Why is it that if you go a long time without reading a certain author you happen to love, you kind of forget exactly just how awesome he/she is? That...moreWhy is it that if you go a long time without reading a certain author you happen to love, you kind of forget exactly just how awesome he/she is? That said, I started reading Enna Burning two years (I'm so ashamed) after I read the absolute epicness that is The Goose Girl and my mind immediately screamed: I LOVE THIS AUTHOR SO MUCH! For the life of me, I was not expecting this book to be about a war in Bayern ( D: !!), my poor Ani and her "sweet little bunny boy" Geric (xD) didn't deserve such thing after all they went through back in Goose Girl, but, hell, war was coming their way anyway.
In the meantime, Enna finds herself a power, she can produce fire and command it at her will, but you know, with great power comes great responsibility and a high price, and after some time, the fire is the one commanding Enna, and it's really difficult to witness her pain and struggle. Ani is going through the same problem with her element, to the point where both friends need to go on a journey to get better and learn how to control their elements again. Once again Shannon nailed it describing the connection girl-element.
The romance in this book is kind of heartbreaking, Enna should really look around to see who's sitting right next to her before she speaks, because she steps on poor Finn's heart a couple of times due to that lack of neck movement. But I kept my fingers crossed and eventually things turned out okay. I really didn't like that part when she gets involved with the bad guy though... *barfs* I know, I know, later on the situation is explained but I still didn’t like it, and my rating isn’t a 5 stars mostly because of it.
But anyway! Loved it, albeit not as much as I LOVED-LOVED-LOVED the first one in the series, but still. Shannon Hale is a Queen!
...LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! D: What were the odds anyway? It’s a Beauty & the Beast type of story with a polar bear! :3
Actually East is a fairytale retelling of the Norwegian folk tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’, which is about this girl who is taken by a white bear as part of a deal, and everyone is horrified by this, but turns out she becomes the bear’s knight in shining armor when she has to save him from this dreadful troll queen. How awesome is that??
The writing in East is just plain beautiful and, truthfully, for me it was mind-blowing. Notice that this book is like 500 pages long, and I read it, nay!, devoured it from one day to the other. 500 pages!! BAM!!
The heroine, Rose, is just perfect and I could not get enough of her doings, I can honestly say she made me smile and even laugh out loud in pretty much every chapter. I loved her fierce determination, her daring demeanor, and how she never gives up on these impossible tasks that keep coming her way.
The romance is scarce, but so sweet that I can’t complain. <3
Before reading the book (I can't delete the little fellow, he got me a few likes) September 11!!
After reading the book
I should probably start this r...moreBefore reading the book (I can't delete the little fellow, he got me a few likes) September 11!!
After reading the book
I should probably start this review by saying I’m a HUGE Juliet Marillier fan (for those who don’t know this yet) -- she’s my favorite author, fantasy is my genre of choice, and every time I’m in possession of a new JM book it’s like Christmas, and it’s snowing outside while I’m inside the house by the fire, looking out the window, with a cup of cinnamon flavored hot chocolate warming my hands, a blanket over my legs, and I’m about to open the perfect gift, which by the way, would be a JM book.
That said, Shadowfell tells the story of Neryn’s journey across Alban, a land ruled by the tyrant Keldec -- at first she’s travelling with her father, who after doing something terrible to her, dies and leaves her all alone in the world; after this tragic event she decides to travel to a place in the north called Shadowfell, the alleged land of the rebels, where she believes she’ll be safe from the Enforcers, and from the king himself, because he could use her powers for his benefit. Yes, the girl has powers.
Naturally I loved this book from page one, and I loved especially how the story picks up rhythm in the first couple of pages and barely slows it down afterwards, there’s always something happening with or around Neryn, something that would make it impossible for me to put the book down.
AND THE MALE LEAD. Goodness! Juliet really knows how to write them. (Not sure why I sounded surprised just now.) His attitude towards Neryn melted my heart from the very first moment – his posture, his patience, the way the helps and takes care of her even when she’s doubting his motives. Awww. In fact he reminded me a bit of Red, which is always the best compliment I can give to a male character.
I also loved the secondary characters, mainly the Good Folk who follows Neryn on the journey, their knowledge is crucial for her mission, and they also help her survive along the way -- would give them all a big hug if I could; still my favorites were the Brollachan and the pookie -- the image of a giant using a cat-like creature as a ball he throws in the air is forever stuck in my brain, I’m sure it will be useful for when I’m feeling down. xD
*kind of spoiler ahead, not really if you know Neryn will be heroine of the whole series* The end surprised me -- this is the first JM book that ends without the couple actually getting together (don’t even try to contradict me, I know what happened in Seer, they got together, Felix just needed to get some stuff done before), and all I can say is: MY HEART CAN’T TAKE IT! I need them together, I need it! But Neryn will still be the heroine in the second book, so I’m thinking, hoping, praying, they will have plenty of time to get together and leave my heart at peace. I know the wait will be worth it, I just know it. *end of spoiler*
What else can I say? I honestly could go on and on about Shadowfell to the point of people reading this review eventually run away screaming, but I’ll stop right now because if I go on more spoilers will find its way out of me and I’d hate for that to happen.
Buy it, read it, let your minds rejoice in the excellence of Juliet Marillier’s writing--do yourselves the favor.
Am I right, or am I right, little dancing owls? <- I believe this is a "The human is right, she's right!"
Oh, this book was such a surprise, and I’m seriously having a hard time believing I enjoyed it this much. The thing is, I have a couple of really bad...moreOh, this book was such a surprise, and I’m seriously having a hard time believing I enjoyed it this much. The thing is, I have a couple of really bad experiences with YA books regarding fairies&alikes, so my expectations are always low when I pick up a book of the genre, but I’m guessing this was a positive thing in The Iron King case, because I had so much unexpected fun!
The whole story starts because Meghan’s little brother is abducted and in his place left a changeling, so she embarks on a journey through the fairy land, or Nevernever as it is called, to rescue him. Her traveling companions are the best, and from now on, favorite characters of mine: Puck, the same one from King Oberon’s court, and Grimalkin, the sarcastic talking cat.
There is a lot of action in this story, there’s always something happening to or around Meghan, and that's what made me read it with a growing interest, the pages flew by and I hardly noticed I was reaching the end.
The romance is very sweet, but scarce, although I’m not complaining because there are more books in the series and I’m guessing the lovebirds will have a lot more opportunities.
I think Meghan’s encounter with The Iron King himself could have been longer, more detailed and I don’t know… dramatic? Since she spends so much time looking for the guy and then their rendezvous is so short. But that’s okay, I enjoyed this book nonetheless, and I really can’t wait to have the next one in the series in my hands. Well done Julia Kagawa. ;)
I really liked the heroine, Miss Tarabotti, and all the nonsense that goes on in her mind. Her encounters with Lord Maccon would crack me up every tim...moreI really liked the heroine, Miss Tarabotti, and all the nonsense that goes on in her mind. Her encounters with Lord Maccon would crack me up every time, and I have to say I did not see his interest in her coming. Of course, he could hardly ignore a female that sometimes shows up in his arms when he’s wearing nothing else but his birthday suit. I’m still to understand a few things about Carriger’s alternate world, like why exactly is Miss Tarabotti considered soulless when all she has is some kind of power to neutralize other supernatural creatures, and nothing else in her behavior shows that she doesn’t have a soul -- even if there were means to measure it. The only thing that bothered me in the whole book was that last carriage scene because I was expecting so much more from it. Bump in the road + “Ouch, that hurt” is nuts!!
Honestly I was expecting this one to be a lot worse, meaning, I knew this was contemporary YA and angels themed (not my favorite combination, although...moreHonestly I was expecting this one to be a lot worse, meaning, I knew this was contemporary YA and angels themed (not my favorite combination, although I LOVED Unearthly; and if you’re asking why I had Fallen in the first place, well, I won it in a giveaway), so I feared I would eventually give up, put the book down and never look at it again, but that never happened, I actually wanted to finish it, wanted to see where the author was going, and what the final events would bring to the protagonists. In the end it was just an Okay read, with a few confusing moments, and a leading female I wanted to hurt in a couple of scenes.
Speaking of her, Luce is quite the boring heroine, she basically does 4 things during the whole book, she gets scared of the shadows, she acts awkward around school, stupid around Cam and obsessive over Daniel.
The rest of the story is about Luce and Daniel falling in love over and over again, but she dies when they kiss, and he has to wait for her to be born and grow up again. Meh.
One thing that bothered me above all else in this book was the love triangle (what else...), Luce likes Daniel, but thinks Cam is nice too *barfs* and right after a kissing session with Daniel she goes to Cam to tell him she’s with Daniel and all that, but Cam snaps, grabs her, and tells her he’s going to kiss her -- she doesn’t want to, but he promises to let her go after the kiss so she agrees... WHAT THE F*CK?? No really, WHAT-THE-ACTUAL-F*CK? Luce... do you have any idea of why you have knees in your legs? And no, they are not just to allow you to bend your legs and sit, they serve a lot of other purposes, like help you KICK ASSHOLES RIGHT IN THE NUTS WHEN THEY TRY SOMETHING AS SUCH!! Jesus Christ… seriously, you don’t simply allow a guy to kiss you when you don’t want to just because he’s stronger and he’s grabbing you and putting his stupid face in yours, no! You kick him in the nuts, with all your strength!! I... I can’t even...I just wanted to slap her face over and over after that scene. (>_>) Okay, I need to call myself down...
*sigh* Overall I don't think this is an awful book, but it's not great either. (less)
Boooooring. The characters felt flat and the whole story is too rushed -- it pretty much goes on and on like this: heroine who tries to help her brothe...moreBoooooring. The characters felt flat and the whole story is too rushed -- it pretty much goes on and on like this: heroine who tries to help her brother ends up the hero's prisioner, she makes noise or some other shenanigan to annoy the guy, he goes to her room to put an end to it, they make out; next scene: repeat, but let’s move this party to the breakfast room first, and then to the sitting room, and then to the library, and then to the sheepherder’s croft… and then MARRYMEILOVEYOUILOVEYOU!! And nothing really important or exciting happens. The end.
Such a nice paranormal young-adult book this is *high fives Cynthia Hand* -- seriously, it’s good stuff, if one doesn’t mind the occasional stereotype...moreSuch a nice paranormal young-adult book this is *high fives Cynthia Hand* -- seriously, it’s good stuff, if one doesn’t mind the occasional stereotyped YA moment. But overall, Cynthia manages to tell a lovely story, similar to others, yes, but different in so many ways, like the romance -- so CUTE. I'm a total sucker for enemies-to-lovers relationships. :D That said, I’m very scared to pick up book 2. It doesn’t look good for Team Tucker. *sad face* That douchebag Christian is going to ruin it. I know he will. Idiot! Just, just go away!
Okay, so this book is about this girl named Violet who goes with her awful mother to a Spiritualism “party” to deceive everyone, becau...moreSO BORING! (o_o)
Okay, so this book is about this girl named Violet who goes with her awful mother to a Spiritualism “party” to deceive everyone, because the mother pretends to be a medium while she’s just a really good actress, but once they get there, Violet starts seeing ghosts, real ghosts, and one in particular of a drowned girl leads her to a murder investigation.
This actually sounds like good fun doesn’t it? Well, if you like historical fiction and stories about murder solving like I do, it has to sound like a great read, BUT the events are so tedious, the action so slow, the characters so dull, and the romance just meh, that I could not wait for it to be over.
Apart from the murder investigation, Violet has a quite respectable suitor, from a wealthy and important family, which I find extremely bizarre. It’s Victorian London after all, how could a medium’s daughter believe she could be accepted by a conservative family? I certainly never did.
Then this guy shows up, with the same eyes and hair color as Violet, and everyone immediately arrives to the conclusion that he is her father, and because he is married, Violet’s mother must be a wh*re, and Violet a bastard. WHAT?
In the end, the murder solving was just okay, as at that point I was expecting it to be.
I really enjoyed this one, and it took me completely by surprise. The synopsis implies that the whole story is about a love triangle, but it’s not – T...moreI really enjoyed this one, and it took me completely by surprise. The synopsis implies that the whole story is about a love triangle, but it’s not – THANK THE HEAVENS! I loved the slow paced romance between Cassia and Ky and how she rebels against that crazy society of hers because she loves him; I loved how he teaches her to write (so romantic :3) and all the references to the forbidden poems. I was impressed by the writing as well, so Ally Condie probably got herself another fan right here; and honestly the only not-so-positive thing I have to say about Matched is that I was expecting the ending to blow me away and it didn’t. Something dramatic happens, yes, but in my opinion it was… mild. Anyway---I liked it a lot, and I’ll be reading the next one in the series, for sure. I can recommend this book to people who enjoyed Birthmarked, Divergent, The Hunger Games and Under the Never Sky -- not because of the story, but because all the heroines in these books need to rebel against a pathetic ruling authority.(less)
I was blown away since page one, and seriously, I could hardly stop reading – and then again I could not leave Tris all by herself in...more
Crack book! D:
I was blown away since page one, and seriously, I could hardly stop reading – and then again I could not leave Tris all by herself in that heartless dystopian world, could I? *there, there, my precious little girl*
JESUS MARY AND JOSEPH Send help.
And there is really nothing more to say. Just buy it & read it!
Great dystopian book. I honestly can’t point out a fault in it whatsoever – ok, that’s not true, I do wish the love interest had a lot more… let’s say...moreGreat dystopian book. I honestly can’t point out a fault in it whatsoever – ok, that’s not true, I do wish the love interest had a lot more… let’s say bravado, but he did make up for it towards the end. THAT scene was something. (Can’t say which one or I’ll ruin it for future readers.) Gaia annoyed me in the beginning –and I’m sure that was supposed to happen- since she doesn’t mind taking the babies from their respective parents so they can be adopted my those oh-so-lucky folks at the Enclave, the big, shiny, glamorous city where the grass is always greener. She finally snaps out of it after her parents are arrested by Enclave’s big dogs, and starts seeing this give-us-your-babies-or-else policy, and really, the whole world around her, with new eyes. I really enjoyed the author’s writing, she’s obviously very creative, and I LOVED the mystery behind the baby code. The last pages broke my heart, and I’ll definitely be reading the next one in the series.
A good book. It entertained me without blowing my mind away, but really, I can only say positive things about it. I loved almost every character, espe...moreA good book. It entertained me without blowing my mind away, but really, I can only say positive things about it. I loved almost every character, especially a secondary one, Marcus, the Warlord’s kind of personal butler, who is in charge of taking care of Lara, the Warprize. The poor girl couldn’t miss a meal, or Marcus would lose it. He’s awesome. Lara’s high point for me was when she found out the true meaning of Warprize not only because she went all crazy for the Warlord (HIS FACE--SO FUNNY) but also because she freed herself—completely. The storyline was pretty straightforward, and I have to admit I saw a bunch of stuff coming, nevertheless I really enjoyed this book, and I’m hoping to read the next ones in the series.
The Woman in Black surprised me by being an easy and fast read, I read it in pretty much one cold and misty sunday afternoon, and not only because at...moreThe Woman in Black surprised me by being an easy and fast read, I read it in pretty much one cold and misty sunday afternoon, and not only because at the time I was on a read-a-thon, but also because I really couldn’t put it down – the mystery around Mrs Drablow’s house and the woman in black was killing me. Turns out the secret wasn’t *that* big of a deal, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless. I really liked the hero, Arthur Kipps, and in the end my heart ached for him. I’ll probably read something else by this author one day, because I enjoyed her writing style, and the way she managed to keep the mystery going throughout the whole 200 pages. Can’t wait to see the movie! ;D