Wow. So on the whole I really really loved this book because it was original, clever, had a wonderful supporting cast of characters and a likable lead...moreWow. So on the whole I really really loved this book because it was original, clever, had a wonderful supporting cast of characters and a likable lead who isn't a one dimension idiot (always a plus).
The main character Nym reminded me strongly of Yelena from Maria V Snyder's Poison study series, and I mean that as the best compliment ever because Yelena is kick-ass. Both women are strong and yet have suffered greatly and still learning a lot from life.
My only one flaw with the novel was the amount of new stuff thrust upon me as the reader. There's a lot of world building and so many new terms I got lost a few times. I think the book could have been a bit longer in order to be a bit more explanatory and it wouldn't have made the plot suffer.
The romance is artfully done and not over-powering like some romances are and it doesn't eclipse the main story-line. If you're a fan of a good cliff-hanger, sweeping fantasy, romance and magic (and you're not afraid to get your heart trampled on) then definitely ass this to your to-read list.
Big thanks to Netgalley and the author for allowing me a copy to review.(less)
This had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept think...moreThis had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept thinking there should be more. I guess that it was meant to end like that but I didn't like it.
I get that life does go on and it doesn't have a perfect ending but the lack of closure and explanation bugged me. Why were some people topping themselves and others just sitting down and dying peacefully? What caused it in the first place? I just didn't see the point to the story. Maybe I missed something.
However, I can't deny that despite the lack of closure and explanation the author is an exceptional writer. The book read fluently with no hiccups and I loved the atmosphere and descriptions, so I will happily read more of this books just to see what else he's written. I recognise a good writer when I read one, and this guy is talented.(less)
This was a nice short story that gave an interesting insight into four's mind but unlike some of the reviewers I didn't think it was amazingly mind bl...moreThis was a nice short story that gave an interesting insight into four's mind but unlike some of the reviewers I didn't think it was amazingly mind blowing or revealing. It was good but not as good as the other books in the series.
Having said that, Four is awesome and any book with Four in it is ok by me :)(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)
This was a good book, but the problem I have with anything that is hyped up is that it rarely meets the mind blowing expectations of the masses, and t...moreThis was a good book, but the problem I have with anything that is hyped up is that it rarely meets the mind blowing expectations of the masses, and this is what I found here. Don't get me wrong. The story is original and the chaotic nature of the plot reflects the nature of the main character, which I loved.
My problem was it didn't blow me away. I liked it and I will read the next in the series but I felt there was a lot of back and forth and nothing much happening towards the middle and end of the book. The ending left me feeling like there was something missing and I really wish there had been more info on Nathan's father (something I hope will happen in the second book)
Overall, it was a good fantasy novel. But a word of caution to other readers. This is written in the present tense, a writing style I don't always get on with, so maybe this affected my opinion. I felt in this book, especially at the beginning where it flashes back to the past, the present tense became confusing. It's a unique and rarely used writing style and I found it difficult to read. So maybe it's just me. Either way I'm invested enough in the well fleshed out characters to read the next in the series. I want to know what happens to Nathan. (less)
Wow. And wow again! I'll write something coherent in a moment. promise. This was such an engrossing book, so much so I read it all in the time before m...moreWow. And wow again! I'll write something coherent in a moment. promise. This was such an engrossing book, so much so I read it all in the time before my late shift at work today and I was totally impressed.
I don't know why I didn't read this sooner, though it was probably because I didn't get along with The Thin Executioner and so wasn't sure if I'd like this series, but I needn't have worried because this is just as amazing as the Demonata books.
First things first, without spoiling, I was totally surprised by B. I hated and loved in equal measure and ultimately loved by the end. There was a moment of great shock when I realised what B stood for, I won't spoil it though cos I'm pretty sure it's best to figure it out for yourself.
It isn't all gore and guts (though there is quite a bit of it at the beginning and in the last third of the book) but there are some very powerful issues tackled in Racism and domestic violence, topics I think should be included in books more often. This book is far from preachy though, and the hard-hitting subjects are very relevant to the storyline, especially in that last chapter.
Absolutely Love B. Hate B's dad. And I find myself again surprised by how many people Mr Shan can just bump off in a book (he is a legend for bravely risking all the characters, it makes things much more interesting).
Will definitely be reading book 2 and the rest of the series (soon as I'm sure I have the money lol) (less)
I don't usually read a lot of mystery stories, but this one caught my attention with it's snappy blurb and intriguing premise. Missing teenagers? No c...moreI don't usually read a lot of mystery stories, but this one caught my attention with it's snappy blurb and intriguing premise. Missing teenagers? No clues as to there whereabouts? Creepy tiny town with a small population? Just the sort of thing to suck me into a book and keep me guessing, and wow did it keep me guessing (And as an aside note, this book also goes by the name of The Missing).
There was not one point during this book that I was able to solve the mystery before the end happened and when the the mystery was uncovered, I was stunned and I could feel the shudders down my spine. Don't get me wrong, by the half way point I was a little bit infuriated trying to make sense of all the little puzzle pieces that I just couldn't seem to get to fit together, but it was well worth it when they finally did.
I can't say much more on the story without spoiling it, but this is an absorbing book that you'll find hard to put down at any point. The characters are easy to relate to, and the plot doesn't let up for a second. Well worth a read if you love your stories spooky, mysterious and to haunt you at night after you go to sleep.(less)
I'm going to confess to buying this because the cover is beautiful as well the synopsis sounding awesome. What can I say? I'm a sucker for stunning co...moreI'm going to confess to buying this because the cover is beautiful as well the synopsis sounding awesome. What can I say? I'm a sucker for stunning covers. so sue me!
This book is amazing! It's confusing to and you really don't get all the answers until the end, and even then you're still missing a few, but not in a way that's infuriating, more in a way that it sets up the next book nicely (which I will read soon hopefully)
This had everything; romance, conspiracy, action, mystery, mind erasing, manipulation, bullying, murder, intrigue...I could go on. More than that though, it has brilliant character development and the author was not afraid to take risks with characters to further the plot (which I love in an author by the way)
It also has a seriously twisted bad guy (guyette actually) that will make you cringe inside whilst wishing her dead every other page (you know the type!)and the world building is amazing too. Tough I admit to feeling very claustrophobic at the thought of living in a great big underwater dome.
I'm not going to rehash the story in my review because the synopsis is there and I'm not posting any spoilers either, so with that I urge you to read this and discover it's amazingness for yourself.(less)
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)