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When you first see Coral and Bone the initial thought is that it is a mermaid book. You sit there going ‘Oh she’s gReview from A Journey Through Pages
When you first see Coral and Bone the initial thought is that it is a mermaid book. You sit there going ‘Oh she’s going to learn that she was secretly a mermaid and it’ll be pretty basic’. That’s not where this book goes, however. Don’t get me wrong, there are mermaids in the book… in name at least, but that’s far from what our main character is and it is not a truly important part of this book in my opinion (okay somewhat important, but not really important to Halen's specific origins).
Of course I don’t want to give too much away, it’s better to read these things on your own.
Our main character, Halen, has moved around all her life with her mother. Suddenly her senses are working into overdrive and new birthmarks have appeared on her and life in general has gotten really weird.
Not surprisingly there is a strong YOU ARE THE CHOSEN ONE feeling to the beginning of the book. There was one or two chapters in particular that made me wonder if this book was going to fall into a lot of overdone cliches. Luckily however, after that initial dip, Coral and Bone steered more into unique and original story telling, including some fantastic plot twists.
Overall, I really enjoyed Daune’s writing for the book. There were are a few times that fell into feeling a bit off, but then another scene would grab my attention and I’d enjoy it so much I’d forget about that off feeling.
My absolutely favourite parts of this book are how it ended (which I’ll get into under my spoilers tag) and the way Daune cleverly used a cliche to hide one of her twists.
I’d describe this book as a mix of fantasy and urban fantasy. There are some parts that are pure high fantasy and then others, when they are in the “real” world, that you can’t help but get an urban fantasy vibe from. I think it’s pretty unique and I enjoyed it as a read.
Frozen has this distinct adventure feel to it. A Treasure Island kind of feeling. We are shoved into this post-apocReview from A Journey Through Pages
Frozen has this distinct adventure feel to it. A Treasure Island kind of feeling. We are shoved into this post-apocalyptic version of America that is freezing cold, cancer is the norm, life expectancy is considerably lower than it is now and beings of fantasy have come out of the ice. That last bits important to know before going in, there is a lot of fantasy beings/themes in this book.
We follow Nat who has escape from some kind of facility and is hiding out in New Vegas as a card dealer and Ryan, an ex-soldier turned runner who does the dirty work other’s don’t want to do. Nat has found a way to get to the “Blue” a paradise that is said to be only a rumor and she ends up hiring Ryan and his crew to get her there.
I’d be lying if I said that this book was brilliantly written. Sometimes the main relationship is a little awkward, but other than the ending which felt all over the place and rushed, the writing didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of it.
There was a spark to Frozen that kept my attention. As soon as they were out on the waters, I felt myself wondering what kind of thing they would encounter.
I think if we had focused more on the environment and less on the people encountered it would have been more enjoyable.
Ratings for this book are all over the place if you look it up. I think, however, though it’s not without it’s issues, the idea and plot are interesting and the adventure part is really enjoyable.
Queen of Someday starts out introducing us to Sophie, a girl who although Princess in name, has grown up living a rReview from A Journey Through Pages
Queen of Someday starts out introducing us to Sophie, a girl who although Princess in name, has grown up living a rather non-Princess-y life out in the sticks. So not surprisingly, when given the indirect invitation to be the wife of the the Russian Empress's heir, her mother jumps at the chance to regain lost wealth and prestige. Sophie, however, is just glad to be given the opportunity to marry someone her own age rather then being shipped off to the highest bidder.
Of course, despite having the Empress fully behind her, things are not as easy as Sophie hoped they would be. The prince likes playing game and she soon realizes that their personalities are far from compatible. On top of that she meets another who stirs her into feelings and someone is trying to kill her
It’s a lot for an innocent sixteen year old girl to handle.
In the author notes of this book, Ficklin mentions that she conceived the series wondering how Catherine the Great went from innocent German girl to cold-hearted Empress, and I think that’s one of the shining parts of this book. I loved watching Sophie grow and change thanks to the people she met and the situations she faced.
I loved learning about the people around her as she learned about them and the way they were more than they seemed.
And in general I have become very attached to her as a character, which is important as she will carry the series and I want to continue reading so that I can know how she evolve next. How does she become this person from history? How will Ficklin interpret her feelings as she goes through things
This is historical fiction, so if you love stories exploring how famous figures came to be, you will adore this book. It has easily become one of my favourites, bringing me back to my childhood when I read the Royal Diary books and Beware, Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer. So if you enjoyed those books as well, I urge you to pick this up
The Possession is a book about curses, ghosts and prejudices. It is set in a small town and lighthouse where the maReview from A Journey Through Pages
The Possession is a book about curses, ghosts and prejudices. It is set in a small town and lighthouse where the main character, Daphne is helping her aunt out. She meets the Native American, Zach while helping to clean the lighthouse’s graveyard and then everything starts to go crazy.
My main issue with The Possession is the suddenness of the romance. There is absolutely no build-up or courting it is just BAM they meet for the first time (despite her having visited this area for years) BAM they are in love and act as if they are girlfriend and boyfriend. Excepting that, they did have a rather good portrayal of relationship that is going from new to serious, so if Spikes hadn’t just skipped to there it would have been done quite well.
Lack of build-up was also at fault with the mystery as well. It felt like we went straight from nothing to everything. I did enjoy the mystery, however. I loved reading about the ghostly couple and the troubles they went through trying to have a bi-racial bi-cultural relationship in that time period. I also enjoyed how the “curse” caused this relationship to repeat itself generation after generation.
I also loved the setting of the old lighthouse. It was something different and highly interesting.
Do you like ghostly mysteries? Do you like lighthouses? Do you like fated romances at are bi-racial, bi-culture? Then it doesn't hurt to pick up this book and give it a try.
Taken is most certainly a plot driven book. A group of young ex-soldiers whose service was cut short by debilitatinReview from A Journey Through Pages
Taken is most certainly a plot driven book. A group of young ex-soldiers whose service was cut short by debilitating injuries decide to show their new disabilities do not hinder them by taking a sailing trip around the world for charity. Rio, our main character, is hired as support crew as she is a sailing champion and they are required to have a certain number of able bodied members aboard or no sponsors.
As that stands there is of course a little tension as Rio is an outsider to this close knit group. Of course, when a group of child soldiers led by a terrorist attacks their ship and takes them captive every thing soon changes.
Taken is a pretty unique book among New Adult. I feel as if most NA and YA books are heavily character (or romance) driven as opposed to plot. Of course, due to the focus the main group of characters feels underdeveloped compared to what I am used to. Many of them are a bit one note, which didn't ring well with me. The most developed and layered character however, is the Empty Child. She soon becomes the mystery that I am most interested in and her story does not disappoint.
Along those lines for much of the book I was confused as to the age of our main characters. Rio seems to be sixteen or seventeen, but the others were all in military and trained. I don't know the age for military service in Great Britain and the book didn’t specifically say what their ages were. This may not bother most people, but I spent half the book wondering about it.
On the plus side, the environment and situations in this book is very well done. A couple of scenes had my heart dropping. Others filled me with grisly anticipation.
There also was an obvious amount of research done which I appreciated as a reader. I loved the inclusion of the runner blades for Ash as those are one of the cooler innovations I’ve come across. And all of their issues were different as was how they dealt with them. On top of that we have the horrifying description of child soldiers, fear and brainwashing and the wild animals the group comes across.
I think if you enjoy survival and adventure stories you will enjoy Taken. If you find plot more important to you than character development than I also recommend this book to you.
Thanks to Netgalley and Paper Lantern for allowing me to read and review this book.
Wow, this book is crazy in the best possible way. So much is stuffed in there and it's hard to put it down. It's hard to summarize, because there just is that much. I will try however. In short, our main group of characters are walking through the woods one day when they find a huge creepy house. Then later that day one of the girls, Aisha, runs off and promptly disappears. The other three spend the rest of the day looking for her and nothing. Weeks pass and it's like she disappeared into thin air. The three left know that the house must have something to do with it, so they go back to investigate.
What they find is so much more than they bargained for, a life size dollhouse where people are forced to look and act like dolls.
As soon as we entered that dollhouse I was gripped. My eyes were glued to my e-reader's screen and hours passed without me paying attention (I almost missed an appointment in fact). As the dollhouse is introduced, I am terrified. The descriptions... and then what happens... Living in the dollhouse is like slowly losing your mind.
There are so many layers to this tale. It seems like one kind of horror story and then as new things are revealed, new mysteries happened it changes.
Having read one of the older versions of this book, I couldn't help but constantly compare. There were a few pacing things I loved about the older version (there was much more of that losing your mind and realism to it) that were tweaked to make it more concise, but the setting up of the plot and revelations about things was done much better. When I originally read it I was shocked to find out there would be more, now it feels natural, there are so many questions I want to learn the answers to.
The mythology behind this horror story is now very interesting and well done, but it does not feel as if things were thrown at us all at once and out of nowhere.
I recommend this to people who are fans of Horror. Even if you're not fans of YA, as long as you get through the first, establishing bit, I think you could very well enjoy this on its own as Horror. I also recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. It lacks the obsessive romance of that series, but the horror felt similar.
Also, if you read the original version of this and felt it was only so-so, I urge you to please pick up this version. Things make so much sense, things are more concise, the mythology of the world isn't all over the place and there are a couple of things (especially at the end) that hadn't happened.