I still ponder about it: How can the author let me dangle on such a steep cliffhanger (and not the lovey-dovey kind, the real stuff) and wave that amoI still ponder about it: How can the author let me dangle on such a steep cliffhanger (and not the lovey-dovey kind, the real stuff) and wave that amount of loose ends (that young, blondish mustache-guy, the Winkelman brat and his "promises", Holly Munro's stakes in the game, the senior Lookwoods' fates, that strange society, the true dealings of the heads of Fittes and Rotwell - do they really stuff the artifacts into their furnaces or do the operate a little for extra profit on the side?) - in front of my tortured face without mentioning anything about the fourth installment?...more
**** 3.5 stars **** Melissa Grey's debut tries very hard to be "Daughter of Smoke and Bones", which it certainly isn't on any level: The writing, the**** 3.5 stars **** Melissa Grey's debut tries very hard to be "Daughter of Smoke and Bones", which it certainly isn't on any level: The writing, the characters and their ability to move your heartstrings, the depth of the world-building, its uniqueness, the complexity of the depicted relationships, the grittiness of real war and so forth are not to be found in this story about a human orphan girl who has one of her feet firmly on the inside of the magical world, hopping from one exotic sounding place to another by means of borrowed magic to do shady deals or flashy heists for her paranormal guardians.
But reading Echo's saving-the-world-while-falling-in-love story has been great fun nonetheless - in spite of the otherworldly, insanely gorgeous, immortal guys, the love-triangle, the rather creepy difference in age and life experience between her and her potential lover and the dangling threads of unfinished thoughts.
I can even imagine reading the sequel when it comes out next year....more
"An Ember in the Ashes" represents the satisfying sort of a three-star-book to me: A great way to spend a few hours in a cruel YA world with overly be"An Ember in the Ashes" represents the satisfying sort of a three-star-book to me: A great way to spend a few hours in a cruel YA world with overly beautiful people attracted to each other in a love-quadruple while leading heteronomous lives that might be ended in a second on a whim of mysterious ancient creatures or bad, bad humans. It's well-written on top of that....more
Heavens! How enthusiastically annoying. I gave up around 8%. Rather early, I know. But since my annoyance is character-based I am quite confident in mHeavens! How enthusiastically annoying. I gave up around 8%. Rather early, I know. But since my annoyance is character-based I am quite confident in my decision "book+I=disaster"....more
So far, eighteen wasn't feeling too different from seventeen: my clothes were a little more stained, boy dramas were a little more complicated and mySo far, eighteen wasn't feeling too different from seventeen: my clothes were a little more stained, boy dramas were a little more complicated and my mind was just that little bit fuzzier. At present - right after reading - I grant Gabrielle Tozer's "The Intern" four stars although the heroine, journalism student and magazine intern Josie Browning, had a painful chunk of growing up to do (in the beginning she is insecure, depends on the advice and decisions of her unpredictability moody, bossy younger sister and her crappily vapid and selfish best friend and is so sympathetic (view spoiler)[ to the point of being a nuisance (hide spoiler)] that she forgets her own problems and goals the second somebody else - even her mean adversary - faces an obstacle) and although the story wraps up so damned nicely that nobody would dare to pull at the big, fast bow on top. Don't misunderstand: Hopeful endings are an non-negotiable requirement for me. Endings that clip every uneven fringe in one grand gesture and even do away with the pesty, annoying friend without killing her off... a bit too much. But... What did I expect? This is humorous YA ChickLit, this is Fashion Business Craze Light, this is... a novel that made me look forward with pleasure to the next slot of spare time to read. Maybe because of the funny style ("Josie - you came!" She walked over and pulled me into a hug. She was spongy and warm; a human-sized got water bottle that squished in all the right places. ), maybe because Josie mattered to me more that I had anticipated, maybe because I loved to see her triumph inspite of her tendency to botch things up. I cannot say, but that alone elevates the solid-three-stars-plot-and-character-mix to a four-star-reading-experience. "I said I'm crazy about you." "But I'm so -" "It doesn't matter." "And what about my -" "I don't care." "But I like eating Nutella straight from the jar while watching musicals." He laughed....more
Meanwhile I'd spent the whole week fighting the flutter in my stomach that started when he sat next to me in sociology class. I've just read the sneakMeanwhile I'd spent the whole week fighting the flutter in my stomach that started when he sat next to me in sociology class. I've just read the sneak chapters (21 pages only), which is a thing I rarely do, but I had a strangely uneasy feeling concerning the question whether the book and I would fit.
Well, we don't. Right in chapter one the reader is forced to meet that insanely attractive, new, mysterious guy who occupies the heroine's every thought - in spite of her plans to stay attachment-free because of her mother's - who is one of those mostly absent and selfish mothers the YA reader is supposed to hate with passion - habit of spontaneously calling the movers for a van because of her job in the military and in spite of some obvious weird tendencies of Mr. Tattooed-Forearm, like dropping pictures of prickly heroine Avery he shouldn't have in the theater room or speaking about her as being of first level priority to someone on his cell.
I guess the real posh Cinderella-of-a-powerful-family-setting is going to be bomb-dropped on the reader around prom-time, meaning the please-stay-in-because-I-tell-you-to-evening that should start on page 22, but I already know enough to do a brisk U-turn: Unlikable main and side-characters, a strong focus on bad-boy-romance with a second extra-mean, but well-dressed jerk peeking or leering around the corner, an unconvincing writing style and a strong vibe of business-as-usual-YA....more