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review 2019-05-30 16:33
Review: Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

I did it …. I finally read and finished this book. I’m so glad I did.  I did really enjoy this book but it took me a while to get into it. I started it twice put it back , started it again and feel into a reading slump….I didn’t put it back down this time,  I just kept at it really slow and read a few pages every day and I’m glad for it.

Once I got into it, I absolutely loved the word Laini Taylor created with this book.  I liked that is was not too massive while we still get good sized world(s) and with plenty of Characters, quiet few actually, since we get sort of a split world. It’s hard to explain without spoiling it. I really enjoyed all characters, even the not so nice ones.  While I might not have liked them as a person,  I enjoyed the way they were written and portrait.

I wasn’t really sure at first who the villain will be and I liked that we had two candidates and both came through a bit at the end. Just one more than the other.

Of course I loved Lazlo and enjoyed his fresh view and of course his love for books, but I was pretty sure there is more to him than they let us believe in the beginning.  I also enjoyed Eril- Fane and his Mother a lot, he sure was a kind but tortured soul.

I wasn’t so sure about Sarai in the beginning but I ended up loving her……. And her relationship with Lazlo, or the more and less what they had for one that is…….

While I enjoyed their time together it was also a bit odd and left a few things open and questioned by me but overall I really loved it. 

Minya was someone I really didn’t like and that never changed….. I just disliked her more and more the more we get into the story. Thyron was someone I’m on the edge on, even now that I’m done… I think more is to come about him …. Maybe .

The ending… while some things I saw coming early on other things were a complete shock to me. I was in awe, how she could end it with such a cruel cliffhanger.

Overall I loved this book, and while I loved her writing but  I thought it was dragging on a bit and was sort of glad for the end of the book. But I’m really looking forward to read the next book and see how she ended it.

 I rate it 4 ★

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-05-29 16:00
Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
The Wicked King - Holly Black

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

 

 

4.5 ★

WOW !!! This book gave me whiplash !!! That Ending…. Lets just say it’s been two days and I’m still not sure what to think and a bit angry about it.

Like I said the whole book is a rollercoaster and there is nto much I can say to not spoil it and believe me, you don’t want to be spoiled with this one.

I will make it sweet and shirt , ot at least I try  lo.

The book starts off 5 some months after the events of the last book, Cardan is King, Jude pulling his strings,( or is she?) . To be honest, I think Jude is getting a bit power-hungry and all that string pulling is getting to her head a bit. But then again that is all that she has left. She is still on the outs with her family, her fae family that is. She is working with the Court of Shadows and of course working The High King. But all that is getting more and more complicated as she seems to be having more and more feelings for Cardan. The water fae also coming out to play and things get a bit … wet and nasty.

As thing heat up with the underwater fae, and things getting a bit out of control she starts working again with Madoc. Of course he is him and yu never know if you can trust him or not.

I will say as much as an A-$$ -Hole he is ….. I really love him and always looked forward to parts with him.

Cardan was not as much in the book, as I hoped and if again you never know with him, I liked him, I hated him , I loved him and I never fully trusted him but I still wanted more of him. I have a real love-hate relationship with him for sure. 

Jude, most if the time I thought she is a bitch but others I just felt bad for her and asked why she keeps doing that do herself, even though she could just up and go to the human world.

Overall I really liked the book and learned quickly, you can’t trust anyone, no matter what or who.  There is lots if humor, action and even more betrayal going on , it is pretty fast pact and with all the action going on the book reads super-fast.

The end …… DID NOT see that coming…. NOT in a million years…. OMG I was soo angry and confused. Well done Holly Black, that was one heck of a twist I didn’t see coming.

I can’t wait for the next book to see how she will finish it …….. Because I’m not even sure where this can go. Well I do but I don’t think I would like that lol.

Overall great book, few things I disliked but nothing major and not even worth mentioning.

I rate it 4.5 ★

 

 

 

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review 2014-01-30 16:08
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Host - Stephenie Meyer

I imagine this will end up being more of a discussion on this book rather than a review. I’m not really sure how popular this book actually was when it came out so I don’t know how any people have read it. I just know that I love it so much more than the Twilight books (which I plan to re-read another time). This is the third time I’ve read this book in the past two years. This time I listened to the audiobook, which was pretty good. I’m going to break this discussion down differently than I do with my reviews. First, I’ll focus on a few of my favorite characters and what is so great about them. After that, I’ll talk a little about the writing, plot, and other elements.

 

Wanderer is great. I love the inner battle she’s always waging since her insertion into a human body. She’s so gentle and nice. She’s terrified of any type of violence. Yet, she’s stuck in this body that is used to violence and hatred. Melanie has an automatic impulse to hurt anything that stands in the way of what she wants. Wanderer has an automatic impulse to protect the things she wants. Despite the difficulties of sharing the same mind, I think they work very well together. Wanderer puts a lid on Melanie’s excessive anger and impulsive behavior. Melanie forces Wanderer to feel and make sense of the intense emotions of her new body.

 

Ian is the most lovable character in this book. I think the tendency would be to like Jared, which I understand. I just disagree. My heart belongs to Ian in this book. In the beginning, he doesn’t accept Wanderer because he doesn’t know her or understand her. The more time he spends with her, the more he wants to learn. He keeps such an open mind, and by the end of the book, he really understands her: how she thinks, how she feels, what she’s going through. It’s because he listens and pays attention. I think it was easier to appreciate everything about him during a re-read because I already knew how wonderful he would turn out to be and I was looking for every sweet thing he did.

Jared is the predictable favorite. He’s wonderful for all the reasons everyone points out repeatedly in this book. He’s realistic. He can think straight under pressure. He knows how to survive and get the everyone what they need. He’ll also do whatever it takes to keep Jamie and Melanie safe. Sure, sometimes he acts a little cold, but he’s just keeping his guard up. I get completely frustrated with him sometimes, but I always warm up to him in the end. I feel the same way about Melanie. She and Jared are both fighters and really strong characters.

 

The one complaint I really have about Meyer is that she writes in far too much detail. I appreciate the enthusiasm, but I’m not that interested in what Wanderer is wearing. I will say I felt less frustrated by that in this book than I did in the Twilight series. For the most part, I enjoy Meyer’s prose. It’s not very lyrical, but I don’t think that would be appropriate for this book. I think it works perfectly.

 

I’ve really liked the idea of this story since I first read it. I think it’s really interesting, and I’m usually not into this kind of thing. I love all the stories Wanderer has from other planets and the details that go into her lives. All the stories of the other planets and how everything works was one of the most interesting parts of the book. I think after writing the first three Twilight books, Meyer really found her voice in this one. I heard somewhere there’s supposed to be more. I really hope that’s true.

Source: www.owltellyouaboutit.com/posts/the-host
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