So before I start, I should probably make it clear that I'm hardly a neutral party. I'm pretty much an Armstrong fan girl. I'll read anything she writ...moreSo before I start, I should probably make it clear that I'm hardly a neutral party. I'm pretty much an Armstrong fan girl. I'll read anything she writes, and I almost never find fault with it. (Or, if I see fault, I can overlook it.)
Visions is no exception to this rule.
The series, or course, started with Omens. I remember sitting down wondering if it could possibly live up to Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, and doubting that it could even come close. And was I wrong!
In the Cainsville Series, Armstrong has given us a dark world filled with mysterious happenings and laying clues to lead us down a path none of us are quite sure we want to go down. Except we do want to go down it. Desperately. No matter how insidious those dark corners look. No matter how much that flash of metal terrifies us. We want to follow that shining beacon leading us in the recesses of the Cainsville world.
Visions just lead us deeper into that world. Not all of it is dark, of course. There are hints of light that keep us going through the story. Love interests I saw coming (but kind of hoped wouldn't happen. Not that they're bad, just not who I wanted to see her with). Relationships crumbling and being rebuilt.
And answers. Yes, that's right, answers. Not all of them, of course. How boring would that be? No, just enough to make us want more. Foundations of further truths to come.
Armstrong has stated that she has things in place that would let you look it all up. If I wanted to, I know I could go research everything she's been talking about, but I don't. She's leading us on a journey, and I don't want to spoil that. I want to follow those paths, I want to peek cautiously around dark corners. Hell, I want to get hopelessly lost in the maze, not sure I'm ever going to find my way out again.
So, do I recommend the book? That would be a resounding yes! Of course I do. Of course I would love to see everyone stumbling their way through the books Kelley Armstrong has laid out for us. Do I think everyone is going to like it? No, but when do they?
Do I think they're horror, as they were classified in my local bookstore? No. I would probably put it more in the Urban Fantasy genre. But they are a good read. And I would encourage anyone who does want to read them to let the story and information unfold as they will. Don't rush it. Armstrong has a plan, and I trust her to follow through on it.(less)
This was definitely an interesting read. I've never been much of a fan of historical fiction. However, Jackson did a good job of establishing the sett...moreThis was definitely an interesting read. I've never been much of a fan of historical fiction. However, Jackson did a good job of establishing the setting and the characters. I did find myself intrigued by the mystery.
There were a couple things that kept me from giving this book a higher rating. First: while I did enjoy some of the description at one point there was a solid two pages of it. I've never been good at reading through description, and when it's chunked together like that I'm even worse.
Second: while I didn't guess the big mystery, many of the mini mysteries seemed like more common sense than mystery. I didn't understand how Kaille didn't get it. And actually was surprised when he would suddenly proclaim some great reveal that I had assumed he'd already figured out.
Being pulled out of the story when these things happened can be annoying and I found it meant I didn't enjoy the book as much as I hoped.(less)
The Tattooed With is a very unique story. Having picked it up at a local writing convention, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn...moreThe Tattooed With is a very unique story. Having picked it up at a local writing convention, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't this.
The main character, Mariam, is obviously powerful. This is made clear throughout the book, but quite often she was crying out for help. In the situations she was in, of course, it wasn't like she could do it all herself, but coming from a background of urban fantasy where the heroines generally manage to make do on their own, it was a little frustrating.
I loved Joachin from the moment he appeared on the page. I'm not sure what about him drew me, but I was instantly on his side. I wanted him to be with Mariam, and I couldn't wait for it to happen. Every page brought me closer to what I thought was going to be the ultimate purpose of the book. I'm not going to tell you what might or might not have happened, but I will say that I am definitely going to read the next book in the trilogy.
On occasion I felt Susan MacGregor got a little flowery with her words. Purple prose is something a lot of writers have a tendency to do, and most of us find it hard to cut those words, because they can be quite powerful. I just found they didn't quite fit with the tone of the book, and it pulled me out of the story.
For the record, I did like Alonso, but not nearly as much as I liked Joachin. It was an interesting dynamic to have, that's for sure, and I'm interested to see how MacGregor keeps that same feel of the book in the sequel.
If you haven't read the book yet, The Tattooed Witch is a fantastic read. Definitely something to pick up and add to that ever growing pile of to be read books.(less)
Adrian and Sydney's story has always been one that I've looked forward to. Despite the trope of the forbidden romance and all that jazz, I loved seein...moreAdrian and Sydney's story has always been one that I've looked forward to. Despite the trope of the forbidden romance and all that jazz, I loved seeing the two of them together. I think they were matched extremely well, which can be hard to do when you're dealing with two secondary characters from another series. Most times authors would rather grab a new character for the love interest. the way these books were set out, though, Richelle Mead made us love the characters, then showed us how much we missed when we didn't see them ending up together.
There were a couple things in the book that did give me pause. The first of which being: She had so many allies. Why was it so hard to find people who were going to help Adrian? Sure, in the end they all got together to try and save Sydney, but it felt strange that a girl as well connected as her (hell, she has a bloody coven, for crying out loud) was trapped there for so long. I know they didn't know where she was, but half of her allies weren't even there to try and help her.
Second, the beginning was a little slow getting started. At first I was getting more annoyed at the characters, even though they were staying within the characters that were laid out for us. It felt like it took a very long time for any of the action to get started.
The end of the book was...to me, anyway...perfect. I loved it. It's been a while since I've finished a book and wanted to immediately gush to whomever would listen about how good it was.
The biggest downfall of it all is knowing the next book isn't going to come out until next year.
Overall, the characters were consistent, the storyline was strong and the book led me on a suitable roller coaster of emotions that made me want to pick up the book and read it all over again.
A fantastic addition to her Bloodlines series, Richelle Mead has outdone herself with Silver Shadows. Anyone who is a fan of Adrian and Sydney will love it.
I only hope some of the characters we met in this book show up in the next one too.(less)
The Violet Fox was an interesting read. A YA fantasy isn't something I would normally pick up, but I met the author at a local writing conference, and...moreThe Violet Fox was an interesting read. A YA fantasy isn't something I would normally pick up, but I met the author at a local writing conference, and it looked very interesting, so I picked it up.
The main character, Keira, was very easy to grow attached to. With all the confidence born of a girl who spends her days thwarting the guards while she steals food for her people below ground, she still somehow comes across as the teenager she is. Often confused about her feelings and conflicted in what she wants to do.
The prince, on the other hand, was a bit harder for me. He was obviously from privilege, and though I was almost entirely certain he was going to be the love interest, at first I found myself not wanting to like him.
I think it was the two of them together that really drew me. Of course, like most good stories, it had a love interest. Even though I knew she was deceiving him, and even though I knew it couldn't work out the way both of them wanted it to, I was happy to read about the two of them together.
There were parts of the story that I didn't see coming. Twists and turns that impressed me, though I did find myself questioning a couple of the earlier scenes. I can't be certain until I reread it, though.
The ending also didn't quite resonate with me. I'm not entirely sure I can put my finger on it. Something about it felt too neat, even though Marshall did, in fact, weave in parts that were meant to be strings left for the next book. I can see where she's wanting to take the next book, but it still felt just a little too neat. Especially the final fight, which didn't last very long at all.
Still, there was something about the book that was engaging. I will probably read the next one, just because I enjoyed the characters. At least, I enjoyed the main two. Some of the others kind of annoyed me.
Over all, an interesting take on a classic story. Worth the read.(less)
I'll admit, when I first got my copy of Richelle Mead's new book, I didn't dive into it right away. Part of it was because I knew I had another book c...moreI'll admit, when I first got my copy of Richelle Mead's new book, I didn't dive into it right away. Part of it was because I knew I had another book coming that I had been waiting for for longer, and the other part was, while I liked the first book, there were other series I preferred to it. Even when I first started reading it, I was finding it hard to get into the story, and I put it down on multiple occasions.
Of course, all of that changed when I finally forced myself to just sit and read.
I can't quite put my finger on what had me so put off at first, but whatever it was certainly resolved itself. I'm completely invested in the love interest relationship going on between Mae and Justin. And every time it seems to be going well, I get so excited! (Only to have it swing the other way and be disappointed.)
The story line was action packed and kept me turning the page (though I did guess quite a bit of what was going on rather early in the story, and have multiple theories on what is going to happen in days to come.) Also the very last twist in the book actually surprised me, which isn't something that happens all that often, unfortunately.
Mead is a master of playing with our emotions, which is exactly what you want in an author. She knows when to ramp up the tension, and when to give you some relief. When to leave you hanging and when to give you just enough information to keep you interested.
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. And I suspect I will be reading it much quicker than I read this installment. I can't wait to find out what happens, and to read more of Mead's interesting and unique world.(less)
Once more I'm going to be honest and admit that when it comes to books written by Kelley Armstrong, I might be slightly biased. I love her style of wr...moreOnce more I'm going to be honest and admit that when it comes to books written by Kelley Armstrong, I might be slightly biased. I love her style of writing, and unless she does something absolutely terrible, I'm probably going to love it.
Saying that, I would also like to point out that these kinds of series are ones that generally tend to annoy me a bit. It has an ending that doesn't really give us any kind of answers and left me feeling like I should be able to turn the page and keep reading, but there was nothing written there.
Strangely, though, I didn't hate it. I could see why Armstrong chose that point to end the book and am sure that she can pick the story back up in the next book without any kind of hiccup.
Now to get to the rest of the book. Written in two separate POVs (twin sisters: The Seeker and The Keeper of Edgewood) I immediately found myself drawn to one POV more than the other. Moria is the sister that is outspoken and doesn't understand how to be political. Ashyn is the more withdrawn and emotional of the two. I'm actually surprised that I was drawn to Moria more seeing as how I see more of myself in Ashyn, but I suppose that might be the appeal.
This book played on my emotions, making me care about the characters, mourn with the sisters, and feel the ultimate betrayal. As Armstrong always does, she introduced love interests that were surprising and yet amazingly easy to believe and root for. And, in the end, even added a twist I never saw coming. Which is something that doesn't happen nearly as often as I wish it would.
Like all of her series it left me wanting more, and I can't wait for the next book to come out. Make sure you have time when you sit down to read Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends, because I assure you, you won't want to put the book down!(less)
Let me preface this review by saying Patricia Briggs is one of my favourite authors. This isn't a 'she can do no wrong' kind of situation, but pretty...moreLet me preface this review by saying Patricia Briggs is one of my favourite authors. This isn't a 'she can do no wrong' kind of situation, but pretty close. In other words it may seem biased. Because it probably is.
Like so many of her other books the first thing that caught my attention is how quickly I find myself drawn into Mercy's world and head. She has a very distinctive way of thinking and it's so easy to pick up right where you left off.
The story was interesting if somewhat confusing for me. I'll even tell you why. it's a minute spoiler so this is going to be my only warning. I thought that Mercy had made more progress with the pack than she apparently had. I assumed that her, you know, saving their collective butts would do something for her. I guess I was wrong.
To be truthful I was a little worried about this book because the last book wasn't up to the standard of the others in the series but Night Broken redeemed the series in my eyes. More than. The plot was enticing and engaging. There was definite character growth and we got to see (and learn to hate even more) Adam's last wife Christy in all her manipulative glory.
If nothing else this book showed every character in the series just how strong Mercy really is. And, more than anything, I appreciated that.
A fantastic addition to the series I am eagerly awaiting the next book. If nothing else Mercy is always interesting and I always look forward to more of her story.(less)
The first book that features a second person on the cover didn't disappoint.
Kim Harrison is a master at keeping us reading. Every time I read her book...moreThe first book that features a second person on the cover didn't disappoint.
Kim Harrison is a master at keeping us reading. Every time I read her books I find it hard to not flip to the next page, even when it's two in the morning and I have to work. The Undead Pool is absolutely no exception.
In truth, I wasn't sure what to think when I started reading the book. I had other people telling me I wouldn't like the ending. And I get where they're coming from. The end of the book ends a hope that I know more than a few readers, I'm sure.
Not only that, it left the world in a very uncertain vein. I'm not entirely sure where she's planning on going with this, but I trust her to lead us where we need to go. I think I'll just sit back and enjoy the ride. (Especially since Harrison is so very good at creating a fantastic ride).
So, if you've read the other books and enjoyed them as much as I did, rest assured, this book gives you just as many twists and turns while toying with your emotions. And, while the ending is surprising and might disappoint a few, I thought that it was still a positive note, and makes me want to desperately read the next book in the series.(less)
The Lunar Chronicles is officially one of my favourite series.
Meyer had me captivated with both Cinder and Scarlet. both books held action and love in...moreThe Lunar Chronicles is officially one of my favourite series.
Meyer had me captivated with both Cinder and Scarlet. both books held action and love interests that kept me flipping the pages while still giving me enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.
Cress, though, is the best story so far.
With the addition of the young hacker Cress (aka Rapunzel) we get a whole new view, not just on the world that we're situated, but also on the characters we already know and love. We got a new love interest and even more insight into what the plan is for the lunars (though certainly not the whole story.)
By the end of the novel all I wanted to do was read the next one!
One thing is for sure: Marissa Meyer has gained a fan for life!(less)