I abhor, loathe, detest, and generally abominate cliffhangers.
Other than that, the book is epic. Great characters, spicy dialogu...moreI. Hate. Cliffhangers.
I abhor, loathe, detest, and generally abominate cliffhangers.
Other than that, the book is epic. Great characters, spicy dialogues, fast-paced action, and all those other things that I can't really think of right now, because I'm supposed to be doing homework, and so part of my mind is somewhere else, and the other part of my mind is still back in Charyn, trying to make sense of that nerve-racking cliffhanger (had I mentioned it already? well, I insist on it).
So, is "Froi of the Exiles" any better than "Finnikin of the Rock", the first book in the saga? No, it's not better. It wouldn't be possible for me to say that, with as much as I loved "Finnikin of the Rock". But no, it's not worse, either (my 5 out of 5 pretty much tells you that in a lot less words). It's just as good as that one, but a lot different, too.
It is darker and more violent than "Finnikin...", because Froi and Quintana are much darker and more violent than Finnikin and Evanjalin were. I won't even try to compare the snarling not-a-Sir Gargarin to Sir Topher. These characters here are great and awesome, too, but pretty much savages half the time (and that is probably because the other half of the time they are asleep).
So, if you are going to read it, it won't disappoint you. There is even some action for our past heroes of "Finnikin...", so us fans have our swooning, fangirling time, too. However, as the first few chapters finish (they are the slowest in the book) and Froi actually meets Quintana and the rest of the Charynite fauna... Well, I actually started enjoying more the reading about their many predicaments than about life in the Lumateran court (not that Lumateran court life is boring at all, don't get me wrong, and in fact, we even get some very interesting new characters...)
(I will refrain myself from talking again about that awful cliffhanger.)
And, now that I'm almost finished, I need to ask this: does Melina Marchetta have any fixation with hair? Evanjalin had a bald head. Quintana has this terrifying head full of hair. And a lot of conversations stray towards hairy topics...(less)
It was well worth the wait. It was worth finding my way through Fade Out and its lameness, and it was worth reading unenthusiastically Kiss Of Death....moreIt was well worth the wait. It was worth finding my way through Fade Out and its lameness, and it was worth reading unenthusiastically Kiss Of Death. In this book, we go back to Morganville in its greatest: our four heroes fight the Apocalypse, and we can never really guess how things are going to turn out. The delicious mixture of predictability and unpredictability that was always the series is back, with only the right amount of inside jokes (meaning that Myrnin is again a murderous-though-occasionally-funny beast, and not just a scary joke, for instance).
The book started great, full of death sentences and silver stakes, and although it had me worried for a second in the first third of the book, because I was actually afraid that it would get lame once again, it didn't. It only got better. And better. And, oh, yes, my heart actually skipped a beat at the end...(less)
Me quedo con el vampiro cobarde y hambriento, con los dejá vus burtonianos de los primeros capítulos, con todos los monstruos extraños que politiquean y observan a los doce niños desde el castillo, y con toooooda la ciudad de Rocavarancolia, el mejor personaje de todos con diferencia, con su ambiente misterioso, sus calles fantasmales, y esas sombras que se esconden más allá de la vista y de las letras observando, siempre observando.
¿Qué puedo decir de este libro que no esté dicho ya en un millón de reseñas que otros lectores colgaron antes que yo? Que le guardo rencor al autor, porque por su culpa, por su historia y por su forma de contarla, me pasé una noche entera sin dormir, y al día siguiente me dolía todo el cuerpo y ya no podía consolarme leyendo el libro que ya había terminado. Que lo recomiendo en plan muy hippie y muy anuncio de Coca Cola: para los gordos, para los flacos, para los altos, para los bajos, para él, para ella, y para todos los etcéteras que no me apetece enumerar. Que fue un libro tan visual que me atacaban constantes arrebatos de "necesito dibujar esta escena", algo extraordinariamente molesto (porque cuando me da uno de esos ataques necesito escucharlo, es decir, necesito cerrar el libro y bosquejar lo que sea que me pide a gritos que bosqueje), algo que hasta ahora, por lo que recuerdo, sólo me sucedía con las hadas extrañas de Melissa Marr. Y que, por si acaso lo preguntáis y os ataca la duda, no, no hay romance de por medio, pero ni es necesario, ni se le echa de menos, y si de verdad sois tan absolutamente yonquis de las historias de amor como para no leer nada que no contenga una, pues calma, que el corazoncito viene prometido en la sinopsis de Los Hijos de las Tinieblas (el libro dos, básicamente), así que podéis respirar tranquilos.(less)
I had never read any books by John Green, but right now I can swear that I love the man. Come on, this was funny, witty, serious, masterly written, wi...moreI had never read any books by John Green, but right now I can swear that I love the man. Come on, this was funny, witty, serious, masterly written, with great characters... If anyone wonders if there is any author that really considers teens as intelligent people, with actual brains, they should really read this book.(less)
Are you hungry for a higher dose of The Hunger Games? Then, this is definitely a book for you. Are you just hungry for a good, ci-fi read? Then, this...moreAre you hungry for a higher dose of The Hunger Games? Then, this is definitely a book for you. Are you just hungry for a good, ci-fi read? Then, this is definitely the book for you. Are you just hungry for a fast-paced book? Then, this is definitely a book for you. Are you just hungry for a good book, but you don’t like ci-fi or fast paced books? (I refuse to say that you don’t like The Hunger Games) Then, you should definitely give this book a try, and I bet it will change your mind.
You will hold your breath for 400 pages (I’m sure that’s not good for anyone’s lungs, but go tell Neal Shusterman that), and you’ll laugh and cry and be amazed for all the length of the book. And I must mention (this is not something I do just because I feel like it: I really MUST say this) that this book holds the scene that impacted me the most in any book, any time. It is towards the end, so I won’t spoil it for you: a character is unwound in real time, for us all to see, and... Whoa. Just whoa.(less)
Done, done and done. Goodbye, Vampire Academy. Hello, Bloodlines.
I can't believe that less than two years ago I was sure I was never going to read the...moreDone, done and done. Goodbye, Vampire Academy. Hello, Bloodlines.
I can't believe that less than two years ago I was sure I was never going to read the spin-off! But I already love poor, human, uptight, adorable "I'm already starting my own plot line to hook you readers, hahaha" Sydney. *Sigh* The thing about her no-end was just cruel.(less)