I'm always looking for more paranormal New Adult books, which is how I actually came across Origin of Angels on Candace's sidebar. Now, I'm not exactl I'm always looking for more paranormal New Adult books, which is how I actually came across Origin of Angels on Candace's sidebar. Now, I'm not exactly a fan of angels in books, but I still wanted to check this book out mostly because NA needs more diversity in terms of genres and there have been books with angels that I've enjoyed in the past.
At the forefront of the book, the main characters were Travis and Rayna, a brother and sister duo. There were also a few other POVs in the book, that were a little sporadic and some of them were quite unexpected. I usually don't deal well with multiple POVs, but in this case, it added to the story because we got to learn more about their personalities. I have to admit that I connected better with Travis though. I thought the male POV was really well written and it was easy for me to slip inside his head. What I loved most about him was his loyalty and devotion. Those are characteristics I find very attractive in male protagonists. Emily too, was a strong girl and I loved how she so resilient in the face of all her obstacles. The world building in the book was quite strong, but there were times I felt like I was missing something. I learned later on that this series is actually a sequel to another series by the author, Elemental Enimity and a lot of the background seems to have been explored in that. Still though, as a first book in a series, I was quite invested in the plot. While the book was entertaining and fun to read, there were times when I found my attention wavering and I think that's because the book was very lengthy.
Overall though, Origin of Angels was an interesting book with an engaging storyline and strong characters that were easy to root for. I highly recommend it to readers looking for something unique in the NA genre. ...more
The Bone Season is probably one of the most hyped novels of 2013. As you can imagine, I was extremely wary of this book. Even more so, when I fou3.5/5
The Bone Season is probably one of the most hyped novels of 2013. As you can imagine, I was extremely wary of this book. Even more so, when I found out the series would be 7 books long. 7 books, you all! I barely have the patience for trilogies, so can you imagine what my face looked like when I found out. Finally, when I saw that Danielle at Love at First Page was planning on reading it, I figured I might as well join her for a buddy read. While I wasn't entirely in love with The Bone Season, the book hooked me in enough to make me want to pick up the subsequent books.
Firstly, I've got to hand it to Samantha Shannon for creating a loveable heroine in Paige. I adored this girl from the start. With her strength and resilience, she was the perfect protagonist for a story as dark and twisted as The Bone Season. She was definitely not a one-dimensional character and I enjoyed how the author slowly explored the complexities in Paige's nature. It was beautifully done and I can't wait to see what Samantha Shannon has in store for this smart and level-headed character. Paige was undoubtedly a fabulous character, but I clicked more instantly with Warden. Can you blame me though? He was super mysterious throughout the whole book, but when he slowly peeled off a layer of those veils of intrigue surrounding him. The more I got to know him, the harder I fell for him. The Bone Season also had a repulsive and rage-inducing villain in the form of Nashira, who I obviously loved because I enjoy my fair share of twisty and truly evil villain. I would have liked to learn more about the secondary characters, especially Paige's mime lord, Jaxon because they shared an interesting and intricate relationship. However, with the way things ended in this one, I'm pretty certain that the next book will delve deeper into his character.
What really inundated me though while I was reading The Bone Season was the world building. See, I knew going into the book that there would be huge amounts of info-dumps and that the world would be labyrinthine, but I was still taken aback by how drowned I fell at the beginning. Once I settled into the book, things did get better, but I have to say that by the end, I still wasn't sure that I had a tight grasp of the world. I'm hoping that as the series progresses, I'll feel more comfortable with it. For now though, I am very much befuddled by this world, although I do appreciate the complexities. Even though technically my inability to connect with the world building should have pushed me away from the book, it didn't. In fact, I found myself flipping through the pages because there was something about The Bone Season that was completely addicting. The romance too was a winner for me. It was slow, sweet and deliciously wrought with sexual tension that had my heart palpitating. The romance between Paige and Warden was really well-written, in my opinion.
Despite some rough patches with the world building in The Bone Season, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this novel. I will have to say though that this is a book that people will either love or be bored with. Thankfully, I'm finding myself leaning more on the former side. ...more