I really wanted to like this book more than I did. And some parts, I truly loved. The magic system and the world building are great. The characters and the story, however, didn't pull me in the way I was hoping.
I didn't realize until much, much later that this book is a spin off of another series. A lot of this book talks about Yelena and all the wonderful, heroic things she has done, and not knowing this was a spin off of Yelena's story, I kept growing annoyed with all the talk about Yelena. This was supposed to be Opal's story, but half of it feels like Opal telling the reader about Yelena's story.
Another thing that made it difficult to really get into this book (I mean, look how long it took me to read this -- nearly a month, which is a looong time, for me) was that I never did pin down the plot. There were a lot of mini plots/quests, but nothing over all that made me invested in following Opal's journey.
Perhaps things will be made clearer in future books of the series, but being that I couldn't truly get into this one, I doubt I'll continue reading this series.
Despite touching on some heavy and dark subjects (rape, death, suicide, depression), Sanctum was a pretty good book.
First, I loved that Lela Santos is Hispanic. Though living in foster care she's not entirely positive about her heritage, I did like her nod to maybe being Puerto Rican. Of course, I'm biased there. ;)
And she was an interesting character, too. For being so tough and badass she was also very broken and vulnerable. So was Nadia, the seemingly perfect preppy girl. Despite the main plot of the story revolving around Lela's love for her best friend (sisterly, platonic love), we don't see a lot of Nadia. I wish she'd been fleshed out a little more.
The romance between Lela and Malachi was sweet, but I wish it hand't of built so quickly. Lela is vulnerable because of her past and her intimacy issues come stem from being raped by a former foster father and I felt that she was too comfortable around Malachi a little too quickly. It was clear that the trauma had haunted Lela for YEARS and in the span of days she was in love with Malachi.
Despite a romance that felt a little too rushed, the story was well-written. I like that in the end, Lela realized she not the solution to Nadia's depression. Those were demons Nadia needed to work out on her own.
Really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Ok. Wow. Just wow.
Despite not being totally into the romance (I liked it, but was not blown away by it), this book was amazing.
I adore the different worlds Laini Taylor created. It's dark and elegant, luxurious and dangerous. Phenomenal.
The writing was fantastic, too. It's been awhile since I've devoured a book in a day, but I could not put this down. I can't wait to read the others in the series.
A bit of a slow start, but it picks up the pace. To be honest, I got bored with some of the trials in the middle of the book and was more interested in the mystery of the evil in the castle.
I pegged the right bad guy from the start, but I found myself wishing it had been a certain someone who makes an escape near the end. Would have been an interesting twist if it was him, that's for sure.
Still, I really enjoyed this book. I loved that as much as Celaena is known for behind this bad ass assassin, she's still essentially a young woman and a little bit girlish. However, I would have liked her to be a little bit more of a bad ass. We're told that she's the best assassin ever, but we don't see a lot of that skill. Maybe in future books?
Fans of young adult/new adult and high fantasy novels should enjoy this.
If you enjoy fantasy and unique twists on classic fairytales, you'll probably enjoy UNTOUCHABLE.
I'm heading on vacation for the holidays in a few days (New Zealand, here I come!) so I'm in a happy/excited/happy/excited mood.
So from now until the end of the month, UNTOUCHABLE is just $2.99!!
UNTOUCHABLE is a fairytale fantasy inspired by German and Inuit folklore and mythologies as well as the holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.
Talking about St. Nikolas, the Krampus (aka the Christmas devil), my time in Germany and how it influenced writing UNTOUCHABLE.
Untouchable (Everwinter, #1) available November 5, 2013
A thief with a dangerous secret…
Aneira Frost is a master thief who's being noticed by the wrong people. She's hired by a client she can't refuse for a job she can't fail -- steal a nutcracker from the King of Pohl or die. But when the object she's stolen turns into a Guardian of the North inexplicably appears in her house one night, his past and her greatest secret puts both their lives on the line.
A Guardian running from his past…
Freed from a curse after thirty years, Nikolas Claus wants nothing more than to pick up the pieces of his broken past, bury them and move on with his life. He accepts the help of a beautiful, mysterious blonde — until she betrays him to the man responsible for cursing him. But when Niko learns the truth about his beautiful thief, he’ll be forced to confront the shadows of his past.
A prince denied his throne…
Rattagan wants one thing: revenge on the King of Pohl. Dreams become a reality when he discovers the thief he hired is actually an untouchable — someone with the ability to break any magic spell. But he’s not the only one with plans for Ani. In exchange for helping the Winter Queen release a long-forgotten evil, Rattagan will have the throne he’s always wanted…and so much more.