Sweet Jesus is this book amazing. I usually dread the less-than second book in a trilogy, but Sakavic makes you want more.4.5 stars is more accurate.
Sweet Jesus is this book amazing. I usually dread the less-than second book in a trilogy, but Sakavic makes you want more. I'm so disappointed that I knew I was going to finish the book today, and went to my local B&N looking for the third book, only to find out they don't carry it (even though I know they used to), and I'll have to wait on it to arrive in the post. Because after this book, I would have immediately started book 3, because I have this need to know everything that's going to happen.
I think Sakavic does a stellar job of world-building; how she's created this world of Exy and atmosphere around it is so real that I've started to wish it was real, and can see the excitement around the sport. And the character development is. so. good. -- not just because Neil has been developed marvelously, but she hasn't left any of the supporting characters to the wayside (which tends to happen a lot in books or series... the supporting characters are just used as props for the main characters and not given their own life).
The grammar is a little ehhhh sometimes, just like in the THC, but it's not worst I've ever seen, and it doesn't make me want to throw the book, so it's manageable. That's about the only negative thing I can think of about this book/series so far.
Also, is Sakavic a witch or something to get this book passed as YA? Because yeeeeesh, I've read fiction that was less strong than the content/language in this book....more
The first 100 pages are a pain to get through because it's a lot of back-story and introductions and setting the plot up, but after that it's full steThe first 100 pages are a pain to get through because it's a lot of back-story and introductions and setting the plot up, but after that it's full steam ahead and doesn't let up until the end.
I'm most definitely looking forward to the second book now, after how this book ends....more
THIS WAS THE BOOK I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE I FINISHED THE FIRST ONE!!!
Book two and three didn't suck, but they didn't live up to expectations thatTHIS WAS THE BOOK I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE I FINISHED THE FIRST ONE!!!
Book two and three didn't suck, but they didn't live up to expectations that was set by the beginning of the series. But finally, FINALLY, this one lived up the magic in book one that lacked from the others.
One thing I liked that was done so well -- Stiefvater tied all the loose ends together nicely. She tied up loose ends I didn't even know were loose ends; I just thought they were certain parts of the story that were so well ingrained I didn't even think of them as anything but parts of these characters, and there goes Maggie Stiefvater tying it all nicely together and blowing my mind a little bit.
It's 2am and I have a work thing in the morning so I can't possibly add all my thoughts and feelings into this, but literally by the time this book ended, I wanted a series for Ronan and Adam after being annoyed by them in the first three books, because the character development with them is phenomenal. ...more
Do you know that gif from Monsters Inc of Boo just sitting on the floor, blinking sleepily? I feel like that sums my entire reaction to this book.
It'sDo you know that gif from Monsters Inc of Boo just sitting on the floor, blinking sleepily? I feel like that sums my entire reaction to this book.
It's not bad, but by the time I was finished I was like, what is half of this book even about? So it's definitely a filler to set up everything for the fourth and final book in the series. But it was so yawn. It didn't feel like anything really happened, and I have more questions than answers about things.
It probably would have got the full three stars, but Stiefvater's insistence on using Gansy's full name (Richard Campbell Gansy III, in case anyone forgot), or using Blue's address when talking about her house (300 Fox Way) frequently finally started to get to me. That, and I'm still not fully sure what's going on with Adam (and I should by this point, but I don't think it was explained well what happened to him and what he can do); the whole Malory thing was odd and just seemed thrown in, because I saw zero point for that; I have a just a general why over the Jesse Dittley thing; and the Gwenllian thing was just ??????????????
And the sleeper thing. Did I sleep on that? Or did it suddenly crop up in this book, was a detail that presented like it was already introduced and explained? Because I didn't get that. Like, I get it in the simplest form -- but it was just suddenly there, and was wrote like it had been a thing in the previous books and I don't think it was?
I feel like there's this phase to write whimsical and abstract in YA books right now, that it leads to things not clear and hard to read/interpret....more
How does the book 2 curse continue on in such a promising book?!
I made a note on my phone the other night, where I typed out exactly what I thought miHow does the book 2 curse continue on in such a promising book?!
I made a note on my phone the other night, where I typed out exactly what I thought mid-way through the book, and it didn't really change: Rich Kids with Neglectful Parents, with too Much Money to Blow, Doing Things That No One Their Age Can Accomplish/Get Away with Without Getting into Trouble.
It wasn't that it was awful, or not good, it was just such a typical book 2 in a series where there's either A) not a lot happening, B) the things happening are all a bi-product of setting things up for the other books so it doesn't have much impact on the story within the book, or C) the story to move things along isn't has good as the first book, and until I read the others, I won't know if it helped those other books, either.
I know it's a fantasy based book, and it has magical elements, so you need to hang reality at the door, but man, it's like the things in The Dream Thieves decided that, hey, you suspended your disbelief in TRB's, let's see how far we can take this! and had me scratching my head a couple times because ???????????????????? okay.
And also, I didn't really like the Mr. Gray subplot. At all. (view spoiler)[This has been bothering me since it happened, but.... WHO HAS A CHARACTER WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE ALL ~THREATENING~ AND ~DARK~ AND ~BROODY~... and names him The Gray Man??????????? Because I will be threatened by someone who is supposed to believed to be antagonistic of the book... who calls himself.... Mr. Gray.
AND ON TOP OF IT, as a hit man, WHO THE EFF IS OPEN ABOUT THEIR WORK LIKE "MR. GRAY" IS??????????? Like I just met this woman and ~my cold dead heart~ is ~thundering to life, so even though ~I don't lie~, lemme tell her and her family I'm a hit man. AND WHO BELIEVES IT AND IS OKAY WITH THIS MAN BEING IN THEIR HOUSE??????????? Like during that part I was like, who hit Maura on her head, ngl. (hide spoiler)]...more
Can I do 4.5 stars? Or make it I loved it instead of "it was amazing".... not that it wasn't amazing because I just want to keysmash in wake up finishCan I do 4.5 stars? Or make it I loved it instead of "it was amazing".... not that it wasn't amazing because I just want to keysmash in wake up finishing it. I just think doing a full 5 stars is misleading sometimes, soz.
BUT HOLY WOW. I've only read a couple of books this year that had good story building, good character development, good world-building and The Raven Boys blows it all out of the water. I'm so interested in everything that happens, in every character and the world building that happens. And then it leaves on a perfect note for you to want to pick up the next book to find out what happens.
I haven't been this exited for a book series since HP, I swear....more
Jennifer McMahon is going to easily creep up my Read Anything By This Author list if all her books are as well told as onProbably closer to 3.5 stars.
Jennifer McMahon is going to easily creep up my Read Anything By This Author list if all her books are as well told as ones I've read so far.
The Night Sister is about a tale of a Motel, the secret hidden inside, seeped with a dark family secret, and the grisly murder that takes place there. I started it last night, couldn't put it down, and thanks to having a day off, finished in way under 24 hours of starting it. It flips between three time periods, but unlike in other books where I dread a flashback chapter or two, I looked forward to them. McMahon handles the narrative and time shifts wonderfully. When it's set back in the 50's, I really got the air of it taking place in the 50's.
I liked that it was sort of light*, in that certain scenes weren't as detailed and gory, but left to the imagination to fill. And that the creep factor didn't ring the bells like it does in The Winter People, where she easily freaked me out and made me squeamish a few times with the gory details. I think, considering the contents of the book, (view spoiler)[and that McMahon was inspired by the Germanic Mare folklore and turned into her own, (hide spoiler)] it could have easily gotten silly and hokey, but she straddles the line of not over using details and keeping those certain things obscure and up to the reader to interpret, so she's not going overboard and turning it into an episode of Supernatural.
*not as in a light read, but she spares details of certain things and doesn't bog the story down.
IMO, it's an easy read though, once you start it and get a hang of the characters and who's who, because the plot is pretty straight forward and it's not muddled with sub-plots and extra characters hanging around. ...more
I didn't finish it, It's going to be abandoned because I cannot force myself to read anymore. I've forced myself to finish numerous books, so I was trI didn't finish it, It's going to be abandoned because I cannot force myself to read anymore. I've forced myself to finish numerous books, so I was trying to push myself to finish this one, but I just... can't.
I read Eyes Like Stars in '09 when it came out, forgot about the series until last year, got the rest of the trilogy for Christmas last year and I don't know if I'm not remembering ELS clearly, because I loved that book. So I was starting this book expecting it to be a traditional book two in a trilogy (a little flat, mostly setting things up for the third and muddling through). And I don't know if it's just my reading preference has changed, or if the book isn't as good as I remember, because Prechance to Dream is so hard to get through.
I think Mantchev puts too much effort into trying to make her writing as whimsical as possible, that her writing prose is confusing to read. Half the time I didn't know what I was reading because she never clearly states... anything. What era this is supposed to be in (in ELS Bertie wore jeans and mary janes, PtD? all the clothing she describes as Bertie/other characters wearing are Shakespeare-era), where it takes place (just some unnamed land? island? world?) and the way they travel (horse, carts, train), makes my scratch my head when you consider all the modern era reference that were in Eyes Like Stars. So I was lost a lot and would flip back pages to see if I missed something.
Bertie in ELS was... well, she wasn't the selfish person that takes up the pages in PtD. She's traveling with a group of people, of friends, and she's constantly hiding things from them and not telling them important things, things that she needs to share with her companions.
And let's not even mention the love triangle. I got it from book 1; Nate good, Arial bad... but y'know, if you're going to make the Good Guy the End Game one... maybe, oh, I don't know... don't have him trick Bertie into handfasting (marriage, he tricked her into marriage), that kind of loses the "good guy" vibe thing going on, and loses points because... yeah, that makes him just as Bad as the Bad Boy Ariel. (Not that Ariel is even that bad. He's the one I was rooting for, tbh.)
I wanted to love this book but ugh. I need things to make sense, need things explained and Mantchev doesn't follow either formula. This series has a serious lack of world/character building and like I said above, I feel like Mantchev concentrated on making her writing as whimsical as possible that she forgot about everything else. ...more
I feel like three stars isn't quite what I think of this book? Like three isn't enough, but four would be too much. I didn't hate it, it's not the worI feel like three stars isn't quite what I think of this book? Like three isn't enough, but four would be too much. I didn't hate it, it's not the worst thing I've read all year (I'm looking at you, Perchance To Dream), and I do love it... but it's not the book that I saw everyone swooning over? I really don't know. I can't seem to describe how I feel about this book.
I hated like the first 100 pages because everything was too fragmented and choppy for my liking. But around that 100 page mark it got better for me and I was enjoying it more. I loved how Sáenz conveyed that everyone around Ari knows something he doesn't, because at one point I wanted to pull my hair out because I was like WHAT DO THEY KNOW THAT ARI DOESN'T YET, and how that all transitions to the end of the book.
And that's about all my thoughts/opinion about it is. Which leads back to "I can't seem to describe how I feel about this book". Maybe it needs to set in a little bit for me. But I'll definitely read it again at some point and see if that changes anything....more
Sweet Jesus am I glad my sister lent it to me and I didn't actually buy this. I've literally been almost-done with this book for the last two weeks anSweet Jesus am I glad my sister lent it to me and I didn't actually buy this. I've literally been almost-done with this book for the last two weeks and finally pushed myself to finish it. Yes, I had to force myself to finish this book. I actually thought about just... not reading the end. But I only had 90 more pages and was like, I can do this... I read most of this already.
Honestly, I can appreciate a story I don't like if it's told well. And this story is not simply told well. It seems like a general plot (that is finally revealed in the last 50 or so pages, give or take) was thought of... but how to elevate that plot and bring it to fruition wasn't well executed. It's like a lot of fragmented thoughts/idea's shoved into this book, with no regard to how well it works with the plot. Now that I'm done with it, I'm looking back at other scenes wondering but what was the point of that scene?. Because I'm scratching my head over a couple of things that happen but aren't ever addressed/explained.
And it's my preference rearing it's head again, but I had a lot of problems with the tenses in this book, too. Like there's a lot of past-tense usage for a book that's happening largely in the present. I just... this book was a let down to me. I really, really wanted to love it, because I loved the show and was like man, if the show is this good, the book must be better! ...except, imo, for once, the TV show is better than the book.
I have one question for Mr. Crouch, though... is Ethan Burke Superman? A cyborg? Because half of what this man is put through, there's no way in hell he's making it out alive. A little realism would have been a touch nice, with all the fictional aspects being thrown around... and am I supposed to buy this is something actually happening....more