Update! And What I Expect from Tower Of Dawn

So, I have a couple of things to talk about, mostly about me being, well, me. I do also have a few things that I want to say, just to say it you know? Nothing to deep, I promise.

First! My summer has been going well! Mostly. Kind of. I mean it hasn’t been bad. I guess I really just haven’t done anything fun, just work and stressing over school and what I’m supposed to do with all this free time that I keep wasting away… Well, the free time I’ve had hasn’t been used to read much. I hope yours has been good!

To be honest, I still kind of have book hang over from Empire of Storms (which I am rereading by the way, because it’s good, and Tower of Dawn will be out soon.). Yes, I’ve still been reading some, but I haven’t gotten into one of my ‘read a book every two or three days for a month’ mood. I’m not so busy I can’t read, I just haven’t. I think the reason is because my preference has been changing. I used to gravitate toward Young Adult, and is still the majority of what I read, but I’ve been looking for more complicated books (not Game of Thrones, not yet anyway). Also, I just haven’t found characters I like as much as the characters Sarah J. Maas has created.

If you have any recommendations, I would be happy to hear them!

Second, school will be starting for me in about three weeks. I’ll be going to school full time while also holding a part time job. I’m not sure yet what the demand will be, but depending I might not have a lot of time to read or write/post reviews. I will get them done when I can.

Good news though, if I continue on this track I will have my degree in Optometric Technology in just a year, including the summer semester of 2018. This will be my second associates degree as I have already have a general studies degree. Also, I’m happy that I was able to make the Dean’s List last semester! I’ll be lucky if I can ever do that again.

Warning, below contains spoilers for the book Queen of Shadows. Read at your own risk.

The last thing I want to talk about is Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. You might be interested to know that I have already ordered my Barnes and Noble signed special edition from Good Choice Reading and it didn’t cost me anything more, except shipping.

You can find out where to get other special editions at The World of Sarah J. Maas.

Now, as I mentioned in my review of Queen of Shadows, I thought there was going to be a book with Chaol in it after the release of Empire of Storms. Well, this is the book I predicted, and there are a few things I expect from it.

First, I want the old Chaol back. Not the whiny, puts-the-blame-on-Alien asshole who came along in the forth book. I want the Chaol who loved Celaena back, the one that stood by Dorian through his magic exploding stuff (even though he didn’t really know about it), the Chaol who was an unwavering friend. I want the nice Chaol back, not the one that Sarah J. Maas made me hate.

I also want some Chaol-Nesryn romance too. I think they would be great together, and she would tell him when he was wrong but still not be mean about it.

I want Chaol and Nesryn to build a big army, not only for Dorian, but in the name of Alien as well. She’s been through enough, I think she deserves an army to help.

I want Chaol to be healed, though not completely (I know, I’m a terrible person) because I think it would add to his character and make him more interesting.

I want badassery from both main characters. I think given the chance, these two could do some serious damage.

And that’s all! I felt bad for not reading or reviewing, but also wanted to share what was going on in my life as well my excitement for Tower of Dawn.

Eona: The Last DragonEye (Eon #2) by Alison Goodman

EonaPublished: April 19th 2011 by VIKING by Penguin Group

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons, Magic, Romance

Pages: Hardcover, 637

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Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .

Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic story only Alison Goodman can create.


My review:

When I was young, well, younger, I was obsessed with dragons. I would read anything with dragons in it. So when I found Eon, and saw that there was another book in the series I was so happy.

Back in that time when all I had to worry about was getting good grades and reading books, I would have given this book five stars. Now, however, that I’ve come to read some of the finer offerings this genre has to give, I find myself disappointed. Let this be a lesson to anyone: never re-read your favorite childhood book series (unless it’s Harry Potter or Eragon).

To be 100% honest, this book was a mess from start to finish. I found that the writing wasn’t descriptive enough for me to fully appreciate what the author was trying to do. There was also a lot of world building in a small space, and it didn’t work at all. There needed to be more time for that. I felt that 80% of the book was action. Yes, action is good, but there was too much and not enough time left for characters to develop.

Now my major problem is the main character, Eona. She continues to lie and deceive and deny that she’s doing it throughout the book. It’s very annoying and the author should have been able to come up with other events to keep me interested. Also, bringing all those lies out at the end? Yeah, well, that didn’t work for as much as a shock factor as intended. It was easy to see the outcome.

There are only two things going for this book. The first being the overall plot with the dragons. I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it, but I think that was a good way to get the book to end. The second is all the mythology and the world history that was weaved into the plot. I really liked learning about those pieces of the world.

All of that being said, I’ve finally decided on just 3 stars. While I did like it at one point in my life, I don’t as much now. I like parts of the book, but it overall lost all importance in my opinion. I won’t be reading it again unless I forget, for some reason, about how confusing the plot ended up being.

★★★

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas

ACOMAFPublished: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

Pages: Hardcover, 624

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.


My review:

Well, from the beginning, this book sure was a ride of emotions and plot events. I kept thinking that in the first part of the book the plot wasn’t moving, there was nothing happening. But now, after I have finished the book, I know that there were some very important events going on.

One thing I have learned about Sarah J. Maas and her characters is that she is never very nice to them for very long. But this causes me to feel sorry for them, to want them to be happy, thus showing that it is a good book to get me so emotionally involved. I knew this fact in Thorne of Glass and was expecting it in this series, but maybe not so early on. It defiantly shows that she has evolved as a writer and has become much more confidant.

Speaking of evolving, these characters did a bunch of it throughout this book and in between the first and second. While some characters (Feyre) transitioned over time, especially after all those nasty things she went through in the first book, I felt like others (Tamlin) had changed much too quickly. This defiantly could be explained at the span of three months that was between the first book and this one, but it still seemed abrupt and more like a plot device. Unquestionably for the plot. But I think it worked out well for the story arch that we are continuing to follow, one that is getting impressively complicated.

Feyre’s evolving rivals those of Alien, Lysandra, or Maven from Thorne of Glass. I know I keep bring this series up, making comparisons, but I just wanted to say how happy I was that Sarah J. Maas didn’t abandon her character evolving pattern. It makes each of her books so much more fun to read than others, some of which the characters don’t evolve enough to really see much of a difference. The evolving keeps me guessing at what the characters might do next, and that makes for a good book.

Sarah J. Maas also isn’t one to shy away from putting two people together to fall in love then having them change their mind. But, I liked Tamlin in the first, but not enough to completely ship them and wanting it to continue into the next book. I was hoping she would pull out one of those ‘I loved you but I don’t love you anymore’ moves. Because there are many relationships in this book that affect the plot, I won’t give any spoilers on it. Sorry if I implied it and you caught on, but really it was only the first 50 pages that might have been mildly ruined.

Bad things to say. Hmm. You know, there really isn’t much I have to complain about. I wish that Tamlin didn’t become so easy to hate right off (sorry, but once again only the first 50 pages), that we couldn’t see more of Feyre’s transition to becoming a high fae, her powers thereof, and watching more of these lovely relationships evolve as each person becomes closer, friends or otherwise. Other than those though, I don’t have much else to say.

At the time I am writing this review there is still three weeks left until the next book comes out, so once again I have to distract myself with others until I can get it. Sigh.

Wait, why did I wait so long to read it? Oh that’s right, so I wouldn’t be in the waiting position like I am now!

Also, a warning for younger readers, this book does become NC-17.

★★★★★

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon #1) by Alison Goodman

EonPublished: December 26th 2008 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons, Magic

Pages: Hardcover, 531

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Also Known As: Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon (All the same book just published with different publishers)

Swordplay, dragon magic–and a hero with a desperate secret

Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye–an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic…and her life.


My review:

When I was young and impressionable (well, not really impressionable, I’ve actually always been the stubborn and fiery redhead I am now, just a little more shy) I read a book about a sixteen year old girl, in a man’s world, pretending to be a twelve year old boy. In this same book there were also dragons, no not the ones you hunt to steal their treasure, but the kind that you bond with and can gain amazing powers from.

Of course it has dragons; how could I resist? Ever since reading Eargon I’ve had a thing for books with dragons in them, though it is rather hard to find some where it isn’t all about dragon hunting. Anyone have any suggestions?

Anyway, so this book was one of my favorites as a teenager because of the world building as well as the secrets and powers that the characters have. And I really do like it, though I’m probably going to say more bad things than I will good for a reason I will explain later.

So, the good things:

Main character, Eona. I guess I feel like she is similar to me in a way. She can be stubborn but also knows when to hold herself back when she needs to. She can be rather forceful and hostile while also having a nicer, sweeter side. She struggles with much through the book and it gives the book a more realistic feeling.

The world of the Dragoneyes. It’s ancient Chinese mythology, and mythology is something I like to read and learn about. It is very interesting to read about, and the author did her research on the subject.

And the bad things:

The book moved rather slowly. Yes, there was a lot that happened, but there was also a large amount of the politics of the world that got involved to. Politics isn’t something I like, it’s actually something I am starting to hate in recent years. So this doesn’t appeal to me. When I got closer to the end I skimmed, half because I knew what was happening for the most part, half because I was getting so bored with the back and forth of the characters.

The characters. Most of the characters had a fake feeling to them. They seemed one sided and all kind of reacted in similar ways when faced with these situations. They were almost flat and didn’t seem real.

Eona. Yes I know she is in the good things too, but I really dislike her fatal flaw. It took her most of the book to figure out (even though she wasn’t even the one who figured it out in the end) what the secret was to her power. It was rather annoying and I wish the author would have allowed Eona  to figure it out a bit soon and have some more of the awesome power in there.

The good aspects of this book do outweigh the bad ones, but it still caused me to think hard about the rating I would give it.

★★★★

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

ACOTAR.jpgPublished: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic

Pages: Hardcover, 421

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


My review:

I may refer to this book or series by ACOTAR in future reviews.

I put of reading this book for a while, but for multiple reasons. The first was my concern that it wouldn’t live up to the expectations I had because of Throne of Glass. The second was because I didn’t want to read the first two books months before the last (at least for this half of the series) came out so I wasn’t waiting and obsessing.

I’m glad I waited because now I only have to wait about three weeks for the third book to come out after I finish the second one (if I finish it on the schedule I have planned).

I didn’t hate this book, but neither would I say that I loved it. It was good yes, but I think there is something missing and there are a few other problems that I want to talk about as well.

First, I want to talk about Feyre (pronounced Fay-ruh if you were wondering) and the sort of indifference I started feeling towards her just a little past halfway through the book. At first I liked her, doing what she can to survive while also getting very hateful feelings from her family, but determined to keep the promise she made to her unloving mother. She did what she could, but wasn’t as perfect to have all these amazing skills she was somehow able to teach herself. It was realistic in a way. Then, in the middle, I still liked her but didn’t understand some of the actions that she took. It wasn’t explained well enough in the book to be reasonable. And in the end, well, there wasn’t really much too really like or hate. It was as if Feyre started to disappear, and I had no feelings one way or the other.

The passing of time in this book was strange, but it does come right out and say, ‘three months after this event happened’ and it makes it clear. But sometimes it felt like it jumped weeks ahead without much explanation.

I do like some things of course, such as Tamlin and Lucien and many of the other fae. It was fun learning about them, their culture, the things that they went through, and eventually learning what the curse was all about (though it might be easy to guess).

But what exactly did I like about it? I can’t find any particular examples, mostly just the overall feeling of the book, the plot, and the characters, at least for the most part.

I know I’ve probably said more bad than good things but I willing give this book four stars. The reasons I’m not giving more is because the mild indifference I felt towards pieces of the book, and others I won’t mention in fear of spoiling it for everyone.

★★★★

This book and book series does contain explicit scenes that may not be suitable for younger readers.

The Siren by Kiera Cass

The SirenPublished: January 26th 2016 by HarperTeen (first published July 1st 2009)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Mermaids

Pages: Hardcover, 327

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Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.


My review:

I admit, I avoided reading this book for some time, unsure of how much I might like it. Having read The Selection and liking 2/3 of it (not really the last book), but not sure if I was willing to read something like that again and the ratings on Goodreads, I decided not to read it all. However, when I decided to listen to audiobooks while I drove to and from work/school, this popped up, immediately available, so I decided to try. At least that way I was only putting driving time into it.

I was wrong, I admit it. While I’m sure I didn’t get the full effect of everything in the book I was surprised by how much I started liking it. Learning about what Kahlen went through, what she was going through, how it affected her life, and the whole situation just kept me wanting more and more and more.

I wasn’t really into the romance of this book, and I know that was kind of the main plot piece here and the book without the romance wouldn’t have worked, but it was getting almost annoying enough to stop listening. Really, come on. I won’t say anything in interest of not spoiling it, but it didn’t play off right.

The plot (not the romance one, the one where Kahlen and other girls sing to pull people to their deaths for the ocean) is one of two things I do like this book. There is certainly a lot more than romance that goes along here and I think it was written well.

I did like some of the characters, like Kahlen. She was nice enough, wallowed in self-hatred a little, which is one of the best ways to get me to like characters, but also tried to keep her promises at any cost. Some of the other characters such as Elizabeth, Maika and Aisling I also enjoyed reading about. I especially like the ocean and how Kiera Cass chose to personify her and make her not understand humans and her sirens. She isn’t human and this dynamic really is interesting.

However, I find myself not liking Akinli at all. His character was flat, to perfect to be real (I don’t remember him having any flaws, it was almost as if he was made to be exactly what Kahlen expected… wait, isn’t that what this was?) and just lacked any realistic feelings. Yeah, he’s a great guy, but come on, not everyone reacts well to that situation. I won’t say more because spoilers.

So there that is. I’ve decided to give 3.5 stars because I liked it and might read it again if I ever get through my list (yeah, right) but wouldn’t want to buy it and put it on my shelf. I’ll stick to library copies.

★★★.5

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe HavenPublished: September 14th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Adult

Pages: Hardcover, 340

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Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.


My review:

I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, romance books are not something I usually like. And by usually I mean about 99% of the time. There are exactly three exceptions where the book was just romance (no adventure, little or no action, just normal) that I have found that I can read. All three of those came into my life by form of movie, then book.

The first was If I Stay written by Gayle Forman, and the sequel Where She Went. The third, I’ve found, is this book, Safe Haven.

Having watched the movie several times, quite literally only one of two Nicholas Sparks movies that I can watch at all, I decided to give the book a chance. It took me a while to get there because, knowing Sparks’ reputation for romance movies, I wasn’t really interested in watching, reading, anything that he was involved in.

But here I am, and I don’t have many good things to say about the only Nicholas Sparks book I have ever read.

I know this man turns out books like only a few people seem to be capable of, and sells a lot more books than I have (that being zero because I can’t even seem to get more than a few chapters into writing one), but I was really bothered by the writing. I thought, ‘here is a very experienced author, I’m expecting something really well written.’ I was very disappointed before I even turned past first the page.

The sentences were choppy, so horrible that I cringed and thought, more than once, that I wasn’t going to be able to handle reading the book. But I pushed through, found that the writing got better, the sentences more than just six words each, only to be disappointed again as the sentences became choppy latter on.

And the content of the book, well, 75% was information that I never needed to know, that was just written to fill space. The characters weren’t deep, they felt unreal and lacked an aspect that made them feel real. I got the scene that Alex was infallible, and we all know, no matter how hard we try, no one can ever be that perfect. Everything felt like nothing more than a story. When I read a book I like to be completely immersed, like I’m there with the characters. I didn’t feel at all like this.

The only good thing I have to say about the book is the plot. I like the overall idea that this book explores, but I probably won’t read it again, or any other books by Sparks.

★★★

The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals #4) by Tamora Pierce

the-realms-of-the-godsPublished: January 20th 1998 by Random House Children’s Books (first published January 1st 1996)

Genre: Young Adult, Children, Fantasy, Magic

Pages: Paperback, 288

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During a dire battle against the fearsome Skinners, Daine and her mage teacher Numair are swept into the Divine Realms. Though happy to be alive, they are not where they want to be. They are desperately needed back home, where their old enemy, Ozorne, and his army of strange creatures are waging war against Tortall.

Trapped in the mystical realms Daine discovers her mysterious parentage. And as these secrets of her past are revealed so is the treacherous way back to Tortall. So they embark on an extraordinary journey home, where the fate of all Tortall rests with Daine and her wild magic.


My review:

This book in the series is probably my favorite in the series. And that is just for a few simple reasons. Because of these reasons this review will be much shorter than some of the others I have done recently.

First, this was just the climax of the entire series. Everything that happened in the other books was leading up to this one and this was just the wrapping things into an action pack thrill seeking cherry on top of the ice cream cookie cake.

Action at every turn? Yes. A realm we have only seen glimpses of? Yes. More dragons? Yes. Creatures we didn’t know existed? Yes. These just make better world building for me.

However, there does still feel like some lose ends, but don’t worry, that’s only because this story does continue, just not in this particular series. In the books that are next in the overall story of Tortall, these characters are at least mentioned if not characters that show up in the books.

Having now completed this series once again, I feel the need to continue reading the works of Tamora Pierce to find out what happens to this world and to the characters I have come to enjoy reading about.

I’ve also started timing myself to see how long it took me to read each book, just because I was curious of how many hours I actually did read, and this one took be about five hours.

★★★★★

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

a-thousand-pieces-of-youPublished: November 4th 2014 by Harper Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 360

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Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.


My review:

Where to start? That is an excellent question for someone who is trying their best to optimistic about the next two books in the series. And that someone happens to be me.

My very first impression was that the author had an inconsistent writing pattern. There were long winded sentences that probably should have been split into two, and the really short sentences that could have been joined with others. It’s like the author had incomplete thoughts while writing this, like she almost couldn’t decide what it was that she wanted to write about. I really struggled when trying to read this book.

I have to point out, as someone who likes to both read and be up to date on all the recent scientific data and whatnot, this book lacked realistic facts. While the narrator was describing the Firebird (the device that allows people to travel dimensions) there was no scientific information. It was, mostly, my parents built this device, I heard them talking about it, I didn’t always pay attention yet I know enough to have a basic understanding of the device without using any actual scientific information.

Maybe I’m just being picky, but the more real information that a book has in it the more likely I am to believe in the world the author creates.

That brings me to my next point because believing in the world I’m reading about helps decide on how much I end up liking the book. So, I ask this question. How am I supposed to believe in this world when even the characters fall flat and boring? The answer is that you can’t. I didn’t come to have any feelings for these character except mild like, dislike, or indifference. Any of these characters could have died and I really wouldn’t have minded.

I felt as if the thought went in circles until the last fourth of the book. The same, very predictable, problems happening and it became really annoying. And the other dimensions that the book features are rather bland. The ideas are good, really I found myself wanting to learn about them, but the delivery, like most things in the book, just wasn’t right. Instead of learning about the other dimensions, I got to learn about all the juicy gossip and irrelevant details that I really didn’t want to read about. This should really be a book with “drama” on the copyright page. I got seriously sick of the main characters constant whining.

There was also a distinct lack of details of events that happen, such as when Marguerite’s father was killed in a car accident. I don’t remember how many chapters I had to get through before I finally figured out what happened. While not all facts need to be presented to me right away, large events that shape the story need to be pointed out fairly early in the book so the reader doesn’t get confused about the events or context the story is taking place in.

Claudia Gray, I have to admit that I was able to predict about 60% of the plot twists that you decided to throw into the book. While you did fool me 40%, it still isn’t a percentage that I would want to be standing in.

Now I know that I’ve said a lot of mean things about this book, but there is one good thing to make me want to give it three stars. The overall plot idea.

Reading the summary of the book, the traveling to different dimensions, mystery, action, adventure, I thought it would be right up my ally. I love the idea, I love the end result and where the story went. Because of this one simple reason I’m willing to give the next two books in the series a chance.

To wrap up, three stars because of all the not good reasons I listed, but also because I think this is a good idea and I’m surprised I haven’t read any other books with a similar idea. It kept my interest enough to make it through the end, but only because I wanted to know what happened.

★★★

Emperor Mage (Immortals #3) by Tamora Pierce

emperor-magePublished: November 17, 1994 by Scholastic Coorproation

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic

Pages: Paperback, 358

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Sent to Carthak as part of the Tortallan peace delegation, Daine finds herself in the middle of a sticky political situation. She doesn’t like the Carthaki practice of keeping slaves, but it’s not her place to say anything — she’s just there to heal the emperor’s birds. It’s extremely frustrating! What’s more, her power has grown in a mysterious way.
As the peace talks stall, Daine puzzles over Carthak’s two-faced Emperor Ozorne. How can he be so caring with his birds and so cruel to his people? Daine is sure he’s planning something. Daine must fight the powerful Emperor Mage, knowing that the safety and peace of the realm depend on stopping Ozorne’s power-hungry schemes.


My review:

Some people say that the first book in a series is always the best. About half the time I agree. I guess half really isn’t all that bad, but that is still 50% of the books I read. This series isn’t part of the half where the first is better, it’s part of the half that gets so amazing after each book.

Of course, some of the same reasons that made this book better than the last are the same as what made the last book better than the first! So I’ll go down my list, hit all the points I have stored away in my brain and tell you why I liked it and something I didn’t like.

First, learning about Daine’s powers. Come on, if you thought the powers in the last book were awesome, this one is even better. I really enjoy it too because it really isn’t her power, but one that was given to her. There are some mildly comical parts and amazing scenes that happen because of this power and really, it’s just great.

Reason two: there was some serious plot here. The last had some also, but this was intense world changing plot, everything could have easily gone wrong.

Also here we start to see some feelings coming out from certain characters and towards other characters. Hate, love, dislike, admiration. Even for characters who weren’t introduced until this book, feelings were just poured into it.

But, one thing I’ll complain about, we won’t see some of these characters again. They go away and we won’t see them except for maybe briefly in the last book of the series. I’m happy to read it anyway, it really is just such a great series.

★★★★★