I just put my Kindle down and all I can say is "Wowie-wow-wow!!!! Where's the next book?!?"!
This is the second Ciye Cho book I've read. And what I loI just put my Kindle down and all I can say is "Wowie-wow-wow!!!! Where's the next book?!?"!
This is the second Ciye Cho book I've read. And what I love best about this author is his incrediby imaginative worlds. Cho's books are amazingly colorful and RORY takes that to a whole other level. The world of Palladino is so far beyond unique that Alice's wonderland has got nothing on it. It's scary and beautiful and filled with secrets. Without slowing the story pace down, Cho is able to paint a fantastical world that fills your mind's eye with wild colors, textures and forms. I'm floored by Cho's creativity!
Besides the awesome world built by Cho, RORY has an incredible story that grabs you and pulls you in, making it quite difficult to stop reading. Aurora (nicknamed Rory) has a challenging life to begin with in the human world before being kidnapped and brought to Palladino. I did wonder why Aurora and her mother were aware of the "demons" who kidnap girls while the rest of the human world seemed oblivious? Also, why does mom know so much about Palladino? I'm not sure if these are things we will understand better later in the series, or if this a plot hole issue, but I'm eager to see if mom has secrets of her own. There's a lot of danger and challenges that face Rory as she begins life in Palladino. I love the mystery and the sense of not knowing who she can trust. I also love how the whimsical and the violent are juxtaposed in Palladino. Rory is both believable and likable: being frightened yet brave, reckless yet caring; she is a memorable character that I immediately could care for and cheer on. There are many other intriguing characters in Palladino; quirky and brooding Martin and his many cats, Cookie --whom I LOVE-- the adventuresome ghost cat and Manny the conflicted kidnapper. It's an outstanding cast in an amazing setting telling a wondrous story.
Really my only complaint was the huge cliff hanger ending. What the heck?!? You simply cannot leave a girl hanging like that!!! So expect a review of book 2 as soon as the author gets the ARCs out. I will be stalking him until he is done **evil grin** ...more
Oh my goodness is this an incredible read! It's so engaging!!! You'll pick this up and forget to pick your kids up from school because you're too busyOh my goodness is this an incredible read! It's so engaging!!! You'll pick this up and forget to pick your kids up from school because you're too busy reading.
There's so much amazing creativity that has gone into the Fire Born world; McMann combines and twist legends and the paranormal to come up with the perfect urban fantasy setting. She is a skilled story teller with beautifully descriptive writing that somehow never slows the pace of the crazy-sauce action you'll find in TIED. The plot is chopped full of mystery with major twists and turns, some of which had me gasping out loud.
Layla and Max are great characters and their romance is one of the sweetest I've read. The supporting characters are all well written with plenty of depth; the only character I didn't really care for was Benny. I wish that Layla's and Benny's friendship was better balanced so that I could understand why Layla was best friends with Benny when she didn't really seem to like Benny all that much.
The conclusion to TIED is intense and closes with a major cliff-hanger. I'm dying to find out what exactly will happen in the next two books (TORN and TRUE) in this trilogy. This is definitely one I recommend getting right away and reading this weekend (thus avoiding the potential disaster of forgotten children and the subsequent child therapist bills). Drop by my blog, Known to Read, on Monday and let me know what you thought of it.
I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews on my blogspot blog, Known to Read....more
I really, really enjoyed reading FLORENCE. What a fun and creative ride! I love the world we encounter here. The colors, the society, the unique sea eI really, really enjoyed reading FLORENCE. What a fun and creative ride! I love the world we encounter here. The colors, the society, the unique sea environment ... it's a cornucopia for the imagination. The story line is intriguing and I always appreciate that sense of not knowing who a character can trust. While I like the entire cast, I do feel some could have been developed with a bit more depth, but that really didn't hurt my overall enjoyment of FLORENCE. I am also left wondering why Florence was so invisible in her human world. Perhaps this will be explored in the next book in the series, LUMINAIRE. I'm super excited to see what happens to Florence and this amazing mer world she's experiencing. ...more