Review: The mediator series – Meg Cabot

Shadowland (The Mediator, #1)Ninth Key (The Mediator, #2)Reunion (The Mediator, #3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Girl's Dream (The Mediator, #3.5)

 

(I only read the short story, Every Girl’s Dream, just now as I am writing up this post because I didn’t even know it existed. You can find it in full over here)

 

 

 

 

 

 Darkest Hour (The Mediator, #4)Haunted (The Mediator, #5)Twilight (The Mediator, #6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This was a series that I enjoyed a whole lot back when I was a (young) teenager. Because it left me with lots of happy feelings and because I am prone to re-read books that I used to love, there was only one logical conclusion: re-read this series, especially now that there is a new book out in the series. So that is exactly what has happened and now here I am to tell you what my thoughts were on re-reading this series.

There is so much repetition in these books (just recapping what happened in the last books)! Like a lot! It’s something that either I didn’t notice the first time I read them (maybe because then I didn’t binge-read them like I did now) but the amount of things that get repeated (plot-wise, character-wise, anything-wise really) is just through the roof! As I said, it may be due to the fact that I read these books so shortly after one another that the previous book was still super fresh in my memory that I really didn’t need telling who was who every start of a new book.

Suze was, in my eyes, a sassy goddess of a young girl back when I first read it. Luckily the sass factor was still there this time around. Though I might be inclined to say that it caught my eye a little less this time around, especially towards her family (they just really care and she is just sassing them all over the place!). Maybe this is just me getting old/no longer being in puberty myself though. It was still a very fun and important part of Suze’s personality.

The adventures were still the same whirlwind of fun that I thought they were back when I first read these books. Of course it’s all major crazy stuff, but it’s just so enjoyable to read about Suze’s adventures! There was rarely a slow patch in the book which just really loans itself so well to speed-reading these babies (sadly countered by the endless repetition mentioned above). You just fly through these books, and that can be so enjoyable! That’s actually one of the main reasons that I really wanted to pick up this series in the first place: light and fast reading with lots of humour on the side.

Something else I noticed was that the characters weren’t all that well-rounded. Of course this would take away from the speed of the books, and it’s clear that Suze is at the heart of this series, and the others are just there as background filling sometimes. Not that it really annoys me in these books, as I said, if these secondary characters would have gotten more depth it would definitely be with a considerable change to the pace (and lenght) of the books. But it’s really something that I never noticed before.

Proposal (The Mediator, #6.5)

(this one came out as well without me having noticed it, so I’m putting it on my TBR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)

And now I have nothing else to do but buy the new book and see how it compares to the earlier part of the series.

 

 

 

 

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Review: Heir of Fire (and the 5 novellas) – Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

(Throne of Glass #3)

by Sarah J. Maas

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

At this moment this is the last book in the series and we’ll have to wait a good while before number four comes out unfortunately. Yes that’s right, I think it’s unfortunate that we’ll have to wait for the next book to come out. Partly because I’m enjoying this series a lot and also because I’m just not used to having to wait for books to come out anymore (I’m always late to the party these days it seems). But yes, I think this book was a lot of fun to read and I might even go as far as saying that this might be my favorite in the series.
The thing I like about this book are the diversification in the characters. We get to meet more people and that’s always a lot of fun, especially if they are a mixed bunch. And that’s definitely what it going on over here. Suddenly we get a much wider view of the world because we’re seeing it from different viewpoints. I think my favorite to read might be Manon. She’s just very interesting and totally different from the others. I also really enjoyed reading about the elves and Rowan was enjoyably surly and mean.
Another strong point of this book is that it is clearly heading somewhere. This was already the case in the second book, but even more so in this one. You can see that things will be going down, and soon as well. And while the set up is clear, there is still a lot going on right now as well. So that just really keeps the story moving at a nice pace.
Some things did bother me in this book, but not in a very direct way. It’s more in hindsight that these minor annoyances come up. A thing that bothers me is that there’s still not enough world building for me. And at this point I don’t think it will change. Maybe it’s just not in Sarah J. Maas’s writing style, or at least that’s what I’m guessing. And while there’s just enough to get by, I could really enjoy more. Another thing that slightly bothers me is that, for the past three books, I’ve been reading about Celeana, the best assassin ever. And I’m just not feeling that she is. Nowhere in the three books have I really felt that she undeniably bested others. Of course she can’t be the best at everything. But I just feel a bit too much like she’s all bark and no bite. Obviously there are some moments in which Celeana’s talents rise up in the story, but it’s just not enough to really convince me of her superior cunning as an assassin.

Onto the novellas!

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. MaasThe Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass, #0.2)The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass, #0.4)The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.5)
(Why I can’t find the matching cover for the second novella, I have no clue. It bothers me a lot actually!)
So these novellas take place before the first Throne of Glass book and that’s fun. Because we keep hearing vague descriptions about certain events that took place and now we find out what the real story was! But I have to say that while I enjoyed the background story these novellas offered, I don’t think I’m the greatest fan of these. There’s definitely something there but when I look at these shorts as a whole, they are slightly lacking. Maybe that has a bit to do with me not being the greatest fan of short stories, but I also think that Sarah J. Maas’s writing isn’t perfectly suited for these shorter pieces.
The assassin and the healer was definitely my least favorite novella, and it was also the shortest. I just didn’t think enough really happened in this for it to be a novella on its own. I was partial to the first one though, because I enjoyed the pirate-y goodness of it all.
The main problem with these is that I don’t like Celeana in these books. She looks down on Sam, she looks down on the healer, and she constantly thinks she’s all that. I’m a firm believer in character growth throughout a series and let me tell you, that year in the salt mines will do Celeana a lot of good. Because I failed to find her “sas” in these novellas entertaining and found it more annoying that anything. Her self confidence just consists of her thinking she’s better than the others and not showing them adequately how she is in fact better than them. (And don’t even get me started on how not right I think the whole thing with Sam feels).

Yay or Nay: series reviews

Reviewing every installment of the series separately or combine reviews of multiple books in one post?I’m starting this discussion because this is something that I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time now.So I bring the discussion to you and see how you feel about this topic.

YAY

EASIER: And i’m not just talking about the fact that you only have to write one review for a whole bunch of books. I’m talking more about the fact that sometimes when I read a series, and I tend to do this in a very short time span, the books will start to feel less like separate entities and more like one huge book. Of course I’ll remember certain events belonging to certain books, but sometimes that line becomes a bit blurry. When clumping all the reviews in one blog post (depending on how you choose to review the series, just in one go or still per book but just with less to say per book) you don’t need to address these things as specifically, therefore making reviewing the series a lot easier.

NO SPOILERS: When reviewing books separately it becomes progressively more difficult to steer clear of spoilers. Because all of a sudden you are having to tiptoe around so many points because they reference huge,epic, life changing events from the previous books. When doing a series review you can be less specific, therefore able to speak in such broad terms that it’s hardly spoilerish anymore.

NAY

GENERALIZED: When you’re talking about a series as a whole, the review will be less specific. Though this is not necessarily a bad thing, some people might want more details (to them I would say: start a conversation in the comments?). But even if you don’t really mind, it’s still a fact that the whole review will be more of a collection of general thoughts instead of talking about super specific plot lines.

LESS CONTENT: You just spend a lot of your time reading this epic series, spanning multiple books and now you’re just writing one blogpost about the whole thing. The time spent reading this series far outweighs the time spent reviewing it. Especially if this is a larger series this becomes a really lopsided affair (and yes, I know that the time spent reading usually will outweigh the time spent reviewing. I’m saying that it will do so more than for a regular review, and that it will do so with a lot bigger margin too). You could elect to still write multiple reviews, just not one per book, and balance things out a little more like that.

So what is your stance in this Yay or Nay discussion? Are you ever tempted to review a series in one go or are you a firm believer in one review per book? Share your thoughts below!

Discussion: Reviewing Series

Now more than ever we are drowning in series (or at least that’s how it seems). More often than not new books tend to be part of trilogies instead of stand-alones. And while whether we like that or not is a separate discussion altogether, I’d like to talk about reviewing series. It’s something I’ve been thinking about more often these days, due to my reading more series as of late.

My great dilemma in this is the following: review the series book by book or review the series as a whole. Currently I review all of the books separately. And that’s exactly the reason why I am doubting this method. Because while reviewing the first book is all fine and dandy, by the third book I usually have a lot less to say about the books. I just notice that by every next book in the series I have less and less to say. Partly due to spoilers that I’m trying to avoid but also partly due to the fact that I have said certain things in previous reviews already.

So right now I’m starting to consider reviewing series as a whole. One larger review for all of the books. I think there’s definitely some merit there. But on the other hand, it does pose a problem for the series I can’t or don’t binge-read. How correctly will I be able to review a series as a whole if it’s been a couple of months/years since reading some of the installments?

Currently I’m still deciding. Perhaps your input will help me find my way Knipogende emoticon

New Girl – Elizabeth Meriwether

New girl is the story of Jess who is in need of a new place to live after a bad break-up with her boyfriend (catching him in bed with another is bad right?). She ends up in an apartment with three single men. Nick is the law-school drop-out, Schmidt is a well-earning businessman and Winston is a former professional basketball player. These three guys will have to find a way to cope with all the ways of Jess who is quirky and “adorkable”.

This is a very light series, sometimes it touches on slightly larger themes, but usually the tone of the episodes is quite airy. I like this about the show, because it’s just pure entertainment. To me there is just nothing to think about, no real intrigues, no hard storylines to keep up with etc. There’s just these four people trying to live together. It’s one of those shows you can just come home to after a bad day and just tune out the world with.

I really love the characters in this show! They are just so human and memorable. They all have their very own personality with their own quirks and there is just such a chemistry between them. And even though they are al very different, they just balance each other out.  The actors are great as well because you just believe that they are the characters.

For the rest I just don’t have a lot to say about this series, I just find it really enjoyable and can watch it without thinking. I love that in a TV show at times, because we all have our moments when we just don’t feel like using your brain.

 

The newest season started airing on : 25 September 2012