I *really* enjoyed this book! I'm in the middle of a few others, but this one caught my eye at the bookstore (wonderfully illustrated cover with a gor...moreI *really* enjoyed this book! I'm in the middle of a few others, but this one caught my eye at the bookstore (wonderfully illustrated cover with a gorgeous dragon and kick-ass girl in a martial arts stance--win!). I do love fantasy and especially those that have a nice Asian theme and pull from a familiar but new mythos. Alison Goodman has done all of this. As she writes in the very back of the book... the world that Eona lives in was inspired by both Chinese and Japanese cultures, but it's certainly an entirely new world of its own, as well. I've already ordered the second in the series because I must know how things tie up. This was a fantastic read that just kept me going. It is a Young Adult read and as such there were some features that I was able to guess, but I still really enjoyed it. Even when I was "close" to guessing what would happen or why... there were still additional details that I had missed. ;) I highly recommend this to any young adult, YA-genre lovers, or readers of fantasy.(less)
This was a lovely read by a great author. I know that this is just the first of her shorts that will be released (along with a novel later) and I can'...moreThis was a lovely read by a great author. I know that this is just the first of her shorts that will be released (along with a novel later) and I can't wait to get a hold of the others, now. Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical about the wild-wild-west theme that it seemed to run with, but I was happily surprised by the outcome. Many of the themes even echoed thoughts that I've recently been having regarding the contrast of country-folk and city-folk. Having grown up in a small town and now living in the city, I did it a bit opposite, but I could still feel for Tina's predicament. There's more to this story than just a city-girl getting tossed into a country-style life. I don't want to ruin any surprises, so I won't say much more than that, but it's well worth the read! It's not a long read, but just enough that once you've reached the end you feel very satisfied with the story as a whole. Makes me want to go look up history books on the Taggart's if it weren't for the fact that I know it's a fiction. J.A. Campbell very successfully pulls the reader into the story and keeps the momentum moving in a natural and organize fashion that still leaves you curious about what's around the next corner. She's an author to watch and I'm thrilled to have partaken of her first short story!(less)
Really, that's the best way to begin this review. First off, I'm very impressed with the scope of this novel and the incredible depth of the world...moreWow!
Really, that's the best way to begin this review. First off, I'm very impressed with the scope of this novel and the incredible depth of the world that Jeffrey Pierce has created. There are a whole handful of characters that you grow to know and love--each in their own unique way.
My only complaint is that it was a little hard to dive right into at the beginning. The world is very involved and while I cannot think of a better way to draw readers into the tapestry of 'Escaping Destiny' it does feel a bit like one is a stone skipping across the surface of a much deeper pool, for a while. Because of the intricacies that he's built the world with, he introduces the reader to larger pieces in steps--beginning with the smallest. It's a little bit like a learning curve-just as you get 'used' to one portion, the story expands to show you just a bit more.
While I listed that as a 'complaint', I also think it's a huge strength. Knowing that this is the first in a series (or Trilogy), I can be temporarily sated with what background and histories I've been given. Admittedly, I'm hungry for more myth and lore from the Tapestry, though. I want to know more about the Wildlands and the history of the Fae and Humans and their interactions. I want to know more about Kai's childhood, about the individual stories of each of the many characters. Jeffrey has done a very good job of creating a situation where the reader wants MORE. I almost don't care who or what it's about, specifically, as long as it's more about Kai, Caraine, Leiron, Daen, Beltross, Traela, Ko'Laru, or any of the others... the Maat are fascinating and just at the very end--he leaves you with some major clues about the further boundaries that this world can contain.
When he releases more in this series, I will happily devour them. The entire second half of this book was read in an entire sitting. The beginning was a bit slow-moving, but very enjoyable. Sometimes my 'breaks' were so that I could digest what I'd read and 'settle' into the world a bit more before continuing on with the story. If you enjoy fantasy at all, I recommend this title and that you keep an eye out for more by Jeffrey Pierce. Luckily, he's writing up a storm and should have plenty to read quite shortly. :)(less)
Ella Grey immediately pulls you into the world of Rachel Valentine and general mood of the story. Rachel is creative, tenacious, and a rebel at heart...moreElla Grey immediately pulls you into the world of Rachel Valentine and general mood of the story. Rachel is creative, tenacious, and a rebel at heart that just wants to find out what happened to her brother. Her motives are innocent enough even if she seems to be a 'trouble maker.'
There are definite hints of magic or supernatural affairs being involved in the disappearances that have been happening across London and I'm *very* intrigued to read more!
The only reasons I didn't *love* this short... were some of the transitions. At one point a transition leaves off with one sort of vehicle and then picks up with another. At first I thought that maybe it was a typo, but then realized after continuing to read that more time had passed than I'd initially thought. Also, while I know that it's intended to leave the reader wanting more (which I do!) the ending was a bit harsh for me. I wanted a little bit more "wrap-up" at the end to flush it out some.
Overall, though, I thought it was very fun. I really enjoy the premise and I'm very curious to find out what's going on in London and what Rachel's brother has gotten himself mixed up with, what her parent's are hiding, and much more. If you are expecting it to be a short that won't give you a solid ending, then it's a great read. I just wasn't anticipating that from the beginning so it seemed a bit lacking on my first read-through.
If you've liked the other "Electric Shorts" that Echelon Press is putting out, then I certainly recommend 'Searching For Michael.' Keep an eye on this series and watch out for Ella Grey!(less)
Prior to watching the movie 'Inception' I had heard people describing it as going into the rabbit hole, then going into another rabbit hole, and anoth...morePrior to watching the movie 'Inception' I had heard people describing it as going into the rabbit hole, then going into another rabbit hole, and another, and another until you weren't sure which one you were in anymore. I would also give this description to Jen Wylie's 'Banished.' It does not continue along the lines you would expect and Jen Wylie has a talent for commenting on the 'traditional' cues found in books and movies--those things that we might consider canned or stereotypical. She's able to address these things in a fresh light and make them all her own.
I can't wait to read her other Tales of Ever. This was a fun ride and I'm amazed at how far the story ends from where it began in such a short length of time. She doesn't sacrifice quality of story for the pace, however. The reader is really drawn into how the MC feels as her world continues to change around her.
I certainly recommend this and cannot wait for the others. :)(less)
I just finished Jump and I'm wishing that I'd taken the time to read it sooner. It's a short read, but it's a very good one. I'm already wondering abo...moreI just finished Jump and I'm wishing that I'd taken the time to read it sooner. It's a short read, but it's a very good one. I'm already wondering about the real nature of certain characters and feel like I've only wet my whistle with this quick short. At the same time... it ties up rather nicely and the title is perfect.
Thank you very much for a good read, Jen! :)(less)
I thought that Origins was a WONDERFUL read. I devoured it in two sittings and this was even while reading it as a PDF (I highly dislike reading on th...moreI thought that Origins was a WONDERFUL read. I devoured it in two sittings and this was even while reading it as a PDF (I highly dislike reading on the computer screen, so this bespeaks its quality even further). I was very impressed that this is Sean's first book and also thrilled that there would be more coming.
His character development was delightful and I loved following Ashlyn with both her triumphs and her subsequent humbling moments. She's an engaging character and I found myself wanting to know more about her and her past as the story went on. Sean has also crafted a wonderful world where vampires, werewolves, and mages coexist with 'normal people.' One of the best features of his vampires... is that they don't sparkle. ;)
However, anyone who has read Twilight and hungers for something with a little more substance... I highly recommend this book. Also, readers of Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, and C.E. Murphy will be happily rewarded by delving into this book. Keep an eye on Sean Hayden. He thought he could write better than much of the slush making it to print... and he was right.(less)
So... this is an interesting read and I feel the need to qualify my 2 stars. I enjoyed reading it for the sheer fact that I enjoyed being able to deba...moreSo... this is an interesting read and I feel the need to qualify my 2 stars. I enjoyed reading it for the sheer fact that I enjoyed being able to debate against Plato in my classes. I simply don't agree with much of what he has to say, but I do think it's well worth diving into. My personal tastes? Don't really want to dip into it again. ;)(less)