White's books and I don't have the best of relationships. I tolerated Paranormalcy because I thought it was...more3.5 stars
Surprised by my rating? So am I.
White's books and I don't have the best of relationships. I tolerated Paranormalcy because I thought it was fun and silly and insubstantial and didn't claim to be anything besides just that. Mind Games, however, was an entirely different story. The themes were darker, and so the narrative needed to be complex and layered, the characters far more profound and morally ambiguous than they ever were in Paranrmalcy, and the story also needed to have a bigger impact on the reader. I don't think White managed to do any of those things in Mind Games, so I had decided to leave it at that and not come back for Perfect Lies. Now I'm glad I did. Perfect Lies is not a perfect novel by any means, but it is such an impressive improvement on its predecessor, that that alone made me want to give it this rating. White learned from the mistakes of Mind Games and fixed pretty much every complaint I had about it with Perfect Lies. The plot flows far more smoothly, the twists are far more enjoyable, and the events far more engaging than Mind Games ever was. Fia and Annie's narrations could easily be told apart this time around, and more than that, they were unique. I finally got a sense of who Annie was and I finally believed Fia's fragile mental state. The stream of consciousness feel to Fia's narration was toned down to a more believable and far less irritating level that actually worked in favor of her character and her conflicts and her development. The romance was handled better and it was far more engaging. The biggest thing with Perfect Lies is that, though it is not a particularly impressive book when it comes down to it, it is very, very entertaining. Granted, it is a very short book, but even a short book can feel eternal when it is done wrong, but with Perfect Lies I was never bored and I rarely felt the pages flying by.
This one has to be my biggest surprise of the year. I went into it with very low expectations, and while the book is not fantastic, it was so entertaining and such a vast improvement on its predecessor, that my expectations were shattered. Like the rest of White's books, this book is just fun and entertaining, but it is made of better quality than the others I've read by her. I had some issues with some parts, but I'm too surprised right now to care about them or give them any further thought. And no Justin Bieber references this time, which was a great plus. (less)
Very interesting. The writing was okay and Dorothy was a bit obnoxious, but it was very interesting to witness the corruption of innocent Dor...more3.5 stars
Very interesting. The writing was okay and Dorothy was a bit obnoxious, but it was very interesting to witness the corruption of innocent Dorothy and the rest of the gang. It didn't exactly sell me the idea of the novel entirely, but I'm definitely interested in it now because the concept is pretty cool. (less)
Absolutely spectacular, as can be expected from the magnificent Laini Taylor. Beautifully written, achingly and gloriously romantic, and absolutely me...moreAbsolutely spectacular, as can be expected from the magnificent Laini Taylor. Beautifully written, achingly and gloriously romantic, and absolutely mesmerizing. A must for the fans desperately awaiting Dreams of Gods and Monsters. The dual POVs were incredible and different and gave a depth to the story that was utterly gorgeous. This little novella might not have much to do with the main plot of the series, but it is one gorgeous, delicious, magical treat from Taylor to her fans. (less)
Elusion is a solid, well-written, tightly plotted, and utterly entertaining futuristic sci-fi novel. It has a fantastic concept, it is never...more3.5 stars
Elusion is a solid, well-written, tightly plotted, and utterly entertaining futuristic sci-fi novel. It has a fantastic concept, it is never boring and the amount of careful research on the authors' part is evident every step of the way. Elusion is a fantastic novel, but I just couldn't connect with the story and the character, and found it difficult to care all that much about what happened next. That just means that I wasn't the right audience for this novel, but it is well-crafted and I commend the authors for their work. The novel did lack depth when it came to the great majority of the characters in it and it was a bit predictable on some occasions, but it is still a book I had fun reading and I am looking forward to the sequels. (less)
I'm not much of an NA reader, mostly because the genre is full of frighteningly abusive relationships disguised as passion and blatant, offen...more3.5 stars
I'm not much of an NA reader, mostly because the genre is full of frighteningly abusive relationships disguised as passion and blatant, offensive sexism. But when I saw the glowing reviews for Unteachable, I knew I had to give a try. I am rounding my 3.5 to 4 stars because the writing in this novel is magnificent. This is the type of quality writing one would expect from titles from big publishing houses, and the depth of the narration was truly spectacular. Maise's voice is compelling in her brutal honesty and the moral ambiguity to her character is mesmerizing. She came across as a truly believable character, even if her circumstances did seem a bit too tragic. I loved that the novel didn't gloss over the theme and didn't try to glamorize the forbidden relationship between teacher and student. I did feel like their love for each other was a but too fairy tale-ish, but the author didn't shy away from covering other, less romantic and significantly less sweet layers to their relationship, like obsession and fascination with the thrill of the forbidden. Maise and Evan's relationship is complicated, super intense and not always pretty, and it made for a truly engaging read. There were some sub-plots I didn't buy wholeheartedly and the ending was not what I expected, but this is a book well worth the read and probably the best NA I've read so far. (less)
- That the Machine May Progress Eternally by Carrie Ryan = 3 stars - Losing Her Divinity by Garth Nix = 3.5 stars - The Sleeper and the Spindle...more3.5 stars
- That the Machine May Progress Eternally by Carrie Ryan = 3 stars - Losing Her Divinity by Garth Nix = 3.5 stars - The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman = 4.5 stars - The Cold Corner by Tim Pratt = 2 stars - Millcara by Holly Black = 3.5 stars - When First We Were Gods by Rick Yancey = 4.5 stars - Sirocco by Margaret Stohl = 1 star - Awakened by Melissa Marr = 4 stars - New Chicago by Kelley Armstrong = 4 stars - The Soul Collector by Kami Garcia = 2 stars - Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy by Saladin Ahmed = 4 stars - Uncaged by Gene Wolfe = 3 stars(less)
It isn't a secret that I loved Splintered. That does not mean, however, that the story didn't have its faults, namely, a slightly forced love...more3.5 stars
It isn't a secret that I loved Splintered. That does not mean, however, that the story didn't have its faults, namely, a slightly forced love triangle and a very possessive and bossy main love interest that was, strangely enough, not the insane one of the two. Considering this novella promised to be exactly about the two things I liked the least about the novel, I was understandably apprehensive about reading it. I didn't doubt the novella would be a good read, - I trust in Howard's skills and her vision of this world way too much to doubt that I would enjoy it -, but, to say I bluntly, I was not that excited about being in the head of a character I don't exactly like. In the end, I did enjoy it. The world is still creepy and mesmerizing, and Morpheus is still the compelling and complex character I loved from the first one.
I was surprised at how much I didn't detest Jeb. He's not a terrible guy in Splintered, but his behavior irritated me. With this novella, I can't say that I like him much or that I complete excuse how possessive and controlling he was with Alyssa, but I think I understand him better and now I can see where his love for Alyssa comes from. He's suddenly a lot more layered to me than he was in Splintered, where he just fulfilled the super-hot, tortured-artist love interest requirement for me.
This novella doesn't add all that much to the first novel. It does provide some background info and a new perspective to some of the events in the novel, but the main point behind the story is to build a bridge between both novels based on the resolution Morpheus makes at the end of the novella. This is a very light but still enjoyable read that I recommend for the fans of Splintered that can't wait to get their hands on Unhinged. (less)
Six Months Later is a pretty interesting and nicely-written thriller with a very engaging and genuine protagonist involved in a pretty origin...more3.5 stars
Six Months Later is a pretty interesting and nicely-written thriller with a very engaging and genuine protagonist involved in a pretty original and intriguing mystery, and a romance with a very sweet, complicated guy. I really liked this one a lot. It strayed way too far into far-fetched territory towards the end, topped with a bad guy that bordered on cartoonish, but, all in all, a good and fun thriller. (less)