Even though the story keeps being predictable I'm really enjoying these books. I love the setting, the character...moreThis series continues to entertain me.
Even though the story keeps being predictable I'm really enjoying these books. I love the setting, the characters and the action.
There are times I want to kick some sense into Clary, but that is nothing new. I feel that urge with lots of YA heroines and heroes. There also was the usual teen romance misunderstanding, angsting, and stuff like that, but not too much to get annoying.
There's lots of action, a decent amount of Magnus, my favorite character, and the introduction of some interesting new characters. I will confess there was even one event that did surprise me, and that I was a little sad about.
Lots of things I already saw coming in earlier books, happened in this book though, and although there's still a lot left to resolve, this book does tie up a lot of lose ends. There's still three books to go in this series, but for those wanting to take a break, this book is a good stopping point.
I however already have book 4 in my tbr-pile and might even give the prequel series a try as well, because predictable as this series is, it's also very entertaining and nicely written.(less)
This is the second book in a series, but I think this book can perfectly be read as a standalone as well.
I really liked the world building and the moo...moreThis is the second book in a series, but I think this book can perfectly be read as a standalone as well.
I really liked the world building and the mood of this story. It's dark and mysterious, and hints at the magic that's hidden from mundane people.
I really liked Leslie. She's been broken, but managed to put herself together again, although the cracks are still showing. It made her both vulnerable and strong. I rooted for her to find the freedom, the change, she is longing for.
There are two men who are interested in Leslie, although I wouldn't call it a love triangle. Both Niall and Irial are complex and intriguing characters, and I had a hard time to decide which of them I was rooting for to succeed in his plans. (To be honest, the only characters I didn't care for turned out to be the lead characters of the first book in this series.)
The story is compelling and I had to keep reading to see where things would lead to. I love how this story makes you think. It's not black and white, but made up out of many shades of grey.
The ending was satisfying, although not what I expected.
I'm not sure if I will read other books in this series, because I didn't like the characters who will have the lead roles in the other books in this series. I will investigate what other books Marr has written though. (less)
Because this is an anthology I will tell you a little bit about each story, but first I will tell you about my overall reading experience.
This is a ve...moreBecause this is an anthology I will tell you a little bit about each story, but first I will tell you about my overall reading experience.
This is a very cool anthology. It is meant to settle once and for all which creature is cooler: the zombie or the unicorn.
I myself don’t need to read a book full of zombie and unicorn stories to know the answer to that question (team zombie all the way), but this anthology sounded cool enough that it had been on my wish list since it was published in 2010. You can imagine how happy I was when Aurian gave it to me.
Overall I loved this anthology. Out of all twelve stories I enjoyed (if not loved) nine of them. There were just three stories that I didn’t much care for (all three were unicorn stories coincidentally enough).
There was one thing that was off for me though. Before each story Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier are discussing the stories with each other. Justine Larbalestier is a lot snarkier than Holy Black, which made her seem a lot less likable than Holly Black. I think they should have tried to keep their banter at the same levels of snark, now it felt uneven.
But in the end this book is about the stories and not about two editors snarking at each other, so I didn’t mind that too much.
On to telling you a little bit about what I thought of the stories:
The Highest Justice By Garth Nix A young girl and a unicorn are on a journey to fulfill the dying wish of the girl’s mother.
I wasn’t too impressed with this story, even though it had a kind of zombie next to the unicorn. It didn’t feel like a complete story, more like it should be part of a larger story.
Love Will Tear Us Apart By Alaya Dawn Johnson A zombie discovers he might still have feelings after all.
I really liked this story. It was moody and atmospheric. And it was named after one of my favourite songs, so how could I not like it? ;-) Seriously: this is a beautiful zombie love story. The one thing I can say against it, is that some things were kept too vague in my opinion.
Purity Test By Naomi Novik A unicorn asks a ‘virgin’ to help him rescue baby unicorns from an evil wizard.
This was a really funny story. The heroine is a modern day woman who doesn’t believe in fairytales, so she is reluctant to help out the unicorn who asks her for help. There’s more banter than action in this story, but I enjoyed it none the less.
Bougainvillea By Carrie Ryan This post apocalyptic story is set on an island that is supposed to be a safe haven for the relentless zombies.
This story is beautifully written and has a heroine who starts out unlikable, but I ended up rooting for her. The story switches from Before to Now to show you how Iza used to be and how she changed over time. I really liked the ending: it really showed how much Iza has grown. There’s also some really cool zombie mayhem in this story.
A Thousand Flowers By Margo Lanagan A story about people witnessing the relationship between a young girl and a unicorn.
I didn’t much care for this story. There were several view point changes that were unclear, so I was confused who was telling the story at times. The first view point character was also very coarse and that didn’t help getting into the story.
The Children of the Revolution By Maureen Johnson A young woman has to baby-sit some unusual children.
A really cool zombie story. The lead character has to take care of some creepy children, and you just know what’s going on. Still I was grabbed by the story and was creeped out it.
The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn By Diana Peterfreund A girl rescues a baby killer unicorn and tries to raise it.
This was a really cool story. The unicorns are the proper kind of goaty unicorn, and they’re lethal killers! The world that’s set up in this story was intriguing and cool. I understand that Peterfreund has a series that is set in this world, and I’ll definitely am going to get my hands on the first book in that series to give it a try.
Inoculate By Scott Westerfeld In a post apocalyptic world it might be the children and teens who will adapt the quickest and find new ways to survive.
This story was both beautiful and strange. The adults in this world are trying to hold on to what was, while the younger generation is longing for change. The way they set this change in motion was original and a bit creepy.
Princess Prettypants By Meg Cabot A teenage girl gets a unicorn as a present for her sixteenth birthday.
Another really funny unicorn story. Cabot manages to take all the unicorn clichés and puts them in this story in a way that had me snickering. The story was fun, sweet, and very entertaining.
Cold Hands By Cassandra Clare Adele’s fiance gets killed, but in Lychgate that doesn’t have to mean the end, because the dead don’t stay dead.
I loved this story. It’s a beautiful and touching story about love that reaches beyond the grave. The setting was really intriguing, and I’m a bit sad this is a standalone story, because I’d love to read more about Lychgate and its inhabitants.
The Third Virgin By Kathleen Duey A unicorn is trying to find a special kind of virgin.
This wasn’t a bad story, but it was very depressing. The lead character in this story is a unicorn, and I didn’t much like him. He’s both moody and unlikable.
Prom Night By Libba Bray In a post apocalyptic world only teens survived and they try to keep their town running.
A very disturbing story. It was well written and I was totally engrossed in this depressing view on the zombie apocalypse. Not much happens, but the mood and the world building were so well done, I didn’t miss the action.
All in all this a very cool and entertaining anthology, that I can recommend to everyone who loves unicorns and/or zombies. I will check out the bibliography of several of these authors.(less)
I've been eyeing this series for a while now, and what kept me from picking it up, is my previous experience with Vincent's books. I read Stray, and t...moreI've been eyeing this series for a while now, and what kept me from picking it up, is my previous experience with Vincent's books. I read Stray, and that was a nice read, but it didn't convince me to continue that series. I read Blood Bound, and loathed the characters. So even though this series sounded intriguing, I kept putting off buying the first book.
Then I had the opportunity to get my trotters on the first two book in this series in a book trade, and I took the plunge.
And I must say: My Soul to Take is the first book by Vincent that makes me eager to pick up the next book in the series.
I will confess I did think Kaylee was much too trusting, and ready to believe impossible things from people she barely knows, but that's not anything new in YA. :-p I really feel like I must have been one of the most cynical and distrusting teens ever.
That aside this is a really fun and original story. I really liked the use of mythology in this book. I also actually liked most of the lead characters for once. I did grumble a bit over the peppy cheerleaders are evil message, but overall I enjoyed this story.
Some things were a bit predictable, but as I mentioned in reviews about other predictable books, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
All in all this book was a pleasant surprise after the trouble I had with Vincent's other books, and I'm happy I already have book two waiting in my tbr-pile, because I'm curious where Vincent will take this series next. (less)
I guess it's because most reviews I've read about this series were raving. I had expected to fall in love...moreThis book left me feeling a bit disappointed.
I guess it's because most reviews I've read about this series were raving. I had expected to fall in love with this book.
Instead it left me feeling lukewarm.
I'm not sure what was missing. Is Gin too much of a hard-ass for me? Too jaded? I'm not sure. I've read books with hard-boiled heroines before where i loved the heroine. Is it because she's an assassin? Now that's more likely. I even suspect that my dislike of another assassin character colored my opinion of Gin.
Anyway: I never warmed up to Gin, which made me not that interested in reading how she gets herself out of trouble. I also didn't much care for the 'ít's lust, not love' relationship between Gin and her Caine. That I did finish reading the book had more to do with the fact I didn't have another book with me, than that I was in any way invested in the story.
I will confess that I liked the writing and the world building though, so it wasn't all meh.
So as you might guess I won't be continuing this series, although I think I might give Estep's Mythos Academy series a try, to see if another lead character might make me fall in love with Estep's writing.(less)
Claire and her friends have grown on me, and I barely want to throw the book across the room anymore when they are...moreThis series continues to entertain.
Claire and her friends have grown on me, and I barely want to throw the book across the room anymore when they are annoying or just plain stupid.
A lot of this is because I really like Caine's writing style and her world building. I also really like some of the side characters. One was introduced in this book, and I have a small hope this character will return in future books.
All in all I can advice this series to anyone who is looking for an uncomplicated and entertaining Young Adult read with vampires.
Beware though: This book had yet another unnecessary cliffhanger ending, so I'm going to guess this will continue to happen in other books in this series.(less)
I really liked all other books I've read by Oliver, so when I ran into Panic, I couldn't resist picking it up.
And this is a very enjoyable read.
It isn...moreI really liked all other books I've read by Oliver, so when I ran into Panic, I couldn't resist picking it up.
And this is a very enjoyable read.
It isn't as deep as the Delirium trilogy. It was predictable, but fun, and reminded me more of Oliver's Before I fall. I did wonder about the game the students are playing. Seeing how dangerous it is, I couldn't help thinking people would have put a stop to the game long before now. I also had my doubts about the message this books gives with its ending. I can't tell too much, because it would be spoiling things, but I wasn't really satisfied with how things got wrapped up.
Those things aside I had a great time reading Panic. It's entertaining, has reasonably likable characters and it's a fast read. I finished it in an afternoon.
I will most certainly reread this book when I'm in the mood for something uncomplicated, and I will keep an eye out for more books by Oliver.(less)