2.5 stars, I guess. Not really sure. I'm so painfully indifferent about it and it upsets me. -.-
Ultimately I just didn't care.
I think my biggest probl2.5 stars, I guess. Not really sure. I'm so painfully indifferent about it and it upsets me. -.-
Ultimately I just didn't care.
I think my biggest problem was with how the world was explained. The entire plot is built on this story about the gods. But this story was dumped on us in one sitting when the MC stumbled upon a woman telling the story to her kids (as like a bedtime story). The whole thing was just dumped in our laps.
- I couldn't absorb it. - It was too much info at once. - We were dealing with like four gods' names and kings names and I just couldn't remember any of them.
... but then they all became important later.
And although we were dumped with too much information about the gods and that history, we weren't really given enough information about the CURRENT stuff. It took me a long time to fully piece together what the king was all about and the CURRENT state of the kingdom. I don't feel like the whole world building was unravelled very well. The pacing didn't work, and we either got too much at once or not enough.
My second big problem was the romance. I started out totally rooting for it. You can still see my status update at 13%:
"Please fall in love."
I was ALL FOR IT!
But then I lost my love for the MC. I decided she was too whiny and I stopped liking her.
Then I lost my love for the love interest. I was excited about him at first, but then his personality just... never developed? He was so... boring? There was just nothing about him that excited me.
Also the blind hated in this book just didn't do it for me. I'm not necessarily blaming the book for this since this kind of stuff totally happens in real life. So yes, it was realistic. But that doesn't mean I have to like reading about it.
Basically there are "frostbloods" who can wield ice/frost/coldness/whatevs. Then there are "firebloods" who can wield fire/heat.
They're both exactly the same, just different elements. They're both potentially useful and potentially dangerous.
And yet EVERYONE in this whole damn book worships frostbloods because they are apparently awesome, but hates the MC on sight because she's a "disgusting dangerous fireblood". They literally call for her death because they assume she's all evil and horrible.
I just thought it was ridiculous how you have two kinds of people who are exactly the same except for which element they can wield, and yet the entire kingdom blindly loves one of them and hates the other.
Yeah this totally exists in real life with racism, but as I said.. It just kind of made me hate everyone for being so judgemental and I think that affected my overall enjoyment.
Writing this review out makes it look like I hated the book, but I didn't. In the end I actually feel quite indifferent. There are things I didn't like, yeah. But ultimately I just don't really care strongly one way or another.
Honestly there are interesting elements to this story in theory. Something about it just didn't click with me and instead of enjoying all those pieces that I feel like I shouldn't have liked, I just couldn't bring myself to really get invested at all....more
- It's not really a romance. There are a few bits and pieces, but it's ultimately sooo not the focus of the story, which is kind of appropriate.FACTS:
- It's not really a romance. There are a few bits and pieces, but it's ultimately sooo not the focus of the story, which is kind of appropriate.
- It seemed like it would be a fantasy book, but it's not really. I mean, it is, because it's about some imaginary land/kingdom. But I guess it didn't feel like a fantasy since it's so rooted in science and there's no magic.
WHAT I LIKED:
- I really liked the overall story. This girl who never in a million years expected to be queen is suddenly queen.
- I liked the main character a lot. She was super down to earth and probably ended up being the best possible person who could become queen.
- It has a good mystery. The whole book is really a murder mystery. The MC is trying to figure out who killed everyone. I enjoyed her investigation!
THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:
- The ending felt anti-climactic to me. We went through so much to get to the end, then it just fell a bit flat. (view spoiler)[I think because the murderer ended up being a nice (but misguided) person so it was hard to really truly hate her, and the MC clearly felt the same way so she let her off easy. I think this just made the whole thing feel unsatisfying. I wanted to be able to truly hate someone and see them punished, but I didn't get that. (hide spoiler)]
- The book was missing a little X factor that would have made me truly love it. It wasn't a soul shattering, all-consuming type book. More like a fun, enjoyable read that may fade from my memory pretty quickly. I enjoyed it, but I don't see it lasting with me forever, if you know what I mean.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
* Cool, scary tech. It was really interesting to imagine it being real. * Nice, forbidden romance. * A girl who kicks ass (but also kiI liked it a lot!
* Cool, scary tech. It was really interesting to imagine it being real. * Nice, forbidden romance. * A girl who kicks ass (but also kind of uses and manipulates people lol).
Maggie ("Mags" :D) was one of my favourite parts of the book. She was such a driven, but flawed character. Her determination was insanely admirable. In some ways I wish I was like her. I hope I would be like her and dedicate every fibre of my being to saving someone I loved.
But I like how her plan to save her dad wasn't clean or innocent. There were casualties. She had to blackmail people and screw them over along the way. So yes, she loved her dad so much that she'd do anything to bring him back, but she was also kind of an "ends justify the means" kind of girl. I liked that about her because it made her interesting and gave her something to really struggle with.
I sort of wish it was a standalone, but oh well. Hopefully it's only a duology and not a trilogy. As much as I really enjoyed the book, I don't think I enjoyed it enough to want to spend three books on it.
I'm definitely disappointed I don't have the second book though. I definitely could have moved onto book two immediately! This one was a quick read....more
I loved the fact that Nevernight was an adult book. Sure, the main character is a "young adult", but INOSE GRAZE
Things I Liked
An adult fantasy book
I loved the fact that Nevernight was an adult book. Sure, the main character is a "young adult", but I personally wouldn't class the book as such. It's definitely an adult book with a young main character.
There are f-bombs, c-bombs, and more.
There are extremely detailed sex scenes.
And of course, gruesome murders.
This book is graphic and vulgar. But that's one of the things I liked most about it. It really cut through all the bullshit, restraint, and filters that are often in YA. (I love YA, don't get me wrong, but there's also a lot filtering, fade to black, etc.)
These assassins don't play nice
It's not uncommon to pick up an assassin book and then never have anything interesting happen. No murders. No brutality. Just a few clean fights.
But Jay Kristoff had no problem killing people in Nevernight.
There are plenty of murders.
Plenty of gore. Things got messy.
Nevernight doesn't sugarcoat the life of an assassin. PEOPLE DIE. IN THEIR SHIT AND VOMIT.
Like Hogwarts for assassins? Sure.
I loved the boarding school set up. Dormitories, "professors", no wandering the halls after hours, classes on how to fight, poison, steal, and seduce... It's just an environment that I always enjoy in a book!
Mia + Shadows
Mia has some kind of shadow power/gift. She can kind of control or manipulate the shadows. It's a really cool part of the book. It's still a bit of a mystery in Nevernight, but will clearly be explored further later in the series.
It's so quotable
Every other line in Nevernight is something I was itching to tweet about or quote on Goodreads. The book is so beautifully written. Here are a few of my favourites:
"People often shit themselves when they die, did you know that?"
THAT IS THE FIRST LINE OF THE BOOK! O_O
"The last thing you will ever be in this world, girl, is someone's hero. But you will be a girl heroes fear."
"'Never flinch.' A cold whisper in her ear. 'Never fear. And never, ever forget.'"
"Iron or glass they'd asked? Mia clenched her jaw. Shook her head. She was neither. She was steel."
"Hmm. I appear to have misplaced the fuck I was about to give for what you think."
"your brain and ovaries seem to have switched places."
"The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow."
"The dark around them was not only angry. It was hungry."
Throughout the book there are footnotes that provide more detail on people, objects, or events that are mentioned in the normal story. At first I quite liked these. They were interesting and sometimes just kind of funny. But as the book went on, I found myself skipping them most of the time.
They didn't feel necessary to the story (though I guess that's a given since they're footnotes).
I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not reading them.
I think they just offered more detail than I was interested in.
This book is long and the footnotes just made it feel even longer. Plus some of the footnotes are several paragraphs and go into extreme detail in a way that didn't really add to the story.
The footnotes were an interesting addition, but I lost interest and patience with them after a while.
Although I liked the book, I wasn't addicted.
It took me about twelve days to read Nevernight. The biggest thing that says to me is that while I liked the book, I wouldn't say I ever got hooked or addicted (until maybe the very end). I was happy to keep reading, but I never felt like I NEEDED to keep reading, you know? I didn't really think about the book when I wasn't reading it.
I liked it a lot, but I think for me it was missing a little X factor that would have really kept me hooked and felt inclined to give it a five-star rating. But despite that, I fully expect Nevernight to be a five-star book for pleeeenty of other readers. It truly is a fabulous book!
It was fantastic!!! <333 Such a wonderful mix of sci-fi and a not-quite-human girl who kicks MAJOR ass. Not the kind that says she kicks ass but doIt was fantastic!!! <333 Such a wonderful mix of sci-fi and a not-quite-human girl who kicks MAJOR ass. Not the kind that says she kicks ass but doesn't really... this girl ACTUALLY kicks gory gruesome hardcore ass. I loved how she was all muscular and constantly exercising.
Part of me is kind of sad that it's a standalone since I really enjoyed the world and would love to spend more time in it. But at the same time... REFRESHING! It's nice to get the whole story in one fabulous book....more
It was a good book, but it didn't quite end up being what I was hoping.
The story read more like a biography in the sense that it covered Kate's entireIt was a good book, but it didn't quite end up being what I was hoping.
The story read more like a biography in the sense that it covered Kate's entire career (or at least a big portion of it). We're talking like 10+ years. This made me feel a little distanced from the book and the characters. (view spoiler)[The romance at the end felt a little insta-lovely, but I think that's largely because of the timeline reasons. It just felt like we were getting an overview of everything and it didn't stop to really dig deep enough for me to FEEL. (hide spoiler)]
I would have preferred it if the book honed in on one particular case and really dug deep into the characters, emotions, etc. I would have been a lot more attached and invested!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Shortly after starting this book I realized something that I probably should have known already...
...I don't like the Wonderland universe...
It's not bShortly after starting this book I realized something that I probably should have known already...
...I don't like the Wonderland universe...
It's not because of Heartless at all - I just don't like Wonderland in general. I'm just not a fan of that weird style.
But that being said, Marissa Meyer made me enjoy it significantly more than I expected. The story was fun, but tragic—especially because you know where it's heading. I really felt for Catherine, her family struggles, and the situation with the king.
My biggest gripe has to do with the romance. I didn't care for Jest much at all. He just wasn't interesting. Also, his relationship with Catherine was crazy insta-love. They had like two private moments together (only one of which was substantial—an entire evening) before she claims she loves him. I didn't mind this too much at the beginning, since the focus felt like it was more on Catherine (her personal journey and longing to make her own life) than their romance. But towards the end it became a bigger problem for me because (view spoiler)[Jest's death took over her entire life and reshaped her entirely. I get that his death was tragic, but she also barely knew the guy all things considered... (hide spoiler)]
It was good, especially towards the end when the action really picked up. I wish I could have enjoyed the romance more though.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I guess I feel like my first impression of this book (title/cover) was totally wrong andWell shucks.
I didn't love it and I'm pretty upset about that.
I guess I feel like my first impression of this book (title/cover) was totally wrong and that really threw my whole experience.
Nemesis -> To me, screams intense, awesome, badass warrior girl on a mission for revenge. Cover -> To me, reinforces the idea I had about the title. Kind of a stone cold killer type warrior princess.
I guess when I reread the synopsis, the synopsis doesn't give me any of those things, so maybe I shouldn't have anticipated them. Because none of those are present in the book. (But to me this also implies a pretty bad disconnect between the synopsis/story and the title/cover.)
Basically, the main character Sepora, and Tarik are not enemies. Not really, anyway. Hundreds of years ago there was a bit of a disagreement and Tarik's kingdom branched off from Sepora's. But since then, they've lived as peaceful neighbours. Tarik is certainly not Sepora's nemesis; her father simply doesn't like Tarik's kingdom. He's just a grumpy old king who's still butt-hurt about Tarik's kingdom branching off from his... before either of them were even born.
Anyway, before I totally tear this apart, I'll talk about some good things.
I really loved the setting. It's sort of a spin on a tech savvy, fantastical ancient Egypt, which is only the coolest thing ever! Deserts, cats, pyramids, pharaohs... Oh gosh, it's brilliant!
Plus there's this whole spectorium forging thing, which was both cool and slightly weird ((view spoiler)[weird how they were injecting it into people, and among other things (hide spoiler)]).
Also there are five kingdoms total along with at least one other species that's intelligent but not really a "Kingdom". We only get bits and pieces but I really enjoyed those bits. Anna certainly created an interesting world.
Now, sadly, let's hop back over to the bad.
This book's pacing was so odd.
The VERY VERY beginning was interesting. Sepora has run away from her kingdom. I was immediately interested!
But then, almost THE ENTIRE FIRST HALF of the book is just... boring. A crazy big percentage is Sepora travelling through the desert on her way to Tarik's kingdom, Theoria. Just her. In the desert. Until she gets kidnapped. Then her and her kidnappers. In the desert. For so long. As Sepora plots her escape. For AGES.
It takes her FOREVER to even meet Tarik and I was bored of it.
Then when she finally does meet him, I was interested again. But that was at like 50% or some crazy mark.
Then as the book got towards the end, I started not to like it again. (view spoiler)[Tarik got weird. It's like he lost all his substance and just became a caveman.
"Sepora. Pretty. Curvy. Silver eyes. Me want. Me want Sepora. Sepora be mine. I make Sepora wife."
He lost every interesting thing about him and became solely focused on his attraction to Sepora, and I so wasn't on board with it. (hide spoiler)]
I started out interested in the romance, but I just thought it got worse as it developed. I lost all interest in it.
I don't think I'll be continuing with this series. I love the world it takes place in. I thought it was super creative! But the romance kind of ruined it for me and in my experience, if I don't love the romance in a romance novel then the rest of the series is kind of doomed (for me).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So much love for this story, these romances, and basically everything.
The characters definitely dominated my love for My Lady Jane. ThLOVE LOVE LOVE!!
So much love for this story, these romances, and basically everything.
The characters definitely dominated my love for My Lady Jane. They were all so different and fabulous in their own ways. And c'mon, what book lover isn't going to adore a main character who is... wait for it... a book lover.
History. Romances. Yes, plural. Magic. Betrayal. Humour. Swoon.
It's almost hard to believe there could be so much awesome in one book.
Great characters Epic, forbidden romance (yummy) I loved the motive (revenge) I even loved the politics (view spoiler)[Olivia was totally crazyI LOVED it!
Great characters Epic, forbidden romance (yummy) I loved the motive (revenge) I even loved the politics (view spoiler)[Olivia was totally crazy though. Bitch has issues. (hide spoiler)]
I took off a star because I felt like the ending was missing... something. I can't quite put my foot on it, but it was a little less epic than I thought/hoped it would be. Don't get me wrong, a lot of crazy stuff happens, but I think something kept me from reacting appropriately. I felt a bit distanced from the action? I don't know.
Still a great book though. I hate that I have to wait so long for book two X_X["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Pretty awesome! I adored the romance and the time travelling was cool. Somehow the ending felt a bit anti climactic though, which is weird when you coPretty awesome! I adored the romance and the time travelling was cool. Somehow the ending felt a bit anti climactic though, which is weird when you consider what happened......more