If there's something I love, it's a story that centers on fairies. And I was pleasantly surprised that The Forgotten Ones is not your typical fairy st...moreIf there's something I love, it's a story that centers on fairies. And I was pleasantly surprised that The Forgotten Ones is not your typical fairy story.
I really liked how Allison's dad became immortal because he spent too much time in fairie. As far as I can tell, Allison is not a fairie, which is definitely different, but a different that I'm intrigued by. And Allison's mom? I totally didn't see a certain plot point coming. At all. Actually, I have random thought about her mom: for some reason, the portrayal of Allison's mother as a schizophrenic who's heavily sedated and can't go anywhere without being sedated bothered me, and I have no idea why.
The Forgotten Ones is pretty short, but it moved at a pretty good pace, and I felt like things were wrapped up really well, while also leaving things open for the next book. It's because things get fairly resolved that I wasn't annoyed by the length of the book. It doesn't end in a cliffhanger, which is also nice, but given that last line, and everything that happened in The Forgotten Ones...let's just say that I really want to know what that means for the characters after finishing the book!
I'm feeling pretty neutral about the characters. The fairies seem pretty interesting, and I wanted to know more about them! At the same time, I liked what we did learn about them, and I'm sure there's more to learn! Other than that...no one really has made a lasting impression. I will say that I think the length played a part in this, because I felt like I didn't really get to know the characters, and maybe a book that was slightly longer would have helped in their development. Hopefully, we'll learn more of them in the next book.
Let's Rate It: I liked The Forgotten Ones, and how it's a different take on fairies. It's pretty rooted in Celtic mythology, which seems pretty rare in fairie novels. Still, I wish I knew the characters a little bit better, but I really am hoping to learn more about them. The Forgotten Ones gets 3 stars.
*I got The Forgotten Ones from netgalley.com, in exchange for an honest and fair review. (less)
In a lot of ways, Manor Of Secrets is a pretty typical story of a well-to-do girl who no longer wants to live the life that she's accustomed to. But i...moreIn a lot of ways, Manor Of Secrets is a pretty typical story of a well-to-do girl who no longer wants to live the life that she's accustomed to. But it also surprised me, in a TOTALLY good way!
I really liked how Charlotte and Janie became friends and how they both managed to find some adventure and romance. They definitely wanted to change their lives (especially Charlotte), and I liked seeing how they both had a better understanding of the world around them by the end of the book. They really came into their own by the end of the book, and I liked seeing that against the backdrop of a world that is changing while living in the bubble of a world that is resistant to change.
There's definitely a Downtown Abbey feel to the book, so I would definitely recommend it to any Downtown Abbey fan. There's quite the cast of characters, and there is very much a divide between the staff and the family. Everyone has their place, and those roles are challenged a little bit throughout the book.
It's definitely a fun, quick read, and I'm kind of interested in the difference between upstairs servants and downstairs servants. That was definitely one of the more interesting parts of the book, because I don't normally think about the hierarchy of servants.
I felt like Manor Of Secrets was predictable at times, especially with a big revelation coming towards the end of the book, but I found I didn't mind, because Manor Of Secrets was so enjoyable.
Let's Rate It: Manor Of Secrets was a fun read. I didn't mind that it was predictable, and while I didn't love it, it was still interesting and kept me entertained throughout the book. It's a must-read for Downtown Abbey fans! Manor Of Secrets gets 3 stars.
The Corpse Reader isn't a book I'd normally seek out on my own, but when I heard it mentioned on the Book Riot podcast, I was intrigued enough to read...moreThe Corpse Reader isn't a book I'd normally seek out on my own, but when I heard it mentioned on the Book Riot podcast, I was intrigued enough to read it.
What's most interesting is that the book is inspired by a real person. I can't speak to the historical accuracy of the book, but it did the feel of 12th century China. I'm definitely curious about Ci, and the sources Garrido used, because I'd really like to learn more about Song Ci. It, unfortunately, wasn't included in the audio book, so I may have to check out a print or digital version of the book to see if anything's included at the end of the book. It does seem pretty well-researched, and it's pretty detailed while not being boring. You get the right amount of information at the right time, and it was easy to stay interested throughout the book, since I didn't find myself bored at any particular point.
I did notice that when we got closer to the ending, it kind of reminded me of an episode of CSI or Law & Order. It's definitely dramatic, but given that Ci seems to be considered the father of forensics, it also seems appropriate. I like that it's a murder mystery set in medieval China, because it's not something I normally read about.
Garrido really does seem to be a great story-teller, but at the same time, there was something about this book I couldn't quite connect with. I'm not sure if something was lost in translation, but...there is something about The Corpse Reader that I can't put my finger on. Still, it did seem like it was pretty well translated.
As for the narration, I felt like Todd Haberkorn did a pretty good job. I wasn't blown away, but he wasn't horrendous either.
Let's Rate It: I liked The Corpse Reader, and it's definitely a book I wouldn't have picked out on my own. It's different in a good way, and I liked the time and setting because it's not what I'd usually go for in historical fiction. The Corpse Reader gets 3 stars. (less)
Where You'll Find Me is such an interesting book! I liked it, and I liked Hanley's story. By the way, I love the name Hanley- it really seems to fit h...moreWhere You'll Find Me is such an interesting book! I liked it, and I liked Hanley's story. By the way, I love the name Hanley- it really seems to fit her!
Initially, I wasn't sure about Where You'll Find Me. It was very obvious that something big was the reason why Hanley acted the way she did, and in the end, we learn why she's acted the way she did. Including acting like things were fine, even though they weren't fine. And Nate's story! It wasn't what I was expecting at all, but I liked that they found a friend in each other- someone who understands what the other was going through. I felt for both Hanley and Nate, but it was Nate who I really felt for.
I think a big reason why I wasn't sure about Where You'll Find Me is that the beginning is a bit on the cliché side. But it was how the story unraveled that made me really like this book, especially the last few chapters. Once you learn more about Hanley, you understand why she's doing what she's doing.
I would have liked to see more of Hanley's relationship with her sister and her parents. I did like how her relationship with her sister changed by the end of the book, and how her parents came through for her at the end of the book, but I think I would have liked to see a few glimpses of what her relationship with them was like before everything happened. Seeing what her life was like before everything happened would have been a nice contrast to how things are for now. At least for me.
Final Thoughts: I did like Where You'll Find Me, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by Erin Fletcher! I liked that Hanley came to accept that things weren't fine and that she started to accept what happened. I liked that she and Nate have this really strong bond, and that they had someone they could talk to. Where You'll Find Me gets 3 stars. (less)
I have no clue where to start with Such Sweet Sorrow! This is the first time I've read a re-telling of Shakespeare- well, one that I'm aware of, becau...moreI have no clue where to start with Such Sweet Sorrow! This is the first time I've read a re-telling of Shakespeare- well, one that I'm aware of, because it's entirely possible I've read one that was a lot more subtle. I wasn't sure what to expect, and the last (and only) time I've read either play was in high school, so it's been well over 10 years since I've read either one, so I knew it would be an interesting read.
The reasons for Hamlet and Romeo for meeting up is interesting and really believable. I thought their adventures in the Afterjord were pretty action-packed, and I liked the connection to Norse mythology, given that Romeo meets up with Hamlet. While I remember the basics of both plays, there is quite a bit that is still fuzzy to me. Still, I thought she did a great job with making them her own, while still staying true to the characters.
Trout did a great job keeping me interested for the entire book. It did move a bit slow at times, but I didn't mind, because I wanted to see if things would work out for Romeo and Juliet. I can't say I was surprised by the ending, even though a part of me was hoping it would work out differently.
As far as I know, Such Sweet Sorrow is a stand-alone, but there is something about the ending that makes me feel like there's potential for a sequel. While things are wrapped up, I was also left with the feeling that there is more to Hamlet and Romeo's story.
Let's Rate It: I liked Such Sweet Sorrow! Shakespeare isn't my thing, but I was definitely interested in how Trout would manage to put Romeo, Juliet and Hamlet together, and I thought she did it really well! It's definitely a great book for Shakespeare fans. Such Sweet Sorrow gets 3 stars.(less)
Initially, when I started reading Salt, I wasn't sure about it. But as I kept reading, I got wrapped up in the story! It's really different than a lot...moreInitially, when I started reading Salt, I wasn't sure about it. But as I kept reading, I got wrapped up in the story! It's really different than a lot of paranormal/witch-y books I've read, because Penelope can draw her magic from her family. It's really different, mainly because she's lost her own magic due to a demon stealing it...and the reason why she can draw power from her family, and from Carter, her Enforcer partner, is very plausible in this world.
Speaking of the world...I really like it! It's definitely intriguing, and I wish we got to learn more about it, because a world where there's a society of witches that co-exists with our world is a pretty cool idea. And Carter and Penelope working together was entertaining at times, but also something I liked seeing, because of everything going on in the book! Still, I'm hoping we learn more about the world Penelope lives in, because I felt like I didn't get a good feel for this world.
I really liked how everything came together, and I can't wait to see what's in store for Penelope and Carter. Especially because of Penelope's secret and Carter's connections...I'm curious as to whether those two things will collide, because I feel like Penelope's secret is going to come out at some point.
There's quite the assortment of characters, and I really like Penelope! I don't blame her for wanting her magic back, and for doing everything she can to do so. I really do like that she can draw magic from her family and from Carter, and I like that her grandma's so protective and worried about what could happen to Penelope. I'm not sure how I feel about Penelope's sister or her best friend, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of them. I also think Carter is sort of intriguing, but I'm not sure how I feel about Carter and Penelope as a couple.
Final Thoughts: I really liked Salt! It's definitely different (in a good way) than a lot of other paranormal books I've read, and I can't wait to read the next book. Salt gets 4 stars.
*I received Salt from Entangled Teen, which hasn't influenced my review in any way(less)