Illusions of Fate is set in beautiful world based in magic and political gain.
Plot: Illusions of Fate is a nice slow build. We are first introduced tIllusions of Fate is set in beautiful world based in magic and political gain.
Plot: Illusions of Fate is a nice slow build. We are first introduced to Jessamin who travels to the continent from her colonized island in hopes of getting a proper education. She runs into the dashing "Finn" and things get weird from there. I thought that this novel moved at a nice slow pace, Jessa is given information on magic little by little, we discover different aspects of the political system and the history of the world, and the romance takes a back seat to the political intrigue. Once the romance begins to pick up ,I feel like Kiersten got tired of waiting and just hit the reader with every plot twist possible. The pacing was so off that I felt removed from the story.
Characters: Jessamin has left her island of Melei full of sun and love to the dreary London-esque Albion. As Melei was colonized by leaders of Albion, Jessamin is treated significantly differently from the paler Albionians. I loved the social parallels of colonization in Illusions of Fate. Jessamin manages to keep a straight face while people hurl insults at her, remark on her "exotic" dark skin, and make lurid comments about the sexualization of her culture. Finn, her romantic interest, was a fairly nice love interest but he isn't given much personality. From the opening pages, he seems to exist just because Jessamin exists and is ready to confess his undying love. Their love felt lopsided which I think is a result of the confused pacing as well.
World Building: Kiersten White did a fabulous job of creating her world, I could easily picture myself on the rainy streets of Albion, at a fancy gala, or in the parlor of a mad man. It really does have that 20th century London feel that makes me want to go binge watch period pieces on the BBC.
Short N Sweet: Illusions of Fate is an intelligent novel that explores the negative affects of colonization, it fell short due to an inconsistent pacing.
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
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
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
Blackwood is an interesting take on the Roanoake mystery while it tells the story of a girl trying to find her place in a town that rejected3.5 stars
Blackwood is an interesting take on the Roanoake mystery while it tells the story of a girl trying to find her place in a town that rejected her years ago.
I requested this book solely because the summary dealt with the mysterious disappearance of 114 settlers during colonial America. It's just a great mystery as to where 100 people went and what the word "Roanoake" meant, so I knew I had to read a book that explained the disappearances with supernatural elements. The general plot held my attention because it gave snippets of information about the newly disappeared, it kept the mystery fresh. I admit that I wanted to learn more about the original disappearances than the author delivered. I also thought that the ending/plot twist wasn't fleshed out enough to be truly shocking, it was more of a "really? Okay, why not" feeling.
I really liked Miranda and "newly reformed" Philips. They were both great characters and both entered the novel with their own strengths and weaknesses, they did not depend on each other like some YA couples do. I liked how Miranda was so desperate to leave the small island life and was extremely reluctant to welcome a boy who tormented her back into her life. I also loved the small town feel of the novel. I'm a city girl so books and movies that depict "small-town America" always fascinate me.
Like I stated earlier, the snippets Bond gave of the newly disappeared kept me interested and helped remind the audience that there was a mystery afoot while two teenagers fell in love. I would have loved for flashbacks to the Colonial days but other than that, the writing style was fairly solid. ...more
With all the hype surrounding this book, I expected to be blown away; after finishing Jennifer Armentrout's Half-Blood I only felt one emotion: underwWith all the hype surrounding this book, I expected to be blown away; after finishing Jennifer Armentrout's Half-Blood I only felt one emotion: underwhelmed.
Alex is a half-blood whose sole reason for living is to protect and serve. After the unexpected death of her mother, Alexandria returns to the Convenant to continue her training to become a Sentinel. As if fighting demons night and day wasn't stressful enough, she's falling in love with a Pure blood, the most taboo of all taboos.
Half-Blood grabbed my attention instantly. The first chapter opens to Alex realizing that daimons are breaking into her home. It was exciting and and Alex was a badass heroine. I'll say one thing about the pacing, this book moves at turbo speed. Just as soon as Alex is getting bad guy ass, Sentitel Aiden comes to drag her back to the Convenant. After Alex arrives to the Convenant, I was just bored. Alex picks up where she left off at school with close friends, old enemies and danger hiding around every corner. It's all pretty forumalic if you have read any novel about schools honed to sharpen paranormal skills. There was a slight twist during the "Final Battle" which actually made it book a bit more enjoyable and interesting.
Like I mentioned, Alex's day-to-day life at the Convenant was putting me to sleep, but the scenes between Aiden and Alex had me on the edge of my seat. I didn't like Aiden as a character, he was the sterotypical, older and wiser boy who seems to be out of the main character's league. Alex also annoyed me, she was too stubborn and too sarcastic. But when Aiden and Alex were together....it was hot. The chemistry between the two was obvious and the sexual tension kept me coming back for more. I've always been a fan of forbidden love and I loved the idea of a Half and a Pure Blood testing the waters and saying "damn what the others say." The chemistry between Aiden and Alex actually has me contemplating picking up the sequel novel, I just want to see them together!
The novel is written from Alex's point of view, and if you aren't a fan of overly sarcastic and stubborn girls...you may be annoyed fairly quickly. I felt Alex was too informal and too sarcastic, I did not enjoy hearing her side comments, hell I didn't even enjoy being in her head.
Half-Blood is the first installment of a Alex's adventures and struggles to keep her love. While I could not get into the overall story, I finished the novel just for the Alex and Aiden scenes....more
While I wasn't blown away by this book, the plot did hold my attention until the end.
Jax has left her Witch Coven famiBased on an ARC Review:
While I wasn't blown away by this book, the plot did hold my attention until the end.
Jax has left her Witch Coven family and is trying to stay under the radar. That proves to be harder than she planned when a young witch hunter starts giving her special attention.
This book was short and sweet, I finished it within a day. I hadn't read a witch book before and I thought this would be a good introduction. While the plot was mildly entertaining, it wasn't anything special. It flowed pretty well with its well placed plot twist but the overall plot was predictable and generic.
I really liked Jax as a character, she was strong and interesting. I even liked Keller, what I liked most was watching him struggle with his witch hunter responsibilities while dating Jax. It made him seem more real. The love story, like most love stories, was rushed but I was never annoyed with the characters. I will say that I do not like the two supporting characters/best friends. I found their story to be very rushed and distracting.
The book is told by Jax's perspective and is very simple. I think the writing style is what made this such a quick read as well.
Cassandra Clare had a lot of fun writing this, a lot more fun than she had with The Mortal Instruments. Clockwork Angel is extremelRating: 4.5/5 stars
Cassandra Clare had a lot of fun writing this, a lot more fun than she had with The Mortal Instruments. Clockwork Angel is extremely well written with amazing characters and an intriguing plot to boot!
Clockwork Angel follows Tessa as she searches for her brother Nathan in London. She runs into the Dark Sisters who unlock a mystery power that she never knew she had. Just when she thinks that her life will be nothing more than to play puppet to the Dark Sisters and their unknown Magistar, Will Herondale rescues her from her prison and introduces her to a world that she never knew existed. While coming to terms regarding her true nature, Tessa teams up with the Shadowhunters to find find her missing brother.
The length of this book is intimidating for the first installment in a series, 476 pages, but I feel that if it were any shorter that it would take away from this amazing detailed world. Everything was perfectly placed with well-timed plot developments and twists and turns. The book starts off with Tessa receiving word from her brother to join him in London after their aunt dies. Nathan is not there to pick her up nor has his employer seen him in weeks. I was instantly hooked with the introductions to all of the Downworlders and Tessa's determination to find herself and her brother.
For me, the characters make the novel, especially the secondary characters. I fell in love with Mortal Instruments because all of the characters were so interesting and colorful. I'm pretty sure Clare outdid herself with this fabulous cast. The most interesting secondary character by far is Jessie. The reluctant Shadowhunter who is desperate to escape her fate. Although she was bratty and conceited, I loved her. She, along with all of the other characters, has so many layers that I wanted more scenes with her, more development, more everything! As the protaganist, Tessa was everything that I loved in a female heroine. She was strong willed, extremely loyal, and she was vulnerable in just the write places. Will and Jem, the future legs of the love triangle (we all know how I feel about those...) were just as interesting and were a contrast of each other; Jem being light while Will is the darkness.
The writing was damn-near flawless, it's like this was the series that Clare always dreamed of writing. The quips always brought a grin to my face, the characters all had distinctive voices and the descriptions were detailed and painted a beautiful picture of Clare's London.
Cassandra Clare's impressive prequel installment paves the way for a fantastic new series. The Clcokwork Angel has everything that a great novel has, a detailed world, a moving plot and characters that keep you coming back for more! I personally cannot wait to find The Clockwork Prince and sink my teeth into this gripping series!
Recommended for fans of the Mortal Instrument series and urban fantasy lovers. ...more