This was actually much better than the movie. Even though I saw the movie first, it's still better. When I read the first book they were so similar IThis was actually much better than the movie. Even though I saw the movie first, it's still better. When I read the first book they were so similar I had trouble rating it. I wasnt sure if I was rating the book or the movie, they were too similar to take apart. But I dont have that problem with Chamber of Secrets, since I gave the movie 3/5 on my frequented movie site. The story was much more exciting than the previous. The chamber is more interesting than the stone, there was lots more action and sneaking around. More danger. If the books continue to get better and better, as, imo, the movies did, I'm in for quite an adventure....more
I'd like to say this was an amazing, beautiful ending to an awesome series. But its not the end! There is another book! How is this possible? How canI'd like to say this was an amazing, beautiful ending to an awesome series. But its not the end! There is another book! How is this possible? How can we go on from this? But regardless, this was unbelievable. The best in the series so far.
I know that I must address the love-triangle. It gets all the attention around these books and I would really like to add my opinion on the matter, so I will get right to it. The first two books in the series focused on Ren and Kishan respectively, and although I loved Kishan after Tiger's Quest, there was no sign that Kelsey would. She remained faithful to Ren. But once I read Tiger's Voyage I was pretty torn. I grew to love Kishan even more, and I was pretty upset at Ren for how he handled the situation. He gave Kelsey up way too easily in my opinion. But Kelsey clearly still loved him, so I had to give him credit for that. Although it almost seemed like she had no choice in the matter. She loved him beyond reason. And I found Kishan to be a better person, far more grounded, easier to talk to, and a lot of fun. But it was Kelsey's choice, not mine, and I guess Ren was more her type. More sensitive and fond of grand gestures. But, although he had lost his memory at the time, I felt like he had no right to be upset over her relationship with Kishan, when he was the one who gave her up. He had still loved her at the time, memory or not.
But then we get to Destiny, and I start to see where the Kelsey hate comes from. I still love her. She is one of my fave heroines because she is so incredibly brave, determined, stubborn, and smart, and even a little snarky at times. But she seriously mistreated Kishan. I understand if she didnt want to be with Ren. Because he hurt her. Because she was afraid. Because she felt she didnt deserve happiness when so many others hadnt found it. But that did not mean that she had to pretend to love Kishan more than she actually did. She could have decided to be alone. She could have waited until their journey was over before deciding on either brother. She could have done so many things besides leading Kishan on, when it was so clear that it was not going to last. She could barely get through the day without Ren. How could she think she could get through forever?(view spoiler)[ And agreeing to marry Kishan?! That is forever, but their situation was not. I dont understand why she thought that she would feel the same way about herself and her situation a year from then, ten years from then. She could have told him it was too soon, to wait until after their final journey. There is no excuse for committing yourself to someone, when you are in love with another. It was a promise she would never have been able to keep. (hide spoiler)] Kishan deserved better.
And Kishan is the one that made the sacrifice in the end. Kelsey always said that Ren had a superhero complex, but he didnt. He only risked his life for her, never for the mission, for their destiny, or for Durga. Ren is just as bad as Kelsey if not worse when it comes to all-consuming love. And I'll admit, grand gestures arent my thing, but Ren could be really sweet. I did love him first, in Tiger's Curse. I seriously swooned when he gave her the fireflower in the fire world. And I was really moved when he leapt in front of the gae bolga, and I saw the severe pain he was going through, all because he loved her. And Ren was extremely brave and was amazing in battle.
But Kishan is still my hero in the end. The more noble and selfless brother. I would never want to diminish Kishan's love for Kelsey, but he was willing to look at the bigger picture, willing to make the sacrifice that Ren refused. But I'm sure there was still a part of him that only did it because he knew it was what was best for Kelsey. And that is why I think the ending was so perfect. (view spoiler)[I knew that Kelsey would end up with Ren in the end, it was inevitable, but I really didnt want to see Kishan hurt. This way, the choice was Kishan's, not Kelsey's, and he eventually found happiness. I really appreciate that we got to see the letter from Kishan to Kelsey and Ren, and how he said that part of him loved her for centuries. As I said before, I dont want to diminish Kishan's love for Kelsey. I would have felt betrayed if he had found someone that he loved more than her. Colleen found the perfect alternative. (hide spoiler)]
This series, and this book in particular, is so emotionally engaging, with characters that I love so much. It was so important to me that the ending be just right so that my heart would not be broken, and Colleen nailed it. I cant even say how much I loved the love in this book. A few poor decisions on Kelsey's part cannot overshadow the depth of the characters and the love that all three have for each other.
I feel like there isnt much else I can say about this book. Everyone who has read even one book in the series, knows the reason it is so appealing is the unique focus on eastern mythology and its amazing adventure. And Destiny continues that trend and took it further. Their visit to the fire world was reminiscent of the journeys in book 1 and 2, but their journey to the past and their final battle against Lokesh was epic and amazing. The action and the fulfillment of destiny was breathtaking. Colleen really outdid herself and I really really hope and pray that Tiger's Dream will be a worthy successor, because I really cant think of a better way to end this incredible series. Thank you Colleen for officially writing my second favourite series of all time.
I enjoyed the second Ender book almost as much as the first. It is nothing like Ender's Game, but shows a completely different side of Ender's geniusI enjoyed the second Ender book almost as much as the first. It is nothing like Ender's Game, but shows a completely different side of Ender's genius and it is fascinating. Although Ender was an absolute genius from the beginning, at the end of Ender's Game I looked at him with pity. But at the end of Speaker for the Dead, I looked at him with wonder....more
This was amazing! It was my first mermaid book, but it was so much more! It had mermaiThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was amazing! It was my first mermaid book, but it was so much more! It had mermaids, sirens, selkies, gorgons, water sprites, and even a Greek god. But there was also so much to the story, with so much mythology and history, action, and omg the romance! If you love fiery and passionate romances with lots of pledges of undying love and self-sacrifice, this is for you. Even though they were unable to have a physical relationship until near the end, there was never any doubt about their love.
And I was really impressed with the story. It was my first mermaid book, as I said earlier, but I was expecting a simple forbidden romance between a mermaid/merman and a human, and a sacrifice having to be made to be together. But this was so much bigger, their decisions would affect worlds. How much are they willing to sacrifice to be together? And neither of them were straightforward merfolk or humans. They had very complicated heritages and very complicated roles in the larger conflict. I never knew what was going to happen next and I was really happy with how things were handled in the end.
I also loved the world this book created. I dont know if it was entirely based on mythology, but I would guess some of it was created by Karen Amanda Hooper. I loved how everything fit together, all the different roles the water creatures played, and the ranking colours of the mermaids sounded so gorgeous. I wish I could have seen them. Treygan, Yara, Karoline, Nixie, they all sounded beautiful. They were all great characters too. And I loved Pango, he was hilarious. I am a little confused by Rownan though. At first he seemed like a really horrible guy, even after spending time with Yara for months. But then he seemed to change his stance so quickly. Not that I am complaining. I am glad he came around.
With the extremely unique situation Yara and Treygan find themselves in at the end, I am anxious to find out how it works for them in the future. The few glimpses of their uninterrupted happiness that we got to witness was amazing, and I cant wait to see more, but I know it cant be that easy. I cannot wait to see them fight for each other and their people again in Dangerous Depths and to see their incredible strength, loyalty and love in action....more
You know when a book is really hyped you start to worry that it cant really be as good as you heard? Well, that is how I felt going into Existence. IYou know when a book is really hyped you start to worry that it cant really be as good as you heard? Well, that is how I felt going into Existence. I was totally unprepared for how much I loved it. I was completely blown away by the direction the story took and all the issues it explored. It got pretty dark at times.
I heard some complaints about Pagan as a heroine, that she was weak. But I dont see it like that. Character flaws dont mean flaws in the books. People have flaws, its realistic. Although some people just prefer books with a certain type of lead, which is understandable. And I do sort of see where they are coming from. When Pagan started having trouble sleeping and yelling Dank's name at night, it gave me a brief flashback of Bella. But their circumstances were quite different. For Pagan it wasnt an overreaction, so I can forgive her. Because what she and Dank felt for each other was something more than love, perhaps it was even supernatural. It couldnt be controlled and it couldnt be stopped.
"I'm not a man so I do not have a heart that loves as a human does. I'm an immortal god that dwells with supreme power because I hold the keys to death. But you are my existence. I am yours."
"I figure you have more intense feelings toward him than the measly love you humans so easily give."
This book more thoroughly explored the meaning of love than is usual for a YA. It also explored life and death and mental health. All the while taking us on an emotional roller coaster, in the best of ways. I dont usually like books that make me upset, but the payoff was worth it.
I heard another complaint about the heroine once again choosing the inappropriate guy over the sweetheart. In a lot of books I would agree that that is tiresome, but not in this one. Leif was sweet, but in a Puck or Matt sort of way. He should be firmly placed in the Friend Zone. And Dank wasn't inappropriate, he was unbelievably amazing. He never did a single thing wrong that I can complain about. In some books, when the guy cant be with the girl, he tries to hurt her to force her to move on (Tiger's Voyage, Clockwork Angel), but Dank never once denied to Pagan how much he wanted her, and you could clearly see his heartbreak (if he had a heart), especially on the night of the homecoming. Even when he was forced to leave her he still made sure she was safe and was there when she needed, even if it was just to sing her to sleep. When he did that it reminded me of Sam, and really, how could he be sweeter than that? He had a surprisingly small amount of ish to deal with, considering he was Death. You'd think he would have issues, but nope. He just needed her. I suppose because he didnt have a heart or soul, Pagan was his heart and soul. A line you have probably heard before in romance, but this time it is true.
Although I hate the names Pagan, Dank, and Leif, this story had incredible depth that brought Pagan to some dark places in her life, and amazingly strong characters that discovered that there is something greater than life, and something greater than love....more
This was incredibly unique and surprising. Leticia is a home care nurse coming out ofThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was incredibly unique and surprising. Leticia is a home care nurse coming out of a long-term abusive relationship and she is not looking for anything serious. But someone else is. Someone is looking for someone just like her. She is strangely drawn to a ruby necklace she finds at an estate sale of a deceased patient, and without really understanding why, she steals it! That night she wears it as she falls asleep, and she wakes up in a strange magical land.
She is found by a caravan gypsy king named Criminy Stain (sounds like a girl's name to me, but oh well). He is a Bludman. In his world called Sang, Bludmen are born, and besides drinking blood, their only similarities to vampires are their strength and longevity. When Leticia asked him if he was a vampire, and explained to him what a vampire was, he was rather insulted to be compared to something dead. He is very much alive and lives life to the fullest. It is a very strange world Leticia finds herself in, with Victorian dresses, magic, and clockwork pets, and where she suddenly has the power of a seer. And most confusing of all, is when Criminy tells her that she has been brought there for him.
He had his heart broken once when he was younger. Now he is 130 years old and still alone. So he put a spell on the necklace to go out and find him his perfect mate. But he never anticipated that she would resist. He just assumed that if she was perfect for him, he would be perfect for her. She is drawn to him of course, he's like a wickedly delicious version of Mr. Darcy, but he is not the kind of man she ever actually imagined herself with. He's just a secret fantasy. And at first that is what she thinks he is, a dream. Criminy is extremely forward and honest about his feelings, but Leticia refuses his advances. Then her necklace is stolen and she is stuck in his world. Together they must chase down the rich and powerful man who stole it and stop his plots against Bludmen. On their journey they have to fight ghosts, blood thirsty bunnies and jealous, backstabbing mermaids, and commandeer a submarine.
The world this book created is extremely unique and vivid, but my favourite part is the characters. Criminy and Leticia are not your usual hero and heroine. They have some of the familiar traits, but Leticia was really a damsel. She is brave and clever and kind, but she is not strong and never did any of her own fighting, and she cries rather easily. But I really enjoyed her character because she felt so real and genuine. And her and Criminy complemented each other perfectly. Criminy has a viscous side, like any blood drinking creature, vampire or not. But he is not dark and mysterious like you might be expecting. He is vibrant, exciting, and open, always making Leticia laugh with his magic tricks and crooked smile. They are an amazing couple. Criminy loves her so openly and freely, and although Leticia may not be there yet, I can see theirs becoming a truly epic love. I cannot wait for Wicked As She Wants. **Edit: I am sad we don't get to see it as the future books in the series are each about a different couple.
This is an adult book and there are a couple of sexy scenes in it, but it was not overly emphasized. I am very glad that this is one of few adult PNRs I've read where the sex does not overshadow the romance....more
I must admit the writing irritated me at parts. I rThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I've never read anything like this!
I must admit the writing irritated me at parts. I really wish I could replace every usage of the word 'belly' with 'stomach'. And the author really liked to reuse phrases. Several times someone trailed a finger along someone's jaw. More than once a car clicked and tinked. But her ability to describe a scene to you is amazing. Maybe she occasionally ran out of new ways to say it, and maybe I'm the only one who noticed, but the rest of the time I was completely drawn into her world. And I really enjoyed her affinity for the sense of smell. Every room and person had their own smell, a sense that is not usually focused on, it was like a completely new reading experience.
It read mostly like a really good thriller, full of conspiracies, cover-ups and secrets reminiscent of Bourne novels, with a little Criminal Minds mixed in. Which is a great combination, but then imagine a story such as this mixed into a world of vampires and fallen angels, supernatural powers, and other worlds of secrets. I have never seen a world like this before and there is nothing I can compare it to.
And I really appreciated Phoenix's version of the vampire mythos. She didn't stick with the usual 'steak to the heart', 'burst into flames' traits, but she didn't just ditch them all either (*cough* Twilight *cough*). She made a unique combination of new and old. And the two leads are great, but I think that goes without saying. The leads are important and I couldn't have enjoyed the book this much if I didn't love the leads. Heather was a great female character. A perfect balance of tough but still feminine and sexy, enough for her weaknesses to be believable. And of course Dante was perfect, a beautiful tortured soul.
But the image I cant get out of my head is of Lucien, standing with wings unfurled under the broken roof of a cathedral. Dante took everyone's breath away, but he was described as pale and 5'8”. Not my type. Lucien was described as 6'8”, handsome, and oozing power. I would love to see that, with his rushing wings as he swoops down and perches on Dante's rooftop like a gargoyle....more
This was much slower than the first book. The first was mostly an adventure. Eragon geThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was much slower than the first book. The first was mostly an adventure. Eragon getting from Carvahall to Farthen Dur, on opposite sides of the kingdom. The second is almost entirely Eragon's training with the elves. I found it all very interesting and it kept my attention as much as the first, if not more. Even though there wasnt any action for the first 90% of the book there were lots of memorable events and we really got to know the characters more. Eragon has really grown and I love him even more. Not only has he mature as he naturally would at his age, but he has been forced to grow due to everything that has happened to him, as well as due to his Rider training on top of everything else. He has grown into a very impressive Rider, warrior, and man. He is pretty awesome. Although he continues to be adorable towards Arya, we unfortunately still dont know her very well. She is very guarded and we have only glimpsed her personality. But, she is still interesting, being a beautiful female warrior is enough for me. :P
And the last 20% or so of the book was so amazingly epic! One of the best battles I have ever read! I kept picturing Eragon fighting in 300-style slo-mo! Gosh! It would be so awesome to see on the big screen! No chance of that now, though. Even if they tried to make the sequel I dont know if they could. They set up such a weak ground for the story in the first movie, they would have nowhere to go from there. They left way too much out. Not to mention the huge casting blunder. Chris Egan and Garrett Hedlund should have switched roles.
My one issue with this book is the twist at the end. It really irks me because of how much of a coincidence it is. It is so ridiculous how unlikely it would be to actually happen, but at the same time so terribly cliched. Its like Paolini wanted this obvious twist in his story so badly that he disregarded all reason. It is technically possible, but just so terribly unlikely. I now somewhat understand the Star Wars comparisons, but at least in Star Wars it was hereditary!
Anyways, I enjoyed this way too much to let that ruin it for me, especially since it was at the very end. Awesome book!
*edit* There was a twist in the twist, and the twist was revealed in the next book to not be true. :P So, that is redeeming and far less cliched. I did not see it coming. I much appreciate the clarification and it improves on the series as a whole....more
This book was incredibly unique. It had me hooked from the very beginning with its uni This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was incredibly unique. It had me hooked from the very beginning with its unique feel and fascinating story. I could not put it down and I read it in just over a day and I stayed up way past my bedtime. It was a lot of fun to read and was seriously addictive. I loved the fast-paced, witty narrative. I did a good deal of laughing while I read this. And the characters were just as sharp. I especially loved Kami and Angela. It reminded me a lot of Nancy Drew, but set in a small Gothic town with magic. I have never read anything quite like it.
Also, the whole idea of two ppl being linked from birth, and never knowing whether the person you share your whole life with is real or not. That created entirely new dynamics for Jared and Kami. Very complicated dynamics. I appreciated the tumultuousness of their relationship, although I could have done with a tad bit more hope.
There is usually miscommunication in YA romances, that leads to MC and love interest taking far longer to come together than they should have. But you still always know it will happen, eventually. But at the end of this, I find myself not entirely sure. Jared and Kami are in a place that they have never been before and I dont know how they will come back from this, but I still have hope. I have to, its the only thing that will keep me going until Untold. ...more
An excellent conclusion, a great outcome, almost happy all around. Speaker for the Dead is still my favourite of the four, and Xenocide is still my leAn excellent conclusion, a great outcome, almost happy all around. Speaker for the Dead is still my favourite of the four, and Xenocide is still my least favourite. But of the two left, Ender's Game and Children of the Mind, I'm not sure which I prefer. Ender's Game is absolutely brilliant, but so different from the others its hard to figure out where it fits. Ender's Game is like the introduction to Ender's character, his background, but the last three are the story. I must admit, I have a great weakness for romance mixed into science fiction. I almost always find the romances within a sci-fi novel, movie, or tv series, more satisfying than pure romance/drama. So, this book was quite a bit of fun for me, in that sense. It is also the only book to make me cry, as far as I can remember. I cried several times while reading this. So many confessions of love for a sci-fi novel! I'm such a softy....more
This was fascinating! As I am sure I have said in reviews for previous additions to the Ender series, I love seeing how the characters minds work. TheThis was fascinating! As I am sure I have said in reviews for previous additions to the Ender series, I love seeing how the characters minds work. They are all so genius. This addition was a particular treat becasue the earthly war was something not previously visited in this series. So far, two books had been set in Battle School, and three had been regarding the planet Lusitania and saving the native race, the Pequeninos. I was surprised to see the characters caught in this new and exciting situation and how they handled themselves. All their skills put to the test. And I was not disappointed with their performance.
But, further exploration of the character Achilles is what I found most interesting. I never would have expected the lame bully from the streets of Rotterdam in the beginning of Ender's Shadow would grow to be such a driving force in the next installment, let alone in the world of the book. He does not have my sympathy. He is not a tragic hero. He is not a bad guy who is only half bad so you let him hang around. He is an evil sociopath. But he somehow managed to be one of the most attractive fictional sociopaths I've heard of. I half wanted him to keep Petra, just to be able to have more scenes of them trying to figure each other out. But, I knew if he did she would soon be dead. His fatal flaw. I am glad his story was left open to more possibilities. Definitely my favourite of the Shadow series so far. I look forward to reading the next volume with great anticipation....more
This series is shifting focus from the dystopian aspects, the Reestablishment, to theThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This series is shifting focus from the dystopian aspects, the Reestablishment, to the romance. There really wasnt that much of a story in this and I didnt even notice. The characters are the best thing about this series anyways.
We got to understand Juliette, and Adam, and Warner, Kenji, and Anderson, and even James better in this book. I was really unimpressed by Adam in this book. He has become the love interest who is there just to be a love interest, and really has no place in the story. He may later, due to the revelation we found out about him in this book. It may become more of an issue in book 3. But besides that, he was just there to confuse Juliette and make her feel guilty, and, I suppose, to push her towards Warner. I honestly think the fact that she managed to forget him for most of chapter 62 is a point against him. Juliette felt guilty afterwards, but she has no reason to. If she already moved on without having even noticed, then really, what is there left keeping her attached to Adam? But she still has feelings for him, however inexplicable.
"He's standing right in front of me and I miss him like I haven't seen him in years."
I feel like I know Warner even better now. Even better than I did after Destroy Me. Destroy Me told us more about his past and his immediate present. About what he thought, how he went about his day, and how he felt about Juliette. But Unravel Me really revealed him as a character, who he was, what he wanted. Every conversation he had with Juliette revealed more about him. About his dreams for the future. And I honestly feel like he and Juliette have far more of a connection than Juliette and Adam. And I am not just saying that because I am biasedly in love with Warner. As much as I love Jem, I think Tessa would be better off with Will. I dont think she deserves Jem anyways. But I can see the way that Juliette and Warner understand each other. The way they make each other stronger, just like his fatherly mockingly said.
Although I still have some reservation about Warner's intentions. Would he still end up trying to use Juliette as a weapon? What would he do in terms of a war against the Reestablishment? I dont think Juliette is a monster, but she undeniably has a certain propensity for violence. I dont know if it is because of her gift, or if she would have been that way anyways. But not everyone would naturally think to try to break the earth when they get angry. Not everyone would think to shoot their enemy in all their limbs before killing them. Juliette and Warner would have to be willing to accept each other before having any sort of successful relationship. If Warner ever pushed her too hard in the wrong direction, I think she could become the monster she fears.
I cannot wait to find out what Juliette will do next. In the end of the book she was angry, and wanting to protect everyone she cared about. Does that mean she will run back to Omega Point? Or will she stay with Warner, try to take down his father together? This is a series that I know will continue to surprise and impress me. ...more
Wow. What a book! So imaginative. I envy Gaiman's mind. I found it a little odd to mix religious elements into the story, but, overlooking that, its aWow. What a book! So imaginative. I envy Gaiman's mind. I found it a little odd to mix religious elements into the story, but, overlooking that, its almost perfect. The ending definitely is perfect. Perfect! And it really wasnt as dark as I expected. It felt almost like a modern fairy tale to me. The world that it was in, not necessarily the characters. The hero was a little too cowardly, and the damsel was a little too brave for a fairly tale. But, that's modern for you. Not that I'm complaining. ...more
This book was amazing! It easily made up for any issues I had with book 2. I absolutely loved the characters and the story since book 1, but in this oThis book was amazing! It easily made up for any issues I had with book 2. I absolutely loved the characters and the story since book 1, but in this one it seemed to grow so much more depth! Veronica Roth's writing was always good, but neither of the first two books made me think, or made me feel, like this one did.
The story took a lot of turns that I did not see coming. The breadth of the story has grown beyond anything I had anticipated. Looking back to the problems of book 1, they seem so meaningless in comparison to the things Tris and Four had to contend with in this one. And it brought everything together. I remember, when Divergent was first released and started gaining popularity, there were a few negative reviews where the readers could not find the society depicted at all believable. They claimed the concept just would not work, and there was no way anyone would have built such a society in the first place, knowing how doomed it would be. Well, I hope those people are eating their words now. :P
In Insurgent I became very frustrated with Tris and Four's relationship. After Divergent, I thought they were the epitome of all YA couples. But in Insurgent they had a lot of issues and argued and disagreed a lot, and it really upset me. But in Allegiant, I can see how this just makes their relationship all the more real. That is what love really is in the end, and I think not enough YA books acknowledge that. Its not just passion and feeling. Its commitment and loyalty.
"I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me."
(view spoiler)[And then of course there is the issue of Tris' fate. I have to say, the fact that Tris did not survive actually made me love this book, this series, and Veronica Roth even more than I already did. Its exactly what Tris would do, and there is no way around that. Sure, I suppose Roth could have come up with a third alternative, so that neither Tris nor Caleb had to die. But why deny Tris' sacrifice? She did a beautiful thing, and she did it for all the right reasons. I have never read a more selfless and well-written death. The only thing about it that upset me, is the fact that it left Four alone. The fact that they are not together forever is a great injustice. I am a little sad that he admit his memories of Tris were beginning to fade, but he has learned to move forward and honour her memory at the same time. The way that he decided to scatter her ashes was just so amazing and perfect and brave, and I love Four all the more for it. (hide spoiler)]
"[My mother] taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love, not misplaced disgust for another persons genetics. That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don't have enough of their own."
This book, and the series after being disappointed with book 2, exceeded all my expectations; it blew my mind more than once. I am very sad that it is over. I dont know when will be the next time I will read a YA series quite like this one. (view spoiler)[I wish more people had been willing to accept what happened to Tris. I have no doubt that is the reason for the drastic difference in the average GR rating. (hide spoiler)] I don't know if Roth has plans to write more series, but I hope she does. (view spoiler)[And I wouldn't be opposed to an HEA. :P (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book was an extremely pleasant surprise. It was wonderful! It started out calm and sweet, with beautiful prose and a pleasure tone. In that respect it reminded me of Matched (which I loved by the way). But it didnt take me long, by the time I started the second chapter, to realize that this was not Matched. This was its own unique story. I started to notice small things that didnt seem right. Like Cassie's strangely distant but extremely interested parents who questioned her every action. The tone quickly changed to something creepy and uneasy. There was something seriously wrong with Cassie's world.
Hope's Daughter is set in the distant future, after Earth was destroyed by global warming, and the few surviving humans live on a space station named Hope. The population is separated for living quarters according to family situation. Family Quarter for families with children, Married Quarter for those without children, and Retired Quarter for those whose children are married. As Cassie approaches the age where marriage is a possibility, she realizes others around her are beginning to disappear. They have "eloped" to the Married Quarter without a word or a good-bye. She knows this is the way it has always been, but now that it is happening to her friends she realizes how wrong it is. Then she meets Balik. After the barcode on her and Balik's wrists turn from black to red, they have no idea what caused it, but they know what it means. They're next.
For a good three quarters of this book my mind was racing, trying to make sense of the strange series of events. A constant mystery and sense of impending danger. I could not put it down! And Balik was great. At first I just saw that he was withdrawn and quiet, but thoughtful and sweet. A nice combo, but its been done before. But I eventually realized that I had misjudged him. I was really impressed with him as he opened up to Cassie, and I realized that the version of him I saw at first, was just the version he showed the public to hide the fact that he was dissatisfied with his world. Balik was willing to ask Cassie challenging questions, forcing her to look at the world differently. He is strong and confident, and physically capable, when no one else in their world is. These qualities are even more impressive when you consider their upbringing on the station. Balik was pretty much a godsend, just what Cassie needed to get her through the hard times ahead, to make her the person she needed to be, and just what I needed too. ;)
And the ending did not disappoint. I knew it would be a make or break ending, after all the questions that were raised. But thankfully all was explained in an interesting, if not entirely shocking, way. The immediate threat was removed and I was pleased with the ending, but it left just enough hanging to make me want to come back for more. I am very much looking forward to The Rainbow Maker's Tale (the events of Hope's Daughter from Balik's POV) and the sequel, Outlanders!...more
I have been enjoying most of the books I have read lately. I have been thinking, "Hey, these are great. 4 stars!" But then I read Through the Ever NigI have been enjoying most of the books I have read lately. I have been thinking, "Hey, these are great. 4 stars!" But then I read Through the Ever Night, and I was thinking to myself, "This. This is what a book really is."
This series continues to have a gripping story, real characters, and captivating writing. I think I may even have enjoyed this more than Under the Never Sky. The world is growing, there was more adventure, more backstory. The only unfortunate thing is that there is a little bit less romance. But Aria and Perry were as one in the end. And now they know where they belong. They tried to do things their own way, but now know that they are stronger together, so it was worth it.
But I am still a bit upset about (view spoiler)[Liv's death. Just because Liv and Roar are not the main characters, doesnt mean that it is any less sad. It doesnt mean that Roar and Liv didnt deserve happiness just as much as Aria and Perry do. It felt like a bit of a cheat, and it reminded me of when Suzanne Collins killed Prim (hide spoiler)].
I am really looking forward to Into the Still Blue and I hope we get to know the dwellers more, especially Soren. I hope he comes around and realizes that it doesn't matter if you are a dweller or an outsider, they are all human. Maybe he can hook up with Brooke. :P["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was pretty amazing. Anna and Edward are like a Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre duo. AThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was pretty amazing. Anna and Edward are like a Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre duo. Anna is plain and Edward is a moody older man. I dont think he is too old though, about 35, but he has a few gray streaks in his hair. I love them both. They are the usual duo for historical romances. A rogue and a spinster. But it is such a great formula, why fix what isnt broken? :P
I dont usually read erotica, but I think this likely fits the bill. It is the most explicit book I have ever read, in any case. And I have to admit I enjoyed it. Not because of the sex scenes (although those were great), but because of its honesty. I was at first shocked by the way Edward and Anna admit to themselves instantly, how attracted they were to each other. Most books don't feel the need for explicit content outside of one or two sex scenes (this book had six, the second of which is my favourite love scene in any book). Although Anna and Edward really liked each other, and their romance felt real, their physical attraction was so very obvious and added to the experience. But it was perfectly balanced with their emotional connection. I often feel a lack of emotion in adult romances and find their focus is put too much on sex. So its wonderful to find that this book has more of both. Anna and Edward had incredible chemistry.
I am not sure what I loved most about this book, but a strong contender is the story. I love the idea behind it. Edward cant contain his need for his new secretary anymore, but he would never defile a proper lady, so he makes an appointment with the most high class brothel in London. Anna figures out what he is planning, and is herself so full of need and jealousy that she makes a deal with the lady of the brothel to allow her to be the one to meet with Edward, while wearing a mask. They spend two incredible nights together. But, since Edward thought it was just a whore, all it does is make him want Anna even more. And although Anna gets what she wants from Edward physically, it only makes her want his love even more. It took place over a few chapters in the middle of the book, but it was the turning point in the story. They could no long deny what they wanted and they both returned home unsatisfied. Their physical and emotional intensity only increased from there.
My only complaint is the abrupt ending. Although it was a great ending, and everything before it was incredible, I didnt get to see as much of their happiness as I would have liked. I like more of a drawn out conclusion in my books, but that might just be my personal preference. I was glad for what we saw in the epilogue, but it was not explained how it was possible. I suspected from the beginning that it would happen, but that was before we learned of Felicity's red-headed daughter. I guess it could have simply been a matter of chance, but it seems unlikely.
Regardless, this was one of the best historical romances I have ever read, even though I could count how many I have read on one hand. I am no longer turned off by the idea of erotica as a whole. When done right, they can be even more emotionally involving than regular romance. I look forward to exploring the idea and this author's books more in the future....more
REVIEW COMPLETELY REWRITTEN FROM SCRATCH. The review that I originally wrote in December of 2011 is still true to my feelings for this book, but was noREVIEW COMPLETELY REWRITTEN FROM SCRATCH. The review that I originally wrote in December of 2011 is still true to my feelings for this book, but was not very thorough or eloquent. :P
This was fascinating. I loved the story, and the characters, and the writing, and the message. I loved how the writing mirrored Juliette's state of mind and her image of herself. As her life became more stable and purposeful, so did she and the writing. It was a unique insight into the MC's mind which we dont usually gain through traditional narration. And I would not be surprised if Juliette was actually OCD or bipolar. I dont know much about those two conditions, but Juliette does seem to struggle with something besides her surroundings.
"Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it."
Juliette is a remarkable person. Being mistreated, abandoned, and imprisoned at such a young age, I am surprised she didnt turn out more like Warner, although they do have far more in common than she seems willing to admit. They have both been written off by their parents (in Warner's case just his father), are feared for who or what they are, they both have remarkable power of some kind, and they are both prisoners in their own lives. It seems clear to me that they are also both looking for love and acceptance.
"All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart."
I enjoyed Adam's character in the beginning. I found it really interesting how he used to know Juliette when they were children, and that he joined the military to find her. Its an interesting backstory. And he was a sweetheart. But as time went by and we saw more of him and met other, more interesting characters, I realized that he was just a Gary Stu. There wasnt really anything special about him.
"In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together."
The story seemed to be a lot about identity. About learning who you are, not letting other ppl tell you who you should be, and also not labeling others, or judging them by the face they show the world. I suspect as the series progresses, we will also see a lot of growth, from Juliette as well as other characters, as their true identities continue to be revealed to us, as well as to themselves....more
The story really picks up in book 2. Its not just travel and adventure anymore. As theThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
The story really picks up in book 2. Its not just travel and adventure anymore. As the group separates and goes in different directions they face new and individual threats. Nynaeve and Egwene travel to the White Tower to begin training and are betrayed. Rand and Loial are separated from their friends and must find the Horn of Valere before Padan Fain. Everything accumulates on Toman Head while the Seanchan invade.
I especially enjoyed the girls' story, and I enjoyed getting to know Min and Elayne better. I think it may just be the female perspective, because even when they were simply training to light candles, I always looked forward to Nynaeve or Egwene's POV. It was a treat once we began to receive Min's POV as well. And their story together only became more and more intense as time passed. Although, I am a little put off by how they are all fighting over Rand. I love Rand as a protagonist, and I love stories of "achieving greatness", but if all these women are in his future I don't know if it is possible for me to not lose some respect for him.
Rand's personal journey is fascinating in itself. How much he has changed in this book alone. He is being molded. I don't know if Rand will be affected by saidin and turn into more of an anti-hero, or if he will be able to withstand it and remain such an incredible soul. But either way, I look forward to witnessing the transformation.
Mat and Perrin are also starting to grow on me. I don't know what role they will have in the story or the coming battle. Even though they are ta'veren, they haven't served any grand purpose so far, besides Mat blowing the horn. I am sure Perrin's wolves could be useful though. We got to know Perrin a bit better in the last book when he was separated along with Egwene, when he first learned about the wolves. And I grew to appreciate him more then. Mat was the one that needed the development in this book, and I wonder if being separated from the dagger will make him more useful still.
Big things are set into motion at the end of this book, now that the world knows Rand is the Dragon Reborn, and sides are being chosen, lines are being drawn. It is making me very nervous to see how many people and armies are against him, and the amount of people who think he is a Darkfriend makes me sad. I have already begun book 3, The Dragon Reborn. I cannot get through this series fast enough. But I will have to resign myself to the fact that I have a long ways to go. Better get to it!...more
The Pit and the Pendulum is one of my absolute favourite stories ever. Thats why I bought this book. I wanted more of Poe's words. I love the words heThe Pit and the Pendulum is one of my absolute favourite stories ever. Thats why I bought this book. I wanted more of Poe's words. I love the words he chooses to say something. I first read The Pit and the Pendulum when I was in eighth grade and I remember hating Poe because he used so many words to say something simple and it really frustrated me, but now I think its beautiful. He can turn something mundane into something poetic.
I also especially enjoyed Hop-Frog and The Murders in Rue Morgue....more
This reminded me a great deal of Matched. Although this story is more well organized and fully developed compared to Matched, certain things in it madThis reminded me a great deal of Matched. Although this story is more well organized and fully developed compared to Matched, certain things in it made me not enjoy it as much. But then I remember Eio and I want to give it several more stars. :P Jessica Khoury is definitely an author I will be keeping an eye on.
I really enjoyed this book although a lot about it made me very uncomfortable. The lengths people would go for science. It was really disturbing and nearly nauseated me at times when they really explored what the scientists had done. In that regard, it somewhat reminded me of Wither.
It definitely had a dystopian feel above all else, although its set in modern day. But within the world of Little Cambridge, the research facility hidden in the depths of the Amazon, there are so many secrets and hidden evils, it easily overshadows every aspect of the story. It was a very interesting world and setting.
Pia was a very unique heroine. She was created by scientists, and has never been outside of the fence. She is expected to become a scientist herself one day soon, and continue their work. But Pia cant help but wonder what is on the other side of the fence, and beyond the jungle. The scientists avoid talking about the outside world around her, but once in a while a word slips. "San Francisco." "Shakespeare." This only makes her wonder more and more. Until one night, when a thunderstorm takes down a tree, and its roots push up the fence enough for her to crawl underneath. The scientist inside her knows that she shouldn't, but that is only what the other scientists want her to be, not who she really is. She spends the whole book struggling with the two versions of herself inside, waging their internal battle. And that is how she meets Eio. Whenever "Wild Pia" has the upper-hand, she sneaks out of the compound and meets the gorgeous jungle boy, and she has to decide between the only life she has ever known, and her feelings for Eio which she doesn't even understand.
Eio and the romance between him and Pia was beautiful. It was slow, but deep, and true, and... beautiful. The comparison to Matched and For Darkness Shows the Stars is perfect in that regard. Eio was a wonderful character who loved Pia and never saw the differences between them. He was so utterly dedicated to her and her safety and happiness. There is a scene in chapter 26 when he picks her a passionflower from behind a waterfall, and he just seemed like a miracle. Pia was the one that was told that she was perfect her whole life, but Eio is so beautiful and perfect inside and out, it nearly took my breathe away. I cant understand how Pia did what she did next, instead of throwing her arms around him and never letting go.
"Then he's here, emerging from the water like some kind of myth, some fabled Ai'oan god, his hand smoothing his wet hair back from his face, his chest and shoulders gleaming with water and moonlight. Behind him, a pale shimmering trail of blue light marks his passage through the water. His wet shorts hang a bit lower on his hips than they usually do, tempting my imagination. He extends the flower, which I take with trembling fingers.
He smiles a small, crooked smile, and I think he knows exactly how tightly he's bound my tongue in knots. I suspect fetching me the passionflower was only half his purpose in swimming through the glowing pool."
In the end I had a lot of anxious feelings, after discovering the truth about Little Cambridge, and not knowing if things would be ok. But the ending was great and there was a twist I didnt see coming. I wish I could see more of what happens to them next but they got their HEA. ...more