There are many ways that I could introduce the briliance of this ARC. Being an individual of math and science, I found this book to be both refreshingThere are many ways that I could introduce the briliance of this ARC. Being an individual of math and science, I found this book to be both refreshing and challenging. All of those times in the cannon series where I would cringe and want to take a lighter to the book, are missing from HPMOR.
If you are not an individual of science, you will be spending a significant amount of time in the first 1/4 of the book on wikipedia. I myself am college trained, and I found myself taking pause at certain points. While I enjoyed this aspect of the book, it seemed to almost vanish in the second 1/2 of the book. Henceforth, it would only show up briefly.
Into the meat of the book, if you are a fan of harry potter, look no further, if the above do not scare you. Even if they do, read it. Yes, at times it is clear that harry is waaay too smart, and is too snarky at times. All of the things that you wish harry could have done in the cannon series, are possible here. The friends that are selected are much better and enjoyable. Also, the author can be a bit descriptive, but it really does work out for the best.
Looking forward to the sequel, but a bit too supernatural for my liking. Also, waaay too much exposition, the actual mystery aspect doesn't start tillLooking forward to the sequel, but a bit too supernatural for my liking. Also, waaay too much exposition, the actual mystery aspect doesn't start till well over 30% into the book. It is a bit long in the tooth, but overall decent. ...more
So for me, I had no idea what I was getting into. The description of the book doesnWow! Just Wow! At first I was like:
But by the end of the book I was:
So for me, I had no idea what I was getting into. The description of the book doesn't do it justice. A better, concise, summary would be: "Experience the journey of an individual that learns about her Egyptian Mythology roots and has to use love to conquer evil." Or something like that!
For starters, Lindsey does a great job of giving insight into her main character. Lex is a well developed character, and we are given sufficient insight into her character to understand her actions.
The plot is refreshingly unique and takes some predictable twists, but overall, I was kept on edge around what would occur in the book.
I hate to do this, but this book can be compared to 50 Shades of Grey, yet this author has an actual plot that can stand without the romance. This book was exactly what I was looking for at the time, action with romance, and not too many complications.
Ok now the main character isn't the strongest I have seen a women as a protagonist, but she is a hell of alot stronger than Tris in Divergent or Katniss in the Hunger Games.
Basic Plot Summary: Lex is to some degree, a lost individual, wrapped up in her dissertation in the intro of the novel. She continues to develop into a decent character. I do have one major niggle, her emotions seem to be that of a 17 year old not a 25 year old (bear in mind I am a guy... so I guess I expect girls to be slightly more developed, all well..).
I will say, the author does a great job of balancing both the romance and central plot (the egyptian stuff). Some of her weaknesses, would be lack of detail regarding the mythology stuff and rushed transitions. (view spoiler)[ Like really?? Lex is conveniently out for 3 months and therefore, the author can skip writing what occurs during that time?? WTF! (hide spoiler)]
I highly recommend this book to anyone and can not wait for the sequel!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The title? The Devil's Apprentice more like Precocious Pre-Adult Lawyer: The Adventures of House-Sitting. Like really? The title isWhere to start....
The title? The Devil's Apprentice more like Precocious Pre-Adult Lawyer: The Adventures of House-Sitting. Like really? The title is far from the mark.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I found it quite refreshing. The writing style is quite developed and somewhat complex. However, this author wrote the story from different narratives throughout the book, and while this is essential for the story, I do not like this style. Therefore, it took a concerted effort at times to continue with the book as the narratives changed, but if you like this, then go for it!
I don't typically read books that include time-travel, but this book takes a new approach to time travel, in the way the characters interact with the past. Like I said, this could be standard for the genera, but I enjoyed it.
Onto character development! The author does not provide us with a lot of insight. While there are monologues that are from the character's perspective, they seemed fairly basic and their thoughts predictable.
Now the title is a little misleading, yes, it is sort of about the devil's search for an apprentice, but that doesn't factor in until the latter 1/3rd of the novel. Also, it doesn't mention it here, but is this part of a series? It doesn't need to be, but if not, there was a whole lot of plot development for something that played a minor role. I hope for a sequel and would read it, but the ending didn't seem to indicate that.
Also, if you are into action, action, action (as I am), this book will be a little slow, given its length, this is understandable, yet I desired either more action and/or character development.
Now I am going to split it up into what I liked and didn't like (pro/con) Pro: -Introduces the idea of Time-Travel -Includes magic and demon characters -has a dog -Main Character is intelligent and not all emotional (a little too precocious..) -Includes fighting -Well developed plot line
Con: -slow plot -subplots -possible future (if sequel is in the works) love triangle -has a cat -not a whole lot of development, feels like it could have been shorter
Overall, I recommend this book to those that enjoy subplots and good writing. ...more