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First book in a great series. It's a bit rough as it is her first book and just starting to flesh out the world's but over all is a good read. If you like space operas and cats you should read it. I've read it numerous times over the years and it still holds up for me. The first time being about 20 years ago when I had found the second in the series on my mom's book shelf. Read it loved it hunted down the rest of the series
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I love Schaefer's Daniel Faust series but am not so keen on the Harmony Black books so I was prepared for the possibility that it wasn't going to grab me.
What I wasn't prepared for was that I literally didn't want to put the book down, so I stayed up all through the night and read the book in one go. The main protagonists (no spoilers) moved me, I even ended up caring for quite a few of the minor characters.
This book does fit into the Daniel Faust and Harmony Black plots but you can read it quite independently, I think. On the other hand, why do that when you could have hours of good reading ahead of you?
So, if you like dark urban adult fantasy get this book. If you like Schaefer's other books then get this book and be ready to not put it down until you have finished.
This book is incredibly readable.
The characters are well developed and the banter is witty.
My only criticism is the resolution of what takes place in this book, a large part of it takes place 'off stage' and the outcomes are simply reported.
Given how much fun this book is to read, and it is the author's first, my criticism is tiny.
I am so looking forward to the next book in the sequence.
An Alien Invasion story with a difference, rather than destroy the planet they try to buy it.
There is a certain similarity with The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney but there is also an element of social commentary and its a great pity it was never made into a film back in the 1960s as it could have been one of the Film Noir Sci-Fi classics.
Recommended to lovers of the original Twilight Zone series.
Very much liked this version of the lore, told by the Trickster himself how he was betrayed by Odin in the begin with and how they all were deceived in the end, what led to the destruction of Asgard and to death to it's gods.
Those were five cracking good stories, this time a mixture of philosophy, psychology and fiction.
The stories follow one of the astronauts which are spread over the galaxy to man and maintain beacons. We get to know a person who is extremely lonely and the ways how a human mind can work in this situation.
I found those stories highly instructive and fascinating, sometimes funny, sometimes sad - even disturbing. I'm really glad that I've found those books and would like to recommend it to you all.
This is the series that started my love of reading. Every fantasy novel I've read, probably EVERY novel I've read, stems from this book/series.
Kate Orman never fails to impress me, as I was reading her first novel but I got the sudden Urge to read Return of the Living Dad. And I love the book, It's well based, and also a bit of a fun read. This Book exploits a bit to Bernice Summerfield's - or simply just as Benny - Past, by touching on her family by introducing her father Issac Summerfield. This introduce an Alien Race from the Television Story from the Classic Era so that is cool as well.
Here he goes again! Dan Brown is back with a new page-turner - and more, such as plot twists that are not so much twists as a road straight ahead and a plot that feels oddly similar to every other Dan Brown book. There's Langdon, on a run, with a female sidekick, a mysterious organisation (or many of those) with conservative& elderly, male leaders. People are again doing bad things in the name of religion - and I feel like I'm rereading the Da Vinci Code, except now we're in Spain.
So why, oh why, do I like this book? At least enough to actually give it a good rating?
Well, I am not a critic, I'm a consumer - an avid book consumer, and there are things that really speak for Brown. Firstly, I buy a Dan Brown book and I know what I'm going to get: a fast-paced thriller, filled with intriguing symbols, hidden meanings and "deeper" questions. It's close enough to truth that I can entertain the idea "what if this were true" without loosing the illusion. There's plenty to learn from the characters knowledge, locations, central artwork... things that I know are based on real things. My Trivial Pursuit skills get enhanced, and I'm having fun reading. What's there not to like?
I do wish Brown would somehow flip the script and surprise me with something I haven't seen before in terms of _plot_, because the setting is changing every time while still being engaging. That's where Brown's true talent lies as a writer.
Ending aside Divergent series has been quite typical y/ya dystopia trilogy. But since the ending did surprise me by not following the mainstream I'll give the extra half-star.
Following up five people in the UK, who's lives are turned around as they find their Match by the company wich is specialised in fingind your One True Match by your DNA.
Their stories are told by turns, each with their own twist on the plot.
Practically their stories brings up the question can you find your true love through a simple genetic match or if you do, is your perfect match really the right option for you and what happens to those who are left behind or can't find their Match.
Remind you that this is not a cozy love story, but a compelling thriller of our minds and souls. One of the best book I've read in 2017, strongly recommend!
I read and loved the first book when it was first released. I wanted more after that without expecting it, pleasantly surprised when the second book came out then eagerly waiting for the others after that. It was a long, hard wait that I kept up with, going so far as to join the forum(s) in eager hope of news when I thought the wait too much. I am a patient person, it was enough to see the author interact with her fans in the forum. This wait was near torture when I discovered this was to be the last book, excitement and dread in equal parts really up to the release date. I hate endings but I really wanted to see how things played out, what would happen to some of my favorite characters and whatnot. I also love endings for the simple reason of completion's sake and knowing I can happily move on to something new. I'm going on this spiel just to get across how utterly disappointed I am in this book. It doesn't have the same feel as the other books at all. It feels rushed, it ends too soon and abruptly at that. Characters I had hoped to read more about are hardly if ever mentioned, shockingly so for a few of them not there at all. There's plot points never to be resolved and the whole tone of the book, while expected given the last two books, just feels off. I've never felt dread when reading a book before. When I got to the last few pages and realized that there was no where near enough of them left for.. for what I don't know. This was my first serious book series and I'll remember it fondly up 'til this point. It's that sense of love for the series that made me mark 2 stars rather than the 1 I think it deserves. To end this monster I'll just say that while the ride was rough and bumpy I could not put this book down. I read it in roughly 2 days and while the other books I've read each near 10 times I don't know if I could reread this. For all that it was fun at times and frustrating others it was ultimately an ending that left me highly unsatisfied and in want of more that isn't to come. Sorry to have made this so long winded but I just had to let out the steam.
Aiemmista romaaneista tuttu elävyys ja tarinan taianomainen värikkyys välittyy loistavasti jo näytelmän käsikirjoituksessa. Näytelmän näkeminen lavastuksineen ja äänineen jne. olisi varmasti mieletön kokemus. Pidin käsikirjoituksessa erityisesti siitä, miten tarinassa pureudutaan asioihin, jotka jäivät syvemmin käsittelemättä tai muuten vain (ainakin minun) mieleen pyörimään: esim. velhojen kategorisointi perimän ja koulutuvan perusteella sekä (hauskana yksityiskohtana) huomautus taikojen yms. kehittymisestä. (SPOILERIVAROITUS:) Kirja paneutui myös kiitettävästi vanhempi-lapsi-suhteiden (ja nyky-yhteiskunnan) ajankohtaisiin aiheisiin nostamalla esiin Harryn pyrkimykset kontrolloida Albuksen elämää ja ystävyyssuhteita jatkuvalla tarkkailulla.
Good, but not as good as the first one. This one seems to be the infamous second act where everything that could go wrong does go wrong.
Does it make it bad? No
Is it annoying? Hell yeah! Practically nothing good happens to anyone!
This book is about humanitys eternal mistake: Conquer and call it helping. Crush anyone with a different view, because this is how it's always been.
There's something compelling about this band of old farts, used-to-be heros. Eames's story is a mix of borrowed easy jokes, old friendships that has it's cracks, yet still holds and actual meaning of friendshps and getting old after being an actual hero. And of course about that "One Last Job".
It's seems quite easy read, but if you're not carefull you easily find yourself in a mist of What is going on here?
Great ending for the story. Especially the final verbal exchange between Lucifer and his father was perfect!
"I've always been the one who said no to you, father. That was how you made me. So I presume you're only testing your workmanship.
- If you agree-- you would be the Maker. And you would be perfect again, Unfallen. Unscarred by exprerience.
Was this my function then?
- You escaped your function. That's exactly why I want to know you better.
Unscarred? You teach me, father, the difference between knowledge and understanding. This face is mine. This scar is mine. You may not have them. Not with my permission. My answer is no."
For this book I'd like to have the possibility to rate each story separately. I liked all of them, but those of Shevedieh and Javre were the most hilarious, especially "Two’s Company", where Javre runs into Whirrun of Bligh. Their conversion before they start ... well, whatever they do afterwards ... is so funny and comical, you shouldn't read that book in public as not to disturb your fellow men for laughing out loud. 5 stars for Shevedieh and Javre!
I was very excited when I found out Amy was writing an apocalyptic novel. I loved the Revenant series and her writing style. Then after reading the synopsis I thought, ok, maybe this one won't be for me but I'll try anyway.
No one can take away Amy's imagination. The start of AtE is a draw. Immediately you're reading about lives of teenagers who live outside the norm. A teenage girl, Juneau, is preparing to be the next Sage. I get the impression she'll actually be leading the tribe.
The WW3 destroyed the world. The radiation killed everyone. Although, not everyone because the founders of the tribe took off to Alaska and have been there ever since. And not the hunters out there either. The hunters keep looking for the Juneau's people but Juneau's tribe know how to hide. They use the Yara.
Okay, alarm bells. there are a few adults in the tribe. A teenage girl? The last Sage was her mother who died years ago. Nobody in the tribe has the same skills as Juneau, which is why she's been specially mentored by a guy called Whit. He's honing her magic skills and her ability to work with the Yara. A magical connection to the earth which you can use to your advantage. Like hiding from hunters.
Juneau comes back from a hunting trip to find all her tribe are gone and their dogs have been shot. They haven't deserted, they've been abducted by those flying things in the sky. Hunters.
This is going to be interesting, I thought. A bit of action and adventure, and out in the wild stuff. To be honest it all fell a bit flat after that.
Juneau grabs enough food for her and the dogs and heads off to find her tribe.
But she finds a fully functional city, where people are walking and talking. No signs of WW3 here. She's been lied to. All her life she's been told the world as it was died 30 years ago. But she's been betrayed.
Yes, there are signs of being hurt. She's angry. At last, some emotional response.
In comes Miles. The second POV of the book. He's a drop out from school. Some might say he doesn't appreciate what he has. Namely a father who basically leaves him alone but gives him enough money to do what he wants. The father also works for a leading pharmaceutical company that are hunting Juneau. Miles decides, after overhearing a few of his fathers phone calls, to go off to Seattle and find this missing girl. For his father.
Okay, he can't stand his dad. And now he's going to travel from LA to Seattle and find a girl with only the briefest of descriptions? Seriously? This kid doesn't even have any skills. And Seattle's a big place.
What do you know? He finds Juneau. After a bit of traveling here and there, with the introduction of a rook (Whit's) and another witchy kind of lady who helps Juneau out, they're on their way to finding Juneau's tribe.
Then the romance starts happening. I didn't want this. I didn't like Miles at all. And I didn't really like Juneau. In fact, Amy Plum did her best to make the two characters sound as unappealing as possible, what with Juneau's starburst in her eye and Miles lack of personality. But still, after knowing each other for a day or two they start having zings when they touch, and think of kissing each other. I don't think so....
The book ends on a cliffhanger after Miles gets shot.
This is probably what I would call a road-trip book with two unlikely characters learning about each other along the way. But I didn't get any of the emotional buzz I usually get when reading an Amy Plum book. Really, there was nothing enjoyable about it at all. I didn't really care for the Juneau or Miles enough. Every story arc felt too forced, too convenient, too much fell in their laps too easily.
I will read the next one, if only for closures sake but I was thoroughly disappointed. The plot of the story could have been so epic, so big, but turned into a very small one dimensional trek.
What's to say about Uninvited? Well, it's a book of two halves. The first half is Davy and her perfect life and how everyone shuns her on hearing the news of her HTS detection. This half tends to be very high school drama-ish, 'woe is me' type of angle. The second half gets very Divergent/Hunger Games-esque. Davy accepts she's a Carrier and has no choice in life any more. The book does end on a cliffhanger also.
Points I liked. Sean was a cool love interest. However he did come over as the stereotypical bad boy. Tattooes, dangerous, capable with his fists. He did annoy me with his constant "I can't always be there to save you, Davy." It would have been cool if he'd taken her into the gym and trained with her therefore proving to him that she could be capable.
I liked Gil. I hope he has a bigger part in the next book. He was the first carrier person who was nice to her and Davy dropped him like a stone to pay more attention to Sean.
But! I did like the softly, softly approach to the romance. Not full on heavy petting but taking it very slowly and calmly.
The writing is very good, the plot is well paced and the story line is good enough. But it could have been better and would have come across better had it not included lots of clichés from typical YA novels.
What I didn't like. The 'kill gene' they're all talking about could have been expanded and verified to us better. I'm still really not sure how this gene came to being discovered. I mean, after thousands of years of civilisation this society think they can end crime and murder because of this one gene?
I also didn't like Davy been too clean and proper to begin with. I would have liked her to at least have one flaw to her porcelain perfect perception.
I thought the whole camp idea was off and a little naff, but that's just me! A little more world building could have been included also.
On the whole though, a book very readable and unputdownable :)
Sometimes there's that book in your 'to-read' pile that just keeps getting pushed back. I'll admit I'm guilty of that with this particular book. For no other reason than something else always came out, or I received an ARC of a favourite author or sometimes I simply chose another from the dreaded TBR list.
I can safely say I wished I'd read this book sooner. I loved it, I loved Jenny and although it was a long time till we had Seth joining her I thought they made a formidable force.
Jenny is a nice girl, it's all those around her that are wicked. And nobody can hide away in a small minded town but Jenny found a few good people on her side. A shame that some others just have spite on their minds simply because you don't fit the mould.
All the way from the start to the end the momentum was building, building, until near the end the worst thing in anyone's eyes happened.
And it's not over yet. Once I got to the end of this book I knew I had Tommy Nightmare (Paranormals #2) also in my TBR pile.
I'm so excited to see where this series goes! Definitely worth reading.
A good steady slow build-up. A romance that's slow burning and surprise's everyone, with the guy who finally sees what's genuine in front of him, and with good reason.
A good solid story, well thought out.
Great writing. I've not read J.L. Bryan before but I'm looking forward to more.
A female protag you really want to root for.
Lots of references to religion. I'm not that religious but the strong emphasis of church 'for-and-against' as a euphemism to good v evil is almost overkill in parts.
I had this down as a YA and I know nowadays books are becoming more graphic than they used to be but there is quite a bit of sex in this. Yes I know sex and drugs are prevalent at this age but it could have been toned down a tad.
It took me a while to get back to this series. the first book 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' was stunning. The world building extraordinary from the start. The concept of the story, a girl who is somehow connected to demonic creatures and an angel, was crafted together so beautifully I was gripped. I loved the romance, I loved Karou and I wanted to read more.
But then we have that dreaded interlude where we have to wait for book 2. You've been there, I'm sure. I didn't want to read book 2 until I could read book 3. So this was my dilemma. I waited.
But then my reading hiatus kicked in so here we are finally.
Book 2 - Days of Blood and Starlight has a different feel to it than book one. so we know Karou has the soul of Madrigal. But Karou is still her own person. Still loves Zuzana and Mik but she's broken after hearing Akiva tell her he killed her family.
Instead of staying and moping, and let's face it, who wouldn't. she disappears from the world. It's only after a few chapters we find out she's actually in Morocco and she's encouraged the demons (good and bad) to settle there while they regroup. she's also taken up the task of creating more creatures but what I love about this part is her character. She decides she isn't going to just recreate all of Thiago's close colleagues. She's ruthless and sneaky enough to pick and chose who gets remade.
One of the characters I loved most was Madrigal's other Kirin friend - Ziri. He's a nice demon, young and bit in love with Madrigal/Karou. His story really becomes the main character arc of the book. What Ziri does has a lasting effect on the rest of the demons to come, and on Karou.
Back to Akiva and what he's up to. With his two angel friends, they decide they're not going to openly kill the enemy anymore. To do so goes against everything Akiva was striving for when he dreamed the dream with Madrigal. He hasn't forgotten Karou, in fact, he mourns her, even if she isn't dead.
The book finishes nicely, ready for book 3.
What I liked the most? The writing doesn't fail in the slightest. The story is still ongoing and you can feel the world's expand as you're reading it. Such an epic fantasy, I'm maybe a little sorry I waited too long read it.