This book was a nice surprise. I was staying at my parents house and needed something to read when I came across this book. I wasn't sure what to expeThis book was a nice surprise. I was staying at my parents house and needed something to read when I came across this book. I wasn't sure what to expect - it sounded more like a mystery, but I was quickly swept up in the fluid writing and intriguing plot. I was really pleased to discover this was a FANTASY book, and actually, my favourite kind of fantasy - based on fairy tales and folklore. The book was very easy to read and hard to put down - you kept wanting to find out what happened next. The support characters were kind of vague, I never really felt I got to know any of them apart from Ian, the main character. But this was an interesting book which delved into the folklore of the highlands of Scotland. It's about fairies, other realms, and magical folk set in the modern world which offered a different perspective. I greatly enjoyed this book!...more
Disappointingly, I feel that ever since Crown of Midnight, the series has gone down hill. While I love the storyline and plot, some of the charactersDisappointingly, I feel that ever since Crown of Midnight, the series has gone down hill. While I love the storyline and plot, some of the characters and the author's way of writing is seriously PAINFUL. Maybe it's because I was always a Chaol fan and have just never warmed to Rowan, but ever since Celaena 'became' Aelin, I couldn't stand her. Despite Caleana's past, in the first two books, she was still a girl. She was relatable, she had a kind heart, and you could tell her harsh exterior was just a front. But Aelin was angry all the time, hissing and cursing and being moody; just downright unlikeable. In fact, all of the fae characters (except Lorcan & Gavriel), I found completely boring and pretty much just a clone of each other. Thank goodness for the other characters' stories! I loved reading about Elide, Lorcan and Manon. They had more depth and personality, and I'll always have a special place in my heart for Dorian too, though even with him, towards the end he started to merge into a similar personality to Aedion and Rowan. And the sex scenes.. oh man.. painful. Like some kind of soft porn fantasy of the author's...
Despite loving the other characters' plot-lines, I also felt this is one of the reasons I felt so unconnected to Aelin. I was constantly seeing her through others' eyes and again, the dialogue was painful in the way that everyone just fawns over Aelin. I also found the author's favourite plot line of "let's not let on anything about this plan and then BAM! everything is okay because Aelin is amazing and figured everything out long ago", really tiring. I mean, there's only so many times the element of surprise works.
So no, I didn't like this book as much as I was hoping to. But by the end, I was still itching to read on and find out what happens in the next instalment....more
This was a fine adventure fantasy with unpredictable and exciting plot twists and turns. While the battle scenes were drawn out a bit and sometimes seThis was a fine adventure fantasy with unpredictable and exciting plot twists and turns. While the battle scenes were drawn out a bit and sometimes seemed to drag on forever, throughout most of the story I was kept interested. Agniezka, the main character was mostly likeable though her 'romantic' interactions seemed somewhat awkward and unnecessary in parts..
This book like a mesh between Howl's Moving Castle and one of Juliet Marillier's brilliant fairytale fantasies. Everything came together nicely in the end in a realistic and satisfactory way, despite some misgivings I had throughout the book, it was overall very enjoyable....more
I purchased this book in Tokyo while I was travelling in Japan so that I would have something to read. The bright colours of the cover captivated me aI purchased this book in Tokyo while I was travelling in Japan so that I would have something to read. The bright colours of the cover captivated me and I just couldn't not buy it. After that, I just couldn't put it down. It was a constant companion for me on the subway, when I sat down to eat, before I went to bed, and every spare moment I had in between. The novel reminded me of a grittier version of Memoirs of a Geisha following the story of Violet, the daughter of an American Madame who runs an upper class Courtesan house in Shanghai. Amy Tan created the world perfectly which was at times tragic, beautiful, and eye opening. I very much enjoyed this book....more
Not quite as enjoyable as Kate Furnivall's other books. I was not as engaged with the plot or the characters much at all for the first half of the booNot quite as enjoyable as Kate Furnivall's other books. I was not as engaged with the plot or the characters much at all for the first half of the book, however it picked up a bit when they arrived in Egypt. As with her previous books, Furnivall has a talent for description but it was somewhat lacking with her most recent novel....more