I kind of like that it includes the actual head of the sea dragon. I can already tell what'll be in the third book, maybe with shades ofCover reveal!
I kind of like that it includes the actual head of the sea dragon. I can already tell what'll be in the third book, maybe with shades of more red (or orange)? It's a lot more busy, not sure if I like it more for it but it matches so well with the first book. Bonus points. I like that it has a different author blurb too.
3 or 3.5/5 (I liked it but I couldn't connect.)
Yayyyyyyyyyyyy!!! After a whole MONTH I finally finished this!
The ending felt REALLY RUSHED. This book kind of dragged for me. I couldn't connect as well with this one... it was okay but I think this suffered from second-book syndrome, in my opinion.
Siege and Storm ups the creep factor, especially towards the end. Shocking revelation after another.
Mal... eh. The whole love square (yes, it has changed shape!) thing is a real mess and I'm too tired to get into it (my feelings about it all) right now.
I've always despised reviewing second books (plus) in a series. Just how much should I be allowed to disclose before4.5/5
OMGAH! I FINISHED THE BOOK!!!
I've always despised reviewing second books (plus) in a series. Just how much should I be allowed to disclose before the alarm bells in my brain go off, alerting me to the fact that spoilers are EVIL!? I will preface this review by saying that it if you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone it should be no question as to whether or not you continue on with Days of Blood and Starlight. Seriously, the cover alone should be convincing enough! Or what about the ending of DoSaB?
Days of Blood and Starlight begins unexpectedly: in the point of view of Zuzana, Karou's best friend (and best best friend ever!), and in true Zuzana POV fashion, the tone is light and kind of quirky and fun and unusual and just a great way to start off this book. Zuzana and Mik have amazing chemistry, great dialogue, and are one of my favourite secondary character couples. And the humour. They have that going for them.
So this book starts off a little similarly to DoSaB. Laini Taylor has a real talent for building up mystery and revealing bits and pieces in a satisfyingly gradual pace. Not too fast (info dump = BOO!) and not too slow (too secretive = BOO!). It is extremely hard to talk about any specifics with the plot, since it's all just better to learn as you read the book for yourself, but it's all there. Action, emotions, atmosphere, great dialogue, delectable prose, characters that stick, a plot that escalates and builds and is so ENGAGING through and through.
I love how the aftermath of Karou and Akiva is handled in this book. I think the emotional turmoil that rests in Karou's mind in regards to Akiva, with whom she had lain and dared to dream a better world, was so very realistic. I really liked how both characters ended up individually; they are not the same "people" they were in Book One. And still. They both dare to dream of a better world, and that bonds them. Their presence and energy are magical, and it is their shared dream that sparks off some potential... hope, as the ones closest to them switch sides and begin to share that dream, or something thereof.
I am very much still a big fan of Laini Taylor’s writing style. It is different to what I am accustomed to, especially in YA literature, but it is a good kind of different. Consistent with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this book is written in third-person past. If you were impressed by Laini Taylor’s world-building, character-progression, plot-development and suspenseful, beautiful, unique writing style, you will not be disappointed with Days of Blood and Starlight! The stakes are higher, the blood count is rising and the pressure is building. I am itching to start reading Dreams of God and Monsters – my only regret is that I can’t finish these books quicker (big books)! ...more
First reaction: OMG LAIR OF DREAMS HAS A COVER!!! *clicks to enlarge image* ...Oh. What happened? Is this the real cover? Ho hum. Well that's disappoiFirst reaction: OMG LAIR OF DREAMS HAS A COVER!!! *clicks to enlarge image* ...Oh. What happened? Is this the real cover? Ho hum. Well that's disappointing. It looks way overproduced, and the greenish glows make me think of aliens. Meh. Not much to say about this cover.
I just hope the Australian and UK editions top this one (and match their counterparts)....more
The FitzOsbornes in Exile is an inspired follow-up to A Brief History of Montmaray. The FitzOsbornes now have to deal with court life in England--especially the girls, Sophie and Veronica, as they make their debut into Society--all the while planning to take back their home and establish their nation in their royal status. Cooper's characters develop realistically and with great charm, in all their quirks. The plot thickens in all its historically detailed glory, paving the way for an intense and dramatic conclusion to the trilogy.
I just love this book, and I feel sorry for myself because I have left this review sitting for too long and now have to bumble my way through it. So bear with me, guys.
It's a strange comfort, re-visiting characters you'd grown to love, and learning that they've changed--though admittedly, for the better. In this case I'm referring to Sophie. She has matured a great amount since the series of unfortunate events at Montmaray. They are now in England and are to adapt to a new life of luxury and glamour. Sophie, unsurprisingly, does much better at establishing herself in Society than the academic and outspoken Veronica. The gang deal with the frivolity that is court life, when at the back of their minds they are still thinking about the approaching war. They plan to reach out to the International League (?), in hopes that they will assist in driving the Germans out of their land.
Sophie is just the best scribe/narrator/spectator. She has matured greatly since she and her family lived in Montmaray, which is evident in her behaviour near the end of this book. She obviously loves her food. Seriously, reading this (and A Brief History of Montmaray) had me salivating. Some of the food just sounds so delectable. I don't mind at all, reading about delicious food. But anyway, she retells everything that happens in her life through the eyes of a young lady on the cusp of womanhood. The writing is accessible and has a lot of heart. Or maybe I just love epistolary novels, especially one with such an established voice.
The romance aspects in their lives is very subtle. Toby and Simon deal with their futures. Cooper explores the difficult situation they are in; despite their feelings for one another, they are each expected by society to court a young woman of acceptable social standing. Sophie is still sifting through her feelings for Simon, and there may be someone to help her with that. Veronica's intellectual pen-pal may be interested in more than just discussion of political affairs . . . I enjoyed every arc concerning these characters. I especially enjoyed the development of Veronica's "relationship".
I will always love these characters. I haven't mentioned Henry yet, so here we go. I remember in particular one scene where she makes a really brash comment (added in the quotes section). She's gone through multiple governesses. She hates riding side-saddle. She loves playing with the dog. All of which are "unbecoming". But why should she care? I think she's great. All of these characters defy against the norm of society in their own ways; Henry is definitely the most outward.
Among the seriousness of their situation, there is a lot of fun and hilarity that takes place. Henry! Veronica and Simon's bickering. Simon and Sophie against the train wall. When Sophie is teased about her supposed love call with Rupert. When they mess with Aunt Charlotte, which they did more than a few times. I caught myself giggling many times throughout!
I don't think Cooper's series is for everyone. Many people are put off by historical fiction (though I would love it if more people gave the genre a try!), and as far as YA historical fiction goes, this one is challenging at times. Michelle Cooper is really into her research, and it shows. Every minute detail has obviously been considered thoughtfully before it made it to print. Especially in regards to the political side of things, I can't say I understood every little thing that was discussed. But I just love that there are YA historical authors who take the time and really care about historical accuracy in their fictional works.
By the end of The Fitzosbornes in Exile, things are uneasy. We know that big things are coming. I cannot wait to get around to reading the last book, The FitzsOsbornes at War. I hope my expectations are met and there isn't more tragedy that my little heart can handle....more
I never ended up writing my full review for Stormdancer. Will probably end up doing a combined review. I didn't LOVE Stormd今今今今今今今今今今今今~ この本をよみたい(です)！
I never ended up writing my full review for Stormdancer. Will probably end up doing a combined review. I didn't LOVE Stormdancer, but I need more Japanese/Asian-set books in my life (and always will) and Jay Kristoff throws a lot of the culture at you.
Mr Griffin Buruu, get!
Cover! Urgh... I'm not feeling the colour tint in the UK cover. I prefer both US covers so, so much more....more
More Chaol action needed, please. The Dorian ship has sunk. :P Hopefully we see some characters we met in the novellas...? So excited!!! :DDDD
Edit: IMore Chaol action needed, please. The Dorian ship has sunk. :P Hopefully we see some characters we met in the novellas...? So excited!!! :DDDD
Edit: I have a terrible feeling that this book will be like Crossed (Ally Condie... though I still haven't read it because I'm SCARED to), in that nothing significant will happen. And that the love triangle will take over everything else. I hope I'm horribly wrong.
By the Wyrd, this book just... kicked ass. Maas writes suspense SO WELL! I haven't written a review in so long. :/ After I finish my two assignments due 1/09 and 2/09 I'll get right into this.
I love that we are given much further insight on the characters, particularly Celaena. She's definitely one of the most well-rounded anti-hero[in]es around. I feel like we see more of her vulnerabilities and softer side; she is an assassin, but she's also a girl. She's also alone... etc.
The love triangle is so very twisted, but it's one I can deal with. I'm still with Chaol. Especially after....
We learn more about Wyrdology. Wyrdgates, wyrdkeys. And the deal with magic disappearing. Highly interesting stuff!
I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to review this without spoiling anything. I'll worry about that next week. I can't wait for more news on Book #3! (And I'll be treating myself to short stories The Assassin and '...The Princess' + '...The Captain'. ;))...more
Made it to page 13, according to Adobe Digital Editions. I'm feeling incredibly partial to paper books right at this moment. Hopefully I can nab a finMade it to page 13, according to Adobe Digital Editions. I'm feeling incredibly partial to paper books right at this moment. Hopefully I can nab a finished copy of this book soon, as I really enjoy this series. :3...more
+ The multiple POVs (Sib & Lou). I like that Lou seemed like a fly on the wall at Bennett HousOH MY GOD! I loved 'Six Impossible Things'!
+ The multiple POVs (Sib & Lou). I like that Lou seemed like a fly on the wall at Bennett House, and her insight is delivered in a satisfyingly snarky manner. She's got her own issues to deal with and I liked the progression.
+ The campiness. Who hasn't been to camp? I remember disliking all the activities we were expected to do, no real choice. The crappy food. The strange feeling going somewhere other with people you'd only seen in the school setting. Scary stories and being spooked afterwards. Gossip. Lights out, and how no one really followed it. And how at the end of it, you're kind of sad to be leaving, even though things did get a bit bumpy half-way through. Wood extended reality in her writing; the events, environments and behaviours felt very true to the actual experience of camp, and it was almost like I was actually there.
+ Wood didn't shy away from the topic of sex. I like that Sib actually reacted, albeit after the fact, and assessed the situation. But I really don't want to talk about Ben.
+ The billboard, and perhaps what it represents. And what it does to her friendship...with Holly...with Michael.
~ Took a while for me to really get into the story. I adored Lou from the start.
Scarlet is the second book in the scifi-fantasy Lunar Chronicles quartet by emerging author Marissa Meyer. This book follows both Cinder and Scarlet as their perilous adventures eventually lead them to finding and helping each other. Queen Levana’s army is growing ever stronger and the fate of Earth rests with a group of misfits—an estranged Lunar princess; a prison-break captain; a red-headed teenage girl, whose best friend might just be her gun; and finally, Wolf.
In this instalment we are introduced to our second reimagined fairytale heroine, Scarlet, and Wolf, a badass street fighter, potential love interest and quest companion. Scarlet's grandmere has been missing, and the police force have now given up their search, writing it off as a runaway. But Scarlet knows better and she is determined to find her. Meanwhile, Cinder escapes her prison with the help of Captain Thorne, and together they seek out Cinder's grandmere, the last hope for learning the truth about Cinder's past, and of Lunar.
The estranged Lunar princess. I still absolutely love Cinder: she's such a sympathetic character, hunted for what she is, for something she can't control. Hardworking, honest and humble, there's not much to dislike about her.
The red-headed teenage girl, aka, Scarlet is hot-headed, passionate and impulsive - as a new character she stands out as much as her scarlet-red hair and hoodie. She's a great addition to the series; her attitude and personality introduces an added dynamic to the interactions in the novel. I think I prefer her without Wolf, but anyway, let's talk about Wolf.
Wolf. I can't say that I cared for him much. He was interesting, though the mysterious, bad boy impression he exuded kind of gave me bad flashbacks to the likes of Twilight (though that didn't end up being the case!). Together they made a good team, and their exchanges contrast nicely to those shared between Cinder and Captain Thorne, who I will briefly discuss now.
The prison-break captain, aka, Thorne. Captain Thorne might be my favourite character thus far. His crime? Protesting for better soap. He’s so funny and clever, but not in the conventional way. I love his sarcasm and dry wit, and the dynamic between him and Cinder is just the absolute best. At the beginning I wasn't quite sure what to make of him, because he's a bit left of centre, but he really grew on me. The way he managed to press Cinder's buttons never ceased to amuse me.
I hope for more character development with all these characters in the following books - I have high expectations that Meyer will succeed. :) It will be interesting to see how the relationships will develop as time progresses as well.
The fighting/action scenes were really well done. Of particular note is the street fights (with Wolf). The writing style is consistent with that in Cinder: 3rd person, omniscient narrative, multiple points of view, fairytale-esque, matter-of-fact, clever and direct. Despite the fact that the writing style is exactly the same as Cinder, the book seemed to drag out, and I think it’s because there are so many scene breaks (due to the dual perspective). It took me 2 months to finish this book. I know I’m a relatively slow reader, but this was a sequel of a book that I highly enjoyed! The fact that it took me so long to finish must mean something (but perhaps it was just a bad time for me, personally). Despite my issues with it, I think Meyer has done a fairly good job of splitting up the perspectives and it’s easy to tell when the scene had shifted over.
Like Cinder, Scarlet is a fairytale retelling - a vastly unique retelling that is a tribute to Meyer's unmatched creativity and wit. I found this retelling, off of Little Red Riding Hood, immensely well-plotted. I actually read the fairytale told by Grimm (Little Red-Cap), and the outcomes and feeling of despair translate pretty well into Scarlet. There were only loose parallels between the two stories, as such this retelling certainly stands on its own!
I personally found the first half of the novel plodded along at an achingly slow pace, though I do understand why that was the case. The build-up to the second half of the book was well worth it! The development with Prince Kai at the end, as well as the several revelations regarding Cinder and Lunar leave Scarlet on a high note. The book ends at a good place, I think. Without any particular spoilers, decisions are made, which leads to a more grand and dangerous third book in the Lunar Chronicles quartet. I’m really curious to see how Meyer spins the tale of Rapunzel in Cress and I look forward to continuing the adventure!...more