This was a delightful way to break my reading slump (been too tired since I have started my new job) and it was full of adventure and historical fun.This was a delightful way to break my reading slump (been too tired since I have started my new job) and it was full of adventure and historical fun. Admittedly, this book seems to be aimed at a younger audience, but that certainly doesn't detract from the enjoyment.
The story begins with Astrid and Finn, the former being an aspiring shield maiden (she hopes) and the latter being a slave to Astrid's father. Both of them witness one of their livestock being stolen by a very furry intruder and attempt to bring back the missing animal themselves, but of course, nothing quite goes to plan and Astrid finds herself on a rescue mission.
I liked the way the story jumped between both Astrid and Finn's viewpoints, and as with all of Marie's books the females aren't tragic who need rescuing but are strong and courageous but also not ashamed of needing help. It was refreshing to have a guy and a girl who weren't romantically involved as well.
The historical background was fascinating, I loved the references to the Norse gods and the description of how things were back then, such as the way the household was setup (unmarried women sleeping together for protection and the fact keeping slaves was perfectly normal).
I liked the ending and though this is a quick read, it didn't feel rushed or like parts were missing and I liked the explanation for the missing livestock and how it ended for Finn and Astrid and I do really hope she gets to become a Shield maiden!...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 will be writing a full review here when I'm not a) completely knackered like last night or b) on my lunch break at work! But this read was AMAZING!
*I will be writing a full review here when I'm not a) completely knackered like last night or b) on my lunch break at work! But this read was AMAZING!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I've been hankering after it since I finished The Glass Magician. At a time in my life where I've switched jobs, everything's a tad overwhelming and I need some escapism; the paper magician trilogy has been a relief and a delight to read.
I was thrilled with the ending and also completely thrilled with the way things progressed between Ceony and Emery (I'm a sucker for a love story)and I loved the the side story lines concerning Prit and the story with Zina.
Ultimately, this is very much about Ceony, Emery and a bad-ass evil guy. But I love those sorts of stories (especially when there's a possible HEA on the cards)
Being British I also loved the random British curse words (there's something funny about the use of the word Bugger coming from a becoming young lady!) it makes a change from the usual and gave me a good laugh.
I adored the ending, but like everyone else I would love more books to see how things go for Ceony and Emery after this story ends. Other than that though I really enjoyed these books and I am suffering from End-of-series syndrome :(
Looking forward to Followed by Frost! Miss Holmberg is one to watch. ...more
I loved this just as much as the first. Probably even more so! The fact that I only finished 'The Paper Magician' last night is probably testament toI loved this just as much as the first. Probably even more so! The fact that I only finished 'The Paper Magician' last night is probably testament to that.
Again I'm (for once) disagreeing with a few reviewers on this one. Yes, Ceony does spend a lot of time longing for Emery and feeling all girly and in love but she doesn't stop it from being a Headstrong heroine and from doing the things she needs to do. So what if she needs rescuing from time to time, that doesn't make her a wimpy girl who needs help constantly and has her head stuck in the clouds. It makes her a normal girl who's trying to do more than you're average.
The story progressed nicely, there was a lot more detail about the different magic in this installment and a few more characters introduced, not to mention a lot of dangerous stuff going on. The ending to this book was a lot more somber so to speak and it just eludes to more events to come and some choices that Ceony will inevitably have to make.
I would love to see a happy ending for Ceony and Emery by the end of the series. It's been a long time since a romance in a novel has sparked my interest on such a deep level. But this one has. I can't wait until book three comes out....more
It's been a very very long time since a book has kept me up even when i'm knackered, but for some reason I couldn't put this down.
The premise of the bIt's been a very very long time since a book has kept me up even when i'm knackered, but for some reason I couldn't put this down.
The premise of the book was so original and I was pulled into the story and by only a few chapters in I was deeply invested in the characters and there interactions.
Magic in books isn't new, but if you have an original twist and an appealing cast of people it can make an old genre seem so fresh it will push the other out of your mind. There were no points at all where i thought this was similar to another book I've read.
From other reviews I understand people are irked by the fact though it is set in the 1900's it wasn't correct for the time. I think that's being harsh, this is more of an alternate idea of 1900's than a depiction of it. There was no magic then either, or magicians or travelling through hearts. Seriously, if you're looking for exact realism of the time period then your reading the wrong book, it has magic and the roles of women, men etc are completely different. so please don't take it to heart as to me it seems like an alternate idea of 1900 mashing up other bits and pieces. imagination please!
Emery and Ceony had me truly invested in their relationship, the way they interacted, the humour and even the touch of slow burning romance was believable and beautiful in an incredible way. I even got attached to Fennel the dog!
I immediately on finishing this downloaded the next in the series. Honestly, the series is blowing me away. ...more
I enjoyed this more than the first in the series which is unusual for me. Usually the second book becomes dull or like a filler book but this one wasI enjoyed this more than the first in the series which is unusual for me. Usually the second book becomes dull or like a filler book but this one was filled with action, character development, heartache, battles, shape shifting and some major twists and turns!
Nym is a favourite character of mine and though you want to yell at her on several occasions, the fact she messes up makes her all the more human to me. Perfect protagonists are about as unrealistic as you can get. So yeh Nym!
The romance isn't as in your face (though i thought there'd be none at all given the last books cliffhanger), it's subtle and clever and plays a deeper role in the story, though fans of the first book wont be disappointed.
On a brilliantly positive note this book is nowhere near as depressing as its predecessor (yeh!) and actually has a positive cliffhanger. I was so thrilled because I think the wait would have done me in lol
review to come closer to release (and when I don't feel ill so can write something coherent) was amazing though!
I have to say I loved this ireview to come closer to release (and when I don't feel ill so can write something coherent) was amazing though!
I have to say I loved this installment even more that the last. Following on from the cliffhanger of last book (thankfully) as a reader you don't get dragged along for ages wondering about that will happen next and the plot quickly develops.
There is some incredible character development within this installment, most importantly concerning Valek (and I had to stop myself from yelling 'i knew it!' rather loudly as some of my long harbored suspicions were confirmed). He is by far one of my fave characters, other than Yelena, and his character is one of those rare ones that pulls you in and keeps you interested.
It was also great to continue seeing things from Janco and Leif's perspectives and they too have interesting character mindsets.
The plot development in this is intense and yet it didn't feel like an overload of information like some books do and it didn't end quite so cliffhanger-ish as the last book. Having said that it's still going to kill me to wait :)...more
Woah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary LegWoah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary Legend when I watched an episode of Supernatural and it freaked me out then (I wouldn't look in a mirror properly until the morning)and I've always been curious about the legend.
This pretty much sticks to the bones of the legend but with a modern twist to it with a differing version of the summoning and the way Mary tortured and kills her victims. It's creepy and in some respects has a sense of hopelessness because how an earth can you stop something that is already dead?
The main character, Shauna goes through a lot and I especially felt bad for Kitty as well. I despised Jess by the end of the book and I was glad of the outcome of the book and the way it's been left open for another book. There's quite a few shocks and the plot manages to twist despite the legend being well known.
Ultimately, this is a well told horror story with just the right amount of teen drama, mystery and gore. But I do warn you, unlike some YA horror novels this had hardly any laughs at all. Any more descriptive and gruesome and i feel this would have to be classed as adult. But that's just my opinion. Anyway, A great read. ...more
I got this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have kept this free of spoilers, especially since the book isn't released until 2015.
I wI got this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have kept this free of spoilers, especially since the book isn't released until 2015.
I was really surprised by this book. It was moving and yet oddly thrilling with the mystery of the disappearance of Edie's mother. For the most part though it was more about her journey and about her battle against her past. There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this book, not least about facing things, doing the right thing and relationships.
The ending shocked me to the core in the sense i felt my eyes well up, I honestly wasn't expecting the outcome that I got but nevertheless I was satisfied with it. To be honest, I think the author did an amazing job with a sensitive and difficult subject matter.
This isn't as in-depth and as gritty as some books about this subject and to be honest it doesn't need to be. I was drawn in to Edie's tour-de-London and I went along with the ride (including all the difficult bumps). This is an incredible read which tackles multiple difficult subjects, but does so with simplicity and sensitivity so as not to over-complicate things for readers. Sometimes, simple and to the point is best.
This was a creepy book to say the least. Gruesome but very confusing. I understood the reason why the manor was cursed but it was never explained as tThis was a creepy book to say the least. Gruesome but very confusing. I understood the reason why the manor was cursed but it was never explained as to why the women were the key to the curse. I didn't get that part.
What I did like was the horror aspects and the father/son relationship. Cody was a cute character and a very sweet kid and I found myself hoping that he wouldn't be killed so I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book.
The descriptions of the horrors were well done, and not so graphic as to make anyone throw up (which is good). Sometimes I feel horror writers think the gorier the better but sometimes, subtle is best, as it is in this case.
I would have liked to know what becomes of Bruce and Cody after the events in the manor but In a way the way it's left leaves you to piece it together with your own imagination. I choose to believe there ok. What can I say, I have a twisted sense of optimism.
There's also a valuable lesson to be learned. If a house is struggling to be sold then question it! You never know what ghouls and creeps are lurking in it....more