Pros Amazingly written. Duran didn't use modern phrases and words, but rather reproduced the language of that period. Loved the description of In4,5/5
Pros Amazingly written. Duran didn't use modern phrases and words, but rather reproduced the language of that period. Loved the description of India, the war and the various effects it had on everyone. Story was very nice. Julian was, apart from really hot, a genuinely good character. He was supposed to be a rake but his behavior towards Emma was not rakish at all. He respected and cared for her from the very start and did not try to seduce her just for the sake of conquest.
Cons Even though I loved the writing, the Duke Of Shadows was undoubtedly a difficult book to crack. It took me 100 pages or so to ease into it and fully understand the surroundings and the characters. I was not a huge fan of Emma's. I didn't hater her, but I didn't love her, either. Something bothered me about her throughout the whole book and I can't put my finger on it. Maybe she was a bit too hysterical for my liking. ...more
I noticed a lot of people had a problem with this book. Again, no idea why. It puzlles me, really. First Pieces Of Us, which for me is a masterpiece,I noticed a lot of people had a problem with this book. Again, no idea why. It puzlles me, really. First Pieces Of Us, which for me is a masterpiece, next Ferocity Summer. Maybe it's the absence of a vamp or a wolf, or a really hot guy girls can fawn over and tweet million abbreviations about. Maybe it's the huge dose of reality these books have that scare people. Even though I liked Popular better, no one can deny that Ferocity Summer is an exceptionally written book. Everything by Alissa Grosso will be an automatic "must-read" from now on, she's just an amazing writer.
I kinda struggled with Scill's character, though, the book's main character. In a way, she was like Sherman, the guy she was writing a history paper about. His place in history, says Grosso, isn't entirely clear. He is regarded by most as a hero but there are also some who think he went too far. That's Scilla. I won't blame her mother's parenting for Scilla's actions. There is so much parents can do, after all. What Scilla did was all her. Even when she was doing something wrong she knew it, she admitted it to herself, but she didn't stop. That's nobody else's fault but hers. Is she responsible for Willow's demise, though? I don't think so. There were 4 people in the accident and even though everyone had completely changed after, Willow couldn't handle it, neither the accident itself nor the change, and she drowned in her guilt (which she confesses in the end) and her sorrow. She was the weakest out of the 4 for sure. Truth is, Scilla didn't try her best to help her. Not that Willow would have listened to her. Regardless, Scilla was selfish. We see clearly that she doesn't care for any human being, be that her ex boyfriend, whom she hooks up with only for necessity, her wanna-be friend Bill, even her best friend Willow. I think she was so terrified of being lonely, that she surrounded herself with people who she disliked, like she did with Christian. She did care on some level about Willow I guess but not enough to take action. That's why what happened to WIllow in the end was not a shock for her. I think in some perverted way she felt free, liberated, no longer having anyone to hold her down. The way I see, it Scilla was completely lost: she had no sexual identity, no views of a future of any kind, no compassion, no personality, nothing. The ending was kinda hopeful and realistic at the same time. Scilla won't change over night, neither does she expects to. Neither does she wants to, I think.
Clearly if you haven't read the book and read this review you'll probably be going "Uh?", but it was impossible to express my views on it without referring to certain events. I know a lot of people may not like Ferocity Summer because it's not your typical YA (thank god for that!) but it will certainly appeal to more open minded people, and those are the ones this book, and other books like it, are written for, I guess. ...more
Pros Julie Kagawa's writing. I mean, you just can't go wrong. She constantly delivers since the Iron King and I have no doubt she will continue t4,5/5
Pros Julie Kagawa's writing. I mean, you just can't go wrong. She constantly delivers since the Iron King and I have no doubt she will continue to do so. There is not a dull moment in The Lost Prince, the writing is rhythmic and fluid, which makes the book practically unputdownable.
I loved how we get to see characters from previous books, it's no secret that Meghan, Ash and Puck make an appearance (along with others...). What I liked most about it though, was that they didn't over-stage the new characters, the story was all theirs to tell and not the old timers'. That way we get to see what our favorite characters are up to, without them being tacky, as I've personally witnessed in other spin offs.
Speaking of characters, I really liked Ethan and his goofy style. I know "goofy" is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Ethan, but I think that beneath all that tough guy act, he's hopelessly goofy and dopey. I don't know, he just seems that way to me. If there was one character I really really loved (besides a certain faery queen who I'm not gonna name), is Keirran. I was terrified at the beginning thinking that this was gonna be yet another triangle. Kagawa is much more clever than that though, and I totally give her credit for not taking the easy way out. So yeah, Keirran, apart from being dreamy and all that, is a really complex character. You never know what he's thinking or what he'll do. His story is definitely not over and the ending of Lost Prince suggests so. Can't wait to read more about him. For those of you who are like "What is she talking about?", you probably haven't read The Iron Knight. Pick it up now!
Cons The name of the next book and me coming across it :( Granted, I would have found out some day but did it have to be so soon? Now a million things are going through my mind, and let me tell you, not one of them is good!
In all honestly, I still don't know what the bad guys were about. I really don't. I had an idea but then I see them killing their own kind so I'm like "Yeah. No." I mean, I get the Iron Fey, born of the modern age and the progress of technology, I get Winter and Summer Court, I get the fairies that are in the InBetween, but these guys? I have no clue. I probably come off like a real moron here, but I really don't know. If anyone would care to enlighten me, I'd be forever grateful.
I don't get Kenzie. I'm sorry but I don't get her. I don't see the chemistry between her and Ethan. Ethan is awesome and Kenzie is a great girl undoubtedly, but together, they just don't click for me. They could easily be brother and sister.
But I'm just nitpicking here. The book is great, pick it up, read it, you'll have a great time....more
I know it took me over a month to finish Falling Kingdoms but that has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the book. I was going through someI know it took me over a month to finish Falling Kingdoms but that has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the book. I was going through some personal stuff, moving overseas, blah blah. But even when I wasn't reading, weirdly enough I always had Falling Kingdoms in the back of mind wandering what happens next. And even after such a long period, when I finally got back to it, I realised that I was still hooked and excited to get into it again. If that's not an indicator of Falling Kingdoms being an amazing book, I don't know what is!
First and foremost I would like to address the George Martin issue. I fully acknowledge and respect the fact that Rhodes (aka Michelle Rowen) has been inspired, if you will, by Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I think it's pretty apparent, no need to deny it. I have come across myriads of books that were really similar to others or that their authors have "borrowed" (by no means stole) bits and pieces from other books. I usually don't like that in a book, because readers in general want to always read original material and not something they have read again and again. That being said, I have come to eat my words as far as some of these books are concerned, because I ended up liking them and I feel that the real struggle for their authors is not just to utilise similar stories or characters from other books, but to make them their own and give them their own significant voice and style, and eventually produce an amazing result that is, in its own way, unique. I think that's what happened with Falling Kingdoms and I am really really glad I did not take bad reviews into account and decided to read it after all.
I haven't read any books by Michelle Rowen so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing, which was amazing, as I am fully aware how difficult it is to write a fantasy novel. I loved the descriptions of the different kingdoms and in general her edgy and clever style of writing. The story was exciting, kept you on your toes the whole time. There was romance, sword fighting, magic, what's not to like?
What made Falling Kingdoms so special for me were the characters. I notice a lot of readers struggled with the characters and I honestly have no idea why. For instance, I don't think Cleo come across as a selfish brat but for argument's sake, let's say she did. Isn't it understandable? She is the princess of a very wealthy kingdom. She has led a sheltered life with servants at her beg and call so yeah, she may be a little spoiled (which again, I did not get from her). I have seen alleged "heroines" in YA acting way worse than Cleo. The majority of them, actually. So even if she was acting like a brat at the beginning, in the end I think everyone will agree that she grows by leaps and bounds while trying to save herself, the people she loves and her land. I think Cleo is a very misunderstood character and it really upsets me when people bash her. I would have liked to see the romance between her and Theon (thank you Martin for totally ruining that name for me, by the way!) showcased a little bit better. I didn't quite get where all this undying love came from and that made me not care for their romantic relationship as much as I would have wanted to. Now Magnus I fell in love with. He was my ultimate favorite. Jonas was right there with him at some point, but Magnus won in the end. I loved everything about Magnus. He was the most well written character in my opinion. I liked how his mind worked, how he had so many issues it's not even funny, how he alternated between having a superiority complex and an inferiority complex at the same time, how he was so emotionally confused, how he was a total wreck. What can I say? I love a tortured soul! And especially one that doesn't have or even deserve a happy ending, one that not only didn't learn from his mistakes but drowned in them, put simply, a fantastically flawed, freaking awesome character! I just loved every word coming out of his mouth and I just couldn't wait for a Limeros chapter just so that I could read about Magnus. What I would have liked though was maybe Lucia appearing more in the book. Rhodes made us believe she is a very important character who plays a crucial part in the story, only to keep her in hiding, so to speak. Hopefully we get to see more of her in the sequel.
Jonas was great also, with an amazing back story: who doesn't like a scorned poor guy seeking revenge? Again though, it is not that simple with Rhodes. Jonas is not the great guy who has been treated unfairly and wants to right the wrongs done to him. Well on paper he does, but he is going at it the wrong way, even making him the bad guy at some point, destroying every hero stereotype along the way. That's what makes Rhodes' characters so intriguing and different, in my opinion: their twisted sense of right and wrong.
All in all, Falling Kingdoms hit it out of the park for me. It was dark and captivating-just the way I like them. Some say that a lot of the stuff in there are inappropriate for Young Adults. I can't argue with that, to each its own. I read Stephen King when I was a Young Adult so I wouldn't mind reading Falling Kingdoms at that age. Also, it's a fantasy novel, so let's just take it down a notch with the overreacting, shall we?
Bottom line is this: Falling Kingdoms is awesome, go buy it! That's all you need to know! Book 2 in the series "Rebel Spring" coming out 2013. Sign me up!...more
Not as good as its predecessors (no Gregory girls :( but still pretty good. I would have liked it to be more Callie - Gregory focused and not Ivy InsiNot as good as its predecessors (no Gregory girls :( but still pretty good. I would have liked it to be more Callie - Gregory focused and not Ivy Insider focused, especially when Insider's revelation was anticlimactic at best. Oh well. ...more
I just can't believe I made it through this book, I really can't. It was wrong, so wrong. And not the "Oh it feels so good" wrong, the "I want to gougI just can't believe I made it through this book, I really can't. It was wrong, so wrong. And not the "Oh it feels so good" wrong, the "I want to gouge my eyes out" wrong. I wanted to trust in it, though, and because I'm extremely naive, I stuck with it, thinking that it can't possibly be that bad, that anytime now it's gonna get better. Let me tell you now, don't be as naive as me, because it doesn't get better. Not at all.
To be honest, I kinda struggled with it from the start. Not so much with the story and the characters, that came later, but with its tormentingly slow pace. We just had to know every little move Kiera made, every little step, it felt like watching a movie in slow motion. There was a small oasis somewhere in the middle, which was unfortunately overshadowed by all the crap that was going on around it.
And that brings us to the story and the people in it. Story is this: a girl named Kiera and her boyfriend named Denny move in with said boyfriend's best friend, Kellan, who happens to be a very hot singer in a band and Kiera falls head over heels with him and they start an affair. I won't go into details about what happens in case you want to read it (I beg of you, don't!) but I will tell you this: I have never hated a girl in a book as much as I hated Kiera. I mean I haaaated her! I loathed her. Everything that I despise in a person, was Kiera personified. She was someone I could not relate to at all, someone who I could not invest in, I could not give a crap about what happened to her or who she ended up with because in my mind she deserved to be completely alone. Or rather, she kinda deserved Kellan because in my eyes, he too was a spineless coward. The girl was so selfish and manipulative, it was almost a crime. She said it herself at one point, how good it'd be if she could keep it going on with both guys. Without her boyfriend knowing, of course. That poor guy changed his whole life because of her and treated her like she was his everything and what did she do? She had sex with his best friend while her boyfriend was sleeping right across the hall! Wait, it gets better! She then went to her boyfriend's room and had sex with him because, get this, she felt guilty. Ah, and they say romance is dead!
I mean, I could go on and on about the ridiculously hurtful stuff she did to both guys, we could be here all day. And what ended up happening? Both guys stroking her hair and telling her everything's gonna be OK and please don't cry and don't be sorry. Seriously?? Nuh uh. Unacceptable. She didn't pay ANY consequences for her actions whatsoever and not only that but when it came to the nitty gritty and couldn't make a decision between the two guys offering stupid excuses, her boyfriend made it oh so easy for her by making it for her, practically giving her a get-out-of-jail-free card. Why? Because she is Keira and they both loved her so much that they forgave her for screwing around with both of them. I'm sorry but I just can't fathom that, it made me angry as hell. Kiera for me was an immature, spoiled brat who always craved validation, which everyone seemed so eager to give her, and she was still never satisfied. That being said, I must admit that I get it. Not her, not at all. The story, up until one point. I get that even though you're in a relationship you can meet someone else and fall in love. Yes, of course, that can happen. I have no objection to that. You end it with the person you are with at the moment and get together with the new guy. What you don't do is screw around like nothing is wrong because you're in love with both of them so it doesn't really matter, right? Your intentions are pure. Don't kid yourself. You're a slut. Plain and simple. Even if she truly loved both guys which I highly doubt Kiera did, she had to ultimately choose one of them. Yes, it's hard and it will hurt whoever is being dumbed, but screwing the other guy is hurting him even more. If you're a girl and you're reading this imagine if your boyfriend did this to you. "Hey babe, um, so, I slept with a girl the other night. But no worries. I'm in love with her". Would you go "Oh OK then. Good on you. That doesn't bother me in the least" ? Somehow I doubt it! Ultimately what bothered me more was that Kiera was completely fake, a person that doesn't and can't exist in reality, whom you cannot connect with in any way, and who eventually ruins the the whole book. I mean, she couldn't connect with two guys who adored her, how can the reader possibly connect with her, feel for her?
Don't let me get started on Kellan and his smoldering blue eyes, and sexy lopsided grin. Ugh! What a best friend he was, uh? And he supposedly owed Denny a lot, which of course he repaid by screwing the living hell out of Denny's girlfriend fist chance he got. I can't even...
The writing was pretty bad. I don't know if it had to do with the ridiculous length of the book (550 freaking pages of torture!) but it was very repetitive and I don't think I've seen the word "blush" and "tear" written so many times in a book. All everybody did was blush or cry, I'm telling you.
The only small tiny redeeming quality in Thoughtless was the steaming hot make out/ sex scenes which in every other context would shine. In this one, they were just good.
Unless you wanna get really really really frustrated and angry, don't touch this book with a ten-foot pole. Consider yourselves warned. ...more