This series has to be one of the most underrated YA trilogies I can think of. I picked up AFind this review and others on my blog Tea in the Treetops!
This series has to be one of the most underrated YA trilogies I can think of. I picked up Awaken on a whim when going through my dystopian phase back in 2011 and simply adored it. I felt that it was such a believable scenario considering how humanity is with its addiction to screen time and the fear mongering seen in all avenues of media. I simply loved Awaken and I also loved it’s sequel – Middle Ground. I loved it so much in fact, that 17 week pregnant me decided to name my then unborn daughter Madeleine as the name really grew on me while I was reading it.
Fast forward 2 years and I find myself with a 15 month old Maddie of my own and a copy of the final book in this series, Still Point. It had been so long I wasn’t sure how to really get started on it, I barely remembered what had happened at the end of book 2 and I was both excited and worried about how I would connect with the last instalment of this story. Reflecting back now that I’ve finished reading it, I think going in with a break was probably a good thing and I quite enjoyed the ending, though I imagine there will be many who will come away from this book feeling deflated or unimpressed with how things wrap up.
The final book takes place with Maddie back at home trying to reconnect with her father and assist Justin and the Digital School Drop Outs from the inside. Not a lot actually happens action wise throughout this story it predominantly focuses on character development and plot conclusion. Maddie is defiant and strong as ever and romance takes a definite back stage to her emotional journey and relationship with her family. Justin is thought about a lot however isn’t around for much of the story and we are introduced to a new character, Jax who agrees to assist Maddie with her plans to publicise the harmful side effects of Digital School.
Being the final book in a trilogy its very hard to write a review without giving away too much of the story so my apologies if this review doesn’t cover things in too much detail, there is so much I want to say but you will have to read it yourself to find out what happens at the end. I will say that there are a lot of revelations for Maddie and much of what you thought is turned on its head in terms of character motives. The ending with the voting of whether Digital School should remain the only choice available to students, was well done and I was hooked on this book from beginning to end.
This book is just such a great story for today’s western civilisation. The questions surrounding quality of life when digital use is constantly on the increase, addiction to screens and its susceptibility with young children are just a couple that would make this series a great platform for classroom and family discussions. A great novel and series in general – it should definitely be added to every ones to read list immediately! ...more
When I first saw the cover of Dollhouse on Netgalley I was instantly attracted to it - it wFind this review and others on my blog Tea in the Treetops!
When I first saw the cover of Dollhouse on Netgalley I was instantly attracted to it - it was so different to many YA covers out there. I then realised that the book was by an Australian author and my mind was made up I wanted to read this book! I started reading this book with no expectations, I knew nothing about the story though I had gathered it was going to have a gothic horror vibe to it. I wasn't disappointed, while the book had some issues it definitely carried off the mysterious spooky vibe brilliantly.
The story centres around main character Cassie who along some of her classmates get caught up in the mystery of the Australian bush where many girls have disappeared over time. Cassie's best friend Aisha goes missing right under their noses while hiking and taking photo's for a school project. Aisha's boyfriend (and Cassie's crush), Ethan gets blamed for her disappearance, so Cassie, Ethan along with Lacey decide to investigate a creepy mansion they discovered near where she disappeared. Things start to go downhill for them when they discover a hidden entrance filled with carousels and end up caught in a mysterious web of disturbing secrets when they find what lies beneath the mansion.
It's really hard to write this review without giving away too much of the story. As I mentioned before the author pulls off the gothic horror theme beautifully, unfortunately though the actual plot was at times overly complicated and pacing a bit all over the place. This coupled with some poor character development is why I've chosen to only give the book 2.5 star rating.
The pacing of the book was what I had the biggest issue with. It started out well and I couldn't put it down, then there was a large part in the middle of the book that just really dragged and I found a lot of the story to be a bit repetitive and mundane. I also felt that there were some very large climatic things that were just brushed over towards the end in a rush while other parts that weren't particularly interesting or important seemed to get a lot more attention.
The characters weren't particularly likeable and also quite two dimensional - they all annoyed me at times though Cassie particularly did things often that just irritated me beyond belief. There is no real romance in this book, while Cassie and Ethan clearly like each other she falls for him before the story starts and the chemistry isn't particularly great though it probably doesn't help that Ethan is dating someone else for the majority of the book.
A lot of very interesting lore is dished out towards the end of the story and I really enjoyed this and want to find out more, the author also ended the book on a major cliffhanger so I think I will be picking up the remainder of the series just to get answers for all the questions marks I now have. I have high hopes that this book was setting the stage for some great things. ...more
The Jewel was completely different to what I expected when I first picked up this book andFind this review and others on my blog Tea in the Treetops!
The Jewel was completely different to what I expected when I first picked up this book and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Underneath the glamour and pretty dresses of this debut dystopian novel by Amy Ewing is an undercurrent of systematic human abuse, forced surrogacy and political exploitation that makes this book anything but the fluffy read the cover would suggest. This is the 2nd YA novel I have read recently that included forced pregnancy in teenage girls and I find the very idea confronting though for this reason alone I think its worth an avenue of exploration in a futuristic/dystopian genre.
The book centres around our protagonist Violet and the book starts with the ominous line:
“Today is my last day as Violet Lasting”
From there the story takes you on a journey of a teenage girl, now only to be known as Lot #197, who was ripped from her family upon puberty and taken to a special boarding school for future surrogates to learn how to control the auguries (magic manipulation, though magic is not really a central focus of this novel) along with etiquette and how to be a proper “seen but not heard” surrogate for the aristocracy who live in the Jewel. The Jewel is one of 5 areas in this city which is cut off from the remaining world, and this particular zone houses the wealthy land and business owners plus the political rulers. All the surrogates come from the very poorest region – The Marsh where poverty and hunger are rife. To some this selection to be a surrogate and live surrounded by wealth and beautiful things seems a small price to pay, though many of these young girls can sense the wrongness of this even if they can’t verbalise or pin point what exactly the problem is with the exchange.
The political slinging matches and the world building in this novel is excellent. There is no brain dump of information on how things turned out the way they did but slowly as the story evolves you get a general idea, though there is still enough mystery to ensure your audience will rush out to buy book two. The verbal and nonverbal exchanges between the ladies with surrogates in this novel just brought the book to life. I found myself reading over the comments and text quite slowly making sure I picked up any nuances and hints I was meant to get out of the dialogue. I could never quite tell whether or not the Duchess of the Lake, Violet’s owner, was meant to be seen as the good guy or whether she too was a villain. The fine line, subtlety and shades of grey in some of these characters was extremely well crafted.
The downside of this story was the unfortunate instant attraction and ridiculous romance between Violet and Ash. Ash is not even mentioned until over half way through the story and in all honesty I couldn’t really see the need for him at all. If this was meant to be a bit of a star-crossed romance then his intro into the Lake family could have happened from the get go instead of so late in the plot surely? While Ash seemed lovely it definitely dampened my enjoyment for this novel and I wasn’t that disappointed with how things ended up during the finale of this book.
Probably the best part of this novel was the very last page of this story where I was totally taken off guard by a major plot twist and I can’t wait to find out how this changes things in the sequel. While this book is by no means perfect I think it stands out from the crowd of YA debuts and is worth getting your hands on a copy. ...more
Summary: An enjoyable story development book. We didn’t enjoy it as much as the first two, but felt it was an important book for character development for all characters involved, and especially Celaena. A little slow through a lot of the story but with a brilliant ending. Bring on book four!
I am so glad I picked up Chasing Stars I really enjoyed this one! The first book was a bitFind this review and others on my blog Tea in the Treetops!
I am so glad I picked up Chasing Stars I really enjoyed this one! The first book was a bit average, there was instalove and it was very much a younger teen novel, I also felt that the ending was rushed and it was a bit unsatisfactory. While book 2 suffered from some of the same issues, I really loved the ending of this sequel - I was completely surprised by it and call me sappy but I truly felt it came together beautifully, so it got a big thumbs up from me.
The story continues where After Eden finished and there is a little bit of overlap where it repeats the ending from a different characters point of view so there is no need to go back and refresh your memory of what happened at the end of book 1. Ryan makes an unauthorised jump back in time to stop Eden being killed for knowing too much about the future and being “cleaned up”. The two of them make plans to disappear completely so they can live out the remainder of their lives in peace. Unfortunately things come apart when another traveller from the future comes hunting for Ryan and upon catching them takes both Ryan and Eden back to the future so Ryan can be trialled for illegally traveling back in time and risking the timeline.
The majority of this book is from Eden’s perspective as Ryan is in a holding cell awaiting trial. Eden on the other hand has to come to terms with how different things are in the future and with the help of Ryan’s best friend Pegasus, she makes some friends and comes up with a plan to ensure her and Ryan will get to at least spend the future together.
I think Pegasus is meant to be a bit of a love interest perhaps for Eden in this story, but it is all a little bit awkward because Ryan is still not only in the picture but Eden is constantly thinking about him. I also wasn’t really sure if Pegasus was into her or not. I think it was most likely written in just to provide a bit of tension between the characters and it unfortunately didn’t flow very smoothly.
I had a few issues with the future the main one being that the men in charge of time travel, while not in charge of the government and seemingly separate from the government actually have full judicial control and yet also run penal colonies… does this not seem like a glaring conflict of interest?! I also cannot believe that their is no repeal system and that only 1 person gets to decide both a persons guilt/innocence and also their sentence, I can’t understand why a panel of them wouldn’t be selected for these matters. In any case aside from the judicial system bothering me and the craziness of the media I really enjoyed a glimpse into the future.
Other things I had issue with was that Eden never checked to see what had happened to Connor in this timeline and while she looked up Miranda she never bothered seeking out her relatives. I think this was a little sad and I would have loved a bit more closure on this front.
Aside with the few things I took issue with I found this book a really fun fast read. I was also super impressed with the ending and felt that this book wrapped up the duology beautifully leaving me smiling and feeling complete. ...more
In a fairy tale world, the Princess Aislynn is determined to stay on “The Path”, meet her prince charming and get her ever after. Instead things go veIn a fairy tale world, the Princess Aislynn is determined to stay on “The Path”, meet her prince charming and get her ever after. Instead things go very wrong and she finds herself redirected into the order of the fairy godmothers. Here in the service of another princess she starts questioning the very beliefs that have been ingrained in her from birth and sets out on her own path.
This book was a bit baffling to me. I quite enjoyed reading it and I finished it within a couple of days, though it pains me to admit I was left feeling somewhat confused and perplexed. I’m not sure if I missed something vital but I got to the end of this book knowing about as much of this world as I did going into it, or in other words – nothing!
This was an interesting and complicated world. Magic is something that presents in all women though its seen as a heinous act that must be controlled and never used. Illicit use of magic or the inability to smother it leads to “redirection” where a young lady is ripped from her current life and placed into a new role. Overnight a princess can be made a fairy godmother or worse can “stray” to the wicked queen in the midlands for her magic wielding army. To keep a princess on the straight and narrow is the guiding principles of “The Path” which will lead her to her happily ever after. Each princess gets an advisor who assists her introduction into society, and a fairy godmother to act as both a guide and a reminder of what happens if they fail to keep their magical curse under wraps. Add into this a hierarchy of different princess tiers which are displayed publicly by the colours of their clothes and you get a very rich and detailed story, its just a pity the plot was in a state of disarray.
Aislynn seems to be different from the other princesses. To begin with she has no friends, all the other princesses don’t like her though there is no real reason given as to why, she certainly seems to exemplify the personality of a “proper” princess. While the fairy godmothers are cold and distant hand maidens to the princesses, ready to spy and dob in the slightest magical indiscretion to the school headmistress, Aislynn’s fairy godmother Tahlia isn’t like this at all, she is warm and protective. Aislynn herself stays loyal and warm when she becomes a fairy godmother so I’m not quite sure why there aren’t more nice fairy godmothers out there. Instead Aislynn appears to keep her “loving heart” and makes some new friends both among the servants and with her charge, the princess Monarch as she tries to navigate her new life while processing what went wrong in her old role.
The plot of this story didn’t really live up to my expectations and its a real pity. I have so many questions, in fact I don’t think there was a single aspect of the story that wrapped up by the end or was explained sufficiently!
I want to know more about Tahlia the fairy godmother, who is she and where did she go mysteriously?
What is the go with the mirror and why is it important?
What is the go with the advisors and the head mistresses? Are they all in on some huge plot or are there just some that are questionable?
Everett and Westerley are these guys prince charming’s or losers deeply involved in political manoeuvring?
The wicked queen, how does she fit in and is she really all that evil?
Why does everyone keep fleeing the West they don’t appear to be coming anywhere better in my opinion!
What’s the go with the wolf?
Can someone explain the importance and relevance of bread baking please?
I have even more questions than this but I think you get the idea. There is apparently a series of books that are all based in this world and I really hope that the sequel follows on from this one though that isn’t something I’m certain of based on the media information from Greenwillow/Harper Collins:
"STRAY is the first in a collection of intertwined stories, all set in a world where magic is a curse that only women bear and society is dictated by a strict doctrine called The Path. A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in."
This makes me think that these books will be more like The Lunar Chronicles with a different protagonist in each novel and the stories interconnecting for an overarching climax at the end of the series. I’m not sure, I hope not as there was so much left undone and I did really enjoy the characters and the world and want to get some resolutions to my questions.
I would still recommend this book to those avid fairy tale lovers, though I’m worried that with a year or possibly more left until a sequel is released that this book will be bumped to the end of my lengthy TBR pile with more plot driven series holding my attention. Definitely very divided on this one! ...more
This was my first foray into reading Anne Carey, I never read the Eve trilogy and this synoFind this review and others on my blog Tea in the Treetops!
This was my first foray into reading Anne Carey, I never read the Eve trilogy and this synopsis intrigued me with its mystery/thriller elements.
Blackbird is one of those stories which has you as confused as the main character for the entirety of the story and its a breath of fresh air. You never feel that Sunny, our protagonist is being stupid or making the wrong choice as if you were in her shoes, you would probably make the same choices or perhaps worse ones. I thoroughly enjoyed the venture into the unknown for the 250ish pages it was incredibly addicting.
The story starts with a girl waking up on train tracks with no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. She has a backpack with some essentials and information explicitly telling her not to involve the police, and she discovers very quickly that there are people intent on killing her. Sunny is not the type to be a sitting duck – I think if I was in her position I would have taken my chances and gone to the police station a gibbering mess. Sunny however has a strength about her and real survival instincts.
The story is told in 2nd person which I didn’t mind however it can give you the feeling that your characters are devoid of personality. It took me awhile to warm up to Sunny but I did really admire her and I was cheering her on more and more as the story went and the mystery started to unravel.
I did start to have a pretty good guess as to what was happening by about half way and I was correct though there were still many things that I wasn’t expecting and one massive cliff-hanger at the end that surprised me completely. This book is well written, fast paced and full of suspense. I can’t wait to read the sequel and get answers to all my questions, this was a great novel. ...more
I was very excited to read Elusion. Apart from a beautiful cover it sounded a bit like a YA version of Tad William’s Otherland series and I simply lovI was very excited to read Elusion. Apart from a beautiful cover it sounded a bit like a YA version of Tad William’s Otherland series and I simply love this idea of entering into Virtual Reality that is so advanced you feel like you are quite literally in another world. Other than it’s unique and exciting concept, Elusion just didn’t really work for me.
The story centres around our protagonist Reagan who is very much in mourning after the death of her father – the creator of Elusion. Her best friend Patrick is the lead designer after her father dies on the Elusion project and the book starts with the media announcement that Elusion is being rolled out as a product across the country after a successful 3 state trial launch. From then on Regan starts trying to solve the mystery of Elusion which has some loud opponents questioning it’s very safety, and the mystery of her father’s death. With the help of a new guy at school Josh, Regan is determined to get behind the firewall and get the answers she’s desperate for.
I’m not really sure where to begin with my problems with this book so I’m just going to vent it all out. Firstly Regan, gah!!! She really annoyed me! At the beginning of this book you got a lot of inner dialogue about how close she is with her best friend Patrick. Patrick basically grew up with her and was like a son to her dad who mentored him and brought him into the Elusion project. For basically no reason at all, she goes from being devoted and loyal to him to getting more and more suspicious, yet in the same breath decides she should trust a total stranger with a questionable past with all of her secrets. This aspect of the book probably got to me the most, poor Patrick was so vilified and yet he never really did anything to deserve it in my humble opinion and to make matters worse he even stayed loyal to Regan through all of it.
Regan also starts distrusting her mother who is seriously not coping with the death of her father, yet her dad who clearly had a lot of secrets and was keeping things from her she never once seemed to question. I was completely dumfounded by the relationships in this book it just seemed totally wrong.
Josh was a very useless two dimensional character and I couldn’t really see the point in his being in the story at all other than to provide a love triangle and it wasn’t even a good love triangle :( The whole romance aspect of this book just didn’t click with me either. It was quite clichéd and I didn’t feel any chemistry between Regan and Josh or Regan and Patrick for that matter.
The world was interesting and bleak though there was lots of references to oxygen masks, something called florapetro and acid rain though no background was given to how the world got that way or what this florapetro actually is? I’m assuming that pollution got so bad that this is it for the world of the future hence the need for Elusion which provides everyone with Escapes back to how the world once was. They also had super long work days 12 hours on, 12 hours off and school kids are doing that too which I totally don’t understand either considering since many young kids can barely handle the 9-3 school day let alone double that!
The last part of the novel that I just couldn’t suspend belief over was that Regan’s dad built a firewall into the Elusion system. Now a firewall is a fairly common thing in internet security terms, what got to me is that this firewall is actually a real, physical wall in the Elusion escapes and apparently if you can find the wall you can get past it with absolutely no technical skills whatsoever. Now I never studied IT but I did work for Internet Service Providers and web hosting companies for over a decade and I quite simply found this concept completely ridiculous. If I’m honest I found the idea childish and it was a real disappointment for a number of reasons which I wont mention here as I don’t want to provide any spoilers.
I’m giving this book 2.5 stars as I loved the concept and it was a fast read. I also really enjoyed reading about the Virtual Reality and the Elusion escapes if only the rest of the story was actually plausible. It also ended on a cliff-hanger and I probably will pick up the next book simply because I want to know what happens next so I guess even with all the problems I did get suckered in! ...more
It's just a mini review today as I promised Angelya we would do a proper review/discussionFind this review and others on my blog Tea in the Treetops!
It's just a mini review today as I promised Angelya we would do a proper review/discussion of this one in our podcast next week as she's still reading it.
Anyone who listens to our podcast will most likely know that ever since attending PTA Live Brisbane earlier in the year I have been intrigued by this book, it ticked a lot of boxes for me. I had given up on having a shot at a review copy originally as I didn't see it appear on Netgalley but then to my delight about a week ago it appeared, I was approved and I started reading it pretty much straight away!
I'm happy to say that this one gets a big thumbs up from me, I really enjoyed it though I am hoping there is the possibility of a sequel as I had so many questions at the end that I want to know the answers to! So without going into too much detail I will give a quick rundown on what I really loved.
The Characters - I loved that this was told from a multitude of perspectives and they all wove together really well. Veronica was my favourite storyline but I also quite enjoyed the storyline of Bastian too though I wasn't sure at the end if he was a bit empty headed and selfish or had the potential of a noble alpha male type.
The Setting - I knew virtually nothing about Carnevale or historical Venice though it was very clear to me that this book had been thoroughly researched - there were lots of little details given that gave the story a richness of culture which I loved.
Book Layout - I loved that this book almost felt like a Shakespeare comedy. At about 60% through there is a scene where Bastion has this grand idea that is just so complex and ridiculous yet also highly inventive and entertaining that I could almost imagine it being on a stage.
What drove me mad? Argh the questions! I firstly can't tell if this has been set up to possibly have a sequel or not, it finishes like a stand alone novel but there were so many unanswered storylines. I must know what happens between Veronica and Luca! The story of Orelia's parents - I want more details I felt we only just skimmed the surface of the mystery. Angelique... does she eventually find true love? and the aftermath of Claudia and her brother Marco, I want to know more. I really hope there is a sequel to come I lost a lot of much needed sleep in the wee hours of the morning wondering about these things!
Anyone looking for something a little bit different to your standard love triangle YA book should definitely give this one a go and make sure you listen in to our podcast next week for a further discussion! ...more
I find after getting involved with reviewing and Goodreads, inundated with books I’m dThis review also features on my review site Tea in the Treetops
I find after getting involved with reviewing and Goodreads, inundated with books I’m desperate to read, fantastic books for the most part as I’ve gotten better at reading between the lines of book blurbs and other reviews at sifting out books I will generally like. What all these wonderful books and large to read piles mean its hat I have very little patience for books that I’m not enjoying. Unfortunately Side Effects May Vary is one of those books and after wasting a week procrastinating on and off reading this one and only getting to the half way mark, I’ve decided not to finish reading it.
My big issue with this book was how remarkably negative the entire reading experience was. The topic was negative, the characters were all negative, nothing good seemed to happen, even Alice going into remission managed to be an unfulfilling downer of an experience. This brings me to the character of Alice she was a horrible person, even for a “mean girl” she blew me away with how knowingly manipulative she was, how she willing to use people and then cast them aside, it was incredibly painful to read and I seriously did not care what happened to her in the end at the point when I decided to stop.
The actual writing of this book was well done and it flowed well, I actually liked the alternating chapters between Alice and Harvey as well as the then and now aspect which gave the book a patchwork narration style that added to the build up. It is a pity that the actual content just didn’t do it for me as I think Julie Murphy definitely has some talent and I will be interested in reading future books of hers which hopefully have a story that is less of a Debbie downer.
I’m sure this book will appeal to many people but for me I just think life is too short and there are just too many good books to waste time on something that I’m not enjoying! ...more
Hmmmm I don’t quite know where to start with this review. There were parts durinThis review can also be found on my review blog - Tea in the Treetops.
Hmmmm I don’t quite know where to start with this review. There were parts during this book that I was eye rolling in disbelief and then there were parts where I couldn’t put the book down. My rating for this one changed continuously while reading it and even now I keep hovering over what to rate the book.
The book starts by introducing you to a small Alaskan community who are a group of survivors from WWIII. This group lives in harmony with the land and can connect to Yara which allows them access to limited magic-like abilities. Things aren’t actually what they appear to be and Juneau, the main character ends up on a mission to find her clan after they vanish while she is hunting one day with the unlikely help of Miles a self absorbed rich kid. Juneau has to come to terms with the fact that there was no WWIII and everything she has known was a lie while she and Miles are hunted across the US searching for her family.
The book is narrated in alternating chapters between Juneau and Miles and this works quite well however I found Miles to be an incredibly annoying character which made those chapters a little bit difficult to get through at times. Miles…. I just didn’t get him. I couldn’t work out his motivation and while the plot gave him one it didn’t ring very true. For someone who seemed very lazy he made a huge effort to randomly go looking for a girl he only had a vague description of simply because of some overheard conversations at his dad’s office door?? Hmmm…. He also thought she was crazy for the majority of the book yet this didn’t fit with his actions for the majority of the story.
Juneau thankfully was interesting and very resourceful which I enjoyed reading about and while at times she seemed to pick up skills a little too easily (um driving a car after just from watching someone… hello?) I could let that go to the wayside as it still fit with her personality. I also really enjoyed her growth through the book as she adapted to her new surroundings and learnt more about her innate magical ability.
The relationship chemistry between these two was just plain bad and except for when the author actually wrote about the tingles they got from one another you would be forgiven for completely missing that Miles is Juneau’s love interest, in fact I actually thought that this book was going to be devoid of any romantic relationship for either character until about 70% into the plot.
Now there were a lot of big question marks for me that kept jarring me out of this novel and into reality. I am someone who is fairly relaxed about plot holes and the like if the story is good so this isn’t an experience I’m very used to and I didn’t like it one bit. I think the first thing I struggled with is that the likelihood that they weren’t close enough to a commercial plane traffic path seems unrealistic surely they noticed things in the sky especially seeing they had encyclopaedia’s and she knew what a helicopter was. I just really find it hard to believe that anyone who was only 3 days away on foot from a city could actually have lived for their entire life without noticing anything at all.
Most of the book is spent with Juneau avoiding Whit, her mentor who is also apart from their group and appears to be one of the baddy in this story. Considering she realises fairly quickly that all the adults have been deceiving them and Whit appears to be the lead instigator I just can’t imagine why she wouldn’t have a million questions for him and continued to run from him when she could have sent messages to him for an explanation or arranged a meeting. She is so determined to find her clan yet so willing to throw him to the wolves I just don’t get that.
I loved the part of the story where she is learning about her connection with the Yara and the backstory about her clan and why they separated was interesting though I had a fairly good guess at what at least part of the reasoning was right from the beginning. To be fair, perhaps I cottoned on quickly because I’ve read some other YA dystopia’s recently which had very similar back stories. The plot pace was fast especially for the last 30% of the book and I was really enjoying things and getting caught up in the read, when bam the book ended without any real wrap up and a huge cliff hanger. If there is one thing I despise it’s books that don’t tie up properly and finish as a book should, this whole finishing a chapter and deciding that’s the end of book 1 is just pure laziness on the authors part as far as I’m concerned!
When I first finished this book I gave it a 2. After sleeping on it I revised it to a 2.5 because as much as that ending annoyed me if I’m completely honest with myself I’ll be desperately waiting for the next instalment to find out what happened so I’ve added an extra half star for keeping me hooked for book 2. Well played Ms Plum indeed. ...more