Cinder is one of those books that looked interesting but I just kept putting off reading. Having so many series I already follow I decided to wait untCinder is one of those books that looked interesting but I just kept putting off reading. Having so many series I already follow I decided to wait until closer to the last book to give it a shot. I was glad I waited because I do feel I enjoyed to whole series much better when read as a whole as apposed to piece by piece. I found Cinder to be a truly original take on a classic fairy tale. A cyborg girl trying to make her way in a world. A Future world where technology and disease run rampant. The division between the classes is huge. But inspire of it all young Cinder has made a name for herself as a mechanic. That name spreads as far as the Prince and through what some might consider a small interaction the whole world that they live in is changed. Beyond the fairy tale this is a story that speak a lot about segregation and equal rights. I think there is an overall message to treat each life as an equal no matter what parts they have or where they are born. ...more
**spoiler alert** Wow, All I can say is I loved this book. I have so many comments to make but they are all huge spoilers. So you have been warned.
Fir**spoiler alert** Wow, All I can say is I loved this book. I have so many comments to make but they are all huge spoilers. So you have been warned.
First off the characters were interesting and dynamic. There were definite times that I wanted to just smack Justin off the back of the head, which proves how real each character felt. I also enjoyed the slow build for each character. We learned subtly more about each one in such a way that it was like getting to know a new friend.
The world that they live in play a huge role in the novel. Its a nation that has given up huge chunks of freedoms to be safe and healthy. They have essentially traded their worship of "Gods" as a higher power to one of the Runa being the higher power. This future world really makes the reader step back an think. Would you give up religious freedom and reproductive choices if you knew it was the only way to have a healthy human race. Would you rather have someone tell you how many children you can have but in tern know those children will grow up safe with a quality education in a society where every school teaches the exact same curriculum? Where secondary school is free? What about a society where technology has soared? Is it worth a little freedom of choice then? Richelle Mead has done a fantastic job with a fantasy novel that touches upon some of the political extremes we see debated every day. A few of the religious ones as well. This novel has sparked some interesting conversations in my house, another mark of a well written book.
I also found a few twists and turns at the end to be just what the story needed. Although I hope Justin smartens up in the next book!...more
It looks like I missed a book in this series, book 4 I think because this one picks up after Alvarez is back to duty from a shooting. I do enjoy LisaIt looks like I missed a book in this series, book 4 I think because this one picks up after Alvarez is back to duty from a shooting. I do enjoy Lisa jackson as a writer. Her characters are clever and have depth. Even some secondary characters have back stories. The only trouble with this particular series is that its book five and so this is the fifth serial killer in a relatively small town. If I lived around there I think I'd move, and fast. I did have a question in regards to a timeline issue. I'm wondering if anyone else picked that up? The nieces are only eight but Dan's ex's daughter is a teen? Looking past that it was a good book. Fast paced with a twist ending if you enjoy shows like Law and Order you will enjoy this series for sure....more
I am extremely behind on this series! Luckily thanks to Amazon I have the next few waiting on my shelf, now to find some time.. Anywise back to me revI am extremely behind on this series! Luckily thanks to Amazon I have the next few waiting on my shelf, now to find some time.. Anywise back to me review. I always really enjoy these books. Chloe Neill does an excellent job with them keeping the stories fast paced and interesting. This one was no different in that respect. I also enjoy the fact that you could pick up almost any book in the series and enjoy it without the book before it. That being said there is defiantly a building story arc here for those of us who are interested in the series as a whole. *spoilers* In the aftermath of all the GP issues Ethan finds himself on the Chicago's most wanted list and ends up seeking refuge with the Shifters. Of course things could never be that easy and after a few magical catastrophes Merit and Ethan find themselves arm deep in other supernaturals troubles. The only way out is through some investigative work and maybe a little blackmail. Overall this was a fun book and we were able to spend time with some favorite characters from earlier in the series, which is always nice. I've just started the next one and hopefully will have more time to get it finished in a reasonable timeframe. ...more
Patricia Briggs is undoubtably one of my favorite authors. Her novels are always well thought out and interconnected in ways that continue to amaze mePatricia Briggs is undoubtably one of my favorite authors. Her novels are always well thought out and interconnected in ways that continue to amaze me. Her characters are always true to themselves in a way that is very hard to pull off, especially in Urban Fantasy series. This novel proved to be everything I hoped it would be. We find Mercy in a jam again, of course, and are able to spend some time with old friends. And Coyote. I have to save I love Coyote and any chance to find out more about him and Mercy's place in the world. Speaking of her place in the world we get a chance to see Mercy's place in the pack and the trouble she has to deal with to keep it that way. This novel also gives us a little more insight into how the world is handling the Fae and how the Fae are handling the world. I can't wait for the next book in the sister series to come out to see how that whole situation progresses. Overall this is a great story with characters we as readers already love and a world we've invested ourselves into. I had a hard time putting it down and that is saying a lot because I haven't been all that into reading lately. Night Broken is for sure a contender for the best book I've read in quite a while!...more
I've been lucky enough to review a few of Steven Manchester's books over the past few years. One thing I can say is that he never disappoints. His chaI've been lucky enough to review a few of Steven Manchester's books over the past few years. One thing I can say is that he never disappoints. His characters are always extremely relatable and very, very real. As usual he brings us on an emotional journey that makes the reader search for a piece of themselves in the characters and maybe some part of the two "lovers" struggles. How many times has a chance meeting changed the course of your life, or ended up changing just enough to make a difference? Will David and Lindsey overcome distance and the brutal changes war can have on one psyche ? Or will their friendship that helped keep them going be just that and end as quickly as it began? Settle yourself in to read this one straight through. You will be glad you did!