The last book I read with a gladiators theme was Girl in the Arena. Of course, I expected gore and action for this kind of theme,I like He is Worthy.
The last book I read with a gladiators theme was Girl in the Arena. Of course, I expected gore and action for this kind of theme, but somehow, I haven't found the right book that will sate my taste for massacre. It is still the case here in He Is Worthy.
Sienna found the right man to assassinate Nero, in Aenor. But the feelings stirred in him when being with Aenor was an unexpected complication. Aenor agreed to be the weapon for Nero's death because the humiliation and defeat under the Roman leader was too much for him - he welcomes death as long as Nero comes with him.
The book mainly portrays the ins and outs of Roman politics, especially the treatment of slaves. The action I am waiting for the will befall because of the assassination? Not there. That is where my disappointment lies.
He Is Worthy is an okay read for me. You won't find anything but romance in here, so if that's your drift, then pick this up....more
I should've learned my lesson from A Game of Thrones, that anything and everything will never be what it seems.
A Storm of Swords left me open-mouthed (literally), especially when the Red Wedding took place. There I was, reading leisurely on a Sunday afternoon, when I got the shock of my ASoIaF reading life. So cruel! And yet so grudgingly cunning.
New POVs are introduced: Jaime Lannister and Samwell Tarly. I actually enjoyed Jaime's, I mean, who wouldn't want to know what's join on inside the Kingslayer's head? Whatever befell Jaime in ASoS made him change his mind on what the Lannisters are all about. He was running blind, taking orders from who and for what, without asking. But now, ah, Jaime's not as compliant as before, not anymore. Cersei and Tywin were aghast about that.
Jon's journey is equally absorbing. The war between the kings seems child's play with what Jon and the brothers of the Night Watch have to face. And those bleak scenes at the Wall, those hopeless actions against the Others and the Wildlings -- a terrific treat to my fantasy appetite.
Catelyn's POV are heartbreaking. Such defiance, and ominous pride for a Stark! Arya's plight is getting worse after every chapter. I cannot believe the strength in this skinny girl. Unbelievably daunting.
Tyrion. Oh, Tyrion! Dare I say you have the biggest balls amongst the players in the game of thrones? The many, many pages of A Storm of Swords were deduced to nothing, nothing(!) because of the spectacular ending you gave me. *fist pump*
Best installment so far. :D Vengeance will soon be ours....more
If you don't kill all of us all at once, those who remain will not be weak. You are remaking us. We are the clay, you are Michaelangelo. And we will be your masterpiece.
I cannot contain my happiness with The 5th Wave. It was a stellar alien book from no less than Rick Yancey!
Cassie is a very magnetic heroine, I cannot help but root for her. The determination and indomitable spirit was such a surprise. (But now that I thought about it, one of Yancey's strengths as an author is the ability to develop engaging and worship-worthy characters.) The stark contrast of Cassie's character to the hopeless world she lives in, it makes me want to cheer for her, that she will make it to the end. *fingers crossed*
So the moment that certified I was hooked? Zombie's character. When his POV was introduced, I didn't know who he was. Imagine my ecstasy when his true identity was revealed on his first chapter, I was giddy with excitement! Leave it to Yancey to stir things up in a major way. :D Smooth talker, this one - and the inappropriateness of it in a post-apocalyptic world was very funny. Heh.
Evan Walker. Even without his link to Cassie, his character would still shine. The shift between morality and mortality, as Cassie perceived him, was so addictive. Every scene that Evan's in was sweet, heartbreaking, I just want to capture each moment. *sigh*
Needless to say, the alien plot was gripping, the villain was hateful, the edge-of-your-seat element was electrifying. Woot!
With obvious strength in characters and decisive story flow, The 5th Wave deserves two thumbs up from an existing Rick Yancey fan like me. More alien conspiracy, please!
P.S. Me thinks this book will still be awesome even without the romance angle....more
Out of all the sequels I read in 2013, Kinslayer is one of the most disappointing.
Sure, the opening (bloody) chapter alone was enoughI like Kinslayer.
Out of all the sequels I read in 2013, Kinslayer is one of the most disappointing.
Sure, the opening (bloody) chapter alone was enough to raise my adrenalin sky-high. Yukiko was relentless in pursuing the war against the Shogun empire. As the story progresses in a more complex level, and characters are more competitive in power, revenge, or love, I am hooked. Buruu and Yukiko have a stronger relationship (more humorous, too). New POVs from secondary characters that are important in the rebelllion’s cause that made the plot more dimensional and concrete.
And yet, I found Kinslayer lacking when I am done with it.
I expected a face-off between Yukiko and Hiro. After that gruesome parting in Stormdancer, I waited with bated breath of what will come out from their next meeting, but nothing happened. I know that Yukiko is better than me, turning away like she did, but, but!
I am not that keen about Yukiko’s connection to Hiro in the end. This twist will further lengthen the drama, I think. Can we just get back to her thinking of a hundred ways of ripping Hiro’s head off his body?
I found out who the kinslayer is, found something that does not hold the thunder tiger, Buruu, into the pedestal. Heh. A lot of insinuations on Buruu’s history, but no confirmation on why he’s keeping that from Yukiko, or why a chance encounter with something from his past will color Yukiko’s opinion of him.
Still, once Buruu & Yukiko returned from their journey, the war that is begging to be unleashed.. began. And what a bloodbath it was!
I could not decide whether to root for Kin, or to wish he’s dead. His POV was the most intense, as the emotions jumbled from Yukiko to the rebels to the unexpected visitor from the Guild. As messed up as he was, I think he’s a favorite character.
Overall, Kinslayer will satisfy any Yukiko and Buruu fan. But this one, no. Not that much. But that doesn’t mean I am not excited for the next book. Still am....more
"You know, for two people with a love eternal, you're awfully insecure," Nikolai said.
I gave this a try. I really did. But nope. Still not working.
How Leigh Bardugo can create an interesting story, yet leave her main characters dismal, dull and altogether annoying, is beyond me.
I just couldn't get past the irate main characters. No matter how intriguing Darkling was, or how amusing Sturmhond was, Alina and Mal will always be the ugly reasons on why I will never, ever be a fan of this series.
I admit that when I picked up Siege and Storm, I steamrolled the pages. By the time I put it down I was already at 28%. Sadly, the momentum of these first few chapters waned, leaving me struggling to finish the book, one chapter a day. I was having a good time then! Darkling showing up so early, the adventure with the sea whip, Sturmhond! But the relief that this might be a good sequel was short lived.
The story was rich, unique even. The religious-zealots element was a plus for me. But freakin' Alina and Mal could not straighten their drama so the plot can get moving! Horrible, horrible characters, Leigh Bardugo. An unlikeable heroine (weak weak weak), and an equally dull love interest to save all of Ravka? Puh-lease.
And Darkling's appearance was just bits and pieces after the sea whip scenes. F*cking unfair.
And Sturmhond (maybe) being another possible leading man just irritates the crap out of me.
Siege & Storm. An intimidating title that did not fit an ineffective, fickle Alina.
(I will not fall again for this kind of ornate trap, Janus! lol)
Here's to giving this series another shot. Maybe it's time to continue my love affair with the Darkling, or with Sturmhond, perhaps? :D...more
It brightens my day if I hear a story of friendship formed in the most simplest of ways: A constant fellow passengeI recommend 84, Charing Cross Road.
It brightens my day if I hear a story of friendship formed in the most simplest of ways: A constant fellow passenger during your way home. An old acquaintance turned closest confidante. 84, Charing Cross Road reminded me of that. With a little heartbreak, of course.
I don't do regrets. I'm a carpe diem woman, if I may. That is why the ending of this book left me shocked, and angry for what was lost :( It got me thinking: Why didn't I take him for his offer to dine out? Why didn't I try my darndest to be number one at school? Why, oh why, didn't I buy that ticket and just hop on that freaking plane?!! That what-if game will be the death of me, I tell you, so I don't play it.
84, Charing Cross Road brings forth two people who love books, leading one thing to another. Then suddenly, friendship knew no bounds, no time. A bit bittersweet, but this book was something to read, even if to cherish those people we've come to know and love. Through common love for books. :)
It dawned on me: When reading, and that while I turn the pages that leads me to the end, there really is no end to the story. When it ends, it just opens to another chapter. Though the story will change, it will continue with its course. I think that is called friendship.
I suddenly miss writing letters in flowery stationery or just plain yellow pad. :(...more
1st half? horrifying yet interesting. 2nd half? f*cking love triangles.
Suffice it to say that the horror part of The Madman's Daughter is intriguing enough to have me looped in Juliet's crazy life. It was pretty intense at the start, with Juliet's desperation and hopelessness, to her unexpected visit to the island, to see if her father is indeed alive. But when the love triangle emerged, the book was a chore to finish.
His father's genius was viewed as madness, but I reveled in his insanity. Who's to say he's really crazy? He might be deluded, true, but he was fluidly intellectual with his work at the island. And how bloody it was! How… mad. I liked that. =)
Juliet did not know who to believe, who to trust in her father's island. Montgomery? Edward? Her father? Can she believe him when he says that he was only protecting her since the day he left her to fend on her own, the way only a good father will do? I tell you, Juliet is going bonkers herself out there. :D
The twist was somehow predictable, but still bewitching when I saw it unfold.
The Madman's Daughter can still be good, I think. So less on the dramatic love triangle, please. It takes the sweet out of the horror, and I want my horror to be … sugary. In blood. Wee!
So... this is the what they've been talking about. The explosive finale that will leaveI highly recommend Shadowfever.
O.o Goodness, WTH did I read?!!!
So... this is the what they've been talking about. The explosive finale that will leave readers wanting, gasping, and aching for more. And I am so happy (and relieved!) that Shadowfever surpassed all my expectations for an urban fantasy novel. Fever series was worth it, from book 1!
(I think I just became Pri-ya for this series.)
For one month, I read all 5 books, and I was plagued with sleepless nights. Forget being a zombie at work, or neglecting my blog. I need to finish, no, devour a Fever book once I lay my hands on it. I simply need it! (Yes, this is me as a raving lunatic.)
Thank you, Karen Marie Moning for providing me the entertainment I wanted from Faery, and very bad boys. :D I take back all the negative things I said about other Fever books. Shadowfever erased all my frustrations, period. That being said, can I take home Jericho Barrons? *winks*
I'm not sure if you'll get a proper review from me for Shadowfever. It left me breathless, to tell you frankly. It was 100% absolute entertainment, for a reader frantic for the truth about Mac, Barrons, V'lane, the Unseelie King, and that monster book.
All those doubts you have when you started Darkfever? And all those freaking rants you are holding back at the end of Dreamfever, making you think that this will blow up pretty badly in the finale?
Believe me, Karen Marie Moning have the answers (amazing ones) in Shadowfever. So, so much more than a Fever fanatic can ever hoped for, and that's what you'll get.
Shadowfever is one f*cking outstanding finale. The reveal for each character is a mindf*ck. Don't ask anymore, just read it. And feel the fever that is Mac and Barrons. Wohoo!...more
This is totally unexpected, but very entertaining! A few tears in the end. Wendy Higgins did good. :D
Sweet and gorgeous Kaidan Rowe. Strong and bold Anna Whitt. Fans of The Sweet Trilogy will not be disappointed! Obviously, that includes me. I would reread this series just for the romance alone, but the angel theme was not as flimsy as I thought (because you and I know there are few good angel books out there).
Anna is no longer the shy southern belle that Kaidan met in Sweet Evil. Family comes first, and I liked that the importance of that is heavy on this final book. It frustrates Anna that she cannot show affection to Patti, Jay, and Kai because demon whisperers might see them. It frustrates her even more that the love that was making her courageous is threatening to kill them all once found. Anna upped her game as a Neph, and it was nice and neat and hopeful. :)
Kaidan was another story. He was the source of everything that I raved about this book. He made my reading super enjoyable! He's so cute with his relationship with Anna. A different side from the Son of Pharzuph, Duke of Lust. A side that only made him hot, hot, HOTTER in my eyes! Man, what I wouldn't give to be in Anna's place. That lucky daughter of Belial. :)
So, when the sh*t went down, it went quickly, but that's fine. I mean, it is good versus evil, why drag it longer than it should? The casualties of war between the Dukes and the Nephilim are few, but I was heartbroken with one death. And another inevitable one at the epilogue. :( I'm so sorry, Jay.
I adore Belial, such a cool and doting father. And Blake was just amazingly funny!
Sweet Reckoning checklist: Romance. Sexy Scenes. Ending on a happy note. Check check check....more
So there was a time when Naji was so handsome that women almost forget that he is a member of the Order, and then somethinI like The Witch's Betrayal.
So there was a time when Naji was so handsome that women almost forget that he is a member of the Order, and then something happens. Something unnatural, that not even Naji found it difficult to fight.
I am curious of what happened between him and Leila. It was obscured here, only small hints here and there.
And why is Naji afraid of his mentor and boss??? That was really intriguing. Now I want to know how he was brought up by the Order. :D...more
I expected this to be in par with Karen Marie Moning's Fever series... but, no. I'm 100% sure even Pink Mac can whip McKenzie's ass in a flash.
Kyol - I like. Aren - I really like. (McKenzie - dumbass.)
The cover is very misleading, I kid you not. She is not a sword-wielding chick! What a disappointment. The Shadow Reader is my typical UF - human caught up in a world she doesn't want to be in. Poor McKenzie. Although that did not stop her from nurturing an unrequited love towards Kyol.
Should I change my rating to a 2?... Because McKenzie is a not as developed as a character I thought she would be. A string of bad, bad decisions seemed to be her specialty. Ding ding! I cannot help rolling my eyes, and smirking about her idiotic thoughts that led to her idiotic decisions.
Kyol reminded me of Chaol of Throne of Glass, only because they are both captains and seemed to take their jobs very seriously. Aren, I like... until he became this obnoxious guy because of his supposed "claim" for McKenzie. Really man, I'd go for Team Kyol, if you will always this immature.
The constant itch I had while I'm reading The Shadow Reader is that Fae are too human in behavior. Vindictive, yes. Selfish, yes. And yet, if I try to compare Fae here to Fae in the Iron Fey series, the former lot are so inferior. Fae are more wicked and more wicked in Julie Kagawa's books, and that's YA.
If ever the next installment shifts to Kyol, I'm going to curse someone to be stuck in the In-Between....more
Pffft. What a BS ending. I apologize Mina V. Esguerra. I love most of your books, but this finale, how it turned out? Just plain BS to me.
I was cheated. The twist on "soulmates" and "forever" was f*cking patronizing. Hannah was nothing but an opportunistic witch (b*tch?). After telling Guy #1 that she wants to pursue a relationship with Guy #2 at the moment, she asks Guy #1 to confirm if he loves her...?!!! Really? Really?!! A major WTF moment, I tell you.
I was so pissed. I was rooting for Hannah to be with the one she loves in the this final book, and what do I get? That terrible twist! That freaking promise of "forever"! (Hannah: But let me go out with this guy because I want to find out what its like. And since we are still going to end up in the long run, can you please give me a chance to play the field first?)! I. Don't. Buy. It.
And Quin. I was disappointed with him. He waited all those year, centuries even, for his true love to wake up, and when she did, and she chose another guy, he's alright with that. *deadpans* Where's your balls, man? Your godly arrogance? I found it utterly ridiculous for a guy to let the love of his life go jumping the boat with another guy... So in the end, I am for Diego already. This guy knows what he wants, and he fights for it.
*big sigh* I am a hopeless romantic. I do. And love stories across lifetimes is a sure hit for me. Unfortunately, it did not work this time, with this book.
Is it wrong that I am rooting for Amazing Amy? Dear me, I enjoyed the craziness of this book!
Ben Affleck (a.k.a Nick Dunne in thI recommend Gone Girl.
Is it wrong that I am rooting for Amazing Amy? Dear me, I enjoyed the craziness of this book!
Ben Affleck (a.k.a Nick Dunne in the upcoming movie) is going to get his ass kicked.
First half of the book and I am already condemning the husband, Nick, to hell. You would, too. But it was too early to have done that. Waaay too early. :D
I don't like Nick. With his incessant testament that he loves his wife Amy while having furtive glances on his phone, I thought that he is a class-A douche. And when his secrets are revealed one after another, goodness I was electrified with triumph that I should really hate this guy.
The second half of the book turned the story upside down, and how I loved it! The intentional wickedness behind the diary entries was too much glee, I was exhilirating with delight on the freaking twist of events. Oh, Amy. I envy your brilliant mind. Let's be friends, yes? *winks*
I get that some of my Goodreads friends abhorred Gone Girl. Maybe on a different reading mood, on an alternate time, I would, too. But the desperation from Nick and Amy that borders to insanity was too hard to resist. Thriller and Mystery/Suspense readers will thrive on the nasty environment that Gillian Flynn has created.
And the much talked about ending… let me tell you that while I absorb the subtle, brutal reality of it, my reaction went from being incredulous to shocked to wonder to being impressed. I remembered the slow, slow smile that began to spread on my face while experiencing those emotions. It was such a mindf*ck, I tell you.
They say that readers are split about that ending.
Well... I am married, and I was not personally offended by Gillian Flynn's story. I did not feel violated by the emotional blackmail mercilessly thrown back and forth between Nick and Amy, or by the atrocious acts they did to themselves and to each other. My thought is: why be bothered by it? It was not written to degrade.
And I was entertained. Didn't you?
Ha! Enough of the debate whether Gone Girl is insulting or not. It is amazing, just ask Amazing Amy. :)...more
Paper clips should not be bought, among other things, according to Libby Day (and I love this about her). This kind of quirky thinking only solidify her already hardened character, that can only come from Gillian Flynn!
Add to that, Libby likes to lift things. As mundane as salt & pepper shakers, paperweight. Curious and curiouser, right? The complexity of her personality was amusing to discover. Libby is not likeable as a person, mind you. But she draws me in, with these little knacks that surfaced when reading her POV.
I daydream about dying.
Patty Day has very disturbing thoughts for a mother. Can you see it?! That line alone was so fucked up to think of, when you wake up and start your day, to take care of your four kids (and you can barely get by). Patty's chapters are the most compelling, it drove me insane! (Could I think like her, if I were in her shoes? That is what I thought while I read her POVs.)
Ben Day's state of mind is disturbing, too dark for a fifteen-year-old. Annihilation. The first time that word burst from his mind, I got goosebumps.. it made me ecstatic! Right then and there, I knew it's going to be a horrifying read for me. I have no love for Ben though. The bastard was spineless and a cowardly schmuck. Libby on her bad days has bigger balls than him.
When that fateful day (the Days were killed) was finally recounted, the tone of the novel went to downright nasty. It was difficult not to get emotionally attached to Patty =( My insides were in turmoil, but at the same time, I was so keyed up, excited to know who the killer was...
I love Gone Girl, so naturally I would try another Gillian Flynn novel. Sharp Objects is just as gripping, me reading it overnight is a solid proof of that. I admit I expected something more, but It is a well researched psychological thriller IMO.
There is always something creepy about small towns (take Cryer's Cross, for instance). Camille Preaker wanted nothing to do with hers anymore. But the pull of unsolved crimes is too intriguing for an upcoming reporter like her. Going back to her family's Victorian mansion to stay while she research the story, Camille found herself plunged to her childhood nightmare, all over again. (Sweet.)
300+ pages is nothing to me, if Gillian Flynn wrote it! She painted Camille's horrid past vividly, leaving me to believe a non-existent future is in store for her MC. I understood now that there will never be a happy ending for her characters. And I am fine with that. :D
I was a little miffed with the incompetence of the local police over forensic evidence. Hello, Detective Willis, that's you.
When the truth came out in the open, I thought Camille's story is finished. Silly me, because the twist is still around the corner, begging to be released. I expected that after a few chapters, thought I was wrong, but it turned out I was right in the end! *pats self on the back*
It's a good thing I am introduced to gems like these, once in a while. If only to help pass the time while riding a bus. Or fill up the loss of having left Illium the Kindle at home. Heh.
The stories depict ordinary lives of ordinary people. The uniqueness of this book being special lies at the tone of Carver's writing, at the mood evoked from me through the exchange of emotions. But the stories did not linger with me, not that much. Well okay, the only vivid memory I had is about The Bath. The rest? Fragments in minute proportions.
Perhaps my unfamiliarity with reading short stories are to blame for my dissatisfaction. The ability to construct the story without the obvious storytelling was abnormally absent when I was reading this. :( Because Carver's talent is in the "reading between the lines". At least I got that, yeah? =) Carver's writing initially appeared simple, but upon closer inspection on his stories, he tells a lot more.
I wish I could retain more of what occurred in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, because I believe it is something special. Only I missed it.
The stunning cover of These Broken Stars more than reflects the fantastic story it holds - it blatantly sums it up!
This is Love at First Sight Gone Wrong. Ha! (Sorry, Tarver.)
It is easier to judge Lilac with her heiress status, or Tarver with his rigid military training. The interaction between the two started from cute to hostile to disdain. More than once did these two dance around the mistrust of being with the only person in the planet. That annoyed me during the first half, but I think it was setup that way so that I'll feel the feels more than I should when things get very creepy. :D
So there they are, in some unknown planet, forced to be civilized with each other because really now, what does Lilac know about survival? And what does Tarver know about abandoned stations in a terraformed planet?
Surprisingly, Lilac is not dumb for a socialite. She reminds me of Tori from Quicksilver. And Tarver, what can I say? If ever I get stuck with no food to eat, or no shelter to salvage, let me be stuck with him. Pretty please? *bats eyelashes*
You might mistake this as a romance disguised as a science fiction. The swoon (and there are lots of them!) is a major plus to a horrifying story about a sick ambition of the most powerful man in the universe, across hyperspace and other dimensions. It was cruel, but kindness was shown to the end. And Lilac and Tarver will never be the same again.
These Broken Stars: the title alone is poetic enough. Haunting yet beautiful, Lilac and Tarver's story will make you feel strengthened, hopeful, loved.
Did I mention there are scary scavenging scenes in a corpse-filled crashed spaceship? *wiggles eyebrows*
Thank you Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for granting my galley request.
Fact: The book is funnier than the movie. The movie is more romantic than the book.
Either way, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is guaranteed 100% entertainment for those who can bravely walk down memory lane and stare your own awkward adolescent stage in the face. :)
I could not remember a funnier girl than Georgia.. ooh, wait. I remember the girl from Deadly Cool. Anyway, Georgia is one scheming, manipulative, little.. princess. Ha! She's fifteen, and she wants everything. When he spotted the hottest guy in school, Robbie, she thought it was meant to be. Eyes twinkling, gears in her mind turning - Georgia formulates the craziest ways to snag the guy. What usually follows is a series of (mostly no) hits and misses that has Georgia ending up like a drug-induced maniac. :D
Man, Georgia got me laughing, and some more. Those moments you don't want to get caught in, when you want a guy to notice you (for the right reason)? Georgia is almost always in it! Sometimes I pity the girl, as she get embarrassing more often than not. But I like that she goes for what she wants, no matter how crazy her ideas are. Attagirl!
She can be mean as well, maybe self-centered too. But I understand how prone she is to those, for her age. Kinda like a rite of passage to adulthood, yes?
The only thing that irked me is her treatment of her parents. Georgia was such a brat in some scenes, to the point of being rude.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is a quirky and enjoyable read. I wasn't giving this book much thought when I browse the Printz Awards list. But I was grateful to have found a secondhand copy of it, so I had the chance to laugh at Georgia (sorry, it cannot be helped!). =P...more
... So I must have read or watched too many crime stories already, because this was just okay for me. But consideriI like Smaller and Smaller Circles.
... So I must have read or watched too many crime stories already, because this was just okay for me. But considering that a Filipino author penned Smaller and Smaller Circles, I will admit it was a little impressive.
Two Jesuit priests are being consulted over a series of murders in the slums of Manila. They do have credentials as consultants, I think the background is anthropology..? Anyway, the victims are boys within the cusp of puberty. As soon as they went missing, it won't be long before they found the grisly, mutilated bodies lying blatantly in the slums.
It's a short read, and I liked that I did not feel shortchanged with the story. I liked the gore, on how the killer went on his ritual with his victims. I liked the back story too, on how the priests were able to profile the killer. I guess it did not just struck me as unique or inventive. Like I said, I was already too immersed with Dexter, Criminal Minds, and CSI to really enjoy the novelty of Smaller and Smaller Circles.
I might still recommend it, but if you are a hard-core fan of bloody murders, psychotic killers, and insane killing rituals like me, this will be just an ordinary "murder scene investigation"....more
...Not surprising in many ways, but still gory fun. :D
My good friend Janus tells me that she found The Eternity Cure too slow for her liking. I didn't. It was relatively easy for me to finish this sequel. Simply put, Julie Kagawa's vampire series is bloodier, more menacing, and unmistakingly lethal than ever.
Allison is stronger now, because she knew that in order to save her sire from his worst nightmare (hers, too), she needs to be in her top form. She doesn't want to think about what (and who) she left in New Eden. Or her inevitable face-off with her blood brother. Or the monster that's waiting for her when she finds Kanin.
The predictability of certain twists was a bit sore for me, but the bloody gore made up for it. Allison was a "better" vampire, if you can call her that. I think that being a vampire made her more human than when she was a Fringer.
I really, reallyZeke here. He's struggling with Jeb's teachings clashing with his feelings for Allie. His emotions were blatantly displayed all throughout the book, and yet this made him more compact both as a soldier and as a human.
Jackal was very magnetic. He made the gloomy situations light, even laughable at times. But I still think he's dangerous. So here's another one to add in my collection of bad villains that I really love. :D
The Eternity Cure is an impressive sequel. It made me think that even if I haven't read the Iron Fey series, with Blood of Eden series alone I would still be a Julie Kagawa fan.
Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request....more
1st half - I was in a constant state of swoon 2nd half - I went through the five stages of grief (and no don't ask me to enumerate it) and was so, so angry with Celaena.
Celaena is more intense, more determined to seek her freedom. By doing so, she dodged her past again and again until she could not outrun it anymore. Until she could deny it no longer. I love Celaena from Throne of Glass, and all through the first half of Crown of Midnight. After that? I want to slice off her head and just be done with Adarlan's assassin.
How poorly she treated Chaol...! I could not f*cking believe it. He is her friend, correct? So what is with the jumping of conclusions?!! Blaming the Captain for that death, after he was subjected to a horrific ordeal?!! Extremely mourning as if her lover died?!!! *shouting* He saved your life more than once, you idiot! Whatever happened to asking him about his side of the story, huh? Gah, Celaena's character dwindled to a f*cking imbecile level.
Dorian - how I admire this prince. Every action and thought, it was done well, and done right, and at the right time. He matured, and in this sense that Dorian proved he is more than a puppet heir to the throne. And what an interesting twist he had in this sequel! I am thoroughly intrigued.
She deserved a loyal, brave knight who saw her for what she was and did not fear her. And he deserved someone that would look at him like that, even if the love wouldn't be the same, even if the girl wouldn't be her.
Chaol Westfall is the man. *whispers* I am so in love with you, Captain. Ahem. I wished it was different, how his story turned out, because my heart broke a thousand times as I devoured the second half of the book. Broke, broke my heart. =( The only consolation is that, his valiant character was repeatedly revealed. Now I know that I truly made the right choice in picking him for Celaena. Team Chaol FTW! (More POVs of him, please.)
As if being high fantasy is not enough, the different race where magic came from was further developed. I think it was too much, throwing that element in, but I did enjoy this sequel so...
There had never been any line between them, only his own stupid fear and pride. Because from the moment he'd pulled her out of that mine in Endovier and she had set those eyes upon him, still fierce despite a year in hell, he'd been walking toward this, walking to her.
Crown of Midnight frustrated me in the end. The high I experienced in the first half was too good to be true.. and it was.
Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury UK for granting my galley request....more
My biggest disappointment is the Raven King. All those talks about John Uskglass made him the characterI recommend Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell.
My biggest disappointment is the Raven King. All those talks about John Uskglass made him the character to anticipate in the last part. And then… nothing. What is frustration. But Susanna Clarke has other plans (on how Strange & Norell worked their differences), so the ending still went well for my taste.
Am I a Norrellite or Strangite? Neither.
Norrell is flaky for his age, his servant Childermass is more interesting than him. Strange is too ambitious for his own sake. It's sad that Strange lost the most important thing without him even knowing it, but when he did, it was too late.
It's funny, that when JS&MN started to bore me, those short (and often long) footnotes snags my attention. The side stories there are riveting and very, very imaginative. These parts are enough to make me go back and resume my reading.
Parts II and III are fun, especially when Strange starts to take interest on the faery roads (my favourite part). Everything faery here is fascinating, the tales so unreal and a bit scary for those beings we considered all cute and dusty with faery sprinkles. The Kingdom of Lost-Hope is enough to make me cringe with nervousness.
I would not have read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell if not for the buddy read that I joined. It's thick, and thicker every time I put it down (it's so heavy), because I honestly thought I won't be able to finish it!
Patience, lots of it. It is the key to enjoying and finishing this brick fantasy. But I believe when you get to the part where Strange is using his learned magic to win a war (and later, to win back his life), you will get hooked. That's what happened to me.
Last piece of advice, then: Good Luck! *grins*...more
When I started reading The History of Love, I was laughing. I was humored by Leo's eccentricities. A few minutes later, I was quiet. I was gently wishing for the tears to go away. I must me mad, I thought. And it happened many times as my reading progressed. Smiling here, being bitter there. It was unimaginably heartbreaking.
There are two types of people in the world: those who prefer to be sad among others, and those who prefer to be sad alone.
Leo Gursky was a lonely man, his only friend Bruno's existence was even questionable in his life. In his old age, he wants to be seen, because he doesn't want to die alone. So he create scenes: in the coffee shop, in the streets. This old man's greatest fear was to leave this world with someone not knowing. Or someone he loved not knowing.
Nothing makes me happier, and nothing makes me sadder... than you.
Leo's life was hard. I was wary when I stifle a laugh while reading his POV, because I know I will have my heart broken soon after that. Loving someone was powerful. But loving someone even after hope is lost? It was magnificent. And Leo managed to thrive because of it.
Alma's POV was like a mirror to Leo's. Here's a girl who only wants for her mother to not be sad. While in search for her namesake, she found something worthwhile for her own. And the scene at the park where she met the author of The History of Love? It rendered me speechless. I was trying so hard to not cry. Oh, the triumph they both felt...!
Loneliness: there is no organ that can take it all.
I found The History of Love profound in many forms. But it's take on the simplicity of love made me adore it so much. I thought I was brave when it comes to love. But Leo was braver. To literally have loved and lost, Leo gave me hope that even the saddest endings have the happiest memories.
I was introduced to Tom Leveen's work in Zero. I liked how realistic his depiction of teen life is, and in the same manner, that's how it went for me in Manicpixiedreamgirl.
After years of watching Becky from afar, Tyler hasn't shake off the feelings he have for that girl. Sure, they became friends, but is that all he can be? Tyler wonders if he can pursue the girl at last, while he was still experiencing the high of having his work published.
First off, Tyler's treatment of Sydney is sucky. I get that Ty's not the most upfront and aggressive among the guys, but dude, just tell her you don't feel the same way. Ty is so typical, he thinks he's just lucky that he's still scoring with a girl, even if it's not the girl. O_o *sticks tongue out*
But I think Tyler is as real as it gets, and that's fine. I pity the guy sometimes. At least he has the gut to admit his mistakes, and own up to a broken heart. =( I love Robby! What a funny guy, and he has his moments - and I really, really like those.
It was an open-ended ending, not usually my cup of tea, but it worked for me. Mildly heartbreaking, but pain is pain nonetheless.
(A copy was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Tom Leveen!)
School Spirits is a far cry from the funny element of Hex Hall series that made me love the latter so much. I think thisI didn't like School Spirits.
School Spirits is a far cry from the funny element of Hex Hall series that made me love the latter so much. I think this book has little to offer to Sophie-Archer fans like me out there. It was boring.
The story felt juvenile for a spinoff. Izzy was hard to connect with, I dunno why. Dex... he didn't gave off that crush-worthy material vibe that I got from Archer and Cal. He was just this (sometimes) funny guy.
I felt cheated, that's what. I was expecting more, and all the time I was reading, I was thinking: did Rachel Hawkins really write this? Because it felt shallow, plain, and downright mediocre.
Thank goodness this was a short read, otherwise it will be a torture to finish School Spirits. I love ghost stories, but Izzy's case was so flat, there was little suspense that I can work with.
Thank you Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for granting my galley request....more
I think this is the one of the rare times that I would like my book to have less romance. Because the terminator theme was great. Wren wI like Reboot.
I think this is the one of the rare times that I would like my book to have less romance. Because the terminator theme was great. Wren was such a bad-*ss... until she started getting confused because of Callum. Still Reboot is still worth reading because you gotta love the fighting scenes!
I liked the fact that Wren admitted that she kind of enjoyed killing people (or adult Reboots) for HARC. Because she was trained to do so, and she was really good at it. When she started to grow a conscience because of Callum's insistent questions on morality, she began to wonder whether taking orders from HARC is really the right thing to do for a Reboot like her.
Fantastic storyline I tell you, but the ultra sappiness of Callum towards Wren just didn't work for me. Not to mention that the ending left me wanting more violence, or even bad luck for them. Why? Because I thought the situation was too easy to get out of in the end. (Or maybe I'm just nitpicking, whatever.)
Well, I will pick up the sequel that's for sure. I hope Wren will still be the same bad-*ss Number One Seventy Eight, and not some unmoving and helpless Reboot who freezes in the middle of a fight when Twenty Two is not even trained in combat.
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins/HarperTeen for granting my galley request....more