Steelheart is one helluva book. No, really, it is THAT amazing. And this is coming from a dyed-in-the-wool disliker of anything superhero-y. AnythingSteelheart is one helluva book. No, really, it is THAT amazing. And this is coming from a dyed-in-the-wool disliker of anything superhero-y. Anything Marvel comic-booky. The X-men type powers used in books other than, well, X-men bore me as all get out. I know, I know, I'm one of those strange, strange specimens. Enter lovely Steelheart. This book winged its way into my life and used its powers of persuasion to change my ridiculous superhero-hating ways. I mean, this book managed to do the unthinkable really, which is a testament to the mad writing skills and creativity of Sanderson. Honestly, I knew it was going to be gushy love from the first page. Now, look at me, I've fallen madly in love with the whole superhero angle and even felt all displaced when the story ended. You got me hooked Steelheart, wooed me as all get out, then ended on a high note, leaving me craving for more. Needless to say, I'm anxiously awaiting book 2, Firefight, something fierce. Basically what I'm trying to say is that I highly recommend this book to the anyone and everyone.
I should probably mention that Steelheart contains anti-superheroes who wield all new creeptastic abilities. No X-men recycling going on; Amen to that! Anti-superheroes are so much more fun and devilish than the self-righteous, prickish (purely an opinion) conventional superheroes that clearly have done nothing for me.
Though Steelheart is cataloged as YA, the story didn't read as YA. The MC is I believe is eighteen, so there's that. ...more
This book, holy sh@t this fantastic-all-around book, what a phantasmagorical trip it takes readers on. Along with great characterization of less-than-This book, holy sh@t this fantastic-all-around book, what a phantasmagorical trip it takes readers on. Along with great characterization of less-than-perfect individuals, more like wholly dysfunctional (vast understatement to boot), who will most certainly tug at your heart strings. And while this behemoth clocks in around 700 pages, I can honestly say that not once did boredom grab ahold of me, not once did the story lag, not once did my capricious attention wander. The story was that delicious!
Calling all contemporary fantasy fans, those looking for a unique yarn, and everyone else, this novel is a must read! ...more
From the moment I heard the description of Poison Princess I was champing at the bit to get my hands on it. Why? Well, I'm obsessed with anything, eveFrom the moment I heard the description of Poison Princess I was champing at the bit to get my hands on it. Why? Well, I'm obsessed with anything, everything tarot. With that said, a muse certainly liked Cole, whispering a creatively genius concept into her ear. Yet, even with the brilliant idea, the story itself fell a tad short on me.
Here's why: I don't understand the Flash, or the event that caused Earth to be scorched/post apocalyptic, or how Bagmen (glorified zombies) came about and were scampering around, pus gushing from one of their eyes. mushy skin. Why every two or three centuries kids become the personification of a major Arcana card and battle each other to the death, like Thunderdome. Yet, yet, strangely, I read every word. Didn't skim. And that's saying something about me. See, I'm unabashedly capricious when it comes to books. I'll pull a Queen of Hearts and bellow to a book that isn't pleasing me in the least, "Off with its head." Doesn't even matter if I'm thirty pages in. So with that said, there was definitely an entertainment value present in Poison Princess to carry me onward, to hold my attention, and to make me care enough to find out exactly what the card was that each character represented.
Speaking of characters: Evie- the heroine, oh dear God, I couldn't stand her. She's a whiny, insolent little shit. No matter what Jackson (protagonist #2) did, no matter how much he helped her, saved her life, et cetera, she refused to share valuable info. She refused to open up in the least. And she treated him like he was pond scum.
Jackson - not exactly the most swoon-worthy of male protagonists. More like he had assholery down to a science. However, once he shed much illumination on his painful past, my dislike of him diminished and I began hoping he'd move on from lusting after the sanctimonious pain-in-the-ass Evie.
All in all, I will continue reading this series. It is unique, but don't go into this novel expecting a post-apoc/zombie book and explanations of how that came to be. But if you're like moi, and are fascinated by the tarot, then I do recommend giving this novel a try. ...more
3.5 Are you keen on grim reapers? Do you secretly wish that Death on Supernatural would get his own spinoff? Ever watch the TV series Dead Like Me? Did3.5 Are you keen on grim reapers? Do you secretly wish that Death on Supernatural would get his own spinoff? Ever watch the TV series Dead Like Me? Did you have a crying jag because of its cancellation? Well dear Goodreaders, cry no more, for Croaked is your godsend. This book is similar to the aformentioned TV series and encapsulates Death and all his grim-reaping glory. (Remember when Dean subbed as Death for an episode? It's kinda like that episode in a way.) Anyhow, I would classify this novel as a quirky dramedy.
Now, onto my thoughts. Okay, here's the dealio. I adore the world building within this tome. And mad props to you Mrs. Damico for having world building in the first place - woot, woot. I'm talking Grim reaper rules and regulations, an SOP for reaping, the whole nine yards. Even if some of said rules left me scratching my head in utter befuddlement, but that's a me thing, a Kelly issue. Regardless, I did enjoy this novel. It's fun, fun, fun.
Why it failed to garner 5 stars: Gripe one of two: the overall plot didn't take off until 100 pages in. Now normally I'd be all over that like white on rice, complaining as all get out, HOWEVER, the world building that filled in for the building plot held my interest. I adore the township of Croak, the store names, descriptions, etc. So I was fine fine fine with the slow build. And gripe numero dos - the denouement fell short on me. I was confused. I didn't get it, buy it, understand it. As a result my attention began to wander, went on a walkabout.
All in all, this is a hard book for me to rate, for I overall enjoyed this novel, yet it suffered with this rapidly occurring syndrome as of late, the syndrome where the 2nd half of a novel loses its steam. That book where it starts out so strong yet peters out halfway through.
Yet, but, unlike so many of those novels, I will continue on with this series. And that's saying something. So, if you like stories about grim reapers, love sarcastic prose (and this author is on, on, on like donkey kong), world building, then definitely give this book a chance. You won't regret it. ...more
Well, I'm a sobbing mess. What an awesomely epic ending to an equally epic series! Grant didn't disappoint. Not at all. From start to finish this seriWell, I'm a sobbing mess. What an awesomely epic ending to an equally epic series! Grant didn't disappoint. Not at all. From start to finish this series has captivated my attention, shocked me, saddened me, I've cheered for certain characters, wished others would meet their maker sooner rather than later, mourned for many, and vowed to curse Grant if he killed two in particular, (view spoiler)[Petey & Patrick (hide spoiler)]. Truth be told, I'm cursing him right about now, but it's all good. I couldn't've asked for a better ending to this epically awesome and riveting series. A series that I wasn't quite ready to see come to an end. Not quite ready yet to leave the FAYZ. ...more
I have yet to write any reviews/thoughts on any of the novels in the Gone series. Probably because I read them in quicksilver fashion. I believe in thI have yet to write any reviews/thoughts on any of the novels in the Gone series. Probably because I read them in quicksilver fashion. I believe in the span of a month or so. That should be a testament to how awesome I find this series.
As a whole one word pops into my noggin that perfectly sums up how I feel: Wow! And here's another thought: What a fantastic series. And another and another: So much going on, perfect for those of us who are bored easily, those of us with reading ADHD. Great characters. Great story lines. Suspense. Action. Thrills. Characterization. Pain. Sadness. Kids forced to grow up. Evil. And the sci-fi elements are delicious. Each book grows better and better. Also, these novels have plots. Plots that thicken.
Fear didn't disappoint. Not. At. All. Only problem: I now have to wait an entire year for Light. Pure torture, I tell ya....more