Started: December 18, 2016
Finished: December 28, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars
Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars
Oh, yes, I’m happy about this ending!
I love Mila’s character and her relationship with Jack – honestly, they became one of my favorite ships of all time when I read this. Mila’s naivete and fresh eyes are an amazing addition to the dysfunctional group of main characters in this series, which was exactly what was needed after the past 2 books. If things had continued the same way and Mila had been different, I think I wouldn’t have enjoyed this final novel as much.
The story is actually quite short – time-wise, not page-wise – and that’s usually something that makes me squint my eyes and go “alright, you better have a ton of details and a brilliant story line or this was not worth it”. In the case of this book the beginning was a bit of a let-down – and the reason why I deducted half a star – but then it picked up. It became intense, action-packed – and far bloodier and scarier than I had anticipated. And I loved it! Also, loved seeing the return of some characters and the addition of other, unexpected ones!
In short; a good, good, good ending to this series 🙂
Yeah, so I never had time to post a monthly report for April in May – work took up 99.9% of my time, basically. But now I’m basically done for the summer (I have four work days left but they’re basically just “closing up shop” days) and I have time to write blog posts and stories and read quite a lot (I’ve finished 3 books already since Friday, guys). Very, very happy about this!
Format is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!
Continue reading Monthly Report(s): April & May 2016
Started: April 1, 2016
Finished: April 2, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
Definitely an improvement from book #2 – I love Emily and I love her relationship with Sam and there was a lot of stuff building up to the final novel, which makes me excited to read that. However I felt like everything in this book happened incredibly fast. There was no real development in each individual event – it was just event after event after event without that many details.
But yes; better than book #2. Where that book was a weak 4 star book, this is a strong 4 star 🙂
The first month of January has rushed past us! At least in my opinion. I haven’t gotten as many books read as I would have liked, mainly because I haven’t been feeling too good – I’ve had to deal with a lot of stress-related issues and such. But it’s better now.
The format of this monthly book report is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!
Number of books read: 5
Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes’ Rediscovered Railway
Stories: Four original short stories
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Number of pages: 1746 (+ 2 hours of audio)
Average rating: 4.4
Written by men: 1
Written by women: 4
Written by American writers: 3
Written by British writers: 1
Written by Canadian writers: 1
Book of the Month: Cress
Worst of the Month: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Surprise of the Month: Rook
Disappointment of the Month: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Currently reading: Från Holmes till Sherlock (Boström, Mattias) / The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice (Paynter, Jennifer) / Pure (Armentrout, Jennifer L.)
Will read: See this link
- Book of the Month: I didn’t think I could like a book in this series more than I liked Scarlet. I was so bloody wrong. This book had me screaming and crying and laughing and face-palming all at once!
- Surprise of the Month: This was the kind of book that it took quite some time to get into and feel like you could actually finish – but once you got past that “possible DNF” point it was really, really good!
- Worst of the Month/Disappointment of the Month: Way too predictable, way too much focus on the romance, terrible ending compared to the first book. I’m actually thinking of lowering the rating of this…
Started: January 9, 2016
Finished: January 16, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
(this review contains minor spoilers for the book)
A bit of a disappointment compared to the first book, but still highly entertaining. I liked the new setting and the new characters and for a long time I thought that it would be a 4.5-5 star book, but then it got closer to the end and… well, to be honest, the ending felt very rushed. (spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler) It could have been executed a lot better and the climax of the book could have been written to be much more complex and difficult for the heroes to fix. Now everything was crammed together in one chapter and everything worked out just as planned. Also there was no real cliffhanger that made you want to read the next book right away, as there was at the end of the first book.
There are, however, interesting things happening that I’m guessing will be explained and further developed in the following books. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a better third book 🙂
Started: 29 August 2015
Finished: 2 September 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars
Classic steampunk – love it! Especially the girls are brilliant to read about and I was pleasantly surprised when I neared the end and realized that this was not one of those books that was, at first, written as a stand-alone book and then the thing developed to a series. Definitely makes me want to keep going with this series.
Also very happy to see that the Finley-romances did not develop into the kissing-stage right in this first book, because the longer time and development of a relationship for her does feel more logical.