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 what to make of this for the most part. Vampires have been overdone in literature and it takes something different to keep me interestedI wasn't sure what to make of this for the most part. Vampires have been overdone in literature and it takes something different to keep me interested in our fanged friends, and this was different!
The blood (vampires) are every bit the twisted vamp with a curse that they long to break. The catch? to break the curse the cold-hearted cruel vamps must show they are worthy of it. This is the part that threw me a bit.
I get Prince Graeme is nicer than the other vamps, but when Seri is chosen for him he was still pretty much an arrogant ass! He was also cold and stiff towards her which I found a bit annoying since she's the person whose supposed to help save his people.
With regards to Seri I had whiplash from watching her back and forth. Should she do this? should she do that? I have to say she makes some dumb choices but her character was a lot more relatable. and her reaction to her forced betrothal was very realistic,
I did also like some of the deeper messages regarding discrimination and also of compromise. There were some valuable lessons to be learned about how to go about finding what is right for both sides and it isn't always by fighting and war.
The relationship between Seri and Graeme annoyed me at first. It was very hot then very cold and extremely disorientating. But ultimately it turns out good and with a rather tidy ending (after much deception and lies on both sides....sigh)
My biggest issue was this though: If someone told you that only way to break a horrid curse was to be decent person and show love and remorse would you A) attempt to be a better person in hopes of breaking the curse or B) be a cold-hearted cruel twit? Option A? Yeah, me too. The vampires other than Graeme...not so much!...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 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
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 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
This is a very short novella set between the first and second books. Though I found that because of it's shortness there wasn't the same depth of plotThis is a very short novella set between the first and second books. Though I found that because of it's shortness there wasn't the same depth of plot, it was still very funny and attention grabbing.
Lockwood, Lucy and George are back in full form, this time investigating a haunting in a school involving a dagger in a desk (literally!)and a very nasty sounding ghost.
Expect the usual, george being funny, lockhart being a bit blase and Lucy be the ever present good humour but sensible one. Lets not forget the need for tea and iced buns by the end of the book.
Definitely recommend this to those who are a fan of the Lockwood and co series. amazing...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
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