I was not sure what to expect from this story, and unfortunately I didn't really like it. The premise was interesting. Nerissa is an alien mer-princesI was not sure what to expect from this story, and unfortunately I didn't really like it. The premise was interesting. Nerissa is an alien mer-princess (more on this mythology in the story) living on land in hiding after her father is killed and the throne is stolen out from under her. When she comes of age, she can duel the murdering queen to get her throne back. This was mostly working for me until she meets the new boy in school, Lo, a surfer who she dislikes but feels drawn to. I really don't care for the insta attraction to a boy, especially when the girl doesn't really like him, yet finds herself going on and on about his physical characteristics. I found Lo to be flippant and not at all enjoyable. In fact, I kept wanting to smack him. Then add in the inevitable love triangle and the story goes from bad to worse for me. Nerissa came across as whiny and uncertain much of the time, not sure whether she should try to get the throne back, or give up and hide on land, living a mostly normal human life. There were lots of betrayals and plot twists but not enough to save this story for me.
The legal jargon: I received this advanced reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review....more
Zoe’s father was an advisor to the king, but he fell out of favor and was exiled from court. Zoe has lived with him in a small village for years. AfteZoe’s father was an advisor to the king, but he fell out of favor and was exiled from court. Zoe has lived with him in a small village for years. After a long illness, her father passes away. A few days later a man from the capital arrives. He says the king has chosen Zoe to be his fifth wife. Lost in grief, Zoe goes with the man. Once they arrive in the capital, Zoe runs away. She starts living along the river’s edge where a community of squatters camp. Slowly she begins to recover from her grief. As she adapts to her new circumstances she begins to learn that her father kept many secrets from her. As she uncovers the truth, she will gain a place in society and discover her own unique powers. [return][return]One of the things I love about Sharon Shinn is how fully developed her worlds and characters are. Troubled Waters is no exception. The culture is rich and vibrant, the characters are complex, and the story is fascinating. The political intrigue is masterfully done. There are layers and layers of secrets and motivations that kept me engrossed. There was just the right amount of romance. It enhanced instead of overwhelming the story. All in all, another fantastic story by Sharon Shinn....more
I had a lot of problems with this story. Both characters were gorgeous, and they spent plenty of time mooning over the physical perfection of the otheI had a lot of problems with this story. Both characters were gorgeous, and they spent plenty of time mooning over the physical perfection of the other. Despite the action, most of it feels like a dramatic teen romance. The hero is wounded at heart and frequently says things like, he could not allow her to get close to his heart. The major impediment to their love is the fact that he is a commoner and she is royalty, so he is constantly pulling away from her and reminding himself that she is unattainable. I had a hard time describing what bothered me about the writing. The closest I could get was there is no depth to it. Everything is stated and accepted so easily. An example is he kills the animal she has just forged a telepathic bond with. After a few pages of anger at him, she says she understands and forgives him. It was just too simplistic. I kept thinking it would get better, but at about halfway through I had to give up. ...more
It has been several months since his first dragon fiasco, but Beck is still getting into trouble. His latest escapade puts him in the hospital. WhileIt has been several months since his first dragon fiasco, but Beck is still getting into trouble. His latest escapade puts him in the hospital. While he is recuperating a strange man shows up and tells him that he must find the last dragon egg and hatch it, otherwise the dirt will be angry. When one of the plants in his room attacks him, Beck is inclined to believe the strange old man. So Beck sets out to find the egg and stop whatever strange new things are going on. Of course, he will get into plenty of trouble along the way. [return][return]This was an quick, entertaining read. I continue to enjoy Beck’s slightly sarcastic take on the world. The plot went a little confusing at the end. I lost track of who was pretending to be whom and for what reason. Other than that it was a fun read and I’m looking forward to the next book....more
Gaius Octavian, the First Lord of Alera is returning home after fighting the merciless Vord in the Canim homeland. Unfortunately, one hive of vord isGaius Octavian, the First Lord of Alera is returning home after fighting the merciless Vord in the Canim homeland. Unfortunately, one hive of vord is overtaking Alera as well. Tavi’s grandfather has died trying to defend the capital and most of the major cities are destroyed or occupied by the Vord. Tavi must reach the remaining forces who are readying for a last stand in the Calderon Valley and reinforce them or his homeland will be lost. He is also the only one with the smallest chance to defeat the Vord queen, who is learning and growing stronger after each encounter. The fate of Alera and all surviving humanity rests on his sholders. [return][return] I just adore this series. Jim Butcher has a fantastic knack for writing breathtaking, edge of your seat action. Yet, even after six books they have not begun to feel the same. Tavi always manages to use different solutions to each problem. While things look almost hopeless the story is not so dark that I just want to give up reading it. The character relationships and interaction are fantastic, with just a little humor to lighten the tension. I usually devour each new book and then eagerly await the next one. This one is no different except, there does not appear to be another story in the works. I will keep my fingers crossed because there were little pieces that were not tied off, so perhaps there is hope for more Alera stories in the future....more
This was an enjoyable adaptation of an Irish fairy tale. It is the story of Sive who can shapeshift into a deer. Her voice has magical qualities thatThis was an enjoyable adaptation of an Irish fairy tale. It is the story of Sive who can shapeshift into a deer. Her voice has magical qualities that make the Dark Man, an evil sorcerer, want to use her to conquer the fairy world. To escape him she must stay in her deer form in the mortal world. [return][return]All too often I have read adaptations that are just dry and slow, but the writing style is light and enjoyable in this story. My one complaint is that periodically there are first person narratives where a character remembers an event. It didn't really work with the flow of the story. The ending was a little anticlimactic because we are told how matters with the Dark Man are resolved, instead of actually seeing what happened. [return][return]The writing conveyed the place very well. It felt very magical and, well, Irish. The names really helped convey Ireland, even though I had a hard time with them. Then I realized that the end of the book has a pronunciation guide. There is also a quick synopsis of the actual fairytale that I found interesting. Overall a nice fairytale adaptation....more
This story picks up right where Tapestry of Spells left off, with Ruith tied to a tree and Sarah kidnapped. After freeing himself from the tree and hiThis story picks up right where Tapestry of Spells left off, with Ruith tied to a tree and Sarah kidnapped. After freeing himself from the tree and his half-brothers, Ruith takes off to rescue Sarah. Dark forces continue to follow them, so Ruith takes Sarah to the nearest safe place, the Wizard’s School. They find refuge with the the mage Soilleir, an old family friend. This gives Ruith time to face his inner demons about magic and puts Sarah on the path to discover her heritage as well. They cannot spend long regrouping, because Gair’s evil spells are still out in the world, and as much as he hates it, Ruith needs Sarah’s help to find them. [return][return]There is something so charming about this series, I look forward to each new release. There is more character development for Ruith and Sarah than there is action. The lyrical writing style makes up for this, but the story did drag a little at times. Overall it seemed a little like setting the stage for the next book, but it was still an enjoyable read and there is a lovely cameo from a character in Morgan’s trilogy that was great fun....more