Out of almost 23,000 ratings on Goodreads it has an average at 4.11 stars…that said, I didn’t like it. It was interesting enough for me to finish it bOut of almost 23,000 ratings on Goodreads it has an average at 4.11 stars…that said, I didn’t like it. It was interesting enough for me to finish it but that was just because I wanted to give up around 314 and there were only 379 pages.
I think if I hadn’t read so many paranormal romances where the main girl was a virgin I could have liked it before. But the other series I’ve read like Sookie Stackhouse and Cassandra Palmers series had girls with spunk and attitude. This girl, Ashlyn, was lame and had a remarkable “power” a lot like Sookie’s. And of course Maddox the main dude brought her relief which made her instantly fall in love with him.
The sex was annoying. A lot of one word conversations of possession. For example: “Mine.” “Yours.” “Forever.” “Forever.” That’s not a direct quote but I feel like it’s really close.
The ending blew too. I’m just going to say it was because of the main character’s decision and because of the quick emotional bonds between Maddox and Ashlyn, I was just left feeling like I could not understand Ashlyn.
I know that seems like a pretty harsh review but I’m still a Gena fan. I think it had a really cool premise but it just didn’t pan out for me. I love the Intertwined series and plan to try other books by her. I just think her adult stuff isn’t for me. So this book is off to paperback swap!
It gets 2 stars because I didn’t flat out hate it....more
I have really enjoyed these series so far. I think the characters are great and the situations they get in are incredible but plausible for the worldI have really enjoyed these series so far. I think the characters are great and the situations they get in are incredible but plausible for the world that they live in. I've listened to both the first and second book on an audiobook and I've loved the narrator. I don't think I could actually read this book for awhile I'm so used to hearing the narrator. I love her too. ...more
I just don't think there is enough I can say about this book. I think Alexia is one of the most fun characters to read about. She's smart, witty, andI just don't think there is enough I can say about this book. I think Alexia is one of the most fun characters to read about. She's smart, witty, and intelligent. Even her physical appearance is refreshing. She sounds beautiful to me but to everyone around her she's too old, fat, and Italian. Curvy, 26, and Italian doesn't sound bad to me.
All of the other characters like Lord Maccon and Lord Akeldama are also wonderful. I laughed so many times at their antics. ...more
This is a fairly brutal and probably accurate portrail of a teen relationship that has become violent. I have never been in a violent relationship butThis is a fairly brutal and probably accurate portrail of a teen relationship that has become violent. I have never been in a violent relationship but I’ve known people that have and I feel like Sarah Dessen knows something about them too. It was very real and very stark.
As hard as it was to read (listen to), I still wanted to find out how it ended. I think Caitlin is a strong character despite being a victim. I think if you’re going to write about a topic like this there should be no other way of doing that then having a victim who is strong.
I feel like some people think that women (or men) that stay in an abusive relationship are stupid or weak. Sarah Dessen does a good job of showing how the spiral of abuse can happen. And why someone would put up with it. I was pretty shocked about Caitlin’s feelings all the way up until the end but I needed it. It’s a good way to shed some light on the way people act.
The only thing wrong with this novel is IT’S LONG! I just can’t give it more than three stars because I kept waiting for it to end. ...more
Janni Lee Simner you did it again! I guess I’ll start with Wow. It felt exactly like the same world that I loved. I read Bones of Faerie originally whJanni Lee Simner you did it again! I guess I’ll start with Wow. It felt exactly like the same world that I loved. I read Bones of Faerie originally while standing on the train platform in No-One-Knows-This-Place rural, Japan. I remember looking at the trees suspiciously thinking maybe just maybe they might try to kill me. Janni made it all seem so real. In book two, we’re still in this world only it’s winter and because of Liza all of the trees are pretty much hibernating. So, no killing. Did that change how this world felt for me? Absolutely not. It was still so bleak and intriguing. So foreign but because it’s set around the St. Louis area, kind of familiar.
Our story is jump started when a fire-starter, Ethan, stumbles into their little town. I’ll leave out most of the backstory on him so that I don’t give anything away, I’ll just say that because of his need for medical attention Matthew and then Liza must head out of the town to look for Caleb.
Who do we meet along the way? The most important character for me was Kyle. He’s a little boy who is also an animal-speaker. He has a brother named Johnny who is a stalker. Their mother doesn’t want anything to do with them because they are magic users. But that doesn’t stop Kyle from being the sweetest kid ever! He really did a lot for the story. Everyone is so serious and grave. And they should be. But little kids should not. He brought a lightness to the story that was very much needed even though he also felt so many hardships. Karin, Caleb, and Tara are back. We also have some new peeps The Lady (aka Faerie Queen) and her granddaughter Elin.
The time period in which all the events take place are short but so much happens. It’s really amazing. I’m desperately hoping there will be a third installment.
Minor Spoiler Comment: I was really happy to see Matthew taken out of the main equation. I think when authors do that with the love interest in the story that they let their main character develop so much. That’s what happened here. Liza didn’t have Matthew to count on, yes she wasn’t alone but she was able to accomplish more this way....more
Ummmm. Meh. I didn’t enjoy this. I didn’t think it was awful but it was long and drawn out with little excitement.
Jenna is plain and boring and that fUmmmm. Meh. I didn’t enjoy this. I didn’t think it was awful but it was long and drawn out with little excitement.
Jenna is plain and boring and that fine because she’s learning how to BE again. But everyone else…meh. Plot? Meh. Supporting characters? Meh.
I didn’t root for anyone and didn’t really care what happened. I know there is a second novel and I read the premise but it seems pretty far fetched after what happens at the end of the first one.
I think what this really needed was a second conflict. I think it could have been wonderful if something exciting happened. It would have melded wonderfully with Jenna trying to figure everything out....more
This is awesome-sauce just taking it’s paperback form.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. It’s dark. It’s bloody. And hell, it’s even SEXY. Nick Pardee isThis is awesome-sauce just taking it’s paperback form.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. It’s dark. It’s bloody. And hell, it’s even SEXY. Nick Pardee is a fabulous character, beginning to end. And Silla’s growth through the story makes her fabulous too. Their relationship is hot and more than a little twisted but I loved every minute of it. It gave you mini-vacations from super intense crazy.
My favorite character is Nick, because he is so well written. He is a teenager. He says stupid stuff that teenagers say but it’s less annoying from his lips.
Silla is an emotional wreck, which she should be, all things considered. You can’t just roll with the punches with your folks are dead. So, again, well written character.
Tessa Gratton also has a knack for setting the mood with atmosphere. And no, I don’t mean THE mood (but she does that too). But I mean I felt like it was autumn outside while reading this instead of it being 110 degrees outside. I love it when I really feel the atmosphere instead of reading about it. Now just think about her describing all the bloody scenes.
The other cool factor of this book is along with reading the story of Nick and Silla and their adventures with Blood Magic, we get to read a journal. This journal gives us some incite into the magic history and I loved it.
I have nothing to complain about this book. Actually it’s replacing The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa as my favorite read of 2012....more