Of the three books, this was my favorite. I loved them all, of course. Once I started reading this one, I went through it in nearly one sitting. GarthOf the three books, this was my favorite. I loved them all, of course. Once I started reading this one, I went through it in nearly one sitting. Garth Nix is a genius. To be honest, I wish he'd write more with the characters from The Abhorsen Trilogy....more
I was kind of disappointed with this book. The first quarter was fantastic, drawing me right in,then everything fell apart in the middle. There was noI was kind of disappointed with this book. The first quarter was fantastic, drawing me right in,then everything fell apart in the middle. There was none of Neville's crafty story telling al la The Eight. It was difficult to wade through the thick and soupy mess of historical descriptions. In general I enjoy historical back story. And not to say that Neville's exhaustive descriptions were irrelevant, but I felt like I was reading a history book through dialogue. Thankfully, she pulled it together in the fourth quarter. The end was interesting and fast paced. I would have liked more character development between Vartan & Alexandra. All and all this would have been a much better read had Neville shortened the history overload....more
**spoiler alert** This book was just okay for me. I liked it, but I think I was more driven by the fact that I'm a huge fan of fairytales in general.**spoiler alert** This book was just okay for me. I liked it, but I think I was more driven by the fact that I'm a huge fan of fairytales in general. I think Hale could have knocked out about 50 pages if she removed all of the repetitive details of how Ani speaks to animals and how about every five pages or so she just can't put her finger on the idea that the wind is speaking to her.
It's a beautifully detailed book, but for me that is almost what drags it down. I just got so bored with the descriptions of every little thing. Like I said about 50 pages shorter and this probably would have been a four star book for me.
I do say "probably," though. I felt like this book was needlessly gory in parts. When I read that her beloved horse was killed, I didn't need the description of his once beautiful and strong white legs covered in his own death blood. The love of her horse was clearly established and just knowing died a crazed, no doubt scared, wild thing was enough for me. I nearly put the book down.
However, this was a read for book club so I trudged on. I'm glad I did. Aside from more of the needless gore of the final battle, I rather enjoyed Ani finally standing up for herself and giving a piece of her mind to all those men.
This was an excellent book - if you can get past the journal style writing. It's not my favorite way to read a book. On the other hand, I really enjoyThis was an excellent book - if you can get past the journal style writing. It's not my favorite way to read a book. On the other hand, I really enjoyed how intimate the story is as you read through this girl's journal. I liked the original Grimm's fairy tale - Maid Maleen - from which this story finds its foundation. Hale takes the basics and spins them into something unique and interesting....more
Hmmm. Where should I begin? Reading Rothfuss' book is a bit like being very hungry while waiting for a slow, slow cooked meal or thick stew. It smellsHmmm. Where should I begin? Reading Rothfuss' book is a bit like being very hungry while waiting for a slow, slow cooked meal or thick stew. It smells delicious and tempting while cooking . . . you really really want to take a bite. However, despite your rabid hunger, you wait. Patiently stewing. Oh sure there is some excitement thrown in, maybe a sauce boils up and you nearly burn yourself. But for the most part it is the making of the meal that is important - you can wait to eat. The reward of a well prepared meal will be worth it in the end.
Or at least that is what I'm hoping. I feel like this book, while I truly enjoyed it, was a bit like preparing a meal. You get all the things you need and start painstakingly putting them together. This book is everything we need to enjoy the next one. You begin to understand the heart and soul of main characters.
It's a slow burning story that I absolutely sped through without as much as skipping an "and" or "the." I actually would have given it 4.75 stars if that was available. If only because of Rothfuss' constant reminders of the following: Kvothe is poor, Kvothe is a trouper, and Kvothe had spent a time in his life being hungry. These things within the context of the story are obvious to even the dullest reader. The other reason, and perhaps this accounts for the former, is Rothfuss teeters on over explaining the minutia of exactly how things are done. The magic stuff is explained with a kind of scientific or technical writing drone. However, I'd like to point out these little things were not enough to ruin the story for me.
This book has been placed on the YA shelves of some book lists. Though the character (in most parts) is aged anywhere between a young boy and a teen of 15, I can't imagine very many tweens and teens would have the patience to read this one. However, if the reader is heavy into fantasy, I could definitely see them loving this above all other YA fantasy. It just seemed more of an adult read, not for content, just in pacing and style.
I will be in line first thing to get the next installment. The ending was a bit abrupt. Despite being 720 pages in, I wanted more. As I said, it's like waiting for a slow cooked meal - I was ready to start eating. In fact I'm hungry for the beef of the meal (if I ate meat, of course). Or should I say the heavy vegetables? No, I think wanting the meat of the story is what I mean....more
Not a great book. Interesting enough for me to keep going through to the end. However, the author fills pages upon pages upon pages with useless sideNot a great book. Interesting enough for me to keep going through to the end. However, the author fills pages upon pages upon pages with useless side info in an attempt to describe the world in which the characters live. The intense descriptions were a huge bore. I ended up skimming most of it. Nothing gets figured out by the end. You're left with no decisions being made on the part of the main character. She basically rides the poor me, what to do fence until the bitter end. Perhaps a sequel to the book might prove to be a better read. Since the first book set up the entire world, we shouldn't have to reread it. We could get on with an actual interesting plot line....more
I originally gave this book five stars. I recently re-read the series (What!?! I was without a book stranded in AK) Anyway, I think my enthusiasm fromI originally gave this book five stars. I recently re-read the series (What!?! I was without a book stranded in AK) Anyway, I think my enthusiasm from the first two books during my original read is the reason behind the fifth star. Second round, this book rehashes SO much. A good third of the book is spent telling back story. I can understand that in the first chapter, or even the second. But Snyder rehashes every third page. I just read the first two! I don't need a refresher on on the plot and character points. The book could have had direction and stayed on course a bit more if there wasn't so much bouncing out of the current story line to remember the previous. I would actually give this book a 3.5 star rating. Since half stars are unavailable, I like the series enough to give it the benefit of adding the extra star....more
Fantastic book. Great study on social issues. For some reason this book is often filed under "romance." Not true. Romance is just a thin thread througFantastic book. Great study on social issues. For some reason this book is often filed under "romance." Not true. Romance is just a thin thread through this story line. The more important piece of this story is how a strong young woman defeats some pretty bad odds. I loved this book....more
**spoiler alert** This review gets five stars only because I have been drawn into the world Meyer has created. Despite all my inner workings I actuall**spoiler alert** This review gets five stars only because I have been drawn into the world Meyer has created. Despite all my inner workings I actually like the story. The writing isn't spectacular, but it's the story itself that folds you in and holds you.
I'll admit it, I've read the series more than once. The second time was just pure pleasure. I was unwilling to leave the little world Meyer had created. The third (yes I know, I'm letting my nerd flag fly high here!) was to try and figure out WHY I enjoyed it so much. I dissected all the things I liked and dislike about it. This is what I've gleaned.
My BIGGEST gripe with this series is Bella. I'm sorry, but as an woman, reading these books can be teeth grinding at times. She is SO wimpy! She relies not on her inner strength, but men. She whines, faints, sleeps entirely too much, and in general just waits around to be rescued. True, she gets herself into trouble because she thinks she needs to take action. Ultimately her actions are futile. She ALWAYS needs to be carried, saved, and take care of.
Furthermore, she has NO life! I can accept that Meyer's characters aren't terribly deep. But can't Bella have a life outside of Edward? Where is her independence!?! I recently posted (again with the nerd flag here) on a goodreads discussion board expressing these concerns. And a girl (I'm assuming she's young) posted that Bella is in love, and that's how love should be, all about the other person. Or it was something along those lines. I about fell over when I read it. Wow! Bella is a horrible example for young girls. Where is the balance? Where is the interest in one's self here? Why can't she have a life AND Edward?
Bella gets left in the second book. So of course she's a zombie. Who of us haven't been there, right? Many of us have suffered a broken heart. Okay, I can handle that. But the fact that she couldn't right her self, she couldn't get out of it WITHOUT the aid of another man (er, or boy in this case). She moved right on to Jacob, clinging to him for dear life. I'm sure I'll get all kinds of angry comments about that one. About how she was so broken, blah, blah, blah. Whatever. She needs to stand on her own a bit. Human or not, she needs a little spine and to dig deep into that female strength which she MUST possess.
Also, she needs to stop being such a brat about presents and things. She's actually rude to those she supposedly loves. However, I'm sure that has more to do with the fact she's 17-19 through the books. Though, it would be good if she's around 19 in the next to show SOME emotional and personal progression.
I'll admit it, issues aside, I will be in line to get the next damn book on August 2nd! I can't wait to see where it goes. I'm hoping Bella does get turned (because why bother with the whole story if she doesn't!?!) AND gets to go to school and find some interests outside of Edward....more
This book was sort of uneventful for me. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It was just, meh. I've never read an M.J. Rose book and I wasnThis book was sort of uneventful for me. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It was just, meh. I've never read an M.J. Rose book and I wasn't sure what to expect. I think part of my problem was that I was in a mood for a thriller style book and I got a lot more feeling and drama instead.
I think if you really liked books like The Da Vinci Code or The Magic Circle you will enjoy the time hopping and historical elements in this book. Rose is clearly well researched and a decent writer. It just wasn't what I was looking for based on the cover description....more