I didn't realise when getting into this novel that this was going to be a book based purely off fairy tales. Not only was there thRATING: 1.5 Out Of 5
I didn't realise when getting into this novel that this was going to be a book based purely off fairy tales. Not only was there the story of Sleeping Beauty, also known as Briar Rose but also the story of The Twelve Brothers. Both of which are stories written by the Grimm Brothers. Now, the Twelve Brothers story is not exactly like the one that's within the book, but it is very similar, similar enough that I was reminded of it whilst reading this. Boy's who will never be able to take the thrown and are turned into birds, Ravens to be exact.
For me, I felt there was no originality in this novel.. A girl who dresses up as a buy and trying to get an army to take back the thrown whilst trying to save her kidnapped brother. A boy who wants to marry said girl so he can escape turning into a bird on his 18th birthday. It bored me. It really did. The characters. The plot. The world. The writing. Everything.
If only I cared... Which I didn't, and hence why I abandoned it about 75%/80% through. I thought that was quite strength on my part... ...more
As good as the first one (not better, not worse). We are still left with not knowing what kind of supernatural Kylie is, though itRATING: 3.5 Out Of 5
As good as the first one (not better, not worse). We are still left with not knowing what kind of supernatural Kylie is, though it is pretty obvious to me that she is some kind of hybrid uber special being. As shes got a combination of differetn powers; she has fairy, were, shiter and vamp abilities. Im curious to see what Hunter will end up saying she is, though going by how the series is progressing it looks doubtful that we will discover what she is in the next novel, though that would be dissapointer because there is only soo long you can drag that out....more
Well people I stand corrected. I stated in my last review that looking at how the books are progressing (my joke of saying they arenRATING: 3 Out Of 5
Well people I stand corrected. I stated in my last review that looking at how the books are progressing (my joke of saying they aren’t, cause nothing really ever happens in them - come on people its true!) we won't find out what Kylie really is for a while. But folks I am wrong, I stand corrected!! It is finially revealed in this book.... but on nearly the very last page haha. But yes we finally find out what Kylie is... and it is pretty interesting. But not at all shocking I'm afraid.
Though I don't know if it’s me or it’s this series, but I’m getting a little over it... I feel like every book in this series is just exactly the same to the last. I still enjoy them... not as much as I once did as they feel very very repetitive. I feel like I'm reading the same thing everytime. Della and Miranda fight, the love triangle continues with Kyle and Derek and Lucas, the constant fighting the love between Holiday and Burnette, Kylie talking to ghosts and trying to find out who they are send them on their way, people die (though the people that do die you don't care about because you don't know their characters very well to feel moved by it... So yer,.. But I'll still keep reading them.. Im just hoping something new happens and that the next one is a little bit more exciting....more
How un-surprising that the last novel in the Hex Hall series would be a major let down and be utterly disappointingRATING: 2 Out Of 5
Major. Let. Down.
How un-surprising that the last novel in the Hex Hall series would be a major let down and be utterly disappointing. Eghh its infuriating some of the events that transpired in the novel and readers you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when you read it.
The novel is un-funny – though it does try very hard to be so, but I’m afraid it falls short in the funny department. Looks like Hawkins used up all her cans of funny in the previous two books, and these books cannot survive without the funny. The funniness is what makes these books. This is the first major down fall.
The second is the story line, it’s just kind of jumbled and rushed and doesn’t feel right. It feels like Hawkins has just made up stuff and chucked it in there just to chuck it in there, not caring if it actually fits right into the story. Also Sophie I loved in the previous two novels, in this book however I did not, she did so many things I don’t agree with and made her very unlikeable. I’m just amazed how a book series that started off amazing ended up so crappy and silly? Perfect example of this though is the Strange Angels series, same problem.
The other major let down is the big impending battle in the end. Yer it’s not a big battle at all. It goes for 14 pages!!!! That’s it; the big battle that was built up in every novel goes for 14 pages!! Was the most stupidest boringest battle ever, they don’t even defeat the big evil themselves, they have (view spoiler)[ her sister to thank for that, imagine if you guys actually had to fight someone yourselves, you guys would have your arses handed to you on a plate (hide spoiler)]. Oh and yer they go to the underworld and oh that’s excited and is explored... yer no – under 10pages. So many times Hawkins could have explored and delved into deeper many of the things she introduced in the novel but she doesn’t, instead she filled the book with boring and not needed/unnecessary scenes.
I think Cal is the most unlucky character in the world, he is constantly getting f***ed over in every book and this book is no different, with this one being the worst of the them all with...(view spoiler)[Cal getting to finally make out with Sophie, or so he thinks, it’s actually Elodie possessing her body. So Cal is f***ed over by that. Secondly, Hawkins kills him off!!! He already had a shit existence throughout the novels; with him seeing his fiancée go off with someone else, and instead of giving him a nice happy ending – because he deserves it – YOU KILL HIM OFF!!! Not fair. Poor Cal. (hide spoiler)] And there you have it. The last novel, is the let down of the series and such a dissapointment. Oh well, it only took me a day to read, so not that much is lost.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Keeping this one short, interesting story and twists (that are very clever and yuo won't see coming!) but alot less humour (which isRATING: 4 Out Of 5
Keeping this one short, interesting story and twists (that are very clever and yuo won't see coming!) but alot less humour (which is a pity, as that is what i loved most about the first), but still a very enjoyable read. Be interesting to see how the next one plays out....more
"My name, one of many, is Robin Goodfellow. You may have heard of me."
RATING: 5 out of 5 stars
Yay! This short story was HILARIOUS!! I loved it, about"My name, one of many, is Robin Goodfellow. You may have heard of me."
RATING: 5 out of 5 stars
Yay! This short story was HILARIOUS!! I loved it, about time we got to read something from Puck's point of view. He is such a funny and enjoyable character to read about, and read from his perspective.
Puck is helping Ash on his misson. But before they can start, Lea (The Queen of the Exiles) has called on Ash to pay his det to her, which is a favour. The summer queen has stolen something from Lea and she wants it back, so Ash and Puck must get into Summer and steal it back. A funny little story that leads into the last novel in the series The Iron Knight. A great quick read :)...more
It feels so great to be sucked back into the fey world that captivated our hearts only a couple of years ago - and thanks to Kagawa'RATING: 4 Out Of 5
It feels so great to be sucked back into the fey world that captivated our hearts only a couple of years ago - and thanks to Kagawa's new spin off series we can be again! I got so excited by this book when I read the novella (view spoiler)[ about Ash and Megan's kid and the only reason I got so excited was when the oracle said that if Keeiran (Ash and Megan's kid) went down the dark path that she sees him going down he will kill Ethan - who we know is Megan's half brother. (hide spoiler)] I was like WOW, NOW I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE LOST PRINCE!!!! Because you all have to admit that sounds pretty exciting.
I really enjoyed reading this novel; it had so many of the same themes and characters and magicalness of the original series. I especially love when Ash, Megan and PUCK!!!! Appeared in the story, because really they are too awesome of characters to not have them appear. Though I must bring this up, and I'm not sure if anyone else has thought this, but why is Ethan's last name Chase?? He is Megan's half brother between her mother and step father. Meaning they are both biologically Ethan's parents, so shouldn't Ethan has his father's last name? It seems odd that he would have Chase. Anyone else think this?
Okay, back on track. Let's talk about Ethan; he's a rebel and a bad boy apparently - only not really - it’s just the stigma that has been created for him with so many fey that has popped up into his life and pretty much made it hell for him and stopped any chance at him trying to be normal. I like that we are reading from a male's pov - it’s a good break from Megan. Secondly our other leading male Keeiran. Honestly, and I must put this out there, I didn’t really like him.... He wasn't really funny... he wasn't charming... he wasn't overly caring... and he didn't really seem to inhabit any of the good quality of his parents which seems really odd to me. To be raised by such awesome parents you think he would be just like them - but nope. Besides his appearance you wouldn’t really know he was their kid - besides his bad knack of getting in to trouble. But what puzzles me is that if this character is going to go evil at some stage it wouldn’t shock me, I kind of imagined his character to be really funny and nice and that way when he does flip to the bad side you are overly shocked and can't believe it... But the way his character is present, you wouldnt be overally shocked by his flip. Especially to some decisions that he made in this book, I can see him turning evil. Also there were constant jokes about Keeiran and Ethan being like another duo - Puck and Ash - but I don’t see it! There is no real bond between the pair and there is no humour between the two of them - which is something that I really loved about Ash and Puck's relationship. The humour was the best part, their constant sparring comments at each other. Ethan and Keeiran lack that, their only connecting quality’s to the older due is again that inability to stay out of trouble.
And going back to humour, this is really why I couldn’t love this novel. Was the complete and utter lack of humour. The one thing I loved the most about the fey books was Kagawa's awesome sense of humour (which is mostly due to Puck I know...) but this book had none of it. I would have liked if Ethan or Keeiran had some humour to themselves, this would have made the whole novel much more enjoyable and would have then received a much higher rating. Next point, Anwyln, Keeiran's love interest. For a girl who is a fey of the summer court this character had absolutely no warmth what so ever. She was not likeable and you could not see at all what Keeiran liked about her or how these two could have possible fallen in love, but seeing his utter devotion to her, you wonder if it is her possible death that may aid to Keeiran's character eventually going off the deep end. I really wonder if this series will see the utter destruction of Keeiran's character and if we'll see him slowly turn to the dark side I guess you could say. Not to compare this to Star Wars or anything, But I kind of wonder if Ethan will be Luke and face off against Keeiran (who used to be good) but is now the Darth Vador of the story? Anyone - thoughts??
Overall I still really enjoyed this and really cannot wait to get my hands on book two - The Traitor Son - we just know this is going to have something major to do with Keeiran - and the series being called the Call of The Forgotten - means it pretty obvious that the overall series will revolve around the rising army of the forgotten fey. Sounds soo good :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
"'You make it sound so easy.' Puck sighed. 'Past the briars you say? Then beyond the End of the World? How long is that going to take us?'
'As long as"'You make it sound so easy.' Puck sighed. 'Past the briars you say? Then beyond the End of the World? How long is that going to take us?'
'As long as it takes,' I said firmly."
RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
Kagawa did something new with this novel, instead of following our usual protagonist, Meghan, we now follow the cold-hearted and soulless Ash; former Prince of the winter court and former knight of the iron queen. Being banished from the iron kingdom, a realm he cannot enter due to the iron that will slowly poison and kill him. Ash sets out to become human, to gain a soul so he can return to his love and once more become her knight, though his journey will not be an easy one and one that he should not take lightly, as it will require him to go into the darkest parts of the world... the end of the world, where if he makes it, he must complete a trial, only then if he passes all the tests will his wish be granted.
Ash's companions are Puck (who doesn’t love puck, honestly!), Grim, The Big Bad Wolf and someone else who we thought was dead (view spoiler)[Ariella - SHOCK! (hide spoiler)]. This person might change everything for Ash, might change what he wants. Together they must fight countless beasts, enter different realms and must learn to trust one another in order to help Ash on his task, which is hard to do seeing as Ash still doesn’t trust Puck and he still has his vow to kill him. Ash has many flashbacks during the novel; meeting Ariella (his first love), hunting with Puck (his best friend, once upon a time), Ariella getting killed, also that memory that ash told Meghan about the one where he told her he made a human fall for him than broke her heart and received a cure from her grandmother, that was an interesting memory to read about.
It was an interesting novel, to finally read behind the eyes of Ash and see what he is thinking all the time, it was a good adventure novel though i only wish i loved it more, it wasn’t as exciting as the third novel in the series, which was amazing. Though Kagawa did a good job on this last instalment in the series and it was interesting how the last one wasn’t from Meghan’s point of view, though there is an epilogue at the end of the novel which is from her point of view, so it kinda did finish with her, which i liked :)
The last page is a little confusing though... (view spoiler)[ I assume it is Ariella that is the tree yes?? But who is the skeleton then?? Little confusing.. And no one else has written anything about it in their reviews so that didn’t help me haha (hide spoiler)] For those who are curious how it ends..(view spoiler)[ No, Ash does not become human, though the guardian does make him less of a fey so that he can endure in the iron kingdom, he and Meghan get there happy ending, puck leaves and we aren’t sure where he goes to and Ariella dies, properly this time. (hide spoiler)]
Lastly, through reading Summers Crossing, do you know what it makes me wish for, a novel from Pucks point of view, come on who’s with me! Summers Crossing was soo good, i think Kagawa should do a prequel of when Ash and Puck were best friends and going on adventures and getting themselves in a whole lot of trouble, which would be a really good novel. Puck deserves his own novel, Ash got one! Bring on a novel about Puck!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So let’s just say that any book that includes star wars, Looney tunes, harry potter, Buffy and other pop culture references, soundRATING: 4.5 Out Of 5
So let’s just say that any book that includes star wars, Looney tunes, harry potter, Buffy and other pop culture references, sounds good to me!
Not only that but this book was incredibly funny. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, more for the humour than the story, though that was very good too. So in short this book is about paranormals pretty much, although in this novel they are referred to as 'prodigium' and there is an ancient secret society known as L'Occhio di Dio (The Eye Of God) who seek to eliminate them, to rid the world of those are not human and there ways of doing it are quite horrible. This is the underlining story of the novel but this is not the central storline.
The book follows 16 year old Sophie who is a witch(view spoiler)[ although not really, because she is actually a DEMON!! Didn't see that coming did ya? (hide spoiler)] and she is sent to a reform school (with others like her) after a love spell goes terribly wrong. The reason they are sent to a reform school is to teach them to not be stupid with their powers (pretty much), as there are forces out there seeking to destroy them simply for what they are. Nice huh? Anywho Sophie must attend her classes and attempt to make friends; but it seems like that is unlikely to happen when a group of students who are also witches try to persuade her to join their coven, and she must shack up in a room with the only vampire in the entire school? What’s worse is when she develops a crush on the hottest boy (of course, how typical, its always the same) who happens to be dating the schools queen b and baddest witch.
Good storyline, and I adored Sophie, her witty humour and personality was fun to read, the humour really makes this novel. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book this funny which has an interesting story and good concept. Praise for Hawkins first novel. Loved it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Wow, I always find it amazing how authors manage to improve so much from one novel. The Wood Queen was a definite improvement from TRATING: 4 Out Of 5
Wow, I always find it amazing how authors manage to improve so much from one novel. The Wood Queen was a definite improvement from The Iron Witch. It was very well planned out and not once was I bored and skimmed through this novel like I did with a lot of sections from The Iron Witch.
This novel takes place after the events from the previous; Donna is on trial for her actions in The Iron Witch; stealing and losing the only elixir of life. Meanwhile Donnas mother condition is servery getting worse and Donna knows she has to do something to say her - but at what cost. The Wood Queen wants an audience with Donna and Donna is worried about what her intentions are. Xan and Donna’s relationship heats up, however Donna discovers there may be a lot that Xan is keeping from her, what secrets does he hold? Also Donna descovers what it means to be a Iron Witch.
Mahoney wrote a great ending to this novel, and it makes me very eager to find out what will happen in the one. A fantastic improvement from the first!...more