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I stayed up until 6:00 AM two days in a row reading Burn and being its bitch. I regr Made by me. Originally posted on tumblr. To share/rebog go HERE.
I stayed up until 6:00 AM two days in a row reading Burn and being its bitch. I regret nothing.
The world set was fantastic. I got vibes from other stories, tho. Like Terra City reminded me a bit of Gotham City. And the Elementals were kind of like the X-Men, with the whole Government creating list census for them, and such.
But still, I'd dare to say this story had one of the most unique plots I have ever read. It's like a YA-ish, Urban Fantasy-ish, Sci-Fi-ish book, with a gay romance. And god, isn't that just what I had been waiting for my whole life?! It's like TJ Klune wrote this book for me. All I ever wanted in a story was there. EVERYTHING.
It’s hilarious, actually. I just checked my comments while reading and you can see me going from OMG IT JUST STARTED AND IT’S ALREADY SO FUCKING GOOD to THEIR LOVE IS SO EPIC GIMME MORE to OUCH RIGHT IN THE FEELS to MOTHERFUCKER DON’T YOU DARE DO THIS TO ME! to I DON’T THINK I CAN DO THIS ANYMORE to HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO SURVIVE THE WAITING NOW?!
Basically, I had no idea what my feelings were doing.
*** Felix Paracel ***
Felix is a big drama queen. Simple as that. And I'm not even trying to be negative here. Bless his drama queen heart. I'm starting to know TJ Klune's first voice narrative and his main guys all sound a bit similar in this aspect. They are very prone to overreact and to run when things get ugly, among other cute things.
There's something overwhelmingly irresistible and brutally appealing in Felix, tho. His magnetism is such, you can easily understand why everyone follows him around.
He also got a lot darker as the story unfolded. His angst was delicious, and I loved it.
Unfortunately, he said he didn't believe bisexuality was real and my honest to god reaction was something along the lines of
I’m sorry but, he sounded like the biggest dumbass ever saying that.
Still, I think Felix is my favorite over Bear.
*** Seven Fortis ***
I'll try to finish this review while I swoon to death.
Seven has everything I like in a man. He's freakishly tall and big, has a beard (can we stop here for a second to appreciate how fucking sexy well maintained beards are? Thank you). And he has one of the hottest combinations ever, dark hair with blue eyes.
He's protective and brave, he knows what he wants and he'll do whatever it takes to get it. He's fierce, he's not shy about showing emotions. He's level-headed, he's a lider.
I loved how dominant he was with Felix. At times I felt like I was reading a BDSM book (and then I'd check another of my all time favorites from the list).
And I loved how he could also be insecure and shy around Felix, it just undid me completely. How can such a Dom big guy be so sweet? This man was made to cling him like a tree and never let go.
*** The Clock Twins ***
WHY, WHYYYYYYYY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME? Why do you make me love such funny, dynamic and awesome characters and then ruin my life like this?
My favorite twin was Tock, you know. I felt like such a dumbass for not seeing it coming. Like, is there something wrong with me that I picked the evil twin? What a mind fuck.
This book without them wouldn't have been the same, though. They give to the story the touch of humor it needed. I wanted a side story of their years before finding Seven, but after finishing the book I'm not sure my heart could take it. :(
Also, was it Tick who kept saying maybe they'd turn gay because of Felix's powers? Ha, the possibilities... *dreamy eyes*
But oh god, what- what's going to happen to Tick now?? ;____;
*** Ottis Moore ***
As far as I can remember it's the first time I cry with the story of a secondary character. And I'm talking about fat, ugly creys. Not a bit teary eyed. No. I gross sobbed with Ottis. And isn't that just the most amazing thing ever? Getting this attached to a character you barely know anything about. Kudos!!
I wish we had gotten more info about him, though. I'm still not sure about how deep his injures run. And I'd have loved to get more of his friendship with the Clock Twins before the ending, where they had those touching parts. :(
*** Kammy ***
She's the Lilith to this epic gay love story (Gratuitous Teahouse reference of the day).
But the big difference is that, I actually could relate to her. I mean, imagine you have been having sex with Seven (*swoon*) and yeah, yeah, he said it'd be over when that guy showed up but come on, you two have been "together" for years and he never had sex with anyone else but you.
Can't blame the girl for having feelings for him or for trying to fight for them. #kanyeshrug
*** Jason 'Jase' Taylor ***
Welcome to the forest of unf, where trees are hot men you can climb.
Okay, so let me go wild for a moment here and propose something: I know he's straight, but can't Jase just end up being the Iuratum Cor of Max? Please? PLEASE?
All this comes from the idea that even when he's straight, his feelings for Felix seemed a bit too intense at times. And I thought it could be because he's destined to be Felix's twin brother's heart. Wouldn't that be neat? *lunny*
*** Nero ***
He's so suspicious, it's kind of funny. And he tries so hard to be in charge, too. I don't know, from the beginning I thought he (and Kammy, too) would end up helping Felix. They were so obviously being mean, I thought they must find reason and help the Findo Unum in future books.
* I absolutely loved how Felix and Seven were all over each other constantly. I'm a very touchy-feely person. I have a PhD on PDA. And sometimes, when I'm reading a story and something very intense happens, I feel like the characters are being too cold for my taste.
So Felix and Seven were exactly what I was looking for. Sure, they displayed love in the most inappropriate moments, so what? It was sweet and it matched the dept of their feelings during the scenes.
* So it's 2014 and no one seems to have a problem with homosexuality anymore. Now the problem are the Elementals. They are, and I quote, "blasphemous in the eyes of God". People think they are "diseased, wrong, immoral"... Isn't that just the neatest analogy you have ever read? I get giddy just thinking of it. I wish we'd have gotten more of this.
* Written in the stars / Destined Lovers Theme.
Let me swoon first. I absolutely love this in a story. Same as reincarnation. It just hits me right in the feels. And this book pretty much destroyed me with the intensity of the two main characters' emotions, the longing and the ache and the angst and just... ugh BRB dying.
* The conversations. Do you know how fucking hard it is to write real and dynamic conversations? Especially when there are more than two characters talking. I'm in total awe at TJ Klune's skills. I felt like I was there with them!
* The secondary cast. They made me laugh, they made me rage, they made me cry! I want EVERYTHING of Ottis, and Amy and Jase and oh god the Clock Twins... I just can't handle it, the whole cast of characters is flawless. Each gives to the story and the plot exactly what it needs! Even Nero and Kammy, dare I say I loved them for the conflict they brought?
* And about that: Amy Star. She's the badass motherfucker of the book. Period. She reminded me of the Black Widow. Insta love with this character!
* The bad guys. You never really know who they are, what they want or why they want it. But somehow the doubt of who is really bad and who is good is there all the time. And I just love it. The gray areas, the conflict, good people doing bad things, bad people surprising you. I don’t know, that’s life after all, isn’t it?
* The mythology. I’m a big Norse Myths’ bitch, I just love those stories. The idea of a big tree creating the world made me happy. And the story of the four demigods and their relationship with the tree was fantastic. But my favorite part was the corruption of the tree. The complexity of the situation. Again, who is good, who is bad? Is there even a difference?
* Action packed. This book should be made into a movie. At times I felt like I could almost see the fighting scenes. And JHC, writing fighting scenes is so hard, I’m in awe. Again. And the reality and brutality of what was happening in the world, to the characters. The feeling that no one is safe makes you read faster to see what happens next.
* The relationships in general. Parents with their kids, friends, families, lovers. I don’t know, it was all beautifully done. The good relationships, the hate relationships, everything. You understood the motivations and the reasons why those conflicts existed and the characters never felt flat and their actions never felt fake.
* Too much anticipation. Too much "Oh god when you reach this part, oh the awful things that happened! If only I had known!" over and over. I was literally biting my nails down to the bone by the time we finally reached the final scene, and it kind of felt flat because of all the previous anticipation, IMO.
* And linked with the previous point. The narrative dragged on and on a bit. But the pace of the story during the last half of the book decreased considerably compared to the first half. I absolutely loved this book and how long it was, because that meant more story, but at some point toward the end I felt like it was taking too long. That could be a big problem for readers not as enthusiastic as me.
#1: The Circle have been training for years and years and that's the best plan they could come up with for the final scene? I don't know, it felt forced, like an excuse to get them into that situation.
#2: Do you really expect me to believe someone as Seven would have waited all those years to go find Felix? I didn't get any real reason of why he'd do that. Or his father. Or anyone else. They kept saying it was to protect him, but I finished the book and I still didn't know why. The "it's customary!" reason was not good enough for me.
* Felix and Seven gave me strong Otter/Bear vibes. And I guess it's because Klune has a very specific type of couple he likes to write about. Their dynamics and even some trail of their personalities were a bit too similar. There were other similarities with BOATK, too. In both books when you reach the middle of it, the main character's love interest told him the story of his life before being together.
* The lack of sex. Well, the lack of details. You see, if you give me such an intense relationship, so full of emotions and chemistry, and then you make me invest and care about them, I'll end up expecting to get some good ol' detailed sex to satisfy my feels.
Just take in consideration I was like
So it was frustrating.
We get porno in mediocre romances all the time, and then, one time you come across the romance, and there's none. I could cry just thinking of all the possibilities. It truly saddens me. :(
* Felix's twin brother. I mean, I saw it coming almost from the beginning. I didn't really mind. But I think he appeared too late into the book. Felix hearing voices was a bit too bizarre at times. Knowing it was his twin all along would have made the reading better.
And also, his scene was a bit weak. Why should we care when it seems no one in the story cares about him? He's unimportant, the one is still Felix. Also: Why is that?
I was hoping the twin would be a girl, tbh. I thought it'd have been interesting to link that to the issue of Seven's sexuality. The conflict would have been of epic proportions. Characters, who think Seven is straight with the exception of Felix, wondering what if girl!Max is actually his heart, instead of Felix? And readers going nuts.
I know I'm
But just think of the angst! the angst! And then the "let me show you just how straight I am" delicious gay sex!
* Seven's sexuality. I understand he's sure of his feelings for Felix, but couldn't we get more details of what his sexual preferences are? Like, he feels attracted to women but he's in love with Felix and he doesn't care? Or is he bisexual? Has he ever felt any sexual attraction toward other men but Felix?
Related to the sex thing. I thought the conflict of Seven’s sexuality would play a bigger part during their first time together. I was disappointed. Again, so rushed. :(
I found the whole "woopsie, Findo Unum is not a girl this time!" so interesting, I wanted more of that! Did Seven even have a choice? Or since he's the Iuratum Cor, he's programmed/destined to have feelings for the Findo Unum no matter who that is? The concept gives you so much game to play.
* Typos. :(
* HEARTBREAKING CLIFFHANGER. AND NOT HAVING A DATE FOR THE NEXT BOOK. I can't even get comfort from counting the months until the next book. :(
This book goes to my Favorite Books Ever list. And Klune joined my Deity Authors list, meaning eye contact will be impossible from now on if we ever meet.
I have no words to describe how much this book changed me.
When you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone it's like you got a shot of magic directly through your veins. This book lifts the veil from your eyes and you can suddenly see that fairytales are real and they are part of your world. I don't know, its magic was so real to me, I'm awestruck.
I understand the beginning of the book was necessary to lure a lot of YA readers, but for me, if the book had started with Madrigal meeting Akiva in the battle, it'd have borderlined utter perfection. In fact, I didn't mind how Laini Taylor made it, I just wanted more Chimera world and especially more BRIMSTONE!!!
Honestly, I just want to be a chimera and fuck the world.
I can do better at reviewing a book, but I'm honestly so shaken by this masterpiece that I can't articulate myself.