This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’s just so fantastic! It has all the charm and wit and elegance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but then it has humor and a slightly modern feel at times, made possible through the manga drawings. Which, by the way, were extremely well drawn.
There were times when I laughed out loud at the antics of the characters, and at some of the drawings that told so much more than words could ever say. Especially when it involved Mr. Darcy, since in the original novel we never really get into his head.
First, Mr. Colllins. Oh dear, he’s always just made me cringe with his awkwardness and weirdness. But in this manga, ha! When he asked Elizabeth to marry him and she said “no” which he found “fashionable,” he kept popping up all over the place, asking her to marry him. One picture had his head sticking out of a pot and Elizabeth spewing tea. So funny! Oh my gosh.
Then when Elizabeth visits Pemberley and she remembers that Mr. Darcy owns it, there’s a picture of Darcy looking like a king: wearing a cloak, holding a scepter, head held high. Basically the opposite of his quiet, don’t-look-at-me character. Bahaha! There were also little modern things like the words “ha ha” and “awkward” in certain pictures. Very much not a Jane Austen thing.
The drawings added so much emotion. And most of the time they were just subtle things, like Darcy reaching for Elizabeth then retracting his hand, and Darcy rubbing the back of his head when talking to Elizabeth about something that made him nervous. The emotion and characters’ inner feelings were done so beautifully.
Ah, I just love this book so much! It’s the most fantastic thing. It’s perfect. Now, to get my hands on Manga Classics: Jane Eyre, which is sure to be just as delightful. ...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
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, (view spoiler)[what with happened with Celaena and Chaol, after that moment of ultimate betrayal). Yeah, that kind of sucked. All right, 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. (hide spoiler)]
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 story line 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 my 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. But those twists at the end...wowzer! did not see anything like that coming at all. And now I cannot wait for the sequel. ...more