I have to admit, I've put myself in a very difficult postion: not only did I finish Shift in a day and then I didn't have Shine to read immediately afI have to admit, I've put myself in a very difficult postion: not only did I finish Shift in a day and then I didn't have Shine to read immediately afterwards, now I have to write a review and find a way to even remotely express the emotions that Shift stirred up in me. Brilliant, incredible, awesome, amazing, beautiful, breathtaking. Shift was all that and more.
Honestly, I don't think there is a reason to dwell on Jeri's writing. From the first couple of pages in Shade I knew she is a criminally-talented person, with an insane taste in music and I totally envy her for that! So me praising Jeri's writing skills is kinda redundant because it's already been established, it's an undeniable fact.
Now, to the story. Everyone who knows me knows I am Team Logan all the way (and here I promised myself not to use the word "team" in this review,ugh!). Especially after the first scene, which admittedly is one of the best things I have ever read, I thought I couldn't possible love him more. But something happened in Shift and I found that Zack began to grow on me by the end of the book. Don't get me wrong, I am not about to start having second thoughts about Logan and suddenly become this huge Zach fan, but now I kinda get why Aura wants him in her life, he's a cool and interesting guy. And that prom-scene…whew!Hot Hot Hot!
So, I had no problem with any of the guys in Shift. The only problem I had was with THE girl, Aura. Well, not a problem per se, but let's just say a slight disagreement. Like how I seriously cringed when Aura acted a certain way with a certain someone. I know I am a huge tease telling you about this scene and that scene, but since I don't want to spoil the book for those of you who haven't read it yet, I have to and want to comment on some parts of it that drew my attention. Otherwise, my review would be nothing but "Awesome. I loved it. Team Logan FTW". Ah, I wish it was that simple!
But I digress. Back to Aura. I'm still not sure what to think of Aura's actions, to be honest. No idea why she did what she did. Not that it is such a big deal which she can never come back from,no. But it still seems pretty off to me. I am certain that there is a reason behind this sudden change of character, because I believe Shade's Aura would never have done what Shift's Aura did. Maybe she is still confused and an emotional mess after what happened to Logan and she's still trying to figure out her feelings towards Zack, although they're pretty clear to me. Those of you who've read Shift and know what I'm talking about, I'm looking forward to your input in this. Also I didn't like her being relieved when she didn't see Logan whenever she was about to meet Zack. He was the love of your life, girl! Relief is not a feeling you should have. But again, this is totally subjective since I'm Logan's girl and felt a little sad that he didn't appear a lot in this book.
Long story short, I LOVED SHIFT WITH ALL MY HEART!!!I'm in love with Jeri's writing and her world building and please please can I have Shine now??Because trust me! After finishing Shift you're gonna want to read it right away! ...more
I am always terrified of reading the second book in a series.Authors usually go all out in the first book,thus not left with any good ideas for the seI am always terrified of reading the second book in a series.Authors usually go all out in the first book,thus not left with any good ideas for the second.There is a reason they have a bad rep and the comparison to its predecessor is unavoidable.Well, I am more than happy to say that this is not the case with The Iron Daughter!
Kagawa's story is,once again, perfect in every way.There are no plot holes,no questions lingering in your mind "Yeah,but why did she...","No,it can't be because...." , there is none of that.You get sucked in it from the very beginning, never wanting to come up for air, until the last page when you just feel so sad that something so good is over so quickly.I love the fact that even though The Iron Daughter seems like it's just another typical fey story, it really isn't.If you look close enough you can see the myriads of hidden but strong messages inside it.The hunger for power and how it can ruin and infect the minds of even the greatest of men while a kind heart can turn a monster into a noble and honorable man,our generation's obsession with technology and how it has become such an integral part of our lives, and most importantly how easy it is to feel and express emotions such as empathy, compassion, love, and our perpetual failing to do so.
When it comes to characters, The Iron Daughter delivers once more.This time, things get pretty heated up between the Puck-Meghan-Ash triangle, as Meghan is trying really hard to sort out her feelings for both of them, all the while trying to save their world.We also get introduced to some exciting new characters (I absolutely loved Lea!) and some who we have been dying to meet!
The Iron Daughter was a brilliant continuation of The Iron King and I am telling you:I already mourn the end of this fantastic series, as the next installment will unfortunately be the last!So, enjoy it while you can guys because it really is worth it! ...more
Why is it so difficult to write reviews for books I love??My finger is stuck on the backspace button, immediately erasing every word I dare put down.TWhy is it so difficult to write reviews for books I love??My finger is stuck on the backspace button, immediately erasing every word I dare put down.They all seem insufficient somehow, redundant. I am afraid, this is also the case with Iron Queen because Julie Kagawa's world has left me speechless once again!
Iron Queen picks up where the Iron Daughter left off.Meghan and Ash have been exiled from the Nevernever but when the forces of the false Iron King threaten to destroy both Summer and Winter court, Oberon and Mab ask for their help to destroy the Iron Fey once and for all.
Julie Kagawa's writing is simply amazing!Apart from the captivating descriptions of the fascinating world of Tir Na Nog and the fey, the characters she's created and the way they were developed throughout the whole series, is really unique.
Iron Queen is a book dedicated to Meghan.Of course, it has many other characters in it and all play their part, but I believe that IQ is about Meghan and her growth from IK till now.How from a normal teenager,part of a normal family, she ended up yielding swords and fighting to protect the existence of the fairies.This book I feel is the end of her adventure, of her journey to find herself and her destiny. Always with her, Ash, the love of her life.Ash has also matured a lot through all this.The story he tells Meghan of what he used to do to mortal girls and of his total disregard for mortals in general, is disturbing to say the least!And to come from that,an emotionally detached and cruel being to this loving and caring person, willing to risk and sacrifice everything for the people he loves, is incredible.And all that because he fell in love with Meghan.Meghan is the common denominator of every character changing and growing in the book.Oberon, Mab, Puck, Ash, even Grim and Iron Horse changed because of Meghan and the way she chose to interact with each and everyone of them. Meghan is the indisputable protagonist of IQ.And that is totally fine by me, since she is a very likeable character.But personally, I don't think it's her likeableness that drew me to her and the other characters, consequently making me like these books so much.It's because I feel for her,I care about what happens to her, to her family to her friends.My eyes well up with tears when something terrible is happening and I instantly feel calm and at ease when everyone is happy.I know you are going "Hello?That's the whole point!" and I agree.But please try and remember which books really made you feel that way about its characters.After finishing IQ I gave it some thought and I found the number of these books disappointingly small,so I try to appreciate and treasure the ones that make me feel that way.So a huuuuge thanks goes out to Julie for writing these beautiful books and for making me believe in the power of good story telling!
I know my review is very sloppy, I try not to reveal anything about the plot and that's why I talk about everything else but.
Besides, the only thing that you really need to know is that Iron Queen is an awesome, awesome book and so is the entire Iron Fey series.If you haven't read it yet, you are most definitely missing out! Can't wait for The Iron Knight, the 4th installment in the Iron Fey series! ...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