I had a very hard time settling on a rating for this book. There were things I liked about it, and things I really didn't. In the end I settled for th...moreI had a very hard time settling on a rating for this book. There were things I liked about it, and things I really didn't. In the end I settled for the midpoint - 2.5 stars.
I liked the idea behind the story - two races of shifters being manipulated by ancient goddesses, but figuring out how to work together and save the world. The world Ms. Peart created was intriguing.
That being said, there were elements I just didn't care for at all. First and foremost, Jasmira. I found her to be whiny and clingy, and generally just annoying. I was glad when Jatred forgot about her.
I also didn't care for the multiple POV's. I generally don't like multiple POV's, I prefer to follow one person throughout the story, but I especially didn't care for how this book jumped from character to character to character, and on and on. I think it's harder to develop a connection to the main character that way.
Down to the nit-picky...there's a ton of description about elements, clothing in particular, that add nothing to the story and I found annoying. Is it really that important to know Jasmira and Penelope wear lots of Prada? *shrugs* I also felt that at times the sentences were disjointed and lacked flow. And, in the beginning of the story, I felt like I was jumping into book two of a series instead of book one. I would've liked to see how Jatred and Jasmira got together in the first place, then I might've cared more when they were broken up.
Overall, especially for a first novel, I thought the story was good - not the best thing I've ever read, but certainly not the worst. I look forward to seeing what Angela comes up with in the future.(less)
Following the death of her mother Brie van Rossum and her brother Pilot are sent to live with their rock star father in Hawaii. There Brie meets the H...moreFollowing the death of her mother Brie van Rossum and her brother Pilot are sent to live with their rock star father in Hawaii. There Brie meets the Hallows and discovers that she’s a part of their secret world and the descendent of the archangel Michael. But things aren’t always what they seem, and she struggles to deal with the truth as more and more secrets are revealed.
Silver Smoke was one of those books that I couldn’t put down…literally. (I read the entire thing this afternoon.) The main characters were complex and realistically flawed and their relationships with each other were well developed and constantly changing. The mythological background created was well defined and carefully crafted to pull you in and keep you interested.
I did feel that Leonelle got a bit over descriptive at times. I found myself skimming several times to get past the inner musings and dragging descriptions to get to the good stuff. I think she could’ve slimmed the book down by a hundred pages and it wouldn’t have affected the quality of the story at all. Still, she pulled me in and held me captive until I’d read the entire thing. I look forward to reading the second(less)
3.5 stars. Did I love the book? No, probably not. But I did like it to the point of almost loving it.
What I did love: 1-The names of the Brotherhood. S...more3.5 stars. Did I love the book? No, probably not. But I did like it to the point of almost loving it.
What I did love: 1-The names of the Brotherhood. Seriously, what's not to love? I'll take a little Rhage myself thank you. 2-Beth. I liked her as a lead character. I felt she was strong enough to hold the title. 3-The complexity of the Brotherhood world. Call me a sucker, but I've always loved the whole hidden-world-within-a-world stuff and I felt that this one was well thought out.
What I didn't love: 1-The speed at which the relationship between Wrath and Beth developed. I would've liked to see her play hard to get just a little. Seriously, they get married what...3 or 4 days after they meet? 2-Wrath's sudden change of personality when it comes to Beth. The mean badass turns to mush, blah. I prefer some snark. 3-I was a bit let down and the end-all battle. It seemed glossed over. I wanted blood and gore and battle descriptions. These are Vampire Warriors for Pete's sake.(less)
I liked the storyline, but absolutely hated the way it was written. It was less like a novel and more like random journal entries written in third per...moreI liked the storyline, but absolutely hated the way it was written. It was less like a novel and more like random journal entries written in third person. It drove me insane!(less)
I have to admit that I was disappointed with this book. I loved the other 3 Iron Fey books, and I felt that the Iron Queen successfully ended the seri...moreI have to admit that I was disappointed with this book. I loved the other 3 Iron Fey books, and I felt that the Iron Queen successfully ended the series. It wasn't quite a happy ending but it was a logical ending. I was surprised to hear that there was going to be a fourth book, and while I was excited to get more Ash and Puck I found the story lacking. It seemed as if it was an after thought to try to stretch out the series longer and not an actual part of their story. I also didn't care for Ariella's part in the story at all. We already had the love triangle between Megan, Ash and Puck, was it really necessary to make it a square?
I would have been happier with the series as a whole if I'd never read this book. (less)
I have to admit that when I first started reading this book I was disappointed. I didn't really care for the fact that it was pretty much the same thi...moreI have to admit that when I first started reading this book I was disappointed. I didn't really care for the fact that it was pretty much the same thing as The Mortal Instruments just with different people, and the story was painfully slow in the beginning. As it wore on, however, it did win me over. While I still don't like it as much as The Mortal Instruments, I do like the characters and am interested to see what Clare does with the rest of the series.(less)
I went into reading this book expecting to like it, but I was sorely disappointed. Despite its vast size I felt the story and her characters fell very...moreI went into reading this book expecting to like it, but I was sorely disappointed. Despite its vast size I felt the story and her characters fell very flat. At one point, probably close to halfway through the book, I realized that I was imagining the characters by what I'd seen in the TV show and not by what was written in the story because there really wasn't much character development in the story itself. I'm a huge fan of fantasy. I love a big fat book with a massive character list. But this one just did not come close in my mind.
I think I'll forgo the remaining books and stick to the TV show.(less)