A pleasant surprise! After first hearing about this future release, my interest was piqued and I added it to my TBR. When I received the ARC in the maA pleasant surprise! After first hearing about this future release, my interest was piqued and I added it to my TBR. When I received the ARC in the mail I was excited but the release date was a ways off so I put it to the side for a while. Eventually I jumped in and was glad I had set aside a good bit of time to read because I didn't want to put the book down.
Who doesn't love a good adventure? The mystery and suspense Bailey weaved around it all only added to its appeal. Meg and Will were an unlikely pair but eventually I couldn't picture Meg going through it with anyone else. Added to the mix, Lucinda and a fellow Amusementist and I was feeling like a part of the group myself. The creativity that Bailey demonstrates by revealing these various "amusements" to her readers was amazing! The detailed descriptions had me feeling as if I was there and experiencing it all first hand.
The ending threw me a little, but at the same time I was glad I had certain information lined up and figured out. I do think Bailey could have made this a stand alone instead of a series opener, but I'm certainly not complaining and am really looking forward to seeing where things go next!...more
Readers are lucky to find characters within the pages of a novel that they can relate to, sympathize with, and root for as the pages turn. If you're rReaders are lucky to find characters within the pages of a novel that they can relate to, sympathize with, and root for as the pages turn. If you're really lucky, the truly great characters bring out all the emotions you've got because they start to feel like your very own friends and family instead of just fictitious names and faces. Crane's Significance series has these characters. The main characters, the side characters, you name it and by the time I got to this fourth and final installment in the series, I really did feel like I knew them and was fully engaged in what they had on their plates and the obstacles they were facing.
I was very sad to have to say goodbye to them for good, but enjoyed how Crane wrapped things up and what she included in their journey this time around. Normally even if things aren't left hanging, there's usually a few elements that I always wish authors would have touched on or elaborated so I'm not left wondering after the series ends; not in this case. I really felt like everyone's stories were left at a good point and sure readers can use their imaginations and think about what else could have been in store for each of them, but for the most part I do think Crane hit all the key components.
If you haven't had the chance to check this series out, now is the time to do that with all four installments out there so there won't be any waiting or counting down until the next one hits the shelves, because this is it! And if you have started the series, I can only hope that you end up feeling the same way I did; with a sense of contentment with how things ended, and worked out for everyone involved....more
Spelbring givers readers a chilling idea of what things could be like should genetic testing and experimentation that we take part in goes seriously wSpelbring givers readers a chilling idea of what things could be like should genetic testing and experimentation that we take part in goes seriously wrong. I know there are plenty of stories out there where readers are presented with someone trying to create a "perfect" soldier...or whatever their idea of perfect is. Here we're told emotions are a weakness, but Ellyssa quickly learns that they're wrong, her emotions can prove to be just as much a strength as they can be a hindrance.
I enjoyed how Spelbring gives history a rewrite so to speak. Now I'm not saying I enjoyed the circumstances that came from the rewrite, genetic manipulation as a way to hopefully eradicate all less superior races, etc...but I guess I found myself appreciating our current circumstances even more because of the rewrite. I felt lucky that our society isn't going through what Ellyssa's world is described as, and grateful things turned out the way they did.
I think readers will enjoy the journey Ellyssa is forced to embark upon and possibly feel like they're right there with her. It was a great experience in my opinion, watching her discover new emotions, wend her way through deciphering who she can trust and above all else, falling in love. It was one of my favorite things about this book, I know big surprise there!
Everyone has their own ideas and opinions on what makes the perfect combination for a great book. I had fun with this one, it was action packed, I felt like the characters were well developed and there were a few that I couldn't help but grow to love, and at the same time there were others that I couldn't stand...but I'm pretty sure that's what Spelbring was going for with those in question. All in all at the end of the book, I found myself enjoying the characters and scenes flashing before me, that of course I'm going to be hoping for a continuation for the story and characters. Check it out for yourselves and report back!...more
What a surprise this read turned out to be. Yet again I read the synopsis, thought it sounded interesting and was looking forward to reading it, but aWhat a surprise this read turned out to be. Yet again I read the synopsis, thought it sounded interesting and was looking forward to reading it, but at the same time, the second I started to get a little ways into the book, I was caught off guard for some reason. I knew in some ways what to expect, and what the characters would be going through, but when readers actually get the chance to get more of a background and real in-your-face examples of the kinds of tests these indivudals are expected to perform and pass, I think they'll find it down right chilling.
If ever there was a villain to hope would get what they deserve in the end, it's Teo! Gray created a character so vile and evil that I'll be shocked if ANY reader feels different. She created one sick individual that readers will find themselves hoping the others bring him down. And on top of that, Gray throws in some of the great love stories readers have been falling for since the beginning of time. I've always considered myself a fan of the classic love stories and I know I'm not alone. While a lot of them do have tragic endings and rather sad overall stories, readers are still able to focus while looking back and remembering the power of true love and what some individuals (whether real or ficticious) have been willing and able to fight for and overcome in the hopes of experiencing.
But after reading Gray's work, I'll admit that I think a small part of me (even if it's very small) will now remember and think about this book and what these characters were forced to act out in the name of these classic tales of love. Truly terrifying if you ask me. Chilling scenarios and anxiety inducing and incredibly suspenseful twists and turns are thrown in all over the place throughout this read, and at times I felt myself needing to take a break before the stress got the best of me. Only a small break was doable because at the same time I couldn't resist knowing what would happen and what the fate of these characters would be. Readers will find themselves hooked....more