After reading the Raven boys and realising I will have to wait for the last book....ahhhhh...I thought I would try some more Maggie Stiefvater to getAfter reading the Raven boys and realising I will have to wait for the last book....ahhhhh...I thought I would try some more Maggie Stiefvater to get me through this difficult time, that and because if I start re-reading Raven boys having just finished it people tend to judge me. The wolves Of Mercy Falls is one of her most well known series and was on several best seller lists so I thought this sounds promising...HOW WRONG I WAS. I had this nagging feeling from the start that I had read this before and didn't like it. Turns out I had because I had to sit through the twilight series, that was bad enough but to go through it again...TORTURE. Hold on maybe I'm not being entirely fair it wasn't a complete rip off from twilight, it's about wolves not vampires, it does have some original ideas, like a love triangle between two girls and a boy, hold on this sound familiar again, oh yeah because it's twilight in reverse! How could you write something as amazing as Raven boys and then write this, it's like it's a completely different author (although she still has an uncanny knack of making you fall in love with the characters no matter what). It's a poor book compared to other amazing things this author has written and I am extremely disappointed!
Ok so in case you missed the whole twilight, bleurgh, and you're not put off already I suppose a plot summary may be helpful. So in a quiet town know ones ever heard off lives Bella...oh hold on no *whoops* Grace, who has an unhealthy obsession in something that if it probably did exist would eat you, anyway it's a yellow eyes wolf. Sam is said yellow eyed wolf, because yellow eyes on a wolf totally normal right and not at all strange on a teenage boy, who spends his winters basically stalking Grace in wolf form and when it gets warmer stalking her in boy form. Creepy right? But hey who am I to stand in the way of true love? Now Grace has met her yellow eyed wold boy and fallen desperately in love but someone else vies for his affection and with winter nearing Sam may not be human for very long. A gripping tale you will read again and again because everybody is ripping off twilight hoping they can make a ridiculous amount of money like Meyer who couldn't write her way out of a paper bag. Way to ruin Young Adult literature people.
I must admit the one thing Stiefvater has going for her though are her characters. I don't know why but she has an uncanny knack of making her characters very real and you can't help but care for them, or at least you don't want to slap them like you do in twilight.
Grace - totally obsessed with Wolves despite the fact she was mauled by a pack of them. Describes herself as annoyingly sensible and predictable and yet continues to go near a pack of animals that once almost killed her. I do feel a little sorry for her though. Her parents have their own lives and seem to just leave her for days on end relying on her to cook meals, shop and generally be a lot more independent and responsible than a girl her age should be. I think her fascination with the wolves is more about being a part of a pack and not being so alone all the time because although her parents love her they tend to take her for granted as well.
Sam - moody, pensive, artistic, dangerous obsession with a girl his pack almost mauled to death what could possibly go wrong? I am noticing a pattern with Stiefvater's characters that they all come with a lot of emotional baggage. I mean a lot of people do but hers all seem to have ridiculously sad stories. These pasts though seem to be her go to to get you to care for a character and whilst it works to a certain extent it's not very realistic.
So if you just couldn't put twilight down this is the series for you. You can read it again but with a different cover, YAY! If however you are looking for a story that hasn't been done to death I suggest you veer away and go pick up a copy of the Raven boys, at least that way you won't think of Stiefvater as nothing but a lawsuit waiting to happen....more
So this book has been all over booklr for ages and I finally decided ehhh let's give it a go and OMG! Why did I wait so long to read this! I am an idiSo this book has been all over booklr for ages and I finally decided ehhh let's give it a go and OMG! Why did I wait so long to read this! I am an idiot. Sorry booklr next time a book is all over my dash I will read it straight away. I can't believe I almost didn't read this. I am not generally a fan of books with multiple POVs because there's always one characters chapter you just kind of want to skip but can't because it would ruin the book. Not here! Every character is amazing, there's so much history and personality. The world that's created is huge and complicated and truly magical. Even the story is well thought out, bits you could never see coming. A truly amazing start to what I hope will be an unforgettable series!
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy know as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Together they will form the first crew to attempt the impossible, sneaking a high profile prisoner out of an impenetrable fortress. They could become rich beyond their wildest dreams but if caught there are so many things worse than death. The only problem is they have to stop fighting amongst themselves if they're ever going to pull it off. No mourners, no funerals.
Not only are there so many different, amazingly interesting characters in this book that will keep you constantly entertained, the story and the world it's set in are nothing short of magical. Not only do we get a real picture of Ketterdam, it's slums, jails and governing system we also get an equally fascinating foreign city aswell. They are so well described you can actually feel yourself there without slowing the story or getting boring from too much story. The story itself is constantly fast paced with a twist around every corner. You find yourself so caught up you couldn't put the book down if you tried. It's truly like being one of the crew and it's amazing!
Kaz Brekker - 'dirtyhands' - Kaz is nothing short of a genius. He's worked his way up from the bottom, adopted a gang he could bring to the top and become one of the most well known criminals in the slums. He's always one step ahead of everyone no matter what happens Kaz already has a contingency plan. He doesn't trust many people but he does rely on a few such as Inej. For a criminal he's actually quite moral as well although his methods can be a little disturbing especially when he's angry. I genuinely like him because he's a hard worker and understands that if you want something you have to go out there and take it. His motives maybe a little skewed but it's understandable once you get to know him.
Inej Ghafa - the Wraith - not only is she the best assassin/ spy in the slums she is truly kickass. She doesn't just sit back and let things happen, she makes sure things are done. She has quite a sad history and has lost a lot but she finds a new family in the slums and the crew. Her and Kaz have this connection that means they always seem to know what the other is thinking. Despite everything Inej remains strong and she fights no matter what the odds or what the cost. She's one of my favourite heroines because on the face of things she's not really a heroine at all and yet she's the best of them all.
Nina Zenik - my favourite character in the series. Nina is a Heartrender in world where that means only death or slavery. Despite a bad situation she has an uncanny knack of carrying on and making things better. She's done bad things in her past for good reason but her determination to make things better proves what a good person she truly is. She's smart, sassy and stands up for herself. Another truly great female heroine especially for young girls we need a lot more girls like Nina who are strong and confident.
Jesper Fahey - a degenerate gambler who will literally gamble away anything and everything if he had the chance. Despite that he's one of the best sharpshooters in the City. I must admit I didn't take to Jesper straight away but he grows on you. He starts to become a better person as the job goes on and realise the mistakes he's made and that he can fix them. He's constantly denying to himself and everyone else who he really is because he's afraid of what it means. He has great potential to help and he starts to accept himself but he's not quite there just yet.
Wylan Van Eck - brought along really as an insurance policy more than nothing else but he starts to become one of the family pretty quickly. Wylan is the very confident in himself and with his past its unsurprising but there are a few things he does well and he takes pride in them no matter what anyone might say. He really comes into his own towards the end of the novel where he stops denying ugly truths, confronts them and fights back. He's actually quite inspirational.
Matthias Helvar - it's hard to like a guy who spends most of the novel trying to kill your favourite character but somehow it happens. Matthias is very opinionated on certain issues but whilst his head tells him one thing he just can't seem to stop the little voice in his heart. He clings firmly to everything he's been taught and yet his conscience just can't let him be the person he thinks he's supposed to be. He's a very confused character which is understandable.
Ok so that is our crew. This book is truly amazing with so many secrets and lies and deceits and twists you will not be able to put it down. The only problem is now we all have to sit and wait for the next one. ...more
The final book in the amazing Lunar chronicles and it was totally worth the wait! Recently there have been a lot of books re-telling classic fairy talThe final book in the amazing Lunar chronicles and it was totally worth the wait! Recently there have been a lot of books re-telling classic fairy tales but this series just surpasses them all. It doesn't just boringly recite old fairy tales with maybe a different world to disguise the blatant plagiarism. It takes classic tales and turns them completely on their head. Whilst the girls may appear on the surface to be helpless and stuck in desperate situations every single one of them are their own heroes. On top of that the world that's been created, a post -apocalyptic universe with so much detail and history that you can't help but become immersed. I must say I am truly devastated that this series has come to an end and I eagerly await any future novel by this author because Marissa Meyer is truly an epic storyteller. If you haven't read these yet go about and by the box set and whilst your there pick up fairest it may be a short story but it really explains a lot.
Ok on to the boring details. I could never truly sum up this story and do it justice in a short synopsis but I will give it a go. Princess Winter has grown up under the thumb of her evil stepmother Levana and yet she is a kind and caring creature. And the scars across her face do nothing to diminish her beauty. Everyone assumes Winter is weak but she is probably the strongest of them all. With the help of Cinder, Scarlet and Cress she could be the only one capable of bringing about revolution and installing the rightful queen to Lunars throne.
So I've reviewed most of the characters in other reviews of the lunar chronicle book but I do want to look at in detail Winter and Jacin in this review.
Winter is an amazing character. She's a mix of paradoxes all bundled into one character. She's childlike and innocent but has suffered a lot at the hands of her stepmother. She's completely crazy and yet probably the sanest of anyone on Lunar. She is stunningly beautiful and yet incredibly flawed. Everything about her is strange and yet her confidence in herself and her morals are what make her a true hero. She doesn't care what happens to her but can't stand for others to be hurt. She is a truly good person with a truly good heart which is amazing considering how she was raised and who raised her. This true goodness means that she wields more power than her stepmother ever could because she is willing to do whatever it takes to save anyone and everyone no matter what the cost and this is what means people will follow her and fight for her no matter what the cost to them. Cinder is the face of the revolution, Cress the brain, Scarlet is the fire but Without Winter they could never pull it off. She gives people hope in a desolate, fearful place and just a little scrap of hope and the oppression crumbles.
We've met Jacin before and he didn't really come off too well. He sort of leaves a bad first impression when he's constantly betraying Cinder and her friends but his intentions were never bad. Jacin serves nobody but Winter and he won't apologise for it. He doesn't care what he has to do, who he has to kill, what he has to take as long as she is safe. This unfaltering loyalty tells you how good a person Winter is and deep down Jacin himself. He comes off a little arrogant and a bit of an a**e in previous novels but you by the end of this you can forgive him for pretty much anything. Jacin doesn't care that Winter is damaged, crazy, broken he admires her strength to continue on no matter what. He doesn't see her beauty he's drawn to her because of something else. He's truly selfless and he's perfect for Winter.
Ok so final Lunar Chronicle boo, grab some tissues because it's awful to realise it's all over! Thank you Marissa Meyer it was truly a wonderful ride :) ...more
An interesting take on the classic beauty and the beast love story with a huge twist! not only does this book draw on classic fairy tale love storiesAn interesting take on the classic beauty and the beast love story with a huge twist! not only does this book draw on classic fairy tale love stories for inspiration we also get a little Greek mythology thrown into the mix with a giant mystery built in.
This novel is all about the romance even if it is set in a world with Gods and magic. Whilst I did like the novel the ending for me was really annoying. I also feel there wasn't as much world building and character depth as there could have been and it's frustrating when you're reading a book that could be great but ends up just being OK. When the description says Graceling meets beauty and the beast all I could think was why have I not already read this book but by the end I was looking at it thinking whaaaat? It's more like a Ben and Kerry's ice-cream tub that you open to find someone has just but regular vanilla into, a huge disappointment!
Nyx lives in a land pulled out of the world into its own bubble with a parchment coloured sky, shadows that drive you insane if you dare to look and an all powerful ruler who loves nothing more than to make deals that can only end with you losing everything. Nyx's father made a deal long ago that would let his wife have children but in exchange one would be married to Lord Ignifex on there seventeenth birthday. The deal was made, twin girls were born but as always there was a catch and that Nyx's mothers died giving birth. Ever since then Nyx's has been trained for the day she will marry Lord Ignifex so that she may kill him and restore their land whilst her sister Astria has been kept safe and loved. Nyx's hates her family for the position they have put her in and herself for the way she feels about it but she leaves on her seventeenth birthday determined to complete her mission. But Lord Ignifex will not be so easy to kill, especially as she gets to know him and her feeling change and his palace is a puzzle that could both destroy her and her kingdom that she must solve.
Nyx is a good heroine character on paper. She's smart, she's kick-ass, determined and brave she is even flawed in that although she loves her twin she hates her at the same time because she wasn't chosen and she hates her father for putting he in this position. The problem is I just didn't connect with her as a character. She's not really very well developed on they keep going on about how guilty she feels about falling in love but there's nothing really that makes her stand out as an individual. It's like she been printed out as a template of what a YA character should be but nothing has been added. I mean for example let's take that she's intelligent and loves books. It's mentioned now and again and she likes finding the library but that's it she doesn't devour books, or stay up into the night reading and discovering. It's just like well belle liked thread better throw it in there and leave it. It's so annoying!
Lord Ignifex it equally disturbing, him and his shadow shade. For example they are both your typical blonde, gorgeous what you would expect of a fairy tale prince but obviously since Ignifex is supposed to be a demon we better change his eyes so he's still handsome but there's something to show he's not fully human. Shade is his shadow during the day who can be a person at night which isn't really clearly explained and as a shadow he can open and close doors, pat Nyx on the shoulder and other things that you think how can a shadow possibly do that is just baffling. Nyx also sort of instantly falls in love I mean there's no real conflict or questioning its just that's what she's obviously supposed to do plot wise so she does. I don't know why because neither of them really have anything going for them. I can't actually describe their personalities because they don't really have any they're just generic princely types again!
I will admit the bit I did like about this book was the Greek mythology that's been incorporated and the mysteries and puzzles included. The house, the shadows, Ignifex and Shade are all these little mysteries that need to be solved by Nyx if she is to ever succeed in her mission. It's just a shame they are disappointed by a generic plot line that is really just lazy writing because these mysteries are truly amazing and when you find out what is actually going on you will be gobsmacked. You can't predict the outcome here.
I think this is a marmite book that you will either really love or hate and whilst I truly want to love it I just can ignore the shoddy characters and generic plot base and ending. It's a shame because this truly does have the potential to be a good novel.