CATCHALL It must first be said that my review of this book and the following three books of the series are not in a*****FINAL RATING: 4.55 STARS*****
CATCHALL It must first be said that my review of this book and the following three books of the series are not in any way first impressions. I have read these books several times over the years, and only write a review now as I was asked to review these books to celebrate the newest release of the novels. I must admit that I still found this book every bit as magical as I did the very first time I read it.
THE HEROINE VERALIDAINE SARRASRI Daine is an incredibly likable heroine. she’s brave, she’s strong, but she can also be scared and weak, just like anyone else. She’s human, and though there may be more to her than meets the eye, she’s always willing to fight for her friends, yet she struggles with letting others do the same. Daine also has a strong sense of responsibility and knowing the difference between right and wrong, and she’s no coward.
THE TEACHER NUMAIR SALMALÍN Number is a silly, funny man who always brings a smile to my face. He’s a very powerful mage, and he’s maybe a little vain, but overall it doesn’t go to his head. He’s a unique character—I’ve yet to come across his like in anything I’ve read. He’s a caring teacher to Daine, and proves himself to be someone she can trust with the dark secrets she’s hidden away.
THE PLOT There’s an extremely colorful cast of characters in this book. There’s many old favorites, such as Alanna and her husband, the queen, Thayet, even Jonathan. There’s also new faces such as Numair and Onua, and the children. It’s a joy to read about them, these new and old faces in the Tortall series.
The plot seems straightforward at first, but it’s not. There’s Daine and her inner struggles, but then there’s also something wicked looming on the horizon. It’s not as simple as it seems, and though we can tell something bad is going to happen, we’re never quite sure what.
Daine’s inner turmoil is interesting because we know something about it (she repeatedly claims to have been mad) but we don’t know all the details, so we have to keep reading to figure out what it is that could have been so awful. And when we finally learn what it is, it’s not simple to grasp what happened.
THE WRITING Tamora’s writing is like honey. Smooth, sweet, and tasteful. It’s a pleasure to read something so incredible. There’s always humor in her writing, and it’s simple but descriptive. I can visualize the monsters she creates so clearly I shudder while reading them. And, as always, her world building is fantastic. It’s easy to picture to cliffs and the ocean as she writes them because she uses such vivid descriptive words.
THE ENDING I love the way this book ends. There’s Tamora’s signature touch of humor, but it’s also a very sweet ending. The conflict is resolved in a very believable way, and Daine has learned more about herself along the way. It’s the perfect place to end this book, and I wouldn’t change it if I could. She’s surrounded by the friends she’s made, and she’s finally comfortable in her own skin.
WRAPUP Wild Magic is an incredible, gorgeous book, and I enjoyed it immensely. It’s timeless in the way that some books are, enough so that I keep going back to it when I need something dependable to read. There’s nothing I like more than curling up with this series, and this first installment really sets the scene for the series.
I really loved this book! I loved the easygoing romance that didn't dominate too much of the story and there was definitely a happy surprise at the enI really loved this book! I loved the easygoing romance that didn't dominate too much of the story and there was definitely a happy surprise at the ending. The plot is just original enough but still connects enough to the original fairytale. It's a definite worthwhile read!...more
I was simply thrilled when Poppy got her own book! It was fresh and new, and I loved the fairytale take. The plot was amazing, and the characters wereI was simply thrilled when Poppy got her own book! It was fresh and new, and I loved the fairytale take. The plot was amazing, and the characters were developed through different sets of eyes. I would absolutely love it if more books like this were released by Jessica Day George. They're simply brilliant, and I love the plots AND the characters! And the romance is nice, too, because it's understated and subtle....more
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 knowThis 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....more
First things first. Team Astley all the way! He is just so hot. I'm not sure being a pixie would be that great, but if it meant I'd have a chance withFirst things first. Team Astley all the way! He is just so hot. I'm not sure being a pixie would be that great, but if it meant I'd have a chance with him, I would be soooo happy. I would never stop smiling!! Astley is love…
The twists and turns were magnificently very Carrie Jones and kept me on my toes to see what would happen next. On of these twists stunned me, but you shall see.
Well, I love this book, but I feel like Valhalla was rushed into the book and squeezed in. While the Valhalla scenes were great, they passed far too quickly.
This is yet another marvelous novel from Carrie Jones, and her ending has left me hungering for more. I cannot wait to read the next Need novel!!...more
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 someI 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"]>...more
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 asIt 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!...more
One of my favorite books of all time, this book is truly incredible. The romance is subtle but also very there. It's sweet, but it keeps you on your tOne of my favorite books of all time, this book is truly incredible. The romance is subtle but also very there. It's sweet, but it keeps you on your toes. It is wonderful, and readers will be enchanted. Also, Lucinda is a delightful heroine, and Peter serves as a character foil. It isn't surprising that this book has so many good reviews.
The Amaranth Enchantment will both mystify and delight readers, and cause them to question their beliefs. It is simply a beautiful, beautiful novel, and readers will fall in love....more
CATCHALL I've been with this series since the beginning, and I told myself I'd see it through. So I have. While it'*****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.
More Tam, pretty please :) He's the best part of this series. I admit it, I'm in love. Who's with me?
Oh my God, and the cover is gor-geous!!!!!!!! And I think that thinking about the blurb is going to kill me. It's so unbelievably tempting and leaves me even more eager for this book's release!!...more