I am very much familiar with Russian folklore, with tales about Morozko and so on. And now an American author wrote a book based on Russian fairytalesI am very much familiar with Russian folklore, with tales about Morozko and so on. And now an American author wrote a book based on Russian fairytales - how awesome is that? I just couldn’t walk past this book. The story in The Bear and the Nightingale is beautiful like a crisp winter day and mysterious like a howling winter night (yes, as you see I am feeling all poetic after reading it). Katherine Arden has studied her subject thoroughly, and I always find it great when a fantasy story is well planned and well researched. The Bear and the Nightingale has its problems (every book does, no big deal). The plot, for example, was a bit messy and uneven at times. Plus I found that the amount of Russian words was quite distracting. I don’t mind a word here and there, but there were, I think, too many. All in all The Bear and the Nightingale was a very enjoyable read as well as a fantastic debut novel, and I loved the fact that it didn’t end on a cliffhanger per se, but still left me wanting more.
Random: I liked Morozko and thought he was a great character. However his name sounded a bit funny to me. It might be that I actually grew up listening to those fairytales where Morozko was this weird old dude, I don’t know, but it made me lol at first, and kind of ruined the mood of the book. I would have preferred him being called ‘the frost-demon’ or whatever, but that’s just me. ...more
Well this isn’t your typical romance… If I had to choose one phrase to sum up this book that would be “WTF?” Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s cool. TheWell this isn’t your typical romance… If I had to choose one phrase to sum up this book that would be “WTF?” Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s cool. The whole book feels like this hazy dream, where everything is mixed up, and you can’t tell reality from illusion. The book messes with you a lot, and this isn’t something that can be said about most romance novels. Whether that's good or bad is of course a matter of personal taste, but I enjoyed Midnight Lily. ...more
Okay, let us start with the positive. I think Meyer’s writing skills got remarkably better since Cinder, and I actually enjoyed the way Heartless was wOkay, let us start with the positive. I think Meyer’s writing skills got remarkably better since Cinder, and I actually enjoyed the way Heartless was written. It had all the right amount of action, romance and craziness. It also had some pretty cakes and macarons, all incredibly delicious, and actually sent me on a baking spree, but I digress. Anyway, there were parts of Heartless that I truly enjoyed. The first half or so was unputdownable, magical and crazy as Alice in Wonderland prequel-retelling should be. Cath with her dream to open a bakery and her friendship with her maid Mary Ann got me really invested in the story. Jest the Love Interest was sexy and mysterious and I was looking forward for the whole forbidden romance thing. And meeting the original characters of course (the Hatter and Cheshire especially) got me all excited and enthusiastic. And then… well, that’s it with the positive, here comes the negative. And SPOILERS as well, so look away now if you don’t want any.
There is one thing that I don’t get about Heartless – WTF was the point of it?! I mean it’s about the Queen of Hearts before she became the murderous Off-With-Their-Heads maniac we all know from Alice in Wonderland. So we know Cath is going to end up marrying the King of Hearts and become evil, and thus she would neither stay with Jest nor open her desired bakery. So again - what is the point then? I kept hoping for something interesting and unexpected to happen. But no, it was all boring, predictable plot going exactly where one would expect, to a tragic and stupid and pointless conclusion. Nearly all of the characters got their own special little unhappy ending – Cath became a heartless (literally) queen, Hatta went mad, Jest got killed. Even Mary Ann and pathetic king (even the sweet little turtle, for pity’s sake!) all seem to be pretty miserable in the end. And I am not one of those readers who only wish for a happily ever after. I actually believe that a bittersweet ending (if it’s done well) is great. I love to shed a tear of two over a book. But Heartless did not have bittersweet ending, only a dull and a bitter one.
Random thought: And for the love of me I don’t get how Cath got Jest to suddenly fall for her so utterly and completely. It’s the macarons, right? It must be the macarons. What was that saying about the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach? Must be it. ...more
Not a review, just a random thought: Wasn’t Tate the MC a bit pathetic? I mean what does she know about Miles? He is hot. He is a pilot. He is all mysNot a review, just a random thought: Wasn’t Tate the MC a bit pathetic? I mean what does she know about Miles? He is hot. He is a pilot. He is all mysterious. That apparently is enough to utterly fall in love with a guy who constantly sends you mixed signals and reminds you every so often that he is only in it for sex. Then again, what do I know? It’s not like I have any hot pilot neighbors hanging around, looking all hot and, erm… pilot-y.
As for the book itself, it was actually pretty enjoyable, so for those who love romance - very much recommended....more
Third time is a charm after all, because - hooray! - i finished the Colour of Magic and... it ended on a cliffhanger. Effing cliffhanger! Now I need tThird time is a charm after all, because - hooray! - i finished the Colour of Magic and... it ended on a cliffhanger. Effing cliffhanger! Now I need to pick up the next book asap, because i just have to know what happens to Rincewind and Twoflower.
PS: Meanwhile I watched a bit of the movie. Is it me, or is Rince a bit too old in it? I pictured him younger for some reason....more