I think I'm horribly addicted to this. There are so many interlocking stories that at times I wonder how its going to blend together but it all startsI think I'm horribly addicted to this. There are so many interlocking stories that at times I wonder how its going to blend together but it all starts to work. And don't forget to pay attention when you're reading so you can follow the timelines and the meanwhiles. ...more
Christie Golden has brought her genius yet again. This book doesn't provide a lot of new information early on but it provides a massive and overwhelmiChristie Golden has brought her genius yet again. This book doesn't provide a lot of new information early on but it provides a massive and overwhelming amount of important lore. Featuring Garrosh and setting up for Warlords of Draenor this book highlights the compassion and wisdom of Baine Bloodhoof, the cruel determination of Tyrande Whisperwind, the sadistic brokenheart of Sylvanas, the natural born leaders of both Varian & Anduin Wrynn, and it shows something else...hope.
This book is craftsmanship at its best. Balancing time, perspectives, and storylines with mastery. ...more
Quick & Easy Review The first part of this book was great nad had me eating out of the palm of Veronica Roth's hand. However, by the halfway pointQuick & Easy Review The first part of this book was great nad had me eating out of the palm of Veronica Roth's hand. However, by the halfway point I could see where we were headed in terms of pacing and I began to get discouraged. By the end, I was ready to climb through the pages of this book and mutilate all the characters in a fit of PMS rage. I was so disappointed with the decisions, the purpose, and outcomes. I can see why there was a backlash.
Total Thoughts If someone asked me if they should read this trilogy I would undoubtedly say, yes! If someone asked me if I liked this series I would contemplate and say yes. If someone asked if I were disappointed in this series, I again would say yes. When Veronica Roth released Divergent as her debut novel it hit the scene leaving a trail blazing behind it of awesome. It was the next best thing since The Hunger Games. While the hype remained in tact for each of the three books, the brilliance has faded.
The beginning of this book was fantastic. I was so excited to be taking the journey outside the city with Tris and the gang that I could barely contain myself let alone put the book down. I just had to know what was waiting for us. And what I found took me to a new level of disappointment. I was taken aback by the fact that within the city limits these people had no idea about the land surrounding them. When it came to light that they were unaware of what the United States was, I was shocked; I assumed that had been a given. They might not know what is out there know but surely they know where they came from. Regardless, I did not like having to drudge through an elementary level explanation of the rest of the country, its twisted government, and biased genetic wars.
Unlike any other book in the series this book is told in dual perspective from both Tris and Four Tobias This was a welcome change but not executed very cleanly. I really appreciated and loved how Tris changed fromInsurgent to Allegiant. She grew up, she figured out how to handle herself and her grief, and she developed a new foundation of strength. She was amazing in this and I am so glad she came back from the angsty twerp she was before. I also really enjoyed getting to know Tobias and being inside his head. This gave a depth to him and to his relationship with Tris which had not previously been present. With that said, these two individuals should each have very distinct and clear voices but the lines were very blurry in the alternating POV. There were several occasions where I had to reread passages after double checking the chapter heading to see who I was reading at the time.
My biggest problem with this book was the plot. Reflecting back, Divergent was full of intrigue and deception and it was powerfully awesome. Insurgent was just a lay-over for me in terms of connecting this series. But this, I had hopes for this and it comes down to America being Nazi-fied into genetic purity? This book loses points for its heavy descriptions of genetics, science, and continual use of GP/GD acronyms. This was a whole new aspect that had never been part of the story and it was handled poorly. The pacing of all the action was pitiful, by a certain point in the book you know the ending is going to be rushed and you’re thinking “How could this possibly be finished in 200 or less pages!” With that said, all this crafted action, tension, and intense plotting against the government the book just ends in this not-so-perfect-but-convenient ball. Sacrifices and decisions were made that had no outstanding resolutions and no evident spark of changing anything else.
Overall, I couldn’t imagine having not read this book and having the closure that I have now but in the end it was just another love affair that left me cold, lonely, and broken....more
Getting used to the writing style of Michael Stackpole was considerably interesting. The slow points in this book that were story and history based weGetting used to the writing style of Michael Stackpole was considerably interesting. The slow points in this book that were story and history based were on the slow side, this really captured that nature of the Pandaren but it also meant for a laborious read. But then in times of war and times of action his writing was action-packed and one blow after the other. This left me on a roller coaster of reading interest; while I absolutely loved this story and everything in it, I slugged through it at an unusually slow pace.
The character of Vol'jin is so critical to the World of Warcraft lore that this book is an integral part of the story. It connects the events in game of the Dagger in the Dark scenario and the 5.3 content patch Escalation. This book is inundated with amazing amounts of lore for both troll, pandaren and the mogu.
Stackpole did a wonderful job at fleshing out characters that we wanted to see more of including Taran Zhu, Chen Stormstout, and Li Li. He also did a wonderful job at introducing us to new characters including Yalia and Tyrathan Khort. He made the lives of these people jump off the pages and they held on to you with a vice-like grip.
If you're a fan of World of Warcraft novels this books is a must read in my opinion. I am a troll fanatic and I just love everything this book has to offer. I should declare that given its subject matter that is does speak in strong dialects at time but that is akin to Stackpole's great job of creating mood, voice, and setting!...more
Brandon Sanderson is a bestselling author. He was hand chosen by Robert Jordan to finish the Wheel of Time series. Those facts coupled with his largeBrandon Sanderson is a bestselling author. He was hand chosen by Robert Jordan to finish the Wheel of Time series. Those facts coupled with his large fan base had me going into The Rithmatist with high expectations. He is supposedly a wonderful creator of fantasy worlds and magic styles but I found only hints of these things in this book.
Starting off, the setting for this fantasy is in a re-imagined America. In the United Isles of America there are 60 American isles like Nebraska, Georgiabama, The California Archipelago, etc. This setting and lack of explanation of world was a consistent bother throughout the entirety of this book. In a time for YA literature when America is a popular setting, the idea that Brandon Sanderson created a whole new world from America to Egyptia but lacked clear definition was extremely disappointing.
The disappointment in clarity of ideas was furthered in the concept of chalklings. The idea of chalklings and rithmatics all together was a very broad and abstract idea that took no real and definitive shape until the end of the book. It was not hard to follow but it was such a vague concept that required such technical and geometric writing that it was not balanced very well, even with illustrations.
I was also beside myself with disbelief that the book took on such a religious metaphor. The idea that Rithmatists were touched by the Master (a metaphor for God) was too much. It took on connotations and ideas that should have been left well enough alone for a fantasy escape. To tie this to another point, the history of Rithmatics was dabbled in throughout the book but it only allowed for more plot holes/questions. If Rithmatics would never have been discovered by King Gregory, why would there be Chalklings in the first place to be wild? What dark force could create the things that attack Nebrask? It's too open-ended and unanswered even to be a series.
Even when an overall idea or setting is lacking, the characters and plot have the opportunity to "fix" a book. Again, I am underwhelmed by Brandon Sanderson in that his characters and plot fell flat. Joel was a likeable enough character but at a certain point he is obsessed with Rithmatics, something he can never do, to the point he is outsmarting scholars? Prodigies exist but Joel doesn't fit into that mold either. Sometimes I found myself wanting to yell and scream at him that he is forgetting to live the life he has in leiu of his dream. Joel is poor, intelligent, and down on his luck but that doesn't make him a favorite for much.
But at least he is able to find a true friend that happens to be a girl and doesn't require romance. Melody is the one redeeming factor this book had to offer. She was quirky, her attempts at her rithmatic destiny were futile, but she was determined. There are a lot of terms to define her, and in the beginning she is quite a hassle to deal with, but in the end, she is a shining win.
Overall, this book seemed to be striving to be like Harry Potter and it failed. It ended up simply being campy, cliche, and an over used fantasy idea hidden under the guise of a unique magic system.
This book did a PHENOMENAL job at introducing you to both the world of Wonderland as we know it from Lewis Carroll and the way it truly exists. TwistsThis book did a PHENOMENAL job at introducing you to both the world of Wonderland as we know it from Lewis Carroll and the way it truly exists. Twists and turns and constant tribulations keep you wondering exactly how Alyssa is going to a manage to get through it all.
The delicate relationships are all wonderfully created yet the love triangle is a little formulaic. But Howard has a way of creating an ember of need for more Morpheus instead of Jeb.
If you can pickup on subtle foreshadowing somethings are not unpredictable until the moment you feel safe in your assumption that you know what is going to happen and then suddenly that certainty is ripped from you. That is the power of strong writing and this book owns it....more
After the painstaking time that it took me to read City of Lost Souls, I found this book very redeeming for the way this series made me feel when I fiAfter the painstaking time that it took me to read City of Lost Souls, I found this book very redeeming for the way this series made me feel when I first read it. A story that is never ending in what you expect to happen changing without hesitation, expecting the best but this book proved to be unpredictable in its nature and it was fabulous.
The audiobook was well paced and painted the vivid imagery that is needed to fully understand the brilliance of heavenly fire. The only problem and recommendation that I would make is that if you have not read the Clockwork series, you should. This book gives you brilliant Easter eggs and lore....more
If he wasn't already, this would totally make Ash a swoon worthy kind of faery. Too bad he had my heart like 4 books ago. This letter is so short butIf he wasn't already, this would totally make Ash a swoon worthy kind of faery. Too bad he had my heart like 4 books ago. This letter is so short but packs such a punch of emotion and deep, eternal connection that it seems you can actually feel the weight of his words bearing down upon you. It is an amazing foundation for the journey that Ash undertakes in The Iron Knight....more
This tale takes us back into the Nevernever with Ethan on a search for the young Iron Prince. Rumor has it that Kierran is toeing theRating: 3.5 Stars
This tale takes us back into the Nevernever with Ethan on a search for the young Iron Prince. Rumor has it that Kierran is toeing the line of prophetic danger and Ethan is sought out to find him. The Call of the Forgotten is taking an interesting turn of events and I am not sure where we are going from here.
Ethan was much more likable in this book than he was in The Lost Prince. His relationship with Kenzie has toned down his "tough guy" attitude and he is showing a sincere side to him that brings out his humanity. Kenzie makes Ethan face the tough decisions and answer the tough questions with truth when maybe all this time he has been lying to himself.
I struggle with Kierran as a character and I struggle to care for Ash in the situations that he is present for in this book. Kierran is so incredibly irrational that he is almost as detestable as Bella Swan. Willing to do anything to keep Anwyll alive but willing to give her up? Then give her up and be done with this.
The writing of the action and of the horrors that are the Forgotten are spectacular and akin to what I have come to expect from Julie Kagawa. However, for a lot of this book, I was disappointed with the male characters and I wanted a stronger voice and better dialog for all of them but it just wasn't the case. But this book has its redemption. At its ending, this book has left me in torment for the next book (or 2.5, that would suffice) and I am not sure how I will survive knowing that I read this before it even released.
And just because I have nowhere else to say, I miss Meghan. She is the one that put my heart into this world and it is her journey and her life that I have loved following and I miss her. Everyone makes small appearances and Ash's appearances come with consequence but in the end these brief moments are fleeting and leave me wanting more. ...more
Christie Golden is an extremely talented fantasy author. In this installment of World of Warcraft supplements, we are on the journey of one of AzerothChristie Golden is an extremely talented fantasy author. In this installment of World of Warcraft supplements, we are on the journey of one of Azeroth's most iconic characters, Thrall. As a character that is rich in lore, this book was an integral part of the Cataclysm and the events that followed her book, The Shattering.
Unlike so many of her other books, I found that this was incredibly slow paced and wasn't as gripping as I know that it could have been. This was due in part because of the style that was necessary to convey a more immersive story but it wasn't well executed. In this book Thrall is sent on a journey by Dragon 1. That journey leads him to Dragon 2 where he explains what Dragon 1 said. This then sends him on the task to meet Dragon 3 where he recounts his encounters with Dragons 1 and 2; this continues until he is repeating the same story over and over.
As I mentioned, it is believable to understand that he would be compelled to explain this but it isn't something that, as a reader, I needed to read that many times. The condensed versions of the story could seemingly erase a good 20% of the storytelling done and I would have been okay with that because I still would have had all the necessary information.
That said, Golden still maintains an excellent overview of characters and continues to surprise with her outstanding illustrations and imaginations to such a glorious fantasy world. I would recommend this story to fantasy and geek read lovers; it fits nicely into a small timeline (though not necessarily a series) that proceeds as follows: The Shattering - Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects - Tides of War....more
Christie Golden is back and in her full glory in this new installation of World of Warcraft lore. This supplement is a connector between the expansionChristie Golden is back and in her full glory in this new installation of World of Warcraft lore. This supplement is a connector between the expansions of the game but in and of itself is an amazing story. Riddled with heartbreak, treachery, cowardice, and courage this book is sure to provide a thrill ride.
This book took Cassandra Clare back to her high esteem and brought out everything that made me love her in the first place. It was full of wonderful aThis book took Cassandra Clare back to her high esteem and brought out everything that made me love her in the first place. It was full of wonderful action, appropriate romance, and the same twists from left field that are her trademarks in my most humble opinion. There was even a point in this book where everything just clicked into place; when the connections and characters between TID and TMI just made sense and I just and held my head in my hands as the realization washed over me and the world settled back into place. By the of this book I was in tears and in a sweeping resolution that only Cassandra Clare could pull off, did I finally find closure and longing all at the same glorious time....more
I adore the saga that has become Meghan and Ash's story. It is long, arduous, and entirely epic. In this wrap up of the original series, Julie KagawaI adore the saga that has become Meghan and Ash's story. It is long, arduous, and entirely epic. In this wrap up of the original series, Julie Kagawa delivers another adventure that lives up to the expectations that were set for this conclusion. In a tale that takes us through the Wyldwood and into the future, we are delivered a fateful blow of information that will seemingly lead us into The Lost Prince; that burden of information though gave this short novella a devastating blow to entertainment. This novella didn't provide the wrap-up and cool down from the climax that left the reader with a sense of closure, rather it simply ended with no context to how the end will come to pass....more
I had been waiting a long time for this and it was awesome! I had read the winter and summer stories but now, for the first time, here are all the couI had been waiting a long time for this and it was awesome! I had read the winter and summer stories but now, for the first time, here are all the courts together. Not only does it provide the novellas in between our epic journeys, it provides trivia and a survival guide to help us in case we find ourselves lost in the Nevernever.
Winter's Passage (4 stars) Reading this novella after The Iron Knight, I see that it highlights the complexity of Prince Ash. It really conflicts with his love of Meghan and his loyalty to the court. Picking up exactly where The Iron King left off, we join Meghan on her journey to keep her deal with the Prince and return to The Unseelie Court. We are accompanied by our favorite feline but are hunted by a force older and wiser than faery it seems. The chase is just enough action that perfectly paces the book but it was rather abrupt and cut off, even for a novella. A great meanwhile read but not as charming as its counterpart, Summer's Crossing.
Summer's Crossing (3 Stars) To be a short novella, this book is a great read. It has just the proper amount of action and even the slightest bit of heartache. It takes place between The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight and does not effect the story as it serves to be more of a side quest for Ash and Puck. Giving insight into the dynamics that exist between the two boys, this book also provides a more intimate view of the workings of the Seelie (Summer) Court. It illustrates that the cruelty isn't limited to the Queen of Unseelie Courts and that the feud between the two courts runs deep.
This book is from the POV of Puck; while this gives great insight into the character that he is, it gave more of an arrogant tone to the carefree Puck we have come to know. There are twists, turns, and times we aren't even sure we know who he really is.
Iron's Prophecy (4 Stars) I adore the saga that has become Meghan and Ash's story. It is long, arduous, and entirely epic. In this wrap up of the original series, Julie Kagawa delivers another adventure that lives up to the expectations that were set for this conclusion. In a tale that takes us through the Wyldwood and into the future, we are delivered a fateful blow of information that will seemingly lead us into The Lost Prince; that burden of information though gave this short novella a devastating blow to entertainment. This novella didn't provide the wrap-up and cool down from the climax that left the reader with a sense of closure, rather it simply ended with no context to how the end will come to pass....more
This was a stellar debut from Kristen Simmons. It was gripping and set in a new United States of America. I don't pretend to be a politicalRating 4.5
This was a stellar debut from Kristen Simmons. It was gripping and set in a new United States of America. I don't pretend to be a political activist but I feel that the desperation and situation of the American people in this book is entirely plausible. The heartache and the struggled were clearly defined and helped give a significant depth to each and every character in the midst of a gut wrenching world....more
This book literally took me years to finish. I tried three times before I was able to muster the willpower to finish it. I am a strong lover of the orThis book literally took me years to finish. I tried three times before I was able to muster the willpower to finish it. I am a strong lover of the original three books in this series and City of Fallen Angels was still good enough.
But this book seemed like it was nothing but fan service for people who love Jace and Clary. Not that I don't love them because I do but for the longest time this book seemed to lack substance over "Oh Jace I love you I'll do anything to save you is life be reckless and not think anything through".
Eventually it was redeemed but the middle third of was almost insufferable....more
This book displayed a different Eve then the one that we were introduced to in the first book. The action and pacing of this book aloRating: 3.5 Stars
This book displayed a different Eve then the one that we were introduced to in the first book. The action and pacing of this book along with the "new" Eve left me really confused about how I felt about this book. A good book that furthers the New America agenda but leaves the reader wondering what to expect from Anna Carey in the finale.
This time it is different for Aria. Unlike in this first book Aria is not new to the aether and she is not a weak dweller; she is an Audile and she isThis time it is different for Aria. Unlike in this first book Aria is not new to the aether and she is not a weak dweller; she is an Audile and she is a survivor. The same holds for Perry; a boy-grown-into-a-man and now commanding Blood Lord of The Tides. That makes all the difference for their relationship and who they are.
And it made all the difference to me as a reader.
In Under the Never Sky, I was so drawn to Aria and Perry because they’re relationship wasn’t what this was all about; above all else, they put their love aside to strive for survival and to uphold their own duties to themselves and the ones they love. That was so relieving from what you normally find in YA romance. So when I read the synopsis and started reading the book to the sequel, I was a little beset to find that the romance was so upfront and prominent in this book.
But I quickly learned the truth and I found addiction to this book and its beauty. I don’t know if I have ever felt such pain, realism and heartache for another character as I felt through this book. She has been given so much growth and strength in this book that it is phenomenal. My heart pleaded with her and I felt like my soul wept for her; she is everything that you want in a heroine.
And the other characters are all on the same exact and astonishing caliber as Aria. What we get in this book is a new, deeper look at Roar and he has quickly become my favorite support character. He has his own story, his own existence and desires and drives but his loyalty and love for Aria is wonderfully placed. There is a new take on Soren and Hess. We are introduced to Liv and the infamous Sable. There is just the right amount of hints towards a love triangle while remaining utterly unique.
Veronica Rossi really raised the bar from her debut and it can only mean good things to come. She has developed her pacing and shown that she is capable of strong, masterpiece characterizations. I simply cannot wait to read Into the Still Blue and would recommend this book to anyone. ...more
As a lore supplement, this book is great. As a book telling a story, this book is amazing! ThisThis review is originally posted at The Fiction Pixie.
As a lore supplement, this book is great. As a book telling a story, this book is amazing! This book offered a unique experience for someone who has played the game, and would be a great story for someone who hasn't.
This book takes us on the full journey of the life of Prince Arthas Menethil. Destined to be the Lich King, the evil ruler of the Undead that plague the world, Arthas was not always so heartless and cold. In fact, the depth of this character is remarkable in his complexity. Arthas was (perhaps is) capable of love; profound and ever present love.
Our story starts with a boy who loves his father. Shortly into our story we see a boy who can develop and harness friendships that could span kingdoms. Beyond that the story grows into a young boy in the throws of his first and eternal love. Then our tale darkens to a young man, nearing the throne and expressing a deep love of his people; deep enough this love will cost him everything. But darker yet, our grown prince continues to twist within himself and develops a love of power, a power he now wields over his valued army of the dead.
In such a short span of a book, Christie Golden has absolutely painted a remarkable image of young Arthas Menethil. Power reading this book is the only way to satisfy your need to know more about this young prince. With her intensive research, her easy writing style, and the attention to detail Christie Golden has won my heart and respect.
I would recommend this to fans of fantasy who can shoulder the burdens of betrayals and tragedy as well as feel the elation of love. Without making this seem like a sappy love story (as it clearly is not) I walk away from my favorite parts of this book with the lesson that love can transcend good and evil; through the taint of power, love can survive....more
From virtual reality, Aria's life is safe and pseudo. In her attempt to reach out for her motherThis review is originally posted at The Fiction Pixie.
From virtual reality, Aria's life is safe and pseudo. In her attempt to reach out for her mother's safety, she risks it all and loses. It is through her loss, she gains everything. Dwellers are genetically enhanced and exist within the safety of their sanitization and virtual realities. However, the Outsiders are similar to the depiction of the human race in The Time Machine; they have developed ways to survive the aether and the dangers.
This is a strong and bold setup for the factions that are at odds in this trilogy. Each "race" has a deep and solid foundation for its existence in this world and as readers we are given the information in an easy welcome to the world. On the outside, Aria has no idea how to survive and neither do we, it is always an unique experience to be able to learn about the world with the characters. What a fantastic feeling to read a book where absolutely everything is explained.
The pace of this book was interesting; it was neither slow nor extremely well paced. I struggled to stay awake when reading this book nearly every time I opened it but when the book was closed, it was all I could think about. I had to know what was going to happen to Perry and Aria. That isn't to say that it wasn't still brilliantly written. The action was well timed, realistic and even dark at times. It was true and real which is something that tends to get lost in most places when it comes to "good" and "evil".
So much of this book is beautiful but the character creation and development takes the cake. Aria and Perry start as enemies, the dweller versus the outsider are only allies in attempt to reach an end; each of them desperately needing the other but despising that same need. Aria is desperate to survive but through her journey with Perry, she becomes the woman she is meant to be. While she rarely displays fear, by the end of the book she radiates pure strength to overcome the odds. Perry, strong and dedicated to his cause, struggles and waivers with his feelings for Aria but learns truths and finds loyalty to raise to be a hero.
It stands only to reason that the two of them will continue to blossom into bigger and better people in the second book, Through the Ever Night. In a vivid and strong ending, this book has a sense of resolution but also leaves you waiting and wanting for the next step in this journey....more
In a world of devastation, Rhine and Gabriel have journeyed out to face the terrors with no planThis review is originally posted at The Fiction Pixie.
In a world of devastation, Rhine and Gabriel have journeyed out to face the terrors with no plan and no resources. Danger seems to lurk at every turn while the invisible dangers of starvation, sickness, poverty and more rack our young survivors. This book didn't not fit into the same mold that its predecessor, Wither, had set. Previously, Wither had a very rigid setting and it was a unique approach for a setting of such a desolate world; this book however, was an open world. A world that allowed Rhine and Gabriel complete exploration of its depravity and desolation.
I went into this book expecting the terrors of the carnival to be a persistent problem. The cover eludes that it will be a significant part of the story and even the synopsis sets up that same expectation. With that in mind, the plot of this book fell a little short; I feel like this may be common in terms of a trilogy's middle read. The creepiness and haunting experience of the carnival was limited and extinguished early and set up for only a few major plot points following its end. It left this book feeling oddly paced and hopeless.
The characters made up for a wavering experience because in this book we get an intense look at Gabriel and his love for Rhine. Gabriel's love is different from the shallow, naive love that we saw from Linden in the first book and it really grows into major focus and safe harbor for Rhine. Rhine on the other hand doesn't grow and expand in this book the way a hard-knocked survivor would. I think that is accomplished through the overtone this book starts early on with intense yet unintended drug use. It inhibits Rhine from really becoming a thoughtful character that would perhaps have had the opportunity to devise plans and concentrate on truly surviving.
The villain of this book, House Master Vaughn, is incredibly well crafted and has a haunting and invisible tie that leaves Rhine and the reader increasingly terrified that he is lurking and watching every move she makes. It is a thrilling twist to really understand how twisted and determined he is without the use of common means such as guns and violence; his presence is always surrounding the escapees even if he is not.
Though this book was languid in its pacing and climax, it brought out a lot of characteristics about the characters that pull the reader in and leave us wondering where we will find ourselves and our little heroes in book three....more
This was a brilliant introduction to the character Finley Jayne. Reading if before Girl in the Steel Corset, it has a wonderful setup for the series.This was a brilliant introduction to the character Finley Jayne. Reading if before Girl in the Steel Corset, it has a wonderful setup for the series. It doesn't provide much in the way of what is happening with Finley but it does help demonstrate her as a character and she seems like a wonderful heroine, monster and all.