I enjoyed this a bit more than The Vicious Deep with 3.5/5. There was more action, more romance, high stakes.
The characters are starting to grow on me. They are still nothing special really. Tristan is funny and a very realistic teenage guy, but most teenage guys arent that special. :P But he loves Layla and that just raises him up so high for me. A guy who truly loves his girl is priceless.
Tristan and Layla have an interesting relationship. They never really talked about what they wanted, or revealed their feelings to each other. It sort of just happened, like North and Sydelle from Brightly Woven. They are adorable.
There were also some twists in this that I didnt see coming and they will complicate things in The Vast and Brutal Sea. I look forward to seeing Tristan fight for Layla. I actually dont care whether or not Tristan becomes king. There are a few other champions who would probably make decent kings too. I just hope that everyone will be ok in the end.(less)
I loved this! I was so happy to have everyone back together that I had to try really hard to hold in a squeal while I was reading (it was the middle o...moreI loved this! I was so happy to have everyone back together that I had to try really hard to hold in a squeal while I was reading (it was the middle of the night and my husband was sleeping).
"Well," Puck said cheerfully, forcing a rather pained smile, "it's just like old times, isn't it? You, me, ice-boy, the future of the Nevernever hanging in the balance... we just have to wait for the Furball to show up and then it'll be perfect." "He is already here, Goodfellow," came a familiar voice behind us, sounding bored and offended all at once. "Where he has been for much of the conversation, waiting for you to see past the end of your nose." "Yep." Puck sighed as we all turned to face Grimalkin. "Just like old times."
I didnt expect this to end as it did. It ended abruptly and I guess the prophecy was left to be dealt with in Call of the Forgotten. It really worries me, especially now that I know the title of book #2. I really hope things work out ok, but I havent even read The Lost Prince so I dont really know what I am talking about. :p
I really loved how this gave us so much insight into the lives of Meghan and Ash, what it is like for them now, being married. I think there were 2 chapters of them at home, and then at Elysium, before they left for their most recent adventure, and I think that was my favourite part. Although, I dont like seeing Ash so submissive. I know Meghan is his queen, but she is also his wife, and he shouldnt have to be all "As you wish, my Queen" all the time. But this is still chock-full of Ash lines that will make you melt. :P(less)
I found this book pretty disappointing after giving Tangled Tides 5 stars. It was ok, but it felt sort of like filler.
There was no expansion on the my...moreI found this book pretty disappointing after giving Tangled Tides 5 stars. It was ok, but it felt sort of like filler.
There was no expansion on the mythology, besides learning of Harte's existence, but I felt like it didnt really add anything to the story. There was no added depth to Yara and her people. It was just a detour to rescue Vienna and return back to the story. I dont know if Vienna will be important in the next installment, or if saving her was just so that we could see Rownan get an HEA too.
And I didnt really like Harte either. It felt like it was never going to end and I couldnt wait for them to get out of there. It took way too long. But I still enjoy the characters, and I especially enjoyed seeing a different side of Rownan. I never would have suspected what kind of relationship him and Treygan had from their behaviour in book 1.
So, this wasnt a bad little adventure, but it was less than I was expecting. I am hoping for an epic conclusion in Sacred Seas.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Starry Sky Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This book wasnt what I was expecting at all. I didnt realize it was a high fantasy. It is about a Princess' handmaiden that goes on a journey to find...moreThis book wasnt what I was expecting at all. I didnt realize it was a high fantasy. It is about a Princess' handmaiden that goes on a journey to find a plant to save the Princess from a disease, and falls in the love with the Captain of the Royal Guards that escort her in the process. Its called slumber because the Princess has a sleeping disease, and because Rogan wakes up on the journey, to realize who she really is.
This was a great adventure and an interesting story. And Wolfe was totally swoon-worthy. But I found Rogan pretty annoying at times. She made so many mistakes, and fought Wolfe for most of the book. I cant believe she ran away from her escort 3 times thinking she could do things on her own and ended up getting kidnapped each time. You'd think she'd learn! And I have trouble understanding why Wolfe even bothered after so long. But I guess she meant well. She was a good person, and that is why Wolfe has apparently been in love with her for the past 5 years without her knowledge. Because he saw how she treated people around the castle kindly, even though she never gave him the time of day. But that is a long time to wait. You'd think he would have given up before then. Nonetheless, I was pleased with the amount of romance in this because I hadnt gotten enough in my last few reads.
But I am not as excited about the sequel as most people, because it will feature L, a character we met briefly near the end and who Rogan quickly became very attached to. I found her fairly annoying. It would have been better if the sequel was about Haydyn or Valena. Or Rogan again, but she got her HEA so its someone else's turn I guess. Maybe it will be about Valena in #3 (I am assuming there will be a #3) since she is still a bit young (14), but by #3 maybe she will be older and then she can get her HEA too. :)(less)
I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and gave it 3.5/5, so I was pretty excited to read this, but not frothing at the mouth. A Discovery of Witches...moreI really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and gave it 3.5/5, so I was pretty excited to read this, but not frothing at the mouth. A Discovery of Witches was fairly long and took me 5 days to read, which is long. But I have been working on this one for 9 days! And I only got to page 383 before I gave up. They arent the longest books out there, not by a long shot, but they are far longer than they have to be. They are so slow and drawn out. It wasnt as bad in A Discovery of Witches, but Shadow of Night is far slower and more boring and just so tedious. I am still a bit curious what happened, but not curious enough to put up with another 200 pages.
And I could not stand Marlowe! After what he did to Diana I expected Matthew to kill him! Even betraying her to Hubbard was bad enough, but trying to skewer her shouldnt go unpunished, especially when you are a vampire! But what does Matthew do? He forgives him! And by the end of the book they are friends again, patting each other on the back! Marlowe wasnt even worth keeping around. He was so annoying, and childish and bitter. Same goes for Phillipe. Everyone spoke of him like the sun shined out of his ass, but I found him annoying, condescending and arrogant, not to mention controlling! Ugh, it just wasnt worth it for me.(less)
Since Graceling and Fire I have been hoping to find more amazing YA fantasy. Every time another is released my hopes go up, but nothing can quite live up to it. Although this one is the one that came the closest for me so far.
The scope of this is large. The story takes place over 3 kingdoms, with several character POVs. I can think of a total of six, although some are more prominent. Namely Cleo, Jonas, and Magnus, each from a different kingdom. There are very poor relations between the three kingdoms and war is brewing. This reminds me a bit of a YA take on A Game of Thrones; featuring several kingdoms, several characters spread out over the kingdoms, war, and death. There are a lot of character deaths, so dont get too attached to anyone. Unfortunately I did and I cried 3 or 4 times. There are also a lot of dark and evil characters.
My favourite character is by far Magnus. He is such a conflicted character, trapped by his circumstances. I feel so much pity for him. The kind of character you just want to hug. One of the things that I didnt like about this book was the fact that all the characters hate each other. There is so much bias and prejudice between the different kingdoms, and although I see inside their lives and their minds and can grow to appreciate them, they hate each other fervently. Jonas' glowing hatred for Cleo made me hate him for most of the book. He seemed so blind to it that I just could not like him. Although his eyes started to open near the end. And I also really enjoyed Cleo's character, so when she and Magnus met, it was especially painful to see them through each other's eyes. I dont want them to hate each other, Magnus especially does not deserve such hatred. Or maybe I am the biased one now, but I just love Magnus so much. And although I loved Cleo, she could be annoying at times, a bit entitled. I also enjoyed the characters Lucia and Theon, who had some POV chapters, but not as many.
This isnt a romance. There are a few romantic connections, but none are the focus, and there is still no indication of who will end up with who in the end. I havent a clue. Magnus and Lucia? Alexius and Lucia? Magnus and Cleo? Cleo and Jonas? Or no one? I see the possibility of any of the listed combinations although it could be none. But I am leaning towards believing there will be a romance in the end, since there was enough mention of love in this book to think the author wont let it drop yet. Plus all the characters are about the same age, between 16 and 18.
I cant wait for the sequel, Rebel Spring, although I didnt enjoy the hatred in this book, or the death. The characters we care about most need to meet and start working together instead of against each other.(less)
This was as good as the first book and perhaps a little better. It had the mythology t...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was as good as the first book and perhaps a little better. It had the mythology that I loved so much about the first book, but more adventure and romance, which were two things I mentioned in my review of Eon that I wished there had been more of. There was so much adventure, and absolutely no court intrigue in this one. Almost the entire book dealt wit the dragons' power, Eona trying to understand it, and finding a way to use it to save the kingdom. Perhaps at time I thought there was too much magic and I wished it would stop. There was always a new force to deal with, but it was important to the story.
I feared that most of the book would be about finding Kygo and reuniting with the resistance, but Kygo found them within four chapters. I was very happy to have him back since I anticipated a romance starting. And we got not only romance, but a love-triangle. It was not a bad love-triangle, since its the last book in a short series, we knew it would be quickly resolved. And Ido never really had a chance anyway, even if the scene on the boat was super hot, he was the bad guy after all.
One thing that disappointed me about the first book was not resolved in the second. Eona never truly trusted anyone. I always felt so uneasy about the amount of secrets she kept. She couldnt tell Kygo because he could use it against her. She couldnt tell Dela because she was loyal to Ryko and Kygo. She couldnt tell Ido because he would use it for his own gain. It was not fun watching her struggle with it all, but at least she didnt make as many mistakes as she did in Eon.
I really wish more had been resolved in the end. As soon as the main conflict ended, the book ended. It finished with the words, "Balance has been restored to the heavens and earth, but we have work ahead of us to restore order to the empire." I wish we had seen some of the work, at least a glimpse of what became of the kingdom, how the people responded to their new emperor and the lack of his symbol of power, and where Eona's place would be in this new world. But I can hope for the best. Eona and Kygo will work hard to make it work, the kingdom and being together.(less)