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Friday, 31 October 2014

Review: Scarlet


Scarlet
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Whats better than the adventures of a wanted, fugitive cyborg who happens to be an alien princess?The adventures of Captain Thorn and a criminal cyborg alien princess.

Scarlet takes off soon after Cinder ends and alternates between our new friend Scarlet (yes like her hair ;p) and Cinder our wanted princess.

Im afraid if I start gushing about the characters I'll never stop so just know there awsome.

Scarlet and Cinder are both strong willed and amazing female leads and hold my complete admiration.

Wolf and Thorn the men of the hour are just so damn adorable,and both bring out the best in the girls.

I would defiantly say the girls run the show in this one but the boys hold alot of substantial power and support to the operation.

The 'Operation' is just a roller coaster of fun and action.I was always on my seat and wanting more.
Though not in an all-consuming way.I could easily step away from the book nd not feel the itch to get back to it,but when I did I loved it.

Looking back alot happens in the book but even more is unresolved in the large scheme of things.the books conveniently leaves off at a perfect setting to enter the final stages of the story which leaves me with high hopes for the next one!





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Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone


Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I live books that start off totally cool and then catapult right into a string of impossibly well connected events.

And I think that's what really puts this book on such another level for me.
The stories progression from the everyday life of Karou, to her complicated second life and ultimately her mysterious past and troubling future blended so perfectly IN THIS MINDBLOWING FANTASY WOLRD!

From what i've read in fantasy a lot of thought and effort goes into trying to mix it together.So its just beyond me how vividly this world is painted.

The characters were equally imaginitive and engaging, I have a want for all if them to just, have the perfect ending but I have a feeling this will get worse before it gets better.
much worse.It will be heartwrenching I can feel it the romance is to delicious to go smoothly.

It took me a few chapters to adjust to the "fantasy" genre and being newer to tbe genre it took me longer to get into it but it wasn't hard falling in love with near perfection.
and once I was more familiar with it, it really became an addictive read.



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Review: Night Pleasures


Night Pleasures
Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Wow,super short review.
The romance sucks.
The story could kick some ass.
The characters are totally badass.


The romance sucks.
The main character and his damsel in distress instantly want to just devour each another,which is so terribly cheesy and lame.I understand physical appeal and what not but this was just too much.
Get some chemistry flowing before they decide there irrevocably in love.
If you wanted to make it through the book you would have to be ready to embrace the cheesy romance.
And ffs why must they take it upon themselves to force themselves apart?

The story could kick some ass
I actually liked the history and you can't really screw up Greek mythology it's always going interesting,and for the most part so was Night Pleasures.That being said the romance is upfront and in priority here,so even though I liked where the story was going I just wasn't getting enough.

The characters are totally badass.
I read [b:Infinity|6696602|Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1)|Sherrilyn Kenyon|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1412113457s/6696602.jpg|6892257] from Chronicles of Nick first and loved the characters.I felt at some point I was ready for a something more mature,and lo and behold there was an adult series with the same people (more or less).I still like Nick even if I'm not getting as much of his as I'm used to and I've noticed the absence of a few favorites from CON (like Caleb, where are you?)

There's something about having Kyrin and Ash around that feels good.Seeing the familiar faces reminds that the world of Dark Hunters before all the sex and romance was still one of my favorites,just as the characters were.I love them and there damn funny.

Basically
The parts I liked,I loved.

The parts I liked was everything but the romance.
The parts I didn't like, I hated.






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Review: Twice Bitten


Twice Bitten
Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I'm happy that in book three the characters had some life breathed into them again,I found them more involved both ,in the story,and with each other ;p

I'm falling into the pattern of how easily the story flows,which I think fits the series perfectly.

The characters,they have a lot of energy and enough drama to keep the world spinning so when the action scenes do kick in,it just pushes the story all the way up on the awesome scale.
I do have some peeves with most of the secondary characters and I'm hoping things don't get any worse with them.
Surprisingly I think I'm going to like Jonah something about him gives me a good feeling.Noah too.

Okay now for the good stuff.
seriously hun,if you haven't read it yet you do not to see this

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I am both so fucking happy that they got together and even more happy that when Ethan decided to flip shit and cut her off that she showed him up. I was like THAT'S MY GIRL YOU SHOW HIM WHO'S BOSS.

Congrats Ethan your an idiot.

Also I kind of like that there not tied down to each other just yet in a series of 13 planned novels if they got together in bk3 I don't know how they would manage to keep me interested.Maybe by the 5th or 6th book they could become official and still be cool the rest of the series.

Oh and yeah, Ice Queen? You can suck it.Seriously.Fuck you.





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Review: The Name of the Wind


The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Giving this a star review really won't do justice to how I feel about it.The book took of on a great note and set the entirely appropriate mood for the reader to carry through the rest of the story.

*The first book concentrates on Kvothes' education and juvenile upbringing.I imagine he puts this knowledge to more use in the coming books,where I can hopefully see him make his mistakes (because he clearly makes them) and better understand his journey to where he is now.Where he is close to 30 in present tense, he is nearly half that age in the retelling.I would tell anyone who plans on reading the book,to keep that in mind.
He has much of his life we still have no knowledge of,
so the man I see in the interlude is a work in progress for the entirety of the story.Drawing conclusions or trying to understand who the man I see today is and how he came to be is just not possible at this point in the story.
So don't try to

Now lets's get down to it.

*Writing 4/5 The author was thoughtful and observant in his telling of Kvothe's story, relating events and thoughts with clarity and proper perspective.I didn't feel set apart or detached from the story nor the emotions and awe Kvothe experiences. I definitely felt the first person narration was a better experience overall but the third person intervals gave a different spin that were both refreshing and insightful.

*World Composition 5/5 Personally,I loved the fantasy structure and felt it was explained and presented with the utmost care and genuine appeal that you could hope for. Sympathy and all that makes the world go round were built on strong ideals and embellished with sheer genius innovation.
And I don't want to hear shit about Hogwarts,The University is not a magical wizarding school ffs! What?did you expect people to lurk in in forests and just discover the key to the world? If there's 'magic' or an art there's going to be an institution that specializes in it.Goddamn. And shit Hemmes IS NO SNAPE!Snape is a complex,supporting character in HP, Hemmes is barley there and has no part in the story save a few parts that are there for the sole purpose to create depth and opportunity for Kvothe.Not to mention there nothing alike in nature.

*Plot 5/5* The story itself is engaging,suspenseful,and carries sentiment and bits of action -that,I very much appreciated.There were tender moments,serious moments and some downright devilish fun.I reveled in Kvothes early years and while I wasn't entirely taken with his time at The University(more on that below) the circumstances and adventures surrounding this single event were all highly entertaining.

*Characters 5/5 the story is set that Kvothe narrates his story to a small audience.During this he is the main focus,he is documenting his trials after all so secondary characters are fleshed out,given personalities and carried well, but for the most part not my concern nor in my interest.There lovely,realistic and genuine.Every story has a few plot devices,as does this one, but it has some of the fewest and best ones yet.

Kvothe ~(00*~) Is a bit of a problem.I can't decide if I want to kick or kiss him.He;s amazingly talented -almost annoyingly so,but he is far from carefree,he experiences pain,loss and endures a great deal that justifies a certain level of bragging rights. He is amazingly driven and a prodigy of sorts.He is earnest and has a good head on his shoulders.But more than anything he's fun.he makes you laugh and really is interesting.
“I even started a few rumors that were pure nonsense, lies so outrageous that people would repeat them despite the fact that they were obviously untrue.
I had demon blood in me.
I could see in the dark.
I only slept an hour each night.
When the moon was full I would talk in my sleep, speaking a strange language no one could understand.”
Denna is also a bit of a mystery, and I haven't made up my mind of what to make of her.There is clearly more of her than I originally thought.I look forward to seeing her more than often in the coming books.
That One Missing Star
*I immediately had an itch when the repetitiveness started.Some tasteful repeat sentences can really build that suspense and depth but The Name of the Wind had a lot of repetitive portions,that,with what I would consider passably good composition,is part of what chipped away at that near perfect fifth star.

There were awkward sentences,a splatter of nonsensical phrases,and poor descriptions that further contributed to a less than brilliant flow.

*There was a chunk in which the sole purpose seemed to be "reinstate how amazing Kvothe is". His time in the University was largely focused on this cause.There were passages I enjoyed during this time,many of them but there were times I was just so over hearing how gifted he was.

Largley the problem was not that Kvothe is amazing (how the fuck could that be a problem?)it's just that he has to explain how he is.There is a jumble of too many talents,done too well,too fast.Had he just demonstrated all his skill and developed a few at a more reasonable rate Like the class lecture or the draccus slaying This would have been such a non-issue!

The Length was actually not an issue it was the how to say it....the density of the pages.There was a lot of backtracking, unnecessary detail and some rambling. This would have been over looked had there been the proper attention to necessary details.
There are poorly painted images that could have used that attention more than taking the time going to such lengths to..say.. make a point to insert random poetic advice that is cut off 'forgotten' and in no way relative or constrictive to the story.



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Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora


The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I seem to be becoming quite taken with child prodigies, many of whom are thieving bastards,criminals and murderers.

I would say Locke isn't much different then any of them,and for the most part he isn't. He's got his wits about him and is devilishly cunning.He plays hard and wins almost as big as he loses.Locke's journey was a confusing one not because of the intricacy of the story or inconsistencies,much of this was rather well explained.
“I'm fit and I'm angry, and I'm obviously crazy.Anything could happen.”

What was confusing was I had these incidents presented to me and had no fucking idea where or when this was all going down.He is introduced as a five year old then jumps to manhood and back more times than I can count Very little account is given to where in this vast ocean of nearly 23 years is any of this taking place making it impossible for me to understand if I should be impressed at his skill.Am I supposed to marvel that he's 10 and pulling this off or is he 20 and underachieving?
“If he had a bloody gash across his throat and a physiker was trying to sew it up, Lamora would steal the needle and thread and die laughing.”

Now,Locke has the witticism and charm that is so ineradicably entertaining I would never get tired of him.So he could be ninety for all I care, he's one hell of an amazing character and if I tag along for this I'm positive I'm in for one hell of a ride.

Also there was an overwhelming amount of friendship and loyalty that really won me over.
“If the whole things goes to shit,just remember to throw your self down the damn waterfall.'

'I'll cover your back,the sharp and bloody way.”

The book did have issues. It startled possibly slow and to be honest quite terriblely after the initial introduction,about 50 pages if not more of complete bullshit I could harldey stand it.

He was training us for a situation that was fucked up on all sides.Well,were in it,and I say were equal to it.
I don't need to be reminded that we're up to out heads in dark water.I just want you boys to remember that we're the gods-damned sharks!"

The story was great once it got going to but there were more than one plodding,slow and almost boring patches scattered throughout the book that I could have done without.

And yet here I am with a four star rating,the book is really more like a 9/10 because even if it ticked almost all the boxes for me it had some major issues with pacing and negligence. that I couldn't overlook.



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Review: Night Embrace


Night Embrace
Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



After reading the first two,I can already see how each book will more or less be the same.
Man finds some woman,they fall in love,then they'll kill some daimons and maybe a minor god will screw with them before he wins his soul back from Artemis and they live happily ever after.

I still liked the histories and seeing as to how the flashbacks are actually cool gives me hope that someday,maybe they'll push the sex and romance out the window and let us dig into the actual story.

I like some of the characters,and I can see myself tiring of alot of the others.
Each of them seems to be broken,betrayed and all have a sob story to share and if it keeps up I won't like them.There not getting a pity vote from me.

But understand the series is basically all about the Dark-Hunters -who exist only because they were all royally screwed over in their mortal lives-,so far there pasts are the only interesting thing about the books. The rest is buried under all the emotional,passionate feeling and sex that's flying around.
(Apart from Nick,of course,I love him,however little of him I do get anyway..)

For what it's worth,I know Kenyon is capable of keeping things interesting.The story outside the romance is good and CON was great,it was the same world same people just without as much romance.
I just hope the romance will eventually take the back seat so the story has time to shine.

All in all I don't know how long I'll keep up with the series.I could just as easily drop it as I could start from bk 1 and take it all the way.




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Review: Half a King


Half a King
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



“If like has taught me one thing, it's that there are no villains. Only people, doing their best.”
Half a King is the embodiment of people doing their best,their best to survive,to love,hate and above all to win

"The King must win,evrything else is dust."
Yarvi wasn't dealt a very good hand but somewhere in this book,within the trackless ice,somewhere, in an ancient ruin he found the will to make it work and with that lesson of strength he took me on the best journey I've been on in months.I'm happy to see that sometimes ugly things can drive good people to do great things,and that's what Yarvi is all about.

"And so the fox killed his brother,the wolf."
There were quite a few few twists that were unexpected-even though I was expecting them to be there.What was even more of a shock wasn't how suddenly loyalty become a lie,or friend a foe, but where friendships were found.
For me this is always the best part of a story,the friends they make along the way and that undeniable bond that binds their fates,Half a King earned each of the five starts I give it for excelling in all matters.And I will definitely be following the nest installments.
“A bitter ending' said Yarvi
'Many sweet stories have them',said Jaud.”

After all.
“You cannot except all the heroes to survive a good song story”
-Yarvi




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