In terms of enjoyment, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING definitely rates highly. I was immediately sucked into the world, the action, magic, and characters....moreIn terms of enjoyment, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING definitely rates highly. I was immediately sucked into the world, the action, magic, and characters. There was one factor that I was slightly bothered by, but overall I completely fell in love with this book. In fact, afterwards, I might have, erm, been like this…
YOU'RE. JUST. GOING. TO. END. IT. LIKE THAT???
And then like this....
*wallows in self pity* I NEED NEXT BOOK NAO.
Anyways, *ahem* moving on…
GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING started off with a bang, with lots of excitement. There was immediately so much action thrown in the reader’s face (in a good way). The fantasy and world building also mesmerized me – it was purely magical, rich, and full of magical creatures. I was also refreshed by the book’s fantasy system centering around gnomes and goblins, since I haven’t really seen them as the focus of a fantasy book, although I have always thought of the two as small, always-happy garden creatures (erm, gnomes), and creepy, monster-like creatures of the night (erm, goblins).
Greta was also a kick-ass heroine! As a bounty hunter, she’s obviously a great fighter, and her sharp tongue is hilarious, even at the worst of times. There were so many action scenes, and she definitely dominated. There’s one scene where she’s attacked, and instead of stepping in the shadows or standing still, waiting for help, like many female characters might have done, she definitely takes charge. She takes so many sacrifices and is headstrong, always heading into danger. Combined with the explosive action scenes in the book, Greta was a near-perfect heroine for the setting!
The side characters also helped to add to the story. I especially liked the relationship that Greta eventually developed with the “Lost Boys” – there was a sort of friendship that definitely developed between them, like a family. I also liked Siona as a character, and hopefully we will see more of her and the boys in the next book!
My only complaint about this book was Isaac & Greta’s relationship. There were some serious eye rolls with some of the dialogue in the book. Die-hard fans of paranormal romance might enjoy their relationship, but the “We have chemistry OMG we are meant to be together YOU MUST BE MINE” is getting a little old for me :/ I know that they spent time with each other prior to the book, but I didn’t really see it develop, so it seemed a little like insta-love. Outside of dreams (you’ll see if you read the book), they really didn’t spend much time together either :/ Maybe others would dig their relationship, but unfortunately their seemingly quick progression kind of ruined my experience with the book.
On a side note, there did seem to be signs of a retelling of Hansel and Gretel…? I did like how the author retold the tale in subtle ways!
As a whole, I did enjoy the book! Unfortunately, it also ended in a huge cliffhanger (grr….), so I’m probably going to be reading the next book! Full of action and great fantasy, I recommend this to fans of YA PNR. (:(less)
Let us start off with yet another freaking-out-OMG GIF:
Since this review might be pretty long, I will provide two versions.
The Short Version: This b...moreLet us start off with yet another freaking-out-OMG GIF:
Since this review might be pretty long, I will provide two versions.
The Short Version: This book was epic. Just full of awesomeness. EPIC. I loved the fantasy, the characters, the plot, the world – everything!
The Long Version:
Let’s start off with the characters. Emariya was pretty darn awesome. She’s not your typical kick-butt ninja-fighting heroine, but it’s clear that she’s a determined character and really cares about her country. The number of sacrifices she makes is extraordinary, and I admired her quick thinking and bravery throughout the novel. And even though she’s expected to be queen, there were still aspects of her character that I related to as a person, and I really connected to her (:
The love interest, Torian, is actually introduced pretty late into the novel, but I actually felt like he and Emariya had good chemistry. There was a bit of fantasy involved, but for the most part, their relationship did seem to have some depth. It also had its ups and downs, and hopefully I will see it develop more in the next book!
As for the side characters, like Jessa, Khane, Reece, and Garith, I felt like each had a pretty important role. They each had unique traits, which were shown throughout the novel. Jessa had a great friendship with Emariya, while Garith genuinely cared and loved Riya. I especially liked that Garith wasn’t too obsessive either, and there wasn’t an annoying love triangle. As for Khane and Reece, they each have pretty interesting and mysterious roles in the novel, and hopefully they will appear more later!
The general structure of the plot is actually pretty simplistic, but in the mix were a lot of magic, action, and mystery! As the first book in the series, there wasn’t as much fantasy as I might have wanted, but there seemed to be a lot more in the end. Still, the different lands enchanted me, with each custom and setting (:
However, there was one huge twist at the end that I didn’t suspect until very late in the book. It definitely shed new light onto a lot of the characters, and right now I’m probably still in shock because of it :o And of course, like most authors that I love, there’s a cliffhanger. It’s not as gaping as some, but it definitely left me hungering for more!
Overall, Cornerstone is absolutely fantastic! Full of magic, action, twists, and excitement, this is a must-read for any fantasy fan (: I will definitely be reading the next book!
*Thank you so so much to Kelly Walker for providing me a review copy of this book! The fact that I received a review copy has not affected my opinion.*(less)
Compared to its prequel, REFLECTION, REACTION definitely has a different feel to it. Whil...moreThis review first appeared as a tour stop on Moosubi Reviews!
Compared to its prequel, REFLECTION, REACTION definitely has a different feel to it. While the first book really developed Heather and Nick’s relationship, REACTION doesn’t start happily, but with a lot of raw emotion. Even though the two books were different, I definitely still enjoyed REACTION!
One of the best things about Jessica Roberts’ works is her ability to really connect me to her characters. There was a lot of emotion and realistic-ness in her writing, and I could definitely relate to Heather’s feelings. Throughout the novel, I definitely felt bad for her, and had a slight feeling of satisfaction whenever she made a cynical remark. The language was just so beautiful!
You also really get to see Heather’s relationships with some new people (Jerry, Bob, Doc, etc.) and some older relationships really develop (like Creed, Liz, etc.) It was amazing to see everyone support each other no matter what, and I admired the strength of their bonds. I especially liked her relationship with Creed and Liz as it developed into something more.
The plot also brings some surprising new developments, some very surprising but refreshing and intriguing, and some just so… beautiful (I’m not sure how else to describe it!) There’s one scene that Heather finally visits someone she hasn’t seen for such a long time, and their reunion is great!
As for Heather and Nick… they’re the type of people that fans of the series just want to get together again. I was always rooting for them, and there were moments where I literally screamed in my head, “Aaaawwww!” The eventual ending seemed a bit rushed, but still satisfying (:
Overall, REACTION was an emotion filled read, and a great sequel to Reflection! Some new characters are introduced, and the old are still well developed, and it truly is a beautiful story (: I recommend this book to fans of the first book, and to fans of contemporary romance! (less)
If you know me well enough as a reader, it's no secret that (well-written) fantasy is my favorite genre....moreThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
If you know me well enough as a reader, it's no secret that (well-written) fantasy is my favorite genre. I love everything about the genre - the magic, the world, the different characters, the adventure - whatever you can think of! That being said, as a fantasy fan, Broken Aro satisfied my need of a good fantasy read.
Aro is the type of character that I could relate to, in a way. I do have older siblings, although we don't share the same types of relationships as Aro and her brothers did, but I could understand her feelings of helplessness, and just wanting to break down. Throughout the book, there were times where Aro wasn't the strongest character - in fact, she completely broke down. But that's what made me like her - if she's too strong, she's not believable, and there's no struggle. Eventually, she does become a stronger and promising character, and hopefully throughout the rest of the series, we get to see her character grow even more.
The writing style was fluent and vivid, and immediately sucked me in. Usually in epic fantasy, the action or adventure and fantastical elements are written beautifully, but it's the characters and world building / style that really add to my experience. I felt that the book overall wasn't long enough for the world building to really develop (you already get an idea of how this world works though), but the novel was written in such a way that I was able to read through it quickly, but enjoyably!
As for the romance, there might be a romance brewing, and there's definitely some romantically-tense moments in the book, although I can't exactly see how it would turn out in the end. There's a large emphasis on familial relationships, which I really admired! Hopefully in the next book, this trend will continue ^__^
My only complaint is that the book seemed too short! One of my issues with the plot is that there didn't seem to be largely developed struggles, but part of the reason was that the book itself wasn't very long. The "climax" was a bit anti-climatic too, although there still is a lot of action, and the ending is open-ended. Still, I definitely enjoyed this short read!
Overall, Broken Aro was a quick, enjoyable, and fun fantasy read. I definitely recommend this book to YA Fantasy fans, and even to romance fans, although the romance isn't concrete! I will be reading the next book - hopefully it will be as good as the first (:
Simply put, this book was beautiful. I’ve always been curious about the idea of dreams and nightmares, as well as being a...moreRating Clarification: 4.5 / 5
Simply put, this book was beautiful. I’ve always been curious about the idea of dreams and nightmares, as well as being an avid fan of fantasy. Combined with Lois Lowry’s emotional and fluid language, this book definitely seemed like a dream.
Gossamer is told in mainly two ways – the first in “Littlest’s” journey and growth, and the second from the viewpoints of a boy who was taken away from his mother, a lonely surrogate grandmother, and a mother struggling for redemption. While the book wasn’t very long, I felt that I really got to know the characters and their stories. Through their dreams and stories, I felt like I knew about the boy’s pain, the grandmother’s loneliness and hope, as well as the mother’s struggle. As for the “dreammakers”, they were really like dreams – each represented a curiosity of a sort, each embodying an emotion that I enjoyed.
Back when I read The Giver in seventh grade, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book, mostly because I was forced to read it and the ending just seemed so depressing to me. I suppose that’s why I didn’t really appreciate Lois Lowry’s language – it flows and seems like poetry. Throughout the book, Lowry was able to combine happiness with sadness, love with hate, and dreams with nightmares. Both sides of the story were touching, and just full of emotion.
Overall, Gossamer was a quick and beautiful read, great for fantasy readers of all ages. I especially recommend this to younger readers, since the language is fairly simple but enjoyable, but also older fantasy fans who are curious about the idea of dreams.(less)
To be completely honest, I wasn’t constantly wowed by Pretty Amy. It wasn’t a book that had be completely in tears, surprised by its many twists,...more[4/5]
To be completely honest, I wasn’t constantly wowed by Pretty Amy. It wasn’t a book that had be completely in tears, surprised by its many twists, riveted by the non-stop action, or just in shock at the end. Instead, the book had those moments where Amy just resonated with my thoughts. It wasn’t as if we were the exact same person, but she has those qualities and thoughts that, at one point, almost everyone could relate to.
I’m not sure if I’m the right person to say this, considering I’m a teenager, but I think Amy is someone everyone could relate to, at some point in his or her life. She isn’t someone who’s particularly attractive, smart, confident, rich, etc. – she’s average looking and middle-class. I admit that at some points, she’s not that nice either – there’s times that she screams at her parents, co-workers, lawyer, shrink – almost everyone, really. But her emotions and eventual contentment with her fate were well-written and portrayed, and I felt like I could really connect to her character. I’m not quite sure how else to say it! Anyways, here are some quotes I pulled from a particular chapter (Chapter 8, I think) that I completely adored:
“In high school you are not given a choice as to who you become, you are signed up long before that based on looks, smarts, and talent, then corralled into your group. The problem was I didn’t like my group. Girls who were not popular but not dorks either, who were not pretty but not totally disgusting. Girls who floated somewhere in between, somewhere boring; who didn’t get asked on dates, who never had to stay out past curfew, who never had to lie to their parents.”
“I would tell myself that tomorrow woud be better. And then when tomorrow wasn’t better, say, ‘Well then, next week will be better, next month, next year.’”
“We gave nothing to each other because we wanted so much to be liked by other people.”
Other than that, I also eventually grew a bit attached to the side characters. You actually don’t get to see a lot of Lila and Cassie, until the very end and the beginning, but you meet lots of other interesting characters like Daniel (Amy’s shrink), Connor (Amy’s co-worker), her parents, Joe (her childhood friend), and Dick Simon (her lawyer). Each one of them clearly care or grow to care about Amy, and it is a bit touching. Joe and Amy’s parents, for example, always supported her, even though Amy wasn’t always nice or honest to them. Connor was particularly interesting with his almost always positive and effort-focused outlook on life, along with his willingness to help a complete stranger. Her lawyer and Daniel, of course, aren’t as developed because of the nature of their roles, but how Amy eventually gets to accept their help and come to terms with her future is complex, a bit long of a struggle, but still riveting.
My one qualm is that at times, Amy seemed a bit overdramatic or naïve. You could probably tell that Amy’s friendship with Lila and Cassie isn’t as honest or strong as Amy would have liked it to be, although she continues to support the two. Of course, her behavior was realistic, but considering how one of the two eventually betrays Amy, there was a time where I wanted to tell Amy to finally break it off and stand for herself. Sometimes she also yells at others who are trying to care for her, although they probably didn’t deserve it. Still, I admit that if I was in Amy’s position, I would probably act in the same way, so I suppose it is realistic enough.
Overall, Pretty Amy was a touching and emotional great read for me, because of how much I could relate to Amy and the complexity and emotion of the side characters. Fans of maybe darker or rawer contemporary reads may enjoy this novel, although I still recommend checking it out at the library or previewing a chapter or two online/at a bookstore, if available, to see if Pretty Amy might resonate with you.(less)
Let start off my the all classic GIFs. As a National Book Award Finalist for YA Finalist, plus a book that h...moreFind more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
Let start off my the all classic GIFs. As a National Book Award Finalist for YA Finalist, plus a book that has received so many raving reviews, I have to admit that as soon as I saw this book on ARCycling, I might have been like this...
Then like this...
*Ahem* Moving on...
Never Fall Down follows the journey of Arn, an 11 year old boy enslaved by the Khmer Rouge. Throughout the story, the book follows his hopes, disappointments, friendships, an betrayals. The plot itself is pretty fast paced - after all, the book is only 216 pages long. Although definitely entertaining, because of the length I felt that it was a bit underdeveloped. However, as a whole I admired Arn's strength throughout the story.
As a character, Arn definitely shows his strength. At times, he acts as a leader but also a savior of sorts, although he's far from perfect. His imperfections stood out, but also made him a unique and complete character. I actually felt pretty connected to his emotions - when he had hope or felt happy, I felt hopeful for him too! Of course, when he was sad, or the inevitable happen, I probably went NOOOOO!!! in my head too. As a whole, he was a great leading character!
His voice probably actually makes or breaks the experience of the book. Many readers will find it outstanding - it really shows the innocence of an 11 year old, and it really pulled me in. It's actually mostly in broken English, which enhanced the experience for me, but for some it might not be fore them. Although mostly because of the length of the novel and the style of the language, there wasn't much emotion portrayed in the writing, there was still a sense of despair that probably brought the novel together.
However, I do admit that it seems like because of the style of writing, Arn's character doesn't develop much. If you think about the story as a whole, he definitely had to adapt to his circumstances, but since his style of English stayed consistent, it might seem like he's more of a static character. I'm not quite sure how to explain it, but this article from School Library Journal does a great job about explaining it!
Another thing that I'd like to mention is the age-appropriate-ness. My younger sister who's in 8th grade read it, and she definitely seemed fine with it, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate for younger middle school students. Because of the language, which is fairly simple, it might also seem like this book is appropriate for a younger age group, but because Never Fall Down covers such a serious topic as genocide, I recommend this book for older readers, not limited to YA readers!
Overall, although I had some small issues with the language, Never Fall Down was a brilliant read, really opening my eyes to such tragedies. As for the language, I recommend reading the first few pages to see if Arn's voice appeals to you - if it doesn't within the first chapter or so, this book might not be for you. Otherwise, I highly recommend it to all readers!
When reading this review, I feel it's important to mention three things:
1. I love music. That being said, any book with music is already pushed a little upwards. 2. I read a book I didn't like so much before DJ Rising (not that DJ Rising was a bad book though!) 3. I was probably in the mood for a quick, contemporary read!
That being said, I definitely still enjoyed this book!
When I think of it now, DJ Rising is the type of book that, in my opinion, would make a good movie. There's the unique idea (DJing, although the musical aspect appeals to teenagers - including me!), the feel-good ending, the relatable characters, and the quick-paced plot!
Marley's definitely a likable character. He's the type that is so hard-working and generous, but also a mellow kind of dude at the same time. I wouldn't say his situation's so horrifying that it's eye-popping, especially compared to Tap Out, but it's still not a position to be envied. His connection to music was what really stood out to me though - a lot of the chapters started out with the phrase "The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I've always heard is music". As a musician, although a different kind, I understood his escape to the world of music, and the fact that sometimes his tunes were his version of a drug.
The other supporting characters were likable when they were supposed to be! Again, I'd think this book would probably make a good movie especially because of some of the speeches and character types in this book. For example, someone like Hawk realistically wouldn't exist in real life, and someone like Jewel rarely makes those types of inspirational speeches. Still, I still found it to be a "feel-good" book, which was what I happened to be looking for!
There's also one supporting character whose name I will not mention that really shined to me in the end. For the sake of spoilers, I'm not going to mention his name, but his interaction with Marley, as well as Marley's forgiveness made me tear up a little :')
The plot is a little predictable, but entertaining nonetheless! One thing that bothered me was that other than one huge setback (not to be mentioned for the sake of spoilers), Marley's DJ training came pretty easily to him. Moreover, the book blurb pretty much explains a lot of the book's plot. However, what made my reading experience interesting was how the characters interacted with each other and formed a beautiful family.
Overall, DJ Rising is a short but enjoyable read, perfect for contemporary or music lovers! If you're the type of reader that likes "feel-good" books or books where the characters and relationships come together, I definitely recommend DJ Rising (:
*Thank you to Erin from Tea For Three Books & Jennifer + Lili from ARCycling for providing me a review copy of this book!*(less)
Now that I think about it, I think my reading preferences for the month or so probably end up going in a...moreThis review appeared first @ Moosubi Reviews!
Now that I think about it, I think my reading preferences for the month or so probably end up going in a cycle like this:
High Fantasy / Good Dystopia -> An Actiony-Adventure Read -> A Light, Contemporary Read -> Amazing Read (As in, the book better be pretty darn amazing for me to like it) -> Back to the top
With that being said, Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe (along with other various reads I've read recently, like Soulbound and DJ Rising) have been read at the right time. Which means a happy blogger & reader! It's not that the books aren't well-written either, but this is something I'd like to share lol ^__^
Anyways, onto the review!
Have you ever met or seen someone that acts so crazily (but happily!), that you kind of just step away from them? But inside, you really want to be as crazily confident as she is?
For me, that was Chloe Camden. Admittedly, in the beginning of the book I didn't think I would like Chloe. In a way, I suppose I'd envy her for her confidence, but it just seemed like her weird-ness didn't really click with me in the beginning. Added with the fact that she seemed kind of inconsiderate to her best friends but still wanted to butt into their lives, I wasn't too sure about how my reading experience would end up.
Eventually though, Chloe's personality did grow on me. Her amazing people-working and talking skills awed and charmed me. One particularly memorable moment was the "sandwich" technique. To me, it showed her friendly personality along with her ability to deal with real life situations. Her radio shows are also one of the highlights of the book - I loved seeing her interact with others and just talk!
As for the other characters, "Jester" Clem was one of my favorites. While I might have been annoyed at Chloe in real life, Clem would be the type of person I might have got along with. I admired her dreams and no-nonsense personality towards achieving them, as well as her personality in general ^__^
Aside from that, one of my complaints is that I feel like the other characters weren't explored as much as I would have liked them to. While Frack's stuttering and Haley's pregnancy were certainly interesting problems, they were probably mentioned about five times in the whole novel. In the summary, it tells you that Chloe learns to "listen", but it's not really shown in there that she listens to any of the more serious problems of the radio members, aside from Duncan (who I'll get to later). Chloe's ex-best friends are more included in the novel, although their interactions with Chloe are pretty limited, and I never really got to know them.
However, I did feel like the moments that the side characters were integrated in the novel, it was a great feeling! At times, this book was certainly a "feel-good" book - I loved how the radio station crew fit together like a family! Chloe's eventual solution with her friends is also something that I might have expected out of a movie, but again, it gives me the "feel-good" vibe!
And lastly, Duncan. I've mentioned so many times that I'm not a romance addict, so the romance would have to be pretty great for me to love it. For more fanatic romance fans, Duncan's relationship with Chloe might be more likable, but for me, it was just another high school crush. I did like that they didn't end up in each other's arms immediately, but it was still hard for me to really connect to.
Overall, Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe is a short but enjoyable read, full of happiness and humor. I would recommend this as a beach read - I read it in a matter of a few hours after school, and it definitely gives the vibe of one too!
SWELL is an incredibly emotional and realistic story. Throughout the novel, I felt pity and hope, and alm...moreThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
SWELL is an incredibly emotional and realistic story. Throughout the novel, I felt pity and hope, and almost everything in between. I did have some issues with the novel, but as a whole, I definitely felt like it was worth my time, and was a rewarding read.
I’m lucky enough to live in an area where the neighborhood is extremely safe, and underage drinking or smoking is almost unheard of. That being said, SWELL is one of those books that kind of shocked me, but is definitely something that I can think of as realistic. Hopefully this isn’t too much of a spoiler, but Beck does develop a drinking problem but refuses to admit it. It’s nice that an author does right about these difficult issues, and I felt that it does spread awareness as to the negative effects it has, as well as why seemingly innocent teens succumb to alcohol.
The writing was also full of emotion, something that I really value in contemporaries. I felt that it helped to connect me more to the main character, and it was clear that she suffered through so much. There were some moments of happiness, as well as periods of struggle. Whenever she had a struggle, it felt like I struggled with her, and I felt so bad for her sake. She’s also not a perfect character by far, but she is a realistic one. Whenever she made a bad decision, I almost screamed at her to stop, because I felt that I really cared about her well being!
My only complaint is that the story seemed to rely on some clichés. There was the extremely popular, but handsome and nice guy, the beautiful but always supportive best friend, the wild party girl who’s not really a “true friend”, the quiet loner guy who ends up being the love interest, etc. At some points in the story, I could tell what was going to happen, since I felt like the author used these archetypes to shape her own characters.
Still, I felt like overall, SWELL was an emotional but realistic read, definitely worth my time and shocking at the same time. I highly recommend this to contemporary-realistic fans looking for an emotional rollercoaster, or a read that is shocking, lyrical, but still realistic.
*On a side note, there is another very serious issue that this book deals with, and it was actually one of the strongest points of the book. To me, it was also pretty apparent after reading parts of the first couple chapters, but I don’t want to give spoilers, so I will avoid directly stating it. However, Julie Rieman Duck’s interpretation of the issue was very realistic and emotional, but also very serious. Hopefully teens will read this book and learn about both issues she deals with in this book and will be aware.*(less)
I’m going to be honest here – I’m pretty unaware of LGBTQ youth. It’s not that I have anything against th...moreThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
I’m going to be honest here – I’m pretty unaware of LGBTQ youth. It’s not that I have anything against them – after all, you like whom you like, and no one should have the right to change that. I suppose it’s because I’m mostly unexposed to them, so in a way, I am unaware of them. Still, I am curious about their lifestyle, their emotions, and their thoughts. That being said, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children was a great introduction, fulfilling lots of my curiosity while being an enjoyable read!
I loved that the characters seemed so real – they had lots of emotion, and I felt like I could somewhat relate to them. I especially admired Gabe’s determination – he never gave up on his identity despite many verbal and physical threats. His understanding of the world and his emotions are also portrayed in such a way that any teen could probably relate to them. His concept of his “A Side” and “B Side” was just great - it was something that I felt almost any teenager could understand about being him or herself. Here’s the quote:
My birth name is Elizabeth, but I’m a guy. Gabe. My parents think I’ve gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I’m right. I’ve been a boy my whole life.
When you think about it, I’m like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side—not heard as often, but just as good.
As a musician, the music aspect of the book also appealed to me. It was portrayed as something that everyone loved and appreciated, that music really is the universal language of the world. There’s lots of older bands’ names thrown around, as well as some fun DJing features! John’s relationship with Gabe is also based on this, and you really get to see their unlikely but sure and steady friendship stay strong throughout the book!
Of course, there was also lots of fun in this book – among them is friendly but funny pranks, some hilarious comebacks, and a garden creature party and a restaurant! Even though some parts of the book are a bit darker and saddening, there’s still an uplifting feeling whenever Gabe is on air.
Overall, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children was a beautifully written book, filled with emotion, fun, music, and humor, but also delving into more serious issues that deal with LGBTQ teens. I highly recommend this book to any contemporary reader or teen – not only is this book enjoyable and a quick read, but it’s enlightening in a way (:
FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review through NetGalley.(less)
As a whole, I did enjoy this book! However, since this book was an anthology, I decided to provide a series of "mini reviews" for each. My rating abov...moreAs a whole, I did enjoy this book! However, since this book was an anthology, I decided to provide a series of "mini reviews" for each. My rating above expresses the average (:
"As Blue as the Sky and Just as Old" by Nina Berry - 2.75 / 5
As an opening story, I probably suspected something more... grand I suppose? I did read the next story, "Sing a Song of Six-Pence" before I read this one, so my expectations might have been a bit skewed. But overall, I didn't connect with the characters or language, and felt that the plot was a bit rushed. I suppose it is a short story, but because I was expecting something more from the language, I was a bit disappointed. As a whole though, I did enjoy the basic story.
"Sing a Song of Six-Pence" by Sarwat Chadda - 4 / 5
I actually really enjoyed this one. Since I also interviewed this author for this stop on the tour, his story was the first I read. I loved the language, and the general dark tone and atmosphere of the story. And the ending really touched me - it really shows the love between mother and child. Overall a sad but great short read!
"Clockwork" by Leah Cypress - 4.5 / 5
Probably my absolute favorite in this whole anthology. The language wasn't as "flowy" as I expected it to be, the the magic and the mystery of the plot definitely enchanted me. Combined with some action, the mystery and explosive ending made this story an instant favorite!
"Blue" by Sayantani DasGupta - 3 / 5
The language really did impress me here, but I wasn't the biggest fan of the plot :/ It did seem a bit transparent to me, but I liked the author's interesting take on the rhyme (:
"Pieces of Eight" by Shannon Delany with Max Scialdone - 2.5 / 5
I'm not sure if this is my fault as a reader, but I just didn't connect with the story. It seemed confusing at times. As a short story, I know the constraints that the length puts on the plot, but parts of it did seem rushed. I did like the additional song that the author put into the middle.
"Wee Willie Winkie" by Leigh Fallon - 4 / 5
This story actually reminded me of a horror movie. Towards the end, I could tell what was about to happen, but the author's language really kept me on the edge of my seat! The magic part of the story brought the mystery together too, and as a whole, I really liked the story!
"Boys and Girls Come Out to Play" by Angie Frazier - 4 / 5
In some aspects, this story was a bit similar to the last one in terms of capturing children, but definitely not entirely. The witchcraft and coven aspect of the story was really interesting, and the ending really showed the siblings' and friends' true love for each other. Sure, it was dark, but it's supposed to be!
"I Come Bearing Souls" by Jessie Harrell - 3.5 / 5
I loved the author's take on this rhyme by adding Egyptian mythology! The eventual ending kind of surprised me, but I suppose there were small hints along the way. The language that I suppose I always expect out of retellings wasn't as fluid (like poetry), but the plot and mythology were great!
"The Lion and the Unicorn: Part the First" by Nancy Holder - 3 / 5
Considering that this was only the first part of the story (the second part only comes with full publication), I thought the story was incomplete. There definitely is a lot of mystery involved, but there's also a cliffhanger D: Maybe if I get the chance I will stop by and see what happens next...
"Life in a Shoe" by Heidi R. Kling - 3.75 or 4 / 5
There's probably more of a dystopic setting (and it could happen, although it does seem pretty gross...), but the dark atmosphere really brought the story alive for me. I admired the characters' strength and courage, and they really showed love for their siblings!
"Candlelight" by Suzanne Lazear - 3 / 5
This kind of reminds me as the type of story parents would tell their children to keep them from getting into trouble. The ending is fairly predictable, and it seems like I've heard the story before, but overall I did enjoy the story.
"One for Sorrow" by Karen Mahoney - 3 / 5
The plot seemed a little muddled in the beginning, but as I approached the end, it became more magical and clearer to me. However, I was bothered by the fact that the main character spent over a year thinking about the crow, and when she suddenly saw the new boy, she linked him to "her crow". I was also a bit confused about how it related to the actual nursery rhyme. However, the ending was pretty sad but still beautiful (:
"Those Who Whisper" by Lisa Mantchev - 3.5 / 5
Lisa Mantchev's magic really enchanted me with the birds and the "huntress" of the sort! I also admired the heroine and her strength - she kind of reminded me of Snow White in the sense that she talked with animals and of Robin Hood (don't know quite why o___o) The plot was pretty quick and clear too, clearly following the nursery rhyme, with some dark twists.
"Little Miss Muffet" by Georgia McBride - 4 / 5
This story, especially the ending, became really creepy for me, and kind of gross (in a good way...?). I guess I wasn't expecting it. I definitely liked how spiders became the larger part of the story, and I suppose Little Miss Muffet wasn't so innocent anymore...
"Sea of Dew (short version)" by C. Lee McKenzie - 4 / 5
For a "short version", I actually think this was one of the longer stories, but maybe the longer version will expand on the plot. Still, I liked the author's modernized retelling of the rhyme, and it really showed the characters' loneliness and desperation to survive. I definitely enjoyed the story!
"Tick Tock" by Gretchen McNeil - 3.5 / 5
This story kind of reminded me of a horror movie too, in the sense that I kind of knew what was going to happen, but still had this creepy feel to it. Like my experience with Gretchen McNeil's previous works, it was the creepiness that really stood out.
"A Pocket Full of Posy" by Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg - 2 / 5
Unfortunately, it was really the language that brought my experience with the story, since the sentences were so choppy. As soon as I saw how Rose was killed, I could kind of predict where the story was going. Moreover, I didn't connect with the main character, with his angst.
"The Well" by K. M. Walton - 3.5 / 5
This was probably like "Jack and Jill" set in an apocalyptic setting. The flies and blood were pretty creepy, and the eventual ending was pretty sad, but with a dark undertone. Using the nursery rhyme one could probably predict the ending, but it was still pretty sad.
"The Wish" by Suzanne Young - 3.5 / 5
In general, a pretty sad story, although kind of predictable. I connected with the characters though, and it was a beautiful story ;___; Paranormal romance fans or fans of Suzanne Young's previous works would eat this story up.
"A Ribbon of Blue" by Michelle Zink 3.25 or 3.5 / 5
A pretty sad ending to the book, and a pretty interesting take on the rhyme and the ideas of what happens when you die. I did connect with the main character and I pitied her, but in her eventual end, it was pretty sad, although she was happy.
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Rating Clarification: 3.5 / 5
In my perspective, S. T. Underdahl is great for writing rather different books. As a contemporary writer, rather than writing the classic fluffy chick lit, or even romance novels, she writes a lot about family and the relationships between characters, particularly family members. I love Underdahl because of this - it’s just refreshing! Likewise, No Mans Land was a different kind of story, featuring the little brother of a seemingly super-star ex-veteran brother.
Personally, I thought No Man’s Land was really about the characters’ stories, as well as the development of their relationships – in particular of course, Dov’s. On one hand, I suppose that Dov is the normal-ish type of guy – he’s not too spectacular, but still relatable enough. Still, he’s amazing in his own way. He’s constantly compared to Brian, but somehow he’s never jealous. He’s always strong and supportive of his brother, even when life turns for the worst. Throughout the book, his emotions and feelings are well portrayed, and I felt I could somewhat relate to him. After all, everyone could probably relate to always being compared to someone else, whether it be a friend, coworker, or sibling.
As for plot, S. T. Underdahl is able to skillfully interweave storylines into an even more interesting and emotional story! Although the general pace was a bit slow, there were parts of the story where it was more fast-paced, and full of twists! There’s actually one specific scene where it hit me with a bang – it was packed with emotion, suspense, shock, and excitement! The topic of war and veterans itself is also probably a risky topic in YA, but I felt that the way the author portrayed it in the novel was successful – it kept me interested and intrigued me (:
Dov’s relationships with his friends and family are also particularly interesting. His relationship with his friends is realistic, and they obviously support each other no matter what happens. The author doesn’t just say it – Underdahl really shows the strength in their bond through thick and thin. There’s also an eventual romance and steady friendship that develops, and I liked that it didn’t follow the “usual path” of a lot of contemporary romances.
Overall, No Man’s Land was a different type of contemporary read, but definitely a worthwhile one! If you’re a contemporary reader, a fan of Underdahl’s previous works, or just looking for something different to read, this is the book for you :D I’m definitely looking forward to Underdahl’s next work!
FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.(less)
If there was one word that could describe this book, it would be:
I know that might be inconsiderate, considering the pain the characters went through during the story, but the likable characters, creepy ghouls, fantasy, and actions just made my reading experience a bunch of fun! ^__^ The most enjoyable part of this book, for me, was probably the great combination of fantasy and action! The fighting scenes were written remarkably, and kind of reminded me of a comic book! They were pretty graphic and kept me on my seat. The book was just filled with these fantastic scenes, especially at the end, and I just loved it! The fantasy aspect worked well with this aspect, since the six characters' "powers" definitely worked well with each other, and they were well described & entertaining. Again, this book's scenes kind of remind me of a comic book since the Setti seem like a great group of superheroes!
The plot was a bit slow moving in the beginning, although the mystery definitely picked up after a few chapters. There are also some twists and turns as the plot starts moving faster, eventually whirl-winding into a bunch of excitement! My only complaint is that at some parts of the plot, it seemed like the events went by too fast, or were skimmed over. There were some battles for example, that I felt could have been more described in depth. Of course, this comes hand-in-hand with the action I loved - with the lovable amount of action described in the book, I probably expected that in every scene, which might have been a bit unrealistic. Still, the plot overall was pretty exciting!
The characters were probably the biggest downfall for me. I'm not sure if I'm being too picky, but especially at the beginning of the book, I found that the characters were a bit lacking. They seemed like the typical high school students, and their personalities were a bit undeveloped. Eventually you get to see their relationships grow, which I liked, although I still felt that the characters still weren't very complex. The plot mostly made up for this since I devoured the action, but if you're the type of reader that values characters over plot, this book might not be a favorite, but still enjoyable.
Overall, Rising is an exciting and enjoyable book, full of excitement and fun! The action scenes and fantasy elements were portrayed fantastically, and I definitely recommend it to paranormal romance or YA fantasy fans! I will definitely be reading the next book, Resistance!
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Let's start off with the premise of the book itself. It's already pretty rare to see a YA Fantasy starring pirates, and Cassandra Rose Clarke takes it further by combining assassins & pirates in the same book. Moreover, she does it in such a badass and amazing way! The world Ananna lived in was simply enchanting, unique, and interesting, and I definitely want more of it (right now!).
Ananna herself is such a kick-butt heroine. In a way, she reminded me of Charlotte Doyle from The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, but in a more standoff-ish and warrior-like way. I admired her dreams of buying her own boat and having her own crew, as well as her willingness to fight and stand up to others, despite the stakes against her. She was definitely a warrior and knew how to fight, but was still brave and caring at the same time.
The plot is pretty riveting too! Along with the fantastic world-building, I loved watching Ananna explore new lands as well as reminiscing about old memories. The fantasy elements were probably the best part for me - I liked the idea of the curse, as well as the various powers and lands that were introduced. There isn't much romance either, until the end, and I liked that Ananna wasn't suspect to insta-love.
If I had one complaint, it would be this book is much too short! I definitely wanted more after the end, and although there's action throughout the book, unlike most YA, there isn't an over-dramatic climax. It's definitely not a bad thing, but it left me at a cliffhanger, waiting for a sequel whose predecessor hasn't even come out yet D: Hopefully in the next book I'll be able to fulfill my curiosities and learn more about the Order and such.
Overall, The Assassin's Curse is an action packed read, with a beautiful world, headstrong characters, and a suspenseful plot! I'm definitely reading the next book, and can't wait for it to come out!!
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Let me first share what the first line of the ARC version of Tap Out is:
I am a pussy.
Tap Out is by no means a book for everybody. It has a lot of swearing, violence, and mature content. If you’re the type of reader that is offended by these types of things, like the line above, I would suggest reading another book.
That being said, I thought that this book was brilliant. It definitely showed the struggles of all the characters, as well as a lot of emotion and an intense plot. There was a ton of action and lots of character building, as well as a realistic view of a more unfortunate and violent life.
Tony is the type of character that you might avoid at school - he might scowl at you, look angry, and would probably be wearing his signature hoodie. It was pretty interesting to get into his head and look at his thoughts. His character development was extraordinary - you definitely see him grow from someone who’s afraid to fight, to someone that may be to eager to, and finally to someone that might have a chance. He’s the character that you root for, the one that you want to win.
The side characters were also well portrayed. I especially felt for Rob, and I could understand his position. At times in the story, I just wanted to give both the characters mental hugs. His relationship with Tony is also strong, and it’s not just told, it’s shown. They definitely shared the type of brotherly relationship that I feel should be more common between male characters.
The plot was in a word, intense. Sure, there was a lot of violence, but there are events that are filled with suspense! It moved along relatively quickly, but definitely was graphic - there are lots of scenes with lots of blood. Again, this book is filled with a lot of violence and swearing, so if that’s not the type of book for you, you may want to skip this book.
My only complaint is that the ending seemed a little rushed. It’s not that big of a factor, but I’d still like to mention it. It also ended pretty happily and with lots of bittersweet hope (:
Overall, Tap Out is a gritty and realistic read, full of emotion, but also graphic violence & swearing. I recommend this book to mature teens or readers looking for a book that’s realistic but dark (but also worth their time!)
*Thank you to Running Press Kids for providing me an eARC of this book*(less)
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Whenever I read fiction that involves religion, it’s usually either as an element in fantasy (like in The Girl of Fire and Thorns) or as a presence, when a character chooses between a religious family or religion, or a true love (like in Burned). That being said Since You Left Me was definitely a different read for me – it focuses on a Jewish lifestyle where the character isn’t a 100% believer and more on family.
Sanskrit is definitely a unique but interesting character. For one, take a look at his name. San. Skrit. (Yes the language.) And instead of starting out as a devout follower of his religion, he starts out as a rebel who only goes to a Jewish school for money, and as someone who is trying to find hope and a place in this messed up world. He’s pretty entertaining too – I loved his witty remarks and unique responses to certain situations. His emotions were pretty realistic to – I know that if my mother had done the same thing as his, I would have done the same thing (and maybe even worse). In a way, I could relate to him.
His family issues also made the book pretty unique. Among his family, various elements in their issues include a guru (yes, a real life guru), yoga lessons, pregnant women, Thai food, and chiropractors. The various events in the plot line were pretty interesting and sometimes made me laugh!
My main issue with this book, however, is that the initial issue of Sanskrit’s big lie kind of disappeared towards the middle, when he was dealing with his family. It popped up a few times with Herschel and the Initials, but that’s about it :/ Moreover, I was hoping to see more of some of the characters at school, like Barry, Herschel, and Luke, although they were only rarely seen.
On a side note, this book is not for everyone. There’s almost no romance, other than some reminiscing of a second grade crush, and there are some parts of this contemporary that are slightly unrealistic and out of the ordinary. The ending, although sweet, seemed a little rush and maybe a little random. Still, I enjoyed it!
Overall, Since You Left Me is a unique and quirky contemporary, that’s great for a few laughs here and there. If you’re looking for a book that’s not mainstream, but may be a little crude, this book’s definitely for you! (less)
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As a reader, what do you look for in books? An escape from reality? Some action to entertain your weekend? A new swoon-worthy guy to crush on? I would say Speechless is more of a “feel-good” book – the characters were likable, the plot was interesting, and I felt like their was a happy ending and some words that I could really learn from. Although different and not as emotionally wrenching as Harrington’s debut, Saving June, I still definitely enjoyed Speechless.
I admired Chelsea, the heroine. She keeps quiet for such a long time, despite a lot of provocation and some tough situations. She really stuck to her promise, and although originally, I thought her vow was a bit unrealistic and uncalled for, her silence was a deafening presence (in a good way!) on the story. From my perspective, it also took a lot of strength to take that vow and keep it for such a long time, and to reach out to others despite her past and other wrongdoings.
There’s also a specific moment when Chelsea finally stops her silence that I’m literally like this:
This scene, among others, is why I consider this book to be a “feel good” book. Sure, it’s not the most original, and it may have been used a million times in other contemporary novels or movies. But still, it just makes me feel so happy and proud of the characters! If you like those types of books or scenes, then Speechless would definitely be for you.
But what really brought it together for me were the last sentences. Personally, if I were Chelsea, I would definitely end up hating Kristen. I would hate anyone who treated me like that. “It’s easier to hate than to love, and to love takes a lot of strength.” Maybe I can improve on that? Nonetheless, I did feel like I learned something.
Overall, Speechless is great for a quick-ish weekend read for contemporary readers or people who like “feel good” books. I felt like the romance was sweet, the heroine was great, and most of all, the last few lines really put it all together.(less)
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Rating Clarification: 3.5 / 5
First of all, for some reason some readers, including me, expect Katya's World to be a dystopia. I did too. However, like others might have said, it definitely isn't. Although the world building, science, and futuristic setting made the book seem like a dystopia, it really isn't, and I could go on about the technical characteristics of a dystopia, but that would bore you. Nevertheless, the combination of action, adventure, and sci-fi elements were fun to read, and as a fantasy & sci-fi fan, I enjoyed the book!
The plot was at times confusing, but intricate. There were so many twists and turns, and the book kept me guessing until the very end. While I did enjoy the complexity, it was a bit confusing because of that, and it may not appeal to some readers. The book also contains to romance, so many YA fans may also be turned away because of this. I also admit that the prologue was a bit boring, honestly kind of like a history lesson, but it does give a good description of the background and world-building. Afterwards, however, it was full of action and mystery!
The characters are also well-written, although they were very mature, considering the YA genre. Katya was a strong, smart, and kick-ass heroine, who always took control, demonstrated loyalty for her crew and family, and kept her wits with her. Sometimes it seemed like she was too strong or smart, since she seemed to think of solutions to problems very quickly. Nevertheless, she stayed brave regardless of the hard decisions and sacrifices she went through.
Kane was another "main character", I suppose, but was a lot different than Katya. He's not a "good" character, but he's not completely "bad" either. On one hand, he helps Katya throughout her journey, but also makes her journey so much harder by withholding information. Apart from that, he does have a sense of humor and sarcasm I adored, and was smart in the same way as Katya.
The side characters also added to the story, with their unending loyalty, different reactions and decisions, and personalities. Uncle Lukyan's relationship with Katya was particularly interesting, and you grow very found of the two (: Other characters and soldiers you meet, like Petrov, Tokarov, and Tesla are all smart, strong, and capable, and it's interesting to see what they are capable of.
As I mentioned before, the world building and language fit the sci-fi genre, rather than a dystopia. I liked that the underwater world was realistic but still held mystery and a certain magic to it. How the various technology and history was also intriguing to learn, but sometimes the scientific-ish language used may only appeal to sci-fi fans, instead of the general YA audience.
Overall, Katya's World was an interesting read, probably meant for an older crowd who are fans of sci-fi. Again, this book is not a romance or dystopian novel, but rather is a futuristic sci-fi. Nevertheless, I definitely enjoyed the novel because of its action, characters, twist, and worldbuilding!
*Thank you to NetGalley & Strange Chemistry for providing me an eARC of this book!*(less)
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Rating Clarification: 4 / 5
After reading Lash , a weresnake novel by the same author that I may be referencing throughout the review, I prepared myself for another dark, gritty, and graphic book. To my relief (well, kind of), there wasn’t as much alcohol or violence in this book than in Lash. Nevertheless, I definitely enjoyed this novel!
One of the reasons why this novel was so different from what I expected is because of the change in the protagonist. While Lash’s protagonist was a male were-snake named Tryst, Promise Me’s heroine is a human woman named Sar who happened to save a vampire from death. However, Sar was no less brave or strong – she kicked butt! She showed everyone that no one should underestimate a woman – especially one that can shoot a gun and isn’t afraid to use it. Throughout the book, she stands up for herself as well as for others, and definitely wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. I admired her for her constant tenacity, as well as her openness about her emotions. She’s just overall a great character!
The side characters also added to the story. I especially loved Theo – it would be great to have an older brother or friend like him! His small banter with Sar was pretty entertaining, and the actions of what he would do to protect Sar or to support Danial demonstrated true loyalty. The small tidbits about other characters such as Cia or the rest of the werefoxes felt like it brought me closer to Sar, as well as her new life and family.
The plot however, is what is probably this book’s downfall. Although the characters were great, the plot probably dragged out and was fairly predictable. It wasn’t that bad per se – it’s just that it wasn’t as intricate as Hall’s characters were.
Overall, Promise Me is a pretty well written urban fantasy book, with a strong heroine supported by some amazing side characters. If you’re looking for a plot with twists and turns, or grittiness, I would suggest Lash instead – the plot is more engaging. However, if you value character development and are looking for an adult novel, this book would be for you.
(On a side note, if you’ve read Hall’s other novel Lash, you’ll see some re-occurrences of characters. Doesn’t the name “Danial” speak out to you?)(less)
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Sometimes I'd like to think of myself as a teenage detective. Of course, that's not very probable, seeing as how I'm pretty awkward when it comes to talking to people I don't know well, and am not very good at snooping. Hartley (Hart for short) on the other hand, is a hilarious heroine who is probably the next (hilarious!) Nancy Drew.
I loved so many things about this book, including the mystery. It was written in a more light-hearted way than a lot of adult crime novels I've read in the past, although the concept of murder is still pretty serious. I liked how the author gave a clue and a question at the same time, always making me guess what would happen next. The culprit definitely wasn't clear from the start, and there weren't any obvious suspects to blame. The suspense kept me reading, until I realized this short, hilarious, and mysterious treat ended.
Hartley was an amazing heroine! She definitely had a backbone and was willing to stand up for herself. I liked how she wasn't stereotypical - how many times has YA casted the main character as the quiet and shy but beautiful outcast? Her point of view and characterization were refreshing, and so many quotes (almost) made me laugh out loud (well, I was sneakily reading in SAT class sooo...).
(Slight Spoilers Ahead)
Another thing about Hartley that made me love her was her relationships with Josh, Chase, and Sam. There wasn't an instantaneous "OMG, I have an inexplainable attraction to Chase because he's the dark and mysterious bad boy who's sex in a pair of jeans". It was "Chase, I need to see your tapes so I can go freaking solve this murder". (Well, those weren't her exact thoughts and words, but you get the point). Sam was a pretty solid side character, the classic best friend I'm probably never going to get tired of. Plus, it helps that she has a pretty good sense of humor too! As for Josh, I practically applauded when Hartley broke it off with him for good. I know, Chase might have been the expected love interest in the end. But honestly, I'm sick and tired of girls giving they boyfriends second chances when guys clearly just wanted sex and have previously promised the girls they wouldn't cheat. Maybe I'm being unforgiving? I'm not exactly sure about that, but I know I'm sure that Hartley made the right choice.
(End Slight Spoilers)
Overall, Deadly Cool is a hilarious read, with a great mystery and some charismatic characters! I can't wait to read Social Suicide and see what happens next! I would recommend this book to people looking for a light contemporary / mystery read with great characters!
(On a side note, Hartley lives in the Bay Area! When she mentioned SJ & Oakridge Mall, inside I was like Yeesssssss!)(less)
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Before I start my review, I want to point out what literally my face looked like when I was reading the last pages of the book.
Wait. What. Just. Happened. *mind blown*
Dragon’s Teeth is a perfect testimony as to why I sometimes venture into the more “Adult” side of fiction – although there’s more death, violence, and only a bit more explicit content, there’s so much more action and twists I wouldn’t expect.
This book is split into three parts – the present, where Detective Cyrus is hired to find the biological parents of a businessman named Benji MacDowell, scenes from 37 years ago that gives a lot more back story, and the present again, where a lot of truth and twists are revealed. Usually I find this format pretty frustrating, especially since a lot of content in the middle may have been skipped. However, in this case, I think this format particularly suits Dragon’s Teeth, and isn’t too confusing because of a different set of characters and setting. It also helped develop a lot of characters and implant a certain ending that I definitely didn’t expect.
The ending, which I keep on mentioning, is actually one of the biggest reasons why I rated this book so highly. I definitely didn’t see it coming, and after looking back, there were slight clues that could have led to it. The eventual loss at the end was also pretty sad for me, since the character really grew on to me, with his personality and huge sacrifices. It was as if once the truth came out, all the pieces of the puzzle came together, and practically exploded in my head. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but as I’m writing this review right now, that was how I felt.
The plot for me was a little slow in the beginning, but it definitely picked up near the middle / late portion of the first part. The mystery and science part of the book was well integrated, and it showed great signs of a dystopic world, which is always a must for me in dystopic fiction, although it's often forgotten. In the second part, there was a lot of action and emotion as well as sympathy on my part. Since it rewinds to thirty-seven years ago, you're introduced to a mostly new set of characters, although I felt I really connected to them as they developed and eventually connected to the "present" of the story.
Overall, The Dragon's Tooth is a fast-paced, cyberpunk novel that may start off slow, but will definitely pick up and shock you in the end. I would highly recommend it to sci-fi fans! (less)
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This is probably the type of book that would specifically appeal to readers like me. Before I read this book, I was quite obsessed with a medieval video game (which, by the way, happens to involve assassins) and pretty sick of the insta-love, mushy gushy YA PNR a lot of publishers spew nowadays. Thankfully, The Waiting Game was like a breath of fresh air.
I loved Shade! I know, he’s (mostly) ruthless, pretty mean, calculating, and definitely violent. But that’s what one would expect out of an assassin! He had his moments of heroism, as well as a lot of action. I also was fond of his cockiness – his search for a “worthy rival” is a theme throughout the book, and it was something that entertained and appealed to me. My only complaint (or, I suppose, more like a question) is that Shade seems like a godly, invincible opponent. I suppose as a Dark Elf, he has magic at his disposal, and as a world-class assassin, he definitely has skill. There was probably once battle in the book where Shade was even wounded, and even then he was greatly outnumbered. There’s no doubt he’s strong, although I’m curious about his power.
The action sequences were amazing in one word. I’m not really a world class gamer, although I would like to think of myself as a video game lover, but I was pretty impressed by the battles and their imagery. I could definitely imagine Shade doing handsprings and quietly slipping his blades out. To go along with them, my review copy also had illustrations that went perfectly along with the plot. They were a bit creepy, definitely dark, and portrayed the signature sneer Shade garnished excellently.
I also found the world Shade lived in to be extraordinary. There were so many types of creatures or men, as well as different worlds that each lived in or felt comfortable. I especially loved learning about the different types of creatures, like the “snake man”, Doulim (hope I spelled that right…), and Elves. Their magic and abilities were mystifying, and I can’t wait to see more of it in the next book!
Overall, The Waiting Game is a high action fantasy book that is recommended for readers wanting action and an intense plot. I might also recommend this to people who play action video games – although my skill is limited, I found that the scenes described might appeal to people who play fighting games similar to Shade’s battles.(less)
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As a mostly-YA reader, I think it’s safe to say my stereotypical view of vampires and shapeshifters are of Robert Pattison and Taylor Lautner, or of Sam from Shiver, who personally I find creepy because he sneaks up as a wolf to watch nearly naked female crushes.
Um, yeah. Just kidding. NO.
In Lash however, shapeshifters aren’t just werewolves anymore – sure, they’re probably still super strong and amazingly beautiful, but now there are were snakes. I think that’s suffice to say that Lash is a pretty unique book.
*Slight Spoilers Ahead*
Let me tell you that if you’re offended by drugs and sex, or are looking for a light read, this book is definitely not for you. Tryst had to go through so, so much in order to finally get to a more hopeful position, which, in my opinion, is a pretty positive ending, although it’s not fairy-tale happy. Most of the people Tryst care about either (view spoiler)[end up dead, end up betraying Tryst in the end, also eventually leading to death or just end up hating him. (hide spoiler)]
Throughout his struggle, there’s a lot of sex (not really “making love”), rape, alcohol, violence, and death. It’s almost as if the author first gives Tryst a glimmer of hope or happiness, than makes him miserable again. There’s one chapter that particularly stood out to me – (view spoiler)[Tryst’s brother finds a wife and decides to return home for a visit. Then, after a few weeks, Tryst and is father are sent his brother’s head stuffed with cow meat. (hide spoiler)]. Not only was the image completely gross and horrific – it also showed that Tryst’s family had a very small chance of living a peaceful life. It made me so sad that someone so close to Tryst had to go through that, and that Tryst and the rest of his family had to go through that trouble as well. However, Tryst obviously perseveres, and his internal strength as well as his loyalty towards his family is heartwarming, although sometimes futile.
The side characters definitely added to the story. There were probably three types of them in this story – the ones that always support Tryst and warm your heart, the ones that are downright mean and that your root for Tryst to go kill them, and the ones that make you sad because of their betrayals or misunderstandings. Each was essential to the story and invoked emotions inside of me. They were probably also the main aspect of the plot, since it’s basically Tryst trying to find means of love, trust, and supporting his family. There’s also a mystery factor in some of the characters, since I always wonder what’s going on in their heads. Take Danial and Devlin for example – they’re definitely complex characters who both care and hate each other. Hopefully, in the next book I’ll be able to see more of them!
Overall, Lash is a gritty, dark, and image / emotion evoking book, full of struggle, emotion, and most of all, hope. This book is not for the easily squeamish – however, if you’re looking for a dark urban fantasy book, I would highly recommend this one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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So when I started the book, realizing it was about something along the lines of vampires, like a lot of people I imagined something along the lines of this well-known book:
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And of course, my interpretation of Max, along with the other male immortals came out something along the lines of this:
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Anyways, onto the review! It's needless to say that it definitely wasn't what I expected, otherwise I wouldn't have gave it a rating of 4. Although the vampires are quite stunning (and maybe sparkly), they definitely weren't passive. They were vicious, had lots of emotions, and were definitely fighters.
Let's start off with the heroine, Leah. By all means, she should have been a character I hated. She was pretty stubborn, let her desires overwhelm her, and, let's face it, didn't do much during the first half of the book but make out and lust for Max. But again, I didn't hate her. She's definitely a flawed and confused character. On one hand, she's controlled by the unreconcilable desire to attack humans in order to satisfy her hunger. On the other hand, she doesn't want to kill them or be seen as a monster. Of course, she's already realized she's a monster, and there's nothing she can do to stop it. It's kind of like reading a book about a drug addict. They definitely want to stop, but they aren't capable of doing so. Nevertheless, they have to try, and sometimes, their efforts are utterly heartbreaking.
This wasn't exactly Leah's scenario, but it definitely held some similarities. She shows remorse whenever she drinks, sometimes even breaking down and running away from the coven. Her emotion was very strong, and definitely seemed real. The author was able to show many sides of her throughout the story, and I was definitely able to connect to her. Eventually, she does grow stronger, and I liked seeing her journey in order to become a better person.
I also liked the author's portrayal on vampires. As I mentioned before, based on the past vampire books I've read (which, I admit, is limited to three novels, all of which I didn't enjoy), my picture of vampires is less than perfect. By portraying them as less-than-perfect, even as criminals, I definitely had a wake-up call. This filled the plot with suspense, some intense romance, and a lot of intrigue on my part. Moreover, I liked how the author also featured the Brotherhood's POV, which gave me an insight to the supposed antagonists, as well as another perspective on the immortals. This eventually tangles itself into the plot line in an interesting way, but also developing the characters in an original way!
My only complaint is regarding Leah & Max's relationship, which definitely shows signs of insta-love. I get that Leah had a lust filled, intense desire for passion and warmth, but it seems a little unrealistic that Max would go from a die-hard, loyal family member of the coven, to willing to do anything for Leah, even if it means betraying the coven, in a couple of weeks. However, Max is still another interesting character that's willing to make a lot of sacrifices, so I would say that The Fire of Dawn is still worth the read!
Overall, The Fire of Dawn is a refreshing read with a more original take on vampires, and definitely worth your time! I would recommend this to people who may have given up on the vampire sub-genre of PNR / UF - The Fire of Dawn definitely presents a new take and a realm of possibilities for those previously extra-sparkly creatures.(less)