Where to start with this book? Feisty pirate princesses, brooding assassin's, impossible curses, this book has it al...moreOriginally 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!(less)
*sigh* I have not been this aggravated by a book in a long, long time. I think what made it so hard for me was that...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
*sigh* I have not been this aggravated by a book in a long, long time. I think what made it so hard for me was that I had such high hopes for this (did you read the synopsis? I LOVE assassin stories, and an assassin story about a girl and princes and evil kings? Sign me up!) The execution of the story, however, had me rolling my eyes continually!
I'm not going to go into too much detail here, since I respect the effort authors put in to writing their stories and also because I am obviously in the minority with my opinion of this book. Lots of people with similar tastes to mine have thoroughly enjoyed this, so maybe it's just me.
To start off on a positive note, what I did like about this book was that it was quite atmospheric for a YA. Not often do you come across a YA story with such an evolved background.
That being said, if you are at all used to reading high fantasy, this book is not going to have much depth for you. I wouldn't say I'm a high-fantasy fanatic, but reading Throne of Glass I felt that it could have gone so much deeper since I could feel the information lurking under the surface but it just never went into that much in to detail.
Probably the most aggravating thing of the whole book for me would have to be the characters. Before even reading Throne of Glass I started with the novellas and was introduced to Celaena there and really enjoyed getting to know her in The Assassin and the Desert...but then some stuff happens in The Assassin and the Underworld that had me screaming in frustration. I thought things would improve with the actual book, but that would be a negative.
I guess it comes down to characters making realistic choices. Sometimes you get so drawn into a book it feels as if you are actually there. Almost every action of the characters in Throne of Glass, however, felt excruciatingly forced. It felt as if there was someone behind the scenes with an idea of what they wanted to happen and was forcing the characters to go against their nature. There was so much that just didn't make sense!! I was fighting actions and reactions every step of the way because it just didn't feel natural and did not flow.
I'm fine with not liking a character and the choices that they make, but they need to make sense!
I'm all for romantic tension and having two guys vying for your attention, but their actions need to make sense!
I'm fine for having the worlds greatest assassin be a 16 year girl, but her actions need to make sense!
*sigh* I'll end it here because it would just be specific gripes that I would go in to. Even though I was frustrated I thought that after finishing this book that I would still want to read the rest of the series, but honestly, I don't think I can handle it.
Still, you should give the book a try. You might want to read the novella the Assassin and the Underworld first, though, and if what happens in that makes perfect sense to you, you'll really enjoy this book. If instead the only thing preventing you from throwing it across the room in frustration is the fact that you are reading it on your iPod, I'd invest your reading time somewhere else cause there's a lot of the same feelings, times about 10, in the actual novel.(less)
Audio Book (read by August Ross) - Somehow this guy had the perfect voice for Cas. Now, if I were to rea...moreOriginally posted on my blog Books Before Bed.
Audio Book (read by August Ross) - Somehow this guy had the perfect voice for Cas. Now, if I were to read either book in the Anna series it would be his voice narrating in my head.
He did seem a bit stilted reading, sometimes, however. And every once in a while I wasn't able to tell if he was reading something that was in Cas' head or if it was something that was said out loud. Maybe that's just because I am still getting used to audiobooks (I had shunned them for the longest time) though. Still, overall good reading.
Actual Story - This book was a bit harder for me to get through than I had originally anticipated. To start off, I hadn't been expecting a follow up book. 'Anna Dressed in Blood' didn't end perfectly, but I was actually ok with it. When word of 'Girl of Nightmares' came out, and especially after seeing the amazing cover, I was super excited for it. Finally we would get a chance to get to know Anna better.
No such luck. Most of the time is spent with Cas searching for a way to get to Anna. I think it's noble that he wants to save her from a life of torment, especially after she had saved all of them, but I didn't understand his attraction for her. I was hoping that getting to know her better would reveal that, but it didn't happen.
Don't get me wrong, Ms. Blake has created an interesting segment of the ghost hunting world with the athame and everything, but even though a considerable amount of time in the book was spent discovering that world, it wasn't enough for me. Maybe I'm just too used to sweeping epic fantasies and am unjustly applying that standard to this one, but all the same, it was interesting and I wanted more but didn't get it.
As with the first book, this is for mature audiences. Still in the YA category, but certainly the swearing and gore put it pretty high. I will say this though, the gore wasn't overly done. This is a ghost book after all, so there had to be some, but I didn't feel that it was overly focused on or anything, which was nice. Set the tone, but didn't progress past that.
Two final points are that the story kind of dragged for me and Cas didn't man up nearly as much as I expected him to, he just kind of stubbornly insisted on doing things the hard way.
For all that though, I'm glad that I read the book, if only to find out what happens (nothing earth shattering, but it does have more closure than the first book).(less)
I had first heard about the actual novel on NetGalley. The cover was alright, but when I actually read the synopsis...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
I had first heard about the actual novel on NetGalley. The cover was alright, but when I actually read the synopsis (assassins? Game of thrones? Yes please!) I knew I wanted to read it. When I found out that there were several novellas leading up to the actual novel, I was a bit hesitant. Come to find out that these are like novels themselves!
Let me explain, sometimes the extras for a book are just that, extras that got cut, for good reason, but they want to have something to draw people in but there is no depth to it, etc. Not so with these novellas! They read just like a regular book and are all longer than 50 pages! It's a fantastic introduction to the world that Ms. Maas has created and I'm excited to see what else is in store.
Thought I must admit that while this isn't perfect, it is very engaging. Celaena is a bit annoying and full of herself and while she does have skills I'm still not seeing how she has the reputation that she does. HOWEVER, I think this sets things up nicely for her character to progress and mature and I think that she will become quite a good protagonist as things move on.
I appreciate this introduction to Celaena and other characters in the TOG world. I'm eager to start the actual series, and wonder how others will know as much if they don't read this novellas.
Don't be one of those people! Read these novellas!(less)
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book (except for the obvious).
It ended up being not so much a story in itself, but an introduction/summary of other, older stories. However, I think the title gives fair warning to this. It's 'Instructions' on what to do during your adventures, not the adventures themselves, which is actually quite a clever idea (leave it to Neil Gaiman to come up with something like that...if you hadn't already been able to tell, I'm a fan).
When reading with children it could be a fun introduction to fantasy tales, what to be careful of when becoming a part of the adventures one reads about. Or it could be a good review, looking at the instructions listed and remembering examples in stories where the people followed the instructions or did not and what happened to them because of it.
The combination of Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess was perfect for this book. The illustrations are well done. Both the tone of the book and the pictures are soft and gentle, so go together quite well.(less)
WOW, just wow. I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. Last year the blog0sphere simply erupted with praise over this book, but I held off...horror isn't my thing. Yes, it was a YA, but a ghost that gruesomely murders people? As my blog name implies (Books Before Bed) I usually read right before I go to sleep and this seemed like the type of book to give me nightmares.
Thankfully it didn't, although I did get the willies once or twice (oh my goodness! That one part where the guy is wrapping something black around his fingers and they wonder what it is but then figure out it's the cats tail !?!? That was by far the creepiest part for me, even more so than Anna killing people!) but that makes an experience more enjoyable and memorable, right?
Cas was a good character to follow. He cares about his mom, wants to do a good job and is pretty competent at his chosen profession. Ms. Blake did a fantastic job of creating atmosphere and yet not going over board with the spooky stuff. She has some really great characters and I ended up falling for Anna and sympathizing with her just like everyone else.
And boy, are there some twists and turns to this book. I really enjoyed unraveling everything and it was all set at a really good pace. Now that we have waited a WHOLE YEAR for the next installment, I'm pretty pumped to see what else Ms. Blake has up her sleeves. Definitely worth the read!(less)
I remember hearing about Cat Hellisen's book When the Sea is Rising Red but didn't know about this novella until I saw it by happenstance from Wendy D...moreI remember hearing about Cat Hellisen's book When the Sea is Rising Red but didn't know about this novella until I saw it by happenstance from Wendy Darling's review. Added bonus, it's still free from Tor here!
I was intrigued by When the Sea is Rising Red, but now, I'm really excited! This novella was the perfect way for me to be introduced to Ms. Hellisen's very atmospheric and lyrical writing. Favorite line so far would have to be
Knowing the future is not about knowing the future. It’s about knowing which path to take.
How in tune is that statement? I have never thought about seeing the future that way but it makes perfect sense! This was a simple, short introduction to the world that Cat Hellisen has created, but I am now interested hook, line and sinker! The cover for this, and the main novel as well, are intense! My only fault with this would be, from what I can determine from the novel's descriptions, that after getting to know Ilven, I won't really be able to follow her anymore. Bummers.(less)
A challenging, though rewarding read My grandfather gave me this book, and thus it has a special place in my memory. However, when I first started read...moreA challenging, though rewarding read My grandfather gave me this book, and thus it has a special place in my memory. However, when I first started reading it, the storyline and characters were a bit hard to follow. Dunnett has an amazing ability to quote obscure sonnets, books, and general sayings in foreign language that add a feeling of authenticity to the book, but are extremely difficult to follow. The ones that are in English can be surmised, but there were several times that, as I read through it for the first time, I was unable to follow what exactly was going on. However! about halfway through the book I was finally able to pick up on things sufficiently to follow the storyline and truly enjoyed the characters. Lymond is a very dashing character and all of the supporting cast are well-rounded. I was glad that I was able to finish the book and highly recommend it to those who are looking for a challenging, though very rewarding read.(less)
Obviously I'm not the target audience for these books. But as a kid at heart, and a potential mother,...moreOriginally reviewed on my blog Books Before Bed.
Obviously I'm not the target audience for these books. But as a kid at heart, and a potential mother, aunt, benevolent stranger who could buy this book for the kids it is meant for, this is my opinion - it's a cute, light-hearted read.
This being Neil Gaiman, I was expecting a little more, but I guess if I had understood that this was a little kids kid's book, it's simplicity would not have mattered. That being said, I thought that the illustrations by Adam Rex matched perfectly with the storyline and were very well done.
For all its simplicity and shortness, it was a cute little tale and one that would be fun to read to little kids and have them practice their panda sneezes or something.
PS - there is a picture in the back of the book of Neil Gaiman holding a baby panda. How cool is that!(less)
Another GREAT installment in the VA series. If you’ve gotten this far, there really is no turning back. With the cliff hanger ending on this one, you...moreAnother GREAT installment in the VA series. If you’ve gotten this far, there really is no turning back. With the cliff hanger ending on this one, you HAVE to keep reading. And believe me, I will not view that as a hardship. As a matter of fact, once I am done writing this review, I shall go and do just that!
In all seriousness, I am SO glad that I am getting into this series when all of the books are already published. I would’ve been in agony had I had to wait after the ending of this one. As stated earlier, due to my over-curiosity (of which I assure you, I am working on curing. As I order the next books, I shall not even peek at what their summary’s are. I promise!) I kind of knew what was going to happen towards the end. Thus, it was kind of ruined things because I was reading it and thinking to myself “okay, I only have 10 more pages left, when’s it going to happen…any second now…” so I was a little annoyed with myself for that. But otherwise, I REALLY liked reading it (did so in just over 24 hours, and I still did other things too!) so it’s a clincher for sure.
Rose is still a really great heroine. I love that she isn’t perfect but that she tries really hard to do what is right. I also like that as the novel progresses, she realizes that she has needs as well, and that the Moroi/Dhampir system isn’t perfect. Go Rose!
I was glad things didn’t get too explicit with the romantic scene. Clean romance is what I like best. It will be VERY interesting to see how things turn out. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that I am open to seeing what happens!(less)
This was a fun, quick read. Wayland North reminds of Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle in the bestest way possible! (on...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
This was a fun, quick read. Wayland North reminds of Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle in the bestest way possible! (only watch the movie though, the book isn’t nearly as exciting!)
This story was unique and kept me guessing. The romance was ADORABLE! Sybelle is a strong character and is not all as she seems. North is young still but oh so sweet and I really enjoyed getting to know both of them.
I was really surprised at how young the author is, she’s a year younger than me! But she wrote a lovely book that wraps up nicely though I truly wish it would continue! There wasn’t really an intense climax, the romance was cute but could have been more sparks. A good comfort book. Definitely a classic to be put on my ‘read again’ shelf! Thanks to Small Review for recommending this so highly!(less)
I didn’t feel like reading this book for the longest time. Not sure why, just didn’t seem my cup of tea. However, I...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
I didn’t feel like reading this book for the longest time. Not sure why, just didn’t seem my cup of tea. However, I kept seeing so many rave reviews from other bloggers and decided to give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed.
This isn’t a high literature book but it was diverting and adorable. I really liked Lend and Evie was an easy character to follow. I actually thought she was older than 16 as sometimes in literature 16 year olds annoy the heck out of me with how shallow they are. Her obsession with Easton Heights aside, Evie tried her hardest and as her relationship with Lend progressed I found my own stomach doing little happy flips!
Props to the author for coming up with a new twist to paranormals and fairies. I’m excited to see what happens in the series next!(less)
A few years ago when I first heard about this book I swore to never read it, much less touch it with a 10 ft. pole....moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
A few years ago when I first heard about this book I swore to never read it, much less touch it with a 10 ft. pole. Not that I'm such a fan of Unicorns or anything! It's just that having killer unicorns goes against every story that we have ever been told, and plus, I do have some favorites (ok, just one, and it's Bracken from Brandon Mull's Fabelhaven series, but we won't get into that here).
HOWEVER, I have been eagerly awaiting For Darkness Shows the Stars and have been hearing very very good things about. So, when I looked up the author to see if she had written anything else...and saw this series...I said a very small 'oh', sucked up my prejudice against killer unicorns, reserved it at the library and began reading.
As you can already tell from the 4 mustache rating, I liked this book. I liked it a lot. Astrid was a really great protagonist to follow along with. I most appreciated her at the beginning and towards the end. She kind of wasn't as strong for me in the middle of the story, but she pulls it together by the end...and by pulling it together, I mean kicking some serious unicorn butt!
Another plus to this surprise favorite of mine was how believable Ms. Peterfreund made killer unicorns! She has several different varieties and brought in numerous historical instances where they played parts in history. I will be the first to say that I am not a history buff, by any means, but it didn't feel like the author was stretching the truth with how she presented the data and I really was pulled into the story!
My only complaint would be the middle but only because of slightly forgetful characterizations. Yes, the middle was ok, and good things happened in it, but Astrid didn't seem as strong of a character and part of that is due to the fact that so many new hunters are being brought into the mix and none of them were particularly distinctive for me. It would usually take me a sentence or two after reading something to realize what had happened to whom, exactly, but since I was able to figure things out it didn't throw the story off of it's stride too much.
My other comment would be the frequency with which sex is mentioned. It is not a focus, by any means, and it is not discussed in depth or crudely, just made reference to, but not in terms that are quite direct. I was surprised at first, but upon thinking on it, how we know unicorns in mythology still applied to this story in that only virgins can approach (or kill, as the circumstance may warrant) them, so it was bound to be a topic that was a concern of the characters.
I will for certain be continuing with this series and am now even MORE excited to see how Ms. Peterfeund brings the classic Persuasion into a future setting. She did such a fantastic job convincing me that unicorns could be menacing that I have not doubts she will do a great job with this as well.
I went in to this book a little skeptical. My cup of tea normally consists of paranormalicy, historical fiction, action and romance, or a heavy dose o...moreI went in to this book a little skeptical. My cup of tea normally consists of paranormalicy, historical fiction, action and romance, or a heavy dose of all. This one still pleased me, no matter that it was set in present day times and that there were no werewolves. This book has a sweetness all its own. (Plus, I really, really, really like the cover; it makes me smile every time I see it...and say 'awww,' with little doe eyes, I like it that much).
Add to that the fact that I was able to relate to Beth, A LOT. Pimples suck, and being tall doesn’t make finding guys that easy. The development of her character and her relationships were very well described. I will admit, this book made me cry. I was tired at the time (it was the holiday’s so I’ve been staying up late) but all the same it was a very touching book. I still think about it, even though I’m reading several other books right now as well.
The book wasn’t perfect, but I can’t really think about anything that stuck out to me as something I didn’t like. Overall, well worth the read (and just so you know, it doesn’t get sad until the very end…that way you can start it, even if you’re not in the mood to cry).(less)
This was an interesting mix for me. I felt that 'The Immortal Rules' was a combination of 'I am Legend' and the Oreg...moreOriginally 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.(less)
Confession: I really liked this book. The first one was okay, diverting, but this one blew me away! It wasn’t even so much the plot (although that was...moreConfession: I really liked this book. The first one was okay, diverting, but this one blew me away! It wasn’t even so much the plot (although that was still good) but the characters, more particularly Rose.I thought that I would be annoyed by Rose as a character. She was okay in the first book, but reading this next one has really given me a chance to get to know her better. Sure, she does some stupid things, is petty, but what makes her so awesome is she knows it. She’s flawed and she knows it. In my book , recognition is more than half the battle and if someone is being a dork, but they have an inner dialogue and they realize that they need to improve, that is 50 points in their favor of being better the next time.
I hate it in a book when the main character is so clueless and ridiculous that you just can’t stand them. Rose would be that way too, if you didn’t see her more responsible inner thoughts. Thus I like her and am able to relate to her A LOT more than if she was all just surface foolishness. This made the book spectacular for me and I am really looking forward to continuing with the series.
AHHH, curse me and my stupid curiosity! Something I just learned--NEVER, EVER! if you are interested in a series, read the summary’s for the following books. Just flow with it. I was eager to get the next two in line so I went on to my library’s website to order. Harmless, right? WRONG! In just one quick skimmed sentence a HUGE plot piece was revealed and I cursed the website for giving too much away! How could they? Now I’ll just have to read the series really quick so that I don’t dwell on it too long and instead find out what really happens. *still fuming*(less)
I really like historical romances and this book was no exception! I was able to picture things really well. The scenery, the characters, the situation...moreI really like historical romances and this book was no exception! I was able to picture things really well. The scenery, the characters, the situations, the suspense. Once I started reading it was difficult for me to want to do anything else. I read this about 2 days, but only because I couldn't just sit there the whole time and read.
Though I was able to guess fairly accurately how things were going to happen, at one point I didn't know if I was right because I couldn't think of how things were going to work out. It was a nice twist.
Not too much that I didn't like about this book (thus the four stars!). It wasn't something that I will read several times in a year, but I can see myself reading it again and again as time passes. Things could have developed a little better between Addy and Will, but they were sweet enough to be diverting.
I mainly read this to look at the illustrations and in that respect I was satisfied. The styles of animat...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
2 1/2 stars
I mainly read this to look at the illustrations and in that respect I was satisfied. The styles of animation were varied and seemed to go along with the stories well. The stories themselves, however, were too simplistic for my tastes and only covered the bare minimum. I did appreciate, however, at the end of each story it told some of the background of when it started, first came into print, about the person who created, etc. and I found that to be quite enlightening.
Overall, not something I'll come back to, but it was a decent enough read for a Saturday afternoon. The illustrations are what brought this up from a 'Did Not Finish.'(less)
This was a cute book, written in rhyme, and well illustrated. It has a nice lilt to it once you pick up...moreOriginally posted on my blog Books Before Bed.
This was a cute book, written in rhyme, and well illustrated. It has a nice lilt to it once you pick up the meter. I have no clue what a blueberry girl is, but this is Neil Gaiman, so I just take it in stride.
It is a story about growing up and this message is presented in a very sweet way. There isn't a storyline of which to speak of, but not everything has to have one. If you just go along for the ride it gets it's point across (several other points too, if you are paying attention).
Apparently this was written for Tori Amos and her daughter Tash, who Neil Gaiman is the godfather of.(less)
I only recently discovered this book from another blogger, and am very glad I did. This book was so creative! First...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
I only recently discovered this book from another blogger, and am very glad I did. This book was so creative! First off, that cover pulls you right in, fantastic. And the title is very gripping too.
Right off the bat though, I was immersed in this world. It felt so real, so realistic and logical that I sometimes had to remind myself that, no, we don't have any underwater colonies (that I know of, if we did though, sign me up!). Honestly, that was the best part about this book and what I'm excited for as I continue the series, just how real it all is: houses shaped like jellyfish to help with the pressure, family sized subs, manta ray boards, people that glow when they blush because they eat bioluminescent fish....it just made so much sense!
And not that books have to be 100% fact based for me to enjoy them, but I do want to be immersed in the world to the point that I believe it's real and wonder why I never knew about it before. This book does that, in spades.
That being said, the story line was adequate. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. Not many books that I read have leading male characters and it was fun getting to know things from Ty's perspective, but it didn't feel as solid as the world did to me. I was just kind of along for the ride, reading more from enjoyment than from a gripping need to know what happens next. Which is ok. Not every book I enjoy is going to consume me (probably a good thing) but this one did entertain.
Overall, a great world, an adequate story line, and something I am looking forward to returning to as the story continues. Recommended!(less)
I really like the main characters voice. The cover is what caught my attention first, though it wasn't until I had s...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
I really like the main characters voice. The cover is what caught my attention first, though it wasn't until I had seen it 10 times or so that I realized the brown thing was a mummy!
Agnes was spunky and fun, has girlish desires (reads Jane Austen, or 'the Lady' as she was known, and wants to find her own Darcy!) but is intelligent to the point of knowing when to cover her intelligence. I like this a lot! The plot was somewhat predictable but still very enjoyable to follow along. I don’t want to give too much away, but this is only the beginning. Things tie up nicely but there is more than enough to work on in future additions to the series (because there will be more....right? right?)(less)
This was quite an enjoyable read. It's written in rhyme and is quite inventive (per usual for Mr. Gaim...moreOriginally reviewed on my blog Books Before Bed.
This was quite an enjoyable read. It's written in rhyme and is quite inventive (per usual for Mr. Gaiman).
The illustrations by Dave McKean fit with the story and, though I find his style a little dark sometimes, it is actually quite sweet at the end. Mr. McKean is quite creative and it was fun seeing all of the different things that he fit into the hair and how.
Apparently this book was inspired by Neil Gaiman's daughter Maddie, which is adorable.
Overall, a very fun time spent and my favorite this afternoon so far.(less)
This was only an OK read for me. To make this easier I’ll break it down into things that worked for me and the thing...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
This was only an OK read for me. To make this easier I’ll break it down into things that worked for me and the things that didn’t.
What worked for me: the drawings. Some of them were absolutely breathtaking!
On to the things that didn’t work as well for me: other of the drawings looked rushed, not as well thought out. The story was too simple. I went into this with somewhat high expectations; it is Jane Yolen after all. The Last Dragon makes it sound like the dragon has some part to play in the story…yeah, not so much. He doesn’t even talk, or have feelings, or anything else that is implied with a title with ‘dragon’ in it.
The story line was incredibly simple and not a lot of character development. The main thing that this book has to recommend it is some of the artwork.(less)
Just to manage expectations, the reason I'm giving this graphic novel a 3 is solely for the pictures. The storyline...moreOriginally 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!
This series continues to astound me. I love how Terry Prachett combines deep insight with laugh-out loud humor (The Nac Mac Feegle are uproarious!). I...moreThis series continues to astound me. I love how Terry Prachett combines deep insight with laugh-out loud humor (The Nac Mac Feegle are uproarious!). I truly enjoyed reading this book and getting to know Tiffany and her world a little better. She truly is a remarkable girl. It was nice though, in this book, to find out that she's not completely infallible. She does have feelings, but she knows what is right and does it, no matter how hard it is.
I also really liked that Roland was in this book as well. I've wanted to get to know him better, and, judging by the synopsis, the next book will have even more! So excited to read the final installment of Tiffany Aching (or is it? I've heard that Terry Pratchett has had some health problems, not sure if that's just rumour though; for his sake, I hope not).(less)
You know a book is going to be EPIC when you laugh after only reading through the chapter headings. I guess that raised my expectations a little too high. The Author’s Note, which I never ever read, was actually quite interesting. Vivian Van Velde comes up with some exceptional questions having to do with the Red Riding Hood story. I mean really, most fairy tales that we grew up with have many, many things wrong with them that we don't pause to think about until we are older, if at all!
That being said, the story’s premises were interesting but kind of difficult to get through. I could see promise in them, but they were too simple and not engaging enough. I had to force myself to finish it. This brings it down to a 2 stars, but an extra half added for what it could have been. (less)
I was hooked with this book from the beginning. The cover? Simply spell-binding! The premise? Original and totally g...moreOriginally 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!(less)
6 chapters and a prologue and I am already in love with the characters! I hadn't realized how much I missed allomancy until I started reading again th...more6 chapters and a prologue and I am already in love with the characters! I hadn't realized how much I missed allomancy until I started reading again the amazing world that Brandon Sanderson has created.
I knew I shouldn't have read this so far ahead of the books release date, but I couldn't help myself. Now I'm hooked and can't wait to get to know the characters better and what ends up happening. Wax, how cool of a name is that? And Wayne is hilarious!
Genius, pure and simple. Is anyone in need of a kidney? I'm willing to sell mine for an ARC of this book!(less)
This was the first book from this author that I have read so I didn't know what to expect. What I found made me abso...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
This was the first book from this author that I have read so I didn't know what to expect. What I found made me absolutely ravenous to read her other works and very, very impressed.
This was the type of story with an engaging, amusing narrator and your along for the ride not knowing what to expect. Not that I know all of the story plots out there, but I can usually guess what's going to happen given enough hints. I find books that do that to me enjoyable but I like being surprised. This book surprised me! I didn't know what was going to happen and by the time it does I'm so astounded and pleased that I want to finish it all the faster to find out more.
Overall this book was very refreshing and I am very happy that the authors most recent book, Chime, is waiting for me on my shelf. Though the narrators voice in this was snarky and insightful, there was a time or too that I was a little lost. This might not be for everyone but I give it my wholehearted recommendation.(less)
Guys and gals, I finally found it....and I know those of you who are fans of urb...moreOriginally posted on my blog here.
add it to your TBR pile Right. Now!
Guys and gals, I finally found it....and I know those of you who are fans of urban fantasy and paranormal kick-butt and romance have been looking for it too....ANOTHER SERIES LIKE MERCY THOMPSON!!
Seriously!! It's just too perfect! I doubt Ms. McGuire fashioned her world and heroine after Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson....but this series is as similar to a book as you can get without being the exact thing...as a matter of fact, being almost the opposite!
I hope I'm explaining myself so you can understand....it's kind of hard because I really, really like this series and hope that you will give it a shot as well.
Instead of a series being focused on shape shifters, this one is on the Fae (or however you want to spell it). And may I just say that I have never felt more sympathetic towards the fae and their world has never been more easier to understand than when reading this series. I know that the fae are always painted as being bloodthirsty (um...k, there is quite a bit of blood and killing...but when is there not?), taciturn (yeah, you have some of that too here), and perpetually changing their minds (ok ok, this series has that too....but if they didn't do this type of stuff they would cease to be faye!) BUT we see what it's like to deal with the fae from a fae's perspective.
It's not going to be all lollipops and rainbows, even for their own kind (maybe especially), and in fact there is quite a bit of murder and mayhem that goes on (but then Toby Daye is a detective/PI type) but there are real friendships, real triumphs and growth, and real romantic tension. These are the exact things that I love so much about the Mercy Thompson books!
Toby Daye is amazingly relatable, she's a changeling (half far half human) and is constantly being pushed around by those that thing they are stronger than her...but they have nothing on Toby's tenacity and she will win with a broken arm, a bloody nose, and a burning car and even if it takes her a decade to solve it. She's not perfect, but she tries and it was so enjoyable and engrossing to read about her.
And it's not just all about Toby! What some of my favorite series have (*coughMercyThomsponcough*) are a strong supporting cast of characters that honestly could have books written about themselves and who add so much depth and color (and romantic tension and adorableness galore!) to the world that the author has created. And wow what a world! It's so easy to understand and to believe that it's real. Not overly complex and fantastical enough that you're able to escape from the mundane for at least a few hours.
Seriously guys, if I haven't convinced you to try this series...I'm an epic failure as a blogger and friend...but at the very least I'm so glad chance (honestly...it was just a random click on amazon that brought this series into my life) lead me to another series loose myself in. LOVED IT!!! (and really can't wait for what comes next!!!!)