Really short review, longer one another time - And yes, no decimal points for this book! This one is definitely 4 stars -
IBUDDY READ WITH Marguerite!
Really short review, longer one another time - And yes, no decimal points for this book! This one is definitely 4 stars -
I really did like this one a whole lot more than ACOTAR. The first book drove me nuts with Feyre and being ridiculously slow, and having way too many questions which I frowned on. Though the questions were answered. And I did think the pairing was cute.
But the pairing in this one is way better. Or at least so it seems ;). There were hints of it in ACOTAR, but it's only in ACOMAF does it really work out. And hence, I liked this book alot better. More development in the relationship. More development in character. (Though I swear one character was wayyyyyyy more developed than the other still). Feyre is slightly more likeable to me. I think I like her more when she doesn't just lust and actually uses her brain (harsh I know, she did use her brain in ACOTAR but after a rocky start). And I really love the ending of this one. Because Lucien was in it heh.
This is really a terrible, first impressions review, but no time to go longer! (So bear with me)
The romance was stronger in this one. And I believed it a whole lot more that Feyre loved this person with all her heart. (Though, believe me, I'm not a fan of 'bonds and mates', but I do like fate romances.)
Rhysand came out on top as my favourite character - not because he's like the awesome dark lover in a love triangle, which if there were one, he would be, but in ACOMAF there's no contest in the end - I liked him because he's a really strong character. His past is quite tragic, but it's relateable and understandable. And I think compared to Feyre, surprisingly, I feel like he was developed a lot.
In saying that, Feyre developed a lot too. Gone was the sort of annoying girl (I really can't get that stupid scene out of my head when she bared the love bite/hickey/whatever to Tamlin the day after she was told to stay in her room when he was in like full lust mode and she still came out, as if it would make him regret it - hence why I love Tamlin's reaction >:D it was so mean, but so true.) and in comes a different Feyre, one still healing, breaking a little from being left alone and trapped. This Feyre, I liked a lot better, because it gave her space to break free and heal and grow and decide what she wanted. And that, of course, she's taking control of her own future.
Other new supporting characters were introduced. They were all interesting, but most curiously, I was interested in the pairings that seemed to be sprouting everywhere.
And let's see. Worldbuilding - I still don't like Maas's worldbuilding style in terms of descriptiveness. Round ears vs. pointed ears, and magic are still the main indicators of human vs. fae. -_- seriously? Anyway, BUT I will say, I love how Maas tells her creation stories. I love how she builds the history of the world, give them a belief. Which, in this story, is the story of the cauldron, and I love how she interweaves this story into the whole narrative. THAT, is the only part of Maas' worldbuilding skills that I actually like. Because culturally, I really don't feel like there's much difference between human and fae culture, and that, is literally impossible and doesn't feel realistic at all. (Sorry guys who like her worldbuilding, I guess it's just something about her writing I don't like.)
Conclusion - with an ending like that, I am currently bemoaning over the very fact that I DON'T have the next book in my hands right now. Is it odd, that of anything, I'm really really curious as to what will happen to Lucien. (Fyi, I love my side characters alot more than the main characters sometimes.)
Many thanks to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
2.5 stars. Finally I am fucking done. Whoops didn't mean to swear, but seriouslyMany thanks to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
2.5 stars. Finally I am fucking done. Whoops didn't mean to swear, but seriously, this is another one of those books where characters are constantly using the f-word so effing pointlessly. Now I don't care about the f-word, and can definitely handle its usage, but seriously, there are times when my eyes bleed from the overusage of the f-word. I mean like, is it even necessary?
First off, I was kind of really in love with this cover. I thought it was very pretty and it's interesting to look at. I didn't really consider the contents of this book. And with most books, even if I was interested in the contents, it's been sitting on my bookshelf (in this case tbr netgalley shelf) for so long that I'd completely forgotten what it was about. SO I began it with very little expectations.
Oh how the disappointing disappoint. No sooner had I started it, did I find myself extremely tired. Granted I am reading the ebook arc version and ebooks always make me tired, but still was just beyond average. I mean, if a book is interesting, regardless of its format, I'll be reading it nonstop until it's finished! But this....has been on my kindle, bookmarked since May (I had to check because even I couldn't remember). Believe me. That's wayyyyy too long. I usually like to pick up a book, finish it and move on. But with a History of Glitter and Blood I couldn't do it.
IT'S JUST SO BORING AND CONFUSING AND TIRING. Anything that keeps me confused for more than 10% of the book, is gonna find themselves in first class on a flight to the 'DNF' pile. Lucky for this book, I was in the mood to finish it, in order to speak my peace about it.
I did finish this quickly despite bookmarking it at 8% for the better of the last two months. This is because I wanted to finish it asap, and get my suggestive read out before the actual book comes out.
The thing is this book to me, was a gigantic pain in the ass which I was happier to live without.
Why? What I severely disliked
 when I pick up a book, I don't want to be confused. When I pick up a book, I want confusion to be the last thing on my mind. When I start getting confused, I start to not care. For a HoGaB I really didn't give a damn about anything after the confusion of the first 8%. When I decided to finish it today, it wasn't until I reached 50% where some of my confusion cleared up. But by then, I really didn't care about the rest of the book, and thus skimmed it. I won't lie, this was a very confusing book and if I was in a less irritated mood (I've been bouncing back and forth between this and academic work) I might have perhaps given this a better rating.
 So much sex. While not graphic in this book, it is mentioned over and over, since Beckan takes on prostitution duties, which seriously, was an odd twist of events. Another topic I generally don't care too much about reading in books. A natural thing, yet in this book, there's just so much, and I'm like...do I really care about how many times Beckan opens her legs? My answer: No. I might have, if I had liked this book a lot more. But I didn't, so everything about the book just had me feeling meh and 'so what?' about it. And not to mention, every character has slept with each other at least once. And it gets to the point where it's a little hard to appreciate the main love story.
 There is a plot going in the background somewhere, but it gets lost in a lot of crap. *cough* I mean mess. I think Moskowitz might have been trying to do something really creative with this book, but rather than hitting it bullseye, she missed it completely in my opinion. I feel like there was too much other stuff, and not much focus (however, this little point has a pro as well). You spend too much time confused, wondering why you even care about the characters, thinking is there actually any significance to the story at all, and um is this actually going somewhere? to even begin to think about how it'll end. There was just too much and too little of everything.
 The characters. I did not care for even a single character. Though admittedly Scrap was the most interesting. Everyone else was kind of plain, written in a way I didn't care to give them much thought.
 The writing is lacklustre. Sometimes it peaks up, but mostly it was like....so this and this happened, this much time passed, and so what...? Not to mention it kept switching from first pov to third and writing about characters in scenes that I cared not a thing about. But again, to really talk about the writing, I have to write it in another section below.
What was interesting...  Even bad books have pros. And a HIstory of Glitter and Blood has a few. The first is the narration. Remember how I said I stopped being confused about 50% through? Well that was the part when Beckan asks Scrap more about his book, and therefore eventually clarifies that the book you, the reader, is reading, is also the book that he's writing. Hence why there are so many switching povs. The third is when Scrap writes, while the first pov is when he's making his own commentary on the things he is writing. At first I thought it was the author doing that and I was like...wtf? But then it made sense. It clicked and therefore the rest of the confusing things made sense too. But seriously, that was so late in the book. A surprise, yeah. But tooooooo late for clarification. Sure I knew Scrap was a writing a book through most of the first 50%, but it wasn't until that moment when it became clear.
 The unreliable narration. Look, once the above part became clear, I didn't mind the narration as much. It made a whole lot more sense, and while still irritating as hell, it made the whole story a little more bearable. Plus, YA doesn't have enough books that have an unreliable narrator. And we do need more in this area. It definitely brings a new/different experience to the story. But there are other books that do it better than in this one. Such as Fight Club. My ultimate benchmark for great unreliable narration. You just can't beat Chuck Palahniuk when it comes to stories like that.
 If the pictures weren't messed up in the ebook version, I think they would have been a great addition to the story on the whole.
Overall I'm so glad this is over. Not the greatest book in the world. Not the worst. Idk if I would suggest it as a Suggestive Read though, especially if you hate being confused in books like I was, then this isn't your book. If you dislike unreliable narration, this is also not your book. If you dislike swearing steer away. If you dislike lots of pointless sex (not graphic but there) steer away. But if you want something outrageously different, peculiar, and odd in all the oddest ways possible and not at all in the whole main-trend-really-amazingly-odd-different kind of way, then sure, give this a go. ...more
3.8 - 4.2 stars. I know what's with the decimal points? Because the start...was...so....slow....it....was...like...hurry...Buddy read with Marguerite.
3.8 - 4.2 stars. I know what's with the decimal points? Because the start...was...so....slow....it....was...like...hurry...up.....and....idk....SOMETHING ME. But, it wasn't boring. Just slow. And Feyre was kind of a pain to read. But she wasn't...dislikable, just probably not the kind of character I can empathise with much.
It helps though that the story is written in first person pov, because without it, it would be hard for me to read. Hard to read because, with ACOTAR I had the same issues that I had with Throne of Glass.
It seems, I think I may be cursed to dislike any first book of any series that Maas writes. In saying that though, ACOTAR as a first book was actually better than Throne of Glass. A lot more happened in the last 100 pages than Throne of Glass.
Quick Review - Longer one later on!
- It started too slow - it only gets really interesting after the first 300 pages which to me is nearly unforgivable!!! And yet I ended ACOTAR really liking it -___- I blame the really good ending that tied up all my questions from the start really well - This is romance focussed, definitely romance focussed - The climax totally gets points from me - Feyre is...not exactly my favourite kind of character (but she has many good points about her) only because at first she comes across as wayyyyy too good to be real. Some selfishness would have been nice, but at the same time, it's not a major gripe I have with her character. In fact, I read the whole book so she wasn't too bad (others might like her more than me though!) - Feyre to me, did quite a number of stupid things, but eventually she did some things that regardless of her stupidity, gained points from me - LOTS OF POINTS because for love, she did it. And that matters. Even if Tamlin just watched. - I don't ship Feyre and Tamlin but admittedly they are sweet together and as the OTP (because yes I think it's them!) I ship them because of that. They are good togethe, though Tamlin was a bit of an annoying pain at the beginning but I begrudgingly admit that the reasons why were explained later on and logically it all works out - There's a love triangle hinted (it might not be, but the way it's written gives me doubts) - The other guy is mostly an ass but he adds some colour to the story - LUCIEN IS MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER (because as a side character, he's awesome, and if he weren't around for the first 300 pages, I'm not sure if Feyre and Tamlin could carry it through). I love his commentary, love how much like a friend he is. - The ending is good. More than good, it's fabulous! Sooooo worth the first 300 pages - I like that Feyre is a doer. She'll do anything to get it done. Even if it hurts.
- This is also, in my opinion, more lust orientated than love. I think while it's totally understandable that the story goes from one to the other, a distinction really should be made.. . lust can lead to love, but sometimes, they are just lust and love. In ACOTAR, this isn't really clear, and I don't like how the lust seems to be the base and main indicator of the relationship here. (BUT THIS IS JUST MY OWN OPINION.) - Some steamy R-rated scenes (though R-rated for YA teen readers, very tame Mature for older readers who've read Adult romances) - OH and my usual big gripe about Maas worldbuilding - some think that her worldbuilding is great, I think it's okay. Maas plain writing style here is probably why I can't fall into the world like I should. I'm hooked when I'm engaged with the story, but still, a lot of the time, I don't feel that the worldbuilding is very strong. There's a sense of the world, of all the different courts, of the idea of High Lords, High Fae, etc, but (and I hate saying this, but it's like I can't help it when I compare to other fantasies) I think the generalness of the way Maas describes her world, draws on too many assumptions for me to be comfortable with - and this was the same issue I had with Throne of Glass. We're talking about faeries, but seriously, there are so many different types of fairies across many types of cultures and many different interpretations. I do see the most common interpretation though, but it'd be nice for more detail other than 'they look like humans but have pointy ears' - if I'm not mistaken, that was somewhat the basic description I got. - Oh....and Maas has done it again with the 'beautiful' descriptions of males. I got a faceful in ToG, but she's managed to tamp it down a bit in ACOTAR, but that doesn't mean she doesn't haven't Feyre describing the guys as beautiful.
MORE DETAILED REVIEW TO COME LATER - for the meantime, just so you know, I'm more excited to read ACOMAF (where Maas seems to irritate me in her first of the series books, she certainly manages to improve and impress me in her sequels) than I was to start ACOTAR. Which, I shall do now, but hell, the book is big and heavy and I won't be able to carry it around everywhere :/....more
I did enjoy this series. It wasn't superbly spectacular but it wasn't boring either. This is a great book to read if you're interested in the lovelifeI did enjoy this series. It wasn't superbly spectacular but it wasn't boring either. This is a great book to read if you're interested in the lovelife of two people in love mixed with supernatural themes that hold more credit than Twilight. ...more
There is something about faerie books that I'm always suss about. It seems reading Julie Kagawa and Jenna Black set the bar high on faerie books thatThere is something about faerie books that I'm always suss about. It seems reading Julie Kagawa and Jenna Black set the bar high on faerie books that I pick up to read. Kiki Hamilton's The Faerie Ring was not like them both in the sense of the world they created and the stories they told. In fact it has joined the ranks of Kagawa and Black on my list of great faerie books. Set in the 1800's Tiki is a thief. When she steals a ring, its stone centre glows with fire, she sets off a chain of events that could ultimately turn very bad. An amazing twist to a story about the world of fey. ...more
Like the other two I couldn't put this book down. Another page turning read by Julie Kagawa.
It is like the other two an exaggeration in emotions andLike the other two I couldn't put this book down. Another page turning read by Julie Kagawa.
It is like the other two an exaggeration in emotions and unrealistic relationships, but I suppose the action is what makes it an enjoyable read. The end, I find is a little overly dramatic, and I don't find Meghan at all matured, but it is a satisfactory ending which then hints at the next novel - the Iron Knight which will be told from Ash's POV. ...more
I really hated the first hundred pages. It was pretty obvious that Meghan was just plain stupid. Seriously Ash clearly said that this was how things wI really hated the first hundred pages. It was pretty obvious that Meghan was just plain stupid. Seriously Ash clearly said that this was how things were going to be, so this is how I'm going to treat you. It's obvious also that no matter what Ash and Meghan would still love each. I get it already. There was no need for Meghan to go totally completely freak-o! Why couldn't she have been cool and collected? I guess it's because her character just wasn't written like that...
That aggravated me so much. As does how she acts all the way through to the end of the Iron Queen.
This I've decided is not going to be a review that contains the contents of the blurb because Goodreads already does that for you. What I will review is the plot and characters and writing.
Meghan's character didn't really garner sympathy from me in the first book, nor did her relationship with Ash. Since it occurred in such a brief time with such little relationship building blocks in between. Buuutttt as much as I hated the way Meghan acts at the beginning of the Iron Daughter, I liked seeing her relationship with Ash actually have some basis asides from attraction. I feel better with their relationship in this novel than I did in the first. As for Puck, he's my favourite character, not that I wanted him to be with Meghan. He, I reckon can do so much better. As for the love triangle! groaaann...can it get any worse? At least it was so brief and transient, I didn't suffer too much.
I love the setting as usual. Like I said before the twists and turns that Meghan takes through Nevernever remind me of Alice in Wonderland. It really has been well fabricated. I applaud Kagawa's turn of phrase in weaving a believable setting, and even more believable characters, some which are very familiar.
Overall Kagawa's sequel, though cliched in some sense (love triangle), is both enjoyable and exciting. I couldn't put it down even if it wasn't my first choice read. So that must say something about the novel....more
There is just something about Julie Kagawa's writing that can't be resisted. She made me want to read the one book I was entirely hesitant about. I, iThere is just something about Julie Kagawa's writing that can't be resisted. She made me want to read the one book I was entirely hesitant about. I, in fact, enjoyed this addition to a great series more than I did the first three. ...more
I really liked this one. I was a bit iffy about it since I've read so many not so good books lately that had received a good review. This one though lI really liked this one. I was a bit iffy about it since I've read so many not so good books lately that had received a good review. This one though lived up to expectation.
Meghan Chase thinks she's a normal sixteen year old girl who happens to have a not so great life after she's publicly humiliated at school on her birthday. Then things happen, her brother is kidnapped, and her best friend turns out to be a legendary faery. Meghan Chase must retrieve her brother from Nevernever, and when she does, it doesn't take her long to realise she is more than a teenage girl. In fact she is royally more than a girl.
This book reminded me of two things. One - Alice in Wonderland and Two - The Labyrinth movie.
This is a great book. It's plot is structured interestingly. It flows no doubt, but her journey really does follow an Alice in Wonderland style. The setting is amazing - total high fantasy right here! The mythology is brilliant, and so are the characters, even if they are re-imagined from other stories.
And i think the best thing, which from the sound of the reviews from The Iron Daughter is going to be ruined, is the relationship between Ash and Meghan, and Meghan and Puck. Although the love between Ash and Meghan feels more like Twilights Bella and Edward, all lusty and needy, I liked that it was between these two. As for the friendship between her and Puck, it's good. Every needs a friend. And in this first book it works. No nasty-annoying love triangles there to piss me off. But That probably changes, and it'll be ruined.
It's been ages since I read the first three, yet it didn't take me long to become comfortable with the character and the writing. If it wasn't becauseIt's been ages since I read the first three, yet it didn't take me long to become comfortable with the character and the writing. If it wasn't because my friend, the one who suggested the series in the first place again urged me to continue reading the series, I might not have picked this one up for a while. But I'm glad I did. It was an easy walk in the park that quickly turned to faeries and murder plots. I can sense the presence of the greater arc, the one that connects all the separate books. I kind of consider this a light read. It took me to realise, since I never really thought about it before. But, so far, none of the books really contain a heavy mood of a dark moment in Dresden life. Yes he gets down and depressed, but nothing particularly stressing. In fact it's amusing, and fascinating. I want to know what happens in Dresden's whacky world as a private detective. And from now on, I think I'll chase it to the end, even though there are currently eleven more books that have been released and who knows how many to come....more