Wow, this book is EPIC! I didn't expect to finish the book quickly because I used an audio book. I can't believe I finished the entire series in just...moreWow, this book is EPIC! I didn't expect to finish the book quickly because I used an audio book. I can't believe I finished the entire series in just a week! This is a new record for me. I never finished an audio book before let alone an entire series!
As I have mentioned in my review of Lirael, book 2 ended in the middle of Sameth's and Lirael's journey. Abhorsen is the continuation of Sam and Lirael's search for Nicholas Sayer, who was held captive by Hedge. With Lirael and Sam's new found titles and powers, they will face more difficult challenges with the help of their Free Magic pets--- Mogget and Disreputable Dog.
I am completely amazed by Lirael's character development. From being mopey and pessimistic, Lirael become braver and a real bad-ass in this book. Sam's characters improved too. I think the relief of being not an "Abhorsen-in-Waiting" anymore brought him courage and confidence. His new title as the "Wallmaker" fits him well because he really loves to create/invent stuff. Mogget and Dog are still lovable as always. I know already how powerful those two were, but I was still surprised when their real status was revealed in the end.
Abhorsen is a mind-blowing, breath-taking and heart-pumping finale. I think this is even better than Sabriel! If you're looking for romance, you can't find it here, but the hero and heroine's relationship with their pets warmed my heart. The chapter A Tin of Sardines was really cute and touching, and I did tear up a little when Disreputable Dog (view spoiler)[died (hide spoiler)].
To those who read Lirael and gave up, please pick it up again, it's so worth it! I don't even have the right words to describe how amazing the binding in the end was. It's so freaking good. Garth Nix is a genius!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
First of all, I’m going to put this out there— I’m a Team Mal. Although his...more4.5 Stars
REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! READ AT YOU OWN RISK.
OMG. What a sequel!
First of all, I’m going to put this out there— I’m a Team Mal. Although his character was a little disappointing in this book (more details later), I am fine with the fact that the Darkling didn’t appear much in Siege and Storm. Man, that guy is so evil! He’s like Voldemort incarnate. I wonder how Alina will kill him, the guy just won’t die!
Anyway, Bardugo did really well on this sequel. As usual, the writing was brilliant, the world building was fantastic, and the story is riveting. I was hooked from the beginning until the end! I loved the action in this book! In fact, I enjoyed the action too much that I didn’t care about the romantic parts.
Okay, maybe I did care.
The author covered all her bases when it comes to epic battle scenes. There was one in the sea, another one by air, and the last one was by land. The fight scenes were intense and very impressive!
Now let’s move on to the characters:
Alina is torn between doing what she must and doing what she wants. She wanted to be normal and just be with Mal, but her power—the light, calls to her, begging her to unleash her full potential and use it to save Ravka. While she and Mal were on the run, she felt weak because of not using her power. Apparently, Alina is not meant to be a normal girl so, she finally accepted her fate and embraced her powers. In doing so, her priorities changed affecting her relationship with Mal.
The Darkling survived his last encounter with the Sun Summoner but he’s weak and wounded. However, he was still able to locate Mal and Alina and dragged them to track a mythical creature that is known to have scales that will serve as a second amplifier. Everything went according to his plans until a pirate double crossed him in the sea taking the mythical creature, Mal, and Alina with him. After the Darkling’s encounter with the privateer in the sea, he went MIA. He was mentioned occasionally but no appearance until the last battle in Ravka at the end of the book.
Sturmhond is the privateer who double-crossed the Darkling. He’s strong, a great leader and have a good sense of humor. However, Sturmhond in the sea is different in the land. He have several layers of personality, he’s a friend today and can be your enemy the next. I think he’s really a good guy but he and Alina are too alike. Their priorities are the same and both are willing to do anything to save Ravka. That’s when I knew that Alina-Sturmhond/Nikolai is not going to happen.
Lastly, there’s Mal. Oh dear, I love the guy but I was disappointed by his actions. Not long ago, I quoted Jeanann Verlee’s poem on one of my reviews and I’m going to quote her again because her poem is perfect for Mal’s situation! I chose a few lines from her poem Lessons on Loving a Prophet:
You know how this ends. There’s nothing you can do to change it, so make peace with it now. Ready your hands for the callus, shred the cloth for bandages, prepare the rosaries.
When he explains that he cannot love you. That he will never be yours alone. When he tells how the meek, the gluttons, the tempted, the proud are his angels, do not mourn. Smile, feed him, wash his hair.
As I was saying, I was disappointed when Mal became selfish towards the end of the book. However, I really couldn’t blame him. When the person you love is changing before you and starts to pull away from you, I think he has the right to feel that way. He’s not perfect, he’s not special, he’s removed from his rank, and he’s just a commoner now. He endured the mocking he’s getting just to continue his support for Alina, and then Alina changed on him. Despite their fall out, I still believe in Mal. I can’t wait to see him standing beside Alina once the Darkling is defeated. Remember Mal:
You were made for this.
Siege and Storm is a really good sequel. It’s action packed and there was a lot of character development. I can’t wait to read Ruin and Rising! This book is highly recommended to YA Fantasy readers.(less)
I'm currently listening to Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3) while writing this review. Even though I enjoyed Lirael, I couldn't give it a rating higher than 3.5...moreI'm currently listening to Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3) while writing this review. Even though I enjoyed Lirael, I couldn't give it a rating higher than 3.5 because it ended in the middle of Lirael and Sam's journey... I hate cliffhangers!
Lirael takes place 14 years after Sabriel's appointment as the Abhorsen. While Sabriel is happily married to King Touchstone and have two children, there is a girl in the Clayr's Glacier approaching her 14th birthday in misery. Lirael is the oldest in the Glacier who haven't received the Sight and she feels like she doesn't really belong there. She doesn't know who her father is, her mother left her when she was only 5 years old and her Aunt Kirrith doesn't really treat her as a close family member. On top that, she looks physically different from the other daughters of the Clayr. On her 14th birthday, she decided to end her own life but she witnessed the King and Queen's quick visit to the Glacier and she was caught by the seven most important Clayr. Despite the trouble she found herself in, the Clayrs understood where she's coming from and she was given an option to take a job for the Clayr that will keep her busy---she chose to work in the library. In the Great Library of the Clayr, Lirael learned a lot of things about the Charter Magic, got a friend in a form of a dog, had accidentally released a Stilken and encountered a lot of other magical creatures. Her time in the library had also prepared her for something that awaits her outside the Glacier.
Prince Sameth have been in a boarding school in Ancelstierre and is graduating soon. After a successful cricket game, their team bus went on a detour which led them near the wall to the Old Kingdom, there they encountered Dead that were raised by a necromancer. To save his friends, Sam had to go into Death unprepared to face the necromancer who brought trouble in Ancelstierran border. Sameth survived the face-off but he was badly wounded. Sameth weht home to the Old Kingdom scared and unsure of the future that was waiting for him.
This book started slow but it was very interesting. Not as good as Sabriel though. I liked Lirael's POV than that of Sam's. Her adventures in the library are more exciting than Prince Sameth's whining. Actually, I didn't like Sam at all in this book because he's a coward and a spoiled brat. Lirael on the other hand is so smart and very powerful. She's not perfect though, sometimes she gets a little mopey and she have suicidal tendencies but she later become stronger and embraced her new responsibilities not just as a daughter of Clayr but also as an (view spoiler)[Abhorsen-in-Waiting (hide spoiler)]. I have to add that I really loved Disreputable Dog, she's Lirael's only friend and have always been there for Lirael specially on her dark moments. Mogget's return is also one of my favorite things in this book. I swear that sarcastic cat always makes me laugh!
Lirael cannot be read as a stand-alone, you have to read Sabriel first so that you won't get lost once you dive in. Also, make sure that you have a copy of book 3, because you'll definitely want to know what happens next once you get to the page that says: "to be continued..."["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was reluctant on reading this book at first because the cover isn’t very enticing. Also, when I read the blurb I found out that it was about the und...moreI was reluctant on reading this book at first because the cover isn’t very enticing. Also, when I read the blurb I found out that it was about the undead, and I rarely enjoy zombie novels. However, since this book was recommended by a friend, I decided to give it a shot anyway. I challenged myself to finish the audio book, and I was surprised on how much I enjoyed it. I listened to audio books before but I never finish them because I’m too impatient– I always switch to eBooks after listening to a few chapters. Anyway, I am so glad that I was able to finish Sabriel in audiobook, this is a first for me!
Sabriel is an 18 year old daughter of a necromancer. Actually, her father is called Abhorsen– a person in charge of dealing with the undead and putting them back where they belong. Sabriel have very little knowledge about magic despite her father’s abilities because she was sent to a boarding school away from her homeland since she was four years old. When a creature from the dead visited her one night, delivering her father’s bells and sword— she knew that her father is in trouble. Sabriel decided to go back to the Old Kingdom to know her father’s whereabouts. On her journey, she’ll meet friends and enemies; she will learn more about her past and her future, and she will also experience magic like she never had before.
“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?”
Listening to Sabriel is such a wonderful experience. Aside from the brilliant story line, the narrator–Tim Curry, was pretty awesome. I was hooked just after listening to the prologue! I liked the world Nix created, it’s old, magical, creepy and full of zombies. How can Sabriel’s journey get anymore exciting right? Also, I absolutely adore the characters. Sabriel is smart and a really bad-ass heroine. Mogget is such a funny and sarcastic cat, he cracked me up a lot of times. Touchstone is… well, to be honest I didn’t like him at first because he keeps on beating himself for what happened to the Old Kingdom, which isn’t his fault (at least not entirely) anyway. But, he did won me over towards the end. He’s pretty strong and a gentleman too.
Sabriel is thrilling, magical, action-packed, with healthy dose of humor and romance. This is highly recommended to YA Fantasy/Paranormal fans especially to those who loved the Harry Potter series.
I found out that the next book, Lirael (Abhorsen #2) takes place 14 years after Sabriel’s journey! I’m itching to read Lirael but I’ll stick to the audio book. =)(less)
Thank you Ms. Ee for finally releasing the book. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for ages! Anyway, i’m so happy that its here n...more4.5/5 Stars
Thank you Ms. Ee for finally releasing the book. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for ages! Anyway, i’m so happy that its here now and I also hope that we wont wait long for the 3rd book. *fingers crossed*
“You broke me out of the grasp of a living horror when I thought all hope was gone. You gave me the opportunity to crawl back to life when no one else could.”
She glances over at me, her eyes shining in the dark.
“You’re a hero, Penryn, whether you like it or not.”
The story picks up where we left off in Angelfall. Penryn reunited with her family and they are off to camp with the Resistance and other human survivors. Penryn recovered from her temporary paralysis, her mom is still crazy, and her little sister Paige is not quite like Paige anymore.
(view spoiler)[ have to admit that World After is not as good as Angelfall. However, for a sequel, its pretty darn good. I know a lot of people were disappointed about how Penryn reacted towards Paige condition. If you all remember, Paige was one of those kids experimented in the old aerie lab. Now, Paige is no longer a vegan and she can also walk but people in the camp are afraid of her. I think Penryn couldn’t handle the change in Paige that she couldn’t even look at her sister in the eye. It just broke me. I feel so much for Paige, specially when the survivors in the camp tried to kill her. Penryn and Paige reminds me so much of Katniss and her sister Prim of THG. I just hope that Paige will have a better fate than Prim. Anyway, I think this is one of the best parts of the book– the “sisterly love” part. I have an older sister too, I can totally relate.
Now let’s talk about Raffe and the demon wings in the cover. Yep, he still has it but he’s not giving up in retrieving his old wings back. He wasn’t present during the first part of the book but he comes up occasionally through the angel sword’s memories. Speaking of the angel sword, the poor thing was named Pooky Bear! I can’t even aksdjhfaslkdjhf. Despite the demon wings. Raffe is as awesome as ever. (hide spoiler)]
“It’s painful to see that people prefer a bad guy who looks like an angel to a good guy who looks like a demon.”
I love the action! Specially when Raffe and Penryn reunited. Also, the scene between Paige and Beliel was out of this world. Seriously, I don’t know if I’m horrified or awed (maybe both?) by what Paige did,but yeah, it was CRAZY And the scene after that… (Penryn and Paige moment) *sigh*
I very much enjoyed this book and I think that it’s really worth the wait. I like the fact that the ending isn’t a cliffhanger. Yes, its obvious that the story isn’t finish yet, but at least (view spoiler)[the main characters are together in the end. Also, Raffe got his wings back and they found their secret weapon (Paige!!!) in the upcoming war. (hide spoiler)]
World After was a great read. I highly recommend this series for those who love sci-fi, dystopian and post apocalyptic novels.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I don't know what possessed me for putting off this book for so long. This book was in my tbr for a while and when it was selected as our group's book...moreI don't know what possessed me for putting off this book for so long. This book was in my tbr for a while and when it was selected as our group's book of the month, I didn't read it until the 27th! LOL. Anyway, I had so much fun reading this book and i loved almost everything about it... well, almost.
"I only have a day to give—so why can’t it be a good one? Why can’t it be a shared one? Why can’t I take the music of the moment and see how long it can last? The rules are erasable. I can take this. I can give this."
Every Day is about A, a person who wakes up in someone else's body everyday. A doesn't have a gender, no family, no permanent adress, etc. A only has memories. One day, when he woke up on some guy's body, A fell in love with the guy's girlfriend--Rhiannon. Ever since, he tried to reconnect to her and broke all his rules about his condition.
"Normal people don’t have to decide what’s worth remembering. You are given a hierarchy, recurring characters, the help of repetition, of anticipation, the firm hold of a long history. But I have to decide the importance of each and every memory. I only remember a handful of people, and in order to do that, I have to hold tight, because the only repetition available—the only way I am going to see them again—is if I conjure them in my mind.
I choose what to remember, and I am choosing Rhiannon. Again and again, I am choosing her, I am conjuring her, because to let go for an instant will allow her to disappear."
I absolutely loved Levithan's writing style. The book was thoughtful, poignant and funny at times. The plot was complicated yet addictive. I always find myself looking forward to learn stuff about the lives A borrowed. I also admire the author's guts to discuss sensitive topics in the book such as religion, suicide and homosexuality.
This book made it to my top reads for the month but you're probably wondering why I only gave it a 4-star rating. Well, my reason was the ending. Despite the fact that deep inside I knew that Rhiannon and A can't have a normal relationship, it still broke my heart that they didn't get an HEA. Plus, the fact that A practically shoved Alexander to Rhiannon's life in the end was a little annoying. I know A means well, he wants Rhiannon to be happy, still, it didn't feel right that he manipulated them both. As far as I know, Rhiannon still have a mind of her own, she have the right to decide and choose who she wants to be with.
I'm still undecided if I want a sequel for this book. Even though I wasn't happy with the ending, I think it was still the right one. A and Rhiannon didn't end up together but what they had was real and magical. As the saying goes it's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. =)
Everyday was an amazing read and I highly recommend this book to all YA readers!(less)
I read and enjoyed the first two novels from the Starcrossed series and this one is no exception. Goddess is such a...more *REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
I read and enjoyed the first two novels from the Starcrossed series and this one is no exception. Goddess is such a wonderful finale and I thank Ms. Angelini for sharing us this amazing series. *round of applause*
In Dreamless, the book ended with Orion, Helen and Lucas being blood brothers. Hence, their preparation for a war with the Greek gods. In this book we found out that there are perks of being blood brothers, Helen gained some abilities from the two boys that changed her fate.
The Tyrant rises. . . . The Great Cycle, delayed for thirty and three hundreds of years, is nearly complete. The blood of the Four Houses has mixed and all of Olympus is contained in one. The time has come. The children must overthrow the parents—or be devoured by them. The Hero The Lover The Shield The Tyrant—have taken the stage. The Warrior waits in the wings, the last to join the battle. The Tyrant shall rise up with power unlimited. On one choice will the fate of all be decided.
It wasn't really hard to figure out Cassandra's prophecy but I really enjoyed how it unraveled in the story. I was surprised with Matt's role in the war though. Poor Ariadne. Anyway, before I get into more details I would like to mention how much I liked the cover (US Cover). It looks ethereal and fits the title perfectly. Great job!
There are a lot of parts I loved in this book, but my favorite is when Helen relives the lives of the women who bore "the face". It was mind blowing. Of course the epic battle towards the end is also one of the highlights in this book. How can't it be when there is a special appearance of the Kraken!?! nuff said.
Helen have come a long way since Starcrossed. She's stronger and smarter now. Still, it annoyed me when she chose to stay with Orion to get over Lucas. Bad Helen! How dare you hurt my Lucas like that!?! LOL. Technically, it wasn't really her fault, because she's under the impression that Lucas is her cousin. Good thing Daphne confessed everything before she met her demise. I'm still conflicted about Daphne. She's the kind of character that you wish to hate but couldn't because she's only fighting for something she wants so bad. Sure, she acted selfishly and that she manipulated everyone but she's doing it out of her undying love for Ajax. I think Angelini did the right thing by not going into full details on what happened to Daphne after the final battle---if ever she reunited with Ajax in the Elysian fields (which she probably did) or whatever. I find the epilogue satisfactory because even though it may have not given everyone an HEA--*hint* Poor Ariadne!--and there are still questions left unanswered, it still gives me hope that we will see these characters again. Maybe in a different series--- a spin-off. Why? Here are my reasons:
#1- Helen's debt to Hecate. #2- Lucas' vow to be the Hand of Darkness. #3- Poseidon's promise:
“Forever is a long time, Helen,” Poseidon warned as his army retreated. He narrowed his eyes at her. “We’ll be seeing you.”
So, yeah, I hope Josephine Angelini will write a new story arc from this series. I will definitely read it!
The Starcrossed series is one of the best trilogies I've read and I highly recommend this to YA readers who loves Greek mythology. =) (less)
It's 6am and I'm writing a book review! LOL. This is a monumental event!
I'm bombarded with emotions after reading this book. I'm...more4.5 stars.
Oh my gosh.
It's 6am and I'm writing a book review! LOL. This is a monumental event!
I'm bombarded with emotions after reading this book. I'm happy and at the same time I'm so annoyed I want to punch something! I'm so proud of Juliette because she's grown a lot. From a being a crazy crying mess, Juliette is now a bad-ass rogue. However, I am so pissed and incredibly sad for Adam. What happened to him is just so unfair! Also, there's Warner---the guy I loathed in book 1 won me over in this book. I love Adam with all my heart but like Juliette, it's hard not to feel something for the guy. He's changed and we saw sides of him that made me forget what he did in Shatter Me.
When I read the first 2 chapters of Unravel Me, I was tempted to return the book in my TBR pile because I'm seeing comments and reviews about Warner's awesomeness. I'm a Team Adam through and through, that's why I felt like the book will bring me bad news about Adam and if so, I wanted to make sure that he'll be okay. That wasn't possible though because book 3 is not yet available. I wanted to wait for book 3 because I thought I wont be able to handle whatever bad news Unravel Me would bring. However, due to my reading buddy's insistence---yep that's you Sara, I read it anyway. I'm glad and at the same time annoyed with myself by doing so. The book was really good, but I really wish I've waited... oh my, poor Adam!
Unravel Me is action-packed, riveting and very emotional. There were a lot of secrets revealed and new powers discovered. I have to admit that after reading the book, I was really torn between Adam and Warner. Whoever she ends up with, I think I'm gonna be fine with it. I will be pissed if she ends up with Warner but I'll get over it. I understand her attraction to Warner and the fact that (view spoiler)[she couldn't touch Adam without hurting him (hide spoiler)] is crushing my hope for Adam - Juliette HEA. As long as Mafi don't kill Adam's character and finds someone for him to love--- i'll take it.
“Don’t walk away,” he says, his voice tight, his eyes squeezed shut like he already knows I’m going to. Like he can’t bear to see it happen. “Please,” he whispers, tormented. “Don’t walk away from this.”
“I-I wish,” I tell him, shaking violently now, “I wish I d-didn’t have to. I wish I could love you less.”
I really want to give this book a 5-star rating however, I still get bothered by the writing style. Don't get me wrong, I think Mafi did the right thing by being consistent (because I believe that the writing style is one of the things that makes the book stand out) but, I just couldn't ignore it. It sometimes takes my attention out of the story. Also, I couldn't give it a perfect five after what happened to MY Adam Kent. Team Adam FTW!
If we are going to wait for another year for book 3 to come out, I hope Ms. Mafi will give us a novella (a 2.5 book) with Adam's POV. Warner got a 1.5, I think Adam deserves one too!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)