I apologize if my thoughts are still a little disjointed, I'm still reeling from the last horrible book I read. NOT THIS ONE! This one is great! :)
I j...moreI apologize if my thoughts are still a little disjointed, I'm still reeling from the last horrible book I read. NOT THIS ONE! This one is great! :)
I just left a scathing review for a different book and needed to think about something pleasant. And I wound up thinking of this book. Proof that even in a crowded genre (these young adult dystopian fantasy/sci-fi/mild romance books keep popping up everywhere!) you can find an original gem of a tale that is written well.
An unlikely partnership that shows it's thorns before settling down as the characters grow and their perceptions shift as they learn. It was honest. And I can't even begin to describe how refreshing that is!
Good solid characters who are irritable, cranky, dirty, tired, sore and still manage to pull through bring a level of understanding to this story that we don't see in a lot of fiction. The attempt is made more frequently now, but it never quite feels correct. This book aces that. I hope someone understands what I'm talking about! :) (This is why I read other's work instead of writing my own.. :P)
The advanced technology of the pod people and the advanced senses of the mutated 'savages' is an fascinating split that was illustrated remarkably well. The uneasy truce and eventual friendship of the main characters was not forced and the author was not afraid to take her time telling their story. The growth of these characters required a lengthy journey and Veronica Rossi delivered. The tech was explained in a manner that made it believable from an end users perspective which alleviated the need for an in depth analysis of the current culture.
She showed us her world instead of telling us about it and introduced us to some very stable yet elastic characters. I am very much looking forward to her sequel and am tracking down the prequel now.
It was refreshing to read one of the Lords of the Underworld novels that actually tried to return to the plot. I am that dork who has grown to like th...moreIt was refreshing to read one of the Lords of the Underworld novels that actually tried to return to the plot. I am that dork who has grown to like the plot woven, mostly, through these books and the only romantic reason I'm still reading is to see what happens to Paris and Sienna. Even though that seems to be a cluster and a half that had a wonderfully dramatic begining and has been mutilated over the books between Sienna's first appearance and this one. I'm still not exactly sure how I feel about that.
But that's not this book and I digress...
This one was refreshing. Best word for it! We had the return of the focus to obtaining one of the mystic artifacts and the Harpy games mixed with Kaia's prior disgrace and family woes were more interesting than the last SEVERAL of these books in my opinion.
As always the characters are well thought out, but this book they seemed truer to themselves than any of the others. Honestly, I'm getting a little bored with the "I'm a badass chick who offers no appologies until I meet tall, dark and demonically brooding then I turn into a needy chick who borders on pathetic for 200+ pages only to rally under the love of a smokin' hot man." This is not that. We understand Kaia's insecurity going in and it's downplayed through the majority of the book. Both the main characters are badasses and not afraid to show it.
I'm hopeful that this growth from the author bodes well for the next book which I hear is my Paris and Sienna saga! (Still nervous but SOOOOO hopeful! She's laid groundwork for some BEAUTIFUL angst and a level of drama and obstacles we've yet to see in the Lords of the Underworld series. Even though three or five books after we had a downright HATEFUL death scene now we're getting inner monologues of Sienna saying how much she has really always loved Paris ALREADY. So I guess we're not going to get to see any of that struggle... but again! I'm digressing...)
Anyway, another fun hot summer read from Gena Showalter. Not disappointing to the lusty romantic in me and helped ease some of my inner snobby plot Nazi thirst as well! While after the book before this I thought I'd need a break, after this one I'm ready to jump right into the next installment hoping to see some more of the plot ironed out as well as the rest of the Lords happily matched and married off!
This one seemed more... disjointed than Austenland. But it was still quite good! I found this one harder to plow through because it jumped around in t...moreThis one seemed more... disjointed than Austenland. But it was still quite good! I found this one harder to plow through because it jumped around in the flashbacks and honestly at times I felt so embarrassed for a character I just couldn't read the next sentence for hours. I would stare and reread the same sentence hoping that really hadn't happened and that she wasn't really there until I just couldn't handle the suspense anymore and I just HAD to know if Charlotte was inventing murders and her overactive imagination got the better of her or if there really was a murderer about!
Shannon Hale has a knack for making believable and honest heroines come to life and Charlotte is no exception. Embarrassing similarities between myself, friends of mine and the main characters shine through the pages. Yes, I think I officially have a real life spitting image of Miss Elizabeth Charming! :)
Another charming read about using immersion in Austen as therapy. The first one was better, but this little gem shouldn't be ignored. Though it may need to be read peeking through fingers to avoid the embarrassment of characters and some sections reread to try and keep the non-Austenland timeline straight! (less)
The only reason this book did not receive one star was because the characters are engaging and I liked a handful of them. For the most part (coming fr...moreThe only reason this book did not receive one star was because the characters are engaging and I liked a handful of them. For the most part (coming from a daddy/sister issue heavy family with a string of creepy exes myself) I found I could relate to the heroine but grew increasingly frustrated by the incredible (not in a good way) public situations that kept arising. I love the adopted family and her supportive friends but even when I pick up a slutty romance novel I don't want an author who beats me over the head with the same observation about a character from nine different points of view. I could relate to her insecurities and distress but at the same time I felt like smacking someone for bombarding me on all sides with the exact same scrap of plot exposition from at least two brothers, one friend and one paternal unit. There would be a conversation between the heroine and her best friend and directly following would be an inner monologue by the romantic interest or even herself again (I physically cringed as I read it) where directly following a poignant conversation he or she would rehash the conversation and state the exact same conclusion again. I wish I could say that this mistrust of a readers ability to follow a simply story arc and plot exposition an error but it occurs with enough frequency to have (at least me) grinding my teeth at ten last night when I was only 40% through the novel.
I did like the characters and it was a tried and true romantic tale of verbal abuse and an amazingly attractive family of men and I wanted to like it more than I did. Again, I believe this book would have been much better if, as a reader, I didn't feel like the author was holding my hand and taking baby steps with me through the entire piece. Usually with these books you could make them half as long as they are by removing gratuitous sex scenes. Not the case here. Here you could make it half as long by leaving the sex and removing the downright condescending need the author had to repeat every point five times in the span of 300 some odd pages.
It is with a heavy heart that I admit I liked two of the Chase boys to give the second one a chance and I can only hope that this lack of faith in the reader abated after her debut Chase boys novel.(less)
Ally Condie has created a very intriguing society that is still very close to our own. A little whiny in places, and quite slow, but it...moreGood but slow.
Ally Condie has created a very intriguing society that is still very close to our own. A little whiny in places, and quite slow, but it laid ALL of the groundwork for a rebellion trilogy. Seeing the society through Cassia as she discovers her own mind was slow but good. When you have teenage neighbors falling in love I think slow is better anyway. :)
Picked up number two and I'm hoping the new setting and changes will mean more action, but the characters are outlined very well and I'm looking forward to seeing where they're going. Even if they're plodding along. :)(less)
Still pretty slow, but I'm intrigued enough to finish the series. We've split the party again and I'm trying to decide if it was really worth bringing...moreStill pretty slow, but I'm intrigued enough to finish the series. We've split the party again and I'm trying to decide if it was really worth bringing everyone back together for twelve pages to then split them up again. I'm exaggerating it was more than twelve pages but it didn't feel like it was much more... A couple of interesting new characters and I hope we see Eli and Hunter again and I was sufficiently attached that I miss Vick.
Again, slower than I usually like, but it was good. At the pace that's been set I'm having a hard time imagining how this is supposed to be wrapped up in only one more book. But I'm sure I'll let you know when I get through it! :)
Maybe I'm just getting used to it, but it seems like this installment spent more time with other characters in the story which made it a little less u...moreMaybe I'm just getting used to it, but it seems like this installment spent more time with other characters in the story which made it a little less upsetting whenever we changed to a new character. (I'm VERY intrigued by Paris' story line and will continue to read until his story comes out, at least!) As the third book in a series of at least twelve, I'm a little tired of the brooding, over possessive demon meets completely understanding, forgiving and cherish-able female plot line, but for a steamy summer read it served it's purpose! Again the balance between the two main characters and the plot exposition for the side characters was much better than the first two books and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to Aeron and Paris!(less)
I think one of the most frustrating things about this series is that each novel is too crowded. I find myself liking the characters and continuing to...moreI think one of the most frustrating things about this series is that each novel is too crowded. I find myself liking the characters and continuing to read, but I would like each episode in the series to be it's own stand alone story. If the timeline for all the characters mesh, that's fine, but it's distracting and downright frustrating to try and follow three romance plots through one book. Especially when the first half of the book is dedicated to two characters that you begin to feel invested in and then Surprise! Suddenly it's the romance novel for a side character. There were twinges of this in the first book, and I was hoping the focus wouldn't be as divided in it's sequel. Unfortunately my hopes were ripped from my body like Death pulling a soul to escort to the gates of Hell and then dashed on a snowy mountaintop in Arctic. Surprise! Let's throw in a THIRD couple to get going just for fun! I think these books would be more fluid if they would maintain their focus on a single couple with the rest of the characters given their own screen time in their own novels. I really might be bitter about this... it just seems so ... cheap? Like 'Oh! Let's make the book longer! We have all these characters I want to hook up, let's get that started RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND!' Instead of weaving the stories together in the background and leaving the main focus as the main characters (Maybe I'm pampered because spiking interest in peripheral characters without having them steal the story is something that Kresley Cole does VERY well.) it just feels like we couldn't quite decide if we're writing a romance novel or an epic fantasy serial. Like if every every character in the Lord of the Rings saga needed to be paired. Totally unnecessary. And honestly it was a little insulting, like I wasn't expected to be able to pick up that the other characters were effected without being beaten over the head by it. Hell, maybe random narrator jumps just bug me!
Having said that... The plot is intriguing and the characters endearing enough for me to want to know more, so of course I will continue to read! Gena Showalter has created a very interesting blend of religion and mythology and I really do NEED to know what's going to happen with the relic hunting and Pandora's Box. The steamy bits don't hurt either and as much as I dislike the attention taken away from the "main" characters of this installment, I find myself wondering how poor Reyes and Paris are doing. (Still think I would have cared about them if their reactions had been the only indication of something wrong though... But hey, maybe I'm just too picky!)
Frustration aside, it's another book I plowed right through and I have the next book on the kindle ready to go! So we'll see if perhaps in book 3 we can maintain a focus on Reyes and Danika without digressing into other warriors relationships! :)(less)
I just love Maddox! I guess I was hoping for a little more out of the plot and some of the additional characters introduced seemed... abrupt. I couldn...moreI just love Maddox! I guess I was hoping for a little more out of the plot and some of the additional characters introduced seemed... abrupt. I couldn't tell if this was supposed to be a stand alone novel about Maddox and Ashlyn or if it was supposed to also involve so much of Danika and Reyes. Their subplot seemed like it was being played up too much. It felt less like SUB plot and more like real plot that wasn't given enough page time. Otherwise, it was a wonderful, quick read with engaging and steamy main characters! I look forward to seeing how Gena Showalter grows with the series!(less)