I love fantasy and magic so The Thirteenth Tower was right up my alley. There were things I loved about the book but some parts of it did bother me. FI love fantasy and magic so The Thirteenth Tower was right up my alley. There were things I loved about the book but some parts of it did bother me. First of all, I felt like the characters didn’t have enough characterization. Characters like the Magi and Corran are important to the plot but we don’t get to really learn too much about them. Emelyn herself seems to fade into the background at times and passively goes through the events. She is showing signs of having magic left and right but stays in strong denial for most of the book. That there is one of the most stereotypical ways to write character finding out that they have magic. It is used too often and it makes me want to hit Emelyn on the head and ask her does she really not see what is going on. I did love the sense of adventure the book gave. The world Emelyn lives in is an interesting one but I wish it was elaborated on even more. Things picked up when she met the wylkin and near the end where all the action took place. I just wish it picked up a little earlier in the book. Corran’s relationship with Emelyn was a refreshing one even without the twist in the end. It was nice to see him help her with no romantic attachments. There is room for a sequel and this book did make me interested to see what will happen to Emelyn afterwards.
*book was provide to me by netgalley for a honest review....more
I wasn't sure if I would like the book at first just judging from the blurb but I ended up loving it. The way Lizzie's life as a grown up child actorI wasn't sure if I would like the book at first just judging from the blurb but I ended up loving it. The way Lizzie's life as a grown up child actor made me remember all the kids shows I used to watch and wonder if the child actors on them went through the same thing. The closest equivalent to Lizzie's type of situation reminds me of Hannah Montanna. I found Lizzie's perseverance very touching and her emotions about being lonely were relatable and real. Lizzie was probably my favorite character. She cries when she needs to and she keeps a level head when shes faced with problems. Devon on the other hand annoyed me a bit at first because I was worried he would break her heart. He is flawed but at the same time he is a nice guy. I feel that Tippetts did a good job making the reader see his good sides along with the bad. I felt like they were perfect for each other. This book is a definite recommend.
**this was a copy given to me by netgalley for an honest review...more
It was ok but i did get a little bored about 80%. The characters were lieable but they didn't make me fall in love with them which makes this book jusIt was ok but i did get a little bored about 80%. The characters were lieable but they didn't make me fall in love with them which makes this book just an ok....more
I wanted to like this book and in some ways I really enjoyed it. What threw me off was the love triangle. I get that the author is trying to make theI wanted to like this book and in some ways I really enjoyed it. What threw me off was the love triangle. I get that the author is trying to make the guys mysterious by not letting us know which is the assassin and which is the prince. my problem with that is that I got so confused until the last quarter on who she was falling for. When I found out,it was jarring and threw me off enjoying the story. It seriously annoyed me. I dont hate the love triangle and all but I wish there was only one of them for me to concentrate on because the triangle weighed down the storyline for me. I dont know why but it bothered me so much.Maybe its cause its obvious which boy is the endgame but theres so much attraction and mixed feelings thrown in for the other guy that it makes Lia look like she has a fickle heart. It made me roll my eyes. why are you making her have all these moments with him when hes not gonna get her?? Plus its taking attention away from the plot of how the heck magic works in that world. Her talent for languages and the mystery of her gift is waaay more interesting than trying to stretch out a stupid love triangle. Honestly both of the guys dont have all that much personality but the assassin at least shows some character complexity with his questioning the values of killing and war. Honestly there could have been better characterization but its sacrificed for the sake of keeping the guys mysterious. Things picked up when she wasn't thinking about either of them. Ugh..what a long rant. I did like the idea of intuition magic and the whole war takes a toll on everyone. Too bad the fist half of the book was spent on the love triangle while everyone pretends to be someone theyre not....more
Anything Ms. Shea writes is usually on my to buy list ever since I fell in love with her King Arthur series. I was so happy to find that she did a retAnything Ms. Shea writes is usually on my to buy list ever since I fell in love with her King Arthur series. I was so happy to find that she did a retelling of the Swan Princes fairy tale. The Wild Swans did not disappoint either. I loved this book. Elise is a very headstrong heroine who does her best no matter what situation she is thrown in. I like that she handles everyone's finances and never lets anyone step over her.
Elise wasn't the only awesome character. Each of her brothers had distinct personalities that were lovable from bratty Gerhart to kind big brother Steffan. I loved all of her brothers and how they showed they loved their sister in different ways. Elise's suffering during the trials actually made me tear up a bit. I felt her frustrations and her pain was well written.
The love triangle in the book was an absolute treat. I usually hate love triangles but I relished every second she had with either guy.The best part is the ending because you got to choose who she ends up with. I practically squealed in happiness when I saw the option because I could not choose who I loved more and I didn't have to.
I will probably reread this book again and I plan to buy the Cinderella retelling also. ...more
The world building was nicely done. I liked the assassin thief and magic aspect of the book. I see that James is rather popular in some reviews and whThe world building was nicely done. I liked the assassin thief and magic aspect of the book. I see that James is rather popular in some reviews and while I get that hes interesting, I didn't like him as a love interest for Kyra at all. He is more of a mentor to Kyra than anything. I also felt like he was really misguided in his goals. Kyra is probably the most fleshed out character. I could see her growth from beginning to end. I liked Tristam too but he didn't pop out at me as much as Kyra did. I look forward to book 2 soon.There are still many questions to answer. Im doing rushed reviews lately since School and work has been kicking my butt....more
This book is not perfect . No, but Ill still give it a five star rating because good childhood friends romance and fairy tale retellings are a weak spThis book is not perfect . No, but Ill still give it a five star rating because good childhood friends romance and fairy tale retellings are a weak spot of mine. While the setting is vivid and beautiful, I don't really understand why the masks are so important and needed in their society. I feel like that part needed some more history and explaining because I rolled my eyes a little every time they referenced that no mask = nudity. Also, the way Evie and Aiden speaks sounds a little too modern for a fantasy setting.
On to the good stuff: the Romance! The romance and rapport between Evie and Aiden is natural and playful. I squeeed everytime they had screentime together. Evie was also a lovable character. Shes a regular girl with her own flaws and strengths but I love her snark and strong personality. Aiden is also great because he is playful and supportive to her. I just love these two so much.
So despite the plot not being the strongest, I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a sequel. I felt just a twinge of annoyance because there was so much left unanswered at the end regarding the Chameleon thinking this was a standalone. I was wondering why the book didn't advance much regarding that part of the plot and now I wonder if there will be a book two....more
I'm giving it a two star because its not a bad book , more like just not my cup of coffee. Its a very fluffy book on a girl who meets a shape shiftingI'm giving it a two star because its not a bad book , more like just not my cup of coffee. Its a very fluffy book on a girl who meets a shape shifting dragon and they have a romance together. I normally eat that stuff up but this book was just too bland for me. The characters react in ways that seem very unrealistic and theres not much character development to make them into well rounded characters. Long story short, I read up to the middle and skimmed the ending.sorry....more
Just as I expected, this series never fails to suck me in. This book was finished within an hour. I love Britt and her knights so much. This time, BriJust as I expected, this series never fails to suck me in. This book was finished within an hour. I love Britt and her knights so much. This time, Britt has to deal with two people she hates just based on Authurian lore: Lancelot and Guinevere. Britt also grows a bit realizing that compromises must be made. I like that the romance is going slowly because I dont want it to become the focus and take over the plot. The growing feelings between Britt and Merlin is awfully cute. I love how much they grow as friends before starting any sort of love relatonship. As for the new characters, Lancelot is not exactly what I expected him to be. He will most likely be in the plot more in the next book. Even Guinevere ended up to be tolerable. My only complaint is that these books are too short! I want more Britt! more Merlin and the knights! *sigh now ill have to reread all the previous books while i wait for book #4....more