It was easier for me to immediately get into the central story in this one, mainly because Harry has stop...moreWarning: Spoilers are present in this review
It was easier for me to immediately get into the central story in this one, mainly because Harry has stopped being as moody as he was in the Order of Phoenix, and that in itself made me like the sixth installment in this series more. I think that The Half Blood Prince might be my favorite one so far (just behind it is The Prisoner of Azkaban). I can't really say why, but there was something that kept me so immersed in it that I had to stay up late to finish. That's not to say that the others don't possess the same quality - but even so, I felt it more here. It could just be the fact that I enjoyed the subplots more.Normally I don't like it when there's a lot of memories and flashbacks in a book, but J.K. Rowling unfolds everything so skillfully as always, and learning about Voldemort's past was quite interesting to me. I suppose he had a bad childhood, so that could have contributed to his evilness, but overall I think he's just crazy. It also answered something that had been puzzling me since the beginning of the Goblet of Fire - I didn't get how three Riddles were murdered in their big house. But with the explanation midway into the novel it all made sense. I've learned to just go with the flo when it comes to the Harry Potter books, knowing that eventually I'll have no more questions to ask.
I always felt like Harry was right to keep such a close eye on Draco throughout his sixth year at Hogwarts, especially after everything he heard on the train. I found it a little odd that Ron and Hermione dismissed Harry's serious suspicions about Draco so easily with the evidence that steadily kept piling up. I was surprised at the turn his character took, honestly. He's always been a pest, yes, and definitely a worthy enemy of Harry's, ever since the first book. Still, I was sad when he started working with the Death Eaters, and by the end of HP number six, I felt really bad for him. He probably felt like he had no choice, what with his whole family being on Voldemort's side. That doesn't excuse his actions, though. I'm curious to see what will become of him in the last one.
I can honestly say that the HP books have the best secondary characters of any series I've ever read (and that's quite a statement, coming from me. I like to think I've read a lot.) Almost all of them have made some kind of impression on me, whether they were good or bad. For example, I kind of love Luna, even though she hasn't been around a whole lot, and was just introduced in the last book. She may be a little odd, but she has this open way of stating things; I'm really hoping for some kind of happy ending for her. All the Weasleys will always have a special place in my heart. I was, however, kind of surprised by Harry's feelings for Ginny. They seemed to spring up very suddenly. I mean, they've known each other for over five years and he just now realizes that she's pretty and awesome. I got used to it after a while, but I kind of wish the relationship had a little more development. I was really disappointed at first because Ginny was really quiet, and as close to a flat character as you can get in the HP books.
But she actually showed some personality here, much more fiery than before. I was annoyed when Harry broke up with her at the end. It was obvious that Voldemort would use whoever Harry cared about against him, but he could just as easily use Ron or Hermione, and I didn't see him ditching them. In both the books and the movies, I have seen tiny hints of feelings between Ron and Hermione. I think that they came out a lot more in this one. It was obvious after Hermione's temper tantrum with the birds when Ron got together with Lavender (who was extremely annoying). On one hand I felt kind of bad for the both of them, but on the other I've gotten to the point where I'm just really frustrated with their dance-around-the-feelings thing. I think they're pretty cute together, though I do wonder sometimes what made Rowling decide not to put two of her main characters together.
The most heart-stopping, punch in the gut was definitely the end when Dumbledore died. I had some suspicion of it happening based off some comments I'd read in some reviews, but I was hoping against hope I was wrong and it wouldn't happen. I had come to care for him so much as a character in this series that I was simply devastated upon reading about his demise. I actually had to put the book aside for a few minutes so I could cry about it; he was so wise and friendly, yet so powerful. I didn't expect Draco to be the one to kill him in the tower based on the way he was already acting (he was crying earlier in the bathroom, after all), but I also didn't think Snape would be the one to do it. Obviously I've always disliked him for his behavior towards Harry, but I was hoping he had really changed (though maybe some part of me thought he didn't, even though five years had gone by without him murdering Harry). And the fact that Snape was the Half Blood Prince? I probably should have seen that coming, what with all the advice he gave coming out of a Potions book, but I really didn't. I still don't feel like I completely understand Snape's character, but as of now I hate him for killing Dumbledore. This book was an excellent set-up for the final chapter, and though I want to put off reading it because it's the last one, I know I won't because I just have to see how this all ends immediately.(less)
So far 2014 has been the year of series conclusions. So many were coming out in January and February that containing m...morePre-Review:
So far 2014 has been the year of series conclusions. So many were coming out in January and February that containing my excitement was hard. I liked Everneath, but not as much as everyone else seemed to. Its sequel, Everbound, was another story entirely. It was the book that made me love the series and connect with the characters. The plot, the action, the sucker-punch ending and practically everything else about it was just amazing. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I was excited to pick up Evertrue. The covers for this series are just gorgeous, though I think that the first dress is the most beautiful.
I was all set for major stuff to happen. Nikki was pissed and determined at the end of Everbound to blow up the Everneath and everyone in it. I was happy that she never seemed to lose her determination to make that happen. In all honesty, it felt a little wrong since she was basically committing genocide to an entire race of beings. Still, these beings kill people on a regular basis. Nikki will always be a protagonist I will love. She admits it when she makes really bad choices, but at the same time she's good at sticking to her guns. For example, she loves Jack. She always has loved Jack. I could never really think of this story as a love triangle because it was always obvious who she was going to choose in the end. She has a shaky sort-of friendship going on with Cole, but she never seems to develop any sort of strong romantic interest in him.
I loved diving back into this world, because Ashton made everything seem so vivid. I will definitely always look back on my time with these books fondly. Overall, I'm pretty sure that Evertrue was a good conclusion to this series. I loved the writing and the pacing was excellent; not once did I want to put it down. I really appreciated being able to see Jack and Nikki interact in the present, because it feels like in the past all we ever saw of them were flashbacks. Sadly, I never really developed intense feelings for Jack. I think he's a good character, but for some reason he lacks personality. I understood that he was a good fit for Nikki, but I wish I shipped them more as a couple.
I was have always been particularly interested in Cole. You never know for sure what his true motives were or how deep his feelings for Nikki actually run. Ultimately, he wanted to rule the Everneath; he's sneaky and scheming and charming. He's always been my favorite character in this series. I didn't really like the amnesia he had for most of the book. He turned into a completely different person and it was like having a stranger around. It was also a little too convenient for the plot. The big show down at the end with Nikki and the queen was a bit too rushed - it felt like it was too easy. In fact, the whole taking-down-the-Everneath thing seemed that way. It's made out to be impossible, but these four somehow find a way. I was prepared to give it a much lower rating for that reason alone, but the last few chapters really tore me apart. Although I am not at all happy about a certain event that took place, I liked how it redeemed a character. I actually got a little teary, and I wasn't expecting it at all. Maybe I should just used to authors writing (view spoiler)[main character deaths. My poor, poor Cole (hide spoiler)], because it seems like it's happening more and more often.
I was pretty excited to get this from my library since I read and enjoyed the first novel in the series, Everneath, quite a bit. I wasn't as crazy abo...moreI was pretty excited to get this from my library since I read and enjoyed the first novel in the series, Everneath, quite a bit. I wasn't as crazy about it as some other people (I've seen endless five star reviews for it), but I was definitely interested in checking out the rest of the books. This is actually one of those very rare times when I liked the sequel better than the first one, which really surprised me. And, by the way, whoever designs these covers should seriously get some kind of award for being awesome. Just saying. Maybe the model wearing a dress doesn't really make sense paired with Nikki's character (I mean, she never really had a reason to wear a dress in Everbound, did she?), but at the same time I love how both the red and black dresses blend into the smoke.
Upon opening the book, I was immediately greeted with a map of the Everneath, which got me super excited to read it. I love it when we're given maps to look at to get a better idea of the world within the pages of a book, and having one here was very appropriate. I thought Ashton did an excellent job in just describing the Everneath, but at the same time, I was glad it was there. They just add personality and realness and . . . yeah. I just love them. Moving on. I still love the concept for these books. Greek mythology isn't something I've ever really been interested in, but after reading a few of the stories I'm beginning to find it very intriguing. Ashton has definitely done her research. I love ending a book feeling like I learned something.
The only thing that kept me from fully loving Everneath was the characters, and I really couldn't figure out why. They are all perfectly lovely people, and I liked the heroine, but Jack and Nikki's dad and brother and a few others were just kind flat to me. And going into this sequel, I expected to feel the same way about loving the world and yet feeling strangely detached from the characters. And while I did keep that feeling for maybe 40% of the book, eventually I got involved emotionally the way that I wanted to be, and that was awesome.
I don't really feel like this should be counted as a love triangle. I mean, yeah, Jack and Cole both love Nikki, but Nikki only really loves Jack. Every time Nikki kisses Cole, it's because she's half-dead and needs energy or she's trying to save his life or something along those lines. However, I have to say, Cole is probably my favorite character in these books, mostly because he's the most developed and the most mysterious. Honestly, he probably doesn't have even a tiny glimmer of a chance with Nikki, at least in my opinion. But I'd still really like to see more of him in the third book. Jack . . . well. I still feel pretty neutral about him. He seems like a great guy and everything, and I thought the periodic flashbacks surrounding him were done pretty well, but he's still just kind of there. I'm hoping my feelings towards him change in the last Everneath book.
Above all else, I really enjoyed the ending. I felt like it had even more urgency in it than the first. And, truthfully, I never saw it coming. I've never been the best at making bookish predictions about endings, but I think that even if I was masterfully good at it, I still would have been shocked silly. The ending is what earns that last half star. Because of it, I will be clamoring for the last book when it comes out next year.
I bought Everneath on a whim because it was on sale as an e-book, and I'd heard mostly good things about it. Though right now, I am definitely wishing...moreI bought Everneath on a whim because it was on sale as an e-book, and I'd heard mostly good things about it. Though right now, I am definitely wishing I had a physical copy of it, so I could stare longingly at that dress. The way it mixes with the smoke and the font of the title makes the cover gorgeous.
I haven't heard a lot of Greek mythology stories, stuff like that usually isn't my forte, but I do find them entertaining (I did, after all, enjoy the movie Hercules). So the plot of this was an interesting idea that immediately grabbed my attention. I can't say I was absolutely enthralled throughout the story, but it did keep my interest, especially towards the end. If the whole book had the sense of urgency and passion that the ending did, I probably would have given it five stars rather than four.
One of the best things about Everneath is its protagonist, Nikki. I just found her to be a very realistic character. She isn't really whiny and ungrateful or annoying to listen to; she tries to make good decisions in her awful situation. Of course, it was a really bad decision that landed her in that situation to begin with, but I can understand why her emotions got the better of her that night. I had a harder time connecting with the love interest, Jack. Maybe it had to do with the fact that he's quarterback of the football team, and that immediately carried a sense of being very typical? I'm not even sure, I'm just guessing. I ended up liking him at the end of the book, though, just not as much as I wanted to. I wish that Nikki's dad and her brother were a little more fleshed out as characters. They were just never there most of the time and I found it difficult to care for them, especially after how Nikki's dad reacts to his wife's death, and never apologizes to Nikki for it.
I hope in the sequel that we get a good description of the Everneath, and what it looks like. I was halfway convinced that this was going to contain a love triangle, because I'd heard talk of two boys, but it really isn't. Cole might not be completely evil, but he's still a villain in the book, at least in my opinion. I accidentally read a spoiler before picking this up for the ending of the book, so I wasn't surprised, but I still think it was a really good twist, and now I really want to go read the sequel to see what happens next. Brodi Ashton's writing is pretty clear-cut and simple (not in a bad way), and I look forward to reading more of her works in the future.
I was very happy to get my hands on a copy of this book after enjoying the first one in the series, Of Poseidon, last year. As I said in my review the...moreI was very happy to get my hands on a copy of this book after enjoying the first one in the series, Of Poseidon, last year. As I said in my review then, these are the first novels ever to have truly captured my attention while featuring mermaids/mermen. Either I've just had really bad luck picking out stories about these creatures, or for some reason I just don't find them all that interesting. I'm really hoping it's the former that's correct, because I could really go for more books like these. I also have to add that the cover for Of Triton is absolutely beautiful, a big improvement from before. I don't disliked Of Poseidon's cover art, but at the same time it kind of creeps me out a little. I have no idea why. And I really loved how the picture of the two people kissing on Of Triton goes really well with a scene that takes places towards the end.
I'll start off with what bothered me. My complaints for this one are pretty slim, though, and I don't think they hindered my enjoyment of the story overall. Still, a couple things did irk me. First of all, I really, really hate that Emma's POV is written in first person, and Galen's is in third person, present tense. Personally, I absolutely hate that kind of writing - to me it feels really awkward and stiff. And what's really frustrating is that this is not Banks' fault - third person, present tense would sound this way no matter who was writing it! It also just seems like a rather odd decision to do it that way. It also feels kind of childish. "Galen knows . . . Galen sees . . ." It makes me think of something like, "Tom goes to the store to buy milk" or "Tom feels sad." I don't know if that makes any sense at all, but hopefully it does. Galen's parts of the book could have easily been in first person.
I also wish that Emma and Galen had more time together. But on the other hand, spending a lot of time apart is much preferable to introducing another dreaded love triangle. I was extremely appreciative that Banks decided not to take this route. That's not to say that something like that couldn't happen in the last and third book in the series, but I find that a second love interest is usually not introduced that late in (unless, of course, it's something crazy like eight books long). However, I really enjoyed the rare moments that they did have together, and somehow it made them all the more precious. Hopefully in Of Neptune they will remain together on a much more regular basis.
While Of Poseidon focused largely on romance and setting up the story, Of Triton is mainly centered on politics and trials and sorting out a whole lot of problems have that have occurred under the sea. While this second novel is a good deal shorter than its predecessor, it had quite a bit going on throughout, making it easy to turn the pages and get really involved in what was going on. The villain we see here - a merman named Jagan - was quite cunning, and I was actually kind of impressed with his arguments against the Royals. I really loved all the side characters - watching Nalia's and Grom's little romance was very sweet, as was Toraf's and Rayna's. Galen continues to be very protective, but it was necessary for him to be here and I didn't think he came off as too possessive.
I remember really enjoying Emma's perspective in the first one, but I kind of developed a love/hate relationship with her here. She still made me laugh, and was really brave under difficult circumstances but honestly her mood swings drove me a little nuts. I could understand her difficulties with Nalia and Grom. But I was quite annoyed with that little fantasy where she longed for a normal human life - not because of her actual wish, but because for a second she pictured being with another guy. She also has this moment where she wonders if she's taken away Galen's respect for his people because he no longer cares about the laws separating them physically, even though she spent a good deal of time being irritated with them before.
(view spoiler)[I loved the twist Banks threw in there about Rayna and Galen having the gift of Triton - I figured it would pop up somewhere in here, what with the title being what it was. (hide spoiler)]
There isn't a huge info-dump of previous events in the beginning, but there are some reminders, and I was seriously grateful for them, because it took me a couple chapters to catch up and remember everything that happened at the end of Of Poseidon. The aggravation that comes with having read something a year ago, I guess. Of Triton was a lovely addition to this series, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I will be waiting eagerly for Of Neptune to come out next year.
I love reading different kinds of books, but it's never been a secret that I have a particular fondness for retellings. I was pretty much obsessed wit...moreI love reading different kinds of books, but it's never been a secret that I have a particular fondness for retellings. I was pretty much obsessed with Disney movies growing up, and Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite story. So whenever I see something like this pop up, I immediately want to get my hands on it, and this novel was no exception. I was a little wary at first, because I've tried to start one of Jay's other novels, Juliet Immortal, but I ended up putting it aside. I simply could not get into it. However, I needn't have worried. Of Beast and Beauty was a beautiful, amazing and completely awesome story. Upon finishing it, I was in awe. It has unexpectedly become a new favorite of mine. I love it when I am totally blown away by something I didn't expect to adore. This review will definitely be an exercise in forming coherent thoughts. I believe the old cover was very similar to the new one, except instead of showing the model's entire dress, it only shows part of it so it can showcase the city on the bottom half. I didn't like this at first, but now that I've finished the book I definitely like the new one more.
Right after I started I realized that the writing was gorgeous. I didn't want to stop reading it. The words are put together so beautifully. It's the kind of writing talent I think I would kill for. The details Jay uses to describe the Desert and the domed city Yuan are just enough to give the reader a clear image of everything without going overboard and being annoyingly descriptive. The prologue is a touch confusing, but it was also very interesting. It's kind of one of those things you just have to accept for the time being, knowing that the pieces will all come together eventually. Basically, it explains the existence of two things: the Pure Heart and the Dark Heart. It's never stated, but I came to believe that the two were supposedly the essence of the world. It also explains how the Smooth Skins and the Monstrous came about, partly describes the curse of the Dark Heart, and also reveals the only way to break the terrible curse. It's a good introduction to the story, because it helped me to already have a decent idea of why this world was the way it was before I was introduced to the characters.
Jay expertly takes the age old classic fairy tale and makes it her own, and yet the reader can easily see how Of Beast and Beauty parallels the original tale if familiar with it. The general structure of the story remains the same, but as I said, done in a new and exciting way. As the story progressed, I learned more and more about Yuan and its history, but information is dropped here and there. One of the most interesting things to me was the fact that the roses - which in the fairy tale play such an important role - were evil. They - and the Dark Heart - craved blood and sacrifice through the murder of a willing person. Aside from the writing and world, we have the characters. It was different to be reading through the perspective of Isra, seeing as how she is blind. I felt that she worked with her disability quite well, though, and I found her brave and smart. When she becomes the Queen after her father dies, and knows that she must sacrifice herself to the roses like many before her. Admittedly, she does do a lot of cowering and doesn't really stand up for herself. However, after a major turn of events in the middle of the book, she changes. I adored her, and her maid Needle.
Gem was also a great character. I wasn't quite sure how to picture the Monstrous in my mind - at first I thought maybe they resembled the Beast in the fairy tale? But no, they actually have scales, not fur. They are larger than normal humans, with claws and teeth and such. However, Gem is described as still looking fairly human. I felt terrible for him - and Isla - over their struggles with wanting the best for their people, but both unsure about how to make everything better. Obviously, since Isla's people capture Gem in the beginning of the story, the two hate each other almost immediately. And it takes a long time for that to change. Their relationship moved slowly. They started to care for each other in a gradual and very believable way. I wanted very much for them to be together, and I enjoyed their conversations. I love one in particular when Isla is moaning about having Monstrous traits and being "tainted", but later realizes that her soul is not corrupt and that she is good when she is faced with the option of committing a very wicked deed to serve her own purposes and decides against it.
The pacing is great; never did I become bored, but rather I had a very hard time putting it down because I was passionate about these characters. I was rooting for them, and I was emotionally touched more than a few times; I even got a little teary towards the end and in one scene concerning Gem and his son. I also love the fact that the villains were not purely evil people. I mean, they were definitely going about getting what they wanted in a very wrong way. But one of them repents slightly at the end, and other escapes, wailing about how he didn't want everything to end this way. While I understood their motives and everything made sense, that didn't make their actions any less despicable. There is really nothing about this book I can think to criticize. I enjoyed every single aspect of it. The last chapter was happy in a bittersweet way, and the few chapters before it ended the story perfectly. Overall, I cannot recommend this highly enough and it is definitely one you should pick up at some point.
So this is the second book I've read in 2013, after Hunting Lila, which I gave four stars. This one gets two point five, so I...moreActual Rating: 2.5 stars.
So this is the second book I've read in 2013, after Hunting Lila, which I gave four stars. This one gets two point five, so I guess the start of this year has been pretty decent, book-wise. I picked up Incarnate at the library on an impulse, mainly because the cover is so beautiful and I couldn't resist. I saw a lot of mixed reviews for it on goodreads, but I decided to give it a shot.
This story is about a newsoul named Ana. As a heroine, I guess I didn't mind her. She wasn't terrible, but there was nothing particularly charming about her, either. I can see myself forgetting about her easily in the next few days or so. I understood her frustration with being the only new person in thousands of years, but it got repetitive after a while.
As for the love interest, Sam, he too, is very forgettable. I liked him to some degree; I could appreciate his genuine kindness and compassion. I guess there aren't a lot of love interests in YA books I can name off the top of my head that are just nice without being broody, jerky, or at least sometimes mean. The problem with this niceness, however, is that it makes a person seem a little too perfect. Sam was like this shining beacon of light that could do no wrong, and it made him feel less real to me. It also seems like he should be one of the first people in line to hate Ana, what with her replacing someone who he was supposedly close with.
I didn't mind the sweetness of Ana and Sam's relationship, but - and you can sense a pattern here - there was nothing exciting about it. It didn't feel like there was . . . passion? I'm not sure what word I'm looking for exactly. Also, the summary is somewhat deceiving. It makes it sound like Ana is on this mission to find out information about herself, which she is, but she rarely spends any time doing this. This book is mostly geared toward her relationship with Sam and trying to not get herself killed in Heart between the dragons and the sylph.
I thought about comparing this to Matched by Ally Condie, another book that disappointed me. But that doesn't seem fair, because I actually enjoyed Incarnate a good deal more than Matched. The reason I was considering it, though, was the pacing of both. Nothing really happens for a good chuck in the middle. The beginning is interesting, and so is the ending, but the middle is one big snooze fest.
As for the writing, I have no complaints. Jodi Meadows has a lovely writing style, one of the redeeming qualities of this book that made me want to finish it. So, overall, I'd have to say I liked Incarnate, enough to round up to 3 stars. For example, I really liked the comparison between Ana's short life and a butterfly, and how this is portrayed on the cover.
Some Quiet Place is definitely an intriguing novel. The summary felt very original and exciting to me, so of course I was eager to pick it up. I have...moreSome Quiet Place is definitely an intriguing novel. The summary felt very original and exciting to me, so of course I was eager to pick it up. I have mixed feelings about the cover - yes, it's beautiful and it does portray the mood of the story well, but . . . it's creepy. I think I would like it a lot more if the model had arms. I remember picking this up a long time ago in the bookstore and reading the first chapter, thinking it was good, and then putting it on hold at the library. It took me a little longer to finally read than I normally would have, but I have this thing where I put off starting a novel if I've already read the beginning, because it's annoying to have to go over the same thing again even though it's necessary because I don't quite remember the exact details, and I wouldn't want to miss something important.
I was a tiny bit skeptical at first about the protagonist lacking the capacity to experience any type of emotion I mean, how could you possibly live life like that? It would be so bleak, boring and terribly uninteresting. Feeling things - the good and the bad - are part of what makes us human. Sure, we have to endure things like guilt, regret and fear. Be we also get happiness, love and humor - things that make life worth living more. I wasn't sure how the author would go about writing a character like that, and even if she did, how on earth was I supposed to form any kind of connection with Elizabeth when she felt nothing? For the most part, I thought Sutton did a great job in making her exactly what the summary promised she would be - instead of feeling, she was extremely logical about everything. She said and did things that she knew other people would expect of her, like go to school and interact with other people, but nothing bothered her. This was particularly difficult to swallow especially when Elizabeth's friend, Maggie, is in the hospital about to die because of cancer. Elizabeth goes to see her, yet she's fairly indifferent towards the whole situation. So I was partially right in thinking she would be very difficult to like. It's not too hard to shift your attention away from the detachment of the narrator, though, mostly because the writing is so lovely. The descriptions and characters were all beautiful - it was definitely one of those novels that had me wishing I could write in such a fashion.
Once I got used to Elizabeth, I did start to care about her somewhere towards the end of the novel somehow. Watching her internal struggles was engrossing - she's constantly haunted by a dream that concerns a girl holding a dying boy in the forest. She has no idea how these people relate to her or why she keeps seeing them. She knows that it somehow ties into the car accident that happened when she was four years old and miraculously survived, but she has no idea how. I loved how everything was answered in the end - if there's one thing that really annoys me, it's a mystery novel that leaves a bunch of questions dangling. It's fun to guess who the villain of story is, and the concept was great overall. Elizabeth sees emotions just like people; they all look a certain way, and they're named for their feeling - Courage, Denial, Joy and a bunch of others make many appearances, simply touching the human that's experiencing them and then fading away.
Of course, the one Emotion that continuously pops up in Some Quiet Place is Fear. For some reason, he's completely obsessed with finding out why Elizabeth is the way she is. He was a shady guy from the start and I was never completely sure what his motives were; but I love characters that keep me on my toes. You wouldn't think that Fear would be the best love interest for the main character - I mean, who wants to be frightened all the time? Somehow, though, it works. I ended up really liking him by the end of the book. There's a bit of a love triangle with Elizabeth, Fear and a human boy named Joshua. As usual, I was a bit annoyed by this. But since there was no real feeling going on for either of them for quite some time, the drama that usually exists in that type of situation was absent, so really there was nothing to be upset about. Thankfully, it's settled by the time the book ends. For the most part, I was pleased with the resolution, though I wished Elizabeth gave given the loser of the triangle a more graceful goodbye like he deserved. It's hard not to feel bad for him because he was really only a pawn when you look at the big picture. Some Quiet Place could have easily been a standalone, but there's a sequel coming out next year. I'm curious about what else in this story needs to be said, so I'll be reading it then.