We all loved divergent, were eager for insurgent and left shattered by allegiant and in Veronica Roth's new adventure you will be left wondering why yWe all loved divergent, were eager for insurgent and left shattered by allegiant and in Veronica Roth's new adventure you will be left wondering why you just spent your hard earned money on such utter rubbish! Interesting concept made utterly dull by lacklustre characters and half baked planets and cultures. Notice on past books by Roth her name is small and at the bottom of the book and in this one it's just as big as the title, that's because this book can't sell itself it relies on her reputaion and when a book has to rely entirely on an author and can't stand for itself it is not going to be a good read.
So what's it about?
In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost. The Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Sounds a bit like divergent, switch the girl for a boy, thrust him into a new savage place where cruelty is rewarded, but make it a planet so nobody twigs and throw in a sort of Star Trek confederacy to make out it's an entirely new book. The worst part is though they haven't even tried to hide it. The planets, the different cultures, the assembly aren't really made into a believable stage for our characters. All the Shotet seem to be are savages intended on killing and fighting. Even in scenes where you see a little of their culture you can't get a feel for who they are. It's the same with every planet and culture introduced. It's like their an aside to the story which would be fine if the story was new and fast paced but it's just boring.
Even our main characters are really just cookie cutter mounds half formed and thrust into an incomplete world with a half-baked storyline. Akos, is one of our main characters. He was kidnapped as a child, thrown into an enemy world where he is taught to fight and kill to survive and then enslaved to a family he has been told he will die serving. Sounds like he could be interesting, even noble since he suffers so much on the off chance it will help him save his brother, but actually he has no realness about him. He has a back story, a purpose but there's just something about him you just cannot connect with. He's sort of robotic just going through the motions and even when he starts to fall in love it's like it's what he's meant to do so he just goes along. He doesn't show passion or anger or despair. You just can't connect.
It's the same with Cyra. For a girl riddled by pain, who accidentally murders with her touch you would think that you would feel sorry for her but I just can't. I don't really care what happens to her. Cyra seems like a character we could connect with but there's something lacking. She's intelligent, determined, scared but you get that with every YA character ATM. There's nothing that makes her, well her. Something that makes her standout from everyone, something that makes her real.
I have to say I'm deeply disappointed by Veronica Roth. It's almost like she had to write a book and this was the best she could do. The fact that's it's set up to be a series does not bode well either. This is a book designed to make more money not for a reader to enjoy and it's sad that Roth has felt this was ok. It could be great but it's all so half done that it makes the book a chore to read. Don't waste your money, go and read a book by an author whose actually trying to engage a reader....more
I will say this now that this not a 4* book. It's an ok, typical YA book with the required love triangle. Thrown in a girl instead of another boy to I will say this now that this not a 4* book. It's an ok, typical YA book with the required love triangle. Thrown in a girl instead of another boy to the love triangle, added a bit of ruthless stabby bits. The problem is in a market flooded with books with the same sort of plot you can't just set it in space and make it violent to have a great novel. I got a little bored during the middle of the book and put it down and that is never a good sign. It was an ok book but now being ok is just not good enough.
Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire...
The best part of this book, and the only reason it got 3*, is the setting. Not the whole space thing but the way the Grandiloquy rule those planet bound, the dying technology as man refuses to progress and instead stagnates under poor leadership and convoluted spiritual beliefs. The spaceships, no longer servicabke have been turned into homes for the elite. Others sit inside fortresses drifting in space. Interacting via the internet , never mixing with those they rule over. It's a cautionary tale and completely believable. The problem is that's the only good part in the book.
Nemesis is a diabolic, a human engineered for the sole purpose of guarding a child of the elite, protecting them at all costs and when they fail to gain revenge and destroy themselves. She's your typical YA heroine really, a little kick-ass, misunderstood, finally finds she can love and has a purpose in life other than protecting the girl she was engineered to love. She fits in the same mould as all otherYA heroines it's just her creation that's a little different. There's nothing new about her, nothing that will make you remember her amid all the other YA heroines out there.
Tyrus Domitrian is another reason this book got 3*. He's not your typical YA hero. He's deceitful, dishonest and anything else that we would usually associate with a villain. On top of that he's slightly insane, he can say it's an act but no one is that good with out being a little crazy. He constantly switches from being the good guy to the bad guy. He's a real person, who wants something, will do anything to get it but comes up against obstacles that change his plans.
They're surrounded by your generic cast of evil doers, ambitious b*tches, family and generally stupid royal court Grandiloquy. On top of that my biggest problem is the end of this book. The one thing Nemesis has is her commitment to Donia, something she completely abandons at the end. It's like the author desperately wanted a fairy tale ending but she added a little paragraph promising violence just so she could kind of say it was true to the character.
I wouldn't re-read the book and tbh it's going straight to a charity bookstore. The truth is there are loads of book that have a female heroine in a hostile court with your typical love triangle. Few bits added and changed here and there to make it passable but nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. The space setting, Tyrus and the idea of genetically engineered humans could have made it extraordinary but in the end it was let down by the generic storyline and cookie cutter supporting characters....more
It's back on the big screen! The Harry Potter universe is back. I may have seen the film 10 times but how do you get through that gap between the filmIt's back on the big screen! The Harry Potter universe is back. I may have seen the film 10 times but how do you get through that gap between the film coming out of the cinema and going on to DVD. No worries we can relive the entire thing in book form! Yay J.K. Only problem is by the end of this series I may actually be bankrupt.
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…
So this is actually just the film script in a book with an incredibly gorgeous cover. I've never read a book that's in script form so I was worried this may be a bit disjointed and hard to read. In actuality it was incredibly easy to read, took me about two and a half hours to finish the book, about the same amount of time it would take to watch the film. The thing I loved most was when you watch a movie for the first time there are bits you miss but when you rewatch you think ohhhh. Reading the film script there were little tiny bits I picked up on I didn't pick up on in the film, a glance here, small detail there.
So our latest antagonist is British wizard Newton 'Newt' Scamander, a fluffy cinnamon roll if ever I saw one. He's so curious, caring, brave and above all devoted. Wizard kind believe magical creatures dangerous, should be destroyed on sight. Newt doesn't accept that though. He studies, observes, befriends and saves magical creatures all in the hope of teaching his fellow wizards how to treat and care for them properly. He is sorely misunderstood by most who meet him. He's so curious and eccentric and a little bit of a troublemaker. He's like my spirit animal. Newt is the perfect antagonist for a now adult generation of Harry Potter lovers.
Porpentina 'Tina' Goldstein recently disgraced ex-Auror of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Tina is a good person, she wants the best for anyone muggle or Wizard. She hides it well under a no nonsense, career girl facade. She doesn't allow for Newt though. Newt has a way of bringing out the best in everyone around him, and dragging them into trouble. Tina tries to use him as a way to get back her position as an Auror, she actually gets dragged into a rescue mission after Newts creatures escape. What she discovers is that there may be more to the world, more open ways of looking at things.
Queenie Goldstein, appears to be your typical vapid, pretty girl. Not worried about career, more interested in clothes and appearance. Like all such assumptions you would be very wrong to underestimate Queenie. She is extremely perceptive, and not just because she is skilled at Legilimency. She's very open minded, cares for everyone no matter what and would do anything for her sister. The way she treats Jacob shows she is ahead of her time in her attitude to muggles. She deliberately breaks the rules to be with him which is extremely grave especially considering the rejection she could face from the magical community.
Jacob Kowalski, a muggle with an unfortunate knack of being in the wrong place at the right time. Jacob had fought for his country only to end up in a canning factory and when he tries to better himself and create a business he faces nothing but scorn and a resounding rejection. Thankful for him he gets wrapped up with Newt who shows him a new world, a world Jacob accepts wholeheartedly. When Newt starts to show Jacob his magical creatures Jacob embraces them, cares for them and is willing to help Newt find them. A middle aged, working class guy who can do anything, accept anything and who is instrumental in Newts success.
A truly phenomenal movie that translates in to a truly phenomenal book. What more would you expect from J.K? Harry Potter grew with us as a generation and now we have an all new hero with an all new set of problems. The way J.K can continue to create characters we can relate to and fall in love with, all the while still instilling lessons of prejudice and love is truly magical. I can't wait for the rest of the movies and anything else J.K may write. Also just have to say gorgeous illustrations, gorgeous cover! ...more
It's here the next book in the incredible Throne of Glass series, and the penultimate book! Aelin Galathynius is back and ready to take back her kingdIt's here the next book in the incredible Throne of Glass series, and the penultimate book! Aelin Galathynius is back and ready to take back her kingdom and punish the Darkness that took everything from her. But Aelin is only a piece in a game that been played long before she was ever born and the game is drawing to a close. I love this series and I am honestly heart broken it's coming to close and even more I fear for my favourite characters. At this point I'm so tied up with all of them it will be devastating for any of them to go. My one complaint, it takes to long to write the books!
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
So in this book we're no longer confined to Rifthold but get to travel all round Erilea and even more importantly we get to go back and see the Pirate Lord, woo hoo! We finally travel back to Aelin kingdom. This novel really shows Mass's amazing world building,with different cultures, customs, languages and magic across different countries and continents.
Then we come to the characters, I'm going to wiz through these because there are. So many now. Aelin Galathynius (a.k.a. Celena Sardothien) she is a kickass assassin, slightly damaged, from years of torture in salt mines and being used by the King is Assassins, but will never be broken. She's determined to take back her kingdom but not at thee Penske of destroying it. She has her own court to support her but she hasn't completely gotten rid of her trust issues. She's brave, intelligent and won't back down, and truly an amazing heroine.
Roman Whitehorn, given up his title, land and everything that could deem him to be a worthy match for a Queen, but still her only choice. He and Aelin are meant to be. He's equally kickass and won't back down from a fight, even if it may be with her, but at the same time he is always there for her no matter what. Her rock in the middle of an extremely rough sea. He would do anything to protect Aelin, give up anything and he's generally an amazing guy, shame you can't order one on Amazon.
Lysandra (Lady of Caraverre), once Aelin's most hated rival now her friend, confidant and one of the most prized members of her court. She killed the King of Assassins, a man who emotionally and sometimes physically tortured both her and Aelin. She took in an orphan with a scarred face and spent all her efforts on protecting and nurturing her. She throws herself in to danger to protect her friends and no matter what she will stand by them. She is instrumentality Aelin and nothing could be achieved without her. She is my favourite character because she is so loyal and a real fighter no matter what happens to her she always gets back up. She carved hersel a place in the world and it's not easy but she will fight for it.
Aedion Asheyver's future was planned. He would train as a warrior, take the blood oath to his Queen Aelin and serve and protect her for the rest of his life. Then he loses everything, his kingdom, his queen and becomes a slave to the enemy. Despite the danger he carries on fighting for his people and finds his Queen but that's where the fairytale ends. She's given her blood oath to another, built her own court and now he must find a place in it. He's angry and filled with doubt but he still serves his Queen and his country but the rides a little rocky.
Dorian Havilliard, he's been enslaved by a vale prince, made to torture innocents, watched the love of his life die, his best friend become paralysed, killled his father but he's coming back and he is not backing down. Dorian always tries to do the right thing for his kingdom but he seems to be punished for it at every turn. He's one of those truly good people, a little too good for the world he lives in. Now he finds himself once again fighting for his kingdom but it's a fight he will never back down from.
Manon Blackbeak, told she has no heart, no feeling, that she warn born to kill and get her country back. Trained to be viscous something starts to slip from Heir of Fire. She Has always cared for her Thirteen, but is loathe to admit it, she starts to care for Elide and the Yellowlegs witches used as brood mares. She starts to question her grandmother and what she's willing to give up in order to recover the wastes. When she comes into this book she's already on the edge of a major change it's whether she will dive in and embrace the change or shrink away back into the darkness and violence she was raised with.
Quick shout out to Asterin Blackbeak a true inspiration not only to her cousin Manon but to every girl. She is the strongest person ever. She fell in love and was punished for it with the death of her lover, her child and then branded as unclean and left for dead but she gets back up, she fights to survive. She serves Manon even though it brings her into constant contact with the woman who ripped apart her life and made sure the world would never forget. She helps Manon become a new person and I think without he Manon never would have helped Elide.
This book was a rollercoaster from start to finish. I genuinely feared for almost every character I love at some point. War is messy but they are such a close knit group only they can save the world at this point. There's only one book to go, ahhhh, I can't wait. Thankfully we have a court of mist and fury to tide us over. ...more
June and Day are back and they've both done the unthinkable...joined the patriots. This is a good series, believable dystopian fiction with martial ruJune and Day are back and they've both done the unthinkable...joined the patriots. This is a good series, believable dystopian fiction with martial rule. We learn more about the colonies, the way they're run, their ideology and their link to the patriots. We also learn a lot more about the Republic, the ideology it was created on and how it's become so corrupted. Fast paced, action packed from the start but it's June andDay who stand out in this series. You could put them in any setting and they would still be the best part. Definitely a must read for YA dystopian lovers.
Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?
Ok so I've reviewed June and Day before but they change so much in this novel that I'm going to look at them again especially how much they've changed.
Day has become a different person in this book. His brother has died and his other is being used as a biological weapon. Everything he does now is about saving his little brother, desperately trying to atone for what he believes is his fault. Underneath he also blames June but he won't talk to her about it, just lets it fester, never a god idea. He's also had to join the patriots something he never wanted to do but has been forced to. On top of that he has to let them call the shots and it means sending June into danger, the only one he has left.
June has lost her brother and parents to the republic, been betrayed by his brothers best friend and lover, her commander and worst of all the republic that she believed in, was willing to go to war for. Day is all June has left but she equally believes she is responsible for Days family's fate. June doesn't have a place anymore, she doesn't know what her life has become, what she should do. Her whole life has been structured around being the Republics prodigy but not only is she not the only prodigy she is now a wanted criminal. She has a chance to go back to the republic, her old life as part of the Patriots plot but she would be bringing everything she loves down. June can be described in one word, conflicted.
A solid book but not fantastic. The settings good, plot is good, characters relatable but there's nothing that really wowed me. It's sort of a generic dystopian book made better by the characters in it. I'm hoping the last book is as explosive as the first. This book was more of a filler that gave us all the information we needed for an explosive conclusion....more