So this book was not a win for me. List? YES LIST TIME:
1. Wendy was a pretty dull heroine. She never really had a personality, was constantly puttingSo this book was not a win for me. List? YES LIST TIME:
1. Wendy was a pretty dull heroine. She never really had a personality, was constantly putting herself down or saying things were her fault, and she didn't really do anything to move forward the plot.
2. I thought the whole idea of the Trylle was pretty frigging awesome and we hardly got any of it! I don't really understand what the plot of this was, considering there was a lot of: THERE IS DANGER BUT SECRET DANGER. No one really told Wendy anything and therefore, *we* didn't know anything. At all. And where's the action? I was expecting some action from how dangerous the bad guys sounded.
3. The instalove in this book! From page 15, I knew it would be the downfall. Wendy has JUST met Finn formally after he'd intense creepy stared at her for a week. THEN he meets her up at a dance and asks her a dance and THEN is a TOTAL DOUCHE. Plus, he sounds completely insane in the beginning. And she says this to herself and she's like: but I really, really like him. WUT? Their entire relationship was based on something that I never saw in the first place. They didn't have any chemistry or spark; they were just tossed together and I didn't like it at all.
4. Speaking of Finn, he was much like Wendy on the personality scale. I can see he's very protective and pushy and likes to foreshadow lots of stuff and never explain it, but I would've liked some more information. ON THE OTHER HAND...
4. Rhys, will you marry me? This boy is the saving grace of this book! He was funny and charming and completely adorable. I mean, if you're going to for someone you can't have, pick the not-creepy, not-pushy boy! He was so sweet and awesome to Wendy and they had SO much chemistry!
5. By the end of the novel, we really don't know anything. We don't know why the bad guys want Wendy, what's so special about her, and if she's even as awesome as everyone keeps reminding her she is! And speaking of that ending, what she did was TOTALLY wrong and why was she going all about "I don't like using my powers like that" and THEN USES HER POWERS LIKE THAT.
Overall, I was very sad I didn't enjoy this book since I've heard SUCH good things about it but definitely not my cup of tea....more
If you haven't read this book, I suggest you go out RIGHT NOW and buy it. I'm not even kidding, i'm so sad I didn't read this boo k last year to haveIf you haven't read this book, I suggest you go out RIGHT NOW and buy it. I'm not even kidding, i'm so sad I didn't read this boo k last year to have put it on my Top Ten List.
Blood Red Road follows Saba on a journey across the Dustlands to rescue her twin brother Lugh whose been kidnapped and taken far, far away from her. Writers, take notes. Saba is an amazing heroine and possibly my favorite part of the novel. She was fearless and flawed and I loved reading every minute of her dangerous and heart-wrenching story. What I loved about Saba was simply this: she was built to survive. She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty, sacrifice things, or even mess up herself to help the people she loved and get what she wanted. But she was also emotionally detached and way too used to living in her brother's shadow and sometimes mean and stubborn and I loved watching her open up to the people she kept trying to push away throughout the book. (I especially loved everything in Hopetown, which is where we really see her come to life.)
And man, does Saba take on some unlikely companions in her journey. We have Emmi, her little sister that she completely resents, who follows her no matter how many tries Saba tries to leave her behind. Epona and Ash, who were funny and brave and the Free Hawks sounded like just about the biggest, baddest girls I've ever seen. Ike, who is the one who said the quote above and is my favorite, just for being one of the most loyal characters I've ever read about. Even Nero, Saba's bird (who is much more human than bird, I can tell you that) was completely kickass and intelligent. And most of all? The loyalty. Every person in this novel is interconnected in some way and the fierce and devoted trust they have for each other over the course of the novel is heartfelt and sincere.
The world-building is beautiful. Moira does not have complicated and long prose, which makes her writing stark and fast-paced. You'll never be bored because with the way she writes, the stakes are always high and there's anyways something to lose. Now, the thing is about the writing is this: it's written in Saba's dialect. Now I didn't think I was going to be able to look past this (after all, the reason I don't like Nate from Eyes Like Stars is because he talks like a pirate) but the second you're sucked into Saba's journey, you hardly even notice. You're much too busy rooting her on!
And then we have Jack and Saba and GUYS. Seriously. The slow building of this relationship just made me swoon. They were sweet and sad and he was just essential in breaking Saba out of her shell. He wasn't pushy but he tested her boundaries, made her think in ways she hadn't really expected herself too, and made her reevaluate the things she thought were important, which I think was necessary for her to come to the revelations she did about herself. And guys? Cave scene? It's only like a page long and I was fanning myself. ...more
Now, I had HIGH expectations for this book. If you didn't know, Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies of all time, so when I decided to taNow, I had HIGH expectations for this book. If you didn't know, Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies of all time, so when I decided to take a crack at the book, I was nervous! But you don't even have to worry because the book and the movie are two COMPLETELY different things and I didn't find myself comparing them plot-wise at any moment!
The book is still centered around Sophie and the fact that she is turned into an old lady by the Witch of the Waste because Sophie is a HBIC and that lady wishes she could be as awesome as her (you didn't think I was actually going to tell you the reason, right?) So when Sophie goes on a journey to try to turn herself back into a young girl, she stumbles upon Howl's Moving Castle, where three people live: Calcifer: a fire demon who is stuck in this house forever and ever; Michael: a fifteen year old boy (in the movie, he's like eight! I was like: WHAT) who is Howl's apprentice; and Howl: resident drama king and all-around powerful wizard and loving prick.
Book Sophie is hilarious. She's the eldest of three and in this magic world THE ELDEST GETS NOTHING. The youngest is the one who gets to marry money and have a happy life but the eldest? They have to work and inherit the family business and do boring stuff like make hats. I mean, there's a point where Sophie is inside so much that she's afraid to go outside! But the minute she turns into an old lady? She's a feisty thing! Her and Howl argue constantly and she isn't going to let him run her over with his attitude like he does Michael! Plus, nothing phases her. She sees she's an old lady and instead of wigging out and crying and going crazy, she's just like: "Well, better get out of here before Mom gets home."
The plot is a lot more complicated in the book than it is in the movie! Sophie has more than one sister and they play a big role in the story (instead of in the movie, where Lettie gets one scene where they talk about how Howl eats the souls of pretty girls) as well as the fact that people who are alive in the movie are DEAD IN THE BOOK. I was like -- what?! But all in all, it flowed well and sent me on a whirlwind of a story.
And then we have side-characters. Michael had to be my favorite; he was kind and funny and put up with Howl's insanity, which is more than I can say for a lot of people. Calcifer was the same as in the movie, which I approved of, and then we get to Howl. In the back of the book Jones talks about how in the movie, Sophie and Howl are a lot more gentle and noble and this is so true. Howl can be a total prick sometimes in the book! He's dramatic and unreliable and unpredictable but he's also sweet and loving and complex. Their relationship is hilarious and adorable and I like that there's never a dull moment between them!
Overall, the book and the movie are two total separate entities but equally wonderful!...more
Before I begin my review: I KNOW RIGHT? If you don't follow my twitter, you don't know that I've been book-bullied into reading this book for AGES. ItBefore I begin my review: I KNOW RIGHT? If you don't follow my twitter, you don't know that I've been book-bullied into reading this book for AGES. It's been almost two years of people telling me to JUST READ IT ALREADY because Graceling is my favorite book and I finally picked it up and read it. And i'm so glad I did! (And before you go asking: Graceling is still my favorite of all three.)
Cashore has the kind of writing ability that wows me, people. Where Graceling is fast-paced and actiony, Fire is slow and lush but still completely enthralling me with being in the mind of this girl! She has the ability to still have her writing style in a book but still manage to capture two completely different books and mind sets. Katsa is fire and impulsive and bold where Fire is much more mature and contemplative and I loved it!
Fire was a little mopey at times, but girl, if I was in her position? That kind of life gets awful fast. And while everyone is always pining for the type of beauty that makes people lose their heads; Fire's GOT THAT. AND IT SUCKS. I mean, Fire can't even walk into a village without two guys starting a fight over her or women glaring at her because they're husbands are suddenly cat-calling and salivating over her. And it's not her! And she also manages to write a character of immense beauty (I mean, guys, when she looks at HERSELF in the mirror; she takes her own breath away) without making them sound shallow or conceited. It was just a fact: Fire is a monster and as a monster, she is beauty. And she can control minds and be awesome.
The plot is a lot more slow-paced than Graceling but I found myself completely immersed in the court intrigue. Now that the Crazy King has stepped off the throne, being are getting all uppity and wanting to declare war and conquer the capitol city, which ain't gonna fly with King Nash or the rest of the royal family. It's a lot more traditional high-fantasy than Graceling is (in the sense that folks, it's slow. It's the type of book you read to savor, not to get your blood pumping) but I enjoyed it all the same. Also? The whole concept of monsters and their influence on people was fascinating. Seeing all that Fire and her father could do -- and did do -- was frightening and intriguing all at once.
But that really took it was the characters. The Royal Family: Clara, who I want as best friend; Garan, who is lovely and funny in his own way and also kind of a total genius; Nash, who i'm immensely proud of for learning how to use his head every once in a while; and Brigan, who is brave and kind-hearted and lovely. Then you have the guards like Mila and little Hanna and THEN ARCHER. Archer was definitely a special character. He was an asshat at times and then he was so desperate and lonely and lovely, and I can't help but keep a special place in my heart for him. Also: LECK IS SO EVIL ARGH. He's only 10 or 11 in this book and he still creeps me out. He doesn't make a LOT of appearance but when he does? *shudder*
The romance is slow and not the center of attention, considering this book is more focused on Fire finding out who she is as a person and how she fits into this crazy city and this crazy family, but it's lovely all the same. It's not obvious how the romance builds but it's there in glances and late night talks and it's so subtle that when it finally happens, you don't realize how desperate you were for it to happen!
In the end, not my favorite of the three but really good regardless!...more
Don't Breathe A Word is an interesting book and definitely a quick read!
The story centers around a girl named Joy who has severe asthma and is constanDon't Breathe A Word is an interesting book and definitely a quick read!
The story centers around a girl named Joy who has severe asthma and is constantly under watch by her parents until her brother moves out, her primary care-taker. Then, her boyfriend Asher starts to take over. And when I say "take-over", I literally mean take over. He's rude, abusive in both a mental, verbal, and eventually physical way, and you start the story with Joy simply unable to take it anymore, causing her to run away and become homeless.
Holly Cupala has the kind of writing style that packs a punch without being too flowery or over-descriptive. She alludes to the "incident" that caused Joy to run away in the first place any times, making it something Joy keeps thinking about in small pieces until you finally get the whole picture. As for Joy herself...I wasn't really feeling her. I felt like she grew a lot throughout the book but, especially with scenes that included Asher, I was like: GIRL WHAT ARE YOU DOING? She comes into her own in her own way though, which I can appreciate.
Something that did confuse me however was the fact that she had severe asthma and I kept thinking that this was going to be a major problem because you don't usually put SEVERE in front of something if it's not...you know, severe. And it's a problem, but it's not anything big. As long as she had her meds, even in the Winter, she was alright. I don't know how asthma works since I don't have it, but I felt that was just brushed over when it was supposed to be an important part of the story (in my mind).
Asher was a total asshat and I think that's what frustrated me the most about Joy. You get to see when she first meets him and he was...not appealing in any way. He's not charming or sweet in the beginning; he's pushy and arrogant and pretentious and I just have no idea what she saw in him. I understand the idea of Joy wanting something that was always in control in her life, because DUDE. NOTHING APPEALING.
On the other hand, I did love Creed. Tortured street musician that's sweet, caring, and a really friendly guy, he gave Joy the love that she needed.
As for the ending, that ALSO didn't rub me the right way. I'm a optimistic person guys, you know me. But the ending ties up in this perfect little bow that kind of just...didn't seem realistic at all. Some of the side-character gets into some pretty deep crap and suddenly, at the end, everything's okay! Nothing happened! Everyone's fine! Especially May? I was completely surprised....more
Between Here and Forever is my first foray into Elizabeth Scott's writing, so I went in with some pretty high expectations. I've heard amazing thingsBetween Here and Forever is my first foray into Elizabeth Scott's writing, so I went in with some pretty high expectations. I've heard amazing things about Scott and while I didn't get what I was expecting, I did enjoy reading Between Here and Forever.
Abby is a kind of conflicting character for me and let me just take a moment to explain why. I know what it's like being the youngest sibling to a sister that seems to be successful in everything she does. Seriously, I do. But Abby's personality just bomb-dropped into the negative numbers because of Tessa and I really hated the fact that every time Eli tried to approach her or something, she'd be like: "Why you even talking to me? Bleh. I'm not Tessa. Bleh. Everyone hates me. I can't be loved, etc, etc". But by the end of the novel, she did become more of a realistic character for me once Clarie gives her a good talking too, especially. I just waited to smack her across the head sometimes for being so down on herself all the time. (But that might just be me, because I have a very low toleration for people who are constantly putting themselves down and saying that no one wants to be their friend.)
The plot wasn't really a big surprise to me, considering I knew all of Tessa's big secrets by the third or four chapter while it takes Abby nearly the entire novel to figure things out. But, in context, Abby does live a pretty sheltered life on this small island where they are only white people so I can imagine that Tessa's problems probably don't happen too often there and so it was some huge big surprise for her.
Eli was a really, really nice guy. Seriously, he has some mega-patience because when a girl comes up to you and says: "Your voice can wake up my comatose sister"? Your first reaction isn't usually to agree. And it wasn't his either, but he went nonetheless and that was pretty impressive. Also, the whole "being the most gorgeous thing in the universe" thing? I actually didn't mind because I imagine they don't get half-black, half-white, half-asian people walking around there everyday.
Overall, a contemporary fluff with some serious issues and a relatable voice....more
Okay, here's the deal: Sinda has been a princess her entire life. She's kind of clumsy, not too graceful, but she's sweet and kind and stubborn, all gOkay, here's the deal: Sinda has been a princess her entire life. She's kind of clumsy, not too graceful, but she's sweet and kind and stubborn, all good qualities for someone who will rule. That is, until her parents let her know that they're not her parents and she's just been a stand-in for the REAL princess, who's arriving in a few days. So, with almost no money and stripped of her title, she is sent to live with her aunt and in a tumble of crazy things, sent on a magical quest to find out about this prophecy that made her a False Princess in the first place.
THIS PLOT GUYS. I absolutely love love love the idea of a Fake Princess and Sinda was the best there is! She was fierce and loving and she had some guts, going on this crazy journey even though at the very beginning, she knows the consequences. Instantly you and Sinda are thrown out into the streets of Thorvaldor and the pace quickly picks up from there. Sinda has no idea how to be a peasant or...well, anything besides a princess and I loved seeing her overcome the struggle that came with finding out everything you loved and had was...well, not yours. I imagine that must be one of the craziest things: to realize your life wasn't ever yours. The way Sinda deals with it is intelligent and so realistic for a teenager who just realized how lonely she was (with the exception of Keirnan, of course, BUT THAT'S FOR LATER) and just how she's going to deal with that.
O'Neal has the kind of writing style that flows with such an ease that pace was never a problem. I never felt bored or robbed of details and everything was descriptive without being too wordy and full of that purple prose. It had a fairy-tale-esque quality to it that I definitely appreciated; lyrical with a dash of dangerous adventure. Also: MAGIC GUYS. Sinda finds out early on she is a magician and she gets taken in by this awesome old lady who wants to teach her how to hone that type of MAD SKILLZ she's been suppressing her whole life.
Finally, Keirnan. Oh, he makes me do the dreamy sigh. I love romances that are nurtured and grown over time, even if that time isn't shown in the book. Keirnan is an immediate love interest and you can see the sparks between them the moment he steps on the page. Plus, they've been best friends for a reallllly long time. YA romances like that are rare but proof that friendship is really a gateway to a relationship and it can be done well. ...more
The Beginning of After is a sweet and sad novel about a girl who loses her parents in a car accident and has to live with the emptiness of losing herThe Beginning of After is a sweet and sad novel about a girl who loses her parents in a car accident and has to live with the emptiness of losing her entire family, the guilt of not being in the car with them, and the confusion of how in the world is she going to live her life without them?
I'm going to start with the negatives, but I did like this book, for the record. I think I went in expecting something really poignant and heart-wrenching (ala Gayle Forman or Wings of the Wicked) but while Laurel's story was sad and awful, it didn't affect me. I wasn't crying or feeling awful or really, really clinging to her character, so some of the emotion was lost on me. And then there's the fact it sometimes slowed down in parts and I'd feel like skimming a bit (which I totally didn't!) to see what was going to happen next. While contemporary is not my strong suit genre, I don't want that to happen while i'm reading a book!
On the other hand, I thought Laurel was a very realistic teenager. She was grief-stricken and sometimes even unable to function but even if she acknowledged it felt strange, she still cared about things like school and Prom. It was moving seeing her clinging on to things that could make her feel normal and I could definitely relate to that. Her grandmother plays a large role in her life, which I really appreciated. She was a constant and stable rock for Laurel, which the girl really needed.
BONUS FACTOR: The popular girls at Laurel's school play a part in her recovery story and they're not total biotches. Right? I'm so sick of reading books where the popular girls in school are mean and awful to the heroine and while the girls in this book were shallow, they genuinely wanted to help Laurel out and make her feel better.
I didn't really feel the romance between Laurel and David, to be perfectly honest. I enjoyed it and I understood their connection with their dead or dying families and the fact that they grew up together but when they did finally collide, I didn't feel the sparks as much as I wanted to. But the build-up was fantastic! I actually liked Laurel's relationship with Other Guy, to be perfectly honest, even though I understand why she couldn't be with him.
Overall, a good book but not very deep or moving for me personally....more
There are a lot of words I could use to describe Masque of the Red Death so let's go ahead and use a few: Dark. Sensual. Gritty. Harsh. Gothic. AwesomThere are a lot of words I could use to describe Masque of the Red Death so let's go ahead and use a few: Dark. Sensual. Gritty. Harsh. Gothic. Awesome.
The world-building and mood were basically my favorite parts of the novel. Araby lives in this dystopian world where it's dangerous to breathe in the air because it's riddled with disease so the only people that can survive are the people wealthy enough to buy masks to protect themselves (if not, you have to risk it for as long as you can). And guys, this isn't a joke. The streets are filled with people showing early signs and bats going around transmitted the disease and everyone is basically freaking out. But Araby, being the rich, grieving girl she is, is trying her best to lose herself at the Debauchery club after the death of her brother (which, of course, she thinks was her fault.)
Araby is the kind of character that I love watching grow: she's so wrapped in her priviledge (her father is the inventor of masks, so she's filthy rich) and mourning that she isn't even aware of what's going on in the real world until it's shoved right in her face when she meets Will. You slowly see her start to open her shell and care about other people, which I appreciated.
The writing in itself is fantastic: not too flowery but just enough to really convey the feel of such a harsh situation. I like how she captured the craziness of The Prince, who rules over the city as a madman, and just the entire setting had a very eerie sense to it.
Something else she did very well was the love triangle. Now you know me, I'm not a usual fan of love triangles. But Griffin presents two contestants: Will and Elliot. Will is a kind of bouncer of the Debauchery club who is raising his two younger siblings by himself in the slums. He and Araby have a serious connection and I loved watching him help her see what was going on outside of her little bubble and realize just how much she could do (and yes, I am on the Will side of things.) And then there's Elliot, who I thought was charming in that sort of totally psychotic way (he's the one who says the quote in the post title, if that says anything) but both of them are two very plausible and possible options for Araby and I don't feel like the author favored either of them.
Overall, amazing and dark, for fans of books like ones by Melissa Marr. ...more
Finally! If you follow me on twitter, you know about my quest to find a mermaid book that I actually liked and I have finally found the right now! DanFinally! If you follow me on twitter, you know about my quest to find a mermaid book that I actually liked and I have finally found the right now! Dangerous, dark, and sensual, Monstrous Beauty is not for the light-hearted but for lovers of amazing plot and prose!
Fama is the kind of author that messes with your head with her intricate plots and story-telling. The book is told in two different perspectives: Hester, who is living in the now and is convinced her family is cursed because every generation of woman have died shortly after giving birth and Syrenka, who is living in 1873, a seductive mermaid who falls in love with a man and everything she has to go through to be happy with him.
This book is not light and fluffy, guys. Mermaids in this novel do super creepy stuff like eat organs to become human, crawl inside bodies, drown people, and all that terrifying stuff we love to read about. The novel isn't scary but the mermaid world is intense and chilling. Out of the two storylines, I have to say I connected the most to Syrenka. The formal writing style suits her personality and her backstory a lot more than it does Hester. Where it made Syrenka someone to both pity and fear, it made Hester detached from the story-telling. But where this is lacking, everything is made up for in the plot. There's ghosts and mermaids and sea witches and god the mythology in this book.
The romance between Syrenka and her man definitely trumped Hester and her man. I think it was because you see actually get to see everything Syrenka gives up for this man, how much she wants to be human and get away from the ocean, that you just believe their story even if the book skips their entire process of falling in love. Hester's story (both personal and love story) are revealed as the novel goes by in bits and pieces and you will be gasping by the time you reach the climax.
Fama is not afraid to bring on the deep, soulless despair that shows starkly in her writing style for both characters. Characters like Peter were endearing even if they barely appear and Ezra was charming and aloof all at once.
Overall, a bittersweet and desperate love story that i'm totally not doing justice....more
So I've mentioned before that Jackson Pearce's book are usually a hit or miss for me and sadly, this time, it was...sort of both? Maybe? I think moreSo I've mentioned before that Jackson Pearce's book are usually a hit or miss for me and sadly, this time, it was...sort of both? Maybe? I think more of a miss but let's get my thoughts together.
The book surrounds a girl named Shelby who made three promises to her mother before she died: to love and listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restiant. I imagine that because she was a child when she made these promises and unaware at the moment of making them that it was going to be the last time she saw her mother, she was traumatized into following them...extremely. So when her father decides they should attend the Purity ball which includes vowing to her father to remain a virgin until marriage, she decides the only loophole is to lose her virginity before the ball. I think this whole plot line was my major problem with the story: I just seemed crazy for me for Shelby to take the promises to the extreme she does. She follows her father's rules so exactly that she doesn't try to reason with him or talk to him. Instead, she just skirts around the issue and goes whatever he says, even if she doesn't want to. I don't think her mother meant to do that and even though Shelby realizes this, I wanted to shake her and just be like: DUH!
But at the same time, I've never experienced something as awful as what happened to Shelby so I don't know how I would react in that position. Shelby was a good character overall: funny and sweet and incredibly loyal, even at a fault. The side characters Ruby and Jonas were my favorite parts about the book and it was lovely seeing them. Ruby was sassy and charming while Jonas was just so adorable with his list-making and loyalty to Shelby. Also, Pearce knows how to write delightfully awkward and funny scenes. Her writing style is simple and easy to follow while still managing an authentic teenage voice.
The romance isn't the focal point of the novel as it is with most of Pearce's work. It wasn't about Shelby realizing who she wanted in the first place but about Shelby learning that she has to talk to her father and honor her mother's memory the right way instead of doing crazy things. On the other hand, I loved her bucket list. In the end, I ended up skimming the end and just reading the final chapter because I didn't feel like reading the big revelation where she realizes her mom didn't mean what she thought she had meant because I was just like: DUDE, of course she didn't.
Overall, a book that people will enjoy but the plot just didn't work for me....more
How does Rachel Hawkins manage to write funny, heartfelt, and kickass heroines all at the same time? Hawkins is honestly the funniest writer I know anHow does Rachel Hawkins manage to write funny, heartfelt, and kickass heroines all at the same time? Hawkins is honestly the funniest writer I know and she doesn't disappoint with the final book in the Hex Hall trilogy! Sophie Mercer is back and even more hilarious and badass! You don't even get a moment to rest before you're slammed with revealed secrets and this urgent race to find out whose alive after the crazy battle that ended Demonglass. Hawkins manages to capture a perfect teenage voice that is both snarky and authentic. Sophie may be a sarcastic witch but she's also just a kid thrust into this crazy demon war.
The plot in this book is crazy! You're taken back into the depths of Hex Hall and things are a lot more sinister than when you were first there in book one. There's never a dull moment while reading these books and I think that's my favorite part! There's always something to do, something to find, someone to get. You're never just sitting back and reading a boring conversation because everyone is so amusing and awesome.
Speaking of awesome and amusing, I adore Archer and Sophie's relationship. Their relationship is a bright spot among all the darker things that happen throughout the novel and their witty banter is something that I've come to crave. They just go so well together and even if I do love, love Cal, they are my one true pairing for this series.
One thing I could say I didn't like was towards the end, there's this really big scene that wasn't further explored within the book? It was like: we did it, it happened, let's get on with our lives. AND I WAS LIKE WUT? But at the same time I do know that Rachel is doing a spin-off of the books so maybe our questions will be answered then? We'll see! I also like that not everyone went unscathed, as awful as that sounds. People are lost and the proper grief is shown because of it (maybe it's just my bitterness at Mockingjay)....more
Eona isn't the kind of book you can just dive into a review for and so, a while after I finished it, I am finally writing it.
Eona as a person has realEona isn't the kind of book you can just dive into a review for and so, a while after I finished it, I am finally writing it.
Eona as a person has really changed from book one to book two. Gone is a someone who feels small when it comes to making their own decisions. Instead we get powerful Eona, who gets caught in a web of lies that is incredibly big and strong. Not only does Eona have the weight of the world on her shoulders, she also has ten dragons trying to get into her and her mirror dragon is nowhere to be seen.
The plot mostly consists of running away from Sethon because he is evil and trying to take over everything. The plot also mostly revolves around the lies Eona tells because she thinks she was in the right which was both frustrating and intriguing to me at the same time. It didn't make her like Eona because she becomes somewhat cruel in the way she treats her friends because she always thinks she's in the right and she isn't someone I, personally, would want to be friends with. But sometimes reading isn't always about liking the characters you're reading about and hating Eona sometimes didn't make me want to stop reading the book.
And then we finally have some romance doing on in this sequel! Not enough that it completely detaches from the story but Goodman manages to attach it in such a natural way it seems like there was no other option than the way it was going. There are actually two options for Eona (yes, a love triangle) but it's not in the way you would think. Kygo, the crown prince of the nation that is now on the run from his uncle, is the person she loves. Their dynamic throughout the story was interesting and slightly heart-breaking but then you have Ido and how anyone could prefer him over Kygo is beyond me. With Ido and Eona, it's not love, it's power. It's Ido constantly enticing her with the idea that she could have the world in the palm of her hands, that she could tap into power so strong, but she can only do it with her help. It's the tug of having healed him (and her healing has some...connecting problems that come with it) and the fact that what they can create together is strong (and dangerous and deadly and destructive).
Finally, I have to praise Goodman's writing because it is fantastic. As always, the book is huge so naturally there are some slow parts but she writes some amazing high-fantasy....more
It's not often I come towards the problem of not being able to write a review not because it was so bad or because I can't think of what to say but beIt's not often I come towards the problem of not being able to write a review not because it was so bad or because I can't think of what to say but because I have so much to say and I just don't know how to say it.
Code Name Verity is a literary masterpiece.
Let's start there. Code Name Verity is about a girl spy who is captured by the Gestapo during WWII and agrees to give them all sorts of secret spy military information in exchange for something simple -- time. So she gets an endless supply of paper (but not an endless supply of time, alas) and a pen to write down her story. And god, does she write down a story. Instead of writing down mindless facts like they thought she would, she weaves the story into how she met her best friend (and the pilot who dropped her off for the mission she got caught on) and tells it in the point of view of her -- Maddie. Here she litters the fact the Gestapo desires along with a heart-warming tale of how Maddie made her life in the Air Force from becoming a pilot that first day to becoming operational.
I can't say much about part one without giving things away. Like Von Linden told her, Verity is amazing at suspense and foreshadowing throughout her letters and while they may be information-heavy, her bite and humor (and heart, really) never made me bored or uninterested. Before we move on to part two, god, does Wein know how to write a good historical. In the Author Note she states that while not everything she wrote is truth (of course, considering she's writing about secret government intel), there will always be a sense of plausibility. And it is so true! I felt like I was actually reading all these crazy government secrets and methods and so, everything felt incredibly authentic to me because it was!
And then we have part two. Where Part One stuns you with fabulous writing and wit, Part Two hits you in the face with it. Because Part Two is told in Maddie's point of view and everything you read in Part One just....unravels. I'm being so serious. I really liked the book reading Part One; I am in total awe of Part Two. I can't say too much because everything that made me gasp and shriek and cry are things that happened in Part One weaving itself together with Part Two but trust me when I say that your heart will wrench and you will cry. But you will also be in complete love with the brilliance that is Elizabeth Wein.
Every character in this book is brilliant. Even though Verity never moves from her cold cell through all of part one (with some very small exceptions), the character development she shows you from the beginning of the letters to the end is amazing. Watching her introspect her old self and her relationship with Maddie was lovely. And Maddie was lovely. I wanted to give her a giant hug. Characters like Engel, Jamie, Dympana, secondary characters that sneak their way into my heart, especially in Part Two. And then god, Von Linden. Heartless Jerry Bastard is what you think of him most of the time but by god, I loved his character.
Overall, an astounding read that I recommend to everyone; even if it's just to learn just how amazingly you can make plot lines weaves together....more
I did not finish this book but here are my thoughts on what I read:
So I'm on Chapter 14 of this book right now and I just...I wanted to write some stI did not finish this book but here are my thoughts on what I read:
So I'm on Chapter 14 of this book right now and I just...I wanted to write some stuff. Because the book is incredibly predictable and it's boring me. Dawn, our heroine, is the delegate for this dystopian Vampire society. Basically, they signed this treaty where humans have to give their blood to the Vampires and they...well, get to live. And then the leader of the Old Blood Vampires, Valentine, chooses a delegate to come to him with concerns and comments from the humans. When Dawn's parents (who were the delegates) die, Valentine chooses her instead of someone older and more experienced. It's hinted that Dawn has some supernatural thing going on in the prologue but I have no idea what it is yet. I don't not like Dawn, I just think...she's kind of boring. They're trying to make her out to be this very badass character: fighting skills, good with a stake, all this knowledge about vampires, but really all we've seen her do is give information to people who are supposed to be her enemy and not fight. But she's very nice!
Speaking of the people she's giving information to, this book has a case of the instalove problem. Victor is a vampire guys, a vampire. She knows this and she's like: he's my enemy, he could kill me in one blow, he stands for everything that sucks in the universe. But but but he makes her insides melt for some strange reason. They have a connection; she doesn't understand why she feels touched or happy he's happy. And i'm just like: WHY? Okay, it's nice, he saved you from Vampires but dude...you don't even know him. I have no problem with bad boy reform love but I honestly want to see some character development before I see the heroine melting over the bad guy. I imagine that someone's whose parents were killed by Vampires, who has been raised with all this knowledge of Vampires won't just be like: this vampire has been nice to me, so he must be good. Also: Lila may be annoying, but really, that treaty sucks. It doesn't even stop most of the Vampires since the Turned ones aren't under Valentine's control. Problems!
Also: I like Michael. I do, a lot. Michael is her current boyfriend and I can already feel he's going to get thrown to the curb because that's what usually happens. But guys, he's a Night Watchman (they protect the city from the Vampires who sneak in) and he's so sweet and funny and awesome. He's protective of Dawn but not overbearing and is the best. Her best friend Tegan is the stereotypical best friend: flirty, petite, and mostly there for some comic relief.
I'm enjoying the concept of the plot but I'm not too crazy about how it's being executed. The premise reminded me of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (you know, vampire dystopian taking over the world but I haven't read it yet so I might be totally wrong) but I'm just not invested in the characters or the plot at all. I can't really explain why....it's just the way the book is written is not appealing to me. The writing is very simple and i'm the type of person who likes some meat in their Dystopian Fiction. I've heard that it gets really good the last 100 pages but I don't feel like I should have to dig through the first half of the book to get to the good stuff!...more