I LOVED this book! Laini Taylor has made an extremely weird and wonderful world that is entirely her own. I loved the story, the setting, the magic, tI LOVED this book! Laini Taylor has made an extremely weird and wonderful world that is entirely her own. I loved the story, the setting, the magic, the creatures, the history, the humour, the beauty, the love, even the heartache. But as with every coin, next to this great beauty, there is also incredible ugliness, and yet I loved that too. It was dark and creepy and bordering on the disturbing. It was fantastic!
I found it a little reminiscent to the mythical aspect of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hell Boy 2 (just so we’re clear, I actually didn’t like Hell Boy 2, but the otherworldly side of it was cool) but Laini put her own unique stamp on the concept.
And the romance was perfect. Another “star-crossed lovers” theme, but it was beautiful. Not lame and immature. It was sweet, but not sickly. It was consuming, but not unhealthy. It had depth and meaning, they were stronger together. They were bigger than their fellow men and were able to put aside their prejudice to share in a vision of a bigger and better future for everyone. And they were brave enough to make it happen. Or to at least try in the face of extreme adversity. It is rather fractured in its progression, jumping from one moment in time to another. But you quickly got used to it and were able to follow along easy enough.
The ending was heartbreaking, but you could understand. Which is something that you’re not always able to do when the protagonist has to make a hard decision.
All in all, a great start to what I believe will be a great series. ...more
Wow. This just got better and better! It was just one shock after another! You find out a lot in this one which is great considering the first one lefWow. This just got better and better! It was just one shock after another! You find out a lot in this one which is great considering the first one left you with more questions then answers. It was exciting! The chaos that erupts on board the ship is just... well, it's chaos. I am in incredible anticipation for the 3rd and last instalment, Shades of Earth coming out on the 10th of January 2013!...more
I love this book! It made me smile. Actually I'm still smiling! :D See? It was so awesome, it was a completely satisfying and enterSecond time around!
I love this book! It made me smile. Actually I'm still smiling! :D See? It was so awesome, it was a completely satisfying and entertaining read. I love Alona Dare. I found her ability to cut straight to the heart of a situation and her blunt honesty something to be admired! Quite often she made me crack up. But of course she wasn't always someone whom you'd like to hang around for long. I guess being dead can change a persons perspective on life. Or, lack thereof. And Will! Omgosh! *swoon/sigh/faint* What a little honey! Being run over by a bus wouldn't be so bad if I got to haunt him! :P Hehehe!...more
While it was very slow to begin with and took me a while to get into, this book really took off towards the end! I couln't put it down! Not only do weWhile it was very slow to begin with and took me a while to get into, this book really took off towards the end! I couln't put it down! Not only do we find out some startling revelations along the way but you also get to explore the Caster universe, not just the mortal realm. And it is fantastic!
Lena is falling more and more into the depths of despare ever since Macon died, and Ethan is unable to help her. She befriends someone new from her Caster cycle, John Breed, and in turn hangs out with him and Ridley more and more as she starts to fully pull away from Ethan. Along the way, Ethan and Link are still plowing along in the story, trying to find answers but just end up finding more questions. And we meet Liv, a Brittish exchange working with Marion. I really liked Liv as she added new blood into the story. And with Rid being back in town, her and Link start to dance around each other.
It becomes apparent that Lena is in danger and it's up to Ethan, Link, and Liv to find a way to save her. Their quest is frought with danger but get help from unlikely sources. I loved this one because you actually get to SEE things now, not just HEAR about it which added another element of excitement. The story ends with a few very interesting plots that will lead into the next book. It will be good to see how it pans out!
Dylan Thomas’s poem Do Not Go Gentle is indeed woven throughout this book. It follows the story of Cassia as she begins to question her so-called “perDylan Thomas’s poem Do Not Go Gentle is indeed woven throughout this book. It follows the story of Cassia as she begins to question her so-called “perfect” society and what it truly means to not go gentle.
At first I thought this book to be rather slow paced. But that’s just what I was supposed to think as Ally silently yet effectively closed her net tighter and tighter until it was evident there was no escape. The danger and hostile environment is so quiet, so unassuming, I found it to be reminiscent to Mark Zusak’s The Book Thief. The Society is silent and gentle as it spins its web of lies and its power and control is absolute, it’s calculating, and it’s terrifying.
The ending is not one that I would have guessed, though I had my suspicions, I hoped that I would be wrong. Though I wasn’t surprised, I was no less heartbroken. Cassia’s strength and faith in a better future is something that will lead readers to the next book as she sets out to fulfil her destiny. And I indeed cannot wait for the second!...more
Sooooooo muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch annnnnnnnnnnnnnngst!! Nora couldn't understand that it's not. All. About. HER!! There's kinda sorta bigger things happeninSooooooo muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch annnnnnnnnnnnnnngst!! Nora couldn't understand that it's not. All. About. HER!! There's kinda sorta bigger things happening. All they had to do was, I don't know, maybe LISTEN!! Good plot, but poorly executed. I don't understand why authors make their characters bad, instead of making them great in bad situations.
I loved Hush, Hush. I dearly hope Silence will make a fan of me once again......more
I loved Hush, Hush so much I read the whole thing in one sitting! I just had to know what happens! It was captivating and engrossing. It pulled me inI loved Hush, Hush so much I read the whole thing in one sitting! I just had to know what happens! It was captivating and engrossing. It pulled me in and hasn't let go.
Becca has definitely got the right idea of how a fallen angel should behave. She's probably one of the few authors out there who realises the true meaning of what it is to be fallen and understands the difference between a good bad guy, and a bad good guy. In my mind, Patch is the good bad guy. He's fallen, that kind of makes him the good bad guy. Makes sense to me. He's rough, raw and dark. You definitely have to tread carefully or risk having your feet cut off. And it's that sense of danger that other authors can't seem to fully grasp. You never truly have that sense of FEAR. But with Hush, Hush you definitely felt it as it lightly touches the back of your neck and tickles down your spine. It makes you shiver, your heart beats in double time and sets alarm bells off in your head. I almost half expected the book to come with a flashing red light and a speaker screaming "WARNING! WARNING!" And normally it's painfully obvious to readers who to trust in a story. This can make the main character daft and slow. But in Hush, Hush you honestly don't know who to trust which adds to the fear element. And I liked Nora. Which is saying something because like I just said main characters can be daft and slow. But Nora in bright and just know when something seems to be a little bit... off.