The Key was recommended to me as one of those "if you liked...try this." As a result, I finished re-reading a favorite summertime book and decided toThe Key was recommended to me as one of those "if you liked...try this." As a result, I finished re-reading a favorite summertime book and decided to give this one a shot. I'm of two minds as a result. It took me about three hours to read, this includes stops for restroom, food, and drinks. I want to love it and say it's an amazing book, but it's not. It's a very good first book (meaning it feels as if it's a novice writers first publication). It has great bones. It has solid pacing for a fantasy novel. What it lacks is maturity. It felt as if Ms. Davis wanted to hold my hand through the whole book, pointing out, "look here this is important" and "over here will come into play in just a bit." She doesn't foreshadow as much as she offers up the information. I also felt the characters could have used a little more depth. Each character is a solid archetype: Rema, the lost sheltered princess who grew up thinking she was a commoner; Darmik, the second son of a king searching for acceptance from a vicious uncaring father; Lennek, the spoiled cruel crown prince; Mako, the hidden protector; and Neco, plucky second to Darmik.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It had a good price and it's a solid book. I've even picked up the second and third books (which I will be starting later today). The story is solid. As I said, it's got good bones. If this is Ms. Davis' first book, kudos to her! It can only get better from here. I'm hoping the second book will have a bit more depth and a little less pointing out the obvious.
Here is a brief overview:
The Key begins with the death of the current ruling family, considered by the entire populous to be fair, kind, and wonderful. Insert new ruler who is cruel and greedy. One surviver, an infant girl, spirited away by the head of Royal guard and hidden in the countryside. Fast forward 15 years. Darmik, second son of the cruel greedy king is commander of the kings army, trying in vain to protect his cruel family while still trying to be a protector of the common people. He has a run in with an uncommon girl who captures his imagination. Unfortunately his elder brother, the crown prince Lennek, notices his interest in the girl and decides to take her for himself in an effort to prove to his brother that he can have whatever he wants. Rema, the girl in question is much more than she knows and ends up in a lose-lose situation. Trying to escape, Rema's Aunt & Uncle give her a key necklace (literally) and tell her to never lose it. Capturing her as she tries to escape, Lennek does unspeakable things and forces Rema into an arranged engagement. Returning to the capital, Rema is out of her depth and locked in a room (mostly). Even locked in a room she starts making tiny changes in the kingdom. Because of this the people around Rema (servants, guards, commoners) begin to feel strongly for her and want to protect her or help her. Enter Darmik, who tries to show Rema kindness and a tiny bit of freedom. Love begins to bloom. From that point on everything goes sideways and smacks you with a cliffhanger ending....more
For anyone reading this, Vision in Silver is the third book in Anne Bishop's Others series. It's set in an alternate reality earth, where humans are nFor anyone reading this, Vision in Silver is the third book in Anne Bishop's Others series. It's set in an alternate reality earth, where humans are not the dominate species. The Others series began with Written In Red, a book I could not stop reading. I finished reading Written In Red, waited one day and started over. I read it three times in a row. The story was addicting. Bishop's world building is so crafty that it snares you in with it's brutality, it's curiosity, and it's naivety. In the two years since Written In Red's release, I've read it over two dozen times. Needless to say, I gave it five stars. I would have given it more. When A Murder of Crows came out in 2014, I devoured it. But A Murder of Crows was not as addicting as Written in Red. Now, I'm not saying that the second book wasn't five star material, because it was, but A Murder of Crows was a breathing point. A natural pause to look around and really get a feel for Namid and the terra indigene. It offered more depth…so much so that you couldn't help but immerse yourself. You had a good long breath and some cool clean water. Then Vision in Silver snuck around the corner, grabbed ahold, and brutalized you. At the very end, it gave you hope. A small blooming from Spring, a gentle rain from Water, and a good explosion from Fire. Vision in Silver has been out one week, I've read it twice. If it doesn't get Fantasy Book of the Year, I'll be shocked. I would love to give you a great review of Meg and Simon's evolving world, but I'd give away to much. I will tell you, at 20% into the book, I set it aside to cry. Really, bawl my eyes out, sop up my nose, then I picked it back up and kept going. I had to know. I had to have more.
Damn you Anne Bishop! Why? Why must you gut us and leave us bleeding fodder for wolves? Please, do it again. Please....more
A nice little side story about Sang and the boys. It involves a trick, some pumpkins, and a few gravestones. But the treat is all for us fanatic readeA nice little side story about Sang and the boys. It involves a trick, some pumpkins, and a few gravestones. But the treat is all for us fanatic readers....more
I was jumping up and down with excitement for Avoiding Alpha, the second book in the Alpha Girl series. I was so addicted to the first book, BecomingI was jumping up and down with excitement for Avoiding Alpha, the second book in the Alpha Girl series. I was so addicted to the first book, Becoming Alpha, that I pre-ordered the second and counted down the days until it downloaded onto my Kindle. Even in my excitement, I had a brief flash of worry that it wouldn't live up to the first book. Hades below, I was not disappointed at all!! Okay, maybe a teeny-tiny bit, but only because I finished it so darned fast that I was craving the next one the same day was released! Avoiding Alpha is a delightful and devious second book that leaves you craving more. I'm not sure what is so good about this series to me. Maybe it's the depth of characters? Or the simple fluid storyline? Or even the simple love between two people (thank gods, no love triangles).
A brief overview:
Tessa has taken well to being changed into a werewolf, though she's still avoiding everything to do with the actual shifting. Dastien is gently romancing her to distraction. Not so much that Tessa doesn't notice her best friend getting sicker and sicker. Meredith, a werewolf cursed years ago to be stuck in human form and unable to changed, has been hiding from everyone that the curse is slowly getting worse. When Tessa finds Meredith collapsed on the bathroom floor, she knows she has to do something. Turning to her witch roots, Tessa goes to visit her grandmother, who tells her that only she has the power to save Meredith. Still not knowing what to do, she turns to the local witch coven, the one she was supposed to become coven leader for before she was changed. Unfortunately, the local coven leader is crazy and only wants Tessa's power. The question becomes, can she learn enough from the coven to save Meredith? Or will she lose herself trying?
I want to address the major complaints I've seen regarding Avoiding Alpha. Many people are disappointed by not getting more magic or that the book is all about Tessa trying to save Meredith or not enough romance. This book was clearly meant to gradually expand the series, I think we'll see more about the magic in future books. I also don't think a YA book should be "all about the romance/sex/relationship" that so many people are screaming about. If you want smut, go read it, don't pick up a YA book and expect it. And the complaint about saving Meredith? Would you do anything you could to save your best friend? I would. I would give up a lot to save her. Think about that for a minute. Then re-read this book. Or read it for the first time. It's a good book. It's a fun book. It's a scary book. But most of all, it's a book about friendship and the bonds that tie people together....more
Becoming Alpha was recommended to me from one of my best friends. She knows my reading style and true love of all things werewolf (she's the vampire jBecoming Alpha was recommended to me from one of my best friends. She knows my reading style and true love of all things werewolf (she's the vampire junkie). If you want me to I will happily gush praises on Becoming Alpha. I went into this with only this little tidbit, "it's witch turned werewolf self-pub (self published or small press published), so expect some grammar errors, other than that you'll love it." I devoured this book. I sat down and I didn't stop. Bathroom break? It will wait. Hungry? Not now. Thirsty? It can wait. I loved this book. LOVED IT.
Why did I love it? It's a young adult urban fantasy. Seems simple, straight forward, and teen angsty, right? It is, but it's so much more. There is a depth to the characters that is rarely seen in a self-pub first novel and a superb storytelling ability. Usually those first novels or world builders are a little rough around the edges. They are trying to give you enough info to understand the world, while still telling you a decent story that hooks you in for future books. Ms. Erin not only snags you, reels you in, and joyously smacks you with a delightfully vicious and romantic story, she sets it up for multiple adventures and leave you craving more.
A tiny (really, just a smidgen) bit of the story:
Tessa McCaide sees visions when she touches anything. Growing up in California she's been known as "Freaky Tessa" because of those visions. Her Father, a prestigious lawyer, has been offered a job at St. Ailbe’s Academy in Texas. Part excited and part nervous, Tessa and her brother Alex are looking forward to a new life and a new start. Trying to be normal and fit in, Tessa goes to a mixed party hosting both townies and academy kids. At the party, one kiss and one tiny bite sets Tessa on a course that will change her life as well as everyones around her. Suddenly, Tessa finds herself the newest attendee of St. Aibe's Academy, a hidden school for werewolves. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your POV), this also means Tessa is changing into a werewolf. Bitten against her will by Dastien Laurent, one of the strongest Alpha's attending St. Aibe's, she doesn't know if she should be angry or happy. On one hand, she's changing into a werewolf, on the other hand she's no longer trapped by her visions. She still has visions, but it's much more controlled. Add this to Dastien's belief that she is his bondmate and Tessa's world view really is shifting. Can she accept what is happening in order to hold back the tide that is about to break over all of them? Or will she crumble under the pressure of everything new?
A majority of this book is Tessa coming to grips with changing into a werewolf. There are other things that are introduced to provide a long-term story arc, but I don't want to give them away. I'm selfish, I want you to read the book so Ms. Erin will publish more! This book is good enough to devour in one sitting. It's great enough to re-read. This book is simply terrific. Read it if you like werewolves. Read it if you like strong female characters. Read it if you like strong male characters. Just read it. ...more
At the end of Crimson Frost Gwen is charged by the goddess Nike to collect specific artifacts and protect them from the Reapers of Chaos. With the helAt the end of Crimson Frost Gwen is charged by the goddess Nike to collect specific artifacts and protect them from the Reapers of Chaos. With the help of her friends, Daphne, Carson, Oliver, Kenzie, and Alexei, Gwen has been trying to collect the artifacts. Some they had, some they stumbled across, and some they can't figure out at all. Even though Gwen is focused on finding the artifacts, she's torn up emotionally because Logan run away from her after he stabbed her when he was possessed by Loki rather than talk to her about it or try to work it out.
Going about her days, having Protectorate guards, and working at the library, Gwen is feeling miserable. An trip up to the second floor of the LIbrary of Antiquities to sit by Nike's statue inadvertently has Gwen watching when a fellow student poisons her water bottle and that of her supervisor, Nickamedes. Gwen chases after the student and captures him, with the help of Oliver, but the Reaper boy kills himself with the poison he put in her water, before they are able to question him. When they return to the Library, they discover that Nickamedes accidentally drank the poisoned water. Metis uses her healing ability to stabilize Nickamedes, but she know's she can't save him. Gwen is in a race against time to find out what poison the Reaper used. Once she figures it out, things become more complicated. The only known antidote is a flower that only grows in Eir's ruins in the mountains of Colorado. Coach Ajax, Gwen, Oliver, Daphne, and Alexei set off on the quest to find the flower, knowing that the Reapers more than likely set a trap. But they had to try, for Nickamedes.
I know many readers want to know if Logan comes back. Yes, he does. And Gwen meets family she didn't know she had by way of her mysterious father (who we all know is dead). I'm addicted to this series. I'm sad I have to wait another year for the final book in the series! ...more
Reading Ready Player One is like stumbling upon the ultimate treasure when you've gone into a hidden dungeon not expecting to find much more than RupeReading Ready Player One is like stumbling upon the ultimate treasure when you've gone into a hidden dungeon not expecting to find much more than Rupees. This book is an addiction that I couldn't put down. The opening line snagged me, the first chapter reeled me in, the whole of the book entranced me. I have recommended this book to dozen's of people. I'll continue to recommend it because it is THAT GOOD.
In Ready Player One the world has become obsessed with every aspect of the 1980's in order to find a treasure hidden in the virtual world known as the OASIS. The OASIS began as a massive multiplayer online game that morphed into the global virtual network where the world works, lives, and learns. The richest man in the world and the creator of OASIS, James Halliday, has died. In his will he bequeaths his fortune to the first person who can locate the "Easter Egg" he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS. The catch? First they have to find the three keys, copper, jade, and crystal, based on a clue that Halliday sent out in a "last will and testimony" video to every user on the OASIS. A clue full of 1980's references from pop songs to television shows to video games. Instantly the world becomes obsessed with finding the keys to the fortune. Egg Hunters, or "Gunters" as they call themselves, have been searching for Halliday's treasure for five years.
The main character in Ready Player One is an out of shape high school student named Wade Watts who goes by Parzival in the world of OASIS. He lives in one of the trailer towers on the edge of a dwindling city in a rapidly dying world. Resources have been used up, employment revolves around the OASIS, with only a few coveted "real" jobs being available. People live of stipends and electrical usage. Like so many others, Parzival only feels alive when he's jacked into the OASIS. He is a self proclaimed Gunter, who has been looking for Halliday's treasure since he was a boy by studying the puzzles hidden within the digital world and the pop culture references of decades past. In his final year of high school the unthinkable happens, Parzival finds the first key.
Suddenly a scoreboard that has remained blank, but still watched by the world, shows Parzival's name in the number one slot. From here on out the race is on! Parzival finds himself the target of the IOI, players called Sixers, players willing to kill, not only his avatar, but his real life body to take the richest prize in the world. Parzival has uneasy alias in Aech, Art3mis, Daito, and Shoto. When things start to go bad Wade will have to come to terms with the reality he has been so desperate to escape from, but can he come out a victor? Or will he parish now that the Sixers and other Gunters are following his trail?
Yes, this book is based heavily on 80's pop culture references and virtual reality terms, but at it's heart this book is about people. Characters who are alone and searching for something more than themselves. This book is amazing. It is a twisted bit of storytelling that will entrance you and make you want more. Read it. Don't be surprise if you end up reading it two, three, or four more times just because you don't want to leave the world Mr. Cline has created. ...more
I adore Leigh Bardugo's one-off's from her Grisha series. The Too-Clever Fox reads like a delightfully dark Russian children's morality tale along theI adore Leigh Bardugo's one-off's from her Grisha series. The Too-Clever Fox reads like a delightfully dark Russian children's morality tale along the lines of the Shockheaded Peter or The Boy Who Cried Wolf. In this tale, Fox was born with a clever tongue and an ugly face, which is what saves him when his mother tries to kill him. As he grows, Fox befriends a rabid bear and an observant nightingale. When Bear goes missing, Fox learns of the human hunter who has a new bear-skin rug and a sorrowful sister. Fox knows he's clever enough to stop the hunter, it's everything else he didn't count on.
I won't tell you more, because it's worth the read. Be aware, this is a not a Disney fairy-tale. This is a dark morality tale and it's brilliant. ...more
Shannon Mayer's fourth book in the Rylee Adamson series, Shadowed Threads, literally starts where the third book left off. Rylee, Pamela, Evie, and AlShannon Mayer's fourth book in the Rylee Adamson series, Shadowed Threads, literally starts where the third book left off. Rylee, Pamela, Evie, and Alex are shacked up at Jack's house, waiting for him to finally train Rylee like he said he would. The craziness starts when two things happen; she stumbles upon book after book of prophecies about the "Last Tracker will decide the fate of the world" and she learns that O'Shea is in London, hunting down and killing witches.
When Rylee finds the mass prophecies she confronts Jack about his resistance to train her, ignoring what her intuition is telling her about the prophecies. Of course Doran, the Daywalker and shaman, has to interrupt in his attempt to kill everyone at the behest of the Child Empress. In order to stop Doran she must break his binding the the Child Empress, so she does. That's when she learns that O'Shea has gone feral and she must find him before he is lost forever. The catch? The queen bitch of the Druids wants to take Pamela away from her and has unleashed the Guardian with the directive to hunt down and kill Rylee. Running from the guardian, she manages to take Will (the were cat), Pamela (the witch), Alex (the werewolf), and Evie (the harpy) on the adventure with her. She also meets up with a dragon named Blaz. All is not what it seems especially when Rylee learns an inescapable truth that almost destroys her. Can Rylee keep herself and everyone else alive? Read to find out!
It's killing me how short these books are; I want at least another 100 pages! Shadowed Threads clocks in at 254 pages. I love Shannon Mayer's stories. They are fast paced, humorous, and addicting. I can't wait for book five! ...more
Book description: "When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones.Book description: "When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. The FBI wants me on their team. Bad enough that they are dangling bait they KNOW I can’t resist. The catch? It’s on the other side of the ocean. And if I want what they’re offering, I have to help them with a salvage gone terribly, terribly wrong. But this time, I have no back up. I have no Plan B. And I have no O’Shea."
Interpool has enlisted Rylee's services as a Tracker. Dozen's of children have gone missing and have been verified as dead, but they cannot locate the bodies. Rylee doesn't want to track dead children, but the lure dangled in front of her is to great. The lure? A dying Tracker named Jack. Rylee always thought she was the only one, so the chance to meet and learn from another Tracker is to important to pass on the salvage.
Of course, once there things start to go wrong. She's accosted by a vampire to annoying to be believed. She inadvertently saves a teenage witch named Pamela. And she's followed by the one person she wants dead at all cost, Millie. Her contact with Interpool is a were cat, Will, she has to enlist the help of a druid, and there are zombies attacking the Interpool station. Nothing is quite going right in Rylee's world, but she's still going to complete her salvage, even with Alex, Pamela, Eve, and Faris tagging along with her.
I think this is the longest Shannon Mayer I've read to date at 240 pages. I want her books to be longer. I'd also like to have her speak with a linguist if she's going to continue to use foreign languages in her books. Hint: Babuska does not mean daughter, it means granddaughter. Beside that there are a few technical errors in the book, mainly missed editing, that I skimmed over and didn't mind. However, I know people who would rip a book to pieces because of a few grammatical errors or misspellings. ...more
As we learned in Priceless, Rylee Adamson is an immune. Magic bounces off her and nullifies the magic of others if she is in close contact to them. ShAs we learned in Priceless, Rylee Adamson is an immune. Magic bounces off her and nullifies the magic of others if she is in close contact to them. She also happens to be a Tracker. Able to locate anyone, anywhere, with the strange exception of her sister, who was taken when they were children. Ever since Riley's gift as a Tracker developed, she has used her abilities to find missing children.
On the other side of Rylee's life is Liam O'Shea, a human. The FBI agent who firmly believed Rylee killed her sister. That is until he was rudely introduced to the magical world. Now he's been recruited by an arcane division of the FBI and he's learning the hard way about magical beings and the supernatural.
In Immune, O'Shea is trying to convince Rylee to become his partner at the arcane division of the FBI. Rylee isn't having any of it, until O'Shea's boss hires her for a salvage. A number of children have gone missing, some they believe to be dead but one just snatched and hopefully alive. Rylee can't stand by and let a child die, so she agrees to the salvage and teams up with O'Shea. Of course, this being Rylee's life, everything goes wrong from the beginning. Oh, it wasn't the salvage, it was the demon mark that is slowly freezing Rylee to death. With the help of O'Shea, Alex (the werewolf), an Ogre, a daywalking shaman, and a harpy she picked up along the way, Rylee is trying to survive to complete her salvage. Can she do it in time? Or will she bring about the end of the world on accident?
I'm going to say that I love this book even more than the first. It has constant action, a believable storyline, solid character development, and a hook to Ms. Mayer's writing that draws you into her world as easy as eating apple pie. The book is delicious. I'm giving it a four star review, not because it didn't deserve a five star review, but because it's too darned short. Ms. Mayer tags Immune in at 228 pages. I wanted more darn it!...more
The cover of Priceless caught my eye as a recommend for reading Faith Hunter and Keri Arthur, so I pulled up the description and was intrigued. RyleeThe cover of Priceless caught my eye as a recommend for reading Faith Hunter and Keri Arthur, so I pulled up the description and was intrigued. Rylee Adamson is a tracker and her specialty is finding lost children. The constant wrench in her life is FBI Special Agent Liam O'Shea, a human. He believes that Rylee killed her sister, even though she was acquitted by the human courts, so he spends a vast amount of time tracking her in the hopes of finding her lie. What O'Shea doesn't understand is that the world he knows holds a lot more than meets the eye. It's been up to Rylee to keep the truth out of human hands as she uses her abilities to hunt down the missing children. Children stolen by the supernatural world.
When Rylee is called to help a couple find their missing daughter, India, things start to go horribly wrong. India was snatched at dusk from the same park where Rylee's sister was kidnapped. India's mother reveals another point of similarity, India has budding powers. Powers that allow her to see the dead. Can Rylee find India in time? Rylee's convinced somethings about to go more wrong that usual. When she goes to her best friend Milly, she's shut down and told Milly no longer wants anything to do with her. Hurt and reeling, struggling to find India, help comes from an unexpected person, O'Shea. But O'Shea now comes with a big complication. And a small lust spell. Can Rylee save India, herself, and keep O'She alive in the supernatural world? Follow her adventure to find out.
I loved this book. My only complaint? It was to darned short. The book counts in at 269 pages, longer than a novella but shorter than a novel. I wanted more. It was well written. The world was engaging. I'm hooked. It's been a delight to find out that the first four books in the Rylee Adamson series are available. I'm onto the next one!...more
Mercedes Lackey has a fluid prose that lets a reader drop easily into the story she weaves. We gladly follow along with anything she chooses to writeMercedes Lackey has a fluid prose that lets a reader drop easily into the story she weaves. We gladly follow along with anything she chooses to write with ease and joy. I have read all of Ms. Lackey's books. All of them. Saying that, when I found out she was creating a story about the start of the Collegia, I was intrigued. In the beginning of Valdemar, when she wrote the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, Heralds were trained either one teacher to one student or one teacher for a two to three like-gifted students. Vanyel trained with two other students under his Aunt Savil, eventually becoming her only student. Then in the Heralds of Valdemar, Talia was in a school that trained heralds. I always wanted to know how that changed? How it went from one type of teaching to another. With the Collegia Chronicles, I'm learning the how and the why through Mags, Lena, and Bear. Three wayward children, who became friends and flourished even in adversity. Bastion is the most recent addition to their story.
In the beginning of Bastion, Mags is returning to Haven after having been kidnapped, drugged, and dragged across two countries. At first it is an awkward homecoming for Mags. The heads of the Collegia, the King, and his advisors now know that Mags' parents were foreign and the kidnappers tried to use a form of odd mind magic to make him into a part of his family. They know he resisted their attempts to change him. They also know that Mags should and will be a herald, but they worry about his safety now that he is back home. The heads of the Collegia and the King decide that Mags should be sent out on a training circuit in an effort to allow him to "disappear" in order to keep him safe. They choose the Bastion circuit, because it includes the caves where he was found as a child and there has been some unrest in that area of Valdemar that needs some looking into. Armed with the knowledge that Mags is being sent away for his own protection, Amily, Bear, and Lena choose to undertake this circuit with him and Herald Jackyr. In a fun twist, Bard Lita decides to replace their cart driver in order to keep an eye on Lena.
The group set out to a location in the Bastion, a hidden valley known only to the locals and the unfortunate bandits that have taken up residents. What they find surprises them all.
Did I enjoy this book? Absolutely. Were some of the pieces of the book recycled from some of Lackey's other stories? Yes. Did that make the book any less fun? Not to me. I'm still enjoying Mags, Amily, Bear, and Lena's story....more
A short story told from Logan Quinn's point of view? Yes, please! Spartan Frost is set after the events in Crimson Frost and leads right into MidnightA short story told from Logan Quinn's point of view? Yes, please! Spartan Frost is set after the events in Crimson Frost and leads right into Midnight Frost. The texts between Logan and Oliver take place at the end of one and the beginning of the next. A well written addition to the Mythos Academy series.
In Crimson Frost Logan was taken over by the mad god Loki and force, against his will, to attempt to kill Gwen. If Gwen hadn't used her psychometry to save him at the cost of her life, he would have become a vessel for Loki. As it was, Daphne and Metis were able to bring Gwen back from the brink of death. The guilt of this one event has driven Logan away from Gwen's side to his fathers vacation cabin in Colorado. But when Reapers take up residence in an abandon mansion in the woods, Logan jumps at the chance to get a little revenge.
Logan's frustration and fears are very poignant, but it's not until the end of the short that we see any sort of hope....more
When I first read Divergent, the beginning of this glorious series, I fell in love with three characters: Tris, Four, and Christina. In Tris I found bWhen I first read Divergent, the beginning of this glorious series, I fell in love with three characters: Tris, Four, and Christina. In Tris I found bravery, selflessness (abnegation), and a bright fascination with the world around her. Even the broken lost land that she lived in held adventure for Tris. Christina was flawed, clever, and loyal. She showed me that even in great turmoil, people can come together and be more than they were. Even as I adored Tris and Christina, it was Four that made me read these books. He was so real to me. Maybe because I walked in shoes so close to his. He is broken, flawed, and nearly imperceivable from the background of the Dauntless. In an outstanding cast of characters, the most complex character to me was Four.
We began the journey in Divergent and Insurgent by following Tris' narrative. In Allegiant we are first lead by Tris as she learns of the world outside the city. However we are quickly turned over to Four who is a blade, honed to the point of shattering. Events so large have unraveled around Four that he is breaking apart from the inside, making desperate choices that cause drastic reactions which cause him to spiral further from the self that he once was and can never be again. It is both with Tris and because of Tris that Four is forced to change, to evolve in order to survive.
I said that each book in Ms. Roth's trilogy had a moment that I truly loved. Moments that made the book for me. In Divergent it was when Tris and Four climb the ferris wheel. Four confronts his fears and Tris revels in the glory of the height, both feeling for each other in the moment. In Insurgent it was the moment when Four tells Tris he believes in her, even after all she had done. In Allegiant, the moment came at the very end of the book. A zip-line adventure full of fear, sorrow, bravery, and joy.
I have deliberately omitted so much from this review because I do not want to spoil anything. This series is worth reading. It's worth re-reading. Events in this book will be forever tied with events happening in my life at the time I read it. The only warning I will give is that you will cry out of pure reaction to this book....more