The author was fired from the New York Times for falsifying information in a headline story. Therefore I question the validity of the book and would hThe author was fired from the New York Times for falsifying information in a headline story. Therefore I question the validity of the book and would have a hard time reading it wondering at each point in the narrative whether it was true or made up....more
This is another wonderful addition to this series I love. It's a harsh and ugly modern fantasy world, but it's different and interesting. As in the prThis is another wonderful addition to this series I love. It's a harsh and ugly modern fantasy world, but it's different and interesting. As in the previous books, the suspense and danger are believable and intimidating. Several times I wondered how they were going to get out of the messes they were in, how they'd survive.
The love story is very much a part of the plot. Ellis and Randall are such an adorable couple (as are the supporting couple, Jay and Han). They seem to have grown together a lot since the last book and it's only been a matter of weeks. Their love is believable, though. It's not without it's trying times, but those are believable as well, but even then, I didn't believe the problems were insurmountable, just difficult, and completely believable in complicated situations. I really appreciated that each had those reactions unlike most books where difficult stuff is just taken in stride.
The solutions didn't just make the problems go away, though. Both times they each said they just needed time to work through it, but they'd do so together. I'm eager to read the next one since like before, this ends on not a cliffhanger but a kind of "What happens now?" that makes me eager to have the question answered. But I don't like reading the last in the series before the following one is published just in case the author decides to write a cliffhanger I can't handle, or never writes another.
A couple of other comments: I like that being "the good guys" doesn't automatically make the Muslims suddenly all pro gay. The older woman believing he's okay as long as he doesn't act on it is more believable.
It's weird that Ellis has this lower class accent when he's the one from money. I guess I don't understand British accents.
Why on Earth did they allow Edison to stay in the room?
It's good that Randall reacts to the turning in a complicated way.
Overall, this was a great read and I highly recommend the series. But you have to start with book one or nothing will make sense. ...more
MzBond's review says it all. The deciding factor for me was this excerpt from her review:
(view spoiler)[ "Ethan was taken advantage of by his high schoMzBond's review says it all. The deciding factor for me was this excerpt from her review:
(view spoiler)[ "Ethan was taken advantage of by his high school music teacher. They didn't have penetrative sex but he was 16 and still a student. What he did, prevented Ethan's physical maturity. It went on for 4 yrs (o.ô). He finds out that this, his "teacher," is now doing the same thing with a 15 yr old. When Ethan's parents find out, it's because said teacher is now stalking Ethan. Ethan wants to come clean, go to the police, etc. Except his [male] mother says this,
“Oh, stop that,” scolded Ben. “I believe it. But them?” He waved in the direction of the town green. “What happens if we tell them the truth, Ethan? That you and he have actually been together for four years, not two, and you just barely legal, and still his student? Do you think they’ll exonerate you? Of course not – they’ll want to know why you didn’t come clean before, why you let him seduce you. It’ll be a mark on you, Ethan, not him. It’ll be your fault, not his. And not only will you never escape it – neither will Jake or Becca.”