I enjoyed this one. It’s fairly thin so it’s a quick and easy read. There are supernatural elements to this bookAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide
I enjoyed this one. It’s fairly thin so it’s a quick and easy read. There are supernatural elements to this book. There are supernatural creatures. This book is very reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, so if you enjoyed Sherlock… you may enjoy this book as well. However, there is no romance in this book… do not believe the implied lie in the summary… no romance, so don’t go into this book expecting a romance. There is mystery, though I guessed the whodunit person the moment the guy appeared… but I felt this book was written for the fun of it and not for the suspense – which it did well. There is a historical nature to the book too… victorian-esque. Our protagonist, Abigail, isn’t a complete idiot. She’s quite perceptive… There is the stereotypes when we talk about mystery books with a Sherlock influence… we have a quirky investigator and the investigator has a seemingly “normal” sidekick/assistant… and this book sticks to the norm, which was sad but nonetheless I did enjoy reading the book. The book being fast paced, and no fluffy fillings made the reading quick and easy. Much like this review. :)...more
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I greatly enjoyed this book. I have read Butcher’s other books… though I took a break from the Dresden Files as I felt the series was reaching a point of meadering a bit. For those who do not read much fantasy or science fiction… this may be difficult for you immerse yourself into this book’s world. One thing I have to get off my chest now: This is NOT steampunk. In this first book there is nothing to denote steampunk. Sure there’s flying ships and crystal powered machinery… crystal powered… not steam nor gas nor vapor powered… crsytal… as in magic. I think of it as more like Final Fantasy where there’s a mixture of magic and technology. There is however, sky pirates… so there’s a lot of boat language… nautical stuff. And long descriptions of boats and stuff… which can bore some people. I liked it. It gave it a depth to these characters… These characters’ lively hoods revolve around flying ships… it’d be weird and atmospherically wrong to not touch upon any nautical terms and descriptions of boats. But as the saying goes: “whatever floats your boat.”
The characters… initially I felt the introduction to some of the characters were a bit dramatic. There is no subtly in characterizations for portions of the book. So time to time the characters fell into cliches. However, I did like Cat-Speaking girl (I cannot think of her name right now, for the life of me) and the handsome half breed soldier. Their story I felt was more compelling than the others. I guess seeing them come together made them more real, whereas the relationships of the other characters were already preestablished from the beginning of the book… and the current pacing of the book made them seem dull. One more note: most of the characters are pretty young… many of them teens or barely twenty… so this could be considered a young adult novel in that sense… felt like I should throw that out there.
The pacing was slow. But you know what… I liked it a lot. The plot seemed to meander but there was a plot. Windlass builds a slow tension. There doesn’t seem to be any immediate urgency, but the further into the book – this urgency grows and by the end… you don’t know what to do with the urgency because there’s no where to put it because there isn’t really an end. This may put off some readers… they may even think there was no plot. But I enjoyed this. This is a serialization of a big story. There doesn’t seem to be any sub-plots or arcs, which some people may want – like the Dresdin Files – but I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the slowly building tension and I liked the pacing and I enjoyed every scene. It all worked for me. Why? I have been in the mood for fantasy lately. Not the young adult kind that’s been pouring out into the scene, where the plot is early revealed and there’s no complexity at all, where the tension and urgency are immediate only because someone is going to die (or be hurt) – it’s intense, yes, but generally as a reader you already know if that character is going to live or not. Be hurt or not. The simmering tension found in this book is not for everyone. For me it was.
It liked it all. The cat tribes. The NOT steampunk, but crystal power gems. The characters. The world – it’s spires. Though I must say, this series feels close to proximity to the Codec Alera series also by Butcher, in the world’s structured society… where instead of Houses we have Spires. I hope the future books makes a distinction from it. But I’ll be fine if it doesn’t. I greatly enjoyed the Codec Alera series and I will also like the remainder of this series also....more
I know that synopsis sounds awful. Love-triangle? BLAAAAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide! Check out my blog for a genre classification and guide.
I know that synopsis sounds awful. Love-triangle? BLAAAAAARGH. All over the place. But you know what. I greatly enjoyed this duology. It's those kinds of books I like to read and chuckle to myself. It has moments where it makes me squirm from either embarrassment or anticipation. It's like watching a train wreck. Oh... Lara Jean is gonna go hang out with one of the boys? Really? Wooo... this could be interesting if they run into that other boy. Cause it's so obvious. OBVIOUSLY. Even though it's not a "date", even though things are complicated, even though they are just hanging out... but we know that ceiling is about to turn brown! Because we know - of course - they are gonna happen upon each other and ... OMG! Look at the derailing cabooses! Look! Look! That face! Look at that other guy's face! Look! OMG! Look at HER face! Can't. Look. Away.
When I tell people about this book... I tell them: "It's like a Korean drama, in young adult book format. And you know, Korean dramas are addicting as heck. It's like once you sit down and start watching an episode - you are just gonna be sitting for a long long time and before you know it - it's 7am and OMG you have to leave for work in like 10 minutes. Because you couldn't stop because of you were anticipating that human train wreck to come along and run it's full course."
I know it's a love triangle of sorts. But really it wasn't really love triangle. It was love and getting comfortable. It was love and trying to figure out your feelings because of peer pressure, gossips, and rumors - even though Lara Jean is trying her hardest to not let those negative comments and interpretations of others to let her feel down. It's hard to because, you know, not a single person is immune to hurtful words and rumors. As much as we tell ourselves and each other to not let other people's words bother us. They do. People can pretend words don't but they do.
So ya I enjoyed this book. But you should totally read the first book for the fullest effect. And also for plot sense reasoning. ...more
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There are two things I must really like about graphic novels, manga, and comic books… is the art and story line (premise). The most important being the art. This may be a bit unfair to many of you reading this and to the writers. But I will keep repeating this, just to serve as a disclaimer. Art is a very subjective thing. Unlike reading a book, where each reader can imagine something different – visual novels places a limiter on readers in the sense of character design and setting and even tone. I was hesitant with this one because the cover I wasn’t so keen on. The cover felt more sketchy – less detailed and more of a focus on color tones to evoke distance… but the art inside was more detailed and distinguished. Surprisingly, it worked within the pages. I liked the art.
With the first and most important hurdle over with, we can move onto the plot. The graphic novels starts out with a couple, naked, just after attempting to bake a bun in the oven – if you get my drift. While I don’t get twisted underwear from these kinds of things… I felt rather questioning about that opening sequence. It’s relevance? But it wasn’t bad… so I just moved along. This was an interesting graphic novel, both in premise and the delivery of this portrayal. I loved the premise and would hopefully see the outer world and beyond in later volumes. The story (plot) was complex and the unraveling, revealing of the world to readers (me) was not overwhelming and also understandable (I was able to understand the plight of the world and what has now become human society).
Though as I was reading… I just felt disjointed and couldn’t pin point the reason. I think it’s due a lack of emotional connection to the characters. Lots of things happen within that first part. People dying and some being taken away… all seemingly important characters or characters important to the protagonist… but I felt nothing with these scenes. I felt detached. So while I enjoyed the premise… I couldn’t completely enjoy the story. A small sense kept nagging me at the bacak of my mind. It may have been my mood at the time but I was not upset or forcing myself to read. Marik was the closest character I’ve come to sympathize with, as his actions showed his personality and guilt well, but his actions were selfish and not good, so thus while I sympathized with him… I didn’t quite like him. Stel just seemed too robotic overall… maybe because of the ingrained message of “There is always hope,” which Stel is constantly spouting, making her a bit inhuman. Something bad happens: “There is always hope.” Your kid murders people: “There is always hope.” Your family gets killed and stolen: “There is always hope.” “There is always hope.” “There is always hope.” “There is always hope,” thus you don’t ever need to show your OTHER human emotions. I guess this really was the only thing that bothered me. It wasn’t enough for me to dislike the story but enough for me to not completely love this book.
Of course, I don’t expect a complete reveal of character personality… but a hint there or there… or crack here or there…with more frequency would have been nice. Though now that I write this and think… there were those moments… so then I conclusion is the overwhelming, knock you over the head message of: “There is always hope.”
Overall, I liked the story and the art. I enjoyed reading the book. Interesting premise and story line. I just wanted less of a didactic theme of hope....more
I'll start with this: I really wanted and tried to lAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide. Visit me there for read recommendations and a genre guide.
I'll start with this: I really wanted and tried to like this book but I couldn't, even though there was nothing inherently "wrong" that conflicted with my personal views, but neither did I disliked this book. I'm right in the middle where I just don't feel overwhelmingly one way or another on this book.
There were some issues with connecting to Azra to me. Her family problems and boy problems - though there were attempts to make these plausible - just fell short for me to feel invested in them. They didn't feel quite real enough and by that... there wasn't an connecting scene that was strong enough for me to accept the disgruntled Azra. I didn't see her yearn for normalcy. All she did was basically whine about how unfair being a genie was and how it sucks. She explains the sucky-ness but there is never a scene to show her wanting something so badly only to come to realize that : oh this is something I can never had and being upset about it. She's upset from the start and only tells us life is unfair and that makes it hard to connect to her.
The boy problems. It started off well. Yes, there is a love triangle but it wasn't love at first sight. One of the boys, it's established that Azra has had a crush on for a long time. The other one she's known for a really long time. My dislike with the boy relationships came in after the halfway point with the pettiness the relationships devolves into: the trying to make one another jealous. Intentionally or not. I don't mind the jealous thing... it's a human trait... but it seemed more like filler than actual real stuff as it seemed to not progress anything. There was no strong revelations or outcomes.
There were several things I did like a little. The relationship portrayal between Azra and the Zar girls. The circumstances and dynamics were easy to understand and easy to relate to. Some friendships are "forced" due to circumstances even though the person is one you can't seem to tolerate. Others are created through sheer will or the connection of a similar situation. Even still, here, many of these relationship ties are implied rather than shown. And mostly Azra's negative attitude toward the girls and their whole relationship with each other was absolutely selfish, in a way I couldn't quite get behind or accept. It fell onto "woe me, my life sucks."
The most interesting and fun thing about the book was the genie dynamics and the hinted at change in their ruling/self-government. It's hinted lightly in the first half here and there and then thrown at us within a few chapters at the end to hook readers. For me, it was too late. I was just reading at this point to complete the book and not because I was invested in the story. With the implied "oh noes. they are evil and bad and bad things could happen to us," you'd think something awesome and vicious would happen. Nope. Instead, the book focused on boy problems and other personal issues that seemed to go no where. The story picked up with high intensity and interest, but at the end... which was too late for me. The means did not justify the end, in this case for me.
Ultimately, this book wasn't for me. Not what I expected nor written in a way that could connect to me. Upon picking up the book I did not realize it was the first in a series. Knowing that now, I understand the slow pacing... which furthered the notion that the book was definitely not made for me. My tastes and the story telling methods are too different. ...more
I liked this book so it’s my “Recommended Book of April”. When I first started this book, I had a feeling it waAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide.
I liked this book so it’s my “Recommended Book of April”. When I first started this book, I had a feeling it was going to be one of those literary family drama books. You know the ones… where they are praised by librarians and educators and wins literary awards and it’s just BORING… well boring for some teen readers. Side note: I have nothing against award winners… but I seem to run into this problem when I recommend books. Anyway, I just finished one of those “boring” books. Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun (I’m way behind in book reviews… like WAY behind… lazy bug got me… but you’ll see a book comment/review for Sun soon… ish…) and I greatly enjoyed it (still talking about Sun) and thus, it filled my quota for literary family, self – identifying, coming of age books for the time being. I’m an action-plot-filled-with-awesome-characters type of guy. Typically – hence I gravitate towards fantasy and science fiction. But this book did not follow the path it seemed to have paved in those first few chapters and I am thankful for it and thus I liked it a great deal.
Our two main characters in the book: Emily and Sam, are both likable characters. Of course, Sam is insanely hot… of the male model kind and he doesn’t know it. Before you roll your eyes… cause that’s what I did… by the end of the book I was willing to accept the fact that Sam was ridiculously gorgeous and didn’t know it. Because really, put yourself in his situation: where you’re in a not so good family place and you’re constantly traveling, where your life is constantly changing and your only attachment to reality and grounding is your younger brother who is practically mute, where your contact with others is minimal at most… you wouldn’t know you’re ridiculously good looking, nor would you care because you’ll put all your care into trying to cope. Sam is a nice guy. He is different from all the other guys… as Emily pointed out.
Emily is our female lead. She is your typical nice good girl raised in a nurturing kind family environment. So when she meets Sam she has these strange ideals about him. Yes, it is practically a love at first sight kind of book… but the thing that makes this works is the fact that Emily, whose perspective the romance seems to be mostly seen from, comes to the realization of the fantasies she has imposed in their relationship and come to terms with the reality of their relationships. Unlike in most other YA books, where the fantasy is fed and unaltered to the very bitter end.
This book is third person omniscient. You’ll get little details about situations and characters that only an all knowing being can know and it works for this book, creating a subtle and gentle tone to the book… which counterbalances the dark themes of the novel. Although it does get almost campy at times, when ever the character Bobby enter the pages due to his circumstances and actions.
This is a love story. The love of family. The love of friends. The love of brotherhood. The love of acceptance. And the the lack thereof in these circumstances. So romance is not the main theme, though it is there – which made the book much more tolerable for me. Put in the survival part a little past mid-way through and I found myself finishing the book in one sitting.
I greatly enjoyed this book and I hope people give it a chance.
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I LOVE THIS BOOK. Why? Because I’m tired of reading about protagonist girls who are whiny without cause (or fromAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide.
I LOVE THIS BOOK. Why? Because I’m tired of reading about protagonist girls who are whiny without cause (or from trivial causes)… or whiny because of love. I’m tired of main characters who are so love sick they can’t do anything right because they just want to be “poked” though it’s under the guise of “love” and yes, I am exaggerating, but I’m tired of those girls who can only think of pretty dresses and being a self supposed ugly – duckling and being transformed into a swan through a big poofy dress and make up. So this is why I liked this book. Yes, there is a little bit of everything I just mentioned in this book here and there, but it’s not sickening. Adelina does cry over a boy, but not because he doesn’t quite love her but because of her feelings of helplessness to help herself. There’s a BIG difference here. Plus I LOVE revenge stories and DARK stories. And Adelina is filled with wrath and darkness…. oooOOoooh so tasty.
My favorite character was the male consort who consorted with other men though not because of what I just said but because of the way he was described. Beautiful, intriguing, self-righteous just enough to exact a bit a revenge and without a doubt not exactly good. In fact, not many of the characters in this book are lawful good and not even neutral good (D&D lingo… which I think should be a thing outside of D&D cause it’s very relevant). Each have their own ambitious need so they can feel like they fit-in their world; each willing to give up a little of their humanity to get their version of justice. It’s like watching two trains collide. You know the end results is bad but you just can’t turn away because you want to see the aftermath. There’s is no kind Disney Cinderella here, taking the abuses with happy cheery singing when she is alone, dreaming of a happily ever after. Nope. There is a wounded, hurt, young girl who is fed up with the world and her life’s luck so she’s finally going to do something about it and why not start with the people who hurts her.
Sure, she placed herself in situations where she’s between a rock and a hard place… but sometimes you just gotta play both sides of the game to set the world on fire and watch it burn. *Sighs in satisfaction* Yessssss, ashes to ashes – ALL OF YOU.
So if you don’t like female characters whose motivations are driven by being tired of being a punching bag… step aside this is not for you. Move along to your pretty dresses, twirling dances, and nauseating “doth he loves me?” books or I’m a pretend rebel, assassin, hero, chosen one, etc and forced love triangles. (I most likely used the word doth wrong here, but… this ain’t no research paper AND there’s nothing wrong with liking those types of books either).
Not only do we have a dark main character. We also have an equally dark, if not darker, villain whose obsession and warped mindset makes for an extremely interesting train crash.
So maybe it’s the darkness in my soul that aches for attention, but I like this book. A lot. Strange, ’cause though I enjoyed Lu’s Legend series…. I thought that series just was okay. But The Young Elites, I want the whole series now....more
I'll be honest I pushed this one off for a really really really really long time. Back in 2013 when it first cameAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide
I'll be honest I pushed this one off for a really really really really long time. Back in 2013 when it first came out, there were a multitude of steam punk novels that were release and many of them weren't to my liking, thus burning me out on steam punk. So I decided to skip this one. And just never got to it. What a HUGE MISTAKE. I love this book. I didn't read this book. I listened to it. I'll also say: I HATE audio books with a passion. They take up too much of my time. An audio book can take up to 7 hours or more, while I can read the book in 3 hours, give or take an hour. Two, the way some voice actors read the books, is not the way I would read. Most times, I feel they give inflections and emphasis on the wrong parts of words and sentences (correct for them but not for me). But I listened to this one on a whim at work while I was doing something boring and monotonous and had to go home and finish it. I listened to it while I played my MMO... and drives to and from work. I could have read the book, but wanted to listen to it. I finished the book in two days. Michael Kramer is a great reader.
And the book is AMAZING. I greatly enjoyed it. Some folks may be overwhelmed with the world of rithmatists, but I loved it. I don't understand those folks. What were they expecting or wanting? Less of the world? It doesn't make sense to me. Because that world is built and influenced by rithmatists. Oh wells, I enjoyed the book. I liked how our hero had wants and needs and didn't get many of them at the end. I liked how the book was steam punk but did not overwhelm us with unnecessary steam punk things to be like - See! I'm steam punk! This is steam punk! See! - which can be annoying and trying too hard. I liked Joel as a main character. I greatly enjoyed the heroically cowardly Professor Finch. Though my expectations of Professor N.'s personality and motives were spot on, I, however, was pleasantly surprised to find out there was more to him at the end. The mystery, I think, would be nice to most readers, though I figured out who did it halfway through as I am always analytical about that kind of thing.
The one thing I did miss out on were the illustrations by Ben McSweeney. It was also hard to imagine the rithmatic drawings from audio, but I created my own images - some way off from McSweeney's drawings but other close to resemblance. Though McSweeney's drawings is only his interpretations (or Sanderson's), I think once it falls into readers hands, it's what readers make of them. So I wasn't too concerned with thinking about the "right" drawings. I did go look for the book afterward and thought the drawings were a nice touch to the book.
Before this gets too long, I just greatly enjoyed this book and I think everyone should give it a try. ...more
Definitely a peculiar one. Not for me. I didn't particularly care for it. I thought the premise was interestingAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide.
Definitely a peculiar one. Not for me. I didn't particularly care for it. I thought the premise was interesting and the ways the book was written was engaging but overall I just felt very indifferent. After reading the book, I read the back cover's praises and read words such as "dark humor" and what not and I raised my brows at the description. I guess the stuff inside the book could be considered humor. I have dark humor. Very dark. Morbid. This book doesn't have that kind of "dark humor." I tried to grasp where this humor was.... and only could think of all the sexual descriptions as humor. Maybe? The humor went over my head. I think some may call the humor "juvenile." (Though I think this is an unfair description.)
On that note, this book is graphic in bodily fluids. It's very straightforward in describing said fluids... multiple times and repeatedly. Just a warning for those who don't like that kind of stuff. I was not bothered by it. It gave this weird characterization to Austin our main character. There is swearing. Many times. And this isn't a PG 13 book either (if it was a movie). All warnings to those who don't particularly enjoy these types of books. But again I was not bothered by it. I felt it gave a voice to Austin. Though if Austin was a real person - I don't think I would be his friend. Not that I disliked him... the gears in his head functions differently from mine, making our personalities incompatible.
I did however greatly enjoyed all the back story along the way. The histories of Austin's prior familial generations gave a deeper depth to his character. They interwove with each other and juxtaposed against Austin's current life really well, making the story compelling to me. What Austin chose to unveil about his family said many things about Austin himself as a person.
The omniscient first person perspective. Austin knew things he couldn't possibly knew and told readers about them. It was a weird method of storytelling that Smith choose but in some ways in worked (storytelling about family + some events out of Austin's current vicinity) and in others it didn't (what was happening to the towns folks in the other side of the city).
The science fiction: these grasshoppers ate human beings and in one instance ate a dog. They only like to do two things: eat and mate. And yet at the end of the world - wild life is blossoming, herds of deer and bison roam free. Didn't quite add up to me. Some of the details in how some people were infected when there wasn't any explanation of how they came into contact with the "stuff" were also questionable. It couldn't be airborne as then the whole town would be dead or no longer human, including our narrator.
Overall, despite the compelling nature of the book, it just didn't speak to me. Not for me. Meh....more
I enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, which I do not have a review of up because I read that book duringAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide
I enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, which I do not have a review of up because I read that book during the transition of re-evaluating if I wanted to do reviews or not and decided upon the moment not to…. etc. Anyway (today I guess will be filled with side comments), I absolutely loved that book. So when those weird Minnesotan’s decided to boycott and demand to erase Rainbow Rowell’s and the book’s existence from the Earth and demanded the firing of the librarians in their state who love the book… I went out and bought 2 more copies of the book and gave them to friends.
I enjoyed this book, but not to the extent of Eleanor and Park. I loved Eleanor, she showed perseverance and had a will of iron, and though flawed was likable. Cath… I didn’t like so much. In fact, I liked her sister more, who to most people, would seem more like a total bi*ch. Though I’m only talking personality wise. If I were to judge and take in accordance their actions, neither one would be likable. The sister makes some horrible mistakes and doesn’t quite accept responsibilities while Cath’s insecurity and neediness was too extreme for me. NOTE: FOR ME. I love independence. I love self-discoveries and explorations. When I went away to college I choose a university that was on the other side of the country, where I knew no one and had no family members within a 900 mile radius. I was a freshman in college and in a freaking “brand new world” of “I’m gonna go out and have fun, learn, and make new friends.” I loved the experience. So I don’t quite understand the kids who would literally cry and mope in their room because they are so homesick and thus they don’t want to do anything… not that there’s anything wrong with that (well maybe …. just a little… I mean live a little… grow a little… crying about it won’t help… well it’ll relieve some of your emotions but at the end of that cry fest you are still stuck away from home). So thus I liked Wren more because she was more independent and more willing to try out new things. Cath just rubbed me the wrong way and was too whiny, insecure, and depressing. Which her roommate notes all the time and is rough and gruff with her, and – I just absolutely love her room mate.
The boy spectrum wasn’t all that great. I didn’t like either boy. Yes, there is an attempted gleam of a love triangle here… but one is squashed while the other is… eh, how should I put this…. I wished Cath choose neither really, but she chose one and it didn’t sit right with me. But a reading friend of mine pointed out that if the boy she choose didn’t make the mistake he did he would have been to perfect, too incredible… and I could see that. (Though why not?! Why not have a guy who treats you nice and like an actual human being rather than a possession with no needs). But yes, I will agree that having a flawed characteristic that isn’t the abusive, over bearing boyfriend was a really nice change.
Cath is stuck in her fan-fictiondom and while I admire her for her tenacity for writing, her self made circumstances of her writing class draws no sympathy from me.
I do admire the complexity in which Rowell puts into this book. There is personal issues, writing/creative issues, room mate issues, and family issues. I never felt overwhelmed and everything felt very natural.
I do however, love this fictional world of Simon Snow. Deeply similar to that of Harry Potter, the world of Simon Snow seems almost as fascinating and when I read the snippets of the Simon Snow world, I wanted to read more. Of course, like Cath I seemed to be more invested in the Simon x Balth… Apparently, I have a fan-fictionist heart somewhere....more
So I grew up reading the X-Men. Loved them. I also grew up wishing mutants were real. That I would be one of theAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide.
So I grew up reading the X-Men. Loved them. I also grew up wishing mutants were real. That I would be one of them and I was willing to carry the burden of being hated because I already felt isolated and an outsider at the time (I was about the only minority in my small Southern town – though this played a small part in my feelings – there were other reasons as well). Basically, I hoped this book was what I was looking for.
It was and wasn’t. It did feed my inner mutant-super-powered nerd self. When it comes to justice being served in a book – I want it hard in the gut. Crippling justice. Maybe even sadistic for some people. Because sometimes in movies and books, the end never satisfies the whole ordeal (i.e. bad guy kills millions and it ends with him going to jail… I mean really? REALLY? A person who has the power to kill millions (or even hundreds)… Jail is not justice because he will get out). Sure, there’s the “we don’t kill” mentality and at least those who stand behind that mentality dishes out a beating before the turn the bad guy in. Where am I going with this? So we get Brad… and the well… the superheroes aren’t very heroic. And well… they never get their fair share of beating or “justice”. They get to kill and beat other “bad people” … and when you find the back story to these “bad people” and how the “heroes” don’t care … well let’s just say, I hoped there was a villain out there who could strip away these heroes powers (something they love to flaunt and thinks represents their whole identity… I mean that would be devastating and I think deservingly… almost into villain territory… but that’s what the title seems to implies (yeah I may be too harsh for some of you folks)… but you know what… I’m kind of tired of the jerks and numb butts who gets away with things and they are very unlikable… So there. I like the powered concept. I like the story line. But I wanted more justice in my sense… so this may not be a bad thing for many of you.
The romance in this story felt odd and off at times. Forced in some parts and thus seemed rushed overall. I so I didn’t know how I felt about the pairing.
The whole brother complex was interesting… I just wished the older brother could have at least been knocked out (by our narrator’s own hands) at least once… and any type of KO will count except one: telepathic KOs do not count. He was such a tool. But a necessary one. Because it made me like Brad even more.
Overall, this book was for me. Though my sadistic anti-hero side craved for more “justice.” I enjoyed the book. I would have love to see more Michael Bay effects mixed with some intense X-Men beginning feels. But for now this works and I sure do hope there is a sequel. Yeah, I did enjoy that much....more
This review is going to be short and sweet. I enjoyed the book. Though for me this book did not entrance me, likeAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide
This review is going to be short and sweet. I enjoyed the book. Though for me this book did not entrance me, like I just have to know it all right now. The plot and pacing are straight forward. There isn’t too many insane twists and turns. The book’s approach was most of the time linear. This is told in third person narrative with the narrative following three “main” characters.
Most times books with multiple narrators fail for me. I get sick of the angsty – woe me or the I love him/her so much I can’t live without him/her… and the alternating chapters are just filled with vomit inducing narrative of the one pining for the other. OR the changing points of view is just the replay button of old events from a different perspective… BORING and poor story telling. The Body in the Woods wasn’t any of these. Each change of narrative perspective was relevant enough (see next paragraph for deeper explanation). Each change also brought new details into light whether it be about the murder case or details about our characters. No broken records of love. No broken replay mode of events.
Though I felt this disconnect still with the characters. With the alternating points of views and the short length of this book, we get skimmed details about the characters. While there were life events and life details to describe and create the characters, they just seemed more like attempts and did not feel natural: from Ruby’s parents’ lack of understanding their child’s interest and values to Alexis’ struggles with her mom and Nick’s hero worship of his father. The emotions felt a little force, albeit they were serious – just didn’t gell for me.
The mystery (the murder) was linear. The teens are sent out to look for someone and they meet various people and it is obvious of these folks, one of them done “it.” The most interesting part for me, was the leading up to and finding the motive.
If you are a fan of the TV show Criminal Minds, you would enjoy this book. While I read this book, I had the same intrigued feeling when I watch the show. I enjoyed the book, but it’s not something that speaks my soul. It was a very casual read for me....more
Who could resist a summary like that?! You? You could? Oh… Well I couldn’t. To me, it sounded like a train wreckAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide
Who could resist a summary like that?! You? You could? Oh… Well I couldn’t. To me, it sounded like a train wreck waiting happen… and we all know that people love train wrecks and car crashes. People flock to them, whether to gawk or help – we flock to accidents like hyenas to a carcass.
Well, it wasn’t what I quite expected… so my impressions and the book’s blurb and it’s execution did not match. But that said, I did read the book in one sitting and I did immensely enjoy the book. Maybe because I’m biased. Or something. This book is pure unadulterated fluff. This is your only warning. If you don’t like fluff, you won’t like this book. Which typically means I would hate this book. But I didn’t. I loved it. I am not ashamed to say it. And I’m a guy – FYI.
So the question is why did I like this book? It’s much different from most other fluff books, but the main reason why is the build up between Laura Jean and the boy (I won’t say who). It was “Oh, he’s good looking at first sight,” but excludes the “I want him now.” Or the “I need him now.” Or the “I can’t live without him now.” Or the “I must make him mine now.” Yeah, pretty much these are the reasons why I enjoyed this book. I don’t care if the relationship was a little on the weak side (which it was) but the fact that the characters did not lust after one another in the “I can’t live without you” way makes the novel way better than so many YA books out there I have read that features all those that I just mentioned. Laura Jean and the boy relationship’s grows together… albeit under uncertain and maybe even weird circumstances for some of you. But I enjoyed it. Why? Because I enjoy some K-Drama (Korean drama) and they (Laura Jean and the boy) bust out a contract like they were in a K-Drama like their lives depended on it.
Another reason why I liked this book is the small details. The notes specifically. Here, I felt we learn a lot from the characters via the little notes they left for each other. How the boy was concern about being impressive to not only Laura Jean but her little sister too. How small compliments count. “You look pretty in blue.” There’s this dreamy quality of a statement like this that seems to hold much more meaning on a little piece of paper than verbally (I’m a romantic under the coal black heart of mine). I do however wished these were interspersed throughout the book rather than mostly at the end. So this sentiment is more retrospective rather than during the read.
The boy… is typical boy. Well all the boys are typical boys and by that I mean they can be any high school kid you see everyday. They are relatively normal. They are the everyday. Some people would call them flat characters. But I think many people don’t know what they are spouting… and they throw around that descriptor when they find a character they dislike. Some of the recipients of the letters were flat but they weren’t a huge part of the story – if at all, so it makes sense that they’re flat.
Laura Jean and the boys that counted were complex. By complex, I mean they had issues to work around and they tried to work around them or attempted to resolve or attempted to ignore the issues they had – you know like real people. Though the issues aren’t too complex…. ex-”lovers”, rejected love, coping with a missing family member, whether the person being dead or moving away. Which brings me to my next soap box… which you can skip to the next paragraph if you don’t want to read my soapbox…
I write my reviews and then I peruse the other reviews just to see what others have thought… and then I address some issues I think are worth mentioning. Which I will do here. Some reviewers felt this was trying too hard to be Korean… that it beat you over the head. I disagree (and I want to say some awesome expletives filled rebuttals too but I’ll hold off on that). Trying hard to be Korean? … On the fact that they eat Korean food or do Korean things? … HOLD UP. HOLD UP. Guuuuurl/Boooooooy, I’m about to get all Junot Diaz up in here. Someone hold my book. Too Korean? Yes, because eating Korean food makes one be a poser… “Well Han didn’t have to mention it several times that they are Korean” (paraphrased)… being Korean is part of Laura Jean’s identity. You know this within the first few chapters as Laura Jean and her sister’s are the “Song girls” and Song (a more common Korean last name) isn’t their “real last names.” (You can read the reason in the book). I’m sorry that you fail at recognizing diversity. Well no I’m not. I’m actually pissed. Matter of fact, Laura Jean mentions her “Korean-ness” a few times, but nothing to complain about. It was not done to remind readers in case they forgotten… and so what if it was… because frankly, there is a high amounts of proof out there that if readers are not reminded they will auto default the characters, who they are reading about, as white when they aren’t, which with the name Laura Jean – it wouldn’t be hard for some readers to do. But this is a book about an American girl so having an angelo-ish name isn’t surprising. Gah, I can go another whole soap box about names… So be thankful for your privileged life and move the hell on… seriously. Han was forcing the Asian culture?? So the family tries to do Korean things to maintain their Korean culture/identity as they are half white and half Korean… obviously, reviewer you are seeing this through your white (yes, I am going there), monochromatic lenses of which you see life… there are tons of biracial people out there struggling to identify themselves. I know of bi-racial families doing the exact things in Han’s book, not as a means to try to be Asian but it’s something they do as an expression of identity. Trying too hard to be Asian… dear [censored] take your racist [censored] out of here… oh you aren’t racist? Well, act like it.
So with all that said. Fluff. Pure Fluff. Fun Fluff. If you like cheeky fluff, this is for you… unless you are a racist or have racist tendencies....more
After finishing this book it took me a small moment to come to the conclusion that this book was not for me. I diAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide
After finishing this book it took me a small moment to come to the conclusion that this book was not for me. I didn't not like it, and nor did I passionately hate it. It took me a few minutes to come to this conclusion because I kept thinking to myself that I should like it. Rather than trying to force myself to like the book - trying to think of or make up reason - I've settled on my gut feelings. I wanted to like this book. I loved the premise. Unfortunately, it just didn't come together for me the way I would have enjoyed it.
The time travel was enjoyable... but once you come to the time paradoxes they begin to get messy (and there wasn't difficult paradoxes to begin with) and vague. Very vague. Overall I felt the time travel was okay. It was a means to make the plot happen and a means to add back story. However, it was not a focus on the book. Which was okay.
What this book was about was the community they lived in - the rigid structure and beliefs - which can be found outside of a time travel novel. The "forbidden" love - which can also be found outside of a time travel novel. And a murder mystery. Time travel was a means to enhance the reading experience. Unfortunately, it made some events in the story unclear. For example, whose murder were they truly supposed to stop? The way the book handled that question was very vague and never direct. Of course, we're talking about time so maybe it doesn't matter... maybe with the simplest changes time could be changed. But then if that was the case, the very act of them traveling back in time would have already changed the time/space continuity and hence the time line is already changed. Basically I wanted concrete answers... for me, they serve as a better explanation and better enjoyment rather than a "well... maybe this happened and thus this happened... or maybe it didn't and this happen... or maybe it doesn't matter at all or maybe there's just nothing we can do... maybe." This is just to flimsy for my tastes.
Then there's the disease. They cured AIDS but not this disease. After a few briefs thoughts... I was willing to buy the disease excuse. And then at the end of the book, I decided: no I can't. I could, if there were a reason or a part to explain that the disease continuously mutated or something... but up through to the end it seemed to be the same disease, the same virus. I did however concluded it was not a current (in today's real life world) disease... that it was new made up disease (for the purpose of the book) which I would believed for the book's sake up to that point. It killing off the world. Not so much.
Character wise... Prenna's indecisiveness and lack of foresight (when she evens knows this herself) and lack of self preservation somewhat drove me crazy. But I was willing to stick with it until the end, hoping to see a gradual change. There was not a gradual change. It was abrupt and at the end where she starts demanding things... I was like, "Whoa! Hold up! HOLD UP! This is not her! This girl is not Prenna. SHe does not act or speak like her! Who is this new character?!" The change was too sudden for me to believe it.
We have Ethan Jarves. I liked him. And I changed this paragraph after reading some of the reviews on Goodreads. TAGENT AHEAD! I liked him a lot. He was kind. Understanding. Nice. Many of the reviews hated him. Why? Because he was perfect. Why perfect? Because he treated Prenna kindly - with respect. Which makes me wonder... why is that bad? Why is having a character who is kind and respectful to our female lead bad? What is wrong with being nice? Promptly, I had to check the other reviews these people have posted... interesting enough... their rave reviews goes to books where the boy interest is a "bad boy" aka they treat the girls like manure... like the girls are the flavor of the month favorite item and the boys don't give a rat's bottom about how they treat the girl because the girl would come begging and pleading on their bloody torn up knees to have the boy... say "I love you." (Yes, these are exaggerations but you get my point)... What is up with some women and young girls... what is wrong with you people (I'm not talking to all you women and young girls out there)? It makes no sense... so you hate a nice perfect guy but love a guy who treats you like garbage (actually actual garbage is treated way much nicer sometimes)... there is seriously some thing wrong with you... EXPLAIN. Because I am eager to hear your ridiculous explanations... END TAGENT.
It's love at first sight. *sighs* And what happens? The romance builds and they decide to go out on date-like events to suddenly forget that - "Hey! They are saving the world?" But the world can wait - because trying on a bathing suit is so much more important. These events sucks the urgency and importance of saving the world... thus rendering the time travel and purpose of the book (aka plot) void because it dragged down the book's own world building and believablity.
So I liked Ethan in respects to how he treats Prenna. I liked the many potentials in this books.... the community, the time travel, the murder mystery, the possibility of the world's future in the book... but at the end there was no conclusive concrete definite: "And this is the end." There were only "maybes" and "loose ends" and "loose explanations."
This is for the more casual reader. Harsh or intimate or critical readers will find too many faults to probably find this book enjoyable....more
I did enjoy this book. However, I did not love this book. I have never read any of E. Lockhart's books before anAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide.
I did enjoy this book. However, I did not love this book. I have never read any of E. Lockhart's books before and this book did not pull me in a way that made me want to or need to read her other works. I definitely loved the ending. When it was all exposed I was like: YESSSSSS! Why? I'm not a sociopath or crazy psycho on the edge of a mental breakdown... it's because it gave this book some small resemblance of a meaning - purpose. Throughout the entire time I was reading the book I felt the book to be very, very pointless. And the metaphoric writing to be overly pretentious. Some descriptions were just too obscure and not fitting so it seems like an attempt to be literary and self pats on the back (or aims to be on award lists). I.e. the moment where Cady's dad shots her with a gun and she's bleeding over the place and only he didn't and this was her feelings. Please... just shut up. Right now. Now.
Our protagonist is un-relatable AND un-reliable. She whines a lot. She complains about her headaches and as someone who suffers from migraines... I sympathized with her in that respect, but overall she was as clueless as an inanimate object. The prose did help her cause any. Made her seem even more unstable and insane rather than intelligent.
It was nice to see that this crazy rich family wasn't marked the typical evil "republicans." They were democrats and it just shows that hypocrisy and crazy goes both ways. A small tidbit of detail, one that stuck out to me.
I liked the ending. Did I mention that? I liked that everything wasn't perfect. I liked that this was a train wreck and everyone is a train wreck because their situations were just train accidents waiting to happen. Ah, the derailment of the characters' lives... sweet, sweet ambrosia to my tongue and music to my ears.
So the prose... Not for me but I could easily ignore that... some folks may not.
So what did I like about the book? The ending... it redeemed it for me. I did not weep. I did not gush. I did not sigh. I did, however, think to myself: "Well there's finally a point to this book. I can see it. Ah, the pressures of a crazy patriarch."
So overall, it was a decent read, but nothing groundbreaking. ...more
LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT. FOR REALS. *sighs in disappointment*
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley and Henry Holt.
I went in prepared for this book. Based on the description, I knew there was a love triangle. Without a doubt in my mind. Even prepared, I still could not like this book. But let me say, I also did not hate this book. I did not wished for any character deaths. I was just disappointed because I hoped and my hopes were never met. Let me talk about the book in general first then we can talk about the love triangle.
The setting and plot did pull me in. By plot, I do not mean the romance. I meant the political affairs and deceptions each and every one of the characters went through. All of that was interesting, hence I kept reading along. I am a plot person and a character person. I can do great character depth and decent/okay plot or great complex plots with decent/okay character development. This one falters in both respects and interesting enough there is the presence of great depth in character and plot. The plot through the snippets of reveals – of the lengths of deceptions our protagonist, Lia, goes through – to the warring of the kingdoms… was complex. There were layers. Then what was wrong? The romance took foothold of this great and interesting story, and pushed everything to the back. EVERYTHING. So what we have here is 70% romance – a love triangle too, at that – and 30% of glimpses and snippets of decent plot and character. Which makes the interesting parts sub-plots. Sad face.
Lia was refreshing. Typically, in cases of love triangle stories, we have girls who makes very very very very (I can’t reiterate enough) VERY stupid – sometimes even moronic – decisions… all because of LUUUUUUURVE. Lia was not those girls. Mostly. She knew what she was doing and she never pretends or hides the fact of her decisions from herself. For the most part. Like 95% of the time. She’s stubborn and unapologetic to “bad peoples” – save for love interests, hence I sighed and rolled my eyes. Yes, you’re right, if you guessed she makes dumb mistakes with the love interests. Most are forgiving… though near the end, my heart began to race a little… no not from swooning, but from “Are you [censored] kidding me? What is wrong with you, girl? Giiiiiiiiirl, don’t make me come into the book and knock some sense into you. Several times.” You are a prisoner. And you want to seriously blush and kiss the guy who is keeping you prisoner? Let me go pick out the tree in the woods for your special club. You can use the club on the guy after I’m done (clubbing you). (Annoyed sarcastic dark humor – do not take seriously).
When the book ends, I’m left with very very very high suspicions of the love triangle’s future. And I do not like it and I am almost never wrong when it involves guessing love triangle’s future.
Then there are these issues: multiple POVs. Nope, I could not buy them. Except for Lia. Kaden and Raffe sounded the same and their muses and study of Lia always came to same conclusions… essentially making them the same person mentally, which made no sense since they are both from very different backgrounds… but of course, there MUST be a love triangle. Also, I could not tell who was who at all. At the beginning of each chapter we get subtitles denoting whose POV we are about to enter into. Sometimes they are Raffe or Kaden. Other times they are Prince or Assassin. And it’s hard to guess which name belonged to which title until much later in the book. Very hard. (Unless I missed something…. which please do tell and correct me and point me to the chapter). This bothered me because this was a tool to keep up suspense. To analytical readers like me this is a cheap and boring method of suspense. To more casual and less “literary” readers, this makes the book so suspenseful. When both males sound the same and make the same thoughts about everything… it’s not suspenseful but confusing. Though some people may think their confusion is suspense. Sad face. If you can’t keep the suspense and interest high without the reader knowing who said what… rewrites should be in order. With what was here in the novel, I’m surprised this method was used. Disappointing.
Then there’s this. Why did our assassin – who has killed countless nobles, people, creatures -want to spare Lia? He had plenty of opportunities and the skills (since he could sneak into her room and put a knife to her throat once without Lia ever knowing… he could do it many times before and get the deed done before he had any “feelings”)… Oh right, love triangle. I could not stretch my belief to except Lia’s exception to death from the assassin’s hand. I’m not saying assassin’s can’t have a change of heart… they can, but not from love at first sight they can’t. There were attempts to remedy this, but not strong enough. I would have believed it if the assassin’s attempt was foiled and some crutch happens because of the foiled attempt… but assassins do not have a change of heart when they have no doubt killed so many times before and of the same type (in this book’s case, it inferred the assassin has killed countless nobles).
Lia, though, does recognize the dangers of the assassin and most times accesses correctly. Like “He’s dangerous – in the I should get the hell away way sense.” “Not a chance in hell.” “I’m am not your whore.” I’m glad these types of thoughts (I paraphrased them) were inserted to attempt to counter balance the “boy treats girl like manure but girl still finds boy hot and irresistible.” But in the end, ... ugh.
So there you have it. If you are looking for a high fantasy or fantasy novel, I will suggest looking else where. If you are looking for fantasy-lite with romance – and lots of it. This is PERFECT for you. It’s got hot guys, two guys fawning over one girl, and just a smidgen touch of magic and war. ...more
This book is marketed towards tweens (library-ish term) or middle-grade (publishing-ish term) age. Basically, midAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide
This book is marketed towards tweens (library-ish term) or middle-grade (publishing-ish term) age. Basically, middle school aged students. But I believe books are to be enjoyed by everyone. As an adult, I can still enjoy easy picture books... chuckle at a Musk Ox who believes every letter in the alphabet is in reference to the musk ox (this is a very real picture book)... Anyway, this book is a middle grade science fiction book. It's fast paced and entertaining.
The book takes place in a solar system far from ours, though there are Earthans in this system. This book is greatly thought out in terms of plot. Events cycle and loop around to connect to one another. The plot is complex and yet easy to understand. Yes, there is once or twice where the reason for something to happen was weak (the report to change a certain someone's mind about someone else's mission and involvement) but there were many clever instances ("Guide the Star" explanation... a little stretch but I'm willing to buy it).
This book is filled with action and the pacing is fairly quick. Which gives room for issues with character development. I didn't not like Parker. At all. He annoyed me. He's selfish, thoughtless, and a tool. Though the story revolved around Chase, I felt like I didn't know if I liked him or not. He wasn't strong enough of a character for me to be the main character/hero. Sure, his memory is gone... but his actions and decision making are still there and yet the choices and reasoning he makes seem too thoughtless at times, even though a reason would be given later... I felt those reasons weren't strong enough to compel me to agree or disagree with him.... it was like a "Ummm, ok... I guess." All the other characters I was like "Meh. Okay."
The space and science fiction aspect in this book were littered throughout it. I have read many science fiction space books and not many of them could give me the typically and expected world of a science fiction space world (read that as not at all science fiction-y). Here, in this novel, we get that. There aren't any unnecessary explanations for certain things... enough so that a person can understand what is going on and what it is.... For example, in the book starships fold through space to quickly traverse the galaxy. Rather than explain the mechanics of how it works, Searles explains how the travel effects the human body. So if you like your science fictions filled with psuedo-science explanations this may not be for you. I enjoyed it.
Overall, this is a quick and enjoyable read. If you want serious explanation on the science and deep character exploration... you may have to look elsewhere....more
I liked the book but I didn’t love it. I liked Lozen but I didn’t love her. If she was real, I don’t think we’llAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide
I liked the book but I didn’t love it. I liked Lozen but I didn’t love her. If she was real, I don’t think we’ll be friends though we’d be nice to one another. Though I wasn’t quite indifferent to the story or characters, I also didn’t sigh a big sigh of love and exhilaration after I was finished.
The story was interesting. The details of how each monster came to be I found intriguing. Lozen cares a big deal about her family and it shows in her attitude and her mental musing. Lozen is frank with her abilities to kill and unlike a certain other girl character in a certain other book who is a professed assassin, Lozen actually kills. Her personality and sense of humor is odd… and doesn’t quite mesh well with mine and I would probably annoy her too. She has a distinct voice. And thus, I like her, but don’t quite love her.
The setting… is a strange one. This story is told more in fashion to folklore and fairy tales… the how and why the world came to be are hazy and convoluted at best. If you are looking for an exact explanation and reasons as to why the world ended up the way that it did in the book, you may be disappointed in how the reveal is portrayed. After some musing, I decided to read the book like folklore as the story itself seems to refer to folklore for juxtaposition. Read in this fashion, it worked for me. But I still want a why and how in the back of my mind.
There is no instant love. The love interest is not annoyingly love sick and neither was Lozen, the main character. I liked how the love interest was also not a typical white guy (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
This book, like referenced above, refers to mythology of Native Americans and as such also has some touches of fantasy. So… the genres in the book are: post apocalyptic, dystopian, science fiction, fantasy… though for some reason it’s touted as steam punk and I didn’t ever got a steam punk feel. For me, this was not a steam punk novel at all. If having aviator or bike goggles makes something steam punk, maybe we should attach bike or aviator goggles to more things to make them more interesting.
As you can tell by now…. I’m very in the middle about this book.
Oh and I did like the ruling Ones. They were interesting in some respects.
I’m trying to cut down on my reviews’ length so here goes (I’ll try)… If you are looking for a good high fantasyAs seen at The Young Adult Book Guide.
I’m trying to cut down on my reviews’ length so here goes (I’ll try)… If you are looking for a good high fantasy novel (featuring magic and perilous quests) look elsewhere. If you are looking for high fantasy along the lines of A Game of Thrones, also look elsewhere. Basically, if you are looking for a fantasy at the fore front type of book, look elsewhere. This is fantasy lite with a heavy emphasis on romance. So… essentially this is a romance novel.
I did enjoy the book. Initially, I went into this book with high expectations because of all the outstanding reviews on Goodreads. That almost ruined the book for me. Into three chapters, this sense of dread spilled over me like iced water. Doom was coming (aka annoyance). I knew right away this was not a fantasy book for me because it was not fantasy much. It’s more of a “historical romance” that takes place in a make believe world and country that resembles (or influenced by) countries along the Mediterranean Sea. So I read it as a romance novel and it sat better with me and I was able to enjoy the book. Luckily, I was in a good mood or the transition from my expectation to that of the book’s heavy romance aspect would have not resulted and I would have disliked the book.
When I say heavy romance, I don’t mean bodice ripping type romance. The romance was built gradually and believably. No instant love here. Relationship wise I enjoyed both Kestrel and Arin. The plot was intriguing enough once the second half of the story began to take shape, and thus the relationship of the two begins to morph and change. When I say heavy romance, I mean the book focuses mostly on the relationship between Kestrel and Arin… there was no love letters, no pining, none of the “I can’t live without you” or “My heart aches for you because I haven’t seen you in an HOUR” stuff here. Well there was a little of that at the end, but it wasn’t roll my eyes, I should vomit my super acidic bile on the characters inducing.
Again, there is little fantasy in this novel. This could just well be a historical fiction. It reads like it and there isn’t anything in this book to make it otherwise “otherworldly.” Again, I must reiterate this not driven by the “fantasy world.” Those expecting such would be overly disappointed.
The concept was intriguing. Master and slave relationship. But… this was taken no where. Slaves were treated like well respected servants rather than slaves (read not at all like slaves…). The whole treatment of how the slaves went about to achieve their goals was a very large stretch. One I was reluctantly willing to accept though there will be those who won’t and will not be able to swallow the reasoning behind them (i.e. weapons, placement of slaves, etc).
Overall, hype did not meet the expectations. Different from what I expected, though I still enjoyed it. But not a “true” fantasy novel....more