No sophomore slump with this one. Character wise, I may have liked it more than the first book because the supporting characters (especially Cookie) fNo sophomore slump with this one. Character wise, I may have liked it more than the first book because the supporting characters (especially Cookie) felt more involved, better drawn. The main investigative mystery itself felt a little meh - especially the let down of a conclusion (view spoiler)[the one guy's mom did it? Seriously? A character who wasn't even in the same state as everyone else? (hide spoiler)]. I do wish we'd had more conversation between Charley and her dad and him realizing she's "special". But all the chaos and action and chatting with the dearly departed (Angel cracks me up every time) was well done....more
Well, I didn't all out hate it. However I've read much better fantasy, much better action and much better young adult-ish genre books. It was a lot ofWell, I didn't all out hate it. However I've read much better fantasy, much better action and much better young adult-ish genre books. It was a lot of of talk and not even close to enough show. Scenes went on way too long. Pages and pages of characters telling our less exciting than a pool noodle "heroine" (using the term loosely, because she did NOTHING) that she deserved explanations and would get explanations at some point. In the future. Maybe. Eventually. When we did finally get what I think was reasons, it was all so vague it didn't much matter. After that it was a bunch of wandering around palaces, gardens, woods, and neighboring villages with no plot advancement. Reece just worried her pretty little blonde head over how her life had changed and how much she had fallen for her tru wuv all while hating on the meany royal snobbery. It felt like the author might have been going for a Jane Austen type vibe with some Mean Girls thrown in for laughs...or for propping up said heroine. It didn't work.
I was almost excited to get the big action/climatic/fight scenes. Then I thought better of it and set my expectations low. The car race had great promise. Problem was it didn't just fall flat, it cratered. There was nothing that ever showed how evil or menacing or even scary the bad guys were. We were just told that was so and should thus believe it. The great meeting in Scotland? Nothing happened there either. Alien 1 throws a fit and makes demands. Aliens 2-5 nod in agreement. Good guys burst in, take control. CEO of the good guys makes a long winded speech. Aliens 2-5 change their minds. Alien 1 vows to get his revenge all while skulking off with his tail between his legs. Everyone goes home with no blood shed or injuries. And everyone lives happily every after...for now...while the evil bad guys and the mean girls regroup and plan another way to get their revenge.
Oh and if Levi called Reece 'my Love' one more time, I was going to start throwing things (a big pet peeve of mine. She has a freakin' name. Just because you love her doesn't mean you can't use it anymore)
On the plus side, the descriptions were nice and the horses were sweet, lovable creature.
I really don't see myself ever picking up book 2....more
Liked this one better than the 1st book. There was less telling the reader what was happening, less ooh look at the purdy waterfalls, and less (to a dLiked this one better than the 1st book. There was less telling the reader what was happening, less ooh look at the purdy waterfalls, and less (to a degree) whining about how much her life sucks from Kara.
However why, oh why can't a "strong", normal, female main character be just that? (view spoiler)[Why did the author have to make her an isen? (hide spoiler)] I'd already figured there would be some kind of Ourea connection that Kara didn't know about but I feel like it's a been there, done that plot point.["br"]>["br"]>...more
Took me awhile to get into this one. Don't know if it was the author's world building that didn't sit right, or if the characters didn't resonate or iTook me awhile to get into this one. Don't know if it was the author's world building that didn't sit right, or if the characters didn't resonate or if it was just me, but the first 150 or 200 pages were a tough slog. Even a chase/battle scene was meh. Too much telling; not enough showing. After that the pace picked up and we finally stopped oohing and ahhing over pretty waterfalls and skin color and ghost like figures. There were some interesting twists on some tried and true fantasy story elements that kept me curious as to where the author was taking things. Over all liked it well enough to give book 2 a chance....more
Overall, better than I thought it would be, even if the ending was rather abrupt. I would have been annoyed if I had read this back when it originallyOverall, better than I thought it would be, even if the ending was rather abrupt. I would have been annoyed if I had read this back when it originally was published and not known it was the first of a series. The characters were mostly likable (Angel was a little bratty, but expected because of her age). Only real issue was at times the dialogue and character thoughts felt a bit cheesy and dated. ...more
Holy cow. That took forever to finish. Sounded liked a great premise to start with - a world plunged into mass chaos due to some big unexplained eventHoly cow. That took forever to finish. Sounded liked a great premise to start with - a world plunged into mass chaos due to some big unexplained event that resulted no electricity and guns being useless (I still don't get how a gun won't fire but they can start actual fires)- but it took a wrong turn and got very, very lost along the way. I was so bored in the middle section of the book that got to the point where I didn't much care who fought who or who won (though since this is a series that part is kind of obvious) as long as the number of pages I had left was less than the number of pages I had already read. I just didn't care about any of the characters anymore. Can't see myself ever picking up book 2. ...more
Enchanting. Magic and Belief. A book that made me smile - especially those last 10 or so pages.
This one has been on my to read list from the day it waEnchanting. Magic and Belief. A book that made me smile - especially those last 10 or so pages.
This one has been on my to read list from the day it was published and now I'm trying to figure out why I waited so long to read it. Well of course I know why - I was worried. Worried that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. Worried that all the positive reviews were wrong and I'd only agree with the negative ones. Because there is nothing worse than finding out you absolutely hate a book that you really wanted to love. I really had nothing to worry about.
Is the Night Circus perfect? No, of course not. Are there issues that you kind of just have to ignore? Yep. But this is one of those stories where in the end everything comes together and all of that is enough to overcome those little things.
If you're looking for vast character development where everyone grows with the story, this isn't it. Marco and Celia, our main characters aren't the most interesting of the group (honestly I found Marco a bit dull at times). Naturally I wish there had been more on Celia and her emotions as she learned the art of illusion from Hector. Even Bailey (who I loved) at times felt like he forgot to tell the reader why he was so willing to take up the cause. But maybe why isn't the important question. Sometimes you're better off not asking for the explanation and instead just letting the experience itself take over. Don't over think things.
If you're looking for some kind of fantastical action thrill ride with magic, once again this isn't it. (I suggest you add The Prestige to your Netflix queue if that's what you're looking for.) This story is more of winding Sunday afternoon hike. A hike where you want to pay attention to and notice everything around you rather than keeping your eyes forever trained on the trail directly in front of you. Description abounds. Everywhere and about everything. Normally I'm not one for long winded, purple-ish prose. But in this case, it's needed and for the most part welcomed. It's those descriptions that set the scenes; that bring the circus and its story to life. See, this story isn't about Marco and Celia or Bailey or Poppet and Widget, or even Hector and Alexander. It's about The Circus and how all of them (plus the other mid-major characters) together and apart experience it....more
Very much felt like the middle book of a trilogy. Just enough action to keep things moving but no answers to most of the questions I had after the firVery much felt like the middle book of a trilogy. Just enough action to keep things moving but no answers to most of the questions I had after the first book. ...more