Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a magical story about fate, love, and battling for it all. Laini Taylor truly has a magic quality with her words, and waDaughter of Smoke and Bone is a magical story about fate, love, and battling for it all. Laini Taylor truly has a magic quality with her words, and was able to weave a story that left me wondering.
The beginning was a bit rocky for me, to be honest. I kept reading though, mainly because others had raved so much about this book. After a bit I finally got into the groove of things, and was pulled in. The main character Karou was very interesting, what with her blue hair, crazy battle skills and the fact that she was raised by chimeras. I couldn't help but wonder what the heck was going on with her, and what secrets her psuedo-father Brimstone, the teeth collector, was keeping from her.
Then you meet Akiva. An angel who at first is set out to stop Brimstone from his magical secrets. That is, until he meets Karou. Then everything changes. There is something about her that he can't resist. And now he finds he cannot bear to leave her. The reason why... is so much more than he expected.
Overall, the story was enchanting. Taylor created a world that was pretty believable, full of mystical creatures, battles of fate, and faithful friends. Many times I literally felt like I was there, in the story instead of reading it.
My issue with this read was that about three quarters of the way though, the story suddenly changed. I get why it did, and it does make sense. Still, I felt disoriented and am still unsure how much I do like that choice. Though everything does connect and make sense in the end (which might I add, leaves you with a complete, total cliff-hanger)... I can't say I fully enjoyed the switch up. I loved the story that was told. I really did. But... See? Even now I am all flustered.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a very enjoyable read. I do look forward to the next book in the series, though I might not be clambering to the bookshelves to get it as fast as I had hoped. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick magical outlet from their normal, mundane world....more
I was pleasantly surprised with Everneath. The cover had been floating around the blogosphere for some time, and I wasn't fully sure what it was aboutI was pleasantly surprised with Everneath. The cover had been floating around the blogosphere for some time, and I wasn't fully sure what it was about or if I wanted to read it. When I received my copy, I figured: Why not? and dove right in.
Everneath plays on so many myths and beliefs it was very easy to fall right into the story. Nikki has given up on the world. Her mother has passed away. Her boyfriend Jack, from what she saw, cheated on her. She was ready to do anything to make the pain and memories go away.
And lucky for her, Cole had the solution. He pulled her away to the Everneath, a place where immortals feed on the souls of living in order to hold onto their immortality. The problem? After she is fed on for a century and wakes up, Nikki still remembers Jack, her family, and the pain. She has to go back, to make things right. Only six months has passed in the real world, and now Nikki only has six more months left before she is gone for good, claimed by the Everneath.
Nikki. I, as the reader, fed off her pain. Though what she was dealing with was nothing entirely huge, it still left that pang of loss in my mind. The fact that she still had to go back, to say the proper goodbyes, tugged at me. She still loved Jack, regardless of what happened. She still loved her family, even the with loss of her mother heavy on all their shoulders. Though she fought against the ties that kept her heart attached to those she loved, she never severed them.
Cole was an awesome bad boy, in a good way. What was great about this book is that even though there was a love triangle aspect, it never dominated the entire story. Nikki knew who she wanted, even when the Everneath declared she was wrong. Cole is bound and determined to keep Nikki by his side and rule the Everneath, but Nikki keeps her focus.
The writing was great. Scenes blip back and forth between the past and present, Nikki's story unfolding as the pull of the Everneath grows stronger and stronger. I loved the back and forth take on the story. Watching the explanations unfold instead of being retold was an awesome treat.
I think the only thing I really did not like about this book was the climax/resolution. I had many many ideas of where the story might go. And where it went (barring spoilers) wasn't what I wanted. I know we as the reader can't pick and choose, but I feel there was much more potential to the end of this book than what we got. It wasn't horrible. Just kind of... yeah. *grumble*
Overall, I really did enjoy the story. I plan on buying it once it is in paper form, and will definitely be looking for the next book in the series. If you are looking for a book that plays on myth, love, and redemption, make sure to check out Everneath.
(I received this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any way.) ...more
I tried reading this book a year ago. Got a few chapters in... then stopped.
A year later I decided to give it another shot. And read it in almost a daI tried reading this book a year ago. Got a few chapters in... then stopped.
A year later I decided to give it another shot. And read it in almost a day.
The City of Bones is a world of magic, of demons, of family ties and frustrated youth. Bouncing from moment to moment, you wonder when the characters get time to breathe as they battle to stop bad from getting worse.
This may sound strange, but I loved the supporting cast. While Clary was alright (firey red head intent on saving her missing mother), and Jace's snarky personality kept me intrigued, I was more pulled in by the people that surrounded the two. Alec, and his secret love. Isabelle, with her beauty and glares. Magnus Bane. Oh Magnus Bane, you have me intrigued.
Simon... he was boring. I didn't mind at all when he left the scene. But his love was admirable.
I loved the idea of the Shadow Hunters. Part human, part angel. Created long ago to keep the demons at bay and the monsters of the world under control. Their bodies are covered in runes to keep them safe, leaving permanent scars as a reminder of who they are. They fight. That is pretty much it. And the humans don't even know it.
I believe almost every fantasy/horror creature is mentioned or makes an appearance in this book. I loved seeing them all mesh and combine, everything existing together. Werewolves, vampires, fairies, demons, warlocks... Take your pick.
The story sped along, though near the end did feel rather long and I couldn't believe everything I had just read was in one book.
Now, speaking of the end. I do not post spoilers on here... But the end. I did not like a part of it. There is a twist in the book that just made me go "Really? You are really going to do that to the characters?" then mega eye roll as a certain big hit movie trilogy came to mind with the same twist, one I never liked. Sorry to be so vague. You will get this when you read the book.
Now, I have read many posts and rants about Cassandra Clare merely being a FanFic writer, and City of Bones is a total rip off. Yes, I will admit: While reading it, I did think much of Harry Potter. This was before I even heard of Claire's FanFic days. It does feel similar. There are other stories as well that you can see the likeness too. People seem to have an issue, major issue, with this.
Me? While the lack of total originality was a bit of a bummer, it also is the way the world works now. Every great work seems to be inspired or based off of another. I enjoyed City of Bones. It was a great story, with minor flaws, and even more promise. I honestly don't care where the inspiration came from.
Small rant over.
All in all, I did like this book. There were things here and there that bugged me (Again though, I can't spoil the read for you. Just know they are there...) and that twist at the end. But regardless of those things, City of Bones was a great read. I plan on reading the rest in the series, and you will no doubt hear about it when that time comes....more
Warped is a fairy tale, mixed with some Greek, and splattered with Kate & Leopold (Boys, that's a movie, in case you didn't know.) For those of loWarped is a fairy tale, mixed with some Greek, and splattered with Kate & Leopold (Boys, that's a movie, in case you didn't know.) For those of looking for a change from the usual YA Paranormal story, this book could be for you. Could be.
Imagine getting a strange tapestry at an auction, taking it home, and finding it has a loose string. You pull the string. And out jumps a man. Yes, a man. What would you do? Well, Tessa pulled a string, and out came William de Chaucy. Soon she finds that there is more strange things going on than a man living in a tapestry. A man from the middle ages. The Norn (Fates) are demanding their lost strings back. And Grey Lilly has come for her missing tapestry.
I think the over all plot was intriguing. There is time travel. Fates. Second lives. An evil witch. Love, yes love. And some action, here and there.
Tessa did bug me. Most of the characters weren't too "deep" in this story. While I don't need to know what they ate for breakfast two years ago, it would have been nice to get a little more of a handle on them. Tessa was sarcastic, which was nice. I enjoyed the 3rd person telling, mixed with Tessa's humor (which sadly dissipated near the end). There just was something about Tessa I did not get drawn to.
I could never quite decide if Tessa and Will liked each other, or hated each other. While I do know those things can go back and forth, they seemed to too much in this story. In one scene, they would change their minds three times. I got annoyed.
Yet I did enjoy the subplot that they had known each other in another life. It makes you wonder: If things had been different, if Will hadn't been caught by an evil witch and trapped in a tapestry so she can channel his youth and life, would he and Tessa have been together? Love it.
I feel like if the writing had been fine tuned a bit more, tightened a slight bit, this would have been an even more fantastic read. It felt... loose. Connections at times weren't fully made, and the middle did drag. I still enjoyed it though, so it wasn't bad enough to distract from the overall story.
NOTE: Warped is a fairy tale. A fantasy. For those of you looking for a change from YA Paranormal, this could be for you. While there are aspects that are the same, it is definitely different and should be read different as well. This kind of book requires you to suspend your disbelief much much more than others. Just, remember that.
Overall, I enjoyed Warped. I cannot really say I loved it, but I really did like it. If I did half stars, I would have given this a 3.5. But, since I do not, I put it in the "I liked it" slot. I was pulled into the story and wondered what would come next (though I did manage to predict most of it) It was a cute love story, with a mystical twist, and warrants a good read from someone craving the fairy tale release....more
Cinder is a cyborg. She is looked down upon for not being fully human. Her own stepmother and sisters use her pretLong story short: I loved this book.
Cinder is a cyborg. She is looked down upon for not being fully human. Her own stepmother and sisters use her pretty much as slave labor. This is just her life. Working at her repair booth, keeping the family afloat, and digging around for replacement feet once she outgrows her old ones. Then one day she gets a new client. A handsome young man who needs his android repaired, fast. The man just so happens to be Prince Kai, and the android has important information that could potentially save his father's life.
The story takes place in China after World War 4, after a plague has started to rampage the earth. While scientists scramble to find a cure for this seemingly incurable disease, life struggles to go on. People who have cyborg parts are looked down on. The upper class rules, even though the world is seemingly united in peace.
Oh, and there are aliens. Did I mention that?
Yup. Lunars. People who moved to the moon long ago, and evolved. Now separate from the human race, and barely accepted, they live on their own. Except that isn't good enough. They want Earth back, and Queen Levana has plans to take control.
Cinder is an awesome character. She is tough. Smart. And always dreaming that she could just be a normal girl. I instantly bonded with her and couldn't wait to see what step she took next. Her bond to her younger stepsister and her personal android helps to pull the story along. Including heart-breaking moments that almost make you hate Meyer for creating them. (Which is a good thing, I promise!)
Prince Kai had me swooning at times, pining at others, and a few times had me wondering what it was that made me swoon and pine in the first place. His love for his family, and his dedication to the throne pulls him through the story as a guy I wouldn't mind going to the Ball to meet. Though I still am not sure I would fight for the crown.
Then there is Queen Levana. Man, that is one creepy Queen. Everything about her oozes "woman from the moon who I would never want to cross paths with" and I loved every moment of having her as the antagonist.
Yes, some aspects of the plot were guessed from early on. Honestly though, I didn't mind. It was fun watching the characters discover what I already knew. And yes, the ending is a cliff-hanger. There, I said it. But we all know this is book one of a series. (If you didn't, now you do!) Knowing that, I accepted the complete hanger. Even if I did grumble. A little.
I loved the overall package. It had science fiction. It had sickness and death. It had love, fighting, and true family. In the end, it was a fairy tale, twisted for our modern day reading and filled with so much more.
Meyer does a great job of creating this new world, full of history, struggles, and life while still weaving in aspects of the classic fairy tale. If this was just a debut novel, I cannot wait to see what Meyer has up her sleeve next....more
When I found out that there would be another Terry Goodkind book to devour and love, I was beyond ecstatic. I preordered The Omen Machine and waited oWhen I found out that there would be another Terry Goodkind book to devour and love, I was beyond ecstatic. I preordered The Omen Machine and waited on pins and needles for the book to arrive. I have been a Sword of Truth (SoT) fan for many years now, and seeing the chance to dive back into D'hara and walk alongside the likes of Richard and Kahlan again was just too good to be true.
Why did I have to be disappointed?
If you haven't read SoT before, it is an amazing series full of life lessons, strong characters, a world so real you swear it is out there, and too many moments that take your breath away. At the same time, as the 12 book series progresses, it also becomes riddled with lots of repetition and many page long preach sessions about living your own life. Then comes this one, number 13...
The Omen Machine starts right after the last book of the SoT series ended. Which instantly gave me worries. Goodkind managed to end the SoT series in such a poetic, perfect wrap-up that I couldn't fathom where he could possibly go next. The fact that he starts the very next day made me almost uncomfortable. But I read on, because Richard was there. And boy do I love Richard.
The first half (or more) of the book dragged. It seemed to talk non-stop about prophecy and whether one should rely on prophecy or not. Lots of repetition. Thing is, no one would be reading this book if they hadn't read the previous 11. And because of that, all of the conversation and opinions taking up the first half of the book were already known, and old news. I couldn't wait to get past it.
The general plot did intrigue me. People become so obsessed with prophecy that they start to cause the very omens received to happen. Self-fulfilling. Along with that, an ancient machine is discovered, inside the palace, that starts spitting out dire omens. People go nuts.
Oh, and the crazy voodoo-like lady. CREEPY. Seriously, I didnt even want to picture her. Man, she creeped me out. Which was good.
There were three bad guys in this book. I believe. You rarely ever "met" the main bad guy, the secondary seemed evil and manipulative but lacked actual devolopement, and the third sub bad guy (voodoo lady) was the one the climax battled. Um.
Obviously set up to become a series.
Yes, I was disappointed. I had hoped for more magic and awesome epicness that kept me page turning late into the night. Instead, The Omen Machine almost felt like a fan fiction, ringing with Goodkind's magic but riddled with so much repetition and half formed characters that I became sorely confused.
I want to give this a high rating. Solely because of how much I do love and adore the previous books. But I can't. As excited as I was for this book to come out, I am starting to feel Goodkind should have left the SoT series alone and started something new and fresh. You don't tamper with perfection.
Terry, I still love you. Major fan, right here....more
Entwined was an enchanting read. Heather Dixon took a well-known fairy tale, and gave it something more than just its bedtime appeal. I have been searEntwined was an enchanting read. Heather Dixon took a well-known fairy tale, and gave it something more than just its bedtime appeal. I have been searching for a magical, fairy tale read. And this one stuck true to that need.
The kingdom is broke. Magic barely exists anymore, except in strange tea kettles and the clock tower bell. The only thing that provides any sort of magic for the eleven princesses is dancing. But when their mother dies giving birth to princess number twelve, the king banishes dancing. The castle goes into mourning. No windows can be open. No colors worn except for black. And most of all: No Dancing.
Azalea, the oldest of the princesses, now has to step up and take care of her sisters as their father disappears off to war, lost in his own grief. It isn't long until they find a hidden, magical passageway. One that leads to a dance hall kept by the mysterious Keeper. The girls have found their release, their escape to dancing, but at what price?
Dixon has a way with words, and builds this world from the ground up. It was easy to get lost in the story. The story did feel like it ran rather long. Still, it captivated me and pulled me along.
Azalea was a well rounded protagonist. Learning to become mother to her sisters, fighting for what she needs in life, and still full of weakness and tenderness. It was kind of sad to see that the other sisters never got a chance to be as well defined. I know. There were twelve of them. Still, I felt at many times that I was mixing up who was who and never could really connect to this sister bond they all shared. It was more Azalea, and the sisters.
As for Keeper. He has all the potential of a dark, menacing antagonist. You never know what to expect from him next, and he lures the girls in with ease. Sadly, he fell short for me. There was something I couldn't quite place that left this character feeling hallow at times. I just couldn't fully be afraid of him like I felt I should be. Still, I enjoyed his dark, twisted self.
There are love stories in the mix too. I would have liked to see some of them explored a bit more. But with how long the book was already, I know that would make it too much.
I think the only other reason that this story didn't fully grab me and make me fall head over heels in love with it... was the time era. I have never been a fan of Jane Austen era stories. Entwined rings of that era, which instantly put me off a bit. Not enough to stop reading. But just enough that it made it a little harder for me to stay in touch.
All in all, I did enjoy this book. I will no doubt be buying it in paper copy soon. If you enjoy anything from the "Price and Prejudice" type era, or are just looking for a nice fairy tale to get lost in, give Entwined a chance. ...more
The Goddess Test was a personal let-down for me. Seeing that it was a new twist on the tale of Persephone sure got me excited. I could only imagine whThe Goddess Test was a personal let-down for me. Seeing that it was a new twist on the tale of Persephone sure got me excited. I could only imagine what was about to unfold in these pages. What did unfold was far from what I expected. And not in the good way.
I love the overall idea of this story. Kate's mother is dying. A girl at school pulls a prank to ditch Kate, only to accidently kill herself. And Henry is there to bring the girl, Ava, back to life. As long as Kate makes a deal. The deal? Become the next Persephone. And he will not only bring Ava back, but keep her mother alive as well. All she has to do is pass the tests thrown by the other Gods, then she is in. Sounds cool huh?
I felt rushed this entire book. Relationships changed so fast I wasn't sure if the next scene Kate and Ava were friends still or would become enemies. Everything felt very one dimensional to me, and about halfway through the book I was reading just to see if I would end up liking it at all.
Without giving away too much, the ending was good. ...Ish. Alot of the twists I actually had already guessed, but a few caught me off guard. Then... it rushed again. I don't know. I just wanted more, and the more was never there.
Aimee Carter is a talented writer. I can feel it in her words. There was just something about The Goddess Test that did not sit well with me. I couldn't believe in the characters. You know it is bad when you are telling a friend about a book, and can't remember the name of the MC.
I wanted to love this book. I really really did. But I am honest with these reviews, so I have to be honest here: It failed my test. Only the plot and Carter's writing saved it the smidge it did. Am I being harsh?
Still, I do plan to look out for more of Carter's works in the future. I just am not sure if I will read book two following The Goddess Test. I might. Hm... I guess we will find out together. ...more