This was a powerful and short read! I will admit- I feel a little awkward commenting on someone's life. The author is a gifted writer. Although the boThis was a powerful and short read! I will admit- I feel a little awkward commenting on someone's life. The author is a gifted writer. Although the book is on the brief side, she writes with skill and draws the reader into the book.
I was honestly horrified by everything she went through. I found myself cheering for the author when things would come through. Her story is a great testament to God's providence.
Although the book seems to be marketed towards a Christian readership- there is only a smattering of faith talk in the book. There is no forced lesson in this book- the author doesn't spend ten chapters explaining the why of the events in her life. She lets her story speak for itself.
I finished this book in less than an hour- it is a quick read and one that I think everyone would benefit reading....more
I LOVED this book! Can I just repeat that over and over again for my review? I really don't want to say ANYTHING that would spoil the story. This storI LOVED this book! Can I just repeat that over and over again for my review? I really don't want to say ANYTHING that would spoil the story. This story was "The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare" + "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" + "X men" + a dash of pure awesome.
I couldn't keep this book away from me! Kady Cross is a fantastic writer- what she writes is so captivating, so riveting, I didn't wan't the book to be over!
I loved that the book was a play on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- it was so unexpected and so fantastic! I loved that a young woman took on this duo personality. Part of her was shy and meek and the other half a kick butt super hero (with a whole lot of angry).
If you haven't read this book- you NEED to read it. It was fantastic! I now have the curious desire to go find a corset and a pair of goggles....more
I have heard some fabulous things about Prophecy. Damaris from Good Choice reading loved it- so I knew I needed to get my hands on it and that I wouldI have heard some fabulous things about Prophecy. Damaris from Good Choice reading loved it- so I knew I needed to get my hands on it and that I would probably enjoy it. Luckily Aeicha was awesome enough to trade me Prophecy for another ARC so I had the chance to read it a little early.
Prophecy is not only fantasy, but it is the rare part of fantasy that is told from an Asian perspective. Other books that take this route that I can think of are Spirit's Princess, Eon, and Eona. I love this genre of books- but there really aren't many out there. Kira is an unexpected hero. She was born with yellow eyes and a "tiger spirit" that helps her to heal faster but also fight better, be stronger, and run faster. The only issue is- Kira is a girl, and girls are not warriors.
Kira faces a ton of hate in this book. She is spat at, yelled at, and hated on by the very people she is trying to protect. She has developed a very low self-esteem because of it. That is an interesting part of the book. She is her kingdom's anti-hero. She protects them even though they don't want her (not even realizing the danger they are in). The story really shines, though, when Kira, the young prince, and their group of friends journey to find the treasures of the Dragon Musado.
This book was slow moving at times, taking the time to set up an incredible amount of world building. There is not an incredible amount of movement in the entire story, but there is enough action to keep the reader interested. My guess is that the next two books will be much more action packed.
If you are a fan of fantasy, Asian culture, or reading about girls who are kick-butt, you should absolutely give Prophecy a try!...more
I am not sure why this review wasn't up already... weird... anyway:
Wow, what an unexpected intense book! I anticipate a book about jinni (or genies hoI am not sure why this review wasn't up already... weird... anyway:
Wow, what an unexpected intense book! I anticipate a book about jinni (or genies how I know them to be) to be light-hearted and even a bit fluffy.... think Aladdin. That and I Dream of Genie are the extent of my jinni knowledge. Whoa. This book was gritty, intense, and the world building was as exstensive as a high fantasy novel. (Which I suppose it was....).
Nalia is the kind of character that you want to root for. She is in an awful situation and has done some terrible things in the past. She is trying to do better, to be better, but doesn't think she deserves another chance. She is flawed but has glimmers of the character she is going to become (and that character is FIERCE). She has so much going on in her life (the problems are piling up) and two love interests (it is not what you think love triangle haters- do not fear this book!).
I think the "romance" in this book was unexpected and awesome. To explain why it was unexpected.... well I would ruin some major plot points. But trust me, it is well worth reading. This author does NOT disappoint with the lovey dovey stuff, but it also doesn't overshadow the strength and battles of the main character.
I am so excited for this series. It is SO different from what is out there. I mean SO SO different. Fans of fantasy, mythology, history, and adventure would love to sink their teeth (snickers) into this epic story.
My one warning: this book is young adult- but it covers MANY mature themes: drugs, alcohol, sex, rape, prostitution, slavery, war, murder, the list goes on.... I would NOT recommend this book to young teens. It is an excellent book- but it hits some very serious themes that might be too much for younger readers. ...more
Full review coming. Man. Can I request this as a movie?
Wow this series! I have recently become obsessed with Downton Abbey (as has my husband- hurFull review coming. Man. Can I request this as a movie?
Wow this series! I have recently become obsessed with Downton Abbey (as has my husband- hurray!) The Grand Tour series hints at this same glamorous time. I love reading about the clothing, the settings, and even the details of the food they eat. The author has a fantastic way of describing the surroundings of Cora without info dumping. I love that she has created this world of characters who both infuriate me and crawl their way into my heart.
Will and Pierre- whew! Bergren is a MASTER of the love triangle. I was in love with the triangle in her River of Time Series and this one is no disappointment. Typically it is obvious to me who the main character will end up with or perhaps one of the males is flawed in some way. Both Pierre and Will would be excellent for Cora. I loved reading the scenes between the three and I honestly can't decide who I want her to be with.
Oddly enough, one of my favorite characters is a minor one- Hugh. He is ornery, funny, and slowly becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. I really do hope he gets more page time in the third book. Grave Consequences was fast paced and thrilling. I can't wait for Glittering Promises this fall!
The Queen's Handmaid is a bit of an epic story. It takes place among a TON of historical characters and events. I love reading stories about this time The Queen's Handmaid is a bit of an epic story. It takes place among a TON of historical characters and events. I love reading stories about this time period- especially about Cleopatra and Egypt. I have to say, this book had a bit of everything for me. It had history, a passionate forbidden romance, adventure and a touch of magic.
Lydia is no wilting flower. She is brave and honest and everything a heroine should be. She is not willing to run from those who she perceives as doing an injustice (even when it seems to get her in trouble). This book spans a long time period, much more than most fiction novels. We really see Lydia grow and come into herself in the book. Although never really passive, Lydia grows confident and more steady throughout The Queen's Handmaid.
Though they don't get much page time until the very end, the romance between Simon and Lydia is passionate and fiery. They are modest but man, the feelings in this book! I have to say, though I really liked Lydia's romance with Simon, I was swayed more by the relationships she developed within Herod's household even more.
This is my first book by this author. Based on my assumptions of looking at her other books, this author writes historical romances in an ancient setting. I now have a TON of books to put on my "to be read" list. Excellent, excellent book!...more
This book. THIS BOOK. I am throwing out my normal format for writing reviews and I am just going to blabber on and oOH MY GOSH THIS BOOK THIS BOOK!!!
This book. THIS BOOK. I am throwing out my normal format for writing reviews and I am just going to blabber on and on about how much I loved this book. I knew it was fantasy, but honestly the summary doesn't give much away about the book. It does accurately portray it, but then again doesn't portray how amazingly AWESOME this book is!
This book is pure fantasy. I loved the "superhero' elements that were part of the main storyline of Shadow and Bone. This book is hard core and I would love to see it as a movie. The way that the author writes, especially action sequences are fantastic. I have noticed that either and author can write action or they cannot- but Leigh Bardugo writes them in a way that I have to read the page 3 or 4 times, simply because I need to experience it over and over again. This book is like a drug- I finished it (while neglecting my husband and child ) and immediately started over again.
The author is also masterful at bends and twists in the story- she makes the reader fall in love with not one, but two men. That is the essence of a real love triangle. There are so many spoilers I could give about why this triangle has a horrific and delicious twist, but I will leave that for the reader to discover. I will simply say that I found myself talking to the book, "NO, you didn't just do that!" and "GASP I can't believe it- I had to have read that wrong!!!". That doesn't happen often with a book.
There are few books I put in my absolute favorites list- books that I could read over and over again- Wildwood Dancing, anything by Maria V Snyder, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games (just the first one), and now Shadow and Bone. If you haven't read it yet- seriously... what is wrong with you?? Put down whatever book you are reading and GO GET IT. You will not regret it. Fans of Maria V Snyder will absolutely drool over this debut novel. Just... no more words.... I just want to hug the book....more
Gritty. That is what I would describe this book as. It is a dystopian novel, but has less the feel of Delirium and Divergent, and more of a feel of BlGritty. That is what I would describe this book as. It is a dystopian novel, but has less the feel of Delirium and Divergent, and more of a feel of Blood Red Road (Or perhaps Pandemonium and Crossed). A majority of this novel takes place outside, in camps and in the woods. This is not a very happy book for most of the story- bad things happen to these characters and constantly.
I enjoyed how different this was from other dystopians that I have read. I liked the involvement of the Aether and of the powers that the Aether caused. I thought it was an interesting twist to the story. The author doesn't dumb down the story either- the main character faces many problems that I wouldn't have imagined she would have to face, but that make sense in the context of her life.
I wish I would have gotten to see more of Aria in Reverie. The time she spends there is incredibly brief and we don't get to know much about her before her transition to the Death Shop. But what really shines in this story are the relationships between Perry and Aria (and the minor characters). The author knows how to create slow growing and intense relationships- and I appreciate that.
I am eager to see what happens in the second book, and to meet more of the characters that were mentioned but were not part of the story....more
Sweet. This is the word I would use to describe this story- sweet. It is a shorter story- it comes right around 200 pages and is easily read in one siSweet. This is the word I would use to describe this story- sweet. It is a shorter story- it comes right around 200 pages and is easily read in one sitting.
The pacing in the story was excellent and the story was well told. I found myself rooting for all of the characters. I loved that Mattie was a cake decorator- that doesn't seem to be a typical Amish character (from what I read). It was fun to read about all the cakes that she made. I especially enjoyed the recipes from the cakes mentioned in the story.
Cindy Woodsmall does a wonderful job creating an excellent story in so few pages. The characters are likable and although the story was predictable- that didn't take away from how enjoyable it was. This would make an excellent stocking stuffer or present for a family member or friend. ...more