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
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
Now I'm thinking and realizing that we don't have enough shapeshifting books out there, or it's just me not findiReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Now I'm thinking and realizing that we don't have enough shapeshifting books out there, or it's just me not finding them. I have no idea. But when I first saw that this was a book about shapeshifting I needed to read it. Luckily I have got a chance to do so.
One night after out main character Meg sneaks out to paint graffiti something unusual happens. She sees a fox, dying fox but in the next moment that fox turns into man. Even though scared she cannot but be surprised and when she is given a beautiful stone she had no idea that power is now transferred to her. Soon enough she discovers her new power and luckily manages to meet a group of shapeshifting foxes or Skulk as they're called. But she also discovers that it's not only foxes that people shapeshift into but that they're other clans that shapeshift into other animals. Actually there is five of them and the relations between them aren't the best to say so, but after the danger is upon to all of them they must unite and fight together.
Like I said the whole shapeshifting part of this story made it really different. I liked how the author created the whole idea and the way she used different animals. Some of them you might never expect to be presented. Only thing that bothered me a bit was the start. I struggled to connect with Meg at first (I was a bit turned off when I saw that she was 16) but later as the whole story developed I got meet her better and see her grow.
This book was really original and nicely paced with interesting characters. Also the readers who need a bit of romance in their stories, scare not. You'll get to enjoy the glimpse of it as well. But the focus is on the idea itself....more
While many books try to explain different mysteries of life, mostly my favorites are the ones that have the evenReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
While many books try to explain different mysteries of life, mostly my favorites are the ones that have the eventual setting but don't focus on it, but on characters. For that reason after reading it you realize that it doesn't matter where you end but how did you live.
Touching the Surface stars like that, when Elliot bursts from the lake into the surface of a well-know place to her. For the third time she is back to Obmil. You have no idea what is that? Doesn't matter, as it's a beauty of this story. It actually doesn't focus on explaining the afterlife to you but the author builds the world beautifully so that you discover everything piece by piece. In the meantime you are trying to understand Elliot. When you get to meet her for the first time your words to describe her would be selfish, brat and other not such lovely words, but by the end of the book you'll want to hold her and be there for her.
We all make mistakes, that's understandable, but the key is in forgiving and compassion, the things that the author captures remarkably. While being lost Elliot hurts one that she cares for the most and as she doesn't know her past she cannot understand her present. With two more characters, Oliver and Trevor, to add to her confusion Elliot is lost.
It's hard to point out what I like the most here - the beautiful writing, the uniqueness to the story, the characters and their development so that you'll love every single one of them by the end of the book, or the way the would builds around you easily for you to imagine it but at the same time your focus is always on the characters and the plot. There is also a nice balance between seriousness and entertainment. Everything here seems to be nicely balanced....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
After the Finnikin of the Rock review we noticed that you like our joined reviews so we decided to do another for Froi of the Exiles. We hope you'll like it.
Glass: As we promised, we are sharing with you our humble opinion about second book in Lumatere Chronicles. I believe that is quite obvious that we love everything Melina Marchetta writes, so you can already guess that this will be swoon-fest. Right, Tanja? Tanja: Is it that obvious? But you were right the last time, we could hardly manage to save Finnikin only for us, so we should totally be honest and tell our readers about the terrible Froi and his story. Glass: He is such a bad,bad person. Finnikin is sweetheart if you compare him with this disgusting creature. Tanja and I will sacrifice ourselves to save you girls form tragic fate and we will lock him up in our harem and never ever let him out. Tanja: Yes, we will. What can I tell you, we're such a brave girls who know that saving the world from such an awful creatures is bigger than us. (We're good girl *wink*). We will even go to Charyn and deal with street-lords. It was a big switch to go from Lumatere and their kingdom to Charyn and their king. Glass: It was. Completely different setting, rules, characters. Everything was more savage and wild, but I think I loved Froi of the Exiles even more than the first book in the series. Maybe some readers won't like few turns in the plot because it might seem kind of convenient, but please be patient and just read. You might not get all the answers here, but we promise that everything has a really good explanation. Tanja: Yes, it was a big change in behavior of characters but not only those who were in Lumatere and those in Charyn but in Froi himself. You could see switch in his actions but in the first place meet him better. But you know what I loved the most - Mots! That adds another guy here Luci-en. I won't say more about him, as I know I'll have hard time to keep him. Glass: I wanted to smack him for being idiot few times, but he was just in terrible need of a real woman. Phaedra had to take everything in her hands. Poor girl. Men can be so dumb sometimes. Talking about dumb men and strong women, I have to say that Quintana is one of my favorites. She is weird and smart, I can't help myself but be completely in awe - what that girl had to endure and what she done willingly to help to the others... It is just amazing. Tanja: Yes. I mean she is completely different from what we're used to when we talk about leading characters. She can be described as crazy when you first meet her but then there is a beauty in Melina's characters, when they develop and go under your skin. I guess that people who haven't read any of Melina's books would think that we're talking about God himself. Glass: Haha...We can start new religion, Tanja! We should probably stop now before we start to write spoiler and then our followers will leave us. I'll be short. Guys, you just have to read this book! Tanja: Ah..you're right. But I could talk about this book all day long. Yes, you really have to and sorry for not talking about the plot but it'd be hard without spoiling first book. Now, go and read the book!
Rating: The biggest five stars you can imagine!
PS. Stay tuned, review for Quintana of Charyn is coming soon....more
There are some things that I'm really afraid of while reaInterview with Ingird at Ja čitam, a ti? on August 19th! Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
There are some things that I'm really afraid of while reading books. One of my fears is that I'll get a book with great idea and then the whole story will start to remind me of some mainstream stories - like Harry Potter or lately Twilight. I had the same fears when I started this one, but luckily they disappeared soon.
Here is why. We start with high school here and of course there is a girl Lillie who is just average teen girl, she is not popular or anything so when she gets into staring contest with the hottest new guy in high school it turned some alarms in my head, but only for short as later it turned out to be something I'd never dream of. Soon enough it turned out that Tom even though was mysterious he acted like that for a reason. When you go through everything he went through to find the way to be happy and tries to get what his hearts wants the most it's really easy to love him. Especially when the romance develops slowly and you get to know both characters better. So soon after I started reading this book I was so interested in it that I read it nearly in one sitting.
All in all this was the very unique idea, at least for me, and it worked out properly, or better said the author made it work. I liked the combination of a well know theory with sci-fi elements and of course going through love and world-bending wonder. I could see characters grow and with them their love which made it even sweeter.
What makes me really happy is that Ingrid told me in the interview that she thinks about writing a new book that will be only loosely connected with this story as for me Lillie and Tom's story has got it's perfect ending, but at the same time I'd love to see more of this idea....more
I've been trying to put together this review for a long time now and while at one hand I truly know how feel aboReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I've been trying to put together this review for a long time now and while at one hand I truly know how feel about this book I somehow don't want to get all that out cause this series is something truly special to me. Honestly, I believe that we all are unique but how did Leah and Megan managed to create someone who is basically me goes beyond my mind.
With Uninvited I got into this story with not many expectations as I've not been a chick-lit lover myself, but I got delighted by this story and probably the #1 fan. When I first met these famous girls it was so interesting to see a mix of different personalities who care so much for each other. Then we met Shane and well I knew that this was something else. When things got a little bit complicated in Confiscated and the story developed with unexpected twists and turns I knew I was going to love it even more. Then only one question reminded - will Compromised follow the same way?
It most certainly did. The whole complexity of the story and the mysterious moment of it was amazingly done. It wasn't predictable and the whole idea had a great logic in it. Also we get to see character development and the romance between Alley and Shane which melted my heart. It was so deep and innocent at the same time. Truly enjoyable.
Well, I'm well aware that not everyone will love this story as much, but I dare say I'm a bit biased here too. Anyhow this is surely one of my favorite series and I'm going to get back to it sometime in the future for sure....more
My luck appeared once more when I became the part of the tour for Uninvited and after enjoying the first book soReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
My luck appeared once more when I became the part of the tour for Uninvited and after enjoying the first book so much you can only imagine how I felt when I found the two remaining books of the series in my mailbox. Over the moon doesn't even start to cover it.
In Uninvited we met Alley who might be me in some other life. She is the witty one who doesn't spend her time only for shopping but at the same time she doesn't judge others for doing that. She might not be the queen bee as her best friend Val but that doesn't stop them from being best friends. This time Val is the one that started some problems with her tries to become a detective. Only this time Shane can't let them go deeper into the case as it might get to dangerous. Ally is aware of that and she tries to let everything go but the trouble has its way of finding her. Soon enough she sees that the things are much more dangerous that any of them believed and once again they must stick together. When you add Shane's hot and cold moments you see that she has had enough of everything. Unfortunately universe is not a really good listener.
It surprised me how much I enjoyed this story, as much or if not more than Uninvited. Alley is growing and she is starting to change from a girl to a woman and trying to get her feelings in order. Others aren't helping her which gets her weaknesses out and that makes her real. Shane at the other hand tries to balance everything and even though he is hot and cold it's because he doesn't know what to do. He is supposed to be the older and smarter one here but he is only a boy too.
This all leaves us with book three - Compromised in which I'll unfortunately have to say goodbye to these lovely characters. I'm not ready to do that just yet though. Some time soon maybe......more
When you look at the cover and read the blurb you know what's the first word that came to my mindThis was cute! Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
When you look at the cover and read the blurb you know what's the first word that came to my mind - silly. It actually was silly at the times, but besides that it was such a funny read that I couldn't stop laughing and not to mention mysterious which I really didn't expect.
This is Alley's story. She is a girl attending high school, but she is in a bit unusual company. Her best friends are as cliche as they can be. Spending a lot of money on cloths, make-up, etc while Alley doesn't. But still they create a great group of friends. Everything starts like yet another high school year until one day their friend Kirsten disappears. She acted unusually lately, actually since the new guy in school showed up - Shane. Girls easily fell for his charm, but not Alley. She saw him talking to Kirsten just before she disappeared and that made him number one suspect. It was time for girls to do a private investigation and find out what's Shane hiding and who is he actually.
My favorite part of this book were conversations between Shane and Alley. They made me laugh so much and I wanted to hug Alley with every witty word she said. For me she is such a great character and I could easily connect with her. But at the same time Shane is such a great boy and I could easily fall for him. Besides the two of them all secondary characters were great, especially Val, because let's face it we all have that one blonde friend.
For people who usually read chick-lit this book might not be as fascinating to them as it was to me, but for me this was actually a really perfect summer-read and it had everything I could ask for. I can't wait to read more of this. ...more
This is one of those books that I've read a while ago but somehow I didn't have time to put my review together. IReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
This is one of those books that I've read a while ago but somehow I didn't have time to put my review together. I decided it'd be great to do that as soon as possible. So Oppression is something that stayed in my mind all this time I might add.
There are some books that you know you're going to love as soon as you open them and start reading them. This one was one of those. There was something mysterious about it that kept me turning pages and discovering more and more.
Elyse is our main character here. She is a girl that on the outside seems really normal, she tries to live normal life, but inside she is everything but that. People assume that she is eighteen years old in reality she is over eighty. That she can thank to her ancestors. She is one of the people who are descendants of Greek gods and the blood that flows through their veins give them some special abilities. Only up until recently she thought that she was alone and after the death of her parents it was hard to cope with all that on her own. But soon she meets some people, one group is there to eliminate her and the other is to help here. But sometimes it's hard to know which is which.
Everything about Greek mythology is fascinating at least. Not only Greek but any other so it was interesting to discover some new elements of it in this book. I loved how each descendant had some ability that connected them to certain god. It was great to see that spectra of powers. There is also a really sweet romance involved in this book. It might start as insta-love but later it nicely develops. Beside our main characters I truly enjoyed Sam's character. It was really fun to read some of the scenes he showed up.
All in all, a really interesting take on Greek mythology and I hope I'll get to discover more of this world....more
Even though this book sat on my shelf for over a year and even though I felt pinch of guilt for not reading it,Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Even though this book sat on my shelf for over a year and even though I felt pinch of guilt for not reading it, now when I finally read it I regret nothing! The day I picked up this book and started reading it was better than any before it.
Reason for that lay in the fact that after a whole semester of reading and discussing Shakespeare I was ready to understand all the jokes here, together with all the concepts and themes presented in his works that could be found here too. We start from the sole idea of tragedy and how it was presented in his plays. It was something to discuss and think about and when the students of Irving School got their final task. It was so interesting when you get to read both Tim's and Duncan's story, which were intertwined but at the same time different.
I loved the switch in narration and the change of the stories, which made me to read this story even faster as I was never bored with it. It was easy to understand Tim and his voice, his fears and troubles. Just the fact that he was albino made him different and he couldn't run away from it. But also I felt for Duncan. I could see that something really bothered him and that there is more to this story, that mysterious moment that hung in the air. It took some time to understand his uneasiness with Tim's story. But when you discover the connection you see why.
Another great thing about this book was that it was not only a tragic story, it was much more. It was a story about ending one chapter in your life, finishing high school and understanding life. It was also a nice romantic story too. Both romantic stories felt real and what I liked the most slow-building.
At the end it was writing and narration that really grabbed me here and kept me turn the pages. I really hope to experience it again someday. ...more
I honestly hate writing my monologues and stuff. I prefer getting right to the point or in this case reviews, buReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I honestly hate writing my monologues and stuff. I prefer getting right to the point or in this case reviews, but sometimes I have to do this so you could understand my review. There is a story about retellings and me - I don't read them. I do feel bad most of the time but I'm stubborn as it is. I don't want nothing to ruin my favorite fairy tales because they made me the person I'm. I've grow up reading them and they made me love reading and created the imagination within me. As you can see I've read this retelling. Here is the thing - I didn't know it was a retelling. Dammit I didn't know it was about Peter Pan at all. Zemira just told that it was an awesome book and it was all what it took me to read the book. Now if you're expecting the disaster, sorry you won't get one.
There is a perfect moment for reading some books. Well for example you need a whole day ahead of you to completely enjoy this one. It's slow and for me like a ballad. Unfortunately I couldn't afford that but still there is always rereading for that. I'm getting to the story. So here you get something I believe you're all familiar with - Peter Pan. I should tell you that he is probably my fist bookish crush and it's still on. The narrator this time is Tinkerbell. We're here reading about the time before and during captain Hook's visit to Neverland. Before Wendy there was a girl called Tiger Lily who showed us more about Peter and lost boys than we knew. It's beautifully written with imaginable descriptions and lovely events. It was so easy to relate with Tiger Lily, because she is me and I'm her deep down. No matter what she did and even though she did some things I don't approve still that little girl who is growing up in Neverland and trying to find her way in life is all of us. We were all lost in this world and didn't know what we wanted or who should we become. But a lot of times in life you have to make a choice and sometimes you have to let go no matter how it's hard. Only you'll always have memories.
I really enjoyed this story even though it was a bit slow at the beginning. Also the letter broke my heart completely. I can't say goodbye to Neverland cause the piece of my hard will always and forever stay there and I'll go there again and again no matter what....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
After Throne of Glass I expected a lot of Crown of Midnight. Without doubt Throne of Glass was one of my favoritReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After Throne of Glass I expected a lot of Crown of Midnight. Without doubt Throne of Glass was one of my favorite reads last year so at times I feared that I set my expectations too high. Good thing though is that no matter how high they were this book managed to bring that and more.
Celaena is who I wanted to be. She was so kick-ass that you simply couldn't but imagine being in her skin. With that she also managed to be a really smart, witty and when necessary emotional. I know I sound like I have a huge crush on her but that was the world I wanted to be in and the person I wanted to be. In Crown of Midnight she developed in a right way and became even better than she was. With her progression the story progressed as well. It was so well paced and every thing happened when it was time for that.
After winning a competition Calaena is back in business. Now she has to kill all the people she is ordered to and when she sees that something big is preparing she can help but do a little research which will discover some serious things but still she has a business to and and freedom to pay. With that her relationship with someone (I won't spoil things, no worries) is something she cannot avoid anymore and the secret she keeps inside of her keeps her busy. Add a bit of magic here and there and you get perfect story that Crown of Midnight is.
But, we also get to see the other side of Calaena, the only that takes over when everything crashes. The one that's deadly and trained to kill and the one that does not forgive nor forget. And the one to who revenge is serious business.
With the ending that leaves you at the edge but at the same time finishes one chapter in her life we see that Sarah J. Maas is really a master in writing that kind of endings that will make you remember the story and at the same time put you in agony because you need and want more. We need that time machine people!...more
Why everyone thing this is a contemporary story? I have no idea why cause when I saw it for the first time I knewreview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Why everyone thing this is a contemporary story? I have no idea why cause when I saw it for the first time I knew it was a dystopian story. Now when we've settled that let's move to the story.
Dystopian genre is really blooming and I've read a different stories and concepts but this one is also new for me. The story here is about souls. Technically about two souls. The story has it that since the birth everyone has a two souls in their body and during the years one becomes dominant and the other one disappears and that's called settling. Only our main characters Eva and Addie are still two persons in one body or how they call it - hybrids. The thing here is that only Addie knows that Eva exists for all the others there is only Addie...until one day when they make new friendship. Soon enough their lives completely change and they need to get out of the mess they got themselves into.
While What's Left Of Me is a story with a different concept still many events are well-known. The beginning of this book was really great and enjoyable. I easily got into the story. But I can't say the same for the last part of the story, cause then it fell into the pattern that was not so unknown. Still the book left a lot of unanswered questions and can't wait to read the sequel. ...more
I should start with the fact that I wasn't such a big fan of Urban Fantasy. I had some really bad experiences with one series and decided to put that genre aside. Boy I really missed a lot. So don't be surprised as you'll be seeing plenty of UF reviews here. I've discovered a fan withing myself.
The Trouble With Fate was that book that started awakening that side of me. Some other books opened my eyes completely but this one started all that. When I've gotten this book from the published I expected it to be more paranormal. Even though the differences between the two are still a bit unfamiliar with me. So this is as the text below the title says about a girl that's half fae and all the trouble. That's true. Hedi our main character in this book is all that. She has a really tough past which she carries around. She tries to fight it but let's be real you can't get away from it. She still has her fae amulet if nothing else to reminds her of what she is. She's been hiding all this time but suddenly things started to change. She sees someone from her past and their paths will cross again. She must stop fighting a big part of her. Not the fae one but the other one.
This book turned out to be something really got. The beginning of the book got me confused and it took me some time to get through the start and get used to the writing and the story. But to say that I enjoyed the second part of the story would be an understatement. Suddenly I was so caught in the story and it was over. For now at least. I'm dying to read the sequel and to get more of this....more
I should probably start with a lie. If you look at the synopsis it promises you a Prince Charming, aka Max. But he is all but that.
IDNF at page 198.
I should probably start with a lie. If you look at the synopsis it promises you a Prince Charming, aka Max. But he is all but that.
I should probably end with truth. This book is full of nonsense if you ask me. They are teens and they are left to their own devices. Parents are absent in general. Police is also there, but like it is not. Adriane is a bit crazy, I mean that girl barley survived, her boyfriend was killed and next thing she does is go to Paris?!? Like really? Then there is writing. It doesn't fit Nora and her age at all.
I also couldn't connect with the characters at all. Nor the writing for that matter.
It does have a nice parts about Prague. It's history and legends. That part was something that made me wish I could go and visit right away.
Anyhow, I might go back to this one, but not right now. ...more