Saga: Book One

22078240Saga: Book One by Brian K. Vaughan
Published
 : 2014
Version Read
 : ebook
Read More about it here.

2starWritten by Eisner Award-winning “Best Writer” BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (Y: The Last Man, The Private Eye) and drawn by Harvey Award-winning “Best Artist” Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), SAGA is the story of Hazel, a child born to star-crossed parents from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war. Now, Hazel’s fugitive family must risk everything to find a peaceful future in a harsh universe that values destruction over creation. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults that Entertainment Weekly called, “The kind of comic you get when truly talented superstar creators are given the freedom to produce their dream book.”

This was a bind up of the first 18 comics in the series. I picked it up from the library because I kept hearing how amazing it was and that if I only read one graphic novel it should be this one. Once again the story did not live up to the hype.

I was lost for almost the entirety of this book. I’m starting to think that maybe graphic novels are just not my kind of format for storytelling. I always have a hard time staying engaged in the story with all the pretty pictures catching my eye.

But the story in this one was something I would normal pick up. It was right up my alley, and yet something felt off about the whole thing. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and none of their decisions really made sense to me. The world building was choppy and I still don’t get the idea of how anything works in it.

Just not my cup of tea guys, sorry.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

23766634A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Published
 : 2017
Version Read
 : ebook
Read More about it here.

4starFeyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

I finished this book a few days after it came out, but it’s taken me this long to get my thoughts together. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I was looking forward to this book. It was my most anticipated book of the year. I’m posting this review early because of how disappointed I was in this book.

I know that I gave the book 4 stars, but it was more like 3.5 stars. I’m warning you now there will be SPOILERS in this review. I’ll try to keep them to a minimum but you have been warned!

The most disappointing thing to me was how bored I was with Feyre and Rhys’ relationship. Where was the snarky teasing and flirting? I know that they are a mated couple now, but that doesn’t mean their relationship should change right? Rhys didn’t push her and as many people have said before, he didn’t really  make any decisions. Feyre put her life in a danger for stupid reasons a few times and Rhys seemed like he could have cared less. They just seemed to be a content couple with no problems in the world.

The other thing that disappointed me was the whole situation with Mor. I have no problem with characters who are not straight. When done tastefully it can make the story so much better. That was not the case with Mor. Sarah has been getting a lot of criticism about her stories not having enough diversity in them. I get it and I agree to a point, but I think she took it a little too far in this book. Mor has never given any sign that she was into girls in ACOMAF expect that she didn’t love Az the way he loved her. Then all of a sudden in this book she flaunts guys in front of him to remind him that she’s doesn’t feel that way about him. Since when did she show little compassion towards him or anyone in the Inner Circle? It felt to out of character for her, and I can only think that Sarah wrote it in to please her critics. I was not a fan of the whole situation.

I was very surprised at how much I felt bad for Tamlin. Maybe I like pain and torture or maybe it’s because I have seen my fair share of bad relationships, but I did genuinely feel bad for him by the end of the book. I know, I know, he’s a jerk and he let Feyre waste away and did nothing to help her. But he was going through some bad crap too. She played on his feelings for him and destroyed his court and left him hanging. And yet to come back and saved her and then saved Rhys for her at the end. All he ever did was love her and yes he did it the wrong way, but I don’t hate him anymore. I was in a bad relationship. He wasn’t a bad guy, we were just bad for each other. I feel that way about Tamlin and Feyre. I hope he gets a happy ending in one of the upcoming side novels.

The only saving grace and the reason this is a 4 star instead of a 3 is the relationships between Cassian/Nesta and Az/Elain. I found myself getting excited when they were on the page and wanting to know everything I could about them. I LOVED the banter between Cass and Nesta and I could feel and see their relationship change right on the page. I hate how it ended and I really hope that their story will continue in future books. As for Elain and Az, that surprised me the most of anything in the book. I know that Elain is the mate of Lucian, but I really hope she doesn’t accept it. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Lucian, but I feel that Az needs someone like Elain in his life, as much as she need someone in hers. In the previous book you could tell that he cared for Mor, but with Elain you can actually see him gentle around her. It was really awesome to see that side of him.

My favorite part of the book was Feyre’s reunion with Az and Cassian. I was reading that part at work (slyly under my desk, oops) when I literally jumped up and fist bumped the air. Luckily no one noticed or I might have gotten in trouble. That part made me so excited it lasted throughout a lot of the 1/2 half of the book, and I’ve re-read it twice since then. I want to be the kind of author that makes someone fist bump the air at work and have a stupid grin on their face for the rest of the day.

I will read the rest of the books that come out after this, but I was disappointed in this finale for Feyre and Rhys. They should have gotten a better story, but it’s not completely over yet. Right?

 

At Any Price

19182873At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
Published
 : 2014
Version Read
 : ebook
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1star Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

I hated this book. I will have to DNF the series, because there really shouldn’t be more than one book. It’s full of tropes that are annoying and the characters are even worse.

I thought that it had an interesting summary. Girl gamer decides to sell her virtue for real money in an auction. Sure it’s happened in real life, I can go with it. But the rest of the package was just not good. The plot was terrible and very standard. The characters fell flat and there was unnecessary drama that should not come from adults. That’s the one thing I had to keep reminding myself. These were adults, not teenagers, but they acted worse some times.

The only redeeming quality about this book, was all the references it made to the gaming world. It’s a world I know every well and I enjoyed those aspects of it. Other than that this book is not my cup of tea. Sorry.

Book Unhaul #2

I have a bit of a problem. I have bought so many books this year that I’ve run out of room on my shelves. Instead of trying to cram another bookshelf into my tiny room, I decided that it’s time to make the hard cut. I’m un-hauling a lot of books this time around. I’m sure some of them will find their way onto my roommate’s shelf, but they will be gone from mine. I’m so glad that I finally found a used bookstore in the next town over (my town doesn’t have a used bookstore, how crazy is that?) that will buy books. Yay for selling books only to fuel my habits. Ha. There are a total of 35 books in this unhaul.

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Siege and Storm

14061955Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 
Published
 : 2013
Version Read
 : paperback
Read More about it here.

2starHunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

This was probably one of my most disappointing reads of the year so far. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, I mostly did, but it did not live up to what I expected. After loving Shadow and Bone so much, I wanted more from this book. It almost feels like its only purpose was to set up the last book.

I hated Alaina, Mal and the Darkling by the end of this book. I even skimmed through huge chunks of it because I was so bored. It was a struggle to get to the last few pages without just spoiling myself so that I could finish. I know that I’m in the minority here, so please don’t hate me.

The only, and I mean ONLY saving grace for me was Nicolai. I love him so much. You know how they say some people light up a room when they enter, well he did that for on the page. I kept finding myself wanting to read about him, more than the other characters in the story.

I just found myself not caring about where the story was going and if everyone was going to make it there alive. I will try to give the last book a shot, but at this point, I’m so depressed that the series wasn’t a home run for me.

P.S. Had to give up on the last book and DNF it. I’m sorry guys, I couldn’t do it. I didn’t care enough about anymore, and even Nicolai couldn’t save it for me. Not sure if I’ll give Six of Crows a shot or not. Could be the writing style that I’m not connecting with.