadil). In regards to singing, Bombadil is definitely one of the main culprits! I kind of see why they chose to cut him out of the movie. I mean, the movie was already going to be really long anyway, so it seemed like a logical cut to me.
I definitely love the world that Tolkien built. I didn’t hate the book. I just found it to be a bit long-winded at times. SCANDAL! I know, I know. LOTR is a classic. I found myself saying things like: “Stop singing, Gimli and get on with the action!!!!”. As much as I love the plot, I shouldn’t be belittling the book’s prose. But, I can’t be the only one who feels that way. Well, maybe I am. I don’t care. :P
I still plan to continue the trilogy in book form. I have a feeling there will be less singing in the next book, but I could be fooled. I almost expect the guards of Mordor to break out into song. EEK! That’s an image that might have me giggling in RETURN OF THE KING. Tap dancing/singing guards in a giant orc chorus-line. I need therapy… or more sleep.
I suppose I now understand what compelled someone to make a musical version of LOTR. I had always wondered the motivation behind the musical in the UK, but they likely are trying to capture the spirit of the songs in the books.(less)