I'm not sure I can correctly express how much I loved Uprooted. Yes, I know there are already about one hundredOriginally posted at: Nomalicious Reads
I'm not sure I can correctly express how much I loved Uprooted. Yes, I know there are already about one hundred rave reviews about this book, you have permission to quickly run away now if you can't stand reading another... but I will say this - it really is amazing.
*cue eye-roll here*
First let me state that Uprooted is a standalone fantasy book. It left me feeling like I had just read a really in-depth trilogy that I had been fully invested in, for the three whole years that it usually takes to create. It is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day with a cup of tea. Which is exactly what I did, but with the audiobook... which was so magical. Julia Emelin, the narrator was brilliant, she captured every emotion and I felt that I was living in the story - Her accent was also spot on and I just loved listening to her voice.
I will admit that I did have a little trouble with the start, but only because Agnieszka was being completely clueless (and the Dragon obnoxious) about a few very obvious things... but it was understandable considering the situation she was in taken away from everyone she loved, especially when she was one hundred percent certain it was going to be her beautiful and talented friend who was taken by the dragon.
Kaisa and Agnieszka's friendship was so beautiful, while they did have their moments when they envied the other, they stuck with each other through thick and thin and their friendship didn't deteriorate and they didn't turn into purple monsters like a lot of girl friendships are depicted in young adult books.
Also another thing to get straight before I move on, the Dragon is not a dragon. He is a very powerful and long-living wizard. I loved him. Yes, he was aloof, snobbish and very insensitive. He has been living so long in his tower that he has forgotten how to live. Everyone is pretty terrified of him and jumps at his every command, so he hasn't had many people challenge him over the years... which makes it so great when Neszka finally realises that he doesn't take a girl every ten years as a sex slave, and although he gets angry and frustrated at her a lot, for being 'hopeless' he wont hurt her. So she starts to rebel, in simple little ways to outright defiance and it was so heartwarming and beautiful watching them get under each others skin and growing to care about one another.
Which leads to another thing I loved about Uprooted. It isn't about romance. Sure, it's there in small doses, and when it happens it makes your heart melt and ooh the steam. However, there is just so much more to this amazing story and as you go on and discover that although the wood is a terrible evil that needs to be destroyed it also has a story to tell.
Neszka grows so much throughout the novel, she goes from thinking so little of herself to realising that she can make a difference and then she will stop at nothing to protect those that she loves. She travels from her small village to the Dragons tower, to the wood and then even to the castle and back again. The book was filled with so much and I wasn't bored for a moment, even through all that traveling, which I usually find can be quite boring.
It's so hard to write this review without spoilers, but the best way to describe Uprooted is that it is a story within many stories. You will love some characters, hate others... some may take time to grow on you and then stay lodged in your heart, and others you will come to understand. It is filled with a magical journey and hidden meanings and stories you don't even see coming. It is simply magical and beautiful and will be one of my all time favourites to re-read and enjoy through the years. It is a story to remember and recommend to all my friends and family and to any stranger who has a love of fantasy or stumbles across this blog.
And even though this is a standalone, I would love to read a story about Kasia next.
Have you read Uprooted? Let me know your thoughts below, I'd love to know your favourite part!...more
Anne Bishop is one of the best Fantasy writers around, in my opinion anyway. I was a bigYou can read my full review over at my blog: Nomalicious Reads
Anne Bishop is one of the best Fantasy writers around, in my opinion anyway. I was a big fan of her Black Jewels trilogy in high school, so when I only recently stumbled across Written in Red on audible, I was shocked I hadn't heard of it sooner... Well, I have been out of the book loop for a while, so I suppose I wasn't that surprised.
Anne Bishop is a master, Written in Red is an Adult Urban Fantasy book so masterfully written I couldn't put it down, Alexandra Harris did a fantastic job as the narrator, I just loved it when she voiced Sam's little Aroo when he is in wolf form, I'll never get sick of it.
It reads more like a fantasy than the usual urban fantasy books that everyone is familiar with. But even if you prefer one genre over the other, you will still find yourself falling steadily in love with the world and character's that Anne breathes life into.
Just a fair warning, the romance in Anne Bishop novels always tend to build slowly and steadily, so even though there is no clothes ripping and passionate love making... YET. The tension and hints of romance are all there and is so, so delicious. (Especially in book two, but that review is for another day. But I will say you can cut the tension with a knife, its so good.)
The world is crafted to perfection, the characters are amazing and the story is spellbinding. So I didn't mind at all about the slow romance, because we can see it coming... which I honestly prefer anyway.
Meg Corbyn is our heroine, she's damaged and a cassandra sangue aka a blood prophet that has been locked up her entire life, she's never been in the outside world and doesn't really know how to interact with people, especially the terra indigene aka shape shifters and many, many other creatures that go bump in the night.
Usually innocent, ignorant girls in books - even if they have a decent excuse, annoy the hell out of me, but not Meg. She was a great character who has common sense and ACTUALLY uses it! While sure, she was scared of the terra indigene to a degree, she treated them not only with fear, but with a simple straightforwardness and kindness that they were definitely not used to receiving. ...more
This book was such a delight. As soon as I read the synopsis I pre-ordered the book immediatelyMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
This book was such a delight. As soon as I read the synopsis I pre-ordered the book immediately, I had to have it. Once it arrived in the mail, I wanted to start it pronto... but since I had an essay due, I put it on my shelf where it sat for about a week or two staring at me, calling me to read it.
However, I decided to read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour first. Why? Because, it had been sitting on my shelf in paperback form for a very long time and Since You've Been Gone gave me the nudge to finally get into gear and read it. Also it was much lighter in my purse. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was also a delight, but I'll talk about that in it's own review.
Even though I thought Since You've Been Gone was a bit big and heavy in it's hardback form for my purse when I was going to uni last tuesday, I gave in and put it in anyway, I needed something to read on the way home and I couldn't resist any longer. I started at 3:30 in the afternoon while I was waiting for the train home and couldn't put it down, even though Emily annoyed me quite a bit in the beginning I kept reading, because I knew this was about her finding out she could be her own person without Sloane and suddenly it was 1 o'clock in the morning and I had a finished book in my hands.
It was simply breathtaking. This book will always hold a special place in my heart. This book makes me want to make EVERYONE read it, then give random, spontaneous and beautiful lists to them and receive lists in return... then do them, even the scary ones. This book is an adventure.
Morgan Matson, you're kinda my new hero.
We've all had a friend, who we love with all our hearts and maybe not notice when they were going through a rough time, who puts on a brave face, is the life of the party and who we look up to. This was Sloane. Also everyone has been or had a friend like Emily, who is happy to fade into the background and let others take the spotlight or take the lead and she doesn't have to make any big decisions by herself. I believe everyone has been Emily at least once in their life. Or more than once.
Yes, I wanted to shake Emily at the beginning of the novel a numerous amount of times, because she literally could not live without Sloane, well at least she thought she couldn't. But as time passed, and she gradually started to tick things off the list, she did crazy things by herself and others with her new friends. She could live without Sloane, she grew more confident, she could talk to strangers, look people in the eye, walk into a party alone.
Another thing I loved about this book, is that usually character like Sloane are depicted as controlling bitches who use characters like Emily because they can. Sloane does not do this, sure there are a few sketchy moments, like setting Emily up with Gideon, but that was also Emily's fault for just dating him because it was easy and because she got more time with Sloane. Sloane does try to get Emily out of her shell but is unsuccessful until she disappears and only leaves a list behind.
Sloane is a heartbreaking character and I would love to know more about her situation and even getting her own little happy ending. I actually would really like to see a book about Sloane and Lucien from Amy & Roger's Epic detour. If not together I would like to read books about both of them, but Lucien would definitely wait to make sure Sloane got safely inside after dropping her home. Wouldn't it be adorable?
Frank, is so adorable and lovely... where can I get one? Watching how he and Emily slowly got to know each other and fall in love was just fantastic, but then again anything that is not insta-love gets points in my book.
Collins is hilarious and I just love him, was really glad to see him and Dawn get together. My only Issue with the book was how Collins and Dawn treated Emily at the end, yeah it was understandable but I would have liked to have seen them resolve this before the end of the book. I mean I know they will, and Dawn may take a while to come around but I would have liked to have that resolved.
Just want to quickly mention Beckett the little ninja and Emily's little brother, I thought he was fantastic and only wish that he was in the book a bit more, because he was so much fun and made me want to hug him on multiple occasions.
I can go on talking about this book forever, I just loved it to pieces and can't wait to read more books that Morgan Matson creates. Now I must wait patiently until she writes the next, and until Second Chance Summer arrives in the mail!
Also to show how in love with this book I am, I might be buying a pair of red love heart shaped sunglasses on ebay. I have an obsession with sunglasses, and this book gives me an excuse to get yet another pair. I recommend this book to everyone, it is a fantastic read that will live in your heart forever.
Everyone who has read it, what are your thoughts and what part did you love the most? ...more
Over the last few day's I've been on an Urban Fantasy reading frenzy, I'm kind of sorry for allMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Over the last few day's I've been on an Urban Fantasy reading frenzy, I'm kind of sorry for all my goodreads friends and everyone on facebook who are witness to my slightly insane and sarcastic book updates over the last few days. Okay, I'm not that sorry.
Arcadia Bell is a Heroine that you don't want to mess with.
I fell in love with Jenn Bennett's world and the characters in it during Kindling the Moon. I was expecting something good, but nothing that great, and although I really enjoyed Kindling the Moon, my enjoyment and love for this series has been growing with each book.
My favourite character? Jupe wins hands down. I was a little sad when Jupe wasn't immediately in the book at page one, but like always, he doesn't take long to appear. I love watching Cady and Jupes relationship evolve, in each book they get closer.
Jupe is the most adorable teenage motormouth in existence, I just want to hug him to smithereens. He breaks your heart (in a good way) a little each book... especially in this one, when the rest of his family rolls into town.
I hope that Jenn decides to write a few books about grown up Jupe one day, because that would be an amazing thing to see!
Naturally Jupe is a package deal for Arcadia with his sexy as sin father, Lon. I must say even though He's a lot older than Cady and his mustache is described as a sexy pirate mustache, I try really really hard to forget he has one. That is his only flaw in my book, I don't care about his age, but the mustache freaks me out.
Arcadia aka Cady is the star of these books, she has crazy magical power which just gets even crazier in this book. I can't wait to see what lengths she'll achieve in the next book. I just hope that she can get rid of her psychopath mother once and for all.
My favourite thing about this book, well any book really is that there aren't a million love interests. Cady doesn't sleep around, she meets Lon in book one and they don't break up at the end of each book, or halfway in between. I always get happy when books like this exist and I hope that Cady and Lon stay together for the duration of the books.
I must say though, the end freaked me out. Only because I'm terrified about what will happen in book four. (MASSIVE SPOILER: (view spoiler)[I don't want her to lose the baby, I really really don't want her to lose the baby. So far Jenn hasn't followed the usual stereotypical lines of Urban Fantasy and I hope that she continues the trend so that Cady doesn't lose the baby. I think that would cause massive problems because, how can she fight her mother while pregnant? and god knows what the psychotic bitch would do if she found out Cady was pregnant, could she use the baby against her? My thoughts go on. But at least if she had the baby she wouldn't be able to run from her relationship with Lon and Jupe.
Although if Cady does lose the baby, that could cause conflict between her and Lon, it could either drive her away to protect them or make them stronger. It would give her free reign to cause hell for her mother. But I think It would be more interesting if she had the baby, but would probably give me a heart attack while reading because so much shit is going down. Anyone who's read the book, let me know your theories! (hide spoiler)] END OF SPOILERS)
I can't wait for the next book, It's going to be torture waiting till April, but hey at least it's my birthday month, so I'm sure that Banishing the Dark will be one of the many presents I buy myself.
So much happened in Binding the Shadows that I could keep writing this review forever, but heres a quick rundown... we discover douchebag Dare's true motives, Yvonne the mother of hell finally shows up, Hajo the crazy junkie makes a re-appearance and kind of made me fall a little in love him and Cady sits down with Jupe and Kar Yee and tells them her secrets.
All the Urban Fantasy lovers out there need to buy Kindling the Moon, if you haven't discovered the amazing world that Jenn Bennett has created, you're missing out, big time! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more