I liked the story here, as much as Clockwork Angel. The main issue I have with these two books is how even the action is drawn out. It gets very dull...moreI liked the story here, as much as Clockwork Angel. The main issue I have with these two books is how even the action is drawn out. It gets very dull in places, and the exciting parts aren't heart-racing parts. I love the setting, the characters, the little surprises here and there. It was a good read, the negatives and positives really pretty much leveling out to the point of more good than bad. And I do want to read the next book in the series.I enjoy the world she has created. I mistaken it wouldn't rain quite so much.(less)
This was a hard book for me to get into. But once I did, I enjoyed it so much I didn't want to put it down. The story is interesting, the characters w...moreThis was a hard book for me to get into. But once I did, I enjoyed it so much I didn't want to put it down. The story is interesting, the characters well thought out, showing depth in even the secondary characters. The environment is almost haunting. In my mind, I see it all like there is a haze, constant fog, everything faded, near sepia toned. It's beautiful.
The 'love triangle' is predictable and annoying. I like both boys, though one needs to get over himself. I am rooting for the nice guy this time.
The bad guy was a shock to me. The head bad guy, not so much. I had my suspicions about him from get-go.
This book was a hundred times better than Wake. I actually started feeling more of a connection with the characters, the writing style was so much b...moreThis book was a hundred times better than Wake. I actually started feeling more of a connection with the characters, the writing style was so much better as well. There was a story to this one. Well, more of one, the emotion was a little more, where I may not have felt what the characters felt, but I understood they were feeling and knew what emotion was there.
Some things I like about this book: - She has an ability that has consequences. The consequences are horrible, I won't say what they are, I don't want to ruin it. But I am tired of most books out there giving these amazing gifts to the character, and then saying there is consequences, but they are so minor they might as well not exist. Young Adult books try to be happily ever afters, but this book is reality. Hard things. Not getting something for nothing. It sucks, but it's honest, in a supernatural way.
- There is no love triangle. Love triangles are so overdone it has become a cliche. This has a relationship. One that requires work. With upsets and disappointments, a little angst, fights and make-ups. It's a relationship that shows work, not a typical lovey-dovey, sappy story. Not choosing between a bad guy and a good one. It's about finding that someone, falling, and making a decision to make it work. It's real. Not a fairy-tale.
- It is honest. There is the horrible parents, the fair-weather friends. Every action having a reaction, equal or not. There are drugs, alcohol, sex. Nothing too detailed for a YA book. It is life. That is all a part of it. It's real.
- A strong female. She may love a man, but he doesn't control her. He doesn't dictate one thing for her. He wants her to be safe, she refuses. She tries to explain why. What she needs. There is communication. Not a million missed opportunities. There is giving up, showing there comes a point when you have to try to move on. Yet being able to forgive. To make up. To move on in a different way.
Things I didn't like: - There is still not enough detail. I don't see the story playing out at all times. It feels like chunks are missing. Some spots are great. Others terrible.
- The writing is inconsistent. The author writes a great section, then loses the magic on another.
- The little random insights into someone other than the main character totally threw me off a few times.
Overall I enjoyed this. The story deserved four stars. The writing knocked it down to three. I'm feeling that emotional block, but not so much. I am thinking it will be mostly eliminated in the third book of the trilogy. The emotion getting stronger as Janie begins to really feel more of the emotion. I'll be starting on the third book right away.(less)
I read this in one day, overnight, actually. I didn't want to let it go. There is so much pure emotion in this book. Cynthia Hand is an amazing writ...moreI read this in one day, overnight, actually. I didn't want to let it go. There is so much pure emotion in this book. Cynthia Hand is an amazing writer. I don't know how many books there will be in this series. I haven't looked up anything, yet. But it feels like it is really just beginning. It feels like anything I say would be a spoiler, so I will only say how it made me feel. It made me feel . That is rare in itself. I felt like I was with her every second. I felt happy, filled with joy, my heart broke when hers did. It's almost too much. It's a good story, (view spoiler)[ the inevitability of death was about crushing me in this book. (hide spoiler)] the first book had a lot more action, but this one was still better. In the Unearthly I felt embarrassed for her, the carrot colored hair, the noticeable stalking of Christian. I wanted her to give Tucker a chance. And she did. But, just like Clara,I am torn throughout Hallowed. Should visions of destiny really be the reason to give up what you love? To sacrifice someone you love? (view spoiler)[ and why couldn't Jeffery just tell her his purpose? If she had known, most of it wouldn't happen! (hide spoiler)] I am with her, feeling like it is too much. She is seventeen, isn't she too young to be making all these decisions, with one heartbreak after another? One wrenching painful decision after another? I loved this book. Some might call it a light read, but for me it wasn't. It was packed full of emotion, how can anyone call that light?(less)
I loved this book. Every word held my attention. Every action Made got some sort of reaction from me. This was an amazing book. I would love to leave...moreI loved this book. Every word held my attention. Every action Made got some sort of reaction from me. This was an amazing book. I would love to leave a long glowing review, but to be honest, I am too interested in starting the second book of the series. Love this. The only reason it received four stars instead of five is because the coincidences in this book add up to nothing so far. I am sure there is an answer later, and I can't wait to find it, but I'm the meantime, there are far too many questions and far too little answers.(less)
I thought this was a really good book. It's set in the same world as the Vampire Academy Series, which I absolutely loved. The Alchemists were introdu...moreI thought this was a really good book. It's set in the same world as the Vampire Academy Series, which I absolutely loved. The Alchemists were introduced sometime in the middle of the series, namely Sydney, who is the main character in this book. Sydney is very interesting. She's brave and smart, overall a 'good' girl. But she is terrified of vampires. Moroi, and Strigoi even more so. The Alchemists job is to protect humans from vampires. But in this book she is to play roommate to a Moroi. A royal Moroi at that.
Sydney goes through a wonderful transformation in this book, though she isn't so far removed from who she was that you can't recognize her. This is a great addition to the amazing world that Richelle Mead created. I'm excited to see where the series goes, and I'll be reading every step of the way. The last lines of the book has me even more anxious to read more.
I don't feel like I should say much in this review, because things that wouldn't spoil the story could spoil the series this is spun from. (less)
Juliette Is not a character I could really connect to. I guess her actions are supposed to show us she isn't insane, though her constant internal mono...moreJuliette Is not a character I could really connect to. I guess her actions are supposed to show us she isn't insane, though her constant internal monologue makes me wonder. I'm really unsure what has happened with her. She says at the beginning she is 17 and she hasn't talked to anyone in 264 days. However the incident that got her locked up, happened when she was 13? Maybe I missed something there. Where was she locked up before?
I got used to the writing, but I don't understand why the constant repeating and the sentences marked out was necessary. To me some of the characters felt a little empty. No one was memorable. I had to look up Juliette's name so I could write this, and I just finished the book 15 minutes ago. To me, there's a crazy/not crazy girl who is locked up, gets an offer from a bad guy, refuses, gets made to anyway. There's a guy (isn't there always) and then all the predictable stuff happens next.you can guess what it is. No one needs to tell you. Oh but wait, she gets to be like Rogue from X-Men and can't touch anyone, just a finger and she'll kill you. And like every gift or disability, what happens next? (view spoiler)[ the guy she is in love with can magically touch her, and to make it even better, so can the bad guy (hide spoiler)]
A lot of people liked the writing style once getting used to it, but the story was flat and predictable to me. I am not interested in the second book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)