The Beast Within was an enjoyable peek into Beast's mysterious past, but not without some problems. There were several inconsistencies with the film tThe Beast Within was an enjoyable peek into Beast's mysterious past, but not without some problems. There were several inconsistencies with the film that were significant enough that they detracted from the book. The plot felt rushed and confused, and the characters were dull and flat.
I do really want to watch Beauty and the Beast again, though! ...more
Holly Webb’s Rose was absolutely wonderful, and its sequel is just the same. Rose and the Lost Princess picks up where the first one left off, with RoHolly Webb’s Rose was absolutely wonderful, and its sequel is just the same. Rose and the Lost Princess picks up where the first one left off, with Rose exploring a newly discovered world of magic, and running into even more mystery and adventure. The pitch “Downton Abbey meets Harry Potter” is absolutely spot on, with the perfect mixture of magical adventures and historical drama.
I think I enjoyed the plot of this sequel even more than that of the first. Rose must assist in helping to find the lost princess, and in the process lots of obstacles cross her path. But Rose is a smart, resourceful, and dedicated person and works through it all. She’s an admirable character, and she’s such fun to read about. She still doesn’t know everything about her past, but she has a future ahead of her that involves apprenticing for Mr. Fountain.
All of the secondary characters are great. We get to meet several new characters, including Princesses Charlotte and Jane. I feel like none of the characters were developed too deeply, but I was alright with that because these are light-hearted books that don’t require too much development. I do hope that in the following books we get to know these characters even better, though!
Holly’s writing is enchanting. It’s easy and light, but still has a certain quality to it that adds depth and pulls readers in. I just can’t put my finger on it exactly (magic, maybe?) No matter what Holly has done to write such charming books, I can’t wait to continue reading!...more
I really didn't think I would like Wild, which I know is a terrible attitude to have starting any book, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I starteI really didn't think I would like Wild, which I know is a terrible attitude to have starting any book, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I started the book, and initially wasn't very impressed at all. Then something happened, and I was sucked into this intense and fiercely creative reimagining of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic story.
I feel like this quote from John Green's TFiOS perfectly describes my feelings towards this book: "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, andI feel like this quote from John Green's TFiOS perfectly describes my feelings towards this book: "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." I was just dipping my toes in, and then very slowly was pulled in until I closed the book and realized how in love I was with this book.
First off, I must talk about the world building in this story. The depth of this world is inconceivable. There was so much richness to it that it literally felt like I was walking through Valoria. It was very evident that Rutkoski was inspired by a variety of cultures (especially Roman) and she did her research, while leaving herself plenty of room for creating a highly impressive world of her own.
Kestrel was an awesome main character. She is so strong and independent, but still comes across as likeable. She challenges the expectations placed on her, with courage and confidence. In a lot of ways she seemed like she could've been an old friend with her nature.
Arin was both the complete equivalent and opposite of Kestrel. He's dark and mysterious, but inside there's so much. I almost with this book had been entirely from his perspective. The way it was written, we got to see quite a bit from him, but I think there's so much more to see from him.
The writing was spectacular. Beyond the outstanding world building, Rutkoski managed to convey emotions in such a beautiful way through her words. I could feel what Kestrel and Arin felt, and their dialogue brought the story to life with even more depth.
There are rumors that there's a trilogy in the works, and I must say I will certainly be an avid fan!...more
I'm sort of conflicted about this book. Some bloggers whose opinions I deeply respect didn't like this book, and all for the same reasons that I generI'm sort of conflicted about this book. Some bloggers whose opinions I deeply respect didn't like this book, and all for the same reasons that I generally can't stand books. Yet somehow I managed to really enjoy it! It was well-written, and the creativity was amazing.
Cruel Beauty has been one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2014, so I was freaking out when an ARC magically appeared on my doorstep one dayCruel Beauty has been one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2014, so I was freaking out when an ARC magically appeared on my doorstep one day. As soon as I had a moment of free time, I started reading, and I just couldn’t stop until I had turned the last page.
I always love discovering a new fantastical world, and that which is found in Cruel Beauty is a curious one, with a rich and mysterious history, effortlessly blended with familiar myths. Early on, there’s a lot of heavy “info-dumping” which slows the plot, but is important to introduce the mythology that later comes into play. Do not let that stop you, because once the story truly starts, it will enthrall you to the end, and you’ll be grateful for the information which so brilliantly comes into the plot at a later point.
Nyx was such a unique character. Her past has left her hard and cold, almost broken in a way. She’s not a perfect, innocent girl. And because of her faults and shortcomings, I came to love her as a character. The interesting thing about this book is that I found myself wondering who was really supposed to be the beast, and who the beauty, because both Nyx and Ignifex have so many complicated layers to their character.
I had mixed feelings about the love triangle initially. The logic in me said “No! They’re dangerous!” and yet their was a burning curiosity about both Shade and Ignifex, which got the better of me, Before long I had fallen for both. They both had such different personalities, but both had this tenderness buried in them, and when it emerged in either I would swoon.
Cruel Beauty is a beautiful, dark, complex novel that has the potential to make you overflow with emotions of all sorts. I was angry and scared and confused, all for the characters who I grew attached to over the course of the novel. I cannot say enough about the cruel and beautiful power in this novel....more
This book brought out my inner nerd! There was so much nerdy drama, I could barely handle it! I liked Maddie a lot, as well as all the other characterThis book brought out my inner nerd! There was so much nerdy drama, I could barely handle it! I liked Maddie a lot, as well as all the other characters. And the romance was so sweet! I loved Logan!