Enjoyed it A LOT, even if I'll admit some parts disappointed me, like, we never got to see North using his new and quite improved cloak, and I had suc...moreEnjoyed it A LOT, even if I'll admit some parts disappointed me, like, we never got to see North using his new and quite improved cloak, and I had such high expectations for that scene; also, Sydelle’s kidnapping and following escape needed a lot more development---the whole thing was resolved too easily for my taste.
I also felt that sometimes the author forgets the readers don't know everything about the characters, that we don't know them as she does, and because of that a couple of scenes got a bit confusing, but in the end I enjoyed this book immensely, flaws and all.
The writing, and especially the dialogues were extremely fun, North cracked me up every time he displayed his complete lack of ability to find the right path or direction for him and Syd to travel, which is so ironic being his name 'North', and my favorite part: the bickering! My God, there's nothing I love more than a couple who pretends they can't stand each other but have to suck it up and just be together because, well, they have to. LOVE. IT.
So, yes, I’ll certainly read more of this author, and I can, and I will, recommend Brightly Woven without reservations for fans of YA epic fantasy.
God, I waited so long for this book. I honestly still remember the day, a long, long time ago, when I stumbled across the author’s website and saw a v...moreGod, I waited so long for this book. I honestly still remember the day, a long, long time ago, when I stumbled across the author’s website and saw a video where she was giving the happy news to the world, Throne of Glass (at the time called Queen of Glass) was going to be published, and poor Sarah was crying her heart out -- from happiness, of course. I immediately added the book to my wishlist and a year later ta-dah, it arrived at my doorstep.
At the time this book came to my attention because it was being sold as a Cinderella retelling (and I’m a sucker for all things fairytale) where the heroine was this kickass assassin, but at some point the story must have evolved because Throne of Glass has a lot more going on than that. To tell the truth, one can barely see traces of Cinderella in Throne of Glass, only that at some point there’s a ball and Celaena isn’t allowed to go, but she sneaks out and attends the thing anyway.
But note that I’m not complaining -- I’m not annoyed that this isn’t exactly a Cinderella retelling, because I love epic fantasy and Throne of Glass certainly went down that road. The plot involves a corrupt king, magic, murder mysteries, a dangerous tournament, and of course, the kickass heroine. All this happening at the same time, giving the reader barely time to breathe.
Of course I didn’t like everything about this book, thus the 3 stars rating, I almost, almost gave it a 4, but THE LOVE TRIANGLE. Ugh. I’m sorry but I can’t condone this crap anymore. From now on, love triangles will always subtract a star on my ratings. Always! Authors, PLEASE. Stop this trend. I'm so tired of this sh-t. There's nothing wrong with writing stories where there's only one love interest. NOTHING. Please, I BEG YOU. P L E A S E.
It doesn’t help that I don’t like Prince Dorian, no, let me rephrase that, it doesn’t help that I load Prince Dorian, and that Celaena has the hots for him. I’m sorry, but I can’t stand the guy or the moronic relationship. HE’S AN ASS, FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
That said, fear not because I will be reading the next book in the series.
Like many others who read Howl's Moving Castle before me, I wanted to read this book because I loved Miyazaki's animation based on it - who wouldn't?...moreLike many others who read Howl's Moving Castle before me, I wanted to read this book because I loved Miyazaki's animation based on it - who wouldn't? It's extraordinary! And I was so, so happy when I realized I was loving the book just as I loved the movie, even if both versions can, at times, seem different stories. I think Sophie is a lovely, perfect heroine, and Howl is just too cute for words. I'm eagerly waiting for the next two books in this series to arrive in my mailbox, even if they don't have Howl and Sophie as protagonists, for I really enjoyed DWJ's writing and will surely read a lot more books from her. <3
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. ;)
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!"
Liked it, even though I didn't understand a couple of things – hopefully the next book in the series will enlighten me. I think that somewhere in the...moreLiked it, even though I didn't understand a couple of things – hopefully the next book in the series will enlighten me. I think that somewhere in the middle of Morgan's mission things get unnecessarily complicated and confusing, and I only have to blame the secondary characters for it. Didn’t like any of them (except for Nicholas). Really liked Morgan and Miach’s relationship, she’s so tough and has so many walls around her heart that I couldn’t imagine he could get through, but he did. Don’t get me wrong though, for the romance is almost inexistent in this book, one needs to be a patient reader regarding this subject and wait for new developments in the next books.
On a side note: Morgan from the cover totally looks like supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
...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
As an avid reader of this author, I can say that Marillier is a master in character development---and the male lead of this book, Faolan, is the perfe...moreAs an avid reader of this author, I can say that Marillier is a master in character development---and the male lead of this book, Faolan, is the perfect example of this. Since his first brief and yet totally memorable appearance in The Dark Mirror, Faolan intrigued me, and while I'm pretty sure that happened mostly because he was so mysterious, and clearly a wounded character with a dark past (my favorite type), along the series he became more and more fascinating because there are just so many layers to him and I wanted to know them all, sob with joy, and thank the Gods for Juliet Marillier.
There are so many things I could say about this book, I could talk about the nerve-wracking action scenes, the political drama, Bridei and Tuala, Ana and Drustan, or praise Juliet's beautiful, engaging, totally addictive writing, but ultimately I'll always recommend The Well of Shades because it tells a glorious tale of two brilliant central characters who have so many personal demons to fight, so many wounds to heal, who believe they are unworthy of love and of all things good in this world, and who totally prove each other wrong in the end.(less)