Let's star off with Willa, our main character. She's funny. She made me laugh aloud. Even during the scariest scenes, Willa would make these remarks tLet's star off with Willa, our main character. She's funny. She made me laugh aloud. Even during the scariest scenes, Willa would make these remarks that would have me creepily chuckling to myself. She's not exactly unique when it comes to YA fiction, but her voice stands out from the rest.
The only thing that bothered me about Willa is her need to keep repeating the word "psycho" over and over to describe everything. Would it kill her to use a few different words now and again? The psycho person did this psycho thing in such a psycho way and it was so psycho that that psycho thing happened!
Although I like Wyatt and appreciated the fact that he is not the typical love interest at all--he isn't a bad boy or a golden boy, he isn't charming or smooth-talking or cool in any way, really. I'm telling you, when I found out he'd be a potential love interest, I was SO excited. But in the end, his character fell a bit flat for me, and became nothing but an idealization, a boy created specifically for Willa and Willa alone.
(view spoiler)[At the end when they confess their love for each other, I was mentally gagging. Seriously? When exactly did this come about? Did I miss it? Why was it necessary? We can just assume that they might have something going at some point without them actually going all "I love you" out of the blue when neither of them, especially Willa, had made any such advances before. (hide spoiler)]
I think it's worth mentioning that I've read a lot of mysteries, a lot of paranormal, and a lot of books about killers chasing after heroines, but this is the first time I can ever recall feeling any sense of urgency. I was genuinely creeped out at some points, scared at others, and felt like I was right there with Willa when she was in the most danger. I was on the edge of my seat.
I don't know how she did it, but Katie Alender made a mini miracle - seriously, books don't make me "feel things," but this one made me feel genuine fear along with Willa.
Oh, and having recently moved to the LA area myself, it was even more creepy but kind of in an awesome way.
Also, I like romance if it's done well, but where are my friendships? Why are friend relationships always so throw-away in YA? ...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
The author couldn't possibly make it more clear what she thinks of her hero. She puts her own thoughts into the heads of all the characters, includingThe author couldn't possibly make it more clear what she thinks of her hero. She puts her own thoughts into the heads of all the characters, including the hero himself. There was one scene with the guy's boss. During the scene, which is from Bossy Boy's POV, Bossy Boy has to throw in a mental insult about the hero...in EVERY SINGLE THOUGHT that crosses his mind! And all I could think was, Wow, Christy Reece, you hate your hero that much? Because it's so painfully obvious the author is simply trying to let the readers know she does NOT like the hero, by having her characters dwell on it for her.
Now let's talk about Skylar, our "heroine." Guess what? In every single scene she's in, she's either A. crying, B. fainting, C. falling asleep from "exhaustion" (even though all she does is sleep), or D. all of the above. It felt as if the same scene was being written over and over again. There were literally TWO plane scenes during which Skylar burst into tears (over the tiniest hint of a criticism) and had to be comforted. Over and over I have to hear about poor Skylar this, poor Skylar that: she's so exhautsed, she's collapsing, she's an emotional wreck, she's doing all of these things at once. She always has eyes "fuzzy with exhaustion" or is "trembling" or "about to collapse" or tears are "forming in her eyes." I'm sorry, but to me she comes off as completely weak. She cries over absolutely everything. I mean, if I cried every time someone I like insulted me, I'd being crying pretty much 20/24 hours a day. Which she is. Only more often.
On top of that, the author makes it clear that Skylar's feelings are the only ones that matter. She's always hurting MORE than Gabe. She's always been more BETRAYED than Gabe. After her psychotic father tricked them into splitting up, it didn't matter at all that Gabe was hurt. All that mattered was Skylar was hurt, because, OMG, she suffered SO much more! Well, in my opinion just because someone is a weakling and can't handle pain without falling to pieces doesn't mean she suffered more...it means she can't take it. Am I saying she shouldn't have felt pain? No. But the fact that Reece goes on and on about how Sky's feelings are more important made me so freaking angry.
On top of that, she's a major hypocrite. She believed Gabe would kill himself after marrying her, and yet she doesn't want to forgive him for believing she'd want to break it off with him? Why is SHE allowed to be stupid, but not him? Answer: She's a woman. Answer: Christy Reece likes her better. Answer: A lot of women like that kinda thing in romances.
I don't understand why an author would make a heroine cry THIS MUCH. Am I supposed to feel sorry for her? Relate to her? Well, I don't. Her pain isn't so freaking much more than everyone else's. I've been through just as much as she has, but do I cry every minute of every day? No. Why? Because I actually have a backbone.
The entire plot of this book is Gabe or someone else comforting Sky. Not my kinda thing.
Plus, I don't think Reece understands what a PHOBIA actually means. It doesn't just turn off conveniently when the person wants it to. It doesn't just go away just because the situation doesn't call for it. Gabe is supposedly claustrophobic. However, he was completely fine in the tiny bathroom of a plane. Why? Because that scene was not about him, but about comforting Sky. And yet he doesn't even like to be in a hotel room for more than one hour at a time? And yet he fears elevators? But of course, when he goes on them he's completely fine, because we wouldn't want the man to be seen as weak. That's the woman's job, after all.
If you have severe claustrophobia, you have it. You can't just turn it off whenever you feel like it. If Reece wanted it to go away at his will, she either shouldn't have given it to him, or made it so he just didn't like small spaces but could handle them. But then again, books don't have to make sense, right? They're just books.
Okay, let's talk about Skylar and her dad. It was all her dad's fault. Sky and Gabe fell in love, got married. Then her dad pulled his evil machinations and lies, splitting them up. What does Sky do? She forgives her pops...and still blames Gabe. As does the author. As does probably everyone that's read this book. I can't get behind that. After they split, he TRIED to get near her, but does that matter to her? No? Why? Because women are always right and men are always wrong. I mean, can't a woman write a romance without pulling this crap?
(view spoiler)[Psycho dad offers Gabe money to ditch Sky. He refuses. Psycho dad leaves, then has Sky's cousin, who apparently can mimic voices, call Gabe to say she never loved him and it was just a game and that no one could ever love him. Gabe had confided his painful past to Sky, and the cousin threw it back in his face, and Gabe, thinking it was her, was undertandably hurt. However, obviously it's not okay for a man to be hurt. He should know better than to think Sky would say this. BUT Sky doesn't have to know better than to think Gabe would kill himself. Why? You tell me. Her dumb dad convinced her Gabe had killed himself because he left some suicide note. Of course, after this is revealed, she still blames Gabe...and not her father. Sure, this reveals their relationship wasn't the best--on BOTH counts--but they only knew each other for a very, very, very short time! Not to mention the fact that she thought he was dead, and yet ignored it. She assumed no one would have a funeral for him, and yet she decided not to have one? Or she assumed they would and just didn't care to attend, even though she was his wife? But that's okay? Why, of course it's okay! Why? Because she was sad! Don't you know that? Poor, poor Sky was too sad to do anything boohoo. It's LIFE, woman. It sucks. You have to live it anyway. (hide spoiler)]
Not to mention the fact that Skylar lied to him about her identity from day 1...and never told him the truth. But, y'know, that's okay, too, because she's a woman. And it's okay if women do stuff like that. It's only bad if the man does it.
Also, I don't like woman who hit men any more than I like men who hit woman...and being insulted is not an excuse. If I hit a guy every time he'd insulted me, well...I'd have hit at least fifty guys. ...more
**spoiler alert** Can someone explain to me why Enzo would tell Martinelli that he LOVES HIM after Martinelli kidnapped his younger brother (the broth**spoiler alert** Can someone explain to me why Enzo would tell Martinelli that he LOVES HIM after Martinelli kidnapped his younger brother (the brother he is waaaaaaaay over-protective of!) and kept him as a SEX SLAVE for SEVERAL YEARS and BEAT HIM and BROKE HIS BONES and essentially turned him into a VEGETABLE? I'm sorry, but no. That would not have happened....more
This is one of the most unique romances I've ever read. Totally gruesome and eerie and I should NOT have read it at night, that's for sure. I was so sThis is one of the most unique romances I've ever read. Totally gruesome and eerie and I should NOT have read it at night, that's for sure. I was so shocked by who the killer was, I actually gasped aloud--but that may be because I purposely didn't try to determine the killer. I have to admit I don't like the age difference thing in romances. Eighteen and twenty-eight just...isn't my thing. I managed to overlook this, though, because Phoenix was such a unique, interesting character. That said, I didn't like him at all, and he treated Daniel like crap. Of course, he has reason, and it only makes sense, but he just generally creeps me out with the way he manipulates poor Daniel. I'm glad Daniel at least stood up for himself, though, and didn't let Phoenix get away with his bad behavior.
The one star is off because of the ending. It was SO abrupt and annoying and I hate this type of ending. One second we're in the middle of the action, the next it's BAM over. There's a tiny little wrap-up at the end that's just...pathetic....more
Payne/Manny I was looking forward to their story since I liked both Payne and Manny in the previous installment. I woWhere to begin?
I'll start with...
Payne/Manny I was looking forward to their story since I liked both Payne and Manny in the previous installment. I wouldn't say I was disappointed, but I wasn't amazed, either--I blame this on Ward and not on the characters themselves.
I actually thought they were a cute couple, and usually I'm not one for the 'you are mine' at first sight thing, but that's what this series is, so I've gotten used to it and actually kinda like it now, since it spares all the 'I hate him/hers.'
I felt so SO sorry for Manny after they screwed with his mind so much. The poor guy was so confused and thought he was going crazy. I really wanted to give him a hug at that point, but noooo, I had to watch him constantly helpinghelpinghelping with no one ever doing the same favor for him. The guy got maybe three minutes of sleep during the whole book, and yet he was fine, performing major surgeries etc. I kinda wished Payne would sit him down and say, "You deserve a break." Alas, that was not to be.
As for Payne, I did like her. At first I despised her, because I despise characters who ask their loved ones to kill them, because it's so unbelievably selfish, and they KNOW they're ruining the person's life by putting this on their conscience, but they care more about themselves, so don't care. So, when Payne asked V to kill her...I wanted to kill her. Then when she realized later how awful and selfish she'd been, I forgave her. She was generally a nice, strong, protective, and loyal woman. Her arrogance toward the end annoyed me a bit--she acted like she was so superior because of who her mother is--but overall I liked her.
V and Jane I'v never liked V. I know I'm the only one, but it needs to be said. I find him dour and unpleasant all around with no real redeeming qualities. He's violent AND uninteresting. (Please don't kill me). It irked me how he asked Butch to beat him, and yet was not seen as a bad guy, yet when Z asked the same of Phury, they all looked down on Z and basically agreed he was selfish scum. So why not for V? It's not fair.
I do like Jane, always have--again, I realize I'm in the minority. I just never found anything to dislike about her. She's loving, smart, strong, caring--however she did become annoying when she was saying Manny 'didn't need to understand' anything that was going on, despite the fact that he was WITH Payne and despite the fact that if she were in his situation, she too would want answers.
I'm glad, though, that we got V out of the way again. Hopefully there won't be much of him in future.
Qhuay I'm SO SAD. When I was reading Qhuinn's POV I literally felt like my own heart was breaking. I can't take much more of Qhuinn and Blay being separated because of a stupid misunderstanding. They neeeeed to be together right now.
Also, I like Blay, but he's blind and dumb if he STILL thinks Qhuinn is having a blast. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn't see Qhuinn since Qhuinn changed his appearance and became a walking skeleton--because really, how could he read Qhuinn's misery as happiness? Sure, Qhuinn was an idiot before, but now he's seen the light. Blay needs to see it, too, and stop using Sax. I get that he 'needs' to move on, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Sax is so nice and I can't hate him even if I want to--but I truly don't like Blay for using him, even though Sax does know the deal. It doesn't seem right.
Also, eff off, Layla.
The Jose/Veck Subplot I actually adore the crossovers between this series and the Fallen Angels series. It makes them so much more fun to read. Plus, I'm very intrigued by Veck and now can't wait for the next FA book. He's an intriguing character, so I hope he stays that way!
The Band of Bastards Hah. Hahah. Okay, but really. I liked the new additions. Xcor is kinda evil, and normally I don't like characters like him, but for some reason I did like him--maybe it was because of his malformed lip. Yeah, I know, but when he told the story of how his mom supposedly didn't want him because of it and how 'ugly' it made him look, I actually got teary-eyed, which totally surprised me.
I'm also curious what Throe's deal is, so I'm glad he's going to be in the next FA book. Why is his conscience so much more apparent than that of the other 'Bastards?'
I was soooo happy not to have any POVs from lessers! I didn't have to skip through pages! Yay! And I was thrilled to only have one scene from JM.
Btw, am I the only one who's wondering what will become of Rehv? People said V's story wasn't finished, but neither is Rehv's, really. I mean, he still has to use his cane and still is always freezing. How is that fair? That doesn't even count as a happy ending. Is that ever going to be resolved, or is he just doomed?...more
Hoyt is turning into a Lisa Kleypas. That is not a good thing. Her books, like Kleypas' are starting to use the same plot-devices over and over and itHoyt is turning into a Lisa Kleypas. That is not a good thing. Her books, like Kleypas' are starting to use the same plot-devices over and over and it's just annoying.
1. The deaths. Hoyt likes to throw in the unnecessary deaths of likable characters. In every book. This one included. And this death in particular was gruesome and flat-out awful. I just don't like this sort of thing in my romances. In thrillers/mysteries, fine.
2. Betrayals. In every book, there is some person betraying the hero and this person isn't revealed until toward the end - though it's always painfully obvious who they are. I've never been a fan of the nice character turned traitor ploy, especially when it's overused.
3. The hero must give up his career for the heroine. The act itself is okay, but the fact that it happened two books in a row annoys me. The previous book in this series, the same thing happened. Hero gave Griffy an ultimatum to give up his career for her. He did. Silence gives Mickey an ultimatum to give up his "career" for her. He does. It's the same thing twice in a row, and boring.
4. The kidnapped heroine. Enough said.
Random things that bothered me:
1. Mick has become a softie from scene number 3 in this book. He is putty in Silence's hands. It felt fake. Others seem to disagree, but I'm not sure what books they were reading! I mean, Silence slaps Mickey twice, and he just smiles kindly and calls her "sweet one" and hugs her and comforts her. Really? That is not what I would expect from Charming Mickey. I was really looking forward to this because I thought it would be about Mickey. It wasn't. It was about Michael. Which brings me to number two.
2. Silence thinks of Mickey as two different people: Charming Mickey and Michael. They are the same person. She only loves one of them.
3. Silence herself. She's just so boring and plain and uninteresting. Nothing about her intrigued me. It's not that I disliked her, because I didn't, but I felt nothing for her.
4. Bran. That's all I have to say.
5. I just didn't feel like Silence loved Mick. She said she did and all that but it didn't touch me. Even when she was saying "I love him" I didn't really believe her.
6. William. I was bored of hearing his name. I was bored of Silence talking about how lovely and perfect he was. I've never been a fan of the widow(er) plot device because I feel it takes away from the romance.
7. Temperance is all, "You'll get over him in no time." And Silence isn't sure that this isn't true. This is toward the end of the book. And then Temperance comes in again to attempt to boss Silence around. I have a pet peeve against side characters who nose their way into the hero and heroine's business and try to keep them apart.
8. Temperance and Silence commiserating on how they don't like their men but they love them. To me that doesn't sound like a good relationship. You ARE supposed to like the person. They of course can do things that annoy you, but that shouldn't mean you actually dislike them. It's as if they're old married couples or something.
9. The Wynter subplot bored me to absolute tears.
10. Every character from previous novels made an appearance...except my Griffy-poo!
11. Silence's whole family getting together to try to prevent her from going to see Mickey when he was in prison. Gimme a break.
12. The Ghost of St. Giles. Really? I didn't think it could be that obvious, but apparently it really is.
13. Mickey pouring his heart out to Silence in a gushy, flowery rush of love and devotion. I rolled my eyes. It's like I was suddenly reading BDB or something.
14. "Don't make the mistake of thinking I'm doing this for you. Go save Silence." I'm sorry, but I just don't think that's necessary. We already know the Ghost hates Mickey. It doesn't make him some big macho man to prove that he's a rude, uppity, self-righteous a** hole. (view spoiler)[Wynter. I don't like him, and I don't like dour, stick-up-his pompous butts, I'm-better-than-you heroes. (hide spoiler)]
15. (view spoiler)[Silence says the only thing keeping her from sympathizing with Charlie is that he threatens to rape her. Selfish much? So, it's okay that he wanted to sell his own son's body when Mick was just a boy for some pennies, but it's not okay for him to rape her? I'm sorry, but you should have NO sympathy for that man. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
16. If I heard any more talk of bloody hearts and ripped open chests from Mickey, I was going to gag. Could he be any more mushy, gushy, gooey, and sickening? It goes way beyond the point of overboard. I felt like I was drowing in sugary sweetness. He seriously was just...not the same person at all. He became the woman's supposed ideal version of a man and nothing more.
17. The end. What the heck? Silence did what? Gee, Ms. Hoyt, is there any particular reason you chose not to write this scene? Honestly, it just happened out of nowhere with no explanation. And then Mick's reaction was beyond ridiculous. It just skipped over the climax! There WAS no climax!
18. (view spoiler)[I'm sorry, but somehow I doubt Mick would get up and stroll energetically away when he'd just been hanged. He didn't even need to catch his breath! Good thing he's freaking invincible! (hide spoiler)] It's worse because I always trust Hoyt to depict a realistic hero with weaknesses, but Mickey...he was like a robot. A robot that spouted pretty poetic words of love. *gags*
I'm trying to think if there's anything I really liked, but I'm coming up blank. I like the fact that Silence and Mickey get together because they're so different and I always like seeing people come together despite their difference...but of course Mickey changed his entire personality and life for her, so...
Mickey getting married? LOL. That's all I have to say is laugh out loud.
I'm going to give it three stars because it's not a bad book, but it's not one that fits my personal taste nor one I'd ever read again. I really did want to love this book, but I just couldn't. No, actually. I can't do it. I'm going to give it two.
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