Well, gotta give it to the book, the idea was gold (yes, pun intended) but in the end it still wasn’t all too interesting to me. Ah, the journey to fiWell, gotta give it to the book, the idea was gold (yes, pun intended) but in the end it still wasn’t all too interesting to me. Ah, the journey to find my perfect book continues. ...more
I read a short story just recently (like just two to three weeks ago?) called 眠れぬ王に捧ぐ夜語 (a story for sleepless king at night). It is, like The Wrath aI read a short story just recently (like just two to three weeks ago?) called 眠れぬ王に捧ぐ夜語 (a story for sleepless king at night). It is, like The Wrath and the Dawn, a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights. If it weren’t for the length (which I think was intentionally short hence was rushed) I would’ve loved it even more because I liked how it used the stories she tells, a very important part of the plot (and and to refrain from spoiling too much, those stories are connected to the couple) and not only to prolong the heroine’s life.
If you have literature class in school, you must have tackled this piece of gem. I was a non-reader before but when I stumbled across this great story (or collection of stories), I was quite mesmerized. I loved this story and the stories within. So anything that says it’s retelling of Arabian Nights piques my interest instantaneously. But what made me more excited prior to reading were all these raves reviews. Expectations multiplied ten folds y’all~! But now that I have, I guess, I’m little embarrass to say that I’m part of minority—again. While I think it was quite enjoyable, it wasn’t all too breathtaking as I thought it’d be (compare to the original; but then again nothing beats the original).
I must admit that Shahrzad has spunk; though at certain times this attitude of her can be mistaken as willfulness. She offered herself to wed the king even though she knew what has happened to all the girls before her and she could also have the same fate. But she has an agenda. Courageous enough to banter to the king of telling him stories only to leave the ending for the next day. In that way her life was spared, albeit momentarily. But unbeknownst (to me), she fell in love with him and so was him with her. Because the king and that incidents regarding the girls weren’t exactly as it looked on the front. And she, becasue of the truth, might eventually give up her real purpose.
So there you have it, if anything, the essence of the plot on which it was adapted from remained intact; I’m really grateful for that. But for some reasons I wasn’t invested with the characters (which is always been an important part of my reading). As I said mentioned the heroine can be too stubborn and arrogant. The king was restless (that was understandable though) but not quite intimidating as how they pictured him to be. Individually, I did like them. Romantically speaking? Now that’s where I was lost.
The romance did lead the story. I even want to mention that there was love triangle but it was quite dismaying so I won’t expand it any longer. I do love romance but I wasn’t rooting for them or anything quite surprisingly. In fact I was little confused because while there was tension between them, I didn’t feel it was romantically linked. I can tell she was really, sincerely mad at him and I can also feel that the king was suspicious of her, yet it happened. I was one big question mark when it did. *sighs*
The story was rich; the writing was splendid (although sometimes it felt rigid. I don’t know I’m being nit-picky again, so sorry). Overall, it was an OK read. I might check the sequel because the ending left something worth checking out, as well as that brief sample of the sequel that led me all too curious.
I have a problem with overly hyped and massively marketed books: they tend to inflate my expectations by several folds. It throws me off my game. YouI have a problem with overly hyped and massively marketed books: they tend to inflate my expectations by several folds. It throws me off my game. You expected it to be good—like very good but not flawless. But once you found out those flaws, you unconsciously and unintentionally break it down under close scrutiny. I guess it’s unfair to treat it that way but that’s how I felt when I read The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
I really wanted to like this book; my sister seemed to love it. And as I always say, I value her opinion. This time we are standing in two opposite platforms. I don’t hate it but I don’t like it either. The story was hard for me to navigate. The pace was unimaginably slow for me. The groundwork took long enough and by the time it was truly interesting I’m not that eager to know anymore (eagerness flew right out of the window). I’m kinda impatient type of reader but that being said I don’t mind slow progression. There were books I read before that has the same pacing and I ended up loving it (like Sempre by J.M. Darhower). But this time, it was inexcusable to me which again I think had something to do with how people view this book with utmost praises, you wanted it to be almost perfect so when you notice small lags it becomes a big deal.
The writing style for me is full of layers, a lot of undertones. I liked that but the story here have so many layers. Ordinarily, you just need to peel off the first one and you’ll see what really it is when you unearth the second layer. This time the story for me has more than just two layers, like you have to dig deep down to understand the picture. Like you think that what the characters were doing was pretty much mundane but you’ll be surprised that at the center of the scene, something quite big has happened. You need to focus on the details. It is where pieces of information were placed.
I think the way it was written was clever although personally it work s against me. I liked how the characters biggest assets can be noticed throughout the story as opposed to highlighting it in one explosive scene. Like Kestrel, she was peg to be this smart lady—a tactician and that will expect you to see her all clever and stuff. And you’re waiting for the obvious but that’s not how it happened. Her strategies and calculations were disguised and you will only notice it when you read the result (see it was all in the details). And then there’s Arin, I knew he wasn’t just a simple guy. A boy she bought as a slave. The hints were obvious but in some way he still didn’t come as predictable. I know that sounded like a compliment and in some ways it is, I think, but that’s actually my problem. They were so precise, like unbelievably crafted that it fell contrived for me.
This one of those rare cases when the positive merits are what made the book a little lackluster. And then the actual faults became so much more than what it should normally are. It’s like a double whammy for me but still, I enjoyed it just fine. Although admittedly, I was bored and confused but I’m going to take the responsibility. I laud the way the story was written, really, it was…creative. Does it deserve the praises? I honestly think so but it just wasn’t for me.
If you know me, I tread the YA Historical Fiction very carefully. But there were times that I hit the jackpot and ended up adoring the book, just likeIf you know me, I tread the YA Historical Fiction very carefully. But there were times that I hit the jackpot and ended up adoring the book, just like Throne of Glass & Burning Sky. And if you’re fan of Throne of Glass there’s a possibility that you will also like Jennifer McGowan’s Maid of Honor. It has the same components, a girl was caught doing something illegal but instead of throwing her in prison, she was offered a job instead, using the same ability that got her in trouble the first place. The story mostly revolved around spying, political issues and even a bit religious ones. Of course there’s a romance from unexpected source, well at least for me it was. Overall, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it. ...more
If anything, Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman was good despite the long drawn out historical tidbits it shared. The backdrop of the story waIf anything, Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman was good despite the long drawn out historical tidbits it shared. The backdrop of the story was World War II (in Europe). I’m not very familiar on what happened on this side since in our history classes, we mainly focused on the war between Japanese and American (since US had military bases here in the Philippines). And although I do know what happened (at least the basics and and some from The Sound of Music), the information was a little overwhelming to follow. I’m not really the biggest history fanatic so that was a huge roadblock to overcome. I also think the very first half was stretched-out and sorta lackluster since not much was happening at that moment. I kinda understand though because it was setting up the pieces for the latter half. Although I did notice that pace did improve, and it started to get more interesting (especially they were trying to know more about Hitler and what they thought of him. She (Gretchen) was now actively participating rather than absorbing what she got from others. I felt like the ending was clipped short (not that I want more, surely not). I just felt like what I didn’t read (on what they were about to do) are much more interesting than what I did read. But I'm not sure if I'm reading the sequel...
Ok, it’s official I’m staying away from witches story for the mean time. I struggled so much to finish this but I just can’t force myself anymore. I aOk, it’s official I’m staying away from witches story for the mean time. I struggled so much to finish this but I just can’t force myself anymore. I already on my boiling point. It wasn’t bad…it was just boring for me. I guess the story wasn't my cup of tea, although I did like the unique elements that were incorporated in there but it just didn’t grab me. It was ok but I’m not really that enthusiastic to finish it. Shame really.
I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you....more
A sudden interest is what made me picked Born of Illusion by Teri Brown up again. I tried it earlier this year when I was granted an advance copy of iA sudden interest is what made me picked Born of Illusion by Teri Brown up again. I tried it earlier this year when I was granted an advance copy of it but with all the things happening to me at that time; I wasn’t really in the mood to read something out of my comfort zone. So I closed the book and moved on, thinking I wouldn’t look back. Oh boy, I was wrong. I was watching a local TV shows with my grandmother that I decided to pick something like the one I’m watching (about ghost, medium, etc). I thought it's a perfect opportunity to read it again and successfully finish it this time.
I did like the beginning of the story; Anna Van Housen is assisting his famous mother on her shows. No matter how believable their shows looked to their audience, she knows that the acts that her mother had done were all a farce. But Ana’s ability isn’t, she tried to hide it from his mother. And then she met a young man named Cole. And she felt something different about him, particularly that time during a séance where her ability sudden heightened when he’s around. And she wanted to know the truth.
This isn’t my usual genre. But sometimes I have to give in to my nagging curiosity so I can pacify it. And although I was thoroughly interested with this entire supernatural thing going on, I have to admit that my low interest with genre thwarted me from truly enjoying the novel. That said, I was still entertained at some point and just like the heroine, Anna, I was feeling the surroundings of the story. There are so many questions in there that I’m eagerly desire to be answered. For one, her ability was I’m truly invested in and the rest follows.
And while there’s romance in here, it was just a supporting side story. I mean I know there’s something mysterious with Cole from the very start. And I’ve also thought that he might able to help her know and understand her ability. Although at some point it looked too convenient for me but other times I felt that they sincerely complement each other. I would’ve added Owen in the picture but with the stunt he pulled there and Ana’s feelings for Cole, I don’t think it was necessary to complicate in what’s already a simple romance angle.
There’s also about her family background that made me enthusiastically turned the pages. I wanted to know if what she was claiming is real. And if she’s really related to Houdini. At first I thought it was out the blue of her to have thought of him (that they were related) since I didn’t read anything really solid to support her claim. But then as I progressed I can see how she reached that conclusion.
And speaking of conclusion, I was really intrigued on what her decision will entail to her and Cole (since he also sort of added to the benefits of saying yes to Houdini’s offer). I guess, I’ll be reading the sequel after all.
“All I’ve ever wanted was to be a regular girl with a regular life. Talking to the dead or seeing the future cannot, in any way, be considered normal.” — Anna
I’m always been intrigued with all these Romeo and Juliet retellings. I haven’t read the original and I’m bit intimidated to start tbqh; so to compensI’m always been intrigued with all these Romeo and Juliet retellings. I haven’t read the original and I’m bit intimidated to start tbqh; so to compensate with that I decided to try retellings. Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout sounded really intriguing. The concept of meshing two popular novels is a very grand idea. And we all know how tragic the ending for couple of Shakespeare’s famous work. With all these things in mind I decided to try.
Well, the thing is, it’s just good. It wasn’t mind blowing and I might have expected more intense since the ideas were truly interesting. The pacing was little slow and the delivery of the idea is not really intact to me. I might have wanted something from Romeo. He done this magnitude of an effort to reclaim the woman he loved but I was felt detached the whole time. And I liked that I have connection to character so I can understand his behavior and motives more—on why he did what he did. Anyway, it definitely wasn’t bad read. It was just all fine to me. I feel like there’s more to ending and if ever there’s a sequel, I’m not sure if I’ll give a try. But if you want some paranormal twist to one of Shakespeare’s most popular albeit tragic plays then I would suggest giving this one a try.
Well, well, well, I liked it. I liked a lot. And that is saying something since I’m not really a huge fan of the first book, The Madman’s Daughter. AlWell, well, well, I liked it. I liked a lot. And that is saying something since I’m not really a huge fan of the first book, The Madman’s Daughter. Although I do find the story fascinating enough that I hopped into Her Dark Curiosity without so much expectation. It turned out to be a very engaging read. I was glued to every page because I really wanted to know on what was really happening on them. The cure, the murders and well, the culprit. Juliet predicament didn’t end when she left the island.
Juliet was living with Professor von Stein and his niece. Her situation was changing for the better. And everything was starting to look better until she heard about the murders. Most of the people that are killed were someone related to her. Someone that wronged her. Based on the way they were killed, she was thinking of one person who could do such a thing—Edward Prince. It turned out that he was indeed the person responsible for the crime. He was there for Juliet, as well as looking for the cure. Now, they need to find the cure and at the same try to prevent the beast in him from taking another life. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it looked like it wasn’t the only problem they needed to face.
A lot has happened and I liked most of it. Juliet was looking for the cure for herself and for Edward as well. I already had a spot for the guy. Even though I found out his involvement on the murder, it still not lessened my interest on him. I actually felt concerned about his character. I mean, I’m not exactly rooting for him and Juliet. But I really just felt sorry for him because his struggling between the darkness that was part of him and his determination to eliminate it. It was a huge slapped in the face when Juliet cannot return his feelings for her. But I’m glad that Juliet didn’t abandon him. He desperately needed help. I can understand why he did what he did in the end because like I said, he was desperate already.
I’m not really fond of the romance, unfortunately. Montgomery needs a little more development. I still see him as love interest and nothing more. You could also say that they were involved in a love triangle; although it was pretty apparent who she really wants. Regardless, I don’t think that what has happened between her and Edward is something should be hold against her. Lapse of the mind, loneliness, I really don’t dwell much on her reason. I get her.
Ironically, there were people who actually thought that her father had revolutionized their modern science. One even said that what he did were not really evil. His intentions on his creation weren’t malicious on purpose. I completely agree to that. That’s one of the things I like about the story and there’s a lot more where it came from: the involvement of Scotland Yard, finding of the cure, the true relation of Edward and Montgomery, and Edward’s decision at the end; I’m absolutely waiting for more interesting things to come.
I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
I’m a big fan of the first two books even though I admitted how fussy I am with this genre. But this series proHeir of Fire left me a bit conflicted.
I’m a big fan of the first two books even though I admitted how fussy I am with this genre. But this series proved me wrong—twice. Now, in the mood to read it, I braced myself with expectation based on my previous experiences. But it came to a point where all these development stirred clear from what I know of the series.
If anything else, this third installment was without a shadow of doubt a set-up. Sure, there are tons of things that needed to develop did develop. Revelations were deemed to unfold, unfolded; but all those things changed my entire perspective of the story. Like the first two books were nothing but an introduction albeit a long one and we were now in this place where it actually started. In which is not entirely terrible. But I came to love all the things that happened in the first two and to see them changed didn’t sit well too much with me. At least at the beginning.
Now that I have let the nit-pick parts admitted, let me emphasized on this new journey. Celeana might have great bloodline(s) running through her veins and looks like from there things are getting harder and harder for her. But not without new companions. I didn’t embrace them fully at first. There are quite few additions to the story and one that standout for me (all thanks to Celeana at one point did appreciate what a fine specimen her new companion is) was Rowan. Ok, as a big Chaol fanatic that I am I saw him at the beginning a threat. No, not in ship war kind of thing but of my own opinion. He made me feel like treading on tightrope whether he’ll win me or not. But he did. I’m inclined to love character that has loyalty (which at first had me questioning why) to the female MC (ala Hak from 暁のヨナ or Obi from 赤髪の白雪姫).
So where were the two main men before? This is not solely Celeana’s journey for sure, those two have problems of their own. Chaol was little…confusing for most parts (which was why I’m bit disappointed) but if it means for his character growth then I’m all for it. But my man Dorian is fighting back. I love the attitude, keep that up! And well, I smell potential romance for him? Well, I’m glad for him (was there really something solid happened more than flirting? I beg to differ.).
Going back to what I mentioned earlier, it was a set-up. After reeling everything in, pounded it in my head plenty of times; it actually made sense. And if I were honest that last line about Celeana’s true identity is bound to leave a big tremor! Hopefully something I can fully comprehend and like this time (optimism FTW).
Gruesome experiments. A mysterious island. Murderer on the loose. And *drum roll please* a love triangle. That’s The Madman's Daughter by Megan ShepheGruesome experiments. A mysterious island. Murderer on the loose. And *drum roll please* a love triangle. That’s The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd in a nutshell. So if you like some mystery, as well as this gothic-suspense feel on your reading you will definitely like this book. This one has that and a few more stuff to offer.
Juliet Moreau is a daughter of well-know scientist. Her father was a notable person back in the days. They held parties; well-known people attend those gatherings and they shared laughter with her parents. But later when he was branded as a monster everyone turned their back on them. As in everyone. Everyone closed their doors for her, their wealth is gone. Everything is gone. She was left alone in such a young age. But despite all of that when she heard that there’s a possibility that her father is still alive somewhere, she took the chance. She went on a journey along with his father assistant, Montgomery and they traveled to an island where she heard where he was. They also stumbled across Edward Prince a castaway and brought him along to the island. Little did she know everyone is connected to each other. And someone from their group is responsible to the deaths that happened in the island.
We and the book didn’t hit off immediately. I can describe the first half of the book painfully slow and lack the thrill I was hoping from a book consist of horror elements to it. A madman experimenting on humans and animals, and creature on a killing spree—that already gave me goose bumps. I’m not much of a horror fan myself but this unknowingly got me interested. But what I expected to be this stirring plot line didn’t happen in the first half. When I reached the second half that is when things are falling into place. And my allegorical light bulb lit and guessed how the characters are connected to each other.
There’s this dreaded love triangle. But do not fear my dear readers; it wasn’t a dreadful one (that statement is solely based on my standard. So believe me on your own risk). While I actually prefer the gentle (who’s not really a complete gentleman) Edward, I don’t mind Montgomery if ever she end up with him. Like I said, it was an acceptable love dynamic because of the way they were connected seemed logical to me. Of course expected the confused between two lovers drama of the heroine, since Juliet is not so strangely and contritely drawn to them. But we know the tried and tested formula for this one: first guy gets the girl…most of the time (unless the guy has a huge fanbase, things will flip three sixty. Ah, the power of fandom).
Do not stop reading even if you hit the reader’s block for the first half. This part was a preparation for something big although I would really appreciate if the events are really engaging because for me it was a complete lackluster and if I didn’t know about the huge twist that will happen in the end I would’ve give it up. But I’m glad I hold on tight, did not remove my imaginary seat-belt so I buckled in and ready for the huge reveal in the end. And when I said huge, it was freaking O-M-G moment. Saving it from my earlier distaste and expecting for a more solid plot in the next book.
3.5/5 I received an eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss. Thank you....more
This series is a non-living, non-breathing proof that it is all about a good story. That regardless of the genre you will enjoy it. It has something iThis series is a non-living, non-breathing proof that it is all about a good story. That regardless of the genre you will enjoy it. It has something in it that pushes those biases and doubts aside and let me enjoy the book for what it is. I always voice out my minuscule interest towards the genre. But lo and behold Ms. Maas proved to me that I shouldn’t be saying those words with finality—because she made me loved her story, her characters, that I don’t care that it is from the elusive high fantasy genre.
Now that it is out in the open let me start my fangirling and tell you good people that this book rocks so much. I love, love it. There is still this fierce woman but this time shows her vulnerable side. That despite her strong appearance there is still fragile, lost girl inside. I liked how the book showed it to me. If you are those readers who wanted to learn more about Celaena’s background, you’re in luck because the book tell us her past that truly surprised me (and probably you guys too). Not only her, even Chaol’s and Dorian’s secrets and past were revealed here and I got to know more about them.
Also, now being the Champion, her work truly does come with danger now that she is under the king’s radar. At the same time she now deals with suspicious people who confused her with her decisions. She doesn’t know which one are which—which ones to trust. Yes, Chaol included.
And with that I’m going to speak about the captain of the guard, the character that has captured a lot of readers’ heart, Chaol Westfall (a very mouthful introduction but it is proper to introduce him in such way *winks*). Did I get the Chaol I’ve been wishing for since the first book ended? Heck yeah, I did and a whole lot more. To say that their relationship took more than just a fair development is just a tip of the iceberg. A lot happened between them: the good, that bad, and the awesomes. But let me start with the awesome first, the way their relationship has developed is just graceful. It makes me so much happy that it is more than the shallow reasons that they have reached to that point. Just lovely.
So for the not so good part, what just upset me is that despite her saying that she trust him, that she feels at home with him, she can give him up quickly and even endanger his life...by her own hands. It just…upset me. I know (and I’ll vaguely explain it to avoid spoiling you--too much already) that what he did helped the situation happened. I still think it was irrational and quite impulsive for her to reach that decision of risking his life. I know she was mad about it and I know it was terrifying. But for someone she thinks so highly, she doesn’t even value him the way she should. I’m glad Chaol understands her. It hurt him to have added to the cause of her pain. But the scene in the end gives me so much hope for the two. It pretty obvious what is going on (even Dorian said so) and I believe Celaena has clearer mind this time around.
I have no doubts that those people, who like me love this series, loved the first book will not be disappointed with this one. I don’t know how to wrap it up so I’ll end it with these quotes:
“I would be the greatest fool in the world to let you go alone.” – Chaol
“you remind me of how the world ought to be. What the world can be.” – Celaena
Post-reading Comment: I need to calm down first. It was just WOAH! And every turn was WOAH. So in short everything was wo-wo-wooooahh!! And because of my incoherency full review will be written later. :3
Pre-reading Comment: Chaol Westfall, that is all. :D...more
Brothers? Alchemy? Sacrificing one’s own body part? This one sounds like Fullmetal Alchemist. Me likes!!! :D
The reason I wasPre-reading:
Brothers? Alchemy? Sacrificing one’s own body part? This one sounds like Fullmetal Alchemist. Me likes!!! :D
The reason I was so interested with this book was because the synopsis was uncannily similar to Fullmetal Alchemist (鋼の錬金術師). In it was also a story of two brothers searching for the philosopher’s stone in order to restore their bodies which were involuntarily sacrificed during their failed human transmutation.
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel is also about alchemy. There are also two brothers (twin this time) and when the older one—Konrad—got sick, the younger one—Victor—decided to search for the elixir of life. Prior to his brother getting sick, they stumbled across a library where books about alchemy were stored. When Victor overheard his parents and the doctor who was treating his brother at that time about Konrad’s sickness and its anomaly, he decided to create the elixir of life for him. They looked for people who could help them create the substance, but that person in the end betrayed them.
Ok, so I was asked, does this book like FMA? Fortunately, not at all. Although as a huge fan of FMA the blurb suggests otherwise (but maybe that was just me). Although, sorry peeps, but I liked the Elric bothers a whole lot better than the Frankenstein’s. Their bond is just so sympathetic and close whereas here I felt a little indifferent between the two. I commend Victor’s motivation on finding the cure for his brother’s sickness, don’t get me wrong. But there were moments that he could be selfish and inconsiderate to his own brother (one and the same brother). I mean, I know he’s not perfect and admittedly I too have moments that I want to whack my siblings hard on the head. I’m also jealous of them from time to time, but I don’t know, it just their bond felt insincere to me. It lacks something that solidifies whatever sacrifices Victor did for his brother. Something that will convince me why he was doing it, and not only just because they’re blood related.
The good thing I saw with this book was the author did pull a lot when it comes to the subject of alchemy. Unlike other books I read before which used alchemy conveniently to beautify the plot (with no real substance and unable to explore the subject). The author really used the subject. I mean, it was really plot related. It wasn’t handily thrown there. I liked how mysterious the alchemy appeared here, with languages involved and how it concocted the recipe for elixir. I did also marvel the history that surrounds alchemy in this world. Alchemy is a taboo subject here. It is forbidden. It made their quest sneaky.
I gave the first half of the book four stars. I was really engaged, hooked with the story. Although Victor was less convincing as a protagonist, he does have some moments that made me like him. I mean, I like flawed characters, but he has traits that irked me in some unknown reasons. But it didn’t hurt that I really liked the alchemy story, that's huge major points to me. My problem lies with second half of the story which I confess felt a little disconnected to me. Not to mention about what had happened with Konrad (ok, shutting my mouth now).
There’s also a very predictable romance here. I saw the love triangle between Konrad, Victor and Elizabeth (she was a distant cousin) from miles, miles away. I don’t like Elizabeth as a love interest, but she has some qualities that I liked. I liked how sensible, smart, and strong she is. And she has dialogues that really left an imprint in my head. Like this one:
“There is knowing, and there is believing,” said Elizabeth. “They are two different things. Knowing requires facts. Believing requires faith. If there were proof of God’s existence, it wouldn’t be a faith, would it.”
I already have my copy of Such Wicked Intent, if only the book sustained what the first half has, I would immediately read the sequel. But I am currently enjoying Changeless that my interest on reading the sequel settles on my least priority list....more
Part me was shocked and a small dark part of me was mad. I don’t know exactly what to say about this book. I***This is a review of books 1 & 2***
Part me was shocked and a small dark part of me was mad. I don’t know exactly what to say about this book. I don’t even know what possessed me to read this book. I haven’t read any reviews of this book so I don’t have any expectations. In fact I have absolutely no idea what I’m about to read. So when I finish the two books I was so flabbergasted that this book is like…that.
This book is sort of an enigma to me. But one thing I’m sure of is that the book’s theme is dark. Very dark. It tackled love in the ugliest ways. The characters that loved and were loved in this book were tangled in web of lies, deceit and carnal obsession. I don’t like anyone of them. They irked me, and even made me furious. Their decisions and how they handled the situation want me to bang my head and question their sanity. What were they thinking?! If the book’s intention was to show that love can be horrid emotion then I applauded it because for me it worked. That being said, I don’t think that whatever it is they are feeling for each other is love (at least according to my description).
The first book The Taker felt as it was a long prelude of the real story (I thought the story has ended after book two, then I found out this is a trilogy and I’m not quite sure I’m up for the challenge of continuing it…let’s see). It started with Luke, a doctor and he met a girl who was suspected of murder. Lanore McIlvrae or Lanny asked Luke to help her escape. She told him that she killed the guy she loved but it was to make him free. To get his complete trust Lanny told her about her past and her true nature. She is an immortal. She has been living for centuries now and it all happened when she met Adair, a powerful aristocrat. He has the knowledge of alchemy. He was the reason why she was an immortal. When her family found out she was pregnant and the father of her child was an engaged man, they shipped her to Boston. She met Adair there, became his plaything until she got sick. But Adair was far too interested to let her die. So he cured him and now she’s living an endless life.
But she wanted extricate herself from him, so she deceived him and let him sleep for two hundred years. In the second book The Reckoning, Adair has woken up and he was furious. He wanted Lanny badly so he sought her. When he finally got her, he found out that she’s in love with somebody else. He asked her to be with her to save Luke’s life so she did. But after months being together Adair realized that he cannot force Lanny to love him, so he set her free.
From not including those horrible details, you’ll get an impression that Adair was just a lonely guy and just madly in love with Lanny. Nope, not even close. If I were to be blunt, he was obsessed with her. He used her in all sort of ways. Introduced her to sexual activities (and not just limited to the two of them, gender or age). But if you’re asking if it was graphic? No, not really. It wasn’t descriptive but it wasn’t elusively worded either. Adair was evil incarnate. He uses people for pleasure (and not just sex). He’s mad and he’s a frightening character. I do not like his character and even if I found what make him what he is (justifiable in a way I couldn’t comprehend how) I don’t think my first impression would change. My stance is solid. He’s bad. Bad, bad, bad.
I don’t understand Lanny. At all. I don’t know why she loved Jonathan. He’s not good for her, he was just using her. Jonathan is not a good guy, he’s married and still having an affair (with a married woman no less!!). But what I think his redeeming part is that he, at one point was honest with Lanny that he cannot love her the way she loved him. And then there’s Luke, the doctor. I don’t understand how she arrived to that conclusion that she’s in love with him. I do not see anything that shows love. They were into each other, yes, but that’s all there is. Now how will that convince me?
This one’s dark. And it caught me off guard plenty of times. And those times were not pleasant times…to say the least. I’m quite amazed with myself that I managed to finish the book (two books!) in one day. Then again, one of the book’s charms (for the lack of better word) is that it didn’t falter. It rendered me shocked…but those moments made me mad. Gosh, I hate all the characters. No one to empathize!!!...more