I had quite a lot of expectations of this book. How could I not, when it's set in Wonderland? The beginning absolutely lived up to all expectations. II had quite a lot of expectations of this book. How could I not, when it's set in Wonderland? The beginning absolutely lived up to all expectations. I loved the description of the Red Queen and her Guard and Hatter was wily and funny, just like I had hoped.
Once the story moved on, however, I found that I was enjoying it less and less. I didn't like Henry's character and I thought he was a jerk and undeserving of Hatter. Henry spent his entire life not believing his sister's story of Wonderland (which is fine) and acted like an asshole to her when she wouldn't change her story (which is not fine). Imagine, if you will, that Henry's theory was correct and Alice was kidnapped and went through some terrible trauma. Would you really demand that this person tell you everything they went through in excruciating detail, and then hate them and blame all of life's problems on them if they refuse? Not cool, Henry. Not cool.
I felt as though the author spent more time on descriptions of Wonderland than she did with her characters. Sure, some of the places were interesting (like Drawrof), but some were just downright silly and made me roll my eyes at the overeager writing.
If only the author had made the characters more complex and interesting! Hatter certainly should have been more than the one-dimensional character we were stuck with.
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a very descriptive novella set in a tower where most everything in each of the vast rooms is made up of clockwork. I enjoyed the visuals, butThis was a very descriptive novella set in a tower where most everything in each of the vast rooms is made up of clockwork. I enjoyed the visuals, but after a while I began to get bored when nothing interesting happened.
Marco was a great character. I loved his humor and his use of the modern-day Earth phrases that confused Alistair. He pretty much saved the book for me.
One thing I loved was that Alistair was an asexual character. That is very uncommon in books, especially in romance. I thought that was pretty brave of the author. After all...sex sells, right?
I would have rated this book higher if there was some sort of action or purpose to it all. It was mostly a story about two characters exploring a strange tower and getting to know each other. Not quite enough "meat" for my taste.
I received a free Kindle copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
I'm afraid I don't have anything good to say about this book. The rule of "when you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" makesI'm afraid I don't have anything good to say about this book. The rule of "when you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" makes it difficult to write a review on a book that you loathed. I didn't like any of the characters and couldn't connect with them. I couldn't care less what happened to Ellis or any of her friends. The author tried so hard to be mysterious that in the end nothing made sense and there was no resolution. The ending was especially awkward and confusing. The book was a big mess and I would never have finished it if it weren't for the fact that I had to write a review.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the free review copy....more
"My name is John Loveheart and I was not born wicked."
What a whimsical, wicked little book! I've been sitting here for the last half hour trying to com"My name is John Loveheart and I was not born wicked."
What a whimsical, wicked little book! I've been sitting here for the last half hour trying to come up with a way to put into words how I feel about it, and still I've got nothing. The writing style was lyrical and it sucked me right in and I gobbled this book up in one sitting.
Some people have shelved this book as YA, but don't be put off if you don't care for the genre. I don't consider this YA at all. Some of the characters might be young, but they aren't YA characters. Mr. Loveheart is too twisted, too bloodthirsty. Mirror is too unapproachable. When you add in the blood and gore it becomes very much an adult book. There may be a pretty cover on the front and the writing style is beautiful, but the story is anything but. It is bloody and twisted. Oh well, to each his own. I don't really know where to shelve it either.
I don't often buy books because I have a budget and a very good library system, but this series has just made my autobuy list. ...more
I really enjoyed Hear Me. It is the perfect book to read during the cold winter months. There is adventure, magic, romance, and great world-building.I really enjoyed Hear Me. It is the perfect book to read during the cold winter months. There is adventure, magic, romance, and great world-building. It's pretty short and I would have liked it to be longer, but I think that just shows how much I was enjoying the story.
And just look at that cover! Wowza.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal romance, or even those who like fantasy and want to dip their toes into the romance genre.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me a copy to review. ...more
Oh friends...There are so many mixed reviews of this book! It seems as though everyone either loved it or hated it. They either understood it or endedOh friends...There are so many mixed reviews of this book! It seems as though everyone either loved it or hated it. They either understood it or ended up lost in a cloud of confusion. I suppose that's to be expected. It is a Hannah Moskowitz book, after all.
One of the main grievances I've read is that some people think the author forgot to edit out notes written to herself about what she was writing. That is, in fact, not true. The story is told from the point of view of a character who is writing a story about a girl, a group of friends, and the events that happened to them during the war between the gnomes and the tightropers. It is the first draft of the character's narrative so there are some notes to himself and mistakes that he points out. Still odd, but completely intentional and it will make sense toward the end.
Hannah Moskowitz writes with a lyrical style that may be very different to most readers. It can be confusing if you dwell on it too much. My advice is to relax and not try to force the meaning to come. When you get down to it, it's pretty simple. It's a story about war, unrequited love, and above all, friendship. It is about the sacrifices we make for those we love.
The main character is sixteen but I honestly don't think that this should be classified as YA. Do most YA novels nowadays deal with prostitution and cannibalism? Gosh, I hope not. (Ok, who am I kidding? I'd totally read those)
Everything about this book was great, from the unreliable narrator to the lyrical writing and the dark subject matter.
I'd recommend it to those who don't mind having their mind stretched a bit.
I received a free ebook copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me this excerpt*
I don't usually read excerpts because I tend to be impatient and I hate to leave a*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me this excerpt*
I don't usually read excerpts because I tend to be impatient and I hate to leave a book half finished. I gave this one a try because, really, how can I resist a synopsis like that?
This is definitely a book that I want to find soon so I can read the entire thing. The worldbuilding is very unique and I was constantly amazed by the little things Schwab imagined. Kell's coat was especially interesting.
I loved the writing style and the characters. I won't say much about the plot since I don't yet know exactly how much I'll love it in the end.
From what I've seen I can say that this will be an excellent book and I think you should read it. I think I should read it, too....more
I received a copy of Sunbird via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't realize that this book was the third in a series when I requestedI received a copy of Sunbird via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't realize that this book was the third in a series when I requested it. Still, not wanting to put off reading it any longer I forged ahead. The book grabbed my attention immediately and didn't let up until the very end. It was fascinating and heartbreaking, with vivid descriptions of an early, almost fantastical Africa and its inhabitants. Telemakos is the kind of character that I expect in any book written by Elizabeth Wein. He is brave and very intelligent, enough that he can confound the adults who barely notice he's there. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that he is an amazing character and the things he goes through will break your heart. There was a lot to love about this book. The writing style was absolutely beautiful. There was nothing that I thought was lacking, from first words to last. The setting was so well-written that it was almost as if I were there, hot and thirsty in the desert or relaxing with the lions in the sun. After reading Code Name Verity, I've been a huge fan of Elizabeth Wein. Now it's official. I'll definitely find the first two books that I missed as soon as I can. ...more
I received a free review copy from the publisher via Netgalley.
I really wish I could have gotten into this book more. The writing style was ok and I lI received a free review copy from the publisher via Netgalley.
I really wish I could have gotten into this book more. The writing style was ok and I liked the pop-culture references. I just couldn't get into the story at all for some reason and I lost interest fairly early in the book. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and because of that I didn't care about what was happening to them. I think it may be a good read for anyone who likes a book with more outward focus and interesting monsters. But don't expect huge amounts of character development. ...more
This was a quick read, and well worth the time that it took. Originally written as a group of short stories, they were then combined into this lovelyThis was a quick read, and well worth the time that it took. Originally written as a group of short stories, they were then combined into this lovely little book with no obvious separation. It can at times seem disjointed, but that actually appealed to me more than if everything was cut and dry. Bradbury gives us space to imagine the characters and who they are, what their purpose is. Instead of sinking the reader in fact and narrative, the whole story feels more like a dream sequence. Have you ever had one of those dreams that morph and change, where everything is related but doesn't quite add up? You can see the people, the landscape and the symbolism, but you can't figure out exactly what it all means in the end. That is exactly what reading this book felt like to me, as I think it was supposed to. The Family remind me a lot of old the Addams family shows, complete with the big spooky house. They are a group of ghosts, vampires, mummies, and monsters of all kinds...and mostly it is up to the reader to figure out who is who. Or who is what. There is Cecy, who travels in her dreams to step into the minds and bodies of all things. She can be the farmer or the cow, a tree, the wind, or the bird who floats on the breeze. She is sometimes kind, sometimes cruel, but always in search of something wonderful and new. A Thousand Times Great Grandmère is a mummy of ancient Egypt. She whispers and the Family listens. She is the wisdom and experiences of the past, but she is also a very loving grandmother. Uncle Einar has giant green bat-like wings, Mother never sleeps, and Timothy...well, Timothy is human, but doesn't always wish to be. There is an ancient ghost and a new one, a woman who rose from the dead and ages backwards, and even one who used to be the sound of the hinges on a giant door.
I believe this was my first ever Ray Bradbury read, and I am very glad I picked it up. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes gothic themes, things that go bump in the night, and don't mind being tossed around a bit. ...more
After reading several of the earlier books in the Sevenwaters series, I had high expectations of this book. I was left disappointed throughout most ofAfter reading several of the earlier books in the Sevenwaters series, I had high expectations of this book. I was left disappointed throughout most of the book. It started slow and it seemed like nothing interesting happened until a little over halfway through the story, and even then it barely held my attention. My main problem other than the very slow pace was Sibeal's character. She was supposed to be a druid, months away from taking vows, but I couldn't believe it of her. For someone who was supposed to be a wise woman, she wasn't very wise at all. I know she was only sixteen, but at that period in time sixteen year old women were often wives and mothers, and mature in their own way. She was emotionally stunted(intentional on the author's part) and pretty one-dimensional(probably not intentional). My main problem with her was that she just did not listen. When I think of druids, I think of people who always observed and listened closely to what people were saying, and what they were not. Instead, when someone was trying to tell her something, most of the time she would just shrug when she couldn't figure it out and believe whatever her mind told her was most likely. (view spoiler)[Svala is obviously disturbed and unhappy. Here comes Knut and now she is terrified. Huh. She's obviously as crazy as he says. (hide spoiler)] I just wanted to slap her and tell her to open her eyes! Felix/Ardal was slightly more interesting, though not by much. It seemed to me that the secondary characters were actually stronger and more interesting than Sibeal or Felix. I'd rather hear about Gull or Svala than either of them. Now I'm just disappointed that I was disappointed...It's all quite irritating. ...more