As I mentioned in my review of Sapphire Blue, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. The conclusion was very well done (despite the fact that I had figureAs I mentioned in my review of Sapphire Blue, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. The conclusion was very well done (despite the fact that I had figure out the final twist) and I loved how everything was tied up. Very satisfying and this is a series I will definitely come back to. I listened to this on audio and loved Marisa Calin's narration...she truly captured Gwen's character and made her come alive....more
Not sure what it was, but this series really pulled me in and I completely and thoroughly enjoyed it. The time travel aspects had just enough twists aNot sure what it was, but this series really pulled me in and I completely and thoroughly enjoyed it. The time travel aspects had just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and to keep the storyline moving and interesting. I loved Gwen and her reactions to everything and she made a particularly enjoyable narrator. I will also admit that I throughly enjoyed watching as her romance with Gideon played out with all the ups and downs and "does he" or "doesn't he" aspects which thankfully never felt overdone or tiring....more
Another fantastic series by Brandon Sanderson. He does not disappoint. I especially enjoyed watching the characters of Siri and Vivenna grow and evolvAnother fantastic series by Brandon Sanderson. He does not disappoint. I especially enjoyed watching the characters of Siri and Vivenna grow and evolve as they begin to question heartfelt beliefs and learn the world is a bit more messy than they had been taught. Sanderson also provides a few twists that catch you a bit off guard...thoroughly enjoyable. ...more
I really enjoyed the audiobook version of this book which I got free via the Sync summer audiobook program. I had previously listened to Shiver (alsoI really enjoyed the audiobook version of this book which I got free via the Sync summer audiobook program. I had previously listened to Shiver (also by Maggie Stiefvater) but had found that book a little too much teen-romance focused (with werewolves, no less - though I do plan on finishing the series at some point, I plan on getting them from the library).
So I was pleasantly surprised by The Raven Boys. Yes, there is some romance (which I do enjoy!) but there is much more to the book. I liked the mystical fantasy/supernatural elements of the story (psychics, lay lines, dead Celtic kings) and also found the characters very intriguing and engaging. And on a personal note, the fact that it is set in the small (fictitious) Virginia town of Henrietta makes it feel more "like home" to me.
The story drew me in and I like that I am not certain where it is headed or how exactly it is going to get there (despite the extensive foreshadowing - after all, four characters are psychics). I'm definitely looking forward to the story continuing to unfold. The last line of the book was hugely fantastic (got my attention that is for sure). I've already downloaded the next book in the series and am eagerly looking forward to what it has in store for Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and the rest....more
Swordspoint has a wonderful tone and voice and was thoroughly enjoyable. The audio production is exceptionally well done including a full cast and souSwordspoint has a wonderful tone and voice and was thoroughly enjoyable. The audio production is exceptionally well done including a full cast and sound effects....more
Wow. This book took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Finnikin of the Rock which is, on the surface, a fairly standard quWow. This book took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Finnikin of the Rock which is, on the surface, a fairly standard quest story. The story had some unique aspects (and fun surprises) which drew me in, the writing was strong and the characters were engaging. I was actually a bit disappointed to see that the second book was going to focus on Froi, my least favorite character and one who seemed to play a secondary role in Finnikin. It is a testament to Melina Marchetta's storytelling ability that I was quickly drawn into his story and wound up falling in love with how she expanded the world that she had created in the first book.
Froi of the Exiles is also, on the surface, a quest story, but incorporates themes which really resonate with me. We start to see the Charynites, the villains from the first book, as a more complex people, as a people capable of great evil, but also capable of great love. We see characters struggle to overcome their strongly held prejudices as they make connections and develop relationships with people they used to consider as "other" and begin to realize that "they" are not so different than "us". These are characters who are strong and broken, who do terrible and wonderful things, and who grow through their connection with others.
This book is extremely meaty. I especially love how richly the different cultures of the different lands are developed. Each has their own mythology, beliefs and stories which seem strange to those not raised within the culture. We see these differences through different viewpoints and realize that they are only strange because we are unfamiliar and as we become more familiar they make more sense.
The climax of this book actually comes closer to the 2/3 mark and completely caught me up, not certain where it was going and how we were going to get there. And there was still a good chunk of the book left to savor for which I was grateful as this is a world and characters I did not want to leave. Froi clocks in at over 600 pages yet never drags and always left me wanting more...which is something for the second book in a trilogy. ...more