Yummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is A...moreYummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is AMAZING, as is Niko, and who doesn't love Robin and his arrogance and storytelling? The book was both unique and traditional at the same time. Rob twists well-known fantasy elements and makes them her own. This is still my least favorite of the series, but I love it anyway. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but since the others in the series are better, I'd probably continue with it. (less)
Great sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome characte...moreGreat sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome character, well developed, and I can totally relate to him, even though we really have nothing in common. Niko is a great brother and character. I love the relationship between the brothers--it's so genuine. I feel like they're real people.
Robin. How can you not love him? We get more of him in this one, I'm happy to say. And we get more of Promise. I can't say I like her, but she's an interesting character...definitely not flat.
There's non-stop action. It's just SUCH a fun book, not to mention the most hilarious one I've ever read (the whole series is extremely funny).(less)
Love this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better an...moreLove this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better and better, funnier and funnier. There are some dark elements, but the humor lightens it up enough for it to be perfectly enjouable. The characters remain true to themselves while simultaneously developing and making me love them. MADHOUSE is considerably different from the others, and we get to see a more gentle side of Cal, which I loved...though, there's nothing about this book (series) that I didn't love.
Deathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great t...moreDeathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great too. It was nice to finally get Niko's point of view, because I couldn't finally get a peek at how he sees things--especially Cal, which was very interesting. It was also completely hilarious, and I love all the sarcastic remarks. Great dialogue! The story had many levels and twists and was completely captivating the entire time. I can't wait for the next book in Rob Thurman's amazing series!(less)
Okay, so PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who HATES Marc!! ANYONE!?
Warning: This is more of a rant than a review and may contain minor spoilers......moreOkay, so PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who HATES Marc!! ANYONE!?
Warning: This is more of a rant than a review and may contain minor spoilers...
I simply could not enjoy this book, because I was too busy hating Marc's guts. I mean, really. What is the attraction? Marc is the biggest A-hole of all time. Call me crazy, but if cold-blooded murder has become the new "sexy," then I really have to wonder what the world is coming to. I just found it creepy how Marc readily admits on several occasions to wanting to bash someone's face in or rip their throat out for non good reason other than his uncontrollable temper.
Just because he doesn't hit women, doesn't make him some great guy. If a guy so much as glances in Faythe's direction, Marc would not hesitate to murder said guy. I mean, he was all ready and set to beat Jace to DEATH for no reason other than he accidentally left his keys on the table for Faythe to find. By that point, it was pretty clear her bet with Jace about the car keys was off, considering he'd begged her NOT to take them. Marc WANTED to and WOULD HAVE killed him, had he not been forcefully stopped. When Faythe hears about this, she not only doesn't care, but accepts it as if it's totally okay.
Yes, she's used to Marc's temper. But the second she sees him she's all over him like nothing's wrong, when he's a freakin' killer! And where does he get off acting all high and mighty. Yes, he's second in command or whatever, but no one can extort their power so much and still be considered likable...only Marc is. No one EVER gets angry with him for his psychotic outbursts. He's a freaking Stray, and he thinks he rules the world. Also, he's the most possessive person of all time, and controls Faythe's life as though HE is the author of this book, rather than Rachel Vincent.
On top of my complete annoyance with Marc, this bookk dragged on and on for what seemed like years. It felt like the longest book in history, and some of Vincent's scenes are so pointless I wanted to scream, "GET THE HECK ON WITH IT, ALREADY!" She goes on and on about nothing, using twenty words where she could have used one.
And then there's Faythe. She's so annoying I can almost compare her to Marc. They make a lovely, self-absorbed pair of unsympathetic assholes.
Faythe cares about no one but herself and Marc. She has a human boyfriend, who she couldn't care less about, and then she goes and makes out with Jase and then has sex with Marc on the same day. Can you say slut? And still, she won't commit to one single man.
Yes, she's brave and strong and seemed to care a little for Abby, but it's still hard for her to see past her own damn skull. She doesn't cry until she sees her BRUISED FACE?? Vain much? Ugh.
I also found it irritating how she felt no remorse after murdering that Eric guy. Sure, he was a bad guy/rapist, but still...she should feel SOMETHING after ripping his throat out other than glee and excitement. But, then again, if she likes a guy like Marc...what does that say about Faythe herself?
Think I'm being harsh? (Not that anyone reads my reviews) Maybe I am. But this book just wrung every nerve I have. It's like my pet peeve in book form. Everything that bugs me happens in this book.
On the good side. There were some funny moments, and the characters seem real and well developed. Though most of the book is slow and boring, it still managed to entertain me and keep me reading, though more out of a necessity to see if Marc loses the stick he has up his ass (he doesn't).
The whole werecat thing was done well, and was pretty convinving, though VIncent contradicted herself on several occasions. One moment, werecats are creatures that suffer from blood-lust, and the next they are creatures who hunt only to eat, and get no enjoyment out of doing so. However, Faythe seemed to be having a pretty damn good time whilst killing "Bambi's Mom," and then going after a human with the same intent. And then she has the nerve to cry afterwards like, "Oh poor me." Give me a freaking break, Faythe.
Well...I don't know if that really counts as a review, but I really had to get this off my chest or face spontaneous combustion.
In other news...I feel compelled to continue with this series, even knowing it will only grow more annoying with the deaths of good characters whille Marc prances around like God Almighty himself.
Gag me. Really. Please.
Oh, and one more thing: Faythe is an absolute IDIOT! She WALKED right into her kidnapper's arms! And then at the end she's like, "Hmm. Why is Marc growling at me?" Did it seriously not occur to her that there was someone BEHIND her?(less)
Oh, man, I've been seriously crying all day as I read this one. And it sucks.
Okay, so Rachel Vincent has a way of making me feel stupid--not because...moreOh, man, I've been seriously crying all day as I read this one. And it sucks.
Okay, so Rachel Vincent has a way of making me feel stupid--not because I can't see her plot twists coming (I usually can), but because she manages to keep so many different plots/subplots going without confushing the hell out of herself and her readers.
I'm trying to recall what happened in this book, and if I liked it, but all I can think of is that God-awful scene that broke my heart and replaying it over and over and comparing it with all the other death and despair in the book.
If it weren't for the funny lines, I'd have keeled over dead from despair of my own, which I guess says something about her writing and ability to create such fully-realized characters, even the minor ones.
But damn, there's no way I'm going to get ANY sleep tonight after the whole, "Faythe. Help." fiasco. Yes, I know it's just a book, but it feels real enough to me, especially since I've been immersing myself in Faythe's world this whole week.
Luckily, I'd read some spoilers, so I was prepared for this specific tragedy, but that didn't stop me from crying like a baby for the entire day (including during the meals I did not enjoy at all...it's hard to taste food when all you can taste is the salt from your own tears, huh?)
Anyway. Besides my hysterics...I'm really liking Faythe better now than in earlier books, and Marc has improved a little bit, I guess, though he still bores the crap out of me (not to mention the fact that I wouldn't shed a single tear if he died).
And I really liked Faythe's dad in this one, too. It was good to see him finally showing some emotion, because I wasn't so sure he had any. And Kaci. At first she was kind of annoying, but I realized that I like her character, and she adds something to the series...though I can't say quite what. But I like her relationship with Faythe. It's kinda cute.
In other news, my heart is breaking for Jace, too, both because of the tragedy and how it's affecting him, and because of Faythe's reaction after a certain, uh, "mistake." But it is SO SAD to see him lose his light/humorous attitude. I mean, I know why it happened and it makes sense, but it still makes me tear up just thinking about it.
AHH! I really need to start reading something else to distract me before I lose it completely. (less)
Okay, so this book is completely different from Poison Study. In Poison Study, I quite liked Yalena, and thought her a truly relatable and realistic c...moreOkay, so this book is completely different from Poison Study. In Poison Study, I quite liked Yalena, and thought her a truly relatable and realistic character, but she got on my nerves in this one.
There are tons of new characters. We meet Yelena's real family, all of whom are intriguing. The characters are convincing, and not flat, but they all have one thing in common: Their lives all revolve around Yelena. None of the character's has a life outside of "Yelena! Yelena! Yelena!" At one point, a character actually says as much, which really annoyed me. The whole world pretty much revolves around Yelena.
Also, how many times can you read about someone being kidnapped and have it be interesting? She gets kidnapped about 10 times in this book, and tons more in the third book, but that's in other news. The same things seem to happen over and over. Yelena is constantly getting tortured. Yelena is always in some kind of pain--either that or she's too tired to move. Now, don't get me wrong, it's nice to see that using magic has consequences etc. but I'm getting bored of Yelena waking up to someonce's 'concerned face.'
I find it rather amusing that none of the other characters are ever injured besides the very unimportant ones. But the secondary characters are pretty much omnipotent. Valek is invincible. We get a lot more rape/torture in this book. There are several evil people in this one, and Yelena is kidnapped by all of them on seperate occasions...I can think of four off the top of my head. Ugh.
Yelena became progressively more annoying throughout the story. She gets high and mighty on several of the characters. I laughed when she started hating Leif for not fighting off a full grown, powerful magician when he was eight years old in order to save her. I also find it hilarious that Leif believed that Yelena kidnapped HERSELF when she was SIX YEARS OLD and STAYED AWAY for an additional FOURTEEN YEARS just to spite him! Come on! That's just ridiculous--as was the scene in which he tried to slice and dice her with his machete. Yes, the magician was controlling him...but really? The whole Leif is evil and a horrible brother premise was just stale by this point.
Everyone will hate me for saying this, but I don't get the big deal about Valek. He's an assassin. Woohoo. So what? What's so sexy about murdering people....and for that matter, murdering babies. Valek is mildly interesting, but he became little more than Yelena's beau in this book. It annoyed me how he kept calling Yelena 'love' throughout. Once or twice would have been fine, but it was overdone and made him, the assassin, seem like a sap. I like Valek, but I he isn't one of the best characters I've ever read, that's for sure.
There's lots of action, and it's always difficult to tell who is good and who is bad, because it fluctuates often, which keeps the pages turning. It was fun to learn about the different clans etc.. and I thought Moon Man was pretty cool with his story weaving and such. Oh, and I LOVE Keke!!! It's awesome how Yelena can communicate with horses-- one of the best parts of the book, and it isn't overly corny, because these books can get pretty dark. There's still a bit of humor, but not much.
All in all, it's a fun book, and it's hard to put down, even if it's repetitive, and I wanted to slap Yelena several times throughout. She is a strong heroine, though, and I liked the balance Snyder created: Yelena can take care of herself, but she's not all-powerful, and does need assistance now and then--she just doesn't need to always be rescued, because she can ususally take care of that herself. (less)
See my Magic Study review, because this is pretty much the same book, except instead of Yelana saying, "Oh, why oh why would I be a Soul Finder? It's...moreSee my Magic Study review, because this is pretty much the same book, except instead of Yelana saying, "Oh, why oh why would I be a Soul Finder? It's not possible!" she's saying, "Oh, why oh why am I a Soul Finder when my parents are not and when I don't want to be!?"
She gets kidnapped about a hundred times. I like the book, because it's pretty intricate and Snyder clearly has a great imagination, plus so many of the concepts were new and interesting to me.
Cahill seems to suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder, because he kept switching personalities throughout the series. For some reason Snyder liked to use Leif as the annoying, bad-talking, 'I'll turn on you in a second' brother, which was okay at first, but was stale by the end of Magic Study...and by Fire Study I was rolling my eyes.
Valek was too lovey dovey, "Oh, Yelena, my love!" everytime he saw her. Fisk was an interesting character, but it annoyed me how he had to call Yelena "lovely Yelena" every SINGLE time he spoke to her.
Yelena was without a doubt the center of the world in both Ixia and Sitia...which was weird. Loose ends are tied fairly well...just not in a way that I cared.
The ending was a bit silly/rushed. Roze's demise was anticlimactic.Possibly this was because, by the end, I really didn't care much what happened...I just wanted the thing to be over.(less)
I really enjoyed this...I don't know why, because I can't say I actually LIKE any of the characters, except Jeremy. Love Jeremy. I know I'm supposed t...moreI really enjoyed this...I don't know why, because I can't say I actually LIKE any of the characters, except Jeremy. Love Jeremy. I know I'm supposed to love Clay, but I just can't do it. I mean, I like him AS a character, and find him really interesting, but I can't actually LIKE him. I don't dislike him, either. I'm indifferent. I just found that whole dissection thing to be pretty disturbing, um, yeah. But Clay's pretty hilarious...and terrifying.
Anyway, it was awesome to see how Jeremy "tamed" Clay, and brought him back from living in the "wild." There were so many funny moments in this. The characters are well developed, but for some reason I never connect with any of Armstrong's characters. I try, but I can't. In her young adult series, which I read first...I wasn't a big fan of any of the characters, and same goes for these books. I didn't much care for Elena, and I don't really love Clay, either, but I AM intrigued by them....if that makes sense.
Anyway, I couldn't put this one down, and I'm not even sure why...Something addictive about it, I guess. Who knows. (less)
If you like to read about the most annoying and mean and self-centered and idiotic main character ever written, then meet Rose. She's all of those thi...moreIf you like to read about the most annoying and mean and self-centered and idiotic main character ever written, then meet Rose. She's all of those things, and honestly, she made this book awful. She can be nice sometimes, but only when it suits her. Also, it annoyed me how we got POVs from Rose, her two younger brothers, her grandmother, and another secondary character but not from Declan. It was weird.
I guess it was unique and mildly entertaining, and the writing was prety good, but...God, I spent the whole time annoyed with Rose.(less)