This is the second book in the Last Dragonslayer series.
Jennifer Strange is still running Kazam, an employment agency for those who can perform magic...moreThis is the second book in the Last Dragonslayer series.
Jennifer Strange is still running Kazam, an employment agency for those who can perform magic to help others with mundane problems. She's always got something going on, and this time is approached by the peculiar Miss Shard, who wants a lost ring that might not want to be found. Then there's King Snodd. He's decided to make Kazam and iMagic go up against each other by rebuilding Hereford's old bridge. They will each start at one end, and the winner will takeover the loser's company.
Oh, and then there's a new Quarkbeast in town...
The Song of the Quarkbeast is another quirky story. I have to admit that although I enjoyed most of it, I still felt mostly disconnected from what was going on, and what the characters were going through. And even found myself skimming forward a bit. :( Also, the random footnotes didn't help.
The concept of this series has certain appeal, but I just can't get hooked on it. (less)
When I found out about this book, I was instantly intrigued. A teenage boy and lost magic, sounds awesome right? Actually, I couldn't wait to get stuc...moreWhen I found out about this book, I was instantly intrigued. A teenage boy and lost magic, sounds awesome right? Actually, I couldn't wait to get stuck into it...
Gavin is fifteen, and he isn't exactly your average teenager. He sees things other people don't, and his parents don't understand him. Actually, they don't seem to want him around them. So when he gets on a train and heads to Cornwall to stay with his aunt, he's actually happy to get away from them.
However, when he gets to his destination his aunt isn't there to meet him. She's not even at her house. Soon, Gavin realises that something strange is going on. And a girl called Marina, only gets him deeper into the mystery of magic.
Advent seemed like an intriguing young adult fantasy with a nice mix of mythology, but it didn't work for me. It started out well enough, but I quickly lost interest. I read the first 50 pages or so pretty quickly, but after that I couldn't read anymore than a few pages at a time before skimming ahead, and then losing interest in it completely. I'm not quite sure why, but I just couldn't connect with the characters, the story, or even the world.
Unfortunately, it wasn't for me. I really wanted to like this book, but it didn't work for me. :((less)
**spoiler alert** Snow White has always been one of my favourite fairy tales, in its many incarnations. So I was really looking forward to reading the...more**spoiler alert** Snow White has always been one of my favourite fairy tales, in its many incarnations. So I was really looking forward to reading the latest retelling.
Snow White was only a child when the beautiful and very alluring Ravenna entered her life. It didn't take long for her father, King Magnus, to fall in love with Ravenna and marry her. But on their wedding night Ravenna kills him, everyone else inside the castle, imprisons Snow White, and takes over the kingdom.
Ten years later, the world is a dark and horrible place. Tainted by Queen Ravenna's rule her magic is killing the landscape and leaching happiness from everyone.
Snow White is still imprisoned inside the tower dungeon, while Ravenna's brother helps her capture young girls so she can steal the essence from their youthful bodies. It's how she stays beautiful and youthful. The Queen rules with an iron fist, and when her beloved mirror tells her that she can seal her youth and immortality by taking Snow White's heart, she sends her brother to take care of it. But neither of them counted on Snow White's determination, need for freedom and will to live, so she escapes.
Knowing she can only seal her fate by getting Snow White back, the Queen forces the Huntsman to go and search for her. She offers him the one thing he wants the most--his dead wife returned. So he heads out to the Dark Forest, determined to bring the girl back, but instead finds himself in a surprising adventure that will affect everyone...
The story is told in multiple points of view, so the characterization in this book is wonderful. Snow White might be young and has been beaten down by the evil queen, but she's still strong, selfless and kind. She's determined to first escape the castle and later defeat the evil. I loved that she's a warrior, too. And Eric. Yeah, he was awesome! Such a tortured soul who'd closed off his heart and soul to the world after the death of his wife so much all he cares about is drinking. The interaction between them was excellent, and their growth is amazing.
I also have to admit that I liked Ravenna having a much darker, twisted backstory to explain why she's so horrible, magical, and only focused on one thing.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a magical, amazing, and beautiful retelling of a timeless tale. It hooked me in from the very beginning because not only is the story addictive, but it's very well written and the world described so vividly it comes alive with every word.
I absolutely loved it, and can't wait to see the movie! :)(less)
I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book, and although real life got in the way more than I wanted it to while reading it, I still...moreI was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book, and although real life got in the way more than I wanted it to while reading it, I still managed to enjoy it very much. Oh, and it didn't disappoint!
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin. Actually, she's the best and most feared assassin. But after she was betrayed and caught, she ended up serving time in the hellish salt mines of Endovier. For a whole year she's been slaving away, malnourished and beaten in a place where the prisoners are pretty much forgotten and left to die.
So when the Captain of the Royal Guard--Chaol Westfall--and the Crown Prince of Adarlan--Dorian Havilliard--offer her a deal, she accepts the opportunity to become the King's Champion under an alias. Even if she despises the awful and cruel King of Adarlan. Still, competing in this tournament offers her a chance to temporary live outside of prison, as well as the offer of real freedom after she serves her time with the ruthless king.
However, what she didn't expect was to discover some buried, ancient secrets beneath the castle. Or to make such good friends, and even lose her heart. Celaena is forced to accept a lot of new things. She has to learn to trust other people again, after being let down by everyone. And although she's not afraid to get her hands dirty and is strong enough to defeat the other competitors, there's plenty of scheming going on behind the scenes. Her journey is an amazing one!
And proves that even the toughest of people have vulnerabilities. It's what makes us human.
Throne of Glass was an outstanding, well written book! I loved how it was primarily told from Celaena's POV, but we also got glimpses of what other characters were doing. This intriguing book hooks you in from the very beginning... Awesome! (less)
I reckon the cover for this book is lovely, and a great representation of what happens in the book.
Vivian is an ER doctor in a new town. She recently...moreI reckon the cover for this book is lovely, and a great representation of what happens in the book.
Vivian is an ER doctor in a new town. She recently left her boyfriend and is happy to get on with her own life. She's also trying to avoid dreams. However, when her real life collides with that of her dreams, her life is turned upside down and she learns a few family secrets that introduce her to the alluring Zee, and will change her life forever.
I really enjoyed this book, especially the surreal quality surrounding the events. There's danger, dragons, a penguin called Poe, an evil villainess, an asshole ex, a courageous man willing to risk his own life, mystery, mayhem, dreams, nightmares, and a heroine forced to face a new reality.
Last year, I read and absolutely loved THRONE OF GLASS, so when I received the ARC for the second book in this amazing series, I couldn't wait to devo...moreLast year, I read and absolutely loved THRONE OF GLASS, so when I received the ARC for the second book in this amazing series, I couldn't wait to devour it. And that's exactly what I did!
Celaena Sardothien is now the King's Champion, and has been tasked with wiping out anyone that the King sees as a threat. She's not supposed to ask questions, just do what she does best. After all, she is the best assassin in the world.
So she goes off, does her job and brings back each dead man's head. Except, she hasn't actually been doing that. She's devised her own plan: pretend she's killing these people, but in fact is giving them the opportunity to flee. She's playing a dangerous game, because if the evil king ever finds out, he won't just kill her but everyone she cares about.
However, when the next name on her list is actually someone she knows, Celaena needs to tackle the task with a little more time and care. And instead finds herself in the middle of a hidden rebellion that want to overthrow the King of Adarlan by using similar tactics, which puts her in a very difficult position. Soon Celaena starts to wonder who she can really trust, and finds out--the most painful way--that even those closest to her keep secrets.
Everything is going to hell but there is one brief, bright light for her--Chaol Westfall. The Captain of the Royal Guard has slowly made his way into her heart when she was sure she'd never let anyone else in. But even then, she still has to deal with the hard realisation that even though you love someone and they might love you back, there's always something that gets in the way. And sometimes, unfortunately, it has to take precedence. At least her friendship with Prince Dorian Havilliard is strengthened.
There's one quest she must follow to the end, though. The clues are hidden beneath the castle, in the dark chamber of a dead queen that might just have a deeper connection to her than she ever imagined...
This story is so well written and told from several angles, giving the reader glimpses of what other characters are thinking and doing when Celaena isn't there. I found myself on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next, hoping it would all work out in the end. I also went through a variety of emotions--anger, delight, heartbreak, excitement, sadness--and even had several "I knew it!" moments.
Reading this book was exhausting, because I got so caught up in what was going on I almost felt like I was there!
Crown of Midnight is breathtaking. I enjoyed every single moment I spent with this book and just couldn't put it down. I love Celaena, she's such a well-rounded character who gives easily into her emotions and allows the darkness deep inside to take over when it's necessary. She's also loyal, caring, reactive, and will stop at nothing to protect and/or avenge those she loves. There are a lot of revelations in this installment, and the world's potential opens up so much!
I absolutely LOVED this book, even more than the first one. Wow. Can't wait to see what happens next...
After reading--and absolutely loving--Crown of Midnight, I decided to start reading the Throne of Glass prequel novellas.
This takes us back to a time...moreAfter reading--and absolutely loving--Crown of Midnight, I decided to start reading the Throne of Glass prequel novellas.
This takes us back to a time when Celaena Sardothien worked for Arobynn and was one of his assassins. It's also a time when Sam was still alive. So after only reading about him during her sad memories of his loss, it was great to meet him. Actually, they can barely stand each other.
After a fellow assassin is captured and another is killed, Celaena and Sam are sent to meet with a pirate. She spends most of her time hiding behind a mask and arguing with Sam. Until they find out their boss is going into the slave trading businees.
That's when Celaena and Sam use their smarts and extensive training to risk their lives and save the innocent slaves...
This was an awesome origin story. It's filled with action, witty dialogue, insane plans, horrible pirates, a remote island, and adventure. It was great to see Celaena as a spoiled, arrogant teen before the devastation that awaits her.
Loved it. Now I have to pick up the next one...(less)