Well this was a fun read, not exactly a light read, but definitely a fun read indeed.
I've never read any of Mr. Crilley's books before, but...more3.5 stars
Well this was a fun read, not exactly a light read, but definitely a fun read indeed.
I've never read any of Mr. Crilley's books before, but the world that he created in The Lazarus Machine is very rich, and if you're looking for a steampunk book that definitely shows the steampunkness (not a word I know) then this book is good bet. You can see the use of these unique machines in everyday life. There are also some models which have a certain "feature" which ties up into the story.
The plot was tight, and I think well paced. There weren't any parts where it seemed to drag. I don't really want to say much else, in the event that I reveal something that ought not to be. I must say I really do like this web that Mr. Crilley has spun.
The characters were fun, they had their own quirks. There was Barnaby, the father that had a taste for flair, logical and rational Sebastian Tweed but still naive in some ways, Octavia Nightingale who really I think was a quite strong character, in terms of how she kept her hope for so long, Carter and Jenny, such a lively couple XD, and then there was Stepp the programming genius. The banter throughout was witty and fun. I'm not sure whose I like more, Carter and Jenny or Octavia and Tweed.
That said there was something that, although this book scored high on the major points, was missing. I didn't quite feel myself, really pulled in until midway. (Although, the banter did draw a chuckle out of me a couple of times), but after that things seemed to have drawn me in, so in my mind this added up to the higher end of the 3 star rating, hence the round up.
The book end is pretty satisfying. It should be noted however, that there are still some more things left to be resolved, though it is nothing major to warrant a cliffhanger.
What kind of ending is that?! Do you mean i have to wait in agony for the next book...this is not funny at all
Suffice to say this book has lived up to all the hype and all the raving reviews. It was a very fun read, and it entrances you without you even realising it.
Cinder is a mechanic and a cyborg, and is considered a second-class citizen in this world that Meyer has created. However, as the plot unfolds, we begin to realise that things aren't as they seem. And then of course there is the political aspect as well as Earth is in a tenuous position with the Lunars.
Cinder is a likable character. She smart and thankfully, I didn't have any moments where I wanted to pull my hair out (:P) But while I think Cinder is great, it was Iko, the Android with an "unfit" personality that stole the show for me. She was just such fun, and her fangirling moments were hilarious. Kai (Prince Kai..*swoons*)was a pretty good character, and not your average YA male hero. He wasn't moody, suffering from a split-personality disorder, stoic etc. He feels. As in with everything that he did, you can see, and his character was like a regular guy you would meet...you know excluding being heir to a kingdom and the weight and responsibility of that kingdom on your shoulders.
And the romance. *swoons* lol, well it may not be swoon worthy to some, as they're still in the budding romance phase, but I liked seeing them getting to know each other, reading their banter. It was cute and sweet and developed/is developing naturally. And I quite like that.
There is a plot twist, but I think it's fairly simple to see that one coming...(I kept thinking of Sailor Moon)...That said, the story weaves magic in that you really don't care. At least I found myself not caring.
The only major thing that I would say detracted from it, was the world-building, it was supposed to be this futuristic place, but I failed to see it as such. Sure there were some nifty stuff, but really, it didn't feel like a different setting.
Still, as I said before the writing is engaging, and I doubt it would bother you, unless of course you're one that's very nitpicky about fantastic world-building...still I think this book is definitely worth reading.
gaaaaah I loved it, I loved it, I loved it sooo much.
Okay, so Dashti is a lady's maid and is trapped in a tower with her lady for the period of seven...moregaaaaah I loved it, I loved it, I loved it sooo much.
Okay, so Dashti is a lady's maid and is trapped in a tower with her lady for the period of seven years (they do manage to escape before that time is up). Dashti has a book with her, in which she details the days she has spent in the tower and otherwise. This may seem to be slow, after all, how many big/important things can happen while two girls are trapped in a tower and can't even see the sunlight properly?
You maybe right, but honestly, I didn't even notice it, if it was so. In addition, it wasn't as if there were mindless arbitrary actions depicted in detail . Miss Hale's writing through Dashti's voice really brings you into the story and you lose yourself in it. And I also think the pacing felt right.
Dashti is a brave character, an optimist (I really believe it was that facet to her personality that made her not give up, so I guess tenacious is another one) and loyal to a fault, and I mean really to a fault because there were times when I got frustrated with her, because of what she would do for Lady Saren (I'm coming to her later). She does change with regards to that later on, not that she still isn't loyal, because she is, but she is able to have a backbone as to how the gentry should be treated.
Lady Saren, I wavered between being sorry for her, frustrated at her and disliking her. In the end though, her character also found growth, and managed to find her inner strength, and at the end of the book I felt proud of her as did Dashti. She really came through.
All in all, if you read this book it will leave you with warm and fluffy feelings. It happened to me ^_^ and hey, I'm still grinning as I write this review.
Khemri is a prince of the Empire and as such believes that ultimately he will become prince. This is understandable, due to the factt that when he was...moreKhemri is a prince of the Empire and as such believes that ultimately he will become prince. This is understandable, due to the factt that when he was a toddler he was isolated, and basically taught to believe he would be Emperor. Unfortunately for Khem, as the book progresses, he begins to realise this is not necessarily so, and also, some truths about the Empire.
Oh man, I really wanted to like this book, the cover was pretty and the summary sounded intriguing, and I guess in a way it was, but the book from the beginning confused me. I guess it's because this is, the first really detailed sci-fi book I've read. My only other sci-fi encounters (that I can recall) have been watching Star Wars (the six movies) and reading Academy 7.
Even afterwards though, when I got a somewhat loose hold on the world, the pacing was so slow. Usually I wouldn't mind that, (Some may say Starcrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce was a bit slow to start, but I loved it regardless), but with A Confusion of Princes, I had to pause it and start up another book.
This only really started to pick up by Chapter 15/16, which is more than halfway into the book.
That said, I did enjoy the latter part (which saved it from a 2.5 star rating), and it didn't feel as tedious to read through. And although, I couldn't understand fully most of it, you can tell that planning went into the world-building of this book.
I loved it, I loved it, I loved it...how does Julie Kagawa keep doing it?
And oh Ethan...I'm adding you to my harem of book heroes *waggles ey...more4.5 stars
I loved it, I loved it, I loved it...how does Julie Kagawa keep doing it?
And oh Ethan...I'm adding you to my harem of book heroes *waggles eyebrows* lol what can I say...I'm a lecherous old woman trapped in a young lady's body....heh
But yeah (this review's going to be a short one), The Lost Prince was just darn amazing. Those who are fans of Julie Kagawa, this is a must-read, those who aren't what are you waiting for.
Ethan is all grown up now, with a chip on his shoulder, but it works for him, because he's smart. And understand why Meghan's little brother turned into this...brooding, angsty, kid...now I'm not usually a big fan of angst (I know weird me, right?) but the way how Ethan does it (or Kagawa I should say) doesn't make me want to slam his head in the wall...
Kierran! boy don't ...just don't break my heart...please..
Kenzie...I actually didn't mind her...I know there were some reviewers who said they didn't care for her..but I think she balanced out Ethan's broodiness quite nicely...
Of course Grimalkin's there as well...and gosh darn it, I freakin' love that cat! he's the best.
and man oh man the plot...I just really want to know how things are going to work out, because there are so many paths this could take...and it's just going to twist my heart into knots...
No, it did not end on a cliff hanger...but yowza, there was some food for thought there.(less)
remembered reading this a while back and liking it. I didn't even realise it was an mTV book o.O Well don't let that affect whether or not you'd read...moreremembered reading this a while back and liking it. I didn't even realise it was an mTV book o.O Well don't let that affect whether or not you'd read it. It's actually not a bad read.
So the premise of Poison Princess was pretty interesting, a group of teens represent the major arcana of the tarot cards, and ar...morePost-Reading
So the premise of Poison Princess was pretty interesting, a group of teens represent the major arcana of the tarot cards, and are basically pitted against each other, every once or so century. dun dun dun. The book itself, is between two settings, A.F. (after flash) and B.F. (Before flash). The flash was the mega solar flare, that...well if you're planning on reading this book, you'll see. In any case the Flash turns the world into a post-apocalyptic world..and yea..you're gonna have to fight for your right to survive.
On to the characters, (I'm really just going to focus on Evie and Jack). Evie is basically as the summary of the book says a privileged girl, and so at the beginning of the book, she acts and behaves as a privileged girl would. But she's friendly enough. Oh and then of course, she desperately wants to have a normal life. Why do you ask, well she was in the nuthouse. A lot of this I think, causes her to make some not so good decisions in the beginning [honey you do not need to keep a man that badly..nuff said]. But like I said, I think it's more of -"I want to be normal. Everything's fine and so not falling a part. My boyfriend isn't a jerk. He does care for me. etc."- But at the same time, she's the person who will try to persevere through it all, because after the flash, although she thought herself useless, she had tried her best to help and she doesn't unnecessarily complain and whine. So that's good. And she did this all while thinking herself half-crazy. kudos to you chica. Once she realised normalcy was never going to happen... well let's just say I'm interested to see what she does after this. It's a pity everything had to "crash and burn".
Jack is a mean-ass, jack-ass. I'm sorry. But yeah, he can say somethings that make me want to smack his head and toss him into the bottomless abyss. But Jack is someone with a huge-ginormous chip on his shoulder, and I think it'll take a while before he gets over that. He can come across as a bi-polar jack-ass. But he does care about Evie..he just has a thoroughly messed up way about going over it. It's like one step forward-two steps back with him. He's harsh on her. But he wants her to survive. He protects her, constantly, even when he could ditch her. He likes her, but he obviously doesn't think he's good enough for her, either that, or the distance between the two of them in terms social class really pisses him off. So he'll expect her to be snobbish towards him, etc. but she's not. And then when he acts jerkish towards her, she slams it right back at him. So it's a tug-of-war really.
And despite my..frustrating feelings of them as characters. I do like the writing. It's flippin' Kresley Cole people. And I like how she created the characters, as in you can see where they're coming from. You know them, and I do believe they're going to grow into their own selves. And after how this book ended, will I read the next book when it comes out? Yes. Plain and simple...I don't know if it comes across as I didn't like this book. But I did, the plot is really interesting, and I want to see where Cole takes it. I want to know what's going to happen with Jack and Evie, because I honestly think they both need a good sit down to just talk. I want to know more about the other Major Arcanas. I want to see Evie flip her stick again and get all thorny on those bad cards. I want to see how the events of the last chapter affected her and everyone else. That said I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger. It's just that things happened that can cause interesting repercussions.
So will I keep an eye out on this series? Yes.
P.S. anyone who can't tolerate jerkish heroes, or heroines with lapses in their judgement...this book is not meant for you.
And while I do think Evie needs some sense knocked in her...I think it's more of she's in her denial phase and just wants to be normal, not sure what to think of Jack as yet...Plot wise however this is definitely something I would like to read, so I'm counting down the days...or months TT_TT
And I should probably note, it's just 3 chapters and it wouldn't be fair to judge the characters because there's room left for them to grow.
We start off the book with Umber falling into his moods, in fact this one is the worst yet, as a result of what happened in the previous book. Balfour...moreWe start off the book with Umber falling into his moods, in fact this one is the worst yet, as a result of what happened in the previous book. Balfour, who hopes to restore Umber to his regular self, takes him (or rather kidnaps because he refuses to go) on an adventure. Luckily, something happens on the adventure to bring Umber back to his old self again ^_^ After this the reader and the gang are thrown into numerous fast paced adventures.
I loved this book. No lie. The plot, from the first book, has been tightly placed and there are no unnecessary fillers. Hap really comes into his own in this one as he accepts his role of a Meddler. Most (if not all) the mysteries surrounding the Meddlers have been revealed. We also get a better understanding of how the Meddlers think.
So we've come to the conclusion of this trilogy that has action, adventure, fantasy, mystery, and a sprinkling of romance and it was a satisfying end. We get a glimpse into all our favourite character's lives also ^_^
ahh Oates you big lug, I'm going to miss you. Umber and your eccentric ways *sniffles* and lastly Hap, may you have an adventure of a lifetime ;) (*hint* you probably will in your old age )
We started out Dragon Games in the midst of another of Umber's adventures. Really it is fun reading what the gang get's into. In my opinion it was bet...moreWe started out Dragon Games in the midst of another of Umber's adventures. Really it is fun reading what the gang get's into. In my opinion it was better than the first ^_^
We find out more about Hap and who he used to be and how exactly, Hap as we know him came to be. It was really good to see Hap find himself in this book, that is to say, you see him growing more confident. Of course all he really would like to do is go home to the Aerie, but as the story progresses we see him continue to come into his own.
Of course it was fun to see everyone else as well Oates and Umber are always a blast. Unfortunately (just for me) there wasn't much screen time for Sophie, but we did learn something more about her past, so huzzah ^_^
At the start of the book we meet Happenstance who – I’m not even sure if that’s his name, but that's just me – has been woken by an unseen person [we...moreAt the start of the book we meet Happenstance who – I’m not even sure if that’s his name, but that's just me – has been woken by an unseen person [we only hear his voice] and has no recollection of his life before, whether it be where he was from or even his name, and so Mr. Unseen voice tells Happenstance to follow this group of people, Lord Umber, Sophie and Oates.
Umber is an eccentric man, with due reason actually, who I quite enjoyed hearing speak. There is a mystery that surrounds him as well as Happenstance, and how the mystery unfolded was done very nicely. Nothing was drawn out and nothing was revealed too quickly. Oates is another fun character who has been cursed to speak the truth, and he does it quite bluntly, often times getting himself into trouble.
The pacing, to me, was done just right and there weren't any pauses, so to speak, within the story.
All in all this was a fun and enjoyable read ^_^ 4.5 rating (less)