Simply breathtaking. This is one of 2009's best books, definitely in my top five out of all the new debuts this year.
Zink puts a spin on the Judeo-ChrSimply breathtaking. This is one of 2009's best books, definitely in my top five out of all the new debuts this year.
Zink puts a spin on the Judeo-Christian apocalypse like one I've never seen before and I just can't get enough of it. I'm chomping at the bit for more of this series, and will be definitely pre-ordering the next one when it comes out.
I wish it had been longer. I crave more of this story now.
Prose is lush and gorgeous and some of the best in new publishing within the last five years.
Oh boy. The phrase "son, I am disappoint" has never applied more than it does here.
While we delve into the mystery into what got Nora's father killed,Oh boy. The phrase "son, I am disappoint" has never applied more than it does here.
While we delve into the mystery into what got Nora's father killed, and why Patch is handling her with kid gloves (or is he?), I found myself getting incredibly bored within the first 50 pages of the book. I was hoping that the cliche of "my boyfriend feels that he has to keep me at arms' length to protect me while still trying to love me" wouldn't be used within this series, but unfortunately, it was. I guess you could call this cliche "twilight syndrome" (for obvious reasons), and I was so overwhelmingly disappointed that this was inserted into Patch and Nora's relationship.
I get so very tired of the girl being the pawn between two other parties - this case, Heaven and the Fallen - and unfortunately, this book is no exception to the case. Yet another symptom of twilight syndrome, I'm afraid. Now, compare this to Lauren Kate's "Fallen" series, where you have the girl being the forceful power behind the literal falling from grace of the male character - that's refreshing. That's what I like in my literature. The helpless female? SO 1890's. Austen's calling, she wants her characters back.
I'm not even sure at this point whether or not I want to even look at the third book. And for me, that's a pretty strong statement....more
Everything I love about the "Blue Bloods" series is captured right here in this slim volume. "Keys to the Repository" gives you a lot of insider inforEverything I love about the "Blue Bloods" series is captured right here in this slim volume. "Keys to the Repository" gives you a lot of insider information that was either hinted at or not given to the reader before in the previous four books. I was so happy this was released, because honestly, I was wondering when we were going to be getting some kind of companion book to keep track of everything. And then in 2010, this came out! Yay!
So why review it now, more than a year later? Well, the penultimate book is coming out in a few weeks, and netgalley thoughtfully provided me with a re-read version. So I thought I'd refresh my brain with the information provided then, and keep it mind for when "Lost in Time" comes out on September 17th.
The other great thing about this book is the wonderful short stories and outtakes from the "BB" universe that we hadn't seen before, or memos from within the coven that sheds a lot of light on the misadventures that have been happening within the Blue Blood world at large, whether it be in the States or Europe, or other places around the world. It's a little treasure trove of information and if you're a fan of the series, this is a definite must-have to refer to when you need it. I won't spoil what you'll find in here - so you'll have to check it out for yourself.
And possibly the best part of this companion book is that it sets up for books 5 and beyond with its epilogue/preview chapter at the end. It doesn't give us much to go on, but it sets the mood, and it gives you an undeniable craving for the next books in the series. At least, that's what it did for me. I was practically chomping at the bit for the next book after reading the teaser at the end of this book. Hell, I still am now.
So whether you're just dipping your toes into the BB universe, or are an experienced navigator in its waters, give "Keys" a read - you'll be thankful for all of the knowledge you've gained.
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I seriously cannot be more sick of the love triangle, girl pulled between two worlds kind of YA storyline, and when I first started this book, I had tI seriously cannot be more sick of the love triangle, girl pulled between two worlds kind of YA storyline, and when I first started this book, I had the awful dread that this would be yet another one of those books. But Davies really used the triangle to her advantage in this one, and gave me an entirely previously un-thought of idea of the war in Heaven (that resulted in Lucifer’s fall), making for a fantastic story.
However, one of the pitfalls early on is that Davies did rely a little too much on the (budding) love triangle itself between Skye, Asher, and Devin – though I understand why she did. It’s hard to construct a story like hers without having at least a small crutch to establish information and a backstory when you’re having to construct an entirely new ideology/mythology from a story/myth that’s been deconstructed and reconstructed so many times in the past. I’ll be blunt when I say that I nearly quit reading around the end of the first third of the book, until things started getting more interesting, and the story finally refocused itself on Skye (where it should be). It was a bit of a slow (but explosive) start, but after that first third, I really could NOT put this book down.
Skye's development as a character through the book through the arcs (and yes, through the love triangle) was significant and definitely something to be noted. Davies used the concept of arc as character transformation very effectively, which is rare in YA lit as of late, and much appreciated. She became a very strong heroine throughout the book, and it's always a real pleasure being able to watch someone grow in a story like that.
I do have to commend Davies, though, on the aforesaid entirely new look on the war in Heaven. It made everything different, and gave me such a new and interesting perspective that really has not at all been introduced into any kind of lit, YA or otherwise, at all (at least, from what I can tell). I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to not let go of such a story before so far (other than “The Night Circus”) as of late. I wanted to shriek at the ending (it’s a cliffhanger), and I really can’t wait for the next book in this series. Skye, once she got her head in the game and out of her pants, was an awesome heroine, and one I can’t wait to meet with again.
This almost made my best of 2011 list, but because of the slow start, just missed it. Still, it deserves a read if just for the entirely new take on the Heaven/Hell myths. Definitely an awesome book, and I can’t wait for the sequel!
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