Capering on Glass Bridges(The Hawk of Stone Book 1)
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Publication Date: August 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0149RPWX4
I read the play Harry Potter and the cursed child and I was immediately thrown back into the good old days at Hogwarts. Even as Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy have now become men and quite comfortable as friends. It is fun when you see the children heading off to school, being sorted and making friends. Continue reading “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne”
I listened to this on Audible as an audiobook and I also read along with the eBook. I finally put the book down and just finished listening to the Narrator.
For a person that is supposed to be a savior, Roya Stark is kind of cranky and annoyingly enough, she whines a lot. The story was interesting and the descriptions are vivid and come to life in the telling. I just did not enjoy it as much as I hoped to.
I get that she was immature and was given a huge task, but boy, was she vocal about it all.
As this is not my typical genre I gave the writing the high score and will only say that it was not exactly my cup of tea. The protagonist is a 16 year old girl drowns as she sleeps and has premonitions at night. She is called to be part of a society, the Lucidites that needs her skills to combat Zhuang. Zhuang is their enemy and they have been watching over Roya all her life in secret. There was a lot of drama and even a romantic element in the book. It was action packed and fast paced.
Saying that I will certainly give other books and stories a chance from Sarah Noffke. The writing is really well done. It was just uncomfortable for me to listen to and red her whining and complaining. I know she is only 16 so I should have cut her some slack. I just wasn’t able to.
In review of the performance, I give that a 5. Elizabeth Klett has a great way with narrations. She was the thing that kept me going. In fact I will try to find more books narrated by her and listen. Her voice is pleasant and full of variety.
The premise of this book is good, the writing is good, I just could not get into the story like I love doing. Other than the negative feelings I had for Roya, the book is good. I just wanted to love it more than I was able to. I seem to be the minority, so I accept that it was probably more me than Sarah Noffke.
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As I finished reading this second book in the series, I was bitterly reminded that it would be a year before I knew what would happen next. This second book was amazing with love, hate, conflict, and deviousness. Sometimes you think you know one thing and actually you know only one small bit of what is going on.
Feyre is so complex. She has faced Amarantha and won while she became less enamoured with the prison she found herself living in. When she finds the opportunity to blossom she totally blooms. She finds that she did not like her prison of the perfect fairyland castle and the doldrum of painting and waiting to be included in anything that might stimulate her mind.
When Rhys comes to her and takes her with him for the agreed upon time, it all turns amazing. Rhys shines as a wonderful, kind, considerate, harsh, noble, High Fae. He captured my heart and then with the banter, the joy, and the sexiness he captured Feyre’s.
Rhys is not the fae that we expected under the mountain. He is so much more. I can not tell you how engaged I was throughout the entire book as Feyre and Rhys became closer and closer. Always learning, teaching, and sharing these deadly adventures with only the best intentions as a reason. The coming wars were looming and making things tense and strained and Feyre took it upon herself to learn to be the best part of their group as she could. She shined in her willingness to be a strong member of his court. Not a plaything and a pretty bauble in his court as she had been treated while in Tamlin’s Court of the Spring.
I admit I liked Tamlin in the first book as he sheltered her and took care of her family in such an over the top manner. I started feeling that he was not quite the best person as he sat beside Amarantha and did nothing to sooth Feyre as she was tortured and tormented under the mountain. It hurt when he became obsessive and controlling. I liked the way Rhys treated Feyre while under the mountain. Rhys protected Feyre while Tamlin did nothing. He soothed her hurts and attended her wounds while Tamlin did nothing. I left book 1 not exactly liking Tamlin.
This book repaired all that hurt. It repaired my somewhat bruised heart and brought in the big gun, Rhysand. Rhysand, the high Fae of the Nightmare court. The high Fae that showed Feyre what true kindness looked like. It looked like freedom, not a prison. He also showed her that she had it within her to be fierce, kind and heroic. Fayre thrived learning to fight, to become strong, to become a protector.
This is a must read for anyone that loves a powerful story that features war, peace, love and hate. I can not wait until the next book comes out. I mean the stage has been set for the next book and I am ready for it now. Yes, only a week ago, I was an unbeliever in all things magic and Fae, now I am a convert.
This is one of those books that hold on to you for a while after you finish it. I am still going over bits and pieces now that they all fall into place.
Well written, with vivid images and wonderful conversations. There is humor interspersed with teasing banter. There is a group of friends that work together for good. Secretly working together for good and Feyre thrives in this environment. I have found myself crying at several scenes in this book with my heart wounded and broken for the people I was falling in love with. The characters all are amazingly well written so complex and so complete. Their personalities clear and unwavering. Now I wait for book 3.
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas is available in hardback, paperback, on Kindle and through Audible on Amazon
A Court of Thorns and Roses book 1 is also available in those formats on Amazon
I have just finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I was floored by the depth of the story. The little hunter girl that did whatever it took to take care of her family. When she killed a lone wolf, she had no idea what she had done. Feyre the nineteen year old human was then whisked away by a large beast into a different world from her own. To pay the price for her murder.
Feyre is held in this fairy manor with the shapeshifting Tamlin. She finds that even though she wants to escape and return to her family she finds herself accepting her fate and adjusting to her new life. With painting and lunches with Tamlin and Lucian to keep her occupied, she found herself drawn to the High Elf, Tamlin.
Lucian is a great character, he is loyal to Tamlin and he is suspicious of Feyre. But he too has depths that only come to light slowly over time. I enjoyed their dinners together. I enjoyed their discourse over dinner.
Tamlin protects her and keeps her in his lovely home even when things are confusing and scary for the brave strong girl. There are secrets and mysterious events that she doesn’t understand. Feyre is curious and keeps finding herself in situations and places where she does not understand.
The writing was beautiful. I can visualize the fairies, their gardens, and their dark ceremonies. The beauty of Tamlin in his gold mask that can never be removed. The kingdom cursed by an unknown evil a blight on the entire world. A threat to the human world also. I pictured her life before in a hovel with sisters and a father that depended on her too much.
When she is not privy to the truth of the blight and she sets out to find the missing population, her search turns her into a warrior again. Fayre the warrior, a person that will face magic, horror and fear with a brave face. I could not put this down. It is a huge book with so much action and detail. I have to admit this is my first book about High Elf, faeries, and shapeshifters. I loved it. It was more than I expected. There are challenges, riddles and terrible choices and consequences that are faced and wow, they are captivating. I was captivated by the entire book. The world Sarah J. Maas created drew me in with its beauty and intensity.
There is a second book in this series and I am going to start it now. I am looking forward to seeing what happens to this world next. There are still some things I want to know. I am glad I tried this Fantasy genre. I found a lot to love about it.
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