In all honesty I have been pretty disappointed in a lot of 2nd in a trilogy books I have read lately. They never capture the magic of the first book.In all honesty I have been pretty disappointed in a lot of 2nd in a trilogy books I have read lately. They never capture the magic of the first book. Everneath ended up being one of my favorite books of last year, so I was super excited to read Everbound. I ended up loving it as much as the first book. It broke a huge reading slump for me. I can't wait to see what happens next....more
For reasons I have yet to pin down, I absolutely adore this series. This book did absolutely nothing to dissuade my opinion. The characters remain engFor reasons I have yet to pin down, I absolutely adore this series. This book did absolutely nothing to dissuade my opinion. The characters remain engaging, the pacing is perfect, the world building made the story come alive, and so much more. I have never even attempted to write a review for this series because just like this book I can't say why I love it, I just do. If you are a fan of the first two books, you will love this one. My only complaint was that the author goes back and summarizes the events in the previous books a bit too often. I know they do this to remind readers what they may have forgotten, but really I have never really forgotten anything that happened in the previous books. The events have always stuck with me and so the retreads become superfluous and take away from the new story. The other criticism I have is not even about the book it is about the whole Advanced Reader Copy idea and the worst part about them: I now have to wait even longer for the next book in the series, and that truly is a bummer....more
To say that this was my most anticipated book of the summer would be an understatement. I was frothing at the mouth to read this book, and I can’t telTo say that this was my most anticipated book of the summer would be an understatement. I was frothing at the mouth to read this book, and I can’t tell you how pleased I am to say that it lived up to everything I hoped it would be, and more. I absolutely could not put this book down, and I was so sad when it ended. I just wanted more, more, more.
The Characters: I couldn’t get enough of these characters. I want to be best friends with Samantha and I want to date Jase. Always an indication of a winning book. I found each of these characters so well fleshed out that I felt I knew them. What I was particularly impressed with was the development of the secondary characters. The author really did a good job of letting you know exactly who they were, what their motives were, and yet I wanted to learn more about them. I think each of them was so well developed that they could almost carry a book by themselves. Not only that, but I would read that book.
The Plot: I found everything to be completely believable. There was really no suspension of disbelieve happening in this one. Some parts made me happy, other sad, but never once was I annoyed by a direction in the story. Nor did I ever get lost and have to try to figure out where I was within the story.
The Pacing: This is always a big deal for me, and this book passed the pacing test with flying colors. The story moved at the perfect pace. I never once got bored, and I always was anticipating what would happen next.
Bottom line: Too often Sarah Dessen’s name gets tossed around to describe another book or another author. Inevitably I am always disappointed because they are never anything like Sarah Dessen and only wish they could be as great as her. Not this time. The writing and the story was very Dessen-ish, and yet still totally new and fresh. I can’t wait to see what Fitzpatrick comes out with next. This is a book I can read 50 more times and never get tired of it. I still miss these characters like I do with any great book. One of the best books I have read this year. ...more