In the village of Gavadil, every 4 years two children are mysterious kidnapped. Sometimes it’s two boys, or two girls, or sometimes one of each, but t...moreIn the village of Gavadil, every 4 years two children are mysterious kidnapped. Sometimes it’s two boys, or two girls, or sometimes one of each, but the one thing that never changes is that one of these children is always beautiful and good, and the other is homely and evil. Taken to the School for Good and Evil, these children train to become princes and princesses, or cruel hearted villains. Remember Snow White and her evil Stepmother? Peter Pan and Captain Hook? Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf? All of these famous fairy tale characters were once top students at this magical school.
Sophie has wanted to be kidnapped her entire life, and when her wish finally comes true, she thinks her dream of becoming a princess is just around the bend. Agatha, the village outcast, couldn’t think of anything more horrible than being taken from her beloved home in the local graveyard. When the two girls arrive at the School for Good and Evil, however, the unthinkable happens: Beautiful Sophie is placed in the school for Evil, while grotesque Agatha is thrown in with the princesses at the school for Good! The girls initially think that the school master must have made some terrible mistake, but as the story begins to unfold, Sophie and Agatha realize that this misunderstanding might not have been a mix-up after all!
I fell in love with the concept of this story from the moment I first read the synopsis! I’ve always had a soft spot for fairytales, so when I heard about this book at work, I just knew that I had to get my hands on a copy ASAP! Full of magic, adventure, and fantasy, The School for Good and Evil did not disappoint! My imagination ran wild while I read, envisioning all of the characters, mystical creatures, and the setting of the school itself. The School for Good and Evil is basically the Hogwarts for fairy tale heroes and villains!
What I enjoyed most about this book, however, was the characters! They were absolutely fantastic! Both Sophie and Agatha had so much depth to them, and I loved getting to see how they each developed and changed in their respective schools. The secondary characters were also really fascinating, and I grew a soft spot for poor Hort, one of the boys from the School for Evil who develops a bit of a crush on Sophie.
“Dad told me villains can’t love. That it’s unnatural and disgusting….So I definitely can’t love,” Hort said. ”But if I could love, I’d love you.”
Awww! Now doesn’t that just melt your heart a little bit? The “Prince Charming” of the story, on the other hand, failed to win me over with his good looks and battle prowess, but we’ll see if he manages to change my mind in the sequel (he’d have to have a complete personality change first)!
The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars was the writing style itself. While the author is great at world building and character development, I found his style of writing a bit clunky or confusing at times. It just didn’t flow as nicely as it could have. Nevertheless, I fell completely in love with this story, and I can’t wait to pick up the second book to find out what happens to Sophie and Agatha next!
This review should probably come with a warning label….so here it is…
WARNING: Due to the absolute AWESOMENESS of this book, the following review will...moreThis review should probably come with a warning label….so here it is…
WARNING: Due to the absolute AWESOMENESS of this book, the following review will be full of gushing, fan-girling, and plenty of excited exclamations!
Seriously though people. Words cannot even begin to describe the pure MAGNIFICENCE of this book!! It’s AMAZING!! Fans of The Name of the Wind and Game of Thrones should pay attention, because this just might be your next favourite book!! The Lies of Locke Lamora is set on the island of Camorr, a city-state brimming with nobles and thieves. Orphaned at a young age, Locke Lamora finds himself under the tutelage of the infamous Father Chains, a con-arstist of extraordinary talent who runs a group of thieves known as the Gentleman Bastards. Through the guidance of Father Chains, Locke thrives, and eventually takes over the leadership of his crew.Now know as the “Thorn of Camorr,” Locke spends his days planning and executing elaborate cons, and robbing the gentry from right under their very noses. The sudden appearance of a villain called The Grey King, however, poses a threat not only to Locke’s latest con, but everything that he holds dear. The only solution: Locke must beat the Grey King at his own game, or die trying.The best way to describe this book? Think Ocean’s Eleven meets Robin Hood! If there is one thing I love it’s a good con story, and The Lies of Locke Lamora was full of them! Not only was the book ADDICTING and fast-paced, it also had me constantly gasping in surprise. Let’s just say that the number of plot-twists in this book had me picking up my jaw from the floor more than once!
Besides the PHENOMENAL plot-line, one of the things I enjoyed most about The Lies of Locke Lamora were the FANTASTIC characters! Locke was cunning, witty, and absolutely BRILLIANT! For some reason, I kept picturing him as Wesley from The Princess Bride, which just endeared him to me even more. I also fell in love with Locke’s bawdy crew of Gentleman Thieves, especially Jean. With his strength, intellect, and determination, it’s obvious why Jean is Locke’s right hand man. Together, the two are a lethal team that I LOVED cheering for from the sidelines.
Despite my absolute ADORATION for The Lies of Locke Lamora, that doesn’t mean it isn’t without it’s issues. The one thing I had trouble with in this book was trying to understand the political hierarchy and geography of Locke’s world. After a quick tweet to Scott Lynch my confusion over politics was cleared up, but the lack of any map in my edition had me completely puzzled about the topography of Camorr and the Seven Marrows. I mean what kind of Fantasy novel doesn’t have a map?!
Even with my confusion, however, The Lies of Locke Lamora had me tearing through the pages to find out what would happen next. I laughed, I cried, I cringed in terror for the characters, I just could not get enough of this story! I’m already planning my next trip to the book store so that I can buy the next book in this series, Red Seas Under Red Skies! If you love Fantasy, Adventure, and even a bit of Mystery, then this is one book that you should definitely pick up this year! I promise you won’t regret it!
Nothing is more thrilling to a reader than stumbling upon a book that excites their imagination and warms their heart. They are rare, but when they ar...moreNothing is more thrilling to a reader than stumbling upon a book that excites their imagination and warms their heart. They are rare, but when they are found they are all the more appreciated. Happily for me, The Name of the Wind was one of those very books. Rothfuss’s beautiful writing, brilliant plot, and fascinating character development all merged together to create one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read!
Told in his own voice, The Name of the Wind is the story of Kvothe (pronounced Quothe), a young man who grew up to become one of the world’s most notorious wizards. Beginning with his childhood, Kvothe shares with readers the loss of his family to the Chandrian, a mythical group who bring death and carnage wherever they go. Determined to find out the secret behind the Chandrian and claim revenge for his family, Kvothe seeks entrance into a famous university to learn magic and become an arcanist. Along the way he makes friends and enemies, and becomes one step closer to finding the answers that he’s looking for.
I’ll admit, The Name of the Wind and I got off to a shakey start. For the first 50 pages or so I struggled. I even contemplated putting it down and walking away altogether. Luckily for me I stuck around, because once Kvothe actually started telling his story I was hooked! I hate comparing books to other novels, but the feeling I got while reading The Name of the Wind was somewhat akin to Harry Potter or The Hobbit. The story just had a good, heartwarming feeling, even through the darker spots. The plot is intricately planned out, and the background and mythology that went into creating Kvothe’s world is reminiscent of Rowling, Tolkien, and Martin.
As for characters, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Kvothe. Smart, witty, and brave, Kvothe is a hero that you can’t help but cheer for. I was really impressed by how Rothfuss’s developped his character over the course of the book, and held my breath to find out what kind of trouble Kvothe would get into next. The secondary characters were also really interesting and complex, and I love how much I came to hate Ambrose (the Draco Malfoy to Kvothe’s Harry). It’s difficult to pull off a story with just the right amount of plot and character development, but Rothfuss did it perfectly!
The verdict: The Name of the Wind is an imaginative, brilliant story that deserves every ounce of praise it has been getting from reviewers. It should have a seat of honour beside other popular fantasies like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. While it might be a struggle to fall in love with at first, stick around for the 600 other pages, because they are magical!
The synopsis of Soulbound was definitely what attracted me to this book the most, so when Razorbill sent me a copy for review I was pretty ecstatic! I...moreThe synopsis of Soulbound was definitely what attracted me to this book the most, so when Razorbill sent me a copy for review I was pretty ecstatic! I tore through this one pretty quickly, and loved the world of Tril that Heather Brewer spun together! Soulbound, focuses on a secret group of people known as Barrons and Healers who are fighting a century long war against an evil King and his army of monsters. Whenever a Barron is born into the world a Healer is born at the exact same moment (and vice versa), and the two are considered to be "Soulbound" together. A "soulbound" pair is crucial in the war efforts, as Healers are able to save their Barrons from the brink of death with just a single touch. Sounds like a pretty awesome concept right? And that's exactly what it was!
Things I Loved About Soulbound
The Plotline: Soulbound was pretty fast paced and kept my attention the entire time I was reading it! I LOVED the idea of a world where Barrons and Healers are"soulbound" to each other, although I wish the author had spent a bit more time explaining how the whole "soulbounded" thing worked.
The Love Triangle: For some people the use of a love triangle might actually be a negative thing, but I love them! If they are done right they can add a certain amount of tension to the novel that makes the story even more gripping. While I have a pretty solid idea of who Kaya will end up with as the series continues, I can't wait to see how everything works out in the end. Darius and Trayton's friendship will definitely make the love plot more complicated!
The Ending: Talk about a cliffhanger! Although I predicted pretty early on what Darius' secret was, I was expecting the author to go into a bit of detail about it before the book ended. But of course she didn't! Instead, Heather Brewer throws her readers off the edge and let's them try and sort out the details for themselves. There is no way now that I can't read the next book! I need to know more about Darius!
Things That I Disliked About Soulbound
The Lack Of Explanation: As much as I enjoyed this book I struggled with it at times. I found the world that Heather Brewer developed fascinating, but unfortunately she falls short when it comes to explaining its history. For example, she mentions quite frequently the fact that this war is a secret from the regular citizens of Tril, but doesn't explain how these details are kept hidden. Are the citizens that stupid that they don't find it weird when random soldiers start fighting each other or monsters leap out of the forest? The whole concept of being Soulbound was also pretty vague. How is it that Barrons and Healers become Soulbound? Why are they born at the exact same moment as each other? These are just some of the hundreds of questions that I had while reading this book.
Final Thoughts I'm hoping that some of the questions that I had while reading this book will be answered as the series continues. For the most part I really enjoyed my time spent reading Soulbound, and think it would be perfect for readers who enjoy stories featuring a kickass heroine. I'll definitely be reading the next book to find out what happens next!(less)
When I was a little girl I was OBSESSED with horses. I had every single Pony Pal book ever written, toy horses were scattered around my room, and I co...moreWhen I was a little girl I was OBSESSED with horses. I had every single Pony Pal book ever written, toy horses were scattered around my room, and I constantly begged my parents to let me take up horseback riding. Unfortunately, they never budged, and so I was forced to live out my dreams of horseback riding through the books that I read. You can imagine my delight then when I found out that Maggie Stiefvater's newest book was about horse racing! While I HATED her first book, Shiver, I held out hope that The Scorpio Races would be a much better read. And for the most part, it was!
As I've read TONS of horse related novels over the years, I really appreciated the slight twist to these typical racing tales that Maggie brought to The Scorpio Races. The idea of an island where creatures known as water horses surfaced from the ocean was magical and alluring, and their vicious and blood thirsty natures was certainly thrilling! I also really enjoyed the alternating perspectives between Puck and Sean, as it helped to lend greater insight into their characters and the motivations that lead them to the races.
The only thing that I didn't really enjoy about The Scorpio Races was the pacing of the actual storytelling. At times I found the book to be a bit slow, and I sat around waiting for something exciting to happen. When the actual race finally happened in the book, I was also disappointed to discover that it was only about ten pages long! After 375 pages of writing about Puck and Sean preparing for this epic race, it was over in the blink of an eye! I suppose that's how long a horse race lasts in real life, but I guess I expected the Scorpio Race itself to be a little more epic, like the one in the movie Hidalgo!
Although I may have found The Scorpio Races to be a bit slow paced, I think its something that my 13 year old self would have loved! I would definitely recommended the book to younger readers who love stories about horses, and those who are fans of Maggie's Shiver trilogy. While none of Maggie's books have yet to personally "WOW" me, I'm curious to see what she comes up with next! (less)
I always love a good fantasy novel filled with fighting, love triangles, and a bit of intrigue, but I was happy to find myself enjoying Throne of Glas...moreI always love a good fantasy novel filled with fighting, love triangles, and a bit of intrigue, but I was happy to find myself enjoying Throne of Glass more than I even originally anticipated! Sarah J. Maas used just the right amount of action, character development, and mystery to keep me on the edge of my seat the entire way through! I love a female character who is physically strong, yet also intellectual, and Celaena possessed both of these qualities and more.
My favourite part of the entire book, however, was the love plot. No surprise there right? The whole time I was reading I kept my fingers crossed that Celaena would eventually end up with the Captain of the Guard, Chaol. It was pretty obvious early on, however, that a love triangle would emerge when Celaena started blushing all the time over the prince’s good looks.Warning: If you don’t want the ending of the love plot ruined you better stop reading now! You can imagine my surprise, therefore, when Celaena ultimately chose to be with neither Dorian or Chaol in the end! While the romantic in me was saddened by this lack of conclusion to the love story, the part of me that had connected with Celaena’s character cheered at this turn of events! I think it would have completely gone against everything that Celaena stands for in the novel if she had suddenly decided to form a romantic relationship with one of the men. So kudos to you Ms. Maas for sticking to Celaena’s guns!
The only thing that somewhat irked me about Throne of Glass were some of the place and character names. I know its a trope of fantasy novels for the settings to have wierd, original names, but they just sounded awkward in my head whenever I read them. Maybe I was pronouncing Endovier wrong, but it just didn’t flow off my tongue. Other then that small issue, I’m really looking forward to the rest of this series, and can’t wait to see what happens to Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian next!(less)