At the end of the day, I did end up enjoying Grave Mercy. I wanted more assassinations, bloodshed and action, but when I realized that wasn't going toAt the end of the day, I did end up enjoying Grave Mercy. I wanted more assassinations, bloodshed and action, but when I realized that wasn't going to happen, I chilled out a bit and enjoyed the story.
To all my fellow cinephiles, I'd definitely compare this tome to La Femme Nikita (original TV show). Know how Nikita wanted to be with Michael (or don't), but us fans had to wait eons for that to happen? There were hints here and there, well, that's what happens with Duvall and Ismae, our two main MCs. Also, like La Femme Nikita there was lots of plannings, preparing, not always shooting guns and killing.
Like I said, I enjoyed this hefty novel. Didn't skim a bit. But, I also adore the time period it was set in. Middle ages. If you aren't a fan of historical fiction, you probably won't enjoy this book. If you are looking for heavy romance, you won't find that within the pages. If you were expecting an assassin nun kicking ass left and right and taking no prisoners, er, not gonna happen. ...more
At one time I was an avid reader of In Style magazine for the sneak peeks into various people's homes. For the latest trends. But one day, I decided tAt one time I was an avid reader of In Style magazine for the sneak peeks into various people's homes. For the latest trends. But one day, I decided to rip out all pages that were nothing but advertisements. I was gobsmacked to see an anorexic "magazine" staring back at me. Let's face it, the majority of so many magazines - Architectural Digest as well (a classic favorite) - are chock-full of advertisements. And it's sometimes annoying when you have to flip through countless pages just to reach a featured article.
Well, I couldn't think of a better comparison to Clockwork Prince. This book clocks in at 498 pages. I would venture to guess that 200 odd pages involving love-capades in various settings are superfluous to the overall plot. I mean, was it really important for Tessa to be pondering about whom she loves more, or whom she wants to have kissy-time with when the Shadowhunters declared a deadline of epic proportions, a mission impossible if you will? Find Mortmain or else . . . Dum, dum, dum! So in the midst of said deadline of doom, we're talking crunch time of epic proportions, one would think personal feelings and good ol' back burner would get well-acquainted. Am I right? Wouldn’t one think that ferreting out Mortmain would’ve taken center stage over let’s say love exploring and declarations? Unfortunately the latter is the victor. Lots of feelings were expressed, shared over and over again. And that's where the story would lose me, and wouldn't you know it, it would always happen smack dab in the middle of an interesting plot development. Argh! Why did the love interruptions have to happen so frequently? Small doses here and there would've been just fine. Great even! For reals. As a result, the "romance" felt so out of place for me in the context of the action-y story/plot that was set up in the beginning of this novel. And *winces* it felt forced. Wasn't organic.
And it's rather odd that yours truly - who doesn't mind love triangles in the least - was so over it I was under it in this book. I was actually wanting, begging the gods above, for the nonsense to end so we could get to the plot. A plot I was digging. A plot that would be interrupted for not only flirting, but for countless tea-time sessions, clothes descriptions, more tea time, one lump or two? I wanted to know more about the demons, dammit! Not to mention (view spoiler)[Tessa's history. Is she one? (hide spoiler)]. Not who Tessa was fawning over that day. Man, this girl's emotions for Jem - no wait, for Will - swung like a pendulum.
To wrap up. This is an odd situation where the plot has intrigued me. I want to know more. Not the love triangle. Not the characters. So will I read the Clockwork Princess. Absolutely, but I won't be rushing into it. This book so could've been awesome for me. The setting was dark and fantabulous. I was down with the intro, very Harry Potter. If only it would've stayed that way. The dark and fantabulous, not Harry Potter. Just had to get that straight. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Beginning with the cover art, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer casts a magical spell, compelling you to open its pages. From there, the conjuration contBeginning with the cover art, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer casts a magical spell, compelling you to open its pages. From there, the conjuration continues to mesmerize you to the point where you are so engrossed in the story, the last thing you want to do is put the novel down. So yeah, it should go without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The story revolves around Johannes Cabal who made a deal with the incredibly sarcastic and waggish Satan ( I wish he would have been featured more in the story; most of my laughing occurred during his dialogue). Johannes wants his soul back, so he strikes a deal with Satan. He has a year to have 100 humans sign away the rights to their souls, unknowingly I might add. (And reminiscent of the fantastic movie The Professional, Johannes Cabal only targets those who by their acts alone have already received a one-way ticket to Hell, innocent people are spared. See, Johannes is not so evil, more misunderstood.) With the help of his brother Horst, whom I was very fond of, and other beings created from the blood of Satan, Johannes sets out on his soul-stealing journey by way of traveling carnival. I must say, I didn't dislike Johannes Cabal. He was who he was and didn't pull any punches. In my eyes, that's a refreshing characteristic.
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer reads smoothly with plenty of humor peppered throughout. With that said, I would highly recommend this novel to lovers of fantasy and hell, anyone who enjoys pure escapism. And I for one can't wait to read the next novel in what I hope (oh star light, star bright, first star . . . you get the point) will be one of many in a long, very long-lasting series....more
I couldn't put this book down. It was gripping from the very beginning. And the sappy romantic that I am was pleasantly surprised and happy with the üI couldn't put this book down. It was gripping from the very beginning. And the sappy romantic that I am was pleasantly surprised and happy with the über- sweet love story that unfolded. This book is a definite must read!...more