Ever since I read the synopsis for this book I have been very eager to read it. And guys, it's awesome! Such a creatOriginally posted on my blog here.
Ever since I read the synopsis for this book I have been very eager to read it. And guys, it's awesome! Such a creative idea with a girl being a Nightmare! Not sure about the rest of you, but that's a first heard for me and I really, really like the idea. Ms. Arnett does a good job explaining what it is the people like Dusty can do, but I'm looking forward to future books were we see her powers expand.
Dusty was a fun character to follow. At first I thought her snark might kind of get in the way of my view of her, but it wasn't too heavy handed and I bonded with her. The supporting cast was creative and you get to know some of them fairly well. Enough information was given to lend the world credence, but more would have helped flesh it out.
That being said, however, the pacing I though worked very well. Enough was happening, either emotionally or as a part of the story arc that I turned the pages easily and ended up finishing it in just a few hours!
My favorite line from the book is "Imagination IS Magic". That is something I agree with whole-heartedly!
While Ms. Arnett's creation does have some familiar themes in it to other magic stories, what really made this unique for me was the fact that Dusty is a Nightmare, and that was enough. I'm excited to see where this all goes (especially the relationship!!!! Gah, can you say tension much?). While there is no cliff hanger, there is certainly room in the story for more and I am optimistic since this is labeled as The Arkwell Academy #1. Yes please!...more
One of my most favorite movies is The Secret of Roan Inish. I love anything to deal with Ireland and this movie hadOriginally posted on my blog here.
One of my most favorite movies is The Secret of Roan Inish. I love anything to deal with Ireland and this movie had beautiful scenery, great accents and actors (especially the kids) and a touching story. That was probably my first real introduction to the selkie myth.
This book brought back all of the memories of that movie, and more besides. If your looking for a light happy read, this isn't it. It took a bit to get through this book because it was pretty heavy.
Ms. Lanagan does a stupendous job going into all of the details that make the myth real. At first I didn't appreciate how the points of view changed every 60 pages or so (sometimes shorter) but it really made for a well rounded understanding of what was going on, who was feeling what and why. We learn about the witch who made it all possible, the boys who fell in love with the selkie women, the families that were torn apart by it, the children of the selkies and men, and the girls who fall in love with those sons. I only realized as I thought about it that we never see anything from the selkies point of view, but it wasn't really necessary either, though we do understand a bit of what they go through, both happy and sad.
Again, not an easy book because of how realistic it felt for me but that was also its strength. I could feel the cold, the attraction, the heartache and the hope. The prose was simply beautiful. I'm giving this a 4 not because it was my most most favorite book ever, but because of how beautifully it was written and how wholly I was immersed into it....more
Originally posted on my blog, Books Before Bed, here.
I had read the first in the series, The Wide Awake Princess, on the recommendation of another bloOriginally posted on my blog, Books Before Bed, here.
I had read the first in the series, The Wide Awake Princess, on the recommendation of another blogger, Small Review, and thought it was OK (my review here). I thought the story had ended, but when I saw this pop up in Netgalley I was pleasantly surprised and wanted to give it a try. I'm glad I did!
I actually ended up liking this story a lot more than the first. It was still Middle Grade, but at the higher end with more of a love story and better interaction between the characters. I thought that this one had a better storyline as well and really enjoyed how the different fairytales were interwoven together.
Annie was just as strong of a character in this one, but her 'head-strongeness' wasn't annoying as it slightly was in the first one. I love the awkwardness between her and Liam and how it all sorts out at the end (not a spoiler, because you know it's going to happen!). We get to know her sister Gwendolyn a lot more and she isn't half bad either. Beldegard hasn't had the easiest of lives and so you get to know him as a deeper character as well.
Overall, this was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fairytale mix-ups, whether they are 10 years old or in their 60's. ...more
What first drew me to this book was its amazing cover! A close second would be the fact that it's a Jane Eyre steOriginally published on my blog here.
What first drew me to this book was its amazing cover! A close second would be the fact that it's a Jane Eyre steampunk retelling with faeries...and yes, you heard that right! Have you added this to your TBR yet?
Starting out I loved how atmospheric it all was. It felt shadowed to me, which fit so perfectly with the mood of things and how everyone was just recovering from a war. Not too much to be happy about here! But it wasn't depressing. I guess the only way to describe it is how things feel on a rainy afternoon on a windswept moor...yeah, I got into the imagery.
What I also really liked about this book was the fact that Jane actually does her governess duties in this one. She and the daughter are quite similar in their 'issues' and Jane is determined to help her. How that actually ends up happening, I won't ruin, but it was quite refreshing to see her working with the girl and us actually getting to know the daughter (which is something I don't even remember feeling in the original!) instead of her just being an excuse for Jane to be there.
So, for about the first half of the book, I was quite impressed. This was such a cool re-imagning of a classic favorite I was excited to continue....and then Jane kind of lost her wits. For the first half she's a strong, self-willed girl and then all of a sudden she gets...twitterpated! It was really frusting to watch her obsess over Mr. Rochart on the slightest things, I didn't understand it. I know that it's supposed to happen eventually, but the way it was done didn't feel natural and wasn't as much of a slow burn as I wanted it to be.
Towards the end Jane does exemplify some quick wittedness and intellect, but in my opinion she doesn't recover her sensibility from the beginning and the daughter falls a bit to the way side. I AM looking forward to reading the sequel, but the latter half of this book was not what I was expecting or thought fit. This is an author to watch out for though! ...more
Where to start with this book? Feisty pirate princesses, brooding assassin's, impossible curses, this book has it alOriginally posted on my blog here.
Where to start with this book? Feisty pirate princesses, brooding assassin's, impossible curses, this book has it all! And the cover is gorgeous. It's simple and yet will look so good on my shelf (for this is definitely worth permanent collection).
Going into this I had pretty high expectations (did you read the synopsis? you would too with that). It starts off with a bit of writing in a dialect, and that threw me for about a paragraph, but then I was too busy laughing at Ananna's inner dialogue to care about how she said it. This girl is hilarious! And so believably authentic. Honestly, she's one of the easiest narrators to follow and I really, really enjoyed hearing the story from her point of view. There were details, but nothing too major, and her reactions are real. She's tough, but has a lot thrown at her and so I can understand her spazzing out sometimes. Not gonna lie, but I was picturing Korra from The Legend of Korra and it fits really really well.
Continuing on with the Avatar theme (and in a very good way, big fan of the show, even though this is set with a Middle Eastern flare to it) Naji totally glows blue! While he has the potential to be extremely swoon worthy, I didn't feel like I got to know him as well as I would have liked. He was certainly a brooding assassin, which is to be expected, but I'm looking forward to him thawing a bit more (and explaining things more!).
I was immediately immersed into the storyline and the world. There are some aspects that I wish could have been explained in a bit more detail (the Mists, etc) but what we get in this first installment is pretty darn awesome. There is character growth, frustration, terror, heartache....tons of really awesome stuff.
My only disappointment was that this isn't all it! I was hoping for this to be a single amazingly long stand alone but alas that was not the case. The next one, The Pirates Wish, is due out sometime next year. You can believe I will be getting my hands on that as soon as possible. I want both of these books on my shelves. I think it's an awesome story, but those titles just go so well together too (The Assassin's Curse & The Pirate's Wish...love it!).
Ms. Clarke is a stand-out debut author (anything else from her goes straight to my TBR) and I highly recommend reading this.....or no riding camels for you!...more
This was an interesting mix for me. I felt that 'The Immortal Rules' was a combination of 'I am Legend' and the OregOriginally posted on my blog here.
This was an interesting mix for me. I felt that 'The Immortal Rules' was a combination of 'I am Legend' and the Oregon Trail (you remember the 90's computer game? yup, that's the one!) with scenes from 'Kill Bill' and a Hallmark movie thrown in.
The cover is what first caught my attention. I must admit that I have only gotten through half of Ms. Kagawa's Iron Fey series, and while I plan on finishing it one day, it's not at the top of my list. Hearing that she had a vampire series starting intrigued me and I immediately sought after a copy. The almost 500 pages was a big plus for me, and it went by fairly quickly. There wasn't a desperate need to inhale it, but I was mildly entertained. I didn't have any big emotion moments (like trepidation, anger, creepiness), but it was good enough.
Another confession is that Allie was A LOT easier for me to stomach than Meghan from the Iron Fey series. She was cold, calculating, but still had a heart, and was not a whinner. She'll fight her own battles thank you very much! That being said, even after nearly 500 pages of following her story I don't feel that I know her that well. She's a bit of a cliched dystopian character; OK, but not entirely memorable. Zeke was only OK as well. Yeah, he had his moments, but....I wasn't feeling the attraction. Yes, I wanted it to happen, and no it didn't feel entirely forced, but they will not go down as my most favorite couple. The other characters weren't stellar either. They were good enough to keep the plot moving forward, and I'll be coming back to hear the rest of their story, but they won't be haunting me (in a good or bad way) while I wait for it.
I have heard around that people are viewing this as more of a dystopian than a vampire book. While I feel that they are more half and half, I can see where that is coming from. Ms. Kagawa actually did a pretty good job of blending the two together to where it felt believable and not that she was just trying to capitalize on what are the two top selling genre's right now. She has a plausible back story and while it's not the strongest most gripping, it suffices and it will be interesting to see how it evolves through. Overall, I'm glad I had a chance to read it, and while I will look forward to seeing where all this ends up, this isn't a book that I would be willing to purchase full-price for my bookshelf and to loan out to friends. Good enough, but not the greatest....more
I was hooked with this book from the beginning. The cover? Simply spell-binding! The premise? Original and totally gOriginally posted on my blog here.
I was hooked with this book from the beginning. The cover? Simply spell-binding! The premise? Original and totally gripping! I love reading fairytale retellings that add depth and complexity to my favorite stories, but this is over. the. top. awesome.
How can I explain this without turning into a squealing fangirl? I can't. So I'll try and keep it brief. Basically Ms. Meyers writing is all encompassing. It felt natural, the story she told, and it was so easy to assimilate into her futuristic world with people who live on the moon and cyborgs and androids part of everyday life.
Cinder was so real to me. As a protagonist I felt she was very easy to sympathize with, enjoy, and follow. This isn't your regular ashes ashes Cinderella story, but very uniquely its own and it fits so well!
Just to warn you, things don't resolve. I was expecting this to tie up all nicely in one novel and the other lunar chronicles to maybe, hopefully, be about something else. Nope! We are just going to have to sit here and suffer, waiting for the next book to come out. We all know how the classic story ends, but this one has so much added depth and complexity to it that use make it so.....amazing!
If you are a fan of fairytales, a fan of good writing, a fan of good storytelling, a fan of cute romances, this is the book for you! (I'll have to not let my sister read it though....she gets quite cross with me when I get her hooked on a series that isn't all published yet....oh well)!
PS- my favorite version of Cinderella is the movie 'Ever After' with Drew Barrymore. I was secretly hoping that this book would have some of that in it...and it did! Whether it's just me being silly, I felt that a scene at the end of the book bore some resemblance and the doctor reminds me of the role Da Vinci played. I'm still holding out for the Gypsies to make an appearance though!...more
I love Dragons, I'm not gonna lie. When I first saw Seraphina and that it was a different twist on dragons, I knew IOriginally posted on my blog here.
I love Dragons, I'm not gonna lie. When I first saw Seraphina and that it was a different twist on dragons, I knew I had to at least try it. Guys, I was hooked on the FIRST PARAGRAPH! That rarely, if ever, has happened to me. Usually I like the writing style, but it takes me a page or two to commit fully (sometimes longer, sometimes not at all) but this was in the first paragraph! Just so you know the line that made me laugh out loud and utterly indeared me to Seraphina as a narrator, it was "a rich symphony of indigestion".
Ultimately, that is what I liked most about this book: Serphania as a narrator. Seraphina herself is not perfect, but how Ms. Hartman portrayed her through her words I was totally and utterly committed. I felt like a half-dragon, having to hide my secret, thinking outside the box in order to try and save lives, etc. etc. It was an awesome roller-coaster to be on. And really, there were so many little thoughts or expressions that Seraphina had that made me laugh out loud!
Plus, this was such a clever take on Dragons! The world building was unique but very easy to fall into. I think I'm going to start going around cursing 'Blue St. Prue' now. I really liked how fleshed out it all was. I'm hoping for more expansive adventures in things to come to see what else is out there!
And the 400 odd pages? Didn't feel a thing! I breezed through this. The cover actually really helped me place this all in my head. It has that medieval feel to it, but there was actually technology in it as well (not to the point of steampunk, however).
Oooh, and there are theses parts where poor Seraphina has to go inside her head and manage a 'Garden of Grotesques' full of these people (or not, as the case may apply) and that was so creepy! There wasn't an over abundance of information, which I thought was just perfect, but just the right amount to get my imagination going and boy, I don't think I'd be able to do that! I would absolutely loath having to manage something like that in my head, of all places. Seraphina sure was full of grit!
My only...not really complaint, but let's say comment....was the ending. Great build up with a......too easy resolution. I am NOT saying that I wanted things to turn our horrible (and they aren't even over, another book is on it's way!!! YAY!) that would have made me very, very sad. However, the fact that things resolved so...swiftly...made all of the build up not as solid as it could have been. And believe me, I was right in there, fearing for Seraphina's discovery and understanding how hopeless she was about being loved. When....stuff....happened, like I said, I was glad, but I felt just the *teensiest* that it should have been a bit harder. Now, things could become a whole lot harder in the next book (and any others that are coming down the line...any hints as to how many, Ms. Harman?) and I think that that would make up for this a bit, so it's still too early to tell. This is just a 'freshly read' feeling I had at the end.
And seriously, this is a debut novel? FANTASTICALLY done Ms. Hartman. Honestly guys, I'm in this for the long haul. ANYTHING Ms. Hartman writes is on my TBR pile, no ifs and or buts about it. I'm so excited to see where this goes next!
Five stars that were justly, justly, earned!...more
I have this weird fascination with Russia. Add to that a female necromancer in the time period of Imperial RussiaOriginally published on my blog here.
I have this weird fascination with Russia. Add to that a female necromancer in the time period of Imperial Russia and you have me hooked!
I liked this book, I did. The setting was believable and, even though there is a plethora of people, I eventually got to know them and admire them. This is a good start to a series....but there aren't any publication dates, much less hints, of its continuation listed anywhere!
Not too much of a cliffhanger at the end, it resolves reasonably well, but there is definitely room for expansion. I think the second book has a the potential of being much better than the first now that the stage has been set. It took a while for reasonable tension to show between the two characters I was rooting for...and then it kind of sped up to make up for lost time, which I wasn't as much of a fan of.
Then Katerina was kind of bi-polar where she would be all sensible and blushing at a compliment one moment and then going off her rocker and having to forcibly be removed from the room by her father for a stray comment made by someone (why yes, I do have a specific example in mind). These instances do not happen often, but were enough for me to take notice.
And while the story was interesting, it seemed rushed. I felt that more effort had been taken in Imperial Russian research and in getting all of the names straight of cousins and relatives and princess and dukes (which was quite impressive, I will admit. The author made keeping straight all of those people seem effortless. While it was not entirely key to the story, a family tree would have been interesting) than in fleshing things out as much plot wise as they could have been.
That being said, I was able to read this book in 2.5 days without difficulty. It went fairly smoothly for the most part and kept me turning the pages. I will read the next one when it comes out! (though...when that is...one can only guess)...more
I enjoy books about the Fey and Fairies quite a bit so was excited to give this one a try. I had attempted to read AOriginally posted on my blog here.
I enjoy books about the Fey and Fairies quite a bit so was excited to give this one a try. I had attempted to read Alyxandra Harvey's vampire series but ended up quitting after 1.5 (for the same reasons, though the first one was descent enough) of them but wanted to see if this one was better.....no such luck.
What I liked about this book is that it tried. There were times where the details almost, almost made it more believable, but then it just annoyed me.
I am going to keep things short for this review because honestly, I just didn't like the book. It wasn't my cup of tea and I don't want to belabor that point unnecessarily. The characters tried to have depth but it was fake, the storyline is not original in how it portrays the fey, I did not feel transported to another world or another time, and there was a TON of insta-love.
In the end I just lightly skimmed the last 100 pages because it just was not keeping my attention at all and totally knew how it was going to end. I was getting frustrated reading it and just don't like forcing myself to read that kind of thing when there are simply oodles of other great books that I could move onto.
Overall, not a recommendation. You might like it if you liked her vampire series the Drake Chronicles, but I'm glad I moved on to other books....more
First off, a book about Robin Hood from a girl in his bands perspective? Sign me up double time! When I first heardOriginally posted on my blog here.
First off, a book about Robin Hood from a girl in his bands perspective? Sign me up double time! When I first heard about this book I was extremely excited. Second, how cool is it to have a book with your name?
To begin with, do you ever get that feeling when you're reading that you and the main character would be BFF's in real life or something? Yeah....that wouldn't happen here. Scarlet wouldn't realize or care I existed. Sh'e kind of prickly like that. And it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, from a distance she's still pretty awesome and does a lot of awesome stuff, but we just would't be friends probably.
One of the biggest pluses for this book is that it from a different perspective from than we are used to in our Robin Hood stories. Plus, kick-butt females leads are always fun to read about. There were times where I could really feel for Scarlet, her choices and her insecurities. The plot moved along at a pretty good pace and there were some heart flutters moments and also times were I wasn't exactly certain what would happen next or how things would work out.
In addition, and I didn't really notice this until after I had finished reading the book, Ms. Gaughen does a pretty good job of setting up the world of Robin Hood. It wasn't a fleshed out as it could have been, but there was a just enough explanations and adjectives for me to feel a part of that area to the point where it helped support the story instead of (a lack of, or too much of) would have detracted from it.
Overall, I did like this book and will be keeping a very watchful eye on what else Ms. Gaughen comes up with next.
That being said, there were also quite a few things that....annoyed me...especially towards the end. This surprised me since I did like this book, and I usually am not the type to get annoyed by things. I think it has to do with Scarlet being prickly. If I could have sympathized with her more, these things probably would have been easier to look over, but because she's a little snobbish and didn't really trust others with her feelings, these things did get a little on my nerves. Slight spoiler rant is at the end.
These are the reasons this book got only a 4 rating for me....but really, a 4 rating is pretty awesome and you should give this book a try!
Also, you have been warned! It was about the last 15 pages that I had some issues with, so only if you have read the book are you advised to read the following. If you're read the book, I would love to get your take on how things turned out!
(view spoiler)[First slight annoyance was how often Scarlet got hurt, like really hurt, but was still able to do all of this stuff, either while getting away or just a day or two after. Recovery time didn't feel as realistic to me as it could have been. Then, at the end, she's climbing the rafters of the great hall. Why? I had no clue...then she leaves John to fighting Gisborne....had it been me, I would have been crazy worried about him getting hurt, but also wanting to see the deed actually done. Kill my husband! And then, after she has randomly climbed the rafters, and though she is really really hurt, she runs across the thatched roofing, climbs down it and runs into the forest after Rob....who just a little bit before could barely stand to look at her because she was engaged, but now that she is married is all ok to snuggle with her. *sigh* I'm glad they got together, I really am, and it sounds like this may not be the end of their story, but it honestly felt more real with them at each other's throats, fighting. The snuggling came a bit too quick for me, even though I was wanting it to happen for the whole book......and now I'm done. If you read this through, what were your thoughts on these scenes? Did they annoy you? Or did you think they were the best parts? Always glad to hear opposing points of view! (hide spoiler)]...more
I am a huge fan of Juliet Marillier. When I saw that she was coming out with a new series, I immediately knew that I wanted to read it. When I saw it was available on Netgalley I jumped for joy. When I actually got approved to read it... I literally gasped! I was so excited.
Then I started reading. While I could feel a certain immersion in the world and story that I normally get from Ms. Marillier's lush and descriptive writing, I wasn't able to feel for the characters as much. Yes, Neryn hasn't had a perfect life, pretty hard actually, and she has her faults, but usually there are some endearing qualities that help me like the characters despite their flaws. Not so much in this case. I felt that Neryn was really, really weak and though she protested that she could take care of herself, everything proved to the contrary and she was CONSTANTLY having to be taken care or saved, whether by the Good Folk or by humans. Yes, she had a special gift that would be of great use, and people told her she could do great things, but she didn't believe them. But when she did believe them it felt kind of prideful to me. Random, but that's the feeling I got.
And while I hope for love interests in all of my books, this one felt forced. Yes, she has a special gift, but she's a colossal weakling but you find her attractive and will spend so much time on helping her? And even though they were spending all of this time together, they couldn't really get to know one another because they both had so many secrets to keep and so things weren't progressing at all! It was kind of frustrating.
But I pushed through because despite my not liking Neryn and being annoyed by her weakness, the story was not the worst I had read lately and I wanted to finish it. At about 3/4ths of the way through the book, things start to pick up. Other characters are introduced and I could sense more complexities being introduced that will breath new depth into what was just surface stuff for the first part of the book.
While I did end up liking this book more than I would have at first supposed after starting, and I will definitely be picking up the next because I think it has the potential to be much much better than the first, and while I do really like Juliet Marillier, this seems to be another case of where her YA doesn't live up to the lushness of her other novels like the Seven Waters series. This one felt very much like a first book and was a bit difficult to get through, but towards the end (and it doesn't leave you hanging in any horrible way, which was really nice) as it starts to pick up and get other characters, I can see that it has a lot more potential.
Definitely worth the read, but you'll have to push through to the end. Lots of promise for what the series will hold though! This is Juliet Marillier after all....more
It's hard to say what caught my attention first about this book. I love wolves, werewolves in particular; the premisOriginally posted on my blog here.
It's hard to say what caught my attention first about this book. I love wolves, werewolves in particular; the premise sounded engaging; the cover simple but catching (though yellow and red aren't my favorite colors together, this seems to work).
Once I started the book I found it interesting, particularly in that we are inside the head of Luke and he is quite a knowledgeable kid. All his little tidbits and asides were one part fascinating (I'll admit it, I took some notes as there are some real facts involved), one part conceited and one part distracting. While I liked how into detail things got....this also kind of made the book heavy to read even though it wasn't particularly deep. It took me a while to get through it...but I did get through it and ultimately liked it, which matters more I think, in the long run.
The most original part of the book, and what I found the most interesting, was that these werewolves aren't like your normal werewolves that have the wolf inside them, no, these werewolves are more like selkies than anything else. The skin is separate from them and they have to protect it. I thought that this was clever and this is the first time I've come across something like this.
Other than that though, not too much else was original, but it was bearable. The other characters tried to become three dimensional, but it felt forced. Luke is too dominate a narrator so we only really get to know him and everyone else is how he sees them. Nothing wrong with this, it just wasn't as fleshed out as it could have been.
Overall, an interesting read, different from your regular paranormal teenage werewolves. Also, I learned some Russian. That's always cool. (by the way, 'cool' in Russian is 'klassni'....just in case you wanted to impress someone)....more
When going into this book, I wasn't sure what to expect really. There hadn't been a covert yet (isn't the one they sOriginally posted on my blog here.
When going into this book, I wasn't sure what to expect really. There hadn't been a covert yet (isn't the one they settled on so kick-butt though?), so it was just a scraggly looking wolf, but the words "Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf" immediately piqued my interest and then I was utterly sucked in!
Usually it takes me a little while to fall into a book but within the first pages of this one I was already on the floor. Ismae, while not being overly verbose gives enough away about herself and her circumstances that I immediately liked her and was drawn into her world. Her excitements were my excitements, her doubts my doubts. And her inner dialouge is hilarious!! Is it bad that I was giggling so much in a book about assassins?
Honestly though, the sparks between Ismae and Duval were perfect! It wasn't false postering either where you want to slap them upside the head. They both had honest to goodness reasons to doubt and yet little by little you could see how each was affecting the other. It brings a gleeful smile to my mouth just thinking about it again!
And thank goodness I read this on a saturday night with no work to worry about the following day as this story pulled me in with wanting to know more about Ismae and how her life would play out and then, as I grew to love the other characters as well, I was drawn forward into what would happen in general. So much romantic tension and so many twists! I was done with this book in a matter of hours though it is over 500 pages long!
My only regret for reading this book so soon is that the next in the series will not be available until 2013! Though from the blurb at the end of the book it will not be a direct continuation of the same characters in this book, I look forward to returning to this story again and again as it warmed my heart in a gleeful way that has not happened when reading a book in quite a while! Bravo and my hearty thanks Ms. LaFevers!!...more
Slayers had a pretty unique premise. I liked it a lot. The follow-through, however, was a bit lacking.
Overall, Slayers was a good novel, it just lacked that...spark...that really commits you to a book. It was interesting, and the characters were likable enough, but I wasn't as invested in this as I would have liked to have been.
The characters, had their good moments, but overall weren't entirely that dynamic. I also thought it odd how someone we are initially introduced to isn't even mentioned until.....well, I can't really say, but it was a bit of an odd choice in my opinion. I thought we were going to follow this person around but....we don't.
Also, some of the characters were a little bit too cliched, in my opinion. A little wishy-washy as well. I wanted more uniqueness in their behaviors, and some of them just don't stick out to me at all. And there was a fight, but it felt kind of G rated to me. Not that I wanted it gory or horrible, but I did want to be a bit more on the edge of my seat. The villain felt a little elementary as well. There was enough of a push of 'evil' or 'not goodness' that I could see the need for dragon fighters, but.....it's hard to put my finger on, but I think it goes back to that spark thing.
Overall, a decent enough read. Again, very original premise that I liked a lot, but it could have been fleshed out and made stronger. Also, this didn't finish...at all. We're not left completely hanging, per se, but there is a HUGE opening at the end which was a little too obvious, but no word on a sequel.
Basically, it was good, but not as great as I would have liked. Worth trying though! Being more used to the fantasy genre I had my expectations pretty high, but for those not into it yet, or just getting started, this might be a good jumping stone!...more
Just to manage expectations, the reason I'm giving this graphic novel a 3 is solely for the pictures. The storylineOriginally posted on my blog here.
Just to manage expectations, the reason I'm giving this graphic novel a 3 is solely for the pictures. The storyline was only as a means of tying together the great pictures, not the other way around. You might actually be able to make up your own story that would be more amusing. I don't mean that in an unkind way, simply that Mr. Powell's talent lies in his drawings. Each was full-bodied and engaging. I didn't ever think that a bearded girl could be so cute but this one pulls it off!
When I first heard that there was a second Austenland book, I was overjoyed!! The first one had been a fun romp thrOriginally posted on my blog here.
When I first heard that there was a second Austenland book, I was overjoyed!! The first one had been a fun romp through a type of experience I wish I could have myself so to find that more was in store that I hadn't expected was fantastic.
Enter me reading the first few pages. While Ms. Hale has a fun way of writing, the first few pages of this book filled me with a sense of unease as to whether I would enjoy reading it, much less be able to finish it. I wasn't sure if I would be able to relate to the main character, Charlotte. She's divorced, I've never been married; she has two kids and in some circles I'm still considered one.
Enter Austenland part deux. I really shouldn't have worried. Once Charlotte enters Austenland any dissimilarities the main character and I might have had in the real world are overcome by our mutual love of all things Austen and a giddiness of actually 'being' there.
That's not to say the book didn't have its imperfections. Sometimes foreshadowing was a little too heavy and combining a murder mystery as a means of progressing the story, while done fairly well, isn't always my cup of tea.
However, I will freely admit to much giggling and some hand clapping at certain turns of phrase and circumstances. About 3/5 of the way through the book I was able to kind of see where things were headed and was glad that they ended up the way they did. I think I like this ending better than I did the first. There is more closure and more realism to this story as opposed to a simple fantasy fullfillment as the one previous (from what I can remember).
Not as good as reading a real Jane Austen book, but I am glad that Ms. Hale focused her considerable talent for writing towards another novel set in Austenland. Reading the first book is not required for reading this next one in the Austenland universe. It's been a few years since I read the first and while I was able to understand that a character or two was similar, it was by no means necessary to understanding the story of this latest edition....more