I was a bit apprehensive about reading this because I absolutely loved the Skulduggery Pleasant books so I wondered how this would compare.
I needn't hI was a bit apprehensive about reading this because I absolutely loved the Skulduggery Pleasant books so I wondered how this would compare.
I needn't have worried because because it was a super read!
It is very different book to the Skulduggery Pleasant books mainly because of the content and the style of the story itself. This book is darker and definitely aimed at a higher age group.
Amber, the main protagonist, is not stereotypical. She's not perfect, she's not massively confident and she has a really weird family who's social activities could literally kill her and probably anyone else they come into contact with.
This book deals with some dark stuff; demon deals, curses and murder among other delightful things :)It isn't for those with a weak stomach or a faint heart.
Having said that there are a few lighter elements and Derek has managed to keep his trademark humour alive even in this much darker tale. Glen is perhaps one of those lighter elements and he is a good balance to the Amber's protector whose name is Milo.
The book itself is one tense thriller with an ongoing chase with some pretty good twists and turns. The only thing that jarred with me was in the last part of the book (I won't post spoilers) but it left me feeling a bit shocked. Was not expecting it at all.
My only criticism things seemed to move so quick at times i'd lose track and I also found some of Amber's actions a bit at odds with the person she is for most of the book but other than that it was really really good!
I can't wait for the sequel even if it is a long way away... :(...more
Ok, so initially I liked this book. I wasn't annoyed with the multiple perspectives or some of the drastic dystopian laws or even the world building.Ok, so initially I liked this book. I wasn't annoyed with the multiple perspectives or some of the drastic dystopian laws or even the world building. These things were brilliant. So why do you ask, did I give this three stars? Simply put the characters are selfish deluded idiots for the most part. I get it I really do that being in love makes you do dumb things (hell, I've been there, I have) but these people take the cake, and the ice-cream and the chocolate sauce with a side of biscuits!
The most confusing thing is there is an element of selflessness intertwined with the selfishness Like when (view spoiler)[Glass names the wrong person as the father of her dead child to save the love of her life (hide spoiler)] I mean I get why she did it, but it was cruel, even if the other guy was a douche.
By the end the only characters I gave a crap about were Bellamy and Clarke mainly because there selfless actions were selfless completely, no selfishness and I connected most with these two characters because they were by far the most relatable in a humans sense.
The dystopian plot itself though was amazing. I liked the idea of a recovered earth and the experiences that the 100 feel when they get there. Like the first time they feel rain or feel gravity for the first time. I loved the cliffhanger too and despite my anguish at the characters I will read the sequel in the hopes the characters learn a it from their mistakes *rolls eyes doubtfully*
My other issue is nothing to do with the book but its adaptation to TV I hope this was meant to be loosely based on the book because according to my sister there's a main character missing. facepalm. ...more
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
Ah the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for monthAh the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for months so I'm begging you Mr Stroud, please please get book three out soon!
Anyway, this book is amazing and just as good as it's predeccesor, which is rare. Most sequels struggle to hit the same level as amazingness as the first in a series, but this one does just brilliantly.
We see the progression of Lucy, Lockwood's and George's friendship as the series progresses, as people open up a bit more and I was glad to learn a lot more about Lockwood (although a lot of his past is still shrouded). I mean this with the utmost respect when I say Lockwood reminds me of the character Skulduggery from Derek Landy's books. I don't mean in the sense that Lockwood is thin as a rail, but in there mysterious aura and tone of humor. I'm interested to see where the relationship between Lockwood, George and Lucy goes from here especially with the reveal at the end.
I liked the mystery in this book a lot too. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing all the time. The whispering skull mystery had me very creeped out and I really want to know more about these Type 3 entities. As for the creepy mirror? Don't even get me started. I'm surprised I did't have nightmares.
Is the book funny? Very much so. I've never known characters in a book make so many jokes in the face of death. This is another of those books I will put in the category 'Do not read on the bus unless you want to be put in a lunatic asylum for laughing to yourself' (it's a very long winded title, i'm trying to shorten it)
To summarise: Loved it. Hurry up book three! ...more
I don't usually read psychological thrillers, I'm more of a fantasy/romance/sci-fi chick or anything with zombies in it but this had such rave reviewsI don't usually read psychological thrillers, I'm more of a fantasy/romance/sci-fi chick or anything with zombies in it but this had such rave reviews I thought I'd give it a shot.
I was blown away. This is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. At multiple times I thought I knew what was coming, only to be proved wrong. When the ending finally came I was left gobsmacked. There is no way I could have predicted the ending.
The best part about this book is that you're right along with Christine the whole time. She doesn't remember and therefore you as the reader doesn't remember, so each new revelation is a revelation to yourself. The only drawback is that as she reads her journal each day you get some stuff repeated, but that's no major issue.
On another note, I just watched the trailer to the movie based on this book and I think I'll save myself the torture. Why couldn't they leave it as a journal? why change it to a video diary?! For goodness sake, if it ain't broke don't fix it! Stupid producers.
Anyway, amazing amazing book. Can't wait to see what the author writes next....more
Wow. It's been a while that I've read such an all-consuming thriller. I just kept reading and before I knew it I'd reached the end. I'm more of a fantWow. It's been a while that I've read such an all-consuming thriller. I just kept reading and before I knew it I'd reached the end. I'm more of a fantasy genre girl but this peaked my interest with it's creepy cover. (proof that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover!)
I was enthralled by this from beginning to end, constantly guessing who was responsible for the things happening. Trying to fathom who the guilty party could be. I never suspected it once. That's the mark of a good book.
The events are tragic and not for the faint hearted. I can't write much really because otherwise it will spoil the ending and most of the plot. But needless to say this is a one who loves a good thriller/mystery with a very dark twist.
I was also totally sold on the concept of tagging 100 different places. Genius idea, though after reading this i'm kinda glad I never indulged in graffiti art. Oh well, maybe in another life.
Creepy, intelligent and mindblowing. full marks....more
At the moment I'm going through a pretty difficult and trying time as well as being off work sick and so as a result though I've been doing a lot of rAt the moment I'm going through a pretty difficult and trying time as well as being off work sick and so as a result though I've been doing a lot of reading, a lot of books struggle to grab my attention. I had no such issues with this book. I've been a fan of the author since I read Changeling and the rest of that series and I found this book to be just as compelling. It did what I needed it to do; sucked me into an incredible fantasy/sci-fi world that the child inside me loved and appealed to the adult self longing for some much needed escapism.
The plot itself is pacey, original and despite the jumping between the different characters, I didn't get confused once. For me this is a mark for how good a writer steve is. Not many can pull off what he has achieved with this book and the clever way in which it is written.(which I might add has easily made it into my list of all time faves).
Mutant City will appeal to all groups; guys, girls, young and old and does that rare thing that some books do in the way it straddles across all age bands and will give something to anyone who picks it up. Not only do you have the x-men-esque mutant story, there's the good vs evil, the battles, the class systems, the fight for justice and fairness and ultimately some amazing lessons about loyalty and family.
I have been left dying to read the next in the series and I can't wait for 2015. I would like to thank the author for writing an incredible book that made a crappy day of mine so much more bearable :)...more
You think I'd learn after reading Beautiful Malice that I would be thoroughly creeped out by one of Miss James' books, but nope, I can't resist the luYou think I'd learn after reading Beautiful Malice that I would be thoroughly creeped out by one of Miss James' books, but nope, I can't resist the lure of what I will know will be a good read.
Having said that, it wasn't as devastating as Beautiful Malice, which I was actually thankful for. I don't think I could have stood the trauma. That said, on a scale of one to ten on the creep factor it still hit a nine and I was horrified by the twists and turns even if (view spoiler)[it had rather a happy ever after ending kind of thing going on (hide spoiler)] and all the loose ends were wrapped up.
This was an amazing and absorbing read and has left me once again stunned by the depths to which people will sink. And boy can they be calculating and evil. I mean. really? Why?
I can't say much more without posting severe spoilers that will ruin the book. If your looking for a thriller, mystery and romance all rolled into one then this is definitely the book for you. Don't get too comfy though, you'll be on the edge of your seat!...more
Woah. I was in two minds about the news there would be another set of books following the study series. Most of me was thrilled but a tiny part of meWoah. I was in two minds about the news there would be another set of books following the study series. Most of me was thrilled but a tiny part of me was worried whether it would make sense because I hadn't finished the Opal Cowan books (Opal's character didn't gel with me very well so I couldn't get into them). I needn't have worried though as there is sufficient explanation to explain the events of the previous books in the study series and opal's series so a newbie would understand, but without it rehashing too much for someone who has read everything.
I loved Yelena's character from Poison Study and I was gutted when Fire Study ended because I wanted so much more of her and Valek (possibly why I couldn't get into the other books with opal in). The plot Shadow study is brilliant and see's Yelena and Valek confronted with completely new situations that ultimately challenge them.
Huge questions are raised and can't of worms opened and lots of questions raised ready to be answered over the course of the following books. Though some of the questions left hanging have left me a bit frustrated, I will definitely be reading the following book. I loved the new characters and I loved Janco's and Valek's point of view in addition to Yelena's.
Also for those who wondered exactly how valek became who he was and how he killed the King of Ixis, there is a lot of flashback and I loved it. Now don't get me started on that cliffhanger! OMG. I need the next book!...more
The main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoiThe main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoil this book for anyone. This is so much more than a fantasy and it deals with issues that a lot of people won't even consider in there lives, let alone seriously think on or debate.
Having said that this book also struck a personal cord with me because I know someone who is pretty alike to Gene in more ways than one and this perhaps led me to think more deeply of the issues in this book than I more normally would have. Gene and Micah's journey is both harrowing, emotional and truly incredible. The magic of the circus comes to life in all it's beautiful brilliance, making the dark side seem even more shadowy in comparison.
Micah and Gene's story was beautiful told and I have been left longing for another book so I'm hoping to God that there's a sequel. There were so many twists, turns and unexpected events that I was left breathless and I wanted so much to be in that Circus swinging from the trapeze I've been left with so many questions. But most forward in my mind is this: What is inside those Penglass domes? I really want to know. It's killing me not knowing. Maybe that's the curious child in me :)
And what will become of Micah and Gene?! Ah why must I be tortured so? Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. But go read this when it's out. Totally amazing. I am in awe of the author and her writing talent. She hasn't just written a book, she has a created a magical world, fascinating characters and broached subjects in this book that few have dared and she totally nailed it. Brilliant. ...more