I do not have words. I am absolutely awestruck with Marissa Meyer. I find fascinating this idea of re-making old fantasy characters in empowered heroinI do not have words. I am absolutely awestruck with Marissa Meyer. I find fascinating this idea of re-making old fantasy characters in empowered heroines. I love it. Cress is much more naive than Scarlett or Cinder, which is refreshing.
Cinder has a small crew... but what a team! It would be unforgivable not to read this series... Go for it! ...more
Sirantha Jax is the best heroine ever. She is like Don Quijote (without the madness), always getting in tPerfect end for an awesome futuristic series.
Sirantha Jax is the best heroine ever. She is like Don Quijote (without the madness), always getting in trouble for good causes, not doubting to put herself at risk for a good cause. She isn’t your usual kick-ass hero, she is the battered kind, the “I will die, but I will do it killing” kind of one.
In this book the adventure spins around a really worthy cause: La’hengrin are enslaved and abused by Nicuans, due to a genetic anomaly that rends them unable to fend for themselves. Sirantha has a cure, and once La’hengrin have it they will be ruthless to achieve their freedom. As in the other books, there’s depth in the fight: while Sirantha knows it’s a worthy cause, and she is fully committed, she worries about losing her soul in the process.
But she isn’t alone in this fight: she will have both Vel and March. Not bad, Sir, not bad. I think it’s the first time that the male leading characters are the ones who follow the female one. But then, this is Sirantha.
There are some weak points (I didn’t care much for Loras, he is too ungrateful for my taste, or I would have liked to see more interaction between Sir, Vel and Marc). But on the whole I feel happy for the way this story developed and concluded.
Ann Aguirre has achieved a memorable character. And there are six books about her: go and get them....more
This book is an epic western romance. It is well documented, so it allows you to learn lots of things about how the pioneers lived. It also has a buncThis book is an epic western romance. It is well documented, so it allows you to learn lots of things about how the pioneers lived. It also has a bunch of authentic characters, well defined, charming and interesting.
But I didn’t enjoy this book because I wanted Gus dead . See, Clementine, who lives oppressed by her father, finds Gus, with his tender eyes, tender smile and handsome body and elopes to Gus’ ranch. But then, she meets his brother, Zach and the fireworks start. And it is not fair. Zach and Clementine refrain themselves and their love is tragic, they both love Gus. So that only leaves one option: an accident. And I waited for it to happen (the love between Clem and Zach never falters, it’s impossible, its THE love). So I waited and waited and waited (view spoiler)[ Let me tell you it takes him a lot of time to die (hide spoiler)].
Another thing that left me puzzled is that -about the middle of the book- the plot changes and three main characters appear from nowhere (Jere, Drew and a chinese woman, Lilly). You’ll get to learn also about China’s “way of life”. At the time, I couldn’t care less: yes, I was waiting for Gus to die, and I wanted for Clem and Zach finally getting their love which is truest than love itself. Then, I cared for the new characters, but their love lives also dragged.
In the end I cheated and went to look for WHAT FINALLY HAPPENED. And then, I didn’t bother to come back and read the whole book. I guess I felt deflated (view spoiler)[ too much time waiting for the three couples to be together, and not enough time to enjoy them (hide spoiler)]....more
There are four kings who whish to be in the uncomfortable Iron Throne in King’s Landing: Joffrey, who at the moment is sitting in it, Balong Greyjoy (There are four kings who whish to be in the uncomfortable Iron Throne in King’s Landing: Joffrey, who at the moment is sitting in it, Balong Greyjoy (king of Pyke), Robb Stark (King in the north), and embittered Stannis an his red priestess Melissandre. Meanwhile, Jon and Sam face wildings in the North. Arya and Sansa are... lost.
The author continues to enrich the world building, but the pace is paralysed. There are so many voices at the same time, yes, in different places, that one wonders when the dragons are going to get old enough to fly (in book 17?).
We have new characters in this book: Jamie and Samwell. Jaime is unexpectedly interesting, he has way more layers than we knew, and he seems able of some honour (though how to council this with his action toward Bran I don’t know..). Samwell is bereable. On the whole, we keep losing “good” characters, and winning bearable/grey characters. It seems the author warned that this is not a fairly tale fantasy... If all of this is a drama, I’m going to get highly disappointed....more
This is a bore of a book: it took me forever to finish it, and then I did it skimming through the final chapters. Now I didn’t care about of the charThis is a bore of a book: it took me forever to finish it, and then I did it skimming through the final chapters. Now I didn’t care about ¾ of the characters, and the ¼ that has some good within are pathetic. I didn’t relate to the characters.
I also have a problem with female characters. At least three women are cunning plotters, deceivers, use their wiles to use males, temp and seduce good men from their oaths, and conspire in order to rule or go to war (Cersei, Asha Greyjoy form Iron Islands, and Arianne the queen-maker from Dorne). Daenerys seems better but it’s also ruthless, as a male would be. Two other female characters (Edd’s daugthers) plus Brienne are lost. I don’t have any problem with strong female characters, or bad ones, or manipulative ones, I have a problem when almost all women that the male author draws up are evil or act like men would.
Thanks to a GR friend I know that the fifth is more of the same: getting worse, no characters sacred, all hope crushed. So this will be my last book of the series. I think I will be seeing the movie, but only if it’s inspired by the books and not faithful to them. ...more
The story continues to develop, now everyone is a king, and we have two new visions that approach us to new factions: Davos (for Stannis) and Theon (fThe story continues to develop, now everyone is a king, and we have two new visions that approach us to new factions: Davos (for Stannis) and Theon (for the Iron Islands). Davos is grey and boring, and Theon is quite unpleasing.
Robb is, against all odds, keeping up and Daenery’s is struggling, without much success, to become a queen. Tyronn is awesome defending King Landing, but anyone appreciates his efforts, which is a grim believable reality.
I enjoyed this book but some were chapters boring. The book is also more depressing than the first one.
I will definitely read the next ones: the good will prevail! (I hope)...more
In a medieval setting, you will find a rotten kingdom with true knights, brave men and women, and dishonest ones. A bit of treachery, a handful of draIn a medieval setting, you will find a rotten kingdom with true knights, brave men and women, and dishonest ones. A bit of treachery, a handful of drama and a hint of fantasy and you’ll get an entertaining story.
What’s new with this proposal? Each chapters tells the story according according the point of view of different characters (Jon, Bran, Sasa, Aria, Catelyn, Edd, Tyrion, Daenerys). I think that the result is good, if a little uneven, for example I find Tyrion excellent (a dwarf born in the “bad” family, which is unsettling clever and wins your heart even if he fights for the wrong ones), while Sacha is not so well drawn, she is too blind, too stupid to be believable. I liked that most of the characters are flawed.
I enjoyed the book and I will definitely read the following....more