Couldn't finish this one. Everything felt felt exaggerated and the events were too rushed to be properly appreciated. I also found myself quite lost,...moreCouldn't finish this one. Everything felt felt exaggerated and the events were too rushed to be properly appreciated. I also found myself quite lost, well, always. I'm definitely dropping this series.(less)
In the past month, I had almost lost hope since I couldn't seem to find a young-adult novel that could hold my int...moreDear Pure, welcome to my favourites.
In the past month, I had almost lost hope since I couldn't seem to find a young-adult novel that could hold my interest for more than a couple of chapters. This is the living printed proof that the problem was in the books I'd picked and not in my mood. This is also the printed proof that good dystopian novels are still out there, hidden between the thousands of scripts that get published everyday.
So. First thing you need to know about the heroine? She's got a the head of a doll in place of her hand. See, I admire an author who's got the courage to create a so-blatantly imperfect main character. Because it's way easier writing about an antisocial, geeky teenager (that still gets the boy) than about a deeply scarred young woman that is so tempted by the comforts the evil side offers that she would almost betray everything she's ever believed in, and that still manages, thanks to her amazing inner strength, to make the right choice.
The world building was pretty good, and even though the post-apocalyptic scenario was nothing I hadn't already seen before, it still surprised me a couple of times. One big niggling doubt I've got since the beginning of the book, though, is why no character has fused with their clothes.
I loved how Baggott built the Dome and its organization, it was just the right level of psycho and right level of utopian heaven.
The principal characters were all deep and original and surprising and everything you would expect from people who survived the end of the world they knew. The "minor" villain, Ingership, is so awesome I can hardly begin to describe him. He's so blind and so corrupted you can't help but hate him and pity his poor wife. Another fantastic feature of the book was El Capitan with his brother Helmud, a character so strange and yet so common to confuse even the most attentive reader.
Everything considered, Pure is a great dystopian read, one I recommend to the lovers of the genre and the non-lovers, too. I'll make sure to keep my eyes open for news of the sequel.(less)
Even though The Kingdom didn't live up to my expectations (which I had probably set a bit too high after the astounding first installment, The Restore...moreEven though The Kingdom didn't live up to my expectations (which I had probably set a bit too high after the astounding first installment, The Restorer), I still enjoyed its creepy uniqueness and found myself enraptured all the same.
Amanda Stevens has the uncanny ability of evoking the most different kind of emotions from me: be it fear, curiosity, excitement, confusion, or simple need to know what will happen next, every single page she writes proves to be my favourite kind of emotional roller coaster.
Although I wasn't really comfortable with the author's decision to change the setting and almost all the characters from the first installment, the final result was still as eerily perfect as it was for the first book, and I was reassured at the end of the book that I would get to see Devlin again in the Graveyard Queen series.
No matter the flaws, The Kingdom was still an enchanting read, one I recommend to mystery and paranormal lovers and especially to the author's fans, with the assurance that they won't be disappointed.(less)
This is a true HEA. I'm so glad Francesca's first wish was granted to her. Also, the image of the numerous Bridgerton family all reunited in one house...moreThis is a true HEA. I'm so glad Francesca's first wish was granted to her. Also, the image of the numerous Bridgerton family all reunited in one house makes my eyes water.(less)
I hate it when I drag along a book so much, I'm eventually bound to give it up, especially it has as much potential as Death Watch. It had everythi...moreDNF
I hate it when I drag along a book so much, I'm eventually bound to give it up, especially it has as much potential as Death Watch. It had everything: an original world-building (and I still had a lot to discover), a lot of suspense, zombies! (always a good thing), an exceptional main character, an intriguing villain and a setting that managed to give me the creeps and blow my mind at the same time.
The things that probably made me stop reading were the increeeeeeeeedibly slow narration and the high number of questions I had throughout the first half of the book. And the fact that it didn't feel like it was getting anywhere.
Anyway, I think this book will be boon to fantasy lovers who don't mind slow - very slow - stories. And who knows, maybe I'll try this again if I'm in the right mood.(less)
Although I was hooked up at the beginning, what with the interesting main characters and the intriguing oh-so-hot halflings, this book turned out to b...moreAlthough I was hooked up at the beginning, what with the interesting main characters and the intriguing oh-so-hot halflings, this book turned out to be just the umpteenth paranormal young-adult novel.
I don't if it is me, if I'm just reading the wrong books, if it's the wrong time of the year or if I just lost interest in this particular genre. What I know is that, halfling or not, this book doesn't unfortunately add anything to the book world. If anything, it just reminded me of how much I despise unjustified love at first sight and the profession of undying love mere weeks after meeting one's soul mate. Also, the fact that the reasons of the aforementioned love aren't at all mentioned nor explained. Oh, and that the MC is almost always in love with not one, but two über-perfect boys who, of course, for some godly law can't let themselves lover her back, blah, blah, blah.
Since the sound of my review is quite bitter, and I'm afraid that has more to do with the fact that I recently am not enjoying books as much as I should and want to, I'm gonna stop here and finish by saying that whereas I didn't really enjoy it, I think it's a perfectly respectable novel for those of you in search of a light read.(less)