This is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, period. I love Atticus, I love Hearne's nerdy humor, and I love the weaving of various religions anThis is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, period. I love Atticus, I love Hearne's nerdy humor, and I love the weaving of various religions and myths into the world Hearne has created. I'm glad that Granuaile got her own POV chapters in Hunted, because she truly shines here. Owen, Atticus' archdruid, is entertaining, but not nearly a strong enough voice to counter Atticus and Granuaile, who have already had six books of character development already.
So, point by point.
The Plot Shattered takes off shortly after the events of Hunted, where Atticus and Granuaile fled for their lives across half of Europe. Figuring out exactly who sent killers after them and why is the mystery in this novel, and the reveal isn't disappointing. It makes sense when it happens, and the climax makes me wish this would eventually become a TV series, just to see it happen.
The plot itself seems to take up a small chunk of the novel, simply because so much of it focuses on Owen's integration into the world, and some of the craziness that happens with Granuaile. I actually liked that, simply because it meant a lot more character insight and growth for all three, which is always a good thing.
The rest of the world building keeps getting crazier and crazier, and I love it. Loki's got some serious shenanigans going on, and I can't wait to see how everything plays out.
Atticus (and Oberon!) With five and a half books of his own, it made sense for Atticus to sort of take a back seat in Shattered, and I'm incredibly okay with that because of what we got with Granuaile's chapters. Atticus is mostly caught up in teaching Owen about modern living, and there are some really nice bits involved. My favorite had to be him stopping Owen and giving him a quick lecture on how to approach women and their POVs when it comes to men. A very nice, refreshing take on a hero's view on women.
Oberon is Oberon, and that is always a good thing.
Owen I had no idea there would be Owen chapters, and was incredibly surprised when the first one popped up, but it made sense after a while. His voice was clearly different, and made for a nice counterpoint from Atticus. He had his hilarious moments, and a decnt amount of character development for a character who was introduced in the last pages of Hunted.
I appreciated Owen's chapters all the more when I realized his POV was incredibly important in his and Atticus' interactions (especially the one that truly mattered for Atticus, in the end).
Granuaile (and Orlaith!) I left Granuaile for last because her journey ended up being my favorite thing about Shattered. I find that a majority of novels that feature female characters written by male authors don't get the women quite right. I don't know why, I just know it feels off - but that wasn't the case with Granuaile. It felt like Hearne knew her inside and out, and that made for a fantastically well-rounded character. She has her triumphs and losses, her ups and downs, and she's just as interesting, intelligent, and capable as Atticus.
I'm going to go back to Hunted and re-read just her chapters in that one and Shattered because I love her a ridiculous amount now.
Orlaith was a really pleasant surprise addition, and it makes absolute sense that Granuaile got her own hound. She's wonderfully sweet, a great counterpart to Oberon's humor.
Romance I'm adding this here because while the romance in the novels has always been understated, I absolutely loved the little bits of it that were mentioned. It's the little things that both Atticus and Granuaile say and do that remind me that they've known each other for over a decade, that they've been in love with each other for that long, that they're together and best friends in a very comfortable, lived-in way. Their romance feels real, and I love that there is not a single second of romantic drama between them.
Overall Shattered is a fantastic addition to the series, and the perfect blend of action, contemplation, and humor. Hearne hits the right beats at the right times, and while Owen's POV chapters left a bit to be desired, everything came together wonderfully in the end. This is, arguably, Granuaile's book. She absolutely shines.
AND NOW BEGINS THE AGONIZING WAIT FOR BOOK 8.
SO MANY THOUGHTS.
And I didn't think it was possible to love Granuaile even more, but it happened.
Full review to come.
A. CANNOT WAIT.
B. This is one of the few times I would happily imagine the cover model as Atticus instead of Richard Madden.
Do you really need a book about Pusheen the Cat in your life?
The answer is yes, yes you do.
There's really not much to say about Pusheen other than EVEDo you really need a book about Pusheen the Cat in your life?
The answer is yes, yes you do.
There's really not much to say about Pusheen other than EVERYTHING IS SO CUTE, honestly. The simple art and words on each page are more than enough to get across a cute story or situation. If you want to find out what cats can look like, the sort of games they play and their favorite places to sleep, then look no further. There's even a year in the life section where Pusheen celebrates all the major U.S. holidays, and each is cuter than the last.
I Am Pusheen the Cat is perfect for adults and kids alike, and is an enjoyable and amusing read. I totally want to get a copy just to have around for instant cheering up when I need it.
(Copy provided by NetGalley; this has had no effect on this review.)...more
What a hilarious, delightful little book. Gratuity Tucci has to write an essay discussing what the true meaOriginally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.
What a hilarious, delightful little book. Gratuity Tucci has to write an essay discussing what the true meaning of Smekday, the day aliens conquered Earth, means to her. Thus begins the hilarious and often sweet story of Gratuity's journey to find her mother, accompanied by an alien who calls himself J.Lo and her mother's cat. The adventure is huge, the aliens hilarious, the action thrilling, and every picture and drawing littered about made this an incredibly charming read. I totally recommend it to everyone. ...more
Unless you’re a fan of the FX television show Archer this novel is based on, it’ll pretty much fly over youOriginally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.
Unless you’re a fan of the FX television show Archer this novel is based on, it’ll pretty much fly over your head, I believe. The humor is so specific and inflammatory that it won’t really work with someone who isn’t familiar with it, which is this book's major downfall.
That aside, as a huge Archer fan, I LOVED IT. Every single word written is pitch perfect, and I could hear it all narrated by H. Jon Benjamin, who voices Archer on the show. The chapters vary from drink and food recipes to what to do when you’re lucky enough to have sex with Archer and some actual tips on being a spy. It’s all so tongue in cheek and perfectly Archer that I can’t really say much more about it. I read it in one delighted sitting and then ended up marathoning some of my favorite Archer episodes just because....more
I picked this up because A) I needed a break from all the paranormal/YA I've been reading, B) the movie trailer is cute despite my aversion to KatheriI picked this up because A) I needed a break from all the paranormal/YA I've been reading, B) the movie trailer is cute despite my aversion to Katherine Heigl and C) it was time for a pure popcorn book.
One For the Money totally hit the spot for me; that sort of light, fast read that tends to clear the book-reading part of my mind. I liked Stephanie Plum for her can-do attitude, her sort of adorable bumbling way of doing things, and the slow growth we see in her as a person and a not-so-kickass bounty hunter by the end. Actually, I really liked that she was still dorky and all by the end of the book, despite going through everything Evanovich puts her through.
I enjoyed the secondary cast of characters, especially Grandma Mazur in all her kookiness. I mean, I'll never get the image of her wearing hot pink bike shorts out of my mind any time soon. Joe Morelli is a great romantic foil, one of those guys who would drive me absolutely insane in real life but I love in fiction. Ranger's pretty cool as well, and though I finished the book just yesterday, you'd be hard pressed to get me to remember the names of any other characters.
Oh, and I loved how dated the novel is, considering it was published in 1994. All those bike shorts, the cars, the car phones. It makes me wonder how we'll see the books of 2000-2010 in another ten, twenty or thirty years.
As for the negatives...it's not negative so much as a personal preference, but ugh, we could have done without the stalker/rapist side plot. I applaud Evanovich for remembering that having her main character be attractive in certain places means she'll be attracting the wrong sort of attention, and nobody understands that sort of fear like other women do, but I felt it was taken a bit too far in this.
Thanks to the Stephanie Plum case files or whatever in the end of the edition I have, I know what happens in books 2-8 and I don't have to read anymore! Woo! (Not that I would have anyway, this was a one-shot kinda deal. I liked Stephanie, but not that much.)
I give my popcorn reads a lot of leeway because I don't expect much of them. They hit the spot when I need them to, and after a while, the effect they had is gone. One For the Money was a perfect popcorn read. ...more
24 Girls started out strong, but as I reached the half way point, I realized that I'd slowly begun to care less and less what happened to our hero. It's a really interesting premise, where a likeable guy's best friends post a joke ad for a prom date and he gets a list of possible girls, all of whom are not right in some way because he's been talking to someone called FancyPants online and we all know where that's heading. As much as I enjoyed the opening, it lost steam after the first third and I really didn't care anymore. I skimmed the last part of the book just to find out who FancyPants was. ...more
I enjoyed this enough to zip through it, but that was about it. Sometimes it felt like the book was trying to be too funny, too quirky, too2.5 stars.
I enjoyed this enough to zip through it, but that was about it. Sometimes it felt like the book was trying to be too funny, too quirky, too satirical, and overshot the mark more than it hit. The major LGBT themes tackled didn't have much depth (which is sad, because I appreciated their inclusion), and everyone felt like they were character sketches that were never quite inked in. (view spoiler)[Especially the pirates that showed up -- of course they were all off putting until one of them said something to make one girl totally fall for him. It was the boys with a secret heart of gold trope ten times over, ugh. (hide spoiler)]
The "commercials" were annoying at best, and I skipped over every one of them. The final chapter just felt like the author really, really wants this to be filmed in some way.
It's a great idea for a book, but it never quite reaches its potential.
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I...can't explain why I enjoyed this. So much so that I finished the first book in one sitting, immediately started the second, finished that in a fewI...can't explain why I enjoyed this. So much so that I finished the first book in one sitting, immediately started the second, finished that in a few hours, and I'm well into the third.
Jessica Darling is infuriating and wonderful and sympathetic all at once, and McCafferty writes her in a way that is endearing and easy to read. I love her....more
Skulduggery Pleasant is an enjoyable read and it is pretty funny, but much like Pratchett, the self-aware humor in this book is just a little too muchSkulduggery Pleasant is an enjoyable read and it is pretty funny, but much like Pratchett, the self-aware humor in this book is just a little too much for me. But I enjoyed it anyway....more
Possibly the biggest love letter to nerds and 80s pop culture out there to date, Ready Player One followingOriginally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.
Possibly the biggest love letter to nerds and 80s pop culture out there to date, Ready Player One following Wade, aka Parzival, as he hunts for a treasure within the virtual reality game he spends most of his time in. Aside from the fun of the virtual reality and pop culture references, what makes this book really resonate is the way Wade grows as he deals with friends, enemies, and the difference between his virtual world and the real one. At times I felt the book dragged on a bit with all the pop culture descriptions and the length of time between the moments the action picked up again, but I always sprang right back when things got interesting again. It's incredibly fun, engaging, and as someone born in the middle of the 80s, it made me feel so awesome to know about 98% of all the pop culture references. ...more