This book was exactly what I wanted: a slow burn romance in the forefront of a quickly moving war, which eventually made its way to the forefront of tThis book was exactly what I wanted: a slow burn romance in the forefront of a quickly moving war, which eventually made its way to the forefront of the story. Kestrel d Rediscovering herself and coming up with her clever gambles was perfect. She needed to lose herself a bit to separate her true feelings from her many masks. The ending was beautiful....more
I don't how I am going to wait another year for the conclusion. Having ended on such a seriously heart-wrenching cliffhanger, I have to ask (view spoiI don't how I am going to wait another year for the conclusion. Having ended on such a seriously heart-wrenching cliffhanger, I have to ask (view spoiler)[how could her father do it?! Does Kestrel hate herself and her people this much? What game exactly is the emperor playing? Who will Verex marry now? (hide spoiler)]
The third book is going to be such a cry fest, I just can't.
This book was just one really screwed up game of Bite and Sting combined with the basics of Borderlands. Kestrel is smart, but new to this game. She's fighting to stay ahead of all the players one day at a time, but even this doesn't seem to be enough. This book or series isn't really about a battle of strength and conquering through that...it's about the battle of wits. It's about outsmarting one another or lying while accomplishing one's true goals. Arin, though good at Bite and Sting, is terrible at this game. He plays it honestly. He plays it close to the heart. And he doubts himself way too much.
This would normally bother me, but it makes this story work so well I couldn't get mad at him for his self-consciousness.
This book was a perfect follow up to The Winner's Curse and I can't wait for more. Seriously, I just can't.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Holy Hellas. So many amazing female characters to fall in love with. Among my favourite: Aelin, of course, Lysandra, Manon, Asterin and Kaltain. I canHoly Hellas. So many amazing female characters to fall in love with. Among my favourite: Aelin, of course, Lysandra, Manon, Asterin and Kaltain. I cannot wait for what's to come.
You did good, Maas, you did good.
(Real review will be released on book release day.)...more
I just can't express how great this book was. I mean, I could try to, but it would be futile. Let's take the elements of The Bone Season and Howl's MoI just can't express how great this book was. I mean, I could try to, but it would be futile. Let's take the elements of The Bone Season and Howl's Moving Castle and have the weight of its content meet in between the two. Add a couple elements of Graceling and make it a little more adult and you've got ADSOM. It lived up to the hype (and more for me). I compare it to these three books because that's all I have to go on. I'd say I liked it more probably because while it seemed to draw heavily from HMC, it stood well on its own with its own writing style and humour. And I can't wait to reimmerse myself in Dead London, Dull London, Creepy London and Kell London. :)
I just don't know how I'll be able to like anything I read after this until my book hangover is truly gone....more
Well, I am just...hm. I am very emotional right now and cannot commit to anything that spews out of my mouth either out of rage or just all the feels.Well, I am just...hm. I am very emotional right now and cannot commit to anything that spews out of my mouth either out of rage or just all the feels.
I wrote a huge review for this and it just disappeared before I saved it. FML.
So, after I finished reading the third book, I finally noticed that all the covers have the amplifiers on them in order. Obviously the third book is technically wrong, because it should be Mal on the cover instead.
This book was extremely upsetting in both good and bad ways. Let me explain.
Things that made me angry/confused me:
-Alina's hair became shockingly white, which reminded me of Daenerys. Come on, let's stop involving GoT in everything. -Nikolai's sudden situation takes him (conveniently) out of the picture long enough for Malina (Mal and Alina) to figure things out for themselves/get back together grudgingly at first. -If a Sun Summoner is rare, that makes Alina rare. That makes her family special. I thought for sure her theory would, in fact, be correct. When it wasn't, I still wondered about her family. There has to be something about them, right? I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING *gnashing teeth*.
-The amplifiers' transfer of powers is inconsistent. The first two were transferred to Alina no problem. The last is confusing...technically Mal's ancestor was the amplifier and she died. I already take a stance against that because she was raised from the dead and shouldn't she be nearly immortal? When she gave birth to Mal, did her amplifier power transfer to him through her genes (were there FOUR amplifiers at that time or three and she lost her amplifier-ness?) or when she died did it transfer to him through default or nearest live body to her? In which case, I have no idea how these amplifiers work. -The Darkling's merzost-induced traumas lessened and were undone with his death. This makes absolutely NO sense, because you cannot pick-and-choose what is undone. If it is undone, all of it must be undone. CONSISTENCY. Which means that people who died should now be living and all the other injured should be healed (if it was from the Darkling's zombie Dementors). -I like Genya the best and her injuries and ugliness were something I appreciated and knew she was strong enough to rise above. I thought this made her character so much more. But in the end, even this harshness was slightly lessened to make her easier to look at again. -If you think of Alina as a glow-in-the-dark sticker or a solar-powered gadget, shouldn't she have had a little bit of Sun Summoning juice in her after all those months of healing? You don't need a strict source of sunlight. I realize I just compared Alina to a glow-in-the-dark sticker, but...shut up.
Things I loved about it all:
-Nikolai. -Malina's orphanage take over. -Alina losing her Sun Summoning ability. -Alina choosing to be without political power and sway—living the simple life. -Oncat.
But srsly, everyone should read these books....more
This was a beautifully written book. I'm not even talking about the intense feels it invoked. I'm talking cultures (including literature and music andThis was a beautifully written book. I'm not even talking about the intense feels it invoked. I'm talking cultures (including literature and music and storytelling styles), surroundings, war, stratagem, rebellion (whether well-planned or not), the Winner's Curse (so to speak)...these things together in this first book made something amazing. I'm not sure how impressed I will be with the second one, but with a kestrel's shrewd eye, I will take in all of it hungrily.
Some obvious issues that may arise later: (view spoiler)[Not sure if the Emperor would go with Kestrel's resolution if he knew that the slave at the forefront of this "war" is the one rumoured to be involved with her. If her father even gets whiff that it's Arin, Kestrel would surely be to blame for not handling her slave properly/letting him wander freely and hear whatever he wants. Not that I'm condoning HANDLING of slaves. Just saying, it seems that she was a HUGE leak.
I don't think the Emperor wants her to marry his son for her beauty, really. That cannot be the only reason. He is nearly as shrewd as her, so there has to be another reason. Otherwise I will protest. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I can't believe this is over. And so freaking bittersweet. I love-hated it. I love-hated it so passionately that I might've shouted at my book a few tI can't believe this is over. And so freaking bittersweet. I love-hated it. I love-hated it so passionately that I might've shouted at my book a few times.
Sentence: I sentence Rachel Hartman to have the ability to solve many sexy equations and aKeywords: Dragons, half-breeds, love, philosophers.
Sentence: I sentence Rachel Hartman to have the ability to solve many sexy equations and also a crime-free life in Vancouver. That shit be scary.
Review: I'll try to make this review pretty short, since I had barely a complaint. Actually, if I had a complaint I cannot recall it anymore because I am baffled by Hartman. I should say this is an extremely rare occurrence. I never give out five stars.
This novel started at a relatively slow pace, but with good reason. The characters and world building painted an entirely different world from what I've read before and did an extremely good job at it. I had complex questions about the history of some character or saint or weapon or even family with no doubts to there actually being a story. It's like the world has existed for so long and this story is just a minor occurrence in the history of it. A minor story I rather enjoyed, but only minor in the sense of looking at the broader picture of everything.
This is one of those rare reads where you find the two main love interests arguing about philosophers to be some sort of sexy, chemistry-filled conversation. I was practically salivating for more about Archiboros and his pompous ass. Maybe even more about Pontheus, the jurisprudence philosopher; later said to be either genius or mad.
But seriously, how is this turning me on? It must be all that intelligent talk and whatnot.
I also thoroughly enjoyed Seraphina storming about and trying to be pricklier than she is. She's brave, but shy and intrepid. She contradicts herself by loving others, despite their grotesqueness, and having trouble loving her own self.
The characters throughout this entire novel are so well built that it's only too easy to find their imperfections rather than the things that make them flat. Even the "soulless" saarantras and quigutl had me amused, laughing, and possibly crying a little. Even the Ardmagar Cormonot was confusing with his Cybermen-like reactions to emotion.
Okay, but srsly, this spoke to my heart (don't laugh): "do not underestimate the seductive power of math."
Basically, I have nothing else to say except GIMME MORE. And also:
Yeah, come at me dragons. I'm looking pretty sexy now, aren't I?...more