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
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 was really hoping that I would like this book, since I loved Entwined, but I didn’t. Probably the main thing that drew me away was the voice of theI was really hoping that I would like this book, since I loved Entwined, but I didn’t. Probably the main thing that drew me away was the voice of the narrator, which of course then affected the style of the writing. It’s told in 1st person from Jonathan’s, the main character, point of view. I didn’t care for the way he told the story (how Dixon wrote it). When Johnathan was narrating, Dixon would write things like “Lady Fl—Queen Honoria” (p. 157) because he changed his mind midway through thinking it. I did find it interesting and fun when she used footnotes to add additional commentary from Jonathan.
Another thing that I found interesting was how Jonathan illusioned. I don’t think I quite understand how illusioning works (for most of the book I was kind of confused about the logistics behind it), but when Jonathan illusions later in the novel he uses math and science. Even though I hate math (gag), it was cool how Dixon did it. For example, Jonathan would “mentally grasp an oxygen particle from the air, then multiplied it thousands and millions of times over, mixed it with one methane particle…” (p. 258). There’s even math equations in the book! I only appreciated the math because it was used to explain the magic. If not for that, I would have hated it.
I didn’t care for any of the characters, except for one. (view spoiler)[Lady Honoria. I really liked her commanding, no-nonsense character. But she was only there for a few pages at the end! I feel so gypped! (hide spoiler)] And when one of the characters died, I really could have cared less. Another small gripe I have: I feel like Jonathan wouldn’t have been able to recognize Constantine’s face because it was so misshapen. So that part didn’t work for me. Although, that rivening thing, that’s messed up. Growing extra body parts, eyes appearing all over the body…so gross. Dixon did good at making rivening people disgusting.
This book had some cool ideas, but I guess the execution of it didn’t work for me. However, even if the storyline hadn’t been that great, if I could have cared more for the characters, I wouldn’t have minded as much the other things that I didn’t like. ...more
Well, this is the first time that I’m not gushing about my love for one of Colleen’s books. It feels so wrong to not love Tiger’s Destiny. But for cerWell, this is the first time that I’m not gushing about my love for one of Colleen’s books. It feels so wrong to not love Tiger’s Destiny. But for certain reasons, I couldn’t. This is really weird for me to say this, because I’m one of the biggest fans of this series. The first three books I loved wholeheartedly, I couldn’t get enough of them. They left me breathless and excited. And I was so flipping excited for Tiger’s Destiny. But, to tell you the truth, I was actually worried that I wouldn’t love Tiger’s Destiny like the other books. I felt that if things didn’t change, and I didn’t get what I wanted, this book would end up disappointing me. And in the end, it did disappoint me, and I felt a little angry too.
I didn’t hate the book. I just don’t know how much I like it. There were moments that I loved, that were so awesome, and kept me riveted. The mythical, magical aspects of the story enchant me, and kept me reading excitedly to see what would happen, and how it would all connect. I’m actually rather intrigued with the plot. It’s not the best executed, but it’s pretty interesting. My favorite part was probably the last battle with Lokesh. Houck managed to rivet me with the fighting scene, and of Kelsey fighting. And what happened after the fight ripped my heart out. I knew that it would not, could not end that way. Yet still I cried, my heart crying out “NO! NO! NO!” Because this book was able to elicit such strong emotions in me, and make me invested in needing to know the outcome and how this journey will play out, there’s a little bit of love for Tiger’s Destiny in me. But there isn’t very much, and it isn’t very strong. And I’m so sad to say that. It’s rather depressing, actually.
I always knew that Houck’s writing wasn’t the best. It’s good, but I could see so much room for improvement. And I think since Tiger’s Curse, she’s improved a little. But I honestly don’t think it’s going to get much better. Her writing seems to have plateaued, and that doesn’t bode well for her readers who are wishing for something more, something better, and are being bogged down a little by the writing. It’s really not that terrible. There’s a nice flow to it, and Colleen is able to keep me interested, so her writing has to at least be pretty good. I just wish that I could see a bigger improvement in her writing.
The thing that drove me bonkers, and made me literally want to scream in frustration, (and was the main reason why I couldn’t love this book), was the triangle of love. Before TD, I immensely enjoyed the love triangle between Kelsey and her two tigers. I truly felt that it was the best triangle I’ve read about. It just seemed so logical, and real, and Houck did a fantastic job at making me fall in love with both men. I thought it was well done, and added to the story. *And now come some spoilers about this situation.*(view spoiler)[Now, I am so angry about the whole thing, because it is still. Not. OVER! I was desperately hoping that it would end in TD. That was my biggest hope for this book, and it never happened. (Of course, the arc I got didn't give me the ending, which will have her ultimate decision [I suppose to make me more excited for the actual release, and to make sure I buy it, I guess], so I didn't get to see Kelsey's choice which is the only thing I wanted from the whole book, and is the only thing I didn't get). And that’s why this book failed to completely enrapture me, and made me a little angry. But, I do have to confess, that part of the reason for my not liking the book so much, is because the whole book, Kelsey was with Kishan. (hide spoiler)] Kelsey and Kishan together was never able to give me those romantic, heart fluttering moments that I always got when Kelsey was with Ren. I love Kishan. He is a fantastic character, I love his personality, I love seeing how he’s grown and learned through this journey and through loving Kelsey. BUT! I love Ren so much more. He is my man. I don’t know why Kelsey can’t just wake up and see how much he ardently loves her, and break open her thick head and realize how much she loves him and can’t stand being apart from.
Kelsey, she just rankles me. I honestly don’t know why, when the love she felt for Ren was so true, and powerful, she would desert that love, (several times I might add) and decide to be with another man that she does love, but a love that just doesn’t compare. She’s so stupid. I really just want to strangler her, knock her upside the head so her thoughts get straightened out. Come one girl! Make up your dense mind! ARghhh!! Okay, so she really makes me angry. But, in truth, I like her. I like her character; I’ve liked seeing her growth. And in TD, she’s actually a pretty mean kick butt heroine. And I admire her for that. That’s part of what made this book so exciting for me. I just, don’t understand her heart and the choices she makes about the men she loves.
I didn’t exactly like Kishan’s character in this book. He was always acting jealous. Even when he had Kelsey claimed as his own, he was jealous of his brother, and was continually staking his claim. I think Kishan is acting that way because he’s afraid. He’s afraid that he’ll lose Kelsey to Ren. Because he knows that the love Ren and Kelsey shared was real, and no matter how much she loves Kishan, the part that loves Ren will always be there, and will never diminish. And his love for her can’t quite compare to Ren’s love. I can understand his fears. And I do sympathize for him. I guess I just wish that he would wake up, and realize that he deserves better than being in a relationship with a woman who isn’t 110% committed to and in love with him.
If you have read Colleen’s other books and didn’t like them, I can pretty much guarantee you will not like this one. It’s basically the same thing. So to you readers, I would not recommend this book. There are other books you can read that will be worth your time. To the fans of the Tiger’s Curse series, well, I believe there will be some of you who will wholeheartedly love and devour this book. I didn’t. But that isn’t to say that are others who won’t. And I have to say that I’m glad there’s only one more book. Not that I’m saying I’m tired of the series, and just want it to end. Because I love this series, I love the adventure, and for the most part the romance. I’m just ready for the love triangle to end.
Note: I recieved an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss. Thank you!...more
I've never read this before, but so many people love it, and I wanted to read it before watching the movie. And I have to say it was not as good as II've never read this before, but so many people love it, and I wanted to read it before watching the movie. And I have to say it was not as good as I was expecting. It was rather short. Which could have been fine if there had been more substance to the story. The ending was anticlimactic. It just...ended, with no explanation. It didn't really make sense. So, a bit of a disappointment. I'll have to see what the movie brings....more
Deep breath in. I feel like I’m confessing a crime. I don’t want to say it, I cringe thinking about it, but I can’t just change how I feel. I’m realizDeep breath in. I feel like I’m confessing a crime. I don’t want to say it, I cringe thinking about it, but I can’t just change how I feel. I’m realizing that I am in the minority of people who didn’t absolutely love this book that had them gasping with wracking sobs. Hence, I feel like people are eying me with some distaste or confusion. So, here it is, my confession: I couldn’t love this book.
I know what you’re thinking. How could you not? This book is stunning, breathless, heartbreaking. It had me weeping, and I finished the book in utter awe at the story and how Marchetta orchestrated it, and the characters that just stole into my heart with their heartbreaking stories. Are you just emotionless and don‘t know a good story when it hits you in the face? No, I’m not, this story just didn’t captivate me the way other stories I love do. Stories like The Girl with Glass Feet and Heart's Blood. But while those stories that I treasure are not meant for everyone, Jellicoe Road isn’t for everyone. Sadly, this is the case for me.
Now, I didn’t hate the book. No, I didn’t. Honestly, I liked it. But that’s it. I just liked it. It wasn’t earth shattering, or stunning. It didn’t make me breathless, or make me cry. I so wanted to love it. I’ve read so many glowing reviews about it that I was so sure it would be a beautiful, poignant story that I would love utterly. And I tried to love it. I tried to feel with the characters, to understand them, to love the writing and appreciate where Marchetta was going with it all. But I could never quite latch onto that enchantment. I think it was the writing that stilted the story for me. I didn’t really care for it. It is unique, and I love when authors can find their own, original voice that differentiates them from the rest of the writers out there, so I give her props for having a distinct voice. Her writing style does have a certain charm to it, I can see it, I just never quite felt it. It seemed a little weird and random at times. As a result, the characters never did reach into my heart very far. Yes, there were times when I felt for them, when I yearned with them and wanted them to find their story and past and figure out how knowing would make them a better, stronger person, but they didn’t cry out to me with heartfelt emotion.
And I had a difficult time actually getting into the story. It took almost 3/4ths of the book before I become really intrigued and felt more emotion from the characters and felt my heart melt just a little. The beginning was confusing, but then it started making a little more sense, and I became intrigued. I can see why so many people love Jellicoe Road. There are beautiful, heartbreaking moments in it, that perhaps if the writing was different, I would feel them more. It is an intriguing story, with honest, real characters, and an original plot that twisted and jumped, keeping you guessing. There were sweet, tender moments that made me smile. There were lovely moments that made my heart bloom a little with love and a subtle contentment. But those feelings didn’t last long enough to cement in my heart solidly.
Journeying with the Jellicoe Road was interesting, confusing at times, it had it’s sweet moments, but it had it’s dull moments. This story will captivate many, I just wasn’t one of them. It’s sad, but true. I would still like to read Marchetta’s other books, the urge just isn’t pressing. I would say though to those who have yet to read this book, when you read it, read it for yourself, make the journey with the characters, press on through the slow beginning, and you may just love it. I hope you do....more
Ripple was one of my most highly anticipated books. I love mermaids and sirens, and the synopsis sounded intriguing. And I love the cover. Which is usRipple was one of my most highly anticipated books. I love mermaids and sirens, and the synopsis sounded intriguing. And I love the cover. Which is usually what draws me in. So I started this book with excitement, and was at first intrigued in the story, but then the excitement started to slowly fizzle downward. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting. I guess just a dark, modern fairytale type story with forbidden love and an enchanting feel to it. But whatever I may have been wanting from this book, I didn’t get it.
The base plot was intriguing enough. A young siren who killed the boy she loved, isolates herself because of it, then falls in love but knows it could never be for what she is and what she could do to him or how he would treat her when he learned the truth. I liked the beginning. You can feel Lexi’s loneliness, can see how everybody hates her, and how she can’t them blame for it, because she knows the truth. And then when Lexi’s ex-best friend reconciles with her, it was such a sweet, precious moment, enough to bring me close to tears. And the beginning of her romance with Cole was nice, and could have enfolded into something truly beautiful if not for Erik.
The love triangle is what stalled the enchantment for me. The synopsis clearly states there is one, so it’s not like I was disappointed that there was one, I knew there would be. I just didn’t quite appreciate the way it was done. And since the love triangle was pretty much the plot, I didn’t quite care for the story as a whole. I still liked the book, for the most part. It was a nice story, it’s just nothing special and not highly recommendable (from me at least). ...more
Could have been a lot better. I just didn’t feel it, the way the beauty in Shiver spoke to me. Linger didn’t quite have that beauty, in the writing orCould have been a lot better. I just didn’t feel it, the way the beauty in Shiver spoke to me. Linger didn’t quite have that beauty, in the writing or the characters or the romance. I feel like I was left sadly wanting, wanting more emotion, more finesse in the execution of the plot and the growth of the characters. I thought it would be like Shiver, a nice cute romance, and beautiful writing, and tender moments, but it wasn’t, not really. It was just kind of dull, and anti-climatic. I didn’t really care for the romance, between either couples. The writing, the beauty that I saw in Shiver, slipped a little in Linger. There were times when it was beautiful and captivating, but most of it just didn’t quite hold a candle to Shiver. And the plot seemed kind of pointless, it just kind of meandered around from one characters depressed heartbroken life to the other. I did like the ending, it makes me want to read Forever, but after finishing Linger, my feelings are that it was just okay....more
I was so anxious to read this book. The premise sounded intriguing, and I thought the cover was pretty cool (not that the cover honestly says anythingI was so anxious to read this book. The premise sounded intriguing, and I thought the cover was pretty cool (not that the cover honestly says anything about the story behind it or that I read a book based solely on the cover, although *cough cough* I kind of do :P). Then I read a couple reviews that said the book wasn’t so great, and my excitement deflated a little, but I still wanted to read it and find out what I thought about it. And, if truth be told, I was kind of disappointed.
The Iron Witch had so much potential, it could have been a really intriguing novel, but it just fell flat with me. I felt no emotion in it; I felt no connection with the characters. And that is what really brings me into the story and makes me love it, the undeniable connections I feel with the characters because of their emotion. In The Iron Witch, I felt nothing. The characters weren’t developed well. What really irked me was Navin and his reaction when Donna told him about her life. One second he’d be fearful, the next he’d be making a joke, then he’d be worried, and then he would shove Donna playfully and smile, and then he’d have a pale face at the end. It was honestly like that with all the characters. It was like they couldn’t settle on an emotion, or they didn’t feel anything deep enough. I don’t know quite how to explain it, but they just didn’t feel or act real.
And the plot was just, anticlimactic. I felt no danger, no fear. I didn’t feel that it was executed well. And It was rather short, some parts told too quickly or glossed over. I really did want to love this book, and I’m sad that I couldn’t. But I just felt bored while reading it, and I can’t say I have any strong urge to read the sequels. I might, but I certainly won’t rush to read them. ...more
Tempestuous, just wasn’t what I was expecting. I was left with such a bitter cliffhanger after Darklight, and was a**spoiler alert** Actual rating 2.5
Tempestuous, just wasn’t what I was expecting. I was left with such a bitter cliffhanger after Darklight, and was anxious for this book, but it fell flat. I was ready for some heartbreaking moments between Sonny and Kelley, fighting, tears, passionate love as they confessed their undying love to each other. But there wasn’t. There was some love, they did kiss, but I didn’t really feel it. And their reunion and trust in each other happened too suddenly. Kelley had just said that she didn’t love Sonny, and he left heartbroken. Though it was a lie. But he didn’t know that. And when they finally see each other again, they fall straight into each other’s arms, and start kissing. No questions first, no anger, no pain. Just all of sudden together where they both wanted, and this lie still hanging in front of them. And they were rarely together in the book. They were together for all of five to ten minutes through the whole book. Like three little scenes that were not nearly enough time to work through these problems, and for Sonny to understand why Kelley said what she said.
The whole book was rather anticlimactic and boring. There were battles and such, but they just didn’t grab me. I felt disinterested. I didn’t really like Kelley here. The first two books I did, but in Tempestuous she made some decisions that weren’t right. Like Fenn! What the crap? She loves Sonny, but she kisses Fenn as a farewell. IN FRONT of Sonny, no less! Does she think that’s okay? To kiss any guy who loves her, who she kind of likes, just because she can? Does Sonny mean nothing to her? Are his kisses really not that meaningful, that she has to kiss someone else? Sonny doesn’t need to know that this wasn't the first time she kissed him. Seriously? Do you not love him enough to not keep secrets from him? To let him believe that he’s the only one you love, the only one you’ve kissed and want to kiss? I just think that that whole side love triangle thing was a waste of time and space, and did nothing for the story.
I didn't hate Tempestuous, I just didn't love it. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t. I still like her first two books, and am excited to read her future books, but I just couldn’t connect with Tempestuous. ...more