I loved so many things about this book. Everything about it was so beautifully done, It felt like I was reading art. Magic art. Magic art with a lovelI loved so many things about this book. Everything about it was so beautifully done, It felt like I was reading art. Magic art. Magic art with a lovely little love story slipped in to root for and swoon over.
As someone raised around circuses and carnivals, the premise of this book immediately appealed to me. In execution, it was everything I hoped it would be and more. Beautiful writing. Enchanting visual imagery. Innovative timeline and plot development. An elegant and beautiful story to get lost in.
While the plot itself was not particularly complicated as much as it was mysterious and the pace may be a little slow (it spans 30 years, people) for some, reading this book was an escape into a time where running away to a magical travelling circus felt entirely possible. If magic and turn of the century circuses are at all your thing, this book is certainly for you. Highly recommend....more
End of Days...why did we have to end this way? You were such a solid, unique addition to the the YA/Fantasy genre, and yet you have completely let meEnd of Days...why did we have to end this way? You were such a solid, unique addition to the the YA/Fantasy genre, and yet you have completely let me down.
For a good portion of the book I was relatively enjoying myself. I effortlessly flew through most of it in anticipation of the final showdown, answers to long awaited questions, and the resolution to the romance we'd all been waiting to happen. I was thinking mostly good thoughts until I realized I was nearing the end of the story and nothing had been resolved yet. Clearly, those last 30 pages were going to be packed with awesome. Alas, they were not. And this epic, enjoyable, highly recommendable trilogy ended with a sigh.
While the overarching story wasn't completely lacking and the universe was engaging in previous installations, I can't deny that the conclusion was a major let down. And for that, it deserves only a "meh" rating (However, I ended up giving it an extra star for posterity's sake).
Ee is clearly a gifted writer with a talent for storytelling, but this book was not her best. I look forward to reading her next one (whenever that may be) in the hope that she learns how to write a satisfying end. Because unfortunately for me, satisfying this was not. ...more
How is this book so highly rated? Did everyone read the same book I did?
I chose this because it was ~Valentine's~ month and the amount of romance noveHow is this book so highly rated? Did everyone read the same book I did?
I chose this because it was ~Valentine's~ month and the amount of romance novel listicles overwhelmed me into trying out the genre. I thought a paranormal romance would be an easy, fun read to get me started. I was wrong.
I disliked so many thing about this book that I'm scared to try out anything remotely in the same category. Especially when you consider the star rating. Is this seriously one of the the best you have?
The only redeeming writing done throughout the entire book were the hook up scenes. I guess this was all the author really wanted to matter. But they are not nearly enough to sustain you throughout a 358 page book.
The characters are horribly simplistic. The plot is boring and obvious. I literally found myself wishing someone would slaughter her family so we could stop pretending they served the story in any way aside from providing superficial conflict. The names were obnoxious (Bones for dead guy, Kitten for "Cat", Hennessey for bad guy we meet in bar...Wow. Deep.)
Halfway through I just asked myself "why" over and over again. Why does Bones love Cat? Because angry, pretty girl. Why is Cat in college? To provide a veiled rationale for more superficial conflict. Why is there so much rape? Because rape is an easy plot device for drama. Why am I still reading this? Why are there 6 more of these!? How did this thing get published in the first place!?
All in all, this was stereotypically disappointing and uninteresting. It got 2 stars, but only because I successfully completed it and enjoyed the risque parts. Maybe if the entire thing was erotica it wouldn't have been so bad. Needless to say, I won't be picking up another one....more
This book was so beautiful. A favorite from this year for certain. I absolutely could not put it down. It gave me so much to reflect on: the importancThis book was so beautiful. A favorite from this year for certain. I absolutely could not put it down. It gave me so much to reflect on: the importance of choice, what it means to lead a fulfilling life, and what it truly means to love someone. I absolutely loved it. ...more
Wow. I just devoured this book. And I loved every minute of it.
This story is a reimagining of Beauty & the Beast wherein Beauty is a spunky, resenWow. I just devoured this book. And I loved every minute of it.
This story is a reimagining of Beauty & the Beast wherein Beauty is a spunky, resentful daughter raised as a sacrifice to marry (and possibly destroy) the Beastly demon lord who has imprisoned and tormented her people for the past 900 years. Only the Beast, while still thoroughly demonic, is actually quite charming and the plan for his destruction, and the inevitable romance that ensues, gets exceedingly problematic.
This book was a YA/Fantasy reader's dream. The banter between the characters was perfect. The plot was compelling. The concept involving the virtue of "wishers" juxtaposed against the self-awareness of the main characters was inspired. It had so many creative and unique elements so rarely used together, I found myself completely entranced. Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise! Ok, maybe not...BUT it did have ancient mythology, evil demons, magic castles, classic elemental science, and alternate realities which made this book an entirely worthy addition to my library and a complete joy to read.
While I guessed some of the big events that transpired and there were some minor plot holes (the Fire door..how is it unaltered for Nyx if another person has already used it!?), it didn't make this book any less enjoyable.
Simply put, I've never read anything like it. And for that Cruel Beauty gets all the stars. ...more