I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard much about it before it fell into my hands and I wasn't sure which genre itI was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard much about it before it fell into my hands and I wasn't sure which genre it fit into but I loved the fusion of historical fiction and fantasy. This was mixed with a thrilling plot which takes the reader on an amazing journey featuring brilliant characters who fight against the odds to achieve freedom and independence. It's always wonderful when you find a book which you know little about but ends up surpassing your expectations!
The story is inspired by the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong which is a world of extreme lawlessness. Danger lurks around every corner and if you don't have your wits about you and your instincts for survival honed then you won't last. I am a big fan of stories which take place in Asia as I find the culture absolutely fascinating, so this was right up my alley.
There are three distinct character viewpoints in the book: Jin Ling, who is searching for her sister; Dai, who is on a dangerous mission and Mei Yee, who is trapped in a world not of her choosing. Each chapter alternates between them until their individual situations begin to collide and come together. It would spoil it to tell you much about the plot as this is a book which is best read with little prior knowledge of what it is about. Needless to say though you won't be disappointed and at times you will literally be on the edge of your seat.
I loved the epilogue which tied everything together properly and which left me beautifully satisfied with the outcome.
I thought that Ryan Graudin's debut was a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read. Her writing is gloriously atmospheric and I was intrigued and captivated by the characters, their relationships and their journeys. I'm excited to see what subject she decides to write about next.
A fascinating and dramatic play about love, lust, sex and madness and the lengths people will go to in their pursuit of their desires. My first MiddleA fascinating and dramatic play about love, lust, sex and madness and the lengths people will go to in their pursuit of their desires. My first Middleton but one I really enjoyed. I'd love to see it performed on the stage. ...more
This is the second book in the series following last year's opening instalment 'Teardrop'. I have to say that I didn't enjoy this one as much as the fThis is the second book in the series following last year's opening instalment 'Teardrop'. I have to say that I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book. I got quite confused about what was going on, particularly in the second half of the story and I found the pace very slow. I put this one down and picked it up again several times before I actually managed to finish the whole thing. I am disappointed because I was so looking forward to reading it and had such high hopes about it that I felt very flat by the time I got to the final page.
Eureka has caused the earth to flood and now has to deal with the consequences. People have died, those closest to her are in danger and her love for Anders and best friend Brooks lies in the balance. As Atlantis begins to rise and the evil Atlas threatens everything she holds dear, Eureka begins to discover some difficult truths about her past and future.
I thought that at times, Eureka seemed like a very different character in 'Waterfall'. She's been through so much and learnt so much about herself and I understand that this would change a person but I didn't always recognise the person that she ended up becoming. She was tougher but her human side was less evident. I also didn't feel the romance between Eureka and Anders this time around, even though I thought this was going to be developed in a really positive way. The bond between them is still strong but I didn't believe in it quite as much, so I wasn't as connected with them as a couple.
I do think that Lauren Kate writes beautifully and I always adore the mythological aspects of her stories. I enjoyed finding out more about the Seedbearers and the world of Atlantis but this wasn't enough to keep my attention firmly rooted on the characters' struggles.
I will be continuing with this series because I think that Lauren Kate may still knock it out of the park with a killer conclusion. ...more