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
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
This series is easily one of my favourites and the voice actor for the audio book is amazing and and I listen to it in bed at night (yes I know, listeThis series is easily one of my favourites and the voice actor for the audio book is amazing and and I listen to it in bed at night (yes I know, listening to a zombie horror book in bed is asking for trouble sleeping, what can I say, I'm weird).
I read this in paperback first though because I didn't have the patience to sit and listen to a first read like I did with the first book. I couldn't wait to find out what had become of my now favourite characters.
I'm not going to lie, I felt the absence of Smitty for the first half of the book as him and Bobby are my favourite two-some, though admittedly there were enough Alice-isms to make up for it. The best part is the author seems to be able to write funny things without any effort. I haven't laughed so much in since I read 'Undead' with the fuzzy zombie carrot.
It was great to see Bobby really acting on her own in this book and she really is a kick-ass heroine. I love the way she takes no nonsense and yet when it comes to Smitty she can behave pretty girly. The best part? She spends a third of the book running around with no trousers on. It was so funny. But at least it was realistic. I mean you're not gonna refuse to escape a building full of zombies just because you're stuck wearing your knickers!
I will cry if there isn't another book. The ending wasn't like the last where the cliffhanger left you dying inside, but it was enough to make me think about what happens next. I'm begging Kirsty McKay to write another one because I want more Bobby/smitty banter, more Alice blonde humor and Pete's geekiness! ...more
This is so much more than a zombie book. Yes it has the living dead and the blood thirsty biting going on. We also have the tough decisions and peopleThis is so much more than a zombie book. Yes it has the living dead and the blood thirsty biting going on. We also have the tough decisions and people behaving like complete tossers because they're panicking (i say this without judgement, I'm sure I'd be a complete tosser in this situation) but mainly this is a book about finding the will and meaning to live.
Sloane has been through a lot and before the end of the world was intent on ending her own world, yet out of all of them she finds the will to fight. I'm not going to lie, some of the characters really grated on me, Trace especially and what happens to him really doesn't surprise me at all.
The whole story of Sloan's' past abuse seemed a lot more central to me than the apocalypse story. To Sloan her world was over before the world actually ended and so for her it was a struggle to survive in a very different way than it was to the others. The conclusion about her relationship with Lily and their father was pretty ironic in my eyes as well as being in some way some twisted sense of justice.
The end was cleverly thought out and though it ends in a way that I'm sure will not provide enough closure for some people, I think it ended the way it needed too; with a revelation about life and why it is so important to keep living even if you think there's nothing to live for....more
Wow. This was horrifying. It takes something epic in a horror book to make me feel physically sick, but I did by the end. The story was very originalWow. This was horrifying. It takes something epic in a horror book to make me feel physically sick, but I did by the end. The story was very original and the fact that all the loose ends aren't tied up just adds to the atmosphere in my opinion.
I loved the main character Jon, mainly because his reactions were so realistic. At the end of the day human instinct is survival but it was nice to have it made obvious that he was mourning those he's lost. The only thing I would have liked to have known was if it was a global event, I assume it was judging by the way it's written, but that's something You never find our for definite.
Are the things aliens that invade? If so where are they from and for how long have they been planning the invasion? I normally hate it when I'm left with so many questions, but in this case this increased the realism. After all, in this sort of circumstance, with people dying (in increasingly gruesome ways) what is the likelihood that you would somehow find out exactly what's going on in the world? Very unlikely. The stark reality of this is what makes this book so plausible and so terrifying.
Cos lets face it, if we were to be invaded, I doubt we would be lucky enough for the aliens to drop dead of their own accord. War of the worlds this book is not. In a good way....more
Well. There is so much wrong with this book I don't know where to start. The concept itself is a good idea but it all fell apart. I get authors like toWell. There is so much wrong with this book I don't know where to start. The concept itself is a good idea but it all fell apart. I get authors like to write about taboo and shocking topics and when done correctly they make a hell of a book. This book? It's doesn't do it right and it also feels like an effort to cram every horror story into a single book.
Among the shocking horrific things I read, this book includes:(view spoiler)[male rape, cheating, blatant murder and cruelty, a man showing no remorse over his wife being torn apart, same bloke hinting that if he had to chose between his daughter and his lover he'd chose his lover (hide spoiler)] and a whole host of other things!
The main characters were selfish d***s (excuse my starred out swear word) I mean if Bastian loved Tressa so much he should have had the spine to stand up for himself instead of thinking with his manhood and a woman's lady cushions!
The plot was full of holes and the world building was sketchy at best. It's a shame because I read Anathema by the same author and I liked that. This book was needlessly graphic and poorly written and full of mistakes. Will not be reading the sequel. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Wow. this is darker and much more sinister than ACID but I loved every second of it. The idea of emotionless, zombie like creatures is by no means oriWow. this is darker and much more sinister than ACID but I loved every second of it. The idea of emotionless, zombie like creatures is by no means original but this has a twist...the majority of the fearless are like zombies with brains and on steroids (super strong).
I haven't read such pure dystopian escapism in a while and the two main characters; Cass and Myo were amazing and it was easy relate to them especially with the view point alteration.
I was left stunned by Sol's character though. I did not see that twist regarding him coming at all. Talk about a dark horse. Hats off to Emma for writing such a twisted and convoluted character, and boy was he dark. I was reading this on the train back from Sunderland and I have to admit I exclaimed rather loudly near the end of the book. Got a few odd looks im sure.
The ending was brilliant. Yes, I'm sure some people will hate it. But I think it's sudden abruptness was perfect for the harsh uncertain landscape the book is set in. A picture perfect ending would have sucked. Anyway amazing, amazing book....more
It's been a while since I've read a Darren Shan book. I loved the Demonata series but couldn't get away with the vampire books, or the thin executioneIt's been a while since I've read a Darren Shan book. I loved the Demonata series but couldn't get away with the vampire books, or the thin executioner. I've yet to read the zombie ones, but I've been looking for this little gem for a while, which I finally found hidden in the adorable book palace store in the famous crooked house in Canterbury! Couldn't have been a more perfect place to find it :) Anyways....
I loved this! It was such a scary, creepy story yet with some valuable morals, great lessons on bravery and family ties and such a wonderful ending. I guess I was expecting something blunt at the end, but this was perfect. I loved Koyasan, and such a beautiful name! Would totally call my kid that if I had one lol
I'm totally going out of my way to read one of Darren's zombie books now. I've missed his writing. I know this is 8 years after it's release, but well played Mr Shan, well played!...more