**spoiler alert** Don't get me wrong, I absolutely fell in love with this book! I really did!
It was the ending that made me cry. No, that isn't right,...more**spoiler alert** Don't get me wrong, I absolutely fell in love with this book! I really did!
It was the ending that made me cry. No, that isn't right, it made me sob. For what felt like hours. It shouldn't have been that way, but I suppose in some small way, it is a happy ending, although I've yet to see that, eve though it has now been months since I've finished it. Honestly, it broke my heart. Shattered it. It's now in a million pieces scattered across the universe. It's gone. Broken. And I'm not even being overly dramatic.(less)
This second installation of Laurel's story will delight some readers and disappoint others. Readers may or may not agree with Laurel's choice. I know...moreThis second installation of Laurel's story will delight some readers and disappoint others. Readers may or may not agree with Laurel's choice. I know I certainly did not. A new story line is simply and easily created, creating tension and excitement. I want the sequel to this novel.(less)
Problem is, (view spoiler)[I was so sad that she left Luke behind. I couldn't believe it. I think that when you're in love with some...moreI really liked it.
Problem is, (view spoiler)[I was so sad that she left Luke behind. I couldn't believe it. I think that when you're in love with someone you should be willing to stay with them. Leaving Luke was not okay with me. At all. (hide spoiler)] I couldn't believe she made that choice. That's not what I would've done.
Hazel was a great character, but I enjoyed Wish far more than this because of the choices made. It was a good book, but I would've written it differently.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It was awesome! Sweet, believable, and utterly intriguing, I fell completely in love. I can't say too much though, without having to mark my review as...moreIt was awesome! Sweet, believable, and utterly intriguing, I fell completely in love. I can't say too much though, without having to mark my review as containing spoilers, so I'll won't say too much more. I will say it's totally worth anyone's time and an amazing read!(less)
CATCHALL I've been with this series since the beginning, and I told myself I'd see it through. So I have. While it's...more*****FINAL RATING: 4.55 STARS*****
CATCHALL I've been with this series since the beginning, and I told myself I'd see it through. So I have. While it's had its ups and downs like any other series, I've found it thoroughly enjoyable and this book provided a satisfactory and bittersweet final novel. (It also has Tamani, who practically makes up for any faults, but more on that later.) I absolutely adored it.
THE HEROINE LAUREL While I freely admit that I often find Laurel to be too self-sacrificing and, at times, annoying, it's always been clear that she has a good heart. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.) She can be almost ridiculously reckless but at the same time I understand that she does it to protect the people she loves. She's definitely grown from the beginning of the series and now to the end, and her maturity was especially remarkable in this novel. Laurel certainly isn't a little girl anymore.
THE LOVE INTERESTS TAMANI I do not make it any secret that I am Team Tamani. I would follow that man faerie to the ends of the Earth. He's just so freaking hot, and it is useless and pointless to deny it. He's sweetly protective and very strong; he's almost never afraid to back down but he picks his battles. I love that about him, and I love the fierce loyalty and the strong sense of love that I can tell he genuinely feels. He tries to do what he honestly believes to be the right thing. DAVID So, I have a confession: In books 1-3, I am afraid I did not like David at all. But in Destined, he absolutely grew on me. I actually really grew to love him too in this book. He's brave and not afraid to offer his life for the greater good, which is so admirable. He doesn't hesitate to stand behind Laurel and he'll be there for her when she and the faeries need him.
THE BEST FRIEND CHELSEA My opinion on Chelsea in the past has been volatile at best. I generally don't really like her and only every once in a while have the occasional moment where I could see through to her. But in Destined she really grew as a character and I couldn't help admiring her. She's a wonderful, fiercely loyal friend, and it's fairly obvious that she would follow Laurel over a cliff.
THE PLOT The whole of Destined takes place in a period of about twenty-four hours.
So you can imagine how action-packed it is.
There's almost never a bored moment, and I usually had almost no time to catch my breath.
I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation at pretty much all times. I couldn't resist falling headlong into the story.
Some things were stupid. I admit it. Some things were so stupid they actually made me laugh out loud, hence the barely-five-star rating.
Still, overall, I absolutely loved the plot! It kept me entertained and interested, and I was never bored, which always counts for something.
THE ROMANCE As it turns out, I am not telling you who Laurel ends up with. I can't even tell you if I was happy or sad with the decision because that would make it instantly obvious. I won't even put it under a spoiler tab at this time because this book is super new and I don't want to be the one who gives everything away. I will say that there's a lot of fluffy romance, but it's serious too. Some real decisions need to be made. It's not really an easy decision for Laurel but she does make it. It's logical, too. That's all I'll say.
THE WRITING One thing that makes me strangely mother-duck proud is to see debut authors grow up. Writing-wise, obviously. Aprilynne's first book was sweet but clearly the work of an inexperienced writer; now, in her fourth book, she's a mature and established writer. Her writing voice has become absolutely beautiful and I love it so much. In Wings and Spells we get Laurel's voice; in Illusions and Destined Tamani's voice joins her, showing her increase in diversity. Tamani's voice is better than Laurel's, in my opinion, but I'm probably biased.
THE ENDING The ending was everything one could want. It was heartbreaking in some ways but devastatingly beautiful in others. There were happy endings, there were sad ones. People died, people lived. Just like in life. It was realistic and believable and clearly well thought out. In my opinion, the letter at the back of the book cements everything as still more real and more heartbreaking, but be warned: It's not all happy, not at all. So heed Aprilynne's warning before you read the letter if you decide to do so.
WRAPUP In general, I was very happy with the Wings series. I thought Aprilynne did a wonderful job, and I'm looking forward to seeing future works from her such as Life After Theft. The title and prospect seem interesting, and also I have a fetish for the name Jeff, because there is this cute guy named Jeff who sits next to me in my physics class and this other really handsome guy named Jeff who used to be in my class and then there's a third adorable Jeff and…uhhh, I'm rambling. So I'll stop (particularly since my boyfriend will read this). But anyway, I'm looking forward to Aprilynne's future projects.
I have always loved this book. I have no idea how many times I have read it but it must approach infinity. I actually had to buy a new...moreRATING: 5 STARS
I have always loved this book. I have no idea how many times I have read it but it must approach infinity. I actually had to buy a new copy, as my first copy fell apart in three places. Fitzgerald's writing is beautiful and I adore it. The story is tragic and heartbreaking and completely untraditional in the best way possible. Every detail is absolutely lovely. The characters are so real and so stereotypical of their time at the same time. I love this book. It has a beautiful ending and it is unexpected. One of my absolute favorites which will be read again and again.(less)
CATCHALL Because I am incredibly lazy and the worst procrastinator in the history of everything, this review has tak...more*****FINAL RATING: 4.85 STARS*****
CATCHALL Because I am incredibly lazy and the worst procrastinator in the history of everything, this review has taken months for me to actually write. On the bright side, this is my second review today! I'm working on it, I'm catching up…but anyway. Circle of Fire was fantastic finish to Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters series. I loved every intense and soft moment of it. I reread it often, especially my favorite parts.
THE HEROINE AMALIA MILTHORPE Lia is such a fantastic heroine. I adore her very much. She makes hard decisions and handles them very well. She also knows her priorities and chooses her battles. Lia knows the difference between things that are worth it and things that aren't. I love her for being strong in the face of difficult things. She isn't perfect, but she's realistic and human.
THE LOVE INTEREST DIMITRI MARKOV *swoon* ... ... ... Sorry. It's just that, oh, well, Dimitri is so hot. Ridiculously, insanely hot. He also has some of the sweetest and most romantic lines I've ever read. I love him for always being supportive but never condescending, strong but never pushy. He always seems to know just the thing to do. He's wonderful for Lia, too. Reading about Dimitri just makes my heart ridiculously happy. Dimitri is one of the most amazing male leads I've ever had the good fortune to read about. Everything about him is marvelous and, furthermore, scorchingly hot.
THE SISTER ALICE MILTHORPE Overall, we don't see as much of Alice as we do in previous books, and she is much less the focus of this book. What we do see of her, however, is shockingly revealing. We learn so much more about her, and why her heart is the way it is. We also learn she is indeed capable of love. Alice becomes a much deeper character in this book, becoming far more than just the villain.
THE OTHER SECONDARY CHARACTERS There are so many other fantastic secondary characters, but none of them really exist enough in the book to say much more than a few lines about them, so to save everyone's time I won't mention them here. I will say only that all the secondary characters were fantastically developed and I loved each and every one of them. Each character offered something slightly different in a beautiful and marvelous way.
THE PLOT The plot of Circle of Fire was full of intrigue and anticipation. Every moment felt like something new was being discovered. There was an exciting race for time involved, a shocking and untraditional betrayal, and heart-pounding romance.
The plot was exciting and had a lot of great substance to it. There were some things that were completely unexpected, and some things also that weren't. There was real surprise involved with some things, but I loved being surprised. It was a fantastic plot line, basically.
The plot was very thick and actually required me to do a lot of thinking. I couldn't just read simply through. There were real issues involved, and I really had to think about some things that were mentioned.
THE ROMANCE LIA AND DIMITRI I love, love, love Lia and Dimitri's romance so much. It is absolutely beautiful and smooth. It is also one of the sweetest romances I've ever seen. Dimitri is such a steady and wonderful guy, and he really is always there for her. He's definitely good for her, and it's easy to see that from the way they speak. Their romance is also explored much more in this novel than in Guardian of the Gate, and I loved that. Reading about their romance is enough to make any girl squeal with absolute delight. They're one of my favorite pairings, ever. Period. SECONDARY ROMANCES There are actually quite a number of secondary pairings, although some are more implied than explicitly stated. Still, I love this fact. Thinking about all the cute little couples puts a smile on my face. Sure, it's a little bit fairy-tale-like perfect, but hey, it's a book. If you take a closer look, the romances are also all different--sometimes by just a little, sometimes by a lot.
THE WRITING Michelle has some of the most beautiful writing I have ever come across. It is gorgeous and flawless and absolutely lovely. Lia's voice is so desperate and real, and it really contributes to making her a much more genuine character. She speaks from her time period and sounds just the way I imagine her. The description is absolute beautiful and isn't overkill at all. It has also much improved from Prophecy of the Sisters, when it was already very, very good.
THE ENDING This was the absolutely perfect ending to the trilogy. I smiled and I cried. I felt all at once both happy and sad. The ending wasn't annoyingly coincidentally perfect, and everything was exactly as it should have been. The focus at the end of the story is perfect, too. Lia finishes by first continuing to close the rest of the story for the reader, showing how everything will be afterward and how she will spend the rest of her life before ending with a few very deep, gorgeous, and contemplative thoughts.
WRAPUP I adored this series, and will soon be reading the recently released A Temptation of Angels eagerly. Michelle Zink has herself a crazy fan who will probably follow her wherever she takes me. This tries as a whole was fantastic and could not have been better.
CATCHALL Due to being UK fiction, these books aren't too well known, but I absolutely adore them nonetheless. They can...more****FINAL RATING: 4.00 STARS****
CATCHALL Due to being UK fiction, these books aren't too well known, but I absolutely adore them nonetheless. They can be hard to read at times but are a whole lot of fun despite their content and make fun reads for when I need a break. They're perfect read to go to and have lovely covers. I love these books, and I think they're really amazing.
THE HEROINE BRANWEN Branwen definitely grows in this book. She starts out prideful in the beginning of this book, and then slowly comes to accept her responsibilities and her humanity as she learns who she really is. She grows into herself and develops powerfully as a strong female character who won't take no for an answer. She's stubborn, but admirably so. I think she made a wonderful arc and I loved seeing how she grew in this one.
THE LOVE INTEREST IWAN He's charming and gorgeous. It'd be totally insane not to fall in love with him immediately! I love how he can be so smooth on the outside but be so totally unsure on the inside. It's so sweet. He's brave, he's strong, but he definitely has a softer side! He's a really awesome character and probably half the reason I read these books so much. I beyond adore him.
THE COMPANIONS I'm not going to go over them all, only cover two of them in-depth. However, I must say I adore all of Branwen's companions. RHODRI Rhodri has been a faithful friend from the beginning and I love him for it! He is always steady and loyal no matter what, even when terrible things happen. He real stands by what he believes in no matter what, and that's just so awesome to see! BLODWEDD I liked her so much more than I did before for much of this book. She's really developed as a character and become so much more relatable and even real. I was completely shocked by a plot twist involving her that was thrown in later but not altogether completely unsurprised.
THE PLOT There was a lot of action. A lot of death and sadness and horror. But also, a lot of love and happiness and light. There was a lot of everything.
I really, really, really loved it, and that's saying something. More than I thought I would, even.
I found myself enthralled, drawn into the book further and further with each page that passed. Pulled inside until it became my absolute world. It enveloped me utterly and completely and I loved every single moment of it.
There were a ton of unexpected twists, and yet I never felt lost. I always knew enough that I could tell exactly what was going on, and that was awesome. I felt I knew exactly what the characters were going through, and I loved that!
To sum this book up in a word, it was incredible.
THE ROMANCE These books are light and sweet on romance, which is both nice and not nice. nice because it leaves room for an actual story, but not nice because I want more! More love, more romance, more kissing. More, simply! I really love the chemistry and how beautifully everything is written. Honestly, my sole complaint in the romance department is lack of a sufficient amount.
THE WRITING I won't lie to you: Frewin's writing can often be hard to understand. i struggled more than once trying to understand what the heck the characters were even saying. The description is beautiful, but at times a bit too much, and sometimes at its worst the writing is hard to comprehend completely clearly. It doesn't significantly detract form the story, but it is a damper.
THE ENDING The ending was wonderful, open a bit but still mostly resolved. There's a lovely and sweet moment at the end that I adored and thought was incredibly cute, and I like the implication that there was more to come, that there would always be more to come. The ending could not have been better, if you ask me.
WRAPUP This is supposedly the last book in the series, although I find myself hoping vehemently for another. I really do want to know more, and this author is one that can really take you places. I loved this series in its entirety and am thinking I would love to read more from this author very soon!