**4 Stars** I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
So, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was actually going to read this book, ne...more**4 Stars** I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
So, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was actually going to read this book, never mind even requesting it from NetGalley. But after seeing some of the reactions to Ink I decided to give it a try. And I am very glad I did. I really enjoyed the originality of the story.
There were a couple points where I couldn’t understand what was being said… but in the paperback version that is out there is a glossary in the back. I am glad the author included this in the book, but it also kind of takes away from the experience.
Katie’s character was awesome. She is going through so much in her life and struggling to keep up in a society she doesn’t understand with a language she is trying to grasp. She is pretty stupid though – following Tomo around after being warned off. But then, it wouldn’t have made a great story if she had left him alone.
I think the only thing that bothered me about Tomo was his breakup with Mya. He obviously still liked her, but he very quickly forgot about her. I look forward to reading the next book and seeing what happens with both Katie and Tomo. (less)
MY OVERVIEW: I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting a steampunk Charlies’ Angels, but got three girls running around each try...more**2.5 Stars**
MY OVERVIEW: I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting a steampunk Charlies’ Angels, but got three girls running around each trying to solve a mystery then coming together to solve it.
PROS: OMG! I want Lord White’s library! It was so beautifully described and I would just spend hours upon hours in there. I do like how Cora and Nellie came from nothing to where they are. It gave them more of a reason as to why they are looking into the murders.
CONS: The writing seemed very childish. On the first page there are words like explosion-y, pouting, and kablooey. It does get better throughout the book, but it still seemed like a middle-grade book trying to be a young adult. I also didn’t feel like any of the girls were that well written. Just when you thought you knew one, they would do something so out of character.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I really wish I liked it. I had high hopes for it. I think it is a good gateway book from middle-grade to young adult. So, if you are looking to transition over, this is a good book for you. (less)
**4 Stars** I received an eGalley from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Julie Kagawa… how dare you end the book like that! I was readin...more**4 Stars** I received an eGalley from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Julie Kagawa… how dare you end the book like that! I was reading into the wee hours to finish the book and ended up waking my husband up with my sobbing. It just isn’t right. Deep breaths… ok… next book please.
Normally Julie’s books rate around a 4.5 for me, but I did have a few more problems with this book than her others. The first thing was that The Iron Traitor was very Keirran heavy. Even though it was from Ethan's perspective, Keirran seemed to take center stage. I wasn't a huge fan of Keirran in the last book, and this one didn't improve my opinion of him. I actually didn't like him in this book at all. The way I saw it was - Keirran is human, Summer Fey, Iron Fey, and Winter Fey - what side is going to win out in the end???
As always, I LOVE Ethan. Ethan is definitely book-boyfriend material. He is written perfectly and I wish we saw a little more of his and Kenzie's relationship. I also wish there was more Razor, Grim, and Puck (my favorites aside from Ethan).
Oh boy - the prophecy. This is what had me sobbing at the end of the book and the drama throughout just kept building up. I cannot wait for the next book (even though I am still mad at Julie for the ending of this one), and hope everything works out a little better (ok, a LOT better). (less)
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Ok, so my actual review is more like 4.99999 stars. I am still a little...more**5 Stars**
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Ok, so my actual review is more like 4.99999 stars. I am still a little upset that Lilac... um... something with Lilac... towards the end. You'll just have to read it and find out exactly what happens to her. But I'm still upset.
I really, really, really loved this story. I don't normally pick up books that take place on spaceships because I feel that there just isn't room to move. Spaceships are confining and I feel that books centered around them tend to be as well. But the ship crashes and this ends up being a survival story. I could go on and on about this book, but I would end up giving too much away and ruining everything for you. So, I will just touch on a few key points.
L.O.V.E. Tarver!!! he is a poor kid - turned war hero - turned "babysitter" for a spoiled rich girl in a survival situation. I love how his and Lilac's relationship grows. There is the initial attraction, then loathing, then tolerance, then... well, you can guess where this is going. BTW... soooo book boyfriend material.
Lilac is a fascinating character as well. She is different from how society dictates she should be, and that helps her grow into a whole other person on the planet. Her transformation is based on necessity and I feel that the authors pulled it off really well.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to any fantasy, dystopian, and sci-fi fans. Even romance fans. Ok, I highly recommend it to anyone. I am just very, very sad that I will have to wait another year for the next book.(less)
I was very disappointed in this book. I went into it expecting a great book based in Egyptian mythology. What I got was an annoying, self c...more**2 Stars**
I was very disappointed in this book. I went into it expecting a great book based in Egyptian mythology. What I got was an annoying, self centered main character whose main goal in life is to have Rick as her boyfriend.
There was little to no world building. Everything was kind of thrown at you and it didn’t let you connect with the settings or the characters. I thought it was going to get better once Molly started going to Nekyia. But it actually got worse. Instead of building up the academy and it’s obvious rich background, information is just thrust at you and it is hard to absorb.
I gave the book 2 stars because it did have a lot of potential. The story was there, it just needed a lot of world building and better character development. I probably won’t be reading the next one. (less)
I didn’t not like it, but didn’t love it either. It took me a while to actually get through it. It just didn’t have a fantastic flow, and...more**2.5 Stars**
I didn’t not like it, but didn’t love it either. It took me a while to actually get through it. It just didn’t have a fantastic flow, and the 3rd person POV kept changing between characters without warning.
I didn’t like how Blue kept repeating her “no-boys-especially-Raven-boys” motto at the beginning. It seemed really repetitive and unnecessary aside from the initial mention. I did like how Blue and Gansey came together and ending up working together. She fit right into their group. Noah… surprised me. It was sad what happened. I would actually like to hear more of his story from before The Raven Boys.
Blue’s family was also interesting and I do look forward to hearing more of their stories. So, yes, I guess I will be continuing the series. It won’t be at the top of my list, but I will continue. (less)
It is so cliché it is funny. At points it reminded me so much of the movie “Shawn of the Dead.” The book lost its steam around the middle...more**3.5 Stars**
It is so cliché it is funny. At points it reminded me so much of the movie “Shawn of the Dead.” The book lost its steam around the middle though. It got a little stagnant and needed a little more excitement after the exciting, action packed beginning.
I did find the reasoning behind the turned zombies interesting and worth building upon. However, I realize that the main point of the story was to be funny and it can be hard to add a serious theme to comedy.
I would recommend the book for any fans of “Shawn of the Dead” and anyone who likes cliché humor. Especially surrounding zombies. I look forward to reading the next in the series. (less)
**3.5 Stars** I received a copy of this book for an honest review from the publisher via NetGalley.
MY OVERVIEW: An interesting time travel book. There...more**3.5 Stars** I received a copy of this book for an honest review from the publisher via NetGalley.
MY OVERVIEW: An interesting time travel book. There was a lot about this book that I liked, and some things that I didn’t. I really wish the main character had been more likeable. You didn’t sympathize with her as much as you should have.
PROS: I really liked Alessandra. Her character was fantastic. I also loved the setting. The author really made some of the differences between what we think of when we hear sixteenth century Florence vs what it was probably like. We don’t think of arranged marriages and women needing chaperones everywhere they went. The setting was perfect!
CONS: Unfortunately, my biggest con was Cat. I just didn’t connect with her. Part of me was thinking “oh get over yourself – you are rich, so what do you care” but then the other part of me was seeing another side of “rich and famous”. It was just frustrating when you have a character who can afford all this stuff and saying “no, I don’t want that.” When there are plenty of people out there who can’t afford it and would love to live even one day in her shoes.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, very interesting story. Not the best I have read, but not the worst either. The author ended the book where I will be reading the next one to see what happens. (less)