I was just rereading ACOMAF and the part with the Bone Carver came up. Then I had a sudden epiphany. (?!?!)
(view spoiler)[I was super confused with thI was just rereading ACOMAF and the part with the Bone Carver came up. Then I had a sudden epiphany. (?!?!)
(view spoiler)[I was super confused with the ending of ACOMAF, why did the King of Hybern just spare Rhys and friends after Feyre pleaded with him? He could've just got rid of them to spare himself any future troubles as Hybern literally had them by the balls. (Mor's words not mine) And why would he ally himself with the mortal queens? And make them immortal?! But the Bone Carver said the Book of Breathings can only be used by people who has been reforged/Made, so Hybern is trying to reforge those queens to be like Feyre, and force them to use the Cauldron to break down the wall. He's planning to invade human lands...with humans? Lol. (hide spoiler)]
Ok it seems pretty obvious now that I've said it, but...am I the only one who got this a day and one reread after?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Oh. Ok. Wow there is much to think about, peoples. WW wouldn't be my first pick in this series, but that level of plot twists was just whamming into mOh. Ok. Wow there is much to think about, peoples. WW wouldn't be my first pick in this series, but that level of plot twists was just whamming into me. CONSTANTLY. SO CRAY. Definitely an award just for that plot planning. However that said, there was less action, more should-I-should-I-nots with the romance (which I get, and I admire Vhalla her strong stance. But forgive me when I say I'm a little jaded with her constant heartache), and I was pretty detached to the story the entire time. It might've been the book, or just time away from the series (due to the wait for WW's release), but this definitely removed the crazy passionate enjoyment I got from WW's predecessors.
I won't rate it (yet), cause my emotions are in a fair bit of tangle. To love or not to, psh. Kova was brutal in this one. Still reeling from so much loss. SO. MUCH.
So WW starts with Vhalla at the Crossroads after running from Aldrik at the camp up North. She's looking into information with regards to the Knights of Jadar who she has heard so much about and have tried to kill her before. But it isn't long that she has to return to the capital. She has some happy and tearful reunions, and some that are less than cheerful, but the homecoming after the war heralded the start of a new fight for Vhalla, as some power hungry fools are still clamoring for the reopening of the Crystal Caverns. It's every person for their own, and any friend can turn foe at any moment.
UTTERLY PERFECT and that cliffhanger of an ending didn't even faze me cause I have Earth's End in hand. Take that, Book Gods, buahahaha!
That slow burnUTTERLY PERFECT and that cliffhanger of an ending didn't even faze me cause I have Earth's End in hand. Take that, Book Gods, buahahaha!
That slow burn of a romance is making me squirm and combust at the same time and it is an utterly delicious feeling to be had. Elise Kova took our elemental power couple across quite a bit of a journey and the world that expands beyond the borders of Solaris is, though quite cliche, still interesting and captivating.
I'll admit that the plot slowed sometimes suspiciously just for the romance to develop, but the way Kova expertly handled those in between "filler" scenes was so brilliant that I'm not complaining. I'm practically thirsting for more of Valdrik moments... I'll never grow tired of 'em. <3
Vhalla is growing into her own powers and confidence, which gave her more scenes to prove her worth and intelligence as a leader amongst the soldiers. She's maturing at such a fast rate it's almost unbelievable in retrospect. However, Kova wrote it so expertly I hardly noticed actually, until a certain Crossroads scene where her boldness made me take a step back to admire where Kova has been subtly leading Vhalla (and us). We also see more glimpses of the man behind the icy Fire Lord (what a complicated, ironic man <3), insecurities, dark past and all. Daniel and the rest of the secondary cast were still pretty 2D, with almost zero-to-none backstories and motivations behind most of their actions, so they just came off as shallowly quirky in their own ways. It may be because Kova wanted to keep the plot tight and quick, but a little backstory can't hurt, right? Cause I refuse to believe someone can be as annoyingly selfless as Daniel and Larel are after a few meetings and conversation, and Vhalla wasn't even nice for most of their initial ones.
I loved Kova's style of describing the fight scenes - so vivid and exhilerating! They flowed well, and...(view spoiler)[THAT SAND STORM SCENE!! And the part after where Aldrik kneels down by her bedside... I've reread that scene twice now, and I'll definitely read it again. Among others. (hide spoiler)] And, she isn't one to spare her characters from harm. *flailsob*
But that makes the story all the more visceral and exciting, and I cannot even begin to describe how much I'm loving Kova right now for writing this series. It's been one of the most gripping, one/two-sitting books I've read in a long, long while.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So I haven't been the best of humans, and I am wary of indie-published or self-pub books. Yes, I am horrible and elitist, but hey, my reasons are wellSo I haven't been the best of humans, and I am wary of indie-published or self-pub books. Yes, I am horrible and elitist, but hey, my reasons are well-founded. I have had my fair share of badly-edited, fan-fic-ish stories (I'm just saying the good ones are still in the minority, ok, stop with da hatin'). However, the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova destroyed me after book 3 and I wanted needed somethinganything to help tide me through the terrible wait for book 4, so Goodreads rec section convinced me to take up Paladin.
Paladin was pretty awesome, if I might say so myself. Pace was quick, action was tight, romance was (quite) abundant but slow-burning so that's a double plus, and the Victorian-slash-fantasy vibes was the proverbial cherry. Only things I'm complaining bout is the lack of complexity and depth from the plot/world-building, and that cover. Really, the desolate land, awkward sword-holding-half-squatting girl and drab colors ain't doin' the book no favors (and if there's any symbolism..sorry it's lost on me :/). Lastly, the love triangle wasn't totally uncalled for, nor was it absolutely unnecessary...but I thought it could've been handled less awkwardly. I felt pretty lukewarm towards both boys, and seeing how awesome Sam is...I don't think either boys held a candle to her.
Ok I'm not really doing this right, but I did enjoy this book. Haha, and I do recommend it to YA Fantasy readers. It's a quick, easy read that will hold you captive till you finish the damn book, but it's in that category just short of world-changing-mind-shattering that I'm not sure I'll remember after awhile....more
The first three quarters was terribly boring and slow, but the back quarter was a SOLID 5/5 SMOLDERING WHIRLWINDY STARS. The pace picked up out of nowThe first three quarters was terribly boring and slow, but the back quarter was a SOLID 5/5 SMOLDERING WHIRLWINDY STARS. The pace picked up out of nowhere in an explosion --literally-- and Vhalla became all badass and Aldrick became the drop dead Fire Lord lover boy that the hype has promised.
Air Awakens wasn't perfect. The writing style, IMO and please forgive my uppity phrasing, amateurish. But for a debut, it's a pretty darn good one, and one that's going to live on my favorites shelf with a place of honor forever.
I feel inclined to say that the world-building was not in-depth, understandably because Vhalla is a library apprentice in a medieval-ish sort of world, so not much exploring or travelling to be had for us vicarious readers. The prince's actions were also too irrational/rash/unplanned to be believed, even if this is a YA novel. Also, Vhalla's initial refusal to accept sorcerers - and any association to do with them - was borderline annoying and extreme, given that she's not originally from and raised in the magic-fearing South/West. This slowed down the plot considerably, seeing as the plot couldn't move on without her acceptance, and this was probably at the 85% mark.
The side characters - Prince Baldair, Minister Victor, Larel, Fritz, Sareem, etc - were all pretty 2D, and I'm not certain what to make of them most of the time. Some I understand was to keep the air of mystery and tension in the story, for us to guess who's the one with bad intentions (yes, I'm talking about a certain minister), but the rest I felt could've been more fleshed out.
I'm such a ball of negativity you must be wondering if I had a brain fart when I rated this book. But no, it wasn't a spasm. I'm not really sure if it's my bias towards elemental books and how short in supply we are with them (or good ones at least. Yes I have read Brigid Kemmerer and the Ondine series and a whole slew of others, but didn't particularly enjoy any), but I managed to stay through the first bit. Then the explosion happened. And everything fell into chaos and the world was right again. Muahaha!! And whaddya know, Kova can write action scenes worth her salt. Anyhow, it was all worth it and I'm off to read Fire Falling even though my college mid terms are tomorrow. #lifegoals
[This scene takes place as Aldrik leads Vhalla onto a rooftop. If I remember correctly, this is the first time they've met officially.]
Perhaps it was her enchantment with the wonder surrounding her. Or perhaps it had been the wind filling her ears. Whichever, it masked his last footsteps. The prince placed his hands lightly upon her shoulders.
"Trust me," he demanded, his lips barely brushed over her ear.
Vhalla did not even have a moment to turn her head before he pushed her effortlessly into the empty air beyond.
Absolutely breathtaking. Tho the final battle and ending was a bit confusing... (view spoiler)[I seriously don't get why Aldrik and Vhalla would startAbsolutely breathtaking. Tho the final battle and ending was a bit confusing... (view spoiler)[I seriously don't get why Aldrik and Vhalla would start shouting hurtful stuff at each other. They knew the king forced Aldrik's hand, so Vhalla had no reason to be angry at Aldrik. And Aldrik no reason to make Vhalla hate him. I know the reason Kova is using but I think it's a pretty weak one TBH. Eh. (hide spoiler)]
Still one of my favorite series of ever. So YAY WW IS OUT.["br"]>["br"]>...more
Perfection. I feel like my soul is untethered and my mind unmoored after reading SIX OF CROWS. I know I should be preparing for school which is unfortPerfection. I feel like my soul is untethered and my mind unmoored after reading SIX OF CROWS. I know I should be preparing for school which is unfortunately starting tomorrow (in a few hours actually), but all I want to do is moon over Kaz and fangirl over Inej.
In a way, it's more down to earth and gritty than the Grisha trilogy, but it's vastly more. It might be because we're now seeing the underbelly of the Grishaverse, as part of its not-so-fortunate civilian and not running rampant round the plains of Ravka looking for mystical beasts (and where to find them - haha couldn't help myself) through the perspective of a Sankta/Saint.
It was poetic, it was hilarious, it was amazingly intense and brilliantly ingenious. Every part of it. I loved and enjoyed every chapter and every word and I'm going to gush more about it once my mind moves past that ending.
There's just. So. Much. talk-talk-talk and tell-tell-tell. (ACOMAF references are still running rampant in my head sorrz.) OthOn-hold/DNF at page 147.
There's just. So. Much. talk-talk-talk and tell-tell-tell. (ACOMAF references are still running rampant in my head sorrz.) Other than that sharpshooting contest and get away scene, there's really nothing happening or going for it. Eh, going to resume after...um, yeah after....more
I need to rant. I'll rant then I'll get to my review proper. HMPH.
Now I'm just pissed. I've been rooting for Ashyn since the start because even thoughI need to rant. I'll rant then I'll get to my review proper. HMPH.
Now I'm just pissed. I've been rooting for Ashyn since the start because even though she's the scholar while Moria's the fighter, Ashyn has been trained in the ways of the sword but she's always portrayed as the burden in battle, the one that needs coddling or basically just the underdog. There's so much potential for her, but the spotlight is always on Moria.
When they're approaching enemy territory and they're being stealthy, Ashyn was to be the dumb baggage by asking "why [do we have to approach without full battle armor]" and Tyrus and Moria bristled at the interruption from their focus on the enemy camp. Tyrus then very quietly told her it was because they're on a diplomatic mission. Moria shushed them and Tyrus very "honorably taking the blame of breaking the silence to deflect it from Ashyn".
I MEAN, eeeeexcuse you. (I would snap my fingers right about now)
Ashyn is the master of strategy and she's supposedly the smartest amongst them so I don't see why in, any situation, it would be her committing some faux pas, much less in a battle. If any it would've been Moria with her recklessness and brash behavior, not understanding why they can't just charge in, guns ablazing.
And it wasn't just an instance or two, there were many more times that Ashyn was, I feel, pushed aside or made the, excuse the hackneyed cliche, damsel in very unnecessary distress just so Moria could save her older sister, or if she fails then she'll be all angry and Tyrus would find her refusal to break down or whatever very unique and all and ARGH.
Even Tova was passingly insulted by Tyrus.
I must say though, that Moria grew a lot in EoN. She's learnt restraint and is infinitely more mature. There's a lot of action where Moria was concerned, and deceptions that I really can't make any sense of, to be honest (I'll touch on this in awhile).
That said, I'd say that this book was character-driven, if only cause we got to learn more about Tyrus, his motivations, his deep sense of honor and sharp intellect, and Moria. Though Ashyn and Ronan are still pretty 2D to me. (Which is only natural with two thirds or more of the book in Moria's POV.) Gavril is still his annoying, ambiguous self (the bad boy, brooding, mysterious thing wore off probably somewhere in the second chapter of SEA OF SHADOWS), so if you're looking for fodder to swoon over him, you won't find any here. That boy ain't got nothing on Tyrus/Ronan. There were some new faces in EoN that joined the secondary cast, which was a breath of fresh air. So excited to see more of the sharp-tongued Sabre and Dalain, daughter of the lord of bandits and son of the wolf clan, the Okamis.
I would also say it's character-driven because the plot was a non-plot. I swear. Anything that moves the plot forward takes forever to happen, and everything just feels circuitous. The plot is smart, cause I can't make sense of anything now. I'm not sure if it's because Armstrong is a genius or because the writing is messy or I got bored halfway so I'm really just skimming everything or my brain cells just died along the way. Meh. But yes, so now I'm just really confused. I'm confused about the plot, I'm confused who's the bad guys and the good, and I'm confused if I'm curious enough about the story to pick up the final book when it's out next year.
I feel like this is the DARKEST POWERS series all over again. It's been awhile, but I remember being confused and pretty much apathetic to the characters. I don't think Ashyn and Moria will remain long in my memories, and so will Tyrus and Ronan and Gavril. It's been a sort of pleasant journey, but not memorable.
It's maybe a ghost of Jay Kristoff's LOTUS WAR trilogy, with their fantastic beasts and Japanese traditions, similarities between Moria and Yukiko, Daigo and Buruu, but...without Kristoff's way with words and dry wit and humor. But I'd say fans of that variety may enjoy the AGE OF LEGEND series....more
Haha I got kind of scared when I saw everyone speculating about Elain/Nesta getting their own books in #2 and #3. Not that I don't want them to get their HEA (cause I'll be a downright bitch if I didn't), but I'm a stubborn loyalist kind of person. I formed a creepy reader bond with Feyre and I need want more books in her POV before I'll feel any sort of closure.
And. I ship Feyre and Rhys. I like love triangles when they're done right. Gives me the warm and fuzzies and curly toes. People can go on hating cause yknow, haters hating and all. Meh.