I liked the worldbuilding and how the fae were presented. The plot pulled me in from the beginning and it didn't take me long to finish the book. But.I liked the worldbuilding and how the fae were presented. The plot pulled me in from the beginning and it didn't take me long to finish the book. But. Didn't much connect with the characters though. Seth was the blandest, most perfect love interest ever......more
Overall I liked it. There were little annoyances that I notice in almost every YA book, so I probably should just aknowledge that it's a staple of YAOverall I liked it. There were little annoyances that I notice in almost every YA book, so I probably should just aknowledge that it's a staple of YA and ignore it (I'm talking about the heroine making occasional stupid mistake because she didn't listen to what someone told her earlier - like for example 'don't thank the fae' etc. or becuase she had a temper tantrum or just wants to be contrary for the sake of being contrary). Thakfully not that many such moments are present in this book.
So ignoring all that the only other annoyance was the romance- the shift from 'will they won't they', to 'true love' happens very fast. And it doesn't quite feel real (mostly on the hero's part). Minor annoyance: I was hoping to see a little more of the heroine's powers/ specialness earlier in the book. There were several instances where it was mentioned how powerful she is (or will be) but we weren't shown much of that until later and not even then was it very awe inspiring. Still, it's the first book in the series so I'm not that bothered by that and have in fact enjoyed the book a lot. I'll definitely be reading the next one....more
A quick, light read. Interesting premise, very 'meh' execution. The characters were terribly naive and the plot and the mystery so painfully obvious IA quick, light read. Interesting premise, very 'meh' execution. The characters were terribly naive and the plot and the mystery so painfully obvious I don't think the author has a very high opinion about the intelligence of YA readers......more
3,5 more like it. It's such a short story and not much going on. It's well written but doesn't stand so well on its own. Months later I can hardly rem3,5 more like it. It's such a short story and not much going on. It's well written but doesn't stand so well on its own. Months later I can hardly remember what was going on in it, unlike the first book....more
3.5 or 4 stars. 'm not sure. Something didn't quite work here for me. A little too slow, too many scenes I wanted to skip (most of Cole's scenes happe3.5 or 4 stars. 'm not sure. Something didn't quite work here for me. A little too slow, too many scenes I wanted to skip (most of Cole's scenes happenning in the past), the heroine's stupid mistake - the miscomunication. I did rather like the main couple's relationship, the family dynamics. Not so much the love triangle, but then I rarely like them. Liked the writing style, Becks's voice. Props for original worldbuilding. Interesting structure of the book, too - keeps you interested in finding out how it all happened to begin with....more
Good book, over all. Not great. (Especially since I already read the prequel short story and rather liked it more than this). The first half was a litGood book, over all. Not great. (Especially since I already read the prequel short story and rather liked it more than this). The first half was a little slow, got better in the second half. But the twists somehow didn't entirely work for me (too little buildup, perhaps? the heroine was too accepting and I didn't feel enough of a shock from her, I guess?), like they didn't quite have the emotional impact they should have had, especially the second one.
Interesting and fresh idea, though. Perhaps a little too many times the word 'juice' was used for my taste, but other than that, no complains....more
It's a good book but not as good as the Kate Daniels series. It felt more complex than the first one in the series, though not necesairly more satysfyIt's a good book but not as good as the Kate Daniels series. It felt more complex than the first one in the series, though not necesairly more satysfying read, in the end.
I liked the fact that we learn more about the world - the worldbuilding is great, its a definite forte of the author(s), and that we had more characters to deal with than in the first book. I liked Wiliam quite a lot as well. But perhaps, partially because he was already familiar from the first book.
I had a harder time getting attached to the characters in this book, I'm not sure if it was how they were introduced or that they felt only partially realized (Cerise, at times, her character didn't quite work for me - her actions or reactions felt disconnected from her previous actions, it's hard to explain but I just couldn't quite grasp her character.), perhaps because there were so many of them.
The plot is rich and interesting over all, but at times I felt the pace was weird - too many battles, build ups, too many samey miscomunications with the romance plot, and then the resolution- the last chapters fizzled out (over all, too stretched perhaps?). I'm not sure adding Declan and Rose at the end was needed, in fact it felt weirdly like a forced crossover fic where very little meanigful conversation occurs and it's there just to have the characters meet.
But over all, I liked it. It's not fluffy - too many bloody scenes for that, has some nice character interactions and romance but without taking over the plot or making the characters all about romance. Both the world and the characters were interesting (and despite the number of characters most of them were easy enough to remember, the vilains were good, or should I say bad) and the plot was good. A little bumpy pacing, for me....more
It had promise but in the end I gave up half way. It's just not what I expected. It's neither purely historical, nor paranormal and the parts taking pIt had promise but in the end I gave up half way. It's just not what I expected. It's neither purely historical, nor paranormal and the parts taking place in the present time are the least interesting ones. Either have the magic be more prominent or just make it purely historical imho. There's very little connection between the two plots by half way and I have very little interest in the part taking place in the present- the characters are uninteresting and dull.
The historical parts are better but the characters there are pretty one dimensional too. Neferet feels a little too modern. If you want a modern view point on the historical times just throw in time travel and not this half baked supernatural connection. It's all pretty thin - the intrigue, the characterization. I expected polytheistic cults and some magic, people truly believeing in different things, truly having different point of view and way of thinking, what we get is monotheism in disguise, and almost modern sensibilities. The heroine Neferet even has qualms about incest - in the royal Egyptian family?! really?! Like a cliche good modern princess she even asks servants to be her friends and call her by her name.....more
I'm not sure how I feel about this book, or rather the main character. She's strong and proactive but some things just didn't gel for me. For a profesI'm not sure how I feel about this book, or rather the main character. She's strong and proactive but some things just didn't gel for me. For a professional she acted very unprofessionaly at times. i get that this different world could leave her feeling unsettled and not quite herself, but the narrative rather shows that she's being her usual self. She is judgemental and looking for conflict, for someone so well versed in psychology, especially of psychopaths, she should know a little better how to deal with people. On the other hand it's kind of nice to see her not treated as the girl, the vulnerable one - despite her actually being the most vulnerable one here, she's kind of acting all macho at times (the mouthing off etc), and despite it being unprofessional, seeing the main character allowed to have one night stands and being attracted to various people, without making it into a serious romance subplot.
The worldbuilding is intriguing and is one of the most comelling things about this book. The world so completely alien to what she's known. It mostly works, and the info is given in smaller bits and pieces so it's not too overwhelming. It helps that the plot starts fast right from the opening scene.
A great character in Charlie and nice bit of original worlbuilding in golems, very rarely seen in urban fantasy....more
I seem to like Karen Chance's short stories more than her full novels. I liked Clare here far more than in the first Dorina book. Fascinating bits ofI seem to like Karen Chance's short stories more than her full novels. I liked Clare here far more than in the first Dorina book. Fascinating bits of worldbuilding - this universe gets richer and richer and I'd like more from the pov of the fae (especially dragons) and the weres (from the other short stories). Cons - Very speedy romance and too little family interactions - glossed over first encounter with long lost father and brother... missed opportunity for some interesting stuff, imho....more
Chciałam się poddać na poczatku i odpuscić sobie tą książkę bo wstęp kojarzy mi sie z polskimi produkcjami telewizyjnymi - długi i nudny, a ja mam corChciałam się poddać na poczatku i odpuscić sobie tą książkę bo wstęp kojarzy mi sie z polskimi produkcjami telewizyjnymi - długi i nudny, a ja mam coraz mniej cierpliwości jak i czasu. Jakiś hak, akcja, intryga powinna byc juz na samym wstępie. Jesli o akcję chodzi patrząc z punktu widzenia całej książki to zastrzeżeń nie mam. Płynnie, wartko wątki i tajemnice, jedno po drugim rozwiązywane (choć nie wszystkie). Bohaterka - tu trochę gorzej. Czuć rękę autorki w pewnych scenach gdzie bohaterka zachowuje się w sposób niedorzeczny, wręcz głupi - cos palnie, obrazi osoby od których jest zalezna, i nie pasuje to do jej wczesniejszego zachowania. No ale da się zignorować, to tylko pare takich scen. Wiekszym problemem dla mnie jest jej rozchwianie uczuc względem trzech napotkanych mezczyzn. z jednej strony - za szybko, bez podstaw, z drugiej zmusiło mnie jednak do czytania dalej z czystej ciekawości jak autorka z tego wybrnie. Zawiodłam sie trochę, bo to pierwszy tom z serii, wiec autorka specjalnie ten konflikt utrzymuje na nastepna ksiązkę.
Poza powyzszymi negatywami musze raczej pochwalic autorkę zarówno za przedstawiony swiat - wydaje sie nieco zbyt prosty na początku, ale z biegiem wydarzeń nabiera więcej głębi i przedstawia ciekawy świat z intrygującą historią. Dobry sposób wprowadzenia czytelnika. Bohaterka, poza wspomnianymi paroma scenami, nie jest głupia ani nie daje sie wodzić innym. Aktywna, logicznie myśląca, nie ufa slepo nawet powyzej wspomnianym trzem mezczyznom. Bohaterowie odrózniaja sie od siebie i nietrudno ich zapamiętać. Jest ich spora garstka, ale są dość dobrze przedstawieni, ciekawi, z więcej niż jedną opisową cechą.
Styl książki nie sili sie na sztuczny język ani straszne archaizmy, choc roznice stylistyczne są, ale nie rażą. Gdzieniegdzie literówki.