Night Circus is filled with beautiful and wonderful settings and some well written characters, but romance? The romance and plot at times fell throughNight Circus is filled with beautiful and wonderful settings and some well written characters, but romance? The romance and plot at times fell through the circus tent. The romance seemed one-dimensional. Sure, the magical romance made lights flicker, but passion didn’t do anything except undress the other person. It wasn’t special.
Characters: There are some great characters; namely Poppet and Widget. The story has many stories (Marco + Celia; Poppet, Widget, and Bailey; Herr Friedrick Thiessen; and more), but some of them aren’t that spectacular. Celia and Marco’s story is probably the main one and “most important” but I felt myself drawn to the more intriguing Poppet and Widget.
Without giving too much away, Poppet and Widget’s story has more of the circus in it, which happens to be the only reason I read the book (I honestly didn’t realize it was a romance book until half way through the story). Marco’s part was lacking, though at times Celia was entertaining.
Plot: The plot was confusing. The story jumps from year to year. A good example is:
Opening Night III: Smoke and Mirrors: London, October 13 and 14, 1886
The Hanged Man Oneiromancy: Concord, Massachusetts, October 1902
Rules of the Game: 1887–1889
Quite confusing to read an event, then to read that it hasn’t even happened. I found it very nerve-wracking and it took from the plot.
In some ways, the plot is drawn on and it doesn’t seem to stay on course. To many sub characters that don’t seem to fit in with the original plot. The sub plot Bailey/Poppet/Widget was much more entertaining than the “main” one.
What I enjoyed/didn’t: Let’s start with what I loved. I loved the settings which were truly magical. I felt one with the circus at those moments. On the other hand, I felt disconnected at times. I have to go back and re-read parts or look at the title of the chapter (which happens to tell what year it is at that moment).
In conclusion: The book had a magical feeling to it at times, but it wasn’t perfect. The book had no bad scenes (if you follow me) though, which I enjoyed a lot. The writing was different, and very nice. Overall, I think this was a really good start for a fist timer.
Favorite Character(s): Poppet & Widget
“Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it’s really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.” -Widget
I’ve now read this book twice. This is one of my favorite books ever – right up there with Unearthly and Unwind. Yup. That high up.
This book is hard tI’ve now read this book twice. This is one of my favorite books ever – right up there with Unearthly and Unwind. Yup. That high up.
This book is hard to read at times, but hey, it’s a such a good book, it’s worth it. Every single page. *sigh* Yes, I knew that sounded corny.
I have to say, the first time I read it, I was Team Gabriel all the book. I have to say, this time around, I was Team Linden. I felt you barely knew anything about Gabriel. Sure, he knew lots about boats. But really? Anything else? Not really. He was really sweet and had a nice personality though!
Now Linden. He really grows as a character. C’mon, those of you who read the book, didn’t you think Linden was some sort of rich snob? Then you keep reading, and he’s suddenly not. He’s suddenly… a boy who’s been sheltered his entire life, one who is trying to get over the loss of his true love. That’s what I call character building.
I got annoyed with one other part.
“And who is this lovely young thing?” a man says. To even call him a man seems wrong, because he is probably younger than I am…ect, ect, ect
“Mind if I cut in?” a man asks. And perhaps “man” isn’t even the right word.
Let’s keep going with the review.
Characters: Cecily was a little girl who was just trying to please Linden. Jenna was a girl who could never accept her new life, not after what happened in the van. Rhine. The Girl Who Never Lost Hope.
Every character was crafted beautifully, from Vaughan to the cook. Even those who you never really “met” where perfect. Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan, never featured personally in the book, but I knew what he was like.
Though there were minor oops with the characters like once (my book mark fell out so I can’t tell you which page it was) Rhine was thinking about how Vaughan was touching her nose like she was a child. Ok see that? Now earlier, and later as well, Rhine kept thinking of her as a child. But other than that, there weren’t too many other problems/continuity.
The relationship between all the wives was at times, hard to read. Mostly between Cecily and Linden.
Plot: Freaking awesome.
The idea was superb and, what I enjoyed so much, realistic. The human race would try to cure everything – which they are. They cure it but the next generation is scarred. Broken.
They would take girls to use as sex slaves, erm, wives. One part of the story really stood out to me. It went something like this:
Jenna was disposable one. Cecily was the baby factory. And I was to be the apple of his eye.
It was captured the use for the three wives perfectly. Kudos to DeStefano!
The ending was…. erg. I didn’t feel satisfied with it. Hopefully the next book will clear everything.
What I liked/disliked:
I loved the:
■ characters ■ plot ■ Linden
■ the relationship between Linden and little Cecily. ■ the lack of background on Gabriel ■ the ending —————————————————————————
Favorite Character: Linden or Rhine Favorite Quote:
“Give me one of your candles I’m going to set the sitting room on fire.”
The Emilie series embodies all your childhood imagination and excitement about the unknown and supernatural and compiles it all into two nice and neatThe Emilie series embodies all your childhood imagination and excitement about the unknown and supernatural and compiles it all into two nice and neat little books.
It's really amazing how well Martha Wells can just take all these emotions and somehow turn them into books and not just any book but incredibly enjoyable and good books!
Emilie and the Sky World starts off almost exactly where the last Emilie book ended. It wasn't the best start but within the first twenty percent, the book picks up quickly when Emilie and co. go off on another exciting adventure.
Practically all the problems that I had with the last Emilie book were resolved in this book, much to my great delight.
The character relationships, which have always been sweet, got almost even sweeter. This Emilie book seems to focus a lot more on familial relationships - daughter and father; mother and daughter; brother and sister.
The relationship between Emilie and her sibling reminded me a lot of my relationship with my own sibling. Slightly antagonistic but at the heart of it, we do love each other. I think a lot of kids will associate with Emilie and her kid brother.
The minor characters added another dimension to the book and all of them made a nice addition to the story. I don't know what is it about her about I just adore Ms. Marlende. She's such a strong character and a wonderful mentor for Emilie.
The world is just as beautifully constructed as in the first installment. While not as 'out-of-this-world' and fantastical as the Hollow World, the 'Sky World' is charming and wonderful in its own way. From the flora to the fauna (and everything in between), Wells proves yet again her skill in creating lovable and unique worlds.
Emilie and the Sky World is a delightful installment to the Emilie series. I enjoyed the first book a bit more but it's obvious that Wells' skill in writing definitely improved. The characters are more defined, the relationships more substantial, and the story is better paced. I definitely recommend both Emilie and the Sky World and Emilie and the Hollow World....more
You know when you've read a book and just by looking at the cover, it sends your heart into overdrive. It can make you smile just by thinking of the aYou know when you've read a book and just by looking at the cover, it sends your heart into overdrive. It can make you smile just by thinking of the amazing story within its pages. The gorgeously written themes can make you want to jump up and down and tell everyone about how amazing it is.
Yeah, that's what this book does to me.
Usually, I'd fill this review up with a bunch of gifs that I'd have specifically chosen to illustrate my love and adoration for Michael Barakiva's book, but after searching for a bit, I realized that this book deserves more than five gifs that took me at most ten minutes to find.
One Man Guy is, at its core, a story of love and understanding. Family plays an important part in this book, and I really liked how the author portrayed Alek's family. Alek Khederian's Armenian family definitely tugged at my heartstrings. The white suburban families portrayed in most YA were starting to grate on my nerves and the Khederians were exactly what I needed.
The Khederian family was distinctly more developed than most families in YA. I definitely felt more connected to these guys, and therefore the main character. (It may also be partly due to the fact that I saw a distinct similarity with the Khederians to my own family.)
Alek himself was very relatable. I could empathize with his struggles, like trying to keep grades up and dealing with fairly traditional family members. As a queer teen myself, I could also feel a kinship with him in that sense too.
Ethan, Alek's boyfriend, wasn't nearly as developed as Alek. He was almost a walking bad boy stereotype. Barakiva made it cute and quirky though so I didn't mind it as much as I feel I should have.
On the flip side, he seemed really insensitive to Alek's concerns and needs, which was pretty ironic, but other than that, I thought he was really adorable and his relationship with Alek was realistic and incredibly squee-worthy.
The ending could either piss people off or it may not. It was very happy-ever-after and everything was resolved quickly and almost unrealistically easily. I couldn't stand to see Alek hurt so I was okay with it but I didn't love it.
Overall, I really loved One Man Guy. It was a fairly quick, but satisfying and happy read. I would recommend it entirely!...more