With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special among draki - the descendants of dragons with the power to shift into human form. But when J...moreWith her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special among draki - the descendants of dragons with the power to shift into human form. But when Jacinda's rebelliousness forces her family to flee to the human world, her draki spirit starts to fade. If it is lost she will remain as a human. The only thing that revives it is gorgeous elusive Will... Whose family hunts her kind.
Oh, where to begin? There might be spoilers I guess.
I had so many issues with this book, and there was really only one thing I actually liked. I guess I'll start with the positive then since that list is much shorter: DRAGONS (or draki, but whatever...). I love dragons and had therefore high expectations for this book. I thought I would love it!
Sadly I was very disappointed. Which brings me to what I didn't like. First of all the main character: Jacinda. God, did she get on my nerves! She was so annoying, not to mention stupid and indecisive to the extreme! All I heard from her was "whine, whine, whine, feel sorry for me, whine, whine, whine, nobody understands me, whine". I think she also just may be on the top of the list over the most selfish persons I've ever come across. She finds out there are dragon hunters at her new school, and does she do what any normal person would do and I don't know, WARN her family? No. She reasons that if she tells her mother, then they will move to a new place and she will have to repeat the horrors of first day at a new school and this time she will not have a "beautiful exciting boy around". Are. You. For. Fucking. REAL?! THAT'S you resoning? But then again I guess you can't expect more from a girl who goes "I have to stay away from Will" to "Oh, I love when he's near me, why should I stay away?" every other page. I'm not even kidding. If I would ever be stupid enough to read this again it would be just to count how often she goes back and forth like that.
Did I mention she is really beautiful and she has three (THREE, or five if you count Ken and Nathan, but they're not so hot so why should we? URGH!) guys vying for her attention? Of course she hates this and doesn't understand what's so special about her. Well, you and me both, honey, you and me both. She's supposedly oh-so-special because she can breathe fire. How do we know this? Maybe because we are shown Jacinda breathing fire? No, we know this because Jacinda TELLS us she can breathe fire. Does she ever actually breathe fire? No, not really. A few huffs and puffs, but noooo actual fire. Lame.
She is also down-right mean. She gives degrading nicknames whenever she can't be bothered to learn the actual name. Slime Braces, Ferret Eyes... And a guy who has been kind enough to try and get to know her and show her around he "has been her shadow ever since fifth period". There is also Catherine, a girl also kind enough to try and get to know the new girl, and Jacinda is all "I hope Will comes first and sits next to me so I don't have to explain to Catherine why I'd rather sit with him". I just... Wow. I think I might just HATE this girl. I even created a new shelf. Just for her.
There were also several things not making any sense! If the draki are their natural form, why do they walk around looking human all the time? And the mother had apparently spent a year in the desert trying to kill off her draki without succeding, then why does Jacinda struggle after like a week? And the timeline is also confusing! I had the feeling several months must have passed at the end, and then I read she left the pride "little over a month ago". What? But Will was gone from school a total of at LEAST two weeks, right? It felt like I read "Will hadn't been in school the last couple of days" all the time! Not to mention she was suspended for a week! I tell you, it doesn't make sense.
The I-don't-know-you-but-I-crave-you-and-need-you-and-love-you-thing I won't even get into. I just don't have the strength to relive this thing anymore.
The book would have been so much better if they just would have stayed with the pride. That was new and interesting. High school isn't.
All in all I hoped Angus or Xander would just kill her already so I could put the book down and start on another, hopefully better, book.
And to my fellow swedes; she goes to Chaparral High. For real. Sjukt roligt! xD(less)
I wanted to like this - I really did! But sadly that was not the case.
Emerald (she's named after her eyes of course...) is your typical goody-two-shoe...moreI wanted to like this - I really did! But sadly that was not the case.
Emerald (she's named after her eyes of course...) is your typical goody-two-shoe heroine. She is ahead of her time in her way to think and act, which, of course, sets her apart from everyone else. She is beautiful without knowing it and she has a pet bear. Why? I have absolutely no idea, she just does. If this is the norm in her world, I don't know either, because Emerald never bothered to tell me, or if she did I don't remember.
Also I didn't think it made sense; like there is this girl that she hates in the beginning, but after some kind of minor plot twist they are BFF, even though Emerald is still very condecending when she thinks about her. I really didn't like Emerald by the end of the book - she felt... Meh! I did not like her at all, I thought she was whiny and kind of a brat to be honest!
Somewhere there is this plot with Emerald and the queen and an assassination attempt and some guy she just met but is madly in love with, but... Meh, it just didn't hold my attention.(less)
Alex is a seventeen year old girl dying from a brain tumor. She has given up on the cancer treatments ever working, she's dying and she will not ever...moreAlex is a seventeen year old girl dying from a brain tumor. She has given up on the cancer treatments ever working, she's dying and she will not ever get better. Then, as she's hiking in the woods, an electromagnetic pulse hits the world, and everthing is changed. Those not instantly killed by the pulse, either turns into mindless cannibals or, like Alex, develops hightened senses. In the company of an orphaned 8 year old girl and a young troubled army veteran, she tries to make sense of a world turned upside down.
I read the first 260 pages without stopping even once. It was three o'clock at night, but who cares? I needed to know what would happen! Would they be okay? Would they find other people? Would they turn into zombies themselves? I was hooked, I was terrified, I was captivated.
Then it all went to hell. 40-50 pages later and I put the book down, disappointment festering inside me, and I went to sleep. I picked up the book again the next day and forced myself to finish, all the while screaming inside my head: WHY DID YOU NOT STAY IN THE FUCKING CABIN ALL FUCKING WINTER YOU FUCKING MORONS?! I'm sure it would have made the book much better, as it is now I think it suffers from a severe case of multiple personalities disorder. There is no other explaination. The second half introduces a whole new story with a whole new bunch of characters I couldn't even tell from one another. It's such a shame!! Because the first 260 pages are great, like really, really GREAT! During the second half I prayed for a zombie to eat all of them.
5 stars for the first part, 1 star for the second. Overall 3 stars.(less)
This is how I like my books! An interesting main character, kick-ass strong females, amazing world-building, REAL problems (A.K.A. not "ZOMG who will...moreThis is how I like my books! An interesting main character, kick-ass strong females, amazing world-building, REAL problems (A.K.A. not "ZOMG who will i like choose between hottie no 1 or hottie no 2??" or "I totally really love this person I met two seconds ago, but we can't be together because, because... eh... we just CAN'T okay?!") and intriguing plot. Finnikin of the Rock has it all!
Finnikin is the dashing hero and Evanjelin the unlikely and mysterious heroine; you can't help but cheer for them, even when they do things that make you want to howl in frustration. (*cough:Finnikinandaprostitute*cough*)
I don't think words can describe how much I loved this book, but you can bet I'll read it again and again and again!(less)
I really liked it - non-stop action and a sprinkle of romance, what's not to like? However, I couldn't help thinking it would have made so much more s...moreI really liked it - non-stop action and a sprinkle of romance, what's not to like? However, I couldn't help thinking it would have made so much more sense had they only been... three-four years older? Really, I think it would've made the story a lot more believable.(less)
Detta var den första boken jag fick i uppgift att läsa för min universitetskurs, och gissa om jag blev positivt överraskad!
Boken handlar om sergeant A...moreDetta var den första boken jag fick i uppgift att läsa för min universitetskurs, och gissa om jag blev positivt överraskad!
Boken handlar om sergeant Albert och glasmästardotter Sara Videbeck som möts under en resa med ångbåt mellan Stockholm och Linköping. Under resans gång förälskar de sig två i varandra, men Sara vill inte gifta sig med Albert då hon blivit vittne till sina egna föräldrars allt annat än lyckliga äktenskap.
Först utgiven 1839 orsakade den ramaskri då den attackerade det traditionella förhållandet mellan man och kvinna a.k.a. giftermålet.
Jag skrattade högt åt Alberts inre monologer flera gånger (dock vet jag inte om det var meningen, men jag tyckte han var fruktansvärt söt i sina tankegångar), och gillade Sara, även om hon ibland blev lite väl mycket språkrör för Almqvists egna politiska värderingar. Deras förhållande var kanske lite pang på rödbetan, men det gör inte så mycket faktiskt.
På det hela en kort (knappt 100 sidor) läsvärd historia som speglar det svenska samhället på 1830-talet.(less)
Sydelle, a skilled young weaver, has lived her whole life in the small village of Cliffton. Despite the draught raging for the last ten years it has b...moreSydelle, a skilled young weaver, has lived her whole life in the small village of Cliffton. Despite the draught raging for the last ten years it has been a safe and secure life. A life she has longed to escape. The day it starts raining, however, everything she thought she knew is put on end and she gets just what she was wishing for. The wizard, Wayland North, responsible for the rain only wants one thing as compensation; Sydelle. Together they set out on a journey towards the capital to prevent an oncoming war. But North is hiding secrets, both about himself, and about Sydelle.
Wow... I stayed up until half past seven in the morning reading this - and it was worth every lost second of sleep!
Sydelle and North's story is one I will read again and probably once more after that. They were both flawed, but very likeable. Their grudging friendship and bickering were hugely entertaining and actually had me laughing out loud several times. Even the side characters felt fleshed out and like their own persons.
The magic had its own unique twist to it, which I thought was really nice. Also the world in itself was well-developed and entirely its own.
I always have a hard time writing about books I loved and this is no exception. This might just be the most crappy review I've ever writen. I just don't know how to put into words the amount of love I have for this book! Just... Read it. Put it on top of your to-read-list and read it. You won't be disappointed.(less)
For some reason I was convinced this was set in the past, well it isn't, and I think my disappointment colored my opinion the whole time I were readin...moreFor some reason I was convinced this was set in the past, well it isn't, and I think my disappointment colored my opinion the whole time I were reading it unfortunately.
Hailey is a misfit. Friendless and shunned, both at school and at home, the only refuge she has is her four year old foster brother. She swears she'll take both of them away from her evil grandmother and the hell-hole of a town they live in, as soon as she turns 18. Then, after an incident at school where Hailey mysteriously heals a fellow student, a long lost aunt she didn't know she had shows up and with her she carries all the answers to Haileys questions and a few new questions of her own.
It was decent. I just didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I never got a good grasp on what anything looked like, or what kind of surroundings they were in. I never really cared about Hailey either. The only one I liked in the whole book was the little sweet kid Chub - and I got so angry every time he got hurt (which was a lot...!), but since they could magically heal him it didn't mattered a four year old broke his arm? Or got shot? I'm sorry I just thought she was so blasé about it! That kid will probably be scarred for life!! No matter if the injuries he sustained where healed within the hour. I'm sorry, I just... When kids got hurt I'm a freaking furie!!
Hum, I guess I got off track for a moment... Anyway, it was decent. Not great, but not bad either. 3 out of 6, but only 2 out of 5.(less)
Why is it so easy to write a review about a book you didn't like, and so difficult to do the same when you really love a book? Well, for one; I'm afra...moreWhy is it so easy to write a review about a book you didn't like, and so difficult to do the same when you really love a book? Well, for one; I'm afraid I won't do it justice.
I guess a good beginning is to say that I loved this book. And I intend to marry Sgt. Grey. Just so we're clear.
Gaia is a 16 year old living in poverty outside a place known as the Enclave. She is badly scarred in the face from a childhood accident, and will therefore never have a chance to actually live inside the Enclave; only the perfect are allowed inside after all. Gaia has always known this and is quite content with the life she is living, training to be a midwife just like her mother. She has never questioned the Enclave or its rules, that is until her parents are arrested for seemingly no reason. Now Gaia will do whatever she can to free them and find out the truth, even if it means breaking alot of rules.
The world Gaia is living in is approximately 300 years in the future, and let me tell you this; the future sucks. Big time. Resources are scarce, rivers and lakes has dried up, and society is clearly segregated. The gene pool is too small, making anomalies like hemophilia common. It is a miserable place to live, and yet O'Brien manages to infuse hope, humanity and a romance so subtle and real I couldn't stop smiling. It is a dark tale with blood and death always present, but with windows of light shining through every now and then making it bearable.
There is also a mind puzzle in it I had a very fun time trying to solve before the characters in the book did! I didn't though...
All in all it is everything I look for in a book. A bleak, corrupt society, a relatable heroine, a strong likeable hero with flaws (I really hate those "perfect" guys that has invaded the YA books), nice parental figures, a villain who makes you shudder, and last: NO LOVE TRIANGLE.
I'm holding my breath for the sequel which is due any day now, hoping I will not be disappointed.(less)
This book has a lot of potential, it really does! I'm a huge sucker for fantasy!This world and mythology and everthing is well thought out, the charac...moreThis book has a lot of potential, it really does! I'm a huge sucker for fantasy!This world and mythology and everthing is well thought out, the characters are funny and real! It made me laugh, and I really cared for everyone involved.
And still it only deserves a 3. In the end, not much happens, at all... The first two hundred pages or so are just a journey where nothing especially exciting happens. They ride, eat, ride, take a break, ride, eat, sleep, and repeat! I realize we got to know everyone and how the world works, but... Meh, you still could have summerized those two hundred pages to about fifty, and I don't think the book would have suffered from it at all!
Sure, there was a twist at the end I didn't see coming, but unfortunately it made me like Gen, the main character, a little less actually, and I don't think that was the intention.
A good book with potential, but nothing more. I have high hopes for its sequels though; they're on their way to me as I write.(less)
Karou lives in Prague, and tries her best to fit her two lives together. On one hand she's an art student, but on the other she's an errand girl for h...moreKarou lives in Prague, and tries her best to fit her two lives together. On one hand she's an art student, but on the other she's an errand girl for her strange father figure Brimstone The Chimaera. Everything is, however, turned upside down with the presence of black handprints showing up on doors all over the world.
I liked it, I did! The world was mesmerizing and stunningly well-done; it felt real and simply breath taking. But... In the end it was just another paranormal romance between two superduper beautiful people who don't really know each other, but they sure love each other. Disappointing? Tell me about it...!
Couldn't make up my mind whether I wanted to give it 5 stars or 3, so I settled for 4.(less)