Received for review as part of Tristi Pinkston's book blog tours.
This book was one of those books that teetered between three and four stars. SomethiReceived for review as part of Tristi Pinkston's book blog tours.
This book was one of those books that teetered between three and four stars. Something would happen to bump it down to a three and then immediately after something happens to bump it up to four stars.
This is a fairly long novel coming in at 564 pages, but I really did enjoy it. The novel started out slow for me, but it quickly started building and catching my interest.
I really loved the character within this novel. As expected, Kairma was a character who was a strong force in the novel because she is the heir to power. However, her strength was subtle and in the beginning she lacked this inner strength. Watching Kairma evolve into the strong woman she becomes was fascinating.
And I loved Collin. Collin was just slightly rebellious enough to catch my attention from the very beginning. I love characters like Collin. He's a strong force whose been dealt a tough hand in life, but he deals with it. He has been Kairma's brother's best friend and consequently Kairma's best friend too. He's taken to calling her Boo and they often go exploring together when Kairma is trying to escape learning how to be the town healer.
Poague created a world and society that I loved. It seems to be set in some dystopian setting, but really I'm not entirely sure. This novel has just the right blend of world-building, character development, and an intriguing plot to catch my interest.
While this novel started out slow and could be slow at times, I really enjoyed reading this novel. Definitely recommended and I will admit I'm insanely curious to see what happens in the sequel. Who Kairma ends up mating with is on the forefront of my mind?
I really enjoyed this book. I had heard a lot of good things before going into this one so I was excited to see if it would live up to my expectationsI really enjoyed this book. I had heard a lot of good things before going into this one so I was excited to see if it would live up to my expectations. I think it fell slightly underneath them, but that's only because they were so high in the first place.
The Characters: Scarlet has got to be one of my favorite characters in the young adult genre. She was just the right mix of nice anMy Rating: 5 stars.
The Characters: Scarlet has got to be one of my favorite characters in the young adult genre. She was just the right mix of nice and feisty. She was one kick-butt character. I loved that she stood up for herself and that she didn't take anybody's crap.
Robin Hood is a very different Robin Hood then I've ever seen and yet I loved him. He's definitely moodier and younger than in most retellings. And yet as always he has a heart of gold. I loved how fiercely he protected his band. I also loved watching him deal with trying to help but not necessarily using the right methods to do so.
John- such a funny, likable character. I do not want Scarlet to end up with John, but still I loved how Gaughen crafted this character. The three were delightful to read about.
The secondary characters were also well-developed and did not feel like cookie-cutter characters. I fell in love with the whole band.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I adored this novel. I loved how much voice the characters had. I really felt like we were inside Scarlet's head throughout the entire novel. Any author who can do that is definitely that I love.
I also thought the novel was intriguing and extremely fast-paced. There are so many retellings of Robin Hood and yet I felt like this one took on a life of its own. Seriously an incredible novel.
The ending had me on my toes. A great adventurous read.
So why 5 stars? I adored it. I have absolutely no complaints.
Warnings/Side-notes: None. I think it's suitable for readers of all ages.
The Wrap-up: I can't wait to read the sequel. I loved this series. I've been wanting to read this one for forever and am so glad I finally got my hands on it.
First off I'd like to thank Tara and Lisa from DAC tours for giving me the book to review. Thanks!
I was constantly debating between 3.5 and 4 stars anFirst off I'd like to thank Tara and Lisa from DAC tours for giving me the book to review. Thanks!
I was constantly debating between 3.5 and 4 stars and well I've decided on four. I thought Bridges' idea was very original, very intriguing, and very appealing. This new trend of historical paranormal novels is new for me and I was really curious to see what I would think of it. I've always loved historical fiction and I've always loved Russia, so this seemed like a perfect fit. I was intrigued by this book from the beginning.
Katerina was a character I immediately liked. She wasn't afraid to confront the social norms of the time, and she wasn't afraid to do what she wanted. She was strong, and yet there was a sense of vulnerability about her. I loved that.
I also loved George Alexandrovich from the beginning. He was strong, mysterious, and just a little dangerous (not to mention slightly off limits) so I loved him.
And then Prince Danilo, a character I also really liked. I don't want to say too much here, because I don't want to give anything away. But I'll just say I could see why Katerina was "inexplicably drawn to him" as the synopsis says.
The writing style was good, the characters were extremely likable, and I loved the setting, but something was missing for me. I can't figure out quite what was missing, but something was missing to make it a high four star rating or a five rating.
I did, however, love love love the ending. I am definitely excited to see what happens in the sequel which should be coming out in October of this year.
I really liked the first one in this series, Paranormalcy. It caught my attention and kept my hooked and so I was really excited to read this novel.
I I really liked the first one in this series, Paranormalcy. It caught my attention and kept my hooked and so I was really excited to read this novel.
I loved this novel, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one. I'm not sure why, but I think it might have to do with the shallow reason that I saw less of Lend in this novel than in the previous one and I'm a huge Lend fan.
This novel was a bridge between the first and third novel...the sequel is always hard to write. However, despite these difficulties I still really enjoyed this novel and felt like White did a great job.
I loved learning more about Evie's story and the character Jack was a riot to say the least. There was a lot of conflict and mystery involved with this novel and I enjoyed that.
I loved seeing how Evie grew in this novel and her attempts to come to grips with what she really is. I enjoyed the writing style. White's writing style is nothing if not entertaining.
A great read and I will definitely look forward to reading Endlessly the last novel in this series which comes out in late July 2012...so definitely a long wait.
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Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book from work and was asked to write a review of this novel. This, however, is myMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book from work and was asked to write a review of this novel. This, however, is my informal review.
My overall Thoughts/Impressions: First of all, I squealed when I got this book in the mail. I've been dying to read it. I have absolutely adored this series so far and the cover is simply beautiful and exquisite.
Okay, but now for my review. First off, I went into this novel feeling apprehensive. I've read so many series lately that were fantastic and then ended so poorly. I was anxious to see how White tied all of her loose ends together.
I shouldn't have worried. White's ending was absolutely brilliant and masterfully crafted and the characters are adorable. Lend and Evie...they are both downright amusing and are two characters that I love reading about.
Evie certainly has attitude, but frankly one that I found thoroughly entertaining. And then there's Jack. He is thoroughly entertaining. I also really like Rafe. I probably shouldn't, but he's just so intriguing.
Then there is White's writing style, it is compelling, intriguing, and simply brilliant. I always leave her books a few laughs lighter and thoroughly entertained.
As for this novel, White picked up right where she left off and the novel moved at a fast pace throughout the novel. I found myself eagerly awaiting the ending to see what would happen. In my opinion, she ended the series perfectly. I honestly can't think of any other way she could have ended it.
Fans of this series will eat this one up. It's teenage paranormal fantasy at its best. White's writing style is brilliant and I hope that we see more from her.
In Summary: The perfect conclusion to a captivating series with characters I adored. Definitely recommended. Absolutely lovely.
The Wrap-up: I read this book in one sitting, but was left thoroughly entertained the whole time. I'm so thrilled I got to read this. And like I mentioned earlier, I definitely can't wait to see if White decides to write something else. Recommend this one, especially if you like the first two in this series.
I've seen a ton of my friends reading this and originally had no desire to read it, but since nearly everybody I know seems to love it, I'll give it aI've seen a ton of my friends reading this and originally had no desire to read it, but since nearly everybody I know seems to love it, I'll give it a shot....more