Wow. It's my fifth time reading it now, and I'm just as blown away as I was the first! Julie Kagawa's world, this intricate and elaborate fey world sh...moreWow. It's my fifth time reading it now, and I'm just as blown away as I was the first! Julie Kagawa's world, this intricate and elaborate fey world she's created, is just absolutely amazing! I could re-read the passages on the Nevernever all day!
The cover is just beautiful. I love the vines, and the font, and the model is exactly what I envisioned Meghan to be. This idea... is awesome! I love how there's the Iron Fey. I could have never thought of it! The way Julie weaves a simple idea into something amazing and expands on the idea to the point where I am so invested to the story that 10 pages turned into the entire book in literally two hours flat! I love Julie's writing and everything about it.
The action in here was so awesome, and none of it was too slow for me! I thought every part was fast and filled with action! I can't find anything wrong with this book, because the world is just so vivid, the characters developed very well, and the concept is just so ingenious I can't even BEGIN to describe it! I recommend you go and read this book now if you haven't already, because it truly did deserve a five out of five!(less)
Once again, I am captivated by this awesome cover, and Julie's writing. This definitely gets a five, especially the creativity of the entire piece. In...moreOnce again, I am captivated by this awesome cover, and Julie's writing. This definitely gets a five, especially the creativity of the entire piece. In this book, Meghan is in the Unseelie castle and is trying to convince Mab that the Iron fey exist. When they come and steal the Scepter of the Seasons, Meghan is encased in ice for accusing that. Ash breaks her out and they go on a fantastical journey to find the Scepter. The rest is just so dramatic and breathtaking that I literally felt the panic, longing, and desire that each character was going through. I could feel their emotions, as if I were fey, and I'm waaayyy too nice—almost like a doormat—to be savage like them. I love how Julie was able to make me feel that.
Ash and Meghan are in a battle of their own. Meghan is in love with Ash, and Ash probably is, too, but he's not willing to admit it. Meghan doesn't give up on him, and eventually, Ash starts to accept it. The ending to it was just so romantic and wonderful that I re-read it thousands of times just to let it sink in and stay there. Afterwards, of course, I just kept smiling like a madman and laughing, because that's the effect this series has on me.
In the first book, you don't really see many descriptions that are fancy and elaborate, but the world that she creates from just a few mere sentences is awesome, too. In this book, she had more elaborate descriptions and everything was a lot better. We got to know the Nevernever a little better, and that was awesome. And of course, the action never lacked.
My favorite scene (****SPOILER ALERT*****) would have to be when Meghan goes to rescue the Scepter and sees that Ash is the one guarding it. When they escape, Meghan looks at the window and sees Ash there, with a tear on his cheek. (*****SPOILER DONE****) That scene was really romantic and I fell in love with it. I loved every other scene, too, but this one stood out the most as I read it. Besides the ending, obviously. I think anyone who has read this can say that the ending to this book was absolutely wonderfully written. I almost cried the first time I read it when I found out Meghan and Ash got the ending that they did in the Iron Daughter. (Sad tears or happy tears, you will have to find out.)
So this gets a five out of five, just to stop my ranting. But it truly is a really great book, so please, please, PLEASE read it! I would buy it FOR you just to get you to read it, but that would be a really big waste of money. But seriously. READ IT!! And the other books, because even if you have to buy the entire series instead of borrowing them, it's totally worth it. And if you're really against buying books, try an inter-library loan. (Don't know what that is? Ask your local library and they'll give you an explanation. Almost every library has this system, and if they don't, get a membership at another library! Your library can help you do that, too.) I don't care how you get it, just please do!! (less)
This got five stars, no doubt about it! It was full of action, and I was hooked as soon as I saw the cover. The cover is once again beautifully done,...moreThis got five stars, no doubt about it! It was full of action, and I was hooked as soon as I saw the cover. The cover is once again beautifully done, and I absolutely love it! HarlequinTEEN (as I've mentioned before) has a serious flare for awesome and pretty covers! Julie's writing is better than ever in this book, and she did not disappoint.
The romance between Meghan and Ash is stronger than ever, and I felt Meghan's emotions with her. When she was sad, I literally felt sad, as well. When she was happy, I felt happy. That is how strong Julie's writing is. I cried at the end of this book. (I will not delve any further, in case some of you have not read it, which is a big mistake!) It was just so devastating and afterwards I went crazy for the Iron Knight, since I had to wait several months for it to come out. But it's out, and I've read it, and my crazy book-stalker side of me has subdued for now.
The details are stronger than before, especially when Meghan and Ash and Puck (***SPOILER ALERT, sort of***) journey back into the Iron Kingdom to save all of mankind, I mean, feykind. (***SPOILER END***) Ash opens up in this book and you can truly tell he is in love with Meghan. And in the end, I wanted to hunt Julie down and scream at her for ending the book the way she did. The Iron Knight only made me crazier, because I was praying for the happy ending I wanted. If it was happy, that's for you to find out! ;)
So, in short, this book gets five out of five for it's action, romance, and just awesome writing! (less)
This got FIVE STARS, an easy decision for me. It was romantic, adventurous, and everything I expected from Julie Kagawa. I could go on and on about ho...moreThis got FIVE STARS, an easy decision for me. It was romantic, adventurous, and everything I expected from Julie Kagawa. I could go on and on about how great her descriptions were, how detailed it was, how I was pleased beyond pleased at finishing this book and having the ending that I truly wanted, and when I say that, I mean literally everything I truly wanted.
First, let's start with the cover. Ash and Puck. On the cover. Awesomeness just waiting to happen right there! personally, I didn't care for Puck that much, I was too busy drooling over Ash. I am and always will be a Team Ash-er, if Team Ash-ers exist, so nothing, even a very awesome Puck for the back cover, will sway me. The cover was covered in vines and the word art for The Iron Knight was cool, just like the previous ones. And there was the Iron Fey symbol on the front with a snowflake under it. Soulless. Banished. But Never Forgotten. is on the cover, and I seriously can't believe how she comes up with these awesome little... things on the front, like in the Iron King (Iron. Ice. A Love Doomed From the Start), the Iron Daughter (Love & Betrayal. A Faery World Gone Mad), and the Iron Queen (Summer Fades. Ice Melts. Here's What's Left.)
Okay, now with the content overall. There's a lot of things I would like to say about this, so I'm starting with the descriptions. I really felt like I was with them, watching them through the bushes, concealed. I felt like the settings were so vivid and so clear that I was dragged into the, experiencing the entire thing first-hand. I don't have anything else to say, other than the descriptions were so abundant and rich and full of life that I know more about the Nevernever than I ever had before.
Time for Ash. Yes! I've been dying to do this all day. I have a few words about him. Heroic. Noble. Absolutely Breathtaking. This book just pushed me that much further into the Team Ash zone. I loved how the cold Ash that we saw with Meghan was insecure, was hesitant, was tormented, like a normal person. It just made him seem that much more fit for the job description of mortal. When I first heard about this book, I was worried that I might confuse him for Meghan sometimes, since it was both set in first-person and was written by the same author, and not every author is talented enough to make the entire tone of their style different. I was wrong. Dead wrong. I had NO RIGHT to worry. I knew it was Ash the entire time, not once confused him for Meghan.
His love for Meghan that drives him to finish this quest, no matter how many speed-bumps, challenges, and insecurities Julie attempts to throw in his path. Sometimes, I felt Ash was just acting on his vow to Meghan, and if he never made it, I wonder if Ash would've backed out a long time ago. But he still loves Meghan with all his heart, and it melted my heart. Ash seemed ruthless and cold sometimes in the other books, and that was only because he was wounded. We learned that being ordered by is True Name nearly tore him apart, that he fell for Meghan even after he promised he wouldn't, that Ash was best friends with Puck and that he regrets making the vow. I learned so much about Ash that I feel like I know him. All of his insecurities really shine through, and that Unseelie prince we've grown to love is just like another teen boy.
Ash also feels that he won't be able to protect Meghan fully, that being human is clumsy and awkward, but then Puck helps him realize that if Ash truly wants to be with Meghan, it won't matter, and that Meghan was a human once, and she was strong. Meg went into the Iron Realm to save Ethan even though she barely knew glamour. When her magic was sealed away in the Winter Court, she still managed to complete her quest. And then, when Ash was ripped away from her, when she was about to die, she was calm, and accepted her destiny.
To sum it up, this was such a good book, where we actually get to see Ash's true colors, his insecure ones, and how much he really loves Meghan and that he's willing to go to the End of the World (quite literally) for her. I recommend this one-hundred percent, and you will not be disappointed, especially if you're into paranormal romance, which is my kind of genre. And if you're not, still give this series a try, you won't be disappointed. (less)
How many ways can I express my love for The Lost Prince? Because I will do them all! Julie Kagawa has done it again—she has crafted a beautiful tale. I am on a book hangover because of The Lost Prince. Ever have that feeling that when you finish a book, you just want to keep reading and never have it end? That's exactly what I felt during The Lost Prince. The emotions that Julie brought me through, the thrill, the loss, were all worth it, and as a whole, The Lost Prince was without a doubt perfect. I felt like after I finished The Lost Prince, I was a girl who hadn't drank water in days and had just been thrown into a fresh-water spring. And you don't want to know my reaction when I found this was on NetGalley and I had been accepted for it.
The Lost Prince follows Ethan Chase's story, after he's grown up and is aware of just what he's been through. He hates the fey, he has a grudge against his sister Meghan who abandoned him to rule as the Iron Queen, and he really loathes Ash for taking Meghan from him and his family. Ethan is not the same helpless little boy we saw in the Iron Fey, and now, we get to see his story. What I loved the most about Ethan was how much he reflected Meghan's tendencies. Ethan was tenacious, stubborn, and loyal, which was one of my favorite parts about his character. He wasn't a picture-perfect character; he had insecurities but learned to deal with them through The Lost Prince. Ethan's voice was so compelling and powerful, and it just made me love this novel so much more. Of course, the fact that it's a Julie Kagawa book is enough, but the high expectations I had were just blown out of the water.
And to add, Ethan was awesome and totally kick-butt! I just loved his aloof, "don't talk to me" attitude that he gave Kenzie at first.
Once again, Julie Kagawa has amazed me with her ability to build such a complex world and physically share what she's envisioning as she's writing with us, the readers. The entire world of the Nevernever is so vivid and the imagery is so clear in our minds that you could love the books just for the world that Julie has created. Everything about The Lost Prince oozes detailed descriptions that dance off the page and into your brains. Julie's writing has matured so much throughout her writing career and it will only get better from here.
Besides, I may be a little biased since she's the person that got me started blogging. So, if you remotely like what I'm doing, GO BUY HER BOOKS AND THEN TACKLE HUG HER FOR HER EPICNESS.
I shall wait for you to finish. *taps foot*
As expected, The Lost Prince's plot was full of unexpected twists and turns, speeding ahead, backing up, and jerking around. The pacing was excellent and the plot swept you up into the story from the very first page. It was enrapturing and gripped you from page one. I couldn't stop reading no matter how much I had to practice my flute or singing. I couldn't get parts of the story out of my mind and certain portions stuck with me for so long. Once I finished The Lost Prince, I was a giddy mess and on a total book hangover. And, I shall use my favorite gif to express how I reacted.
Additionally, I loved the cameos that Ash, Meghan, Puck, and Grimalkin made. It completed the story, and it brought back some of that old snark that Puck brought, the fights between Ash and Puck, and the cherished characters of the first series. In case you haven't noticed, I am IN LOVE with Ash. I mean, seriously, I'd be fine with 10 whole books just on HIM. I don't care what he's doing, as long as I get to read about Ash and swoon. He is by far my favorite character in The Iron Fey and I lived to read these parts of the story. And I'm a little obsessed with Ash. Just a tiny bit.
Gripping, intriguing, and everything you expect from Julie Kagawa, The Lost Prince is a beautifully crafted story to kick off the spin-off Iron Fey series. Words cannot describe how much I loved The Lost Prince, and I can assure you if you are a fan of any previous Julie Kagawa novel, or Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, you will fawn over The Lost Prince.
Disclaimer: None of the above gifs are mine. Please tell me if they are yours and want the source cited/the gif removed.(less)
Okay, let's just say that the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I love the gem, because it's like the main thing of everything, really. The only part of t...moreOkay, let's just say that the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I love the gem, because it's like the main thing of everything, really. The only part of the cover that I don't really like is that you can't exactly see the model's face. I didn't really know exactly what Elisa looked like, so I was slightly disappointed that I didn't get to properly see her face.
This entire book was really, really, really well-written. I liked the whole adventure part of it that also had that magical, fantastical aspect. It was tragic at the same time cry-worthy. I almost did shed a few tears near the end. But I'm not revealing what happens later on in this review. Don't worry, there will be a warning and it will be spoilery. Very.
Okay, now that I gushed about everything about it. I loved literally everything about the book, but it got a four. And I'll tell you it right now. It was really the title, because I didn't get how that tied into the novel. See, Elisa is the chosen one, and it's really because she was born with the Godstone (a gem that's powerful and all that stuff) in her belly. (I didn't exactly get that) It would make a lot more sense if the book had been named "Godstone" or something like that.
(THE SPOILER PART I WARNED YOU ABOUT IS IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH) The other reason that this book didn't get the grade that it probably deserved except for this. Elisa fell in love with Humberto, and he loved her back, but in the end, he died. And then Alejandro, the one Elisa was married to, died as well. Leaving Elisa with no more love interests. That pretty much ruined the rest of the series for me, since I need romance in a series. (SPOILER PARAGRAPH END)!(less)
In the third book of the Fallen series, this is where Luce really starts to learn more about herself. She travels through time, finding more about her...moreIn the third book of the Fallen series, this is where Luce really starts to learn more about herself. She travels through time, finding more about herself, falling deeper into love with Daniel. This book, by far, was my favorite book of the bunch, but I didn't feel that "unrequited love" that was supposed to be going on. Luce was looking to find true love behind everything, and she did. But I didn't. That's why these books have been such downers to me. It's about having an unrequited love, but I haven't been feeling it in the past books, including this on. The only reason it may have scored higher than the last two books because it was written well, like the last books, but in this one, there was more adventure and more to look forward to. I enjoyed the different POVs, going from Luce to Daniel, also.(less)
I was so psyched to read this book because of the reviews that were so positive and the beauty of this cover and the allure of the synopsis. But, I'm...moreI was so psyched to read this book because of the reviews that were so positive and the beauty of this cover and the allure of the synopsis. But, I'm really disappointed to say that these books didn't meet my expectations like I wanted them to. The cover totally did, though. Sometimes people do judge a book by its cover.
I have to say, I really like the whole concept of this book, of this teenage girl who runs "odd jobs" basically for a man who raised her. From the summary, I thought Karou was unsuspecting and did not know about the angels involved in the war, but it turns out she did but at the same time was a human. This confused me a bit at first, since I think the author tried to get us to figure everything by ourselves most of the time.
Secondly, I think Ms. Taylor should have just told the story in first person person present tense because the POVs really just alternated from Karou and Akiva. Also, the book had so many flashbacks, many of which were unnecessary to me, that I eventually just gave up trying to decipher whether we were in a memory or not and just kept reading even though I was confused out of my mind.
The book wasn't as easy to get into, either. I kept waiting for that moment that would drag me in but it never came and I only kept reading the book because I wanted to see of there would be more action. I skipped a lot of pages at the end because I got really bored with this particular part (I won't say why, it's too spoilery) and I wasn't very concerned about the plot or anything about halfway through.
So that, my friends, is how the Daughter of Smoke and Bone got a two and a half rating. It was really confusing with all the flashbacks and it was hard to get into. And near the end it just got a little boring. This book wasn't really my cup of tea.(less)
First, before I become professional and slightly bubbly, I have to get the sugar rush out of me. So... SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This book was sold...moreFirst, before I become professional and slightly bubbly, I have to get the sugar rush out of me. So... SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This book was sold at my school for the annual Scholastic Book Fair that comes there every year as a special exclusive edition! I heard that this was going to be published later in the year, and that it was supposed to be a good book, so I bought it, at seven dollars, too, and I read it and absolutely devoured it. This book is a middle grade book, and it's been seriously quite a while since I've read a middle grade, and this reminds me of why I liked this genre so much in the beginning.
So, in the summary, you basically get the gist of everything that happens, and how Conner has this insane truth under all the lies that he fed the orphans, and Sage, the narrator, finds out how much of a liar Conner really is. As this entire story unfolds, Sage and the orphans basically train to be exactly like the prince who died in a pirate attack years ago. And along the way, Sage is basically your average rebel. He doesn't really care about learning anything and he just relies on what he already knows and using the other orphans' weaknesses against them.
I really liked the action in this book. I was worried about not having much romance in it, but I didn't really have to worry because the rest of the book kept me interested. I have to admit, there was this one part where I thought it was going to get really interested, and then there were two chapters of content in between, which were interesting, but the other part was slow because I was so used to the premise of the orphans doing their learning. That was just a little complaint that I had about the book.
Another small complaint that I had was the fact that Sage didn't seem like a real narrator. There were points in the plot that a big hole was left, like when a sword got stolen, and Sage was asked about it, he didn't think anything that would give any hints, and you got no clue as to what was going through Sage's mind. It's just like it was being told in third person, only instead of using his name, it was "I." And some scenes were told in third person, without Sage in that scene. So I wish that the story could have been told in a different POV, but it didn't bother me much until the very end when everything sort of came together.
I would recommend this to anybody who loves a good fantasy. It doesn't matter if this is middle grade, it's still a great read. It just doesn't really have romance or a lot of gory action scenes, but it's an upper middle grade and almost to the YA genre, so I definitely think a lot of people would enjoy this book. I definitely did, so what are you still reading this for? Go and add it to your TBR list! Go on, you know you want to! :)(less)
Huh. Well. I don't really have much to say as a little opener of this book other than that book. Was. Awesome! :) I loved the action and the romance a...moreHuh. Well. I don't really have much to say as a little opener of this book other than that book. Was. Awesome! :) I loved the action and the romance and everything about this book. I think that Kristin Cashore captured the entire book so perfectly. Katsa's this perfect combination of strong yet insecure about her crazy ability, since most Graced girls usually can just cook or sew exceptionally. Katsa was the perfect witty character and at the same time a great warrior who could hold her own.
We meet Po very early on in the book, and I easily get really excited, like I did when I met Po because he seems like the perfect love interest for Katsa. Then when we meet him again and we get to know him, you really can't help but love him, too. I seriously loved Po. He was a great person and super loyal and compassionate. I really loved how Po was involved in the entire plot, because sometimes the MC just goes about her business alone and doesn't really remember about the love interest until later. That didn't happen here, which I really liked.
The action in here was great. Katsa learned a lot about her Grace, things that definitely weren't expected. I think that was a really interesting twist in the plot and it explained a lot of things. Everything got really intense near the end, too, and the action was great. There were some fight scenes, and other times were it was just really suspenseful, with me just sitting at the edge of my seat, trying to see what would happen next. I applaud Kristin for being able to induce that emotion in me at times.
The only problem I had with the book was the ending. I usually don't like book series with each book featuring a different character, because it's just like three stand-alone, and sometimes, in fantasy, you pretty much need trilogies sometimes because there's always a bigger purpose within the books. But in this one, there wasn't, so it was basically like a standalone, and in the next book, Fire, it will feature a new character. I'm a little reluctant to read it because I don't like those types of series, but I'm willing to try something new. I really wish there was another book, because while I was devastated and satisfied with the ending of the book, I wanted there to be an addition to it to sort of let us know more about Katsa and Po.(less)
What first sucked me into this book was Darcy. She's a really independent and relatable character. I don't know what it is, but something about Darcy...moreWhat first sucked me into this book was Darcy. She's a really independent and relatable character. I don't know what it is, but something about Darcy just draws me in and makes me want to get to know her. Darcy likes to be alone, sort of like me at times, and she also is really...negative towards life in general. So, in this case, Darcy was sort of a halfway point for me: relatable, but a little bit of a jerk. I guess I understand her point of view, but I was still a little put off by Darcy's attitude. Luckily, she sort of grew out of that while the book progressed and that showed how Darcy wasn't a static character.
This book got into the action really quickly and you only spent a small portion of the book going through all the introductions and doing the "exposition." Then it got right into business. Darcy reminded me exactly of Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia. She sort of finds this new world and spends, like, thirty minutes in there, and when she comes out, no one's noticed she's gone and no one really believes her. But then she convinces everybody to come with her and when they get there, they learn that they're "The Six" who are supposed to change the world that they live in. At first they learn very little about the real reason they've come, but then they slowly learn more and more about how they're supposed to dethrone the current king who's supposedly evil.
When Darcy starts getting excluded, she finds company in a wolf named Lykos, and she learns magic from him. I felt really bad for Darcy at this point because a) she's being excluded, which I'm sure all of us are used to, and I hate it, that's for sure, b) she has to develop these powers on her own and can't even show them off because of Lykos's strict orders, and c) it's just awful to be the odd one out. I know I mentioned it twice, but I cannot express how God-awful it is to be the odd one out who isn't included in the inside jokes or invited to that birthday party. It also started to get a little boring around here because there wasn't much going on like in the beginning.
Anyway, another really big problem I had with this book other than the fact that Darcy was a little annoying at first was the fact that she was making really stupid decisions. That's a really big no-no in my book. If somebody's making a really bad decision and they don't even know they are, just keep on doing whatever they're doing, I just want to pull my hair out and scream. And Darcy was making some really big mistakes that cost her in the end. Obviously, the book wouldn't have ended the way it did, but I wish that Darcy was a little aware of what was happening. Just a little bit aware. A tiny bit.
So, I liked the action part of it, albeit the slower middle; and Darcy's character, despite her bad decisions and attitude in the beginning. I'm happy that Darcy grew throughout this book, and she really learned something about friendship that she didn't have before. Fans of the Chronicles of Narnia will thoroughly enjoy this middle grade fantasy. It's just too bad that I didn't like the Chronicles of Narnia that much, but this book was still good.(less)
This cover first drew me in when I saw that girl in that gorgeous white dress floating and practically flying out of the water. And then I noticed the...moreThis cover first drew me in when I saw that girl in that gorgeous white dress floating and practically flying out of the water. And then I noticed the cool font and the little leather effect at the edges of the cover. So I read the summary, liked what I read, and decided, "What the heck? I don't have any other books to read anyways." I am so utterly glad that I decided to get this book because not only was it a great read, it told a wonderful romance story with a wonderful love interest.
In this book, it starts off with Tess, the daughter of an abusive blacksmith and an abused wife, who really has to fend for herself. She's just lost another little sibling, about the seventh one, I believe. Tess is an only child, the only child that her mother could keep alive. The rest of the siblings proceeding her just died after a few weeks with no real explanation. So Tess, in a sense, is honestly very lonely and just wants to be able to live her life away from the abusive ways of her father. I don't think many of us are abused anymore, so we can't really relate to Tess's predicament that well, but I'm sure many of us have been pushed unnecessarily by our parents at one point. Like, going to that tennis tournament that you didn't want to go to? Having to go grocery shopping when you'd rather read a book? Tess was a really strong character because of what she had to go through and I really admired that about her. She really stayed pure of heart when everybody else seemed the exact opposite, even when everybody turned on her.
Dragonswood (or is it Dragon's Wood? Whatever, to me it's going to be Dragonswood for simplicity's sake) is forbidden to enter. Anybody who enters it could be charged of being a witch. Being a witch means burning to death. In front of everybody. Not so hot, huh? Well, Tess goes to Dragonswood. Very often. To pick blackberries with her two best friends, Meg and Poppy. Who is Meg and Poppy, you may ask? Well, the answer is quite simple. Meg is married to Tom, and has a little child named Alice. Poppy is the "pretty one" of the pack, the girl who attracts the attention of all the boys in their quaint little village.
When Tess is accused of being a witch, she's tortured until she tells Adela, the witch hunter, who else goes to Dragonswood with her: Meg and Poppy. Naturally, Tess makes a run for it with her best friends, who are feeling slightly resentful at the moment. They stumble into a farmer's village, where they pretend to be working on a farm for—what?—ten minutes when Adela come riding in, with Tom, who's been very sufficiently tortured. Have you ever been in love? Have you ever had somebody in your life that you'd be willing to risk your life for? Meg is the "you" in those questions and Tom is the "somebody."
So who ends up getting saved by Tess and Poppy, using a really ingenious method, I might add? Tom. Obviously. Wow, I've written quite a lot on the first fifty pages of this book. And it's basically just a summary. Tsk, tsk to me. So let's just skip that mumbo-jumbo, since I've only gotten, like, six and half hours of sleep today, and I want to get this done with so I can start getting myself ready to watch the Hunger Games (!!). Anyway, the four are taken in by Garth, a huntsman, and a romance starts to blossom between Tess and Garth. I really like Garth in this book because he's a little unpredictable and wayward (vocab word!) at times, and it seems like he despises Tess at other times, but on the inside, he's really falling for Tess, just like she is for him.
Everything in this book was so well played-out, from the romance to the action to the adventure to the bombshell that I wasn't expecting at all. Tess sort of learns something about herself throughout this whole process, and it may be for better or for worse. It was a lot to take in at first, finding out all that about Tess, and then her even bigger role in this long-written prophecy. I won't divulge any more, for the fear of spoiling everything about this great book. :)
What I really didn't like about this book was how easy the ending was. Think of it this way:
Girl-who-the-boy-making-a-huge-mistake-loves (Her name is Fran for now): "No, don't do this!" Boy-who's-making-huge-mistake (Benny): "Why not? I'm doing the right thing!" Fran: "Trust me! I know because somebody told me this, and you can't do this!" Benny: "Well, all right, Fran, if you say so." *Kissing and cheering*
So, yeah. It was like that. It annoyed me, yes, but was it enough to stop me from loving this book? No. Now, I'm going to cut this really awkwardly long rant short. I really have to learn to be concise. (Have you seen the summaries and reviews of books that I do for school? A page and a half long. And it's in twelve-point Garamond! That's like really tiny!)
When I was informed that this book was going to be free on Amazon for a limited time, I pretty much seized the opportunity and downloaded the book. It...moreWhen I was informed that this book was going to be free on Amazon for a limited time, I pretty much seized the opportunity and downloaded the book. It's been on my Kindle for months now and I just decided to read it. Isn't this cover absolutely beautiful, for one? I certainly think it's an attention-grabbing cover, and the synopsis was great, as well. Everything about this book just lures you in and keep reading, and I honestly really loved it.
This book starts after Macy Lockhart, a seemingly average 17-year-old, gets cheated on by her seemingly perfect boyfriend, Derek. Macy goes through that whole "revenge on your boyfriend" procedure, and then she's met in the garage by a mysterious stranger, a priest, who claims that he knows all about who she really is and what her destiny is. And it turns out that Macy is actually Charmian, Cleopatra's best friend and faithful servant.
She's then thrust into this unknown and foreign world and she's expected to just play along like nothing ever happened, and the priest will only give Macy vague, cryptic answers for a reply. So Macy—aka Charmian, as I'm going to refer to her as from now on—is basically all on her own. Sort of. She has a pharaoh best friend, an all-knowing guide who claims that the priest is speaking rubbish, and a handsome military general who's head over heals for Charmian.
I was immediately grabbed by this really unique take on Cleopatra, and the fantasy element that was added into it. I also really loved Hasani, the love interest in this book. He and Charmian had already established a very stable relationship so they're basically at the prime of their relationship and if you don't like going through the notions of falling in love and building a stable relationship, then this is the book for you. However, if you really love seeing two people fall in love, this still is the book for you because they don't seem like they're falling for each other, it's still a really great book.
A problem I've had recently with books is that they start off way too slowly to my liking, but I didn't have anything like that in this book. It started perfectly and the entire book was extremely well-paced. I didn't feel anything was too rushed and nothing was too slow. However, there was this one part, when Macy transitioned into her role as Charmian. I found that a little unbelievable that Macy would just take on her role like it was what she was supposed to do her entire life.
In the end, I was satisfied with the book, and now I really want to read Fated. This was really a great book and you guys should all go and read this now. It's free for Amazon Prime members and only $2.99 for just ordinary Amazon members. Obviously, I have neither of those accounts, or one on Barnes & Noble, so I'm just going to have to hoof it until I can find a way to buy it. :)(less)
Okay, so I have a story to go with The Iron Legends. So after I bought it, I did some happy dancing, a little drooling, and a LOT of fangirling.
In cas...moreOkay, so I have a story to go with The Iron Legends. So after I bought it, I did some happy dancing, a little drooling, and a LOT of fangirling.
In case you didn't know, I absolutely VIOLATED my copy of The Iron Legends. See:
By the end of the day there were a lot more Post-It flags. A LOT. But anyways, when I was in the process of violating my copy of The Iron Legends (color coded with kissing scenes, pictures, pretty scenes, and new characters) my couch ate my Post-It flags! One minute it was on the seat of my couch and the next they just were gone! I had a freak-out, checked everywhere within a foot radius of my couch, and then gave up. Afterwards, my mom had a look and there they were: right under my couch. For the record, I totally checked there! I checked there three times. But then my mom found them and looked at me like I'd finally hit rock bottom. But I then got to finish violating my book. >:) I shall read those parts over and over and over again. Nice day right? At least I got my fill of Ash :D I really want an Ash to myself. But then that would get really stalker-ish.
But it was amazing! SO good. And there were four kissing scenes in The Iron Prophecy >:)
So...should I do an official review on my blog? Yes? No? Maybe? (less)
Rift, the prequel to the highly acclaimed Nightshade trilogy, was something that I debated reading for quite some time. On one hand, I was totally ready to kill the author because of the ending of Bloodrose (I actually did tweet the author saying that I was about ready to kill her because that ending was so brutal. That may not have been the BEST decision at the time, but hey, I'm a weird creature. Don't judge me. I probably should've added a winky face, yes, but I've been blocked more than once on Twitter, I'm sure.)
But I should probably talk about the book at hand right? Good idea! I absolutely have to talk about the love triangle. Who was it between again? Other than Barrow. It wasn't even a very significant love triangle, and if I can't even remember the apposing player, that's a pretty bad sign. Speaking of other insignificant things, I need to talk about the whole concept of Rift. A few terms were mentioned, but I had no idea how it had to do with Guardians, aka werewolves. I don't know if this chronicles the beginning of the Guardians and how they came to be, but I expected something that was along the lines of Nightshade, with the werewolf concept, but with a twist. I didn't expect something that didn't even mention a werewolf anywhere, so hopefully Rise will answer any of my doubts.
Staying along the same lines of the concept of Rift, I have to say I really loved it. I know, contradictory. But, I loved how it wasn't the same idea, the same cookie-cutter idea as the original trilogy it derived from. Some authors will make a prequel as a series of books with totally different characters, but with the same exact concepts, and although I would've liked to see a stronger resemblance to the original, I still loved how it was different. So, basically, what I'm failing at trying to say was I would've liked a balance between the two ideas.
Something about Rift that was so amazingly great was the action and the intrigue (vocab word! I'm trying to use more vocabulary words from my vocabulary units in my words...even though I use most of them daily anyway). Andrea definitely knows how to bring on the different aspects of a addictive read and blend them together.
Although some aspects of Rift turned me off, I would definitely recommend this to any hardcore Nightshade or historical fiction fans for its action, romance, and creativity!(less)
From the intense, war-ridden world of Ravka to our tough characters, you will be transported away from the safety of your home into the dangerous and dark depths of Shadow and Bone. Any fantasy fan will gobble this one up. (Get it? No? Oh right. You're not reading this on Thanksgiving. Yeah, well, it totally makes sense if it was November 22nd right now)
Shadow and Bone is a lot to digest at first. There are about as many fantasy terms you can think of, and there isn't much explanation for them. You really have to use your inferring skills and guess. However, it's extremely easy to figure them out as soon as you get used to the new terminology being used in Shadow and Bone. However, at first, brace yourselves for the onslaught of fancy words and phrases that will leave you slightly perplexed, but do not fret! It will get better. Trust me. Keep on reading, even though what is going on may overwhelm you. And if worse comes to worse, Google whatever you need help over! Or Twitter. That works too.
My favorite part about the protagonist, Alina, was her normality. She was so normal. She wasn't a weakling, and she wasn't insanely strong. She was just herself. She was a normal girl, but not just any normal girl. She had gifts that she never displayed when she was younger. Throughout Shadow and Bone, we slowly unravel what happened with Alina and her past. It's extremely refreshing to learn how Alina came to be the person she is now and what happened since then. There's a backstory that slowly comes into the light as Alina grows as a character, and Alina finally unfolds things that even she didn't even know about herself as a child.
Shadow and Bone's villain was quite something. Half the time you thought the villain was on Alina's side and that he was trying to help her, and then all of a sudden he turned out to be that evil, plotting villain. This was discovered about midway through the plot, and even though I knew how despicable and how corrupt he was, I couldn't help but wish that he was actually good, somewhere deep inside him. I didn't know what to think after a while, going from sympathizing with him to absolutely hating his guts. And I loved that about this particular villain!
Perfect for any fantasy fan, Shadow and Bone with enrapture you with the rich foreign setting, magic, and people who are nothing like what they seem to be. From characters that will catch your heart to a undeniably strong romance, nothing is what it seems in Ravka.(less)
The Crown of Embers just blew every expectation I had out of the water. After the crushing end of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, I just had to get my hands on the next book and see how Elisa's adventure would continue. The Crown of Embers was romantic, adventurous, and heart-stopping. I just couldn't stop reading! Trust me, The Crown of Embers does not suffer from Second Book Syndrome. If anything, it's gotten better and I'm salivating for the next book in this trilogy, The Bitter Kingdom. The Crown of Embers had everything I could have wanted in a fantasy novel and just blew away all my expectations. I honestly can't believe I was reluctant to read this book at first, out of fear of how Elisa would react after The Girl of Fire and Thorns.
In the first book, Elisa was lost, and a wide-eyed girl who was finding love and discovering who she was. In The Crown of Embers, Elisa had transformed into a strong monarch who wanted her people to respect her. At first she made some uncalled-for decisions, because she was afraid her people would think of her as a week monarch, so she was trying to find power to inflict fear into her subjects, and went on a self-discovery journey of sorts. Elisa morphed into this extremely strong, confident character at the end, having gone through so many lessons to discover who she was. She was a flawed character who grew into a song, independent woman. And, not to mention, the new love interest was absolutely swoon-worthy. I won't disclose his identity but I just loved his character. He was perfect for Elisa and would risk everything for her, even if his own life was put at risk. The romance that budded between them was so real and unbreakable that you couldn't help put fall in love with their relationship even more throughout the novel.
Also, the fantasy world of The Crown of Embers was so vivid and there was so much description and I really lost myself in this high-fantasy environment Rae had created. The writing flowed so smoothly and every aspect of The Crown of Embers was either full of high-action, sweet romance, or kick-butt characters. And the cliffhanger! Oh, gosh, that was probably maybe the most brutal thing you could possible ever put me through. I was crying, kicking, screaming, and then smiling, swooning, and clapping like a goofball over that ending. There were so many ups and downs to the story that you never knew what to expect and in the end, it really came back to hit you in the face.
The Crown of Embers put me on an emotional roller coaster and didn't let me go until I'd already exhausted the amount of emotion I allot myself per day. And, trust me, I allot myself a lot of emotion before I get completely drained. Elisa was so easy to sympathize with and her voice was so powerful. She never whined, she never submitted to the opinion of those more powerful than her just because she wanted to please them, and she never was weak. I can't even tell you how much I loved The Crown of Embers and how much that cliffhanger pretty much killed me. I really can't explain my feelings other than: "*reads ending* *screams* *runs into pole*"
Riddled with twists and turns, epic romance, an unforgettable romance, The Crown of Embers will tug on your heartstrings and appeal to your sense of adventure.
I struggled a lot with Tiger's Destiny, to be perfectly honest here. On one hand, I am a fan of Colleen's previous books and I was extremely eager to see how Tiger's Destiny would play out. Unfortunately, Tiger's Destiny did not amaze or awe me like I expected it to. It ran really hot and cold for me, picking up speed and getting better, only to fall back to a low point in the novel where I couldn't stand it anymore and I had to stop reading to take a deep breath and to fight ranting about it excessively all over the place. It's like this saga slowly started getting worse and worse for me.
For one, I've struggled with this throughout some of the third book of Tiger saga, Tiger's Voyage, and it made another reappearance in Tiger's Destiny. Kelsey had everything just handed to her on a silver platter. I found it almost too convenient she had a Golden Fruit to wish up all the food she wanted, a Pearl Necklace for water, a Divine Scarf for clothes, and even a kamandal (a container-ish thing) for medicine. Obviously she had to go through difficult tasks to get these items in her possession, but she never really had to work for anything. Kelsey had weapons, she had resources, she was basically set with everything she could have wanted.
Another problem I had with Kelsey was that she was completely devoid of spontaneous emotion. Her lines were so scripted and she was always so severe and serious about everything she did. Even though Kelsey claimed she wanted to be a "normal American teenage girl" she never showed any tendencies that a "normal American teenage girl" would show. I found it so hard to relate to her and what came out of her mouth sounded so rehearsed and formal. Of course, during the middle, Kelsey became a very strong-willed character, but at the beginning and end, Kelsey was the most unbearable and annoying.
The one thing that I find consistent throughout all of the Tiger saga is the world-building. The fantasy world Colleen Houck has created is tangible and so fresh in your minds. I felt like reading Tiger's Destiny had transported me into a new world and everything about the setting amazed me. Also, the amount of research Colleen put into Tiger's Destiny is so admirable and it just adds something else to the story that makes the reading experience much more enjoyable.
Also, I really enjoyed the ending at the end of the book. The ARC version I believe does not have the ending to the book, but the publisher was kind of enough to send me a finished copy (and I feel so extremely bad that I ended up not giving it a good review, I'm sending it to a friend who'll probably like it so much more than me :)) so I did get to see the happy ending and I was extremely happy with it. The characters really did deserve the ending, and I was feeling slightly giddy yet heartbroken over it.
I most likely won't be reading the next book in the Tiger saga, but I do recommend the first few books in the series to people who are fans of high fantasy and adventure. Unfortunately, Tiger's Destiny wasn't the best book in the series for me.
Throne of Glass has been receiving some of the best hype for a summer release. It seems everybody has a lot of praise for Throne of Glass, and I was afraid I'd be the black sheep who wouldn't like it. However, that was not the case. I really enjoyed Throne of Glass a lot, and it reminded me of the Hunger Games in a way, but it still identified itself as an original novel that kept me turning the pages.
Celaena, the main character, had been in the most brutal prison Endovier for approximately a year. Right off the bat I knew I would see her transform from the toughened girl who survived a year in Endovier to a compassionate girl who was still strong. Celaena herself was one of my favorite parts of Throne of Glass. She was witty, strong, and clever. However, she had her faults. I admit; she was a little distant towards the beginning of Throne of Glass, but she warmed to me extremely quickly afterwards and I couldn't get enough of her. She was still haunted by her year spent at Endovier, especially when she was whipped, and when the people around her were tortured or killed.
Speaking of Celaena's year at Endovier, I felt Celaena adjusted to her surroundings too easily. When you leave the war after serving a year, you will have scars and possibly some battle fatigue. Endovier was described to the reader as a scary prison where most people wouldn't survive more than a month. Although Celaena had a few nightmares here and there, I didn't feel she exhibited enough of the horrors that would be left over from the experience. She didn't nearly exhibit enough of a haunted expression to me.
One of the highlights of Throne of Glass, by far, was the writing style. It was written in third person, which definitely made me balk because I've had very bad luck with third person, but with Throne of Glass, it couldn't have been any more perfect. I felt like the characters really leaped off the page, and Sarah's writing style definitely helped along in that aspect. I felt like her writing just put the story to life and I loved how she executed Throne of Glass.
Furthermore, Throne of Glass' romantic interests were also extremely fun to read. Personally, I'm Team Chaol, mainly because I loved how Celaena and Chaol had a really strong friendship throughout the novel that started to grow into something more personal by the end of it. Hopefully the next book will focus and Celaena and Chaol's relationship! I loved Chaol (pronounced Cole?) and his bad boy attitude, but on the inside, he cared. There were a few select scenes where they were told in Chaol's point of view and I absolutely fell in love with those parts!
Lyrical, mysterious, and just plain fantastical, Throne of Glass will grab you by your lapels (do people still have lapels?) and shake you senseless. Fans of any great fantasy of The Hunger Games will love this.
It's so hard to get into. I really LOVE all the imagery in the setting but something about the characters and the plot makes it really hard for me to...moreIt's so hard to get into. I really LOVE all the imagery in the setting but something about the characters and the plot makes it really hard for me to get into. I wanted to really like Florence but it wasn't the book for me.(less)