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
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
Wow. I'm kinda annoyed I read this as a pre-release as now I have to wait even longer for the final part in the series.
I loved this book a lot but notWow. I'm kinda annoyed I read this as a pre-release as now I have to wait even longer for the final part in the series.
I loved this book a lot but not quite as much as the first, probably because of two reasons. One, I missed the romance between Arin and Kestrel. Two, I found some of the political intrigue was dragged out a bit too long. But that may be me being picky and that is down to my individual taste. The writing, as always, is exquisite.
I'm not normally one for politics, games and wars but there's something truly addicting in this story that pulls you along. It was confusing, very confusing in parts, but the pieces fall together by the end of the book.
Despite my criticism of the lack of romance, the Kestrel/Arin relationship is very there and very tense, but the softer moments that I enjoyed were missing (though for mostly good reasons). To say this book is heart wrenching is an understatement. It will rip your heart out, stamp on it and then run it over with a four-by-four just for good measure.
I've never known a story to have so many interwoven threads and betrayals and so many two faced characters! The amount of shock value within these pages is ridiculous. I'd get over one thing and be hit with another. I have to give it to Marie, I did not see the underlying conspiracy or the plans the emperor has set into motion. He's a cruel and sadistic person (and no that isn't a spoiler, it's pretty clear from the beginning of the book)
Arin frustrated me at times, his anger blinds him to the truth a lot and Kestrel was equally infuriating at times and I sometimes wanted to bang their heads together.
As for the end? Yes, it's a cliffhanger, but one that suggests hope. And if Arin and Kestrel aren't together by the end of the final book. I will cry. And if you're reading this Marie, I mean literally cry. sob.
Anyway, go and read this trilogy. It's 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
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of historical fiction and I've read all of the authors historical fiction books. I find them a brilliant escI really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of historical fiction and I've read all of the authors historical fiction books. I find them a brilliant escape and a wonderful diversion from life as it is today.
They also prove to be pretty educational, I think I learned more about horses from reading this book than I ever found out in my whole life. I had no idea Colic could kill a horse (who knew?)
As usual I found the class system and hierarchy fascinating and the main character in this was so likeable and I was totally swooning over Lawrence. sigh. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century lol
The plot was gripping and I was on the edge of my seat wanting to scream at frustration at the grumpy old lord or being such an old fashioned, stubborn git, though I did feel sorry for him. I'm a romantic at heart so the one thing that does annoy me about these times is the idea of marrying people off for money and status. It's kind of cold and empty. But then women were kinda just property hundreds of years ago. Thankfully, there were some strong women in this book including Martha and the main character; Charlie.
I always look forward to Miss Jensen's books and I can't wait to see what's next. I also now want a Horse. damn. ...more
This was a good book but with several hiccups that stopped it being amazing for me. The idea was brilliant. A prophet who sees the future in the cloudThis was a good book but with several hiccups that stopped it being amazing for me. The idea was brilliant. A prophet who sees the future in the clouds? Original and not stupid because people have looked for shapes in clouds for fun for years so I can see where the good idea came from. The plot itself was pacey and a lot happens in this short book and it kept me reading steady to the end.
My main issue was the connection to the characters, I didn't feel there was enough depth to them and some of the characters seemed a bit underdeveloped in such a way that I couldn't believe in the relationships between them. Mark and Reychel's relationship for example seemed sudden and a bit heavy for the time frame.
I also saw the major plot twist coming a mile off. Maybe I read too much or I'm too much of a forward thinker. It might just be me because lots of people have given this book 4/5 stars.
All in all though I liked it, I'm intrigued enough to one day read the subsequent books to find out what happens. I'm also interested to see if the characters get any more depth. I hope so, because this is a promising start to what could be an amazing series....more
I wasn't impressed with this at all. The only reason it got three stars was for the incredible artwork. This could have been longer and I feel it's aI wasn't impressed with this at all. The only reason it got three stars was for the incredible artwork. This could have been longer and I feel it's a rip-off splitting it across so many volumes.
Don't get me wrong, I love this series and I am eagerly awaiting the next Iron Fey novel, but I won't be reading the rest of the Manga series. Took me ten minutes. That's how short it was....more
I haven't read any historical fiction in a while, mainly because I hadn't found one that interested me. I stumbled upon this in the Oxfam Bookshop (II haven't read any historical fiction in a while, mainly because I hadn't found one that interested me. I stumbled upon this in the Oxfam Bookshop (I love charity book stores, they're fun to explore!)and I bought it without any hesitation because I'd heard of Mary Hooper after reading one of Marie-Louise Jensen's books.
This turned out to be a really good historical read. I was suitably enthralled, disgusted and excited all at the same time. Enthralled by the events going on, disgusted by the plague and how it was dealt with, and excited by Hannah's exploration and adventures in London. The character dynamics were brilliant too, and I loved Sarah and Abby as much as I loved Hannah.
My only niggle was the ending because it was abrupt and I never found out what happened to Baby Grace or Sarah. I know Hannah survives because she's in the next book, but Sarah doesn't go back to London with her. Other than that I loved it, and I will definitely be reading the next when I happen upon it. Mary Hooper is a new author for me but judging from the amount of books she's written I'l be reading them for a long time to come....more
I was conflicted when it came to rating this. Part of me really wanted to drop my rating to 2/3 stars because of the similarities to the Harry PotterI was conflicted when it came to rating this. Part of me really wanted to drop my rating to 2/3 stars because of the similarities to the Harry Potter series. And when I say similarities I mean I thought on multiple occasions: 'I'm sure I read that in harry potter'. There are so many elements the same as well; the magical powers, the school, the three friends, the secrets hidden down corridors and caves and one big bad evil person (with a dodgy name, I might add). You may then be wondering why it got four stars? Simply put this book in it's own way managed to twist into it's own original and weird story that I have come to love from both of these authors.
I can't post spoilers and say what made it so different by the end as it will spoil the book, but needed less to say by the end of the book I was asking myself questions about good and evil, the soul and all sorts of other deep things you wouldn't catch me thinking about this early on in the day. Not to mention i'm curious as to what happens to the Callum, Tamara and Aaron next, because this isn't a clear cut good versus evil story. And who is the true enemy in this? I haven't got a clue really but I'm sure going to read the next book because this is bizarre and it made my brain work in a rather complex and good way.
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
wow. I laughed. I cried (a lot) and I cheered too! This was everything I hoped it would be and a lot more to. Anna and Kai go from strength to strengtwow. I laughed. I cried (a lot) and I cheered too! This was everything I hoped it would be and a lot more to. Anna and Kai go from strength to strength in this instalment and their love knows no bounds. Such a thrilling and inspirational book and not anything like any air-headed paranormal romances out there.
There is so much more meaning to this book than a lot of others in it's genre and though the part before the end wrenched my heart out and had me in tears, the actual ending more than made up for it. My god. This was well worth the wait.
I'm not gonna post any spoilers so I'll not say much more on here but there are numerous twists, turns and jaw dropping moments. How on earth is Wendy gonna top this?...more
This couldn't have ended the series more perfectly if Sarah had tried. Though I feel like I've been through the emotional wringer and like someones shThis couldn't have ended the series more perfectly if Sarah had tried. Though I feel like I've been through the emotional wringer and like someones shot my soul to pieces with a magical shotgun. But hey, it was worth it.
I swear I cried myself dry at one part in particular, and I mean full on sobbing, not just a few tears escaping. I sounded like I was having a breakdown! On the flip side of this I was laughing out loud for a lot of the book too, because the dialogue between Kami, Jared, Ash and Co was so bloody funny! I can't write too much for fear of posting spoilers but it was an amazing ending and I wasn't disappointed.
Miss Brennan has an amazing talent for writing funny, dramatic, heart-wrenching and beautiful stories that stay with you long after the final page has been turned. I can't wait to discover what she brings out next....more