I usually like these types of books, but in this case I had a very hard time getting through it. I couldn't connect with the characters, and the const...moreI usually like these types of books, but in this case I had a very hard time getting through it. I couldn't connect with the characters, and the constantly changing time from the present to the past got old. (less)
The plot was absolutely fantastic. Julie Kagawa is truely a wonderful storyteller. The blend of mystery, action, adventure and love story weave a tale...moreThe plot was absolutely fantastic. Julie Kagawa is truely a wonderful storyteller. The blend of mystery, action, adventure and love story weave a tale which is inspiring and bittersweet. All I can say is I'm sorry I waited so long to read it. In this book, Ash and Meghan have been exiled from the Nevernever while the Iron court threatens to swallow all of the Wyldwood and both Summer and Winter courts. Puck and Grimalkin join up with the duo early in the book, and the four fight to save Nevernever from the deadly iron. I felt like slapping Puck several times throughout this installment. That is not to say he is a bad character. Quite the contrary, he's a great character, just a slightly annoying one in the beginning. It takes a gifted writer to create a character which you love and want to throttle at the same time. His childish act early in the book fades into a better acceptance of his role as the best friend as the story moves quickly along. Meghan's reactions to his attitude do much to show her character and growth through the series. She never backs down from a fight, never shies away from danger, never puts herself before those she loves. She's one of my favorite heroines in any book I've read. Ash is a swoon-worthy character and much more open with his emotions (I have forgiven him for his icy cruelty in book 2). He is protective of Meghan, but not in that crazy possessive freak way which seems so popular with YA novels since Twilight. He recognizes her worth and appreciates it. He matches her character well; winter to her summer, so to speak. All of the characters, Puck included, are very dynamic and well developed. I could sense the time put into creating even minor characters like Razor and Glitch. This series comes highly recommended from me.
Other notes: The book cover was not my favorite in the series. That honor still remains with The Iron King. I'm just not a big fan of pink. I love the vines that wrap around the book and are featured on the chapter pages.
Favorite quotes: "Let it be known--from this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor, and my life. Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life. From this day on..." His voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. "I am yours." - pg 128
I am very conflicted about this book. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but something about it bugs me. I can't quite put my finger on it. I think it mi...moreI am very conflicted about this book. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but something about it bugs me. I can't quite put my finger on it. I think it might be James. We're introduced to James very early on in the story, and I couldn't help but like him. I was secretly rooting for him the whole time I read the novel, and I'm fairly certain that is why I'm conflicted. Despite the fact that the synopsis clearly says Henry, I wanted it to be James. Through the first part of the book, I kept waiting for James to actually be named Henry. You know, like James was his "human" name or whatever. Then we meet Henry, and he's all tormented and mournful which just made me like James even more. As the story progressed, I did warm up to Henry, but James was still my favorite. I felt so bad for James. I did like the slow evolution of the relationship between Henry and Kate. It seemed believable and normal given the circumstances. However, I was irritated with how often Henry's old love, Persephone, is brought up by both Henry and Kate. I felt like saying enough is enough, move on already. Even at the end of the novel, I wasn't convinced that he wasn't hung up on her. The whole marriage thing bothered me throughout the novel. Six months and then marriage? Really? Henry isn't what I typically think of when the name Hades comes to mind, but it made the story interesting. I liked the compassion for others that Kate consistently shows throughout the novel, but she isn't one of my favorite heroines. I kind of felt she should have considered her own life and feelings a little more. I found myself liking Ava and being completely annoyed with her as well, which I believe was Carter's goal when she created the character. I liked Calliope's part in the story. I thought she played it well.
The plot is a very interesting idea. I loved the Greek mythology base and the unique twist to the story. The judgement at the ending was a bit of a surprise although looking back I suppose I should have seen it sooner. I was pleased with myself that I knew who the saboteur was fairly early on. It's definitely not obvious, but there are little hints. The story line builds upon itself well although the pacing is a bit choppy in parts. A big event occurs and then nothing happens for awhile except for Kate talking about her routine. The tests are not nearly as action filled as I expected. Some of them don't really seem like much of a test at all. I do want to read the second novel. I've got to know what happens. (Plus, I'm still secretly rooting for James...)
Look for this book on Tuesday!
Other thoughts: I like the cover, but the girl isn't quite what I imagine Kate to look like as I read through the novel.
Rating breakdown: Plot: 5 stars Pacing: 3 stars Characters: 3 stars Character Relationships: 3 stars Recommend: Most likely yes(less)
This book, as well as the second, came to me rather unexpectedly from the publisher. I wasn't q...moreFind this and other reviews at Wickedly Delicious Tales
This book, as well as the second, came to me rather unexpectedly from the publisher. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it. I like the occasional procedural mystery, but I haven't read many. This one coming from the perspective of a DA rather than a detective made me wonder as well. Because of this, I read the sample available for the Kindle before accepting the book for review. I found myself easily hooked by the story, although perhaps not without doubt about whether or not it was for me.
Turns out I didn't need to worry. The book kept at a solid pace and with just enough clues coming up at regular intervals to keep the story moving but without giving away the ending. The plot has several mysteries to keep the reader's mind working. Guilt by Association is full of great side characters from Rachel's friends (Bailey and Toni), to her maybe-future-love-interest (Graden), and even the suspects (Luis!).
Rachel is a stubborn DA who is reluctant to believe ill of her coworker, Jake, even when things begin to look dark. Throughout the book we see her walk a thin line of legality in order to bring justice. The plot gives the reader a view into the seedier side of LA and Hollywood. Some aspects of the book might be too dark for some readers. Bailey compliments Rachel well in the story as the no-nonsense detective. Toni provides a lighter side to Rachel's friends. Graden is a likable guy who doesn't doubt Rachel's abilities at every turn like the men in many cozy mysteries. Luis continually had me snickering. I kind of hope to see him in the second book although I kind of doubt I will.
The ending wraps up the story nicely and leaves no nagging questions at the end. There were a few times where the story seemed a bit repetitive (get a phone call, drive around, meet at a bar to discuss the case, repeat), but overall a great series starter. I look forward to finding out what trouble Rachel and Bailey get into in the next book.(less)
I wish I could put into words how absolutely fantastic this book really is. My words, however, do the book no justice. I was in tears for last couple...moreI wish I could put into words how absolutely fantastic this book really is. My words, however, do the book no justice. I was in tears for last couple chapters of the book, which does make it difficult to read. It’s one of those books I just want to shove into everyone’s hands and tell them they must read it.
I absolutely loved this book, once I got into it. I actually had a hard time connecting with Olivia in the beginning. The magical dress with a butterf...moreI absolutely loved this book, once I got into it. I actually had a hard time connecting with Olivia in the beginning. The magical dress with a butterfly was a little weird the first time as well. To be honest, it seemed a bit too cheesy considering the seriousness of losing a twin sister. However, the book got much, much better as it went on. I really enjoyed the aspect of Violet in the novel. I love the banter between the two sisters and how Violet's outgoing personality balances out Olivia's introspective one. Soren is rather sweet in the book. He seems to have such a good heart. I love the little humorous moments, particularly the scene with the phone call between Soren and Olivia. They make the book have a lighter feel in which it could have been a very sorrowful novel. The climax is fantastic, and I would recommend this book to another reader. I would also read another novel by this author.(less)