I'm currently re-reading the series to see if I feel the same way.
This series struck me as different from all the other Urban (post-apocalyptic) Fanta...moreI'm currently re-reading the series to see if I feel the same way.
This series struck me as different from all the other Urban (post-apocalyptic) Fantasy that I've ever read. I must have started it 4 or 5 times before I got past the 1st page, and felt pretty stupid when I finally did.
Most folks probably know Ms. Hunter from her Jane Yellowrock books (HUGE kudos for not whitewashing the latest cover). I started with the Rogue Mage books and moved on from there. I really wish we could get more on this character. There is some odd RPG stuff going on with a book? for that, but nothing on the novel front for this series.
Despite this, the current trilogy of books is WELL worth a look. I recommend them for any UF fan although they are apocalyptic fantasy. Also, ignore the horrible synopsis on Goodreads/Amazon. (less)
WOW. This book seldom went down ANY road that I thought it would-other than the tone of the ending. Ms. Moning, I bow to you.
I just finished this boo...moreWOW. This book seldom went down ANY road that I thought it would-other than the tone of the ending. Ms. Moning, I bow to you.
I just finished this book, so you'll need to excuse any I coherence. I would imagine that there's gonna be a lot of babbling in the initial reviews in this one;it was tat good. I couldnt even stop myself from reading to highlight significant passages, but that's okay. I'll be rereading this series many, many times.
Okay, let me get my thoughts together.
General- The first thing that comes to mind are Moning's previous Highlander books. This book makes me want to read them again. If I'm not mistaken, a couple of previous characters make brief appearances in the book. Very brief, but interesting enough that I'm going to go read again.
Plot- I love it when a writer does the unexpected and literally DRAGS me down a storyline that I don't want to go; upsetting me with plot twists and actions. Then sitting back and demonstrating such awesomeness that I'm eventually embarrassed that I doubted them. This book did that for me, hell, the whole series did. It doesn't happen frequently, but always surprises and delights.
Other Books- The way is left open for future books. Perhaps not with Mac as the main character, but I can easily see Dani, or some of Barrons boys as leads. I'm not sure if I even want to see Mac as the lead again, but trust Ms. Moning to do her justice if she will be.
All in all, I see this book as being in MY list of best books of 2011. (less)
This was a fantastic book and the best book that I've read in awhile-one of those that you don't put dow...moreTime for a re-read. And it STILL gets 5 stars.
This was a fantastic book and the best book that I've read in awhile-one of those that you don't put down until finished and where you've got this excited feeling in the middle of your chest. Written in the first person by a 15-yr old, it has a maturity that is not common in today's youth, but nevertheless believable. While I consider it to be a self-contained story, by the end of the book, there are indications that it could be the 1st in a series. I really, really, hope so because Bryn's voice and story have the potential to become an awesome UF series. Many female protagonists in today's UF series really irritate me. Despite her age, Bryn displays a maturity, clear and intelligent thought process and subtle, but very clear bad-assedness that a lot of other UF protagonists lack. She is sarcastic, knows her own mind, and her actions remain true to her character throughout the book. In a glut of UF books that are starting to seem cookie-cutter, this book is a welcome (and VERY good) breath of fresh air. (less)
I LOVED this book-the author certainly hit her stride. And she is an eeeevil woman based on the last line in the book. Contrary to another review I re...moreI LOVED this book-the author certainly hit her stride. And she is an eeeevil woman based on the last line in the book. Contrary to another review I read, there was NOTHING confusing going on in the book. The plot was intricate, the narrator (Jane) was funny, vulnerable, and tough as needed and we got more of her backstory.
I re-read the previous books prior to reading this one and I highly recommend to really fall into Jane's world, but based on this book, I'm looking forward to much, much more in this series.
And if anyone is listening, can we also get some more Rogue Mage books?(less)
Not sure why I marked this a a DNF last year. My panties must have been in a serious wad because this was a good one. I feel like I should apologize t...moreNot sure why I marked this a a DNF last year. My panties must have been in a serious wad because this was a good one. I feel like I should apologize to someone, but I'll just move on to the next one in the series.
"She must have been a good six feet tall, and she and the barghest fit together perfectly. I only fit with oompa-loompas, I thought sadly.
"I’d never been on a motorcycle before, but, after a moment or two of fear, I decided I liked it. Really liked it. We like it, too, my thighs purred"(less)
I give it more of a 3.5 rating, but have to give a BOOOOO to the publisher for messing up the books available for Kindle. Book 2 is missing, with the...moreI give it more of a 3.5 rating, but have to give a BOOOOO to the publisher for messing up the books available for Kindle. Book 2 is missing, with the other books available.(less)
While I enjoyed the book, it definitely had a 'middle' book feel. Much was revealed to the reader (if not the characters) and I'm already trying to pr...moreWhile I enjoyed the book, it definitely had a 'middle' book feel. Much was revealed to the reader (if not the characters) and I'm already trying to predict certain outcomes. One thing that I'm liking is that the bad guys aren't evil incarnate. We don't get to know them as well as our heroes in this story, but what we do see is not one dimensional.(less)
Would give it a 3.5 if Goodreads allowed it. I loved the series, but found myself saying "Is that it?" at the end. I swear to you the story just stopp...moreWould give it a 3.5 if Goodreads allowed it. I loved the series, but found myself saying "Is that it?" at the end. I swear to you the story just stopped. It ended with a period, but felt like it was mid-sentence. For a series that was extended an additional book so the author could properly finish--that is unforgivable. I will admit that if I think over every major and some minor characters, okay, I guess sime stories could be ended there, but to leave us hanging with Briony and Barrick is a major faux pas. At least give me an epilogue 50 or 100 years later (I know, predictable) that shows me the state of the kingdoms.
My only other complaint is that Mr. Williams REALLY needs help with the romance angle. The major romance scenes where the main characters confess their love actually felt uncomfortable to read it was so awkwardly written. I could/would totally overlook the romance angle were it not for the ending.
I wonder if Mr. Williams got sick or a new editor. Maybe the publisher told him to get on with it. Okay, I'm stopping now befor I downgrade to 2.5 stars(less)
Another very strong installment to what I hope is longer than a trilogy. I love Bryn as a character, she still has the same strong, distinctive teenag...moreAnother very strong installment to what I hope is longer than a trilogy. I love Bryn as a character, she still has the same strong, distinctive teenager vibe as she takes on her role as pack leader as she did in the first book. Chase's voice was stronger in this book and we also get more acquainted with the other Resiliants, but I missed seeing the twins do some more growing up. Also, even though she's no longer a member of his pack, we do get some Callum.
It's always a good sign when I freak out when I get to the end of a book, go online to find the next release date, then swear to myself 'no more series books' as I find out the next book won't be published for a year, or god forbid, hasnt been started.That's what happened atnthe end of this one.
Wow did Ms Barnes up the stakes from Book 1, be ready for a roller coaster ride. And by the end, I came to the same realization that Bryn did, and I almost believe that I came to it on my
And wonder of wonders, there is no sharp cutoff after the big showdown, but rather an easing into the setup for the next book, withOUT a cliffhanger ending. Very nice and Thank You!
Before I start my mini-rant, let me say that OVERALL I liked the book. The story move along, and by the end, everything was wrapped up neatly. I reall...moreBefore I start my mini-rant, let me say that OVERALL I liked the book. The story move along, and by the end, everything was wrapped up neatly. I really only had a few issues and I'm willing to concede one.
Meghan- At one point, I made a note that this girl must be a complete idiot-because she has to be pointed directly at what to do on every issue AND it has to be explained to her. For goodness sake, can she not use her brain? I clearly remember being 17, and although I may have made some bone-headed decisions, I did actually think them out. (My second note was to go back and see if she was a complete dumdum in school because I couldn't remember). This was my biggest issue, and I don't think it can be excused just because this is a YA.
Ending-there were a few things at the end of the book which weren't explained fully and the ending as a whole felt a bit rushed. I won't go into them in detail to avoid spoiler. Not sure if it was because the book was meant to be a certain length or whether it was the editing. Either way, I hope the get clarified in the next book. One good thing, it wasn't a cliffhanger ending--thank goodness, I am really sick of that trend in fantasy.
Romance-(SPOILER WARNING) Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I don't think a 17 year-old should be having sex in a YA book? I might be missing something here, but isn't that a no-no? If it's not these days, then I'll concede this one, but it certainly surprised me.
All in all, it was a solid addition to the series, and I'm looking forward to the next one which I understand will be released later this year.