Honestly, my review need only be short and say: It's Neil Gaiman. He has yet to disappoint me with his brilliance, character portrayal, writing style...moreHonestly, my review need only be short and say: It's Neil Gaiman. He has yet to disappoint me with his brilliance, character portrayal, writing style and story lines. If you like imaginative children's books (That really, more adults should read) then you have selected one of the best!(less)
Such a phenomenal read. Absolutely perfect in every way. It has everything that readers look for: drama, tragedy, betrayal, lust, love, treachery, dec...moreSuch a phenomenal read. Absolutely perfect in every way. It has everything that readers look for: drama, tragedy, betrayal, lust, love, treachery, deceit. Accompanying that, it was extremely well written, had a solid plot and pace, intriguing events, captivating anecdotes. It prompts the reader to question the rights and wrongs of human instinct when going through major societal and personal changes, the credibility of power, religious fanaticism and how that pertains to governing the lives and wills of others. Such and all encompassing and powerful read and every line can be related to modern life and the decisions we make every day. When you start reading this book, everything appears black and white and simple to assign meaning to, but throughout the course of the book, it shatters that safe place and forces the reader to take a deeper look at complicated life events that seem so trustworthy and simple.
All around the best book I have had the pleasure of reading in such a long time. So glad my husband made me read it! A solid five stars because I can't rate it any higher. How wonderful it was to read a book that completely shift the perspective of such a classic! A breath of fresh air.(less)
The collections of stories were from phenomenal authors. Each one, I thought, was well written, original, fascinating and true to itself. Short storie...moreThe collections of stories were from phenomenal authors. Each one, I thought, was well written, original, fascinating and true to itself. Short stories are harder to write in my opinion because there's so much you want to say about the character development or scenery. However I feel these stories wrapped themselves up rather nicely. The person that assembled this book knew a thing or two about which stories worked well together and what short story writing entails. Very nice variety, wonderful authors and a great sense of originality. There's not one story in there that I didn't like and I love that it didn't stick to one particular supernatural creature, it really spread itself out. Would recommend any of these stories in this book to anyone so it gets a two thumbs up and a five star review from me. Enjoy! (less)
Jander is a breed unlike most. A golden elf by birth who takes pleasure in being in nature and its inhabitants and sun-bathed patches of field. Now, h...moreJander is a breed unlike most. A golden elf by birth who takes pleasure in being in nature and its inhabitants and sun-bathed patches of field. Now, however, he is vampire. Sworn to nights and a painful bloodlust that leads him far away from his natural being and to a mysterious female prisoner that lives in a shack of an insane asylum. Jander falls for the girl with a tormented past and she takes him on her journey of revenge, self-discovery and, finally, peace.
Beautifully written and packed with emotion so raw it can't help but be a page turner. The ups and the downs are so compelling, with elements that most can identify with. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone with a love for ancient worlds, vampires, plot twists and passion.
Fantastically written! The characters were developed in such a captivating way that the book is a page-turner from beginning to end. Finally the immor...moreFantastically written! The characters were developed in such a captivating way that the book is a page-turner from beginning to end. Finally the immoral, bloodthirsty predator is brought back to vampirism.(less)
I happened to really enjoy this book. Being a faerie admirer myself, I really liked how it stuck with the vicious, light and terrifying type of faerie...moreI happened to really enjoy this book. Being a faerie admirer myself, I really liked how it stuck with the vicious, light and terrifying type of faeries and the worlds and stories were so believable and well adapted that it fit into Lament beautifully. The human characters as well had such a depth and resonance too them the people can't help but think "been there before" and really allow themselves to become a part of the story. Wonderfully written and fantastically twisted, the ancient world of fey has never had such a true modern over-haul as in Lament!(less)
This book was absolutely phenomenal! Pushed the boundaries on what is acceptable to read. Made me think of the books the librarians would try to prote...moreThis book was absolutely phenomenal! Pushed the boundaries on what is acceptable to read. Made me think of the books the librarians would try to protect from the burnings when society had deemed them controversial and having a negative impact. Sometimes it was hard to swallow and it was harsh and unrelenting. However it forces people to rethink their evaluation of beauty, loyalty, compassion and the inner workings of decision making that people try so hard to make look breezy and natural. Fantastic story. Highly recommend it! Two thumbs up, a wink and an ecstatic approval.(less)
So far, the most revealing book of the series. So much about Salander's past sweeps along to shed light on her curious personality. The Girl Who Playe...moreSo far, the most revealing book of the series. So much about Salander's past sweeps along to shed light on her curious personality. The Girl Who Played with Fire devoted some much needed page space to really get the audience involved with its characters. It was fantastic and I stayed up until 2 am just so I could finish it! Page turner for certain!(less)
In this one, there was a lot of new characters introduced, hidden talents of old characters blossoming, new emotions or maybe unknown emotions coming...moreIn this one, there was a lot of new characters introduced, hidden talents of old characters blossoming, new emotions or maybe unknown emotions coming forth from everyone involved, new adorable couplings, a strong, steady and consistent concept and two really amazing, shocking and huge plot twists. At first I thought it would be a bit much, but they both blind-side you so well and mix together deliciously that it was a "perfect" twist. They weren't over bearing or obvious. They were subtle and snuck up on you, but didn't trap the reader with a desperate feeling.
In Wicked 2 Holly FINALLY calms down, the character isn't so intense which made for an effective and powerful ending because it tapered and all the right emotions were put in place by the authors. Speaking of the authors, by the way, they are phenomenal at creating endings that create a yearning as well as a deep sense of satisfaction. These books are really like a good meal. The first few bites are sheer bliss and hit all the right notes, then after the initial draw you just start shoveling it in, hungry for more, then as it goes on you begin to tire a bit, wondering where the initial spark had gone and by the end of the wonderful meal, you feel full and reflect on the taste, craving more but feeling heavy and satisfied. Best way I can describe their writing styles.
The fight scenes are incredible and I am glad that in this story they actually put more of a distance in between Isabeau and Jean, and Holly and Jer. The first book was great, don't get me wrong, but there was such a heavy influence from their ancestors that it really took away from the two modern day lovers which are more identifiable. The love scenes can be extremely cheesy and overdone, but the pagan influence makes it old world-y and strong, striking at the hearts of the readers. I also love that the two authors really did their homework. I absolutely love how ancient the magic and paganism felt while incorporating it with modern-day language. Perfect ladies! KEEP IT UP!
All in all a 4.5 star read. I recommend this to anyone who has patience and a respect that not everything is flowers and rainbows because it is so hard-hitting and cruel and devilish at times. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on the 3rd installment to delightfully finish off the series.(less)
There is soooo much going on in this book that its hard for me to write about it all. I found a couple of typos and minor errors and a few sentences w...moreThere is soooo much going on in this book that its hard for me to write about it all. I found a couple of typos and minor errors and a few sentences were strange to read. However I love the rawness of this book. Its so in your face and historical while keeping it modern and up-to-date. These Authors really did their research because even though its hard to swallow it does portray long-forgotten magical beliefs. The spoiler will contain nothing too particular to the book itself but it will contain the types of magical practices and beliefs and the kind of thing that goes on in this book so that parents who like to pre-read will already have an idea of what this is like: (view spoiler)[It never goes into detail or anything of the sort, but it does speak of sex being a way to enhance magical powers so a lot of times that is a kind of ritual offering is having sex with a powerful witch or warlock. Again never ever any detail or even sexually explicit sex scenes, but it is mentioned a few times in there. Unfortunately for my animal lovers there are some animal sacrifices when they are referring to the older days of the covens and one animal sacrifice is made under a heavy heart in the modern world. Also there is a lot of death. And not just vague mentionings. Kind of detailed and none too appealing (hide spoiler)] All in all I find it a fabulous read for older or more mature/level headed teenagers. There are a lot of really heavy subjects to tackle, but going on that moral journey with the main characters is what really sucks the reader in and most of the characters are easily identifiable. It was written very very well. The descriptions/surroundings fit the book perfectly, the characters are created more in depth than most, the subject matters are serious and they are presented as such.
Its a fun book to read, but it is also intense and captivating. You're never really sure which coven is worse... And which circle head is the most evil. Enjoy!["br"]>["br"]>(less)
At first, I wasn't really invested in Miles at all. He seemed like too much of an "I'm an enigma, wrapped in a conundrum stuck in a puzzle and I like...moreAt first, I wasn't really invested in Miles at all. He seemed like too much of an "I'm an enigma, wrapped in a conundrum stuck in a puzzle and I like it that way" type of character. Seemed a little too cocky to be mysterious or interesting. But sure enough, soon after the book progressed I was already invested. I finished this book within a single day in less than 12 hours (I still had things to do or I would have finished earlier!).
This book really took an up close and personal approach to teen life, desires and the ever elusive Teen psyche. Taking a rare look at the maturity level of a set of teens (view spoiler)[after one of their binding central firecracker friends dies (hide spoiler)], green is able to focus this state-of-mind altering tale on the "before and after." An event or occurrence so big that it draws a line in the sand separating who you once were and who you are now and just how that event shaped you, whether it be positively or negatively.
No one really notices the effects every single person they have met has had on their lives, but Miles will do anything to find the answers he was looking for, the vital essence of Alaska's importance as a role in his life.
This book really helps teach people to live for the here and now, to value the odd and impulsive, to navigate their OWN way through their "labyrinth of suffering" in hopes of an insightful journey and a wondrous Great Perhaps. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)