This was a special discussion review on the blog along with Lyn of Great Imaginations. You can see it here at The Bookaholic
For me, The Darkest Part oThis was a special discussion review on the blog along with Lyn of Great Imaginations. You can see it here at The Bookaholic
For me, The Darkest Part of the Forest was one of my favorite reads of 2014. I'll be happily recommending this book to anyone and everyone--and look forward to re-reading time and time again (just like I tend to find myself doing with so many of Holly Black's other books through the years!). Another great story yet again!
I nearly DNF'd this. But I kept on truckin'. I guess it wasn't AS terrible as Insurgent. But almost. And unfortunately I'd already been spoiled to a mI nearly DNF'd this. But I kept on truckin'. I guess it wasn't AS terrible as Insurgent. But almost. And unfortunately I'd already been spoiled to a majority of the book before I even thought about reading months ago. Really though... I did honestly love Divergent in an odd way. It had been one of my favorite books that year when it released. And even now, I love the movie. I'll be curious to my reaction how the rest of the films go since I wasn't such a big fan of the rest of the series with the books. Oh well. Guess we'll see.
No proper review/rating really for this title since I didn't read a full hundred pages before passing it back on to a friend. Kagawa is one of my favoNo proper review/rating really for this title since I didn't read a full hundred pages before passing it back on to a friend. Kagawa is one of my favorite authors, but this series just isn't going to be for me and I could tell the moment I finished reading chapter one and wasn't that into it. I tried to get into it and obviously we can't always enjoy everything we pick up, no matter the author. There's definitely an audience for the title. Just not for me. Thanks for the opportunity to read anyway, though. And I still look forward to reading other work from Kagawa in the future.
(This is a partial review-- see the link at the bottom to read the full review at my blog. Thanks!)
I thought In the After was good, more of a well-eno(This is a partial review-- see the link at the bottom to read the full review at my blog. Thanks!)
I thought In the After was good, more of a well-enough read to spark a curiosity in continuing the series to see where it was going to lead. But I had no idea what to expect when I picked up its sequel, In the End.
To be fair, I have to admit I didn’t remember much how the first one ended. I had bits and pieces of memory, and In the After didn’t provide an over-abundance of refresher in the beginning, but a nice small one. Just enough for me to recall what I couldn’t, and I was glad for that. Lunetta did a great job with the little details to remind the reader of what happened in the first book in case there was any need for a refresher, without making it too clear or obvious. It tied in nicely.
It’s also pretty rare for me to love a sequel so much. There are few authors on my list that have done this, and now In the End is one of them. I like this second installment even better. It was gritty and chaotic and I loved it so much. When I turned to the last page, I was sad I couldn’t continue. I want more! I’m ready for more. This series is the kind of sci-fi futuristic weirdness I’ve been looking for since I started blogging.
The Forever Song, the final installment for the Blood of Eden series, didn’t give me as much oomph as the first two books-- the second still being my favorite, I think-- and while it was still great, I felt it flat most of the time. I’m also in a terrible reading slump, so most of the books I’ve been picking up lately, I’ve not had much desire to really read anyway (it’s a tragic situation to go through for any reader or book blogger).
**Also, there might be minor spoilers ahead. It's hard to avoid that when reviewing a later installment for a series.**
We finally get Zeke back into the story. Most of my followers and reader friends already know I haven’t been a Zeke fan since the beginning. He was a lot more tolerable in book two… I was even emotionally impacted by the ending there because I finally felt a mild attachment to his character.. But once again, The Forever Song gave me a Zeke I couldn’t like. Much more of an annoyance than anything, to be honest. I get that he’s upset… I just didn’t want to spend over half of the book reading the back-and-forth between him and Alison on this when I felt like there were more important things going around the characters. It wasn’t terrible enough to completely affect my enjoyment of the story, but I could have certainly done without a lot of it.
I particularly liked the further development of Jackal. He became a key character that I got attached to easily, despite his brutal honesty and sometimes hardcore style. Often, I felt like he was much more the type for Alison’s personality. But I don’t remember his description or how “old” he looks. I just have my own imagination when his character is speaking. Haha.
Kagawa also knows how to make you hate a bad guy when you really need to hate one. That’s for sure. Characters are put through some hell and torture, and there’s a lot to endure, and by the end you’re likely to be left saying “whoa.”
I also really liked the attention to details and ideas of family strength. Kagawa painted great pictures for the readers with her words and actions to develop a story about bonding, family, loving unconditionally, and sacrifice.
If you haven’t yet started this series, I don’t know what you’re waiting on. It’s one of the best vampire reads out there. Read it. Come on....more