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 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
*I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Firstly I would like to say that this book is very unique and if you're looking for a*I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Firstly I would like to say that this book is very unique and if you're looking for an action packed fantasy romance that will have you swept off your feet, then you need to read something else.
This does not make this a bad book though, not by a long shot. There is romance, there is adventure and there are some awesome characters. Ultimately though, this book is one huge moral lesson for all those out there who are selfish and cold-hearted.
Smitha is a bitch. I don't use that word lightly. At the beginning that is what she truly is. She's selfish, rude and even borderline cruel. This is all necessary however for the story to progress and for Smitha to change.
Having said that, I also hate Mordan. However much Smitha hurt him, it doesn't give him the right to do what he did. But then this is exactly what this novel does: it provokes and teases the inner argumentative side of the brain and ultimately pits it against your heart.
What's right and what's wrong? What's cruel and what's not? Does anyone truly deserve the fate that Smitha had to endure?
I thought all of these questions and by the end I'm glad she'd gone through what she's gone through and I was happy with the ending. What I witnessed was an immature girl slowly become a much better person. The fact that even in the worst circumstances she could find purpose, truly amazed me.
Ultimately, this a very thought provoking and deep novel. The characters will capture you and win you over and I even found Death to be an interesting character too (even if he was a bit of a ass at times)
The only problem I had with this book is it's very slow. at the beginning. Three years passes quite quickly but it's still pretty slow, however it's worth hanging on because it really does get a lot pacier.
Even if you didn't get on with the Magicians Trilogy then don't write this book off, because it's completely different.
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
If I'm honest, when I went to read this I had forgotten all that had happened in the last book, but it didn't take me long to remember. It picks up imIf I'm honest, when I went to read this I had forgotten all that had happened in the last book, but it didn't take me long to remember. It picks up immediately after the end of the previous book and though it took me ages to read it (I'm just over a month into my new job and have been knackered) I enjoyed it immensely.
There's not tons that can be said without giving bits of the story away. What I will say is that there are several heart-stopping moments, multiple instances where I thought someone important was gonna die and then there's the inevitable show down with Draewulf that left me mouthing WTF to myself.
The amount of close calls though is insane and so are the plot twists.
The ending is amazing and should keep all readers satisfied (ok, maybe not all of them) and that final page is amazing. Loved it. ...more
I found this book a little odd at first. I hate being kept completely in the dark with only little teasers as to what happened in the past. Normally iI found this book a little odd at first. I hate being kept completely in the dark with only little teasers as to what happened in the past. Normally it frustrates me to no end, but in the case of this book it really worked.
Savannah was a brave character and though she had a bit of an attitude (which teen doesn't?) I didn't get irritated by her. I found that she was unfairly treated by several people even after she started to change.
I hated Becca and by the end it seemed that everyone else had a selfish streak apart from Savannah. The back story of her fathers death was sensitively told, though rather shocking when I finally discovered the means of his death (then it becomes clear why Savannah is so messed up)
All in all, I liked the romance and I liked the ending. Don't let the blurb mislead you, when it says that Dallas betrays her its not what you're imagining. I spent the whole book looking for it because of the blurb and it ended up being a bit of an anti-climax.
As it is, take the book as what it is. A well- written and emotional work of realistic fiction and you will like it. I now also have a desire to ride roller coasters!...more
I was provided with a ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
In all honesty I was torn by this book, but ultimately the thinI was provided with a ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
In all honesty I was torn by this book, but ultimately the things I disliked overtook the things I liked. I'll start with the positives though.
Initially I liked the idea, A mermaid who is not all she seems and is rapidly running out of time. I liked the new guy in school and the romance. I loved the fact it tackled a difficult subject issue with sensitivity as well as showing the consequences. Unfortunately, I just didn't believe in most of the characters and their relationships.
The one character I loved was Keith. Keith was epic and I loved loved the way he is. well done to the author for portraying disabilities/learning difficulties in a different light and how these people can be taken advantage of.
The relationship between the two leads though really didn't have me convinced. There initial flirtation and pushing and pulling apart was rather realistic. But given that it went from that to insta love I sorta lost my faith.
Merrick was another character that irritated me, mainly because of his massive personality change towards the end. It threw me off no end. But it was ultimately the ending that really annoyed me. It was just so sudden and a bit well, I can't say anything else without spoiling it. If there's not a sequel to this there are gonna be a lot of unhappy readers....more
I would like to thank net galley for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this! I wasn't too sold on Half bad because I waI would like to thank net galley for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this! I wasn't too sold on Half bad because I wasn't used to the writing style or the characters. Now that I'm familiar with both I was able to just go with the flow of the story and I loved it.
If you weren't shipping Nathan and Gabriel by the end of the last book then you will be the end of this one. So much happens in this book, but not in the usual sense. It isn't action packed from start to finish but that didn't detract from the the enjoyment of the book and it was very character based.
Nathan and Gabriel to me are very anti-hero kind of hero's and so is Marcus to an extent. I'm aware of some of the stuff they do but it doesn't seem inherently evil. It's hard to explain, unless you read it.
This book introduces some new and amazing characters as well as taking some twists with the old ones. And I now hate some characters that I originally liked.
As for the ending. Don't even get me started on it. I did not see it coming but I am now desperate to find out what happens next....more
Ok. I will not be reading any more of this series. To cut it short without spoilers, Here's why: - The story has no depth - The characters are still vap Ok. I will not be reading any more of this series. To cut it short without spoilers, Here's why: - The story has no depth - The characters are still vapid and selfish (not to mention so fickle I'd be scared to ask their opinion on anything serious) - There's too much happening and as a result important things get glossed over.
Oh and whereas I liked at least 2 characters in the last book, I now don't. After talking to my sister (who watches the TV show and loves it) I gathered it's only loosely based on the book. Good. I might give it a watch then.
Anyway, this is just my opinion. Plenty of people have loved this. But really I just didn't get on with it. The reason It got a star was simply it's originality. The idea of earth recovering after nuclear fallout, surviving in space and seeing mutated versions of creatures, is fascinating. But sadly not enough to keep me reading. ...more