I saw this book one day when I was looking on the Barnes and Noble web page and thought that the premise was good enough to add it to my shopping cart...moreI saw this book one day when I was looking on the Barnes and Noble web page and thought that the premise was good enough to add it to my shopping cart. After checking out it's page on Goodreads I found that Steel got mixed reviews. A lot of 3 and 4 star ratings.
I thought that the idea behind the story was right up my alley...mainly because it was a new-to-me idea. I think reading Steel helped me get into the proper frame of mind for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie that came out last weekend.
I thought Jill overall was a like able character, though in the beginning she was a little bit to "woe is me" for me personally. There is being dedicated to your sport then there is addicted. I think that at the beginning of the book she was leaning closer to addicted....To the point of NOT being able to enjoy a family vacation a MONTH after her last match. Which leads up to Jill being transported back to the 18th century and becoming a member of the crew on the pirate ship Diana. The more time that Jill spends on the Diana the more she's able to not only conquer her own issues she's also able to help the crew with some of their own problems. When Jill is finally transported back to her own time she takes the lessons that she has learned on the Diana with her to use in her life from that point on. Plus, there is a REALLY COOL "souvenir" too.
The pirate portion of the book was my favorite part of the book, meaning I'm not really a fan of the beginning but it got much better. There was a TON of action. The captain of the Diana was a WOMAN and I learned a TON. Did you know that pirate ships are where the first forms of democracy were formed? The main positions (captain, quartermaster, first mate, etc.) were all voted on. Each ship has it's own rules which are known as in Steel the "articles." Also, I really enjoyed that Carrie Vaughn brought actual pirates out of the history books and put them in her book.
The only part I had a slight misgiving with was the "romance." There were plenty of hints at it but there was only 1 real kiss in the whole book.
Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for a fun, quick read, or a slight departure from what you've been reading recently.
started this book really early this morning (for those who are new here I work third shift so when your up I'm sleeping and vice versa) and I could N...more started this book really early this morning (for those who are new here I work third shift so when your up I'm sleeping and vice versa) and I could NOT put it down. It was one of those that I really liked but at the same time it annoyed me. It's difficult to explain really.
When I picked up this book at the library I thought that the premise was interesting. Life at home is rough for Bianca so she goes looking for an escape....and finds it in her enemy Wesley Rush. I guess what annoyed me about there relationship is that from the beginning it pretty much entirely sexual. Which I didn't find out until I started reading. That's what started it...Oh, but there's more.
I really liked the characters a lot (with a few annoyances thrown in). I think that the author did a pretty good job of depicting a marriage that's not so great, as well as being a child of divorced parents. I do think that at times the main characters were written in a negative manner....I don't know if it was because the author was trying to write from the mindset of a teenager or what, but there were times that Wesley came off as pretty much 100% teenage man whore and Bianca came off as pretty selfish and, in my opinion, needy at times.
Overall, I thought that the premise and writing as a whole were really pretty great for a debut author. If you've seen what I've rated this book above (4/5) you might be asking yourself...What the heck?! There's a fair amount of negativity in this review how did it score so high? But like I said above...I REALLY liked this book even though it annoyed the heck out of me at times.(less)
Oh my goodness! I've seen reviews for this book all over the book blogging community and it really caught my attention. The cover has just enough "cre...moreOh my goodness! I've seen reviews for this book all over the book blogging community and it really caught my attention. The cover has just enough "creep factor" that I had to get my hands on it. I mean just look at the cover! A Freddy Krugerish "mask" and flames! Anyway....moving on.
What really turned me on about this book was the writing. From the very first sentence until the very last sentence the way that it was written kept me engaged and reading and pretty much putting my life on hold because Arson's life was oh so very interesting. Oh well, Arson is oh so much more fun than doing laundry anyway.
The characters in the story for the most part I really enjoyed. I did at times have trouble relating to/understanding a couple of the characters. That is the main reason that I wasn't able to give Arson 5/5. After learning all sorts of secrets as the book progressed I am looking forward to learning even more about all of these very interesting characters in the sequel that's coming up.
Overall, Arson is most definitely the most "different" (in a good way) book that I've read in the past couple of months. Once you get past the "creep factor" I think this book is pretty dang good. I think that Estevan Vega hit a home run with this one!(less)