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