This is just the beginning. I can feel it. This is only the first book in the series, and it’s already a complicated story, with various subplots and...moreThis is just the beginning. I can feel it. This is only the first book in the series, and it’s already a complicated story, with various subplots and tons of detail. The authors were kind enough to provide a map at the beginning of the book, but I’m not sure how helpful it was. The world building was far too complex to navigate with a map! Therein lies the problem. With such a full plot, I know that I will inevitably forget a lot of the details by the time the next book is released. I am hoping desperately that there will be an outline at the beginning of the next book to help me out.
The characters are going to be my saving grace. There are simply unforgettable. They will stand clearly in my mind until it’s time for the next book, I’m sure. There is a perfect dynamic between the characters, both sensual and volatile at the same time. There is so much deep-seated bitterness that it is almost impossible to see their camaraderie buried beneath it all. Almost. Lines are so blurry that it’s hard to tell where the enemy ends and the friend begins.
I would like to consider myself a fairly smart cookie, but I’m hardly the sharpest tool in the shed. The Sowing made me feel smart by taking really complex biology and genetic theories and making them easy to follow. In fact, I probably learned more from this book than I did from my high school biology class! (Don’t tell my teacher. I’ll deny everything.)
My main question after reading this was “Who is the intended audience?” There were a dozen f-bombs, and some mature themes. Otherwise, the book was completely clean. There was nothing overly gory or brutally violent. Some mild sexuality, but very PG13 in that aspect. It reads like YA, but with language. I’m not clueless to the fact that teens use swear words, but a lot of parents might object to it. I would suggest that parents read the book first, and decide for themselves if they have an issue with it. Either that, or teens read it, and dazzle their parents will all their new-found biology knowledge, keeping the f-bombs to themselves. Either way, enjoy! It’s bound to be a great series!
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was precisely what I was in the mood for! Fast paced, intense fight scenes, just enough romance to keep my heart aching; exactly what I...more4.5 stars
This was precisely what I was in the mood for! Fast paced, intense fight scenes, just enough romance to keep my heart aching; exactly what I would have expected from Julie! She doesn’t hold back for even an instant. I’ll do my best to keep this review spoiler-free for the series, although, it will be almost impossible for me to keep some of these details to myself!! The synopsis for the book actually reveals a fair bit, so I think I’m in the clear.
I started this series by reading the first two books, back to back, over a year ago. When so much time has passed between books, I was really worried about how I would handle my poor memory. I tend to forget the small details… and even the huge plot twists over a year’s time. Book 2 left off with a huge cliffhanger, and I had even forgotten that! Lucky for me, Julie Kagawa did the best possible job at giving a recap of the previous books, at all the perfect moments. She was able to fill in all my memory gaps without making it feel like a huge lump of rehash.
The Forever Song starts off jumping straight into the fray! There is no shortage of tense fight scenes, where Allison is in life-threatening peril (if she were alive, you know what I mean). She and her companions, Kanin and Jackal, are on a mission for revenge. And to save the world, of course. Kanin remains a steady moral compass for Allie, while Jackal voices all of her innermost urges. This journey isn’t just a physical one, but an emotional and mental one. Allison has to make a lot of decisions about herself and how she will handle Zeke’s death. This story brought me a lot closer to Allison than I felt in the first two books. It made is a lot easier to root for her. This internal struggle was missing in the Eternity Cure for me, so I was really glad to see that her decisions were not so easy to make.
The secondary characters are really what made this book for me. Sure, Allie was great, and she can kick some serious ass… but it’s Jackal who steals my heart! He is snarky and bitter, and a perfect foil for Kanin’s unshakable morality. And Sarren? He really is a perfect villain, even when we didn’t actually see him for most of the book. The mere thought of him was enough to induce shivers! A villain I love to hate. <3
Vampires are just vampires, right? Scary in their own right, but I think we’re all getting desensitized to them. Well, Julie doesn’t stop at this classic horror figure. In the first book, there were Rabids. In the second, we were introduced to the Bleeders. When I started the third book, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. How could she possibly make things more terrifying?! I shouldn’t have asked. It’s a good thing this was the end of the series! I don’t think I could handle the next level of horror. ;)
Bravo, Julie Kagawa. Bravo.
A copy of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Happy release day, Katie McGarry! :D This was a solid book in a phenomenal series. It’s not my favorite, because seriously, how can you top Isaiah?! I...moreHappy release day, Katie McGarry! :D This was a solid book in a phenomenal series. It’s not my favorite, because seriously, how can you top Isaiah?! It just can’t be done.
So, West. When I first found out that this book would be West’s story, I was a little disappointed. Honestly, I had been holding my breath waiting for Abby’s story, and West was a little darker than I wanted. He felt like he had an inner shadow and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to delve into that. He was carrying around a lot of guilt, and I have a particularly hard time reading books dripping with remorse. I tend to take it home with me. I did get excited, however, for Haley! I absolutely love a strong female character, and you can’t get much stronger than a kickboxing champ! Plus, a man who isn’t intimidated by that! Go West! Haley isn’t perfect, don’t worry. She’s harboring a secret, and it’s eating her up inside. West is exactly what she needs to move on… she just doesn’t know it yet.
What I love most about Katie McGarry’s writing is that she never rushes. She takes her sweet time, drawing out the feels into long strands of lust, frustration, anger and hope, until you’re ripped entirely to shreds. Since I couldn’t help but compare this to Crash Into You, I felt like it started off slowly. The plot was a little stilted, with a few gaps that I couldn’t get past. Once it got going though, I fell in love with West and Haley (and did I mention Abby?). I can’t wait to see whose story is next! :D
Seriously though. It needs to be Abby.
A copy of this book was provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
You can’t get much closer to perfection for a series conclusion. I had come up with all of these theories for how things were going to work o...more4.5 stars
You can’t get much closer to perfection for a series conclusion. I had come up with all of these theories for how things were going to work out. Because things HAD to work out! Anna would end up with Julian, and that’s all there was to say about that. Mosaic was full of all my worst nightmares and sweetest wishes all wrapped up together.
Mosaic starts off 20 years in the future, so right at the beginning you already know what’s going to happen. You just don’t know how. Do you have any idea what kind of torture that is?! I keep putting the book down and walking away, convinced that if I didn’t read it, it wouldn’t come true. Yes, I’m aware that this book is fiction and that none of this is actually true… but when you’ve spent more than a year, through four books, with these characters, they tend to take on a life of their own.
I was so frustrated with Anna’s poor communication skills, and I wanted to throttle poor Julian for his lack of faith. By the end, Leigh managed to wrap everything up nicely, but I’m not entirely sure I’ll ever forgive her for putting Anna and Julian through the wringer like that. ;)
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Excuse me while I try to shove the shards of my heart back together. Shirvington has this way of giving me a violent shove, making sure I land on a ni...moreExcuse me while I try to shove the shards of my heart back together. Shirvington has this way of giving me a violent shove, making sure I land on a nice comfy cushion, and then letting all the air out of that cushion. I am so broken right now. I need to somehow recover at least a little before I read the last book. There’d better be some sort of a Happily Ever After at the end of all this. She is really making these characters work for it!
It’s official! Shirvington wins the award for the longest, drawn out celibacy in history of YA fiction. Violet and Lincoln have the single-most passionate relationship, and they hardly even touch! It really speaks to Shirvington’s writing ability that she can draw this out for four books, and I haven’t grown weary of it. I am definitely cheering them on, but I almost feel like they SHOULDN’T be together, because that would be the end of the series. Plus, I’m not entirely sure that both of them will survive to the end. I wouldn’t want to get my hopes up, only to get my heart crushed. I’m not sure I can handle that kind of blow.
Shirvington somehow manages to walk a lot of fine lines. Besides the romance, she also balances on the edge of religion. Not once in this entire series have I felt overwhelmed by religion, even though it’s about angels. The books aren’t anti-religion either. Obviously, being the fourth book, I can’t say a whole lot without giving away major spoilers, so let me just say this. I would recommend this book to any one of my friends, no matter of age, gender or religion. This series is perfect for everyone.
I applaud Kellie Sheridan for taking a classic and putting a new spin on it! And it's a tough thing to try, when you think about it. Alice has been re...moreI applaud Kellie Sheridan for taking a classic and putting a new spin on it! And it's a tough thing to try, when you think about it. Alice has been reworked time and time again, from Zombies to Steampunk. So it only makes sense that her paranormal twist should find a good home.
Alice has been gone from Wonderland for over a hundred years, and since that time, things have changed. There are no more singing flowers, no hookah smoking caterpillars, and certainly no rabbits on a tight schedule! In fact, Wonderland is starting to look a lot like the world that you and I see every day. Wonderland is falling apart; she needs chaos to thrive. The prophecies tell of Alice's return, and it looks like that day is fast approaching.
I'm not sure if this is just a novella prequel, or if it will be more like a serial with more novellas to come. This is a quick read, basically just introducing the characters and setting up the plot. In fact, Alice herself only has one scene. I only vaguely got a sense of who she is, and barely more for the other characters. My interest is definitely piqued, but I was left wanting more, and not necessarily in a good way.
Every child who has ever read the books, or seen the movies, will grow up with a certain vision of Wonderland in their minds. It is the stuff dreams are made of! Lewis Carroll portrayed such a perfectly painted world, that we can still see it in our mind's eye, even decades later. To take this world and change it requires a lot of description. You have to make me believe that it has changed. I really needed MORE! More descriptions, from the scenery to the characters. And frankly, more pages. It's such a huge endeavor that more pages would definitely have helped flush this out.
The writing is enough to hook me, though. I enjoyed the style immensely, and will definitely read the next story, whether it be novel or novella.