Taken started off good for me. Even though I had an idea where the story...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
May contain minor spoilers.
Taken started off good for me. Even though I had an idea where the story was headed, I was still immediately intrigued with what the main character Gray was going through, and I really liked that the book was from the male perspective. I couldn't wait to know more about him and Emma, the girl he liked, and watch their relationship develop while they tried to solve the mystery revolving around the Heist.
Unfortunately my feelings for Taken changed drastically as the story went on. I almost wish Gray and Emma had stayed in their village Claysoot. Because once they left that's when things began to go downhill and into strange, make-no-sense territory. Their reaction to their new surrounding did not feel realistic. They seemed to accept things easily, and at the same time, they quickly figured out when someone wasn't trustworthy or when something wasn't quite right. The pacing of parts of the story did not help at all. Certain situations were rushed and resolved with what I thought was not much time or effort. There were many holes and flaws in the story that just made everything even more unbelievable for me.
Although that all bothered me a bit, it was nothing compared to how I started to feel about Gray's character and the weird direction of the romance. I liked Gray in the beginning. He seemed like a pretty good guy who only wanted to make things better for those he cared about. But as the story progressed, I found him to be such a selfish and hypocritical person. His character shift began once another love interest for him was introduced, which I felt came out of nowhere. The new love interest, Bree, was not a character I ever connected to or liked. Her relationship with Gray was a whole lot more telling than showing compared to his development with Emma in the beginning. And Gray can whine all he wants about what Emma did. At least she had a good reason. What was his excuse for being cruel to her, especially considering the slatings they went through in Claysoot? Gray's treatment of Emma was unforgivable in my eyes. I have to say this was one of the worst love-triangles I've read in a while. I almost couldn't believe what I was reading.
Taken truly had a promising beginning. In the end, that beginning couldn't make up for what happened next: a story full of holes, a rushed pace, unlikeable characters (actually, I liked Blaine and Emma but sadly they weren't important enough for Gray's story), and a random love-triangle that destroyed whatever hope I had left of liking this book.(less)
This was an interesting installment in the Body Finder series. It frustr...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
May contain minor spoilers.
This was an interesting installment in the Body Finder series. It frustrated me and yet reminded me how much I loved the first book The Body Finder. While I couldn't bring myself to appreciate certain aspects, I think if you're a fan of the events that occurred in the second book Desires of the Dead you'll probably enjoy The Last Echo.
As I mentioned in my review for Desires of the Dead, there were some changes compared to what we read in the first book. Violet was much more secretive and there were new, mysterious characters involved with the FBI. What I hoped in this third book was that Violet would be more open and stop keeping secrets and that we would learn more about the new characters. Only one of those things happened, and I'm not sure I feel all that happy about it. In fact, it was a bit disappointing.
Before I get a little into that I want to mention what I liked about The Last Echo. I thought the creepy stalker-bad guy was way better than the one in Desires of the Dead! It's repetitive and at times very strange, but the chapters from the bad guy's POV is what I think stands out the most in the Body Finder novels. It's the one thing that I don't mind stays consistent in the series. Another thing I liked in this book, for the most part, was Jay. Jay was still the perfect boyfriend! He's such a great guy, and he continues to be my favorite character in the series. I wish there was more good stuff I could say about Jay, but I have to admit his role or lack thereof was part of the reason why I felt bummed about The Last Echo.
While I liked whenever there were Jay scenes, I don't think having a character be the supportive boyfriend ALL the time is a good thing. What I usually see in books with characters like this is that they aren't as important to the story later on, resulting in less page-time. That's what I felt happened to Jay. He became a background character who is just there to support and eventually agree with everything his girlfriend says or does. Some girls need to be challenged, and Violet is definitely one of them. I didn't like how she basically had free rein in their relationship. She's allowed to do whatever she wants, but the moment Jay does something, she's gets angry and jealous. It REALLY bothered me.
But I think the main purpose of having less Jay was to give the other guy Rafe time to shine and to develop a love-triangle. I had a feeling there would be something after reading Desires of the Dead, but I was really hoping I was wrong and that the series wouldn't go that route. The love-triangle (and the decisiveness that goes along with it) was the most disappointing aspect of The Last Echo. I wasn't convinced by it one bit. I think I would have been able to deal with an irritating Violet if there wasn't this whole thing with Rafe. I honestly don't understand what the point is if she's going to be with Jay anyway. But maybe that's me. I just don't think a love-triangle is needed to make a romance interesting, and most of the time it ruins the characters and story for me. And that's basically what happened with The Last Echo.
Like I said before, if you enjoyed Desires of the Dead or Rafe or even love-triangles, you'll most likely enjoy The Last Echo. As for me, The Body Finder will always be my favorite book in the series. I wouldn't mind giving the final book (at least I think it's the last one) in the series a chance, but I think I'm going to have to wait and see what others think before I give it a read. (less)
The love-triangle RUINED it for me. I don't even care who Jacinda ends up with at this point. I really don't. I liked Will in Firelight, but I didn't...moreThe love-triangle RUINED it for me. I don't even care who Jacinda ends up with at this point. I really don't. I liked Will in Firelight, but I didn't care for him in this book (honestly, didn't even give him a second thought, which might be because he was barely in it). I was neutral towards Cassian in Firelight, and I ended up disliking him in this book.
I just don't understand why everyone is in love with Jacinda. It was worse because she kept going back and forth with this: 'I want Will. No, I can't be with him. I'm starting to feel something for Cassian too. He truly wants me for me. I can't betray Tamra though. But I can't let either of them go. I feel something for them both. Will! Cassian! Will! Cassian!'
I can't believe I'm saying this, but minus the bitchy attitude, she is like the Bella Swan of Firelight, I swear. And you know what else pissed me off? That Jacinda kept going on and on about Tamra being obsessed and infatuated with Cassian, and yet she NEVER EVER says that about Cassian and Will's obsession with her or her infatuation with Will and sometimes Cassian. What the hell is up with that?? Selfish! That's what Jacinda is. I was not convinced by this love-triangle. At all. And it's even more frustrating because it doesn't look like it's over.
What did I like about the book? Tamra.
She intrigued me in Firelight, and I was so looking forward to knowing more about her in Vanish. *looks at cover* Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, Vanish is all about Jacinda. It just makes me feel bad for Tamra. I WISH this book was in her POV instead because at least she knows what she wants. And we wouldn't have to deal with a pathetic love-triangle and all the moping Jacinda does in this book. What we did get of Tamra, though, was awesome. She said most of the things I was thinking. :) (view spoiler)[Her asking Cassian why Jacinda was so special was priceless because he didn't even know how to answer it! Wow. I'm so glad she lashed out at Cassian a couple of times. He deserved it too because apparently he led her on a bit in the book and also for the way he treated her after Jacinda became a draki and she didn't. I only supported Tamra/Cassian because she liked him, but he really doesn't deserve her. At this point, I can't say they will happen; HOWEVER, I won't be surprised if they do end up together though. And if it does happen, Cassian is going to have to work hard for it. Big time. Convince me like he couldn't do with Jacinda. (hide spoiler)]
Other than the romance, I felt like nothing else happened in Vanish until the very end. That's when the action picked up. It's disappointing because I really liked the beginning of Firelight. I thought this story would be different, but...it ended up being the same old same old. I feel like it has gone downhill since the moment they went into the human world in Firelight. *sigh* Anyway, it may come as a surprise, but I still plan on reading the final book. *shrugs* I just have to know what happens with Tamra. I'm not getting my hopes up though.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
(view spoiler)[In Shadowland, Ever tried to use magick to bind the evil, immortal rouge Roman to herself so that she could have control over him. But since she's horrible at following instructions and loves to do things her way, she screwed up the magick and she ended up being bound to Roman instead. So in Dark Flame, we find out that the binding spell (and apparently her dark shadow side) has caused Ever to have forbidden thoughts and dreams about Roman. Basically, she is obsessed and wants to have sex with him.
Throughout the entire book, Ever seriously kept making STUPID decisions! Every. Single. Time! And throughout most of the book, she was either trying to break the binding spell or trying to stay away from Roman. She failed on both things, of course. When she asked for help/advice, she continuously would NOT follow the steps given to her exactly, and then she would blame the person, who gave her the advice, for it not working properly! With Roman, she couldn't stop herself from going to him, even when Damen or Jude were around ((that was actually pretty hilarious)). She almost lost her virginity to Roman. Seriously, she was this close.
The one person she never asked for help from was Damen. It wasn't only because the magick spell wouldn't allow her to say anything to him, but Ever believed that if she told him what was going on he would finally lose patience with her and blahwahhwahh. She was wrong though. I wish she wasn't. Damen let her get away with everything! He never pushed answers out of her, and when she finally did admit that she was in some shit, he was all like, 'It's okay, Ever. I still love you.' WTH. Take control, old man! (I guess that's why he was barely in the book!)
In the end, Ever got over her Roman obsession with the help of meditation stuff and maybe some other things that made no sense to me. She also managed to convince Roman to give up the antidote ((the antidote that would allow Ever/Damen to FINALLY touch each other again & to FINALLY have sex)), but only after she showed Roman where Drina was at. Not surprisingly, it did not work. Because Jude came in the room, thought Roman was taking advantage of Ever, and killed Roman, hitting the charka spot located over the same area on Roman's shirt where Roman kept the antidote, which broke the glass vial & caused the antidote to spill out. So nope, Ever and Damen still can't have hot smex. *rolls eyes*
Other things that happened: -Ever kept mentioning that Jude makes her calm, while Damen gives her tingle and heat. Claims she only loves Damen. -Haven, the attention-whore, seems to have strong immortal powers. She hates Ever. Especially after Roman was killed because Haven was in love with him. So she's most likely going to be the villian in the next book. No surprise there. -Ava is the reincarnation of the twins' aunt. Who cares. And who cares about the other non-immortals. -Ever took Jude to Summerland. Jude went to the Great Halls of Learning and found out everything about his past. Jude makes up his mind that he isn't giving up on Ever this time.
There was just too much stuff I didn't like in this book. And I can't say I can recommend it. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** I can understand why Damen never mentioned "Jude" to Ever but still. I wasn't expecting that. It made me feel bad for Jude. I actual...more**spoiler alert** I can understand why Damen never mentioned "Jude" to Ever but still. I wasn't expecting that. It made me feel bad for Jude. I actually started to wonder if Ever really did fall in love with Damen or he just used some mind tricks or something on her. haha I still want Ever/Damen though!
And Ever just kept making mistakes after mistakes in this one. I know the 'Haven or antidote' decision was hard, but I wish she would stop listening to Roman. She did the same thing in Blue Moon and that's why she can't be with Damen now. Hopefully her decision-making skills are improved in the next book.(less)