And this is why I let other people read ARCs before I request them.... And also my hopes that this will be a standalone just went down the drain...
TheAnd this is why I let other people read ARCs before I request them.... And also my hopes that this will be a standalone just went down the drain...
There is lot to talk about here, but what bothered me the most is that the main character's impairment was so unrealistically presented here. Yes, I will complain about unrealistic things in fantasy, cause I'm like that.
It's usually the second book in series that I have issues with. Which, if you ask me, is logical. You usually havReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's usually the second book in series that I have issues with. Which, if you ask me, is logical. You usually have an idea and a way to start it and mostly how to end it, but the middle is tricky. Well I have no idea how but with this series is actually the opposite.
What started like a really interesting story in The Burning Sky, exploded in The Perilous Sea, where I fell in love with everything. It's just the story progressed in a way I didn't expect it too and it surprised me so much. But, it's sad that The Immortal Heights didn't continue in that direction.
Don't get me wrong here, this is not by all means a bad book. Quite opposite, as was it written a stand along I would for sure be writing a praise for it. However, the trick with series of any kind is that after the latest one you expect the next one to be more. This one wasn't that. It continued in a good manner, the story progressed nicely and the characters developed even more. It all went in a right direction towards nowhere. There wasn't that blow at the end that would leave me breathless, something that would make me hold this book and weep that there is no more. Something that would make me remember it till the end of days. Even the romance between the two became dull, there weren't those sparks from the previous books.
I might be asking for to much, but with such a world building and great characters it's what it needs. Still it will be remembered as a great story, one you should most definitely read.
Even though it's been over a year since I had a chance to read and review the first book in this series, ResilenReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Even though it's been over a year since I had a chance to read and review the first book in this series, Resilent I'm happy to say that it seemed like no time has passed at all. I was able to jump into the story right away and follow Adam and Livia's journey.
Where Resilent was stronger on humor and a bit lighter, Awekened was all but that. Here guys have serious problems to deal with and with that The Agency is closer than ever and stronger than ever. Therefore, this book is also much quicker in pace, as it's constantly on edge. Their run is fast and what's more we get to see the story from different perspectives, or better said characters so we see what's happening on both sides. With that Adam and Livia are now apart, and because of that their love functions differently.
But this sequel isn't without issues. While Adam and Livia now get a chance to think about their emotions I missed seeing them together. In the first book those moments were nicely balanced with the action so it was much easier to follow it. The other thing that I had some troubles with were hints of a love triangle. No, there isn't one yet here, but I am afraid it might come to that.
Still I hope not, and I will continue to hope till the next sequel. ...more
I don't know for you, but back when I was a kid Aladdin was a huge hit. It brought us a piece of orient that forReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I don't know for you, but back when I was a kid Aladdin was a huge hit. It brought us a piece of orient that for me, till then, was an unknown part of the world. Now years later I got familiar with it and while I hoped that A Whole New World would add more to my knowledge of it, sadly I cannot say it happened.
What the blurb promises you is a dark version of Aladdin and it certainly delivers. This is much, much darker version of it. There still is Aladdin and Genie and Jafar and all the characters that you've already had a chance to meet years ago only non of them are what they seemed. Better said they all were just a shadows of previous selves. It seemed to me like there wasn't really any effort to develop and create some new sides of them. They all were really plain. Aladdin is just your typical character, one dimensional and plain boring. But I could live with that I guess, if it wasn't for Genie. Remember that big, blue guy whose witty comebacks made you giggle in front of the TV, well he is not here. And that disappointed me the most.
This book still has some unexpected twist, I will give it that. It's a really interesting idea and this idea could be really nicely done and maybe will be somewhere else. But not here. Everything just sort of happened, without any feelings or my involvement in any part of it. It was action packed so you go through it pretty fast, but in all honesty you'll forget it even faster.
Basically, interesting idea and good promise, but really bad realization....more
Usually people have a weak spot for the request button when it comes to ARCs, but for me it's read now button. ThReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Usually people have a weak spot for the request button when it comes to ARCs, but for me it's read now button. That little green think will be the end of me, trust me. I just cannot resist it. It usually turns out to be a complete waste of my time, but it's rare books like Undertow that give me hope.
As I haven't read the blurb for this, I honestly expected it to be about circus. It's just the cover looks like circus and I somehow though it must be it. But, don't be fooled as this has nothing to do with circus. Trust me on that. This is actually a book about a world being attacked by a new species. This time the threat is coming from the place the scariest to me - the sea. You can speak whatever you want, but I strongly believe there are different kind of creatures down there that we never wish to meet. Here we get to meet them, and it's not really something you want to come true. Well not all of it.
Even though this book is full of new things, as in new creatures and world building. It's also full of suspense and will keep you on edge. But at the same time it surely has a good deal of predictable elements. Lyrics our main character is what you can call your average YA heroin. She has sort of a normal life, but one full of secrets she has to deal with. Then there is Fanthom, a boy from another sort she must not fall for. But she does and it turns into much more than love story. But still each step of their romance was nicely built that I couldn't but fall for it. I cheered and prayed and I'll continue doing so in the sequel.
When it comes to the sequel it has a great deal of tangles to fix and I cannot wait to see it happen....more
I have nothing against borrowing things from other books, but at least don't use mainstream ones. You have orcs, and main characters is supDNF at 38%.
I have nothing against borrowing things from other books, but at least don't use mainstream ones. You have orcs, and main characters is super good with bow and arrow. Then he gets to attend boarding school....and so on. With all that it's predictable and main character is too young for me to connect with. ...more
Another big name in our little bookish world is for sure Kami Garcia. Even though her Beautiful Creatures seriesReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Another big name in our little bookish world is for sure Kami Garcia. Even though her Beautiful Creatures series wasn't something I enjoyed, still I wanted to give her books another chance especially after hearing some interesting things about this series. So when it appeared as read-now on NetGalley I said why not!
I wish I didn't, though. I'm not sure should I pull out I'm too old for this or this is not for me card or it's not only that. There is mix of that and mix of some issues I had with this book. But while this story promises you a really thrilling and dark story with some interesting background story, it gives you bits of that but not fully to be crazy about the story. It offers a really nice background story and interesting idea with that, but sadly it wasn't developed enough so I could understand it better. It will probably be in the sequel, but I'm not sure that I'll be reading it.
Now we come to the part which I had issues with - meaning the characters. Now I'm pulling my "I'm too old for this" card and I'll say that while Kennedy was your typical seventeen year old girl it's where it stops. She is not remarkable and unforgettable. Rather she is now after few weeks of reading this story just another character I will forget in few months. It's not only her but the problem here is that despite the love-triangle we had here, I believe that when you have twins as characters you need to make them unique and different enough for us to be able to distinguish between them. In theory that was done here because in descriptions boys were just that, but as soon as they started doing something they became the same. Both were bad boys but doing bad things just because they survived some traumas, which is as we all know always a good reason. Did I say typical already?
So, bottom line is that I believe that people who enjoyed Beautiful Creatures and some other similar books and younger readers who are discovering YA will enjoy this one, but we who had a decent share of typical stories not so much....more
This is where things get a bit tricky. I truly want to believe that every books has its story to tell and that noReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
This is where things get a bit tricky. I truly want to believe that every books has its story to tell and that not two people can write the same, regardless of how similar they are and it's true they cannot. I do also believe that every book is its own entity but despite my efforts not to compare this one with The Lunar Chronicles it's really hard not to do so.
Once again I was faced with a fairy tale retelling set in the future which makes this book a nice combo of genres and which is something I highly enjoy. Essie as our main character here is a girl that fights her own battles. She is strong and capable and really smart and good with technology (familiar?). She must take care of herself and seven! droids in order to survive, as she escaped from what she truly is. She hoped that things will stay that way, but universe and Dane had other plans for her.
When I started reading Stitching Snow I really though I'd give up at the start as it was really slow and it took me some time to get into the story and for the pacing to pick up. It did and now I'm glad that I continued. Despite my familiarity with the whole concept I still was surprised with some moments in this book. Also I really liked the chemistry and how it all developed between Dane and Essie. It was sweet and slow burning which is how I like my romance in books.
But the problem here is that Essie dominated the whole time that other characters couldn't get any spotlight and another thing is that villains here weren't as dominant as you expect them to be. They felt like those villains you get in fairy tales, they are mean just because someone has to be. Also there was that relationship between Essie and her father which seemed more complicated than I though, but sadly we didn't get to see the full background of it.
I truly believe that all people who haven't read Lunar series will be blow away with Stitching Snow, but to us who are slightly familiar with this all some things weren't as interesting, but at the same time this story brings some fresh air and some new concept to dystopian fairy tale retellings....more
As a kid I really was fortunate enough to get and read many of H. C. Anderson's fairy tales. I loved them and hadReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
As a kid I really was fortunate enough to get and read many of H. C. Anderson's fairy tales. I loved them and had a nice collection of them. But somehow "The Snow Queen" was never among them and it wasn't before Frozen exploded worldwide that I have heard of this tale. Now with Crown of Ice I think I've got to understand it better.
The first thing I noticed while reading Crown of Ice was how much it stick to the real story. There were a lot of new elements, which I'll mention later on, but basic is there. We've got a boy and a girl, Gerda and Kai, who are a bit older than in fairy tale. But they've been friends forever and during that time Gerda saw Kai as her future and her safe harbor, something that was written in start. At the same time Kai even though incredibly smart still aware that it's likely that he will stay in village despite his desires to go to University. It was all as planed until our Thyra returns to their lives, but now as the Snow Queen and lures Kai into her castle where he is bound to help her. They have little time and lots of things to figure out.
Despite the base that was somewhat similar to the original this story presents some fresh elements as well. Even though the cover will tell you different story, Crown of Ice was dark and at moments really cruel. The line between good and evil was always present and while I could understand Thyra and her behavior I couldn't connect with her at the same time. That's actually the main reason why I couldn't enjoy this one fully, but everything except that was nicely done. I loved how the story was even unpredictable even though the background was familiar to me.
All in all, even though story was a bit low at moments, it still was nicely organized and well written.
After seeing this cover and then reading this blurb at NetGalley it was really hard for me to resist and not to rReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After seeing this cover and then reading this blurb at NetGalley it was really hard for me to resist and not to request it. Weak as I am, I couldn't and now here we are. This blurb creates certain expectations I had for this book and sadly not all were fulfilled.
The Winter People promises you a really mysterious and unique world, which you get. Maybe not that unique world, as some unique elements of it, and that is something I really liked her. Another thing that worked really well here is mystery, which was something that made me really happy. It all started when Salome was six years old after she fell in a frozen pond. She was lucky enough to survive that and now some years back it's time to face the consequences. It took me a lot of time to connect everything and realize what was behind this.
I wish I could tell you that everything else was as good as the whole idea of the story, but sadly there are some flaws that ruined the whole experience for me. One thing, as the author put it love "quadreangle" here was really annoying. Boys weren't problems, some were a really good material, but I felt like watching a bee that goes from one flower to another throughout the whole story. Not to mention Salome's best friend. That girl is something I wish to educate on some things. Yes, it does present teens nowadays, but it's a really bad influence which I want to keep out of the YA lit.
This story was engrossing, complex and enchanting even, I give it that, but there are many elements here that didn't work for me. It mainly focuses on Salome's love issue(s) and not enough on paranormal elements. I realized what it was all about nearly at the end of the book. It was a really good idea and it was all nicely put together but it could have been better organized.
The author has a really good writing skills as well. The story was nicely written, so I really hope that in the future she will stay away from stereotypes and over-complicating things, which tend to ruin the story. And sadly they ruined this story for me....more
Before I start with my review take a moment and look at that cover. Even if I wasn't persuaded that I should reaReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Before I start with my review take a moment and look at that cover. Even if I wasn't persuaded that I should read The Burning Sky after seeing this cover I knew it must be done. So when the ARC landed on my Kindle I couldn't but return to this world immediately.
With the slight disappointment that The Burning Sky was for me I really hoped that this one would fix all those world-building problems and that I'd fully enjoy this story. It did that and then some more. When this story started I was lost and as the story started to reveal in front of my eyes I couldn't but urge myself to read faster, until the last 30% of the book that blew me away. The best part of this story, aside from finally getting the full picture of this world, is actually how it's divided into two storylines. One that follows Titus and Fairfax in Eton and other on their biggest quest. You could see the future of the story and discover it detail by detail and easily connecting it with the other storyline.
With all great discoveries and twist and turns it was so good to see that the chemistry between Fairfax and Titus didn't change and that their slow-burning romance was there. It was also great to see how they acted when everything seemed hopeless.
But for me, the highlight of this book lays in its unpredictability. I really couldn't even imagine that the Bane would do such things. He was really a villain here. Awful and heartless one, but one whom I'd love to see and understand better. Hopefully I'll get to see that in the last book in this series, which cannot be here soon enough....more
When Midnight Thief appeared two years ago I was blown away by it. The whole idea of the story was so good and wiReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
When Midnight Thief appeared two years ago I was blown away by it. The whole idea of the story was so good and with addition of Poison Dance (a prequel) this story promised me a really good ride. I did get that, and I'm happy to say that Daughter of Dusk is pushing it in the right way.
Even though it's been two years since I've read Midnight Thief it didn't take me long to get back into this story. Daughter of Dusk continues where the previous one left off. We're back with Kyra and her development. Not to spoil things for people who haven't read the first book, there were some unexpected (if you ask me) twists at the end of it and here we get to discover a new side of this world. A new side of Kyra, but also other characters here. It adds to already complex world building which was what meed me fall in love with the first book. Now with Demon Rider kin who as it turns out plays greater role than expected things are about to go down. For real!
I wasn't surprised that I got back into the story so quick as Kyra is a character you'll easily love. She is all you ever wanted to be: smart, capable and with all that really human, meaning with some flaws that make her even more likeable. And with Tristam who let's face it is a knight in shining armor it wasn't hard to cheer for them. Not to forget James, who for me is one of those amazing villains or so it seemed.
Even though, it seemed like this would be a great series sadly it ended to soon. I don't really know why this turned out to be a duology as in my opinion there is so much to be said about this. I wish there was more to it. But who knows, maybe someday....more
From what I have heard (actually read) at different blogs, it seems that that there are some issues in books mostReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
From what I have heard (actually read) at different blogs, it seems that that there are some issues in books most of us dealt with. One of them is when you get a really interesting idea and storyline (despite it being not perfectly done), but the book lacks any sort of chemistry or emotions, or vice versa. Sadly it happens often to me and Sweet Unrest will have to go into that category.
It starts like a mystical story, where Lucy, our main character in the story, moves with her parents to another city where a lot of town mysteries surround them. Soon enough Lucy gets to see pieces of that mystery and realized that there are some things that need to be solved and her adventure begins. With a nice dose of voodoo and dark and twisted stories you get to enjoy this mystery and to turn pages quickly just to see what happens next.
While that aspect of this story is what I really enjoyed, lack of chemistry or any sort of emotions is what stopped me from enjoying this fully. I never connected with Lucy or actually any other character. Alex was a really mysterious guy, but then again I couldn't feel him. Another thing that slightly bothered me was this ending. I don't want to spoil things to you, but it felt rather forced to me.
This is one of those books that for me seemed to have a really great idea and everything, but somewhere in the process some strings got loose and the plot suffered from it as it felt rather dull at moments. But writing was neatly done, which I'll give the author credit for.
After reading the blurb for this story this book promises a really mysterious and rather dark story with a main cReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After reading the blurb for this story this book promises a really mysterious and rather dark story with a main character that has a lot to deal with and I'm happy to say that it delivers. Not only that, but I found books that are somewhere in between reality and paranormal really interesting and they always turn into a great reads. Of Scars and Stardust did too.
It all starts in winter, one winter many years ago when Claire witnessed a really shocking moment in her life for which she blames herself. Now, many years and bad decisions later that moment is still hunting her and after her sister mysteriously vanishes it hunts her even more. It's time for her to go back and solve the mystery that's been occupying her thoughts for a very long. Upon coming back she will have to face her past and not only moments and memories, but also people. It's also a small town, that doesn't forget things that fast, and not everyone is willing to help.
Maybe my favorite part of this story was that it was divided into past and present. It was so good to see what happened that caused Clarie trauma and what was a cause of many sleepless nights in her life. She was a really believable character, with real fears and troubles. It was really easy to go through this story with her and hope that everything will end up without fatal consequences.
What I found problematic here was only the ending. I really wish it was clarified better. Maybe it was left for us to decide what we want to make out of this, but still sometimes I wish to have answers. Despite that it was a really strong and intriguing story....more
Before I start sorting out my feelings for this book I might first tell you that the blurb (the one you see hereReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Before I start sorting out my feelings for this book I might first tell you that the blurb (the one you see here or the one for The Vanishing Season - the same book just different title) are misleading. Yes this book has ghosts, mystery and serial killer, but this book is not only about that. Instead the focus of this book is on Maggie, her moving to different town and trying to fit it, meeting Pauline and Liam and the dynamic in relationships between them.
Like I said, Maggie our main character moves into a small down, due to financial issues her family is faced with. Grill Creek is a small, everyone-know-everyone town so when murders of young girls start it causes confusion and panic among the citizens. It creates fear, one you can feel while turning the pages of this book, but at the same time you can see that Maggie won't be burden by it. The story turn into a tale about friendship and growing up and trying to belong.
If I'm to describe Ms. Anderson's writing I'd say it hits all the right notes and created the symphony my ears what to hear. It's something I rarely experience but when I do I cherish it. Not only writing but characters are built so that they are real, Maggie was me and I was Maggie so many times. Both Pauline and Liam were there, and while I do not approve of some of their actions they were believable and something, when you think about it, you could expect. Then there is that ending, the one that I didn't see coming and the one that shook me to the core.
While reading and reviewing mostly, I come to realize that the degree of feelings you have for a book depend on how far you're ready to go to understand the story. How willing are you to think it through. Somehow I could find explanation for each and every decision in this book and that is also why not everyone will love this book as much as I did....more
We discussed this a great deal in the past so I guess that sadly I got another book to put on my "I like the idea buReview also posted Ja čitam, a ti?
We discussed this a great deal in the past so I guess that sadly I got another book to put on my "I like the idea but not the characters or vice versa" shelf, as Stray was just that. It gave me an insight into a really interesting and magical world but at the same time it gave me a main character I couldn't connect with.
Stray takes you to another world, which has some elements you are familiar with but still combines them in the interesting manner and with that creating an equally interesting world. It's a world where girls are bound to follow the Path or they will go Stray and with that rejected from the society. One of the rules of the Path is not to use your magic abilities aka "Conceal don't feel. Don't let them see" but some rules are there to be broken.
So there is Aislynn our main character here, whom I cannot but describe as boring most of the times. She really didn't have anything that appealed to me. She was just a pawn that told us the story. There was no connection between us, or actually between me or any other character. Sometimes I felt like that was the role they played and it fits their position, but at other times it bored me.
Another trouble here is the whole point of all this. This story offers you so much of everything, but when you think of it at the end you know nothing. I have holes in my brain about this world, about some characters and their point in this whole world. Also just a side note: you cannot give a wolf that name, just no! It bothered me to no end.
Not to be completely negative, in Stray you'll find a nice romance. It's actually how I like them in fantasy stories. It's there and you can see it develop but at the same time it never shadows the plot or the world. It just follows it and never takes over.
Still the official Goodreads page promises us more books that are set in this world, and with that I truly believe that at least one character I'll be able to connect with. Till then....more