Well, this one was quite a surprise. The tone was more "fairy tale-ish", the set of characters a mix of people and animals....moreI like The Too-Clever Fox.
Well, this one was quite a surprise. The tone was more "fairy tale-ish", the set of characters a mix of people and animals. Of course, the fox was a standout in its character. The story oozing with richness, it actually made me think of Aesop's fables. Huh.
Moral of this story: Even the cleverest can be outwitted, it is just a matter of timing.(less)
Poor Marina. Now, I am interested on her POV in the next book.
This series is very easy to read. But now I realized that it can be contained in just 3 books. The Fall of Five's good stuff started on Chapter 31 (it has 37 in total). Instead of training to death in preparation for the war against the Mogadorians, Four is cuddling with Sarah (why the heck would I be interested in that?!), Four is awkward towards Six, Four just do not know what to do.
Spare me the drama, Pittacus Lore. Who cares about teenage alien/human flirtation? I need some action, so give me a battle of a lifetime between Loric and Mogs!
Good thing that besides Four's POV, there is also Sam's and Marina's. And Adam's character is kind of intriguing.
One measly training session. One (almost) entertaining Capture the Flag game. The rest is just flirting, bantering, bickering. When the ultimate unexpected happened, the Garde are just about as screwed as they were in The Rise of Nine. (If only they trained on how to work together, their powers complimenting each other, then they would have never fell for that trap. They would've defeated that pudgy enemy in a flash. Duh.)
Is The Revenge of Seven the final book? I hope so. Because I'm starting to wonder why I am still reading this series. It's beginning to look like I am wasting my time.(less)
After closing my copy, I hugged it tight. I had stars in my eyes, the biggest smile in my mouth. My husband stare...moreI highly recommend The Crimson Crown.
After closing my copy, I hugged it tight. I had stars in my eyes, the biggest smile in my mouth. My husband stared at me, asking, "What is wrong with you?" and I just murmured (without looking at him) that the ending of The Crimson Crown was sooo beautiful...! Of course, he doesn't know what I'm saying. I kept on smiling. What a fantastic way to conclude one of the best fantasy series in YA!
I would not have it any other way. :) There are little questions in my head, but I didn't mind them much. I am delighted with how everything fell into place, whether for better or for worse. I am utterly delighted!
The strength of the Seven Realms series lies in the tremendous amount of development that Cinda Williams Chima put into her characters. Han and Raisa were spectacular, but unbridled praise must also be given to Fire Dancer, Night Bird, even Micah Bayar! There is no good or bad, just the resolve to prove something or someone that they are worthy - of respect, service, and love. Woot!
The maturity of Raisa as a queen, and as Han's partner was incredible. She's out to get what she wants. She thereby complimented Han's determination to be the best person he can be. After The Gray Wolf Throne, Han now lives with conviction. He's no longer a thief, he said. He's resolute to make things work between him and Raisa, stands up to the challenge, just for the slimmest chance that they can be together. *happy sigh* Han was magnificent! He still have trust issues, and I loved that this is consistent with his character. He struggled with his secrets, and sharing them to people he cared the most.
Dancer's transformation was amazing! He was the epitome of the hope between jinxflingers and copperheads. And Night Bird was a pretty surprise. I did not like her in previous books, but now? Wow. Lord Bayar's fate was unsatisfying, but neatly done. Averill Lightfoot and Elena Cennestre are two of my least favorite characters. Such sneaky and insensitive Demonai warriors!
More than the superb plot, these character developments drove The Crimson Crown to the top of my favorites list. Han, Han, Han. I don't think I will ever forget you. Swoon!!!
And that Epilogue? Oh my goodness! So uplifting, and sweet, and undoubtedly kind. =)
Similar to Lumatere Chronicles of Melina Marchetta and The Queen's Thief series of Megan Whalen Turner in terms of epic love stories and intriguing politics, Seven Realms series is a must read for every fantasy lover. So Read. It. Now!(less)
This finale was such a letdown, as I loved the first two books.
The first time I picked up The Forever Song to read, I put it down upon reaching Chapter 4. It would be weeks before I dared to continue. It was soo boring. And flat. Did I already mention boring? Julie Kagawa's storytelling might be growing out on me.
Allison was repetitive. Always with the hunger, the snarling, the promise of revenge against Sarren (but when the showdown was revealed, how pitiful Allie was). It was a never-ending lament on how she will destroy the lunatic vampire, and constant bickering with Jackal in-between. It really took forever to get the story into shape!
And there's a lot of walking going on. Gah.
I asked myself: Am I getting used to JKagawa writing already? Because I found The Forever Song to be very predictable.
Zeke is still an emo boy. How come I cannot connect with him? There was no swoon factor. Kanin is the ever-efficient killing vampire, Allie is almost always fangirling about her Master. And Jackal missing the best fight of his existence? Oh, come on! Not fair! :(
I cannot stop reading Half Bad. Brutal, hateful, but (that ending was) hopeful. Really good stuff.
The POV in Part I was very interesting. Using "you" instead of "I", it made my reading experience unpleasantly real. It's as if I was the one losing a hand because of some nasty acid, instead of Nathan. =) I easily adopted to Sally Green's cruel, magical world. A little subdued on the "magic" element, but it still worked for me.
Amidst persecution from the White Witches, Nathan persevered to live day by day. With the help of his brother Arran (I want a devoted sibling like him!), his sister Deborah, and his Gran, the Council's oppression for a wild card like him was a bit bearable. When Nathan's birthday draws near, and he awaits the Three Gifts that his bloodline will bestow upon him, the noose held by the Council grows tighter. Should he bear the unreasonable suffering, or should he run for his life?
I love, love Half Bad. It's so simple - you're different, so they fear you. But they will bully you into submission to disguise their fear into strength. But we all know that even good witches need to lose some damn steam.. like Nathan. :D Sally Green knows how to rile me up. I hated Kieran. I loathed Nathan's sister, Jessica. I did not think of Mercury as a threat, though. Celia was a surprise, but a good one. And high five to Rose!
The value of a family and the strength that comes from its members are encouraged in this book. Nathan never gave up hoping that his father wants him as a child, and for an orphan like him, it's all he has.
The ending was good enough, the meeting between two characters in the midst of the battle was so cool, and so heartwarming!
*whispers* I haven't read an absorbing magic-themed book like Half Bad in a while. The thrill of it!
P.S. Team Gabriel, anyone? :D
(Attention to Jessica, Kieran, Hunters, Members of the Council... here's me making a gesture of slashing your throats.)(less)
“Her heart,” I said. “Which is too bad. You see… that’s mine, and it always will be. Odd as it might seem, she’d rather have me broken than you whole."
I've always thought that Fade's character is transparent enough, that there is no need to include his POV. Fade wears his heart on his sleeve, so when the hurt was too painful, the despair too raw, he pulled away from Deuce.
Furthermore, it's a good thing that Fade's POV is just an e-novella. I only need a taste for what's inside his head, his heart. And I was delighted with what I got.
Obviously, he's still in love with Deuce. But how was it for him to ache for her touch and yet recoil at the thought of her touching him? It was... a losing battle each day. And it doesn't favor the Huntress.(less)