One star for The One. It seems fitting does it? You're probably wondering why I even bothered with this book, given how I felt about the first and secOne star for The One. It seems fitting does it? You're probably wondering why I even bothered with this book, given how I felt about the first and second in the series. Hear me out. It was late, I was in bed, my husband was asleep and I could only pick from what was on my Kindle. I was too tired to start anything that I knew would be remotely interesting, and I had run out of light contemporary books. So, I picked The One.
This book was honestly a completely wasted 300 pages. We ALL knew how it would end. In fact, it should have ended at the end of The Selection. But no, somehow it got dragged out into a three book arc, with the same story over and over again.
As a brief summary, Maxon is down to 4 girls. He really loves America but he can't bring himself to get rid of the others. America really loves Maxon but can't bring herself to tell him. Aspen is still looming in the background. Maxon's dad is still looming in the background. There's a rebel threat that's not really much of a threat, because no one can tell what these rebels are really doing or why they are doing it. Now there are good rebels and bad rebels, apparently. There is some drama, a few deaths, lots of jewellery and pretty dresses, more moments where America shows just how much of a special snowflake she is. In the end though, and this is a spoiler so watch out... Maxon picks America. Shocking, right?
I honestly have no idea how this series got as popular as it did. Someone stop me from eventually reading the next two in this series?...more
I have a lot of thoughts about this book, so forgive the slightly ranty review. I will also have some hidden spoilers, so peruse at your own peril.
OvI have a lot of thoughts about this book, so forgive the slightly ranty review. I will also have some hidden spoilers, so peruse at your own peril.
Overall, I enjoyed it. The story is about a land where each queen gives birth to triplets. Each girl has a 'special' power. In this generation, Katherine is a poisoner, Arsinoe is a naturalist and Mirabella is an elemental. Whoever kills the other two, gets to be the next queen. The narrative follows each of the sisters' stories. I enjoyed this, but I felt like I was reading three distinctly different stories for the majority of the book. It was fun getting to know the sisters, the guardian families that raised them, and generally how the 'queen-making' worked. There were references and characters from the main land, so I assumed they are on an isolated island that does things quite differently from the rest of the world (I would have definitely benefitted from a map, but maybe this is an issue in the ARC only). Kudos also to the matriarchal society.
I liked Katherine's story the best. I think it's because her power was the clearest to me. Poisoners have been the ruling class for generations. They are immune to poisons and Katherine also has a gift for creating them. I also really liked Jules and her mountain cat familiar Camden, who are Arsinoe's best friends. Basically, everyone was more interesting than Mirabella, the supposed strongest of the sisters. However, I thought there were too many characters just generally, and I think the third person narration did little to endear any of them.
Then something happened midway through the book that really just jarred me. I read on and eventually figured out why the author thought it was necessary, but it was really sudden and I was angry that it happened and it soured my mood for the rest of the book.
That said, when the sisters came together, when they met at Beltane festival to show off their powers, it was generally better. However, my main issue with the book was that (view spoiler)[I could see the twist ending coming a mile away. I had an inkling that Arsinoe and Katherine were 'switched', and they really had each other's powers. Mainly because of Arsinoe's not-so-subtle name; there was even a mention of why she was named probably to throw readers off the scent, but only made me more suspicious. I don't really delight in guessing twists too quickly - in fact, I really enjoy being oblivious for much of the book I'm reading, so I think I was almost disappointed when I guessed it. (hide spoiler)]
I do think the next book will be interesting, and I'll probably read on to see where the story goes. If you're looking for a light fantasy read, then this is for you.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A lot of fun short mysteries and the perfect middle grade book for children to read over the summer! The stories were delightful and there were definiA lot of fun short mysteries and the perfect middle grade book for children to read over the summer! The stories were delightful and there were definitely some stand out ones that made me want to read their author's long-form fiction (Frances Hardinge, Sally Nicholls, I'm looking at you). Like any collection, I enjoyed some stories more than others. I'm happy to admit that I did end up solving more than one of the stories, which makes me feel prouder than I should be. If there's a book you want to give to a reluctant reader, this is the one....more
I'm not going to stay too much, as I don't want to ruin it for everyone, but man this book was great. True to its blurb, it is a mix of Harry Potter aI'm not going to stay too much, as I don't want to ruin it for everyone, but man this book was great. True to its blurb, it is a mix of Harry Potter and The Lies of Locke Lamora, both of which I absolutely love. Mia is a fantastic main character. She's determined, clever, hard-working and vulnerable. I especially enjoyed her relationships with Mister Kindly and Tric. The story doesn't shy away from being dark and this is firmly in the adult fantasy camp, even though Mia is 16. Throughout the story, you'll laugh, gasp, devour the cheeky footnotes and get metaphorically punched in the gut (or poisoned...)! Highly recommended. I can't wait for the rest of the series already! ...more
Liked it, but didn't love it. I thought the chemistry between Holmes and Watson was good. The male/female dynamic was similar to the TV show ElementarLiked it, but didn't love it. I thought the chemistry between Holmes and Watson was good. The male/female dynamic was similar to the TV show Elementary, which I adore (and arguably think is the better modern Sherlock adaptation), so there was a sense of familiarity for me. However, the plot wasn't as engaging as I would have liked and none of the other characters really stood out. This made the big reveal a bit anti-climatic, as my only thought was 'who?'. So, something for fans of Sherlock, but not sure many others will really like it. ...more
The further this series goes, the more confused I generally get. There are so many strange and wonderful things that appear, but my list of questionsThe further this series goes, the more confused I generally get. There are so many strange and wonderful things that appear, but my list of questions gets longer and longer. Here are a few of my thoughts (there may be spoilers ahead!)\:
- I'm enjoying the very PG sexual chemistry between Gansey and Blue. A touch here, a phone call there...it's very cute. - I like having cranky British person Malory in Henrietta. - I generally have a tough time picturing where everything is. All the caves and mysterious passages everywhere... - Jesse Dittley TALKS ALL IN CAPS AND ITS FUN - Gwenllian is crazy, but I guess I would be too after what she went through - Uhhh, Matthew revelation...! - I like Henry Cheng, but I don't know if he's to be trusted or not - The Greenmantles are strange people. Adam and Ronan's plan of attack here is somewhat genius. - Persephone...! - Yet another agonising cliffhanger ending (which wasn't so bad for me this time as I had the next book, but I sympathise with other people's agony).
So, after all that, still generally confused....more
This is my first John Corey Whaley book and I just fell in love. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy, and the book was introduced by a compThis is my first John Corey Whaley book and I just fell in love. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy, and the book was introduced by a completely endearing video from the author. The book is exactly like him: witty, humorous and very real.
Agoraphobic Solomon has not left his house in three years after the fountain incident at school. Over-achieving Lisa, witness to this, dreams of being a psychologist and needs a subject for her admissions essay into her college of choice. She forces herself into Solomon's life for this, but both soon realise how much they like spending time with each other. When she introduces Solomon to her boyfriend Clark - who is a remarkably sincere, genuinely nice guy - the three of them become inseparable.
Do the ends justify the means? Does a bad motive undermine a great friendship? Secrets, doubts, fears, ambitions, hopes are felt and shared. As the story continues, the elephant in the room, Lisa's essay, looms larger. Solomon's trust in his new friends and Lisa's trust in herself and Clark, get tested as self-doubt starts to creep in.
My favourite thing about the book is that Whaley explores these issues and themes with just the right amount of humour and geekery. The narration and dialogue carried an undercurrent of comedy and I enjoyed the numerous references to Star Trek and Lord of the Rings (to name a few). I don't know much about agoraphobia, but I think Solomon's issues were dealt with respectfully. I really got in his mind and understood what he was going through during one of his panic attacks. Solomon also had the best parents and grandmother, which was really refreshing.
I really liked Lisa, but I know most would find her pushy, controlling nature overbearing. Everything she did was true to herself and her ambition, and I think she learned as much from the experience as Solomon did. In fact, although the book was short, both Solomon and Lisa's character arcs are complete and well-rounded.
Also, with lines like:
You're like Lady Macbeth without the murder. Thanks, you have no idea how much of a compliment that is to me.
How can you go wrong? This book has made me an instant Whaley fan, and I'l be eagerly looking forward to reading his other books!...more
A wonderful little novellla from Luka Lowe's point of view, as he tries to win his second Iron Cross and gets foiled by the real Adele Wolfe. Ryan's wA wonderful little novellla from Luka Lowe's point of view, as he tries to win his second Iron Cross and gets foiled by the real Adele Wolfe. Ryan's writing is so vivid and this insight into Luka's past and thoughts has made me adore him a thousand times more. A must read for all fans of Wolf by Wolf that need something to help with the long wait for Blood for Blood!...more
4.5 stars. It's hard to find the right words to describe the book, but it's generally just beautiful. The writing is super, reminiscent of Jandy Nelso4.5 stars. It's hard to find the right words to describe the book, but it's generally just beautiful. The writing is super, reminiscent of Jandy Nelson in style, with both Vivi and Jonah's voices distinctly standing out. The story ripped me to shreds emotionally. I felt love and loss so actutely. I would smile one sentence and tears would be streaming down my face the next. It filled me up and I loved reading it. Really beautifully done and I'll go and read more of Emery's books now. ...more
Super cute story, I really love how Rainbow can develop a relationship you buy into so quickly. I would have liked more (obviously, because Rainbow'sSuper cute story, I really love how Rainbow can develop a relationship you buy into so quickly. I would have liked more (obviously, because Rainbow's writing is exceptional). I think I enjoyed it a bit less because I didn't really see the point of spending the whole week being in a non-queue, but hey, I like my sleep and food so it's probably not something I would ever do! ...more
If you couldn't tell from my previous status updates, I spent the majority of this book severely bored. Not enough was happening in the first 2/3rds oIf you couldn't tell from my previous status updates, I spent the majority of this book severely bored. Not enough was happening in the first 2/3rds of the book, I'm actually fairly impressed that I finished it (I DNFed the last book I read that put me through an equally lethargic experience). It flicked between Errin's inner monologue and flashbacks so often, it was hard to tell what was what. The same information was repeated again and again (she's an apothecary, she has a sick mother, brother is missing, life was hard when her father passed, etc). If I cared more about Errin or her missing brother Lief (from the first book), then I might have cared, but I don't, so I didn't.
By the time the plot moved, I was so disinterested in Errin and by extension, Silas (who is actually a very interesting character). It's sad because this is where the story actually got good, but it all happens so fast and so suddently that I felt like I was hit with what should have been a full book in the space of 100 pages or so. There were some interesting things (the Sisters, the mythology, The Sleeping Prince, a few reveals), but the pacing was completely off, and it soured my experience....more
These books do get better and better. I am a little in love with Dean Heyward di Laurentis. The Life of Dean is sweet indeed. Probably the hottest ofThese books do get better and better. I am a little in love with Dean Heyward di Laurentis. The Life of Dean is sweet indeed. Probably the hottest of the three, I really liked how much chemistry Allie and Dean had with each other. The progression from sex buddies to friendship to a relationship was really fun to read. I may have even cried a little at the end. Officially addicted to Elle Kennedy's writing - can't wait for book 4!...more
Breezed through this book. I think I liked it a bit more than the first, which is rare for me. Something about Logan and Grace's chemistry and relatioBreezed through this book. I think I liked it a bit more than the first, which is rare for me. Something about Logan and Grace's chemistry and relationship really stuck. These books are fast becoming favourites. Elle needs to write faster!...more
Read this book way too quickly, but it was just too enjoyable not to. I bought this after seeing Elle Kennedy's books filling my Goodreads timeline anRead this book way too quickly, but it was just too enjoyable not to. I bought this after seeing Elle Kennedy's books filling my Goodreads timeline and the great reviews from friends I trust, that aren't the biggest fans of NA. If they loved this book, then I knew it was something special.
It really was. I love a good hate-love relationship and the geeky girl/popular guy trope and this book had all of that and more in spades. It ticked all the right boxes in what I look for in an NA book: banter, sizzling chemistry and character growth. The dialogue is laugh out loud funny and the sex scenes are hot.
After Hannah Wells gets an 'A' in an impossibly difficult class, she gets noticed by hockey team captain Garrett Graham who pesters her to tutor him, much to her annoyance. After presenting an offer she couldn't refuse, she finally caves. They both have hidden skeletons in their pasts, but I love how well the author dealt with these difficult issues. The characters, setting, issues and relationship genuinely felt authentically university-set.
Basically, I loved it and I will recommend it to anyone who wants to read a well-crafted contemporary college love story. Will be reading the rest of the series and the author's other books!...more
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