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 month...moreAh 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! (less)
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 reviews...moreI 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.(less)
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 fant...moreWow. 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.(less)
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 r...moreAt 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 :)(less)
I was a bit concerned about the middling rating for this but since I stumbled on this at my local library decided that I'd give it a read since it's b...moreI was a bit concerned about the middling rating for this but since I stumbled on this at my local library decided that I'd give it a read since it's been on my to-read list forever.
I loved it! Yes, I get it, the story is fast paced and a lot seems to happen but personally sometimes that's best, you can really waffle on too much in a book and waffle is what Susan certainly doesn't do (thank god!) Pay attention to the time that passes between chapters and events and it makes so much more sense.
The love story in this was beautiful and determined. A good old fashioned 'love conquers all' tale. And it's been ages since I read a good one of those. Add in the sci-fi, the futuristic Britain, deaths, bombings, empaths, diviners and sexy David and you have an amazing novel.
Seriously, there was not one character that I didn't feel a connection with by the end and the author does it in just over 200 pages. Now I've read books 500 pages and haven't connected with the characters. So reserve judgement, open your mind and get swept away in this gorgeous, imaginative and futuristic novel with a hell of a twist at the end :)(less)
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 lu...moreYou 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!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Michael Grant is a genius! How sad I am to see this series end though. But glad the torment is over. Will miss all the great characters and stomach tu...moreMichael Grant is a genius! How sad I am to see this series end though. But glad the torment is over. Will miss all the great characters and stomach turning gruesomeness!(less)
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 spoi...moreThe 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. (less)
Wow. Just wow. Horowitz is a legend. What a mix of happy, sad and utterly heart breaking. Review to come (when the shock has worn off!)
Wow. We...moreWow. Just wow. Horowitz is a legend. What a mix of happy, sad and utterly heart breaking. Review to come (when the shock has worn off!)
Wow. Well I'm not even sure where to begin with this book. I waited years to read this and though I sort of guessed part of the ending correctly, it was no less of a shock when it happened. I bawled my eyes out and I felt immensely sad for two characters in particular though there was a happier epilogue to soften the blow. It was a little disconcerting at first, what with the jumping between Jamie/Holly, Matt/Lohan, Pedro/Scott and Scarlett/Richard and it took some serious getting used too, and that was just the gatekeepers and there companions. There were also some POV shifts to those behind the enemy lines too, but by the end these all came together brilliantly with no loose ends.
The research done for this book must have been immense because, whether the characters were in Rome, Naples, Brazil, Cairo or Antarctica, the descriptions were vivid and very easy to picture. Oblivion was especially well planned out; I could almost feel the empty coldness in the Old One's fortress while I was reading and imagine the swarms of enemy soldiers in the final battle.
Was I happy with the twists and turns? I'd say I was even if I would personally have preferred a happier ending for all involved. Poor Richard is all I have to say, I really felt for that man, and I wouldn't have wished what he was forced to do on any one (lets just say the mystery of the Inca's Knife is revealed). Having said that it wasn't doom and gloom all the way to the end and I have to admit if there was one character I was proud of it was Matt. He proved himself to be strong and determined despite being weighed down with knowledge he should never have had to carry. Scott also impressed me, though I wanted to slap him on several occasions near the middle of the book.
When it came to the epilogue I was hoping for some relief or maybe just some hope, which is actually what I got. I loved the epilogue and it did provide some sort of closure and I shed a few happy tears whilst reading it, and it was also nice to have a bit more explanation of the dream world too. All in all I was very impressed with the ending to this series. it was an emotional, frightening and thrilling ride and i'm sure certain scenes from this book will haunt me for a very long time (and no, I'm not exaggerating). I don't know how Horowitz will match this with what he writes next but I hope he gives it a good go. (less)
There's something to be said about a book when I start yelling at people for trying to talk to me whilst I read it, and I have to say this book had th...moreThere's something to be said about a book when I start yelling at people for trying to talk to me whilst I read it, and I have to say this book had that affect on me (not to mention I have the sudden urge to dye my hair blue!)
To sum it up into a single paragraph:
This is epic, very original and so creative that I wonder what goes on inside the authors' head. Some first in the series novels seem to lack in either the world building, story telling or way too much wordiness and this book suffered from no such problem whatsoever. The writing is of first rate and I found myself lost in both Prague and Elsewhere whilst following Karou's journey. Laini has written a novel that is not only the best form of escapism but is such a twisty narrative and has such an epic ending that it will tug at your heart strings and leave you awestruck. Amazing!
I can't write much more without risking spoilers but this is one book you do not want to miss out on.
I loved this book, I really really did. But why oh why the cliffhanger ending?! Maybe I'm feeling particularly sensitive at the moment, but when I hav...moreI loved this book, I really really did. But why oh why the cliffhanger ending?! Maybe I'm feeling particularly sensitive at the moment, but when I have to wait ages to find out the outcome of of a Trilogy I get a wee bit antsy with cliffhangers.*bangs head of sofa in frustration* Right, feeling more sensible now :) On a more serious note though, that is not the reason it didn't get a perfect score.
I seem to differ from the majority of reviews on this book, in the way that I preferred The Iron Thorn more than The Nightmare Garden. In some ways, this was the better novel, there was less explanation and new Terminology and the world made sense more this time around. On the other hand, for the length of the novel not as much seemed to happen and I found my self confused by several events as to where they were going. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but a book this length is a long time to be confused (This is just my opinion though, so it may just be me that had this issue)
On a brighter note, it was great to be reading about Aiofe and co and though there is a heart-stopping cliffhanger and some tear-jerking moments I was pretty pleased with the ending overall, though I am currently bouncing like a loony waiting for The Mirrored Shard to be released. I must also add that in a world filled with faerie stories and steampunk it takes someone special to write a book that stands out with this amount of originality and Ms Kittredge has achieved that with this series and managed to capture the imagination of a 20 something woman who thought she'd read all variations on Faerie (so thanks for proving me wrong!)
As an aside...isn't the cover stunning too? Wow! :)(less)
It seemed like a very long wait to read Legacy especially giving the ending of the previous book and the cliffhanger it was left on. I have a huge book...moreIt seemed like a very long wait to read Legacy especially giving the ending of the previous book and the cliffhanger it was left on. I have a huge book crush on Silas and I'm not ashamed to admit it and I'm not sure if it's because he's such a bad boy or maybe because he's a tortured soul...or maybe I just really like guys with a dark mystique about them ;) Thankfully though I'm not completely vain because the main reason I love this series so much is because it's original, dark and takes ghosts, death and the afterlife and gives it a new and exciting twist.
I haven't come across such originality in a series of this genre since I read the Abhorsen Trilogy about seven years ago now and I never did find something to fill the gap it left until I stumbled across Wintercraft and the blurb sucked me right in.
Legacy picks up a little bit after Blackwatch with Kate under Dalliah's control and almost powerless. Meanwhile Silas and Edgar are hot on their trail in an attempt to save Kate and stop the veil from being ripped apart and rending all the spirits in Albion free to roam and for people to see. Dalliah's plans are selfish and yet I couldn't help but feel pity for her, especially towards the end of the book when things came to a head and her plan began to come together.
The thing I have learned with these books is that even the bad guys are redeemable to a certain extent and it is nearly impossible to completely hate the enemy, even though I really really wanted too. I had several moments where my heart was in my mouth and I was silently yelling at Silas not to do something stupid and I was pleased when in the end Kate was finally able to do things her way. I won't spoil what happens at the very end and I'm sure readers will be pretty surprised by the outcome, though I hope very pleased too :)
I don't know what Jenna will be writing next but if it's anything as good as this series, I will not be able to put it down.(less)
First of all I'd like to say that I love these books. I'm well aware that a lot of people hate them and call them every name under the sun; I've even...moreFirst of all I'd like to say that I love these books. I'm well aware that a lot of people hate them and call them every name under the sun; I've even seen them compared to Twilight (for reference, I've read twilight and these are nothing like the Twilight Saga).
If you're reading this I want you to forget what you might have heard and read this series anyway, with a completely open mind because if you do, and you're a fan of teen fiction with a twist, then you may very well love this series. If you haven't read the rest of the series and you're reading this as a first review...stop now and go and read books 1-3 before reading this... .... ....
Endure picks up after the end of Entice. Zara is still a pixie, Nick is honestly behaving like an idiot because he thinks Zara isn't the same person anymore and the disappearing kids are increasing by the day. And it's down to Zara, Astley, Nick and Co to save everyone from what appears to be the end of the world.
I have to admit, this instalment takes a turn in a direction I didn't see coming and I was surprised by some of the twists the plot took. I can't write them here because I have no wish to spoil anything.
On both the romantic and story side I think that most readers will be satisfied with the ending though I'm sure there'll be a few cries of outrage from some readers, but in all honesty when you really think about it after reading it, Miss Jones couldn't have written this book any other way.(less)