I absolutely loved this in so many different ways. For a starters I am a sucker for a fairy tale re-telling and secondly I am also a sucker for romancI absolutely loved this in so many different ways. For a starters I am a sucker for a fairy tale re-telling and secondly I am also a sucker for romance and finally I am equally a sucker for a good sci-fi/Fantasy Story and this book was all three rolled into one.
I'll be honest I'd never read the original fairy-tale (The Wild Swans) but I have now googled it and I'm now even more impressed with how the R.C. Lewis has managed to adapt the tale into such a unique story.
Liddi was not perfect and for a lot of the book she couldn't say an awful lot (which was frustrating, but very sweet in it's own way when it came to the romance side of it)but she is very brave and amazingly smart once she's able to shine a bit.
Tiav was awesome too and I loved how accepting and understanding he was of Liddi's situation, not to mention the way he helps her unconditionally throughout most of the book.
But....if I'm completely honest the thing that stole the show for me was the pure detail in the world building and the general plot itself. This book isn't overly wordy and it definitely doesn't go into mega detail and yet I had no trouble picturing the worlds, the portals, the people or the events.
The plot itself manages to be scientific and clever enough to be a good work of sci-fi but not so complicated that I lost track at any point (which is good because pure sci-fi sometimes gets a bit lost on me, a good sci-fi novel to me shouldn't read like a scientific report).
All in all this is a beautifully written novel blending in sci-fi, modern culture, romance and a beautiful fairy-tale into a flawless piece of writing that I would happily read again. ...more
*I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
First of all, I didn't hate this book. It was an enjoyable, light and fluffy read. I*I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
First of all, I didn't hate this book. It was an enjoyable, light and fluffy read. I liked the main characters and I got drawn into their story.
However, It didn't blow me away. My main problem was how cliche it was. I love a good romance but there has to be a degree of reality there for me to buy into it. There was so much back and forth between them in such a short space of time. One minute there both getting hot and heavy and the next she wants more space to be sure. This seems to happen multiple times and it got a bit repetitive.
I got that she was unsure, but surely it's a good idea to be doing the thinking before you get into that sort of area.
But the ultimate negative for me was the second time they sleep together and how daft it was. I won't post a spoiler but it didn't make sense to me. If I made that sort of cock up i'd be at panic stations, especially given what had just happened a a little earlier in the book.
On a more positive note, the romance side was sweet for the most part and the side story of Mel's sister was really good too. There's a good message about acceptance and second chances that I really liked.
Even with the hurried love story, I still felt myself hoping for a happy ever after for them. Ultimately, I'm just a sucker for that kind of thing :) ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I liked this book. It wasn't the best I've ever read but having said that I don'tI received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I liked this book. It wasn't the best I've ever read but having said that I don't agree with the reviews saying its tried to be like the Hunger Games because the only similarity I can see are the elements of competitions and ratings.
I loved the idea of Hunters fighting in a dystopian world caused by a breakdown between worlds. What I found most intriguing was the way several aspects of mythology merged together while being twisted with modern technology and an action and mystery based plot.
There is romance, but it takes the background and doesn't intrude at all. There is no Love triangle (woohoo!) which I also liked.
The characters are good for the most part. I loved Joy, Josh, Karly and Mark. I wasn't a fan of Ace, but then I can't be blamed for that lol
The only thing that frustrated me was that there were long periods of the book where things happened but I didn't feel it did much to the plot so I found my attention drifting for a bit. The mystery, the twists and the hunting aspects though, more than made up for this.
The ending was really good and I wasn't expecting the turn it took. In fact, there were multiple events in the book I wasn't expecting at all and that is something I love in a book.
Every now and again I come across a book that grips me and won't let me go in such a way that I start finding work an inconvenience that interrupts myEvery now and again I come across a book that grips me and won't let me go in such a way that I start finding work an inconvenience that interrupts my reading time. This is one of those books.
The authors writing is so beautiful, honest and real and the main character doesn't half say what she's thinking. Maggie is not a saint. At times she is whiny, sarcastic, irritating and she has some pretty brutally honest thoughts; but i really liked that about her.
She is a very complex character with some pretty good positive attributes though she was honest in a refreshing way (with her thoughts), caring (if a little careless at times with things she says) and a brave young woman who throughout the course of the book does embrace new things and does change how she sees things. The conflict with Maggie was mainly that though she spoke her mind and was sarcastic, somethings she just couldn't face saying allowed.
A lot of people I'm sure will bemoan her attitude but I for one think that her reaction is just one of many that someone could have to losing their sight. Not everyone can be well adjusted and adapt to every situation, that's just not human to be the same as each other. I have a friend who is registered blind and though he is happy and has always lived with it, he has been through some horrible ups and downs. My point being is we can't be happy go lucky all the time.
Maggie's friendship with Ben is so deep and compelling and I loved it and I also loved her budding relationship with Mason as the book progresses. If I'm honest? The Ben/Maggie friendship stole the show for me and if I had that kid to teach me a few lessons on life I'd probably be a lot happier.
The only part of the book that I was a bit disappointed with was the fact I guessed very early on why she could only see Ben. I won't spoil it though because it still is a genius idea!
Ultimately I have taken a lot from this book and it touched me on a deeply emotional level and tugged at my heart. It is a story to learn from with beautiful lessons within it. If I were to pick one element of this story and apply it to my life it would be this: Never give up or be afraid to try new things....more
I wasn't sure about reading this originally purely because I don't usually read detective/mystery stories. I usually get a bit bored with the4.5 Stars
I wasn't sure about reading this originally purely because I don't usually read detective/mystery stories. I usually get a bit bored with the slow running plot. I chose to read this in the end though because I loved Rowling's writing style and the way she weaves a good story. I am so glad I chose to read this!
Admittedly it is a bit slow in parts but it is very character driven rather than action driven. The fact that I predicted the killer did not detract any enjoyment from reading it (I have a sixth sense bout these kinds of things).
Mr Strike, though a bit annoying at times, really grew on me as a person. Yes, he's not always nice and isn't drop-dead gorgeous, but he's real, gritty and pretty awesome at times.
Robin I couldn't fault at all. She was independent, smart and could stand up for herself. I did not like her judgy fiance. He is an ass!
I found the plot, though quite slow, to be engaging and intelligent. Yes, there's a bad language, innuendo's etc so if you're easily offended then don't pick this up. If your going to compare to harry potter, then again, don't pick this up.
This is JK Rowling writing as Robert and for Adults, not children and teens. I liked this a lot and I will definitely be reading the other books in the series....more