Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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I am going to start this off by saying that while this doesn't contain any spoilers for really any of the specific points in any of the books, it does contain mild spoilers for the phenomenon that is A Song of Ice and Fire. This is most likely general knowledge of a GRRM book, but if you are holding out and want to be as spoiler free as possible, then maybe skip this post.
Also the reading progress from my GR page is so freaking funny now that I have finished the series. I think anyone who has read this book would be able to look at it and watch my emotional progress. Also, I am going to use this as my review. Because it's probably as good as you are going to get at this point.
First impressions: Just as solid as the other two. I liked it more then Clash of Kings and less then Game of Thrones. I didn't find it any less gut-wrenching then Game of Thrones, but I really liked some new POVs. Like Jamie. Tyrion never disappoints. Sansa is starting to entertain me though I still think she is too childish (especially after what she's been through). I hold out hope. Love Arya and Jon as well. Dany's is almost like reading a completely different book.
The other POVs I don't mind, but I always wait for the pages with those listed on it.
|08/11/2012||11.0%||"So far so good. All I know about this book is "ITS THE BEST ONE OMG" and "SO MUCH SADNESS"... well let's do this then."|
|08/13/2012||page 192||18.0%||"Arg. its like watching a bunch of half hour long tv episodes. just enough to hook you then it's the end and you have to wait a week for more."|
|08/20/2012||page 310||29.0%||"It has finally happened. I have a favorite character. damn it! I won't say who or why I love them in a hopes that they won't die like everyone else in this book series..."|
|08/20/2012||"also occasionally I've been taking certain scenes and in my head playing them out as they would happen in romance novels. it is quite amusing to me."|
|08/23/2012||page 367||34.0%||"aaaand my least favorite character returns... I thought they had gotten better. *deliberate vagueness*"|
|08/25/2012||page 655||61.0%||"Fuck this book."|