I ended up enjoying this a lot more in the end. The first half of the book was so slow that I was struggling through it and thought there was no way II ended up enjoying this a lot more in the end. The first half of the book was so slow that I was struggling through it and thought there was no way I was going to enjoy it as much as book one. But the second half of the book really picked up and ended up being better than book 1. So it evens out and I am giving it the same rating.
Overall I dont think I care enough about this series to give it a proper review, but I love the depth of emotion that everyone has in this series. How much Rain and Ellysetta love and need each other. How much Gaelan loves and cares for his sister. How much Gaelen and Bel care for Ellysetta. The Fey are full of so much devotion.
(view spoiler)[I am so glad that Rain and Ellysetta are finally married. Their need to resist each other was getting pretty tedious, as was the wedding planning. Although that was her mother's fault. As much as I hated Lauriana and as glad as I am that she is dead and out of the story, I still cried at her funeral. I think I was crying for Lorelle and Lillis. I cant wait to see Rain and Ellysetta complete their bond. I assume it will be pretty epic. I also really want the Fey to find out about Shannisorran and Elfeya. (hide spoiler)]
I am going to be taking some time off this series. I wont be ordering King of Sword and Sky from my library right away. I would probably frustrate myself too much, knowing that book 3 wont progress as much as I'd like. But I look forward to reading it some time in the future. At the right time to appreciate it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I did not enjoy this book very much. I did not like the way that the narration felt soThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I did not enjoy this book very much. I did not like the way that the narration felt so disconnected. It made me feel like I was just seeing this story from afar. Or that I was not reading a story, but just the outline of the story. It read like a ghost story told by word of mouth, or a fable, myth, or legend, not a novel. I was never immersed in the world, and I felt like the characters were thin and undeveloped. They felt like a list of required traits, not people.
I also didnt enjoy the fact that Nyx and Ignifex were such bad people. That was sort of the point of the story I think. Two horrible people who were never loved by anyone else, love each other. But it made it hard to care about either of them, and I hated Nyx a little bit. I guess the story did manage to draw me in enough to make me angry when I think of what Nyx tried to do to Ignifex. More can be forgiven when you are a hot guy who has been tormented for 1000 years. Less so when you are a rich teenage girl. Haha, shame on me, but it's true.
The story was unique and ambitious, but only succeeded in being confusing. I dont understand a lot of what happened, especially nearing the end. And I found the romance seriously lacking. Since they were both horrible people they couldnt really love each other properly, and even admit as much.
"But we'll pretend we know how to love." I smiled at him. "And someday we'll learn."
I couldnt really bring myself to root for them to be together when they were so willing to hurt each other before. They had such an odd relationship, and its even odder now that Ignifex is not Ignifex, but Lux. I didnt love Ignifex, but he was the best thing about the book, and now I feel a little ripped off by the fact that he no longer exists as he once did. But whatever, I can feel it slipping from my mind already. I will forget about this book completely by the end of the day.
This book was weird and not that great, and I would like to give it 2.5/5.
It had some interesting concepts, but the world building was not very goodThis book was weird and not that great, and I would like to give it 2.5/5.
It had some interesting concepts, but the world building was not very good and I was very confused most of the time. I didnt feel connected to any of the characters and I feel like I dont even know Blaise at all, and I thought he was supposed to be the main character. I dont understand anyone's motives, and I dont even know who the villain was supposed to be. My vote goes to Augusta, since she's psycho and spent most of her time totally freaking out, and mass murdering peasants.
The story seemed to be all over the place, and I had no interest in whatever was going on between Gala and Blaise. It was basically insta-love, and they had no chemistry. Although they are definitely better than Blaise and Augusta. Seriously, the idea that they were ever a couple makes absolutely no sense. Let alone together for eight years. How could that have ever happened?! They do not meld in the slightest. But there wasnt a lot of romance anyway. It was more of an afterthought.
The best part of this book is Gala. I really like the idea of her being all powerful but benevolent. If people would allow her, she could be their saviour. She kinda kicks ass.
I will give this series another shot and read book 2. I have no idea how many are planned in this series, but I will try one more and see how it goes. ...more
This book was great. It set itself up quickly and smoothly and instantly draws you intThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was great. It set itself up quickly and smoothly and instantly draws you into the world. It took a bit longer to get me attached to the characters, but nevertheless it did in due time. I really enjoyed the idea behind the story and Arin being Kestrel's slave. It really makes for an interesting relationship, and incredible strain on both of them. It reminded me a lot of the world of Tangled Web. I imagined them to look aesthetically similar, and they also both feature romances with slaves.
"Fifty keystones for a singer who refused to sing, a friend who wasn't her friend, some one who was hers and yet would never be hers."
I really enjoyed the narration, and the way things seemed to slowly be revealed. It could be the reason why it took me time to grown attached to the characters, although I was interested in the story from the beginning. I felt like it took time for Kestrel and Arin's true natures to be revealed, even through their own POVs, and it was almost hypnotic, as I waited for the small drips of information to be released. And in the end, they both turned out to be more incredible then I had expected.
Kestrel is so intelligent. She is one of those people who you never see coming until its too late. And Arin, he is incredibly brave and selfless as he fights for the freedom of this people and at the same time never forgets the needs of Kestrel. They are both amazing tacticians, and I wonder if the future will have them fighting together, or against each other.
I enjoyed the first half of the book more for sure, because it was more about discovery and hope. But in the second half of the book, when everything is in the open, there is such a strong sense of betrayal and desperation. I have a hard time handling that sort of emotion, even in moderate doses. Luckily, I was able to look at the bigger picture and handle it. As long as the following two installments in the trilogy don't drag down my mood too much more.
The bigger picture that I see, is that Kestrel and Arin still love each other despite everything, and that makes it even more beautiful. It gave Kestrel the grounds to prove it by sacrificing her future for Arin's. And although Arin didn't have the opportunity to prove it on the grand scale that Kestrel did, he did prove it in small ways. And the way the story ended leaves us knowing that there is still so much more to come for Kestrel and Arin. I can only imagine the scope the this will take, and the influence Kestrel and Arin will have on the future of their nations.
I would like to give this 3.5/5. When I asked for recommendations for High Fantasy RomThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I would like to give this 3.5/5. When I asked for recommendations for High Fantasy Romance, this is not exactly what I had in mind. Romance was about 2% of this book. This was a High Fantasy court intrigue through and through, with a touch of magic.
I really liked the main character, Cazaril. He was intelligent, loyal, humble, unusually kind and selfless, determined, and brave when fighting for who and what he believed in. But as a love interest? He was not at all what I look for in a love interest. He was bookish, quiet, and sickly. He was also 16 years older than his love interest.
The romance in this was by no means a focus. There were a few random moments that were enough to make it known that Cazaril had feelings for Betriz, but it was not an epic love. It was a common love. The kind that is good in real life, but not in books. In books its rather disappointing. Its the kind of love that is mostly respect and fondness. The kind that results when a modest girl finds a good husband who will take care of her and provide for her.
The story was somewhat epic though. The story of Cazaril, the most loyal servant anyone could ever ask for, risking life and limb, risking his very soul, facing long avoided enemies, and traveling across mountains and countries to protect his mistress and free her family from the shadow of a curse. And of course, Cazaril is not particularly imposing or physically capable. The fact that he can barely walk and usually vomits after a day on horseback perhaps makes it more impressive that he does it at all.
So, if you cannot tell by now, I think that Cazaril carried this book, but even he wasnt enough to make me care about the "romance", if you can even call it that. All in all, it was engaging, if a bit slow. I was very invested in his character, and it had a pleasing HEA. But I will not be continuing the series, or perhaps, ever reading any more books by this author. They are not really up my alley. ...more
I really hope this gets released one day. The fact that it is Vanity just makes me wanna read it all the more. I would have thought that book 2 wouldI really hope this gets released one day. The fact that it is Vanity just makes me wanna read it all the more. I would have thought that book 2 would have been Envy, since Mercy was already partially in love with Kian (Envy) by the end of book 1. But we dont even know who Humility is yet. Add Mary's intense desire for Rinion (Vanity) and I am sure it would be an interesting story. But how much longer could Mercy and Kian be kept apart? She was almost ready to give herself to him in book 1, by book 3 (assuming Envy would be book 3) how much of their story would there be left to tell? Unless the author did not intend for it to be a 7 book series. Hmm, now there's a thought....more
I really enjoyed the concept behind this but some parts were a bit sloppy so I would gThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really enjoyed the concept behind this but some parts were a bit sloppy so I would give it 3.5/5. Chastity seemed to be constantly confused about who Thane was. Half the time it seemed that she knew he was a fey and that he was the stranger in the maze, but other times she didnt. And when he fully revealed his identity to her she seemed shocked while I would have sworn she already knew. It was pretty confusing.
I also didnt really enjoy how vulgar it was at times. I dont mind erotica, but this was not always portrayed as elegantly as it could have been. I agree with another reviewer, that the cover image of Thane is not hot enough, and they posted a picture of what they imagined him to look like. But I didnt really agree with their image any more than the cover. So here is mine.
But I totally love the concept of the seven cardinal sins being embodied by seven Unseelie fey princes, who need to find the mortal woman who embodies their opposing virtue in order to break their curse. Its fascinating and incredibly original. I loved the other princes that we met and I cannot wait to read their stories, especially Kian and Niall. I really hope Charlotte Featherstone gets around to writing them, since she is taking a break from writing I dont know when, if ever, the rest of the series will be released. ...more
This book was just as amazing and epic as Guardian of Time, but so different! This isThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was just as amazing and epic as Guardian of Time, but so different! This is set 400 years after the events of Guardian of Time. It may have just been too long since I read it, but I don't remember it being mentioned that Margariete and Raeylan had such long lifespans. They spent the last 400 years searching for Esilwen, traveling the shards, many of which had advanced technology. So when we meet Margariete and Raeylan again, they are already somewhat familiar with technology and aren't completely out of their depths. And we also meet Kyleren again. I missed Kyle in Guardian of Time, and was glad to see that this book was his story.
I expected this book to show us how he ended up with Margariete. Unfortunately things didn't progress that far. I am glad that their relationship is one that grows over time. It will get more time and focus than Raeylan and Esilwen, but I was still a little sad to see them hating each other to begin with. Its like Daemon and Katy from Obsidian, without the random hot make-out sessions. Just lots of glaring and smart-mouthing. I look forward to seeing their relationship grow to what it was in Phoenix Angel. I am just worried about the chronological placement of the next book. Don't skip another 400 years! I have to see them falling in love!
The magic and mythology grows even more complex in this book, with so much depth and more of Kirion's plans revealed. It's so hard to believe he is the same person as Carter from book 1. But I enjoy a villain who isn't black & white. There's a lot more to him than just "evil". I am usually hesitant to start a long series, and I was skeptical when I heard that this series was planned as 6 books, but now I know that the story will need at least that many, and I wouldn't want it to be shorter anyway. I love all these characters so much. Margariete, Raeylan, Esilwen, and Kyleren. Even Kirion and Farrelblade in a weird way. And the new introduction of Gene. He was kinda funny in his awkward way and I hope he sticks around.
This story encompasses more than all of the known universe, it spans millenniums, and features elves, gods, kings, assassins, and genetically engineered soldiers. There is no way that it won't have something for you!
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review....more
What the hell, Aang?! You said it would be so hard to kill a friend and you didnt want to do it. But you go and exchange a couple of words, and he doeWhat the hell, Aang?! You said it would be so hard to kill a friend and you didnt want to do it. But you go and exchange a couple of words, and he doesnt even seem that upset, then BOOM! "A promise is a promise." You were seriously gonna kill your friends?! Calm yourself!
And why would Zuko go to his father for advice? What happened to Iroh? You used to always go to Iroh. And wouldnt the fact that his father mocked him about needed his help make it even less likely that he would ask for it?...more
I am so glad to discover that so far this series is as good as Tiger's Curse. I hate it when you discover an amazing series and you hope the author caI am so glad to discover that so far this series is as good as Tiger's Curse. I hate it when you discover an amazing series and you hope the author can keep them coming, but then they come out with another series and its not as good.
This had everything that I loved about Tiger's Curse. Adventure, mythology, romance. I hope there is no love-triangle. It wasn't until Tiger's Quest that you realized that Kishan was a potential love interest, in the first book there was hardly any sign. But in this there are three brothers rather than two, so it makes things a little different. But there is still potential that one of Amon's brothers might also fall for Lily, but I hope not. I am sure I would easily fall in love with one of them as well, but I don't want my heart to be broken again, and Amon is awesome enough already. I loved Ren in book 1, but by book 4 I was so Team Kishan that it hurt. ...more
This was Kell's story. The first two books had a pretty even split of the POV betweenThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was Kell's story. The first two books had a pretty even split of the POV between the 3 protagonists. But in this one, I could probably count the number of Arden or Dev POVs on both hands. Its almost entirely Kell and Zara. But we still follow Arden and Dev's progress through their occasion chapters and also through Kell who has contact with them.
I will admit, this book finally made me appreciate Kell. He just needed to get out on his own and develop more as a character, instead of just the third wheel to Dev and Arden. He and Zara are perfect for each other. At first I had trouble believing that Kell would get over Arden so quickly. But eventually I saw the difference between the relationship he has with Zara, and the relationship he had with Arden. They are much better matched. And Zara is even more kick-ass than Arden! I do like her better. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. If Arden was more like Zara, the Arden-Dev relationship woes would have been solved long time ago.
That being said, I still would have enjoyed this book more if it had been focused on Dev and Arden like the first two. Dev is the highlight of this series for me. And the mention of another soul? WTF? How is that possible. Way to leave us hanging! And we will never know for sure since its just a trilogy. Oh well, I can assume the best! I was also surprised that there was no resolution in regards to (view spoiler)[Loku. I expected something to change. But I guess she will just have to live with him for the rest of her life. She is clearly not going mad. They never really explain it but I would assume it has something to do with her Elf heritage (hide spoiler)].
But in the end there are warm and fuzzies all around. A perfect ending, which I guess was amplified by the fact that I finally appreciated Kell. So maybe the redistributed POVs had a purpose after all. Four wonderful people who really deserved their HEAs.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book didnt really go in the direction I expected. Arden and Dev continued their jThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book didnt really go in the direction I expected. Arden and Dev continued their journey to Gavaria to train Arden, but the personal relationships didnt develop the way I expected. Kell had to show up and complicate things again. Arden and Dev's relationship is epically messed up and complicated, and they are both to blame. Dev continues to refuse to tell Arden anything, and Arden continues to be impulsive and out of control with a hair-trigger temper. She is hot and cold and it is crazy! Its just the type of person she is, with emotions that rule her, but I was having a hard time understand why one second she doesnt trust Dev and accuses him of being a danger to her, and then the next second she thinks he is all she needs in the world. She is the reason why men think women are confusing.
Eventually Kell's story diverges away from Arden's. Thats a good and bad thing. Its good because I want him to keep away from her. But its bad because it means that he has his own place in the story. He's not just there to be a convenient bump in Arden and Dev's journey toward each other. He is sticking around, and he still hasnt really grown on me.
This book was just as good as book one, and I will be starting book 3 immediately. I cant wait much longer to find out if Arden and Dev get an HEA. I have to find out soon!...more