That's it? I need more; I want more! When is the sequel out? :P
Okay. So at first, I was expecting this to be an average read. Turns out it was more th...moreThat's it? I need more; I want more! When is the sequel out? :P
Okay. So at first, I was expecting this to be an average read. Turns out it was more than that. While I am a bit bothered by the loose ends, suffice it to say the plot does not disappoint---it was far from it. I liked that the characters, despite their past lives and missions, are still constantly in love with each other. It was exciting that there are Döckálfars or the dark fairies to keep the story interesting (though I would really like to know more about them because it was not well explained here in the first book). Plus, I need to know more about Trym and his Döckálfar love interest and what do they have to do with Viggo's wariness, and I want to know the story behind the amber necklace and the woman who sold it.
All in all, it was a good read. A very promising start for a series. Definitely recommended for readers who love a good and exciting fantasy romance, especially fans of Evermore and Immortal Beloved (but instead of immortals, here, we have fairies). So, yes, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.(less)
Okay, that was exhilarating! Wow, really, I thought I'd be disappointed with this book, but clearly I am not. I was thinking that it's actually better than the first book, which I so loved, and that's saying a lot.
Basically, I loved the plot, the love story, the main character, and most of all, the climax. Whenever I finish reading a book, I always evaluate and rate it depending on how I liked those four. With Darkness Falls, why, yes, of course I'd give it five stars! And here are the reasons why:
1. The Plot. Even from the first book, I did love the plot of this series. What with the main character's struggle to know her real self, learning magick, the fab partying with her friends (Incy, Boz, Katy, and Cicely), complicated love story, complicated best friend, the horrible flashbacks, and the mundane chores at River's Edge---yes, please. I find the whole plot refreshing. And much more now, in this second installment, because everything was heightened.
2. The Love story. Okay, so maybe this is the only part that didn't reach my expectations but, to hell with it, the story's still good! I admit, I had developed a little bit of feelings for Incy---before the whole fiasco, that is. Or maybe even then. And I think I might like him more than Reyn. Shut up. :P I like guys who are more affectionate than those who are just "drawn". It's just too cliche for me. :/
3. Nastasya. I LOVED her character so much! I loved her witticisms, her style, her humor...okay, essentially, I LOVED Cate Tiernan's writing style here, because IT WAS NEVER BORING. Anyway, I also loved her ability to learn from her mistakes (in the end), and how she transformed from being a callous and capricious girl to this matured and determined woman.
4. And lastly, the Climax. I am not going to spoil anything here by giving out any hint on how it all turned out, of course. But I'm going to say this: It was exhilarating, if a bit predictable.
So, there you have it. I hope you'd be more convinced to read this series, because it's really worth it.
Here are my expectations for the next and final installment of this trilogy: (view spoiler)[ **While it was said later on this book that Incy was sent to River's aunt to be "healed", I fervently hope that Cate Tiernan will bring him back on the story. **A love triangle. I'm hoping for more love story, and so I'm looking forward to a love triangle, which is a first, because I hate love triangles. And I WANT it to be Reyn + Nasty + the "healed" Innocencio.
Oh please, Cate Tiernan, bring back Incy to the story! The healed Incy, that is. Pretty pleeeassee? O:) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Angel. I think it deserves a two-star rating and I will tell you why. I liked the idea of a different take about Angels, but the relationship between the two main characters was just not compelling, at least for me.
Angel was such a refresher from all the clichéd YA angel fictions nowadays. Its different take on Angels is a really intriguing and original concept. However, the story became a little dull in the middle part of the book when Alex and Willow acknowledged their feelings toward each other, because I was simply not absorbed. The lines were just too mediocre for my taste, thus unconvincing. And in my opinion, the author dragged their "cabin" moments a little too long that I start losing interest with the whole "saving the world from angels" plot.
And another thing, I feel like the climax didn't suffice. I mean, they've spent time pondering the whole "saving the world" shebang, but then in the end, when they finally had a way to destroy the angels, they found out that it doesn't really work? It's like they wasted time and effort for nothing. What's worse is that they didn't do anything about it. It's like: Oh well, it didn't work. Let's get out of here, then. Better luck next time!
Okay, I apologize for ranting, I wasn't meaning to. But, too bad, I really liked the refreshing new concept of Angels; it could have been a great story, really.(less)
Tiger's Curse is more of a 4.5 out of 5 stars for me, just to be clear, because I wouldn't say that I was totally and completely amazed, but I loved it. Okay, how do I start? So this story, as you're all aware of, is about a prince named Dhiren or Ren who was cursed to be a Tiger for the rest of his life. Ren had almost lost faith and given up in breaking the said curse UNTIL Kelsey came to his life and brought back hope after centuries of waiting.
The turn of events has progressed very well as the story unfolded. I have to admit though, the first hundred pages of this book, as the other reviewers here have already mentioned, is slow-paced and seemingly dull. I advise that you keep reading the book albeit the first part drags, because once you reach the part wherein they start the adventure, I'm quite assured that you will be frantic in reading it page after page. I was surprised, actually, to love how the story have evolved from being tedious to being exciting and fascinating.
The story focuses on a romantic-adventure between Ren and Kelsey (and Mr. Kadam, too, though not entirely). I loved all the adventures they had, particularly the last one that took place in the Kingdom of KishKindha because of their little arguments annnnd I find their sarcastic comebacks amusing. Kelsey, as a protagonist, was charming, thoughtful, witty, and lovable until last part. Maybe it's just me, but I am totally vexed on how her character have become in the ending---from being a charming, sweet girl into being a self-pitying, insecure one. I mean, I really don't follow that transformation of her because in the first up to the middle part of the book, she was all this confident, i-don't-care-what-you-think kind of girl, and then in the later part she's become insecure and annoying that when some certain scenes took over, I found myself exclaming a couple of Seriously?!s, Ugh!s and Oh, please! You've got to be kidding me!s. Ren, however, has constantly remained so amiable and so, so sweet (not to mention so SWOON-WORTHY) til the end. Okay, so maybe he has also changed a bit in the later part, but only to be better. I am saddened that he had to undergo Kelsey's what I call "idiotic stage" in the end because he really doesn't deserve to be treated like that at all. Just for the record though, I am rooting for Ren to be with Kelsey. Kishan's okay, but being me, I always go for the 'right guy' so Ren is definitely the one for me. ;)
To sum up, TIGER'S CURSE has been a fun read for me. I'm not ashamed to say that I enjoyed the story a lot despite some of its flaws---which probably means that I'm definitely going to read Tiger's Quest (the second book). I give it a 4.5 Stars, a must-read for my fellow YA Fantasy Romance fanatics!(less)
Unlike The Iron King, Winter Passage is a prequel to the second book, which is The Iron Daughter, with only 59 pages long.
After the conquest of saving her brother from the iron king Machina with the help of Prince Ash, Meghan found herself on a journey to Tir Na Nog in honor to her and Ash's contract: Ash will help her save her brother if she go with him willingly to Tir Na Nog. His Queen (and mother) wants Meghan---whether as a guest or as a prisoner, Meghan did not know. Since it is not a surprise that they have developed feelings toward each other during their journey in the Iron Realm, Ash started regretting the bargain he made with her for he doesn't want Meghan to fall under the hands of the Unseelie Court. But, to honor her end of bargain, Meghan insisted that they go nonetheless. In the course of their travel, however, they have encountered an unexpected danger as they were being hunted by an ancient and powerful creature.
It was a good prequel novella for The Iron Daughter for it narrates to the reader what had happened to them before they reach Tir Na Nog; and as to what had been the Seelie King's (her father) reaction when he was informed of his daughter's destination. The chase was thrilling because the reader doesn't know, entirely, what creature the characters were dealing with and what will happen next. AND, the twist was good, I really had no idea.
BUT, the only thing that has bothered me a bit is the ending, when they finally faced the aforementioned creature. I was a little disappointed, to put it mildly, that the fearsome creature they've been running from is.....wait for it....The Big Bad Wolf. As in, Red Riding Hood's big bad wolf. I find it a tad, er, ridiculous. Because I was expecting more of an ancient and evil creature that guards the woods they're passing through....something like that. But then, there you have it; they're running from The Big Bad Wolf. XD(less)
The Iron King. This book was soooo good that it overrides my uncertainty about fae books in general. I read a fae book once and most people thought the story was oh so good while methinks it was all meh. I know that, occasionally, those books that most YA readers go crazy for just does not appeal to me as much. I'm such a weirdo like that. But anyway, The Iron King has proved to me that there are always these kind of books who could thoroughly please me as greatly as it does most readers. The world that Ms. Kagawa have created was very fascinating and compelling in a way that it was almost vivid. Yes, lots---or should I say, all of them?---of fae books have their own version of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts including this book. But what makes it unique is that the author has combined A Midsummer Night's Dream with it---the characters, the plot, the world, etc---creating a magical and mythical yet very entertaining book.
I have to say that I immensely enjoyed reading it; there was never a dull moment for the story was fast-paced. I've never felt annoyed or even frustrated with the main character, Meghan Chase. Although she's had a crush on her school's most popular jock, and was always tormented by the school's pompom leaders, her character doesn't show any helplessness at all---which is typically the most exasperating characteristic of a main character sometimes. For me, Meghan Chase is a kick-ass heroine for she have this strong determination to do what is right even if it costs her own life.
And Ash....Oh, Ash! He's by far the most swoon-worthy literary crush I have. I LOVE everything about him! His arrogance, his indiferrent-yet-protective quality, his being an actual Ice Prince, his face...RAWR! Er, I just needed to breathe that one out, sorry. What was I saying? Oh, yeah, the book. Right. Uhm, and then there's also Puck, yes, the A Midsummer Night's Dream's Puck, whose always been a good friend of Meghan since childhood. I'm not very fond of him though, but he's not one of those characters that you'll find annoying. In fact, he's always in every amusing part in the book. Of course, there's a love triangle. And while I was never a fan of one, I still appreciate the tension between the three of them.
The plot was very creative and the ending was intense. It was so exciting and was well-thought-of. I loved the idea about the Technology giving birth to the Iron Feys---which made them almost invincible from the Seelie and Unseelie Court's faeries. That it was the human's growing curiosity and advance knowledge about computers and machines are where these Iron Faeries procure their power from. It was a good concept, really.
So, if you haven't gave this series a chance yet, then what on earth are you waiting for? Give it a try! I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. *two thumbs up*
Oh, and did I mention I love everything about Ash? :P(less)
I just want to start this review off by saying that this book has a really good and original concept. Some review says it is too similar with The Twilight Saga, but I can say that it is, most certainly, not. I really don't get why they keep comparing books with the said series, when there aren't much of a likeness at all.
Starcrossed, in my opinion, is one exciting and interesting book. Albeit the ending left me quite hanging in a cliff, the whole plot was bracing, most especially the climax. I liked the idea of The Furies in the story, as well as the story's connection with The Fall of Troy.
All in all, Starcrossed is definitely worth reading. Looking forward to read the next sequel. :)(less)