I finished this book a few weeks ago but have been struggling to put my thoughts about it into words. It's a very powerful and moving book. It touches...moreI finished this book a few weeks ago but have been struggling to put my thoughts about it into words. It's a very powerful and moving book. It touches on a lot of very difficult and taboo subjects and does it in a very real and emotional way. Tabitha Suzuma does not shy away from the ugly parts of her characters situations and psyches.
Lochan and Maya are amazing characters. They are so believable and complex. Their life is just horrible and the situation they find themselves in is gut-wrenching. As they fall in love, the "proper" side of my brain wanted to be horrified, but it was so natural and compelling that I found myself not at all horrified but actually rooting for them and angry at society for not letting them be together. This book definitely makes you question norms and what you've been taught about right and wrong.
It's a powerful and moving story and not one for the faint of heart. I wish I had read this as part of a book club because I really want to talk about it with others who have read it - have a real discussion. (less)
The biggest reason I read this book was that Fallen left me feeling like I was missing something. I hoped that Torment would fill in some of those gap...moreThe biggest reason I read this book was that Fallen left me feeling like I was missing something. I hoped that Torment would fill in some of those gaps.
I did like Torment better than I liked Fallen, but this series still isn't all I hoped it would be.
I did really enjoy the setting in this book. Luce's new school (yes, she's in another new school) is pretty interesting. It's a regular prep-school, but it has a special "honors" program for half-angels. I really enjoyed reading about all the different powers and strengths of the nephilim. It was definitely more interesting than her last school.
I enjoyed her new friends a lot too. These characters were a lot more entertaining and interesting than the last set she had and I actually cared about them! There was finally enough detail and insight into their personalities to understand why she would care about them too.
I still don't have any real reason to root for Luce. I still don't know her as a character. She feels very generic to me and that makes it hard to get into the book. I don't really care what happens to her in the end. She's just this little cardboard cut out walking around in this interesting world. She spends a lot of time trying to figure out why Daniel is in love with her, and I spent a lot of time wondering that myself - not that I really get why she's in love with Daniel either. These characters need to be flushed out a lot more. I need to like them or hate them - right now I'm totally indifferent to them. It's bad when I care more about your secondary characters than your main characters.
That leads me to the biggest issue with this book (and thus far, the series) - it's plot driven, not character driven. We're tossed into this really interesting world with an amazing story line, but with bland characters I know nothing about, and therefore, care nothing about. When Luce is starting to learn how to manipulate the shadows, it didn't feel organic at all. It felt like a gimmicky plot divice to ignore the laws of physics. I don't mind ignoring the laws of physics, but it has to feel like a natural part of the world - and it doesn't. Everything about this book felt like a plot point on an outline, which was off-putting.
Torment left me with yet more questions! I want to know what's really going on - there are a lot of hints that Luce is more than meets the eye, Daniel isn't what he claims to be (or that he's a lot more) and that this big war is coming, but so far, there has been zero explanation about what's really happening. I understand that Luce hasn't "discovered" what's happening and her role in it yet, so we shouldn't know either, however, there are a lot of hints outside of Luce - the reader actually knows more than Luce, but just barely. It makes for a bit of a disconnect.
Be forewarned - this book ends on another cliffhanger. We don't actually know any more about Luce, Daniel, or their situation than we did in the last book so this whole book seems like a bit pointless. Luce seems a bit more determined to figure it out though, which leads me to believe that maybe Book #3 will finally have some answers.
I only made it 21% of the way through this one before I had to stop. Way too many implausible things happened all at once - Sasha is a descendant of E...moreI only made it 21% of the way through this one before I had to stop. Way too many implausible things happened all at once - Sasha is a descendant of Eve with some kind of mystical powers, Hell Boy is her soul mate, she’s being hunted by a mystical group of trouble makers, and oh yeah, Dad was in the CIa and mom is being deported back to Russia as a spy so you’re going to go live with your Uncle (whom you’ve never met) and your evil Aunt. Oh! And because we haven’t put enough totally implausible plot twists in the first 20% of this book, did we mention that your aunt and uncle happen to live 20 minutes from your Hell Boy soul mate?
This was just the first to two chapters. I can suspend belief pretty easily - it’s a fantasy novel - I get it’s not going to be “grounded” in reality, but this was just way too many totally ridiculous things happening all at once.
I wasn’t a fan of the writing style either. There were no character or plot discoveries through dialogue or action, everything was a declarative sentence. The combination of writing style and totally ridiculous plot just really turned me off. The appearance of the “perfect male lead” didn’t help either. I’m utterly tired of totally attractive, flawless, super human creatures falling in love with humans and the humans being so easily swayed by them.
I’m told that one of the strengths of this book was that Jax actually has to win Sasha over, but I never got that far. I stopped as she started to immediately swoon.
I’ve read a lot raves for this book though - from people I normally 100% agree with - so if you like angel/hell plot twists and crazy-out there story lines, this one might be for you.(less)
I actually really enjoyed reading this book. So why the 2 stars? Despite really enjoying reading this book, Nora made me crazy. C-R-A-Z-Y. You know wh...moreI actually really enjoyed reading this book. So why the 2 stars? Despite really enjoying reading this book, Nora made me crazy. C-R-A-Z-Y. You know when you watch a horror fick and you're screaming at the dumb girl to not go into the basement? Nora somehow managed to be both the voice of reason (don't go into the basement!) and the dumb girl that opened the door and went down to the basement, I'm not sure how that's even possible. How was she so internally smart and so externally stupid?
I loved Patch, even though he was a total slime ball, he was honest about it and up front - he never really hid the fact that he was kind of a dick. Nora was just stupid and said, "Oh, you're a total scary asshole, but I think I'll get on the back of your motorcycle and let you drive me out to the middle of nowhere all alone". Serious face palm! Oiy!
I I didn't spend the whole book trying to yell at Nora to not go in the basement and that she knew better, I would have loved this book. I dig the whole fallen angel thing and there was a good amount of mystery and suspense, funny side characters, etc. Except Vee, holy cow did I want to slap her. What a total wench. She is not a good friend. So I guess I liked all the male characters :) They were fine. The action was decent and it had just the right amount of twists and turns and nothing too totally unbelievable. Though, I have to say, the next writer that makes her/his heroine find out her crush/boyfriend is a supernatural being and doesn't have some kind of total flip out is getting a seriously snarky review from me. Seriously?! If I just found out my hottie boy toy was a fallen angel or vampire or werewolf, there would be a serious total freak out before I became all fine and dandy with it. Why is it that in PR these girls area always just shrugging it off and saying, "Oh, I guess I kind I kind of figured something was up, but whatever."
Rae Carson somehow managed to make a kiss in a sewer sexy and hot. How?! How did she do that?
Elisa is still learning to rule. She's a strong woman but...moreRae Carson somehow managed to make a kiss in a sewer sexy and hot. How?! How did she do that?
Elisa is still learning to rule. She's a strong woman but unskilled in politics and unsure of her allies. The one person she trusts the most is her personal guard, Hector. Their relationship is complicated though. They have a political relationship, a protector/protected relationship, and a deep friendship that might be more. Elisa must choose a husband for political reasons, but she finds her heart belongs to the commander of her guard.
After an attempt is made on her life, she goes on a quest for the source of her power, hoping to use it as a weapon against her enemies. As she journeys to an exotic new land her friendships are tested and her political prowess is built. Her journey becomes a chess match as she balances her own feelings and needs with those of her country, inadvertently betraying Hector and possibly causing him his life.
Hector and Elisa's relationship really shines in this book. It's built on friendship and mutual experiences and goals. With so much of YA relationships being dysfunctional and one sided, it's always refreshing to read a well written realistic relationship based on mutual love and respect. Carson even manages to build tons of sexual tension and, yes, make a kiss in a sewer hot and steamy. Bravo, Rae Carson.
I love reading about kick-ass female heroines and Elisa is one of my favorites. She has a big heart but uses her head. She asks for advice and help when she needs it and isn't afraid to make a hard choices and sacrifices.
This is an excellent followup to Girl of Fire and Thorns with all of our favorite characters back. There's a maturity to Elisa in this book that wasn't present throughout the first book and Crown of Embers shines because of it. This book doesn't suffer from any of the normal 2nd book in a series issues, though, I do feel the need to warn you that it ends on a cliff hanger.
I adore this series. There's action, magic and a kick-ass female heroine. If you haven't started this series yet, I recommend you do now.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm not really sure why - I just love the idea of this rumble tumble group traveling around getting drun...moreThis is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm not really sure why - I just love the idea of this rumble tumble group traveling around getting drunk and being artists together. (less)
Where is the option for I've read this book a bazillion times. Seriously, it's like English Major hazing or something. I seems like I read this EVERY...moreWhere is the option for I've read this book a bazillion times. Seriously, it's like English Major hazing or something. I seems like I read this EVERY single semester I was in college. It's a really great book though.(less)