Ms. Roberts’s character’s Irish dialect is subtle in this book but no less charming. Readers who know the Boonsboro Trilogy set in her own town will be thrilled to read another story in a series set in her favorite place: Ireland.
Although each book stands alone reasonably well, this third one definitely requires the detailed overview of the other two in order to place it in the right context. As with the other two books in the trilogy, Maddaddam is full of inventive and blackly humorous details about the world of the future...
By the time you finish Styxx, I can guarantee at least one bout of cathartic crying, more likely several. One scene in particular will rip out your guts. It makes the happy ending all that much more potent.
...bottom line is I loved Dark Lycan and the fresh feel to this series, which is an unbelievable feat this far along.
The book drew me in and wouldn't let me go. Though tension and danger kept me reading, Kerrelyn's unique humor lightened the way. She has a wonderful way of playing with words.
This book enforces a rigid, color-coded class system that places Paige high above others and causes her captors, the Rephaim, to refer to themselves with great, formal grandiosity. At last, we reach a reason for reading “The Bone Season”: though “Rephaim” has biblical provenance...
The Companions: The Sundering is just a fabulously written story that draws you in and keeps you guessing on nearly every page. From start to finish, you will be shocked and delighted at the newest twists and turns...
...I really wanted to love The Darkest Craving, but I just didn’t connect with the hero/heroine for more than select moments. I felt that there were too many side stories that detracted from the central characters...
Vividly imagined fight scenes, clever use of obscure mythology...make this a rare treat, only hampered by the complexity of the pre-existing knowledge required to fully appreciate the developments and conflicts.
...Crucible is a hard book to follow. There is simply too many different plots and characters...Few of the new side characters were distinct enough for me to remember who they were between their scenes...
Her take on zombies is invigorating—even for the purest of horror fans—it's no wonder readers keep coming back for more. . Hamilton also manages to embed contemporary issues in with the fast-pace action,; addressing sexism, homophobia, religious fundamentalism, and racism from fresh and unusual perspectives.
I was somewhat surprised to see that The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been discussed as a book for adults which children can also read...I realised that...it was my childhood self who settled into this story.
Hage’s characters, while not necessarily larger than life, are certainly weirder than life, and Hage writes about them with humor and affection.
Beukes is particularly good at garnering sympathy for Harper’s female victims, creating deep characterizations in only a few pages, so that they come across as more than just fodder for a psychopath’s mission.
And although The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau, is certainly not one such novel that will go down in history, it is at least a very entertaining read, filled with suspense, intrigue, and all of the qualities expected in a dystopian thriller.
A setup like this would be hard to resolve in one book, and Yancey doesn’t try; there’s plenty of room left for a sequel or two. Smart man.
...he has written an ambitious, epic novel that deserves to reach a larger readership beyond genre audiences.
Here is an open circuit on ideas, which range from religion, to racial questions, to the atom bomb, rocket travel (of course), literature, escape to the past, dreams...
More of a problem is the series of not-quite-convincing contrivances that she uses to force the various plotlines finally to merge.
The dialogue throughout rings true and is often clever.