This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.
Wow. I read the description and p...moreQuote from WORD for Teens:
This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.
Wow. I read the description and picked it up and... I couldn't put it down. (And my mother can affirm to that. "Nicki? Go do the dishes!" "LET ME FINISH MY BOOK!")
The writing isn't detailed, but it's not vague. It's honest and heart catching and, as it's written through Alice's POV, it's perfect. The story and plot line itself is heart breaking, but with it's ending, it's... well, perfect... and really opens your eyes.
I loved this book. I managed to put it down, simply do to the fact that my brain needed time to compute what was going on an...moreQuote from WORD for Teens:
I loved this book. I managed to put it down, simply do to the fact that my brain needed time to compute what was going on and try to figure out what would happen next. In between each chapter of Aslaug's life, you get a little snippet of the trial - a lawyer interviewing somebody, and you get an idea of what will happen next. You end up torn: All the signs point to Aslaug killing Sara and Susanne, but it's so blatantly obvious from what you know of her that she didn't do it.
The entire novel was well written; the characters were entertaining and easy to relate to; the little hints dropped about who the murd...moreQuote from WORD:
The entire novel was well written; the characters were entertaining and easy to relate to; the little hints dropped about who the murderers were were just enough to keep you one step ahead of Alex, and I loved that.
Minor spoilers for the book throughout, with a major spoiler at the end. You're warned in giant red words. Just saying.
I love this series; I really do...moreMinor spoilers for the book throughout, with a major spoiler at the end. You're warned in giant red words. Just saying.
I love this series; I really do. (I wouldn't spend so much time promoting it if I didn't.) This plot in this one was much weaker than the plot of The Iron King; it's quite easy to figure out what Meghan is becoming.
Regardless of that, I still loved The Iron Daughter. It's a very character driven book, and I love nearly all the characters. (Meghan annoys me. A lot. Mainly because she's so god damned weak when it comes to controlling her emotions, especially when it comes to Ash.)
Yes, I'm Team Puck. But that doesn't mean I don't like Ash; it just means I like Puck MORE. I pitied Ash a lot during this book. He had to go through a helluva lot, and even though he was a complete and utter moron at the beginning, he pulled out strong by the end of the book. Puck was Puck - glorious and funny and protective and Ash's best friend and worst enemy and fantastic and god I love this character. [minor spoiler] Ironhorse kicked ass. I like Ironhorse.[/minor spoiler] And Grimalkin, as usual, was superfantasmagoricallyamazing. I want an action figure Grim that spouts out snarky things when I squeeze it.
One of my favorite parts of The Iron Daughter is that the side characters and villains are awesome. Mab kicks ass - I'm kind of afraid of her, actually - and Leanansidhe (don't ever ask me to spell her name again) was quite interesting to read about.
[BEGIN MAJOR SPOILER ALERT] In the infamous image of an internet meme, Puck is - at the end of this book:
After postponing reading The Iron Queen for what seemed like the longest time, I finally buckled down, pulled it from my shelf, and settled in with it...moreAfter postponing reading The Iron Queen for what seemed like the longest time, I finally buckled down, pulled it from my shelf, and settled in with it.
And you know what? I'm happy I did, because it makes a great conclusion to the Iron Fey series.
But I hear your little voices now. "But what about The Iron Knight?" "Yeah, that's the fourth one!" No, stop talking, I don't want to hear it.
Would I love The Iron Knight if I read it? Probably. It's all Ash and Puck and Grimalkin from what I've heard, and I've come to love all three of those characters. It'd be fun to see them go off on another adventure and do their thing and see where they all end up. But I think - just this once - I'd rather use my imagination.
It's because The Iron Queen ended just the way I would have loved it. In fact, the entire book ended the way I would have wanted the series. I can't help but think of The Iron Knight as an unnecessary add on to all of that.
See, for the first time since the books started, I loved Meghan. I always liked Megan, but I never really loved her, not until now. She finally buckled down and realized there was more to worry about in her life than the tragic love triangle between her and Puck and Ash.
She learns to fight; she learns to control her magic; she takes on faeries she used to be terrified of and wins; she doesn't let anybody stop her. She doesn't hide behind Puck or Ash. She gets her ass out into the front of the battle and fights and finally, everybody, Meghan Chase has come into her own!
And the ending was so perfect, so poignant, and I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't read the book yet. (Though, to be fair, that's very few of you.) But I thought it was flawless. It showed so much character development on everybody's parts and left for the chance of happy endings without making it seem silly or cliche.
If you couldn't tell, I loved it. It had its moments where I groaned a little - come on, you can't have a love triangle without having its super cheesy moments - but I did love it. (less)
I want to make something very clear as you move on to the rest of the post.
This book is bloody brilliant and everybody needs to read it.
Understood? No...moreI want to make something very clear as you move on to the rest of the post.
This book is bloody brilliant and everybody needs to read it.
Understood? Now let me explain.
Upon finishing this book, I pronounced the fact that I wanted to marry Libba Bray on Twitter. She's a bloody genius and I absolutely adore her and will read anything she writes until she decides not to write anymore.
I mean, look at this summary. I knew it was going to be funny going into it. What I didn't expect was for it to be a commentary - a brilliant, hilarious, accurate commentary - on the world we live in today. Can you think of any debatable issue at all? Trust me, it's mentioned.
There's a reason this book made #8 on EW's list of things to watch out for this week when it was first published - it's genius. The plot, the commentary - everything is fantastic.
And the characters! Oh, what a fantastic cast of characters! I want to say Nicole is my favorite - I have a huge soft spot for her, but that may be because we share the same name. SinJin and Petra are fighting for that honor, though. My dreams of reading about an evil villain named MoMo B. ChaCha have also been satisfied.
And as much as I shall be recommending this book to everybody and their mother, it holds a special place in my heart as a YA fan because of some of the shout outs. (There's a character named after Scott Westerfeld and David Levithan ends up in one of the scripts.)
Just - I could go on forever. So, so, so much love for this book.(less)
When I finish a really good book, I'm left with an utterly soul crushing bittersweet feeling. I feel great because, you know, it was a great book! Bri...moreWhen I finish a really good book, I'm left with an utterly soul crushing bittersweet feeling. I feel great because, you know, it was a great book! Brilliant character development and an awesome plot and amazing characters and everything that makes me happy. But then I realize that the stories of the characters are over, and that I won't be able to read about them anymore - well, anything new about them - and I get sad.
This is how I felt at the end of So Silver Bright.
I read the first book in the series in 2009, back where my reviews were barely a paragraph long and I had no idea what I was doing. I've become so much picker since then about what I read, and yet this series is still utterly fantastic. The characters are stellar, the plot keeps me hanging on the edge of my seat, and I'd give anything to live in a world where word-magic is real.
I could go about a lot of things in this book. I'd ramble about the plot, but I want you to discover the twists and turns for yourself. I'd rave about the world, but I've already given you a tidbit about word-magic, so I'll leave the rest of the wonders of the world up to you, the reader, who has yet to discover it.
But I will give you some reasons I love the characters.
Let's start with one important thing: this series has a love triangle, and I love it. (Well, I love Ariel, and Nate's cool, I guess.) It's handled so bloody brilliantly, and the ending to it is so perfectly poignant and sweet and - just - gah. I don't want to spoil it for you, but I was both really happy and mildly depressed. Kind of like how Bertie felt, I imagine.
And Bertie! Oh, Bertie, who loves two men equally; Bertie, who within the first ten pages of the book, reiterates how much she hates the stereotypical damsel-in-distress and refuses to be coddled and protected from every little thing just because the men love her. Bertie, who kicks ass and takes titlesnames. Bertie, who protects her friends with everything she has in her.
And her friends! I could go on about all of them for paragraphs, but I'll stick to the fairies, and I'll just say this: they give me food lust. ALL the food lust.(less)
Before I review this, I want to clarify: I did not go and request Stay to review. I haven't read anything of the author's before. I had no interest in...moreBefore I review this, I want to clarify: I did not go and request Stay to review. I haven't read anything of the author's before. I had no interest in it prior to getting it in the mail. In fact, if I hadn't gotten it in the mail with the release being recently (it was about to be released when I started reading it), I probably never would have picked it up.
This is important, because most books I pick up I think I'll like. I'm even harder on books I start reading that I don't think I'll like.
With that in mind, Stay may be one of the best books I've read since I started blogging.
Anybody who reads WORD regularly knows I don't often say I adore a book, and if I do, it sure as hell usually isn't a contemporary novel. But Stay is one of those books I will recommend to anybody - boy, girl, old, young, new to YA, an old blogging pro.
It's absolutely brilliant. Clara's voice comes through strongly; it's less reading a book and more being in a person's head, or even their diary. I laughed out loud when something funny happened - my roommate will testify to this, as I kept stopping her from doing homework to read aloud the bits I thought were funny - and was genuinely terrified when Clara was. Cried when she cried, laughed when she laughed - I don't say that often about books.
And the rest of the cast of characters were so fantabulously developed. From her dad and the back story with her mom to Christian himself, you knew a bit of each character. (Though how well can you know a person? Oh, the questions this book makes you ask.) There's no typical villains here; you won't find a Mary Sue in this book, folks.
The way it was written was absolutely brilliant as well. I normally hate footnotes in anything, especially novels, but the few used in Stay were funny, stayed in character, and added to the book. Then there's the fact that the story moved in the two different directions - you're watching Clara run from Christian, and at the same time she's flashing back and you see how they got to know each other and everything that happened.
And the most brilliant thing about this is that it's a true story. Sure, it's not a true story for Deb Caletti, or maybe even for anybody she knows. But it's true for some girls out there who go through it every day. And it makes you feel it. It shows that obsession is nice in thought, but when it comes down to it, you're not going to want somebody stalking you and watching you while you sleep.
And I have a favorite quote, but it's rather long - anybody who reads this and gets to page 233, it's that giant paragraph.(less)
I've been keeping an eye on Pyr's new YA division since they first showcased their new titles at BookExpo America - hello, a fantasy publishing compan...moreI've been keeping an eye on Pyr's new YA division since they first showcased their new titles at BookExpo America - hello, a fantasy publishing company with an entire YA division? Of course I'd keep an eye on it. Nothing surpasses my love of high fantasy except, perhaps, my love of ice cream.
This is a great taste of what their new division could have to offer. With brilliant characters and a fantastic world, Thief's Covenant is a story that'll keep you hanging on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last.
The fantastical elements of the story, when it comes to the god(s) involved, are absolutely fantastic; there's one moment where another fantastical creature comes into play that I didn't really buy. I'd have loved to see it maybe handled another way? But it all came together at the end in an understandable way; it just seemed a little out of place in the story.
Besides that, though, I loved it - and that's saying something, considering how high I rank my fantasy. Even with its tendency to flip back and forth in the timeline to show more about Widdershin's past ("8 Years Ago," "Now," "Still Now," "2 Years Ago", etc.) I was kept hanging on the edge of my seat, excited to see if she'd survive the next roof-to-roof jump, or the next encounter with one of the Guild, or one of the Guards.
Maybe it's because I'm on a video game kick lately, but the book read like an RPG game, which made me love it all the more. It had the excellent character development and world building and whatnot that you would see in a regular book, but the action just jumped off the page and came to life around you. Definitely don't start this if you only have a few minutes or so to read - you won't want to put it down!(less)
Warning: Upon finishing this book, you may experience feels.
I don't just mean the kind of feels where you're sad that you finished a good book, or tha...moreWarning: Upon finishing this book, you may experience feels.
I don't just mean the kind of feels where you're sad that you finished a good book, or that you wish something else had happened, or that you loved it a lot. I mean the kind of feels you feel at the end of a good season finale, where you're screaming and wanting more and half crying because there was a lot of drama and awesome and you just don't know how to handle yourself.
If you can't tell, False Covenant meets all the expectations I had going into it, and then some.
I adored Thief's Covenant; I had an overwhelming sense of pride when one of my review quotes was chosen for an ad for it; I've been recommending it to all of my friends who love fantasy. The characters, the world, the plot -- all of it was amazing.
False Covenant was just as amazing.
Widdershins is one of those characters - and False Covenant is one of those books - that will imprint on your mind for a lifetime. She's clever and snarky and impatient and rash and sneaky and just a beautifully well crafted character. Olgun? Fantastic. We never hear from him except for what we get from Widdershins, but you can't help but love him.
The plot in this was absolutely stunning; I'm going to keep this review spoiler-free, but it's just as fast-paced as the first one with even more twists and turns. I love not knowing how this story was going to end.
And let me tell you, I was shocked at how it ended. I started yelling at my book - the first time I had in ages, and much to the alarm of my roommate - before devouring the last few pages. It's an ending that had me shocked and hurting and proud and confused and man, oh man, do I need the next book now.
I should also mention that all of the other characters are equally as fantastic to read about as Widdershins, especially considering the book occasionally derails to follow their stories -- the only book to do that that I've actually enjoyed, rather than keeping it focused to one point of view. Renard makes me giggle; Robin makes me proud; and Julien? I'm not sure if I want to be him or marry him.
If you're a fantasy lover and you haven't read this series, you're missing out on one of the best young adult fantasy series to come out in the past few years. Ari Marmell's characters, plots - everything is fabulous. Pick it up now.
You can't tell because of how I schedule posts, but I got this the day it came out and devoured it right away. This was after pre-ordering it and doin...moreYou can't tell because of how I schedule posts, but I got this the day it came out and devoured it right away. This was after pre-ordering it and doing a mental countdown every day a month in advance.
Straight from the horse's mouth: I'm an Artemis Fowl fangirl.
And as far as ending to series go, I wouldn't have had this end any other way.
Yes, it was a little cheesy. Every Fowl book is. Colfer brought back crazy villains and crazy friends; he upped the antics and upped the stakes; most of all, he managed to capture how every character had changed from when we first met him.
And I loved him for it.
This series, regardless of the excellent writing and the fun plots and the awesome world, is a character driven book. You can't get through these books without bonding with the characters -- loving them, hating them, laughing, crying.
And boy, did I do all of that here.
If you're going to read this series, or if you're hesitant about reading them, or if you're hesitant about reading the finale: don't be. Colfer does such a good job at developing all of the characters from where they start in Artemis Fowl to where they end in Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian. The story is more about Artemis discovering what it really means to be human than it is anything, and how this story ended was absolutely perfect on so many levels. (less)
Here's the thing: if there were flaws in this book, I was far too caught up in the story to realize it. I loved it, the entire...moreAlina, let me love you.
Here's the thing: if there were flaws in this book, I was far too caught up in the story to realize it. I loved it, the entire story, the way the narrative was crafted. Even though there's a giant war going on, Bardugo doesn't try to encompass the entire thing -- everything is focused on Alina, and how her decisions affect the world, and how her emotions are completely bonkers, and how she's changing from the young mapmaker we met at the beginning of Shadow and Bone.
And I loved it.
Alina's character arc is totally what I'm here for and why I loved it so much. (To be fair, the setting, the side characters, the plot itself were all beautifully well handled; it's not a small book, but it moved at a fast pace -- the story never dragged.) But Alina's development is fascinating to watch. Her struggle with power - her hunger for power - her refusal to be a warrior - her need to be a warrior - I just - ladies. Power hungry warrior ladies make me happy.
Definitely as good as book one, if not better.(less)