there were a few REALLY good moments in this narrative, but there were a lot of rabbit trails and the climax was a little disappointing. i mean...Bructhere were a few REALLY good moments in this narrative, but there were a lot of rabbit trails and the climax was a little disappointing. i mean...Bruce Wayne (view spoiler)[ doesn't have a brother, so stop ranting, you crazed psycho. that was actually kind of exhausting to read so much of (hide spoiler)].
i guess the last two "chapters" were also not that interesting, and the last one especially felt out of nowhere. i would've been fine not reading it. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
August Update: this has been downgraded to one star. because now i hate this book. i can't tell if it's because of 1. so overhyped or 2. because everytAugust Update: this has been downgraded to one star. because now i hate this book. i can't tell if it's because of 1. so overhyped or 2. because everything in this felt fake and like a reverse harem anime.
hoT!Guys!Everywhere!oh and here's a bad guy bc plot obvs
i don't hate reverse harems, in fact, i often enough eat them up like i'm at a fair and it's cheesy fries bc heck, i'm at a fair. but the fact that people are treating this like a lobster dinner really makes me upset.
or maybe they think it's just hella good cheesy fries??
no, really. while i did let myself be swept up in some of the emotion of the story, i don't think this is very high quality story telling or romance. the villain is laughable along with the ridiculous gauntlet she sets up for our protagonist (but i did think the last trial was probably the most legit evil thing she could've done). everything just seemed so forced. i didn't even like Tamlin although i tried to. i just like Maas' writing and creativity :/
Original Review: a part of me enjoyed the fluff of the sweet romance and the epicness of the harrowing danger and the magic of the...magic
but i think i'm just not cut out for romance stories
(at least not a romance covered in one book?? idk!)
TWaTD was one of my most-hyped books of this year. i don't know, i think it was the cover and the intrigue of experiencing a different culture/"fairyTWaTD was one of my most-hyped books of this year. i don't know, i think it was the cover and the intrigue of experiencing a different culture/"fairy tale" that i hadn't been exposed to beyond Disney's Aladdin.
and i loved this book. it took me a little bit to settle into it; there were too many POVs, too many words i wasn't familiar with, too many similarities to ACOTAR/Beauty and the Beast, and Shazi was way too fake for me to get attached (i know it was for a good reason but it was just a very personal visceral reaction from me okay, do not present me a sickly sweet fraudulent person because i will put up a wall so fast).
but eventually a few things won me over: - the dialogue goodness gracious the dialogue. if i'm going to fall in love with a book, put in characters that love wordplay. put in tons of sass. and this book did that. and oh GOODNESS, there were some lines that were so adorable and so passionate that i did not fail to squee a few times.
- the relationships (non-romantic) Despina and Shazi. Rahim and Tariq. the tenuous bond between Khalid and Jalal. WOW. banter and loyalty and affection abound. the fact that Despina calls Shazi a Brat Calipha tickled me every time. i would've loved to see more of these side characters.
- the relationship (romantic) i was a little bummed at first for two reasons. (1) a childhood love interest. i LOVE childhood love interests. but coming into this book i knew that Shazi was going to fall in love with the boy-king so i mean?? where does that leave me. torn that's where. and dreading a love triangle. (2) romantic interest lands in the he's a "beast" but a TRAGIC one trope. i just read ACOTAR and, man, i am tired of that trope. it's so finicky. are we justifying this person because he's smexy? is that what is happening? it's hard to know when you're being duped into something abusive and gross or when it's like...okay? :| in this case, Khalid had too much of a temper, and that is a definite turn off, but he never was abusive or reveled in violence. the relationship between Khalid and Shazi was extremely nerve wracking. they danced around each other constantly, prodding each other for secrets and weaknesses and eventually developing a mutual respect for each other that turns into something trusting and beautiful and hnnnnnnnnggggg.
it felt a lot more natural than the relationship in ACOTAR, which was maaaybbee too much "i'm actually a beautiful prince, will you be my beautiful princess" sappy.
the writing was wonderful but sometimes felt too formal.
so one of my updates towards the end of the book was this "oh no, things about to hit the fan I CAN FEEL IT" and the reasons for that is because of all the antogonist set ups. by the time we hit 30%, we already knew there were at least two parties that wanted to do good things in potentially explodey kinds of ways. and then we met a blatant antagonist about 60% through. what i'm trying to say is that there is a lot of set up and foreshadowing.
i guess i grossly misjudged how many pages i had left in the book because it turns out i only had about 15 pages left where i thought i had at least 30 more. the "things about to hit the fan" part hardly happened. yes, there were some moments where things were stressful, but it was a very passive ending in general. it was a very cruel "and here's a preview for NEXT TIME, on TWaTD..." (you know, in like a year??) so i did dock points for being a somewhat incomplete novel.
TL;DR: read this book because the characters are amazing, you will laugh, you will struggle and stand tall with Shazi, and you will be driven crazy as to why things are the way they are and what decisions have to be made because of it. FRICK.
now i need to go back and highlight lots of beautiful and snappy things.
__________________________________________________________ /initial reaction/: WHAT. WHAT. WHY DID IT HAVE TO END THAT WAY. man. too abrupt. no thanks. Sigh. Review up sometime tonight....more
okay what did i say about not being capable of reviewing my five starred books
(view spoiler)[ can we talk about Lysandra? can we talk about how girl fokay what did i say about not being capable of reviewing my five starred books
(view spoiler)[ can we talk about Lysandra? can we talk about how girl friendships were amazing and i loved them? can we talk about just all the friendships? and aelin and her beautiful court? and how AEDION AND ROWAN WERE SUPER BROS. and chaol's turnaround? and his ALMOST SACRIFICE AAHH DORIAN WOULDVE BEEN WRECKED. can we talk about how dorian survived and manon saved him? sometime let's talk about how manon and aelin's fight was exciting and thrilling and set the ball rolling for a future fierce alliance. ALSO LETS NOT FORGET THE CINNAMON ROLLS ABRAXOS AND FLEETFOOT (hide spoiler)]
for people not reading under the spoiler tag, here are some capital letters:
FRIENDSHIPS and DANGER and REVENGE and EPIC FIGHTS and DORKY DRAGONS and RIDICULOUS MALES and SURVIVORS and MORE FRIENDSHIPS
also i think it's funny that QoS pulled a LOTR: Return of the King and had like 10 false endings lol
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REVIEW: I think writing out a review will help me solidify my feelings about this.
I cheated and bought the hardcover ahead of schedule. All my spoilery thoughts will just be hidden.
(view spoiler)[ First of all, I was incredibly surprised by how basically horror story this went. A lot of me was wondering how this story would climax. Maggie doesn't write action scenes or fight scenes very often, and I didn't even know how tense things could possibly get. But THIS - Maggie writes MAGIC. And when Magic goes terribly awry, it's terrifying. That was awesome. Even while I was very nearly having heart attacks at every chapter turn.
I've grown especially fond of Ronan in this series, definitely as I re-read it all. And this book was the WORST for Ronan. I was already anxious because I knew that he was the only one that didn't know Gansey was going to die, but THEN. T H E N. The terrifying scene of him finding his mom. I was wrecked. UGH. NO. He just didn't deserve to go through all that pain.
I really don't know if I have much to say about the rest of the group. I mean, I'm "satisfied" with their stories. I actually really enjoyed Henry's addition AKA I'm glad Henry wasn't some sneaky bad guy trying to hurt someone.
What really comes down to it is the ending. I once read a Tumblr post that said something along the lines of -
I wonder if Glendower is really just the friends we made along the way.
- and it very clearly came to mind as soon as we found out Glendower is actually dead. And that there never was a Glendower. It was just Noah. So it was okay, but I felt a little cheated. I was mostly alarmed when all this adventuring happened and Gansey still hadn't died and the demon was still alive and I ONLY HAD ABOUT 30 PAGES LEFT OF BOOK.
Maggie has said several times that she is putting Raven Boys down to rest forever, so you can imagine how freaked out I was at the impending rush of story I was about to get. And it was rushed. You know, Gansey died. And the only thing that moved me about it was two things. Ronan crying. Henry commanding for them to "Be magicians."
And then it was the epilogue. Okay, two more pages happened, and THEN it was the epilogue.
So rushed. So quick.
I think. I think I really do feel cheated. It's that same thing I felt with the end of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. It just seemed like there was going to be so much more and I also really didn't appreciate all the hints at future adventures. I don't know why that just...irks me. Like, stop teasing me when you've already cut me off from THIS adventure. THIS adventure that I've loved so hard that just didn't feel like enough.
Anyway. You can really tell that Ronan has been the backbone of Maggie's story because you feel it. I really did like that I could eventually appreciate him as I re-read it. (hide spoiler)]
In a spoiler-free way though, my thoughts on this are just the same as the rest of this series: very dreamlike to a borderline nightmare and I still left with the best of feelings for this group of friends.
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i don't think this one deserves a full four stars yet, but it's definitely better than a 3 and i am definitely excited for that sequel. LIKE REALLY EXi don't think this one deserves a full four stars yet, but it's definitely better than a 3 and i am definitely excited for that sequel. LIKE REALLY EXCITED DID YOU SEE THAT PREVIEW OHMYGOSH. ahem.
interesting/brutal world with chilling prejudices and you felt for the protagonist the whole time.like i was seriously tense/depressed for about half of it.
also very hmm visceral writing style. i liked the occasional change of pace from traditional narration as well. ...more
i love Sanderson's work so i was a tiny bit disappointed in this particular installment. it may have been the main character, it may have been the sloi love Sanderson's work so i was a tiny bit disappointed in this particular installment. it may have been the main character, it may have been the slow pace, it may have been the...slow...pace?
[this is not something that i can compare with mistborn's "slow" pace because while it was certainly a long series, it consistently felt full and relevant while this book mostly felt dragged out for some reason)
it just felt like a lot of nothing happened and i was definitely frustrated with the idea that wow, almost anything could kill steelheart and how in the world am i supposed to figure that out. so apparently, that internal book frustration carried out well in my own mind - it fits with the complications and general unknown that comes with this world.
but of course, i was pretty satisfied with the ending, the concept, and all the questions and dilemmas that could come with this type of universe. there were a number of plot twists that you could see coming but that still managed to entertain and surprise with their full explanations.
i might just continue the rest of this series when it sees completion. ...more
sigh. i don't know what it was, but i just did not enjoy this. maybe i just felt the main character was too tedious. maybe i couldn't sympathize withsigh. i don't know what it was, but i just did not enjoy this. maybe i just felt the main character was too tedious. maybe i couldn't sympathize with any of the other cast members. but this is probably just me. i will say that the world was very interesting and i was saddened to find myself intrigued with other regions and stories by the time i got into the epilogue. saddened because the idea of going through another book in this series sounds exhausting.
maybe i'm just not equipped to handle dark and tragic protags and gray areas. maybe the tone was just too depressing for me at this time in my life. maybe it got too repetitive and maybe i just think drawing power from anger and fear sounds daunting. abusive relationships are apparently touchy areas for me as well, so maybe i just wouldn't let myself connect in that way.
so by all means, read this if you are interested and you may love it. i did not. ...more
so far every Raven Boys book has been the same for me in the end. It's always a blur of magic and beauty and friendship. Sometimes I forget what happeso far every Raven Boys book has been the same for me in the end. It's always a blur of magic and beauty and friendship. Sometimes I forget what happens because it's all so dreamlike. ...more
i came at this book expecting something more...entertaining. but ultimately, this is the second book in a five book series and so it just kind of...cai came at this book expecting something more...entertaining. but ultimately, this is the second book in a five book series and so it just kind of...casually pushed the book along. some bad guy plot points were revealed and...uh. yeah, basically that's it. also sword/penryn developments. (which were very entertaining, don't get me wrong)
but i felt like the story really picked up at about 75%, and honestly, i just have no idea where this is going and that makes me uncomfortable lol. i know that's super silly because in some ways it's really great that Penryn & The End of Days just kind of goes where it wants because either way i will be super surprised. at the same time, i just...i'm so lost in this genre! what is she doing to angels and demons!? i just don't know! where are we going and what are we doing and someone just hold my hand!
obviously i've read a lot of great books where i had no idea what was going on and where the plot would go and they were amazing, but i think i just felt safe in the fact that i knew the general parameters and rules of the universe? here it's like...monsters out of magic water! wings can be unattached and attached practically freely! a zombie girl (view spoiler)[can control scorpion monsters!? sure why not! (hide spoiler)] angels are super violent and bloodthirsty for reasons i don't understand! (i mean, basically they are insane and gruesome serial killers here) elections are being held!? WHY. if there's going to be an angel hierarchy and regulations and freaking bureaucracy then - please - why is God not interfering in this madness? also sometimes humans just show up like "i'm a costume designer and look at all my props and make up" and "i'm long lost family" and i'm like...how did you get here...
so it's just interesting and i don't know how i felt about it all so that's why it's getting three stars. it's not a terrible thing to have. i'll still be reading this series. i'm sure as the series progresses, there will be a lot more eventful installations that i'll be really excited about. not this time though. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
my first impression is that i am extremely satisfied with continuing this series. my addition to that is that the first one was better. but like i saimy first impression is that i am extremely satisfied with continuing this series. my addition to that is that the first one was better. but like i said, still extremely satisfied....more
Addendum: I've been looking forward to this book for well over a year and of course I'm still going to dwell on it. I AM a tiny bit disappointed and IAddendum: I've been looking forward to this book for well over a year and of course I'm still going to dwell on it. I AM a tiny bit disappointed and I'm still trying to nail down why. I think I felt like Dreams of Gods and Monsters would be just as profound and painful as Days of Blood and Starlight. DOBAS was a plot line focused on very important things such as the cyclical nature of war and the heavy process/burden of trying to reconcile parties on opposite sides of a xenocide. It focused on both protagonists in separate ways; both Karou and Akiva had to find their own personal resolve to strive for peace - whether they had each other or not.
DOGAM, however, felt too fast and too rushed. While Karou and Akiva eventually reconcile, too much of their internal dialogue focused on their sexual tension. Seriously. Too much of it. I don't like sex in my books but it got to the point where I just wanted them to go somewhere and get it over with. At best, the strongest theme in this book is...to continue to hope despite everything going to hell in a hand-basket. At worst, the book was very heavy handed in nicely packaged conveniences.
I mean, I desperately wanted these characters to be happy. They deserve it. And of course there were so many moving and beautiful moments. Ugh, anything involving Ziri and Liraz and Zuzana made me want to cry one way or another. Just...something with the route of the plotting was strange. (view spoiler)[I think I needed more angel/chimaera interaction. It was all off-screen which is highly dissatisfying. So they won a major battle due to a hidden party, and now they're all besties? All Akiva had to do was threaten Jael and he just left Earth? I mean, I guess you could be that clever but, I don't know, Jael just seemed so much more threatening. At least kill him while he's there, have his arrogance drive him to fight Akiva because how could a bastard have that much power anyway, right? That would've been a little bit better. (hide spoiler)]
As for the Stelian plot line, that was...interesting, I guess. I wouldn't mind hearing more about that. I wonder what the intention was with that addition. Realism? It did explain a number of things, I suppose.
right after: Well, that happened. I'm both satisfied and ...yet still longing? Too much world, not enough book. Too much problem, not enough solution.
But lots and lots of happiness and magic and beauty with the characters and their arcs. Not so much satisfaction with problem solving but I already said that.
pre-read: THERE'S A COVER! ooh, and a new blurb *.* ................................................
Yay! A title! And a blurb! I'm becoming one of those people that cares about itty bitty reveals from books that I am super excited for! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
first off - angry girls who are angry all the time. that's enjoyable, let m...what the hell kind of ending was that
review time: aaaaaaaaaggggggggghhh.
first off - angry girls who are angry all the time. that's enjoyable, let me tell you.
the only time i really remember liking this book is when Aileana and Gavin hang out for the first time and i'm like
>>yes get married
>>DON'T LET GAVIN DIE THINK OF YOUR SOCIAL STANDING
and then after that Aileana was like (view spoiler)[lol no i just want to be with this faerie dude who hardly talks to me and we can hate things together (hide spoiler)] and then i was like well...that sounds uninteresting bye.
she just felt so flat to me. she was most personable when she was talking to Gavin, thus the ship.
and then it proceeded to be uninteresting and i left. bye.
EDIT: okay, i'm going to add this. yes, there was action and yes, it was fantastical and imaginative at times. but what does it matter if i don't care about the characters? it doesn't. it's an empty movie i let play in the background while i walk around the house doing other things. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more