I loved her books about The Tudors (I read: The other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance and The queen’s fool), but I had a hard time with this one.
SI loved her books about The Tudors (I read: The other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance and The queen’s fool), but I had a hard time with this one.
Summary. Elizabeth is a young widow who traps King Edward, from the house of York, into marriage. Some say with witch craft and that is also implied in this book. Their marriage is the start of political intrigues and treachery. King Edward must fight to get and hold his crown. He and Elizabeth are happy with each other, but it’s also a hard life. She gives him a lot of children; three sons (unfortunately, one dies young) and some daughters. His oldest son, Prince Edward, will become king one day. At least, that’s what he wants.
When King Edward dies after a short sickness, the betrayal begins. He appointed his brother as caretaker of Prince Edward, but his brother takes the crown into his own hands. Elizabeth will do anything to return that crown to her son, but how far is she willing to go?
Opinion. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. There were things about Elizabeth I really liked. Her love for Edward and the way she cared for her children was wonderful, but her constant battle to return the power costs so many lives; and I’m not sure if it’s worth it. She also felt a little flat sometimes. I never got the feeling I really knew her - or any of the other characters actually. That made it hard to care for them, even when I was fascinated by their lifestyle. Life at court isn't easy. Their love is also very instant. From the moment he lays his eyes on her, he is in love. It has to do with the magic from her mother, but I couldn't buy it.
In short: it's good, but I know that Gregory can do better. This one is more for the die-hard fans, so I'm definitely going to continue....more
Summary Alyssa’s mother has been locked away in a special institute. They are descendants from thé Alice in Wonderland and every woman suffers from the same mental problem. They hear insects and flowers talk. When Alyssa is starting to hear the voices too, she is worried that she might end up like her mother. Her father is so desperate that he wants to use electronic pulses. When her mother tells her about a family curse that can be broken, Alyssa decides to find the rabbit hole.
That is how she ends up in Wonderland with her best friend and crush Jeb. Morpheus – an old forgotten friend – explains that she must undo all the mistakes Alice made. This is the start of a huge adventure with unexpected twists, crazy characters and dangerous situations. Be aware to dive into the madness.
Review The story. I loved the whole concept of the family curse, but the twists made it even better. There were so many things I never expected. When you think you finally know what is going on, you are wrong. This story constantly went in different directions. The unpredictability made it exciting. It’s a shame I can’t tell you more about it, but that would spoil the fun of finding out yourself.
Next point is the darkness in Wonderland. The world-building is amazing and I loved the creepy atmosphere throughout the book. It reminded me of the game Alice in Madness. The descriptions helped me to make a picture in my head and I felt like I walked besides Alyssa in this messed up world.
The characters. This is the point where I had some troubles. Alyssa is a good, solid character. I liked her strange hobby; making art with dead insects. She was strong and brave. I admired her for going into Wonderland to save her mother. She was also a bit naive and Jeb could walk right over her. That brings me to his character, whom I absolutely hate.
I couldn’t see the connection between him and Alyssa. There are so many things wrong with him. He is acting like he is a good friend, but he makes sure that Alyssa can’t join him to London, because his girlfriend comes with him. London is supposed to be a project for school, so who is he to tell her father to keep her at home? He doesn’t believe in her; he is constantly nagging that she isn’t capable of this or that she is too weak to do that. Just have a little faith her in! Alyssa is defending him all the time, while he actually acts like a douche bag. And I just can’t overlook the fact that he has a ponytail.
So, on to Morpheus, who was a wonderful character. He never pretends to be someone else: he knows that is manipulative. He knows that he is lying and cheating. He knows that his master plan is working and that he puts Alyssa on the wrong foot. The fact that he is aware of that makes him awesome. He is a genius and the brain behind all the great twists. He also has a gentle side and I could see why Alyssa was attracted to him in those moments. These two different, clashing personalities make him interesting and complex.
We also get to meet a lot of other characters, I don’t even know where to begin. Let me just say that Howard uses a huge amount of creatures and characters in this book. They all have their purpose and own voice. It was great to meet them and I admire the way she created them.
Conclusion Give me part two, Unhinged! Despite the fact that I disliked Jeb, I fell in love with the dark Wonderland and it’s creepy inhabitants. I hope to see more of Morpheus, because his complexity makes him fascinated. This book would make one hell of a movie!
“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”...more
“I thought maybe I could just get away from everything. But you can't get away from a thing that's your own fault.”
From the beginning I was sucked into the story of Callie. She lives in Slow Run with her mother in a small hotel. The constant storms are causing health problems for Callie, but her mother refuses to leave. Year ago their father left them, but he promised to return one day and her mother is holding tight to that promise.
When one of the worst dust storms comes up, Callie’s mother disappears. That is when Callie starts to find out that she isn’t just a girl. She is part of a prophecy and the two Faerie courts – Seelie and Unseelie – are both looking for her. Together with Jack, a boy she releases out of jail, Callie is heading for the golden hills of the west; California. Her parents are supposed to be there and she will do anything to safe her mother. On their way, they encounter dangerous people and it’s hard to find out who they can trust.
I really liked Callie. She has a hard time with the dust, but she keeps supporting her mother. I’m not really sure if her mother deserves that, but her loyalty was touching. It was fun to collect all the pieces of the puzzle with her. Why is she hearing all these strange voices and what is the mystery around her father? Jack is a sweet boy, but I didn’t really connect with him. He was just there and I like that he decides to help Callie, a girl he barely met. The secondary characters are interesting and I like how they played their role in the story. There are some creepy characters and it was a shame that the real villain was overshadowed.
The ending was a bit too rushed for my taste. I didn’t see the twist coming, but I wished that the plot got more time to unravel. A few pages more would have completed this story, but I’m definitely looking forward to part two, Golden Girl, which will be published June 25th....more
I think I expected too much from this book, so I was a bit disappointed. This book has a lot of elements I normally like, but it never managed to ‘wow’ me. That might be because of Rachel, but I liked it enough to continue the series some time.
Summary Rachel’s father is announced ‘dead’ when he doesn’t return from a mission. Logan becomes her new Protector and she is not happy with him. When she told him years ago that she loved him, he turned her down. Rachel is planning to escape from the city to find her father: she doesn’t believe he is dead. He is the best tracker and that is why Rachel is so different from other girls. She learned hunting and fighting. When Rachel is caught during her escape, she is brought before the Commandant. He blackmails her: if she doesn’t find the package her father hid in the forest, he will kill Logan. Logan is thrown into a cell and Rachel tracks into the woods to save him. This is not without danger: in the forest lives The Cursed One, something that is similar to a dragon. But Logan isn’t planning to leave her alone and he manages to break free. Together, they must unravel the mystery around her father’s package.
Review Rachel started as a great character. She stayed true to her father and she had some spunk. I liked that her father educated her in hunting and fighting. It’s a shame that these potential awesome aspects were overshadowed by things I didn’t like about her. This made it a bit hard to connect to her. She does irrational things and I didn’t like the way she treated Logan. I don’t like the grudge she holds against him, because he was just honest all those years ago. She had some whiny moments and I sometimes wanted to facepalm, but Logan made up for it. He was intelligent and I like how crafty he is. He made some great inventions, like his tracking device. I thought he was sweet and very patient with Rachel. Despite that, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. I didn’t care for it, although this was cute:
”I want Rachel. Not because she’s beautiful. Not because she’s my responsibility. I want her because she makes me laugh. Makes me think. Inspires me to be the kind of man I always hoped I’d be. I want Rachel because the thought of a life without her is more than I can bare.”
I like how he loves her not only for her beauty, but also for the things he admires about her personality.
The plot is alright. The Cursed One wasn’t explored as much as I wanted and I found the pacing a bit off sometimes. The beginning of the real story takes a lot of time and I wished it went a bit faster. This book feels more like a step-up for the second book.
I might sound a bit harsh, but it wasn’t a bad book at all. I found it enjoyable, but not as good as I thought it would be. A solid 3 flowers book....more
4.5/5 stars, not sure yet. It was really good, but it's a shame that there is less Penryn/Raffe moments than in Angelfall. The times they were togethe4.5/5 stars, not sure yet. It was really good, but it's a shame that there is less Penryn/Raffe moments than in Angelfall. The times they were together was packed with sarcasm and banter, I loved it.
The take on werewolves added something new to the genre.The characters were alright and the mystery around Amy’s dead was enjoyable. I wasn't completely blown away by the story, though.
This book is filled with a lot of surprising twists, something I really liked. The story is pretty simple. Mackenzie, Amy, Jason and Kyle were best friends, until Amy is murdered by a werewolf. Their group is starting to fall apart. Jason was Amy’s boyfriend and he is trying to join the Trackers. They are a non-governmental group against werewolves. Mac decides to search for the werewolf herself to keep Jason away from them, but she gets threatened by the leader of the group. That’s when Kyle comes to the rescue, but he makes things only worse.
Mac was a solid character. She is loyal to her friends and she had some brave moments. Her background story is sad, but she never whines about it. I didn’t know what to think of Jason, but I liked Kyle. Amy was terrifying, because she appears in Mac’s nightmares. This girl had a lot of secrets. There are some other interesting characters, like Mac’s niece Tess and her friend Ben.
This book didn’t blow me away as much as I expected. There was a bit too much teen angst for my taste and the Kyle/Mac situation started to get annoying. I wanted more action and investigation, instead of love drama. Halfway, there is something that looks like a love-triangle and I didn’t like it. But, like I mentioned before, there were some great twists. I always like it when an author can surprise me by going into a different direction. The plot was good. I liked how Mac slowly unraveled the secrets around Amy’s death and the ending of this book makes me excited for part two. The only thing I’m worried about is that it might be a book filled with even more drama, since the mystery is solved.
“Are you alright?" he asked warily. "Sure," I lied as I turned and headed for the stairs. So softly that only a werewolf could hear, I added, "You can't lose what you never had.” ...more
I consider myself a big fan of the Tudors era. Most of the historical fiction I read are about the queens and the court of Henry VIII. Last year I’ve read my first book about Catherine Howard: Alisa Libby – The king’s rose. I was surprised by the voice of Cat, but this book is completely the opposite. The Cat we see here is the same as the queen we see in the television show. This made it hard for me to rate this book. While I was intrigued by her and Kitty’s story, I had a hard time to connect to the characters. The writing-style was definitely pleasant and the atmosphere for the treacherous court was nicely done. That is why I settled down to a rating of 3.
This story is told from the POV of Kitty Tylney, best ‘friend’ of Catherine Howard. They live a boring and quiet life in Cat’s grandmothers house. Except for the secret nights were Cat and Francis are having fun, not knowing that this will become Cat’s downfall.
Cat always dreamt of living at court: dancing, flirting and gossiping. Kitty is her shadow and she follows Cat everywhere. That was one of the annoying things and I had a hard time to overlook this aspect of Kitty’s personality. She has no spine. She is obedient and blind when it comes to her ‘friendship’ with the egoistic Cat and that results in many stupid decisions.
When the King marries his new queen – Anne of Cleves – he is looking for new maidens. Cat is one of the lucky girls and she is soon swept away in her new life. Kitty stays behind and as a true whiner, she feels rejected and jealous. But Cat is climbing on her social ladder and she caught the King’s eyes. Soon, she is married with him and she brings Kitty to court.
From here on we encounter many facepalm situations. Or even better:
I can understand that Cat is still a young, naive girl and it’s very clear that she isn’t ready for such an important task, but the thing she does.. She should have known better and Kitty is just as stupid. Instead of seeing the truth (that Cat is a horrible friend who only uses her to feel better) she keeps bowing for Cat’s fits. I wished that she would have grown throughout the book, but her character development is non-existent.
Despite my annoyance for most of the characters, I was hooked to the good writing-style. Longshore has a descriptive, flowy way of writing and it was fun to see the treachery among the court members. I’m definitely excited enough to read part 2, which will be about my favorite Queen from this era: Anne Boleyn....more
3.5. Wasn't blown away by it and there hasn't been a fantasy aspect so far. Still, very quick and easy book, I read it in one sitting :) Review will f3.5. Wasn't blown away by it and there hasn't been a fantasy aspect so far. Still, very quick and easy book, I read it in one sitting :) Review will follow....more
This book gave me a huge case of fangirling, because damn, this book is perfection. I was blown away by Grave Mercy, so it seemed impossible to top that – not. LaFevers created another brilliant story which comes together with Ismae and Duval *swoon* I can only imagine how good part three is going to be. I recently found out that this book is partly based on Beauty and the beast, so perhaps it's not a coincidence I love it so much.
“I am beautiful and educated and have all manners of useful – and deadly – skills, but all of that together is worth less than a bucket of slops.”
Sybella fascinated me from the moment I met her. Behind her kick ass outside hides a broken, frightened girl who grew up in a terrible environment. Her father is a monster and Sybella got under the protection of her older brother Julian. His feelings for her grew deeper than brother-sister and Sybella, hungry for love, embraced it. That is still something she struggles with and I loved seeing her accept her past. She is starting to realize that it’s not her fault and I liked that development. It was interesting to see how she grows into her role in life and how she embraces all her flaws. You have to admire her spirit and her free mind. She is dangerous with her weapons, especially knives, and she is good at hiding her fear. Robin created a magnificent character.
“I simply want. I want him, his strength, his honour and his be-damned lightness of heart.”
Sybella is on an important mission for the Abbess by giving her information about the Duchess’ biggest enemy; d’Albret. He is still trying to force the Duchess into marriage and he is planning to destroy her from within her trusted circle. When Sybella is send to free the prisoner, everything spins out of control. This man is better known as ‘Beast’ because of his temper on the battlefield. He is huge, loyal and incredibly strong in mind and body. When Sybella drags him from the prison, mortally wounded, he manages to kidnap her. Not able to kill d’Albret, Sybella does everything in her control to nurse him. And soon, she is starting to feel something she never felt before.
”I stare down at his face. It has not grown more beautiful since I first found him, festering in the dungeon, and yet it is more dear to me than my own.”
Beast is amazing. He is nothing like any other character I’ve read about. He is often described as ugly, but it’s not about how he looks, it’s about his beautiful inside. He is protective over Sybella, he is fierce and intelligent. I love his heart is and how such a huge and strong man can be so soft and tender. He will do everything to protect the people he love, even if that means he has to sacrifice his life.
The plot is again fantastic. I always like politics in books, especially against a historical background. The things that amazes me about this book is that nothing spectacular happens, but you are still hooked to the story. Every page makes me hungry for more and I flew through the pages. Robin has such an addictive and easy writing-style. I like the touch of the different Gods and what kind of children they create.
Do you like nun assassins? Do you like strong female characters with great development? Do you like sweet, growing romance with a fantastic love-interest? Go and read it. If you don’t like these things. Go and read it anyway. This is how you write a good book and a great sequel....more
I tried to stay away from fangirling and swooning as much as I could, but Duval *sigh* I adore him! These are the kind of books that make me think: why did I wait so long? This book is filled with awesomeness and I was completely hooked to Ismae’s story. I mean: assassin nuns. I love it!
Ismae wears the sign of Death on her body. Her mother tried to lose her from her womb with poison, but Ismae survived. She grew up under hard circumstances. Her father was abusive and he married her off to another horrible man. When he sees the scar on her back, he is horrified by her and he wants to have her executed. Ismae is rescued by the priest who married her and he ships her off to the convent of St. Mortain, the patron Saint of Death. Here, Ismae becomes one of the handmaidens of Death and her gift is poison.
After years of practice Ismae is assigned to her first task and that is how she meets Gavriel Duval. I love this guy. He is definitely swoonworthy. He is not the perfect-pretty-guy, but that’s what I liked about him. He is real because of his flaws and he sounds super attractive. The scenes between him and Ismae were filled with sexy tension. She is afraid in the beginning, but slowly she starts to see that he is a good and loyal guy.
Duval is the bastard son of the duke and the French whore. That makes him the half-brother of the new Duchess, Anne. This girl is in serious trouble. The French are on the borders, waiting to take over Brittain, and several man are asking for her hand. She must make a decision soon or everything is lost. Ismae must keep an eye on Duval for the convent, because they think he is a traitor. They are afraid that he wants to take the duchy for himself. When Ismae starts to unravel the real identity of the traitor, she decides to act against the convent. She is starting to understand that she can use her gift in other ways and it might be time to leave the convent behind.
This girl is perfect. She is everything I could ask for in a main character. She is smart, strong and feisty. A real kick-ass girl and I admire her strength, physically and mentally. There is also the amazing Duval and some other great secondary characters, like Beast. The character development is good. Ismae goes from blind trust in her convent to making her own decisions by using her head. The feelings between Duval and Ismae are sweet and there is enough time to develop. The world-building is good. There is a lot of history and politics in this story, but I wasn’t bored at all. The writing-style was so addictive and I can’t wait for the next book. I need it now!
”Not all men are the same, you know. with someone such as Gavriel, I would suggest appearing aloof, not chasing too much. He might see that as suffocating rather than charming.” Her words are sharp, but her voice is sweet, like honey on the edge of a blade, and meant to be cutting. I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face and commending his soul to Mortain....more
“No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.”
Insurgent picks up right after Divergent. Since I’ve read it right away, it didn’t bother me, but I can understand that it can be difficult if there is a lot of time between the two books. The group is now with Amity. When Tris hears a conversation between Marcus and Johanna (‘Amity leader’) she finds out that Erudite attacked Abnegation to get their hands on information and he wants to get it back. Abnegation wanted to show it to the rest of the factions, but Erudite is trying to stop it. When Tris tells Four about this, he doesn’t believe it. His father is a liar, so he can’t be trusted and they have to focus on the most important thing; destroying Erudite.
Amity finally decides that they want to stay neutral in this war. That doesn’t stop Erudite from attacking them. They must flee and in the end, Tobias, Tris, Caleb and Susan are able to get away with the train; filled with factionless. These people aren’t so factionless as it seems. The leader wants to overthrow Erudite and she is going for something more; ending all the factions.
There is a lot of travel in this book and that makes it hard to follow sometimes. They come in a lot of places and sometimes I forgot where they were. When there is a second attack, Erudite forces the group to deliver one Divergent to them. Tris is on a suicide mission in this whole book, so she decides that it’s a good idea to turn herself in. Can she escape? And can she find the information Marcus desperately wants?
“Sleep,” he says. “I’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.” “With what?” “My bare hands, obviously.”
Opinion. There were a couple of things that really bothered me. First of all, Tris is different. She is more whiny about little things: like her struggling with holding a gun. Where is her brave character? I can understand that certain things changes you, because a lot of things happened in the first book.. But come on! She keeps pushing herself in these dangerous situations; she was supposed to be Erudite. You would expect more from her. That brings me to her other strange decisions. She completely trusts Marcus, even when there is no evidence of everything he is saying. And the “super secret information that can’t be shared with words” wasn’t that spectacular at all. I must admit that one thing surprised me, but it wasn’t such a thrilling climax. I'm happy that we got the information, because it gave me more answers.
The changed behavior of Four brings me to the second point. He acts like a total douche bag. I didn’t like their relationship. At all. They are mean and they don’t trust each other. They keep lying and they do so many things behind each others back. They make up for their fights by kissing and that’s it.
There are a lot of people in this book. So many, that it was hard to keep track on them. They die page after page and in the end, it just felt like “ohhh, there goes another.” I wished I felt more for them. It's also hard to keep track of where they are, because there are many places they visit.
And the last points is the ending. How. Can. You. Do. That. It stops, just like that. I can understand the use of cliffhangers, but this was.. Like she couldn’t come up with a descent ending.
These things were just minor critics I have about this book, because in the end, I liked it! It was not as good as Divergent, but I certainly can’t wait to read the next one. Tris and Four are becoming my friends, even with their flaws.The writing style was great and there is still enough action besides all the talking, to keep it interesting. I still like the idea of this series and I want to find out where we are heading: are we finally going to find out what is behind the fence? I really believe that the last book will be as good as the first one. You see these things often. The second book always suffers; it always lacks the awesomeness of the first book. ...more
I loved the concept, but I disliked Felicity and the choices she made.. I didn't like her personality, but I was curious about her life and the thingsI loved the concept, but I disliked Felicity and the choices she made.. I didn't like her personality, but I was curious about her life and the things that happened. Review will follow....more
What's Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles Series #1) "Maybe that’s why things turned out the way they did. I wanted life too badly. I refused to let go. IWhat's Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles Series #1) "Maybe that’s why things turned out the way they did. I wanted life too badly. I refused to let go. I didn’t complete fade away.”
Everyone has two souls when they are born, but around the age of five, you are supposed to be settled. The dominant soul will live and the recessive one will slowly fade away into nothing. When that doesn’t happen, you become a Hybrid and you will be taken away to an institute. Hybrids are dangerous and the government must take care of them.
Eva and Addie never settled, but the doctors pronounced them healthy after years of therapy and medicine. Eva always clung to Addie and is now only a shadow; she can’t shift into their body, but she can talk and feel. When they become friends with Hally and Devon, their life is about to change. They are Hybrids as well. Hally/Lissa and Devon/Ryan want to help Eva to break free, but they are caught and shipped away to an institute.When Addie/Eva slowly find out what is going on, their world is falling apart. Everything they are told is a lie and they must do everything to escape with her two friends before it is too late.
I loved this book! I could connect with Eva and I felt incredibly sorry for her. It must be so hard to be locked up in someone’s mind. Everybody around you slowly forget you ever existed and you are supposed to be gone. At the same time, it wasn’t easy for Addie either. She is in constant danger of getting caught, but she’s still trying to help Eva. I appreciated that a lot, despite her egoistic moments. Their struggle and bond is fantastic portrayed. They depend on each other, but they still have their fights and silent treatments.
I can't really describe how Zhang did it, but she managed to create two different characters with an own voice in one body. It’s nice that all the secondary characters are also well-written and developed. Ryan/Devon is a wonderful guy and I really liked this love interest. (There is no instant-love. Finally!)The fast-paced, pleasant writing-style and interesting plot made this book a great read. The world-building is good, but I need more answers about the other Hybrid countries and why they are so dangerous; that’s why this book got 4.5 stars. I’m pretty sure we will find out in the next book.
Conclusion: Unique concept, great execution and I can’t wait to read the sequel....more
Maeve was injured in a fire 10 years ago and now, for the first time, she is going home. She feels reluctant to leave her uncle and aunt (Bran & LMaeve was injured in a fire 10 years ago and now, for the first time, she is going home. She feels reluctant to leave her uncle and aunt (Bran & Liadan), especially because she can’t use her hands. She grew up in a house where people are used to her wounds and it’s scary to leave that safe place. Meave has to return home, because she has to escort a horse for her father and she is the only one who can deal with the animal; it’s her gift. There are tensions at home after the disappearance from two sons of a neighbour on their ground. It appears MacDara is back and he is not done with her family. Together with Ciaran and her guide Luachan, she has to defeat MacDara for good, especially if she wants her two beloved dogs back.
I love Marilliers world-building, which is woven through with Celtic elements. Her use of magic is incredibly subtle and makes it feel so real. She is a genius when it comes to writing characters, even when Maeve wasn’t my favorite character in the series. She has her flaws and I could understand how hard it must be for her to return home after so many years. Her parents are strangers and people look strange at her and how she has to adjust her daily life with her unusable hands. There is also something for everyone. There is action, mystery and a hint of romance. I highly recommend this series from one of my favorite authors, even when this book isn't as impressive as the first three....more
I had a hard time with this book. It has a nice fairytale feeling, but it was very slow. Especially in the middle part, whereThat cover is amazing..
I had a hard time with this book. It has a nice fairytale feeling, but it was very slow. Especially in the middle part, where the story dragged a little, but the ending made it so much better! It delivered a great plot and I end up liking it.
Summary. Jenny’s brother was swallowed by the trees and taken by The Greenman, but nobody believed her. Her parents never stopped mourning over their son and Jenny is happen to go away. She is planning to go to college in another town and she wants to say goodbye to Tom. That’s before she hears his music; he was a gifted musician. Without thinking, Jenny storms into the woods where she meets Jack and Puck. Jack has many names, but one of his most important tasks is to guard the edge. Jenny is in grave danger and he must help her to return to her world. One problem: she doesn’t want to return without Tom.
Jack is trying to keep her away from the dangerous Queen of the forest, Titania, but King Oberon is also after Jenny. In this world, she isn’t just Jenny. She is someone special and everybody wants her for their own reasons. Even Jack has a lot to win if he turns Jenny in. Can she survive the forest and escape with Tom? Or will she lose even more?
Opinion. The treachery of beautiful things, indeed. Faeries are known for their beauty, but they can’t be trusted. There are some conspiracies. Puck answers to Oberon, Jack is torn between two ‘masters’- and all he actually wants is his heart and freedom. I liked them. Jack sounds handsome with his two different colored eyes and his dark hair.
Jenny was a damsel in distress in the beginning of the story. She doesn’t know what is going on and she depends on Jack. She strongly stands up for what she wants (finding Tom) and she will do anything to achieve that, even risking her own life. She became more kick ass towards the end of the story, where she is trying to get Jack back. I thought she was nice; she has a good heart, but that also made her naive in some situations.
There is some romance in this story – like you can expect from a fairytale-ish book – but it doesn’t play the main role. It’s all about her search for Tom, while everybody is looking for her. I loved the whole background story. Why they all want Jenny and who Jack really is.
The writing-style is pleasant, but sometimes a bit slow like I already said. It does paint a pretty picture of the forest and the creatures in it. The descriptions are well-done. I was never bored and there is a lot going on. One moment, Jack is trying to persuade her to leave the forest, the other moment her soul is taken and he must fight to gain her back. And the end, I thought it was incredibly sweet! I was very happy with the ending....more
“I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
It’s amazing! I can’t wait to read the next book, because the ending makes you greedy for more. If you want to find out for yourself, here you can read an expert from the story: Chapter 1 – 5. And there is an extra story and you can find it over here: Glitches. It tells the story of a young Cinder and her stepfather Garan. It broke my heart.
Summary. Linh Cinder lives in New Beijing and works as a (talented) mechanic. She’s not a normal girl; she is a cyborg. She was adopted by her stepfather who found her somewhere in Europe. After his death, she became a slave for the family, but things are about to change.
On a normal working day, an unusual man walks into her store. It’s Crown Prince of the Eastern commonwealth Kaito (also called ‘Kai’) He wants her to restore one of his androids. After he leaves, there is an outbreak in the store across her shop. There is another case of Letumosis; a dangerous disease which already claimed many lives. When her sister Peony catches the disease, her stepmother reports Cinder as volunteer. They are using cyborgs to come up with a medicine, since the King has fallen ill.
Cinder is perfect for the job. The doctor wants to use her blood for the cure. He will provide Peony with a vaccine if Cinder helps him. In the mean time, she keeps running into Prince Kai and he gives her a lot of attention. It’s clear that he quite likes her, but there are rumors that he will be married to Queen Levana, a Lunar. That would be a disaster, since the Lunars are a treat to the whole world. When Cinder discovers some terrible news after the arrival of the Queen on earth, it’s up to her to inform the prince. That’s not without danger.
The doctor provided her with a lot of revealed secrets around her mysterious past. She can’t remember anything from before the hover incident (which claimed her hand, feet and parents) and when she finds out who she truly is, she must run for her life. The Queen wants her dead for a ‘good’ reason. If Cinder manages to escape, she will become on of the most wanted fugitives.
Opinion. Cinder is a wonderful girl. She is brave and she even risks her life in order to protect Kai. There is absolutely no instant love between the two. Better yet, Cinder tries to push him away, but he keeps coming back for her. She lives in a horrible family. Peony is a sweet girl, but Pearl needs a good smack in the face. Her stepmother Adri doesn’t appreciate Cinder and she gives her a hard time. Cinder still manages to stay caring and kind. Kai is great and I love how we really get to meet him. The chapters switch between Kai’s and Cinder’s story. We also have the doctor. All the information we get, comes from him and I found him touching. There is something warm and friendly about him and in the end, he is the one who tries to save Cinder. I saw some parts of the story coming, but it was still satisfying when the plot reveals itself. This book surely doesn’t disappoint! I love the concept and the way the story unfolds. The big lines of the real Cinderella story are their, but Marissa found a way to create a wonderful new story.
The world-building is great. We get a lot of information about The Lunars and their Queen. It’s not strange that the Earth is afraid of her. She uses her glamour to silence her people and she kills everyone who stands in her way – including her niece Princess Selene. Although.. there are whispers that the princess survived and Prince Kai is searching for her, so he can marry her.
The writing style is flawless and I can’t wait to find out what will happen next. Cinder will meet Red Riding Hood, how awesome is that?...more
Looking for something sweet with a strong heroin? This isLook. At. That. Cover.
& I loved the inside too <3 Review coming soon!
Looking for something sweet with a strong heroin? This is the book you want to read. I must admit that I fell in love with the cover, but the inside is just as pretty!
“Even if he was a thief, he was my thief. I could not push him away anymore.”
Summary. This story is all about Tess, a daughter from a blacksmith and a woman with no backbone. Her father is abusive, but Tess still remains strong, determined and intelligent. She never wants to get married, because she doesn't want to became her mother. If she will ever find a husband, he must agree with all the terms she came up with. Such as: allowing her to go to the Dragonwoods. She is drawn to the woods, although it's forbidden to enter.
That's the reason she is accused of witch craft and she is tortured. She told the witch hunter that her best friends Meg and Poppy went with her into the woods. The three girls must flee and they live in the forest. Not the safest place, with all the dragons and faeries in it. Still, Tess isn't afraid and she is always trying to make the best of it. She feels really guilty for betraying her friends and she wants to do anything in the world to make it right.
One day, they get to meet Garth. He is a woodsman and he offers them shelter in his house. Tess 'met' him before in one of her fire visions and she doesn't know what to think of him. Is he a friend or an enemy? Perhaps Garth is not the person he pretends to be.. And perhaps Tess is more than just a girl.
Conclusion. Tess is a wonderful girl. Very loyal to her friends. Even when she is desperately looking for affection, she never backs away from her own opinion. When she finds out about a secret her mother kept from her, her whole world changes. She finally understand her desire to be in the Dragonwoods. Garth was also a nice character, even when I couldn't read his mind. He felt distant in the beginning, but that's what makes him so interesting. He is mysterious and I liked how I got to know him better. He grew on me. Poppy was a bit 'dumb'. She was very sweet and described as incredibly handsome, but she wasn't bright. I loved the fact that she followed her heart, though.
This story has every element you could ask for. I love the feeling this book gave me. There are dragons and fairies. There is magic and romance. The story tackles a difficult subject (abusive father), but manages to show us that you have to fight. Never let anyone bring you down. The words are flowing and it's such a smooth and easy writing. I certainly can't wait to read other books from this author.
Definitely read this one if you like fairytales! This book has the same feeling to it....more
“All of us heal in time. The strongest are born again. We only keep the scars we choose to keep.”
If your looking for a book that is made by kneading together various fairytales, then your search is over. This story was so much fun! We have the happy family consisting of four daughters (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), a son called Peter and an adopted son Trix. There used to be seven daughters and a son called Jack, but you will have to find out about them yourself.
Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter: and therefore, she is doomed to live a happy life. Her talent is writing. Unfortunately, everything she writes down has the tendency to come true. One day, Sunday meets a frog. They become friends until she breaks the curse that was placed upon Rumbold, the prince. He returns to his palace and he announces a ball. Her family hates the Royal Family and Rumbold wants to make sure that Sunday falls in love with him as a person: not only as a frog.
Troubles are starting when the King lays his eyes on Wednesday. He reminds her of his true love, the fairy godmother Sorrow. The king and Sorrow have a gruesome plan in order to keep his youth and power. Rumbold must do anything to rescue Wednesday before it is too late.
“She needed him to keep her sane, to make her laugh, to feel complete.”
I love how every character got their own personality. Besides Sunday, I really appreciated Saturday. She is a woodsman like her father and she hates dancing and the fancy balls. At the end of the book, she is even trying to learn how to handle a sword! Sunday is a sweet girl and she will do anything to keep her family safe. It was nice to see how happy this family is, despite the losses they have suffered. They have their struggles, but they love each other anyway.
I didn’t really connect with Rumbold (therefore 4.5 instead of 5 hearts), but he was a good match to Sunday. Their love blossoms when they meet as a girl and a frog, isn’t that great?
The storyline is awesome and the plot is wonderful. It was so much fun to figure out all the fairytales! The use of those stories is perfectly executed. The writing-style is fast paced, the world-building is good and I couldn’t stop reading this book. I can’t wait to read more from this author. ...more
Wow, never expected that I would give 2 stars to a book from Marillier, but this one didn't deserved more.. I tried to love it, I really did, but I juWow, never expected that I would give 2 stars to a book from Marillier, but this one didn't deserved more.. I tried to love it, I really did, but I just couldn't. There's something about Sibeal that gave me another feeling than the personages in the other books did. She was a bit more cold and I couldn't bond with her. I missed that.
Arden was another story. I quite liked him, eventhough we hardly know him in the first half of the book. After that, the story became much more enjoyable for me. I got that feeling 'I-want-to-read-read-read' back, but in the end, the story was a bit boring. I missed the action and tension. It all just kinda happens. They eat, they talk, they go to sleep and Arden is trying to get his memory back. Sibeal is struggling with her feelings, she doesn't want to show them, sometimes she cries, but most of the time it seems that she doesn't have any emotions.
But, when Arden get's his memory back, the story get's more.. story. He remembers something and that sends him, Sibeal, Svala and some other men to a dangerous and exciting adventure. Oh yeah, Svala is a bit weird. She can't speak, she likes to walk naked and she has strange eatinghabits. Overall, I think she was one of the most interesting people in the book.
Sad, but true, this was not a good book. But I look forward to the next book, because I heared that's about the sister who got injured in the fire made by Fianne!...more
Another dark, sick book. 50/50 was better, but this was also a nice book to read. There's sometime about his writing that makes me wanna keep readingAnother dark, sick book. 50/50 was better, but this was also a nice book to read. There's sometime about his writing that makes me wanna keep reading and reading....more
The first chapters left me annoyed by our Sleeping Beauty. She's kissd by Bren and awakes after more than 80 yWow, just wow! I'm dazzled by this book.
The first chapters left me annoyed by our Sleeping Beauty. She's kissd by Bren and awakes after more than 80 years in 'stasis'. It's a special sort of sleep where you're body and mind freeze in time. She had a really bad attitude. She was too dumb to understand anything, so she wouldn't learn for school and stuff like that. She was immediately obsessed with Bren, but she doesn't even know him.
But than, the whole story get's another dimension and I began to understand her behaviour and way of thinking. Her parents were terrible parents. They sort of abused her mentally by putting her in statis everything they wanted. Vacation? Work? Annoyed? Just put her into sleep until you feel like waking her up..
It really messed up her life and the beautiful love she had with Xavier (although this relation is kinda creepy.) I felt heartbroken at the end of the story. I just felt like crying for everything this girl lost in het life.. She got a lot back (like the friendship with Onno an human/robot who can talk by touching someone. And he can see someones mind), but still.. I could only think about everything she could have before, if her parents were just normal.
And because they wanted to assure that she'd never life without them, they've putted an assassinator on her name. If she'd wake up, he would start with his mission. He must find her and bring her back and if that wouldn't be possible (her parents died, so the robot can't take her to them) he must kill her. I mean, what kind of person are you when you do something like that?
And I love the writing. I really bonded with her in the end. Pff, still feeling sad....more
This story continues to tell about the life of Sia. She's one of Judas Children and therefore, the most powerful vampire there is. She has certain abilities that no other vampire can compete against (like: turning her body into wind. Only downside to that is that she loses her clothes, so if she becomes visible again, she will be naked.) Sia has two familymembers. Emma, her daughter, and Elena, her granddaughter. Emma is kidnapped, so they can control Sia: she must kill shapeshifters. And not just normal shapeshifters, no, a whole society with his own rules and landmarks. Eric wants to help Sia and together they are batteling against evil, with only one purpose: save Emma. They also say that they kidnapped Elena, but she is in the hands of someone who wants to help Sia.
Sia is terrified that something bad is going to happen. She doesn't want Emma and Elena to become what she is: eventually, she's a monster. If they die of a natural cause, they won't become a child of Judas. Than there's Eric. She slowly develops feelings for him and he wants to answer them, but there's a minor problem: his soul belongs to a demon. And his demon and Sia's demon are having a fight, so he can't be with her without having the thought to slice her open or to rip of her throath, so he can feed of her flesh.
Talking about drama, huh?
Like always, Heitz manages to pull of a fantastic story. His characters are believeable, for they have good and bad qualities. Yes, Sia is an unstoppable and fearless creature when she needs to be, but she's also sweet and loving. There are a lot of other stories that you'll explore during the chapters - and they eventually come together at the end. He does that in a magnificent way. He didn't let me down and I feel sorry for you guys that this book isn't available in English! So.. I just wanted to make a short story about this book, just telling how great it was, but I ended up making a review of it. ...more
Not one of his best books, but still a nice book to read. The story goes about Selena and she's the last 'heir' of St. Joris. She fights against dragoNot one of his best books, but still a nice book to read. The story goes about Selena and she's the last 'heir' of St. Joris. She fights against dragons in the air and she's very good at it.
Then everything starts to change. There's a dragon who wants the ultimate power and he'll do anything to get that. Even killing his own kind, the eldest dragons in the world.
Well, you get what you expect from Heitz. A lot of action, bloody fighting, betrayal and dead people/dragons. But there's more. A soft touch of love and friendship :) That's what I like about him. It's not only about handsome male heroes or perfect heroïns. He always give the people he write about a character, so you can identify yourself with them. He makes them human....more
Nikki was sucked into the underworld, also called the Everneath. This is a layer between heaven and hell where certain people found a way to be immortal: The Everlivings. Every hundred years they must bring someone with them, so they can suck out their emotions and energy in order to survive. These victims are called Forfeits. Most of them die after the Feed, but the living are taken away in the Tunnels where they feed the whole Everneath with their energy. Nikki lives and she chooses to Return. She has six months before the Shadow in her opens the Tunnel to take her back. Her Everliving Cole follows her and tries to persuade her to return with him. He can make her his Queen and that will spare her of the horrible fate in the Tunnels.
But Nikki isn’t planning to return with Cole. She is trying to get her life back, but most of all, she wants to see her boyfriend Jack. When they slowly get their friendship back, Nikki decides to tell him everything. Jack believes her and together, they are trying to find a way to defeat the Everneath.
First of all, there is some sort of love-triangle in this book, but it worked for me. Cole really wants Nikki to be his Queen and he keeps stalking her. Nikki sometimes returns to him, because he completes her. He took her emotions away and this gives a freaky and unwelcome bond between them. I liked how Nikki always tried to keep Cole away from her and the people she love. She isn’t weak or whiny, but strong. Than there is adorable Jack, the boyfriend she still loves. All these three characters had their own distinct voice. I could connect with them and despite the fact that Cole is a bad boy, I just couldn’t hate him.
The world-building was good. The information we get is spread throughout the book and that made it easy to understand the situation. In flashbacks we see how Jack and Nikki’s relationship started and how sweet they were together. It was also nice to see how Nikki is trying to pick up her life. It’s pretty messed up, but her father is trying to make the best out of this situation and her little brother is cute.
The mythology was nicely incorporated into the storyline and the writing-style was great. I flew through the pages and the plot kept me hooked to the pages. You can predict the ending, but it didn’t spoil the fun for me. It only makes me excited to read the next book. I can’t wait!
“Remembering is easy. It's forgetting that's hard.” ...more
Hmmm, moeilijk boek om te reviewen, want aan de ene kant vond ik het boek heel sterk, maar aan de andere kant vielen een paar punten nogal tegen. LaatHmmm, moeilijk boek om te reviewen, want aan de ene kant vond ik het boek heel sterk, maar aan de andere kant vielen een paar punten nogal tegen. Laat ik met het positieve beginnen; het begin en middenstuk zijn sterk geschreven. De manier waarop alles in het einde bij elkaar valt: geweldig verzonnen, echt weer iets wat alleen Heitz kan verzinnen. Het verhaal van Sia blijft intrigerend, al draait het nu niet centraal om haar. Het nadeel van dit boek vond ik de laatste hoofdstukken. Ik vond het personage daarin absoluut niet sympathiek. Er werd iets teveel gevloekt voor mijn smaak (een paar flinke scheldwoorden, daar kijk ik ondertussen niet meer van op. Maar in elke regel 'teef, bitch' en 'fuck', dat gaat vervelen).
Ondanks alles ben ik nog steeds beineuwd naar het vervolg, al ben ik bang dat ik voorlopig nog even moet wachten. Wel leuk dat je al een stuk van de proloog kan lezen als gekmakertje :)...more
We already saw Enna in the first book, where she quickly became one of Ani’s best friends. I liked that we got to see her story. This book continues a few years after Ani’s marriage. Bayern is in trouble when Tiran wants to invade their country. Enna finds out that she has the talent to speak with fire and she uses that power to set fire to Tiran camps; until they capture her.
Enna was a bit out of control. I understand that she had to let go of the fire once in a while, but she made some pretty stupid decisions that led to more chaos. Her recklessness was sometimes a bit too much, but at the same time she shows that she is brave and willing to do anything for the people she loves....more