I liked this about the same as Onyx. It had more romance, and an even sweeter and more dreamy Daemon, but less action. So it evens out in the end. TheI liked this about the same as Onyx. It had more romance, and an even sweeter and more dreamy Daemon, but less action. So it evens out in the end. The only action was the two escape attempts, which dont add up to many pages.
But I really appreciate all the romance, and the focus on Katy and Daemon's bond. The reaffirmation of their relationship. We need that assurance that they can get through what faces them next. I am still a bit worried about their fate, but not sad. All the fuss over the ending had me worried, because I am really sensitive and I didnt want to cry. But I didnt. It ended up not being the kind of cliffhanger that makes me cry. It was a surprise twist, but not especially sad. But it really has me anxious to read Origin....more
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I really grew to appreciate Darkness in True and was really looking forward to this. I can't resisted a gorgeous manI enjoyed this book a great deal. I really grew to appreciate Darkness in True and was really looking forward to this. I can't resisted a gorgeous man who is hurting inside. I just want to fix them, or at least witness another woman fix them.
During Darkness' own story, I saw how complicated he was inside. As much as he may have continued to deny it, he was in pain. He had so much guilt over the deaths of his brothers that he didn't deserve. It was all Mercile's fault. No one fought against having a mate as much as he did. Poor Kat went through so much for him. He pushed her away so many times. I would not have blamed her for giving up on him. But she always took him back. He needed her so much and she was always there to tell him he was not to blame.
I love this series so much that it really wouldn't even have mattered whether or not I cared about the title character. I enjoyed all the characters. I loved seeing Sunshine, and Fury, and Justice, and Salvation! The NS are such an amazing family and I feel like they are all my family now too. They are such amazing people and I cant wait for Smiley. I am so glad that it is coming out so soon after Darkness and there wont be a long wait for me. Whenever I read NS I just don't want to stop!...more
So, some background on my relationship with Cassie. I read City of Bones first. Wasn't a huge fan of it, didn't particularly like Clary or Jace, I hated their relationship, and I hated Simon. The only redeeming quality was the excellent world-building and Magnus Bane. As I read City of Ashes and City of Glass I felt the same way and decided that was a good place to stop. I have never read City of Fallen Angels.
Then, as I heard all the ravings from fans about how much better TID was, and all the raving about Will and Jem, I became curious and wanted to know which side of the love-triangle I would fall on. So I read Clockwork Angel and yes, it is much better. It introduced me to Jem, who is one of the best things Cassie has ever created, the story was very interesting, and Tessa is somewhat better than Clary. At least I don't actively dislike her. But there is one major drawback. Will Herondale is one of the worst things I have ever seen created on paper. I cant even tell you have much I hate him because words do not suffice.
I am always somewhat scared to start a new Cassie Clare book because her world is amazing and it has a lot of potential to impress me but I just seem to hate what she seems to think is a good romance and a good romantic lead. I do intend to keep trying though, by reading each of her new series. But as I said, Magnus Bane is one of the redeeming characters she has created, and I was excited to read about him in his own world.
Each story in this book was interesting in its own right. I won't say which was my favourite because they were all interesting, entertaining, funny, and they all taught me something new about Magnus Bane. That is the best thing about this book. The overall experience of getting to know Magnus Bane better. He never received this kind of undivided attention before and I feel like I know him intimately now. I don't know how much he appeared in the latter books of TMI, but this gave me a whole new view of him and I love him even more. He is an amazing warlock and an amazing person.
I loved seeing the friends he made over the years, the lovers, how he treated people, including Shadowhunters; how he tried to save Raphael, Camille, and innocent werewolf families. He is a hero. But he never stops being Magnus either. He shows up to battle in hot pink. I love his sense of humour too, his sarcasm. That is something I already knew about him, but I really enjoyed seeing more of it. Two side of him worth loving.
I also loved seeing him with Alec. I enjoyed Alec in the books as well, but its different when you see him as Magnus sees him. I never knew Alec was so insecure and shy and good. I loved the way Magnus described him and the way he made him feel. It makes me reconsider finishing TMI, just to get a few more glimpses of Magnus and Alec together. I now have an incredible love and respect for Magnus Bane. I love him more than this series can contain. He is too big for his world. I will keep trying with Cassie Clare, but I have no reason to expect to find anything as great as this by her in the future.
I heard so many say that this book was ridiculously slow and that they had trouble getting through it, but I didn't find that at all. And I was neverI heard so many say that this book was ridiculously slow and that they had trouble getting through it, but I didn't find that at all. And I was never a Maas fan to begin with so there was really nothing enticing me to read this besides it being in a genre I enjoy, so I almost didnt read it. But it was at my library so I figured I would give it a try, and I am so incredibly glad I did.
I loved this from the very first chapter. I loved Feyre and the world and the writing. I was not especially impressed with Throne of Glass because I had little interest in the story or characters, and I suppose that distracted me from the writing. I finally see what people were talking about when they said that Sarah J. Maas was a beautiful writer.
I have always especially enjoyed stories about the fae, but I especially enjoyed this one because it is the first I have read that was set completely in its own unique world and had no connection to our own. It was not a contemporary fantasy, an urban fantasy, or a secondary-world fantasy. Also it was dark in a way that wasn't simply gritty like Holly Black's stories--it was evil and looming and immersive. I loved that the faeries werent all stuck at the age of 17. As much as I love Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey, I always found it odd that they all looked like teenagers when they were immortal. Wouldn't they likely prefer to be frozen at the age of approximately 25, not 17? Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand were men, not boys. Some have listed this as YA, some as NA, but it felt like an adult romance to me.
This is the most similar retelling of Beauty and the Beast to the original story that I am familiar with that I have ever read. Aside from the fact that Tamlin was not stuck in his beastly form the story had all the same important points and was so clearly recognizable, but at the same time was so different, with different stakes. The world was amazing and the threats and accomplishments more impressive. The characters are deep and their loyalties complex. Feyre is one of the strongest heroines I have seen in any genre in a long time, and leagues and leagues better than Celaena. Her love for Tamlin was inspiring, and Rhysand... I havent found a character that captivating since the Darkling.
I cannot wait to find out what will happen next, while Feyre deals with her new life as a fae, her dept to Rhysand, and likely a new threat from the king of Hybern....more
This wasn't as good as I expected considering all the hype, but I can tell that a lot is still to happen. The story is definitely way better than ShivThis wasn't as good as I expected considering all the hype, but I can tell that a lot is still to happen. The story is definitely way better than Shiver which I never finished, but I don't think I am a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater. I don't feel a particular connection to the story or the characters, but with the large group of characters I can feel the potential for it to get better. This gets a 3.5/5 from me for the interesting story alone....more
I am so angry right now I dont even know if I wanna read Throne of Glass any more. But the reason I read all these shorts this week is because I orderI am so angry right now I dont even know if I wanna read Throne of Glass any more. But the reason I read all these shorts this week is because I ordered it from my library and it will be here soon. But I dont think I could even stomach reading it right now. I am not just sad, I am angry. Almost seething. I usually avoid gifs because I like to write proper reviews, but I am too angry to write so...
That was me, literally. I took a shower to help me feel better. It didnt help....more
I love how Veronica Roth chose this scene for Four's POV. Most authors who have been releasing scenes from the guy's POV lately, always choose a sceneI love how Veronica Roth chose this scene for Four's POV. Most authors who have been releasing scenes from the guy's POV lately, always choose a scene where they were making out or something (in which case she probably would have gone with Chapter 31). Like Clare's An Offering of Moonlight, or Jennifer L. Armentrout's Daemon Extra from Obsidian, which is fun, of course. But this scene of Tobias and Tris is before all that happened. When they were still figuring each other out. It has a range of emotions instead of just the one, and it reveals much more about his character. Again Roth puts herself above the rest. I love it....more
So, Adam is super lame, and now we have proof. Honestly, it was so blatantly obvious that he would make a horrible partner for Juliette, that I reallySo, Adam is super lame, and now we have proof. Honestly, it was so blatantly obvious that he would make a horrible partner for Juliette, that I really cant see any way that Mafi can justify them being together now. There is no way that it can happen. I never really liked Adam. He was ok in book 1 because I thought he was gonna be it, and I just went with it, but I never really loved the idea.
I found Warner more interesting from the beginning, but it wasnt until I read Destroy Me that I realized that he is THE ONE for Juliette, and I start to get brave enough to support the idea, and then I started to really hate Adam. But I honestly never suspected that he was this bad inside. I already knew that Warner was more supportive and accepting than Adam. But now I know that Adam is almost constantly just thinking about protecting Juliette from everything, and about all the things that she cannot do. It was ridiculous. She isnt an infant! Not to mention the fact that he abandoned her at the end. I understand that James is his little brother, and almost like a son to him and he had to save him. But Juliette didnt even cross his mind. He wasnt even a little torn up about it.
If it was Mafi's purpose to do this, to turn the last lingering Adam fans to Team Warner, than she did a fantastic job. But entertainment-wise, this book was pointless.
4.5/5. It loses half a star for that ending. The ending could have been better. One more sentence or two could have saved it. Everything else about th4.5/5. It loses half a star for that ending. The ending could have been better. One more sentence or two could have saved it. Everything else about this book is perfect, but the most perfect of all is Park. Oh my gosh, Park! I loved him before we even really knew him. When he still thought Eleanor was weird. I could already tell he was special. ...more
I have had some fairly good luck with contemps lately. This and Losing It getting 5 stars from me within a month? Thats monumental! I think maybe the trick is for me to stick to the funny contemps.
Reason 1: You know how to sign the word 'balls' Reason 2: You walk with a book on your head Reason 3: You know how to make awkward less awkward Reason 4: Its easy with you Reason 5. You know how to make a guy feel pretty good about himself Reason 6: You give the best hugs Reason 7: I think about you before I think about her Reason 8: You slaughter me at Ghost Recon Reason 9: You turned me into a psycho
The title says 'Funny Fat Friend', and they were right about the funny part. Hayley is hilarious, amazing, and totally "awesomesauce". :P And when she told Brody he had to make a list of reasons why he chose her over a skinny girl, he actually found it extremely easy, and was daily adding new things to the list as he discovered more and more reasons to love her.
Reason 10: You are the FHF--Freaking Hot Friend Reason 11: You are perceptive Reason 12: You don't let my jackass jerk brother get to you Reason 13: I'd beat the crap out of my own flesh and blood for you Reason 14: I need crave you Reason 15: You rock some sexy ink Reason 16: You make me feel all that gooey shit crap I'm supposed to feel Reason 17: You're a cute little cheater Reason 18: You make me nervous, but not nervous
Brody was a great guy. He felt totally genuine and realistic and just the right amount of sappy. He fell for Hayley fast and hard. When it started, I thought the book would be about the process of him falling for her, but he was almost instantly in awe of her, from the first chapter. The rest of the book was mostly him trying to prove it to her. Making her realize she deserved it.
Reason 19: Pictures of bleeding people don't make you want to puke Reason 20: If eyes can be hot, yours are smoking Reason 21: You can put boob marks in all my shirts and I wont care Reason 22: You smile when you kiss Reason 23: You're as horny as I am Reason 24: I cant lie to you Reason 25: When you're pissed at me, I turn into a depressed slob who cant stop listening to pop crap
This book was totally sweet and heartwarming, and fun, and just the right amount of drama to not piss me off. Lovable characters, a YA-appropriate touch of hot, and an HEA. What else could you ask for? :) This is definitely one that I'll be re-reading in the future.
Reason 26: I want to shout it to the world that I'm in love with you Reason 27: You are THE girl...more
**spoiler alert** Hmm, well I'm glad they got their HEA, but there still wasn't enough Varen. Book 2 and 3 can't compare to book 1 and all the amazing**spoiler alert** Hmm, well I'm glad they got their HEA, but there still wasn't enough Varen. Book 2 and 3 can't compare to book 1 and all the amazing Varen moments. This book was basically one long trip through the dream world and it took place over basically a single day. But it never explained what everyone thought happened. After Isobel and Varen came back where did her parents and everyone else think they had gone? They just let it go. Also, this never explained the situation with Varen's mother or why she left, and the epilogue just raised more questions. Would anyone like to explain it to me?...more
This is probably the best YA book I have read since Divergent. I have heard some people complain about it being slow or confusing, but I think that itThis is probably the best YA book I have read since Divergent. I have heard some people complain about it being slow or confusing, but I think that it depends on the reader. I didnt find it slow or confusing at all. My guess is that they found it slow because of the constant trekking. I have read a lot of high fantasy and a lot of books that are almost entirely walking, building fires, and hunting. I am used to this so I didnt find it slow. Its part of the adventure. And my guess is that they found it confusing because of the amount of technology and virtual reality in the beginning, before Aria left the dome. I have also read a lot of hard sci-fi, so I am used to this. So, if you are expecting this to be a soft YA romance, you should adjust your expectations before reading it.
I dont know if I am the only one, but I find a lot of YA feels amateur. Even though I love YA, and almost every book I read, they dont all have the same level of prose. I tolerate this because I read for characters more than anything. But the writing in this was amazing! And an author's writing abilities (not taking imagination into account) dont just make it easier to read, they bring everything to life! This flowed so smoothly and felt so real. I have hardly ever read a YA book with characters that felt so real. There is one point where Perry, the male lead, thought to himself about how much Aria has changed, and I realized, wow, she really has! It hadnt even occurred to me that she was practically a different person at this point, because it had happened so naturally and organically. The same goes for the romance. It wasnt insta-love, and there wasnt any defining moment when their relationship or feelings began. It just grew. We could see it right before our eyes, from the beginning right to the end, growing at a steady pace. It was beautiful. And the enhanced senses that some people had brought the whole world brightly to life.
Be warned that this is not like other dystopian or post-apocalyptic. Its a bit of both, but mostly it is an adventure. There are absolutely no references to our world. There was clearly a devastating event that happened in the past that they call the Unity. But we dont necessarily know that this is even Earth. In that way, it reminds me of Orson Scott Card's Pathfinder. And although there is a fair amount of technology, this feels a lot like a high fantasy, since there is a great lack in technology outside of the domes, and a primitive way of life. This is a very difficult genre to define. And although the main characters are 17 and 18, this doesnt exactly read like a typical YA. It is slightly heavier, story-wise, as well as thematically and in writing style. But the content is entirely suitable for YA readers. Highly recommended!...more
I found this book strangely moving. It was my first Seth Grahame-Smith book and I didnt know what to expect. Although there was some humour, I thought it would be more out there, and ridiculing the whole story. But really he just expanded on the story that already exists in the Bible, filling in the blanks with his own ideas. There was very little that was altered from the original story, mostly just the timeline and a few other details (Mary and Joseph met Simeon in Jerusalem not Hebron, Jesus only forgave one of the criminals crucified with him not both). I am a Christian myself so I am quite familiar with the story.
Although I am a Christian, I am not an overly sensitive Christian, so I decided to read this thinking it would be a bit of fun. But thats not why I ended up enjoying it at all. I dont know what Grahame-Smith intended, if he has a positive or negative view of Christians, but I actually found this motivational. I love the way God brought them through everything, and how changed Balthazar was in the end.
For those who dont like the idea of a Christian book, it reads mostly as an adventure; a great, violent, historical adventure with some supernatural elements that could be considered mythology. It also has the feel of a high fantasy at times, with the many sword fights, dungeons, and evil kings.
Balthazar was the only character that we really got to know, but I really felt for him, and I actually cried three times throughout this book. The last time was in the epilogue. It was such a clever and satisfying ending. I love the way Grahame-Smith uses real historical events to accent the story, as he did in the epilogue, and I imagine it is the same in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Although I am not very familiar with American history so I may not be able to appreciate the work once I get around to reading that.
Despite all the violence, I would consider this a 'feel good' book. I feel uplifted. But also impressed. Very smartly done....more
This book was absolutely nothing like I expected. Even the blurb didnt give away the fThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was absolutely nothing like I expected. Even the blurb didnt give away the fact that this was a futuristic sci-fi and not a high fantasy. And it wasnt much of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, either. There was not much left of the original tale. The only similarities I saw was that their love could break a curse, but even the details of that were very different. Besides the drastic change in story and setting, one of the more major changes is the fact that there is no clear beauty and no clear beast. They were both a little beautiful and both a little beastly, and I really loved that about it. The whole point of the story is that we are all the same, we are all human in the end, regardless of the differences we see at first glance.
“Beauty is wherever you find it, and Beast is there when you need to defend it.”
This book wasnt the type of book that made me want to yell with excitement or made my heart race. It had a lot of darkness, but being a standalone novel, it didnt have time to dwell on it. It had to bring a resolution sooner than in a series, so I am left mostly with feelings of peace, warmth, and happiness. It was a love story, not an adventure. The setting and story itself reminded me a great deal of books such as Under the Never Sky and Cinder. But the atmosphere, feelings of peace, HEA, and the focus on the power of undying love reminds me more of For Darkness Shows the Stars.
Isra and Gem were amazing characters who had been through so much, had been put through so much by others, and still found the courage in themselves to love without reservation. They were brave, incredibly kind, and capable people whose love was real and tangible, beautiful and selfless. And it saved the world. And although that leaves me with incredible warm and fuzzy feelings, my blood is not pumping. I am not holding back any emotions that want to burst out.
"I am her monster, and she is mine. But right now none of it matters."...more
This book wasn't really what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I read so many reviews about how it was "so crazy!" I was kind of expecting more, butThis book wasn't really what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I read so many reviews about how it was "so crazy!" I was kind of expecting more, but it turned out to be pretty familiar. With a title like Dark Matter, I could kind of guess what was happening as soon as Jason told us that the man abducting him wore a mask and had a familiar voice. That's what happens when you watch and read as much sci-fi as I have in my life. I have been familiar with Schrodinger's cat since I was a teenager (which was a long time ago), when I first watched the Stargate SG-1 season 1 episode, "Enigma". I have read books and seen numerous episodes of various sci-fi shows about dimensional travel. This was nothing revolutionary to me. That's not to say that this book wasn't still great. I just wasn't quite as in awe with it as it sounds like most people were.
What I enjoyed most about this book was Jason. I love how determined he was, and how much he loved his wife. How much he made out of the life he was given and appreciated what he had. Even before it was taken from him, his life was the best it could be and that is why Jason 2 chose his life to steal in the first place. There may have been another Jason close to as deserving as him out there, but I agree with Daniela that it was meant to be. He is the one that found her first, but was also willing to give her up if it were best for her and Charlie. That alone made him the best Jason in my eyes. The sci-fi aspects of this story could overshadow the fact that this is an epic romance as well, until you look closer....more
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely noActual rating: 4.5/5
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely nothing sci-fi or paranormal about it besides the mention of a prophecy, but its mysterious existence is basically just accepted. This is all action/adventure/mystery/romance.
I really enjoyed all the history and geography in this. It starts out with Avery in high school, in Minnesota I think. She then travels to Paris, then Istanbul, then Paris again, where they visit several museums as well as the Notre-Dame cathedral. It all felt real to me, like we were really there, and I can't wait for them to travel further in the following books, in search of Alexander's tomb.
Avery was a very average girl and of course some times she made silly mistakes, such as getting on the plane with Stellan in the first place. But she held herself together well and I was proud of her for not completely losing her shit when people started shooting at her. She helped Jack plan along the way and saved him at Notre-Dame. But she still felt very genuine and realistic.
And I loved Jack. He was such a sweetheart. I rarely ever like the bad boy types, except on very rare occasions. But this is not one of them. Jack is quiet and kind and brave and he goes out of his way to protect Avery again and again, and risks his life just to be with her. I wasn't sure how far a romance would go in this book, or if it would be less of a focus. But I am glad that there was time for a lot of romance in this.
“I've never considered breaking that oath before. Ever. But I did, for you... It was all for you.”
I don't understand everyone's fascination with Stellan though. I mean, he never did anything interesting. He was rude. He pulled a knife on Avery twice. How is that likable? I am glad that he was not really portrayed as a love interest at least. He was good-looking enough for Avery to notice, but that's about it. She never trusted him, and with good reason. He mostly just hung around and never made a scene. So I appreciate that he didn't try to be a scene-stealer at least. But after that ending, I am sure the love-triangle aspect will be vamped up in the next book. I am not looking forward to that at all, especially since Avery and Jack ended in such a good place. They better not go through with Stellan's idea.
So I totally loved this book for being a lot of fun, a great adventure with great mystery, romance, and likable characters, besides Stellan. I really swallowed it up and thoroughly enjoyed the ride....more
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historicaThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historical set in the times of ancient Greece. But it is not Atlantis, it is Atlantia. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world Above is poisoned so people moved Below the water.
This is the story of Rio, who dreams of seeing above, and her journey to see her sister again, and to discover the secrets of her world and Above, and what really happened. I read this because I loved Matched so much. And although the writing style is pretty much the same, the characters did not engage me as much. And there was very little romance. Although True helped her along the way, the real struggle was for Rio to find her sister. It had nothing to do with finding a way to be with True. He was a companion and a comfort during her struggle, but not a central part of it.
The world of Atlantia was pretty unique but the story was not enough to really grab me. It focused too much on Rio's single-minded need to go Above, and not enough on the mythology and history of their world. I would have liked to learn more about the sirens and the gods and the other gifts that some people had. It could have been much more interesting if it delved deeper I think. And if it had better characters. There was really nothing special about any of them. They were pretty forgettable.
The story was concluded, and although authors can always find an excuse to come back and expand a story if they decide to, I hope this remains a standalone story. I don't feel the need to come back to this world. We could always see how Rio and Bay are doing later, and how their worlds are faring, how things have changed, but things are good enough as they are now. I believe everything will turn out for the best.
(view spoiler)[Bay's plan to save Rio by going Above was the dumbest plan ever. She said in her letter that she knew how stubborn Rio was and that she would find a way Above eventually. So going Above herself just guaranteed that Rio would follow her, not that Rio would never go Above. The best way of preventing Rio from ever going would have been to stay with her, like she promised, then Rio would have stayed with her. I am sure she would have been sad to never see the Above after that, but she would never have left her sister or risked her life for it, like she risked her life to see Bay again. (hide spoiler)]...more
This was a pretty good conclusion. Lots of action, although it was way longer than it needed to be, and there was a lot of parts I just didn't care abThis was a pretty good conclusion. Lots of action, although it was way longer than it needed to be, and there was a lot of parts I just didn't care about and could have been skipped. And not all of the main romances got a proper resolution so that was disappointing. But this was still better than the previous two books. So great conclusion.
The first book in the series remains my favourite, and Cinder and Kai remain my favourite couple and female and male characters. Scarlet and Wolf are my least favourite couple and two least favourite characters. If I had to pick one, I hate Scarlet more than Wolf. She is so useless. Scarlet is also my least favourite book in the series. Cress and Thorne would be my second favourite couple and favourite characters after Cinder and Kai. The book was decent but not my second favourite. That would go to Winter. Winter and Jacin are so bland as a couple they would be my least favourite if I didn't have actual dislike for Scarlet and Wolf. Winter and Jacin are the most forgettable characters but my second least favourite couple, and male and female characters. Winter is my second favourite book though because there was so much of Cinder and Kai in it and I was so glad to finally see Cinder get her throne.
My feelings for this series are so scattered because there is such a drastic gap between my love of the overall story, world, and Cinder and Kai; and my dislike of everyone else and the formatting of the series....more
I ended up feeling pretty much the same about this as I have all of her previous books. Too many mixed feelings to say anything for sure. The world isI ended up feeling pretty much the same about this as I have all of her previous books. Too many mixed feelings to say anything for sure. The world is great, the story was decent, the characters are bland, and the romance is horrific.
Me and Cassandra definitely have a different idea about what makes a good romance. That is the one thing that bothers me about her books more often than anything else. And secondly, I usually dont love her characters, with the exception of Magnus and Jem. And now Ty and Mark. Ty and Mark are both really interesting and I wish I could read more about them but I dont think I will continue with this series. Emma and Julian were incredibly dull, especially Julian. He was a paragon and all caring and self sacrifice and perfection. He didnt feel real.
And as a note, I never read the second half of TMI or Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, and there was a lot I was confused about. This book definitely assumes the reader is caught up. And although I got by, if you plan to read those books anyway, I would recommend making sure to read them before this....more
This book was infuriating! Every chapter, every page, every paragraph just made it all worse and worse. When I thought there could be no more depth toThis book was infuriating! Every chapter, every page, every paragraph just made it all worse and worse. When I thought there could be no more depth to the stupidity, there was!
My number one issue with this book was the poor logic that seemed to abound on Godspeed, the ship. First, it was Eldest, the leader of the ship, and his theories on monoethnicity, and how differences bred discord. But the only cause of discord was people like him, who made a big deal out of all the differences they saw, instead of trying to understand and accept. And he is a fan of Hitler?! Oh yeah, thats logical, strongly appose discord, yet support the greatest cause of discord in Earth history. Logical. They never address Hitler again, even though the book spoke of Earth's history a few times. And all Eldest's flaws werent a part of the final confrontation. They seemed to play no part in Amy and Elder's rebellion.
The most common complaint I have heard from others was that this was too slow, and I have to agree. Without giving too much away, the book starts with Amy and her parents being cryogenically frozen, saying goodbye to each other for the next 250 years. Right up to the moment when the tank seals, and I was thinking, this is going to be good. We get to skip all the unimportant stuff, and wake up 250 years in the future. But no, Amy remains semiconscious, and we have to go through 13 chapters of pointless dreams that have nothing to do with anything, before she finally wakes up again. And there are several chapters that contain no dialog at all.
And then there is Amy and Elder. The chapters alternate between the two of them, so we got to know them both equally. It is a good format and I would enjoy seeing more books using it. But it cannot save the book if the characters suck to begin with. From the moment Amy wakes up, Eldest is upset about the discord she will cause, and she never once tries to argue with him, with all the hundreds of reasons she has every right to be there, and that Eldest should never have taught his crew to hate differences in the first place, knowing perfectly well that there were 100 frozen people at the bottom of the ship that are different from them all. And as she gets to know Elder she tries to show him what people were like on Earth, but it is such a weak attempt I dont know why she even bothers. When people start mating in the streets (which was laughable) she says its unnatural, and Elder is confused but she goes no further to explain. And when Elder recites her an extremely altered version of the Gettysburg Address, she says its wrong, but goes no further to explain the truth about American history. And Elder, he seems to think she is slow or something. Not as slow as everyone else, but he doesnt seem to trust her. The few things she does tell him about Earth, he shakes off and thinks to himself, that she just doesnt understand what it is like to live peacefully. Godspeed is just one small bubble of humans, and Amy came from the origin of humans, where there are billions of them, yet Elder and everyone else treats her as if she knows nothing about it. No one ever takes her seriously. Amy and Elder really dont seem to have a connection. And neither seem to react to each other, or to their trials, in any way I would imagine someone reacting. This book is a good example of how the future will never be. No one in this book seemed to behave like a proper human being. The word illogical is the most prominent in my mind when I think of this book.
Elder is basically constantly thinking about how much he wants to jump Amy, but that is purely a physical attraction. He also likes how alive she is compared to the others on the ship, but Amy gives no indication that she has any interest in Elder. Right up until the end, she still doesnt even want to hold his hand. Which reminds me, Amy's old boyfriend Jason. What a jerk. He sounds like a horrible boyfriend and I cant believe Amy is still thinking about him. And I am so disappointed that she slept with him. What a waste. Part of the reason I so love YA romance, not that this had any romance, is I love seeing people discover love and all that entails, together, for the first time. Amy and Elder can't ever have that now, if they ever got that far.
In most dystopians there are a few corrupt individuals at the top. Those underneath either dont know what is really happening, or they serve through fear or bribery. But in this book, there are a few who know the truth of Godspeed, and none of them does anything about it. No one besides Amy and Elder seem to think there is anything wrong with anything. And even then, I have my doubts about Elder. He is far too much like Eldest. No one on the ship seems to have a conscience. When we finally found out what Godspeed's secret was, there were far better ways the problem could have been dealt with, instead of creating all those secrets and discord. And when we found out who the culprit is, his reasons for what he did dont make sense either. I cant think of a single example of good decision making in this book.
This book just made me so angry. I wanted to shout and throw things. There was absolutely nothing pleasant about the experience. Nothing could make me read the next book, A Million Suns.
For those of you who want to read a book that did what Across the Universe failed to do, or even if you loved this and want more dystopians in space, I recommend you read Hope's Daughter....more
I loved loved loved Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and I really enjoyed Anansi Boys which I read first not knowing it was a sequel to this. With the reputI loved loved loved Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and I really enjoyed Anansi Boys which I read first not knowing it was a sequel to this. With the reputation that American Gods has I expected it to be better than both.
I am sure I am just missing the point or something but I really did not care for this book. Most of it didn't even seem to be relevant. It was mostly just Shadow, on the road traveling, having random encounters, living in a boring old town, eating spaghetti with his neighbour. It was all pointless.
And in the end nothing really happened. It just fizzled out. I mean, there was a small little revelation about the two man con, but I was like, really? That is what was going on? I dont buy it. It seemed super contrived. Anyways, I will still consider myself a Neil Gaiman fan since I loved some of his books. I still want to read Stardust and The Sleeper and the Spindle and then we shall see....more
I enjoyed this a lot more than Shadow and Bone. I wasnt a huge fan of her other series. The characters in this were way more interesting. The DarklingI enjoyed this a lot more than Shadow and Bone. I wasnt a huge fan of her other series. The characters in this were way more interesting. The Darkling was great of course, but the protagonists in The Grisha were sort of flat imo. The romance(s) were way more intriguing, and the story extremely complex and engaging. I cant wait to find out what Kaz comes up with for Crooked Kingdom.
With such an ensemble cast its unavoidable that I have ranked the characters. You cant help but come up with your favourites in your head. So they are: Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, and Matthias. I really loved Jesper so he was a very close third behind Inej. Why was Wylan the only one without his own POVs? Was it just to avoid finding out why he was kicked out by his father? She could have given him POVs and just avoided having him think about it. Maybe there's another reason. But I hope to have his POV in book 2. And of course Kaz was undeniably the best character. ...more
I enjoyed this much more than Obsidian, but I dont know how it ended up with the same rating. Like Katy, I had trouble forgiving Daemon for the way heI enjoyed this much more than Obsidian, but I dont know how it ended up with the same rating. Like Katy, I had trouble forgiving Daemon for the way he treated her when they first met. He had to win me over too, and he definitely did. Daemon is like a different person in this book. If you were one of the people who didnt like Daemon and thought he was a jerk, because I know I wasnt the only one, I suggest you give him another chance. His jerkiness turned into cocky and funny and oh so sweet. I really like funny guys. They are not my favourite type of YA boy, but they are definitely better than the bad boys. I cant even see Daemon as a bad boy anymore. The only thing bad about him is his willingness to kill for people he loves. But that isnt because he has a bad attitude, it is because he is passionate and fierce.
I know a lot of people found Katy annoying, but mostly I liked her. There were two times I was pretty upset at her, but thats it. I love how she is a book nerd. There is no better way to make readers love a character than to make them exactly like us. And she is super spunky. And like Daemon, she would do pretty much anything for people she loves. What really bugged me though was (view spoiler)[the time Blake took her out past the rocks and made her fight an Arum, and she didnt text Daemon. It was so obvious Blake was up to something and she even considered texting Daemon, but didnt. Stupid move. And again when Blake showed up in her bedroom. He even left her alone to get dressed giving her the perfect opportunity to get Daemon over there in case Blake tried something, which might have prevented Adam's death. (hide spoiler)].
Oh, and for those who just loved Katy and Daemon's chemistry, this was certainly not lacking. Just those couple of scenes in Obsidian had woman all over the world fainting and swooning. But in Onyx, it was x10! Ok, maybe realistically it was less, but I cant even remember how many times they made out in this book. It was pretty awesomely hilarious.
I love how the story has expanded so much from what we thought we knew. So much is going on now and the enemy is so much more dangerous than they thought, and not even who they thought. I can only guess where things will go from here and I cannot wait for Opal. Thankfully, its not too far away....more
I think this series would be a lot better if it kept its focus on Cinder instead of always getting sidetracked with new characters and trying to forceI think this series would be a lot better if it kept its focus on Cinder instead of always getting sidetracked with new characters and trying to force another fairy tale into the story, when it would be so much better without it. The fairy tale princesses is a gimmick that this series doesn't need in order to be good.
Although, this book did focus a great deal more on Cinder than Scarlet did, which is a shame since if one of these books needed more Cinder, it was Scarlet. I really didnt care about either of the new characters in that book, and it only got good at the end when Cinder was reintroduced.
But luckily this book only introduced one new character instead of two, and it didnt take as much time away from Cinder, and Cress wasnt so bad. Although their relationship is only in the very early stages, she and Thorne seem to make more sense together than Wolf and Scarlet do. And Cress really comes in handy. I really couldnt care less about what is happening to Scarlet right now. She is the most useless character in the book.
But still, every single time there was a chapter from Cinder or Kai's POV, I would forget about everyone else, I would forget that it wasnt their story all along. Because it should be. This is Cinder and Kai's story and everyone else just fades away into the background. They are the only characters with the power to keep bringing me back to this series, as well as the great world-building, and Thorne of course. And the last chapter. Oh my gosh! That is what I have been waiting for for the past 2 books! My heart is singing!
This started out really slow. Not much really happened in Scarlet and Wolf's story till the end. I much preferred the Cinder and Kai chapters. It wasThis started out really slow. Not much really happened in Scarlet and Wolf's story till the end. I much preferred the Cinder and Kai chapters. It was really painful to read the Kai chapters and see how confused he is about Cinder. I especially hate hearing everyone slandering her. There is no one who really knows Cinder except Iko, and in the end, Thorne as well. But I was really hoping that Cinder would find a way to get word to Kai. She really needs to tell him her story, especially the part about who she is. Maybe, if he knew, he wouldn't have made the announcement that he did at the end. Poor Kai. :( Not only is he suffering because of the state of his homeland, but also because of Cinder. Losing her and not knowing whether he ever knew her in the first place. Not knowing whether he was made a fool of or not. The story picked up in the last 100 pages or so, during the scenes in Paris, once the attack started. And especially once Cinder and Thorne showed up.
The next book might be similar to this. Another detour with unrelated characters. Postposing Cinder's reunion with Kai until the finale. I hope I am wrong, but we shall see. I love the world and story, and am enjoying the series as a whole. I am glad that Cinder and Kai remain in the story, even during the detours....more
I loved Smiley. I have been waiting forever for a primate book and it was worth it. The next one better be about Beth and Jericho, or Cindy and VengeaI loved Smiley. I have been waiting forever for a primate book and it was worth it. The next one better be about Beth and Jericho, or Cindy and Vengeance. ...more
This was fascinating. I loved the story, and the characters, and the writing, and the message. I loved how the writing mirrored Juliette's state of mi
This was fascinating. I loved the story, and the characters, and the writing, and the message. I loved how the writing mirrored Juliette's state of mind and her image of herself. As her life became more stable and purposeful, so did she and the writing. It was a unique insight into the MC's mind which we dont usually gain through traditional narration. And I would not be surprised if Juliette was actually OCD or bipolar. I dont know much about those two conditions, but Juliette does seem to struggle with something besides her surroundings.
"Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it."
Juliette is a remarkable person. Being mistreated, abandoned, and imprisoned at such a young age, I am surprised she didnt turn out more like Warner, although they do have far more in common than she seems willing to admit. They have both been written off by their parents (in Warner's case just his father), are feared for who or what they are, they both have remarkable power of some kind, and they are both prisoners in their own lives. It seems clear to me that they are also both looking for love and acceptance.
"All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart."
I enjoyed Adam's character in the beginning. I found it really interesting how he used to know Juliette when they were children, and that he joined the military to find her. Its an interesting backstory. And he was a sweetheart. But as time went by and we saw more of him and met other, more interesting characters, I realized that he was just a Gary Stu. There wasnt really anything special about him.
"In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together."
The story seemed to be a lot about identity. About learning who you are, not letting other people tell you who you should be, and also not labeling others, or judging them by the face they show the world. I suspect as the series progresses, we will also see a lot of growth, from Juliette as well as other characters, as their true identities continue to be revealed to us, as well as to themselves....more
This was as good as the first book and perhaps a little better. It had the mythology tThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was as good as the first book and perhaps a little better. It had the mythology that I loved so much about the first book, but more adventure and romance, which were two things I mentioned in my review of Eon that I wished there had been more of. There was so much adventure, and absolutely no court intrigue in this one. Almost the entire book dealt with the dragons' power, Eona trying to understand it, and finding a way to use it to save the kingdom. Perhaps at times I even thought there was too much magic and I wished it would stop. There was always a new force to deal with, but it was important to the story.
I feared that most of the book would be about finding Kygo and reuniting with the resistance, but Kygo found them within four chapters. I was very happy to have him back since I anticipated a romance starting. And we got not only romance, but a love-triangle. It was not a bad love-triangle, since its the last book in a short series, we knew it would be quickly resolved. And Ido never really had a chance anyway, even if the scene on the boat was super hot, he was the bad guy after all.
One thing that disappointed me about the first book was not resolved in the second either. Eona never truly trusted anyone. I always felt so uneasy about the amount of secrets she kept. She couldn't tell Kygo because he could use it against her. She couldn't tell Dela because she was loyal to Ryko and Kygo. She couldn't tell Ido because he would use it for his own gain. It was not fun watching her struggle with it all, but at least she didn't make as many mistakes as she did in Eon.
I really wish more had been resolved in the end. As soon as the main conflict ended, the book ended. It finished with these words:
"Balance has been restored to the heavens and earth, but we have work ahead of us to restore order to the empire."
I wish we had seen some of that work, at least a glimpse of what became of the kingdom, how the people responded to their new emperor and the lack of his symbol of power, and where Eona's place would be in this new world. But I can hope for the best. Eona and Kygo will work hard to make it work; the kingdom and being together....more
This reminded me a great deal of Matched. Although this story is more well organized and fully developed compared to Matched, certain things in it madThis reminded me a great deal of Matched. Although this story is more well organized and fully developed compared to Matched, certain things in it made me not enjoy it as much. But then I remember Eio and I want to give it several more stars. :P Jessica Khoury is definitely an author I will be keeping an eye on.
I really enjoyed this book although a lot about it made me very uncomfortable. The lengths people would go for science. It was really disturbing and nearly nauseated me at times when they really explored what the scientists had done. In that regard, it somewhat reminded me of Wither.
It definitely had a dystopian feel above all else, although its set in modern day. But within the world of Little Cambridge, the research facility hidden in the depths of the Amazon, there are so many secrets and hidden evils, it easily overshadows every aspect of the story. It was a very interesting world and setting.
Pia was a very unique heroine. She was created by scientists, and has never been outside of the fence. She is expected to become a scientist herself one day soon, and continue their work. But Pia cant help but wonder what is on the other side of the fence, and beyond the jungle. The scientists avoid talking about the outside world around her, but once in a while a word slips. "San Francisco." "Shakespeare." This only makes her wonder more and more. Until one night, when a thunderstorm takes down a tree, and its roots push up the fence enough for her to crawl underneath. The scientist inside her knows that she shouldn't, but that is only what the other scientists want her to be, not who she really is. She spends the whole book struggling with the two versions of herself inside, waging their internal battle. And that is how she meets Eio. Whenever "Wild Pia" has the upper-hand, she sneaks out of the compound and meets the gorgeous jungle boy, and she has to decide between the only life she has ever known, and her feelings for Eio which she doesn't even understand.
Eio and the romance between him and Pia was beautiful. It was slow, but deep, and true, and... beautiful. The comparison to Matched and For Darkness Shows the Stars is perfect in that regard. Eio was a wonderful character who loved Pia and never saw the differences between them. He was so utterly dedicated to her and her safety and happiness. There is a scene in chapter 26 when he picks her a passionflower from behind a waterfall, and he just seemed like a miracle. Pia was the one that was told that she was perfect her whole life, but Eio is so beautiful and perfect inside and out, it nearly took my breathe away. I cant understand how Pia did what she did next, instead of throwing her arms around him and never letting go.
"Then he's here, emerging from the water like some kind of myth, some fabled Ai'oan god, his hand smoothing his wet hair back from his face, his chest and shoulders gleaming with water and moonlight. Behind him, a pale shimmering trail of blue light marks his passage through the water. His wet shorts hang a bit lower on his hips than they usually do, tempting my imagination. He extends the flower, which I take with trembling fingers.
He smiles a small, crooked smile, and I think he knows exactly how tightly he's bound my tongue in knots. I suspect fetching me the passionflower was only half his purpose in swimming through the glowing pool."
In the end I had a lot of anxious feelings, after discovering the truth about Little Cambridge, and not knowing if things would be ok. But the ending was great and there was a twist I didnt see coming. I wish I could see more of what happens to them next but they got their HEA. ...more