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text 2018-05-26 22:51
Reading progress update: I've read 389 out of 389 pages.
Of Fire and Stars - Jordan Saia,Audrey Coulthurst

Joy, I'm done with this. The ending worsened my opinion of this book even more, if you can believe it. Denna became ridiculously overpowered,

literally calling down stars from the sky.

(spoiler show)

 

There's room for a sequel. I don't plan on reading it.

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review 2018-05-26 21:47
A Feast For Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

Oh, book, I wish I knew how to quit you. :P

 

This is the shortest book so far in the series. I originally thought I'd have it finished by early April. Yes, real life stuff got in the way and I had to go some weeks without reading even a single chapter, but I wasn't exactly pining to get back to Westeros like I was in ASOS, and I think the main reason for that was the POV switches.

 

There was too much time spent with horrible, awful characters (all of the Ironmen, Cersei) and not enough of the characters I wanted to spend time with (virtually everyone else). It was cool to see Dorne, but without a single focal point for those chapters it felt just as hodgepodge as the Ironborn ones did. As for Cersei, I had hopes for her POV when her chapters started, but good lord y'all. She is Trump in a dress. No thank you. The ending was sweet but not worth the journey to get there.

 

However, I loved getting to see Brienne's POV, though it was often depressing, because she's such an amazing character and easily my favorite of the favorites (sorry Samwell). Hell, I enjoyed being in Jaime's head. Somewhere along the way I started rooting for that turdmeister and he didn't disappoint. Watching him snark at everyone was a real treat too. I wanted to see a lot more of Arya and Samwell. Not so much Sansa, but that's mostly because of Littlefinger and not Sansa herself.

 

And what the hell was that prologue about? It set up absolutely nothing else that happened in the book from what I could tell. Weird.

 

I had such high hopes for a Brienne-Catelyn action duo too. :(

 

So lots of awful, which is par for the course, but not enough of the good guys to balance out the bad. 

 

The top five Worst Evers for this book:

Cersei 

Qyburn 

Lord Tarly 

Euron Crow Eye 

Victarion

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text 2018-05-26 20:30
Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 389 pages.
Of Fire and Stars - Jordan Saia,Audrey Coulthurst

"But she had been wise enough to choose Claera at any cost, in spite of the objections of her family. One day they would find each other again."

 

This book is very "love above all else," even though 1) at least two entire countries full of people depend upon Denna and Thandi getting married and 2) Denna choosing Mare over Thandi wouldn't have guaranteed that she got to stay with Mare. Things that were more likely than Thandi saying "Okay Denna, you can marry my sister instead":

 

- The marriage is cancelled and Denna is sent back to her country, while relations between the two countries deteriorate.

 

- Mare is forcibly married off to get her out of the way. Denna ends up having to marry Thandi anyway.

 

- Mare is simply sent elsewhere to get her out of the way. Denna ends up having to marry Thandi anyway.

 

- Denna is forced to marry Thandi anyway and never gets a moment alone again for the rest of her life.

 

- Denna and Mare escape and attempt to make a life for themselves, but they're now branded as traitors. Since neither one of them knows how to live as a commoner (even Mare only pretended to be a commoner for a few hours at a time), they'd have problems even if they weren't constantly on the run.

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text 2018-05-26 17:08
Reading progress update: I've read 314 out of 389 pages.
Of Fire and Stars - Jordan Saia,Audrey Coulthurst

"'You aren't stupid,' he said, touching my head tenderly. 'You're in love.'"

 

Nah, she's both.

 

"In love with my brother's fiancee" was a touchy premise to begin with, and unfortunately Coulthurst handled it badly. Now I hate Mare and Denna, whereas I used to feel nothing for Denna beyond that she was being underutilized.

 

Just a bit more to go and then I'll finally be done with this surprisingly boring book.

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text 2018-05-25 12:47
Reading progress update: I've read 278 out of 389 pages.
Of Fire and Stars - Jordan Saia,Audrey Coulthurst

They just confessed their feelings to each other, and instead of being happy about this, all I can think is "OMG, I still have a little over 100 pages to go."

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