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.
Scheherezade and the Persephone myth is what comes to mind. It's interesting enough and well written but it's not new or different. Cliche and predictScheherezade and the Persephone myth is what comes to mind. It's interesting enough and well written but it's not new or different. Cliche and predictable but not necessairly in a bad way. It is a young adult book after all....more
I really liked the basic idea for this one. But it lost me after a couple chapters. Feels underwhelming, not many characters, not much worldbuilding.
II really liked the basic idea for this one. But it lost me after a couple chapters. Feels underwhelming, not many characters, not much worldbuilding.
I like the cover and the premise. But so far, that's all. I'm surprised by the high rating so I'm struggling to read more. The dialogues all feel like I've read them before. No surpisses in any of the exchanges - between the sisters or at the ball. It feels very unoriginal. Lots of telling not showing. Cliches abound. Characterization is very thin. The whole family is made of cliches. Very little subtlety. The worldbuilding - it feels modern but with medieval-ish paint over. Simplistic in the setting and in the characterization. THe ladies in waiting are all gigly stupid gossips, the politicians - counselors are all shortsighted and without deeper experience and undertsanding (mostly in relation to Derek). Silly names - especially the princesses.
There was something bugging me about the languge, the writing style. I'm an ESL so I don't quite trust myself to be an adequate judge but I've run into a review of this book on amazon that, I think, gets that too. "Part of my biggest problem with this book is not the story line itself, but the way it is written. It seems to vacillate between overly flowerly language and frank language, with a fair amount of grammatical and story inconsistencies" Yeah, pretty much. ...more
2.5 I had high hopes for this book. I rather liked the prequel short stories and the whole idea of this badass assasin sounded great. But it's all so c2.5 I had high hopes for this book. I rather liked the prequel short stories and the whole idea of this badass assasin sounded great. But it's all so clumsy, fractured, missing its mark. The assassin mostly comes as an impostor- she talks about being awesome but we don't really see it that much. I get it that she's not in best shape at the start but still there is far more telling then showing. Made me feel a little.. embarassed, weirdly. (and can't forget how off some of her sxcenes feel - people keep dying mysteriously and yet she finds on her bed a bag of candy - not only she didn't wake up when someone put it there but she, thinking nothing of it, eats half of it. I was sure it would have been poisoned!) The scenes don't always feel like thay gel well together. The pace is uneven and we suddenly get this little scenes that are, I suppose, to show us the evolving relationships between the heroine and Chaol and Dorian but don't always move the plot or really change the relationships. Some of them should have been more condensed...
The story is far less an adventure/mystery plot and way more teenage romance. Cliches, pointless cutesy scenes, and love triangle. The author skips some of the challenges and describes only some of the contestants. In fact, there aren't that many people well characterized in this. The author seems to feel better in smaller settings, but this was supposed to be BIG - big contest, heart of a big kingdom, big plot - big politics, murder and magic, but it feels very contained. The things that are described the most are clothes.
The plot doesn't really get interesting until halfway. People get murdered, in gruesome ways but somehow there isn't that much fuss about it. Things seem to go as usual.
And yet I finished the book. I wanted to like it. I wanted to like Celeana. I can't really say that I hated any of the characters. And at least there was some other plot - (and that part wasn't entirely bad) other than the romance. I just wish this was all a little more polished, more subtle, complex and fleshed out, with less romance....more
3.5 I'm rating it this high despite some serious issues I had with this book because it just works so well for me, well mostly for my id ;) So the bad:3.5 I'm rating it this high despite some serious issues I had with this book because it just works so well for me, well mostly for my id ;) So the bad: annoying writing style- I get why she talked the way she did but could it have been perhaps limited to just her dialogue and not the narration too? It is a bit of a struggle at first to get used to the style. The love triangle, and the worst of the kind for me - where it messes up with etsablished friendship and makes everyone look bad. It was also kept on longer than needed, or rather some misunderstandings of situations felt a bit stretched, taken too far, I don't know. just made me think 'aha! the author is trying too hard to keep this going on'. But girl playing a boy, retelling of a folk tale/historical tale, romance, angsty heroine that misunderstands other peoples' motivations, angsty past (for everyone!) - I do like all those elements. At times, they felt a little much all in all, becuase, well Scarlet got hurt sooo many times, and was so self sacrificing and woobified... But I stil liked it. I probably would have preferred for the story to be a little grander - it felt rather enclosed, small space, small cast of characters - while a lot more were mentioned, not that many really played much of a role. the Merry Man- rather small bunch, here. ...more
I liked it better than the first one, for sure, but still not enough to try the next one. The characters were somewhat more likable but the book wentI liked it better than the first one, for sure, but still not enough to try the next one. The characters were somewhat more likable but the book went slowly and I lost interest. Romance is not my genre I guess....more
The characters were very annoying and I could not really get into the romance - it just didn't work for me. ('the taming' ugh). The writing style wasThe characters were very annoying and I could not really get into the romance - it just didn't work for me. ('the taming' ugh). The writing style was not that great for me either. I did finish it though so there was something keeping me interested at least. ...more
I was looking for a book about European 14th century, but it seems this one has the sadly very annoying to me tendency to only concentrate on one partI was looking for a book about European 14th century, but it seems this one has the sadly very annoying to me tendency to only concentrate on one part of Europe while using generalisations about the whole continent. I'd love for the blurbs to be a bit more specific about that. Western Europe did not exist in a vacuum and some more truly European view of things is what I'm looking for. So yeah, read some of this in the library, skimmed some more, and put it back, might read it some time later....more
It starts slowly and the main character just doesn't work for me. It annoys me how she constantly talks to herself. It takes long for the plot to getIt starts slowly and the main character just doesn't work for me. It annoys me how she constantly talks to herself. It takes long for the plot to get moving at first and it relies on flimsy plotting. Why bother with time travel at all? For a more modern perspective? The ritual was just so half assed - not only didn't need anything exceptional, it was in an ordinary book, ... Meh, I just don't like the writing style, the narration. So 1/4 read and I'm giving up on it. Might get back to it when I'm in a less critical mood since I'm a little curious how medieval Wales is portrayed....more