This is possibly my favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling. I loved the mixture of the modern world and Emberfell, the magic kingdom set in medievalThis is possibly my favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling. I loved the mixture of the modern world and Emberfell, the magic kingdom set in medieval times. Kemmerer brings the world of Emberfall to life with her vivid descriptions, not just of places but of her characters.
Harper is a fantastic heroine, described as having cerebral palsy, shes a character you cant help but bond with and aspire to be like. Having a character in a book with such a big disability is rare but to have her be the main character is even rarer and made for a fresh perspective. Rhen starts off as your typical stoic and entitled prince, with his trusted guard Grey , whom I love, they feel Harper is completely the wrong type of woman to break the curse, taken by accident and fighting them both at each turn. They couldn't be more wrong.
Though predictable, which you have to expect with it being a re-telling, the perspectives felt fresh and certainly kept me entertained and hooked until the end. Though it is classed as a stand-alone it ends on an almost cliffhanger which made me check whether there would be a sequel... which there will be, Phew! An easy 5/5 read for me, an easy read but a story that sticks with you after you've finished. ...more
Another hit by Brandon Sanderson, if it was possible to give a book more than 5/5 this one would deserve it. One thing I love about this book is how S
Another hit by Brandon Sanderson, if it was possible to give a book more than 5/5 this one would deserve it. One thing I love about this book is how Sanderson draws you into the world of Detritus so thoroughly. I wished I could have been going through Flight school with Spensa and the other members of flight crew Skyward.
Spensa is a fantastic character, so quirky and unfailingly loyal to her father who was deemed a coward. I bonded with her automatically and went through the whole rigmarole of emotions she did while reading this book. Her anger and stubbornness as she fights against Ironside for her right to become a pilot, her shame when she gets outed as the cowards daughter by “Jerkface” Jorgen, and her disappointment, anger and concern for herself when she finally learns the truth about her father.
Though Spensa is the main character, one of the things I love is that you manage to bond with all of Skyward flight. Each members actions impact Spensa in some way which makes them all vital to the overall story line, and through this you get to know their personalities and quirks which makes them invaluable to the plot.
M Bot is possibly my favourite AI ever. I love when authors give AI’s a personality and M Bots is one of the funniest I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Between his obsession with Mushrooms and his unwillingness to break orders given to him nearly 200 years ago, he makes for an sometimes infuriating but ultimately hilarious and loyal sub-character who I love.
This book is my top read of 2018 so far and it would have to take something special to knock if off top spot. You read this knowing there is something going on that you just don’t understand yet, and after all the emotional twists and turns, you are left with an ending that ties all the unknowns together effortlessly. The only problem with the ending is that it leaves you with a gap where Skyward Flight used to be and the need to have the next book in the series tomorrow!
Quite possibly the easiest 5/5 I have given all year. You need to read this book as well as Sanderson’s other series which are all amazing as well....more