"Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars..."
Every time I start reading some book I expect that I'll step into a fairy tale under a cu"Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars..."
Every time I start reading some book I expect that I'll step into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars. That means you'll forget about world around while you're reading it, you'll enter into a world full of magic. Now I guess you all expect me to say that this book is like that! Well, to be honest I'm not sure. I expected that when I entered in Le Cirque des Rêves. I'll quote the author of the book, where is that perfectly described: "You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream." This book is really good. Different from the others, full of interesting characters and when you read some book you almost always have some boring parts, when nothing happens. This book is not like that. It follows two different stories, on one side you have Celia and Marco and on another Bailey and Poppet. Book is full of events, full of stories. At some point I wondered why writer didn't separate those stories and wrote two completely different books, at the end I realized why. I wasn't (and still I'm not) sure how to rate this book. I'll give it a 5 stars, but I know that many people won't like it. So if you don't like it, don't blame me. I'm still a child who wants to believe in magic. ...more
Yeah right, i'm just wondering, if that one who said that, had eyI can not wait for Pure any more!!!!
"Don't judge a book by it's cover"
Yeah right, i'm just wondering, if that one who said that, had eyes at all?
Thank you Jennifer, really thank you, because the cover is not the only thing that I love. Gosh, I don't think that anybody understand how much I love books that leave me breathless. I could cry, smile and do whatever you want after reading such a book. I don't know where to start my review, okay, let's start with characters, sure Jennifer know how to crate awesome characters, I'll write about few. - Alex - Female characters are mostly the bad part of the book, but Alex is not one of them. Yes, she is stubborn, sometimes she is wrong, but hell this girl really knows how to do thing on her own. *hands down* for Alex. - Aiden - Huhh...man he is one of those characters, that while you're reading some page, you're eyes randomly searching if there is his name. If there is his name you'll have big smile on your face, I guarantee that! - Caleb - He is the one that made me laugh out loud, really funny, and refreshing character. - Seth - I don't know what to say about Seth, I didn't like him at the beginning, but after all that happen I somehow like him. I'm not sure, maybe after second book I'll decide. I won't say anything about the story because you'll understand everything after you start reading it, you won't be able to stop. It's hard to believe that now I have to wait till the April!...more
I started reading this book slowly, so I could enjoy in it longer. But today I started reading it and I totally lost myself in it. Before I could stop myself I finished this book and 3 hours just passed like that. I feel like I woke up from a dream.
At the beginning of the book it reminded me of Narnia and then I thought it has some connections with The Lord of the Rigs, and also I could see some stuff I saw in books for kids or somewhere when I was little. At some point I stopped thinking about that and then I realized that this book has it own story. Everything fits in its place.
Here you'll find some new species like Isen, yakona and the Blood, but your attention will be on two people (well technically one of them is Blood) Kara and Braeden. So basically this book has three main things that I like in books: fantasy, magic and romance. But not that romance that they're dying for each other and that they can't live without each other and bla bla bla. Here you'll be fascinated with Ourea and its Kingdoms.
I really hope that one day this book is going to be published and translated so I could read this to my kids before they go to sleep, I’m sure they’ll have sweet dreams. Now I can’t wait for the second book. Just tell me if there is a line where I can wait to be sure to get it. ...more
Considering that I've been blogging, reviewing and mostly reading YA stories for a few years now I was really surReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Considering that I've been blogging, reviewing and mostly reading YA stories for a few years now I was really surprised that this has been the first YA book set in Hollywood to me. Which is a surprise but I guess that all that glow is focused on the movie industry. Regardless, it was a nice change.
With the change of the setting some other things changed too. I wasn't faced with cheer-leading again (yay) and now I was in company of girls who would want to be a movie stars. You would think it's not a big change but you'd be surprised. Anyhow, yes there are girls that want to have their name on the Walk of Fame one day and there is Sophie, the girl that didn't fit into that picture. Because of that it was easy to connect with her as I assume I'd act the same. Even though at the start both Sophie and Nate seemed kind of plain they grew through the book. You can see them change and you go through their coming of age with them. As characters grown so did the story. What one started as a story about high school students in Hollywood turned into a great mystery. I'm not telling you much about that because it was highly unpredictable for me so it's for the better to discover things on your own.
This was one of the rare times when I've actually read a blurb before diving into the book and I was really afraid after few pages as I didn't know how could an ancient Egyptian prophecy fit into all of this. Well surprisingly for me it worked out really good. Good thing is that it wasn't predictable and quite honestly I know close to nothing about ancient Egypt and I was really enjoying my ride.
So don't fear at the start that this book is plain and uninteresting because you must be patient with it and then it'll show you all its secrets. After it drags you into the story and you are desperately turning the pages to see what's happening in the end. It leaves you wanting for more even though the story doesn't end with the cliffhanger. ...more
I can freely say that 2014 is a year of great expectations when it comes to YA lit. So many new authors and notReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I can freely say that 2014 is a year of great expectations when it comes to YA lit. So many new authors and not to mention the sequels that we're waiting for. Alienated was one on my list and I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book.
Because as usual I don't read blurbs I expected this book to be about parallel universes or better said I had movie titled Upside Down in my head, but as soon as I cracked open this book I knew that we'd go the different way and we did. Surprisingly I haven't read that many books about aliens considering how mainstream they are, but I can tell you that this one promises a lot.
So as usual we have a girl, Cara who is from Earth. She is highly intelligent and outgoing girl. Then there is a boy, Aelyx. He is alien, inhumanly intelligent but cold, because of DNA modifications. Basically on L'eihr the planted he is coming from the normal reproduction is banished and they all get genetically superior features, in almost all sectors, but one - emotional. For them intelligence is main aspect of their society where emotions are leveled to minimum. Once the whole exchange program starts the two of them have to find a way around each other, because they both have greater goals. Cara has to get the money because of their financial situation and Aelyx must go on with the plan he is sent to do.
But fear not my friends, this book is much more than girl meats boy and she falls for the boy and after quite some time boy also falls for her. The great thing about this book is the whole world building. The author nicely created the L'eihr and not giving all information at once but piece by piece she manages to keep your attention and makes you turn pages as fast as you can. One thing that surprised me a lot in this book is humor. I laughed a lot and honestly I didn't expect that.
Only aspect of the story that I was missing, was the whole situation that happened when the first interaction with Earth and L'eihr occurred. Not only out of curiosity but also because it'd help us understand the whole human despise towards the other planted. I do get the reasons, but not the reason they started the exchange program if people were so against it.
Anyhow I cannot wait for the next book and our trip to L'eihr. ...more
You know how they say - all good things come to an end. Well sadly with this book two amazing things came to an eReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
You know how they say - all good things come to an end. Well sadly with this book two amazing things came to an end. First is this series, which blew us away and which we enjoyed a lot and second is our read-a-long with amazing Emma. But we're sure that there will be many more read-a-longs. As with the previous two books all three of us had a little brainstorm where we came up with the questions for our review which will be spoiler free. In the meantime you can go and check out Emma's review at Never Judge a Book by its Cover and if you wish you can check our reviews for Shadow and Bone or/and Siege and Storm. Now let's discuss Ruin and Rising.
What is your favorite scene in this series? Glass: Definitely that last scene with Darkling and Alina. If you've been following our reviews of The Grisha Trilogy, you may have noticed that I am quite fond of villain. (I blame Leigh Bardugo for that!) Usually, the final show down between good and bad guys is a little bit more melodramatic, black an white, but here you have no such thing. Oh, the feels... Tanja: This should be easy one. It's for sure the bare ending of this book and this series. It has one of my favorite quotes and I actually reread that last page so many times (because it was so good and because my eyes were full of tears so it was blurry a bit) and I know it by heart. I can post you the whole quote as it'd be a major spoiler but one part goes like this: “They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things-if love can ever be called that.”
This book also focuses on secondary characters. Which one was your favorite? Tanja: Well, I really liked David throughout the whole series and I also like how Zoe changed here. I mean she was still the same, but different. Somehow she grew on me. But without any doubt my favorite secondary character in this whole series is Sturmhond. Glass: Yes, Surmhond was great charater, but I believe that I will pick a girl this time - Genya. She went trough such a transformation since the first time we read about her.
If Leigh wrote another chapter in alternative POV, who would you like to see? Glass: Do I even have to say it? Darkling, of course. Tanja: Darkling, that's for sure. You get some pieces of it here and there, but I'd love too see how he thinks of his past and how he sees his mission and everything he's doing. I'd really like to see his emotions, especially in the scene on the mountain top.
As this story progressed, how did you feel about the development of the "mythology" throughout the novel? Tanja: I know that girls had some issues with this, but I really liked it. I loved how Leigh used Grisha and this whole concept to give her look at mythology or better said religion. Somehow it really all made sense to me and I loved it how Leigh gave some her way of explaining things. Glass: This is my last favorite part of the storyline, I have a lot of mixed feelings. I did like some parts while the others were a big issue for me. I am not a fan of religious topics and The Grisha is based on religious believes. True, modified, but still religious. I know that all of that goes with whole middle ages atmosphere and that for such a world all of that is logical. If you don't think too much about it or focus on different aspects of the story, it would probably be okay. If you are like me and you just can't let go of that... Well, we have a same problem.
What Grisha would you be? And why? Glass: Oh, The Order of Summoners, Etherealki - I always was fascinated by concept of controlling the elements. Tanja: Honestly, I wish I could say that I'm a brave one and that I'd for sure go and kick some asses here, but frankly I don't have brave bone in my body, nor do I have guts to be a Corporalki soldier. But I'm good with my brains so I'd hopefully be good as a Fabrikator and Alkemi would probably be happy to have me.
What are your thoughts about the ending of this book? Tanja: It was a perfection! I really, but really couldn't believe that it was going to end like this. Don't get me wrong, the ending was perfect but out of all ideas and plans I had in my head about the ending this one didn't occur to me. But it's the best ending we could get. Glass: Again, I have mixed feelings. Honestly, I didn't expect some things to happen like they did and that was great - unpredictable and keeps you on your toes until the very end. I will have to use spoilers now, so *spoiler alert*! I did not find that scene with Mal believable at all. Seriously??? After that melodramatic scene comes that?! Um...No! It might be okay if author tried to explain what happened better, but, unfortunately, she didn't. And that is one thing that is constant trough the whole series - every time you come to this big, messy part and expect something epic to happen - it doesn't. Magic vaguely saves the day. The end.
Which book is your favorite in this series? Glass: Shadow and Bone - it was the most consistent story in The Grisha Trilogy. Tanja: It's really hard to decide. I'm torn between Shadow and Bone and Ruin and Rising. I love both, but I guess that if I really have to pick I'd find one small reason to go with Shadow and Bone.
I just keep shelving books from this series, I might as well pick the first one from my shelf and start with it.
Update: I'll cherish the day when I bought this one just because I could hug it after I finished it! ...more
If I was to sum up my review in one word that would be - cheated. It might be a strong and negative word which mReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
If I was to sum up my review in one word that would be - cheated. It might be a strong and negative word which might be in conflict with my rating below but (there is always a but) if you have read anything by Gayle you know that her writing is something that makes you pick up stick marker and put on every other page.
After last year's Just One Day I might say I got to in love with this story. Its uniqueness and sweetness was hard to resist and once you got to connect with Allyson and Willem and hear about their amazing time in Paris you probably dreamed about that city for a while. When that book left up with major cliffhanger beside yelling in agony I was waiting for this book like kids wait for Christmas. Mostly, I hoped that the book will continue where Just One Day stopped, but no. I felt cheated when I started Just One Year and saw that it's actually a story about Willem's life in meantime.
It's not that I wasn't happy about seeing Willem's character in first person narrative and if you met him in Just One Day then for sure you would know that his travels were something worth reading about. They were, to some extend. I did enjoyed traveling around the world with him but I missed Allyson in a why to pull that romantic Willem out. He was mostly bittersweet here.
His life story is interesting one, but I wish that we got to see more of the Allyson and Willem. Sadly it didn't happen. Which is what disappointed me the most. But then again Gayle's writing remains amazing, like you could see in the quotes I picked only few days ago.
All in all, it was an interesting read, but not kind of read I hoped for....more
because my friends I've been waiting for this book for months. I could get the ebookReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Lemme tell you something...
because my friends I've been waiting for this book for months. I could get the ebook in English any time I wanted, but I was looking for translated copy so that mum and friends can read it too. But someone had other plans. So I finally gave up and took the ebook. Luckily the book was worth waiting.
This doesn't fit the typical genre I read, as it's more woman's fiction, but I make exception from time to time. The reason I picked this one was because everyone said it was really emotional and I love emotional books. They were right, as this book is one of those that'll make you cry.
Here we have a story about a girl Lou who has been stuck in every way possible. Stuck in the small town with the small life, whit the same boyfriend for years and in the same room which was getting too small for her. We also have a story about Will who was complete opposite. He lived the life everyone could admire. Being young and successful in his business, having any girl he wanted and going to any adventure he could think of. Until one day everything was taken from him after the car accident. Irony in life is when you take some much risks and then get cut by accident. Now he became stuck too, in wheelchairs and his desire not to live. But they've got a lot of things to learn from each other.
Don't be tricked and expect some great romance novel for the beach, as it's not that. It has some romantic parts, but it's more about life and taking chances and finding yourself. Lou needed to crash the walls that were built around her life and learn how to live. This is a book that will teach you that it's never too late in life, it's never to late to live....more
From what I have heard (actually read) at different blogs, it seems that that there are some issues in books mostReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
From what I have heard (actually read) at different blogs, it seems that that there are some issues in books most of us dealt with. One of them is when you get a really interesting idea and storyline (despite it being not perfectly done), but the book lacks any sort of chemistry or emotions, or vice versa. Sadly it happens often to me and Sweet Unrest will have to go into that category.
It starts like a mystical story, where Lucy, our main character in the story, moves with her parents to another city where a lot of town mysteries surround them. Soon enough Lucy gets to see pieces of that mystery and realized that there are some things that need to be solved and her adventure begins. With a nice dose of voodoo and dark and twisted stories you get to enjoy this mystery and to turn pages quickly just to see what happens next.
While that aspect of this story is what I really enjoyed, lack of chemistry or any sort of emotions is what stopped me from enjoying this fully. I never connected with Lucy or actually any other character. Alex was a really mysterious guy, but then again I couldn't feel him. Another thing that slightly bothered me was this ending. I don't want to spoil things to you, but it felt rather forced to me.
This is one of those books that for me seemed to have a really great idea and everything, but somewhere in the process some strings got loose and the plot suffered from it as it felt rather dull at moments. But writing was neatly done, which I'll give the author credit for.
We all know Gayle Forman, right. The lady who captivated us with a story about Mia and Adam in If I Stay series.Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
We all know Gayle Forman, right. The lady who captivated us with a story about Mia and Adam in If I Stay series. Honestly that was the main reason why I wanted this book so badly. Luckily all the waiting payed off, cause Miss Forman really knows how to write a story.
Allyson (later known as LuLu) is a girl with a perfect graduation gift. She has got a possibility to travel around Europe with her best friend during the summer. Only problem with traveling is that you sometimes expect too much. Not that Allyson haven't seen all the magic of European cities still the journey is not how she expected it to be. Not until the very end of it, or what she thought would be the end. In London she meets Willem who takes her to Paris - the city she mostly looked forward to. For the first time she is able to enjoy the city on her own terms. No more crazy teenagers who are there to get drunk and do stupid things. At the end it's not maybe the journey it's the company what matters the most. She discovers the beauty of Paris and something more. Something that will change her forever.
It's fascinating, at least for me, how I could enjoy this story without finding some connections with LuLu. She is not me and dunno...I just couldn't connect with her, but still the story kept me awake at night. That's the magic of the writing. I really love the way this story is written. As for the cliffhanger - I won't forget you this Miss Forman....more
Tanja: You know how they say - All good things come to an end, that's the case with this series. Being in this magical world was an amazing experience. But before I go and cry my heart out (I'll miss this series badly) let's talk about this book. I already assume that our readers are ready for our worships. Don't you think girl? Glass: Well, I'm afraid that we bored them to death with our reviews of Melina Marchetta books and they will just skip this review. But we love it so much! We can't help ourselves! I don't know about you, but I am ready to cry for the rest of my life because I've read all of her books. Tanja: I still have Looking for Alibrandi left but I really hope she'll publish something soon. Anyhow again it'll be hard to talk about this because it's the third book in the series, but let's try. You know what I really like here? Well, I'll tell you. I like it how we have different narrators and basically stories, but I wasn't confused for a moment here. Somehow you always know what's happening where. Glass: You took words from my mouth (or should I say, you typed it). I usually find multiple POVs annoying because authors use it mostly in romance novels to show story from male and female perspective. It isn't luckiest choice in most cases because it is pathetic attempt to create ultimate female fantasy - bad boy who acts like brute and feels like 15 years old girl. Melina Marchetta pulled it off masterfully. It's almost as if you jump into the body of Froi, Quintana or Finnikin. You can feel that it's someone else's thoughts and voice. Tanja: Exactly, there was no way to get lost and your feelings changed as the narrations changed. I really loved that aspect of her writing. (Is there the end of our "why we love Melina Marchetta?" list? - Honestly I don't think so!). Another thing, I admire those people who read Froi just after the book came out and then had to wait for Quintana. I'd go mad, probably even walk to Australia. Glass: I'm really happy that we waited this long to read this series. It's weird how you get completely different impression of author reading hers or his realistic and fantasy novels. Melina rocks on both fields. Speaking of everything we liked, I have to say that my favorite thing about this book is ending. I think most of the readers will be satisfied with how everything came to its place, but still it is kind of open ending. So much things can happen, everything isn't written in the stars. It feels somehow real. Tanja: Yes, I think that waiting really payed off in this case. We got to meet Melina that rocks contemporary world but then you get to see that she rock fantasy world as well. I wanted to say that, you're always stealing worlds from my mouth (but you know great minds think alike *winks*). Yes nowadays authors tend to leave open endings but it's hard to find balance but as usual Melina rocks that too. I really liked that little dose of mystery that stayed with us while you're completely happy with the ending itself. Glass: So who is your favorite character? And you can not cheat - pick only one, male or female! I 'd say Phaedra. She went trough such transformation from the first time we meet her. You know that I'm sucker for girl power. Tanja: Because you picked Phaedra I'll go with Lucian. Most of male characters here are dream-worthy but Lucian really found his place under my skin. Luckily I know he is in good hands so I'm happy for that.
All in all, we really enjoyed this series and this is one of the series we wish never ended. As always Melina's stories were outstanding and brilliant. We eagerly wait for more.
Rating: From 1 to 5, we'll go with zillion.
Thank you for the wonderful comments and we really hope that we'll see your reviews for this series. ...more
Beside the covers which you really cannot take your eyes off, Both Arrow of the Mist which I reviewed last year aReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Beside the covers which you really cannot take your eyes off, Both Arrow of the Mist which I reviewed last year and Arms of Anu are much more than that. Despite them being more for middle grade readers, its magic, innocent romance and never-ending fight between good and evil is so universal.
After Lia makes her sacrifice and goes to fight the great darkness and fog of Brume the result is far from being clear. It's the darkness that's always looming near and now the fight in the kingdom is making the whole situation much harder. Once again it's time to summon magic and fight against the evil forces. But maybe the magic within Lia is not the only source she can relay on as there is that one force that many seem to consider the strongest of them all.
As the prequel in this series, Arms of Anu is another fantasy that makes the child within me fulfilled. It's all I loved as a child, a strong heroine whose braveness is to be admired, to the powers and settings of dark woods to the magical castles, constant fights and intrigues which give additional layer to this story. What's addition to all that is Kelven's POV, which makes me dream of a knight like he is, always supporting, strong and carrying. I wouldn't mind him taking me to ends of darkness of Brume and being by my side to fight it.
Only I was hoping to see the whole picture of this world this time. I did enjoy bits and pieces of it but it lacked the full picture. But I rise my hopes up to see it in the next sequel (needless to say I refuse to believe that there is no more)....more
Oh you have to admire this woman. Her writing style and her stories are so beautiful. You just enjoy reading the words and you always feel happy and sOh you have to admire this woman. Her writing style and her stories are so beautiful. You just enjoy reading the words and you always feel happy and sad at the same time when you finish reading it. How majestically Melina describes her characters. At some point you feel like you're one of them, that you know them and that you share experiences with them. You can grow with Francesca and understand all her decisions. You'll just find yourself reading this book and before you know the last page is in front of you.
In this story, our main character Francesca is struggling after coming to boy's school. Being one of the few girls in the school full of boys is not an easy challenge. Her actions and every words she says have been watched carefully. You don't want to be an outsider 'cause you want to bend in. Oh not to forget her friends. You can't help yourself but to enjoy with Bitch Spice, Butch Spice, Dumb Spice and Slut Spice. We can't also forget the boys - Will, Thomas, Jimmy... Also her family, from Mia to Luca all the way to her dad. Everything is real here, even the story about famous recipe.
This book is funny, lovely, it'll make you cry and laugh so hard. It'll simply make you fall in love with it. Thank you Melina once more for sharing your beautiful talent with us. ...more
Whoever is accepting or approving books at Strange Chemistry is made of the same material as I'm. In the sea of bReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Whoever is accepting or approving books at Strange Chemistry is made of the same material as I'm. In the sea of books somehow all books published by them, that I've read by now, ended right in my alley. It's hard to resist books with unique storyline and amazing characters. But Eliza Crewe is the one I should thank the most.
When you read the blurb for this book you realize that the main character here is different. She is not an angel or damsel in distress, for the matter. She is a kick-ass girl who is standing on a thin ice between good and evil. Sometimes even she doesn't know on which side she is. Because she eats souls. Simple as that. It's her curse, as she is born like that. But she decided not to give up and let the universe do things for her, but to fight instead. And boy, she does a great job. During time she spend fighting and surviving she turned into a badass girl who is not afraid. But being alone and always an outcast developed her sarcasm to the new level. Just a few examples:
But worries are for people who can’t pull grown men apart with their bare hands.
I don’t know if I have a heart, but I get her point – both of them really. Intent. And she doesn’t like me. Good.
Not only this book is action packed and full of unique elements there is also romance, but bare in mind that this is not a love story, like Meda would put it. This is story about a girl who has strong instinct for survival and with all that kickbut abilities. It's a story about demons and those who fight them. It's a war that is upon them. Most of all this is highly entertaining book, which will make you laugh out loud. Trust me, Meda will do that to you.
Besides unique and engaging story this book is also nicely written. I enjoyed all idioms here and it was a pleasure to discover their meanings. Well we can say it's my professional bias, not that I'm a professional - yet. ...more
Comparing a book with some mainstream concepts such as Sherlock or Doctor Who is not something I look forward whiReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Comparing a book with some mainstream concepts such as Sherlock or Doctor Who is not something I look forward while reading a book. Yes, it can do wonders for marketing, but it can also create false expectations. Beware of that! As you can see the blurb for this book did just that but I cannot tell you if it's for the better or worse as I didn't read the blurb before reading the book, so I didn't have those kind of expectations.
One thing is sure you can draw parallels between the three. Jackaby is weird detective in town who has unusual way with investigating crimes and resolving mysterious cases. He is not praised by police or other townsfolk but at the end of the day it's the best they have got. When Abigail finds herself in little town called New Fiddleham she couldn't dream that she would find herself in the middle of serial killings which got stranger and stranger. In desperate need of job she finds an open position as Jackaby's assistant and slowly starts to change her views on the world.
When I started this book it sounded like a story of mystery and killings, but paranormal elements here surprised me. Everything sounded so real and touchable that I though it would be more Sherlock than Doctor Who like. But at the same time I was impressed how the author managed to put folktales and legends and shape them so they fit the story. It was really well done and I really enjoyed it.
Despite the references this book had everything I wanted. It was funny, interesting and nicely packed together. I'm sure that many will enjoy it as much as I did. Only things that I can put as con here would be the predictability. But nothing scary, I assure you....more
I have a confession to make. First Maggie's book I've read was Shiver and ever since then I fell in love with her writReview posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I have a confession to make. First Maggie's book I've read was Shiver and ever since then I fell in love with her writing. I loved The Wolves of Mercy Falls and every next book wasn't like that. Even though I cannot say any bad thing about stories, they're all imaginative and beautiful, still I miss that music coming out of the words.
The Raven Boys was, for me one of the most expected books this year. The story was good and it had everything needed - interesting story, imagination and something new. Those are probably main characteristics in Maggies writing. I really liked it, even though it was slow paced, still that's another characteristic.
Story starts with Blue (I love her name, btw). Her mother is psychic and she's the one who sees the spirits, but this time Blue is one who sees a young boy. She is shocked cause she though she would never be able to see them. When she told her mother and her friends about it they had an explanation. There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him. But long time ago they told her not to kiss a boy cause her kiss would kill her true love. Then we also have the boys, actually The Raven Boys. They go to the private school and they're considered rich, spoiled boys with rich parents to pay them all that. There is four of them Gansey, Adam, Noah and Ronan. Soon enough they and Blue meet and they see that they have a lot of thing in common. True, Blue promised herself to stay away from The Raven Boys but...there is always a but. You'll find dose of magic in this book, dose of romance and dose of bad boys. The narrator in this book often changes, sometimes it's Blue, then Gansey, Adam or someone else. For me it wasn't hard to follow the story.
All in all this story is something you must read if you want to enter another magical adventure. You'll enjoy it. For me it was an amazing travel but still the music wasn't there. Maybe I expect too much. But yes it's me, not the book....more
You all have heard amazing things about this one. I know, me too. I have nothing less amazing to say, I must admReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
You all have heard amazing things about this one. I know, me too. I have nothing less amazing to say, I must admit. But I also don't see point in telling you that with repeating amazing all the time. So let me tell you a story.*wink*
After hearing all about how amazing this book is, only logical thing to do is to visit the NetGalley and request it! The same day I was approved. You can only imagine my joy! So then I started reading and I was like
every tenth word was a mystery for me. It's funny though how lately I got used to English more than my own language. So it reminded me of the time I started reading books in English and also that no matter how much I got better at that there was still bunch of things I had no clue about. Nah, well. So I put this book aside and read some other books. Until few days ago.
But do you wanna know what really made me pick this book again? Look at this
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So yes that was the reason that (long ago, in this kingdom by the sea...) made me finish this book. Absurd I know, and I have no idea why this. But it was so funny to see this picture and it was time for me to read this book. Besides publication date was close so..*grin* I'll stop blabbing now and do some actual work here. There are books with slow and confusing starts and this is one of them. But as soon as you pass all those complications aka first 50 and something pages you start enjoying this book. Because can feel its magic. You can picture sea-dragons and thunder tigers and much more. But this is not only a story about magic and another culture, it's also a story about higher goals, about opening your eyes and seeing beyond what you've been thought. It's a story about getting over your fears and using your power. Most of all it's a story and world you haven't heard of before and at the end of all that it'll make you cry. I must admit that I don't know much about Asia or any culture similar to this one so I have no idea if any of this is actually mentioned somewhere before. Truth to be told I'm afraid to do the research cause I want to to believe that Jay Kristoff really invented all of this. Because at the end of the day he can say
That's how you write something amazing and more than innovative. Something that deserves 5 stars!
*I know I used too many Sheldon gifs for one review, but I ain't even sorry.
***NOTE: Copy of this book is kindly provided by publisher, St. Martin's Press, via NetGalley. Thank you so much!!! I'm not paid to write this review - I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions in this review are personal....more
Let me put this story like this. We're in 70's. You know the decade of Deep Purple, Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Black SReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Let me put this story like this. We're in 70's. You know the decade of Deep Purple, Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Van Helen, Beatles...oh and Queen. I think that would be enough. So when I saw that this book tells a story about rock band in 70's I was all in.
Dawn is the girl that tells us her story here. She is a girl from small town and her biggest wish (actually one of) is to be a music journalist. As universe has its ways of working soon enough she has been contacted by Creem - music magazine and guess what they want her to write a story about one of her fave bends - Hybrid. Plus she'd go on the road with them. Yup they're on tour and she'll be their companion in the bus. Can you imagine that - traveling with one of your fave bands, seeing all other famous bands and visiting all the festivals. You can't say no to that. I don't have to tell you about the boys from the bend. They're in the rock band and becoming really famous. Once when she arrives she meets the boys. They're all different - their lead singer Robbie is a superstar and happy to have her there but the most mysterious one is Sage. Of course you can't have a rock band without some crazy fan-girls, right. They're here too.
So to put this in few words - this is a story about drugs, sex and alcohol or if you want it about good old Rock and Roll. When you add a bit of paranormal to all of that you get a really interesting story. I can't wait to read Sage's story.
***NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley. Thank you....more
I strongly believe that this series is one of those that's been on my to-read list the longest and I really did fReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I strongly believe that this series is one of those that's been on my to-read list the longest and I really did fail when it comes to this. I couldn't imagine how much I was missing until I cracked open the first pages of this book.
Those pages throw you into a world where technology is way ahead of our time. Once again world which is not hard to imagine. Cinder, a cyborg is our main character in this story. She is not a human, but neither is she 100% android, which makes her unaccepted by both worlds. Up until she meets the most important person in her kingdom - Prince Kai who is interested in her. Little did she know that her past will change her forever.
Even though some aspects of this story were a bit predictable it was hard not to like Cinder, a girl who is so easy to connect with and whose dreams about normal life, love and being someone else were so familiar. The the whole world-building which was so fascinating and imaginable. This book had everything I wished for basically, sweet building romance, great world building and enough mystery to keep me on edge. ...more
It's been over a year now since I've got to read Breathing Ghost, I believe Leakan's first book and I couldn't bReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's been over a year now since I've got to read Breathing Ghost, I believe Leakan's first book and I couldn't believe that I had a chance to read such an interesting book. I fell in love with her writing then and I couldn't wait to read her new books. So I have finally got a chance to read The Girl In Between.
Knowing little about the author, I assumed that I'm going to read something unusual here and I did, in fact. It's a story about Bryn, who suffers from KLS, a thing I didn't know existed until I started this book. It's a real deal people, a real disease when people unexpectedly fall asleep and spend some time sleeping. The same has been happening with Bryn. She would suddenly drift of and sleep for days and of course that influenced her teenage life. She missed a lot of school and what is more a lot of deadlines. But the biggest problem was how the others behaved as if she was a freak. But there is one thing that almost no one knew about and it's what happens while she sleeps. Here we enter a new imaginary world where things don't always go according to the plan.
It's not only writing and how unusual this book was that made me like it so much. It was also how things seemed real at the same time, there was this background to the story which was really interesting and I cannot wait to read more about it. Besides, I always wondered what happens in human brain while it's in some sort of coma, and like the answer here (well, all but scary parts).
I won't even start about the romance in this story which was really sweet. Anyhow the only thing that bothered me a bit here, were the moments when there seemed to be too much coincidence for my taste. Still, I cannot wait to read the sequel, The Boy in Her Dreams!...more
Writing a review for the last book in series is quite difficult. It means telling goodbye to the characters whose stories you've read and whose feeling you've felt. Sometimes you've waited for a year or more to read the next book in that series. It becomes even more difficult when it's a story that took your breath away multiple times and broke your heart as well. When you cried and laughed and fell in love with the characters. Well one of these was Unearthly series to me.
Now two years after I've meet Clara, Tucker and Christian that day has come. And it's hard. I can't tell you more about the story itself here as it wouldn't be possible without spoiling many things to those who haven't read the first books in the series. Instead I should say more about my relationship with this story.
Many times I've said that angels are something special to me. Some things in life you cannot explain and my fascination for angles is one of them. I don't know where it came from but I know that I'm happy it did. So two years ago when I started reading this story the things clicked between us. I was blow away with the story and creatures. From the first Clara's purpose up to meeting Christian and Tucker. Then last year it was time for Hallowed. Tucker was mu favorite boy and one of my book boyfriends ever since, but in that book the world shattered. Radiant - a short story - was there to get me through the waiting. There I've meet Angela. It was nice for a change to meet her better and needless to say it nicely connected the stories. So if you plan on reading this book you might first read that short story. Finally on my birthday this year this book came out. Some people are afraid of reading the second book in trilogy and I'm not. I still have some hopes left if the second book disappoints, but if third one disappoints there is no coming back. So I was afraid of reading this.
Then again I didn't have to be. Cynthia was careful enough to please us - the fans of her books. I was surprised that even though Tucker and Christian were there, but not as much I'd want to - especially the first one, I was still enjoying this story so much. I saw the whole story and discovered some things that made this story whole. I have no idea what Cynthia is up next but I'm pretty much sure I'll read it, whatever it is....more
There is really no need to write a review about this book. I won't do that for a couple of reasons. First is thaReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
There is really no need to write a review about this book. I won't do that for a couple of reasons. First is that you can find plenty of them on GoodReads and Amazon and other sites. Second is that it's hard to review the fourth book in the series without putting spoilers. I believe some of you haven't read this series, but feel free to read my review cause it's spoiler free.
To cut a long story short, here is how this book works in my case.
Heart: Oh my.....Oh my...it's Patch! Ahhh I really missed this story. Let's just enjoy and have a rollercoaster of emotions. Yuppiii!! Mind: Oh please...give me a break. You totally know how this all will end so all you'll get is Nora being childish. Heart: Shut up...I'm reading!
Mind: *snores* Heart: WHAT! NO! HE DID NO! THAT SON OF....HOW COULD HE! Mind: What on earth is going on! *scans the page* Oh...Finally is someone doing something logical! Heart: SHUT UP! *cries* NO! THIS IS NOT REAL! Mind: Stop yelling...for Christ's sake.
Heart: Of course...oh I can breath again. Huh Becca should stop doing things like this. Mind: *headdesk* Heart: That hurts you idiot. Mind: Luckily I'm not the one with feelings.
Mind: Oh action. Yeah finally. *eats popcorns* Heart: Woha! This will be good! *grabs popcorns* Just wait until Patch shows up. He'll kick their butts! Mind: Yeah..whatever. Heart: It's sad to see all of this pain and death. Hopefully Patch will show up soon. Mind: *eats* Heart: Where is Patch? Mind: *still eats* Heart: What IS going on?????
Heart: *after some sobbing and even more sobbing* Oh...I can't believe. Mind: JUST WOW! If this ends right here it'll be the best thing ever! Wow imagine that surprise! Heart: Or imagine the wrath of all those fans, including me. Mind: Yeah, you've got the point.
Heart: Aww... this is so. I can't believe this came to an end. *wipes tears* I'm gonna miss you! Mind: Yeah we totally didn't see that coming. Sure. Heart: Goodbye *holds the book tight*
This idea came to my mind after reading this book on one sleepless nigh. Lame I know. But some go with their feelings for this book and some think logically and see all the bad things. I'm in the first group. I do see them but I turn blind-eye.
This book is not perfect, rarely they are, but still they make your heart dance. That's what I love. So it is time to say goodbye. I'm gonna miss you....more
One thing I dislike is when books are predictable (trust me, that's the only thing i don't like about books.This review will maybe contain spoilers!
One thing I dislike is when books are predictable (trust me, that's the only thing i don't like about books.) I thought this book will be one of those "predictable books". Typical story, she is ugly, nobody likes her, and then she meets a perfect guy. He is starting to act strange, and she knows that something is wrong. And yes, something is wrong...(I don't want to say the rest because of people who will read this book). I can't say I was wrong. I knew that they'd fall in love and that she'd do everything for him. Maybe I knew that the book would end up like this. But one thing I didn't know - the story behind this book. I'll just say prepare a lot of tissues. And enjoy this heart-breaking story. And AFTER you read this book go to the official Angela Morrison page and you'll find an epilogue. And more about the whole story.
I think I won't be able to forget this book. Thank you Angela for this story....more
Oh amazing! :) I really enjoyed in this book! And it's definitely better than first one! Thing that i like the most in this book is that you don't knoOh amazing! :) I really enjoyed in this book! And it's definitely better than first one! Thing that i like the most in this book is that you don't know all the facts..in other books mostly you know the facts and then while you read you yell at character don't do that you idiot! :D (or that's what i do) but here i don't know, i don't know what Luce is? Who is Daniel? He is angel, very important one but is he good or bad...And that's what i love in this book! :) And i can't wait to read next! :D...more
Characters are funny, they're great. I really enjoyed reading this book. Only thing is that I have to stop giving 5 stars to eveThis book is so sweet.
Characters are funny, they're great. I really enjoyed reading this book. Only thing is that I have to stop giving 5 stars to every book that make me cry. (like that's gonna happen). Also I wonder will I one day turn back to the time, this time when I read all those YA romance teen books, and will I think how silly girl I used to be....more
You've all seen this pretty cover around. You have, haven't you? Well, we did and it was hard not to press that rReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
You've all seen this pretty cover around. You have, haven't you? Well, we did and it was hard not to press that request button at Edelweiss. It might have been better if we did not. But not everything is that bad, at least we were part of an amazing read-a-long, with even more amazing Emma and Rashika. The have already posted their reviews and you can find them here: Rashika's review at The Social Potato and Emma's review at Never Judge a Book by Its Cover. And now, it's time for us to answer those questions!
How did you feel about Valentina as a character? Tanja: I was devoid of any feelings for her. Basically annoyance was there at the start but as soon as I got to be in her head for some time, I lost interest. I couldn't care less for that spoiled brat. Even though you could find justifications for her behavior as she is raised as that, it was hard to understand that during her so-called exile. Basically she was lacking logic and often compassion for others. Not to mention her blind love for certain someone. I never felt any character growth either. That and her lack of feelings for any sort of justice, bothered me the most.
Glass: I honestly do not remember last time when one of the young adult characters made me want to scream out of complete frustration like Valentina. She wants to be a child and the gown up at the same time. She thinks that the whole world owes her something (but pretends that she is selfless and different from other little snobs). Daddy's little girl. Spoiled brat. Miss Know It All. I didn't like her at all.
Was the plot well developed and believable? Tanja: No and NO! About the development, basically the first half of the book was at times even too slow and then everything started going places and in the meantime creating plenty of loop-holes. About this story being believable - it's a bit complex. Yes the whole idea was there and something existing in this world. It's something I can see happening, but the problem is that non of the characters fit the role they play. They are too young and with all that too naive for everything that's going on. So they don't tell the story in believable way.
Glass: Kiss Kill Vanish was based on great idea, but unfortunately it failed to deliver equally great story. As Tanja said, it is probably because characters are too young, but maybe that wouldn't be such a big problem if the whole thing wasn't told from perspective of one character. I wanted to know much more about her father and sisters, I felt like they didn't get enough attention and a lot of plot holes would have been explained if we got to hear their side of the story too.
Was the romance more than a plot device? Glass: In my opinion, no. There were few scenes that were kind of romantic, but they failed to make me feel anything other than one short swoon-moment and that is that. Things are going too slow in one minute and in the other way too fast. I had a feeling like I missed something because of the way characters were portrayed at the beginning and the middle of the book.
Tanja: Depends which one, as yes this book also has some sort of love triangle. One is definitely just a plot device. It was without feelings and utterly emotionless, at least from my side. The one I refer to is with how I like to call him - Valentina's puppy. The other one was a plot device but it's the point of it. But still in any case, the answer is no.
Describe Emilo in one word. Glass: Frustrating.
Tanja: Mysterious. (I wanted to say Rashika totally has a crush on him, but that's more than one word. Did I just say that? OOPS!)
To sum up? Tanja: If right now you're asking yourself "Where the heck did she find that one star?" here's the answer - writing. That and page-turning. Let me put it this way - the writing was nothing extraordinary or something you'll remember the rest of your life, but it was to the point and neatly done. I see that Ms. Martinez has the talent but with characters as this it's not enough.
Glass: I believe that a lot of YA fans will enjoy this book, especially younger readers. Jessica Martinez has captivating writing style and I loved her previous novels, but unfortunately, this one didn't work out for me. On the plus side, Kiss Kill Vanish is fun and quick read despite all of the things I didn't like.
Rating: We need to say that after the reading we book gave this book 3 starts, but after our discussion we counted pros and cons and it turned out to be not so good. So our rating at the end is: 2 stars. ...more
There is this phenomena I'm experiencing with paranormal books lately. Mostly I get to see some really amazing idReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
There is this phenomena I'm experiencing with paranormal books lately. Mostly I get to see some really amazing ideas. They're usually new and unique, but the characters end up being totally different story. It's really hard to rate books as that.
Till Death is story about teens, actually sixteen year old Selena, who has been having visions for some time now. Even though it terrifies her at the same time she is used to keeping her secret and only her best friends know it. It was easy to control it until certain events, which started after Dillan's arrival, started to happen. He on the other hand knows what he is and he's raised to control it and rule the power within. When he sees that some powerful creatures are threatening and attacking girl who's been an unsolved mystery to him. Let's just say, he never leaves things unsolved.
Now we come to pros and cons of this story. Pros: The whole idea of paranormal creatures and their hierarchy presented here was the most appealing aspect of the story to me. It was great to see how that all functioned not only in their city but on a higher level. The other thing is the whole storyline which was nicely planed and built. Cons: The characters themselves. They were so stereotypical that it bored me till death. The whole Dillan being bad, perfectly-looking, arrogant boy got on my nerves from the start. Selena was totally neutral for me as for her feelings. She was meh, most of the time. Generally I couldn't care less for either of them. Which was the biggest obstacle for me.
At the end of the day I think that younger readers who enjoy typical bad-boys could enjoy much more than I did.