4 Out of 5 Stars Josie's seventeenth birthday sucks – latest in a line of suckiness. Her dad's vanished. Her boyfriend broke up with her. An awesome in4½ Out of 5 Stars Josie's seventeenth birthday sucks – latest in a line of suckiness. Her dad's vanished. Her boyfriend broke up with her. An awesome interning job fell through. Her mom's being super protective. And she's now the age her brother was when he died. All in all, a great day. Not. But also... things keep happening. Things that don't make sense... And then a total hottie rolls up to school on a motor bike, sporting a tattoo just like Josie's brother had... The hottie is called Reid. He's come to drop a huge bomb. Josie has powers. She's in danger. Bad guys are gunning for her. Her life has been a lie. Oh, and he's got to train her quickly – as in, before it's too late and war starts. No pressure there. I mean, where are the Avengers when you need them...? I saw Anomaly on NetGalley and instantly thought: gots to have it! From the moment I began reading, I fell totally and utterly in love. This book... Holy Thor! It was freaking amazing. I was just instantly hooked! Anomaly was hilarious, exciting, action-packed and full of brilliant nerdy references. Many of its elements weren't stunningly original (nerdy lead girl, former crush, snarkiness, hotness, sci-fi stuff), but when put all together, along with a whole load of awesome, the result meant Anomaly was just stunning. It was so much fun and I loved every single second of it. I seriously cannot recommend Anomaly enough! Now, when dealing with awesomeness, start with the awesome characters. And Josie was awesome. She was nerdy, funny, clever and, if you haven't gathered by this point, awesome. Her Star Trek, Star Wars, Big Bang Theory and Marvel comics references killed me every time. I also loved her "I was just wired to be weird" – the girl had some brilliant snark! Her reaction to what she really was felt so utterly believable and realistic – I mean, who deals with 'you're not quite human' and 'your life's a lie' with a happy grin? She was brilliant and so was her development! Reid was amazing too – and totally crushworthy! He, too, was snarky and funny – but he was serious and motivated too. And badass – do not forget the badassness of Reid! He was just amazing. Oh, and Rosie (Jeid?) was perfect too! They were so cute, so hot and so brilliant. I loved seeing the two of them together and just loved them! I loved Josie's best friend Hannah as well – she was the perfect counterpoint to Oculi craziness and was really sweet and funny. And Santos killed me too! Oh, and I loved that Josie's mom had to use a cane, but that she hated any help. She didn't want to be treated like she was incapable, like all disabled people (well, unless the hill is really steep...) Go Mrs H! Well, not really. Mrs H was also rather cold and rational. I was very torn about Mom… But the writing was perfect. Split between Reid and Josie, the action was non-stop and also funny as hell! I loved getting both sides of the story – loved Josie's nerdiness and Reid's badassness. Together, it was like the perfect little mix for my bookish loves! I mean, all those geeky/dorky references... it was like dying and ending up on the Enterprise (not really, since I'm not really into Star Trek, but the dorkiness of the statement seemed fitting). Seriously, all I needed was the mention of D&D or Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizards, Spock and I literally would've been on geekdom cloud nine! And damn this plot was good! I mean, oh my Star Lord! It was fast-paced, exciting, unpredictable, and awesome. I read this book in one sitting – that good! I was just so hooked and so desperate to know what would happen next! I may have seen a few plot twists coming, but there were so very many twists and turns that I was always, always hooked and on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait for the next book in the series! I need it so badly! As for this world... Oh. My. Thor! It was so cool! The whole sci-fi edge to the paranormal aspects just blew me away. Everything felt so real – I mean, there was all kinds of science-talk, as well as mentions of scientists – all of which made these unbelievable acts of projection seem, well, believable. And man do I want to be Oculi! Oh, how I hearted Anomaly! It was the perfect book to just sit and read (preferably in a single sitting) and then gush about afterwards. I’m recommending it to all sci-fi, paranormal and Marvel lovers out there – this is not one to miss! It’s just the most amazing, nerd-a-licious, exciting, thrilling, fun book to read and I shall be desperately waiting for my second hit of the Schrodinger’s Consortium series! ...more
BEFORE PUBLICATION THOUGHTS: OMG OMG OMG!!! I'm only on Magic Study but I am SO glad I don't have to leave Yelena after Fire Study!! I think I'm goingBEFORE PUBLICATION THOUGHTS: OMG OMG OMG!!! I'm only on Magic Study but I am SO glad I don't have to leave Yelena after Fire Study!! I think I'm going to faint.... Or run around screaming and singing and laughing. Can't decide yet. Too freaking excited!!!! YES!!! YES YES YESSSSS!!!!!!!! THANK YOU, MARIA V. SNYDER!!!! I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU EVEN MORE THAN I LOVE VALEK. And trust me. That's a serious declaration. I freaking love Valek! Ok I've decided. I'm going to sing and dance and scream and then faint. Now: Ta-ta til 2014. I'll be celebrating until this one is released. :D
UPDATED REVIEW: “Dead air surrounded me. My magic was gone…” When you miss your days as a poison tester, you know your life is crazy. Yelena Zaltana, former poison tester for the Commander of Ixia, now Liason between Ixia and Sitia and powerful magician, is just looking forward to some quality time with her heart mate, Valek, when she is shot by a poisoned arrow. Thinking she expelled all the poison before it had a chance to take effect, she leaves the hunt for her assassin to Valek. But she didn't get it all out. And now her magic is gone, leaving her defenceless against a magical enemy she thought she'd defeated. Meanwhile, Valek attempts to find Yelena's attempted-assassin, take down a smuggling ring (with the help of Janco and Ari) and also deal with a newcomer who is vying for his job. Can Yelena save her own life, let alone the ones she loves, when she is deprived of the very thing that makes her strongest? “Run and hide? That was so not my style…” When I found out Yelena's story would continue in a brand new trilogy, I freaked out; I was just so, so excited. In fact, I did many a happy dance. But when I got my hands on Shadow Study, I found myself a bit nervous, since I haven't actually read the Glass series yet. I shouldn’t have worried: it didn't take long for me to figure out what had happened – and I'm sure I'll reread Shadow Study after I read the Glass series, so it doesn't matter much! But anyway: I was also worried Shadow Study wouldn't live up to the original series. But I was, of course, wrong. From the very start, it was all action and just as magical as ever – and we even had Valek and Janco chapters, two of my other fave Study characters! Can I hear a HELL YEAH! Yelena has grown up so much in the time between Fire Study and Shadow Study. Not surprising, given the time that has passed, but she's matured a lot. I love her – how badass and brave she is, even without her magic. We got to see more of the human Yelena, the one who was cunning, Valek's student and who needed her friends – I liked that a lot. Valek. I loved learning more about Valek's past, about how he became Valek. About why he makes animals form the black stone with silver specks. About why he's so rational. About how and why he became an assassin. About how he was told to not feel, how emotions were weakness, but he's embraced them anyway because of his good heart, how he is so so caring. It has made me love him even more – something I thought impossible. Janco: oh how I love him! He's my favourite soldier ever, my favourite comedic release in this suspenseful series. He's also man after my own heart – not a morning person. I get it, Janco. "Bright sunlight, chirping birds and those obnoxious morning people" make my stomach churn too. Seriously though, I am so in love with this bonkers, hilarious, brave soldier – as-much-as-I-love-Valek kind of love. Now for our supporting cast. First up Ari, who sadly we didn’t see as much of, but he was so brilliant when we did! And Leif has become such a protective big brother! He killed me at time – the boy has serious snark! And little Fisk! Not so little now – and such an entrepreneur! Oh, and Reema killed me – the lines that kid came out with were amazing! And then there’s Onora, who just intrigues me – I can’t wait to learn more about her, and I see a future love connection with my favourite little Janco (though does anyone else totally want Janco and Ari to be a couple? Is that just me? Just think – they could be Jaari or Arco or Janri: too cute!). I must say, I loved this triple but linked storyline. The way we followed Yelena, Valek and Janco made the action and suspense just nonstop and full on. Of course, I occasionally wished it was easier to skip ahead on my Kindle – sometimes I just wanted to continue with the storyline I read in that chapter, because they were always left on cliffhangers! Noo! But seriously: loved it to pieces. And that ending... Oh. My. Gods. I need the next book – like right now. Or, even better, yesterday! And the writing: OH MY GODS, I love split POVs. So so much. I mean, we got to read daring quests from the perspectives of the lovely and kickass Yelena, the gorgeous and badass Valek and the hilarious and brilliant Janco. It was just so much awesome to fit into one book – and I loved it so much! I've always loved Yelena, but it was so great to get to know Valek and Janco better! And Maria is always so good at writing brilliant action scenes, scenes of comic relief and sparkling dialogue – and Shadow Study had all of these in spades! I've said so many times and I'll say it again: I love this world! I love Ixia and I love Sitia and I love the magic and the politics and the spying and the mad adventures. I want to move here – live in Sitia with the Zaltanas, or live in Ixia and be one of Valek's spies. I just love Maria's world building so freaking much and I can't get enough of this brilliant world she's created. Damn, I love this world, this series and these characters. It feels so much like home – like one of my favourite places to be – and I'm so glad I get to spend even more time here. Shadow Study managed to exceed every single one of my expectations and left me shaking for so much more. I just... God, I loved it so much! Maria V. Snyder is always amazing, always a true artist, but Shadow Study exceeds all the others in the Study series so far. Night Study can't come quickly enough!...more
Amazing. Heartbroken the series is over, but just the most perfect ending. Will miss the Drake boys til there's a hole in my heart though! ;) Full rev
Amazing. Heartbroken the series is over, but just the most perfect ending. Will miss the Drake boys til there's a hole in my heart though! ;) Full review to be posted nearer to publishing date. ...more
‘[Prince] Dorian steepled his fingers. "I have a proposition for you." "I'm listening," was all she said.' Celaena Sardothien is known as Adarlan's A ‘[Prince] Dorian steepled his fingers. "I have a proposition for you." "I'm listening," was all she said.' Celaena Sardothien is known as Adarlan's Assassin. She is the most skilled, deadly and infamous assassin in all of Erilea and in all her time she made but one mistake. She got caught. Celaena may only be eighteen, but she was charged with a life sentence at the saltmines of Endovier. She was only expected to last a month, to be broken by the dreadful work and abuse and die a dreadful death. But one year into her sentence, she is still alive and strong as ever, even though she has been scarred by her dreadful work. And then she is offered a deal. Her freedom will be returned to her - if she agrees to be the Prince's champion in a fight to be the official assassin of the King. Celaena must fight thieves, murders and assassins in a battle to the death - literally, it appears, when dead bodies start popping up left right and centre. As she desperately tries to catch the killer and win the competition, she slowly realises that her freedom might not be her only motivation any more... That her cold, assassin's heart may just be melting... I can't even describe to you how excited I was to read Throne of Glass. There's been so much hype and excitement and I've seen so many amazing reviews of it. Ergo, my expectations were super high going into this book. And y'know what? Throne of Glass lived up to every single one! It was one of those rare books that outshone all the hype. It was the most amazing debut and one of the most addictive books ever. It's got to be one of favourites of the year and I'm now desperate for another book in the series! I seriously can't wait for more, ‘cause everything just blew my socks off! I loved all the characters, 'cause they were all so 3D and there were just so many to love! Celaena was totally badass: ruthless, clever, snarky, hilarious and always planning her next move. I loved that she wasn’t perfect and that she was this little teenaged girl who could kick everyone’s butt and leave them all dead, should she so desire. It was awesome. What I loved most was that she was so human too, so loving and kind. Prince Dorian was just too cute – I loved his mischievous side: it was irresistible and so, so funny! He was the cutest, sweetest thing – I could just take him home! And Chaol was totally hot too: he was kinda serious-soldier and I loved how Celaena constantly exasperated him! He was strong, silent, honourable and yummy. But the supporting characters were just as brilliant. Take the Princess Nehemia Ytger of Eyllwe, for example. She was brilliant and just as strong willed and feisty as Celaena! And the bad guys - so well done! They were oh-so easy to hate! Now, thanks to the two totally yummy guys in this book, there kinda was a love triangle. Why the 'kinda' you might ask. Well. Besides being both utterly yummy, the boys are also best friends and obviously respect each other a lot. Ergo, no fighting over the girl, nada unhonourable. Somehow, Maas wrote a love triangle manages to be a triangle without really being one. Amazing! The writing just really, completely let Celaena get into our hearts and us into hers. I loved being in her mind - seeing her mental calculations, how she could take someone out by planning ahead. And I really loved how we got to see the story from everyone's POVs - it rocked! The blend of action and romance, humour and suspense was just perfection and I can honestly say I was cracking up many, many times throughout the book! And I just adored this plot! It found that perfect balance between world building and action - and I do so love my action! The plot was brilliantly twisty and utterly unpredictable. And, HALLELUJAH! An ending that leaves me wanting more, with just the right number of unanswered questions without an evil cliff-hanger! The world itself was so well built and rich, like I was there myself. I loved the court life mingled with assassin action and really hope that there will be more of the magical side in the series! I think Throne of Glass might just be one of the best debuts I've ever read. It's definitely one of my favourites in 2012. There is basically nothing bad I can say about it. The only thing would be I want to know more about Celaena’s past – and that’s literally it! And I seriously just can't even put into words how awesome this book is. I could ramble on forever, but as that would probably bore you, I'll shut up now. But seriously. Read this! It is epic - one of the best books of 2012 by far! I am now preparing myself for a long wait 'til Book Two - and, of course, the withdrawal and insanity that will therefore follow. Woe is me!
Oh, and side not: I also learned the plural of sarcophagus is sarcophagi. So there ya go! Informative too!...more