I enjoyed this book tremendously and I hope I can be forgiven for not realising that this was a work of non-fiction until about half way through. I goI enjoyed this book tremendously and I hope I can be forgiven for not realising that this was a work of non-fiction until about half way through. I got this for review as a pre-release and I originally requested it because, like Eden, I am Pug obsessed and I would love to have one.
This book is so much more than just a little girls quest for a pug but also about family, coming together and picking up the pieces and carrying on when you literally have lost everything but each other. The writer of this book is so much stronger than I could ever be and, though myself am an atheist, I was almost yearning for her faith purely because it lent her so much strength.
I think I most related to Eden in this novel purely because she reminds me of me when I was little. I too was capable of relentless campaigns and clever badgering :) But I also loved the fact that Eden is taught that she has to work for what she wants, these are good values and ones I was brought up with too. Massive respect to her parents.
Ultimately I think this is a short but deeply impacting story that has left me feeling a little better about the world and people in it and that it is possible to lose everything and start again and even the smallest and cutest little dog can make a difference. ...more
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
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
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 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