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
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First of all, I didn't hate this book. It was an enjoyable, light and fluffy read. I*I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
First of all, I didn't hate this book. It was an enjoyable, light and fluffy read. I liked the main characters and I got drawn into their story.
However, It didn't blow me away. My main problem was how cliche it was. I love a good romance but there has to be a degree of reality there for me to buy into it. There was so much back and forth between them in such a short space of time. One minute there both getting hot and heavy and the next she wants more space to be sure. This seems to happen multiple times and it got a bit repetitive.
I got that she was unsure, but surely it's a good idea to be doing the thinking before you get into that sort of area.
But the ultimate negative for me was the second time they sleep together and how daft it was. I won't post a spoiler but it didn't make sense to me. If I made that sort of cock up i'd be at panic stations, especially given what had just happened a a little earlier in the book.
On a more positive note, the romance side was sweet for the most part and the side story of Mel's sister was really good too. There's a good message about acceptance and second chances that I really liked.
Even with the hurried love story, I still felt myself hoping for a happy ever after for them. Ultimately, I'm just a sucker for that kind of thing :) ...more
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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 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 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
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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.
The story itself had an enchanting feel to it but on the other hand it got very wordy and quite boring over the couI'm in mixed minds about this book.
The story itself had an enchanting feel to it but on the other hand it got very wordy and quite boring over the course of the novel.
This is not a book for those who like action packed books with a quick pace, but more for one who like long drawn out and in depth descriptions.
I can't fault the main character; she was brave, smart and very much so strong (in a world where women are quite clearly second best in the world, but that is the era it is set in so I could understand why this had to be). My main issue came from the lengthy dream/vision scenes because I found myself losing track of the story and forgetting where I was up to on the page.
At times it became hard to follow, and at other times the imagery drew me in and kept me interested for a little while.
I felt the ending, though clever and not what I was expecting, to be a bit of an anti-climax. Some things are left unexplained and the last few pages were a bit odd to me since it seemed like a synopsis of the story that I had just read (though at least the title became clear in this part of the book)
Overall, I don't think i'll read this again because it didn't pull me in and engage me as much as other books, but having said that it is worth a go if you like in-depth descriptions and beautiful imagery but are not over-fond of action....more
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
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
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
At the beginning of this book i had to let go of the concept of realism. I struggled a bit because to me i find it hard to believe that ex-lovers, parAt the beginning of this book i had to let go of the concept of realism. I struggled a bit because to me i find it hard to believe that ex-lovers, parents and friend would fail to recognise that their loved one is a fake, but...they do!
Once I got past this unrealistic fact though, it became quite a fun novel. Lets just say for arguments sake that there was someone who looked just like Lady Elizabeth that she could get away with impersonating her and get to live her life, loves and other fun things.
I found this an enchanting story. I detested the real Elizabeth for being selfish and such a coward she wouldn't face up to things herself. Not to mention the fact she drops Lucy in it (so to speak). I loved Lucy, Nick and the ladies in waiting and I was aching for Lucy to get her happily ever after.
If I was in her position I highly doubt I would have been able to cope with it. What she goes through; the death threats the awkward social situations, and all without any help, was terrifying to me. Not to mention how heartbreaking things got for her personally.
What I liked the most is that Nick pretty much pointed out on several occasions that she seemed like a different person and so the ending was perfect for me. In my opinion I think the REAL Elizabeth and Cristoph would have been perfect for each other because of how full of it they both are.
It would be interesting to read stories to see what happens to them both because though we know where Elizabeth is, it is a bit unclear as to what happens to Cristoph.
My advice to anyone wanting to read this: Leave your sense of realism at the door and you'll love this. Continually look for holes and a sense of realism and you will fall flat by quarter of the way though....more