Seraphina is a lovely book. I remember rushing to a bookstore in Manila to grab a copy of this on its release day because I'veOriginally posted here.
Seraphina is a lovely book. I remember rushing to a bookstore in Manila to grab a copy of this on its release day because I've heard such good things about it and I couldn't wait to read it. I was disappointed in the books that I read before Seraphina so it was a pleasant surprise that I found a YA fantasy that I could really sink my teeth into. Seraphina is exactly the kind of character that I love, one who possesses admirable inner strength. I'm also a fan of the world that Rachel Hartman created, where there's a tenuous peace between humans and dragons. I liked how distinctly different humans and dragons are - the latter sees the former as a weaker race, prone to emotional decisions that aren't always logical whereas dragons are more detached and analytical. And I found it intriguing that dragons can take human form. I really liked how subtle the romance was, it wasn't the focus of the story and they started out as friends. There were so many details to love in this novel and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel - I wonder how long do I have to wait to read it? Here's a quote from the book that I loved:
“The world inside myself is vaster and richer than this paltry plane, peopled with mere galaxies and gods.”
I first found out about Easy by Tammara Webber through Angie's review. When Angie stars bibliovangelizing, I listen. And it looOriginally posted here.
I first found out about Easy by Tammara Webber through Angie's review. When Angie stars bibliovangelizing, I listen. And it looks like I'm not the only one because several blogger friends started reading this after her review went up. I was further encouraged to read it when my friend Janice mentioned that she couldn't stop reading the book once she started.
I like that we're getting more and more New Adult reads nowadays. As much as I love contemporary YA, it's nice to read a book set in college to mix things up a bit. I wasn't initially impressed by Jacqueline's decision of giving up her dream of going to a music conservatory to go with her high school boyfriend to his college of choice instead. Felt like she should have put a little more thought into making a decision as big as that. But she redeemed herself in my eyes with this little bit:
"My roommate had never understood my compulsion to read when I had free time, especially if there were campus social events to attend."
I get you Jacqueline, I really do. If I was your college roommate, we could have reading parties in our dorm room every weekend. *nerdy girl high-five* Easy reminded me a bit of Flat-Out Love because both novels are set in college and the characters engage in email flirtation. I think it's great how realistic the college setting was. Well, I don't exactly know how college in the US feels like but Easy reminded me of my own experience - attending big classes, cramming for exams, how fun it was to form friendships. I feel like I need to read more books like this - immensely readable with a swoon-worthy romance. The kind that puts a smile in my face while I'm reading it. Lucas seems like a bad boy on the surface because of all his tattoos, motorcycle and tendency to not pay attention in class. But that's just how he seems, he really is a good guy deep inside. He actually reminded me of another Lucas in a different book because of his bad boy image. It was interesting to get to know him through Jacqueline's eyes because he had so many layers - he had his own issues to work through. I also liked that there was time for the attraction to blossom between the two characters because I'm always up for slow burn romance. Honestly, I feel like I don't have the words to describe how much I enjoyed reading this one. A draft has been sitting in my dashboard ever since I finished reading it weeks (or has it been months) ago. If you enjoy your contemporary romance with a generous serving of issues, then you'll probably like Easy just as much as I did.
I first noticed Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass when several Goodreads friends began reading review copies of the book. It's bOriginally posted here.
I first noticed Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass when several Goodreads friends began reading review copies of the book. It's been getting a lot of attention lately and I heard positive things about it so I became curious. My friend Janice generously sent a copy and since I wasn't in the middle of anything when it arrived, I started on it right away.
Well, that didn't turn out as well as I expected. I'm a huge fan of YA epic fantasy when it's done well. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like that was the case with Throne of Glass. The premise had so much promise - I wanted to read about an assassin trying to balance court intrigue with the fierce competition to become the King's Champion. After just a few chapters, I knew I wasn't going to get what I expected. I found it odd that an assassin as notorious as Celaena is more concerned about her looks and her dresses rather than honing her fighting skills. I was surprised by how often the characters focused on physical appearances rather than personalities - even the prince kept noticing how pretty Celaena is when he should be noting how well she fights as his candidate in the competition. Aside from not being fully invested in the characters, I wasn't impressed by the world-building, either. I was initially intrigued by the mystery in the novel - what the country's history was like, why magic has been banned, who was behind the murders - but that eventually fell flat for me. I don't know, it just wasn't as tightly woven (if that makes sense) as I'd like.
I also wasn't a fan of the love triangle in Throne of Glass because I felt like it wasn't necessary and the romance felt under-developed because of it. Sigh, I hate to be so negative in a review but I just wanted to list the reasons why I felt like Throne of Glass didn't work for me. I was even tempted to DNF the book because I found the last hundred pages or so dragging, I just wanted to get it over with. It felt like I was reading paranormal YA (which I try to stay away from as much as possible) instead of epic fantasy. As always, feel free to pick up the book if this looks like the kind of thing you'll enjoy reading, I've seen mixed reviews for it so I guess it really depends on how well you'll be able to connect with the story. I feel like Throne of Glass would work for readers who haven't read the likes of Robin McKinley, Megan Whalen Turner or Kristin Cashore. But if you're like me and you're aware of the awesomeness of other novels, I have a feeling you'll just be disappointed. Throne of Glass will be released August 7, 2012....more