It was a good ending to the Healer series. I think I may like Avry better than Yelena from the Study Series and infinitely better than Opal from the S...moreIt was a good ending to the Healer series. I think I may like Avry better than Yelena from the Study Series and infinitely better than Opal from the Seaglass Series. I found that Avry was a lot less whiny than Snyder's other heroines and I hope she writes more heroines like that.(less)
Never let it be said that Ms. Rossi made it easy for Aria and Perry. In their place, after all the shit they've been through, I would've just said "Yo...moreNever let it be said that Ms. Rossi made it easy for Aria and Perry. In their place, after all the shit they've been through, I would've just said "You know what? Screw it. We're staying in this cave to await our death."(less)
A really satisfying end to a good series. While there were times that I thought Charlie was being particularly annoying, it was a good thing that the...moreA really satisfying end to a good series. While there were times that I thought Charlie was being particularly annoying, it was a good thing that the supporting characters (Brooklynn, Eden, etc..) were well-written enough to carry the show during some (very few) low moments.
You know, I did not realise that this was a 'dystopia' novel until halfway through the first book. The whole plot could just as well work in...more3.5 stars
You know, I did not realise that this was a 'dystopia' novel until halfway through the first book. The whole plot could just as well work in a high-fantasy setting. As a fantasy-dystopia, I would really like to know-- even just a passing mention, of how the world came to be composed of queendoms. That was the only thing that was nibbling at the back of my mind while I was reading The Essence.
Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed The Essence. Despite the lack of exposition about the world's history, Kimberly Derting's writing was very smooth and easy to visualise. Overall an easy read.
Sh*t goes down in this book. As it turns out, overthrowing Queen Sabara was the easy part. Now Charlie has to deal with rebels fighting for the old class-based systems, other queens trying to assassinate her and Queen Sabara, who is inside Charlie and fighting for control. Charlie is strong-- not physically but in spirit. She may lose her resolve from time to time, but she always tries to do what she believes is the right thing.
It's unfortunate that most of the secondary characters do not interest me, even Max. I don't dislike them, but I really couldn't care less about them. Sabara had my attention. It's hard to tell what her real intentions are, but I really don't think that she is as evil as we first thought her to be.
I can't wait till the last book. Hopefully, with all the loose ends taken care of, it will be great.(less)
I had read the author's debut novel Brightly Woven a while back and I enjoyed it, even though the book suffered from some serious bore-fest at the beg...moreI had read the author's debut novel Brightly Woven a while back and I enjoyed it, even though the book suffered from some serious bore-fest at the beginning.
The Darkest Minds however... was just WOW. EPIC. Nothing boring AT ALL. I devoured this book like there was no tomorrow and that's quite telling considering that Dystopian YA is not exactly my go-to genre.
Our protagonist Ruby is not a BAMF heroine-- not yet, at least. The tiny minority of American children who survived a mysterious disease have emerged with varying degrees of mental abilities, from photographic memory to frying electrical equipment at a touch to mind-freaking-control, and Ruby is at the dangerous end of the spectrum along with other sociopathic kids. Her abilities have brought her nothing but pain and suffering and so it's understandable that she should be afraid and wary of them.
I really liked how seamless it was to be in her head (the book is in first-person POV, after all), the reader is not spoon-fed information and we are left to piece together what's become of the world after the disease ravaged it. That's a good thing. There's nothing more awkward than the protagonist explaining things that they already know to themselves for the reader's benefit.
By the end, there were many questions unanswered, many feels felt. I hope these will be addressed properly in the next books because... FEELS.(less)
Never have I read a YA with such a strong romance. Aria and Perry... what they have between them I feel cannot be sufficiently describe in the English...moreNever have I read a YA with such a strong romance. Aria and Perry... what they have between them I feel cannot be sufficiently describe in the English language. It's more like 緣分 (yuánfèn, according to my Chinese teacher xP) where two people are meant to be together and have this mysterious binding force that intertwines their fate together-- which, apparently, is still an understatement of its actual meaning.
Many YA books in particular try to create this yuánfèn between their protagonist but end up coming across as too contrived and cheesy. Veronica Rossi made it work for me, that's for sure.
The world Rossi created was also intriguing and easily immersive to me. There are times where I don't want so much exposition about how the world works-- I want to just be in it and figure it out along the way. After all, would you yourself go on an internal monologue about things that are supposed to be mundane to you?
TL;DR: I don't care what Aether is, thanks for not going into a 5-page explanation on it. I'd like to smell what people feel too.(less)
I have said this in my review of Under The Never Sky and I will say it again: never EVER have I read a romance in YA that is so solid and real as the...moreI have said this in my review of Under The Never Sky and I will say it again: never EVER have I read a romance in YA that is so solid and real as the one we have with Aria and Perry. The crazy part is, the books don't even revolve around their romance. We have this larger overarching plot and their romance is a consequence of it-- which is why Aria and Perry's dynamic is so natural.
Veronica Rossi has built such a wonderful world and such amazing characters. You have these two sides: the Dwellers and the Outsiders, who at first glance are completely different from each other. But then when you think about it, everyone is just trying to survive. And as much as I'd like to hate Hess and Sable (and I do intensely dislike them), they really are just trying to save as many as possible (with themselves as first priority, obv). Aether Storms, which I've come to visualise as a fiery, electric, solar sandstorm, takes no side and spares no one.
Speaking of amazing characters, Roar and Aria have the best platonic-soulmate dynamic going on. I have so many feels for Roar, Perry and Aria.
We are not given a single moment to rest in this action-packed, eventful sequel. Thank goodness for that!(less)
(view spoiler)[Ultraviolet's GR page kind of spoiled the story for me with the 'Aliens' in the genre...moreI... well... oh my god, this book is just... wow.
(view spoiler)[Ultraviolet's GR page kind of spoiled the story for me with the 'Aliens' in the genre sidebar. However, that, coupled with the synopsis, actually made me want to read it all the more. (hide spoiler)]
Novels with unreliable narrators tend to be a hit or miss with me. Sometimes, they're too angsty, other times, they're too crazy. Fortunately, I liked Allison from the beginning because of the way her mind worked, if that made any sense. For someone whose sanity is doubted by everyone else, including herself, she is surprisingly level-headed (as level-headed as an involuntary patient in a psychiatric centre can be, I guess).
Also, the novel itself was exceptionally written, in my opinion. I love the way the author described the world through the eyes of a synthete, and while I have no first-hand experience with synthesia to vouch for its accuracy, I found it easy and very beautiful to read.
Without giving away too much of the story, I think this book should be approached with an open mind for it to be fully appreciated, as with all books which don't have a clear genre to fall into.
I didn't care for Sybella in Grave Mercy but I ended up loving her a lot more than Ismae once Sybella's background and character was more fleshed out....moreI didn't care for Sybella in Grave Mercy but I ended up loving her a lot more than Ismae once Sybella's background and character was more fleshed out. Sybella's family is cray, that's all I have to say.
I don't know why I put off reading this book, I really don't. I just remember seeing the cover and reading the blurb and thinking 'Oh, that's nice......moreI don't know why I put off reading this book, I really don't. I just remember seeing the cover and reading the blurb and thinking 'Oh, that's nice... maybe someday.' I'm grateful that I finally decided to pick it up, though, because it was well worth the read.
This may not be everyone's cup of tea because Grave Mercy is a 15th century historical romance with fantasy and politics. There is much emphasis on the historical and political part so if keeping up with court politics in fiction is not something you'd like to be a major part of your reading, then maybe this isn't for you.
Personally, I loved the court intrigue and the political machinations of the Duchesses courtiers, and how the convent of St Mortain and its mysterious ways shaped the story. Of course, the romance between Ismae and Duval were the main part of the story, but it is their surroundings that add richness to the story between them.(less)
I haven't read a good debut YA novel in a while. And this one, wow.
First off, the initially useless heroine is a common trope found in YA fantasies an...moreI haven't read a good debut YA novel in a while. And this one, wow.
First off, the initially useless heroine is a common trope found in YA fantasies and oftentimes they just make me go
Needless to say, Alina was very likeable-- at least to me. Usually in these types of novels, it takes 2-3 books for the heroine to finally accept their power, after much angst. Alina did it halfway in to the story. And after that, she undergoes much character development, which is always good :D
I was left hanging at the end of the book, which is normal for first books of any series. It wasn't too cliff-hangerish (if you know what I mean) but more of
I remember reading through Daughter of Smoke & Bone quite quickly and thinking to myself "This was a fun read.". There is nothing fun about this book as we are thrust into the middle of a bloody war where both sides are just plain slaughtering each other's civilians. And our protagonists Akiva and Karou/Madrigal are on opposite sides. We got some serious emotional roller coaster rides here.
(view spoiler)[I was so frustrated with Karou and her overbearing guilt in the first part of the story. Her guilt led her to do some pretty stupid things like agree to work for the guy who got her executed in the first place. I was all "GET OVER IT KAROU AND KILL THAT BASTARD" but nooo she was just all "This was my fault, I should continue working with Thiago."
And maaan, Akiva's side of the story wasn't so pretty either. That guy... seriously, all the bad decisions have to fall on him, don't they? For once, I'd like to see him comforted by the fact that he made the right choice. Every time he decides to do what he feels is right, he and his siblings just get into even deeper shit. Wrrryyyyyy?? (hide spoiler)]
So now you have Akiva and Karou right in the middle of the mess they didn't exactly start but kind of accelerated. While there was a lot of action, this is a transitional book meant to guide us from one phase of the story to another so I was left with this kind of unsatisfied feeling at the end.
TL;DRShit got real this time. Shit's gonna start next time.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)