4.5 stars Interesting read, but I felt like the book was just a series of events. Like Armstrong's other books, the climax seems to be just another mor4.5 stars Interesting read, but I felt like the book was just a series of events. Like Armstrong's other books, the climax seems to be just another more intense event, although this book had a clearer climax than some of her other ones. The plot is unique, about werewolf rebels who team up to fight against the Clan, and the only female werewolf who struggles between her human life and werewolf life, but it took a while to really get going. Once it got going, it really picked up the pace, but occasionally, it sidetracked and went back to the slower pace it had going on earlier. I love the whole werewolf "culture" Armstrong describes--it's so fascinating with the different values, such as being okay with walking around nude no matter what gender someone is, and the natural arrogance over humans ^^
What I don't like is the fact that women are basically viewed as prizes or objects to be used as a convenience. What I do like is Elena, who basically kills that whole idea with her badassness.
Character-wise, Elena is witty, strong, and the very picture of a strong woman, complete with 5'10 height and an incredibly fit body, while Clay is simply "perfect," really. Goodlooking, a genius, passionate, strong. The Clan is believable and I can't help but become attached to them. Nick is too adorable :) Overall, an awesome, varied set of characters. However, there is such an excessive amount of sex in this... very vividly depicted too. I suppose it makes sense because it's technically an adult novel, but really. Personally, it seems like the type of book that's pretty good, but in the long run, rather forgettable as well....more
WTF... THE ENDING... OMG.. I won't spoil it XD This review will primarily be for me- so I can remember this book when I chance upon it again :) Okay. BaWTF... THE ENDING... OMG.. I won't spoil it XD This review will primarily be for me- so I can remember this book when I chance upon it again :) Okay. Basically, the series was exciting- nonstop action, overwhelming emotions, and a bit of the supernatural mixed in too. I can honestly say that I was never bored, and I couldn't put the book down- not even at 2am with a final the next day, which, of course, isn't always the best time to get addicted to a novel. Todd is a character I will forever love- even though he isn't exactly dark, tall, and handsome (maybe the dark part). But his compassion and his innocence- even after witnessing everything that happened- compelled me to love him :) Hope played such a large role in this novel as well. It was constantly there, through all the impossibly dark and terrifying moments in this book. Love too. It makes me wonder whether this book really is all that dark... The thing about this book is that I can empathize with everyone- Todd, Viola, the Spackle, the Mayor, Mistress Coyle. Everyone. They all did what they did for a reason, and all of them suffered through more than enough pain for their choices. The character development was so deep and well thought-out too. The writing style was beautiful. I loved the chopped sentences that somehow made the action all the more suspenseful, and the raw passion that Ness instills in his work. The changes in points of view were a bit annoying at first, but I eventually came to expect and accept them as part of the story. Overall, I recommend to myself to reread this series after a while- definitely worth the time :)...more