Azoth/Kylar grows from 11 to 21 (?) during the span of the book. Kylar is a pretty awesome character but I think I enjoyed Durzo Blint and Momma K even more.
There was so many twists in this book that I completely didn't expect.
I cried, laughed, cursed them, and was altogether filled with the tension of excitement and the anxiety of suspense.
In the beginning all the unknown terms and annoyingly-large amount of details gave me a hard time and discouraged me but like the Paksenarrion Trilogy you have it give it a chance and, then it doesn't just give you the life of a character, it gives you a world. One that stays with you.
The Way of Shadows was a delicious read. If anything, I did want to see more details of the fighting scenes. Many fights is quickly skimmed over.
Though some would think The Way of Shadows dark and gritty it actually is more of a fairy tale to me. The Way of Shadows gives in to the readers more than the Paksenarrion Trilogy did, for me at least.
And I loved the side characters. They each had a special part. Dorian, Feir, and Solon were actually pretty interesting. I'd like to see more into their adventures.
I haven't read a book like this in a while and it's refreshing but also mournful because compared to the next books in my pile I can only sigh.
*sigh* Just have to get Shadow's Edge, the next book. :)
I just can't start another book yet. It would almost be rude. Maybe tomorrow....more
October Daye is only human, or at least that's what she's trying to pretend to be now.
Now, after fourteen years imprisoned as a fish, the result of geOctober Daye is only human, or at least that's what she's trying to pretend to be now.
Now, after fourteen years imprisoned as a fish, the result of getting too close to the bad guy on an investigation for her liege, Sylvester Stalone. Just kidding. (I could never get Stalone out of my head whenever I read Sylvester.) Sylvester Torquill.
The investigation was no regular one. Toby had been following Simon Torquill, Sylvester's twin brother and the prime suspect in the kidnapping of Luna and Rayseline Torquill, Sylvester's wife and daughter.
Fourteen years later and the spell Simon put on Toby has finally diminished under the rays of the morning sunrise and everything has changed.
For one thing, today's cell phones are technological breakthrough Toby can't fathom. Don't tell anyone, but they scare her. For another, Toby has lost everything, her human fiance and daughter. Everyone thought she was dead and now they won't even return her phone calls. The only seemingly good thing is that only years ago Luna and Rayseline suddenly came back home. They had been trapped much like Toby but unlike Toby who has only murky memories of being a fish, they remember everything and little Raysel isn't lovable Raysel anymore. She grew up in that other world and it changed her, made her slightly insanse and all kinds of cruel. Neither Luna or Raysel will ever speak of what happened to them but we don't need descriptions when our imaginations do plenty.
Toby decides to forgo all interactions with the Fae since it has taken everything worth taking from her.
Toby just wants to be a human. She works the graveyard shift at Safeway, lives in a rundown apartment with rent she's struggling to pay and two siamese cats who wake her up every day too early to be natural demanding to be fed.
Toby never gets what she wants. Fate is going to pull Toby back into the Fae world if she has to drag her there by her nails. Evening, a close friend of Toby's dies and leaves the most wonderful message on Toby's recording machine...of her dying and her dying curse, binding Toby to investigate her death and find the killer or die from the curse because she didn't know Toby well enough to know that Toby would have done it anyways.
Now, Toby must reconcile her relations with the Fae and go back Home, the place she sworn she would never return to, if she's going to live through to the next week.
First of all, I did enjoy Rosemary and Rue. For a first in a series, I think McGuire did an excellent job. I would've liked it to be bigger and badder but I guess that's how all series start, with the smaller stuff. Though Toby is put through a hell of a lot, no doubt. I hope over the course of the series she develops some new powers or this is going to be a short, depressing series. Becuase she really only survived based on luck. I don't give any credit to her skills in this one, which will hopefully, again, change through the course of the series.
The couple love interests are expressed but nothing big happens yet. Rosemary and Rue isn't really about Toby's romance life and I was completely fine with that. I liked that there was a lot of different attitudes and interactions within the book, especially the ones with Quentin, Dare, and Manuel, the three kids in Toby's life. I also kind of liked the change of pace that everything big had already happened in her life when the book started. She'd had a kid, fell in love, and was about to get married. Through the whole book, I was silently wishing Gillian, her daughter, would appear. I mean it was Christmas, one of the two biggest holidays that you're practically forced to think about family. But, that will likely come later.
Devin, now he presented something of a problem for me through most of the book. I don't how she could do anything with him or for him after everything she knows he's done to her and to others. He was obviously a bad guy for her to hang around with but since we're reading it from her point of view we see how she's making him sound like he's not. I don't know, I couldn't understand her when it came to him.
The murderer is someone you can easily guess before Toby finds out. Though I guess we should give her a little slack, what with everything the murderer meant to her.
The writing was a stark contrast to the book I read a moment before: Havoc.
Divergent is a little dark. Whenever I read dystopians I'm always left withThe writing was a stark contrast to the book I read a moment before: Havoc.
Divergent is a little dark. Whenever I read dystopians I'm always left with the feeling that I should do something, something to change the world. I want so bad to affect the world in a great way. Divergent is no different from the other dystopians in that way alone.
The world of Divergent is the major point in this book. It's what makes up the five stars I gave it.
Everyone should read it, if only, to become inspired by the world.
Dauntless - Bravery - black - sizziling coals
Erudite - Intelligence - blue - water
Amity - Peacefulness - orange, yellow - soil
Abnegation - Selfless - gray - stones
Candor - Honesty - white - glass
When I finished it I wondered which faction I would choose. I thought Amity and my brother thought I would be Abnegation, but not in the way the book represents them. Because when we talked about we saw that to be truly one virtue like brave you have to be a little of each of the others. The only one that doesn't fit this is Erudite.
Because, for example, to be truly selfless you have to also be caring and compassionate and that would mean that you would show affection and to affect the world you couldn't hide yourself from it and blend in with the rest like they do in Divergent. You would also need to be brave to risk or even give up your life for others, to do the things others couldn't in the name of others. You would be honest because you only care about them and you have no reason to manipulate them with lies. You would be peaceful and loving because, well, you get it.
And, like the book points out, as much as we try to stay peaceful humanity will always go to war again. I believe it is in our nature. We are ever-changing, we can't be controlled and forever-pleased. And, there's nothing wrong with that. If we weren't like this we would be satisfied with good and never dream for great.
Can't wait for the next one.
I actually got to use this book for my literary analysist paper for school. Teehee. Here it is:
ONE CHOICE WILL LEAD TO WAR
“One Choice One Choice, decides your friends. One Choice, defines your beliefs. One Choice, determines your loyalties - forever. ONE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU”
In the seemingly perfect society of Divergent, a dystopian YA novel by Veronica Roth, cracks begin to appear as the yearn for power and change leads to mind-controlled soldiers and massacres in a war between factions. One of the greatest challenges of humanity is how to create peace on Earth and in Divergent, Roth describes one society’s attempt at the quest for peace. Humans will always naturally gravitate towards war to create the change they desire and any effort to control humans in a way to prevent war will only set us more firmly on its path.
There is no perfect solution to forever end war. Many have tried, even to the point of outlawing war, but time and time again we declare war upon our enemies. In the futuristic society of Divergent, they had come to believe that “it is not just political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world” instead “it was the fault of human personality - of humankind's inclination towards evil.” They divided into factions that would erase these faults, which were narrowed down to ignorance, duplicity, selfishness, aggression, and cowardice. These would be solved by the factions Erudite, Candor, Abnegation, Amity, and Dauntless, respectively. At age sixteen, each child would have a choosing ceremony in which he/she would decide which faction they would live in for the rest of their lives. As time went on, the good intentions of the factions became stilted and eventually diverged from their original values. For example, “A long time ago, Erudite pursued knowledge and ingenuity for the sake of doing good. Now they pursue knowledge and ingenuity with greedy hearts.”
We are a species of change and innovation destined to forever grow, both negatively and positively. Beatrice Prior, better known as Tris, was Abnegation-born but transferred to Dauntless because she felt she wasn’t selfless enough to fit in Abnegation. During the highly-competitive initiation that follows, Tris grows to learn that you have to be brave to be truly selfless. However, it’s more than that, to be truly complete you must be a mix of all. The factions had begun to put down the others in favor of their own, such as with the Erudite, who published reports on the incompetence of Abnegation to create doubt and prejudice against the faction. Four, a Dauntless instructor, believes it a mistake. Instead, he strives to be more: “I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest.” The Erudite are ruled solely by a value that leads them in the name of power: “Knowledge leads to prosperity.”
Teenagers may be the epitome of rebellion but every person can understand the need for free will and the fact is that we object against being controlled or manipulated in any way, even if meant for our own good. Tensions between the factions have resulted in a greater division: “Candor and Abnegation don’t hate each other the way Erudite and Abnegation do, but they avoid each other. Candor’s real problem is with Amity. Those who seek peace above all else, they say, will always deceive to keep the water calm.” Because of transfers, the factions even stress the importance of “faction before blood” to create stronger loyalties to their faction. The day Tris finally becomes a member of Dauntless is the day we learn the Erudite has a grander plan than simply creating distrust of Abnegation, they mean to eliminate the faction, altogether, by using the highly-trained soldiers of Dauntless to massacre the unsuspecting Abnegation in a surprise attack. Members of Dauntless have been injected with a transmitter to control their very actions, as a Dauntless leader explains, “[T]hey can see and hear[, t]hey just aren’t processing what they see and hear the same way." "They receive commands from our computers[.]” Tris remains unaffected because she’s naturally wired differently. The Erudite couldn’t calculate this exception to their plan. The transmitters weren’t built with people like her in mind, people like Divergents. A Divergent doesn’t fit into any one faction, doesn’t fall into a numbing rhythm or submit to one virtue. Tris realizes the importance of this fact and discovers her true faction when she’s suddenly surrounded by Dauntless members who no longer have control over their actions. “I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent. And I can’t be controlled.”
Even though we’ll keep on trying to succeed, there is no perfect solution to end war as we know it. If you try to eliminate war by using an authoritative government you only suffocate the people and their free will, creating in the process a need for change and, inevitably, war. However, there will always be people who rebel, not with good intentions but with greedy ones, as in Divergent. Fortunately, there will also always be anomalies like Tris who you can’t predict or prepare for, who will stand up for what’s right, and it could be anyone, it could be your friendly neighbor, or, it could be…you.
Divergent won the Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book of 2011 and for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction of 2011. ...more
I heard a noise like a package being dropped off at the door and immediately hoped it was the book finally here! I mean it was 12/4; it had just beenI heard a noise like a package being dropped off at the door and immediately hoped it was the book finally here! I mean it was 12/4; it had just been taking soooooo looooong. I looked out the window and couldn't see anything; I was seriously bummed but I reminded myself that I couldn't see everything out the window. So, I opened the door and behold there was a package in the perfect shape of a book. It could be nothing else! If any of my neighbors had seen me they would have a seen me jumping up and down and squealing like a little girl.
I started reading immediately afterwards, from around 4:30 PM to 7:46 AM the next morning. I looked at myself at one point and I looked like a crazed person with her hair all mussed up, glasses slightly askew, and still in her pajamas, huddled over a book.
And I have to say that Cold Days was definitely worth it. :D
Ghost Story was a slow plot for what Dresden fans were used to but Cold Days definitely brought us back the Dresden we knew and love and the chaos we know he can't escape.
The one regret I have after reading it came at the end. I was like nooooooooooo! Damn you Butcher for still keeping Harry and Murphy apart. Gah! The ending of Changes was perfect to just rip out the hearts of all the fans and then in Ghost Story we just had to accept they would never be able to be together and now in Cold Days we are left with having to accept that he's part monster now and they can't be toghether, at least not yet. So, the fact of the matter is that if they had gotten together before he almost-died then we could have finally sighed in relief.
I know Butcher must have to think like what's the worst possible scenarios I can possibly put Harry into but I sometimes feel that he likes messing with his readers the way he does with Harry almost as much....more
Got this from my brother as a (little) late birthday present.
Let me just say first: thank GOD Harry isn't wearing a hat for once! Finally the artistsGot this from my brother as a (little) late birthday present.
Let me just say first: thank GOD Harry isn't wearing a hat for once! Finally the artists got him right! This and other little tidbits readers will recognize that show the artists took the time to know who and what they're drawing.
Read this in an hour or so. You can't really compare the story to that of the book series because this is a graphic novel but the classic Harry shines through at points and the plot is still strong in its pace and overall flow.
But the artwork is what makes this freaking awesome! There was plenty of oooo and ahhhh moments. If you love the book series like I do you'll have to read this sometime and especially this one because it's an exclusive new story that takes place before STORM FRONT.
There's Butcher's notes and extra artwork at the end and a bit from Butcher which all make it extra special.
One scene is my favorite and I thought was a good representation of Dresden and Murphy and the series. Murphy and Dresden are squatting over a dead body and a hand of the body is sticking up between them. The police tape "DO NOT CROSS" is behind them. Dresden says, "What's the working theory?" Murphy responds, "A gorilla did it."
Lol. Sounds like something Harry would say. And then the next slide shows Harry putting his hand to his face thinking about the "sheer idiocy" of the statement and I couldn't help thinking his theories or explanations usually sound just as crazy and people would say the same thing about him. And this is the *normal* explanation that everyone believes is plausible but of course he just thinks it's stupid not crazy.
I also like to secretly think that he's laughing under the hand too but trying to cover it up. :D
Now all he needs is a theme song so I can listen to it while reading it. Something that says he's your average Joe but still takes out the trash when it's needed....more