It wasn't complicated or mind blowing, but I enjoyed it, the chemistry between the characters and the dialogue was entertaining, and I was looking forIt wasn't complicated or mind blowing, but I enjoyed it, the chemistry between the characters and the dialogue was entertaining, and I was looking for more Victorian/mystery novels so it did cover it....more
This is one of the books that should only be read in winter. A gloomy enchanted journey through the snowy Russian forest (along with all its creaturesThis is one of the books that should only be read in winter. A gloomy enchanted journey through the snowy Russian forest (along with all its creatures)
At the beginning though I felt the writing was a bit stiff and forced when it came to portraying all the little "that's Russian" details . .. but as I read through the story, those little awkward attempts become the reason why I could visualize the environment clearly. It carries "fairy tale" tone obviously, so somethings don't always seem rational. Although the main character is a female, and she is relatively strong there was remarks like "a women role is to be a good wife and bare strong children" and how her worth is measured by her beauty, the most uncomfortable point was when her father as a newly wed felt obliged to fulfill his "husband" role even though Anna was unwilling and obviously in distress.
I'm not justifying, but given to the time period and the fact that author used it without strong emphasis you might read it and not notice it....more
1.5 I did like some of the characters and the human/shifters interaction was funny at times BUT, I do not appreciate romanticising self harm in ANY WAY1.5 I did like some of the characters and the human/shifters interaction was funny at times BUT, I do not appreciate romanticising self harm in ANY WAY. It was graphic at times and definitely can be a trigger to recovering people. At certain point the writing was awfully unbalanced, you'd have ONE line form a certain person pov and then it will change to another one and another in the same page just so she can move the plot, you're writing a novel not changing cameras. and there was inserted letters and quotes in the middle without a logical order throughout the series. And the end in most of the novels was done poorly, as if it was cut down from the middle. There's a certain pattern throughout the series as well that can make you terribly bored with meg and her heros... it becomes repetitive and pretty predictable....more
There's a huge pressure in rating this, I'm not free from the influence of the hype, and the TV series although I haven't watched it.
It definitely hasThere's a huge pressure in rating this, I'm not free from the influence of the hype, and the TV series although I haven't watched it.
It definitely has the elements of a mainstream media publications, gore, sex, dragons (if all fails) etc. It is strongly degrading to females (yes there's exceptions but the overwhelming majority or the "Feel" is the opposite.) And I don't think that portraying a harsh reality necessary means that you need to do that. If you take each character story you will start seeing the weakness in each one, but generally you will be easily overwhelmed by his ability to create "devils" or rather details.
I'll give it two starts because I can't ignore his efforts, but no more because I also can't/shouldn't ignore the misogyny thing plus the way he completely destroyed everything I love about dragons....more
It's like stepping into Gotham City. Pretty grim, too many deaths(Some times unnecessarily), too many knots. The world building and the magic was confuIt's like stepping into Gotham City. Pretty grim, too many deaths(Some times unnecessarily), too many knots. The world building and the magic was confusing and addressed vaguely, that was somehow okay assuming it will be well developed in the next instalment. But I did have to read through wiki several times to understand what and who was everyone. I understand that living in cruel circumstances brings the worst in you, but I don't understand how young children did what was done in the first chapters. I know it happens in real life (taking child soldiers into consideration.) but still......
There's a strong lack of morality in general, when you're reading it's like the human in you is being beaten up lifeless.
Maybe if it was a bit balanced I would have enjoyed it more than this.
(Mild spoiler) I don't understand Kylar's reasoning when he wanted to apprentice for Blint, he said he didn't wanted to be afraid anymore, and all he did the following chapters was looking over his shoulder or doing what he don't want to do because "my master will kill me"...more
I really wanted to like this, I've been looking for a worthwhile series after Fitz and the Fool and Riyria chronicles without success. I think with goI really wanted to like this, I've been looking for a worthwhile series after Fitz and the Fool and Riyria chronicles without success. I think with good editing and an honest feedback this might have been saved somehow...
I liked the concept of the demons rising at night, it was eerie and dark, but it was also very shallow. There wasn't enough structure to it and to the warding, it felt like he got too excited with the concept without answering the why and how.
I liked Arlen, in the beginning and his strong will, but he turned out to (I'm better than all of you) in the end.
There was a strong tone of sexism that I actually thought of dropping it halfway, Leesah was weak attempt to even the score, and it was completely lost by the end.
He took infidelity, rape, Intrafamilial sexual abuse too lightly, and to be honest "irresponsibly". I know that setting the story in a certain time and place requires adding these elements, but if you do you need to write about it very carefully, even if it's just fantasy.
Oh and I forgot, the Sahara/Arabs ultimate cliche ... honestly? ...more
It was a bit sinister and gloomy for me, unlike what it should be for a children's book. تركيب بعضر الجمل كان بمستوى عالي في بعض الصفحات و بسيط جداً فIt was a bit sinister and gloomy for me, unlike what it should be for a children's book. تركيب بعضر الجمل كان بمستوى عالي في بعض الصفحات و بسيط جداً في الأخرى، مما يجعل تصنيفه او تحديد مدى مناسبته لفئة معينة صعب. الرسومات كان من الممكن ان تكون أفضل....more
First of all, I only read half of Alice in Wonderland, and can barely remember fragments of the real Disney movie, So, I could not give a clear judgemFirst of all, I only read half of Alice in Wonderland, and can barely remember fragments of the real Disney movie, So, I could not give a clear judgement of what the author added or changed to the whole story, I treated this novel as something completely new, and that's when I could tell that the author "Assumed" that you already knew about some things enough to brush by them, like the Croquet Game.
Even though this is a YA novel, I still expect it to present a strong and well develop plot and bond between the character, the whole love interest felt like illogical teenage drama, I couldn't relate to the main character or follow her analysis of the situation, although the author tried to make her appear independent, brave, a young women with purpose with her bakery, but she seemed spineless, spoiled, and annoying to me.
I don't underestimate the effort of writing retellings, they are a great starting point for amateur authors, and they present a good exercise, but some are meant to stay in that creative writing class and not be published. Or at least publish them in a blog as a fan-fiction piece.
The book is not horrible, I liked Mr. Turtle. I'm just questioning the criteria of publishing agencies, and the Goodreads awards....more