Seven months have passed, and London and her friends aren’t any closer to rescuing Rye or getting the answers they so desperately need to defeat the T...moreSeven months have passed, and London and her friends aren’t any closer to rescuing Rye or getting the answers they so desperately need to defeat the Tycoons. Everywhere they go, the Tycoons seem to be a half step behind them, catching up and keeping them on their toes so they can barely think straight. Add to that, London’s guilt that she hasn’t looked back and is slowly falling for Zen, and emotions are running high. Can they find the answers they need on the Astral Plane, or will their emotions keep them from growing and learning with their Others? Astral Tide jumps in after a bit of a time skip from Otherborn. Roughly seven months have past since the conclusion of the last book, and we find out that our group have been traveling from camp to camp trying to gather what they need to move forward with their plans. Relationships are evolving, emotions are growing, and the dreaming is spreading.
The story is simple really. They are on the run from the Tycoons, and somehow always getting caught. They are wearing out their welcome everywhere they go, because they are basically a plague on the world. Everyone who lets them in, gets hurt in the process. London is filled with guilt because it’s been seven months and they are still no closer to freeing Rye, and she is starting to fall for Zen despite herself.
Which brings us to the only reason this didn’t get another star. A love triangle. It will be the death of me. I foresee it! There is a part where London and another are told about a choice in the end that could end in their deaths. I just.. I froze when I saw the words on the page. It won’t happen until the next book, I am certain of that, and if it happens the way I think it will, I will cry forever. I hate love triangles where you root for the obvious loser instead of the one you are supposed to. I just, don’t see my favorite winning this one. That leaves me horribly disappointed. I get too invested into the romance in a story, and this is going to be a heart-wrenching one for me. I am falling too much in love with London, and by extension, the other characters. It just cannot end pretty. It won’t go my way. I am beyond depressed.
Speaking of the characters, you get to see a lot more Zen and Kim, and even Tora in this book than you did in the last one. I was really happy to see that. Kim remains a side character. The really endearing thing about him is his extreme loyalty. It is unshakable and I adore him for it. I loved seeing more and more about Zen. He is such a nice character and I just want to snuggle him forever. The story was very character driven, and because of it, they are learning more and more about what they need to do.
There were times where things seemed to lag, but only for them to get rocked immediately. The lags are barely noticable. I would find myself starting to wonder when the story was going to pick up, just for it to toss me back into the squall, and I would realize, I had never left, the wind had just given me a chance to catch my breath. Second novels are usually so difficult to like because they are bridges, nothing more. They bridge the way to the third installment. That is how trilogies work. Book one is for world building and character introduction/development, book two is the bridge for preparing and build up to the final conflict, and book three is the end to all ends. Because of it, most of the bridge books end up being horrible and boring. While, I feel there might not have been enough progress made towards their final goal, this bridge was not boring in the least and is a regular tome of knowledge, giving us a lot of answers about the Astral that we were left with from the first book. I can’t fathom how it will go from here, and the semi-cliffhanger ending was confusing and a bit frustrating because I can’t see the direction like I feel I should be able to. I am horribly excited for the third installment. This series has hooked me in a way most dystopians can’t seem to do. (less)
Alison is a young single mother who has just had her Power awakened. A descendant, born with the Angel's Power...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Alison is a young single mother who has just had her Power awakened. A descendant, born with the Angel's Power in her, Alison is thrown into the world of the Order. Training with Order member, David, so that she can face the leader of their enemies, the Rising, she discovers her strength and Power as she learns to control her abilities. The Rising leader, Damien, fears her to be the Descendant, the prophesied one who is descended with all the Angel's powers, and the only one who can kill him. He will stop at nothing to see her dead, but Alison isn't going down without a fight.
Being that I have known Theresa Jones since she was about 10 years old, I was granted the pleasure of cheating. I was allowed to read the very first draft of this novel, and I have to say, the changes since then are fairly large. This novel has truly transformed. Seeing my name in the acknowledgements was the best gift I could have gotten.
This novel is really easy to read. The writing just flows, taking you on the journey. I would have liked to see a bit more emotion building. I got a tear in my eyes once or twice, but I would have really liked to be consumed by the novel. I thought at first, that maybe since I had read it before, that I was uneffected, but enough had changed that I feel I should have still been more moved. The lack of it wasn't enough to kill anything, just to make me miss having it there. I also would've liked a bit more uncertainty. There is a point where things are slightly predictable, thought that might be confidence leaking off the pages.
I really like the characters. Alison is a sweetheart who is just so full of love. Her reactions to things can be a bit heated, but she seems like the type who feels all her emotions quickly and strongly. Although she was forced to mature early for her age when she became a young mother, she still is the type to feel an emotion first and ask questions or find rational thought later. David is wonderful, though felt stiff at times. It might have to deal a lot with his age though. Samantha is precious, and I really would've liked to have seen more of her, but I know that this wasn't her story. I felt like Damien could've been more fleshed out as a character, but I was generally happy with him.
The plot is really easy to follow. Things are explained well, in a way you can grasp them easily without it making you feel like you are being talked down to. The story was really nice. Angels and Demons aren't usually my thing, but they are there in the history of this novel and not so much in the pages of it. I loved the way the powers were explained and described. It was really easy to imagine it in your head and just made me happy. More characters need awesome magic like this. The basis of things were simple. I feel like there will be much more to this, but that it will unfurl more in the future installments. I wish the tension building for the climax had been a bit more drawn out. While it was needed, the set up of the novel was just a little long compared to the climax, and the climax started off right after a short time skip, giving the tension less time to build up. The climax was well written, once again, would've liked a bit more tension, maybe a some more action, I was just left longing for it.
This was a really good start to the series, a great novel, and a fabulous debut. Completely worth picking up. Definitely recommend this to everyone. (less)
London was the first. She was the first to dream, the first to create. Now it's spreading to her bandmates. But dreaming, and creating, those are thin...moreLondon was the first. She was the first to dream, the first to create. Now it's spreading to her bandmates. But dreaming, and creating, those are things of the old world. They have no place in the current world. When two people close to her are murdered, and a third goes missing, London knows there is more to this than she can easily see. But what she will discover is more than she ever imagined.
I should not have liked this book as much as I did. I'm usually not a fan of dystopian novels. I have trouble with thinking of a future world where everything is destroyed for one reason or another. Books are an escape to me. Dystopian worlds are too often bleak. That isn't what I want from a novel. But when Anna Silver sent me the first chapters to see if I would be interested, I couldn't look away. I was kidnapped by this book from the beginning, and it still hasn't let me go. I may have finished it, but this is like, playtime in a prison yard more than actual freedom.
The characters are intriguing. You don't fall for them right away. The more you learn about them, the more you get hooked on them. London and Rye are the main ones, which is nice enough, but I wouldn't have minded seeing more of Kim and Zen. Maybe they will have a slightly larger role later in the series. The characters were nicely fleshed out and flawed. Everything you really want in a character. They aren't annoying or grating, but they aren't overly fantastic either. They just are, and that works.
The story and writing are what really sealed this book for me. The plot is so original and intriguing. It leaves you with so many questions, wanting more that you just can't get right away. A lot of questions get answered, but they only open more. The writing style was my favorite of anything though. The writing is almost lyrical. You feel like you are floating on the wind as you read through it. The writing is perfect and effortless. Never was there a spot where I wanted to stop for some reason. There weren't any jutting edges between chapters. It all flowed together in a perfectly, unbroken line.
All around, just pleasantly surprised with this novel. If you are a fan of dystopians, you will love it. If you aren't, but are a fan of the supernatural, dreamwalking and such, then you should give it a shot too. I bet you will find it worth it like I did. Highly recommended.(less)