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I was going to give this book 4 stars for the lack of events but the ending made me change my mind. Don’t expect this book to be as enjoyable as book one for this one lacks the great events that book one had, but this book was all about building characters and giving us a clear picture about the story. It focused more on Delilah Bard but we also come to know more about The Royal Family, about Rhy and new characters; Alucard and Ojcka. I loved Alucard a lot, i thought he’s the male version of Lila and that’s why they’ve become, let’s just say friends on the ship. They don’t say they are friends but you can feel it, i loved what was going on between them.
The story has been shaped in a good way in this book. We see countries/kingdoms coming together in a game to compete and show the best Magician out there. But also, we see some kingdoms eying the Antari (Kell) who has special powers and for that the King & the Queen become worried that Kell’s life will jeopardise Rhy’s. I felt really upset for they didn’t care about Kell as much as they did for Rhy.
I can’t wait for book 3 to come out at the beginning of 2017 to know what will happen in White London ❤
“It was about finding unique works of fiction, and saving them in a place out of time and space.”
It’s really difficult not to like a book about Libraries, Spies, Unique Books, Magic, Alternate Worlds, Beast, Demons, Fair Folk and many many more. The book has all the elements, characters and everything to be really awesome and unique but it lacked something which I’m trying to figure out.
In this book, there is the Library and many other libraries in alternate worlds, how many are there? It’s not mentioned. And they are not organised or anything (not as in Shades of Magic; where we have 4 Londons). Also, there is a special Language, it’s in English but not really English, those who sees it can read it but can’t understand its real meaning. Confusing right? I wish she had put more effort in the special language and created something unique or special for this book.
The characters; I liked Irene and Bradamant, especially Bradamant, she’s so badass but I wish we saw more of Irene and Kai (maybe in Book 2?). Alberich is someone who didn’t catch my attention till the very end. Loved the idea of the story, i wish book 2 will be more enjoyable.
“Rhy hated it when Kell was forced to use blood magic, because he felt personally responsible– he often was– for the sacrifice that came with it. He had caused Kell great deal of pain once, and had never quite forgiven himself for it”
I was very skeptical of this book, I was worried that I will not come to like it and that my money would be wasted for nothing (I bought the 2 books together), BUT I’m glad that I did and I can’t tell how deep I’m drawn to the story, characters, plot and everything related to this book. I can feel that I’m living in Red London and witnessing all these event, if not moving from one London to another (LOL). Yes, the book is that strong, the style of the writer (this is my first read for her) and how she describes the scenes, feelings, the setting and surrounding is just beyond amazing. Some books you try very hard to picture what the writer is trying to show you but not in this book, everything was easy to read and picture especially the faces of the characters.
Let’s talk about the characters, and I want to talk about the VILLAINS first because I loved them all, yes I love crazy lunatic villains especially Astrid, I thought she is awesome, loved everything about her and how freaky she is. Her brother Athos was a psycho, a very lovely psycho hehe. And last but not least Hollan who I felt sad for and sympathised with him. I kind of felt that there is good in him but the evilness controlled him.
The heroes of this book are of course Kell & Lilah. I loved those duo and thought that they’d make a great couple (maybe in the 2nd book? Can’t wait to read it). Lila had this wittiness in her which made her more attractive to the reader, the stubbornness in her was well written and described, she irritated me in the first pages when she met Kell for the first time but then I fell in love with her. Now, about Kell. He is a great character/ hero but I felt that he was beaten up and felt guilty a lot. I mean, i love beaten up heroes, it makes them more sexy but not all the time. If V. E. Schwab had had cut down some of the beaten up/guilty scenes, I would have given this book 5 stars.
I LOVED IT ❤
I can’t decide whether to give this book 3 stars or 4 so I’m settling on 3.5 stars.
The idea of this book is amazing but it lacked the depth of characters and their development through out the story. I felt this book was done very fast without getting deep into the story itself. The feeling you get is not that strong because you couldn’t have formed an idea/feeling or get attached to the characters.
I’ve always loved the idea of having or managing my own bookshop so you can see my face when I saw this book in Waterstones. I couldn’t help myself but get it. Emilia is struggling to get Nightingale Books going after the death of her father. She does her best to keep it going knowing that it had a great impact on its customers and found out some secrets trying to keep the bookshop going.
The book had many characters but focused only on few. The only characters that I liked were Dillon and Alice. So many characters were left behind like Thomasina & Jem. Also Jackson & Mia, not to mention June & Mick. I wish the writer had given more time and effort for the left out characters.
The writing was ok, not that wow but easy for the eye and mind.
You know when you start reading a book, you feel it’s slow & going no where in the first few pages!? Well, that’s how i felt about it in the beginning but because of the crazy reviews i read about this book i kept reading it til i reached a point where i couldn’t stop & i just kept reading falling in love with the plot, the characters, the setting & everything in between.
I’ll not talk about the story for it’s pretty clear in the synopsis but i’d rather talk about the characters & what they’ve represented. Science & religion. Power & money, high class & lower class, freedom & suppression, desire & shame, love & friendship.
The characters & their lives can be interpreted in so many ways, it just depends on the reader & how he/she sees the story.
I loved Cora’s character & how she couldn’t deal with her little boy because maybe there is something wrong with him & she doesn’t see it?! Will’s character was also very well written, struggling with his desire & afraid to sin as he’s the Reverend & a married man to a loving wife who seems stupid or naive but she is the opposite. I also loved Martha’s character, she’s something hehe, but hated Luke. Such an arrogant man
This book is highly recommended.
“Little Welsh children, taken away to England by order of the king”.
Reading this book while I’m in Wales and knowing more about the history of this city has been an exciting experience.
This book has it all; Dreams, Day Dreams, Time Travel, Romance, History, Heroes, Two Worlds, Psychology, Crime and more.
Can you imagine reading a book that has everything you like in one place? I enjoyed reading this book a lot, I can’t describe my feelings about this, I’m overwhelmed and can’t get all the characters out of my mind.
Andy dreams of the past and Catrin dreams of the Future. They cross path in their dreams and meet each other. Shocked by the discovery but not afraid of the abnormal activities happening in Sleeper’s Castle where everyone has his own share of dreams. Both woman will deal many things to reach for peace and settle in harmony after struggling with grief and agony.
I loved all the characters, especially Catrin and Edmund; their story was beautifully written and developed. The mains character Andy was ok, didn’t have that emotional attachment to her, not like Catrin. I felt that Catrin was stronger and more in control of her life considering the time she has lived in and what she has faced in her life by her father. I guess I wanted to know more about Andy and Bryn but that is left for the reader to imagine and enjoy after finishing this book. And the final discovery about Bryn, didn’t see that coming but I LOVED IT.
The dreaming part was so powerfully written in the book, it felt as if it was real, like you (the reader) were there inside the book and inside the dreams. The writing style, the details, the characters, the plot was just perfects. This was my first read for Barbara Erskine but it won’t be the last.
“So what tense was I living? Have I proceeded beyond the present tense and into the past perfect? The future tense seems vacant and, on other’s lips, jarring.”
This book broke my heart and shattered it to pieces. My mother died of cancer almost 11 years ago, and I can’t imagine how it was for her to know that she has cancer, the unknown seemed a bit clear, that this fatal illness brings only misery and death even when you become better, it comes back again with lots of pain, misery and DEATH.
Paul Kalanithi is a neurosurgeon, from the book you can feel/know that he was a great man with a great future that he didn’t have, or maybe had half of it or a bit, who knows. The book starts with his life as a residence, then moves to when he became a patient, after that it ends with his wife Lucy talking about his last days and how he died.
The first part was ok. The 2nd part was awful, because we as regular patients, don’t have the full picture of our illnesses even when the doctor tries to explain everything to you. But imagine a doctor finding out that he has cancer and how fatal it is; this was awful. I mean, how he had to deal with it after knowing/seeing his results, that was really bad.
Coming to the end of the book where Lucy his wife ends the book with the last few days of his life spent surrounded by his family and loved ones, describing his death by her own words was really sad and heartbreaking. I cried reading his wife’s words.
I finished this book in just 4 hrs, couldn’t keep it down.
I have to say this … I became a huge fan of Lyndsay Faye’s writing after reading the Timothy Wilde trilogy and she made me love Historical Fiction and can say that I’m addicted to this genre because of her.
Her style in writing, in building up the characters, narrating the story, the events and how the plots develops amazes me. You think you know how it will end but later you find yourself you are wrong for she is no ordinary writer that let you figure out things before the ending.
Jane Steele relates to Jane Eyre’s novel somehow, however you want to see it or relate it it depends on the reader himself. Actually Jane Steele tells her story by addressing the reader every now and then. Whatever Jane does through the story, you can’t but fall in love with her and her unique characters, even when she becomes a criminal killing people who are hurting the people she cares about the most.
She has been sent away from where she used to reside with her aunt to a boarding school where she commits a murder and escape with her school friend to London where her character changes dramatically due to the events she faces with her friend Rebecca Clarke.
Then she learns that the place where used to reside need a governess and applies for the job because her mother once told her that this place belonged to her but her aunt Patience took it from them. She becomes the governess of the residents that now belongs to Charles Thornfield and falls in love with him but he himself has a dark past of his own that we discover at the end.
I myself fell in love with Charles Thornfield with his wittiness and sweet language when addressing Jane, either when comforting her or teasing her, he’s such a magnificent man.
A must read for sure ❤
I can say that I’m proud of myself for finishing this book in less than a month and I can also say that I’ve enjoyed every word and page of this book. I cannot explain to you how mind-blowing this book was. Probably the best so far, can’t judge for I haven’t completed the series but so far it’s the best. The characters, the scenes, the language used in this book is beyond amazing, I really don’t know how George R. R. Martin comes up with such words and descriptions of characters and events but he’s one hell of a gifted writer.
In this book we come to know more about Lysa, Catelyn’s sister. How they killed her baby from Littlefinger, who did it and why, which made her suffer her whole life until she became pregnant from Jon Arryn.
Sansa being in love with Ser Loras but then she becomes disappointed when she learns that she is to be wedded to Ser Wallis who’s the crippled brother of Loras and Margery. I felt sorry for Sansa in this book for what she has gone through. I wonder how she’s keeping it together with everything that has happened to her and knowing that she’s the reason that King Joeffery is dead, well that was something. I did’t expect Ser Dontos to have a hand in it but he did and the one who was arranging all of this was of course Littlefinger (I hate him).
There is one character which I loved in the T.V. show but hated in the books. It’s Robb Stark, God how stupid he was. Doing stupid things just because Jeyne nursed him and not listening to his own mother, no wonder he got killed and Jeyne stayed alive. I wonder if she had a hand in his murder. Hammy well I guess I’ll never know until I read the 4th or 5th book.
The description of Brienne of Tarth is outrageous, I mean how ugly can a woman be hehe. The words said to her or about her are really awful and she doesn’t seem to care. But I loved her more and more in the books and how devoted and honourable she was.
Now, let’s move on to Jaime Lannister who was really awful and wicked in the beginning of this book until the end when his character has changed dramatically after he knew that his sister was sleeping with other men just to get to what she wants. That broke his heart and made him realise the things he’s done in his life and how she wanted to repent or do something honourable which was saving Sansa even after he knew that she killed his son. I also liked how they changed his look in the book, he became bald with a long beard. I kept imagining his face without hair.
Deaneries comes to know of Ser Jorah’s unfaithfulness and banishing him as a punishment. She couldn’t kill him because (from my point of view) she had feelings for him but couldn’t or wouldn’t admit, on the other hand he did admit that he loved her and he wanted her forgiveness but she didn’t grant him that. Poor old man. I love his character a lot.
In this book, we also get to know more about The Night Shift and The Wildlings. How the night shift was created. Who was in control and how it became under Jon Snow’s control. At the end of this book he becomes Lord Commander and thinks of how he’ll fight Stannis Baratheon. I felt sad for him and Ygritte, i think they would have made a great couple if she had survived in this series. She was a wildling by heart, she loved Jon deeply but she couldn’t abandon her people, the same thing applies on Jon Snow. So sad 😦
Oh and the ending was WOOOOW. I didn’t see that coming. Now I can’t wait to see/read what will happen or what she’ll do!
“The roots of the trees go deep, and under the ground The Kings of Winter sit their thrones”
I can’t believe I’ve finished this book. Finally, I’m done with book two and moving to book three. I can say that I’m really proud of myself for reading this great sequel Song of Ice & Fire. It’s not an easy read at all but it’s worth every minute, hour, day, week, and months spent on reading them. From my own personal opinion, these books should be taught as they are considered literary masterpieces.
Book 2 is better than book 1. For I struggled a lot in Book 1 to get to know all the characters, kingdoms and stories connected to families and lands. In book 2 we see a depth for some characters and we learn more about their pasts and what made them the way they are now. I got confused with some characters from the show. In the book Reek is Ramsay but in the show Reek is Theon, I did some googling and it did a lot of explaining. I have to admit, the books are much better than the show, but still the show is amazing.
Now, I’d like to see what will happen to Sansa, Theon, Bran, Rickon, Robb & Arya in Book 3 and I’ve heard that book 3 is totally different than the show.
This is one of the weirdest and most enjoyable books I’ve ever read so far. It frustrates you, makes you mad, upset, angry and all those awful feelings, you get them for real. The concept of the story is new, or maybe this is my first read for this kind of plot.
The story is about two identical twin sisters that swap places/identities at the age of 7 when they were playing a game, but things find another way when Ellie won’t swap back to her identity and keeps acting as if she is Helen. Helen becomes frustrated and tries to tell her family the truth but everybody thinks that she has mental problems, when Ellie is the one who is having some issues dealing after the death of her father.
At the beginning, you get really confused trying to connect the dots together, who is who. Ellie, Helen, and Smudge. The story goes back in time and then back to real life with different personality. You can see how young Ellie is different from the grown up Ellie and the same goes for Helen. And I was also wondering if the mother herself is suffering from mental illness for not admitting the problems her daughters were going through or when she denied the incident that happened to Helen who’s supposed to be Ellie and called her a MONSTER. It’s a bit confusing, but the ending left me heart broken
The plot is really good, the characters are beyond amazing, how she shaped them, from up to low and the other way around. Dealing with mental illness with a family that doesn’t want to admit there is a problem and neglecting it shows that to could lead to many other problems.
Well done Ann Morgan.