Very monotonous. It was somewhat OK for the first half, but short after I stopped caring for pretty much everything and everyone, save for those poor sheep lost in the snow storm. They trusted Faine to keep them safe and instead he took them up the frozen mountain to feed on frigging snow, cause - duh! - good luck finding grass during a nor'easter.
I believe I finished the book, but maybe I skipped too many pages in the end, I don't know... I need coffee to wake up @.@ 1.6 stars.
Poor sheep, tho :( And wolves :( At least the nameless one should have let them finish the dead ones. Wolves need to eat, too.
I tried, I really really tried :/
I made it to 60% (barely) and it was either me or the book. Guess who had to go.
Originally I gave this book 1.75 stars. Let me correct that now. Book, you're demoted. 1 star. I was bored to tears by the pity fest and the long lists of who did what and where and only sometimes how they felt while doing it.
A warning: brush up on your French and German before you read this book.
I dislike the use of foreign languages without translation immensely, no matter if I know the language or not. It's disruptive and annoying. Worse, if the author gets the foreign language wrong.
But I get it, Johann is Austrian, he is a foreign element in this book, so it's OK for him to speak German, I guess.
Conny, tho? WTF? He is French. We know he speaks French even if it's written in English, cause - obvious reasons. So why does he switch from his (English) French and to (French) French within one paragraph? I know why - to annoy the crap out of us :(
This book is C-wA_A-a-Z-YY!
Feels like Times Square, honestly :D
The sheer amount of cultural references is mind-boggling.
Praetor Judy made it into this book :)
And I kept comparing Kol'daar to Cass (no actual mention of Supernatural, darn it!) - a bad-ass when he wants to be, but cute and adorable and kind and sometimes clueless.
Yes, Ozzy made it, too! And the Dove!
And, damn, talking about Mr. Crowley on that album!
Anyway, the story was heading for full 11 stars when things started going south around the last 20%, or after the Final Battle to be precise. Maybe during it's final half-hour, too. That's when the author quit crazy and spontaneous, turned on a drone and started explaining and over-explaining and then ex-plai-ning-to-death and then some just to drive the final nail in.
After the report filing at the gingerbread castle I skimmed through the rest of the pages. The story got sappy and it dragged out for more than it had to.
In the end I was left feeling a bit unbalanced. The badassery turned to sap, the unpredictable and unexplained turned into dissecting everything under a microscope. I really didn't care about the Song or Music Magic or how Nunzio's disability worked.
ALSO - The Burrito Incident. Someone specifically targeted Nunzio. Why? Never explained.
So, I am cutting 6.5 stars off for all the un- and over-explained instances and giving this book 4.5 stars.
This book didn't work for me. I kept getting distracted by characters' musings, which resulted in skimming pages. The ending was so-so, pretty anticlimactic.
I don't know how to rate the part I've read.
I loved Coy's chapters, but August's dragged on and on. He had no will and no spark. I get it, such was his life and such were his circumstances, but why did the author have to bore me out of my wits talking about him?
The pacing of the book certainly did not agree with me. Which is a total bummer. I had high hopes for this book :( 3 stars for the 45% I struggled through :(
I might continue at some point after my brain recovers a bit.
"Daisy (a zombie dog - M'rella), stiffened suddenly, and then rose and jumped to the floor. She moved a few paces toward the window, her lips curled into a snarl. Something was outside that she didn't like. It was either a vampire or Donald Trump."
Frigging brilliant! :D
I can't stress enough how much I do not care for neither characters nor the writing.
DNF-ing at 65%. 1 star for the part I read
The poor thing is tripping all over itself. I don't mean any of the MC's, I mean the book itself: the writing, the plot., the ...uh, grammar.
RS & AK, Leo Tolstoy you are not and long, complex sentences are not your forte. Tho color purple is pretty strong with you.
I still have only a vague idea as to what characters look like. Oh, wait, I know a tiny bit about one of the MC's "under all that baggy clothes and long hair there is a long elegant neck" to go with "long gorgeous fingers". Guh! Someone lend me a sharp stick!!!
I am going to file this book under "culinary" tag: too much food.
Too much sex, come to think of it, too.
And way, waayyy too much dog.
And I feel sorry for MC's because their faces must really hurt by now from all this smiling.
I feel I need something very depressing, to even out the mood :/
1.5 stars. Rounding up to 2 for the outdoor adventures.
For all its faults and plot holes and patches and more of the same, the series is extremely engaging.
Give me MOAR!!!
sirisly, im a frigging addict @.o
This is young adult novel, so don't expect any sex or many romantic moments.
However, closer to the end of the story, there were confessions and a few tender kisses.
I would recommend this for my 13-year olds (that's roughly the age of the characters, anyway) without hesitation.
The Academy in this book houses many professions: military, healing,magic, law... However, there is virtually no magic of any sort in this book, save for a couple of healing episodes.
Despite being true "young adult" novel, the book was pretty interesting to me and I really enjoyed the characters and the plot.
There are a few bumps in the writing style, but one that annoyed me most was the author's inability (or fear) to use pronouns. "Sentinel trainee" or "mage trainee" started to drive me (excuse my language) nuts by the end of the book.
I am kind of mad at Gina for sleeping through the whole ordeal. Her father. Her troubles. Yet it's Dunc who ends up in all kinds of trouble.
Still, great fun :)