For whatever reason I didn't like this one as much as the others, I think I just expected a little more. Some parts of it were just wrapped up too neaFor whatever reason I didn't like this one as much as the others, I think I just expected a little more. Some parts of it were just wrapped up too neatly and quickly.
"How can the world end in a giant fury of biblical proportions yet still leave room for embarrassment?"
"These are the nightmare screams of someone having his soul torn to pieces right in front of him."
“Plagues?” I ask. “Why is everybody trying to make plagues?”
“Who’s going to do that?” I think about that for a minute before answering. “Heroes.”
“I had no idea that someone could be such a thorn in your foot during a death march and still be irresistibly attractive in some magical, undeniable way.”...more
And Darrow. Oh Darrow. Keep fighting man, I'd fight with you too.
"You told me you wouldOh. My.
All stars: Sevro, as always, Ragnar, and Mustang.
And Darrow. Oh Darrow. Keep fighting man, I'd fight with you too.
"You told me you would win. But then you lost. And that changes everything.”
"And I thought the Golds were broken. We’re all just wounded souls stumbling about in the dark, desperately trying to stitch ourselves together, hoping to fill the holes they ripped in us. Eo kept me from this end. Without her, I’d be like them. Lost."
“Rise, Man of Mars, and take with you my wrath.”
"Inside me, Red meets Gold."
"But this is why I was made. To dive into hell."
“And what are you but a pedantic little gasp of a fart"
"A true friend."
“Indeed, Darrow,” she says with a smile. “Win or die.”
"Sevro held tryouts. I hear it was a bloody bit of fun. Snakes, alcohol, and mushrooms were involved. That’s all they let me know."
“So let’s stop picking our butts.” “Couldn’t have said it better myself.”
I liked this quite a bit for several reasons. The primary reason being the characters are very compelling.
Adelina - our "anti-heroine." Adelina is alI liked this quite a bit for several reasons. The primary reason being the characters are very compelling.
Adelina - our "anti-heroine." Adelina is almost hard to like, she is extremely bitter, and unlike many heroines who start out as bitter and resentful but soon change because they are accepted and blah blah blah, she DOESN'T. (view spoiler)[She is hardened and the people who are supposed to "accept" her end up rejecting her because they are afraid of her. (hide spoiler)] I loved that she was so different than the usual YA heroine who has a heart of gold and always makes the right choice in the end. She makes a pretty spectacular mistake at the end of the book and it has huge ramifications for the entire story. (view spoiler)[I hope Enzo stays dead. I don't think they are going to allow that what with the epilogue but it would open up so many interesting story lines if he does. (hide spoiler)]
Teren - The other incredibly compelling character. A malfetto who rejects it but still uses his gift. Teren is the villain and he is NOT one dimensional! He reminds me quite a bit of Silas in Da Vinci Code (or is it Angels and Demons? I can't remember) with his need to punish himself and "cleanse" the population. I can't wait to see what is in store for him.
The middle lagged a bit but the descriptions of Adelina's illusions were incredible. I never finished Marie Lu's other series but I may pick it back up because I really enjoyed this one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was an interesting, there is a lot going on in the story. I think you can go deep into the symbolism throughout this one, so much so that it mighThis was an interesting, there is a lot going on in the story. I think you can go deep into the symbolism throughout this one, so much so that it might be worth a second read. I was switching between reading and listening and I found my attention drifting when listening to it so I didn’t catch everything.
Religion plays a big part in the story and how corrupt men can become in their interpretations of the Bible, though I missed whether or not it is like a new Bible or if it supposed to be the one we use now or whatever. Our heroine was raised by a non-believer and a skeptic, so when she encounters a priest who is devout she is surprised and I think she respects him. I found their interactions to be interesting to read. Her adoptive mother says this: “Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book.” I worry sometimes when authors write about a topic that is polarizing that they don’t show both sides or interact with characters who believe both ways, Johansen did and I liked that.
If you want a romance, this is not the book. I imagine it will come in future installments but aside from our MC being attracted to someone there is nothing. Because hey! She just became queen and she has a lot on her plate.
My favorite parts of the book were the interactions between Mace and Kelsea. I absolutely loved their book closing conversation. I want to know more about Mace, I certainly hope we get to know more of his back story in the future.
My complaint about this one is that it is very much a starter book. You are given a little bit on every character; just enough to make you want to know more about them so nothing feels complete. Though I suppose that is how it is supposed to be!
"You needn't worry about frightening me. I must fear death no matter which stories you choose to tell." "Perhaps, Lady, but fear can be hobbling in its own way."
"Everyone dies eventually. I think it's better to die clean."
"Javel saw evil in those bright blue eyes, not malevolence but something much worse; an evil born of lack of self-awareness, an evil that didn't know it was evil and therefore could justify anything."
"She looked at the land around her, the deep amber of the wheat cut by the yellow line of the road, and wished that she could make it a softer world."
"They knew, Lady. They always knew. They made a sacrifice, and you should weep, but you should also honor them for it." ...more
this is violent. Like, violent. I suppose you can get that from the title but sheesh.
I thought it was incredibly interesting and fast paced. A few ththis is violent. Like, violent. I suppose you can get that from the title but sheesh.
I thought it was incredibly interesting and fast paced. A few things seemed a little too convenient and the little romance was pretty dumb. There were also a couple characters that you could tell were created to die, they were given a bit of a sob story background but had hearts of gold - that type.
It is a bugger of an ending though, seriously. You finish and you are like, "UGH, seriously." This could have been an awesome standalone book but noooooo always with the cliffhangers.
If you are in the mood to read something with a lot of fighting, this one is for you.
"Scars are trophies in the Shallows. They show we know how to cheat death."
"His eyes meet mine again. I stare back. I'm about to piss myself."
"I wonder if she feels anything at all, or if her heart is too dead to have wants and desires."...more
I liked this one. It was a nice capper to the series. I still prefer The Infernal Devices to TMI but it is still a fun and well thought out adventure.I liked this one. It was a nice capper to the series. I still prefer The Infernal Devices to TMI but it is still a fun and well thought out adventure.
Sebastian is reliably creepy and Simon is reliably the BEST. Because Clary and Jace are together there are not many moony glances, they are just there and caring about each other. I liked that the romances took a back burner to the war.
I wonder what those who haven't read The Infernal Devices will think about the tie ins with Jem and Tessa. I think if I hadn't read TID I would be like, "I don't give a crap about what Tessa has to say about Herondales? Who is this chick?" I also found that I didn't care much about some of the side stories. I felt like Emma's story was given a lot of shine because she's going to get a spin-off. I wanted less of Emma and more of crazy vampire Maureen.
I felt like there were a few things that were just a bit too convenient. Mostly, the very end with Asmodeus. (view spoiler)[also, Maureen's death. AND Sebastian not killing ANYONE that Clary really cared about.If he was truly crazy he would likely kill SOMEONE. (hide spoiler)] It was one last twist that I felt didn't really need to be included,(view spoiler)[if you don't want to kill anyone off then don't kill anyone off, ya know? What was the purpose of making Simon forget everything if you are just going to have him remember everything 10 pages later? (hide spoiler)] I've noticed that Clare seems to want to make everyone happy with her endings but I'd be ok with a little bit of realism thrown in there. It is a war, after all. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I was in a bit of a reading slump and then Leigh Bardugo comes in to save the day.
I love this story. I love Alina's struggle with the power she wieldI was in a bit of a reading slump and then Leigh Bardugo comes in to save the day.
I love this story. I love Alina's struggle with the power she wields. I don't quite know how I feel about the "solution" to her struggle with power but overall I'd give this series 5 stars because I want to read it again and again.
"You are on your knees. We are not negotiating."
"You don't want this, I told myself. But I felt my edges curl like a piece of paper held too close to the fire."
"You might make me a better man." "And you might make me a monster." ...more