The Merciless was crazy. It was like Mean Girls, maybe a little of The Craft, and a dash of Stephen King. It’s hard to really describe it. I picked it up expecting a YA Mean Girls type of horror novel, not really sure how it would all go. It was recommended by a friend and she bought both of us a copy.
The story began with Sofia. She was a new student in her high school and had a brief encounter with Brooklyn, who seemed friendly enough, but a little rough around the edges. Sofia immediately drew the attention of the popular trio, Riley, Alexis, and Grace. She had never been popular, so she was happy enough to fit in with them. There was some history between Riley and Brooklyn, but Sofia wasn’t sure what it was.
The girls were religious, but not in the southern way that seemed familiar. Instead, they seemed heavily focused on Catholicism and had a ritualistic approach, relying heavily on those comforting things like holy water and communion. Their interest seemed obsessive and not necessarily genuine, which is partly why I associate the book a bit with The Craft. Riley accused Brooklyn of being possessed by the devil, sure that it was the cause of her wicked ways. The few strange things that happened in town, like the weird skinning of a cat in the school grounds, were attributed to Brooklyn, though Sofia wasn’t so sure Brooklyn was even into anything like that.
Sofia was a follower in every sense of the word and it seemed to work out until she entered the basement of one of Riley’s parent’s abandoned homes in a development and saw Brooklyn tied up and terrified. And Riley was ready to do an exorcism…
And then, things just got CRAZY.
I loved how fast paced the book was and how quickly things spiraled out of control. It teetered delicately on the line of being believable and yet completely insane at the same time, which was great. The ending was probably the best part.
The book gets a bit violent and horrifying, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s also not like nail biting scary either. It’s disturbing and fun and I’m glad I read it. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes horror and stories where teens go a little crazy and gang up on others. The occult symbol and horror synopsis on a bright pink cover really says it all… lol....more
This is such a weird situation for me to be in. I enjoyed the book, butReview originally published at Love Literature Art and Reason book review blog.
This is such a weird situation for me to be in. I enjoyed the book, but I also don’t think it’s very good. I mean, maybe I just need to explain it better. Just when I’m rolling my eyes wondering what on earth I’m doing reading the book, I realize I’ve already read so much of it, I might as well keep going. And then something will hook me, I’ll be into it, back out of it, and then there’s always something awesome at the end that makes me want the next book. It’s no Game of Thrones by a long shot and it’s kind of jumbled and there are so many characters and none of them are particularly complex or likable, but I just want to know what happens.
Frozen Tides was an even bigger mess of unfortunate circumstances, but suddenly, it seemed the already unlikely alliance added a few more unlikely candidates to their group, which made it even shakier. Lucia turned to what could be the Mytica version of The Dark Side and was drunk on her own power, doing unspeakable things and even alienating her brother. Cleo and Magnus were the only characters I really cared about at this point, but King Gaius was even more drunk on his power than his crazy elementia daughter. It was just a big giant mess. Amara was deliciously evil, but somehow slightly likable, as she’s been throughout the series.
I enjoyed the plot. I finally got a little bit of a moment with Cleo and Magnus that I wanted, despite their reluctance to participate in liking each other one bit. Jonas didn’t seemed to have learned anything, and towards the end, I wanted to hit Nic over the head. If he’s so into Asher, why does he always act like a jealous lover with Cleo and her choices? Gah. It’s maddening.
Essentially, Falling Kingdoms is my new guilty pleasure. I love it, even though I kind of cringe at my own enjoyment. It’s not eloquent. The characters are lacking a lot of great complexities and the conflict is kind of simplistic if you really get down to it. But somehow, I’m totally hooked. I want to know what happens and I plan on seeing this through. I’m even planning on reading the spin off series.
I recommend the Falling Kingdoms series as long as you know what you are getting. Despite the beautiful cover and fantastic synopsis, the book is not the in depth and brilliant fantasy series you might expect. But it’s fun. Make some popcorn, dig in, and I’m sure you’ll be just as hooked if you see it from that aspect. Otherwise, it is likely to disappoint you. And if you don’t dive into good fantasy for the writing, you’ll love this series. It’s fun, it’s full of backstabbing and betrayals and alliances and rebellions. And romance. I can’t help it. I’m preordering the next book. ...more
Basically, Kyra spent all of her time in The Replaced trying to find TyReview originally published at Love Literature Art and Reason book review blog.
Basically, Kyra spent all of her time in The Replaced trying to find Tyler, who was rumored to have Returned after she gave him up to save his life. Through her adventures with other Returned, she was able to find out more about why she and the others were different and what it was about them that made them so different.
I did not like The Replaced at all and I’m very glad that I was able to borrow it from the library and not spend money on it because I would have been super mad about it. While Kyra was definitely doing everything she could to find Tyler, she was also letting Simon play this whole game where he was so obviously trying to be important to her and slide his way into her good graces. It was awful. And she just kept letting him. I was totally on board with the quick romance between Tyler and Kyra and I was committed to that, but the story just lost me with Tyler being ripped out of it and Kyra spending time distracted. I don’t have time for love triangles or other teenage nonsense. Give me insta-love and I’ll deal if that couple can hack it and just be the thing I’m rooting for, but I can’t get on board with a bunch of other awful YA tropes and plot devices thrown in. No.
The Replaced was like The Maze Runner/The Scorch Trials with a bunch of betrayals and teenage camps and other eye roll inducing scenarios that just totally lost me. The first book wasn’t so much of an action packed story and was more focused on Kyra’s emotions and her fitting into a life that moved on without her and exploring her feelings for Tyler and I loved all of that, while the sequel was just more over the top alien abduction research plots that were always a tad far fetched, but at least that wasn’t the main focus of book one. I just couldn’t do it. I finished, but it was grueling and not satisfying. And to top it off, the eventual return of Tyler was even MORE frustrating and now I’m just mad I ever decided to read book two.
I know I recommended The Taking and thought it was entertaining and fun, but I’m taking my words back. I’m definitely not continuing the series. ...more
I purchased The Replacement because the cover was super creepy. I knew from reading reviews that the book wasn’t a horror, but I still wanted to read it because I was so drawn to it.
The book was about changelings. Mackie was not a normal boy. He was a replacement, a changeling, switched in place of a human baby. He was a rare castoff who survived. It was said that most of them don’t because mothers cannot love the changeling, but somehow, he survived. I loved the point of view, as most stories that involve changelings are never from the point of view of the actual being switched out. It was interesting because Mackie knew he was different, but didn’t grow up in the underground, so he lived his life an human and tried to avoid iron.
I love fae lore and how diverse it is. I loved that there wasn’t much emphasis on the glittering courts and queens and instead, it was a darker story. The town of Gentry was benefitting from the exchange of their babies, the sacrifice to avoid many of the problems small towns faced, but Mackie had to question whether it was worth it and if it was worth the fight.
The Replacement was a unique and somewhat dark YA novel with an interesting POV that I enjoyed. I recommend it, especially to fans of the darker side of fairies. It was certainly entertaining and I loved getting a YA POV that was not only a guy, but the changeling himself. It’s not a POV I’m used to seeing and male POVs are rare enough in YA fantasy, so it was refreshing. ...more