Very cute! I'm not used to reading manga, so some of the text and scenes seemed very disconnected to me. However, the story was a great quick read. CaVery cute! I'm not used to reading manga, so some of the text and scenes seemed very disconnected to me. However, the story was a great quick read. Can't wait for the second book....more
Up in Flames was a whirlwind ending to the Into the Fire series. Though if I was going to describe this novel, I would almost say this book is5 Stars
Up in Flames was a whirlwind ending to the Into the Fire series. Though if I was going to describe this novel, I would almost say this book is divided equally into two parts. The first being about how the Phoenixes had to finally face their Hunters, and the second being about the daggers, their origin, and how to destroy them.
I have to say the most enjoyable part was having Anton around for a change. Actually, I was very excited. I always felt that character had more potential to grow into something more than just a supportive role. Which he did. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in him as well. Anton, Anton. I thought you could be a better man, but you are still the louse.
What was also interesting about this book was that the phoenix daggers had a Lord of the Ring vibe to them. “Two daggers to rule them all.” It intrigued me how they could control the Hunters’ will, including Logan’s. It was very Sauron and the one ring. There was just two things that nagged me about the daggers and the one who crafted them. The first was the fact I couldn’t get a real sense of the size of the daggers. One minute, they could run a human completely through, much like the medieval daggers, and the next, they seemed no bigger than something that could kill a small animal or bird, like a common hunting knife. The second was how much guess work the characters had to figure who the creator was.
Logan definitely had a stronger role in this novel as well. Though I think Cara came on top in terms of what she had to sacrifice to save him and the other Phoenixes. Also, he wasn’t very confident in his ability. Maybe if gotten a little more training as well with the dagger. Personally, if I was going to cross over universes here, a character like Oliver Queen probably would have worked wonders in Logan’s training, and even help him master the dagger’s mind control. Unfortunately, the best character that could actually train him didn’t last very long—even though I didn’t like him, he could have stuck around just a little bit longer.
I’m sad to see this series end, especially when the actual ending left my emotions torn between loving it and hating it. It was definitely bitter sweet, but was Cara’s sacrifice really necessary? I guess for the story it was, but I keep feeling it could have been approached differently. ...more
Out of the Ashes contains far more mystery and is far more action-packed than predecessor, Into the Fire. Despite some of the adult characters5 Stars
Out of the Ashes contains far more mystery and is far more action-packed than predecessor, Into the Fire. Despite some of the adult characters grating on my nerves—Garret! and even Mrs. Tillman—I couldn’t put this book down, especially the closer I got to the end. With two or more Hunters hiding in Ashlan Falls, tensions are high!
On top of it all, Cara’s rebirth has put a serious strain on all her relationships, particularly with Logan. I was drawn to the effect of Cara’s rebirth from chapter one, when Garret found Logan and Cara in the Chemistry Lab of the high school. I love fresh beginnings—so to speak—when characters have an opportunity to fall in love all over again, even when it is agony for the other person. It gives me a chance to see once again how right the characters are for each other, and that emotional ties can be stronger than episodic memory.
I also love what Logan becomes in this novel, and what his true purpose is in his relationship with Cara. Though, I hope he sees a little more action as part of his new role in the third novel. As much as I love a strong female character, I like to see love interests eventually playing equal parts when it comes to protecting/sacrificing for each other. And right now, I just feel Cara is ahead of Logan on this front.
All in all, I can’t wait to read the third novel of the series! From where Out of the Ashes has left off, it should be an exciting read! ...more
Into the Fire is a wonderful young adult contemporary romance full of tension and passion. You can relate to both main characters, Cara and L4.5 Stars
Into the Fire is a wonderful young adult contemporary romance full of tension and passion. You can relate to both main characters, Cara and Logan, as their relationship blossoms through their family hardships. Yet, is it love? Or is it purely the “imprint”—a combination of emotions and an attraction so strong you’re literally drawn to a specific person, no matter how much you attempt to reason with yourself? On top of it all, Cara is no ordinary girl. She is a phoenix, who can live five lifetimes. Her oncoming rebirth and love for Logan drawing a Hunter’s attention.
I was fortunately to have read the first version of Into the Fire, and much has improved in the republishing. One being that there were little additions to certain portions of the novel that helped me piece together details, including basic lay out of the town, school, and falls. Also, as a bonus, there is an extra chapter, which gives us a closer look into the relationship between Cara and her younger brother, Jeremy, as well as her connection with her phoenix heritage. A wonderful concept which I felt could have been expanded through the novel.
Unfortunately, the other purpose of the bonus chapter was to introduce a dead end clue to the mystery of who the Hunter might be. The concept came full circle in the single chapter, making the attempt to include a little more mystery to the novel’s plot seemingly pointless. Also, I felt the chapter was placed a chapter or two too soon in the story’s plotline. The flow was disrupted, especially when it came to Cara’s grief over her separation from Logan.
Another down side, in my opinion, was that I still feel a lot of the dialogue was too continuous and untagged. In reality, people are usually doing something during a conversation (walking, talking with hands, facial expressions, voice tones) that it’s hard for someone like me to read so much continuous dialogue. I feel they are just standing there, no emotion or movement whatsoever.
Despite that, Into the Fire is an amazing read! And with its intense, heart wrenching ending, you’ll want to read the sequel, Out of the Ashes, immediately afterwards....more
The Darkness Within is a wonderful conclusion to The Monster Within. Though Ethan is not my favorite male character of the series (he just seems too pThe Darkness Within is a wonderful conclusion to The Monster Within. Though Ethan is not my favorite male character of the series (he just seems too perfect to me), I enjoyed the struggle for control over his dark magic. And I liked that Sam had learned to be a bit more leery of trusting the wrong people. Though, at times, I felt she was going a little overboard protecting Ethan, I understood her concerns after what happened in the first novel.
Also, there were some links between Sam and Mirabella at the end I could not grasp, especially the sacrifice. I guess that's because, in those specific situations, I see a sacrifice having to be something that person loves in order to be a sacrifice. And honestly, I could not tell if there really was a true connection between Sam and Mirabelle. I felt this whole part left a lot of holes in the background of the plot.
However, I love that we got to learn more about Dylan in this novel and his dark past. I don't care what he did in the past, I still love him! Actually, I would love it if a novella came out that was purely focused on him--maybe one where he even finds true love. Hint. Hint. ;)...more
If Into the Fire hadn’t kept triggering some hard memories and emotions, I would have swallowed this novel whole. It was that good! Full of suspense aIf Into the Fire hadn’t kept triggering some hard memories and emotions, I would have swallowed this novel whole. It was that good! Full of suspense and romantic tension.
I could really relate to both Cara and Logan, as you could tell from my earlier comments. I had similar situations, some even recently. Practically when it came to family hardships and what was referred to by Cara and her family as “imprinting.” Those strong emotions. That strong attraction. How hard it is to stay away. Their story truly coincided with my actual life, only better results.
Though the inner thought was amazing in most of this novel, there were other things I didn’t like about the style. It didn’t feel the same as other works by Ashelyn Drake or Kelly Hashway; such as the settings. With The Monster Within and Campus Crush I could get at least a basic lay out of the town, campus, and houses. But in Into the Fire, I felt the description lacked. I couldn’t even get a feel of Cara’s or Logan’s bedrooms, which makes it difficult to picture the characters.
Also, a lot of the beginning and even some of ending dialogue was continuous and untagged, as if most of the interweaved action was cut from the text. I couldn’t place what the character was doing, what emotions they were feeling, or how the conversation was affecting them at the time. It was just pure conversation.
But, OMG, what an intense, heart wrenching ending! Forget the first chapter in the back of the book; this novel will make you want the sequel, Out of the Ashes, now!