Let me start by saying that Vortex is by no means perfect. It has a lot of typos, it's a little repetitive of Insignia, and a little predictable too....moreLet me start by saying that Vortex is by no means perfect. It has a lot of typos, it's a little repetitive of Insignia, and a little predictable too. Sometimes the dialogue isn't very realistic... BUT it somehow manages to be all that and still be incredibly entertaining. Tom's development is fantastic; you really get to see how he learns from every situation he is in and how it changes him little by little, until, by the end of the book, he is far from the stupidly reckless 14 year old we see in Insignia and most of this book. Basically, the second half is well worth reading through the mildly entertaining and somewhat slow pace of the first one. Now, I have to wait until the end of October to read the next book. *shoots self*(less)
Actual rating: 3.7 (yes, I'm being particular about it).
Seraphina is my first dragon book. I admit I was sceptical, but it proved me wrong. The world...moreActual rating: 3.7 (yes, I'm being particular about it).
Seraphina is my first dragon book. I admit I was sceptical, but it proved me wrong. The world building is highly detailed (to the point where it gets confusing) and the dragons are pretty cool; I mean, they have a human form, can control their feelings, think with utmost rationality AND THEY HAVE SILVER BLOOD! It doesn't get any cooler than silver blood.
There a few things I questioned, but that's common when reading the first book in any series, and I suspect all my questions will be answered in latter books.
Hartman writes in a very sophisticated manner. Not a page goes by where I understood all the words. Some were made up, too, so there was a helpful glossary in the back of the book. It would have been even more helpful if I'd known about it before I finished the book. It, along with the character guide, cleared up some confusions.
The plot holds itself very well and is interesting, but the convenience of it annoyed me. On multiple occasions, the chapter ends very climactically, but the next chapter reveals there was nothing to be worried about; they managed to save the day on the last second, after all. Few actually bad things and mess-ups happen, until the final action scene, which is not the most can't-sit-still-they're-going-to-die scene, but still with far more action than the rest of the book. Also, the pacing is quite slow in the beginning but picks up afterwards.
Speaking of slow, the second book is to be published in 2014! WHAT... HOW?!
Seraphina was published last year. I really, really hope Hartman isn't one of those authors that have inconsistent publishing dates. My heart can't take anymore suspended amazing characters.(less)
Finally done with this. Neil Gaiman writes like a magician. His writing is absolutely amazing. The plot itself, though, was of no interest to me, althou...moreFinally done with this. Neil Gaiman writes like a magician. His writing is absolutely amazing. The plot itself, though, was of no interest to me, although I suspect if I were a deeper person, I'd be able to find many amazing metaphors and analyse them, proving that Gaiman is the genius he is claimed to be.(less)
Froi of the Exiles had the different POVs that Finnikin of the Rock had. This was something I liked, because although the story is...moreActual rating: 3.5.
Froi of the Exiles had the different POVs that Finnikin of the Rock had. This was something I liked, because although the story is mainly focused on Froi, I could still get an insight on the thoughts of other characters I liked from the previous book.
The sequel takes place three years after FotR, and you can really tell the difference in Froi's voice, which is now more mature and thought-out.
Froi is actually a really good character. He'd developed really well in the first book and his development continues in this one. Also, he reminded me of Todd Hewitt (my all-time favourite character) in his complexity and hunger for redemption.
A drawback of Froi of the Exiles is that it's kind of slow-paced, which can probably be attributed to its length. Also, as with Finnikin of the Rock, there were parts of the story that simply weren't to my liking.
I think the only reason I'm reading the next book is because of Froi.(less)
Actual rating: 3.8 stars. I don't write a lot of reviews, but I have a final in about 4 hours, so OF COURSE I'M WRITING A REVIEW.
Well, not a review ex...moreActual rating: 3.8 stars. I don't write a lot of reviews, but I have a final in about 4 hours, so OF COURSE I'M WRITING A REVIEW.
Well, not a review exactly, but I'll sum things up for you:
Things I liked about this book: - fast-paced - the characters - the character development - the different POVs - the way Marchetta takes you through the characters emotions so well, that you feel them almost as strongly as they do.
I can't think of anything particularly wrong with the book or the writing style. There were just parts of the story that I had no taste for. Also, I feel like Marchetta didn't give some of the character reunions the attention they deserve. Otherwise, it's a great book.(less)
Before I reached the last chapter, I was planning to give The Traitors three stars for the story as a whole and a fourth one for originality and unpre...moreBefore I reached the last chapter, I was planning to give The Traitors three stars for the story as a whole and a fourth one for originality and unpredictability (my God, all the times Becker made me gasp!). The last chapter, though, takes unpredictability to a whole new level. And not in a good way. Two words: terrible ending.
And while we're at it, the characters could have used a lot more depth. Oh, and SO MANY things didn't make sense, add up, and/or weren't explained. AND THERE ISN'T EVEN A SEQUEL!
However, I must confess I couldn't help liking Adam, the main character, despite his unrealistic naiveté and his tendency to carry out dangerous favours for people he barely knows with nothing to gain out of them (except perhaps moral satisfaction? [But what good is that if he's dead?!]).
I also loved the idea of the Dial: that traitors, of any kind and degree, are shipped off to a prison (the Dial) located in "no-time", where they serve a sentence of a few hundred years to teach them a lesson in loyalty. "No-time" is a place in which several hundred years are only about a week or so by Earth measures, so the traitors aren't severely missed, but are still harshly punished.
Frankly, I loved the idea so much, I was willing to overlook the 2D characters and the unexplained stuff, but I just can't get over the ending. It was the last straw.