I really enjoyed this book. Amani was a great heroine . I loved seeing her grow during her journey and change and become a better person, as well as bI really enjoyed this book. Amani was a great heroine . I loved seeing her grow during her journey and change and become a better person, as well as become stronger in her powers. When we finally learn what her powers are it just seems totally perfect and it suits her. The mythology and history of their world is vast and detailed and I cant wait to learn more about it....more
I was very disappointed by this considering the Lynburn Legacy is one of my all time favourite series. The writing and character development wasn't whI was very disappointed by this considering the Lynburn Legacy is one of my all time favourite series. The writing and character development wasn't what I expected. I didnt feel very attached to anyone. The story started and finished with pieces missing. It started after things were already in motion, and ended before things were actually concluded. It was very awkward, and it was very depressing. Very doom and gloom and everything sucks. I'm glad its a standalone....more
I ended up feeling pretty much the same about this as I have all of her previous books. Too many mixed feelings to say anything for sure. The world isI ended up feeling pretty much the same about this as I have all of her previous books. Too many mixed feelings to say anything for sure. The world is great, the story was decent, the characters are bland, and the romance is horrific.
Me and Cassandra definitely have a different idea about what makes a good romance. That is the one thing that bothers me about her books more often than anything else. And secondly, I usually dont love her characters, with the exception of Magnus and Jem. And now Ty and Mark. Ty and Mark are both really interesting and I wish I could read more about them but I dont think I will continue with this series. Emma and Julian were incredibly dull, especially Julian. He was a paragon and all caring and self sacrifice and perfection. He didnt feel real.
And as a note, I never read the second half of TMI or Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, and there was a lot I was confused about. This book definitely assumes the reader is caught up. And although I got by, if you plan to read those books anyway, I would recommend making sure to read them before this....more
This was a bit better than I expected but still not amazing or anything. I hadn't read any of these short stories before, not even the ones that wereThis was a bit better than I expected but still not amazing or anything. I hadn't read any of these short stories before, not even the ones that were released long ago. I am not the biggest fan of this series so I never bothered to read them. But I figured now that they are all released in a convenient anthology I might as well read them. I don't think I can rate all the stories individually. I cant really think to rank them either. So what I am going to do is clump them.
Glitches and After Sunshine Passes By were my least favourite. They were totally pointless. Little glimpses into the characters past but they didn't tell us anything new.
The Keeper and The Princess and the Guard were a little interesting but still didn't really contribute anything new.
The Queen’s Army and Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky were pretty good. I found the story of Wolfe becoming an Alpha interesting, which really surprises me because I never really cared for him. Thorne on the other hand is probably my third favourite character after Cinder and Kai, so I am not surprised that this story of a teenage Thorne was pretty cute.
The Little Android, The Mechanic, and Something Old, Something New were my favourite stories. The Little Android was extremely romantic. Unrequited love can still be true. *tear* I loved The Mechanic since Kai and Cinder are the best couple and the reason I kept coming back to this series. So their first meeting from Kai's POV is pretty much the most perfect thing for me. And Something Old, Something New had everything we were missing in Winter. I felt that Winter was a bit incomplete since we dont see a lot of what happens after. But this was set 2 years later so we find out what happened on Luna, and that all the couples are still together, and of course we get confirmation of Kai and Cinder's HEA. I am so glad it was from Cinder's POV instead of Scarlet since Scarlet is my very least favourite character. And although the story was about her and Wolfe, all the characters were back and Cinder and Kai made me love it. When I heard that there was a wedding at the end of Stars Above, for some reason I assumed it was Winter and Jacin. *shrug*...more
I loved book 1 so much and I am happy to say that book 2 was even better! Adventure is up, the action and suspense is up, and the romance is up and moI loved book 1 so much and I am happy to say that book 2 was even better! Adventure is up, the action and suspense is up, and the romance is up and more complicated! There is still very little paranormal aspects to this story. The details of the Mandate and the prophecy of the girl with the purple eyes include a bit of mysticism. And the way they discover some of the treasures is a bit unusual, as well as Stellan's healing abilities, but that is the full extent of it.
I knew that Stellan would be made more of a love interest in book 2, but I was not expecting to love him as much as I do. I didn't care for him too much in book 1. Am I Team Stellan now? I think I am! Which is really surprising because I loved Jack in book 1. I know Avery was mad at Jack for a lot of things he did in this book, but I actually understood his point of view on those decisions. I don't blame him and I still like him, but those disagreements show us that Avery and Jack don't blend as well as we thought. I don't know what will happen in the end. I can see them reconciling, or I could see Avery with Stellan. Although we haven't seen enough of Avery and Stellan together for me to form much of an opinion on them as a couple, besides the fact that they have sparks! ...more
So this was a pretty interesting story. A different world from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, but with a familiar feel. I think fans of that serSo this was a pretty interesting story. A different world from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, but with a familiar feel. I think fans of that series would also enjoy this.
The main character is Lily, and the book had the alternating POV of Lily, Zephyr, and Eilidh (pronounced like Hayley). It is set in an alternate reality where humans and fae are at war. There are seven mixed blood faeries who pass as human and are a guerilla group for the faery queen called the Seven Black Diamonds, who go to a prestigious private school. When Lily enrolls in the school she meets the group and becomes friends with them, and learns a lot more about herself and her heritage.
Zephyr is the group's leader, and although he means well, he is super annoying. I don't really like him. Eilidh is the faery princess who tries to help them from the inside. I am not sure what role she will play in the story yet, but I like her and her betrothed, Torquil. I wish them nothing but happiness and sweet dreams. ;) Creed was another member of the group and Lily's love interest. He never had his own POVs which I wish he did instead of Zephyr. He was totally swoon worthy.
There are a lot of players in this game and I look forward to finding out what will happen with the courts, and also among the group. There are a seven of them, plus the queen's meddling so there are endless possibilities for relationships there. I am glad to have another faery series to look forward to. And maybe we will get to know Will and Roan better.
This might be more of a 3.5/5. It was still a bit too slow, and I found the resolution way too convenient. But the Darkling is still one of the best cThis might be more of a 3.5/5. It was still a bit too slow, and I found the resolution way too convenient. But the Darkling is still one of the best characters ever written in YA, and I teared up for him on multiple occasions.
And although the epilogue was almost sickly sweet, it was so perfect that I loved it. I don't remember Alina being a painter though. Is that something new or I just forgot? I read book 1 so long ago.
Oh, and I love Nikolai. I almost feel like Alina should have been with him instead of Mal. Mal was always a bit dull but he won me over a bit in the last book with his incredible loyalty. ...more
I heard so many say that this book was ridiculously slow and that they had trouble getting through it, but I didn't find that at all. And I was neverI heard so many say that this book was ridiculously slow and that they had trouble getting through it, but I didn't find that at all. And I was never a Maas fan to begin with so there was really nothing enticing me to read this besides it being in a genre I enjoy, so I almost didnt read it. But it was at my library so I figured I would give it a try, and I am so incredibly glad I did.
I loved this from the very first chapter. I loved Feyre and the world and the writing. I was not especially impressed with Throne of Glass because I had little interest in the story or characters, and I suppose that distracted me from the writing. I finally see what people were talking about when they said that Sarah J. Maas was a beautiful writer.
I have always especially enjoyed stories about the fae, but I especially enjoyed this one because it is the first I have read that was set completely in its own unique world and had no connection to our own. It was not a contemporary fantasy, an urban fantasy, or a secondary-world fantasy. Also it was dark in a way that wasn't simply gritty like Holly Black's stories--it was evil and looming and immersive. I loved that the faeries werent all stuck at the age of 17. As much as I love Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey, I always found it odd that they all looked like teenagers when they were immortal. Wouldn't they likely prefer to be frozen at the age of approximately 25, not 17? Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand were men, not boys. Some have listed this as YA, some as NA, but it felt like an adult romance to me.
This is the most similar retelling of Beauty and the Beast to the original story that I am familiar with that I have ever read. Aside from the fact that Tamlin was not stuck in his beastly form the story had all the same important points and was so clearly recognizable, but at the same time was so different, with different stakes. The world was amazing and the threats and accomplishments more impressive. The characters are deep and their loyalties complex. Feyre is one of the strongest heroines I have seen in any genre in a long time, and leagues and leagues better than Celaena. Her love for Tamlin was inspiring, and Rhysand... I havent found a character that captivating since the Darkling.
I cannot wait to find out what will happen next, while Feyre deals with her new life as a fae, her dept to Rhysand, and likely a new threat from the king of Hybern....more
This was a very good, action-packed conclusion to the series. I just wish there was more on the fate of the other couples, not just Tory and Allarde.This was a very good, action-packed conclusion to the series. I just wish there was more on the fate of the other couples, not just Tory and Allarde. We know they are all together but I would have loved to see it, especially Jack and Cynthia. They were my favourite....more
I loved loved loved Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and I really enjoyed Anansi Boys which I read first not knowing it was a sequel to this. With the reputI loved loved loved Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and I really enjoyed Anansi Boys which I read first not knowing it was a sequel to this. With the reputation that American Gods has I expected it to be better than both.
I am sure I am just missing the point or something but I really did not care for this book. Most of it didn't even seem to be relevant. It was mostly just Shadow, on the road traveling, having random encounters, living in a boring old town, eating spaghetti with his neighbour. It was all pointless.
And in the end nothing really happened. It just fizzled out. I mean, there was a small little revelation about the two man con, but I was like, really? That is what was going on? I dont buy it. It seemed super contrived. Anyways, I will still consider myself a Neil Gaiman fan since I loved some of his books. I still want to read Stardust and The Sleeper and the Spindle and then we shall see....more
**spoiler alert** Hmm, well I'm glad they got their HEA, but there still wasn't enough Varen. Book 2 and 3 can't compare to book 1 and all the amazing**spoiler alert** Hmm, well I'm glad they got their HEA, but there still wasn't enough Varen. Book 2 and 3 can't compare to book 1 and all the amazing Varen moments. This book was basically one long trip through the dream world and it took place over basically a single day. But it never explained what everyone thought happened. After Isobel and Varen came back where did her parents and everyone else think they had gone? They just let it go. Also, this never explained the situation with Varen's mother or why she left, and the epilogue just raised more questions. Would anyone like to explain it to me?...more
So this book is cute and funny and sweet and everything else I am sure you already heard about it. But it's more coming-of-age and less romance than ISo this book is cute and funny and sweet and everything else I am sure you already heard about it. But it's more coming-of-age and less romance than I had been expecting. ...more
Loved this! I can't wait to find out what happens next. I loved Becca and Maddox and I look forward to them being reunited. I also love Crystal. She wLoved this! I can't wait to find out what happens next. I loved Becca and Maddox and I look forward to them being reunited. I also love Crystal. She was kick-ass. Didn't care for Farrell too much though. Even before he got his second mark he was a bit of an asshole. I am curious to see what happens to his character though, especially after that ending. He's a troubled young man but he is certainly no Magnus....more
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historicaThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historical set in the times of ancient Greece. But it is not Atlantis, it is Atlantia. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world Above is poisoned so people moved Below the water.
This is the story of Rio, who dreams of seeing above, and her journey to see her sister again, and to discover the secrets of her world and Above, and what really happened. I read this because I loved Matched so much. And although the writing style is pretty much the same, the characters did not engage me as much. And there was very little romance. Although True helped her along the way, the real struggle was for Rio to find her sister. It had nothing to do with finding a way to be with True. He was a companion and a comfort during her struggle, but not a central part of it.
The world of Atlantia was pretty unique but the story was not enough to really grab me. It focused too much on Rio's single-minded need to go Above, and not enough on the mythology and history of their world. I would have liked to learn more about the sirens and the gods and the other gifts that some people had. It could have been much more interesting if it delved deeper I think. And if it had better characters. There was really nothing special about any of them. They were pretty forgettable.
The story was concluded, and although authors can always find an excuse to come back and expand a story if they decide to, I hope this remains a standalone story. I don't feel the need to come back to this world. We could always see how Rio and Bay are doing later, and how their worlds are faring, how things have changed, but things are good enough as they are now. I believe everything will turn out for the best.
(view spoiler)[Bay's plan to save Rio by going Above was the dumbest plan ever. She said in her letter that she knew how stubborn Rio was and that she would find a way eventually. So going Above was a way to guarantee that Rio would follow her, not a way of guaranteeing that Rio would never go Above. The best way of preventing Rio from ever going Above would have been to stay with her, like she promised, then Rio would have stayed with her. I am sure she would have been sad to never see the Above after that, but she would never have risked her life for it, like she risked her life to see Bay again. (hide spoiler)]...more
I really loved this book. It felt a lot more in the spirit of The Iron Fey, which is tThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really loved this book. It felt a lot more in the spirit of The Iron Fey, which is the series that first got me into reading, than her other books. It has that great sense of adventure and discovery, and life and love and friendship. And heroism.
I absolutely loved Ember. She was so full of life and spunk. And her physical appearance was a perfect representation of who she was underneath. She was small with bright green eyes and spiky red hair. She was such a firecracker (or Firebrand, as Riley liked to call her). She was like a female Puck. A person like her would never have survived inside Talon. At least not with her soul intact. She needed freedom. But I love how, in the end, it was not selfishness and her desire for freedom that finally convinced her to leave. She would not have been happy in Talon, but I don't know for sure whether or not she would have left without Riley's help. I'd like to think she would have stayed for her brother. But in the end, it was her goodness and her heroism that finally convinced her of what she needed to do.
And the same goes for Garret. He may have unwillingly fallen in love with a dragon, causing him to question everything he has ever known. But it was not only his concern for Ember that made him betray St. George, but the fact that if Ember is good, than others must be as well. He would not kill Riley, or Nettle or Remy either. Because like Ember, he will do what he believes to be the right thing, not only the thing that is best for him.
This book was just full of great characters, from the protagonists, to Dante and Riley and Wes, and even Lexi. Riley is a great friend for Ember and I am so glad that she found someone who understands her and she can talk to about being a dragon. I enjoy the fact that their relationship is complicated and I look forward to seeing how much more complicated it becomes. Although I hope not too much happens between them, because it is clear that any attraction is a result of their dragon natures, and has little to do with actual feelings. I also really enjoyed Dante and I feel sorry for him. He was so easily fooled and put under Talon's thumb. I really hope that he comes around in the end, because he was a really great brother to Ember in the beginning.
I loved the fact that the story and mythology of the dragons was balanced with the amount of romance. In YA series you sometimes have to wait for several books before a romance really develops. But in Talon, Ember and Garret are in love and making sacrifices by the end of the first book. And that didnt take away from the high stakes of the story at all. I really look forward to learning more about Talon's secrets. What we learned about Vipers and Chameleons, and their possible secrets labs was all interesting and I am sure Ember will now work to rescue others and expose their secrets. I also look forward to her infiltrating St. George and rescuing Garret, and hopefully more shifting, now that she is free to do as she pleases. I am really excited for this series and I can see so much potential for it to be totally epic. ...more
After all the negative reviews I have read, and all the claims that this is a Harry PoThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
After all the negative reviews I have read, and all the claims that this is a Harry Potter rip-off, I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it was. Really, the only comparisons to Harry Potter that I saw were the basic setup of the story. The fact that it takes place in a magic school, featuring a young boy whose best friends are a boy and a girl. But the Magisterium is absolutely nothing like Hogwarts; the mages are nothing like the wizards of the Potterverse; Callum, Aaron, and Tamara are absolutely nothing like Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The Enemy of the Magisterium may have been corrupted by his desire to defeat death, like Voldemort, but really, what else is going to turn someone with magic to evil? It was the same desire that turned Darth Vader to the dark side. Did JK Rowling rip-off George Lucas? I don't think so. I actually see much more of a basis for comparison between the Harry Potter series and The Mortal Instruments.
As of now, Callum is far from the hero that Harry was. He is actually extremely cynical for a 12 year old. He seems to think the whole world is out to get him. He was a bit annoying and there really wasn't much that was special about Aaron or Tamara either. Although they are better together, and having people actually care about him for the first time in his life, not counting his father, seems to be making Call less bitter. He seems to have the potential to be a better person, and proved that when he risked his life to save Aaron. But how will the revelation that he learned at the end affect him?
I really did not see that revelation coming and it definitely changes things. It changes the direction of the whole story and tells us that things are not as simple as we first thought. Call is not who we thought he was. Is he even the hero of this story, or is it Aaron? It brings into focus a lot of things that a 12 year old shouldn't have to think about, and that is the main reason why, for the time being, I will be continuing with this series. I am very interesting in where this will take us.
Although, I have to admit, I did a good deal of skimming. The characters are pretty flat, the writing is not engaging, and it was overall pretty boring. But the story was original enough to keep me interested and wanting to know what happens next....more
This book did a great job with its world building, which is a must for high fantasy. IThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book did a great job with its world building, which is a must for high fantasy. It even introduced its own mythology, all smoothly done and I needed no adjustment time when I stepped into its world. But I always put the most importance on characters and relationship, and unfortunately I didn't feel that drawn to the characters or invested in their relationships.
This is surprising considering that there is an important romance at the center of this book. Its not only involving the two primary characters, but it is central to the story and almost everything of significance for the last 10 years has been pointing to it. But I didn't really see or feel what was between them, I was only told. Their relationship felt a bit distant and forced to me. As if it was a matter of fact that I should accept without being convinced of the 'why' or 'how'. I really enjoyed all of the characters, though, independent of any relationships. Pretty much all of them were interesting and unique. Evanjalin included, even though sometimes she grated on me. I actually found the most interesting relationships to be Evanjalin and Froi, and Finnikin and Trevanion.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story and the world and magic, and how everything unfolded and fit perfectly together in the end. I look forward to reading Froi's story and learning more about Skuldenore....more
I really don't understand the low ratings on this series. These are great historical romances. Slightly dark and risqué, but not especially erotic, wiI really don't understand the low ratings on this series. These are great historical romances. Slightly dark and risqué, but not especially erotic, with extremely flawed heroes. I think I enjoyed this one even more than book 1. I really look forward to book 3. ...more
I was already annoyed after book 1 that not enough had happened. Mac had made no progrThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I was already annoyed after book 1 that not enough had happened. Mac had made no progress on any of the things she was trying to accomplish. And now, after the second book, she still has not accomplished anything. She hasn't discovered her sister's killer. She hasn't found the Sinsar Dubh. She hasn't discovered who she can trust. And now I am F%#@ING furious!
I still love Mac and think she has only become more interesting as she becomes practically a different person. If only the story was different. If only the things that she is forced to go through were more relevant and that things would move faster, this would be great. The world and protag are good, and the writing has gotten better. Although Mac's stupid "rightie-leftie" ridiculousness was really starting to grate on me.
I just don't care about the story or Barrons at all. I don't find anything about Barrons attractive, and the unbelievably slow pace at which we get to know him is beyond unacceptable. As far as I am concerned he is a jackass. I just couldn't give a damn at this point and I will not read who knows how many more books just to find out what happens.
I said in my review for book 1 that there was zero romance. Z.E.R.O. There wasn't really in this one either. Mac never thinks of Barrons in a romantic way and never even shows any sign of being attracted to him, except that she said he looked hot when he laughed. It was the first time she had ever seen him laugh so it had surprised her. But there is also one part later in the book when Mac is sort of freaking out and high on violence and Barrons kisses her and she kissed him back. I think the violence had turned him on. This still does not cause Mac to have any sort of romantic thoughts about him. Afterwards its like it never happened. It doesn't change their relationship at all. So if you are looking for romance I really suggest you look somewhere else. I looked into what happens later in the series and none of it sounds very promising. This series seems to be way more story-driven than romance or character driven. Too bad I don't think the story is good enough to carry the series. But a lot of people clearly do, so I think fans of Urban Fantasy are the best bet for enjoying this.
This is the second majorly popular adult PNR series I have read and not gotten past book 2. The other was Night Huntress. I am not really sure which was worse since the things I hated about them were different. I am not sure how they would tally up against each other in the end. I hated the hero in both fairly evenly. But I also hated the heroine in Night Huntress, more than the hero. But I did enjoy the story, a lot more than the story of Fever. I think they tally up pretty closely. I feel like I am playing Russian roulette when I read a popular series. Do I want to risk it again? I do. I know I will do it again. I still need to read Dark Lover, Night Pleasures, and Magic Bites. I am a glutton for punishment. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Despite the strong and almost instant sexual content, it wThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really enjoyed this book. Despite the strong and almost instant sexual content, it was actually a sweet romance. Victoria and Byron met when she went to him hoping to settle her brother's debts, but they have an instant attraction. Byron finds himself asking for a week with her instead, and Victoria finds herself accepting.
It was unexpected, impulsive, and just so appealing that neither of them could help themselves. So they made this deal and Victoria stays in Byron's old manor for 6 days, with no one but the servants. They spend quiet days there, going riding, talking in the library, but they have sex together every night. Their physical attraction to each other was instant and undeniable. But it took them the length of the book to develop, recognize, and admit their feelings for each other go beyond physical. And that is what the story is really about. Despite their sexual relationship, we still got to see two lonely people falling in love.
I enjoyed their time together and their chemistry. They had a great, deeper connection and I was just waiting for them to see and understand it. They both had secrets and painful pasts that were keeping them back. Victoria had been in love before but he died. It had caused her to hide behind her spinster facade, avoiding new pain or rejection. But she had a wild spirit that was fighting to get out. I loved how she couldn't help but laugh when it rained.
And Byron had a severe photosensitivity which had driven away friends and lovers in the past because of their fear of what they didn't understand. I felt a lot of sympathy for Byron because despite his dark reputation, his circumstances hadn't changed him too much. It made him sad and lonely but it hadn't made him mean as it could have. And the fact that he was building a huge, beautiful house with rooms for a wife and children was just the sweetest thing. He still had this amazing dream for his future despite the fact that he hadn't yet found a woman who could accept him and his disability. Not until Victoria. It was obvious that they belonged together and I didn't understand why they couldn't instantly see it too. But luckily it didn't take them too long. The whole book took place over a span of only 6 days. I look forward to the rest of this series, despite it's low ratings. I didn't see anything in this book to keep me away....more