If I am to speak about the most anticipated books of this year for me, this one would be really high on my list.Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
If I am to speak about the most anticipated books of this year for me, this one would be really high on my list. My love for Throne of Glass is really strong and everything new from Sarah will always go instantly to my wishlist. While I cannot say that this is now my favorite Sarah's series, still it has potential to become so.
Once again I was in another world, which amazed me. This time we went to another fairy world, where as usual things were complicated. It's a really rich world in detail and once again it managed to combine what we knew of our world with something new and magical. Besides its world, this book also introduced some interesting creatures and powers I knew nothing about. As always, I was willing to learn more. With that there was romance that turned me into my teen self, giggling and swooning page after page. Good guys in disguise will be end of me.
While the setting amazed me and it's something I cannot wait to return to I cannot say the same for the characters. Well, at least not for Feyre. She just didn't have that vibe around her that I wanted to love. It annoyed me that she became perfect in anything she did. It did work for Caleana after her years of practice and most of the needs provided. But Feyre not that much. Luckily, as the story progressed she started to fail and got easier to grasp in a way.
Lastly, let's hope that by adding Rhys to the pot this is not going where I think it's going. Please sequel, prove me wrong....more
Usually people have a weak spot for the request button when it comes to ARCs, but for me it's read now button. ThReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Usually people have a weak spot for the request button when it comes to ARCs, but for me it's read now button. That little green think will be the end of me, trust me. I just cannot resist it. It usually turns out to be a complete waste of my time, but it's rare books like Undertow that give me hope.
As I haven't read the blurb for this, I honestly expected it to be about circus. It's just the cover looks like circus and I somehow though it must be it. But, don't be fooled as this has nothing to do with circus. Trust me on that. This is actually a book about a world being attacked by a new species. This time the threat is coming from the place the scariest to me - the sea. You can speak whatever you want, but I strongly believe there are different kind of creatures down there that we never wish to meet. Here we get to meet them, and it's not really something you want to come true. Well not all of it.
Even though this book is full of new things, as in new creatures and world building. It's also full of suspense and will keep you on edge. But at the same time it surely has a good deal of predictable elements. Lyrics our main character is what you can call your average YA heroin. She has sort of a normal life, but one full of secrets she has to deal with. Then there is Fanthom, a boy from another sort she must not fall for. But she does and it turns into much more than love story. But still each step of their romance was nicely built that I couldn't but fall for it. I cheered and prayed and I'll continue doing so in the sequel.
When it comes to the sequel it has a great deal of tangles to fix and I cannot wait to see it happen....more
Coming from me these 36% was way too generous! I mean this book is everything I hate. Reckless high school girls having sex all around and aDNF at 36%
Coming from me these 36% was way too generous! I mean this book is everything I hate. Reckless high school girls having sex all around and all that drama and shit. (pardon my French) I'm getting too old for this....more
When I got a chance to read The Empyrean Key few months ago I had no idea that I would be so curious about it anReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
When I got a chance to read The Empyrean Key few months ago I had no idea that I would be so curious about it and honestly I couldn't wait for the sequel to come out. Now I guess I'm again in the same position as I need to know what happens next.
Best thing is that Veil of the Corrupter continues where The Empyrean Key ended, we're back in Ardentia and we continue to follow Jahna and her friends. While they are on their quest some things change in this book. Beside Silko and Liliac who I though were great side characters here we get to meet a couple more. Therefore I believe that Sky was a great addition to the story and I enjoyed having new dimension added to it. Other thing that made me happy is that we still continued to follow both plotlines, Jahna's quest and happenings in the court, which gave a full perspective to the story. Not to mention that I still ship Jahna and Arn a lot and I love how innocent and slow-building their romance is. Hopefully I'll get to see more of it soon.
But sadly I cannot say that this story is flawless, some of them I knew would occur, like predictability which is something I encounter in almost every MG book (even though I'm not sure we can classify this one as solely MG book). The other problem for me was that some of parts of this sequel were rather slow and somehow they killed the mood a bit. Their adventure is what captivated me from the start and it continued to do so, but it had its ups and downs in this book.
What I said for the first book in this series can be said for this one too, I'm sure that younger readers will enjoy this one much more as it's all young mind could ask for. But we can say that my young mind enjoyed this too and that I cannot wait to see how this series continue to develop.
Glass: We have been scared of this day. Last Bloodlines novel. What will we do with our lives now? Tanja: Yeah, I wonder the same. It's just damn bittersweet. We've been in this world for so long and it's nice to see it reaching this point but then I'll miss it. Still let's keep it where it is and let it go now. Glass: That is something I wholeheartedly agree with - Vampire Academy and Bloodlines fictional world should end here. We are a little bit biased when it comes to these books - our friendship actually started because of our shared love for Rose, Dimitri and Adrian. (We even named our little nephew Adrian.) That doesn't mean that we can't recognize bad sides of this story. Like how it started really slow and ending was rushed. Tanja: Exactly, especially after all that crescendo we went through at the end of Silver Shadows. For me it felt like stepping into anther story altogether at the start. I needed some getting used to the pace and plot line. (Even though, as always Mead didn't fail to repeat things, which still drives me crazy. I see point of it, but honestly it's not like someone will read this before any other book in both series and wouldn't know about dhampirs and moroi and all that). Glass: But she actually toned it down in final book, I was more annoyed by it in previous one. What did you think about Sydney and Adrian? I know that you prefer Dimitri, but Adrian was always my favorite. He truly grow up in The Ruby Circle. Tanja: Oh I adore him too. I mean I always did, but it bothered me how immature he was in the previous books. I did like his boy charm and all, but now I think I fully grew to love him. I like how more serious and adult he became. Which is amazing in this series, as you really saw him change. Both him and Sydney, but I think it was more present in his character. Glass: Sydney was kind of consistent trough whole series - she is responsible, too mature for her age, ambitious, confident, smart and strong. That is why I loved her, she is not the most usual female character you can find in this type of books. But the way everything ended and that epilogue! I just loved epilogue! Tanja: That thing was like cherry on top! I was kind of worried how all this will end, somehow the whole book was so rushed at the end that I was scared for the epilogue but then Mead did was I will always be grateful for. She combined the two and closed this world. Like I always say, we might have left this world, but parts of our hearts will still remain there. As it should be....more
In all honesty I could write a book about this book. There is so much to say and do to make you read it. But I won't. Not because I'm selfish like that, but because I want you to discover it on your own. This is one of those books you don't need to read anything about, just pick it up and you won't be able to stop. I guarantee you!
In the meantime I want to tease you a bit, so here is my favorite quote from the book:
What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good? This is what I want to do with Violet - give her only the good, keep away the bad, so that good is all we ever have around us.
If you want to know more about this book head over to Goodreads and you'll find plenty, but if you want to feel magic of it then pick up the book! That's where it's hidden. In beautify writing and sweet words of Theodore and Violet! Two people you'll start carrying for after this book.
And while you at it, just remember to look around. We all carry our burdens but some might need help with theirs. So pick them up. Remember ...more
Dani are you OK? Are you OK, Dani? (will you tell us that you're OK)
Tanja: Glass, sorry it was stronger than me.Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Dani are you OK? Are you OK, Dani? (will you tell us that you're OK)
Tanja: Glass, sorry it was stronger than me. Anyhow as each chapter in this book starts of with some popular lyrics I shall do the same (with some changes, though). But still it sums up the whole book for me. So, if you are ready let's discuss it. Glass: LOL, it does sum up latest Fever novel - I've been waiting for so long to find out what happened with Dani. But... I thought that Burned would be told from her POV, just like the previous book. Not that I am complaining - I love Mac and I was happy to see what was going on with her. It's just that I had certain expectations. And Burned crushed all of them. Tanja: Somehow I'm used to that when it come to Moning. She really manages to crush all my expectations ever since book one. But back to the narrator issue, I truly wish she stick to the original plan. Somehow Dani is my girl. I do understand that people have issues with her age, but then again look at Victorian novels and their age. Times change so do norms. Glass: I completely agree with that. It is sad that she felt a need to indulge to the all negative responses and change original storyline. Burned was exciting, action-packed and fun, I loved it - but still there is that big plot twist (let's call it like that to avoid spoilers). What did you think about that? I am still not sure. It was unexpected (which is good thing), but also I'm disappointed because I'm pretty sure that it is not how the story should have developed judging by Iced. Tanja: Yes it was certainly unexpected, but then again I have no idea what to think of it. Somehow I like the way she dealt with everything. This is really a good way to make everyone happy. I do appreciate it, but it really just depends how it goes from here. It's pretty much open. Another thing I think we should warn our ladies about are guys here. I think we need to tell them to stay away (I certainly do, as you and me fighting for the same guy is already enough *wink*) Glass: Oh my... *dreamy eyes* I want to lock away all of them in our fictional harem, Tanja. All of them! They can be infuriating and rude and damn bossy, but also, they are fierce, protective and loyal. And hot. One thing that I appreciate when it comes to Karen Marie Moning is how she keeps you on your toes. I love that all options are, as you put it, open - everything is possible and you can't even guess what will happen next. Tanja: Don't tell me about locking them away, you know me and alpha males. I'm a goner when it comes to them. But yes, that's what Moning is amazing for and which reminds me that once again you and all who love this series should most definitely read Kate Daniles series. I'll just leave it here. Back to Burned, I really have no idea how to either sum up or wrap up this just because I have no idea what's going to happen next. It's as usual, we have to wait and see. But also Moning announced that we can expect Feverborn in October, which frankly made my year! Glass: Let's just hope that publication date won't be pushed again. And again. And again. We will anxiously waiting to see what will happen with our favorite characters. ...more
I have nothing against borrowing things from other books, but at least don't use mainstream ones. You have orcs, and main characters is supDNF at 38%.
I have nothing against borrowing things from other books, but at least don't use mainstream ones. You have orcs, and main characters is super good with bow and arrow. Then he gets to attend boarding school....and so on. With all that it's predictable and main character is too young for me to connect with. ...more
We all have certain expectations of all books, you want some to be fun, some to have amazing characters, etc., bReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
We all have certain expectations of all books, you want some to be fun, some to have amazing characters, etc., but my main request for any book is to make sense. Not for me to be familiar with everything (I mean I'm reading fantasy most of the time), but just to have an idea which makes sense, no matter what way it's been told. Well, this book failed even in that department. Go figure!
Before I Fall, anybody? For me this book seems like something I could say been there, done that story. I have read Lauren's book 4 years ago and at that time it was a really unique idea and the story. This certainly is not unique as the idea is basically the same, so there goes that. I'm not saying that that idea should be exclusive for one story, it's just if you're using it, well don't use it in the same way! There are some other things, as for characters who while being well developed (but let's face it CoHo and Fisher cannot fail in that department), still utterly annoying. I dunno for you but I never swore that much in my life, and suddenly all teenagers are swearing all the time! Then there is drama and more drama and even more drama, as you know it's all about drama.
What's there to read? Well this book starts with never and ends with never and there is little in between. Our main characters are high school students, and no this is not NA, but very YA! Their whole journey is to discover what's happening to them, when I knew what's going on from the page one, leaving little space for surprises. Don't get me started about cheating part, just DON'T!
Here is more? And you get all that within (only...barely) 100 pages of this book, not nearly enough space to give a full story. Bonus is a cliffy you get at the end which killed it. But then again as this in not a full book - more like a number in a serial which will get its next number but probably without me to experience it, I was not surprised. ___________________________________
I spend way too much time with Zemira :P (Kidding, love you my wicked witches)
I will first tell you something about this book I didn't know before I started reading it. This book is actuallyReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I will first tell you something about this book I didn't know before I started reading it. This book is actually MG story. So I just wanted to let you know. It's not a bad thing, though, as I haven't read any for some time and well it was nice to go back to it.
As you usually have it in MG stories, this is an adventure story. And I can tell you it's a really interesting one. We are with Matilda here. She is a girl that loves to read (high fives girl) and one day she gets to read an interesting book, which changes her life (don't they all). Suddenly, her shadow is not just that a shadow but it get a more powerful meaning in this story. It all stays in realms of dreams, for some time but well not all things can stay hidden. The worst thing for her is that she is not alone now, when her cousins visit this is not only about Matilda, but she drags them into all this, without intending to.
So we end up in a new world and this one was mix of some known things, but also of some to me unknown things. It was a really interesting mix which I liked to create in my head. It was adventurous and above all entertaining. They were so different that it was really interesting to see them working together.
But as it happens in MG books, this book was predictable to some extend and full of coincidence. It's not that I don't think it's bad, but I could see through it. I'm sure that younger readers will consider more like a big plot twists, than I did.
But all in all, I must that that it was an interesting read and with all that a really fast one. ...more