The first time I read Daughter of smoke and bone I gave it 3.5 flowers. I had trouble with the beginning of the book and I wasn’t blown away. When I bought the sequels I decided to re-read the book and I was surprised; I liked it so much more! I was sucked into the story right away. For some reason, the story worked better the second time, so I ended up giving it 4 flowers now.
The sequels continued to stun me. Laini has a way with words and it’s easy to get lost inside her tale. She spins a story in front of you and before you know it, you are hooked inside it. The story grows dark in Days of blood and starlight and continues to be more gruesome in Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I absolutely loved it and I like how she managed to make the books enjoyable instead of being too dark or depressing. Her world-building is excellent. Laini found the perfect balance; there is enough details to make it vivid, but not so much that there are info-dumps.
Daughter of smoke and bone could be seen as a very good set-up, because that’s when we learn about Karou’s background. It was interesting to find out what was going on and who she really is. Her friendship with Zuzana was adorable and it’s good to see that the girl plays a constant important role in her life. She isn’t swept away when the plot kicks in. Laini managed to write her into the story in a subtle way, making sure she is there when Karou needs her the most.
The romance between Akiva and Karou had a touch of insta-love, but it’s quite understandable when you know the whole story. However, it wasn’t my favorite aspect of the story. I loved Karou and her feisty, intelligent personality. I wasn’t a huge fan of Akiva for some reason. He always felt a little flat to me and I didn’t feel connected to him. I did warm up to him in the sequel - my favorite part of the series. Days of blood and starlight was amazing and I had to give it 5 flowers. Karou takes an important role in the upcoming war between the two different camps. We get to see glimpses of Karou’s past and are introduced to new characters like the White Wolf, Ziri and the nasty Jael. Ziri was adorable and stole my heart right away. Jael was creepy and provides an interesting bad guy.
The war breaks loose in Dreams of Gods and monsters. It’s a battle with many consequences and it’s fascinating to see how old enemies unite against a common enemy. There is also a new problem coming up; someone is hunting down Akiva. All these threats make the story intense and fast-paced. I was constantly turning pages, wanting more. The other two books ended with crazy cliff-hangers, but this book has a spectacular, perfect ending. I couldn’t have wished for more.
Laini has found her way to my list of favorite authors and I look forward to her new books....more
I was completely blown away by this book! Most authors fall for those cliche traps where they take a much used topic and don’t manage to add something new to it. Not Susan Ee. This book changed the way I look at Angels and I love how she turned everything upside down. It’s time to let go of every Angel image you have. It’s time to meet the apocalypse Angels.
Penryn’s world is a scary place. She takes care of her wheelchair-bound sister Paige, who became cripple after a mysterious accident in her childhood. Their mother is a difficult woman who spends her days raving about demons and how they are coming for them – but that is the least of her problem. Their apocalyptic world is dominated by Angels and when one of them steals her sister, Penryn is determined to get her back. She kidnaps a wounded Angel and forces him to take her to her sister. Raffe is not amused, but it turns out they have a good team work.
The first sign that this book was going to be a hit for me, was the writing-style. From the moment I started Angelfall I was wrapped in the story. There is something very easy and flowy about her choice of worlds. Not to forget that it’s filled with details without being too much. I was there, I saw and felt everything Penryn had to endure. It was amazing.
Another thing I adore were the characters; more specific, the dynamic between characters. Penryn is this normal girl with a bad-ass attitude, who will do everything to get her sister back. I like how realistic she was. She has flaws and she is not the best in everything, but her love for her sister makes her a stronger version of herself. It was very clear in those couple of pages that she has a strong bond with Paige. There is also Raffe, I love this sarcastic guy. He has to deal with a horrible loss and then he gets stuck with his ‘annoying’ girl. Their banter is the best! And by now, you might know that this is one of my favorite type of romances. From the moment she laid eyes on him, I just knew I wanted them to be together.
”You are nothing but a bird with attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”
The last thing I want to address is the original use of the Angels and the gory scenes. I admire how Susan created something unique and her version of Angels is my favorite (and scariest) type. These super developed flying humans with incredible strength, quick healing and merciless personalities are terrifying. The things they do with human children give some frightening, bloody scenes; which I absolutely loved! The ending was nicely done. She wrapped up most of this story, but leave a lot of space for the next book. I can't wait to start World after!...more
Kasie managed to keep up with the quality from Pivot Point. The story continues right where Pivot Point ended. I loved the split POV between Laila and Addie. I wasn't a huge fan of Laila in Pivot Point, but she made me appreciate her more in Split second.
The plot was good. We find out there is more behind the Compound then we realized. They aren't as nice as they appear. It was interesting to see how Addie and Laila both have to deal with problems in their life. Everything wraps up nicely, but there was still something about the ending that made me wish there was more.
Nevertheless, a great duology that I will recommend to everyone. Kasie West will make you addicted to her writing. ...more
his book blew me away in an unexpected way. I like to pick my contemporary books carefully and when I came across this book I decided to just go for it and request it. I’m so happy I did, because this book is now one of my favorites. It’s about two strong characters who develop an unique friendship where they both have to deal with their own problems. I loved their relationship and how they look at life. It showed me that it’s up to you what you do with your life, even when every day is a struggle.
Amy was born with cerebral palsy, which is simply said damage in the motor control part of the brain. This means she can’t walk without a walker, talk without her voice box or control her facial expressions – which also gives her problems with swallowing and eating. She has a help by her side until she realizes that this prevents her from making friends; so her wealthy mother trains peers from her age to accompany her. One of those helpers is Matthew, who is plagued by his obsessive-compulsive disorder. His daily life is controlled by his thoughts and rituals, but it’s different when he is around Amy. Despite all odds, the two of them become best friends.
“I am not a victim of fashion or cultural pressure, because there is no place for me in the culture I see. In having fewer options, I am freer than any other teenage I know.”
I was touched by Amy and how incredibly strong this girl is. She doesn’t want to be defined by her ‘condition’. She wants to show the world how much she has to offer and like everyone else, she wants friends. It’s unbelievable how she is able to deal with all of this – and how real Cammie made her feel to me. I had the idea that Amy was a real, breathing girl. It was like I was a little person in her head, able to see the world through her eyes and thoughts. It was a wonderful experience and it puts things I worry about in another perspective.
There is also her best friend, Matthew. There were so many times where I wanted to hug him and tell him that everything was going to be all right. His thoughts were scary and worrisome. It was hard to see him slip further into his compulsions, but I also admired him for standing up in the end. He was brave enough to face his problems and do something about it.
”I believe there are choices each of us makes every single day. We can dwell on our limitations or we can push ourselves past them. I have learned not to judge people by their limitations, but by the way they push past them.”
Seeing these characters together was delightful. Matthew is exactly the kind of person Amy needs. He is not afraid to tell her the truth, because he doesn’t believe in sugar coating things. He is also careful and caring around her. At the same time, Amy is also the kind of person Matthew needs. She challenges him and changes his outlook on life. This unexpected friendship, where soon more feelings start to blossom, was such a lovely thing to see. The ending was a little open-ended, but I thought it fit the overall feeling of this book and it brought a smile on my face.
This book wasn't as good as The burning sky, because I felt the plot was a bit too slow and out of direction, but THE FEELINGS YOU GUYS. Iolanthe/TituThis book wasn't as good as The burning sky, because I felt the plot was a bit too slow and out of direction, but THE FEELINGS YOU GUYS. Iolanthe/Titus are adorable and Sherry brought back the banter. I'm still confused about the world-building, but for some reason you sometimes forget about it. Just enjoy what is happening (even when the story could use a little more OOMPH at some moments)
I like how it ends, because it has the ending of a stand-alone - which means I don't feel the need to read the sequels. This book was terribly slow. TI like how it ends, because it has the ending of a stand-alone - which means I don't feel the need to read the sequels. This book was terribly slow. The author tries to tell a story in 397 pages, when I could have done it in perhaps 50 pages. The setting sounded interesting and there is no initial insta-love until the dreaded 'from the moment I saw you I knew we were meant to be' line halfway. In combination with the boring plot I'm going to say nope to this book. Not for me.
More elaborate review. The first half of the book is about Jayden and her struggle to accept her arranged marriage to the dude who is going to lead the camp. They meet a wounded stranger and he becomes part of their group - and of course she falls in love with him. The last half is her trying to get out of the marriage and a lot of blabla.
I felt like the culture was very stereotype and I couldn't care for all the belly dancing. It never felt genuine to me, more like 'this is what they are supposed to do, so I'm going to put it into the storyline.'
We also have a typical MC who is pretty, but she doesn't know it and it always looking for confirmation that she is. She is always whining while the author is trying to show how strong she is - a weird combination that fails to deliver. I have still no freaking clue who the mysterious guy is. He has the personality of a sheet of paper. The only thing I know is that he comes from a rich family and that he is gorgeous.
Like I said, I could write this story in less pages; perhaps even in 2. ...more
This book is a re-read for me, since it was our book club pick for this month. I recently won a copy of Scarlet and I’ll be getting Lady Thief soon, sThis book is a re-read for me, since it was our book club pick for this month. I recently won a copy of Scarlet and I’ll be getting Lady Thief soon, so it was a perfect timing! I’m very happy to rediscover this book and my love for it. Not to mention the fact that I’m ashamed for my previous review, so I’m more than happy to write another one.
This book shines when it comes to characters. They are fleshed out and they all grew on me. Let’s get started with Scarlet, a kick-ass girl who pretends to be a boy. She has a strong mind, is intelligent, fierce and has a way with words. She suffers from guilt about things that happened in the past and she tries to sacrifice everything for others. Her secret prevents her from being completely honest to her boys and she often shuts them out. I liked how she stood up for herself and she has crazy skills with her knives. This is a character I would use as a role model for girls.
The boys are adorable. They feel like they need to protect Scarlet, no matter what, and she hates it. It shows how much they care about her. John is the big, tough guy with a very small heart. Some people were annoyed by his presence in the romance, but I never had any doubts about it. John is great, but he is no match for the chemistry between Scarlet and Rob. You know they love each other, but they still need to figure it out themselves. Cute, but it never takes over. Rob, is a wonderful leader. He feels his people and I always admire such characters. He does everything to keep his people save. There is also Much, the boy with a low self-esteem after losing his hand. He teaches us that everyone can be a hero. Every secondary character plays an essential role – exactly how I like it.
The dynamic between these friends isn’t the only thing I love. There is an interesting plot going on. The ‘Hood’ is stealing to feed his people and the Sheriff is tired of him. He has hired a man everyone should fear: the thief taker. This man would make me pie my pants. From his ruthless behavior to his cold looks, I would be so scared. He is a perfect, complex villain. And he played an important role in Scarlet’s past. A past that is catching up on her.. Figuring everything out was a lot of fun and I’m extremely excited for Lady thief....more
There is something about Miriam’s writing-style that really works for me. I love the way she creates the world and how she slowly unfolds the plot.
Mara is thrown out of her Suri-clan. She decides to live in her human appearance and she joins the Order of Khatar – where she will be trained to become a bodyguard. We also get to see the story of Emir, whose father is the leader of the Kilrids and he want Emir to become the new leader. There is one problem: Emir’s brother Stefan. He feels undervalued and their father is harsh on him. When Stefan runs away, Emir fears for his brother's life and he goes after him.
I loved how the chapters switch between Mara/Emir and how their stories meet. It gives us the ability to connect with both characters and to understand their choices. I was fascinated by Mara’s background story and how we see glimpses of her life before she took the decision to live her life as a human. She was strong, mentally and physically, and I like her loyalty to Revathi. It’s clear these two grow to each other and their friendship was amazing. Emir was also a good character. I approve of his loyalty towards his family and that he finally stood up against his father.
It was a shame that the romance had a slight touch of insta-love. I really liked Emir and Mara together. They seem to complete each other flaws and he supports her when she needs him the most. At the same time I understand why Miriam choose to write the romance like this. The story is more focused on the plot and that's why the romance felt a bit rushed. At least there was enough chemistry to make it acceptable enough. I also appreciate that Mara never threw everything away. You often have stories where best friends disappear when a guy comes into view; Mara is still ready to give everything up for Revathi, even if that means she has to stay away from Emir.
It’s nice how this book ties in with City of a thousand dolls. Sometimes I dislike it when a prequel story is published as sequel, but it worked really well here. All the questions from City of a thousand dolls are finally answered and this creates a very strong connection between these books. I still feel a bit unsatisfied and that's why I hope this ends up being a trilogy instead of the planned duology. It's not that there is an open ending, but I have a feeling there is even more to the story....more
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Review will follow. 4.5 stars.
I'm not reviewing this book on my blog, so I'm going to write down what I have to say over here. The first story shows some more of Elisa's sister and I liked that we got to see her POV. We only know her as the 'better' sister who hates Elisa, but now we get to see that's not true. She values Elisa at the end of the story and I loved to see that development in their relationship.
THERE IS A HECTOR STORY. I mean, what more do I need to say before you pick this book up? This story alone is worth this book. We see how he claims his role and it's HECTOR.
And then there is a story about Mara, which was incredibly interesting and sad to read....more
This book is pitched as a companion novel to Not a drop to drink, but I recommend to see this one as a sequel. The story relies on information you get in Not a drop to drink and I think it will make this story much more impressive if you know what happened to the characters in the first book.
Lucy grew up in the care of Lynn, her adoptive mother. Lynn has been thought all her life to take care of their pond, the only way they can survive in this world where water is scarce - until she and Lucy are forced to leave the only safe world they know. Lynn has heard rumours about a desalinization plant at the coat in California and she and Lucy set out on a dangerous journey across the land to reach that destination.
This book has the same tense and creepy atmosphere as Not a drop to drink. The only difference is that the situation is even worse, because now they have to survive without their safe haven. Their adventure across the country would have killed me. They have to be careful and are always aware of the potential dangers that surround them. I was constantly fearing for their lives, waiting for something to happen. There are some gruesome situations, which was perfect to show the desperation and how that forces people to do horrible things.
It’s obvious Lynn’s mother taught her well; this girl has a crazy talent for survival. I admire her and how she finds a solution for all their problems. There is something breakable about her though, despite her cold and strong behavior. This is the Lynn I met in Not a drop to drink, but it’s also clear she has grown over the years. Her bond with Lucy is heart-warming. These two met under strange circumstances and it’s clear they care a lot for each other.
I liked that this book focuses on Lucy and it’s written from her POV in third person. Her soft and somewhat naive heart have an interesting effect on Lynn – something we also saw in Not a drop to drink. It’s good that Lucy never changed and that she strays true to her real nature: that no matter what Lynn says, she’s always able to see the good things in humans.
There is one thing that disappointed me and that’s the lack of romance. I know! This is coming from me. Mindy touches the subject very briefly, like in Not a drop to drink, but I felt it should have played a more prominent role in this book or she should have kept it out of the story completely. It felt a bit like a plot hole, as if she sometimes forgot about it and then suddenly remembered it was there. She could have handled it with more care, but it also shows that she can be brutal and isn’t afraid to put her characters into misery.
The ending is satisfying, but also made me wish she was planning to write another book about Lynn and Lucy. I’m not done with them....more
This was good! I wish it was less centered around Noah/Mara's romance and more on the mystery and the freaky deaths, but the writing-style is so engagThis was good! I wish it was less centered around Noah/Mara's romance and more on the mystery and the freaky deaths, but the writing-style is so engaging :) Review coming soon!
This book was my Epic Rec recommendation from Juhina @ Maji bookshelf. I’m so happy I finally took the time to read this book, because it was good! I’m not completely in love, but definitely interested enough for the next book.
“I’ve already learned Parseltongue. What else is there?”
The story is pretty interesting. Mara just woke up in the hospital. She was in an accident and three of her friends are now death. Mara has no memories about what happened and things are about to get weird. Her family moves to another town and Mara keeps seeing things that aren’t there. Her hallucinations are taking over and she even gets nightmares of moments before the accident. In the mean time, she befriends the popular hot guy Noah Shaw - and therefor makes some enemies. Noah has a strange interest for her and she can’t shake of the feeling that something is wrong with her.
The first thing I noticed is the engaging writing-style. There is no doubt about it: Michelle is a gifted author. This book hooked me from the start and wouldn’t let me go, even when something happened I normally don’t like.
"No," I said, louder this time. "I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses," I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.
In the beginning, it’s all about Mara and her strange hallucinations. I loved how creepy they were and what influence they had on her. I was just as confused as she was - I couldn’t wait to find out what was going on. I also liked her. She felt realistic, feeling smothered by her protective mother and worried by her dreams. When she meets Noah, the story gets a romance focus. In most books, that would turn me off. I wasn’t a fan of it here either, but there was something intriguing about Noah.
He sometimes bordered on the line of becoming an asscrown, but he wasn’t so bad overall. It was good that Michelle gave him more of a story, but it was also pretty cliched. Not to mention some awkward scenes, like where Noah suddenly models for her art class and takes of his shirt so everyone can gawk at him. We get it, you are gorgeous.
The thing is, Mara is warned about Noah by her first friend Jamie (who I very much liked, so I missed his presence in most parts of the books.) Her initial reactions to Noah are sarcastic replies (loved it!) but she soon turns into a sappy girl. Instead of focusing on her real problems, she is only fixated by Noah and her ‘hard to get’ game. I could use less of this romance and more focus on the mystery.
But the real point - what is going on with Mara - was definitely interesting. I can’t wait to see how this is going to play out in the other two books....more
Words to describe this book? Horrible. Disgusting. Terrible. Tagline? A failed attempt for a Tarzan retelling.
You guys, I’m not even sure where I need to get started. This book made me roll my eyes, grind my teeth and there were several times where I wanted to throw it out of the window. I only finished it, because it’s a review copy and I put more effort in those. I feel so stupid, because I could have saved myself an hour filled with frustration and stupid characters that made my eyes bleed.
To make a long, boring story short. Cade has been living in the woods since he was little, because his parents believed the world was ending. Dara and Josh are secretly camping in the woods to bring new life in their relationship. They lied to their parents and now Dara found out they are followed by someone. Anyone sane would freak out, pack their backs and leave, like Josh suggests. Instead, Dara is fascinated and she forces Josh to stay.
“What the hell? Dara, we’re leaving. Let’s start getting this stuff together.” Dara surprised herself when she said, “No.” “Wait, what?” “No,” she repeated. Tugging the necklace away from him, she tucked it in her pocket. “I’m not afraid. I’m curious. I mean, if he wanted to hurt us, he could have slit our throats last night while we were sleeping.”
I was glad that Josh turned out to have more sense. Dara keeps talking smack about him, but she doesn’t deserve him. She is constantly mad at him for trying to get back to safety, but what the hell is wrong with you girl?
And what kind of jerk would he be to abandon his girlfriend in the middle of nowhere. With some weird homeless guy already on her scent, at that. Where was all her careful-at-night, parking-under-the-lights, asking-security-to-walk-her-out defensiveness now?
At this point I was already very tired of Dara and nothing happens except for her whining, but then they get into a bear attack and I was secretly hoping they would just die. That wasn’t the case, because Cade jumps in the middle and saves them, while getting seriously injured. This is how he makes his big entrance in normal society. While he is in the hospital recovering, Dara gets to spread some more of her stupidity with her dumbass friend of a Sofia.
A high-pitched tone lingered on the line. It resolved into Sofia asking, “And?” “And what?” “Is he hot?” With a sigh, Dara dropped her hand in her lap. “Seriously, Sof. I’m still traumatized, for real. He was torn to shreds. I was literally holding pieces of his chest together.” Immediately penitent, Sofia apologized. “Sorry. Sorry. My whole week has been is she hot? Is he hot? Who’s hot? Am I hot? Brain is still engaged in Orlando Vision, obviously. Is he okay?”
Our precious Dara also isn’t aware of how terrible this situation is. Her parents found out she lied about her destination, she was also attacked by a bear and returns with a wounded boy with no identity. Instead of being happy that she is still allowed to leave the house, she is whining about how unfair life is.
Dara wasn’t sure why her parents had cracked down so hard. She was a good student. She didn’t get in trouble; they never had to worry about her—not like they did about Lia. And what’s more, they knew she was spending spring break with Josh. Sure, they thought it would be at Disney World, not Daniel Boone National, but so?
Only finding these quotes and using them for this review makes me mad and annoyed again, so I can’t take it any longer. It’s up to you to decide if you can stand her, but good luck with that. Oh, also, just because Cade grew up in the forest doesn’t make this a Tarzan retelling. That would be the same as a book where a girl is looking for a shoe; that doesn’t make her a Cinderella either. ...more