Friday, August 15, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
I came across Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee via email from Amazon. In this email it was promised that I could read this book for free. A few clicks later the book arrived in my Kindle. I’m not sure what I owe Amazon for this, maybe a kneecap or my first born? Or can I simply pay them in gratitude?
So, let’s start from the cover. Can I just say, holy hell, have you seen anything so beautiful as this? Whoever did the cover work has talent and I would consider doing certain things to get a cover like that for one of my books.
Before reading Gates of Thread and Stone, I perused a few reviews and saw some people liken this book to the Clockwork Princess series by Cassandra Claire. Well folks, you can’t judge this book on its cover, this is not your mother’s Cassandra Claire. Actually if Cassandra Claire’s books were an apple and you picked up Gates of Thread and Stone, you’d be holding a carrot in your hand. Ergo, they are on opposite sides of the spectrum.
It took me until about 12% before I started really getting into this book. At first there seemed to be a lot of information that wasn’t necessary or that I felt should have been reworked to fit into the story better. And I got a little uncomfortable with all the mackin’ Kai was doing on her brother. I mean, I have four brothers and not once did I gaze at them as they slept. Anywho, we find out why later in the book why this is acceptable. At 37%, the book really picked up, the story got really interesting and things started to come together a tiny bit, although there was still plenty of mystery.
I see in my reading progress I noted that at 67%, this book got really good. And then I couldn’t put it down. Still, while reading I felt like there was something missing. It seemed to be plagued by vagueness and gloss and a bit dreamlike. But I kept thinking to myself, this is fantasy, let’s just go with it. So I’m still on the fence with some aspects of this book. I had a hard time connecting with Kai, I feel like her character needed more development. And I guess I’m a selfish reader because I yearned for more uses of Kai’s ability to dapple with the threads of time. I really enjoyed Avan and Reev’s characters, and truly, those two are what kept me reading.
Overall, the setup is a Young Adult Dystopia with magical/fantasy elements. When I step back, I see elements of Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising, with the cadets and the training, etc. The author did a great job of mixing the dystopia with the mythology but I wanted more. There was so much more that could have been said or delved into with relationships and events instead of glossing over them. So while I enjoyed the last half of this book very much, I still have that nagging feeling that something was missing. Also, this is the only book I’ve ever read and kept asking myself, where is the rest of the world? Are we on a flat plane where there is only Ninurta, a forest, the void, and Etu Gahl. Humans are mentioned, a Rebirth, the one week of sun but… where is the rest of the world?
After all is said and done, I find that Amazon knows me a little too well. It's creepy really.
Bonuses: the ending brought everything together; when I was done I was satisfied and even consider reading this again.
I recommend this, 3/5 stars.
Friday, August 8, 2014
My first introduction into the alien/human world created by JLA was by reading Obsession, and I loved it! Over a year later (because I'm cheap and have been stalking this series yet never reading), Obsidian goes on sale for free and I finally swoop down and dig my claws into that mother, and I couldn't put it down.
So here I am, having read the entire series in 7 days (so lucky that the last book was just released), and I loved it all!
This series starts out as YA romance, but I feel by book five all of our favorite characters have definitely become adults, matured & changed, and the romance is very strong, especially in the last 2 books, but it's not overwhelming as in some YA books, there's a whole lotta plot and twists and turns and ups and downs that kept me on my toes and kept me reading. Plenty of humor and awesome one-liners. The ending had me scared for a bit, but it turned out to be perfect.
Now I'm sad that it's over :(
Enter ensuing book hangover...
I'm just going to go ahead and rate all the books in the series 5/5 stars
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Overall, this was a thrilling read! A great mix of love, heartache, godliness, and the supernatural. I enjoyed the ups and downs of the story and many times I felt like I was hanging around my brothers as a kid, the dialog was real.
The only negative I have about this book is the ending, which seemed to drag on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. People were supposed to leave but then showed up again, other characters showed up and the interactions that followed didn't seem to add anything to the story, just drew it out. And how many times to we need to read about Lee beating the crap out of Ig in the bowels of that building? It was a repeated scene that got old.
For my last rant about the ending, I would like to make a point about doing your research. If you're going to choose a gun to write into your book, that's being used as a weapon, pick one that fits. I highly doubt a man would be carrying around a .410 shotgun. This weapon is one of the smallest shotguns, if you'd like an idea of the size of a .410 shotgun, my 7 year old daughter has been shooting .410 for years. The slug that is used in a .410 is also one of the smallest slugs. Being shot in the shoulder with a .410 would not feel like being hit in the shoulder by a speeding bus, as described by the author. It would feel more like being shot with a pistol, yes you have a wound, but you can still function for a bit. Also, one does not simply shoot a shotgun and then grab it by the barrel to bludgeon a person with it. The barrel will be hot as hell. A .410 barrel, since the gun is so small, has a small diameter, it would be like beating someone with the handle of a fish tank net.
But, and I write this respectfully since I am a King fan, this is the kind of error I would expect from the son of a man who wrote and released GUNS. If you're going to include guns in your work, make sure you do some research and chose the weapon that fits what you're writing. With Big Publishing ranting about the quality of work that they put out, this is unacceptable.
Overall, a good read. The ending could have been a bit better, and less drawn out. I'm excited for the movie!