As far as action and adventure goes, this novel scores full points. Readers will barely encounter a quiet moment within the narrative as some3.5 stars
As far as action and adventure goes, this novel scores full points. Readers will barely encounter a quiet moment within the narrative as some new catastrophe or other seems to occur every few pages. Once Agatha has overcome one test she must immediately face another. At one moment she could be battling against her rival Zulenna in a fencing match, and at another she is hurtling swiftly to the ground in a failed flying invention created by Gilgamesh.
There are also some very funny moments, particularly with the Jagermonsters who all speak with German accents and are fond of making lewd comments. At first it can be difficult to read the dialogue of the Jagers as it is written to portray their accents, with a predominance of v's and z's, but it doesn't take long to get used to this. The Jagermonsters carry out Baron Wulfenbach's grunt work and are openly cynical of his position and the way in which he likes to portray himself.
It is at times quite evident that the novel has been adapted from a comic, as much of the dialogue is written with urgent capital letters and exclamation marks, sometimes this was off putting, however it did add to the action and brought a kind of speedy tempo to the story. The only thing that the novel could improve upon would be to give the reader more of a glimpse into the personal feelings and emotions of the main character Agatha, as this would allow them to connect with her more.
In all, this was a highly enjoyable and entertaining read and a story that has everything you could ask for in a steampunk novel, as declared in the blurb on the back cover, "Adventure! Romance! Mad Science!", and hopefully there will be more to come with a sequel....more
Unputdownable!! One of those books that makes you feel like you've constantly got a brick sitting in the pit of your stomach, but very, very good. HigUnputdownable!! One of those books that makes you feel like you've constantly got a brick sitting in the pit of your stomach, but very, very good. Highly recommended!...more
This book made me cry. It made me feel. Both signs of a wonderful novel. The Sea of Tranquility5 stars!!
A heart-breaking and beautifully honest story.
This book made me cry. It made me feel. Both signs of a wonderful novel. The Sea of Tranquility is perhaps my favourite book of the year, it's definitely in my top 5 anyway. From the very first sentence I loved the writing, it had a kind of dreamy reality to it that made me drift away and before I knew it I'd been reading for hours.
The story centres around Nastya and Josh, two troubled teenagers who find themselves bonding over their shared experience of being outsiders. Nastya's inner dialogue takes you on a journey into the mind of a girl who sees the world through a lens of loss. She once had everything she ever wanted, but it got taken from her, and now her every move is dictated by that one traumatic experience. Even though she doesn't talk for a good portion of the novel, and even though she doesn't tell us exactly what happened to her for a long time, we can still see right into her head. She is brimming with emotion, yet can hardly bring herself to utter a couple of words.
Josh is an emancipated teenager who, over the course of his life, has lost all of his family members. I think this was truly what caused the two main characters to gravitate towards each other. Nastya lost her ability to play the piano and Josh lost his family. They are both so lonely that you can practically feel it seeping through the words. I found myself just willing them to tell each other how they felt for one another. The fact that they were so stunted made it all the more realistic. Real people don't make big, fanciful declarations of love, they hide it away and let it fester, too afraid of what will happen if they put their feelings into words.
The secondary characters were also very well drawn. Every person who enters the story has something going on, something they're struggling for. In the end I really felt like I'd been on a journey, and I felt like Josh and Sunshine were on their way to a better life. This story will definitely be sticking on my head for a long time to come.
“But you're on the cusp of all your dreams,” he calls after me.
You know when you come across a writer who has a way with words that just sits right wi“But you're on the cusp of all your dreams,” he calls after me.
You know when you come across a writer who has a way with words that just sits right with you? Well for me Karina Halle is that writer! From just seeing the cover I knew I was going to like this book and I wasn't wrong.
It might sound odd but reading The Devil's Metal kind of made me think of my family, because I wanted to call up my dad and get him to tell me all about his days as a hippy in the 70s. I also wanted to call my sister who's a metal guitarist and shout READ THIS BOOK IT HAS ALL YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC AND IDOLS!! But anyway, bit of a tangent there, on to the story...
One of my favourite bits was actually at the very beginning (where the quote above comes from) when Dawn gets stopped walking home alone by a guy in a car called Ted, lol, I was a bit slow on the uptake, I didn't realise who it was supposed to be until she mentions that he's wearing a sling. There was a moment of enlightenment when I was like, ah! Ted Bundy! I laughed, but I was also kind of scared for her. It was a creeptastic moment, and I was like don't get in the car, don't get in the car!
Dawn wants to be a music journalist, but she's young and relatively unheard of, so she knows it's going to be tough breaking into the business. Well it actually isn't that hard because she gets a random call from Creem asking her if she'll accompany the metal band Hybrid on tour and do a piece on them. Too easy, right? Foul play is afoot, we just don't know what yet.
When Dawn meets the band she gets mixed reactions, some are happy to have her there, others not so much. That latter part includes Sage, lead guitarist and very handsome individual indeed. He comes across as the stoic and silent type, and seems to be entirely unimpressed with Dawn. Or is he secretly attracted to her? Only time will tell. During her first night on tour she finds herself backstage, feeling sort of like a loner, since she doesn't fit in with the wild rock stars nor does she have much in common with the press snobs. This part made her so easy to relate to, I think we've all been at a party at some point where we don't know anyone and feel sort of awkward.
Normality doesn't last for long and Dawn soon finds herself wondering just what exactly is going on with Hybrid. Their drummer is a creepy oddball. They've also got three obsessive super fans who don't seem quite...normal. Other spooky and downright horrific things happen, but I won't spoil it for you. I have to say I really felt like I'd been transported back to the seventies, what with the fashions and lingo. I never knew Americans used the word "shag" back then, haha. I could literally feel how exhausted and run down Dawn was after spending a couple weeks on a tour bus with a bunch of men.
To sum it up, the creepy bits gave me goosebumps, the funny bits made me laugh and I also really liked the bit of romance too. Dawn didn't fall at her feet and worship the musical god that was Sage, their affection for one another grew slowly over the course of the story. Some memorable characters include Mel, Dawn's loud mouthed best friend, and Jacob, the straight talking cockney band manager. There was also the lead singer Robbie, who makes a bit of a play for Dawn, but she's clever enough to know that being with him won't be going anywhere healthy. All in all, Halle remains one of my favourite author discoveries this year, and now I can't wait for her next Experiment in Terror book to come out!!...more
I loved this!! (But I knew I would) Experiment in Terror is possibly my favourite book series discovery this year, I've been recommending it to anyoneI loved this!! (But I knew I would) Experiment in Terror is possibly my favourite book series discovery this year, I've been recommending it to anyone who will listen, and probably being very annoying in the process;)
It was such a pleasant surprise when I found that the author had written a companion book from Dex's POV. The great thing about Dex is that he's mesmerising, but in a very "real" way. He's not one of those perfect male leads you find in so many books, you don't have to suspend your disbelief with Dex because you can really imagine meeting someone just like him in real life. It shows just how good the author is at knowing people and describing particular psyches because everything that Dex does is 100% believable. He's flawed, and perhaps a little bit disturbed, but I think these are the things that make readers relate to him. They do for me anyway:)
The book in itself is a collection of scenes that take place over the course of the series so far. There were times when I wanted to give him a hug and other times I wanted to slap him across the face lol! The only mistake I made, and I know there's a warning at the front, but I haven't yet read Old Blood. It's waiting on my kindle for me, I just haven't gotten around to it, I was too impatient to read about Dex. Anyhow I strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves the series, and if you haven't read any of the books yet READ THEM, you won't be disappointed. I'm looking forward to the next book even more now.
These are the kind of books that never let you get comfortable. While you're sitting there readinAll I can say is: Wow.
Another 4.5 stars for this one.
These are the kind of books that never let you get comfortable. While you're sitting there reading them you don't know what might happen next. I'm still reeling from how this installment ended. If I had of been reading this series year on year as it came out I don't know how I would have waited a whole year for the next one. Gladly, that is not the case and Shadowfever is waiting for me on my book shelf to be read.
I won't write a long review because I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say that Dreamfever holds a lot of surprises, twists and turns around every corner. The writing is actually quite different in this one, well not so much different, but it has evolved as Mac's character evolves. The book delves deep into describing the layers upon layers of the world she inhabits. Her journey through the silvers is by turns disturbing, fascinating and heart stopping. The relationship between Mac and Barrons deepens and becomes even more complicated, as if it wasn't complicated to begin with! We see more from all of the characters, as well as some chapters from Dani's perspective, which I really liked. Anyway, enough said, I'll be starting the next book as soon as possible....more
I read this book a while back but never got around to reviewing it. Needless to say, it's amazing! I laughed and cried and everything in between. MoraI read this book a while back but never got around to reviewing it. Needless to say, it's amazing! I laughed and cried and everything in between. Moran takes her reader on a whirlwind journey of the modern female experience. She's the kind of person you just want to have as your best friend because she's lived a crazy life and has so many stories to tell. At times, particularly when she was recounting her teenage years, I felt like I was reading about my own life. I loved her even more when she spoke about wearing a swimsuit beneath her clothing when she was meeting up with a guy she fancied because she thought it would make her look slimmer, but then he calls her fat anyway.
"How to be a Woman" is a biography and a study of the nature of women combined. It is so breathtakingly honest and I think that honesty is what makes it so refreshing. Caitlin Moran is a wonderful writer and journalist and I remain a loyal follower of her work. ...more
The first thing I need to say is that I'm now officially hooked on this series. I enjoyed the first two, but they didn't grip me in the way s4.5 stars
The first thing I need to say is that I'm now officially hooked on this series. I enjoyed the first two, but they didn't grip me in the way some books do. I'm definitely going to go out and buy the next books this weekend because I can't contain my curiosity as to what will happen next!
In Faefever I really grew to like Mac, she seemed a lot more mature and wise in comparison to how she was when she first arrived on the scene. It's good to see her becoming independent and working for her own goals rather than blindly following the lead of Barrons(or Vlane). She actually seemed to be using the two of them to her advantage, and I like that kind of savvy in a heroine.
It's sort of surreal to read about monsters and fae princes popping up in a city I know every inch of. In fact it was a down side in a way because at times I found myself having a hard time suspending my disbelief, but I suppose that happens with anyone who reads a fantasy book set in the place where they live. One other tiny thing that got to me in the first 70 pages or so was that there has very little dialogue, and I love my dialogue. There was a lot of narrative inside of Mac's head. This is the only reason why I docked the half a star in my rating, and isn't a reflection of how good the book was, just a personal preference.
Otherwise I really loved this novel, it was certainly the best so far. Dani's one of my favourites and I want to see Mac become her mentor or something like that. I got chills towards the end when the Lord Master and the Unseelie put their plans into action and turned the entire city into a dark zone. I was so shocked when I read the end, I was like, "no! it can't end like this!" However, I'm dying to see how what has happened to Mac changes her and how she manages to get herself free of the situation she's found herself in. ...more
A touching young adult tale containing loss, alienation and first love. I enjoyed reading this novel as it contained many of the feelings and experienA touching young adult tale containing loss, alienation and first love. I enjoyed reading this novel as it contained many of the feelings and experiences common in the lives of teenagers.
Willow has had to move away to a remote island off Portland with her mother and younger brother because they can no longer afford to keep their home. Willow goes through her school life relatively unnoticed until one day a boy throws a paper airplane at her in class. This boy is Micheal and Willow finds herself becoming ever more intrigued by him and how he seems to miss school for weeks or months on end. Add to this a new boyfriend of her mother's whom Willow is not quite sure about and the pretty girl at school befriending her, and you have the usual tribulations experienced in young adulthood.
I liked Willow as the narrator as she was very believable as a teenager who keeps things from her parent and tries to figure out her feelings towards Michael. The only thing I would have liked for this story would be to see more interaction between Michael and Willow, as he is absent for most of it. However, I can understand why the author made him so absent as we discover the real cause of why he's always going into fits of coughing and missing so much school. I have to admit that I shed a few tears towards the end and was afraid that the ending would be terribly sad but then the author turned it around and surprised me. I liked how it ended because it gave me hope for the future of the characters. I can't fault the writing at all as it was superb and Knudsen portrayed the mindset of her young protagonist perfectly. I also liked the sense of separation from the world and loneliness we feel with her description of the island, especially when Willow's going towards it on the ferry one day and it is completely covered in snow.
In all, I would recommend this to fans of books by the likes of Nicholas Sparks or books that deal with real life issues. It's an emotional read, but a good one. ...more
To begin, I'd like to thank the author Celia for sending me a copy of her book to read and review. When I first saw the cover for "Jilly-Bean3.5 stars
To begin, I'd like to thank the author Celia for sending me a copy of her book to read and review. When I first saw the cover for "Jilly-Bean" it put a smile on my face, there's something I really like about it, probably the hair:) The story in itself is nothing like what I would normally read and there are certain parts that are actually quite literary rather than your average young adult popular fiction. The author has a knack for describing details and different characters that is quite unique, and she clearly has a way with words. It's not the kind of addictive book that will keep you reading up into the early hours, yet it has thought provoking moments that for me made reading it worthwhile. I think that this is more of a coming of age tale about a young adult for adults instead of for younger readers. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future as her writing style progresses and evolves and perhaps becomes more plot orientated, as she has a wonderful ability to bring settings to life through her writing. ...more
Great start to the series, I haven't read something with the Fae as the main supes in a while so it's a nice change. The author also has the Dublin loGreat start to the series, I haven't read something with the Fae as the main supes in a while so it's a nice change. The author also has the Dublin locations she uses fairly spot on(aside from the accents, sigh) so I was impressed by that, although I might be a bit wary of those Dark Zones when I'm out alone at night from now on, lol. Can't wait to read the next book!...more
First off, the concept for this book is truly original and it's what initially made me want to read it. I had high hopes and I wasn't let d4.5 stars!!
First off, the concept for this book is truly original and it's what initially made me want to read it. I had high hopes and I wasn't let down. The writing was incredibly addictive and I probably would have read it in one sitting if I had of had the time. The story in itself is a sort of supernatural murder mystery. I found myself continually trying to guess who the killer was and getting it wrong each time. Lanore, or La La, as her roommate and ex-boyfriend Meshack likes to call her(love the nickname) is so easy to relate to, and aside from finding herself at the centre of a streak of murders, she also has to deal with quite the love triangle.
I loved the idea of a caged city where supernaturals are forced to live, it heightens the stakes and makes things that extra bit more tension-filled. Lanore is sort of an outcast living within a world of outcasts, because she's a mixbreed she's looked down upon by full blooded supes. I think it's this adversity that gives her a unique sort of strength. I might have even shed a tear at one point when Lanore and Meshack find the little boy of one of the murder victims living in a dilapidated apartment and going hungry.
I was enjoying immersing myself in this excellent story world so much that I didn't want it to end. When it did I went and read Caged View, a collection of short stories told from the point of view of characters from Fire Baptized and the Habitat world, which was also great and FREE!
I recommend this book for those who like a mix of mystery, paranormal romance, mythology, horror and urban fantasy. ...more