There are really no amount of words I can put together to describe how much I am loving Sanderson's work more and more with each book. This was one ofThere are really no amount of words I can put together to describe how much I am loving Sanderson's work more and more with each book. This was one of my few fun "side reads" of the year so I'm not going to review it for anything--which I guess is good because I don't know where I'd even start anyway. Haha. But I can say quite simply: I loved it and EVERYONE should read at least one Sanderson novel in their lifetime. There wouldn't be any regrets, I promise you that. ;)
Before I start here, I have to take a quick moment to say that not all two & three-star reviews should bFull review as seen on Great Imaginations.
Before I start here, I have to take a quick moment to say that not all two & three-star reviews should be looked at badly or as a negative. I noticed that my past few reads have bordered on two-three stars at best, and this one has managed to make that same list. But does it necessarily make it a bad book? No. Just like some of the others I’ve rated the same have not always been bad either. I just have a picky rating system at times, comparing against some of my favorites that stack at four and five stars, and that can make it hard to decide what exactly to rate a book when it comes down to it sometimes. Or perhaps things happened that irked me, knocking the rating low, despite an engaging story and being well-written.
So here it is: Red. Two stars for me on this title genuinely means I did think it was okay. I would recommend it to anyone the slightest bit interested because it kept me engaged in the storyline. I was fascinated in the characters and the action that surrounded them with the various creatures. It kept me at a constant edge, and I really liked that because it’s often hard to find a paranormal action read to do that. There was a lot of mystery and tension, along with a touch of romance.
But then there were a lot of little things that began to stand out through the story that I couldn’t ignore.
Okay, I don’t mind reading some books with occasional animal death. Only if it’s like really necessary, you know? The whole food chain thing or if it’s an accident that is necessary to the storyline or something along those lines. But I can’t take reading a lot of it because it gets to be very hard on me honestly. It takes me away from the enjoyment of reading the piece. And by the time I’m reading a third extremely descriptive animal death (well, animal is already dead but the details are graphic about the state of its body and just ew) at barely forty percent into Red, I was almost ready to just put it down for that reason alone, despite that I liked the rest of the story. I found it unnecessary by the time it got around to third animal or so, tbh, because even though the animal could have been mentioned for the plot reasons, the reader no longer needed the gory-ass details.
I’m getting sad all over again just thinking of that. :(
I really wanted more backstory on several different things. The creatures. More on Kia and her gift–which readers do get a general idea at some point as to why she is the way she is, but I personally wanted more on that because I felt it was just too glossed over. More backstory on Abby and Kia’s mother. I could easily think of a variety of side stories with the various characters to learn more about them… Then again, I tend to over-analyze quite often. Always thinking “what ifs…” and “what about before this?” and “how did so and so get to this point?”.
Also, I felt like there was a moment where it got too ridiculous. I worried that maybe it was treating the readers as if they had no thought process or something… But after some thought, I think it was just more of an attempted plot device that didn’t work out so much.
“You’re like Bruce Wayne.” I blinked, confused. She blinked back. “That’s just sad,” she said when I didn’t look any more enlightened. “Batman,” she explained. “Millionaire hot guy by day, vigilante by night?”
Now, maybe it’s just me, but I really think this doesn’t make a lot of sense. To say the least without giving away much of anything, this story does seem to take place in a more present/contemporary time, he goes to what seems like a fairly large school, and is quite popular. Not to mention he is a teenage boy. Even people who aren’t interested in comics at all still know who Batman/Bruce Wayne is… I really couldn’t grasp this part. And it was hard to have the desire to continue after this part also unfortunately. Though I did, and the ending went a bit smoother at least. I could complain possibly about some of the magical creatures maybe or the romance feeling too forced and clichéd, but I can see where this was just genuinely trying to be a unique story outside of the romance aspect. I may not have been entirely fond of the romance, but it worked, and I can see an audience for it.
Other than these few small issues, I found the writing to be engaging and fun. The characters were easy to get into, and the story was interesting and an edgy paranormal. I would definitely like to give Ms. Harvey’s work another take and try for something else sometime. It’s too bad this didn’t quite live up fully to what I’d hoped, but for my first Harvey read, it wasn’t that bad. I look forward to more sometime in the future! ...more
Marked as a DNF on April 23rd at 75%, but decided to go on and finish the last bit before bed some hours later. 1.5 stars at most for me? I'm sorry. TMarked as a DNF on April 23rd at 75%, but decided to go on and finish the last bit before bed some hours later. 1.5 stars at most for me? I'm sorry. This title just didn't work out for me. Mostly was the characters. I've heard really good things about this author's other title, so I think I'll try that one sometime. :) It was a quick read though, and I can see a particular audience for it, so I'll give it that. Sad I couldn't love this book....more
3.5 stars. Took me awhile to finish (had actually been trying to read it in time for Forgotten Fridays but things got in the way of reading time and I3.5 stars. Took me awhile to finish (had actually been trying to read it in time for Forgotten Fridays but things got in the way of reading time and I fell behind) but it wasn't a bad read at all for my first Marchetta book. I'd love to pick up more of her work in the near future. At this time, I'm having a hard time connecting with much contemporary because my moods vary for months so I don't put the blame entirely on the book this round for not enjoying it probably as much as most people have. Just the timing and my mood. I kept feeling it was a very basic contemporary story with amazing writing--and that's the best way I can sum up how I felt by the end. I'll probably go into further detail with a better review at a later time. And probably try rereading again when I'm more in the mood for this type of read.
But I do look forward to reading more of this author's work! ...more
Let me ask you a few questions before I get into my review of The Burning Sky:
Do you like books that have a lot of romantic tension? Do you like fantaLet me ask you a few questions before I get into my review of The Burning Sky:
Do you like books that have a lot of romantic tension? Do you like fantasy? Do you enjoy tropes that include the female protag dressing up/disguising as a male, which leads to strong, bonding friendships between female and other males throughout the book?
If yes to any of these, then this book is most definitely for you.
I’d heard a lot about The Burning Sky since its release, and basically everything I’d heard was positive. I had to finally just find out for myself what was so good about this book. The thing is, I didn’t really have anyone pressuring me to read this title, and that’s why it took me awhile longer to get to it, but it’d been on my wishlist. And every time I’d go to update my wishlist, my attention was caught by that cover—and then I would find myself checking over the latest reviews, with my curiosity spiking all over again. So a few weeks ago, I had to stop passing it by and give this a chance at last.
I’m so glad I did.
The Burning Sky is MAGICAL. I wanted to go shouting from the rooftop the moment I’d finished how amazing this book was. There’s so much going on for this world, and I just want to stay immersed and keep reading. There are dragons, wands, magic, portals, and even mentions of flying carpets! I mean… This is the perfect ME book and I don’t know how I waited so long to get around to it.
I want to tell you all about this book, of course I do. I just want to talk and talk about these characters. I won’t though. You need to experience this for yourself. There’s so much that goes on, your head may spin—only in good ways though, I assure you.
There were only a few minor things, mostly a small predictability that I’m not quite sure if I’m even right or not. I think I’m only guessing a possible outcome, and will find out the more I read into the series. At the end of The Burning Sky, it did take on a slight twist that surprised me from another prediction I had initially made—so I was glad for it taking the turn. Maybe by the end of the series my overall outcome guess will have a change or twist and surprise me then also. Otherwise, this first installment is so packed with adventure and magic and romantic tension… I also can’t forget some sweet, laugh-out-loud moments… and I couldn’t take a moment to set this book down. I devoured every second!
Also, did I mention that instead of one villain, there are two? A male and female villain… which I found to be such a cool balance for some reason. Haha.
I don’t normally give a lot of books 5 and 4.5 stars. It takes a lot for me to rate books that high. But this year I’ve already had several books with these ratings, and looks like I’ve just added another. I can’t wait to pick up the next installment, The Perilous Sea, and find out what adventures are next for my new favorite characters! ...more
Never wrote a review for this because it was something I'd read long before. But we all know how awesome HP is, I don't feel it necessaryReread 2015.
Never wrote a review for this because it was something I'd read long before. But we all know how awesome HP is, I don't feel it necessary to go into a bunch of detail. Honestly, it has been at least 6 or 7 years since my last reread of any of these books... and I've only reread the first four a few times. Books 5, 6 & 7 I've NEVER reread at all since reading after their release. I'm so glad to be visiting this series again (and finally having the time). It's like reuniting with a cherished life-long friend. <3...more
I have a confession to make. Ever since the release of Cinder, basically everyone I know—even my IRL best friend that doesn’t read as much/is hard toI have a confession to make. Ever since the release of Cinder, basically everyone I know—even my IRL best friend that doesn’t read as much/is hard to please with books—has been on my case about starting this series, recommending it left and right, and I’d been extremely apprehensive to pick it up. To be honest, I didn’t think it’d totally be my thing. I just kept reading the summary and thinking “I don’t knowwwww…” and would continue putting it off.
Finally, I caved and picked it up. After about maybe the fifteenth or so person told me I just HAD TO read it.
Shit. What was wrong with me all those times I kept turning it away??
From the first chapter, I found an immediate attachment with Cinder—the book and the character. I couldn’t set it down for hours because I constantly had to know what was going to happen next. While this was an obvious fairytale retelling (Cinderella), there are notable differences and twists that make it stand apart on its own. Because of its own unique feel to the story, I didn’t get any ‘overdone’ sense and there were even some surprises.
What I really liked was the world-building and concept. Cyborgs are disliked for some reason among the humans, but I kept wondering why. I couldn’t figure it out—and sometimes I read so fast that I might miss or forget something small/quick. I don’t remember a reason really being mentioned as to everyone’s distaste of cyborgs. Eh. But I liked the display of how much of an outcast Cinder was, and her constant desire to learn and fight for all the right things. I felt so much sympathy for her.
The Lunar Queen gave off some serious creepy vibes. I felt scared for Cinder often, but I loved the detail in all the action and emotion between the characters and every description in the world. I felt like I wanted to know Kai more but every time I got a glimpse of him, I saw a potentially great character until toward the end when I couldn’t quite figure him or his feelings out any further. Maybe the next installment will give me more.
Yes, it’s true that it felt a bit too predictable in areas. I’d already been warned of it possibly feeling predictable and saw this note mentioned a few times in other reviews. That really didn’t bother me so much. Maybe I was more upset by a certain character’s passing (I won’t say so there’s not a spoiler just in case) because I grew attached quickly to that character. I was rooting for them. It sort of broke my heart. :(
But hey, what about that damn cliffhanger?!
At least I could immediately order Scarlet and Cress after I finished reading this because I don’t know how I could’ve waited. I kept turning the pages hoping it was a cruel joke or something in my book, but it just ended like that. How could it just end like that? Wow.
So yeah, now I’ve been kicking myself since reading Cinder for having just now read it. I’m sorry everyone for ignoring your recommendations for so long with this one. But better late than never! (Also, why aren’t they funding this to be a movie yet?)
(Review from December 2012) (view spoiler)[Paper Valentine was not what I’d expected. It was my first Yovanoff book, and so I really didn’t know what the author’s style was going to be like. I also didn’t look into any early reviews before starting the title so I went into it with little to no knowledge of what it might be like or much of what it was going to be about.
It was rather a pleasant surprise. There were different elements that intrigued me--like a murder mystery and a dead friend that follows our lead, Hannah, around. I found myself pulled into the story, but there were quirks here and there that also bothered me. I couldn’t quite connect with some of the characters--especially the romance aspect of the story. I wanted to, and I tried, but I couldn’t. Finny was just there for me. He was just meh. I didn’t get it at all. And that’s probably only me.
At times, it was obvious the parents--the mom and the step-dad--could have had a larger role because the few scenes they appeared in, they were what parents needed to be. Parents. Concerned, caring, worried… and I really wished they’d been more in the story. It wasn’t quite another absentee parental type book, but they were sparse.
What I did enjoy was the mystery and the ghostly attached friend. This was where the real story was at for me. The details are creepy good and well done. The flow and pacing is easy, but there are multiple themes throughout that make this overall story complex, dark and engaging. To top it off, the ending twist genuinely surprised me and since that’s hard to do, I give that a thumbs up. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work in the near future.
Drama, mystery, murder, some romance, and the supernatural all rolled neatly into one enticing book. And just look at that cover, too… (hide spoiler)]
It wasn't entirely my thing. I just couldn't get into it half the time. But it wasn't terrible either. Mostly the story didn't work for me personally.It wasn't entirely my thing. I just couldn't get into it half the time. But it wasn't terrible either. Mostly the story didn't work for me personally. I read through it fast enough since it felt like one of those books that I could keep reading without a big problem. A more in depth review to come....more
I have a huge fascination with history and all things history really. But there are certain time periods that stand out to me most, that I always willI have a huge fascination with history and all things history really. But there are certain time periods that stand out to me most, that I always will be most interested in—usually war time periods like the American Revolution, The Civil War, WW1 & 2… I also adore ancient history that has anything to do with the Egyptians, Celtics, and Vikings. Okay. So you get it. I’m a history geek.
Anyways, one of my biggest interests is the WW2 time period and Holocaust. Though it is one of the world’s darkest time periods, I seem to never be able to deny reading or learning anything in this area. If a book has a summary that includes the timeframe, I’m almost sure to add it to my list immediately.
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the sequel to The Prisoner of Night and Fog, a historical fiction novel I’d read last year and fell in love within only a few chapters. This unique storyline is filled with a mixture of facts and fiction, giving it a very real depth. I was really excited to get granted the e-arc for CoBaS so I could continue following the characters’ stories through this dangerous time.
In this installment, the reader sees through them that things are looking a lot more grim. Everything has become an obstacle now, especially for Daniel. His and Gretchen’s relationship is tested to the max, and my heart hurts the entire time for them, and for the growing turmoil of the countries, while I’m reading. This book took on a lot more emotion I think than the first. It was darker. And at times, hard to read (not hard as in a bad hard, if you know what I mean).
If you’ve read Prisoner of Night and Fog, you won’t be disappointed in this one.
If you haven’t read Prisoner of Night and Fog and started on these characters and their story, what are you waiting for? Read these books.