I'm not really sure how to rate this book, I was flitting between 3.5 and 4 stars for ages. I think 3.75 would be most appropriate.
There were parts ofI'm not really sure how to rate this book, I was flitting between 3.5 and 4 stars for ages. I think 3.75 would be most appropriate.
There were parts of this book I really loved. The concept itself is a winner - being able to travel anywhere and anywhen as long as you had the right map of the place and time. I loved the fact that you can also travel to fantastical and mythological places and how this was woven seamlessly into the story. Nix, Kashmir and the rest of the crew were fantastic characters and I also really liked Blake. There was good chemistry and comraderie all around and I really enjoyed spending time with the diverse cast of characters. I love the assortment of magical creatures and items that pop up in the story and how the author wove the history of Hawaii into the story.
What I didn't enjoy was Slate. I have a peeve about terrible parents and I think it's awful what he put Nix through to accomplish his mission. I also didn't get a very clear idea of how Navigating worked. The explanation was definitely glossed over and a bit wishy-washy. Some things fell into place to easily and it took a while to get going in the beginning.
The things I enjoyed definitely outweighed what I didn't enjoy. The book sets itself up nicely for a sequel, although I don't know if there will be one. All in all, one I would recommend to those that enjoyed Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. ...more
DNF. I gave it half the book, but I honestly couldn't read any more without my eyes glazing over. I'm not invested in Mare, who I don't think has growDNF. I gave it half the book, but I honestly couldn't read any more without my eyes glazing over. I'm not invested in Mare, who I don't think has grown up since the last book. There are too many new, forgettable characters, and the writing was very jumbled. I felt like the characters were constantly jumping from one place to another and I couldn't clearly follow their journey. All in all, I was disinterested and even though everyone has kept telling me to stick it out to the end, I don't think I can....more
I don't even know where to start with this book. Just when I thought Pierce Brown couldn't surprise me anymore than he did with Red Rising, he gorydamI don't even know where to start with this book. Just when I thought Pierce Brown couldn't surprise me anymore than he did with Red Rising, he gorydamn well does it with Golden Son. Utterly unpredictable, in the best of ways. I couldn't stop reading and had no idea where the story would go and I loved it. It was utter madness in space.
Darrow, now a Peerless Scarred, is working for the Augustus family, the same man that ordered the death of his wife, Eo. Without spoiling too much, he makes a huge mistake, becomes public enemy number one of the Bellonas, gets fired, gets rehired, makes deals with everyone. He's up and down more times than a yo-yo throughout the story and is less of a Gary Stu. Also, the supporting cast are wonderful. Mustang, Sevro, Roque, the Jackal, the Sovereign, Fitchner are all deeply interesting, flawed characters with their own plans and agendas. I had absolutely no idea who's on who's side.
Plus, Pierce Brown also manages to give us a load of feels even with the background of death, destruction and intergalactic war. WHY PIERCE WHY?! I'm so glad I decided to read it close to the release of Morning Star. I think the wait would have been agonising. ...more
Bloodydamn brilliant. Honestly, this series has grown so much from the initial academy escapades in Red Rising and each book in the series just gets bBloodydamn brilliant. Honestly, this series has grown so much from the initial academy escapades in Red Rising and each book in the series just gets better and better. Warning: it will absolutely rip your heart/soul/mind to pieces. Be wary of putting it back together, because it will just keep doing it. Over and over, like a razor. And I mean this in the best possible way.
I don't want to say too much, because I don't want to spoil anything, but you can look forward to some amazing space battles, 'sword' fights, political manuevering and all the feels. If you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? ...more
4.5 stars. An entertaining and unique read. I admit I haven't read a lot of sci-fi (only Orson Scott Card, Alfred Bester, Pierce Brown, Amie Kaufman,4.5 stars. An entertaining and unique read. I admit I haven't read a lot of sci-fi (only Orson Scott Card, Alfred Bester, Pierce Brown, Amie Kaufman, etc), none of which I would count as 'high sci-fi' (to take a term from fantasy), so I didn't know what to expect.
Taking place some time in the future, 5 big families/corporations (known as Dragons) dominate life on the moon. The moon is a progressive place for opportunity. Terms used throughout the book are based on a lot of different languages - Portuguese, Afrikaans, Korean, to name a few. Sexual preference is fluid. Everything is a contract. You have to pay a daily rate for your four basic elements to survive: air, water, carbon and data. Everyone has an AI familiar. The moon is also a harsh place, and it can kill you in an instant.
The story follows the Corta family, the newest of the 5 Dragons. They quickly rose to power due to matriarch Adriana Corta's enterpreneurial tenacity. It follows the lives of her 5 children and grandchildren. The story is reminiscent of Game of Thrones in space - large families vying for power, intermarrying and trying to trump and crash the other dynasties.
It was hard to get going at the start. I was immediately confused because to be honest, there isn't much of a plot, or at least not an obvious one. It follows the 5 Corta children, Rafa, Luca, Ariel, Carlinhos, Wagner and several beautifully written chapters are Adriana's stream of thought. Once you read through the rest of the book, with the moon runs, the assassination attempts, the parties, weddings, race for business, and politics, you get so involved in these amazingly developed characters, you can't stop reading. Then the last 10% of so hits and the plot reveals itself and you wonder how you've missed it this whole time.
I would highly recommend it for fans of sci-fi and anyone who loves a good dynastic family story with lots of intrigue, politics and fantastic writing. I can't wait for the sequel....more
3.5 stars. This book has been on my radar for such a long time as so many of my friends like it. Plus I've seen Lisa speak at countless events and she3.5 stars. This book has been on my radar for such a long time as so many of my friends like it. Plus I've seen Lisa speak at countless events and she's lovely. I haven't read many books that have trans characters, so I jumped into this not really knowing what to expect. Also forgive me if I'm using the wrong pronouns.
It's mainly about David, a girl stuck in a boy's body. He hasn't told anyone except his two best friends and he's finding it harder and harder with each passing day and each inch his foot grows. He's an outcast and is struggling to find the courage to tell his parents. It's also about Leo, a new student at David's school who keeps to himself but is surrounded by rumours. When David tries to be his friend, the two make an unlikely connection and the story goes from there.
It's a really enjoyable, easy read. I loved both David and Leo's narration and I think they both had very distinct styles. What marked it down for me was a particular storyline of Leo's that I didn't really connect with and I felt was a bit of a plot device. Otherwise, a really solid contemporary read....more
Firsts was a nice breath of fresh air in contemporary YA. Mercedes is a morally ambiguous main character, who does dispicable things, but is still verFirsts was a nice breath of fresh air in contemporary YA. Mercedes is a morally ambiguous main character, who does dispicable things, but is still very likable (at least to me). It's an honest look at teenage sexuality, and that fact that not everyone is searching for thier soulmate in high school. It greys topics which are mostly black/white in YA. It's got fantastic female friendships (Angela, Faye), great friendship/chemistry (Zach) and truly hateful other characters. Highly recommended....more
This series has captured my heart and imagination since I first read it in 2012. The first book, The Raven Boys is an amazing example of magical proseThis series has captured my heart and imagination since I first read it in 2012. The first book, The Raven Boys is an amazing example of magical prose, and wonderful characters and plot. The mystery of the boys' search for the legendary Welsh king, Owen Glendower and Gansey's foretold death have loomed in my mind for so long, I was so, so eager to see how The Raven King would wrap it all up.
As a warning, this review will contain spoilers for the first three books in the series, and The Raven King, so proceed at your own peril....
A really great end to a wonderful series. I was so impressed by how well Meyer juggled all those characters' stories and points of view. The book is rA really great end to a wonderful series. I was so impressed by how well Meyer juggled all those characters' stories and points of view. The book is rightly long, but it absolutely flies by and to be honest I could have kept reading. There was so much great action, shocking events, little heartfelt moments, and lots of yummy kissing. It's truly a unique take on these familiar fairy tales, and I love the way she manages to throw in some very cute easter eggs.
I really hope Meyer continues to write more in this world, but I'd read anything she writes. Storytelling at its best. ...more
Such a fun book that I would recommend to any contemporary YA fan looking to dip a toe into the comics and graphic novel pool. Following three friendsSuch a fun book that I would recommend to any contemporary YA fan looking to dip a toe into the comics and graphic novel pool. Following three friends who have just started university, it passes the Bechdel test with flying colours (and references itself doing so). It's really self-aware and handles a lot of diversity-related issues with great panache. I especially loved the chapter that addresses 'lad culture', which ends in a hilarious embarassing moment for the self-proclaimed 'lads'. A lot of fun and looking forward to the next book in the series coming out soon!...more
2.5 stars. It was ok, but nothing special. The voice felt young to me, personally. It didn't have characters I particularly cared about and the writin2.5 stars. It was ok, but nothing special. The voice felt young to me, personally. It didn't have characters I particularly cared about and the writing was underwhelming. There was some chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter, but the way the relationship developed and the issues it faced were very rote and unoriginal. Basically, I didn't really care enough to be invested in the story. I'm rather sad, because this book has great reviews and I was expecting more from it....more