One of the main reasons I love getting recommendations for new books to read is because without a helpful hint here and there, it's a simple fact thatOne of the main reasons I love getting recommendations for new books to read is because without a helpful hint here and there, it's a simple fact that there are just too many great books out there to read. It's a problem that I welcome as opposed to the other side of the coin, but it also makes it nearly impossible to read each and every great title out there. So when I get the opportunity I try my very best to check out each and every recommendation I'm given. In this case, I was asked to participate in a blast post revolving around Soule's Spellbound series and the chance to read and review her first two installments. I can only say that while I liked the sound of the book's synopsis, it was about all I had to go on. I had never read anything else of Soule, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I found was an individual that was doing what she was meant to do. Soule's writing flows without any blips or hangups, and readers are free to cruise right along with her fantastic characters while enjoying this wonderful and unique world she's created for audiences.
Shiloh is a heroine that readers will root for and want to know more about. Her background and characteristics are unfolded in many layers but wonderfully spun out at just the right times and places. The dialogue between Shiloh and the rest of Soule's characters, mainly her best friend and love interest will hold readers to the pages and have them feeling as if they're apart of all the action as well as each conversation.
And with each and every remarkable twist and turn this story takes, the cliffhanger at the ending left me reeling. I was immediately begging for the chance to read and review the second installment not only to find out what happened right after that doozy of an ending but to see what all would be in store next for these characters in this fresh and fun new world. I can't wait to dive right in and find out for myself....more
I didn't think it was possible for me to enjoy an installment in this series more than the series opener, but Bracken proved me wrong. This second insI didn't think it was possible for me to enjoy an installment in this series more than the series opener, but Bracken proved me wrong. This second installment was even more action packed, suspenseful and full or twists and turns that never ceased to surprise me as I was reading. I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning and stayed that way until I finished the very last page.
I was worried that with the way things were wrapped up in the series opener that with the new addition to the cast of characters and the way things were changing so quickly that I wouldn't be able to embrace all the new and unique changes Bracken introduced. But once again Bracken has a way with words and her character development had me feeling like the adventures Ruby was facing were exciting and surprising all over again. The new cast of characters that Bracken brought into the mix this time around became some of my favorites. But don't get me wrong...while I loved the new additions, most of all Jude, my old favorites were still around and still had me rooting for them every chance I got.
I'm sensing a pattern with Bracken's work, and I'm correct, she'll always have me embracing all the new obstacles that the characters must face throughout her pages, there will always be new faces that inspire me and have me wishing we were all friends in real life, and hoping that the bad guys got exactly what they deserved in the end. But most of all, she'll always leave her readers with a cliffhanger ending that will brings tears to your eyes, anxiety to your life and have you once again counting down until the next installment in the series hits the shelves. Her third installment in The Darkest Minds series cannot come soon enough!...more