Found the "heroine" a bit hard to relate to or stomach as she was pretty childish, bratty and inconsiderate, not to mention cowardly. I really did fee...moreFound the "heroine" a bit hard to relate to or stomach as she was pretty childish, bratty and inconsiderate, not to mention cowardly. I really did feel like slapping her quite a few times and telling her to grow the heck up.
Aside from the very flawed main character and the equally irritating and elusive love interest, the story was interesting enough to keep me reading it till the end. Has a slight Stardust mixed with Nightworld feel to it.
Wouldn't mind reading the next installment to find out what happens next and if the main character manages to grow a pair without whining about it.(less)
Dee & James are back in the dark sequel to Stiefvater's Lament.
Things are decidedly awkward between Dee and James, formerly the best of friends u...moreDee & James are back in the dark sequel to Stiefvater's Lament.
Things are decidedly awkward between Dee and James, formerly the best of friends until a fateful text that ruined their friendship at the end of the last book. Now starting at their new art school, Thornking-Ash, they barely hang out and the air between them is heavy with the tension of words that have been left unsaid.
James is still as cocky and witty as in Lament. You often feel like either giving James a hug or a slap behind the head, depending on the situation. Nothing new there but his comical observations and one-liners are still as entertaining as ever. Dee, on the other hand... well apart from littering some of the pages of the book with unsent texts to James in lame failed attempts to bare her soul and the occasional odd Emo appearances that makes you want to slap her...really hard... or push her off a tall building, Dee barely registers in this book until the end. So without a doubt, Ballad is mostly from the view point of James, picking up where the last book left off.
Apart from the new friends James makes at Thornking-Ash, such as Sullivan a pretty cool down to earth teacher that let's kids drink coffee during lessons, my favourite character in this book is Nuala. Known as a leanan sidhe, Nuala is a solitary fey who inspires gifted humans to new creative soaring heights before feeding off their energy when they end up dying before their time. This beautiful but deadly muse has now decided to make her new mark James but he is adamant not to play her game. What follows is an entertaining & often comical battle of the wills/wits as Nuala tries to convince James to make a deal with her and James tries to lead a semi normal life. Key word - TRIES. Understandably hard when Nuala can turn into your deepest desire or worst nightmare. Still, as the story progresses you find that there maybe more to Nuala than she lets on.
Meanwhile Thornking-Ash is more than what it appears to be as well and as characters from the previous book start showing up during the course of the story you realise that there might be some unfinished business left to attend to and new dangers to face.
Overall it wasn't a bad book and it wasn't what I expected, which was surprising in a good way. As entertaining as it was to witness James finally "grow a pair" as Nuala puts it, I really hope there is a 3rd book that answers my old questions from the 1st book and the new questions from the 2nd book.
**spoiler alert** Glimmerglass is based on the present day but in an alternate universe where Avalon exists and is pretty much it's own state within E...more**spoiler alert** Glimmerglass is based on the present day but in an alternate universe where Avalon exists and is pretty much it's own state within England. Kind of like the Vatican within Italy.
The story centers around Dana Hathaway, a not so typical independent teenager who is sick of dealing with an alcoholic for a mother and runs away to her father in Avalon. Nothing could be worse that putting up with the endless humiliation of an alcoholic mother, right?
What follows is a story filled with fae political intrigue, kidnapping, battles with unseelie monsters, betrayal and romance, as Dana finds out she is a Fairiewalker, special type of halfbreed human/fae that can see the Glimmerglass and travel between worlds. Not only that but Dana can also transport human technology into Fairie and bring magic into the human world, which turns her into the most prized ally or most feared enemy, depending on who ends up controlling her first. With her freedom/life threatened, who can Dana really trust?
To be honest, I really struggled through the first 134 pages this book. The whole "Dana wakes up, Dana gets attacked, Dana doesn't know who to trust, Dana goes to sleep" vicious cycle got old pretty fast, so by the time I got to page 135 I was hoping for something new or I was giving up on this book. Ethan, a cute fae boy and his sister Kimber are what kept me going till page 135. Ethan has the typical "Gods Gift to Women" ego that makes either you want to snuggle up to him when he oozes charm or kick him in the jewels and dump a cup of coffee in his face. I suggest you keep reading to find out which one Dana ends up doing. Kimber on the other hand, is smart and sick of standing in her big brother's shadow. Getting to see Kimber beyond her ice princess charm and reading about her homemade cure-all possets (would love to get the recipe), was a pleasant experience.
From page 135 things get interesting as you are finally introduced to Dana's father, Finn - her super hot Knight bodyguard & Keane - an fae Emo-wannabe who has some awesome combat moves but a bad boy attitude. The exchanges between Dana & Keane are especially entertaining...
I don't want to spoil it too much for you, so I'll just say if you end up despairing between pages 1-135, just keep going as it does get better. Eagerly anticipating the next installment on the Fairiewalker series called Shadowspell.(less)
**spoiler alert** Deirdre "Dee" Monaghan always thought herself a plain & ordinary, completely invisible to those around her. That is until she me...more**spoiler alert** Deirdre "Dee" Monaghan always thought herself a plain & ordinary, completely invisible to those around her. That is until she meets incredibly hunky & mysterious Luke Dillon. A gifted flautist with dark, dangerous secrets who has taken more than a passing interest in Dee.
After performing a completely awe inspiring duet with Luke at a local music competition, it sets off a series of strange & dangerous events that causes Dee to change her views of those around her as well as herself as she finds out she's far from ordinary... Dee is a "cloverhand"; a human with unique supernatural abilities which fairies seem to gravitate towards the closer it gets to Solstice and not all of them are... friendly...
It's a dark tale that reminiscent of the Holly Black's Tithe but is filled with Stiefvater's own brand of witty banter, which lightens the mood of the book when it gets perilously close to being too heavy. The comic relief of Dee's cute best friend James alone has had me chuckling more than once at his funny observations and lighthearted one-liners. The exchanges between Dee & Luke as she tries to figure out who or what he is exactly is also quite entertaining, especially as their little friendship becomes something more than either of them expected...
A good read, though the ending leaves things unsaid and left me wanting just a little more. I guess it's all the more reason to read the sequel Ballad. Happy reading.(less)
When the opening line of this book made me giggle I knew I was going to like this book. Now I was slightly hesitant to read Storm Born, as I was afrai...moreWhen the opening line of this book made me giggle I knew I was going to like this book. Now I was slightly hesitant to read Storm Born, as I was afraid I would end up just comparing this book to Richelle's other series Vampire Academy but after the first line (and a good giggle) I relaxed and got into the story.
Odile Dark Swan a.k.a Eugenie Markham is a trained Shaman who specialises in kicking supernatural butt and sending unwanted visitors back to the Otherworld or the Underworld if they are the particularily nasty sort. When a paranoid old ball of a man approaches Eugenie requesting she rescue his long lost sister from the fairies, it certainly raises an eyebrow or two, especially considering how dangerous the Otherworld can be. But knowing from experience how cruel and evil the fey can be leaving a defencless human girl in their midst is not an option for Eugenie. Flagged by her 3 ghostly/fey/demon minions Eugenie enters the Otherworld to complete what she thought was going to be just another job, if slightly more dangerous than the others. It actually turns into much more as what she discovers changes her life forever as secrets from her past come to the surface and she begins to question things she's been told and taught.
Now I really did enjoy this book. The story was funny, amusing and eyebrow raising, the plot definitely kept me going with a few surprises here and there that got me hooked. Certain pages definitely had my eyes widen but I won't spoil it for you. For those who want the "eye candy" there is Kiyo, the hunky kitsune who stole my heart at the beginning and then had me wanting to kick his butt after certain information came to the surface and Dorian, the Oak King, also hunky, funny and slightly weird... you'll find out what I mean.
If you are a fan of urban fey fantasies, steamy romance and a strong kick-ass female starring lead, this book might just be for you. I can't wait to read the next installment of the Dark Swan series, Thorn Queen.(less)
Yet again Holly Black spins new tales that just suck me right in. Just one of those reasons why she's one of my favorite authors. Usually not a fan of...moreYet again Holly Black spins new tales that just suck me right in. Just one of those reasons why she's one of my favorite authors. Usually not a fan of short stories, so I was surprised when I found myself enjoying this treasure of a book. If you are a fan of Holly Black you cannot miss reading this.(less)