When you're a princess and life hands you lemons, you GET THE HELL OUT OF DODGE. Princess Lia decides to take her life in her own hands and flees fromWhen you're a princess and life hands you lemons, you GET THE HELL OUT OF DODGE. Princess Lia decides to take her life in her own hands and flees from an arranged marriage to the prince of a neighboring kingdom. What she doesn't know is that the jilted prince and an assassin have followed her.
Plot: The Kiss of Deception is, naturally, about deception which is all in good fun. I spent the majority of the book guessing which male character was the assassin and which was the prince (and I'll admit-I guessed wrong). As the first in a series, Pearson's concern is to establish the world, characters and to introduce the series' overall conflict. The first half of the novel was slow and seemed to drag on quite a bit; thankfully, the novel picked up speed once identities were revealed (and people started dying).
Characters: The main character, Princess Lia, is a very strong female lead. I liked her, I liked her a lot. She was caring and she was strong. Actually, I liked all of the characters except the two male leads. The Assassin and The Prince were such cookie cutter characters that I couldn't even picture what they looked like. Within pages of meeting Princess Lia, both characters fall madly in love with her, and she in turn fell madly in love with one of the mystery men after a handful of conversations. YAWN. I found one of the male character's a lot more interesting than the other because he was more prevalent in the novel and so the reader was able to learn more about him as a character and not just a love-struck man.
Setting: In High Fantasy novels, the one thing that you absolutely cannot mess up is the world building. At first I wasn't really impressed by Pearson's world because the story took place mostly in one setting. It was only when the characters ventured out that I was able to learn more about the world and its history. There are random bits of text from the culture's holy scripture but I couldn't connect any of those readings with what I knew about the characters and world so they seemed a bit pointless to me.
Short n Sweet With all the hype of this novel, I knew I had to get my hands on this book. I found the world to be interesting and the female characters to be strong and really likable. The book fell short in my expectations with it's let's-fall-in-love-within-the-first-fifty-pages, but redeemed itself in the last half of the novel when the focus wasn't love, but shed more light on politics and secrets. I would read the sequel, but mostly out of curiosity. ...more
Plot: Dreams of Gods and Monsters was one of my most anticipated novels, I couldn't wait to see how Laini Taylor wrapped up her masterpiece3.5 stars
Plot: Dreams of Gods and Monsters was one of my most anticipated novels, I couldn't wait to see how Laini Taylor wrapped up her masterpiece. I started the book in April, and I finished it in August. It took me a while to get into this one because of the numerous storylines that seemed to be completely independent of Karou and Akiva, but tied into the story towards the end. Taylor's writing is still beautiful but I felt like a lot (too many) things were happening in this novel, and at the end of novel I found myself wondering if anything actually happened.
Characters: Karou and the gang are still lovable and know when to deliver a good laugh.I feel like Taylor's strength (besides writing of course) is knowing when to break the tension. I still adore Mik and Zuzana and was happy to see how their story progressed. I don't know if Akiva and Karou's love story left me feeling satisfied, and I'll leave it at that.
Setting: The final installment takes place on Earth, Lormandi, and Eretz. The world was still very well developed but I think I was suffering from too much information to keep my characters and places straight.
Short N Sweet: Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a lovely book with the characters you know and love from the previous novels. Not the strongest ending to a great series, but still a good read. ...more
I know it's only October but I'm going to call it, this is my favorite read of 2014.
Plot: I read this book over six months ago and I still r4.5 Stars
I know it's only October but I'm going to call it, this is my favorite read of 2014.
Plot: I read this book over six months ago and I still remember every little detail about this book! The Winner's Curse is a book that stays with you forever (if you're me it does). The one thing that readers might complain about is the pacing. Marie Rutkoski takes her time building the world and all of the characters, this means main characters and secondary characters. There are times where the story takes a turn from the overall conflict, but the purpose it to build character and show development. There are times when I wondered why there was no action in the book, but I was wrong. You just have to be patient. Marie Rutkoski writes a beautiful story that flows wonderfully with a pseudo-cliffhanger that makes you want to know more immediately!
Characters: You can tell that Rutkoski loves her characters, all of them. She puts so much heart and personality into each character. The Winner's Curse is told through the perspective of Kestrel and Arin who both have very distinct voices and guess what, they function without the other person as well! There is no dependability, there is no instant love, these are two independent characters who have their own conflicts and backgrounds. The love story between these too is a simmer. Kestrel purchases Arin at a slave auction and they pretty much have no interaction with the other for several weeks which is really refreshing (not to mention, probably more realistic). I absolutely adore these two as a couple and what's beautiful is that they each still have to work at their relationship, this book does not end in sunshine and rainbows, which again, is more realistic.
World Building: A-frickin Plus! I was immersed in this world and could imagine everything vividly. This is in part that the book was told by two people from different social classes. We get to see the world through Kestresl, the warrior's daughter, and Arin, the slave who seems to have lost everything. The book takes place in Kestrel's world, but if you want to know more about Arin's childhood you can read the novella Bridge of Snow for $.99.
Short N Sweet: The Winner's Curse is utter perfection and it's a must for all fans of books. Seriously, go read this, you will not regret it! ...more
Review based on ARC! Merci beaucoup Harlequin Teen and Netgalley
Ethan Chase is all grown up! While I was counting down the days until it's release, IReview based on ARC! Merci beaucoup Harlequin Teen and Netgalley
Ethan Chase is all grown up! While I was counting down the days until it's release, I felt that it was missing the same magic that The Iron Fey series had ensnared me with.
The book opens the same way the Iron Fey series did, "My name is Ethan." Ethan quickly gives us the nitty gritty about his life and then the reader goes with him to school where he meets a particularly sassy girl and a half-breed fae. The overall premise is a magical mystery! Faes are disappearing, but where are they going? Sadly we don't get the answer to this until the last third of the book. I felt like the book occasionally lost direction with how many pit stops the group made.
Now the characters. Ethan is one brooding guy. While it is understandable why he is so standoffish, it rubbed me the wrong way. He was just so cynical and unwilling to see things from another perspective-the complete opposite of his sister. I found the love interest, Kenzie, way too sassy. It was like she kept saying sassy things hoping that it would make her sassy....but it didn't. Her sass meter rested at a comfortable '0.' I did love seeing old favorites like Meghan, Ash, Grim ("I'm a cat"), Puck and others. It made me extremely nostalgic and I hope we see more of them in future books. My favorite character is definitely Keirran, if the book was just about him I would be more than happy. LOVE HIM.
The book is told from Ethan's point of view so the reader hasto hear every single brooding thought that our young Ethan has, and boy does he brood. He wakes up brooding, eats while brooding, even makes friends while brooding (Ethan broods). While the writing was still as magical as ever, I could have lived without Ethan's high-school-bad-boy-brooding-cynical thoughts.
Julie Kagawa brings the magic back with new characters , but it's just not the same without our original trio. ...more
I'm torn between a 3.5 and a 4 for this novel. While Kagawa's novels continue to impress, I felt that this book lacked a little something that the firI'm torn between a 3.5 and a 4 for this novel. While Kagawa's novels continue to impress, I felt that this book lacked a little something that the first novel had.
Meghan Chase made a deal with a fairy to save her toddler brother's life, now it's time to pay up. She must travel to the Winter Court as Ash's prisoner. At the Winter Court, the reader learns more about the Winter Court and struggles with Meghan as she tries to make her desires known.
This book opens right where The Iron King leaves us. Meghan is now a resident at the Unseelie Court and is trying to adjust to the new characters and the new environment. Like the last novel, Kagawa takes the time to build the world and introduce the readers to the new environment before introducing the conflict. She takes the time to explain the current situation between Meghan and the Winter princess and introduces some new characters. But when the action hits...it hits. Kagawa brings the reader on an exciting adventure in which Meghan must prove her innocence and face the Iron Fey once more. I absolutely adored the pacing of this book, Kagawa takes her time to introduce the characters, her new surroundings and flawlessly brings Meghan on a whole new adventure in the Nevernever.
In my review for The Iron King, I stated that it was Kagawa's characters and world building that made me love it so. The same goes for this novel. I loved the new Unseelie Fey and the return of an old-enemy-turned-friend. Their relationships were endearing and each character had its own personality. I also gave this novel a lower rating because of character relationships. Meghan and Ash experience a few bumps in their relationship quite early on. As the prince of the Unseelie court he must appear indifferent to everything, this extends to Meghan. It was tiring seeing Meghan wrestle with her feelings for Ash as he ignored her and gave her all sorts of mixed signals.
As always, Julie Kagawa writes poetry and captures the reader's attention from page one. The dialogue will bring a smile to your face and the descriptions easily transport you into Kagawa's world.
The Iron Fey series continues to impress and I cannot wait to know what happens next! Now I just need to read the novella! ...more
Amanda's Hocking's publication of her once self-published trilogy has the internet all a flutter so I was excited when I receivedRating: 3 1/2 stars.
Amanda's Hocking's publication of her once self-published trilogy has the internet all a flutter so I was excited when I received an ARC. Hocking's take on the "troll" lore is refreshing and sets up what seems to be a really fun and original trilogy.
Wendy Everly is noticeably different from her family which leads her mother to deny her as her daughter and attempt to kill her only daughter on her sixth birthday nonetheless. 10 years later, armed with the truth that she is a troll changeling, Wendy struggles to find herself in the Trylle culture as well as become the perfect princess that the mother she never knew demands of her.
I was drawn to this book initially because I had never heard of a novel centered around troll folklore and I was interested in seeing how the author would shape this young adult piece. While the plot rushed at some points, and dragged at others, I noticed a clear plot shaping up which kept my interest throughout the entire novel. The audience suffers with Wendy as she struggles to find out why her mother despises her and follow her as she is swept away to the Trylle kingdom which is conveniently located in Minnesota. I stated that the plot drags and is rushed at all points, but as a whole the novel does drag; I feel that the entire first novel was setting up for the rest of the trilogy; I was excepting a bit more action and a more specific conflict rather than hints of bad things to come.
Given that the novel was told from the first person perspective, our introduction to all of the secondary characters is based on how Wendy portrays them. All of the characters have clear and distinct personalities which make them memorable and fun.There are even some characters that I wondered if they were as trust-worthy as Wendy made them out to be. I enjoyed all of the colorful characters that Hocking introduced to her world but I did think that the romance fell a little flat. There are hints that the trilogy will involve a love triangle with a human but the first novel revolved around Wendy's infatuation with a fellow Trylle. In my opinion, the two characters, Finn and Wendy, did not have enough interaction to be able to pine after one another.
Lastly, the writing style was very solid. There were points which I felt were glossed over, especially during scenes in the Trylle kingdom. I wanted more descriptions of the troll community and I also think that there could have been a clearer timeline throughout the novel. I didn't know if a series event happened in a week or a month so I felt that clarification would have lended itself to the novel.
Amanda's Hocking's published novel is a great start to a trilogy but it lacks substance as a novel on its own. The plot promises an interesting conflict with characters who have already one me over with hints of a very interesting love triangle.
I recommend this novel for those who want a fresh take on their childhood troll under the bridge. ...more