Much, much better. Really felt the difference in the writing, here it's much more action-packed, with more mystery and adventure and less badly presenMuch, much better. Really felt the difference in the writing, here it's much more action-packed, with more mystery and adventure and less badly presented ideas. Much more plausible and enjoyable, Crown of Midnight really surprised me....more
This was recommended to me with some references that in style and spirit it resembles Eragon, but I found it more like Maria V Snyder's Poison StudiesThis was recommended to me with some references that in style and spirit it resembles Eragon, but I found it more like Maria V Snyder's Poison Studies and Kristin Cashore's Fire. Loved it. Review may be forthcoming, but not promising anything. ...more
Awesome idea, not so awesome execution. And I really had such hopes for this... Oh, well, it had its good moments and it has potential. For referenceAwesome idea, not so awesome execution. And I really had such hopes for this... Oh, well, it had its good moments and it has potential. For reference of similar idea, awesome execution, try the Poison Study series, the Graceling trilogy, the Elemental Assassin series....more
This... was supposed to be devoured, enjoyed, savoured and cherished into re-read territory. What the Hell went wrong?!
I bought Defiance over a year aThis... was supposed to be devoured, enjoyed, savoured and cherished into re-read territory. What the Hell went wrong?!
I bought Defiance over a year ago and I remember being thrilled to have it on paper. I mean, look at that cover. And the description... I just KNEW I'd love it.
A friend of mine told me there are lots of reviews out there saying it's a letdown. I got fearful, and as always when I have the feeling something would disappoint - I procrastinated. And then, one night, I had time, it was raining and I was cuddled in my bed craving the good old paper read and so I reached for this.
I swear, for the first 50 or so pages I must've looked just like that. I kept... waiting for something to REALLY happen. Not that there wasn't any plot development - quite the opposite, I think it was supposed to be a sudden and shocking intro into a story, the catalyst event that would set it all off having taken place before the first words even... But I just didn't feel it.
Then, when we picked up speed, danger and action and death was everywhere, and I was supposed to be on the edge of my seat and all.
Instead, I set the book aside. Months passed, and I literally had to have five hours on a train with it to delve back into the story. Before that, I'd come home each night, see it through the layer of dust sitting lonely on my nightstand, the cover mocking me and chiding me.
Then I knew - despite every hope I had, despite it possessing the recipe for a great read, Defiance had turned into one of those books - you know, the ones that get stuck on your Currently-Reading shelf for months even as dozens of others go up to join them and move to Read. I was so pissed off by this that finally, several days ago I set my foot down and decided I was finishing it.
I'm being harsh, and it's time I justify my opinion. Why did a dystopian fantasy, a book that had both the well-loved and fresh element in it, that had a kick-ass heroine and an amazingly sweet, amazingly smart hero, that had both a black villain and a grey one, a dragon-like monster and mysterious devices - why did it not catch me up? Why wasn't all the fighting, inventing, travelling, and standing up for the right and wrong reasons not enough? It was supposed to be...
But I found Rachel - our 'tough-as-nails' heroine, more annoying than anything. "Get on with it", I'd think more often than not. She was supposed to be a warrior with a hardened but true heart. I found her petty, often implausibly rash considering her supposed 'toughness', and thinking and doing stupid things. Then there was Logan, and he wasn't as annoying, but he had his moments, too, especially in the beginning. There were things that he should have easily figured out later on, and instead he made what I call 'a great show' of stumbling through the logic to the obvious answer. Nice, smart guy. Though the changing POVs between the two was a good idea, often half the chapter would stress the same thing, the two characters wondering 'why, oh, why' or thinking 'I'm not worthy' on and on. I agree, inner conflict is the spice all great leads need, but not spanning half the story and having the substance of a broken-into-repeat record. Add to that the predictability of some of the supposedly unpredictable twists in the plot, and I say 'You're done'.
There were countless other things that subtly played on my patience and destroyed my enjoyment of what surely is a great, fresh twist of dystopian and fantasy. And while the plot stared me in the face with its action and romance and intrigue, and asked me 'Why?! Why don't you love me?' I could only sigh and shrug.
I have to give credit where it's due, too. What I did like about the story were some of the details - author C.J. Redwine has done her research on fighting techniques, survival and orientation, on tech construction and bombs. There was plenty of action which was very well executed. Also, she created Melkin - a grey villain, who did the wrong things for the right reasons, and then even didn't commit his ultimate task, did not turn into a killer and kept true to his purpose. I very much believed in the city-state's inner lifestyle - the Claiming, the social hierarchy, and so on. It was so medieval, and that's what answered to the promise on the back cover summary.
I feel as if this book shouldn't be placed with my other three-stars, but I can't do anything else, considering how much time it took me to pick it up, to read it, and how I didn't fall even in like with it, which is such a pity.
Maybe Defiance is just not my cup of tea. Maybe it will enamour most other readers - it has potential for that. I just felt no chemistry going on between the two of us. So, despite my lengthy, non-typical-for-me ranting, I'd say give it a go - it might be the adventure you'd love and want to read.
“... That would be like stepping in front of a moving train and saying, 'Hey, honey, come stand next to me.'" I hopped off the wall and stood next t “... That would be like stepping in front of a moving train and saying, 'Hey, honey, come stand next to me.'" I hopped off the wall and stood next to him. "Anytime." He just looked at me. "I've never killed a train before. It might be fun to try."
That was... EPIC. As Always =)
The best fantasy books are a mélange of mythology, mystery, action, adventure, romance, kick-ass heroes and heroines. I don't know how, but team Ilona Andrews seems to have found the precise dosage recipe for surpassing best and going into hard-core awesome. Maybe by adding sarcasm, irony, laugh-out-loud moments and colourful 'characters'. Whatever the magic ingredient, I am strongly susceptible.
I love the The Edge books and am crazy about the Kate Daniels series. I keep coming back to them, every few months, rereading favourite parts or just being tempted into a cover-to-cover re-immersement, despite my long list of waiting up-next books. I've been impatiently waiting for Magic Rises to come out and as soon as it did, I pounced.
And they delivered. The book is all that I expected and more - it keeps the edge and fast pace of the previous installments and adds a new dimension by sending our fave power couple out on a journey across the Black Sea and to Georgia. And though the politics that force them there seem dire and frustrating, it's nothing to what they actually get on arrival.
Filled with LOADs of ass-kicking, overall-plot-revelations, drama, monstrosities, hilariousness, secrets and near-death-experiences, the sixth Kate Daniels is simply irresistible.
Sooooo... when can I get the next one?! :D ...more
When I started on the first book of the quartet I had some trouble getting into the style - as a friend of mine said, Northern Europe writing is diffiWhen I started on the first book of the quartet I had some trouble getting into the style - as a friend of mine said, Northern Europe writing is difficult to swallow, not a spoon for every mouth.
That's why, though I had bought the second book, it took me an year to have a go at it.
But once I started, I couldn't stop. I read through quickly and was even eager for more. The return appearance of known characters was great, as was the new and enthralling plot.
I'm still missing the romance factor, as I like to have it in my books, but the adventure and the friendships are so good I went through the second book much faster than the first. And yeah, the evil ones were really evil - I mean, the things they put an eleven-year-old girl through were gruesome at the very least. Good thing Dina's a girl with a spine of steel.
And while the first book was about Nico, this one was in great part about Davin, Dina's older and boyishly naive brother; about how he seeks to prove himself a man, but goes through so much pain and trouble that he actually appreciates the maxims think before you act and be careful what you wish for...
Lene Kaaberbol's writing is consuming and beautiful, the way she describes with picturesque details the surroundings and the way of life of common, Mediaeval peasants is charming and joltingly realistic.
Now I can't wait to buy the next to books and see where they'll take the story. (Keeping my fingers crossed for a Nico/Dina twist) ...more