The thing I loved most about this book was just how much the kids are growing up. Frank, Leo and Jason all went through various ordeals that taught th...moreThe thing I loved most about this book was just how much the kids are growing up. Frank, Leo and Jason all went through various ordeals that taught them more about themselves than they knew before - and brought them closer to leading men than they have ever been in the series previously.
Leo actually went from being a character I cared next to nothing about to one of the characters I care most about. A little (view spoiler)[heartbreak (hide spoiler)] has done him a world of good. Jason became less of an enigma and more of a real person - with strengths, weaknesses and thoughts of his own - and less the golden boy on a pedestal he'd been before. And Frank, the baby-faced sweetheart, became a warrior I could believe in, a man I could look up to in this series.
Percy and Annabeth seemed to come out stronger for their trials in Tartarus than I thought they would. Hazel, too, even had her moments in this story. I wish Nico had stuck around a little longer. That boy needs the chip on his shoulders removed; he needs to realize that the others aren't going to judge him for his "flaw" (as Nico would see his (view spoiler)[homosexual feelings for Percy (hide spoiler)]). I also have some hope for Piper, who has seemed like a very shallow girl and not a very obvious match for Jason. Hopefully she'll grow up a little in The Blood of Olympus.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Brockmann has a gift for story-telling. I've said it before and she proves it time and again. Even if I find fault with some of the aspects of the sto...moreBrockmann has a gift for story-telling. I've said it before and she proves it time and again. Even if I find fault with some of the aspects of the story she tells, I can never put one of her books down. She gets under my skin and only finishing the book will set me free.
I loved that this new series takes place in the Troubleshooters' world. I was a fan of the Troubleshooters, so when that series ended, I was a little sad. I like that Reluctant Heroes won't try to duplicate Troubleshooters, but that those beloved characters aren't gone forever. I loved Martell and can't wait to get more of him. I thought Ian and Phoebe's romance, though rushed, worked (and I don't often say that of rushed romances). I liked getting to know a new set of characters and I can't wait to see where Brockmann takes them!
A note about my rating...I gave it four stars, but I think this was probably a solid 3.5. I don't like to hand out 4 or 5 stars unless I feel they're especially deserved, but I didn't feel that the book merited a 3, which is why I'm qualifying my rating. The plot itself was a 3, but Brockmann's style and voice gave it that extra .5 of a star.(less)
Yet again Brockmann's amazing story-telling abilities have drawn me into a start of a great series. The setting of the story is unique among Brockmann...moreYet again Brockmann's amazing story-telling abilities have drawn me into a start of a great series. The setting of the story is unique among Brockmann's works and while I've read similar story lines from other authors and have been disappointed, I have high hopes that Brockmann will do something good with this world of hers.
Although Mac was probably my least-favorite character overall, I loved Shane, Bach, Anna, Nika, Stephen, and Elliott - and I can't wait for the next book!(less)
Unreal...what a cliffhanger!! When I originally read the title, I assumed Five died. I never saw (view spoiler)[the betrayal (hide spoiler)] coming un...moreUnreal...what a cliffhanger!! When I originally read the title, I assumed Five died. I never saw (view spoiler)[the betrayal (hide spoiler)] coming until almost the end. A brilliant, if blinding, move plot-wise.
Just when I thought (view spoiler)[Eight was safe, the prophecy comes true. I'm incredibly sad for the Garde and for Marina specifically that he died. (hide spoiler)]
I liked this book because of how much Lore shares about the Garde. John and Nine are both maturing and growing into their respective roles. They seem less like children; John actually seems like a leader and Nine shows himself to be a rather stellar strategist. Six, Sarah, Marina and Ella are finding their strengths in their own ways. It's clear from the beginning that (view spoiler)[Five is an outsider, and while the idea of a traitor is introduced early on, I never even suspected him, even though I didn't like him. And I can't really bring myself to talk about Eight at the moment. There isn't much point anyway...he's gone. (hide spoiler)]
I can't wait for the next part to come out! So much is left to resolve.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book has changed my eating habits. Really and truly it has. I read labels like never before, I'm conscious of the combinations of food I eat, and...moreThis book has changed my eating habits. Really and truly it has. I read labels like never before, I'm conscious of the combinations of food I eat, and I don't think I've ever felt better about what's going in my mouth. Planck's easy-to-read guide allows you to both understand what you're reading and apply it when you go to the farmer's market. The only downside is that I feel she relies to heavily on secondary sources. (I was a history major so bear with me here.) Planck's advice, while probably well-founded, doesn't carry as much weight as it could if she were to go back to the original source of the information. For example, she talks about soy products and their lack of healthful benefit. At one point she almost goes so far as to say that soy is bad for you. That may be true, but her source is another author's book on why soy is bad...it's not the study behind the other author's book. What's to have prevented this other author from making up a bunch of hogwash about soy? Nothing. Now I assume that Planck did her research and found the other author based his info on a study, but her argument would have been more sound if she'd just footnoted the primary source. There are several instances of this kind of thing, but it does not detract from her points generally.(less)
This book far outstripped my expectations! I love the Bourne movies and decided to read the books to see how they compared: they don't. I think one of...moreThis book far outstripped my expectations! I love the Bourne movies and decided to read the books to see how they compared: they don't. I think one of the people associated with the films (can't remember his/her function) best summed up the difference between the books and the movies: "The books are about a good guy who's convinced he's a bad guy and haunted by that idea; the movies are about a bad guy who's convinced he's a good guy and has a hard time realizing he's not." (That was a paraphrase even though I put it in quotations.) I've begun to think of the movies as completely separate from the books - both equally good entertainment.(less)