Today I had to pack another book to take with me, as I’m almost done with the one I’m currently reading while commuting and at work, and I don’t want to end up with time on my hands and no book to read.
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Book #68 of 2014: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
This post contains spoilers.
I loved the “Raven Boys” books (more on them later), so I had high expectations for “Shiver” that, sadly, the book could not live up to. I found the whole story a bit boring in general, and the characters nowhere near as interesting or well developed as the raven boys. The premise that temperature dictates when the change to wolf or back occurs is weird, and didn’t convince me at all. I’m always eager for books who bring some new element to a story, instead of using the same elements hundreds of other authors have used already, but this new thing has to be convincing. This was not, especially the “cure”. Menningitis, really? It probably didn’t help “Shiver” that I had been reading “Moon Called” parallel, which is a much better attempt at a werewolf story in my opinion. I’m not sure whether I will read the other books in this series, not when there are other books, that look much more promising, waiting to be read.
Book #67 of 2014: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
I have been trying for some time now to come up with something to write about this book, but nothing really comes to mind. It wasn’t a bad book, but it also wasn’t the best book I have ever read. It was an okay book. It kept me entertained for a day, and that’s it. After all the gushing reviews I have read about the Mercy Thompson books I had expected more to be honest.
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Book #66 of 2014: Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs
This post contains spoilers.
This book left me a bit frustrated when I finished it. The world Gibbs has created is fantastic and ticks all the boxes, and the story unfolding has the potential to be epic. And yet. The writing has a lot of room for improvement. The book felt unpolished, and there were many moments when I thought that a scene could have been written better to make the reading more fluid. Some sentences sounded really awkward, some paragraphs felt, I don’t know how to explain this well, abrupt, fractured. One of the problems is, that you need to have read the first book in the series to understand what is going on, and especially towards the end there were some skips ahead in time, where what happened is part of the first book, but not explained in detail again in this book, so as a reader that felt like a chunk of the story in this book is missing. Obviously you can go back and read the first book again to fill in these parts, but that is what gives the book such a fractured feeling, and what frustrated me. I have read the first book over a year ago, and I sincerely regret not having read it again before starting on “Autumn Rose”. I remembered the story okay, but not all of the details, especially about the intricate political maneuvers, so I couldn’t always fully appreciate and understand all of the motivations of the characters in the second book. There definitely should be some kind of suggestion at the beginning of the book, that you should first read the first book in the series before reading this one. Other than that I found Autumn a bit inconsistent. She saves Valerie’s life and suddenly she is this badass heroine instead of the girl struggeling with depression after the death of her grandmother? I didn’t buy it. I believe that recovery from depression and suicidal tendencies are possible, but it felt far too rushed and quick in this story, and that made it unbelievable in my eyes. And yet, despite all these frustrating little things that annoyed me, I love the story that Gibbs has in mind. The prophecy of the Heroines and all that this will entail across the nine dimensions has the potential for a fantastic story, and I really hope the next book will be a better and smoother read than this one.
I’m currently reading a couple of books parallel, and I’m also quite busy, so it might be a couple of days until I’ll post the next book review.
Book #63 of 2014: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Some spoiler-ish comments in the post.
I liked this book. I love dragons, and this was an unusual take on them, at least I had never encountered dragons like this in a story. The book was beautifully written, and the only negative point I can come up with are all the invented, mainly draconian terms that were a bit confusing at first. When I had finished the book I noticed the glossary at the end, well that would have been useful while reading. Story-wise I found the love interest predictable, but some characters turned out to be so much more than what they first appeared to be e.g. Glisselda wasn’t just the beautiful, helpless damsel in distress princess, but proved to be a leader of her people in times of need. The book featured a lot of interesting characters, I’m especially intrigued to find out more about Seraphina’s half dragon friends. I’m happy that there will be a sequel, unfortunately it is only scheduled for release in 2015. I love the cover artwork!
So, I managed to catch a cold again. I dragged myself to work yesterday despite feeling like crap, but in hindsight that was a bad idea. My employer is really strict when it comes to employees being sick. A couple of years ago they were really lax, and some assholes used this to take a lot of “sickies”. When the firm finally found out they became almost paranoid about people not really being sick when the call in sick. Hence my hesitation when it comes to call in sick. It really pisses me off though sometimes. One time I was asked to go into gross detail about what I was having, and this morning my manager practically gave me permission to stay home. WTF? I’m sick, I’m just informing you that I’m not coming in today. I’m not asking your permission!