First thoughts: I didn't expect it, but The Storyteller turned out to be one of the most captivating reads for me. It was an emotiona...moreMy Rating: 5.0 / 5
First thoughts: I didn't expect it, but The Storyteller turned out to be one of the most captivating reads for me. It was an emotional rollercoaster - never letting me take a break to clear my head and get a distance from this heart-breaking story. It was impossible to put down and that is why I ended up reading it in a very short time. If you're looking for a contemporary story that will not leave your mind, pick up this one!
More detailed: The Storyteller is one of the rare books that will break your heart and mend it just to shatter it into thousands of little pieces again. There were moments when I couldn't put it down and moments when I was almost too scared to pick it up again - scared of what might happen to the characters that I have grown to love. I was addicted to this captivating style of writing and afraid of the decisions Anna and Abel might make.
This is not a happy book and still, it made me laugh out loud sometimes and was able to put a smile on my face. Anna is pulled into a darker world than the protected one she is used to, but cannot manage to stay away. She's a fascinating character, both naive and grown-up in an unbelievable way. At times, it is hard to relate to her, but I ended up feeling like a bigger sister who wanted to protect her from the world she is living in.
Abel is a difficult character. It's no secret that I love reading about the "bad boys" and often end up taking their side in a love triangle (something that is not to be found in The Storyteller) and I fell for Abel the moment we are introduced to him. He's quiet and kind-hearted, but at the same time he is very mysterious and it takes a long time to find out all of his secrets - and some of these made me cry.
Thanks to the disaster that is my local library, I didn't get to compare the English translation with the German original. I love Antonia Michaelis' style of writing and I'd really like to see what it is like in German, because I can actually imagine that it might be even more beautiful. Antonia is not just describing places and actions, she has made me feel as though I was actually part of this story.
All in all, I loved The Storyteller. It's a very heavy and dark story, one that made me cry. But it also made me laugh with its characters and hope for them to get their happy ending. It might not be the right kind of story for everyone, but if you are looking for a fairytale-like contemporary story that will be like a rollercoaster for your feelings, pick up this one.
I received an ARC of this novel from its UK publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.(less)
First thoughts: After having fallen in love with the first book of this series, I'm glad that My Soul to Save lived up to my expectat...moreMy Rating: 4.5 / 5
First thoughts: After having fallen in love with the first book of this series, I'm glad that My Soul to Save lived up to my expectations and provided some more insight into a few paranormal aspects of Rachel Vincent's world. This is a very exciting sequel and I can't wait to see how Kaylee's story will continue after the things she experienced.
More detailed: My Soul to Save is a great sequel in a series that is very quickly developing to become one of my favorites. Kaylee's world is very addictive and I'm greedily absorbing every new detail that Rachel Vincent is imposing on her readers with every page of her well written novels.
In My Soul to Save we get to learn a lot more about the Netherworld and at the same time it's not enough for me to be content. I want to know more - in a very positive way. Rachel Vincent pulls me into this world she created and I'm sad whenever a new story ends and I have to return to reality. Kaylee starts to realize that she's living in a scary place, but just like me she wants to know more and I can't wait for her to find answers.
I'm still very much in love with the characters of the Soul Screamers series. Kaylee and Nash's relationship is developing and rarely leaves me wanting more, but at the same time I'd love to find out even more about Tod. In My Soul to Save we get to see a different side of him which I really love and I'm really developing a weakness for him. Again I'm hoping that he'll play an even more important role in the third novel.
At the moment I'm not completely sure what might happen in My Soul to Save's sequels, but since I've been very happy with this series' gradual world-builing and character-development so far, I'm expecting to find out a lot of interesting things. All in all, I can just say how much I have fallen in love with this series and would love to recommend it to everyone who loves paranormal YA novels.(less)
First thoughts: Entertaining, decadent and a little bit heart-breaking - Immortal City turned out to be a fast-paced read that will m...moreMy Rating: 3.5 / 5
First thoughts: Entertaining, decadent and a little bit heart-breaking - Immortal City turned out to be a fast-paced read that will make readers wonder about its world and morals. While I couldn't connect to its characters as fast as I'd hoped to, I definitely enjoyed reading it and often had a hard time putting it down. If you're looking for a unique angel story, this might be the right one for you.
More detailed: I fell in love with the sound of Immortal City immediately when I first read its summary. A world obsessing over Guardian Angels instead of actors and musicians? Sounds very awesome and I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of it. Then a few mixed reviews started to appear and I was scared that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. After reading it, I didn't fall in love with this book, but I ended up enjoying Immortal City.
Immortal City is told by a third person narrator from various points of view. As I love this narrational technique, because it gives you much more insight into what happens, I could read this novel very fast and easily. I never felt the need to put it away and take a break from reading. It was actually hard to put down at certain moments when I just wanted to know how Scott Speer would continue his story.
Maddy grew up in a world in which angels are what Hollywood stars are for us. It's even more extreme than that as almost everyone is obsessed with them and wants to know everything - as fast as possible. This is, of course, enhanced by the fact that she grew up in Los Angeles, the Immortal City, where the angle-hype is worse than anywhere else.
I really loved the world Scott Speer created and think it's really unique. These angels do good deeds - but these come with hefty prices. Guardian Angels are no longer the secret saviours, but earn their living by saving the people they've been assigned to. I'm very glad that Maddy isn't one of the angel-obsessed people, but is still able to see what's beneath the surface. This just makes her romance with Jackson a lot more believable and interesting.
Despite liking Maddy's attitude, I sadly had a few problems connecting with the characters. I don't know whether it's because the point of view changes too often or abrupt or because it's not a first person narrator, but I had problems truly caring about them. I didn't like bad things happening to them, but I never grew too attached - but that's usually the exact thing that makes me love a book.
All in all, Immortal City is an exciting, glamorous, and action-packed novel which had me guessing about its true villain until the end - and I have to admit that I never guessed right. While I didn't fall in love with it as I expected at first, I definitely enjoyed it and hope that this isn't the last we've seen of Maddy and Jacks.
I received an ARC of this novel from its UK publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.(less)
First thoughts: Set in both, a post-dystopian future (2347) and the past (1347), The Lens and the Looker keeps the reader's interest...moreMy Rating: 3.0 / 5
First thoughts: Set in both, a post-dystopian future (2347) and the past (1347), The Lens and the Looker keeps the reader's interest and turns out to be telling an exciting adventure. The love story is sweet but doesn't distract from the main focus, which is cleary set on the experiences Hansum, Lincoln and Shamira make after having travelled into the past.
More detailed: While The Lens and the Looker isn't like the books I usually read, I enjoyed it nonetheless. I'd definitely recommend it for a younger audience or readers who prefer Middle Grade novels - I'm sure you'll be able to appreciate this intriguing tale even more than I did, if you prefer to read adventure novels with only a little bit of romance.
Especially Lory S. Kaufman's writing made me want to continue reading. He managed to describe the different time periods The Lens and the Looker is set in (2347 and 1347) perfectly and made me feel like I could see the places right in front of me. You can definitely see how much research the author must have done to describe everything so accurately.
But sadly I missed getting to know the characters better. Even though I love the detailed descriptions of the surroundings, I would have wished to find out more about the characters' feelings. The narration is more concentrated on actions and the lack of real emotions made it a little bit hard to identify with Hansum, Lincoln and Shamira.
All in all, The Lens and the Looker was a really fast and well written read for me. I'm definitely intrigued to find out how Hansum and Guilietta's love story will develop, how the group's actions will affect both the past and the future and whether they'll ever return to their home. If you like adventurous and historical Middle Grade novels, you should definitely give this a chance.
I received a copy of this novel from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.(less)