This was just awful. Such a disappointment after the first book. I couldn't remember clearly what had happened in the second book, so at first I was lThis was just awful. Such a disappointment after the first book. I couldn't remember clearly what had happened in the second book, so at first I was lost. Who did what bad thing again? This book desperately needed some sort of recap at the start. I kept getting bored while reading this, and would do things like put it down while I was in the middle of an action scene. I finished it only because the library was about to suck it back off my kindle. I will say the last bit kept me reading, but otherwise it didn't keep my attention. Other problems: normally I like books with multiple narrators, but that is not a device that works if your narrators' voices are exactly the same. It was impossible to tell whose perspective each chapter was from - I kept flipping back to check. Four had lost all interest as a romantic hero and was just whiny and boring. The whole premise of genetic damage made no sense scientifically. Also, the plot had holes big enough to drive a truck through. There is the big thing at the end - which I had been spoiled on, so wasn't surprised about - but honestly it just didn't work. It wasn't a brave decision by the author, it was a lame one. (view spoiler)[Dying didn't suit Tris' character's previous actions, it didn't prevent anything truly terrible, (most importantly) it didn't give Caleb the chance to redeem himself, and it would have been FAR more interesting to have Tris struggle with the consequences of her actions and deal with the difficulties of her relationship with Four. I know people die senselessly in real life, but this death just really didn't work for me. It really seemed like the author just wanted the shock value of OMG she killed the lead. I know she thought Harry should've died too and that would not really have made sense in the context of that series either. It's just juvenile writing and her editors should have known better. (hide spoiler)] Definitely not worth the money - if you must read, get it from the library. Actually, I bet there's fan fiction out there that creates a better end for the series than this book. This really ruins the series for me. Mostly because of the total illogical science. ARGH as though this country doesn't have enough junk science going around. ["br"]>...more
Couldn't get into this and didn't finish it before the library removed it from my kindle. I really didn't like one of the Wills and just couldn't brinCouldn't get into this and didn't finish it before the library removed it from my kindle. I really didn't like one of the Wills and just couldn't bring myself to keep reading. What a disappointment after The Fault In Our Stars. ...more
Solid 3, maaaybe 3.5 stars. Yes, it's about assassin nuns and a 12 year old (kickass) duchess. It was a quick read and not completely predictable. HowSolid 3, maaaybe 3.5 stars. Yes, it's about assassin nuns and a 12 year old (kickass) duchess. It was a quick read and not completely predictable. However, I felt like I would have liked more in some parts (more on the assassin training!) and less in others (yet another sneaking around a corner, or sighing over the romantic lead's hand on her wrist). It sort of seemed like this book was stuck between YA historical fantasy and adult romance, and as a result, didn't quite succeed at either. Also, it really bothered me how much Ismae would write in letters--didn't she worry about those getting intercepted? wouldn't real assassins use a code??? That said, she's strong, both physically and emotionally, she seems like a realistic teenage girl (I mean, as realistic as a teenage assassin nun could be), she has character weaknesses as well as strengths (no Mary Sue here), the romance seems healthy enough, and I really liked the conclusion she came to at the end. I do want to know what happens to Anne, though - I assume that's part of the rest of the series.
How did I miss these when I was a kid? This whole series was fantastic. Great writing, interesting use of old myths, good characters, great plots. I aHow did I miss these when I was a kid? This whole series was fantastic. Great writing, interesting use of old myths, good characters, great plots. I also really loved how the whole series depicted the fight of light vs. dark with very little violence and bloodshed; I thought the ways the Dark attacked were much more interesting and in a way, relevant to real life. There were so many amazing lines about the nature of good and evil and people's roles in the world. I inhaled all five books over the last couple of weeks and am left with many lingering questions (of the good kind). I will definitely be re-reading all five of these. ...more
wow. I put off reading this for ages, because, you know, a book about a teenager with terminal cancer? No thank you. Especially since people I love hawow. I put off reading this for ages, because, you know, a book about a teenager with terminal cancer? No thank you. Especially since people I love have cancer; this just felt too close to home. But I finally read this and was blown away. I'd say it meets the standard set by Code Name Verity. It had me sobbing several times, I had to put it down and walk away a few times, and there are some incredible lines and thoughts about love and life and growing up. This is so worth the read; even though it's sad, it's not deeply depressing like I thought it would be. I will definitely re-read this. Probably many times. ...more
This was decent, but I liked the first book (Cinder) much better. I felt like the pacing was off in this one and the action scenes were confusing. MayThis was decent, but I liked the first book (Cinder) much better. I felt like the pacing was off in this one and the action scenes were confusing. Maybe it's just that I was reading quickly to find out what happened, but most of the action scenes went by in a blur or were just otherwise confusing. Scarlet was a great new character and I thought the way Meyer brought together the two stories worked really well. However, I really have a problem with new character Wolf: (view spoiler)[ WHY is he presented as a good boyfriend prospect, and WHY do readers think he's so great and awesome and perfect? he's worse than Edward Cullen! He kidnaps and tortures Scarlet's grandmother, lies to Scarlet about his intentions (why not bring her in on his plan?), almost kills her, and then tries that old abusive trope "you're so special, I couldn't do anything to hurt you, you're so good you'll save me from myself". None of his behavior is sexy, it's creepy and Scarlet should run away. (hide spoiler)] Yeah, Kai did not handle Cinder's cyborg reveal all that well, but a. he got over it and b. he's actually doing the best he can to save his people. Not sure why readers find him a less appealing romantic interest. As with the first book, I'm really into this dystopian future with robots mashed with old fairy tales - I think it's a great idea. I'll read books 3 & 4 (wish they were out already!) but I hope they are more like the first one. ...more