The title and the artwork on the cover grabbed my attention and the blurb sealed the deal. Who doesn't loveAlso posted on Rally the Readers.
The title and the artwork on the cover grabbed my attention and the blurb sealed the deal. Who doesn't love magic and mermaids?!
The setting and plot were innovative and eclectic. You have magic mirrors, Hell, stone lions, mermaids, mummies, and Venice all crammed into one story. It was incredibly original and creative. So, it's quite a surprise that this book really didn't do anything for me.
Usually, this would be exactly my kind of read. However, I couldn't make an emotional connection with the characters or their story line. It's not that I hated the characters, but I found them rather flat and hard to empathize with. Additionally, I felt like it was too predictable. I never found myself surprised or getting really invested in what might happen next. I was waiting for it to get better and it never did. The plot felt like it was moving too quickly without ever really explaining anything fully enough for me to latch onto. I'm a really open and go-with-the-flow reader, but it was a bit hard for me to keep up.
I was disappointed because this book had the potential to be great. The biggest flaw for me was the lack of emotional investment. ...more
I suppose the only way to begin is by complaining about how long I have been waiting for the sequel to the phenomenalAlso posted on Rally the Readers.
I suppose the only way to begin is by complaining about how long I have been waiting for the sequel to the phenomenal Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But damn was it worth the wait!!! *excited seal clapping and fangirl squealing* I guess now is as good a time as any to warn you that this review will consist mostly of me gushing about how much I loved this book. For your sake, I will do my best to put my insurmountable love for Hollow City into real words and possibly even sentences.
I am often quite wary of sequels as they all too often disappoint me. Sometimes it's really hard to reattach to the characters and find interest in the new or even continuing story line. I am very happy to say that this was not the case at all here. I was very relieved that we picked up exactly where the first one had left off.
Everything I enjoyed in the first installment was carried into the sequel and improved upon. The photographs were just as creepy and fascinating. The "new" setting was even more exciting than the last, and the story line was phenomenal. The second book added layer upon layer of richness to the story that so masterfully began in the previous book. Also, the character development was very well done and not in any way forced or rushed. With so many intricate characters, it can be hard to give each one his or her fair share of attention. While I was quite aware that there were numerous characters, they were so well written that I never felt overwhelmed by their sheer number.
I will be counting down the days until the next book comes out. I have absolutely no doubt that I will enjoy it as much—if not more than I have this one....more
First off, the Frankenstein mansion is amazing (I want to live there!). Secrets galore! Now to business. The book hadAlso posted on Rally the Readers.
First off, the Frankenstein mansion is amazing (I want to live there!). Secrets galore! Now to business. The book had a very dark feel to it, and that was something that really appealed to me. My favorite part of the book was, hands down, the story line. The plot was inventive and creative, and that is something I value heavily in a book. And yes, I say it alllll the time, but it’s only because it is absolutely true! There was so much intricate complexity, the book felt like an antique desk with hundreds of secret compartments. It was easy to see how much forethought went into the story. That being said, the story wasn't at all confusing. That also being said, it wasn't at all boring.
I wasn't crazy about the characters. I found that I could not connect with them because I felt some of them lacked a lot personality-wise. I did not hate them, and I felt like they had the potential to be lovable characters. Victor for instance was not a perfect guy, but he did love his brother. I felt like I could have understood Victor a lot better if he hadn't seemed to completely forget about his brother every other chapter. I mean, the things he went through for his brother really were admirable, but it seemed like he was only fully devoted to his brother at irregular intervals. I could identify with the sibling rivalry, but sometimes it felt like he was talking about an acquaintance and not his brother, Konrad. I also felt Elizabeth was rather irregular. At times she was very likable, kind of a tomboy, and very determined. Other times she was practically a completely different character! The inconsistency of these characters is what kept me from becoming attached to them. Konrad and Henry were far more likable, but they were only minor characters.
The end was disappointing to say the least. It vaguely reminded me of how absolutely enraged I was with the ending of The Alchemist. (Note to self: write rant about The Alchemist.) All I can say is, it fit, but it didn't. I have very mixed feelings about it. I wish I could dive into a whole analysis of it, but that would give away everything. So I'll shut up for now, and if I feel especially motivated about it, I may write a rant....more
I have to say, I think I liked Such Wicked Intent better than This Dark Endeavor. I found the story line to be more gripping and original. The spirit world of the Frankenstein mansion was terrifying and new. The plot is what really made both of these books. I find it hard to communicate how awesome it was, so instead, I'll just keep saying that it was awesome. I also felt like it was a seamless continuation of the first book. The sequel wasn't just an afterthought to continue on with the characters; it was the continuation of a fantastic story.
I did continue to have trouble connecting with Victor, which made me a little sad because it's supposed to be easier to love characters when you keep reading about them, but it was only more difficult. I also really came to dislike Elizabeth. I was upset because I kind of liked her in the previous book. I thought a lot of her actions were very uncharacteristic of the person she was in the first book. Then again, the more I think about it, the more I question whether or not I know who she was/is. She flip-flops all the time, and it’s weird and frustrating. I did continue to like Henry and Konrad.
Once again I was frustrated with the ending. I felt like it wasn't good enough for the end of such a magnificent adventure. However, I can begrudgingly understand how it may be fitting when you take a step back and reevaluate things....more
I actually checked this book out from the school library. It has been on my to-read list for many months, but my publAlso posted on Rally the Readers.
I actually checked this book out from the school library. It has been on my to-read list for many months, but my public library has yet to purchase it! When I saw it, I snatched it up, so I could be sure to read it before my sister. Haha, Allison! Who gets to read something first for once?! Me!!!
From the beginning, this book really drew me in. Sometimes the exposition seems to take forever in dystopian books, but I thought Defiance was a fantastic attention grabber. I thought the pacing was very fluid.
My favorite character was Logan. I knew I liked him the first time I was introduced to him. He was everything a hero should be: smart, kind, and very likable. Too bad he wasn't the main character. I didn't like Rachel at all. She wasn't particularly horrible or anything; I simply didn't like her as a person. She was always making stupid decisions. I saw a certain plot twist heading Rachel's way, and I was exasperated because I thought Rachel's was going to make a frustratingly cliché mistake. I promised myself that I would stop reading if this were to happen. Good news: it didn't! However, she did do some pretty annoying stuff after that. I don't think everyone will hate Rachel. Sometimes characters are a hit or miss for certain people. Rachel isn't rant-worthy, but I still dislike her.
I did like the plot. I thought the storyline was very inventive and quite interesting. My only complaint is that the Cursed One wasn't more scary. Bring on the horror! I think the author missed out on a lot of drama by not making the beast more terrifying. The potential was certainly there.
I really hope it doesn't seem like I had nothing good to say about this book—I really enjoyed it. There were only a few very minor problems I had with it. This book was really worth the wait. I recommend it for a quick and easy read. ...more
* I received a copy through Goodreads First Reads.
This book would have easily been finished in a matter of hours if IAlso posted on Rally the Readers.
* I received a copy through Goodreads First Reads.
This book would have easily been finished in a matter of hours if I had the time. It upsets me that I couldn't just sit down and give this book the attention it deserved. Who needs homework, or passing grades, for that matter?! DAMN YOU, AP CLASSES!!!
This book was wonderfully original; it just pulled me in from the beginning. My big thing about books is uniqueness. Those are naturally the types of books I go for, and those books usually end up being dark and creepy. This book had just the right amount of horror, not too much, but enough to keep you interested. Legacy of a Dreamer had everything—action, horror, awesome characters, and just a hint of romance.
Chantal was a fantastic heroine. She was witty, stubborn, kind, and a total badass. Although everyone kept going on about how important she was, Chantal put everyone's safety above her own, but not in that annoying, “I'm a Martyr, Kill Me Now!” kind of way. Chantal wasn't selfish or annoying or stupid. Oh, and she gets bonus points for being an enemy butt-kicker! Nick was amazing, too! Swoon-worthy, for sure! I really hope I get to learn more about Nick in the next book! He was so sweet, but he didn't steal any of Chantal's spotlight. The two characters complement each other in a way that makes the book soooooo much better.
The book was paced beautifully. It was a complete page turner, but the reader had plenty of time to let everything sink in. How I wish this book was another hundred pages longer! It wasn't incomplete or anything, I simply wanted more! When does the next book come out?!...more