1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly,I'm only going to make a few points.
1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly, she actually defends him. I'm sorry, but this is the first time in my life I have ever encountered a heroine who stuck up for the guy she loved. It was because of this that I was able to truly believe her love for him, able to believe in their love for each other.
2. Clay has issues...that are not solved by love. Seriously. When he gets together with Maggie, he's not miraculously cured.
3. Their relationship works because Maggie is strong as hell and can totally handle someone as messed-up as Clay.
4. I'm so thrilled (there are no words) that a book has FINALLY addressed the fact that when a guy acts the way Clay does, it's not simply because he's an ass, but because he is sick and has a mental disorder (or in his case more than one!) People tend to brush off characters like Clay as "just a psycho." But for once, the author understands that, no, actually, there is more to it than that. I think a lot of people can learn something from this, and possibly become less ignorant about the seriousness of mental health. Contrary to what some people believe, individuals like Clay do not "decide" to be assholes. Mental illness is real. This book tells you that.
5. Clay is mature and self-aware enough to understand that he is not in a place where he can be in a relationship with someone. He knows only more destruction will come if he stays with Maggie, so makes the decision to try again to get help so that he can be in a healthy relationship with Maggie and stop hurting her.
6. Love Clay. Love Maggie. And I never love heroines. These aren't just characters. They are real people. And THIS is why I read books. I'd forgotten for a while, there. ...more
I don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feeliI don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feelings" garbage, but she turned out to be an awesome, caring, kind young woman who, with Ryan's help, really grew as a person. Their romance bloomed from friendship, which is the best way. Jenna's dad, though. Oh, man. If he was my dad I'd have run away from home when I was her age! And don't get me started on Ryan's mom.
She has two sides. I loved her at first, and then...But Cole was awesome. I love how he was Ry's mom's boyfriend, but also really cared about Ry as his own son. Meh. I'm gushing. Just read it. ...more
I enjoyed this not for the story but for the characterization of Brenna, who I became attached to right away. I like Dane's writing style, and she reaI enjoyed this not for the story but for the characterization of Brenna, who I became attached to right away. I like Dane's writing style, and she really brought to life Brenna's voice. I also enjoyed seeing her relationship with her mom develop. Considering Brenna's devotion to White Bird, I feel Dane could have included more flashbacks detailing their relationship to make her love more understandable. As it is, his character comes across as way too old for his age, and just a hastily sketched outline of a character. All the side characters have much better characterization and depth to them.
White Bird's only trait seems to be "I am an Indian and proud of it." Kind of stereotypical. Even his psychologist has more depth than poor White Bird. I mean, who is he anyway? We're told he has no parents. Why? Who does he live with? Even just a sentence or two explaining his background would have sufficed, but we don't even get that much.
As for the mystery....there were aspects I didn't guess, but the culprit is far from shocking. His/her motive is a bit trite, and I wished the whole thing had been more creative, considering it is the main plot and all.
Still, I found Brenna fascinating and relatable so I did enjoy the read....more
Ugh, this book was so messy and rushed. Characters were on the verge of death one second and totally fine the next. Scenes were skimmed over and everyUgh, this book was so messy and rushed. Characters were on the verge of death one second and totally fine the next. Scenes were skimmed over and everything was resolved in about one page. Oh, and I hate Myrnin. Anyone who thinks he and Claire should have a "thing" is sick. Not only is he several hundred years old, but he also APPEARS to be "twice her age." On top of that, he has tried to murder her on multiple occasions, and yet people are in an uproar because Shane was RUDE to her? But it's fine for Myrnin to say he owns her and try to kill her and bite her and drink her blood? That's okay? That's a person she should have a relationship with? Wow....more
The Awakening was better than The Summoning. The main character, Chloe, can be easily related to *though not for me personally* and is also quite likaThe Awakening was better than The Summoning. The main character, Chloe, can be easily related to *though not for me personally* and is also quite likable. Her character seemed real, in a way.
I also like the relationship build-up between Chloe and Derrek. I find both of their characters interesting, and think they'd make a cute couple once Chloe realizes she doesn't actually like Simon, who is quite annoying to me. He has no personality, and serves to get between Chloe and Derek.
I liked how Tori got with the good guys--made her a more interesting character and thickened the plot.
There were definitely some unexpected twists in this one, which kept me on my toes and turning the pages, as well as the increase in action and general drama.
Good book, overall. Loved the ending.
Um, so I just went back and re-read this one, and I AM SO GLAD I did, because the first time I read it, I hadn't yet read Men of the Otherworld, so the whole Pack/chainsaw thing went right over my head, but now I just realized they're talking about CLAY and what he did to that mutt and IT IS FREAKING HILARIOUS!!!!!
I hate books based in mental wards...which is why I realy didn't enjoy this book at first. What saved it, were the characters of Chloe and Derek. I liI hate books based in mental wards...which is why I realy didn't enjoy this book at first. What saved it, were the characters of Chloe and Derek. I liked Chloe, though I didn't relate to her, but she seems like a good person without being perfect. Derek isn't the typical love interest, which is why Chloe doesn't realize she likes him (not that she does, but I'm hoping). Simon wasn't all that interesting to me. He is just this random nice guy who draws cartoons, and tries to steal Chloe away from Derek. Also, ghosts aren't really my thing, so Chloe being a necromancer wasn't all that exciting. And Tori...Eek...that girl is annoying, but I do like what she added to the book.
For some reason, though, I actually quite liked it. I was really ready for them to escape, so when they got caught I was kind of bummed, but consoled myself with the fact that it was only Chloe and stupid Rae that got caught....more