All great things must come to an end, and sometimes that end is full of heartbreak and redemption.
Plot: The Lynburn Legacy is a series that took me bAll great things must come to an end, and sometimes that end is full of heartbreak and redemption.
Plot: The Lynburn Legacy is a series that took me by surprise. Unspoken started off as a fairly innocent and entertaining read, and has since progressed to something darker and more mature, all while maintaining its humor. Unmade has a darker tone and I found myself holding my breath for a majority of the novel (I was filled with dread the moment Brennan said that she had killed off a character). I thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion, but like most final installments, it doesn't live up to the epicness that the series set up.
Characters: The hardest part about Unmade was knowing that this would be the last time I would see my beloved characters together. Besides her writing, Brennan's strong point is her ability to write such relatable, humorous, and broken characters. Each person is 3-dimensional and has his or her own distinct voice. While romance is not at the forefront of this novel (murderous witches usually take precedent), I gobbled up any romance that Brennan was willing to throw my way.
World Building: Brennan has this magical power of making magic work in the real world. Reads about magic realism always make me raise an eyebrow because (as a pessimist) I can't see how magic can work in our 21st century, but in this small, sleepy town, magic fits like a glove.
Short N Sweet: Unmade was a heart-pounding read, but like other trilogies, it's hard to properly wrap up an amazing series.
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
The Winner's Crime has shown me that we are all gluttons for punishment.
Plot: If you're looking for a happy ending reuniting our two star crossed lovThe Winner's Crime has shown me that we are all gluttons for punishment.
Plot: If you're looking for a happy ending reuniting our two star crossed lovers, please turn around and go put on a Disney movie or something. The Winner's Crime takes place a few months after the events of The Winner's Curse with Arin and Kestrel trying to make since of their roles in life. They are constantly torn apart by a perverse sense of justice and by their own actions.
Seriously, The Winner's Crime is like watching this:
So close, yet so far
BUT FOR THREE HUNDRED PAGES.
Much like The Winner's Curse, The Winner's Crime is a slow build. While I found The Winner's Crime to be a slower build than its predecessor, a lot more is at stake and the dangerous is near and very obvious!
Characters: Arin and Kestrel spend more time apart than they do together, so we really get to see them grow into their own independent person and make difficult choices in life. We are introduced to the cunning emperor and Kestrel's timid betrothed. While castle life was full of dangers and betrayal (as expected), I found myself more obsessed with the Eastern people which are introduced for the first time.
World Building: As I mentioned, we are introduced to the Eastern tribes and how they play into the emperor's master plans. I found them to be intriguing and I hope to see more of them in the next book. It was also hinted that we will explore even more of this war-torn world in the final book, and I'm most excited by what awaits us in the month.
Short N Sweet: The Winner's Crime is a painful read and the perfect setup for the conclusion. I cried in public and I am not ashamed to admit it....more
What started off as a jumble of characters attempting to survive in Dorothy's horror story that is Oz, ends up being an action packed adventure that What started off as a jumble of characters attempting to survive in Dorothy's horror story that is Oz, ends up being an action packed adventure that I couldn't put down!
Plot: Amy Gumm is what the other girls call "trailer park trash;" one day while her mom is out getting her fix, Amy and her pet rat, Star, are swept away to the fictional Oz. The beginning of the novel seemed a bit...off. We start off with Amy commenting on her social life and the Queen B of the school, her mom's additions, and then we are in Oz. I kind of felt like I was in a roller coaster with the pacing of this story: one moment we are getting character development, then we are rushing through Oz, and then we have a love story (kind of), then we're at the end of the first installment. Throughout this novel, I was set on a firm 3.5 because of the pacing, but the ending made me reconsider and give it a 4. That being said, Dorothy Must Die is a creative story that isn't afraid to hold back. I love dark and creepy writing, but some of the descriptions of killings and amputations made me grimace.
Characters: Dorothy Must Die is told from Amy's perspective, this allows us, the reader, to experience Oz firsthand through her eyes, and it is gruesome. Amy is joined by a large cast of characters, like a lot of characters. In the beginning, I thought that too many were being introduced, but they all tied in together in the end. There was a hint regarding romance between Dorothy and a fellow resistance leader, but I wasn't too interested in it. This time, the story trumped the love story which was a good thing because I was more interested in Dorothy's dark and twisted ways. My favorite characters would have to be Dorothy friends: The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, and The Tin Man.. Their personalities and appearances were nothing like you remember from the movie. From mauling to sword hands, they are the things my nightmares are made of.
Setting: The World of Oz gets a five out of five from me. Ms. Paige does an excellent job articulating that this is not your normal Oz; the land is barren and the citizens live in terror. Everything in Oz is described with such vivid imagery that is all thanks to the author's beautiful writing style.
Short N Sweet: This imaginative "sequel" to The Wizard of Oz will have you hold your breath, grimace, and cringe until the wicked witch is dead. The only thing keeping this novel from being a five-star rating is its pacing in the beginning. ...more