-"Why do boys say someone acts like a girl as if it were an insult?" Half a page in and this book is already awesome. Seriously, yay for feminist young-"Why do boys say someone acts like a girl as if it were an insult?" Half a page in and this book is already awesome. Seriously, yay for feminist young adult fiction.
-Ugh, why do all of the men in Alanna's life who know she's a girl feel entitled to her.
Ok I finally finished. The plot in this one had a much better pace than the first in the series. And the romance panned out a little better than I initially thought it would but to be honest, I'm still not thrilled about it. Obviously I knew it was coming but I didn't like the way that she was kind of forced into it. Despite her repeating that she wasn't interested and that she had no plans for love he kept telling her that they were meant to be. I'm sure it will grow on me through the rest of the series and I hope it only gets better from here.
Looking back on the first book I did like that there was no romance in it. It was refreshing for a book about a teenage girl to have no true romance plot line but rather focus on her adventure.
The villan was a little too villany for my tastes. He has no real depth and exists within the story soley to be evil. I prefer villans that have something to their character other than that.
Overall, I definitely like the plot better than the first book. It had much more action and did show Alanna growing quite a bit. I suppose that the romance ties in with that growth. She's finally able to let love in. But ok, here I am about to rant about the romance again so I'll just end the review now.
Very enjoyable, and of course I'll be continuing the series....more
I absolutely love strong female characters in fantasy books. It makes it even better that this is a young adult novel so that young girls/women can seI absolutely love strong female characters in fantasy books. It makes it even better that this is a young adult novel so that young girls/women can see kick-ass girls as heroines.
The ending seemed a little weird though. There was a lot of world building and character building throughout most of the novel which, while interesting, didn't really seem to further the plot, so the climax felt like it came on very quickly. The world and character building wasn't boring at all though so I can't complain too much but it just felt like the action was thrown in all of a sudden and then the book ended.
Definitely enjoyable though, and I plan on continuing the series....more
**spoiler alert** I like this book a lot more than I thought I would since urban fantasy isn't a strong interest of mine. However, all of the characte**spoiler alert** I like this book a lot more than I thought I would since urban fantasy isn't a strong interest of mine. However, all of the characters were pretty engaging.
Kate was an awesome female protagonist. Strong-willed, bad ass, and independent. I found her character to be an incredibly good representation of the thoughts, feelings, and human interactions that a real person would have.
Curran is equally as awesome. I've been reading a lot of books lately with huge asshole male interests for the heroine that I have no idea how anyone could like. Curran is what I feel like those authors were going for but fell far short of the mark. He's strong, dominant, and sarcastic while still managing to be likeable and not abusive (I'm looking at you Jamie from Outlander).
Their relationship is really intriguing too. I expect he'll be her main romantic interest throughout the series even if nothing officially happens for a while. They only share a single kiss at the end of this book but their entire dynamic is really nice.
I also liked Derek's character and thought he was a cute and sweet teenage boy trying to act big and tough and I hope he continues to show up throughout the series as well.
As soon as Crest was introduced as a character I suspected him of maybe being the murderer so I was pleasantly surprised when they through that suspicion into the story and it turned out not to be true. I love when I can guess the twist or who the "bad guy" is but I love even more when I fall for the author's trap and guess the wrong thing. It just makes the book that much more entertaining.
The only thing holding this book back from 5 stars for me was the world-building. What we see of the world in this novel is really interesting but Andrews doesn't really explain it at all. It's very much on a need to know basis that she threw some description of the world in. I prefer to find out a lot about the world up front because I was confused frequently when new aspects of it were introduced without really explaining what they were.
Overall a really great surprise for me and I will definitely be continuing with this series....more