Where on earth do I begin with this one? I’d been forewarned by plenty of other reviews that Silver Shadows was mostly set in… (Well, if you’ve read the series, you know where; I’m not going to say it explicitly for fear of spoiling it for others), but — and I hate to say this — I found a lot of it to be boring. I wanted more to happen. I wanted it to be the heart-racing and thrilling and exciting but I felt what I got was a shadow of its previous books.
In saying that, though — I did enjoy this.
I’ll always like the way Richelle Mead writes, as well as her new take on clichéd ideas such as vampires, and turning it into something completely unique and different. Her characters are mostly fantastic (with the exception of Adrian, which I explain later…) and I’ll always love Sydney. I love her logical and rational way of thinking, as well as her ability to adapt and the unwavering courage she has to do what she thinks it right. But was this book the amazing, swoon-worthy, incredible read I as expecting it to be? Unfortunately not. Of course, I still do plan on reading the last book — The Ruby Circle — as I am very curious to see how the story will pan out, but I probably won’t be exceptionally excited for it.
Let’s discuss Adrian.
I’ve always loved him. Snarky, loyal, and rather good-looking, he’s always been one of my top favourite fictional males in fiction, but in Silver Shadows, he spent most of it drunk and depressed — and hey, I’m not completely heartless, I know that it must have been difficult to go through what he did — but instead of feeling sorry for himself, couldn’t he have acted quicker? Actually done something instead of just whining about it? And with the bond he shares with Jill — that would have made things difficult for her, too, so if you ask me, his actions were very self-pitying bordering on selfish.
I’ve always found the Bloodlines series to be rather predictable, but more so with this one.
Not that predictability is always a bad thing, because I don’t believe that it is; I think it all comes down to the fact that I was expecting a lot more from this book....more
I gave the first in the series two stars, and because I believe that sometimes--on those beautifully rare occasions--the second in the book can be better than the first, but with this, that was not the case.
Things I didn't like:
-- The characters (The thing I find with Dystopian female (or even male, though I tend to read less of them so I can't really say with any accuracy)protagonists is that they're fairly boring. They're so focused on actually surviving that it doesn't really give the reader a chance to really know who they are.)
-- The storyline (Sorry, WHAT storyline?! This book had barely any direction. I couldn't even remember anything about the girl they were supposed to be saving.)
-- The non-existent worldbuilding (THIS IS SOMETHING I CANNOT STAND)
-- The writing ("...he shouted furiously." <---- Um, duh. That's a prime example of an necessary adverb--if he's shouting, of course he's furious!)
These books are just not for me. Knowing me and my stubbornness to finish series I can easily say that I will read the last in the series. However I will wait for it to come to my library, that's for sure. And I'll also give the author's GLASS ARROW book a chance--that looks pretty good. ...more
First off, can I just say that the version of covers that Australia gets are amazing?! I love them so very much. The US ones are nice, but our ones seem to fit the story more.
The Crown of Embers is a perfect example, for me, of a sequel by far outstripping its beginner book. This was the novel where I started to feel something for the characters; this is the novel where our main character turned from younger ignorant sister to a queen; this is the novel where the romance develop and grows in a way that made my heart ache and long for those two characters in particular to get together.
I LOVE IT WHEN SEQUELS GET IT RIGHT.
had many issues with the first novel, and because I read it well over a year ago, I couldn’t remember much of it when I started reading this. I think that is maybe I didn’t rate this more than three stars — because some of the minor characters were lost on me. While I still felt well-acquainted with our protagonists, the lesser characters began to bleed into each other, leaving me unable to care for them all too much.
I also felt that parts of this novel dragged, or were quite predictable.
However — let’s not dwell on the negatives, shall we? Carson has proved herself to be a talented writer that can craft realistic characters, a fantasy world that feels real, and a romance that develops slowly, but nicely. All in all I loved it a lot more than the first. I’m looking forward to The Bitter Kingdom. ...more
I seem to be giving a lot of books three stars, lately — which is a good thing! Three stars means that I enjoyed the book, and She’s Not Invisible fell neatly into that category. I wasn’t sure what to expect for this one. What I wasn’t expecting was that the our protagonist, Laureth (whose name I love love love love by the way), is blind. (Yes I am aware that it says that it says she’s blind in the description; however I never actually read descriptions, so…) And for a novel written in first person, Sedgwick achieved this brilliantly! I could never fathom the idea of a novel written in first person with a protagonist being blind, but the author did it so well.
Mysterious, dark, and equally entertaining, I enjoyed this novel.
If you like contemporary, you’re probably going to like this. It focuses a lot on family relationships — and that was one of the things I loved most about this novel. There was no romance. Why? There was no need for it. None at all. This is a prime example of a YA novel that doesn’t have romance, and does well without it. I usually prefer the novels I read to have some element of romance in it — but that did not stop me from reading this novel at all; in fact, it make me even more curious.
There were a couple of things that irked me about this read, but not enough to hinder my enjoyment off the novel too greatly.
I was expecting more from this. She’s Not Invisible is predictable — and I don’t like predictable books.
In saying that though, this book wasn’t supposed to be surprising, I don’t think. It was about family relationships and writerly craziness and just how far one would go to search for their father. Seriously, I’m impressed that Laureth got onto a plane with her seven-year-old brother Benjamin, and his stuffed toy raven by themselves. I thought she was an exceptionally brave, independent and somewhat inspiring protagonist who never once gave up looking for her father.
This book is about coincidences.
Lots and lost and lost of them — and I loved it all. It was fascinating to read: the parts shown in Laureth’s father’s Black Book, and the eerie coincidences that they came across on their journey to their father.
I liked Benjamin (and Stan) but . . .
One of my major irks with this novel was the way that, sometimes, it almost boarded on the paranormal. You’ll know what I mean when you learn more about Benjamin. In some instances, this could have been another layer of the story . . . but sadly, for me, it just didn’t work. I don’t know whether I would call it “paranormal”, exactly; that’s not really the right word to describe it. But it was strange and never truly explained — and therefore just left me feeling confused. If this had been tied into the story more, explained and expanded upon, then I think it could have worked. But because it wasn’t, it felt rather pointless.
Overall, though, I recommend this read. Mysterious, with loveable characters and an intriguing plot, it was a lot of fun to read. I could not put it down....more
Despite the fact that I felt like this was the weakest of the Elements series, if you haven’t read these book, you should. They’re awfully underrated — witty dialogue, memorable characters, and a thrilling plot. I’m starting this review by saying that although this was disappointing, I still enjoyed it.
This was underwhelming; that is why I only rated this book three stars.
After the rest of the books I obviously had high expectations — and I was nervous to start reading it, for several reasons. A) I didn’t want this series to come to an end, and B) even the goddamn title is called Sacrifice. If that’s not making you nervous about reading the last in a series, then it should! This book revolves around Michael, the eldest of the Merrick brothers, who, after their parents’ deaths, took on a fatherly role to his younger brothers. He was extraordinary mature for his age, which was why I liked him the most out of the Merricks. Then you have his girlfriend, Hannah. Hate to say it, but I didn’t care for her much.
As usual, the plot is thrilling and will leave you wanting more. There’s only one problem with that.
A last in a series shouldn’t leave you feeling like you want more. Bittersweet, maybe, but not unsatisfied. Bluntly put, this felt rushed. Much shorter than the rest of the series, Sacrifice whizzed along at an alarming pace without pausing to linger on the details, and because of that, I was disconnected to both Hannah and Michael. But as usual, Kemmerer creates a wonderful thrilling atmosphere — in Sacrifice, the stakes are higher than ever, which does not bode well for some.
Here’s something you should know about these books: Each novel revolves around a different Merrick brother. (Or Hunter. He has a book too.)
This is not a bad thing to do. In fact, I quite liked it. Each book is fresh, different, and each character sees things in a completely different viewpoint to the others. My only issue with this is that by the end of Sacrifice I didn’t feel as though the story was quite finished. I wanted to revisit some of the other characters — to see how they would cope with things, instead of being trapped in Michael and Hannah’s point of view.
These are fantastic books overall. I do recommend them. This one just let me down. ...more
You know when you don’t like a book by an author, but you continue with her series/other books because you feel like you need to give them a proper chance? Then you continue reading that author’s writing, and you finally have to concede to the fact that maybe, their writing isn’t for you?
That is exactly what I’m like with Kristin Cashore.
She’s not a bad writer. In fact, I think she’s very good. I like the concept of her stories, yet never her execution. Her characters always leave something to be desired for me, so personally, I wouldn’t say that they’re her strength. She’s good at romance, at building it up slowly, realistically, so that is feels real in comparison to other romance plotlines I’ve read. Her worldbuilding, too, is good — you can actually picture the world she’s writing about.
Yet still, I cannot get into her stories.
I’d had my doubts about Graceling from the beginning, and although I found myself disappointed, I wasn’t all that surprised that I didn’t like it. Hype rarely lives up to the actual novel, and in the rare cases it does (eg, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas) it truely needs to blow my mind for it to do so. From Fire, I was expecting nothing, so I wasn’t really surprised nor disappointed when I came to found that, by the end, I wanted it done.
This novel is a prequel. As in, it’s set before the events of Graceling.
Maybe I’m a little slow… but it actually took me awhile to figure that out! However, you don’t have to read this first before Graceling; in fact, I don’t think it matters what order you read them in.
The plot… Like Graceling, dragged awfully at some points.
Like for example, around the middle. Often books sag in the centre, which does mane sense to a certain degree, but it does not make for an enjoyable read. There were times that I actually skimmed ahead to see when the next interesting event would occur. I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary things that I could have skipped — and it wouldn’t have effected my understanding of the book in the slightest. Even towards the end the really “thrilling” parts were becoming a little tiresome.
The next bone to pick with this novel: the characters.
I don’t think I liked any of them. It’s been a couple of weeks since I read the novel, and I’m finding it difficult to recall any character that I liked. I especially disliked Archer, though I’m not going to discuss that in here because it’s impossible to describe my feelings about his character without revealing spoilers.
Honestly, I hope that my negative reviews of Graceling and Fire aren’t putting you off from reading the series.
That was not my intention at all! If you want, go read this series — you might find that you love them. They’re just not for me, and because of that, I won’t be reading Bitterblue any time soon. ______________________________________________________________
So, just to clarify... The events in this book took place before Graceling, right?
I think I just need to concede that the author's writing is not for me. I liked it marginally better than Graceling, yet there were large portions of the novel that was dull and boring, with not a lot happening. The characters were all right, though Archer in particular I found to be quite dislikeable. (view spoiler)[When he died, I couldn't muster up much sadness for him, if I'm being honest. I mean--the man impregnated two women in the span of... what? A couple of weeks? One of whom was fifteen. Not to mention the way he treated Fire made me want to punch him. (hide spoiler)] Not sure whether I'll be reading Bitterblue to be honest.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more