Quintana of Charyn

Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll know it when you see it. You’ll understand why the gods have made you suffer. Because that moment’s reward will make your knees weak and everything you’ve suffered in life will pale in comparison.

I will keep this review short. This book surpassed my expectations and my expectations were really high. After reading Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles, I knew that this book will be powerful. However, it wasn’t like I imagined. It was far beyond that. Hours after finishing the book, I am still haunted by the beautiful characters Melina Marchetta has created. That ending had  so much impact on me. It was the perfect ending to the perfect story. And that epilogue touched my heart so deep. After reading so many books, I always fear that books may not affect me anymore but this book made me laugh and cry and hope. This book made me thank my past self for reading this series. This book may be fantasy but it made me realize so much. So thank you my past self and thank you Melina Marchetta.

Froi of the Exiles

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I heard your song the moment we were born. And years later, it dragged me back from the lake of the half-dead when all I wanted to do was die. Each time someone tried to kill me, it sang its tune and gave me hope.

I have read the first book in this series (Lumatere Chronicles) entitled Finnikin of the rock months ago and I was extremelty impressed with it. The world Melina Marchetta has created was very different (in a good way) and she described it in such a way that makes the setting very realistic and very fantastic at the same time. The characters she created was very rich and deep that they feel like they’re your old friends. Needless to say, the book for me was remarkable. 

After reading Finnikin of the rock, I was not certain if I’d like to read the second book, Froi of the Exiles, because I fear that the book would disappoint me. Based on experience, second books always disappoint me. Furthermore, I have also recently read another work of Melina Marchetta-Saving Francesca-and it was not how I hoped it be.

In the end, I decided to give this book a chance and it’s a really good decision.

Froi of the Exiles is obviously about Froi, a supporting but really significant character from Finnikin of the Rock. He’s different in the book – he has changed a lot, he’s no longer a “thief” and he’s very loyal to Queen Isaboe and her consort. Froi was tasked to impersonate a “last born”, an important individual in Charyn, in order to kill the King of Charyn. “Kill the king and go home,” that was his orders. However, a lot of twists and turns happened: He fell in love with the princess and he isn’t exactly who he thought he is. He is NOT Froi of the EXILES.

The story is told in several point of views and each point of view is interesting. Each character had a lot to say. And with these characters, I found myself away from my bed. I am no longer reading a book. I was in Lumatere and Charyn. I felt the sufferings of all those people. I saw the misery in Quintana’s eyes and the frustrations in Froi’s. That’s just how good Melina Marchetta is.This book will leave you gasping for air or sobbing in the corner of your bed. It is so obvious that this series is very well-planned.

And there’s something really different on how Melina Marchetta writes. She gives us plot twists the way we give presents. Everything is wrapped in mystery with a ribbon on top. And she slowly unveils it and wowww… it will blow you away because everything was really unexpected. She also chooses the perfect timing in revealing this plot twists.

The only bad thing I see in this book is that it ended. And it ended with a cliffhanger!

Here’s what I really want to tell you: Do yourself a favor and read the Lumatere Chronicles.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

We cling to our fairytales until the price for believing them becomes too high

 

This book was published on 2011. Since then, I have seen friends reading it and telling me to read it, that it’s one of the best books they have read. I was intrigued with the praises they gave the book and of course, the cover… The cover gives you an illusion of a creepy horror book that will give you nightmares at night.

Five years after, I finally decided to read the book. And I am so disappointed. It’s not like the book sucks because it’s quite appealing. The reason I’m disappointed because I expected too much. Others talked about this book like it will change me but it didn’t. The book was average. The book was your typical fantasy/adventure/young adult book except it has extraordinary vintage photographs that go with it.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about Jacob who initially thought that he was an ordinary boy until one day his grandfather mysteriously dies. In the last minute of his grandfather’s life, his grandfather left him clues and his grandfather insisted that he should go to the island. But here’s the creepy part.. Jacob sees a monster nobody else can see. And then Jacob starts to wonder if the stories his grandfather told him since he was little were true. And he has to find out.

At first, I really liked the book. I liked the mystery. I liked Jacob. But then, everything became typical. What I’m saying is this book is good but it’s not extraordinary the way I thought it would be – the way everybody says it is. I guess I just expected something really dark because I’m into the darkness at the moment. But if you really like fantasy/adventure, this might be a good read for you. This book really reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

All in all, this book is quite good. But definitely not one of the best for me.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

 

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

 

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dreams of Gods & Monsters is the end of a dark fantasy series about the war between the Seraphim and the Chimaeras. Daughter of Smoke & Bone is a unique young adult fantasy book for me. Its style is dark and mysterious. It was one of the best for me.However, Days of Blood & Starlight became just a typical young adult book revolving around rebellion and vengeance. I expected this book to be better. I expected the last book to give justice to the first.

I was kind of disappointed. There are  a lot going on in this book and somke of them… are completely unnecessary. I get it that it was how the author wanted it and she could do whatever she wants with it… it’s her book. But as a reader, I had my expectations. All I’m saying is that my expectations were not met.

However, the dark mysterious style I loved from the book is still around. The characters are still compelling. By the way, we’ll know more about Razgut and this book and I have to say that he’s one hell of a character! There were so much background story behind him and the author did well on that part. Events are still thrilling and there are still shocking moments. I still like this book. But… I just think that the ending failed to give me a conclusion. The author chose to drag on… insert some more story in there instead of ending it with the new world Akiva and Karou/Madrigal was supposed to begin. It ended with *spoiler* Karou doing that and Akiva away because of his magic.

Maybe it’s just me. I loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone so much and expected the other books to be just as good. Don’t get me wrong… this book is not teribble… it’s just average. And maybe that’s terrible because the first book is awesome. And I can’t help but think that Daughter of Smoke & Bone could have been a stand-alone-novel. It would just be a really brutal way to end a story but ti was enough. I don’t know why the averageness of the second and third book upsets me but honestly, it was okay. Not great though, just okay. And again, the characters are great. The author was able to provide us with rich and deep characters. Liraz is my favorite, though.

Anyways, I’d try to read the whole series again some other time. Because maybe, something will unfold when I read it at a second time.

Days of Blood and Starlight

 

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)

 

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Once upon a time, a girl lived in a sandcastle, making monsters to send through a hole in the sky.

 

As I have mentioned in my review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I couldn’t recover from it and that I would read Days of Blood & Starlight as soon as possible. I have finished reading the second book of the series and here are my thoughts about it.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is dark and full of mystery. Days of Blood & Starlight is still dark, actually, very much darker. But the darkness doesn’t come from mystery anymore. It comes from vengeance. And from something different, this series fell into the same old story as every young adult books out there- stories that revolve around rebellion.

In Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the war between the chimaeras and angels are over. And as we know, wars can be ended in two ways: one is through a truce that would lead to peace (Akiva and Madrigal’s dreams) and one is with defeat. It was the latter. But Karou is alive, hope is alive. And Karou is forced to join unexpected allies in order to avenge her people and to save what’s left of the chimaera.

Karou is very different from Karou in the first book. She might have lost herself. That is completely understandable, though. Because she has lost a lot. But I didn’t expect her to fall this hard. She has went way past the line. She made very terrible choices. She isn’t doomed though. Akiva made terrible choices too. Akiva set things in motion. And maybe, in the next book, we’ll see what Akiva and Karou can do together. Can they possible lead an army?

Needless to say, this book had a lot of things going on. It was action-packed like the first one. And like the first book, the characters remain rich. They still had depth. You can still understand their actions because their actions have roots -emotions that are realistic.

However, this book does not have what appealed to me in the first one- something that would set it apart from the rest. The elements and concepts in this book are just like most young adult books out there except here we have angels that are not always good and monsters that aren’t always bad. And, possibly a love triangle. I’m just sick and tired of those. I mean, such compelling characters does not deserve to be just like every one else.

Still, I think that the next book will be worth it. Or should I say, this series is still worth it. Angels, magic, battles and love are just so tempting. And maybe the same old story can be quite good because of familiarity. But I am hoping to be shocked in the next book. I am hoping for surprises and stories that would haunt me forever.