It took me a few days to get my thoughts in order on this. And I still dont really feel up to writing a full-length review, so I will quickly just men...moreIt took me a few days to get my thoughts in order on this. And I still dont really feel up to writing a full-length review, so I will quickly just mention a few things.
I ended my review for Throne of Glass with the words, "...my opinion of Celaena has been tainted now. She better treat him [Choal] right." And this book did not make me like her any more. Perhaps I like her even less. She made a lot of bad decisions based on emotion and she just cannot think practically and she is never clear headed. I would not want to live in a world where the fate of anything rested in her hands. Plus, she did not treat Choal well, just as I had feared.
Also, nothing good happened in this book. It was suspenseful and unpredictable and well written, but it contained nothing but sadness. Everyone was just dying, being hurt, betrayed, seperated from loved ones. I am extremely emphatic so it's not hard for me to feel for characters, and the fact that all the sadness makes me nearly physically sick I think crossed a line. If there was only one more book I would just wait until it came out, ask someone if it had an HEA, then read it. But there are 4 more books, so I think I am gonna have to pass on this series, for my health and sanity.(less)
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was even better than the first, and perhaps eve...moreI would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was even better than the first, and perhaps even better than anything I have read all year. It is a prequel to Phoenix Angel, and shows what Maggie and Lily's lives were like before, as Margariete and Esilwen, and even explains some of the events referred to at the end of Phoenix Angel. Sadly, Kyle was not in this at all, and there was very little of Carter, but we get to learn a great deal more about Carter, as well as Raeylan and Feralblade. And what we learned was fascinating. There are so many character revelations in this books, it continually surprised me. I had so many misconceptions before starting it, and I loved the way Amanda Gerry and Christy Hall laid it out.
I have read some other YA fantasy lately, such as Grave Mercy, Bitterblue, and Throne of Glass, and they all disappointed me. They were also all very similar. But Guardian of Time was one of the most original YA fantasy I have read and I would even recommend it for adult fantasy readers. It had a highly developed magical system and amazingly complex mythology and world building. And the story was non-stop. Just when you think you may know where the story is going, another villain is introduced, another threat against Thyella, against the First Kingdom, or against a loved one. But it all flowed together perfectly and kept me reading.
Again, it focused on Margariete and Esilwen. I think this is meant to be both of their stories. Two incredible women as close as sisters, and their loves and losses, as they fight for the lives and freedoms of their world and others. And this book is not afraid to go dark, as it explores the darkest parts of a person's soul, what motivates evil, and how far someone is willing to go for what they believe in.
I cant even think of enough words to describe how amazing this was. I am completely captivated by the world of Shardwell and its stunning imagery. I cannot wait to find out what happens next, how Margariete meets Kyleren, how they end up in our world, and what Kirion will do next!(less)
I would give this between 4-4.5/5. It was a very interesting world that reminded me of...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I would give this between 4-4.5/5. It was a very interesting world that reminded me of a cross between ancient Rome and Barsoom. Azurha's planet was conquered by the Deizians, who now rule using their technology which only they can control with magic. It was a combination of fantasy and sci-fi that you dont see often, especially not in romance.
I have read a lot of court intrigues and books about female assassins lately, and this was better than all of them. It wasn't too slow or talkie and didn't focus on politics. The romance was smoldering and the action and suspense was so intense that it literally left me breathless with anticipation. At one point, I had to put the book down and watch some TV for awhile, to let my heart-rate get back to normal.
Azurha and Titus had great chemistry that you could see and feel, even outside the bedroom, although thats where they spent most of their time. The sex scenes are not particularly graphic and are sometimes as short as one paragraph, but they are ridiculously frequent so I would still categorize this as erotica. Azurha is a perfect example of the saying, "Behind every great man is a great woman." With her help, Titus has the potential to be a great emperor who can save their planet. They complement each other and make each other want to be better people. And they love each other desperately.
There is always a conflict part-way through a romance, and Titus was inevitably going to find out Azurha's secret, but I love how it was handled. Titus acted rationally and considered what he knew about her before jumping to any conclusions. He loved her enough to consider her side before letting his hurt feelings get in the way. It was a major event, but hardly even a stumbling block in their relationship.
The first part of the book focused on developing Azurha and Titus' relationship and establishing her place in the story. But after Azurha changed her mind about her place, things started to get tense. There was always something else around the corner. But now Azurha and Titus can face it together, and I cannot wait to read the next book!
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I am so angry right now I dont even know if I wanna read Throne of Glass any more. But the reason I read all these shorts this week is because I order...moreI am so angry right now I dont even know if I wanna read Throne of Glass any more. But the reason I read all these shorts this week is because I ordered it from my library and it will be here soon. But I dont think I could even stomach reading it right now. I am not just sad, I am angry. Almost seething. I usually avoid gifs because I like to write proper reviews, but I am too angry to write so...
That was me, literally. I took a shower to help me feel better. It didnt help.(less)
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! At first I thought it was...moreI would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! At first I thought it was familiar, but with enough differences to keep me hooked. But in the end I realized that it was actually like nothing I have read before.
It starts out as a normal high school paranormal romance. Strange things start happening to beautiful Maggie. Things she cant explain. Then a hot new guy shows up at school. This is when the guy would usually tell her that he can help her understand whats happening to her. But he doesnt, because this isnt your usual YA PNR. Kyle is as confused as Maggie. After they meet he starts to develop super-human strength and speed. They try to make sense of their new world together, along with Maggie's best friend, Lily.
One of the things I loved most about this book was Maggie. She was like no other heroine I have read. Somehow I could still relate and understand her even though she was a complete bitch. She didnt accept crap from anyone. I have never had trauma in my life like Maggie, but I am extremely emotional and sensitive, so I can understand just needing to keep people out. And I was bullied in school so I admire her and wish that I had had the strength to fight back. The only time that I thought she went to far, was with her plans for the dance. But luckily that didnt turn out as disastrous as I feared.
The book had alternating POVs between Maggie, Kyle, and Lily, but the focus was mostly on Maggie and Kyle for the first half, and the tumultuous romance, the push and pull, and Maggie struggling to get over her bitchiness enough to care about someone again. If this were a contemporary romance, that story alone would have been enough to keep me hooked. But that’s far from all there is to Phoenix Angel.
In the second half of the book, there are still POVs from Maggie, Kyle, and Lily, but the focus switches to Lily, and we add Carter. When Carter meets Lily, he develops powers as well, and now the four friends have to help each other, and avoid the mysterious figures that start appearing. I loved the feeling of the group working together, facing the unknown. As things become more dangerous for them with each passing day, we realize how much we dont know about them. Until the end, when worlds collide and they are forced to face their pasts. They arent all who they seemed and friends and lovers could be torn apart as we are left wanting more.
The writing in this is absolutely amazing. It is beautiful and descriptive. When I first started the book I thought it was pretentious. But that was probably because I got used to the juvenile writing in books I have been reading lately. At first I was stumbling over the big words, but after I got used to it I was loving the imagery and flow. Its hard to believe this is Amanda Gerry and Christy Hall's first book. The only other problem I had was with the cover. It was really confusing and I spent most of the book thinking I might have gotten the wrong book. That it had been put in the wrong binding. The cover makes more sense after reading the second book, but it doesnt suit the first book at all.
Phoenix Angel has elements of contemporary and paranormal romance, as well as parallel-world fantasy. If those sound like the kind of genres you read, I really recommend this book!(less)
This was an absolutely perfect ending to this unique series. It is possibly even a 4.5/5. Although I could have done without books 2 and 4. I hated 2...moreThis was an absolutely perfect ending to this unique series. It is possibly even a 4.5/5. Although I could have done without books 2 and 4. I hated 2 a lot because I find Irial to be a truly despicable character. And although I really enjoyed Devlin and Ani in book 4, they turned out to be mostly irrelevant to the larger story. I would have liked to see them again.
But, putting aside the Irial/Niall/Leslie sub-plot this series was nearly perfect. It was dark without being too dark, like Holly Black's Tithe, which I enjoyed although it was too dark for me at times. There was no shortage of romance and swoon-worthy guys. I'll admit Keenan finally grew on me in this book. Probably because he finally left Ash alone. I had never disliked him as much as Irial though. He was just too manipulative for my tastes, not downright evil like Irial. But Seth still has my heart in this one. And the fantasy and faery magic was so prevalent. We are fully immersed into faery courts and politics and war. Even more so than in The Iron Fey, seeing as nearly all the main characters were faery regents of the various courts. This is the first faery book I have read with more than 2 courts. There were 4 in the beginning, and later 5.
Another thing that I really loved about this series is that there are so many main characters. Usually a YA book will have 2 leads, a guy and a girl, who usually fall in love. In Wicked Lovely, I would say the leads were Ash and Keenan, but they didnt fall in love! And that seemed revolutionary to me at the time. But Seth isnt any less of an important character. Nor is Donia, or Niall. There are so many ppl you can care about. Some many couples you can put your heart behind. And they all got their HEA! Although I am a little weirded out by the Irial/Niall/Leslie love-triangle threesome. In a YA! They only ever hinted at Irial and Niall's feelings for each other, until in the end they made it pretty clear.
"The threads he could see for the two faeries were woven tightly together, and in many of the possible futures, he saw Leslie's not-quite-mortal, not-quite-fey thread wrapped with theirs. She wasn't anywhere near ready to stay with the Dark Court, but there were more than a few possible futures for her that brought her into a happy future with the two faeries who loved her and each other."
If it werent for that sub-plot, for Irial's character in general, or if it had kept its focus on the story as a whole instead of each book focusing on a different aspect of the story, I would have loved this series more than The Iron Fey. Yes, I said it! But it didn't happen that way, so I dont. :P(less)
This was the best one since Wicked Lovely. Also the first one since Wicked Lovely to have a decent ending. I actually considered not reading it becaus...moreThis was the best one since Wicked Lovely. Also the first one since Wicked Lovely to have a decent ending. I actually considered not reading it because after reading Fragile Eternity I was pretty upset with the series and just wanted to skip to Darkest Mercy and be done with it. I am glad I didnt.
This is the second book in the series not to focus on Ash, Seth, and Keenan, although Seth was in it quite a bit. Books 1, 3, and 5 focus on that aspect of the story, while books 2 and 4 take a bit of a break and focus on other characters. Book 2 was easily my least favourite of the series so far. And I am reading this series pretty much just for Seth and Ash, so I wasnt sure if I wanted to bother with this one. But this is so much better than book 2! I love Devlin. He was pretty amazing. Sooo much better than Keenan or Irial. I hate them. Irial was still in this one but not as much and he was portrayed in a better light. But I still dont like him. But Seth is the best. He is delish. Great ending and setup for the last book. I really hope it has a good ending!(less)