I won't bore anyone reading this review with more summarizing the plot of this book.
I'm more concerned with letting you know that Where We Fell sincerely made me feel; hope, sadness, but mostly joy and love. This is a really well written novella. And its amazingly packed very neatly into 83 pages. I highly recommend this short read to anyone, but especially fans of books like The Sea of Tranquility and The Fault in Our Stars (sigh).
Honestly, this book blew me away. It was, simply put, fucking gorgeous. I look forward to more books from Amber, she's definitely an up and coming author to watch. Buy this one immediately!(less)
Praying for Rain is a poetic and lovely short story set in the Stormdancer world. I’m not going to talk about the plot at all, because I’m too distrac...morePraying for Rain is a poetic and lovely short story set in the Stormdancer world. I’m not going to talk about the plot at all, because I’m too distracted by how much I love the way Jay Kristoff writes. I feel like he might be my author-soul mate. I know, I’m a total dork. He just paints such a brutally honest but beautiful picture every time. I can’t resist bringing up the fact that the title reminds me of one of my favorite Cure songs from the album Disintegration (as a Cure fan I'm required to state it’s the best album of all time here). I could ask Jay if that was the inspiration for the title, but I don’t want to spoil the magic. ‘Prayers for Rain’ was totally playing in my mind as I read and that was ‘Just Like Heaven’ for me. The short story was really good too ;)
P.S. I also pictured deadly little Miho from Sin City, which is badass.(less)
I feel like I end up saying this all the time, but oh my goodness, I loved this book. Yes, it’s another Dystopian/Post-A...moreMy review is up at FicWishes!
I feel like I end up saying this all the time, but oh my goodness, I loved this book. Yes, it’s another Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic book. And yes, maybe you are tired of that. Shut up and hear me out! It’s really not like any other book I’ve read. This book is super charged protein for your imagination; it’s got some high fantasy elements and a love story too. In the past, I read a couple of Melissa De La Cruz’s Blue Blood books. They were good, not great; the fact that I don’t remember them all that well says enough. When I saw that she would be taking a crack at a different genre and writing it with her husband (I had to Google him), I was pretty damned excited, but I had my reservations.
Frozen takes place after a catastrophic toxic flood, the US is a trash-strewn disaster, steeped in constant arctic temperatures and near darkness. The US is a fragmented mess, the government sucks and everything is sanctioned and watched. The sun doesn’t shine, plants don’t grow, there is no fresh water and no one eats real food except for the rich. Humankind seems to have lost its innovative edge along with its sunshine also. There is a legendary place called “the blue” that supposedly exists across the ocean; a mythical paradise where all types of people live in peace and sunlight. Naturally, everyone is looking for the blue; the problem is that the fabled way there is through the garbage dump-like ocean that is crawling with slavers and hidden dangers.
After the flooding some children are born different; called simply the “marked”. They possess strange birth marks and different colored eyes and hair. Being that the après flood norm is dark hair and grayish eyes; they tend to stand out. The marked are rumored to have special powers and are hunted by the government. Natasha Kestal is one of the marked; her green and gold eyes are a dead giveaway. She doesn’t really know what is different about her or how to harness whatever power it is that she’s got. She hears a voice inside her head, she can use compulsion a little bit and when feeling anger or another strong emotion, the voice commands her to do things and she feels like she is burning. That compulsion thing really comes in handy too.
Natasha was abducted by the government as a child. She spends her childhood in prison, being forced to do terrible things and believing that she is a monster. Fast forward ten years and she’s a recent escapee and resident of New Vegas, which is much like current day Las Vegas; a cesspool of gambling, outlaws and looser morals. Natasha is good with odds and numbers; so she gets a job dealing cards in a casino. Natasha is an instantly likeable character; she’s sweet and tough, sad but hopeful. She is the perfect Dystopian heroine.
I don’t normally talk this much about characters, but I have to discuss Ryan Wesson too. He reminded me so much of Han Solo! His description alone was fairly spot on and I instantly liked him. He is a bad boy with a heart of gold type. The kind of dude we are all looking for, but bummer, they don’t actually exist in the real world (I know, I sound bitter as fuck, it’s because I am). Anyway, his ship is a total junker that actually rocks once you get to know her. Wes doesn’t exactly say she “may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid” but it was so damn close, I couldn’t help but notice it. I am a major Han Solo fangirl, so I totally made the connection on my own. There are definitely enough with Wes that you won’t be sitting there thinking “Hey, I know this guy!” But check this out:
“…He looked smug, standing there at her doorway, with his hair slicked back and his collar turned up, a gun belt strapped low on his hips, his beat-up vest shrugged off his shoulders like some kind of snow cowboy, grinning as if he'd won the fireball lottery…” Pg 57
Totally Han Solo, right?! No, the hair isn’t right, but you get my point.
Anyway, Wes predictably meets the lovely Natasha and they fall for each other. This love story felt, for me, a lot like Delirium by Lauren Oliver. There is this precious, fragile beauty to it and it feels like it’s sacred. I love that, like the rest of the world falls into place around it. This love story has only just begun, so you know there will be huge obstacles for the lovers in future, but that’s all part of what makes it so great.
Don’t get all upset that I just told you everything about this book; I didn’t. It’s packed full of awesomeness. Basically, I want to give this book kisses and cook for it and have its babies. I never should have had any reservations at all; it’s just that friggin good. It’s such a fresh, well-paced read and more importantly, it’s a beautiful escape. The as-yet-untitled second book in the Heart of Dread series has easily made it into my top five must have books. I’d tell this book “I love you” but ya know what? It would just say “I know” in return. And I’d love it even more for that.
Well I'm done with this book, what now? I read every single word and I understood them all, but somehow this book got muddl...moreARC from NetGalley. Thanks!
Well I'm done with this book, what now? I read every single word and I understood them all, but somehow this book got muddled. I'm stuck with this feeling that I read a bunch of flowery crap that amounted to almost nothing. Man, that sounds so harsh, but its true. The cover is so unbelievably gorgeous, I think I let it hype me up a bit too much. I should've also remembered I'm not exactly a Bronte type girl.
The world that Jane lives in is a post-war mess. This wasn't just any 'ole war though, it was humans versus fey. Which, as you can imagine, was not so good for us humans. The fey in this story are not corporeal; they don't have bodies. They must take over a dead human body in order to physically fight in the war. So they are fombies, basically (yeah I went there). The fey have mysterious powers and magic that they use to create fey bombs during the war. Unfortunately, Jane took a bunch of fey shrapnel to the face and is confined to a half iron mask. The iron supposedly holds in the fey curse within. In her case, it was rage; but for others hunger etc.
"I am Jane, and you would be frightened to look upon me"
Fast forward five years and Jane gets a job at a creepy old fey manor. Her employer is a mysterious, but hot guy named Edward. No, he doesn't quite sparkle. She becomes his daughter's governess and quickly realizes that the kid just ain't right. Dorie, is five and has fey powers. Unlike Jane, she didn't obtain them from wounds like every other ironskin. Dorie was born this way, baby. Working with Dorie is really frustrating and tests Jane's rage control big time. Dorie honestly drove me bonkers, I would've smacked that kid. Of course, she did eventually warm up to Jane and I started to like her a bit more as well. There are a few other characters I quite liked though; the stalwart Poule and the snarky cook were among my favorites. There are tons of insipid and silly women in the book, most clients of Edwards (He's an artiste...dont cha know daaarling) Jane's own sister is trying to make her way in society and I found her to be freaking insufferable.
As the plot unravels, several crazy things happen. Some of it I expected and some not at all; its always nice to not see the twist coming. I'm not going to give away any more of the plot, but it felt like to me that by the time things actually began happening I was kind of over it. I had invested over 200 pages of reading a bunch of predictable stuff about society and parties and bullshit.
I need to level with anyone reading this, I am NOT a Bronte fan. I wanted to be when I was younger, but I just can't stand reading that type of stuff. So in fairness, I probably wasn't patient or tolerant enough with this story. So hey, if you like Bronte, you should read this book. You would definitely like it a lot more than I did.
I feel like I've beat up on this book enough, there were bits that I liked, too! The prose is lovely in spots and its a mostly well written story. I found the slight twist on fae lore to be refreshing as well. Jane is a genuinely strong and kind person. She is a walking reminder of a terrible war most people would rather forget; seen by society as untouchable and undesirable outcast. I did really feel bad for her and hated to see her suffer. I was rooting for her!
The end of the book finally reveals the answers to the tricky little questions you've been asking yourself during the entire book. I was so happy to finally see Jane completely blossom and own her beauty and her power. Now THAT I do love! Before I read the last 30 or so pages, I would've given this book two stars, but the ending redeemed it a bit, so I give it three. Despite my somewhat sour review, I will read the sequel, I have hopes that the story will expand and get much better.
Beyond Shame is a wildly naughty romp, but its also a surprisingly sweet story. This book is NOT for the puritans; its for the fun chicks like me ;) S...moreBeyond Shame is a wildly naughty romp, but its also a surprisingly sweet story. This book is NOT for the puritans; its for the fun chicks like me ;) Seriously, this book stands out among erotica. It was naughty and nice, just the perfect blend.
Its full of BDSM, group sex and a bit of girl-on-girl action. I have to admit, I didn't enjoy most of the sex in this book. It didnt gross me out or shock me. Sex involving four or more people? Yeah...not for me. Not to mention, a lot of it just seemed joyless and robotic or forced to me. But it wasn't just that...I hated Noelle most of the time. I hated her naivete and her lack of common sense. She was trapped under her fathers thumb in the city; how could she know anything about being an adult, or being a fun and delicious sinner? I eased up on her once I started to see her strength and determination shine through.
I loved Noelle with Jasper; like leather and lace. Err, once she started revving her lady engine, more like nipple clamps and leather. I thought the relationship they built was actually quite sweet and deep in comparison to typical erotica; I enjoyed their learning to trust each other while pushing each others boundaries sexually and emotionally. Now, the sexy bits I did like, I LIIIIKED, ya know what I mean? We are talking shameless, balls deep, smoking fucking hot action. Love it! And I love an unabashed, unashamed, free woman! Halle-fuckin-lujah woman! Own your body and own your naughty! I also loved the grittiness of this book. The straight talk, the violence and the tender moments were a treat. I hope there will be more to come in this series! Bring it on, Kit Rocha!
ARC received on NetGalley, Thanks!
I was totally waffling between 3 and 4 stars, but I went for 3; considering I struggled through at least the first half.(less)
Sentinel was exactly what I wanted. A book with a nice and tidy relatively happy ending. Sentinel is...moreMy review is up now at FicWishes Get over there!!
Sentinel was exactly what I wanted. A book with a nice and tidy relatively happy ending. Sentinel is not a terribly action-packed book, which was fine with me. Apollyon was so chaotic, that when I began Sentinel, I just wanted to see my Alex and Aiden get some damn peace. I breathed a contented sigh of relief finishing this one up. Finally! A conclusion that is worthy of its series and doesn’t make me hate the author for shitting on characters that I love.
This book wasn’t super shocking or even all that action-packed, as I already mentioned. To be frank, it didn’t seem as though all that much happened. Despite that, it’s not at all a boring read. There were a few unexpected twists, but mostly I could tell the outcome. Again, I was totally cool with that. This was a series I desperately needed to feel good about the ending because I genuinely loved these characters.
Speaking of characters, that is truly Jennifer Armentrout’s strength. She writes characters you love instantly. I always feel like I’m reading my insanely talented friends book when I pick up one of her titles. Just honestly, I want to tell everyone to read all of her books. The Covenant Series is definitely in my top ten. Sentinel was a perfect send-off for me.
And, here is where I abandon reviewing and just openly declare my love for Jen...
Why I love Jen Armentrout • She is funny as hell • Aiden St Delphi • She loves bacon as much as I do. Or at least Alex does. • She has mastered the art of angsty romance (take some notes, Stephenie Meyer) • She creates awesome heroines • She uses pop culture references and slang without coming off too hipster or silly • Daemon Black • She loves bloggers • She’s incredibly nice and down-to-earth • Despite her obvious YA writing strength, she can write a really great new adult book • She’s a fangirl too. She loves Supernatural! (Check out her blog, her Facebook etc) • The hot people on the Lux series covers are actually a couple! I’m not kidding. They are Hungarian, and they met when they were 12 years old (Go ahead and swoon, I am too) they are now engaged. Awwww!!
I tip my hat to anyone that could finish this series. I wanted to, but it was so full of unnecessary junk, derpy ass characters and a plot going nowhe...moreI tip my hat to anyone that could finish this series. I wanted to, but it was so full of unnecessary junk, derpy ass characters and a plot going nowhere that i just had to quit. I felt guilty at first, but now I feel liberated. I could be reading something I actually like right now.(less)
Since Ariel stole my heart at about the age of 8, I’ve been fascinated by the sea and its mythology. Needless to say, this is a genre that I’ve been d...moreSince Ariel stole my heart at about the age of 8, I’ve been fascinated by the sea and its mythology. Needless to say, this is a genre that I’ve been dying to jump into, pun totally intended. I was initially drawn to this book for the cover, I adore it, I just love Octopi! I know I’m such a danged cover junkie…
Ok, let’s get to it! Meet Cora, she is our beautiful, but broken protagonista; a regular teenage girl that shyly rocks a yellow bikini like nobody’s business. She’s recently lost her father and having trouble putting her life back together. She and her family and a good friend are whisked off to a mysterious spot in the Caribbean for some much need R&R. The destination turns out to be a gorgeous, isolated island complete with a storybook castle and secrets hidden behind every corner. Boy do these people know how to vacation!
Cora soon learns that her mother was not entirely human and begins to wonder just how normal she is herself. No island paradise is complete without hot guys right? DUH. Cora finds herself in the middle of an unwanted love triangle between two guys that are definitely not human. There’s Fynn, a Selkie who features in Cora’s dreams but disses her in real life. And then there’s Oren, a Merman who is ultra-cocky and has a serious superiority complex; the boy doesn’t hear the word no very well. Both play games with Cora and deceive her. Naturally, Cora is torn between the two guys and her life-like dreams only confuse her feelings further. She doesn’t know who trust and she doesn’t know who she really is. But seriously though, who wouldn’t love being adored by two hot guys that can breathe air AND water?! For the record, I’d be riding them around like manly Sea-doo’s. Take me to Fiji, dude! I’d have such a wicked tan.
The pacing of the book dragged for me in the middle a bit. But, it really picked up towards the end and a lot of questions were finally answered. I have a feeling the next book will flow better. As with most first books in a series, the burden of introducing a complex world and all those characters takes some serious explaining and time. The characters were all fairly likable and interesting too, if a bit confusing and mysterious at times. Cora got a bit redundant and indecisive, but she is a teenager, so I chalked it up to that. A couple of times, I just wanted to shake Cora and say “NO! Pick Fynn you silly girl!”
This was a fairly solid first novel. It’s written in a flowing style that’s a breeze to read through. I can tell that the author and I share a true love of the ocean. She describes the beach and underwater world with such vibrancy and wide eyed wonder. I really did feel transported, like I was reading this book on the beach. I was satisfied with the ending and I’m definitely anxious for the next book. I want to know what other secrets are in store for Cora and her man (No, I’m not telling you who he is!)
I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Rebecca, for sending me this book. So, thank you. I can tell this was really a labor of love for you. Hurry up and write the next book!
QIL (Quotes I loved): “I saw a movie once that said that two people in a family aren’t enough”
“I saw my Mom’s face looking up at me from the surface of the water, she smiles, and I couldn’t help but smile back under my hand”
I was lucky enough to win this book on First Reads. :) The author even wrote a sweet message in it for me, thank you, Jennifer!
I took advantage of a...moreI was lucky enough to win this book on First Reads. :) The author even wrote a sweet message in it for me, thank you, Jennifer!
I took advantage of a lazy afternoon over the weekend to curl up and enjoy this book. I adored all the artwork and found it to be a charming, sweet story. Like many other reviewers have mentioned, it reminded me of reading a story with my mother and that just endears it even more to me. I have already sent it to my 10 year old niece to enjoy with my sister. (less)
Feck me, I was literally on fire with desire to get Iced, like dying of want! Karen Marie Moning can do NO wrong with the Fever world. She creates cha...moreFeck me, I was literally on fire with desire to get Iced, like dying of want! Karen Marie Moning can do NO wrong with the Fever world. She creates characters you feel something so intensely about. Whether you love them or hate them, it’s that passion for her characters that has us all coming back and begging for more.
Obviously, this book centers on Ms. Mega, but let me just say, I love the other characters as well. Ryodan is mysterious, sexy and intriguing. Christian MacKeltar is close to being as sexy and mysterious and Barrons and damn does that say a lot. I literally have a dirty little shrine to Barrons set in my room. I’m kidding; I don’t, but that would rock! Mac wasn’t in the picture much in this book and that’s ok. She and Dani are both trying to come to terms with what Dani did in the past. It was Dani’s time to shine and Im glad she is getting the spotlight in this trilogy.
In Iced, we delve into Dani “Mega” O’Malley’s past and learn a lot about why she is the way she is. This book takes place after the walls have crashed and Dani has taken it upon herself to help the common folk and defend the human race at all costs. She’s almost the perfect little assassin and she’s adapted to the new chaotic world quite easily. As Christian and Ryodan each say to Dani at certain points in the book, she’s going to make one helluva woman someday. I cannot fecking wait to see her grow up, but dammit not too fast! I love her spunk and her attitude. Oh! And damn is she funny and sarcastic! She is such a typical headstrong teenager, despite the crazy world she’s stuck in.
Something is mysteriously icing parts of Dublin and the people and creatures in those parts. Ryodan enlists Dani’s help to figure out the what/how/why of it. How does Ryo manage that? You will just have to read and find out; it’s endearing, frustrating and even at times funny. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and was not predictable or boring in the least. The pace blazed along perfectly.
I love the Fever world, seriously LOVE it. If you enjoyed the Fever series you need to read this book ASAP. It’s so alive and so fantastic, it utterly exceeded my expectations.
I would review this, but it seems as though somehow it might ruin the magic of this book and how it made me feel. I absolutely loved his book. And say...moreI would review this, but it seems as though somehow it might ruin the magic of this book and how it made me feel. I absolutely loved his book. And saying that isn't even enough. (less)
A rich, pretty, executive type chick hooks up with a hot guy in a suit. He has a really killer chin dimple. You know t...moreMy review is live on FicWishes!
A rich, pretty, executive type chick hooks up with a hot guy in a suit. He has a really killer chin dimple. You know the ones that auto-magically make a guy super fuckable? So yeah, that’s what this book is about.
Ok, I maaaay be way oversimplifying the plot of Sweet Surrendering just a bit. Sweet Surrendering is about Aurora Clarke who isn’t your typical trust fund bitch; she has worked hard for her place at her father’s software company. Rory meets Lucas Blaine when he barges into her office and basically demands an interview to be her assistant, with emphasis on ass. Lucas is pure Alpha hotness and amazingly, so is Rory. Being an alpha girl myself, I LOVED the tension and the sex in this book. It was almost like reading my own personal fantasies. I’m not a huge fan of single nipple piercings on guys, but that’s just me nitpicking. I couldn’t help but really like and strongly identify with Rory. She also has awesome, supportive and funny friends. Ya’ll will just love her roomie, Sloane; she’s such a freaking hoot.
This book reads much like a journal. Which works well for this story; it allows for a lot of humor and makes it feel very authentic and personal. It reminded me vaguely of Bridget Jones’ Diary. What’s the difference, you ask? Aside from lots of fun office sex; this is an entertaining and pretty well written book. I am not necessarily intending a burn there, just being honest. I don’t remember BJD being this easy to read, or this engaging.
This book is funny, witty and pure sexy adult fun. I highly recommend it to romance and erotica fans. It’s dirty, but not gross or overly detailed with the sexy bits. The love story is really very sweet and endearing. It’s a very believable plot and Rory’s repertoire with her girlfriends is exactly how I talk to my good friends. All my dirtybirdy girlies out there definitely pick this book up right away. I’ll be trying out a few of Chelsea’s other titles now and I’m eagerly awaiting Book 2 in this series.
“All we ask is that you refuse to kneel. You are the people. You have the power. Open your eyes. Open your minds. Th...moreARC provided by NetGalley, thanks!
“All we ask is that you refuse to kneel. You are the people. You have the power. Open your eyes. Open your minds. Then close the fingers on your hand”
*Shivers and enthusiastically raises fist*
Be warned: I'm an adult and I use the occasional naughty word in my reviews. Sorry if that offends you, but its my review so shut up.
I never thought to myself “I need some Japanese steam punk”...But holy shit, did I ever! Once I saw this fierce, gorgeous cover a few months ago, I knew I needed this book in my life. THEN I read the description and I about fell out of my seat, my desire to read it was palpable. I adore all things Japanese; I love the history, mythology, tradition, art and the language. I spent many childhood weekends watching movies like Drunken Angel and Seven Samurai (Kurosawa is STILL the man) and I’ve always dreamed of touring Japan for a couple of weeks when I can save up some dough. I’m going to start saving for that soon, dammit.
I am fairly knowledgeable about basic Japanese history and mythology, but Stormdancer fed my desire to learn like crazy. I often held my Nook in one hand and furiously researched with my Droid in the other hand. Looking up things like the difference between a katana and a Wakizashi and reading further about Japanese mythology. I learned more about Bushido, I’m pretty sure I’m basically a samurai now (well, in my mind I am). I didn’t see the Glossary until I was done, which was fine with me, because what I wasn’t already familiar with I had a lot of fun finding out on my own.
Let’s talk Yukiko! She's the star of this story. She’s a smart, beautiful free thinker and I love her to bits. She is definitely her father’s daughter, a fox or Kitsune. She’s a born hunter with a secret edge; a mental connection to animals. She's also got an iron will and more honor than you can shake a chainkatana at. Yep, this book has cool things like chainsaw katana’s, tons of neat steampunk-y things, demons and a griffin too! Must contain nerdgasm...
Yukiko lives in a really dreary dystopian feudal country called Shima. Her country cowers under the control of a spoiled Shogun and are constantly at war. Everything has been overtaken by the highly addictive and pollutant chi. Starvation, disease, addiction and misery is abundant.
This world is so complex and perfectly woven; its such a vibrant place. It took some serious groundwork, but was well worth the long descriptions and pages full of sensory overloaded goodness. This is a highly sophisticated and imaginative fantasy world. I highlighted so many beautiful descriptions and quotes in this e-book that many of the pages look striped. Check out this pretty pretty little bitty:
“...Walls painted with tiger motifs, prowling in a stylized jungle. Balcony overlook the garden, piteous sparrow song drifting through the open doors, entwined with a blessedly cool breeze. Mats of lotus wicker across the floor , a low table in the middle of the room surrounded by silken cushions...”
Fucking lovely right?!
I wouldn’t call this a YA book, but I wouldn’t call it an “adult” book either. I'd just call it a book for awesome people. It’s too aggressive, gritty and real for younger teen readers. If you want flowers, unicorns and dancing, this isn’t your book. Then again, you just shouldn’t read dystopian if that’s your bag. Actually, I’ll take a lotus addicted Unicorn in the next book, if possible. The main character is a girl, but this is not a gender-specific book; its not a book for girls and its not girly. I think guys will enjoy it just as much as I did. It is definitely packed with chick power, but you don't get beaten in the face with estrogen. After all...
“A daughter with courage is a blessing to her father's house”
I finished the book on my patio while it was drizzling a bit, it was perfect. I always listen to music as I read and I’ve been on a metal kick lately. So, I was tickled when I read in the Acknowledgments that Jay is also a metal fan. I gotta tell you, Pantera sounded fucking fantastic over the ending. This was such a metal book!
Jay…Please tell me this is part one of 20? Nod and/or say hai. (It’s not a threat; just ignore the sword I’m holding…) I’m cool with your no-happy-endings policy, in fact I prefer it. Oh, and thanks for being awesome. Its books like yours that slap me in the face and remind me again why I love reading. Stormdancer is the dark horse, the book that crept up and sparked my imagination like wildfire. It’s that rare book that stands up and just exceeds the hell out of your expectations. In other words, it blew me away.
QIL (Quotes I loved):
“May you live a hundred years and never have daughters, my friend”
“One day you will understand, Yukiko. One day you will see that we must sometimes sacrifice for the sake of something greater”
“The people of Shima are addicted to chi. The system will not die willingly, it must be killed. Those enslaved will adapt or perish, like any addict denied his fix. But better to die on your feet than live on your knees”
“A conscience is easier to swallow on an empty belly, simpler to swing with a broken wrist. The people who hate money are the ones who don't have any. The people who hate power are the ones who are powerless”
“All we ask is that you refuse to kneel. You are the people. You have the power. Open your eyes. Open your minds. Then close the fingers on your hand”
This is one of those books that you’re almost scared to review (TFIOS was another). When you love something so vastly, it seems an impossible task to...moreThis is one of those books that you’re almost scared to review (TFIOS was another). When you love something so vastly, it seems an impossible task to really tell anyone why. Can you distinctly describe its finer points, its brilliance and what it meant to you? Can I just pull my beating heart out and staple it to this book? Because it utterly stole my heart and I fucking loved it.
For the Darkness Shows the Stars is a re-telling of Persuasion by the inimitable Jane Austen. I am not a big Austen fan, I like the movies but I find I can’t read her very well. So, I don’t know Persuasion from a can of paint, but I’m pretty sure this re-telling blasts the original out of the galaxy. This book is YA Dystopia, but that doesn’t quite describe it. It also feels like historical fiction, science fiction (post-apocalyptic, if we are getting picky), romance and it’s a bit steampunk too. What an absolutely intoxicating mixture though; it feels very familiar but entirely new. It’s obvious Diana Peterfreund adores Jane Austen, while I’m not a fan; it only endeared me more to the story.
I took several hours trying to concentrate on writing a review for thsi book, the above is what I got. I just cant come up with much more to say. I loved this book. Like, I mean, I LOVED it loved it. (less)
**spoiler alert** 3 stars. Meh (And Im being generous with the stars)
I read this book not knowing that it was the last in the series. I don’t know how...more**spoiler alert** 3 stars. Meh (And Im being generous with the stars)
I read this book not knowing that it was the last in the series. I don’t know how I managed that, I don’t live under a rock, I swear! The general consensus after a few days of unmitigated rage is that I am dissatisfied. I can’t quite pin down what I wanted, but this wasn’t it. The Dystopian genre can be so tricky. If you get a happy, sunshine ending it’s not always believable. But I don’t want utter destruction and characters whose lives are falling apart either. This book landed squarely in the middle, but it leans more towards ‘almost sucked’.
Alex is back, baby! The bad news is that he is jaded and aloof and isn’t very nice to Lena. I know I couldn’t expect them to just jump right back into each other’s arms. Too much has happened; there’s been too much loss and they’ve gone too far individually. Enter third wheel; the sweet, hard-working Julian. He’s there, so yeah…um…he doesn’t go away and his feelings for Lena aren’t squashed. I am totally on Team Alex, but I felt bad for Julian the whole time.
Oh and Hanna, dammit. She’s been cured and she is a sad shell of her former self. I knew this would happen, but knowing didn’t damper the sadness and disappointment of seeing her caged. She still has some flickers of independence and rebellion and it’s just enough to wonder if being cured couldn’t quite tame her free spirit. She stays true to herself, but at a very steep cost. Hanna totally broke my heart in this book.
Here’s the book super simplified: Alec and Lena are reunited and are 'meh' about each other, stuff is messed up, sacrifices are made, people die, a few good things happen, The End. Now do you see why I’m a bit unhappy? Somewhere in there should’ve been ‘Alex and Lena are happy’. The ending implies what the future might be like, but we don’t see it happen. It took me a few days of being angry with the ending to finally drop my head and mutter ‘that'll do pig’ and prepare to move onto the next series that will inevitably crush my fucking heart. I kept thinking this can’t be done, this can’t be over. I was looking for one last hidden chapter to wrap it up and give me the warm fuzzies. Trust me, I looked and it isn’t there.
(Insert a gif of someone furiously freaking out and ripping out their hair here, because Im not clever enough to do it...)
In the end, I have to respect Lauren Oliver for her willingness to piss off all the grumpy assholes like me who need a story wrapped up beautifully. Much respect, because the thing is, the world isn’t beautiful. So, thanks for the nasty shot of reality, I had to use a chaser because it tasted like shit and I choked a little bit, but I managed to keep it down in the end. Overall, this was a fantastic Dystopian trilogy. Delirium blew my mind and had me so in love with these characters that they could’ve been eaten by werewolves in the end and I would’ve been relatively happy. But, don’t you worry! There were no werewolves in sight.(less)