I never know to say in these things. I guess that says something about me. I read a lot, write stories, and like books. I like a good debate. Nothing else is to say. :-)
So the book ends in a cliff hanger, virtually insuring that I immediately buy the next book to find out the end of the story. The manipulation!
I bought it though....lol
This was a easy and enjoyable romance, and was a nice break from the dreary world.....and that's all I ask for with romance novels.....that and believable couples and good sex scenes.
So putting it all together...I was very happy and this book is a success.
Well...they did not waste time, getting to the point....
So far this romance has promise. But it does kinda feel like I'm reading fan fiction...not that's that's bad really...
But..overall the story line was weak.
There were too many questions left unanswered, and holes left to fill in the story.
The world created was vast and complex and filled with so much potential, that I was left disappointed that the characters and the story told did not live up to it. There were too many characters, with confusing names and relationships that were hard to keep track of, and all of it only served to make you feel a bit disconnected to it all. Also because I feel like the main character was not fully developed, and the readers connection to her...some of her actions seemed random and plot driven..and made no sense.
Over all points for imagination, but everything else could do with some work.
So far this is interesting, mainly due to the world building and premise
1. Portal fantasy. I love a good portal or time travel story.
2. Diverse characters of different racial makeups. Always good when the book isn't lily white. Though the main character is a blonde haired, white girl.
3. Diverse romantic relationships. This is a society where the main type of relationship/marriage is polyamorous. Where any combination of lame or female agree with enter a union.
4. The society also tends towards be matriarchal.
All of these factors makes it an interesting world to set a story. As for the story...if is standard fare so far. I can't say I am overly invested as of yet. Not bad, but not great.
This is one of the more "adult" YA books I have read in a while. I mean...some of the sex scenes in there were more graphic than some romance novels I read...and I loved every minute of it. It is nice to see a woman in a book, enjoy her sexuality without baggage and judgement. Healthy and good.
But this story is such a 180 from the first book. The heroes of the first books, are not, not the villains, but at least a bit grayer. The people you thought were villains, turn out to have more light than you thought, and the people you thought were strong...turns out are weak in the face of what they have to face. I loved that the fairy tale from the first book changed so much, and now turned everything on its head. And when you go back to book one...the signs were all there of this happening.
This is non spoiler as a review I can give. I enjoyed this more than the first book, and it will be amazing to see how Feyre survives in "enemy" territory.
Finished part one of the book and ...wow...it s a good study in how love can change between two people...because of trauma, lack of communication, life changes...whatever...but the result is that, what the characters may have wanted in a relationship before, that made them love each other and the relationship satisfactory...changed. The two people are no longer in the same place and they drift apart. And in many cases...holding on to that past feeling brings harm. And both parities need to break away to be healthy again.
I like that the author is not afraid to break down a romance that was built the entire first book...it's a risk. But based on the action of the first book and how broken the two characters are...it makes sense. I look forward to see if the relationship is built back up...or if our heroine fully moves on.
None spoiler musings.
I had this book for years on my Nook just taking up space, and finally in an effort to get out of a reading slump I started it...and haven't been able to put it down. I did not know what I expected, but it wasn't at all what I expected. I regret taking this long to get into it
I love the bond between the dragon and Laurence and how it is slowly being built. A lot of it came about because they both were new and found each other outside of the system already established, so things were able to develop naturally. And we are introduced to this world with dragons and the politics of it through their eyes. Every new discovery we experience with them...makes it easier to relate and bond with them along side their bonding with each other.
So far it looks like we have reached a turning point where the other dragon riders are finally starting, if not to trust Laurence, to at least respect him and his abilities. He came into the life suddenly and lucked out with a rare dragon...that was bound to drive some people mad. But he is able to slowly prove his worth.
What I like so far is that the characters don't have the usual cliche petty misunderstandings that go on for pages because none of them bother to open their mouths and talk about it....or think for that matter. That's always so frustrating.
Both characters are very logical. They communicate very clearly with the other about where they stand and clear up any confusion before it festers. They are a good team that respect each others feelings and thoughts....I enjoy their interactions.
The stakes keep getting higher each book, and more and more of the world and the Gods and other mystical forces is revealed.
There appears to be one more book left in Era Two of the Mistborn books, and it looks like it will get more into the history and religion of the world than the previous. Each book reveals more worldbuilding. I love that each Era follows the world created through generations. The first set, ancient times, this new set, the dawn of industrialization,and I am looking forward to the next Era. It's amazing that we can follow a world from beginning to end, and see how our heroes becomes legend and Gods..and how their legend changes through generations. I like stories that shoe Gods as people, who may know a bit more than others, but still doing their best, while making mistakes.
I am really enjoying the slow build of the relationship between Steris and Wax. I love a slow build. I appreciate a relationship more when I can witness how the relationship between the two characters grew, and understand why they become close. Steris at first introduction came across and clod and brittle....but as you get to know her character through Wax...you realize that that is just the surface. And that outer wall hides a whole wealth of surprises and awkwardness. The way this relationship is being build...the reader falls for Steris along with out hero...and that is what is going on here...even if Wax doesn't see it yet.
Oh yeah...action! magic! Guns!..blah blah.
Boy, the action sure did begin...and was nonstop…
You really get a good idea of how dangerous the Library is to not only the general public, but those who work for it as well. This is a system that doesn't hesitate to maim and kill anyone that they view as a threat. And they/It uses anyone it wants without any regard for their lives….because they can. People, lives, and countries are all expendable...the only thing the people that run this system care about are the books, and the knowledge and power these books give them. Whole people dying of starvation…doesn’t register as something they should try and address.
The story raises an interesting question about neutrality. No one can really be neutral when it comes to war or injustice. Neutrality serves the status quo, and if the status quo harms.... then you have to take a side. You have to choose.
The Library is "neutral" and places itself outside of the affairs of the world....so two countries murdering each other, committing genocide...oh well...that's their business. The Library and its people are just there to save the books. Your baby...well...sorry...they have to leave it here to die. In a case like this, neutrality supports evil.
This book started slow...but I rather like it. It is not a breezy, easy read...but it is full of a lot of things that make you think.
This is such an interesting concept so far.
A dystopian world where all the books and knowledge in the world is controlled and anyone who even attempts to find another way to do things, that would jeopardize even a small section of the system that keeps books and knowledge in the hands of the few..is craved out and destroyed....no matter how innocent the person's motive. It is a good study in what happens in a world where censorship is the norm.
It started off a bit slow, building up the world and putting all the players in the right places, but at this point everything and everyone is at the point where all the real action is kicking off and you can feel the danger building, and the REAL mystery and story taking flight. Slow...but I am still interested. Helps that like the characters...books are a treasure to me as well.
The only thoughts I had after reading this book was that this writer did not waste any words or time getting to the point of the story.
Sometimes you read a book and it is filled with pages on pages of meandering plot points and extra waste of time and words that don't add a thing to the story. Apparently the writer just wanted to talk.
This book is not like that. I finished it in one sitting because every scene and every action was relevant and got the point. Boom.Boom.Boom. It was all meat. That's good in that it made the story very easy to follow and understand, and some bad in that the development of the somewhat romantic relationship between the 2 main characters could have done with a bit more meandering to make their connection more believable. But overall it was a good mix. I also liked that despite plenty of reason to...my time was not wasted with useless misunderstandings just to make thing more tragic. I liked that characters used their brains and logical skills to not make dumb mistakes. The characters already live in a dystopian world...they don't need to be unnecessarily stupid on top of that.
Bottom line, it was a good read. Common YA, end –of- the- world- teens -fighting –the- man theme, but if that is your thing, you will enjoy this book. And the write doesn't waste your time with nonsense.
This book was a nice break i needed after this terrible week. It had some pretty decent worldbuilding, based on Greek/Roman history. The main heroine was fun, the fish out of water/culture clash elements of her point of view made for some good conflicts and laughs. The romance aspect had good buildup and progression and the love scenes were good, which is always a plus. And the secondary political plot and mystery was ended satisfactorily if not a bit too neatly, but over all it worked. So I would recommend.