This book will rip your heart out, saute it in butter, sprinkle a few herbs on it, and then spoon feed it back to you. Have tissues on hand towards thThis book will rip your heart out, saute it in butter, sprinkle a few herbs on it, and then spoon feed it back to you. Have tissues on hand towards the end of the book. That's all I have to say about this book....more
This boom hit very close to home with have had a troubled marriage. Mine didn't have a somewhat promising ending, though. I appreciated the realisticThis boom hit very close to home with have had a troubled marriage. Mine didn't have a somewhat promising ending, though. I appreciated the realistic feel of this book. I didn't like that she had the male best friend realize he loved Georgie. I wished she had kept them being best friends and showing men and women can be best friends without wanting more. My other issue with Rainbow's books is they just end. There is no real resolution, but I guess life doesn't have real resolutions....more
This book was fantastic. I devoured it from beginning to end, and if I didn't have to work, I'd probably would have finished in a day. Meyer did an exThis book was fantastic. I devoured it from beginning to end, and if I didn't have to work, I'd probably would have finished in a day. Meyer did an excellent job setting everything up to the revolution, and it did not disappoint. I loved that she didn't shy away from the horrors of war, and that both sides lose every time there is a battle. I wanted Levana's head on a spike by the time the book was over, and even though that didn't happen, her comeuppance was brilliant. It isn't very often that I find a villain truly terrifying or loathe with all the fibers of my being, but Levana fit that bill to a T. The only other villain I've ever hated that much was Delores Umbridge in Harry Potter, and Levana sat right up there, sharing that nasty throne with each other.
I will say this about the character Winter. She was really hard to like, really hard to not find irritating half the time, but I think that had more to do with comparing her to characters like Cinder and Scarlet, who are bad ass ladies in their own right. All the girls had their own strengths, and Meyer did an excellent job portraying that you didn't have to fit a certain trope to be heroic or save the day. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the male characters recognized that these young ladies could be amazing, and didn't try to stand in their way or try to take over. They were part of a team, a not always cohesive team, but a team nonetheless. There was a sense of equality among all of them, and I feel that is really important for both guys and girls to read.
I just really loved this series, and again, if you like sci-fi and fairy tales, read this series. Now....more
I was never one into young adult novels, as they tend to follow the same boring trope of a special snowflake girl in weird, boring love triangle, andI was never one into young adult novels, as they tend to follow the same boring trope of a special snowflake girl in weird, boring love triangle, and the plot is all but non-existent. However, Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles blow all of that out of the proverbial spaceship window, and I have come to utterly adore this series so far.
Here we have an author who has turned literary fairy tale ladies into bad ass teens who can hold their own. So far, I've been most impressed with the characterization of both Cinder and Scarlet. I have a hard time believing Cinder is only 16 because she seems so much older than her age would describe. Even Scarlet, who is 18, doesn't act like a typical 18 year old. I like that although they appreciate the men in their lives, and don't shy away from the feelings they have, that isn't the only thing about them. They have a planet to save, and they're not going to let some silly school girl crush get in the way of that.
The world-building is phenomenal, and although there's nothing really original about an Evil Queen wanting to rule all of creation, it doesn't feel redundant. I love that she gave these characters a different spin, added a bunch of sci-fi stuff in there, and created her own world. I wish there was a bit more diversity, but I appreciated that the entire book of Cinder's took place in New Beijing. It's far from boring, and I found myself speeding through the series wanting to know what happens next.
I'd recommend this series to anyone, even if young adult isn't their cup of tea. ...more
I did not finish this book. In fact, I only got to page 79 in this book as I could not continue. This book barely caught my attention in the first plaI did not finish this book. In fact, I only got to page 79 in this book as I could not continue. This book barely caught my attention in the first place, where we have another one of Gena's Lords being complete incapable of handling himself, and requires massive amounts of violence to be satisfied. When I got to the part where he kidnapped the main female character (whose name escapes me), I had a sinking feeling I knew where this was going to lead. Sure enough, after he threatened her with bodily harm, not one, but TWICE, I had to call it quits. Stockholm Syndrome is not a prelude to romance, and it pisses me off when authors, especially female authors, resort to this kind of tiresome trope. It's dangerous and egregiously negligent as a writer to perpetuate this kind of thinking.
Gena and I may have to call it quits, which sucks, because I really did enjoy her novels. I may check out Cameo's book, because I really want to see how she handles that, but I'm not going to go out and spend my money on it. ...more
I would have given this book 5 stars if for nearly the entire second half of it wasn't a copy/paste of Son of No One and Dragonbane. I loved that sheI would have given this book 5 stars if for nearly the entire second half of it wasn't a copy/paste of Son of No One and Dragonbane. I loved that she started at the beginning of Illarion and Edilyn's story, even if I felt their romance was super rushed. She barely knew him for 12 hours and she was already talking about having his children. I was able to overlook that and enjoy the story until we got the part where Illarion meets Josette and Cadegan, then it just became a repeat of both Cade's and Max's book. It would have been alright if those scenes were in Illarion's POV, but they're not, so it felt lazy and redundant. Kenyon can use whatever excuse she wants, but it is what it is, and that took me out of the story for that part of the book.
Outside of finding out Illarion's back story, this story did little to push the plot along except the whole two page Epilogue. I guess we'll see what happens next in Falcyn's story, but I'm not banking too much on that either. Hopefully, it won't be a copy/paste of Cade's, Max's, and Illarion's books....more