After finishing Cinder it wasn't really hard to pick my next read. Scarlet was something I needed to read and so...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After finishing Cinder it wasn't really hard to pick my next read. Scarlet was something I needed to read and so I did. I must admit that at the start I was a bit annoyed when our narrator wasn't Cinder but Scarlet but after chapter or two it was obvious that this girl will also become heroine I'd love to be.
Scarlet's story is one we follow here. We are now in France where she and her Grandma are living on a farm and growing vegetables. Up until one day her Grandma disappears and Scarlet is desperate in finding her. Only she finds someone else, Wolf. With the development of the story we see how Scarlet is connected to this whole mess much more than she believed and that Cinder and she have more in common than they though.
Same like in Cinder, at the start you think that this story is predictable as you have read classic fairy tales this story soon becomes totally new world which brings a lot of unexpected moments and twists and turns.
While I was annoyed that I didn't get to see more of Cinder and Kai soon enough I understood that there is an amazing reason for it - Scarlet and Wolf put another light to this world and make you see the story from different angles, without losing any of the magic.(less)
Katie McGarry is someone whose books are on my auto-buy list. In times when contemporary is not really my think t...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Katie McGarry is someone whose books are on my auto-buy list. In times when contemporary is not really my think there are always her stories that make me love the genre all over again. Her stories awake all those feelings in me and this one is not an exception.
I always say that writing a short-story is much harder in my opinion. Simply you have less space to express everything and still you must put all you need in it. Red at Night is a story that has all that. It's emotional and beautifully written. You can feel for Stella and cheer for her and at the same time Jonah is someone who will find his way to your heart. You'll be happy to let him, though.
Something really special to me was that despite the fact that this story was rather short still it wasn't insta-love one. I was really pleased to see that and it made me like the story even more. Also in this short story you get to see not only a love story but a story about tough growing up and fighting when you are still too young for that.
All in all, this story was short and sweet. Something you'll enjoy reading this summer. Especially when you find it free on Amazon.(less)
You know how they say - all good things come to an end. Well sadly with this book two amazing things came to an e...moreReview 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! (less)
There is this phenomena I'm experiencing with paranormal books lately. Mostly I get to see some really amazing id...moreReview 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.
It's rather rare for me to sit down just after finishing the book and start the review. But here I am, only few...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's rather rare for me to sit down just after finishing the book and start the review. But here I am, only few minutes after reading the last word of this book writing this. I cannot tell you how much this book makes me happy. But enough of my blabbing, gushing and fangirling (yeah, like that will ever stop), and let me tell you more about this book.
This is a story about Cecile, a young girl who suddenly gets kidnapped and soon enough finds herself in a world she heard stories about. I cannot tell you about time she is living in but as soon as we entered Trollus I forgot about our world in general. The caves are magical not only because they indeed are filled with troll magic but because they're beautiful. We cannot tell the same for most trolls living there, but Tristan is someone you must notice. His ideas aren't those of marriage and mostly not of breaking the curse, but actually they are quite different. But his attitude and impoliteness aren't those of the the next king. When forced together they must find a way around games and intrigues because they are now part of their lives. Soon enough they see that they both have more in common than they believed.
While some parts of this book sound really predictable and in fact they are, there are other things that make this book unputdownable. It's not just that the author made me fall for trolls but at the same time she created characters who are actually not special nor perfect. Cecile and Tristan are far from it. Every her decision is weighted and even though well aware of her love for Tristan she still has life outside and she still cannot let go the idea of the future that once was very near. She is rational as much as emotional. What more there is Tristan, a boy who is really rude and far from Prince Charming and he has all right to be. His will has been broken so many times and every his move is well calculated and planed. He is strategist after all. There is not insta-love here, here is romance that's built out of friendship and mutual desire to break so many rules and built a place for better tomorrow. Of course their relationship is not an easy one, when both of them are forced to be something neither of them wants to be.
This review is too long already, but I need to take a moment and tell you more about supporting characters, about Marc, who won me from the first appearing or Victor and Victoria who are hard not to like. Same as King, Queen and Duchesse who all played their parts in royal manner.
Lastly, this book is apparently over 400 pages, but I haven't felt if for a second and I'll gladly read 800 pages more if necessary.
When reading books about time-travel it's mostly people from present who travel to past, or at least that's what...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
When reading books about time-travel it's mostly people from present who travel to past, or at least that's what I've been reading about, but this one is quite different. Now we're in the future and it's time to go and visit past.
Welcome to the year 2069, not far from now, but it's time of time-travel agencies. Yes, my dear friends time-travel is now part of people's lives by following certain set of rules and with enough money you can travel back in past. That's what happens here when suddenly Tristan, a very famous super star, asks for time-travel services. It also means a lot for Bianca who is the youngest in Butterman family and therefore next in charge of time-traveling. Only to fulfill that she must pass some test and get her licence. This is a perfect opportunity for it. Only time-traveling is actually a really fragile thing and it's not easy to manipulate time, especially when your fellow traveler didn't even bother to read terms and conditions. Duh!
Honestly this book took me by surprised because of many unexpected moments. Firstly the whole idea of future and then traveling back to past is highly interesting for me. Also this book was a real page-turner. Once you start you just cannot wait to see what will happen next. There is great change in both Bianca and Travis. While he thinks that he is on a search for his inspiration in fact he is looking for himself the one that's been lost in all the fame. Bianca at the other hand needs to learn that not everything in life is accomplished by following the rules. It's sometimes about breaking old ones and creating new. It's not only traveling back to find what they think they're looking for, but instead what they're willing to find.
At the end, I'd like to take a moment and thank the author PK Herzo for letting her character travel to that moment in history where I'd mostly likely first travel to. (less)
Another grand finale I've been waiting for and sadly once again I wish I could say it blew me away but it seems t...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Another grand finale I've been waiting for and sadly once again I wish I could say it blew me away but it seems to me I expected too much. Ember and Chase's story is something I've been enjoying since Article 5 and I really loved all the twists and happenings in the first two books. Sadly this one wasn't as thrilling but still Kristen Simmons gave us satisfying ending.
On of the things I like about this series is that each book continues where the previous stopped. It feels like you never left the world of the characters and you easily slip into the whole story and you start experiencing everything with the characters. After many troubles in Breaking Point our group is searching for survivors from the safe house. They are tired and drained but still they aren't giving up. But on their way they are thrown into something they never could believe existed.
What I enjoyed the most is how with the characters the whole world grew. Not only main characters but secondary as well. I really liked Rebecca and Sean and their dynamic. But then there is my Chase, my dear Chase *le sigh* I don't think I ever meet more troubled and at the same time loving boy. It was painful to see him struggle but also it was nice to see how his and Ember's love grew.
Problem was the first part of the book which wasn't as strong as the last 100 pages which brought back the story as I knew it and reminded me why I love it so much. I didn't say it was bad but it wasn't as good as I was used to. All in all, I'm gonna miss these people. So farewell.(less)
This is one of those books that I've expected so much from. Not only the pretty cover and the fact I love epistol...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
This is one of those books that I've expected so much from. Not only the pretty cover and the fact I love epistolary novels, but Glass has got to read the ARC of it and she loved it. I couldn't wait. Now I think that I put my expectations too high, as this book was good but didn't blow me away.
So as I have said, this is an epistolary novel, meaning it's written in forms of letter. Our main character here Laurel is a teenage girl, who has been going through some hard period. She has lost her sister, person who has been her support and best friend. Now Laurel doesn't know how to deal with everything and has to find a way to express her pain. The solution comes in letters, actually her assignment to write a letter to dead person. So the story goes and we find many layers to Laurel that might not be visible at first.
Despite the fact that little piece of me died every time Laurel didn't know who some of the greatest rock or movie stars were, it sadly portrays the knowledge of young people about Rock and Roll. The biggest problem with reviewing this book is just the fact that I have no idea how to express my feelings. This book was great in terms that is deals with some issues in a different way. I really enjoyed letters and the way Laurel wrote them. It was really poetic and beautiful.
However, Laurel and I had some issues. I liked her most of the time, but from time to time she behaved like brat and then like an adult. I do understand why it was like that. Just the fact that she is in 9th grade means that she is in transition from one period of life to another. But at times it really bothered me. Luckily it wasn't often. (less)
Upon seeing this book at NetGalley my heart skipped a beat. I thought we were finally getting a sequel to My Name...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Upon seeing this book at NetGalley my heart skipped a beat. I thought we were finally getting a sequel to My Name is Memory, a book I adored so much. Once I realized that it's not the case I still wanted to read this book as Ann Brasheres is an author I admire. Luckily I got a chance.
Everything starts with the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna, who immigrated to New York five years ago. It wouldn't be a big thing if Prenna and all her friends haven't arrived from a different time period. They all have came from future in order to save their lives and hopefully the future, because the huge mosquito-borne illness has killed millions and millions of the people. It wouldn't be nothing unusual, only if she followed the rules. Not just the present ones, but the ones she isn't aware of. Upon coming to New York she was seen by a boy who still remembered her, even though no one is allowed to see them traveling.
Prenna started as a character I liked. She was lost and at the same time trying to follow the rules that are imposed upon her and trying to find who she was. Only sadly, later she became a girl that annoyed me a bit. She made some really stupid decisions and I wanted to yell (I did that actually) at her, at moments. When it comes to Ethan, well I don't how to describe him. He is all and nothing at the same time. At moments so passive and idiotic and at moments brilliant and you can see that he is really smart and good guy, but the problem is that many things that would be illogical for him, as for example time-travel, he just looked over, like it was nothing. Then there is the chemistry between the two. Huh, this is the hardest part to explain. It was sweet, but most of the time it was empty and emotionless and usually awkward.
This book and the story did have potential and the whole concept of the time traveling wasn't new but it worked with this idea, only I wish that certain things were tackled more logically and with more reason than I could find here.