Exciting. Mysterious. Kick-ass! Now this is what I call a good build-up!
I Am Number Four got only four stars from me, but I'm happy to say its follow-u...moreExciting. Mysterious. Kick-ass! Now this is what I call a good build-up!
I Am Number Four got only four stars from me, but I'm happy to say its follow-up was way better and hit the five. The second Lorien Legacies book was action-packed and the characters finally grew into themselves, especially John. And there was the added difference of rotating-POVs.
Major events were the introduction of Number 7, a.k.a. Marina, and her Cepan; we are introduced to new kinds of legacies (really cool ones); also on her front we see a couple of visions which are kind of disturbing; through her the mystery of the second ship to leave Lorien is nibbled at. Every two chapters the POVs switched between Marina and John, and through his there were also visions, and some amazing battle dynamics (just beautiful!); also there was the story of what Six had gone through before meeting him (which was really dark), Bernie Kosar was there, too; we find more about the chests and the Mogadorians, and we meet another Number.
What I loved in this book, aside from the awesome legacies and fight-scenes, was that the characters finally got into character. When an author creates a hero/heroine they are infused with certain qualities, having gone through certain things. In Book One I was not captured by John because he was supposed to be smart, a fighter ready and determined to save the world, and all his choices and words were that of a somewhat spoiled, whiny teenager; Sam was good, as were Six and Mark, but don't get me started on Sarah - she felt totally unrealistic and... ‘plastic’, I guess. In this book John finally acted like the warrior he knows himself to be, and the one the authors apparently wanted him to be from the beginning. Sam is a little bit too 'idolized', though that's not the exact description - he was better at what they were doing than he was supposed to be, considering who he was. Six could have been a bit darker, but she was the best-worked-out character, aside from Marina, in the whole thing. Number 7 was really well-done, flaws and spirit and all.
Then insert Sarah for one scene and all goes to hell. I swear, she feels completely plastic in this one - it's like the authors had inserted her to create a certain following scene, but she annoyed the hell out of me - for God's sake, she meets Four who is wounded and bleeding and just out of a fight after being on the run and fighting for so long, and she begins to whine about how bad her life was, and how she was an outcast to her previous popular-girl-turned-deep-through-breaking-the-stereotype; she tells him to surrender to the police, believing that would be best for all. And then Four goes all crappy by actually empathizing with the egoist and thinking that, yeah, she's going through too much pain while he’s wounded, on the run, and having left Six to fend for herself with a dozen Mogs. Seriously?! This was the only part I really hated in there, going through it while either laughing at the ridiculousness of the whole thing, or shaking my head in disbelief.
But then the following pages, all the way to the end, were really good. Amazing even. I laughed a lot throughout the book, my mind was really caught in all the twists of the plot, and I was groaning when I'd gone through the final page, the next one not even announced yet! Damn.
For fans of Four/Sarah - beware, you would hate this. For those who've seen Sarah's 'plastic' personality - you will love this. And for those who are into the series for the action - this will be a hell of a ride. So, read at your own risk/pleasure, for me it was the latter. (less)
One thing I adore about these series - every single book brings out a completely new and thrilling situation, all tangled up with the inter-volume plo...moreOne thing I adore about these series - every single book brings out a completely new and thrilling situation, all tangled up with the inter-volume plot. Shift presents an amazing new twist to the story.
Plot: The plot was as tangled as ever, which would mean - a crimi, tied up in thriller-like situations, casualties, severe body wounds, abductions, assaults and outright murder. The unexpected-development factor was lower, compared to those of the previous four books, but the novel was just as catching as them.
Characters: The old ones develop very authentically, and grow, especially Faythe and Jace. Our main heroine is even showing outright her alpha birthright and potential through words backed up by actions.
The new additions to the story are fascinating and would definetely bear meaning in the end. I have a sneaky feeling that through all the trouble and nead-dead experiences Faythe has managed to find unexpected future allies in the faces of suspects and supposed foes - I'm sure that some of the strays and the thunderbirds would have major roles to play in the future war which seems to loom over Alpha.
Language: Love it, as always. The profanities reign, and that gives authenticity to the plot. After all, I would definetely swear at the SOB responcible for nearly choking, nearly raping me and cutting a diagonal down one side of my face, if I was Faythe.
Action: Ass-kicking guaranteed. The book's full of it, just like its predecessors. And there's always the face-off near the end, so typical for the series.
Romance: Okay, have to say it - hate Jace, love Marc. Nothing personal - it's just I hate love triangles and Jace is definetely the third wheel. He can be cool but he still irritates the hell out of me most times. Marc, on the other hand, has grown in my eyes even more with some of his reactions. And Faythe - she's an idiot for always putting off telling Marc about Jace.
Beginning: Nice - loved the way everyone has learned to respect Faythe's opinion, and loved the way Blackwell was put into the squirming positon of loner against everyone else.
Ending: A very promising one for a good finale of the series.
Series continuation: So, through the five books tangles and knots have accumulated, vengeance and justice is long overdue, and this book has settled a few more personal-Faythe-business and pride-business issues into the enormous bunch which needs to be taken care of in the final book, Alpha. It is more than good ground for an epic end.
All in all - I'm officially addicted to these books and I love them in a special way; the way I love only the few others which have really sparked a special, unique interest in me. (less)
Prey is probably by far the darkest, saddest book in the series.
The casualty rate rises as war approaches and Feythe makes several decisions which wou...morePrey is probably by far the darkest, saddest book in the series.
The casualty rate rises as war approaches and Feythe makes several decisions which would ultimately shift not only her own future, but also that of everyone around and against her. And most of the choices she makes have bad outcomes. Real bad. But, hey, she's still good old Faythe - ass-kicking, pig-headed, teenage-tabby-handling brave female. And she proves herself alpha material with the stand she takes after the death of one nead and dear to her heart.
What I hated most of all was the love triangle - not because it was badly done, but because it will tear all three hearts involved, no matter what happens next.
The plot is as tangled as ever, and this time - I did not guess all the bad guys before they revealed themselves for what they were. The politics and ethics clash is as desperate as ever, and the power-cravings of some alphas prove beyond justification.
The end of the story was a very good one - a definite cliffer, which is more a tangle of good and bad circumstances than just a good or bad consequence.
I left this book with a somewhat darker and heavier feeling for the series, but I am going onto Shift with the hope that things would get better, even though I know that Feythe not catching a break is a given.
A more than adequate follow-up of Stray and Rogue.
This book has a different feel to the plot, though. Probably because the fighting goes on mainly in...moreA more than adequate follow-up of Stray and Rogue.
This book has a different feel to the plot, though. Probably because the fighting goes on mainly in the sneaky ways of politics and power plays. Everything turns into shades of gray, instead of the usual black-and-white / bad-versus-good way of things.
Yet, where Faythe goes, trouble follows, and she finds herself in more than a few face-offs. There was also the big fight at the end of the book, just like in the first two.
Faythe is starting to really grow in character in Pride and we see her in a new, more tender light - as the protector of a scared adolescent tabby. The tabby herself brings new sparks to the story.
With every book I finish I adore the series more and more.
I've really become addicted to Faythe's fate (no pun intended XD ).
As dynamic and exhilirating as Stray, and yet different in so many ways. These series are turning a bit crimi, and in a very good way. Faythe...moreLoved it!
As dynamic and exhilirating as Stray, and yet different in so many ways. These series are turning a bit crimi, and in a very good way. Faythe is still strong and pig-headed, Marc is still sexy and sweet, and the bad guys still make me ground my teeth in frustration.
I've become addicted to these books.
I haven't been so engrossed by a series since I read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and I was thristy for something that could capture me to that degree again. Rachel Vincent's Shifters did. Actually, Faythe and Rose have a great deal in common. I'd recommend Shifters to all Vampire Academy fans.
And so I'm off to read Pride (Shifters, #3) XD(less)
This book turned out as the amazing finale of an amazing series.
I loved it all - the characters, both new and old; the plot, convoluted and dynamic; t...moreThis book turned out as the amazing finale of an amazing series.
I loved it all - the characters, both new and old; the plot, convoluted and dynamic; the emotions, running high and fast; the murder-mystery factor and the detective work; the drama-filled revealing of the real killer...
I especially enjoyed the fact that Dimitri and Sydney took big parts in this sixth installment. Also, I enjoyed the symmetry and completeness most inportant choices or deeds created with the plot of the whole series.
And the romance factor... well, it was awesome (but that may be just me, seeing as Rose ended up with the guy I wished she would).
I also enjoyed the fact that though most main problems were fixed by the end, there remained a great deal more to trouble Rose and her friends. It wasn't a sugary finale by any estimation.
Great job, Richelle Mead, and thanks for completing these amazing books so well. Can't wait to read the next series from the Vampire Academy world.(less)
Really, really sad. Compared to the rest of the books in the series, at least. With numerous angst-filled moments and recollections, and situations tw...moreReally, really sad. Compared to the rest of the books in the series, at least. With numerous angst-filled moments and recollections, and situations twisted the wrong way. Very intense and full of humour and sarcasm, as always - Richelle Mead's writing style is superb in those aspects, but I was led to expect by one of her interviews that it would have more happy and less agonising moments than the previous four books. It was not so.
Not that it had the major battles and life loss of the preceding books (neither was the book without such moments - they were just not as big), but the emotion levels were always on the rollercoaster and confusion reigned all over when the situations forced an incredible mix of contadicting emotions to press upon Rose, and even on the rest of the main characters.
Very dynamic and unpredictable when it comes to the plot itself. Though this is not my favourite book of the series, I think Spirit Bound has built a very nice ground on which Richelle Mead could construct the end of the series - there had been hinting at events that will happen and yet the prediction of a resolve to the story remains unfathomable.
Spirit Bound left me thirsting for the next book - the final of the series, even more than I'd had after reading the preceding four novels.
The Battle of the Labyrinth brings a whole new twist to the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends.
In this book, Annabeth must find her way throu...moreThe Battle of the Labyrinth brings a whole new twist to the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends.
In this book, Annabeth must find her way through the ancient maze of Daedalus, where danger creeps behind every corner and one cannot find his way back by simply turning around. She and Percy must find a way to reach the master of the labyrinth before Luke, the corrupted half-blood who is struggling to fight the war between Titans and Gods in the name of Cronos.
The heroes find jut how important is to stay together and believe in each other while racing through the endless corridors of the maze. One wrong step, one miscalculated decision, and they are dead. There is only one safe way to navigate through the labyrinth and they must find it before the lives of all their demigod friends are put in danger.
A thrilling story - the best kind of page turner.(less)
A stunningly thrilling, action packed new chapter in the story of Richard Rhal and Kahlan Amnel.
Even though this is the fourth book of the Sword of Tr...moreA stunningly thrilling, action packed new chapter in the story of Richard Rhal and Kahlan Amnel.
Even though this is the fourth book of the Sword of Truth series, it lived up to my expectations, being as good as its three predecessors. As always, Terry Goodking paints with words on paper an experience full of the sharpest emotions and feeling, describing them so well that you cannot help but be submerged into the world of the Seeker.
And yet, this story is as diffetent from the three previous books, as they are from each other, thus bringing the reader a whole new level of excitement and pleasure.
Temple of the Winds satiated the thirst I felt after I finished reading the third part of the series and left me wanting more. As ever, a deep bow before Terry Goodking's writing genius.(less)