Being a fan of fantasy books and all things dragons, I rushed over to NetGalley as soon as I di...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Being a fan of fantasy books and all things dragons, I rushed over to NetGalley as soon as I discovered Seraphina. (thanks to someone's IMM alerting me about this awesome novel!)
In my books nothing beats a good fantasy novel, steeped in intrigue and romance... and Seraphina definitely delivers that and much more!
There's a lot more to Seraphina than meets the eye and I'm not only talking about the main character either, but the book itself! At first when I started reading Seraphina, I felt like it was a bit bland with no emotion, but oh boy was I wrong! Seraphina is one of those books with characters that felt real and it just had so many different emotions packed into its pages and as I kept reading, and got to know the characters and Seraphina herself a bit better I was blown away with all the vast amount of emotions in this one book.
Rachel Hartman is a genius - how she managed to put so much into one book and yet make it so it wasn't overwhelming is beyond me and she deserves a pat on the back, a bright gold star and lots of cookies for her outstanding work!
The story wasn't boring for a second, there was so much that kept my mind thinking, mysteries to solve everywhere from the little to the big, relationships to sniff out and discover how deep they were and the dragon's themselves, such complex creatures showing little emotion were so much fun to work out, especially when they said or did something that offended a human without them meaning to.
I think the dragon's being like that and the human's mistaking a lot of their intentions and vice a versa and Seraphina herself stuck in the middle and only starting to discover herself, was just so much fun to me because I love working out a good mystery, the plot the characters and the world kept me occupied and I just couldn't put it down.
Orma was one of my favourite characters... hell I loved them all! But I think my favourite thing with Orma was that he was a dragon who worked so hard to remain stiff and emotionless and that when he did show his emotions, it was just so raw and strong... which made me teary or giggle everytime, I can't wait to see more of him in the future!
Princess Glisselda annoyed me a bit at the start, but like all the other character's she had a hidden depth and was revealed to be such a fun, smart (after she got over herself and prejudice's) and intriguing character... although I will admit I'm pretty freaked out and worried about what will happen in the future with her, Kiggs and Seraphina, because I got the feeling at one point that Glisselda knew about Kiggs and Seraphina's feelings for each other and was trying to set them up at one point, but then near the end I'm left thinking maybe I was wrong and 'ooh shit whats going to happen!?' But I guess only time will tell!
Kiggs! I love him, he is such a noble & straightforward character that will do anything in his power to protect those he cares about and find justice. I can't wait to see his character development in a hopefully second book... along with all the other fantastic characters in Rachel Hartman's amazing world of Dragon's and Humans.
Lastly my favourite character is Seraphina herself! Watching her grow from a timid young woman who didn't think that she could trust or love anyone who hated to lie but remained to do so to keep herself safe, to slowly begin to have courage in herself and others to even damning the consequences from people finding out the truth... was so worth it!
Bring on book two! & if there isn't going to be a book two... I'm going to cry for weeks EVER!
I recommend all lovers of Tamora Pierce or any lover of a good fantasy book to pick this one up! Even if fantasy isn't your favourite genre, Seraphina will be sure to leave you in awe!(less)
Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved swimming. The Little Mermaid was my favourite Disney...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved swimming. The Little Mermaid was my favourite Disney movie and I always wanted to be Ariel; swimming in the ocean, rather than be on land. That aside I'm usually a bit skeptical about mermaid books, they usually don't interest me at all... and well... as Galen would say he's not a 'mermaid, or merman' but a Syrena, so problem solved I guess.
I was so surprised when I read the synopsis for Of Poseidon I was intrigued and extremely interested, It sounded original and fun... and it definitely was all of that, and more!
Okay, I hate it when people compare books to other books etc, but I'm going to be bad and compare this to something. Of Poseidon made me think of a modern day version of the Little Mermaid. Galen was like Ariel, a royal with a love/interest in humans, coming to land and finding many human objects and things foreign and completely strange to him... which was hilarious and a lot like Ariel thinking that a fork was a brush.
"I need to know where Jersey is and if I have enough money to buy it."
^Is a great example of this and that's all I'll say on comparisons.
Anna Banks did an amazing job, she started off with such a BANG - literally - and then the sudden death, which actually shocked me! I suppose I'm just not used to YA authors killing off their characters so early in a book, which I heartily applaud Banks for doing so, it was sad, shocking and different.
The characters, I loved them all... well maybe all except for Emma's mum, I just didn't feel her as a real person - does anyone know any mother's that are that insane? I suppose her character will grow more in book two and I'll learn to love her. I just wanted to punch her.
To me, the side character's make the book, and Banks did an amazing job there also. Rayna was absolutely hilarious, I have a thing for violent characters that are really soft and squishy on the inside, Rayna fits this description to a Tee. She is downright bitchy, hostile and doesn't think before she speaks - which I just loved. Her whole relationship with Toraf was hilarious and cute and I can't wait to see more of them.
'find an island' is probably my favourite line in the whole book... why? Because it's basically Syrena speak for 'get a room' (it's used a lot jokingly and seriously with Toraf and Rayna - it's where hitched Syrena go to make babies) I thought it was hilarious and I think I will never say 'get a room' ever again. Everyone is going to be so confused when I say 'find an island' instead... to the strange stares and questions I will get I'll just reply with 'go read Of Poseidon... NOW' and the problem will be solved!
Galen, the leading steamy, sexy sea prince of this amazing book... will just whisk you away! He's oh so gorgeous, a bit on the serious side and very protective... which usually I find annoying but in Galen I just thought it was just hot, very hot.
Emma, I liked her I really did, she was hilarious with a whole heap of witty lines to throw in anyone's face, but sometimes I just wanted to give her a good whack! Some things she did were really silly, but everyone does silly things and I can't exactly say that I wouldn't have done the same thing in her situation.. cause I'm pretty stubborn and silly too. I loved the transformation from the timid, shy little girl that she was at the beginning, I didn't think she could transform so much after we were first introduced but it was fantastic watching as she transformed into someone who wouldn't be pushed over easily.
The final line in the book literally had me laughing out loud and screaming 'I KNEW IT' and also 'WHAT!? It can't end there!' Anna Banks you are a genius and I can't wait to read more of your books!
I could talk about Of Poseidon forever, but I'll stop this review here before I bore everyone with my fangirling and leave the rest for you to decide! I hope I've intrigued you enough into giving this one a go, because it was such a thrilling read! (less)
After reading Obsidian, my first reaction was to think: I should go stick my head in the freeze...moreMore reviews can be found at my blog:Nomalicious Reads
After reading Obsidian, my first reaction was to think: I should go stick my head in the freezer just so I can cool down enough to write my review!
Things were not only hot, in Obsidian... they was SCORCHING! Steam practically wafts out of this baby, I was a bit worried my kindle would spontaneously combust - although if it did, I swear I would only forgive it for doing so under the pressure of one of the extremely hot and incredibly yummy Daemon's kisses.
Now that you've all questioned my sanity or are bursting at the seams to get a hold of Obsidian... I'll continue.
I'm kind of surprised no one has ever wrote a book with the main character being a book blogger before (to my knowledge anyhow), and kudos to Jennifer for snatching up this idea, it was amazing and not only for the book blogger part, but the awesome alien concept as well!
I personally think it will be interesting to see how many more bloggers will appear after Obsidian hits the shelves, and if anymore books featuring bloggers will pop out in the foreseeable future!
Every book blogger out there will love to read about Katy, well I did - she was smart, sassy, had some great one liners, and of course she also had the same love affair with books that we all do. She was happy to receive comments, post reviews, insanely ecstatic when books arrived in the mail, embarrassed when the hot alien boy see's her quirky In My Mailbox post... oh wait, maybe we don't all have the hot alien boy part (where can I sign up for that!?).
Daemon was no angel, Katy describes him pretty well with her first scalding remark of 'douchebag' not so creative, but the girl works better than most under pressure! Maybe it's just me and Katy, but I do love a guy that can manage to be a complete jerk yet still flirt and give you butterflies at the same time! You just gotta hate and love him.
Daemon has hidden depths, like every character worth loving has. You just want to give him a big hug and um... rip his clothes off at the same time (hmm, maybe I'm being too graphic, apologies).
The tension was electric, the build up was tormentingly evil of Jennifer, but ooh boy was it worth the wait!
Dee was a bundle of adorable fun, she was a great match for the friendship area for Katy and I wouldn't want to stand between this girl and her ice-cream!
The Alien twist was great, I love how they weren't your typical little green men seeking peace or massive bugs after world domination.
The end was: awesome, frustrating, humorous, amazing and intriguing! my hands are going to be tingling to the very tips until I get my hands on book two!
I have so many speculations about book two! I don't want to spoil so I think I'm going to have to go annoy other fantastic bloggers that have read this masterpiece already and see what they think and speculate!
Thank you Jennifer and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review Obsidian - which I've been dying to read ever since I heard about it and then did my first ever cover release!
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was another fantastic read and will be going into my favourites and truthfully, I think she had me as soon as 'stab-worthy' was mentioned in the synopsis!
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a definite must read! & gets: