From reading Kling’s other novel, Sea, I knew that Paint My Body Red would be beautiful and suffused with emotion. And it didn’t disappoint. The writiFrom reading Kling’s other novel, Sea, I knew that Paint My Body Red would be beautiful and suffused with emotion. And it didn’t disappoint. The writing was nice, the characters were real and deep, the storyline was so, so intriguing. The only thing that I didn't like (which is the reason why I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5) was there was too much usage of the f-word for my tastes (and a little bit of sexual content). But, that is just me, and it didn’t necessarily take away from the story. Sometimes I felt the swearing fit the characters—I guess—but I still didn’t care for it. However, that was the only bad thing for me. The rest of the novel was good.
For most of the novel, I could not stop reading. I was so anxious to find out the truth, find out what really happened to Paige and what happened with Ty. Ty was a mystery, and I wanted so much to find out more about him. That’s part of the reason that kept me reading. Ty was such a broken character and he needed love, but he just went searching in the wrong place for it.
I really liked the set-up of the story. It’s told in the now of Paige’s story, and then it goes into flashbacks of her past as she writes in her journal in an attempt to sort out what happened and to let her feelings out. I felt that this added depth to Paige’s story and allowed the reader to live what Paige went through. It was actually hard to read sometimes, as I found out bit by bit what Paige was going through. I felt her pain. This is one thing that I think Kling does so well. She really gets people and how people think, and so the emotions that her characters have feel real. And for me, even if a book isn’t written amazingly with beautiful writing and complex, intriguing plots, as long as it has the right emotion, I will love that book.
This book, however, didn’t lack in plot or character development or writing style. Basically it had everything good going for it. I particularly liked Jake and his charm and honesty. He was what Paige needed. He helped show her what real love could be like. That was a beautiful romance, definitely not without its trials, but, I think trials help make something beautiful and stronger. A lesson exemplified through Paige as she found her own strength and courage and love for herself.
This book was such a great read. I would recommend it to readers looking for a deeply emotional, haunting story that is so dense that it’s hard to read sometimes because it hurts, but that’s so intriguing you can’t put it down, and that is so beautiful because of its characters trying so hard to live and love.
*I would like to thank the publicist for Entangled TEEN for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a review!* ...more
I don't know what I was expecting when I read An Ember in the Ashes, but not this. Not this brutal, heartbreaking, real story. This novel breathed wit I don't know what I was expecting when I read An Ember in the Ashes, but not this. Not this brutal, heartbreaking, real story. This novel breathed with horror and pain, but also hope and love. It was difficult to get through sometimes. Some scenes, particularly the third trial, had my heart crying out, as I felt the wretchedness of the characters and their task, their duty, and their pure sorrow and terror at what they are commanded to do. Tahir expertly crafted a tale that spoke directly to the heart, bringing to life the brutalness of a Rome like world where dark magical beings reside. Jinn and efrits and the like, creatures thought to be myth by the people, but that reveal themselves throughout the novel.
This story is not a light, carefree story where everything ends up right at the end and the girl and boy realize their undying love for one another and the evil is triumphed. No, this story is quite unlike most novels. This novel is real. It doesn't cut corners, or spare the reader the brutality of the Masks and the Commandant. It doesn't let up when it knows you are suffering as the characters are suffering and wish that they didn't have to do what they're doing. And this is what made me love the novel so much. Tahir did such an excellent job at creating her story, at melding the dark side with the magical side and even the love. Love between a sister and her brother; love between a girl and her new found slave friend; love between a girl and a boy. That being said, the romantic love was practically not even there. It didn't lead the story and come at you screaming to be heard. It was so refreshing to have a story that is led by the plot, and to have the romance be almost an afterthought. But still there, because I do love a good love story. But I also love a good story that doesn't need romance to be a story.
As for the characters, they were so believable. Particularly the main characters, Laia and Elias. Laia was an uncertain, scared girl who's family is dead and she has to beat unimaginable odds to free her brother. She goes through so much, but she stands strong. She's afraid and weak, but she's so strong because she rises above her weakness and in the end refuses to be beaten down and to let her friends die. I love this girl. I loved watching her journey and seeing her grow and overcome her trials and fight the evil with her goodness. Elias was someone who caught my attention right at the beginning. Here's a guy who wants to do the right thing, wants to be free of the brutality, wants to save lives. And he goes through his own trials, though his station is high, and he could have everything he wants. He hates the world he lives in, but realizes that he has to face it. And, gah, that third trial, I still can't get over it. It was so heartbreaking, I didn't want it to happen. But, I guess for the sake of the story it needed to. Through everything though, Elias stayed true to who he was. Strong, loyal, good, striving to do the right thing.
This is a novel that will stay with me for a long time. I didn't expect it to affect me so. But I think seeing the darkness helped me to understand the characters better and to appreciate the good that did happen. I can see why this book is getting so much hype. It definitely deserves it. So, read on people, read an exhilarating, death defying, ruthless novel that will tear your heart out, but that will give you strength and hope to put it back together. Read a truly outstanding novel. I certainly loved it....more
Meh. Not much to say. Contrived plot and washed out characters. Seemed like it was hurridely written to get it published quickly instead of investingMeh. Not much to say. Contrived plot and washed out characters. Seemed like it was hurridely written to get it published quickly instead of investing a lot more time on developing the plot. Bella "heroine": beyond beautiful that even the Egyptian "gods" fall at her feet, yet believes she is not beautiful. Stiff love interest. So, yeah. Even Tiger's Curse fans may not like this book. I certainaly didn't, I had to force myself to read (very quickly speed-read, mind) the last part of the book....more
Well, I honestly don’t know what to say after that ending. Quite the twist. Not to mention my heart laying on the floor bleeding (which was kind of thWell, I honestly don’t know what to say after that ending. Quite the twist. Not to mention my heart laying on the floor bleeding (which was kind of the state of it through almost half the book, what with happened with Celaena and Chaol, after that moment of ultimate betrayal). Yeah, that kind of sucked. Alright, it was awful! It hurt so much! Goodness, I can’t believe it even happened. They were finally together, and it was beautiful, then they were ripped apart.
I was pretty surprised by this sequel to Throne of Glass. I loved that book. I loved the characters, and writing, and story-building, and plot. Everything. But then I read Crown of Midnight, and it blew everything out of the water. I was sucked so deep into the book, into Celaena’s story, and anguish. I did not expect to be so affected by this book. But Celaena’s pain, and anger, cried out to me, struck me. Then the storyline deepened, and became more complex, more intriguing, just, more. There is so much more to Celaena’s backstory, and who she is. The twists in the story knocked me off my feet, especially the ending. I love the magical element, how it is threaded into the plot, giving it more meaning, and infusing it with intrigue, and promise of a better world.
I loved all the characters. They all have so much depth to them, and emotions. They’re not just lifeless characters who serve only to take up space. They all have meaning, and they all have an integral part. Celaena, is one tough girl. She had to be, what with her past. And she has so many secrets. I didn't realize how much she was keeping inside, and what those secrets could mean to her, and everyone else.
I loved the romance. I liked it a lot better here than in the first book because I like the male interest better. Well, I love them (Dorian and Chaol) both, but I like the couple better in this book. It became one of favorite romances! I just wanted them to get together. There was just so much tension, and you know that they both want each other, they’re just too stubborn to give in. But they couldn’t hold it in forever. It was bound to come out sooner or later. And it did, and it was fantastic.
The writing was fantastic, the world-building was outstanding. The story just ran along at a fast pace, I could barely keep up. And then the end happened, and it left me breathless, and stunned. Made even more heartbreaking by what happened between Celaena and Chaol. But the twists at the end. Wowzer! did not see anything like that coming at all. And now I cannot wait for the sequel. ...more
That was a terrible ending, I have to say. I feel like this book and the second book were too different from the first book, mostly because of EleanorThat was a terrible ending, I have to say. I feel like this book and the second book were too different from the first book, mostly because of Eleanor's character. I didn't like that Eleanor kept so many secrets. I wasn't expecting her to be so at odds with the Spirit Hunters, and I didn't like it. But dang, I really wanted to love this book and the second one....more
I didn’t care for this novel. Like, at all. So I’m just going to keep this review short. The premise is pretty cool, and I did like the base story linI didn’t care for this novel. Like, at all. So I’m just going to keep this review short. The premise is pretty cool, and I did like the base story line to the novel. But that’s kind of where my likes ended. I didn’t like any of the characters, Bishop being the one I disliked the most. He rankled me to no end. There was nothing in his character that I liked, or felt drawn to. I didn’t like Indigo. Reading the book in her annoying voice grated on my nerves. And the fact that she ended up liking Bishop… I would have liked the book better if she hadn’t ended up with him. So, those are my thoughts after reading Hexed. I’m sure some people will like it (some people already do), it just wasn’t for me....more
All in all, The Diamond Thief was a pretty good book. Despite some flaws, I enjoyed reading it. And while I can’t say I loved it, it kept me reading tAll in all, The Diamond Thief was a pretty good book. Despite some flaws, I enjoyed reading it. And while I can’t say I loved it, it kept me reading to see what would happen, so that’s saying something. There were some parts that really stuck out to me, one being the first time we read her pickpocketing a valuable stone. I didn’t think that that was what she was going to do, and then when I realized what she was doing, I thought, “She’s really going to do it?” (with some incredulity in my thought). Don’t know why I didn’t think she would, my mind just wasn’t going there. Anyway, I liked that part.
Now the romance, it wasn’t completely believable. It kind of sprung out of nowhere. In all honesty, based on the character’s persona, I couldn’t see them liking each other, let alone falling in love. If the romance, or the characters, had been developed a little differently, I would have believed the romance much more. That being said, I still liked the love story. I liked the tension between them, and the ending of the novel with them.
The characters were shaped well enough. I never really connected with them, but I liked Remy’s strong voice, and Thaddeus’ caring nature. I actually liked the story line. There were some things that weren’t explained very well, like why some people have certain magic abilities. But I liked the magic spin, and the steampunk take. So, if you are looking for a light steampunk novel with a slight magical twist (but not expecting a WOW of a novel), then you might consider checking this book out.
Thank you to Netgalley, and Capstone Press for the arc. And thank you to Sharon Gosling for sharing your talents ...more