While my initial impression of the Shadowfell series was anticipation, the advent of a rousing adventure in a new and interesting fantasy world, my excitement has dwindled and fizzled under the slow plodding of RAVEN FLIGHT. I appreciated the technical message behind this book, the way Neryn developed her powers in particular, but very little of the actual plot was able to hold my attention.
If prior books established this intricate, fascinating world, COLD STEEL is all about Cat and Vai living in it. Revolution convulses the land and the politics of their world is as much of a concern as the magic swirling around them. Cat continues to explore her heritage, Vai struggles to find a future, and together they work through obstacles and compromises that may offer hope of happiness.
NEPTUNE’S TEARS was a delightful start to the Timedance series. With a multi-faceted main character, and a sweet romance, I was engaged through all of its twists and turns and I almost felt like it ended too quickly. In a landscape littered with dystopian futuristic stories, NEPTUNE’S TEARS stands out as a book telling a fantastical future story that feels a lot closer to reality than some.
SEA CHANGE takes the alien brutality of Grimm’s tales, washes them smooth and small with the hush of the sea, and transmutes the familiar pieces of magic and friendship, villainy and madness, love and happily ever after into something altogether new. Haunting, heart wrenching, and beautiful, SEA CHANGE is a book I won’t soon forget… or entirely understand.
With its very original post-apocalyptic setting and a fascinating main character, I had hoped FIERY EDGE OF STEEL would be better than it turned out. Sadly, this second book in the Noon Onyx series fell flat with a very slow beginning and poor world building.
I volunteered to read SIEGE AND STORM because I had heard good things about the first book. I figured I’d have plenty of time before this review was due to read SHADOW AND BONE before embarking on SIEGE AND STORM. Then real life hit.
Richelle Mead has proven herself to be a fantastically creative author time and again writing impossible love stories, dynamic characters, and sweepingly epic stories. But GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS, which promised to deliver Mead’s trademark excellence, fell so completely flat and tedious that I can hardly believe it’s the same author.
As a person who has enjoyed fairy tale retellings my entire life, I was looking forward to TOWERING. I was curious how Flinn would retell the story of a girl who lived in a tower in a modern day setting. It seemed like quite the challenge. Unfortunately, it ended up being a completely implausible and awkwardly written story that was very disappointing.
I’ve read quite a lot of popular, YA fantasy over the years. Anything my younger sister likes, I pick up and read along. Some of these collaborations have been great (she gets credit for Harry Potter, to be sure). Some have been disappointments… either too juvenile or too derivative to hold my attention. I approached LOKI’S WOLVES holding my breath, hoping not to find a Norse Percy Jackson, and within one chapter, all my fears were allayed.
I’ll readily admit that my expectations for PROMISE OF BLOOD were set fairly high. The idea of introducing flintlocks and gunpowder to a fantasy setting sounds like it could be a fantastic take on magic. On this, PROMISE OF BLOOD both delivers and… doesn’t.