Pretty much the entire first series in 100 pages, from Christina's point of view. I found that the book just raced through everything too quickly with...morePretty much the entire first series in 100 pages, from Christina's point of view. I found that the book just raced through everything too quickly without much explanation at all - if you hadn't already seen the show you'd be utterly lost as new characters are just dumped into the action without any sort of introduction as to who they actually are.(less)
Aww I just loved this! It reminded me a little of one of my favourite books, Charlotte Sometimes. Both Emerson and Charlotte mysteriously traveled bac...moreAww I just loved this! It reminded me a little of one of my favourite books, Charlotte Sometimes. Both Emerson and Charlotte mysteriously traveled back in time and took the place of someone who they looked exactly the same as, so nobody else in that time had any reason to suspect they weren't that person! Although Emerson managed to travel across space as well as time, going from her 21st century home in the US to a Victorian manor house where suddenly she's one of the maids.
It seemed her 'reason' for traveling back in time was to foil the kidnapping of Genevieve, but that just makes me wonder if she rewrote and 'fixed' history by doing that, like with the TV series Mirror Mirror, however I don't believe so, since it turned out that Genevieve was her great (great?) grandmother... so I'm not sure why she had to go back in time, but perhaps that's not something I'm meant to overthink! It was seriously awesome either way, and maybe the only point was for her to not take everything for granted so much. And it was a fun era for her to go back to, from a reader's point of view at least - not so much fun for her with all the chores she had to do!
I'm definitely interested to read more in this series, even if I'm probably twice the target age group. This one was good fun and a quick and compelling read, just so enjoyable for a lazy afternoon.(less)
Oh my god that was amazing. I read it straight after The Rise of Nine and now the wait for the fifth book is going to KILL ME. (view spoiler)[Especial...moreOh my god that was amazing. I read it straight after The Rise of Nine and now the wait for the fifth book is going to KILL ME. (view spoiler)[Especially the way it ended, with John/Four accepting Adam (the good Mog)'s aid.
Waaaah Eight!! Oh god I didn't see that coming. I thought Five was a bit shifty and started to smell a bit of a rat when he made the others come to get his chest, but I didn't really see him being a complete turncoat traitor. Whoa.
Curious about Four's shared dream with Ella/vision of the future too... curious about what's in store for Ella. (hide spoiler)]
The only issue I had was how, in my e-copy at least, there was no mention at the start of each chapter who the new narrator was. The font kept changing in The Rise of Nine so it was easier to keep track of, but there were several times when I'd be a bit lost, not knowing for a few paragraphs if it was still the same person as the last chapter or not.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Omg omg omg I'm in love with this book SO MUCH. From start to finish it's just perfect and brilliant and amazing and un-put-downable and aaahhh I ship...moreOmg omg omg I'm in love with this book SO MUCH. From start to finish it's just perfect and brilliant and amazing and un-put-downable and aaahhh I shipped Hayden and Aurora SO HARD from the get go. I love Hayden to bits omg, he's the best ever, and right now I sound like a 13 year old fangirl and I DON'T CARE because I'm that much in love with Hayden. Siiiigh. Also the writing in general is just awesome, it's quite a long book but SUCH a fast read and just so fabulous. I feel like I need to buy a physical copy now so I can read it heaps and also lend it to my bestie so she can read it too. To Amazon I go!
I actually really enjoyed this. It's a really quick and interesting read. At first I wasn't sure about the short chapters, switching POV between the t...moreI actually really enjoyed this. It's a really quick and interesting read. At first I wasn't sure about the short chapters, switching POV between the three girls all the time, but I soon grew to really like that, as we got to know the girls better. They all come to life - Tessa and Chelsea especially. Krista I actually found the hardest to get to "know" and this is SO mean of me because she's the victim in it all, but I couldn't feel as sympathetic for her as perhaps I should have.
The only thing is, the book kind of ended way too abruptly I thought. Which maybe leaves room for a sequel? I'd really like to follow Chelsea a bit further. The other thing is, we had chapters from the point of view of Krista, the victim, Chelsea, the villain, and Tessa, Krista's best friend. But I would have liked a fourth from Amber, Chelsea's best friend. Was she just a blind follower, was she actually just as mean as Chelsea, was she even meaner, did she have a conscience and perhaps think Chelsea was going too far but was too afraid to speak up, what did she think of it all?! That would have really rounded out the dynamic a lot more I thought.
It was also interesting how all four of the girls lived in similar conditions, what seemed to be housing commission flats. You think at the start that Chelsea is the rich bitch but she's actually not, she's in the same boat as all the rest. And an even worse boat in some cases.(less)