I have just finished reading The Study Series By Maria V. Snyder and OMG! I absolutely loved them. I read the first book earlier this year but I reread when I finally managed to find and afford the other 2 books in store. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels with a strong badass heroine and this series definitely fits the bill.
First, let’s talk about characters. Yelena is awesome. She is the epitome of badass heroine along with Celaena Sardothien. She overcomes her difficult past, finds out she has magical abilities, manages to fall in love with the man keeping her prisoner and that’s just in the first book! All jokes aside, I love her because she makes the wrong decisions sometimes, and messes up but she keeps going and does the right thing in the end. Valek, well what can I say about him… He’s clever, cunning, a great fighter and his loyalty to friends and the Commander is rivalled by none. I absolutely adore Ari and Janco, they perfectly provide the comic relief required in this epic fantasy. I really want older brothers like them.
Maria V. Snyder’s world building is absolutely great also. She perfectly creates two different nations, Sitia and Ixia. They are cleverly created as each had it’s merits and it’s drawbacks, like every nation. Personally I would rather live in Sitia, with it’s bright colours, although the fire and ice festivals in Ixia sound cool. The way the two nations hate each other, because they fear invasion from the other even though it has been peaceful for years is interesting. I also liked the way Yelena belongs to both Sitia and Ixia and has no bias and wants to help them reconcile.
Finally, the plot. Well, I don’t know about others, but I never knew what was going to happen next. I liked how Valek and Yelena’s romance wasn’t more important that everything else. In fact, the romance wasn’t that important to the plot at all. This book wasn’t short on action, however everything is fully fleshed out and isn’t confusing.
I absolutely loved this series. I cant wait to read the next books!
I really enjoyed this book. I think John Green is an amazing author and loved the Fault in our Stars, however I did find Looking for Alaska kind of disappointing. This book is very different to the other two John Green books that I have read, but like the others it handles some difficult topics.
The characters in this book are very interesting and complex although nothing less is to be expected from John Green. Each character is so clearly flawed, yet also likeable. They are realistic. I love Q, Radar and Ben’s friendship and I love the way everyone sees Margo differently.
Maybe its like you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And then things happen – these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack in places. And I mean, yeah once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. Once it starts to rain inside the Osprey, it will never be remodeled. But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And its only that time that we see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade, but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.
This quote is beautiful and so true. This is what I love about John Green, he does not simply write, he paints the most beautiful pictures with his words. As well as being so thought provoking and deep, John Green is absolutely hilarious. All his novels are funny, however this one was not tinged with sadness like the others. I would definitely recommend this book.
Thanks to Girl in the pages for reviewing this books so brilliantly. After reading her review and went and ordered it off Amazon, because it sounded like a book I would love. I had read the entire book less than a week after reading her review (bearing in mind that this time includes the time taken for it to be posted to me) I actually read the entire book in day.
I absolutely love Penryn. She is awesome, she is a strong badass female heroine who is sassy and determined. Her love for her sister rivals Katniss’. She does remind me of Katniss, with the sister she is determined to protect and a mother with a mental illness who she finds difficult to love at times in a world that is falling apart. However unlike Katniss she doesn’t worry about annoying love triangles and is easy to connect with on an emotional level.
I did like Raffe as well. His and Penryn’s relationship is great. There is no frustrating insta-love. They start off as enemies and over the course of the book begin to bond. Even at the end of the book, they haven’t announced their undying love and started planning their wedding, which is refreshing.
I also really the angels. If we’re all being honest, the angel genre is just not that great at the moment, and I hope Angelfall will help to turn the genre around. The angels in this book aren’t perfect, loving, peaceful creatures whose only purpose seems to be love the heroine. This angels are killers, they’re tough, ruthless and nitty gritty. They’re realistic.
Thinking of bad points is a really difficult for this book. The only negative I can think of is the same as Girl in the Page’s point. This book was a bit gorier than the books I usually read. I’m not a bit fan of horror or gore as I am a bit squeamish. Although saying that, the subtle horror elements did add to the world that Susan Ee has created.
I can’t wait to read the next book, although I can’t justify buying the next book quite yet as I have just bought a pile of books. I am hoping I will get to read it soon though.
I started reading this series because I saw the movie trailer and thought the movie looked good and of course I can’t watch the movie without having read the book. I had heard of this series before the movie as some of my friends were reading out, however I wasn’t bothered for reading it. I went straight away to my friend who had read the book series and asked to borrow them from her and thankfully she lent to me.
Now because I’m lazy and I read all the books in about a week meaning they have all kind of merged together in my head, I am going to review the all three books as a series instead of reviewing each individual book. In future, I will review each book of a series separately so don’t worry.
The good points about the trilogy were:
– It had an awesomely created dystopian world, which was much darker than the usual dystopian world. It was chilling and dark, yet realistic.
– The ending was realistic, they didn’t end up saving the world and sometimes that’s what happens. There can’t always be a happy ending and I like books like that. (I know I have mentioned this before.)
– I really liked some of the characters. Minho was my favourite, I absolutely loved him! He makes me laugh and is a realistic person. He would be a great friend.
– This book also keeps you guessing, you never know what is going to happen next. You don’t know who is the bad guy and who is the good guy.
– This book is not like other dystopias, there is no focus on romance like the Hunger Games or Divergent. Thomas’ biggest worry is whether or not he can trust her, not if he’s in love with her.
– And finally a book in a male point of view was really different and refreshing.
The bad points about the trilogy were :
– I wasn’t emotionally connected to all the characters so I wasn’t upset when some of them died.
– I didn’t like Teresa. She had the potential to be a really interesting character, however she just annoyed me. She seemed really two dimensional and didn’t have much of a personality. Teresa really let the rest of the characters down.
As I am aiming to read 32 books for the BOTY Challenge, I thought I would write a list of the books I’ve read so far this year and one word to describe them. The books aren’t in any particular order, so here we go:
1) City of Heavenly Fire By Cassandra Clare – bittersweet
2) 13 Reasons Why By Jay Asher – thought-provoking
3) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By Michelle Hodkin – eerie
4) Significance By Shelley Crane – cute
5) The Prince of Wolves (7 ebooks counted as one book) By Quinn Loftis – hilarious
6) Touch of Power By Maria V. Snyder – unique
7) Seeking Crystal By Joss Stirling – sweet
8) The Selection By Kiera Cass – girly
9) The Elite By Kiera Cass – girly
10) The Killables By Gemma Malley – interesting
11) Fallen By Kate Lauren – disappointing
12) Poison Study By Maria V. Snyder – intriguing
13) Greystone Series (6 ebooks counted as 1) By Taylor Longford – refreshingly different
14) Coexsist By Julia Crane – lighthearted
15) The Evolution for Mara Dyer By Michelle Hodkin – deep
16) Maze Runner By James Dashner – exciting
17) Slated By Teri Terry – thoughtful
18) Reckless Magic By Rachael Higginson – something new
So have you read any of these books?
What did you think of them in one word?
And would you like me to review any of them?