I really did expect more from Unhinged. I gave Splintered five stars, something that I almost never do, so I felt that it was a big deal. But then I read Unhinged, and now my feelings for the series overall are so conflicted.
One of the biggest reasons I loved Splintered was because of how wonderful the world of Wonderland was. I read Unhinged without touching the synopsis, so I didn’t know what to expect from the setting, but as I progressed to the halfway point, I was disappointed. I wanted to see more of Wonderland. There was so much to explore in that dangerous, dark, yet mystical world. But instead, the setting remained in the same few places throughout the entire book. There were plenty of opportunities to bring Alyssa and our cast of characters to new, exotic places, but that didn’t happen. Consequently, I grew quickly bored with what was happening because there was no variation, nothing to make me feel intrigued. A few moments excited me, but other times, I was yawning and I almost fell asleep a few times. And those moments came off as incoherent because I was so tired from having to read five chapters of nothing until I got to that one little plot point that I had no idea what was going on. By the time I had realized I’d gotten to an exciting spot, I was already past it and onto the next monotonous plot point.
Additionally, I lost interest in all of the characters. I have no idea why I was ever Team Jeb in the first place, when all he did in Unhinged was ditch Alyssa to pursue his art career. Honestly, I was pissed at Alyssa for not dumbing his sorry ass. No matter how much you say you love someone, if they start ditching you and making you feel insecure about your relationship, it’s not worth it. But still, Alyssa defended him to Morpheus and acted like an idiot for his sake. I also have no idea how I could ever consider being on Team Morpheus. First of all, he was basically in a relationship with Alyssa’s mom when she was a kid. How creepy is that? Even if their relationship was strictly platonic, I would be kind of weirded out by the idea of someone who knows my mother better than I do. Aside from that, Morpheus was also controlling, selfish, and rude. He purposely tried to put Alyssa and him in compromising positions just to piss Jeb off. It could’ve been a way to show his aggressive netherling side, but to me, it was rubbing his relationship in Jeb’s face. Not cool.
Words cannot possibly describe the idiocy that I associated with Alyssa. She was stupid, selfish, and a total hypocrite. I don’t know how to explain it, so I just have a quote with an explanation of the context. (Warning, it's slightly spoilery and was taken from the ARC and may not reflect the final book)
I won’t let him take my time with Jeb away. I refuse.
There’s a rustle in the doorway. I stand and glance down to see Morpheus at the threshold.
“We should go,” he says.
“No,” I say, too overwhelmed to say anything else.
What? Even if you read that out of context, how could someone even get overwhelmed by another person advising them to go? The context of it was that Ivory (I forgot what she does) had told her something about her future that shocked her, and when Morpheus advised them to go, she started acting like a stubborn idiot and arguing with him. When Jeb was in danger. He had this limited time before he would be put into excruciating pain, and Alyssa was taking her merry time and taking pit stops to do other things. Was I the only person that was feeling the urgency of their situation?
Another issue I had with her was that she couldn’t see the bigger picture. She was the key to saving Wonderland! That’s a big deal! But instead, she was pulling a selfish card and thinking, “I want to stay in the human world and keep my family and Jeb.” First of all, your family LIED. TO. YOU. (I can’t say how because of potential spoilers.) Second, JEB. FLAKED. ON. YOU. Third, Wonderland is dying and you don’t even care a little bit for your childhood? I mean, I get wanting to stay with your family, but Alyssa didn’t even show a little compassion for her childhood. She then goes onto say, “I want to love Wonderland, but I can’t because of reason X.” Considering that you could be a potential queen of Wonderland, can’t you change that reason? There was just no reason behind Alyssa’s twisted logic which really pissed me off.
Overall, Unhinged didn’t satisfy me the way I was hoping it would. While Splintered was a fantastic hit, I ultimately was the black sheep on Unhinged....more
After all of the hype surrounding this book, with the glowing reviews and the praise, I did have slightly high expectations. Yet I was the black sheep, something I'm really sad to share.
My first issue was how stupid the protagonist Paige could be. The vibe I got from her was someone who wanted to get out from Sheol 1, the place where she was being trained as a clairvoyant, but she didn't act that way. She acted like she had a death wish, which was completely unreasonable. If I wanted to leave some place that was trying to control me and steal my clairvoyant powers, I wouldn't be fighting and trying to kill all of my superiors. The way she acted was just begging for her to be thrown in prison. Paige didn't think at all about the consequences of her actions, even as she constantly tried to escape when she had the chance. I understood her motives behind escaping, but I didn't understand why she deemed it necessary to practically declare war on anyone who tried to discipline her in a calm fashion. The fighting scenes between her and some of the "leaders" of Sheol 1 were ridiculous and did nothing but drive the plot forward and make me roll my eyes.
In addition, The Bone Season's plot was all over the place. There was so much going on and so much to cover that it dragged the plot in turn. Well, that's a lie, the plot could most definitely be considered action-packed and intense to some people, but for me it felt so forced. Maybe it was my inability to connect with any of the characters, or my hate for Paige, but I was skimming the last third in my haste to say I finished and go forward from there. There was so much going on, from the complexity of the world, which I found way too much because there honestly was no point to include all those different types of clairvoyants; to the obvious issue of the characters, who were so hard to relate to and/or remember. Even though there was plenty enough action to keep anyone engaged, I seemed to be the one person who was falling asleep while reading.
Finally, there was one aspect that jumped out of me above all else, and that was the large cast of characters. There would be characters that were mentioned once in the first few pages and then brought back to play some part fifteen chapters later. This happened so many times that I stopped remembering names and if someone would die, or there would be some kind of betrayal, I wouldn't really care and I would skip completely over the shock and go right to the neutrality. I couldn't connect with anyone because of how many characters there were and how they all managed to affect Paige in her journey out of Sheol 1. It was overwhelming, to have to keep that many underdeveloped characters in my mind. When they were as minor as they were, I was glad that they were flat, since I didn't need to focus on them, but I was also disappointed because there were so freaking many of them that their faces blurred together.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon was a book that I expected to love with all of my heart, but it fell flat where the plot and characters were concerned. However, with such a fantastic premise, I wouldn't turn away from it just yet. ...more
Originally intrigued by the foreign setting and the potential for a lush, hearty story hiding within the depths of that setting, there was no way I could say no to Ink.
As aforementioned, I loved the foreign setting in Japan. It's a culture shock to realize how different their way of life is compared to ours. Japanese have all these titles and foods and sports that aren't common in America, so immersing myself in a new world was definitely a sweet spot. Amanda Sun didn't explain the setting itself, rather than portraying the story while exploring the culture, so those who are fans of description might not find this aspect particularly amazing. However, I was captivated. Contrary to popular belief, just because I'm Chinese doesn't mean I automatically hone into all the Asian cultures and languages; the connections and differences in the two cultures were actually really fun to make.
However, Ink's fatal flaw was the unfortunate case of a romance that progressed way too quickly, which, in turn actually affected a bizarre amount of other things. I was originally riveted by the idea of seeing how our two characters Yuu Tomohiro and Katie Greene would develop their romantic relationship, but that's as far as my excitement went. As soon as I learned that, in fact, most of the romance and attraction was based off of Katie's incessant need to discover what Tomohiro was up to, I kind of stopped paying attention to that aspect and tried to focus on other redeemable qualities, like the plot, perhaps? Wrong. There was no suspense or build-up leading the big reveal of Tomohiro's fancy powers, because it was basically given away in the summary.
To add, the entire first half was just spent developing Katie and Tomohiro's "relationship" and there wasn't a significant problem that presented itself until the last fourth. There were small hints and foreshadowing, but the true gravity of that situation was kept unaware to the reader. The only consolation was the fact that I loved the way Amanda took the story with the main conflict. It wasn't enough to completely compensate for the slow pace of the plot throughout the first half of Ink, but it definitely redeemed a few small errors. There was some character growth, and usually while it's subtle in fantasy and paranormal books, it was more obvious here--I couldn't resist congratulating Katie on her lessons learned during her stay in Japan.
A definite enjoyable read for those who are intense fans of learning about new cultures, Ink has the power to render you breathless and desperate for more....more
I must admit, I had my doubts with The Bitter Kingdom. I was worried that I wouldn't like it with the reading slump I've been in. And while it wasn't amazing, I still found myself enjoying it.
My main issue was how the events of The Crown of Embers had not been recapped whatsoever, jumping right in the midst of the action, about three weeks or so after the conclusion of the second book. To be honest, I forgot pretty much everything that happened, and all of the character relationships were lost on me. What I found most troubling was the fact that my heart didn't ache for Hector or Elisa. Hector was a fantastic love interest, and he was swoony, too, but I wasn't feeling their connection. The fact that Elisa mentioned Hector probably twice on her epic mission to save him was not lost on me, and I wanted to hit her because of how emotionless and cold she came off during the first few chapters. I slowly opened up to her, but leading up to those points, I hated her character.
Another issue I had was the ending. It was so—how do I put this correctly?—perfect. Everything happened to work out, with a fair number of clichés. I didn't notice them at the time, but after, looking back, I noticed a smattering of them everywhere, especially with the ending. Everything kind of perfectly fell in place, and I was confused. "How could that possibly happen?" was very close to my mantra during that time frame. But Hector was really prominent during the last portion, which made me very happy. The fact that there were a few chapters here and here told in Hector's perspective had me in a fit of happy spasms. Not only did they tide my inner fangirl, they also somehow worked, giving the story overall a full and complete feel.
The Bitter Kingdom, not unlike the novels preceding, involved a lot of praying and asking God for help in dire situations. During the middle, where the action was at its peak, in my opinion, Elisa prayed nonstop to God, and I understood that it was something crucial to her development, but sometimes it came off as her depending on God to solve all of her problems. For example (and this is not a direct quote), Elisa would just get past this incredible feat, and immediately think, "Thank you God so much for helping us out of that sticky situation. Now, if this isn't too much to ask, do you mind also making sure that this happens for us?" However, this was also why I loved The Bitter Kingdom. It was such a unique way to incorporate a fantasy element, and even with the Chosen One-like concept, it didn't come off that way. It felt so genuine, in the sense that I was almost convinced that Godstones existed somehow in real life. As a fan of fantasy and fantastical elements, I couldn't get enough of the Invierno concept.
Overall, Hector was an amazing, swoon-worthy character, the fantasy element blew me away, and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson was a conclusion to a beloved trilogy, and I would recommend everybody and anybody to give her books a try if they haven't already....more
I was really worried in the beginning of The Runaway King, wondering if I would hate it because I loved the first book, or if I would love it, because I loved the first book. I was really glad and relieved when my thoughts landed into the latter category.
I kind of really hated Jaron at first. As a king, he was used to this life of luxury, so he always ordered people around, especially servants. I get that servants in this world are supposed to be used for, well, serving, but Jaron completely took it to an extreme. At one point he was like to his friend, "Get me food." For some reason, that really annoyed me. However, the last half of The Runaway King was my turnaround point for Jaron. I found his voice to be so witty and compelling, because he was so loyal to Carthya. He was a true king because of how much he was willing to risk for a country that was filled with people that seemingly didn't want him to rule. Furthermore, Jaron was so witty and calculating that seeing what he thought got to be really entertaining. He was so quick on his feet that before I could even wonder how he would retort to something it had already come out of his mouth.
The Runaway King focuses primarily on the fact that there's a war brewing between the countries, and Carthya, the country Jaron is king of, has plenty of enemies. The entire series has basically worked up to this climactic moment, and now that we've gotten there, it's like you almost don't know what to say because of how intense this book is. I can tell you right now it doesn't suffer from the dreaded Second Book Syndrome; in fact, the case is quite the opposite. Our knowledge of this fantasy world is widened as we traipse across unknown territories with Jaron and his companions. Everything about this addition to the series is essentially a build-on of what we learned in the first book, with revisited enemies, friends, and secrets.
As an upper middle grade novel, this one is definitely for those who love high-action sequences but doesn't like romance to dominate the plot. I loved how Jaron never got a break and he was always running around besting his enemies, sometimes even his friends. As a whole, I fell head-over-heels for Jennifer Nielson's breathtaking yet conniving world, riddled with pirates and enemies and hypocrites. There's your fair share of gore here, and although not The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic (so I've heard) it's enough to satisfy some of your hard core action junkies! And, those who loved everything about the first novel The False Prince will also love The Runaway King for it's equal amounts of bravery and insane daredevil situations.
A definite must read for middle grade as well as young adult fans, The Runaway King is a fantastic addition to the Ascendance trilogy, which will leave you breathless for the third and final book....more
Crown of Midnight was a tough book to rate, being the book that I read on and off during camp, in the midst of hardcore literature. Unfortunately, its rating suffered dramatically because of how much time in between I had to take off from it, and the things that I read in between that took up most of my brain power.
Once again, I easily fell in love with Celaena and her cunning. She had no delusions as to who she was, which was a quality that many of us could probably find relatable. She knew she was neither softhearted nor kind, but the fact that you couldn't hate her at all for her flaws was something I had to give credit to Sarah for. I was worried that, after the character development that must've happened in between the events of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, Celaena would not be a likable person at all. She seemed to have developed a certain coldness to her, projecting an overall stoic air. But I quickly settled back into Celaena's mind and her adventures as an assassin. She was double-sided, going from tender and caring to cold and ruthless, sides I could easily distinguish, making it only easier to love her as the main character.
However, the supporting characters were the ones I had issues with. Crown of Midnight jumped points of views quickly, and although it was only semi-difficult to recognize which section is told in whose perspective, by the time I adjusted to their point of view, we were already moving onto a new point of view, and a new voice. I found it hard to justify any of the character's actions, simply for the reason that so much of their motive was fueled behind their internal dialogue, dialogue that I did not care for. Honestly, I started skimming near the end because some of the narration was so dry and uninteresting. I understood how most of the parts told in a perspective that wasn't Celaena or a key character's set up the next few chapters, but at the same time, I just stopped caring for the characters.
Another issue I had was the plot. As morbid as it sounds, I loved the brutal scenes where Celaena was really in her element, fulfilling her duties as an assassin. However, most of the story was a lot of puzzle solving, internal dialogue, and romance, as opposed to the fighting and intensity that we saw so much of in the first book. Crown of Midnight equated to the fantasy version of a contemporary novel at some points, focusing purely on Celaena's love life. While I enjoyed the little flutters the romance gave me, I wanted the action to be dominant over the relationships and political scandals. Near the end, the plot really started to drag, as most of the action was packed into few pivotal moments, where I really started to skim.
Although there were a few major flaws, I still recommend any epic fantasy lovers to give Sarah J. Maas's fantasy story a try, because I guarantee that they will love Celaena Sardothien from the first page....more
As a fantasy junkie, I knew I would love Poison, and I was totally right. It isn't a particularly dark and evil fantasy, rather a fantasy right out of a classic fairy tale!
Our main character Kyra is in quite an interesting pickle. After trying to assassinate someone who could completely destroy the entire kingdom that Kyra lives in and failing, she's been on the run from the army and her ex-boyfriend Hal, who are all after her. My heart broke for her, because she was the only one who knew she was doing the right thing and was saving the world by doing so. Through Kyra's point of view, you learn how absolutely unfair it is to be judged for doing something you know in your gut that is right, but nobody else can understand that same point of view. From the get-go, this situation makes Kyra a relatable, loyal, and strong heroine, because of her determined nature to save the kingdom that seems to want her to fail at all costs. She was absolutely refreshing, with so many layers to her.
If I could jump into any book world, I'd jump into Poison's. The world is so whimsical and light and fun that you can't help but love everything about Kyra's universe. It's so vividly described that I can imagine these bright reds, greens, and browns. Even the color BROWN, which is usually a neutral color. Along with our creative and colorful, lush setting, we have an even more whimsical, adorable romance and premise. Kyra and Fred's relationship was so cute, and so was Fred's cheerful attitude to match Kyra's guarded, skeptical one. Also, there was a pig!
A CUTE LITLLE PINK PIG! I am dead. My weak spot are pigs because they're so cute and plump and they oink and...I don't know they're just so adorable I can't help it!
My only complaint with Poison was because of its brevity, many events that had happened before the actual book were slowly revealed, some coming at the very end, and sometimes it could be confusing. Most of it was executed very well, but sometimes you went chapters after a mention of something confused, and it showed up again a hundred pages later, with an explanation. While it did prove to be exciting and shocking at times, other times I was still trying to connect the pieces.
Cute, whimsical, charming, and almost every positive book you can give Poison, Bridget Zinn takes a vivid setting, compelling characters, and a unique premise, throws them into a box, and wraps it up into an adorable package. ...more
Splintered was possibly the best classic retelling I have ever encountered in my life. It wasn't just about Alice in Wonderland and it was retold differently, but the protagonists were aware of the story, but it was like Alice: Reincarnated.
It was as if the story of Alice in Wonderland slowly unfolded, starting from Alyssa's unawareness of how her life was dependent on the fantasy story, and then progressing to the point where she could make the connections between the story and how her life was going. Alyssa was basically charged with the task of reversing the spell that made all her family members go insane with memories of Wonderland and nightmares of the dark creatures roaming around in the forest, and none of it was pretty.
Having not read the original Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland, I had no idea what to expect from Splintered. Was it going to be a lot like Alice in Wonderland, the cartoon movie? Or was it going to be like the modern rendition of Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp? I had no idea, but from what I remember from both movies, it incorporated the ideas of both the movies into one magnificent novel with twists and turns, and it left me with a strong urge to actually read the original book to make the connections myself between Alyssa's Wonderland and the original Alice's Wonderland.
In Splintered, we come across the very classic love triangle, with the boy-next-door and the bad, mysterious boy. Of course, I fell for the aloof love interest almost immediately, and later changed my mind and went head-over-heels for Jeb, our boy-next-door. His devotion for Alyssa was phenomenal, and even though their relationship seemed to be like a brother-sister dynamic, it soon progressed into something much more sentimental and intimate. Something I thought was really sweet about their relationship was the way they would sacrifice everything for each other. From their own lives to their possessions, these two characters knew how to keep us on our toes, wondering if they would really go that far to keep each other safe. (They did.)
The world of Wonderland will blow you away and you will be breathless by how the innocent tale of Alice in Wonderland could morph into something so dark, so sinister, and so enticing. Fans of an original, fresh fantasy and any time of classic retelling will completely adore this one....more
I will not hesitate to tell you that I was more than scared to read The Iron Traitor. I didn't know what opinions my book slump would provide for me, and I didn't want to be let down by one of my favorite authors. Luckily, that wasn't the case and I ended up loving it, the first book I've truly loved since May.
Apprehension was the first emotion I felt upon beginning. But those hesitant feelings slowly faded away to nothing as I found myself re-immersed in the Nevernever, Ethan and Kenzie, the fey, and all of the characters I fell in love with in the original series and The Lost Prince. I find myself becoming even more repetitive as I write my reviews for the Iron Fey books, but Julie Kagawa is nothing if not consistent in her storytelling. She grips her readers and drags them into the world, embodying us in some of her characters. You care about these characters more than anything in the world, and gushing over them is almost like breathing: easy and routine. Ethan was so fiery, passionate, and realistic. His grief and anger towards his older sister Meghan leaving him when he was four was palpable, tearing at my heartstrings. His love and protectiveness towards Kenzie had me swooning, and his strong bond to his family left me delirious with compassion and appreciation.
The Iron Traitor not only delivered with a fantastic narrator and main character, but it also touched upon our side characters, such as Kenzie, Keirran, and Annwyl. The way their emotions read across the page captured my heart and soul completely. I fell in love with them originally in The Lost Prince, but by the end of this beautiful, gorgeous book, I could have given up my life for their happiness. But don't mention Ash and Meghan to me. They made my heart melt to a pile of goop on the floor. They loved Ethan and Keirran so much, and their emotions flew off the page as well. Meghan and Ash should have gotten an award with a name similar to the Best Parenting Award. I recognized traits they had as parents in traits that my parents have. I love my parents, and I think they're fantastic and the best ones I could've asked for, therefore seeing Meghan and Ash perform so well in that field made me squeal.
Other notable features were the romance, the romance that almost induced cardiac arrest. (I think I've made about fifty new synonyms for the phrase "made my heart pound" in this review alone.) Kenzie and Ethan were so tender towards each other, loving so ardently. The plot flowed from place to place like silk, making it hard for me to put my Kindle down so I could go to school, do homework, or sing. I found myself drawn to The Iron Traitor like moths to a lamp, drawn to its promising plot. Finally, the care incorporated into every scene stood out above the rest. Julie described each setting with extreme care, just as she always has, especially in a place as versatile as the Nevernever. I just couldn't get enough of it!
As for the ending, I can make no comment for fear of bursting into tears at this very moment.
From the lovable characters to the lovable plot to the lovable romance, it is impossible to use up all of your love while reading The Iron Traitor. The characters leap off of the page for an elaborate tango with your body and soul, the plot makes the end come to soon, and the writing ties everything together into a perfect package. Julie Kagawa will not disappoint; she has delivered another spellbinding book that not only touched me but also resurrected my love for reading.
IT HASETH A COVER!
I MUST GO DIE IN A HOLE RIGHT NOW.
*dusts off pants* Ahem. Back to your fangirling....more
The Spindlers is the first Lauren Oliver middle grade book I've read, but I've heard great things about her middle grade novels. The Spindlers is a tale complete with adventure, vivid imagery, and beautiful writing. I have to admit, at first, I was wary about reading The Spindlers, but as soon as I started it I just let myself get lost in the beautiful world that Lauren had weaved. From monsters, adventure, and tender sisterly love, The Spindlers is a middle grade novel you need to read to believe.
At first, it took me a while to adjust to a middle grade novel after such a long time of reading young adult novels, but once I let myself get lost in the story that Lauren Oliver had crafted, I couldn't stop reading. Pretty soon, I was immersed in the story of spindlers, tree snakes, and serpents. Once again, Lauren Oliver has amazed me with her impeccable writing ability and her knack for making every story she weaves personal to the reader somewhat. As an older sister to my brother, I could relate to Liza's position when her brother was taken from her, that love that she was feeling for him.
The fantastic thing about The Spindlers is while I was reading it, I was watching it as if it were a movie. The way that the words jumped off the pages and entered your mind in the most descriptive way possible was breathtaking. I was watching Liza battle monsters and evil creatures, all the while reading it. The world-building of The Spindlers was so detailed that I wasn't surprised that I was "watching" the book. I felt like every part of this foreign world that Liza had stepped into had it's own unique way of planting a seed in our minds and growing into a beautiful tree.
The story arc of The Spindlers just kept elevating and elevating and was wonderfully executed. There wasn't one dull moment in The Spindlers and it was a refreshing fantasy tale with plenty of reasons for you to love it. Everything was laid out neatly and cleanly that you didn't hit any dull or confused moments. The beginning was spent for that crucial character and setting development that Lauren executes so perfectly, which was a little dry, but it quickly picked up into a faced-paced middle grade.
The Spindlers is a middle grade novel you will not want to miss. It's action-packed, vivid, and a perfect read for those in the mood for a high-fantasy adventure.
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 toIt'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....more
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.
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.
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.
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....more
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!...more
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 casOkay, 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? ...more
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. ItWhen 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. :)...more
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 theThis 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!)
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 DarcyWhat 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....more
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 aHuh. 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....more
First, before I become professional and slightly bubbly, I have to get the sugar rush out of me. So... SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This book was soldFirst, 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! :)...more
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'mI 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....more