Now here we go: (my review will be shorter this time because of life, but I promise, I’ll tell you what you need to know)
I really enjoyed her visuals,Now here we go: (my review will be shorter this time because of life, but I promise, I’ll tell you what you need to know)
I really enjoyed her visuals, the way I could smell, hear, taste, feel everything. As I say in all my reviews of hers: she’s got that down.
This story was book 2 of the Treasure series, and it flowed seamlessly from one to the other. There was just enough recap throughout the book that I never felt lost, but didn’t feel like I was getting a recap at the beginning of a TV show: last week on… So, that was wonderful, and really well done.
I think that there were a few parts that were a little drawn out, unnecessary even. It felt like a few scenes may have been added to make the book longer, or maybe that’s just how I read it.
Another thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was that she seemed to draw from herself. I feel like there were a few scenes from this book that I’d read in Coglings, only with different characters and slightly different results. I know that’s bound to happen, and maybe I only noticed it because I read them so close together, but I’m reviewing this so I’m telling it like I see it.
That all being said, I still enjoyed the hell out of this book. The characters are so alive I feel like I know them. I certainly know what they’d do in certain situations, and that’s always great.
In the end (as I said, short review, and I’m terribly sorry about that, but I wanted to write a longer one, it’s just taken me so long to write this one as it is), I would definitely suggest this book, this series, and this author to anyone who wants a good read and especially anyone who loves steampunk. I can’t wait to read what she’s got next. Seriously, I hope she hurries!...more
I wasn’t grabbed at the beginning, the handling of the quotations felt too stuffy and proper for the situation, some of the locations didn’t feel gro I wasn’t grabbed at the beginning, the handling of the quotations felt too stuffy and proper for the situation, some of the locations didn’t feel grounded enough, I just didn’t buy in yet. But I knew Mierek’s writing, so I would have stuck through even if I wasn’t reviewing the book.
So glad I ignored the nitpicky things and dove in. I felt she got her footing on the sense of place rather quickly as the pace picked up, certainly by the first big event in Chapter 1 (no spoilers here). The pictures were colored in, but no so much that I couldn’t have any imagination myself.
I’ll say that how they curse is a little on the nose for me, but I see the cuteness in it. Also, not everyone is comfortable with traditional curse words, so I do understand why she chose to do it.
Beyond that, the story sucked me in. Some of it’s a story we’ve been told before, only twisted, some of it new entirely. When one story line takes off, another side plot smacks you in the face. It’s all pleasantly involved. At any given moment, three to four story lines could be happening, in contrast to similar books which have two - the main plot and the love interest. It felt more like a television show than a book. Each episode giving you hints of the story, adding more pieces but leaving you with more questions.
I was given this book by Ms. Mierek herself for an honest review, so ladies and gents, that’s what I’ll give.
I’ll start off by saying from the very I was given this book by Ms. Mierek herself for an honest review, so ladies and gents, that’s what I’ll give.
I’ll start off by saying from the very first description of Honoria drawing on the bleachers, I was intrigued and hooked on Mierek’s word choice. That being said, at first I was thrown by Mierek’s character names. Quite a few of them were strange, even the ones based in 2001. Every time I got over one, another would crop up. It wasn’t off-putting enough that I would have put down the book mind you.
There was also an over use of the word rotting, in the beginning. She found her stride halfway through and the interesting visuals became more beautiful and in depth, but not to the point of wordy or overwrought. I was watching a film via words.
I was worried that I would get frustrated with her time jumps, I often think writers should spend more time on each before they move on. In this case, it was irritating the first two times because I wanted more, but that’s the point isn’t it? By the next few times, and until the conclusion of the book, I loved the story segments that gave us a little taste at a time. An amuse-bouche if you will.
The small plots within the overall story were effortless. Each side comment felt like there was a purpose, even if it was just to round out the character for later moments. It was a very thoughtful book.
I consumed this book in one sitting, angry at my bladder for screaming at my for the last twenty pages - I’m good at ignoring trivial things such as that though. The ending, even if you weren’t sold on the book, the ending... I can’t say those two words enough. The ending brought a little trickle of tears and had my rushing to my laptop, still ignoring my human urges, just to share with you the feelings I have for this book. I hate books with a hundred dots after them, the just in case syndrome. Or worse yet, the wrap up ending that ruined every beautiful thing that just happened. No, this ending was bittersweet, yet perfect.
To be frank, I was worried. What if I hate the book? She sent it to me and I’m reviewing it for her. If I hate it, how would I let her down gently? Well folks, that’s a question for another book.
And I hope there are more authors that find me to do this, because I had never heard of her work and that would have been my loss.
It took me a while to add a review thanks to... life, but here you go!
Madeline Dyer has a way with imagery. From the first sentence to the last, you sIt took me a while to add a review thanks to... life, but here you go!
Madeline Dyer has a way with imagery. From the first sentence to the last, you see everything exactly as she wanted you to, but it's never too much and it's unique in it's verbiage. The story was original too, and really, aren't we looking for that? Her dystopian world feels like it could be happening around the corner right now, or in two hundred years. I never felt bogged down with the science, but it felt explained enough that I believed it. This book is definitely worth a read. I can't wait for book two!...more
Started off really slow for me bu I like Melissa Marr so I gave it longer than usual. When it picked up, I started to enjoy it more. 3 stars for a preStarted off really slow for me bu I like Melissa Marr so I gave it longer than usual. When it picked up, I started to enjoy it more. 3 stars for a pretty good story....more
Man, Victoria just keeps getting better! I love M.J. and Heath, they make a great team, still question them as a couple but we'll see. I can't wait toMan, Victoria just keeps getting better! I love M.J. and Heath, they make a great team, still question them as a couple but we'll see. I can't wait to read more!!...more
Loved this one, again another fun and good read following M.J. This time with ghost witches and a camera crew that bails. Can't wait to get the next bLoved this one, again another fun and good read following M.J. This time with ghost witches and a camera crew that bails. Can't wait to get the next book!
That being said... Can we please get accurate names for her books? Just saying. Maybe, Ghosts Don't Know Witch Way to Go. I don't know, this isn't my job, but come on these are fabulous books but the titles seem irrelevant to say the least. You'd think there were ghouls in the Amazon or something right? ...more
Well, I loved this book. I knew nothing about it when I read it, since I got it and put it in my stack and when I got to it had forgotten all about itWell, I loved this book. I knew nothing about it when I read it, since I got it and put it in my stack and when I got to it had forgotten all about it and when that happens I don't read the back again. It was touching and went in a direction I would not thought it could have. I see nothing of Twilight or Shiver in it, I think people just look for connections. The two characters are in their late twenties, both with full lives they are trying to figure out. They are tentative about sex or love, there is no angst about it, just passion. It didn't feel cheesy or forced. I wouldn't say, if you like tween vampire books, you'll love this book about two lost souls finding each other and themselves on a path of redemption for not only them but for their hosts. I would say if you want to read a good book that will move you, a solid story, that's when you should pick this book up....more