In few words, it was a very complicated and very interesting novel. I learned a lot reading this book, especially about the story of my own country an...moreIn few words, it was a very complicated and very interesting novel. I learned a lot reading this book, especially about the story of my own country and all the political tactics used back in the 90s, as well as the relation between mafia and the Italian government.
I loved the individual stories, especially Antonio's one, but the character I sympathized more with was without a doubt Diego, and it was a bummer to see leave the scene at the middle of the book.
The ending was full of sorrow and grief and rage, and I've got to say, the authors did a really good job at keeping it real. Though tragic, it was very realistic and it left that sense of bitterness we find many times through our life.
G.P.'s character was one of best villains I've ever read of, although calling him a villain is not exactly right: in fact, he's more similar to a card dealer that chooses which player gets the winning cards. The portrait that was made of him is that of a cold, detached, calculating, powerful psycho, which, in my opinion, tops every villain in the history of villains.
All in all, a fantastic read, by two authors I hope will decide to start typing something new soon.(less)
This is a true HEA. I'm so glad Francesca's first wish was granted to her. Also, the image of the numerous Bridgerton family all reunited in one house...moreThis is a true HEA. I'm so glad Francesca's first wish was granted to her. Also, the image of the numerous Bridgerton family all reunited in one house makes my eyes water.(less)
Brilliant! This short story was so enthralling, I began looking for Firelight right after I finished it.
Never mind the references to the Beauty and th...moreBrilliant! This short story was so enthralling, I began looking for Firelight right after I finished it.
Never mind the references to the Beauty and the Beast story (which is an old favourite of mine) that sparked off my curiosity right away, the writing alone would have been enough to keep me reading for its entire length and more. It was just so detailed and mysterious, and I had that awesome and rare feeling that everything in the book was exactly as it should have been.
The main characters was the feature I liked more - they felt very realistic and the author hit one of my soft spots by giving them both a characteristic that makes them feel, at least partly, a beast.
The only thing that was left too unexplored was Martin's side of the story, but I didn't like him that much, so it wasn't a big loss.
I really can't wait to read Firelight and, although I was sorry to learn that the second installment won't follow Archer and Miranda's story, I have a feeling I will come to like this series very much. (less)
Even though The Kingdom didn't live up to my expectations (which I had probably set a bit too high after the astounding first installment, The Restore...moreEven though The Kingdom didn't live up to my expectations (which I had probably set a bit too high after the astounding first installment, The Restorer), I still enjoyed its creepy uniqueness and found myself enraptured all the same.
Amanda Stevens has the uncanny ability of evoking the most different kind of emotions from me: be it fear, curiosity, excitement, confusion, or simple need to know what will happen next, every single page she writes proves to be my favourite kind of emotional roller coaster.
Although I wasn't really comfortable with the author's decision to change the setting and almost all the characters from the first installment, the final result was still as eerily perfect as it was for the first book, and I was reassured at the end of the book that I would get to see Devlin again in the Graveyard Queen series.
No matter the flaws, The Kingdom was still an enchanting read, one I recommend to mystery and paranormal lovers and especially to the author's fans, with the assurance that they won't be disappointed.(less)