"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor is unlike anything I have ever read, and that's definitely a good thing. The novel tells the tale of art"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor is unlike anything I have ever read, and that's definitely a good thing. The novel tells the tale of art student Karou and the deathly journey she embarks on in discovering her identity upon the sudden arrival of Akiva, a winged stranger who might know her better than she thinks.
Right off the bat "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" captures the reader with its imaginative character names, descriptions and beautiful setting of Prague. Karou is unlike any character I have ever read about and the life she lives is astounding. I thoroughly enjoyed the secrecy behind her past and the fact that the reader was able to piece it together as the story progressed. Even towards the end of the book, Taylor had me revisiting quite a few earlier chapters that helped bring her story together even more. Each and every setting of the book was remarkable in itself and left me wishing I could see it for myself.
"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" nicely tackles many issues in a mature manner and I appreciated the way that Taylor tastefully wrote about them without coming off as too juvenile or inexperienced as a writer. There was definitely a lot to tackle in the book, especially when depicting past events, but Taylor managed to nicely jump between the past and present without confusing the reader. So many times throughout the novel I would switch sides with who I believed to be right that by the end I didn't even know what to think because I was so emotionally torn up by all the new information presented. "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is a definite must read and will leave a lasting impression on its readers....more
I've been wanting to read "PineLight" by Jillian Peery for quite some time now and when I saw it was only .99 cents for the Nook, I immediately purchaI've been wanting to read "PineLight" by Jillian Peery for quite some time now and when I saw it was only .99 cents for the Nook, I immediately purchased it and was excited to read it. Tragically, that would end up being the worst .99 cents I've ever spent.
Never has a book confused me so much from beginning to end in a way that I can't even properly begin to explain the plot of the book. The entire time I was reading it I felt like the book was a mixture of five different stories rolled into one and horribly forced to try to work together to come up with a creative masterpiece not seen in other YA novels. It is quite obvious that Peery is very passionate about different topics, but I think she needed to hone those passions a little better and be more selective in which ones she wanted to bring to "PineLight."
The protagonist, Clarabella, goes from being a regular teenager whose memory was erased to one dealing with vampires, angels, pirates, the devil, God, etc. I genuinely felt like every couple of chapters I was reading an entirely new book that made absolutely no sense. Peery was all over the place! There were also countless Biblical references throughout the novel that didn't mesh well with the plot and just came off as awkward more than anything. Especially at the end with her "climactic" battle where her faith was the answer all along. Also, the book is pegged as a love story, but not until the last few chapters does that really come into play. Even then, once we find out about the love story, it doesn't really have much of an affect on the reader and can easily be brushed off as another one of Peery's ramblings.
Numerous characters were also introduced, but Peery did a terrible job of getting the reader to truly connect with them -- no real emotion was ever felt when something happened to them. I was left wanting to know more about everyone and how crucial they were to the plot. I personally didn't even like Clara all that much and found myself rooting against her. Also, it was a bit fishy to me that the protagonist was named Clarabella and one of her suitors Edmund -- hmm, ring a bell to anyone else? The entire flow of "PineLight" was awful and I never connected with the story. This was by far one of the most painful things I've ever had to read and am still confused as to what the heck I read. I have no plans to continue with Clara's story and would recommend others to do the same....more
"Angelfall" by Susan Ee was an eBook I stumbled upon that had a promising plot and was only .99 cents, so I decided to give it a shot. Within the firs"Angelfall" by Susan Ee was an eBook I stumbled upon that had a promising plot and was only .99 cents, so I decided to give it a shot. Within the first few pages I was drawn in and by the end I was fiercely in love. "Angelfall" is set in a post-apocalyptic world where angels are sent down to destroy the modern world and reign supreme. During that time the reader encounters Penryn, a teenager on a mission to recover her sister who was stolen by warrior angels, and Raffe, a wingless warrior desperate to get back to his world.
From beginning to end "Angelfall" was perfect. The dark tone and situations presented in the novel were beautifully presented so as to get the reader fully drawn in to the stories of these two characters and experience their emotions. Whenever Penryn was scared for her life or for someone elses, I felt that same fear. Also, even though the reason for why the angels were engaged in war wasn't initially given, it didn't take away from the novel. As the story progressed, the reader began to piece together why things were happening, and that was better because we could better connect with Penryn since we both were discovering everything at the same time. Character development was executed perfectly as well. I got to know these characters as the novel progressed and even though Raffe was deeply guarded throughout most of it, I still felt like I understood him. I absolutely loved Penryn and her commentary. Penryn was not only a strong warrior woman, but also a teenager who flushed at the sight of a cute boy. Yes, Penryn has to grow up quick but at the end of the day she's still a teenager and Ee didn't take that away from her.
Also, normally I don't enjoy Biblical referencing in novels due to the fact they're sometimes done in a way that just takes away from the story and seem forced, but in "Angelfall" the opposite was true. Ee nicely portrayed some of the seven Archangels and gave the reader an idea of how they might act in a situation of power. Not once did the story come off religious. By the end of the book the reader is left craving more. It ends in such a way that you not only want to yell at Susan Ee for leaving it with a nail biting cliff hanger, but also hug her for writing this fantastic story. I highly recommend "Angelfall" to the masses and am eagerly awaiting the second installment in this great new series....more