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review 2016-08-14 16:01
Storm Glass - not what I expected.
Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder

Unfortunately not as good as I had hoped, nor as good as the other series attached to this one, the Study Series.

My reasoning for this is mainly based on the characters, when you have friends like these who needs enemies? I don't understand how she called any of these people her friends, and her love relationships were no better. All the relationships in this book were brittle and weak and made zero sense to me - maybe I'm missing a big chunk of Opal's story as I haven't yet finished the Study Series but I doubt it. She only had a few conversations with some of the people she labeled her friends - at least on 'screen' which is all I can relate to obviously. One girl was just plain her enemy, legit out to get her but no Opal wanted to be besties - which I'll admit is a weirdly admiring quirk but I'm also concerned about her brain, maybe she's dehydrated after all that time near the kilns. Others were just bitchy and nasty but she thought of them...somewhat fondly O.o And the 2 nice one'sshe had bitchy thoughts about!!
Her love interests were just plain nightmares. I'm fairly certain she was mainly attracted to them because of how they looked, at least that appeared to be what she was focused on during the book - of course after she managed to snag one, she decided she didn't want him any more and was mooning over the other one, but couldn't give up the current one cause otherwise she'd be alone. *bangs head on hard surface*

Opal just wasn't as good to read about either. I don't mind reading about less adventurous, brave girls, someone who's more meek and quite but there was just something so.... annoying about Opal. I'm pretty sure it was her constant back-stepping, self doubt and whining. All those things are fine in small doses but I'm fairly certain these were aspects of Opals main personality, which drove me a little bonkers. On occasional she would suddenly gather up her courage for all of 2 seconds then throw a pity party for herself before anything actually happened, this process would then Wash and repeat. Plus towards the end everyone referred to her as smart and waited on her to come up with the daring and brilliant plans on how to defeat the bad guys and their crappy situation, which is just plain ridiculous. The girl is lucky for sure! but her plans almost never work, and when they might she doesn't even bother to try them due to overwhelming fear. It was very frustrating.

 

 

(There's a perfect example in the last.... third? of the book I wanted to use but can't be bothered locating. This is mainly the gist: I should do this, quick while I have the chance otherwise I'll never escape! I know I've been in this situation a million times, oh but I'm scared, what if something bad happens!! but if I stay something bad will definitely happen.... maybe I should wait for a better opportunity, No! I said I would escape when I could! But I'm scared.... oops to late opportunity has passed me by. I'll definitely take the next one, I've finally learnt my lesson!
Of course she doesn't though -_-)

(spoiler show)

 

Otherwise a decent enough story, I had periods were I was very entertained and quite intrigue about what would come next. The powers, politics, etc were a blast and I loved the whole aspect of the glass work, no idea how accurate it is, but I enjoyed it.

I'll be reading the next I imagine, in theory Opal should be different, she was less annoying towards the end of this book at least, not by a lot but enough. And I really need to re-read and finish of the Study series as they constantly refer to it in this book.

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review 2016-08-07 12:58
The Veil, a so-so read for me
The Veil - Chloe Neill

I'm just going to be upfront and honest.... I had some issues with this book. The Veil could have been great, better than great even, but somehow got lost between the idea of this book and the finish product. I'm not really sure what it is that wen't wrong, though I suspect the characters are partially to blame, they just didn't pull me in. The book itself was fun and interesting, I loved the setting, which is based in New Orleans after a giant war between paranormals 'paras' and the human population, who barely won and are still facing the consequences. Unfortunately the powers were rather mediocre - been there done that, but how they came about was superb and unique. The same could be said for the characters actually, they were rather been there, done that. I felt as though I should have loved them, but they just..... didn't feel genuine? I suppose. Something about them felt off and I didn't connect with them. I actually had to push myself to pick up this book. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy it, just that I didn't feel the need to read it, but I was determined to finish it. Besides I wanted to know what happened at the end - which was a bit of a plot disaster.
I'm warning you now I'm about to spill some spoilers.
The book spent all this time building up towards the end, legit 95% of the book, then we had our battle about 5 pages from the end. And just like that the battle was over, took all of 2 seconds to read! I felt rather let down. To top it off its not enough that they have to deal with all the ramifications of an upcoming war, traitors, learning how to utilize their power and people turning evil they also had a nice little personal bomb dropped on Claire's head where her mother isn't actually dead like she had always believe but possibly playing for the 'bad side' - who mind you are a bunch of uninformed nutters hell bound on killing everyone for the good of man kind, because the misguided idiots think they can kick ass. Sigh.

Anywho, as I was saying, this book had all the potential to be amazing, but for me just came short of the mark. I'm sure other's are going to devour it, what with all the hot studs running around, all the details of what said studs look like, how good their pants fit their bootys, and all the hot and sweaty dancing (it is NO after all) chuck in a few paras, some kind-of secretive evil guys, sleuthing and action and I'm sure this right up a lot of people alleys. For now I'm going to be skipping the rest of the series, I'm glad I read the first book but can think of many other books I would prefer to read before starting The Sight. Maybe after I have finished all those I may give it a shot.

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review 2016-07-05 13:42
Wicked Ride - Rebecca Zanetti

I can’t make up my mind on this one. I enjoyed it. The story was really good but I wasn’t into the relationship between Kell and Lex. Lex annoyed the crap out of me. She was overly stubborn and repeated the fact that she’s a cop to every character and herself constantly.

 

The lore of the world is interesting. The witches seem to be like werewolves but they don’t shift. They got the whole long life and mating thing going on.

There’s a few instance where they try to explain the magic via science. I hate when they do this in fantasy books. You don’t need to explain it, it’s magic! But that’s just a pet peeve of mine.

I found the first 140+ pages boring, the pacing was slow and action minimal. It picks from half-way point, though, and is worth finishing.

It was good, not great, I’ll probably read the next one but I’m not in a hurry to read it.

Source: howlinbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/wicked-ride-review
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