I love Maria V Snyder's storytelling. There's something super heartwarming and cozy about the way she writes her characters. While there were a few4/5
I love Maria V Snyder's storytelling. There's something super heartwarming and cozy about the way she writes her characters. While there were a few things that bothered me, Magic Study was ultimately a gripping and engaging continuation of Yelena's story. I enjoyed learning more about Sitia and the plot was quite interesting as well as some of the characters we meet along the way. (Irys reminds me of Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter lol..) Oh, and I adored the horses! Can't wait to read the next installment!...more
OMG. THIS BOOK TOOK FOREVER TO FINISH. I just could not get into it. Unlike The Maze Runner I felt next to no connection to the characters and that reOMG. THIS BOOK TOOK FOREVER TO FINISH. I just could not get into it. Unlike The Maze Runner I felt next to no connection to the characters and that resulted in feeling generally apathetic to the happenings in this book. I don't really get the purpose of this book, and the nothing epilogue angered me when I read it. I really hope the upcoming sequel to the series does better with me......more
I sort of like the ending. We are left feeling a bit conflicted, not completely sure where things end up for the Right Arm. But. There's hope forOMG.
I sort of like the ending. We are left feeling a bit conflicted, not completely sure where things end up for the Right Arm. But. There's hope for MORE in the future. A bit emotionally fueled.. The movie is going to be quite a ride! Much excite!...more
Solid four stars, if only for the sheer entertainment factor of this series. To be honest, I'm just so curious about where this story is going - I4/5
Solid four stars, if only for the sheer entertainment factor of this series. To be honest, I'm just so curious about where this story is going - I don't even bear that much connection to the characters. Normally that's a bit of a deal-breaker, but when there are freaking Cranks, WICKED, the Flare, the desolation of the world and all that, it's not such a big deal for me.
'The Scorch Trials' continues where 'The Maze Runner' left us, with the Gladers having solved the puzzle and escaped, safely rescued from the Maze, presumably by people from WICKED. They find themselves in a building, no escape, no food. Strange things happen. On the brink of starvation, they wake up to find a banquet... and a man dressed all in white there at the back of the room, surrounded by an invisible, impenetrable wall, there to tell them about the Scorch Trials. Simple. No rules. Everyone has been infected with the Flare. They have two weeks to travel ten miles north to the Safe Haven, and then they will be cured, safe, and everything will make sense. Thomas and the others have no choice but to follow through with the Trials, left to question everything about their existence, what WICKED is and how all this could possibly lead to the salvation of humanity.
If there's but one thing that James Dashner does really well it's that he can spin together a really gripping and interesting tale. I could not pull my eyes from the words, could not turn the pages quick enough. I just needed to know what happened next. The Gladers get into some really bad situations, ones that I wasn't sure they would be able to get through alive. Especially for Thomas. Somehow he's special. We still aren't privy to the exact WHY that is, but I'm certain that it'll be revealed for us in 'The Death Cure'.
For me, the characters come across to me as a means to an end. They all serve different purposes, and maybe in this way I am no different to the people at WICKED who have placed these kids here, watching with seeming indifference to the actual survival of certain individuals, as long as I get answers. It would be unfair to say that these characters lack depth -- after all, their memories were wiped so how can we possibly be equipped with their backstories? This book, and the book preceding it, have been written in third person perspective, but favouring the perspective of Thomas.
Thomas has to deal with so much klunk. His best friend, and maybe more, Teresa, is suddenly unreachable, even through the telepathy that they have grown accustomed to. He is still reeling from the death of Chuck, his best friend at the Glade. And as they make their way towards their goal, he meets some people along the way that will make him question everything, for how can he trust anyone when one misstep might just lead to all of their deaths? He seems to always be a step above the other Gladers, remembering that everything that they do is a test. Named after Thomas Edison, it is without surprise that he is a thinker, and the brains of the group.
Minho is as he always has been. Ever the leader, no-questions-asked, no-nonsense leader. As such, I continue to like him, and he was the source of many humorous moments in the book. I have little to say regarding Newt, he doesn't really do anything, other than act as Second in command (with Thomas) and Thomas' sometimes confidante. Teresa... I don't even know. I don't know what to say without spoilers.
I'm excited for the movie now, and can't wait to continue with the series!...more
Poppy in the Field is a continuation of Poppy by Mary Hooper. As the title suggests, we, once again, follow the hopeful young VAD Poppy who decides4/5
Poppy in the Field is a continuation of Poppy by Mary Hooper. As the title suggests, we, once again, follow the hopeful young VAD Poppy who decides to apply for a position at a base hospital in France in the wake of turbulent heartbreak that has come with the recent news of her love Freddie's marriage to a sophisticated debutante.
Hooper has evidently done extensive research and in amongst the pages there is ample amount of descriptive detail that places you right in the time period. From the character portrayals to the world building to the language used, Hooper excels at creating the right environment in her writing.
Poppy is such a relatable character. As a newly registered nurse myself (I will not make any distinction between myself and her - a VAD, which I believe is the equivalent to an AIN), I could empathise with many of the struggles and hurdles that Poppy had to overcome during her nursing career. The cases of men in this book are, of course, of a more critical nature than my own patients (being a paediatric nurse that is only natural), but I think back to when I did my training... I felt very at home with her character - traces of her personality and situations I could see in myself. She is, overall, just here to do good. She wants to make the world a better place and oftentimes comments on the meaninglessness of the war and mortality. I can identify with her strong moral conduct easily, and found her to be a generally well-written heroine.
There is a romance in this book, as expected, and the love interest could be seen from miles away (hint: he was in the first book!). This predictability, however, did not detract from the sweetness and adorableness of the progression of their relationship. Although a bit hasty, but I suppose that can be related to the nature of the world they live in. In all honesty I got excited whenever they were together. It's possible that my reading this book was relatively quick was due to the fact that I wanted them to just GET TOGETHER ALREADY!!!
The writing style is easy to follow. In light of the difficult subject matter I was able to breeze through this novel, Hooper is to be commended in this way. The dialogue seemed quite authentic too.
The ending felt a tad rushed, like the author just wanted to get this book done ASAP. I was left wanting more detail, more insight into the future for all of the characters... but maybe it was the author's decision to leave some missing pieces, for the reader to fill in the blanks. In any case, the bigger issues and plot points had been tied up. I guess I just want more....more
- Humour - Relationships - Family - Sacrifice - Love - We learn more about the 'science' behind the Firebird and the multi4.5/5
Wow. What a thrilling read!
- Humour - Relationships - Family - Sacrifice - Love - We learn more about the 'science' behind the Firebird and the multiverse. - The ending.. I hate cliffhangers so much! I wish I could read on right now! - Solid writing
Hopefully once Internet comes back I'll want to write an actual review. ...more
This is the companion to Boxers by the same author. The story of Four-Girl is a tragic one. I like that a companion was made, and that the story conclThis is the companion to Boxers by the same author. The story of Four-Girl is a tragic one. I like that a companion was made, and that the story concludes for Little Bao in this one too. The ending is hewrt-wrenching and quite powerful. Even though this is a historical piece it does bear relevance to modern day society. It's fast paced and illustrated well enough that young readers (I mean high school-reluctant readers) would be able to read this too....more
Sarah J. Maas never fails to amaze me with her gripping storytelling - one of such rarity, managing to captivate me time and time again with bone-c5/5
Sarah J. Maas never fails to amaze me with her gripping storytelling - one of such rarity, managing to captivate me time and time again with bone-chilling, edge-of-your-seat, tantalisingly glorious twists and turns, and unfaltering writing style. Her heightened ability to create characters that stick, cling and crawl under one's skin seems to be a weapon of its own. I cannot, will not manage ever to remove Aelin nor Aedion nor Rowan nor Chaol nor Dorian nor Nehemia nor Sam, out of my heart and mind. I know I am not alone in this, a reader whose connection to the characters found in a book made profound, palpable and real and lovely... For me it is something I cannot find often in tv or movies. As a sequel, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, it stands triumphant. I am still reeling from the experience, excited for the day to come when my real life friends to whom I've recommended this series get around to reading this so they too can engage and fall in love with the characters, the writing and the author as much as I have.
I think it's pretty blatantly obvious that I loved this book, and adore and cherish this series as a whole. I guess I should add some substance to this review, hey?
In Queen of Shadows, Celaena has just returned back from Wendlyn, where her Fae powers and true identity as Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Queen of the fallen Terrasen were actualised, and she has a few scores to settle in Rifthold, the city that both served and enslaved her. Meanwhile, Prince Dorian has been captured by his father, the King of Adarlan, a Valg demon trapped inside of him; and Chaol has since abandoned his duty as Captain of the Guard to serve the King, now a member of the opposing Rebels, full of self loathing and dealing with his decision to run when Dorian needed him most. War is on the horizon, one that will involve creatures horrific and not of this world, and the fate of the world rests in the hands of The Assassin, the monster that Arobynn Hamel made, his protégé, Celaena Sardothien.
As I previously stated, the writing is just flawless. The book runs by its own pace. One of the things I really like is that Maas takes the time to develop her characters, and the world-building is probably one of the greatest I've encountered in YA fantasy. I have been a fan of the writing style from the very beginning, and I'm glad to see that a consistency has been maintained as we pass into the second half of the series.
If you've been following my reviews for a while or have any idea about my taste in books or know me personally, you'll know that I tend to focus more on the emotions and the connections that I feel towards the characters. As such, 'Queen of Shadows' really blew me away. Here we have Celaena Sardothien who has just returned from Wendlyn, now with the knowledge that she is Aelin Galathynius, the rightful heir to the throne in Terrasen, and she has to face all of the physical and mental scars from her time in Rifthold (and more specifically by the hands of Arobynn Hamel). Maas could not have done it better. She manages to bring us back to the past with flashbacks, evoking conflicting emotions within the reader. Following Aelin in this emotional journey just brings home just how much she has had to struggle to get to be where she is today, and I love her more for it.
Aelin is not without her fair share of suitors, and it seems that the line just keeps getting longer. I really really adored the direction Maas took with the relationship between her and Rowan in 'Heir of Fire' because there was no real romantic intention there. I admit I was still taken by how it has progressed in this book (I'm ashamedly very canon with my books), but upon reflection I did find it a little bit unnecessary, and it sort of felt like just an excuse to bring more sexual tension, steaminess and drama into the equation.
I admit I'm a sucker for the bittersweet and melancholy, so I quite liked the interactions between Aelin and Chaol. I know there is a lot of hate for Chaol now, a character that everyone used to adore until he pushed her away because she had magic running through her veins. But that's beside the point. I just like how Maas has brought both characters to this point where they're both okay, there is nothing left between them, and that's okay. That is life. I feel like this is rarely explored in YA literature. Feelings and people change. So at this moment, I'm just floating, I'll see where things go from here.
The last hundred pages or so of this book was just non-stop. So much happened and I could not read fast enough. Without spoiling anything, this is without a doubt a must-read. The end of this book marks the beginning of something big for the gang, and I have absolutely no idea how I can wait another year for the next book to come out so I can find out what happens next! Oh, the struggles of reading series as they're still being published......more
I deemed this my worst book of 2013 (I think)... sure, why NOT give me the sequel for review? Surely nothing will go wrong -- in fact, I bet I'll fallI deemed this my worst book of 2013 (I think)... sure, why NOT give me the sequel for review? Surely nothing will go wrong -- in fact, I bet I'll fall in love and add Seles to my author auto-buy list.
But seriously... now that I have a copy of it I'm considering reading it. Eventually... When I'm in the mood for something trashy...
**Hint: there may be a TIIIIIIIIINY trace of sarcasm in the above comment....more
This book. Man, this book. Lines run deep. I don't even know... I don't even know.
Just everything, everything, in this book. Powerful. Of course, s5/5
This book. Man, this book. Lines run deep. I don't even know... I don't even know.
Just everything, everything, in this book. Powerful. Of course, spoilers if you haven't read CoM!
+ Celaena. All the feels! 'Skyscraper' by Demi Lovato or something like that. In CoM you see more sides to her but in HoF ALL of her is exposed, all is revealed. Her past, her future... She goes through even more hell, which is not surprising given the trend here, but OMG, she seriously goes through hell and back. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally and spiritually. + Rowan. Rowan! The chemistry and tension between him and Celaena... I LOVE Celaena x Chaol but there's something so beautiful about the relationship between these two. They start out similarly to CxC, but their ending is vastly different and their implications and expectations of one another and futures... Rowan is a dream; this time, I don't mind. + Chaol, Dorian and the others we have met previously. The demons and challenges they were faced with from the ending of CoM continue and escalate in this book. Where they're left at the end of this one makes me impatient for the next book, but we must wait. :S + The arc with Dorian and the healer, Sorscha. + The massive scale, the build-up for the next book. This book was epic and action-packed and well planned and brilliant. + More of Celaena's other self, and the other world and other people, other Fae. The demi-Fae she meets. ~ I feel like the arc with the Ironteeth clan wasn't... complete. Or maybe I just wanted more connection with the "main story" because I felt like it was just taking away from the main story. Like when this part came up all I wanted to do was race through it so I could get back to Celaena, or Rowan or Aedion or Dorian or Chaol, etc. Manon is like a Blackbeak Celaena in a way, and it'll be interesting to see how they finally meet, because they WILL meet... right? I loved the sort of How to Train Your Dragon feel to the story arc though (with Abraxos)....more