I was really absorbed in this in the beginning, but it soon became overlong and convoluted. It just got bogged down by too many plots and too many cha...moreI was really absorbed in this in the beginning, but it soon became overlong and convoluted. It just got bogged down by too many plots and too many characters. Also, by the end, most of the action has been done off-stage, with Bitterblue only hearing about it afterwards, making it boring as well. (less)
Okay okay okay. When I first read this book, I loved it. I thought it was the best in the series (my bad, cycle), and that Paolini was truly visionary...moreOkay okay okay. When I first read this book, I loved it. I thought it was the best in the series (my bad, cycle), and that Paolini was truly visionary.
What the hell was I on?!
All the praise I had for this book has evaporated. It was a whole lotta bor.ing. My God, could it have been drawn on any longer? On average, there was like one page of plot for every seven pages of filler. Paolini tried to trick his reader's into being excited by throwing in random-ass action scenes. "Well, since the Varden is just sitting around and Eragan is having repetitive philosophical conversations, lets have Roran bash 200 heads in. And describe every single one!" Dear Lord, Paolini was trying to write this book in real time or something. I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT ERAGON HAD FOR BREAKFAST. I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW EVERY STEP IN MAKING A MYSTICAL SWORD. I DO NOT NEED ENDLESS DESCRIPTIONS OF PLACES WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN.
90% of this book was filler. And if you already know the 10% of plot beforehand, Brisingr is pretty much a snoozefest. But I guess I understand Paolini's reason for creating this brick though. It's clear he loves his world. Hey, it probably comforted him when he was busy not getting laid in high school. He just wants to share every bit of it, meanwhile showing off his developing writing skills. But it's important to know as a writer that details you find interesting might not be so for the readers. Sometimes, you just have to stick with the story, and suck it up. There's world building and there's being excessive.
I re-read Brisingr in preparation for Inheritance, which I have been waiting for a loooong time. But since I enjoyed Brisingr when it was fresh, chances are good I will enjoy Inheritance. I hope so, as it appears Paolini has saved all the plot for the last book. (less)
I'll tell you one reason why this book got 4 stars: Alan. I know y'all like Nick and his rippedness, but Alan is by far the better brother. For instan...moreI'll tell you one reason why this book got 4 stars: Alan. I know y'all like Nick and his rippedness, but Alan is by far the better brother. For instance, he has a soul (even though he doesn't always act like it), he's good-looking and red-headed, and his smart and dangerous. Half the chiz that goes down in this trilogy is because Alan double-crossed someone or made a secret deal. He is just so bad-ass.
So I definitely liked this book being in Sin's perspective, because not only was she an interesting character, I gots to see lots of Alan. It was also interesting to see the core group and their complicated dynamic from an outsiders perspective. Although I understand the gripes that Sin was removed from the plot and the action because it didn't fully concern her, I enjoyed her own personal plot as well as the story more integral to the group. I wouldn't as fully enjoy a book in Alan's perspective, because then how could I be surprised every other chapter when he did something I didn't expect?
I'm not a humongous fan of this trilogy, however. It took me a very long time to catch onto the magic system, and there is still a lot of questions I have. The humor, although hilarious, sometimes distracts from the action. It'll be all serious and revelation-y, and then here comes Jamie with his faithful quirky quip. Sometimes I appreciated that, sometimes I didn't.
Overall, this trilogy is a solid one, one I recommend trying out. It's refreshing, if anything, and it doesn't pussyfoot around. It's honestly surprising and suspenseful and unique, with a cast of character you will grow attached too. And it has Alan. He's my backup fictional husband, after Peeta (less)
East was written when fantasy could still be fantasy. When young adult books weren't required to have a love triangle, a sexy love interest, and a her...moreEast was written when fantasy could still be fantasy. When young adult books weren't required to have a love triangle, a sexy love interest, and a heroine with low self-esteem. Rose, this novel's main character, is intelligent, resourceful, and courageous. She has a strong drive and a true moral compass. The plot reminds me of more classical fantasy that involves epic journeys over several countries over the course of years. The book is chaste and simple, which makes me think its more suited to a middle-school audience nowadays.
Yet, despite the intriguing premise, I found myself bored with it. There was little to none action, for instance. Since the book had such a large scope in following different characters over an extended period of time, it read like this: "We journeyed across the tundra. Weeks passed." (not an actual quote) It was just very slow pace, and there was more telling than showing.
Also, being a romantic girl, I wanted there to be more immediate romance. The romance was slow-building, more about trust and compassion, than about physical lust. Which, don't get me wrong, was certainly refreshing, but the novel was slow-paced already, and having nothing in the romance department along with nothing in the action department lead for a bored Morgan.
I did like this book, but when you are used to action-y, romance-y YA, it can be a bit too slow. I do appreciate it though. It was an altogether pleasant change of pace. (less)
A lush, idyllic fairytale. I love Juliet Marillier's uniqueness and distinct style. It's so refreshing in today's YA market. Jena is a strong heroine,...moreA lush, idyllic fairytale. I love Juliet Marillier's uniqueness and distinct style. It's so refreshing in today's YA market. Jena is a strong heroine, although I wished she acted more. The arguments between Cezar and Jena did become rather repetitive, and things seemed to happen to Jena, rather than her making things happen. I did love the setting though. It was vibrant and well-researched. It's easy to see that Marillier honestly cares about making the setting and details as realistic as possible. I loved the glossary and pronunciation-key in the back. I did feel that the overall concept was rather similar to her Sevenwaters books (which I adore....well, the first two anyway), but it was still pretty fresh.
And the cover is awesome. Once you know what happens in the book, its easy to see the different characters and scenes. (less)
Ethan can't wait to get the hell out of Gatlin, the small Southern town that his family has lived in for generations. He can't help but feel as if he...moreEthan can't wait to get the hell out of Gatlin, the small Southern town that his family has lived in for generations. He can't help but feel as if he doesn't belong, a feeling only exaggerated by his nightly dreams of a girl he's never met….until now. Lena Duchannes is new into town, the odd niece of the town recluse, and Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. Ethan soon discovers that Lena just isn't different in the way she dresses, but she is a Caster in a bloodline that has been cursed for generations. Desperate to find a way to be together in a world that seems determined to keep them apart, Ethan and Lena will try to untangle the mysteries of their ancestors and save themselves from a potentially deadly curse.
For some reason, I liked this one. Logically, I would have expected to hate it, but I found myself enjoying it more and more as I turned the pages. I have more complaints than praises, actually, but this book was the first story in a long time that I found myself thinking about even after I turned the final page.
First of all, I like how the book was written in a male perspective. That's pretty hard to find in a YA paranormal romance. Ethan's voice for the most part was genuine. I mean, there were a view instances where I raised my eyebrows (this boy knows his fragrances), but overall I was able to forget the authors were female.
But, hey, this book was waaaayyy too long. I don't even know the reason for it. Looking back there was absolutely nothing that required this novel to be a honkin' 500+ pages. It just seemed like a mistake on the editor's part. It his (or her) job to whip the book into a size that I can actually fit into my backpack. Unfortunately, it doesn't look the sequel is on SlimFast either.
Also, the fantasy aspects confused the shit out of me. Okay. Let's walk through this. Lena is a Caster. Her entire family is Casters, except for her uncle who is like this vampire incubus thing. Casters are like witches, right? They can do spells, but also have raw power. There are different types of Casters, though. Lena is a Natural, unless she turns Dark and then she's a Catalyst. Naturals can basically do whatever they want. So is a Natural just a compilation of all Caster types, or are there specific powers designated to Naturals that no other Caster can do? I don't know. What the hell was Uncle Macon? Is that ever cleared up? Do Caster's need spells? Do the spells just allow them to do things their powers won't them do? Oh, just forget I said anything.
The romance between Lena and Ethan was pretty cool. I like how they didn't immediately jump into each other's pants but started out with friendship first. Even though, I don't understand the connection between Lena and Ethan, especially the whole telepathy thing. I feel bad for Ethan. From what I understood (which isn't a lot) Lena can read Ethan's thoughts, but Ethan can't read hers. Lena, however can "project" her thoughts at Ethan or something like that. I don't know. All I know is, if some dude could read my mind, I sure wouldn't hook up with him. I am a woman of mystery and intrigue and I shall stay that way.
I loved how Amma and Uncle Macon were all like "you can't be together!" but then did nothing about it. The kids did basically the same thing as they were doing before except now I have to listen to "I hope we don't get caught!"
Oh, and it totally annoyed the hell outta me when Ethan referred to Lena as "L". He names is Lena, dipweed! Its one extra syllable! If her name was something like "Laffricalicasia", then it is acceptable to call her L. This probably annoyed me though because I don't have any nicknames relevant to my real name. People call me "chicken nugget" and "horse girl" but those don't count.
Anyway, I completely lost my train of thought writing this review. I had a funny bit planned involving a fork in an electricity outlet, but I've completely forgotten what I was going to say about it.
An irrelevant plus side to this book is that it gained me an ally at the school library. Usually there is just this really cranky librarian who always kicks me out of the library for talking too loud last period on a Friday, but now there is this also this nice new librarian. We bonded over this book, and now every time I walk into the library we make small talk about YA lit. So suck on that meanie librarian! Try kicking me out now!
So I guess I'll end it here. Overall, I liked this book. In retrospect, it probably deserves more of a three than a four, but I won't deduct the star after I already bestowed it. That's like giving a kid a fully automized fire truck for Christmas, only to replace it with a crappy little Hot Wheels car after they've already opened it.
I totally called it about Link's mom btw. Imma G like that.(less)
Yelena has a choice. She can either taste the Commander's food for poison before each meal, or be executed for her crime of killing a general's son. T...moreYelena has a choice. She can either taste the Commander's food for poison before each meal, or be executed for her crime of killing a general's son. Thus, she chooses to the food taster. But things aren't so simple as the Commander's chief of security, Yalek, has poisoned her, and only by showing up for her daily antidote will she live. Adding to her complications, Yelena begins to develop magical powers and rebels try to control Ixia.
I read this book mostly because of all the buzz around it. When I started it, I was like "okay, nothing special", but then when I went to go eat dinner, I found that I didn't want to put the book down. As I read more and more of the novel, it sunk its hooks in deeper and deeper.
I loved it. It was a refreshingly original fantasy with good characters and a solid plot. It remained absorbing without resorting to gimmicks. Yelena was a good heroine. She wasn't whiny and had her own mind.
I also liked how the book wasn't revolved around romance. It was there, but subtly.
Just because I have so little to say about the book, shows how much I liked it. Usually I have a list of complaints.
Anyway, I'm anxiously waiting to read the sequel!(less)
I must say, I rushed like a tornado through this book to get to the end, and will most likely re-read it to pick up what I missed. This was a thrillin...moreI must say, I rushed like a tornado through this book to get to the end, and will most likely re-read it to pick up what I missed. This was a thrilling conclusion to an exciting series. These books are good if you are trying to pass the time with some kick-butt thrills. However the writing style isn't fantastic, and this one felt particularly rushed as it had many spelling and gramatical errors. The characters were also fairly dramatic and would have detailed, repetitive conversations about their feelings during epic battles. It felt that the author was trying to jam anything she could possibly think up in the plot. The plot was complex though (if mildly predictable) and had many mentions to the previous books, so you might want to read them again. I have to say the end satisfied, and the series is good if your expectations aren't too high. If you are already into the trilogy, this one won't disappoint. (less)
This book is fun and thrilling. The writing and character developement aren't the best, but they aren't meant to be. Despite the semi-slow beginning,...moreThis book is fun and thrilling. The writing and character developement aren't the best, but they aren't meant to be. Despite the semi-slow beginning, it really picks up speed towards the end, and will keep you awaiting the next installment. A nice, fun read. I doubt you'll be disappointed. It was also a great starter to what is sure to be a best-selling series. (less)
Both book in the Darkest Powers series have been fun and thrilling. The characters are likable enough, and you are free to pick favorites. The dialogu...moreBoth book in the Darkest Powers series have been fun and thrilling. The characters are likable enough, and you are free to pick favorites. The dialogue is realistic and non-cheesey. The twists and turns keep the plot going while Chloe and the gang run from the bad guys, and some revelations are made. Don't look to much into this book. Its fun and good to spend a couple of hours curled up on the couch with. (less)
I am really confused on how I feel about this book. On one hand, the summary seemed very interesting, but my expectations were set a little high, and...moreI am really confused on how I feel about this book. On one hand, the summary seemed very interesting, but my expectations were set a little high, and although it was not exactly disappointing, it wasn't what I was expecting. Katsa was a good female character, full of power and determination, and she was far from perfect. Her love interest was sweet, and I like how their relationship developed. There were many characters beside them, all of them with ridiculous names (Po, Bitterblue, etc.), and some of them were quite unnecessary. The plot was decent, but there was a little too much traveling for my taste. It was a good fantasy, but something was lacking that would have made it great(less)