This was the the first book that I have read in a while, and it scratched the itch that I have been having for a mythology book. The book itself was g...moreThis was the the first book that I have read in a while, and it scratched the itch that I have been having for a mythology book. The book itself was good, there was comedic elements that livened up the story, though i think the humor would fit better with the intended audience than it did with me. I thought the romantic elements were also fairly cliche, but that is also to be expected given the audience and genre. There was one aspect that i found refreshing is that there isn't a love triangle from the aspect of the main character. Instead it is focused on the "love" interest, which adds a different level of drama to the mix. One aspect that was a little annoying to the story was the seemingly random characters that are introduced, but in the end it does all work out. All in all i think this is a good addition to the YA mythology genre and I hope to read the sequel.(less)
I really liked this book, the concept behind it was sound and enjoyable, especially given the time that we live in, whole fear of world ending and stu...moreI really liked this book, the concept behind it was sound and enjoyable, especially given the time that we live in, whole fear of world ending and stuff. I thought the presentation was very well done, the two main characters meet from across a prison fence and what develops from there is memorable, if not for the reader then for the world in which the characters live. The book is very fast paced and combine that with its shorterish length a fast reader can finish in one sitting, technically two for me. The story is separated into the perspectives of the two main characters, Adele and Tristan. It starts out showing why Adele is in prison and that she is watching a parade which Tristan is apart of, their eyes meet and the rest is a painful history (read to figure out what i mean). I think this manner of story telling suits the story well, as it allows the reader to get a glimpse into the minds of both about the things that are going on, and makes you see how the author is leading them together. The action scenes of the story are very well done, even faster paced than the overall story. They are detailed but not so detailed as to make them obnoxious. There are some aspects that I am still left questioning, mainly the fighting abilities of Adele, but i hope those are going to be expounded upon in the series. The book moves fast, as stated before, so the scenes and tensions resolve quickly. So depending on your perspective, this could be an amazing book, or an amazingly boring one. Which ever you should still give it a try. I think that even readers of epics like LOTR will still enjoy this quick read.
As far as characters go i can't really say i have one that absolutely hate, and if you read you will see why. But I know that I do love Cole/Roc. yes they are separate characters but they still play the same role, though you wouldn't think that at the beginning. I think the author uses their foilness well to the main characters, and is what helps the main characters grow so much through the couple of days the book covers.
All in all a good read and one that lovers of other dystopians such as Hunger Games, and Delirium should enjoy.(less)
All i can say is a thousand times better than Fifty. I read this book in one sitting. I loved how real these characters are, as opposed to Fifty. I al...moreAll i can say is a thousand times better than Fifty. I read this book in one sitting. I loved how real these characters are, as opposed to Fifty. I also love how the story is real, the love that the characters feel is real, even if neither understands it completely. I also like the manner of scenes that are shown, how Dominik is not a typical dom, but someone who is more like me than anything. I suggest this as a read if you were put off by Fifty, or particularly buy Grey(less)
This was a good story, the author did a very good job at giving all of the details that were needed in the story in such a short package. I liked the...moreThis was a good story, the author did a very good job at giving all of the details that were needed in the story in such a short package. I liked the steampunk aspect, which is much different than the author's other story, but I think with just a little tweaking that the two stories could be joined. I found Kira a very compelling character, we find out just enough about her and her past while wanting to know more about her future and what she will do after the end of the story. I also liked how at the end of the story you actually get a negative ending, it makes it much more realistic than if they were able to somehow pull out their plan. I did enjoy the twist that occurs in the book, and felt that the resolution of that twist was very satisfying. So i would definitely recommend this story.(less)
I really really liked this book, and the concepts behind it. The tiered war that is going on. I did like how more of the plot was revealed as the stor...moreI really really liked this book, and the concepts behind it. The tiered war that is going on. I did like how more of the plot was revealed as the story went on, but i did think that some of the plot elements were just too much to do. I won't go into it all but there were many twists and turns that should not have been used nor were they really needed to make the story. That aside, the story is very good for a D&D style adventure. I found that the characters messed well together, despite the large group that was followed, and having split perspectives aided in this. Not only did it help to see how the group interacted but also it showed how the enemies interacted with each other. The reader was also allowed insight into the world of the gods and their interactions with each other and the humans. There was a lot of depth in this book, and it did cause the pace to be slow in many sections of the novel. One of the aspects that cause the slower pace is that you have to have many plot elements going through your mind at the same time while you are only reading about one of them. This is a great fit for readers who favor these types of stories.
As stated before the characters in this book are very well defined and real. I felt that each character had not only a complement but also a foil. The best example of this is the relationship between Karah, Elric, and Fitch. These three characters mess so well together that you do forget that Elric and Fitch do not like each other, well there are times that this rivalry is exposed to a greater extent. But the author did very well with making each and every character like this, giving them a back story, no matter how small they may seem to be.
All in all I felt that this was a very good book, but some of the plot elements made the book not as good as it could have been. If there is going to be a sequel I can't wait to see how the story and the characters progress. (less)
I really did like this book, though it seemed to be more of a chick book then I am used to reading. This book did seem to be generic as an overall the...moreI really did like this book, though it seemed to be more of a chick book then I am used to reading. This book did seem to be generic as an overall theme of the last grimm who needed to save the real world from the fairy tale world. There is a television show about that subject but I do think that this gives the tale a very good presentation. The story is presented through the eyes of the last Grimm, Abigal Grimm. She learns of this after an attack on a coworker and learning that the eye candy she has at her office is actually from the Fairy Tale world and is here to help her stop the evil that is spreading. In my opinion it really is this perspective that helps to save this story from being bland and cliche. The struggles of being a freshman in college, having a full time intership, dealing with a relationship, trouble-ish at home, all the while having to save the world, make for a very tense situation but Abby does very well at handling all of these things. Though she grows as a person and a character she does not change her attitude or her personality. This was refreshing to me because I know that in many cases the person would crumple and become someone that they are not, instead of growing as Abby does.
The writing style is also very good, with plenty of humor, action, and suspence. The language that is used is that which an eighteen year old would use, particularly the language that is used when describing Abby's thoughts. This was another aspect that helped the book to be better than what it could have been.
The characters on the other hand, didn't really seem that real to me. The relationships were real but the characters themselves did seem to be more generic: snooty assistant replaced by the bubbly one, the jealous best friend who ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the hot guy that everyone wants but only wants the MC, the estranged mom struggling to come to grips with reality.
I hope that in the next book the characters do evolve and become more real and they gain a "flesh" you could say. As for the story I do want to see where the author takes this story and see how the tales will be entwined and how the real world will be effected. (less)
This book is in the air for me. There were many parts of it that I liked but there were also many parts that I did not like. Pros I liked the idea behi...moreThis book is in the air for me. There were many parts of it that I liked but there were also many parts that I did not like. Pros I liked the idea behind the book, that there are multiple types of Vampires in the world. That there are those that are humans who were turned, there are those who were born with a Vampire “gene” I think it said, and then a new breed that is the focus of this novel. At least for me this is a little different and gives life, pun intended, to a genre that is starting to get very stale very fast. Probably the best part about this is that the new breed is a group of vampires that maintain their soul, so they are in a sense humans with vampire powers and curses, and they must feed on not only the blood of a victim but also the soul, which is a new concept for me. I found the writing was very good, the action flowed from one event to another quickly and keep the reader guessing as to what was going to happen next, but more on that later. I did think that there was adequate detail for the events that occurred and I could envision the events clearly. I also liked Giselle, I liked the development that she underwent, even if I thought she made some drastic jumps in choices, but given the circumstances and information available to here I don’t blame her in the least. I also liked Antione, he was the mental relief for me in this book. By that I mean I could always rely on him to be up front with Giselle even though you could tell that he was still holding information from her. I felt he interacted with Giselle the best out of every character in the novel and that he was probably the best character. Cons Ok, there are roller coasters that have highs and lows, twists and turns, excitement and heart break. ………. Not this one. This novel starts at the top of the lift hill and drops you, quite literally into a free fall for about 60%, gives you another hill to go up and you start to think, things may get better. Then after about 5-10% the bottom falls out worse than at the beginning. This is my main problem with the novel, Giselle is thrown from one bad situation to another with not one chance for her to make her own choice in anything save what happens at 60%, granted reading on my kindle so I can’t really give you a page number. One, like most I suppose, she is forced into becoming a vampire while under the “pretext” of choice. The same happens for her innocence, which made me very upset personally. Then she is forced to become a test tube for the vampires and sees how much of a traitor her “friend” was and is to her. She gets out when she learns that she can go home and you think things may start to look up for her. Nope, she is caught up in the drama again, after being home 24 hours. She then has one night to do what she wants and then is taken back to the vampire drama, where she is forced, again under the pretext of choice, do be a pawn in the vampire’s schemes. After that she tries to get out and be on her own and quite literally goes to hell, which she does escape to go back to a figurative hell. Then a random parallel world is thrown in with no real explanation as to why, and even there she is followed and attacked. The book ends with her being knocked out and probably kidnapped. So you see this plot does not let up for one second and that rubbed me the wrong way, granted it may not for others but I would have at least liked a little more of a light at the end of the tunnel ending. As for the characters, pretty much hated their guts by the end save for Giselle, Antione, Leonid, and Marc. Every other character is either a backstabber or just a devil with no real redeeming quality. So I can’t say that you will not like this book, but I do believe that if you read this novel be ready for a very large drop that doesn’t really stop till the end. (less)
This book is honestly very intense. With that said, I am glad to say that there is light at the end of the tunnel for this novel. As Lisa grows as the...moreThis book is honestly very intense. With that said, I am glad to say that there is light at the end of the tunnel for this novel. As Lisa grows as the Horseman Famine she also grows as a person and is able to make choices that she probably should have made earlier but were still good for her to make. I like the interactions between the horseman, and each one does have his or her own personality that goes with what they are in charge of. This book is very short, only 180 pages, but the author addresses all of the needed plot elements to make this a great story. She could have extended this book a bit and added more periods of growth for Lisa, but the way it is is more than sufficient for the book.
I enjoy the way that Lisa has mental arguments with herself, and how the author portrays them to the reader. Not only does it literally get you into Lisa's head but it does also allow you become more attached to Lisa, and if you are like me, you will just want to hold her and help her in whatever way you can.
My only problem with the story is that I, probably wrongly, went into this book thinking that it was during the apocalypse or at least bringing it in. Now this book is not but i think that it is a great format to allow the character to grow and become a better person. So with this said, I do not think that this is a christian fiction book in any way. Yes the horseman of the apocalypse is a Christian concept but there is no mention of the horsemen being sent out by the Christian God. Instead they are seen as gods in a way as they are simply entities in charge of their respective domains.
I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series and see what the author does with the other horseman. (less)
I really enjoyed this book, and was mildly surprised with how good the book was. The writing style was the first thing that caught my eye, there was t...moreI really enjoyed this book, and was mildly surprised with how good the book was. The writing style was the first thing that caught my eye, there was the right balance of detail and drama to ensnare you in the story from the beginning. The plot flows from one event to another without having the snags that occur in many YA, or NA books. (NA is New Adult for those who don't know or haven't heard of it.) The premise of the book was very good, though I did catch on before the end of the story. Granted many of the Gods were very transparent, Ava for one. But most others I was not able to determine who they represented, and that is good, at least to me. I was also intrigued by the varying stages of death there were presented in the book, and the concept of death presented. The book presents death as that which the person believes in, so a person who thinks that death is a field of daisies then that is what you will experience when you died. I also enjoyed how the gods were presented, that they are immortal beings that can also have physical mortal bodies that can die. If their physical bodies die then they spend time in a semi-death until they chose to retake a physical form or they pass into true death.
Now for the setting, the book takes place in Eden, which is clearly stated to be a reference to the Garden of Eden. This is not portrayed as the Biblical Garden, as it has direct references to the entryway of the Underworld from Greek Mythology, mainly the river Styx. Along with the actual underworld being the beauty the person believes it to be, this Eden is very beautiful and the author relates this beauty to the reader very well. But Eden plays a role in the plot, aside from what it represents. This Eden is the sight of the tests for Kate, and the Gods, through the author, make the town very real, despite what Kate believes, though clues are given from the beginning of the story.
Now for the tests, I do think that incorporating the Biblical into the story here was a very good touch. This brings the polytheism of Greek Mythology into a unity with the morals and beliefs of Christianity. I think the test was very well done, and as it was not revealed till the end of the story it was not forced on the reader as a religious view they must follow to understand the story. I think having a background in Christianity as well as a good understanding of Greek Mythology help to understand the story and to allow the reader to catch the subtle messages present in the story.
As for the characters, I really enjoyed reading about each and everyone of them. They were all clearly gods and goddesses but for many the ones that they were was unclear. The only ones that I was able to discern were Diana, Walter, James, and Ava. Many I had switched, while others I had no idea. As for their characters i enjoyed seeing and learning more of them and can't wait to find out more about each and every one.
I greatly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a quick read, or wants to read a book that deals with Greek Mythology(less)
I liked this book, it did take a bit to get into though. I loved reading about the up bringing of Shigeru Otori. I found that many of the things that...moreI liked this book, it did take a bit to get into though. I loved reading about the up bringing of Shigeru Otori. I found that many of the things that occurred were rather interesting and created a good story for what happened in Across the Nightingale Floor, which is the first written. I did think that the story was a little bit rushed at some places, mainly having the battle be in the middle of the book, but I think that the story was laid out well so that the author can get through everything that was hinted at in Nightingale. I do also enjoy that though the story focuced on Shigeru, the parentage of Tomasu/Takeo is mentioned and the relation is explained. I do think that this is a very good representation of the Feudal Japanese time period and would recommend it for any one who is interested in that time period(less)
Ok I loved and hated this book. I loved it because the plot engrossed me from the start even though it took time to get into the main plot and how eve...moreOk I loved and hated this book. I loved it because the plot engrossed me from the start even though it took time to get into the main plot and how everything tied in together. Everything about the story was real to me, the characters were real, the events were real, the twists were real, everything was real. That is also why I hated this book, i am sucker for having a good ending or at least a decent ending for the main character, and you do not get that in this book. I will not divulge what happens but I will say i was left screaming at the book as I finished. Now with that said, and as i said before this is one of my favorite books now, and I am very glad that I was able to read this book. I felt that the writing style fits perfectly, even if in many ways it is archaic. Also the length of the stor is perfect, I honestly am not sure i could have read much more than the 244 pages without having to walk away from this book. But I think that makes this a great book, that it is effecting me so much and I am having such a reaction against the characters goes as a credit to the author. Now granted not all books that make me hate the characters are 5 stars, but because this one made me want to keep reading and figure out what was going to happen next instead of just put the book down and walk away as other books have.
As to the setting and races present in this story, I think all are well done and express the prejudices and insecurities of all the races involved, granted the reader only really sees the interactions of the elves and humans. I think the limited landscape allows the actions to flow well and quickly especially when the two races do interact. This also helps with the reduced size of the book, the author does not have to spend a great amount of time explaining where the characters are going and why they are doing what they are doing. And actually this author provides all of the needed back story and scenery needed for the rest of the story, which is something that is very rare in the novels that I have read.
Now for the characters, this will not be pretty so I am going to spoil this part, granted this is for the characters that i DID NOT like. spoiler contains some severe language (view spoiler)[ Ok i had my severest reaction against Laervyen. The main reason for this is that he is a bastard and a rapist. I can not respect him as a character no matter how much i have to respect that the author has him fill the role he is playing perfectly. So for the character that he is supposed to be he fits it, but as a character i still do not think I could ever like him because of the actions that he takes, he has no redeeming value. I also have problems with Drevon but i also understand that he is simply misguided in what he thinks is right, even if he believes that he is right with all that he has, but he does what he does to help his family. Laervyen on the other end does all that he does for pure ambition and doesn't care for anyone other than himself. (hide spoiler)]
I found that i loved both Darrion and Amarya, and wanted them to come through at the end so much that i was screaming about the ending. I love that even though there was a love at first sight aspect to them, I still think it works given that she is an elf, and is supposed to possess supernatural beauty. All in all I loved both of these characters and hated what happened to them in the end, I only hope that the author can find a way to not have it end the way that it did.
So i highly recommend this book to any reader of fantasy novels, and it is a very quick and easy read that will refresh you when you are getting bogged down with the 500+ page epic, not that i am complaining about them, lol.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really liked this book. I love the take that it gives to everything, you start in the fantasy, go to the real and then back to the fantasy which in...moreI really liked this book. I love the take that it gives to everything, you start in the fantasy, go to the real and then back to the fantasy which in some ways is more real than the real world. The writing style hooked me right away, though i did have to get used to the British grammar. I liked how the author meshed the two worlds together while focusing only on one at any given time. That is another aspect of this book that I enjoyed, though there were two worlds you are only in the world that the main characters are in at any given time, you don't see what is going on in the other world. In some books this gets annoying as it makes you wonder what is going on and how things are changing but the author gives you enough information in the characters' story that tells you what is going on in the fantasy world, which drives you to see how events unfold there. And once they do start to unfold, things get heavy quickly and with plenty of action sequences. And as the action scenes go they are very well done, with the right mix and depth of description as well as dialogue. There was one thing that made the book slightly less in my opinion and that is that the story takes place in the course of a little more than 2 weeks, and that seems to be way too little time for all that is shown to have occurred, though it is probably expected that some events have happened before the current story even if they are not expressly stated to have been in the past. And one thing in particular that i don't think should have happened as fast as it did was how the love between the two characters was built so rapidly, granted it developed slowly over the course of the book but when examined it only took about a week for some things to start happening between them.
Now to my analysis of the characters, I did like both Sam and Damian though I can't say that either popped out of the page at me. Damian did a little more than Sam but I think that is because he has a mysterious back story that i would like to know more about, but other than that he didn't have anything that made him seem over the top, which in many ways i liked, it made him seem more real that way. The same can be said for Sam, she does have an intriguing back story but aside from her expertise with weapons there isn't anything really extra-ordinary about her, and again that is what makes her seem so real. So it is their ordinarity, i know that isn't a word lol, that makes them so good as the hero and heroine of this book. (side note, I know Damian is far from normal but take away that aspect and look at his personality and he is very normal and low key)
I didn't really have many characters that i didn't like save for the elves in this novel. That has to deal with how they interact with Damian even though the audience knows they are not being fair to him. All of the other characters, save for the villain who I am supposed to not like, I like and see how they play the role they are designed for.
The setting of the story is interesting. As I stated before it is a split world setting, with one taking place in a fantasy kingdom while the other taking place in modern England, at least that would be my best guess. Another part that I like is the alternate POV that the story is told in, switching between the two characters and allowing the reader to see each's reaction to the events that are transpiring. I have only read one book like this book and it is everything that I the other was.
So i would recommend this book for any reader of fantasy and of an older young adult audience. (less)
Ok, I am posting this a day early, hope that will be fine with all of you :). First off, this book definitely starts out a little differently than I e...moreOk, I am posting this a day early, hope that will be fine with all of you :). First off, this book definitely starts out a little differently than I expected it to. We do follow the story of Cyrus, but it seems as if we should be following the story of Benji, at least from how the prologue plays out. Even with that little shift I think this book does very well in explaining the events that are going on, why they occuring and giving the back story as to how they got to the point they are at. The book is separated into three parts, which I think helps group the content of the book better, but I do think that the way in which the story was told could have been more linearly, as well as allow you to focus on a single character, as opposed to jumping between the three that it does. The way the parts are told though does help with the mystery aspect of the story, but does give away the ending revelation if the reader is paying close attention. With that said, the author does very well in keeping the story consistent and flowing. She could easily have gotten caught up in any part of the story and neglected the overall plot but does well not to do that. I did think that some of the plot twists were a little transparent and were easily discovered many many pages before they were revealed while others were concealed very well and as such gave the reader a shock when they were revealed.
The actual plot of the story interested me very much as I am a biologist so the genetic modification and manipulation was very cool to me. I felt that the views on the modification were fairly limited in this novel, and possibly showing a side that was more against the the modifications would have interesting, but that does not detract from the overall plot as that isn't a main theme of the novel, more like a general subject a story is set in. I think that split between the northern Theocratic dictatorship and the southern-ish capitalistic society has interesting points. I do think that more of a conflict between the two would have been good, as it was you really get the feeling that they are two separate worlds and have no real connection to one another. Granted there are a few instances where the reader is reminded that they are existing in the same world and time, to me it was lost amid the rest of the story. As a whole i thought the story was very good but I think the author could have done a whole lot more with it and am curious if she chooses to do so.
Now for the characters, all were good but none were really spectacular save the twin sister. She was the one character that really stuck out to me and made me cheer for her. I don't know if it was that she was the first to step out or if it was just the way that she did it, but i was hoping that she would have a good ending, which she did and didn't in the same way. Again I think the author could have done a lot more with this character and am curious to see how the archetype will be used in her future works.
As with a character to like, i didn't really have any character that i just despised. It isn't that there aren't characters to despise, it was just that there wasn't that constant evil or negative presence, instead it was the concepts and ideas the people followed/were forced to follow. I guess the closest thing that there was to an evil character was the priests of the northern religion that ordered the heinous actions to be carried out.
So all in all, I do think the book is good, with a very good writing style and story progression, I think the characters are a little lacking but it is not so much that it takes away from the story. I recommend it for any sci-fi dystopian reader. (less)