While I had some trouble with this series at points in the middle, this book was an excellent, very satisfying conclusion. It was an intense re**4.5**
While I had some trouble with this series at points in the middle, this book was an excellent, very satisfying conclusion. It was an intense read, and I cried several times.
I really enjoyed seeing the completion of the characters' arcs, and seeing them all grow out of some of the ridiculous things they were doing earlier in the series.
I do have a couple points of confusion, though. This seemed to be the end of this series...but there were several new, significant, plot threads that were introduced in this book and then left dangling. I assume the author plans to begin a new series with these same characters?
Hooray, I liked this one much better. The characters were much improved over the last one, with far less TSTL choices being made, and far less condescHooray, I liked this one much better. The characters were much improved over the last one, with far less TSTL choices being made, and far less condescending treatment of Zoey. Daniel is even beginning to grow on me!...more
... I dislike how Zoey remains property. She's left out of plans, and serious, life-altering decisions are made - decisions that grI liked it, but...
... I dislike how Zoey remains property. She's left out of plans, and serious, life-altering decisions are made - decisions that greatly impact her - without her being filled in. She's not properly informed about the vampire world, so she looks like an imbecile at times. And frankly, the overall vampire dynamic is repulsive... But she's just expected to go along with it, with very little explanation or justification, whenever they require it of her.
Still don't like Daniel. And while I like Dev, he's putting himself firmly on Team Daniel, so I worry I won't like him much longer.
Thus far, the heroine is everyone's pawn. I expect better from my uf. And I definitely expect her to stop just sucking it up when everyone treats her that way.
I like the series, like the world... But the shades of Anita Blake are concerning, and the casual mistreatment of the heroine and of close allies is making me dislike everyone. Here's hoping people start to learn some lessons, because this shit isn't working....more
There were so many things about this book that just grated on me. I'm not sure why, when I enjoyed the previous books... but this one was like fingernThere were so many things about this book that just grated on me. I'm not sure why, when I enjoyed the previous books... but this one was like fingernails on a chalkboard. I tried to keep pressing ahead, but ended up throwing in the towel....more
I love the characters struggling to come to terms with their magic in a world where no one believes magic is reaI am really really loving this series.
I love the characters struggling to come to terms with their magic in a world where no one believes magic is real.
Daniel's journey in this book - learning that you can't hold out for perfection, for a life of guaranteed happiness 24/7, because you have to work for REAL happiness... anything else is just a fantasy - is a great one to ride along on. It's one that has meaning for me, probably for everyone. It is easy to see the downside to every risk. It is hard to decide that the reward is worth the payment. And that's what Daniel has to learn to do.
Mel is such a great, strong character. To hang on to such a radiantly happy personality when she's constantly bombarded by the turbulent emotions of the world... She and Daniel are perfect for each other, because they've both got to find a way to stay happy despite constantly being shown such ugliness.
There are overt themes of environmental protection in this series. And you know what? I love it. I don't think the book does it in a preachy way, but rather in a loving, nurturing way - we should be caretakers for this amazing planet, which has cradled us and nurtured us for eons. So far, we haven't met any caricatured, mustache-twirling villains. Just ordinary human beings that are dealing with the same choices we deal with in the real world: profit now versus long-term consequences. We as a society fail (generally) at taking the long view on things. We're paying for it now. If we don't start to do better, it will get worse and worse. But that's a tangent, sorry. The book doesn't bash you in the face with these thoughts, but they are the backdrop. Trying to find a better way, a middle way, where we can be happy and successful without dire long-term consequences.
And then finally, the ending, which goes behind spoiler tags (though it isn't TOO spoilery, but I did think it changed the texture of the series, so I'm hiding it) ... *squee* (view spoiler)[they're assembling a magic-using group... sort of like a magic team of X-men! As a geek girl, I loved this. It is such a fun direction, and I'm so excited to see who they uncover next as they build their team! (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm not sure how I tripped over it - I think it may have come up in my "recommended for you" list on Amazon orWow! I really really enjoyed this book!
I'm not sure how I tripped over it - I think it may have come up in my "recommended for you" list on Amazon or something - but however it happened, hooray!
It was a fun read that I literally plowed through, because I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters - they were endearing, but oh-so-smart and real in the way they reacted to events. I just can't tell you how fantastic it is to have a heroine with a real head on her shoulders.
It was also a fun treatment of magic. Magic in this world is not taken for granted - the characters react to it very much the way that we would. The magic is unexpected, and subtle... a living thing that tries to communicate with them in its way, help them.
Really enjoyed the characters and the world. Looking forward to more!...more
For the first half of the book, I was a bit irritated that we seemed like we were going to wrap the empath arc with no involvement fI really liked it.
For the first half of the book, I was a bit irritated that we seemed like we were going to wrap the empath arc with no involvement from Sascha (I know everyone has their favorites, she's unquestionably mine... but that said, lots of story time has been invested in her developing and learning as an E, and to have that mean nothing would have been tremendously disappointing). But things wrapped up with everyone playing a role, and I felt happier.
I liked Ivy and Vasic a lot (the above was in no way a criticism about Ivy, she's awesome... I just wanted to see a long-running plot point pay off). They paired together really well, and are just so good for each other.
I now kind of feel like re-reading the previous books, because it was so fun to return to this world, I'm reluctant to leave. :(...more
I've always thought Vlad was hot, so I have been curious and interested in this book for awhile. He's the only character that I actually like from theI've always thought Vlad was hot, so I have been curious and interested in this book for awhile. He's the only character that I actually like from the Cat and Bones series... all the way through when I dropped the series like a hot rock sometime around book 4 or 5.
While I liked this, I'm remaining lukewarm, because... I see the same potential for bullshit that wrecked that series for me. We'll see what happens in the next book....more
I really loved this series, and so I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to this book. I think part of it is that the changeling/changeling romanI really loved this series, and so I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to this book. I think part of it is that the changeling/changeling romances don't appeal to me as much as the psy/changeling... those totally different personality types coming together just, imo, make for a richer story.
That said, I enjoyed this. Riaz and Adria were fun, and while I could have stood for less Sienna (I know other people burned out on Sascha, but I love her... whereas Sienna just was a spoiled brat for too many books for me to really have been won over by her), I was thrilled to see the overall story continue to push forward... something I've always really loved about this series. I'm just so impressed at this lengthy series with a clear, strong direction and an exciting arc, that manages to keep moving as it flips from couple to couple with each book.
While I was happy to get to know Kaleb, as he's been such a compelling, mysterious character for many books now... I was little disappointed.
Firstly,While I was happy to get to know Kaleb, as he's been such a compelling, mysterious character for many books now... I was little disappointed.
Firstly, I am just never a fan of characters suddenly having god-like superpowers. It flattens their characters immensely. I feel this way about Sienna, and I now feel this way about Kaleb (this began in the previous book, honestly, when he was revealed to be a double cardinal). It also flattens and arc they have, because it is hard to believe anything really poses a risk to them. Given that no one is as powerful as they are (until the author decides to make the next character even more uber... because the other bad side of this is that you're forced to keep stepping up the abilities to make new characters impressively powerful... or the new characters feel meh by comparison (total aside, that's why Tangle of Need was a bit meh to me, for example)), it is really hard to ever feel nervous about a threat against them. It's just a mistake.
Secondly, part of what I love about this series is the magnificent cast, and how they people each book even when they aren't the featured couple. This was much less the case in this book, as Kaleb is an outsider and Sahara didn't exist in the storyline up until this point, so they have no real relationship with anyone. The rest of the cast are pure tangents, and that's disappointing to me in a series that is usually so full.
That's not to say I didn't like it. I did. I guess I just expected more from what has become one of my favorite series, and the man who has been casting a long shadow across it for a very long time....more
Eh. This series used to sit way up top as one of my all-time favorites, but this one just didn't do it for me. It felt like same-old, same-old... therEh. This series used to sit way up top as one of my all-time favorites, but this one just didn't do it for me. It felt like same-old, same-old... there was no spark of something different, just repetition of the same plot devices we've had 100 times before. I don't like the direction characters are developing... they feel like they are becoming caricatures of themselves, to me. Lily, who used to be brilliant, fierce, amazing... has now become tedious, slow on the uptake, and everyone looks at her as a pain to have around.