**spoiler alert** This book was better than I thought that it would be.
I had some issues with the book, such as some typos/missing words, but for a s...more**spoiler alert** This book was better than I thought that it would be.
I had some issues with the book, such as some typos/missing words, but for a self-published book, there weren't too horribly many.
I had issues with some of Andi's personality, though, realized that this really was where a good chunk of girls in young adult fiction are going, and in some ways, sometimes actually act. Andi is one of those guilt-ridden, everything is my fault type of girls. She also has a weird love/hate relationship with her friend Bree, one minute singing her praises and wondering why such a boisterous wonderful person would deem fit to hang out with someone as lowly as Andi, and the next, she feels sorry for her friend, thinking that she (Andi) is her only friend. A little more clarity would be nice?
I do like that there are consequences in this book. Or at least, until the very end... In the middle, where Andi and Riley disappear for a weekend, Andi gets in huge trouble. Some books gloss over the punishment process, having the parents not care due to being extreme absentees or they just plain don't care. In this book, we get to see that Andi's parents do have personalities and care for Andi, and while Andi doesn't always appreciate it, they have her best interests in mind. There are no consequences talked about at the end of the book, when Andi was kidnapped by the cultists however, so, not sure about that.
I will say, the action during the last three or four chapters really made it impossible to put this book down.
Overall, I have to say that this was a decent read. Nothing too spectacular, but definitely a good book to read when you want a break from too much heavy reading. A different sort of young adult paranormal romance. Possibly best enjoyed if you turn off that part of your brain that screams for strong main female characters though.
*Edit: Just remembered a couple of things I had been wanting to say. First, I actually wouldn't mind reading a second book in this series. Again, loved it for the fact that I could just breeze through this and not really put too much effort in it. A good let your brain melt away book and sometimes you just need one of those once in a while.
Also, this might be one of the dumbest things to notice and comment on liking, but I did like that all of the chapters started with the letter 'C'. Do not ask me why.
Lastly, the references in this book. The '67 Impala and the two brothers that own it, the diary with the hole in the middle, the mispronunciation of Azathoth's name, and I think there was one more but I can't think of it right now. I was really not expecting to see a Supernatural reference in this book. I find it highly amusing to think of this story taking place in the same universe as Supernatural, Harry Potter, and Teen Titans. I cannot wait to read the fan-fiction that might spawn from those little crumbs.
**Edit: Another thing I remembered. Near the beginning of the book, Andi had drawn a picture of Riley in perfect detail, even though she can't draw normally. I thought there was going to be more of that in the book. Kind of wish that there was/it had been explained. Instead, it just fell of a cliff and was a dangling thread. *shrugs*(less)
While I saw the terms of the connection of Dace and Cade a thousand miles away, I did not see the ending of this book. Wow. The next book is going to...moreWhile I saw the terms of the connection of Dace and Cade a thousand miles away, I did not see the ending of this book. Wow. The next book is going to be interesting to read, and I really want to see what Noel is going to do next. This series is an improvement over her last foray into the Teen Paranormal Romance genre, and I'm glad of it.
Starting with the second part of the book, we start seeing the story unfold through both Daire and Dace's eyes. At first I was a bit wary, but it turned out rather well. The epilogue also uses this style, though with characters other than Daire and Dace included.
We get to see some new characters in this book, and I'm interested in seeing where they go, especially Phyre Youngblood, the daughter of a Doomsday preacher as well as Dace's old flame. I didn't see much of a point to her other than stirring up some trouble and taking Lita's old spot from the beginning of the first book as a mean girl type of character, but at the end of the book, we find out that there is more of a purpose to her, and I really hope we delve into that in the next book, as the little tidbit that we got during the epilogue gives much promise for her character.
I'm not quite clear on the whys of the condition of Dace and Cade's odd relationship, why Cade gets all of the benefits and Dace gets all of the drawbacks, and I hope that this is explained sometime in the next book. If not, I will be a bit disappointed.
I had so many issues with this book, mainly due to the cliche'd scenarios/descriptions at times and a lot of the relationship with Mels and Matthias f...moreI had so many issues with this book, mainly due to the cliche'd scenarios/descriptions at times and a lot of the relationship with Mels and Matthias feeling like a rehashing of Riley and Veck from the last book.
I believe I've mentioned this before, but I am really getting tired of Jim's obsession with Sissy. I am not interested in this bit of the story at all. I really am hoping that this plot thread will come to an end considering what happened at the end of the book, before the epilogue. (less)
**spoiler alert** I found myself liking this book a lot more than the first of the series. It cleared up and addressed some things that I was having i...more**spoiler alert** I found myself liking this book a lot more than the first of the series. It cleared up and addressed some things that I was having issues with in the first book, such as Luce's seemingly blase reaction to Penn's death after the initial "Oh crap, Miss Sophia is nuts and just killed Penn!!" sort of shock. It turned out that she didn't just go on, she feels horrible about Penn's death, and I'm not saying that she should be consumed by it, and she isn't, but she does think about her friend every once and a while, and that feels quite human, quite real.
That being said, I did have some issues with this book. Where there were moments that something could have been cleared up by someone just sitting down and talking to someone else, and Luce's dependence on Daniel even though he's only stopped treating her like the scum of the earth recently.
But here is the thing about that, she actually does begin to question his treatment of her and their relationship in this book. And while I did sort of roll my eyes as I had sort of seen this coming as it is a normal part of this sort of book series, it did add to her character. Luce began to see herself having a life outside of Daniel, was able to imagine possibly having another love in her life, realizing that her life could go on without him. I liked that bit.
I have to say, I had more of an issue with Daniel in this book. He is more controlling and less understandable in this book. I can understand that he wants to protect Luce, however, he needs to give her something, let her in on some of what is going on so that she knows why she needs to be careful.
There are a couple of lines that really sum up my problem with Daniel: "What he had with Luce was unshakable. There was never any need even to work on trust. Their love just WAS." This is great for Daniel, he totally trusts Luce, but that is because he has known her for thousands of years. While Luce has met Daniel in each life, she forgets her experiences with him. She needs to build up the trust that she had in him in a former life all over again. He needs to work on his relationship with this specific Luce, he can't just gloss over the fact that she doesn't have all of the memories of their times together that he does, but he seems to always do so. I'm really starting to feel bad for Luce, because she is this 17 year old girl who has this guy who keeps expecting her to be someone that she does not remember being. All she has to go with is that certain things feel right to her, but she doesn't understand why. It is like when she first met Daniel and he treated her like crap, she still felt drawn to him even though she knew that she should stay away because he was treating her so horribly. Just... Just give this poor kid a break, Daniel.
Another problem that I had was with the ending. Now, don't get me wrong, I love how everything in the book that got mentioned, like Miles's ability to make mirror images of those he loves and the negative aspects of traveling through the Announcers, paid off in the end. I'm more talking about how much of a dunce everyone except for Shelby seemed to be when it came to the Mirror Image Luce being taken by the Outcasts. It really seemed like it was written that way to set up the following scene. Luce was right in front of Daniel, shielding him from the Outcasts. Even though the Mirror Image was convincing and had the same fire of her soul, Daniel, at the very least should have been able to tell that Luce was still right in front of him. One, he isn't blind like the Outcasts. Two, he keeps talking about this love for her and being able to sense where she is and then he can't tell that she is about six inches in front of him? Excuse me?
Daniel then freaks the crap out, which is understandable after thinking that the person that he loves just got shot by Cam, but then the epilogue... I firmly believe that one, Daniel needs to be more upfront with Luce. I know that he can't tell her everything in fear of her burning up due to information/memory overload, but he can at least keep her in the loop about things that she needs to know and will keep her safe. Two: Daniel needs to realize that Luce is not in the same situation as he is with all of the memories. While he knows that she is a reincarnation and that they have to reintroduce themselves, I don't think he actually gets it. He expects way too much of her. Three: Daniel just needs to mellow out. He is always freaking out or blowing things out of proportion, or something. I know stress is a horrible thing, but holy crap.
Also, was not happy with everyone ganging up on Shelby at the end. As I hate to agree with Molly (I really don't like her character, I know we aren't supposed to, but...), how was Shelby supposed to know that Phil was an Outcast? To her, he was just her boyfriend with a weird eye condition. While Angels can sense the Outcasts, Shelby is only half, if that. Her powers are diminished and so she doesn't have the same sensitivity that full Angels have. As Molly said, Arianne or Roland, the full Angels should have been able to sense what Phil really was. Heck! Francesca and Steven should have been able to sense what he was as they had been at the school for much longer and so had Phil, but they didn't. So don't take it all out on Shelby. Miles too, since he was the one who created the Mirror Image Luce to throw off the Outcasts. The Angels just ended up being jerks at the end of the book, especially Daniel, and it really put me off of them.
Overall, the book was decent. An improvement over the first one, with the reader being able to understand and see the world that Luce is now in better and also the outcome/ramifications of the first book. The ending is a little disappointing in some areas, but I will admit that I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, as the idea of Luce and Daniel going through their pasts together is intriguing.
Also, one little side comment. I know that Luce had long hair before it got burned off before the first book started, and that she has always been long-haired when she and Daniel meet, but she has short hair in the books. Shouldn't the covers feature a short-haired girl and not a long-haired one? Just a thought.(less)
**spoiler alert** This is going to be a difficult one. I have complained about this book quite a bit as I've read it. Not to the point of the Immortal...more**spoiler alert** This is going to be a difficult one. I have complained about this book quite a bit as I've read it. Not to the point of the Immortals series, but still, I've complained a bit.
First off, this book definitely reminded me of the Immortals series and a little bit of the Twilight movie (never got passed the third page of the book, so I can't compare it to the book, just the movie).
This book deals with Lucinda Price, aka Luce, who finds herself stuck in reform school for her final year of high school after certain events that took place during the previous summer, which resulted in the death of her sort-of boyfriend Trevor. She is also plagued by visions of what she calls "The Shadows" whose presence usually bring bad tidings.
Now, I don't mind that the events of this night are not clear from the beginning. Why spill everything in the beginning when you can tease things out? And I'm not being sarcastic here. This book reveals things at the right times (or for the most part) so that you don't get too horribly confused. You get inklings here and there so you sometimes see what is coming before Luce, which is a little nice (though, then you sometimes have to wonder how she got into such a good private school beforehand for not being able to put two and two together sometimes).
But anyhow. Fallen reminds me of Immortals due to the reincarnation bit, at least for the female lead. She has been reincarnated over and over again, each time meeting with Daniel, but each time dying before they can really start a relationship, much like Ever and Damien. Though, while Damien was an Immortal, a human would drank from the Elixer of Life, Daniel is an angel. So, he will live forever, and he has always been meant to live forever.
The parts where it reminded me of Twilight was Daniel's hot and cold relationship and attitude towards Luce for a greater part of the book, before he is willing to start being truthful to Luce (or more accurately, when the crap starts hitting the fan and Luce demands to know what on earth is going on, though only not quite as assertive as that statement might make it seem). Daniel will be telling Luce off one moment, and then be comforting her the next, to only be telling her to leave him alone and not come near him the very next moment. It was a lot like Edward continuously going up to Bella and telling her to stay away from him, and that it would be be safer if she wasn't near him, when he was the one that kept following her around and confronting her when she was just minding her own business in the lunch line.
Another issue that I have with this book is Luce's reaction to Daniel. It is very much the instantly love-struck, goo-goo-eyed, rooted to the spot because his eyes are just so enchanting kind of thing that I'm not so much of a fan of. Also, Luce became an idiot around the guy. What is up with this trend in young adult fiction (at least the majority of what is targeted towards the teen female demographic) and portraying girls in love like this? Or at least in the paranormal romances. I get that it is a romance, but that doesn't mean that she has to become an idiot. She eventually grows out of this rooted to the spot reaction, but only when he finally starts giving her positive attention, and that just bothers me.
There were some editing issues. Some definite editing issues. There were the words that were missing a letter, such as "show" got turned into "how" accidentally because it didn't get caught in the proof-reading. There were a couple more of those as well. The one that really got to me was in the beginning, when there are four new students at Sword and Cross. Cam, Todd, Gabbe, and Luce. So, two boys and two girls. And yet, when Cam is being described by Luce, there is this bit about him being "the third boy" and I did not get it. At first I was wondering if Gabbe was really a guy who just wore girl's clothing. But no, that wasn't it, so I have no clue what that was about. It kept getting repeated and I read over it, thinking maybe I missed it, but no. It was just a mistake that was repeated.
The turning point in the story, the fire in the library, where everything started to be slowly revealed from then on. We knew our cast of characters, a character that turned out not to be all that important got killed off (I sort of wish he wasn't, but... ah well) and we finally get to see that yes, Daniel, Gabbe and Arianne aren't all what they seem to be, but we're not quite sure what they are yet.
The plot is built upon quite nicely from there on, and after I had learned to turn my brain off and just enjoy the book (the first review of the book on the inside page starts with "If you're looking for formulaic, skip this one..." and definitely keep that in mind), I was having quite a good time. I got to like the characters, the interactions, the quirkiness of the school and the teachers. Oh, Parent's Day was just so wonderful and also a bit heartbreaking with Penn...
And then, when we are getting to the climax of the story, where Luce has figured some things out for herself, and Gabbe, Daniel, and Arianne are going to have a showdown with Cam, Luce and Penn try to escape with Miss Sophia. Why is this a bad thing, you might ask? Miss Sophia is the kindly school librarian that looks out for Luce and Penn, her best students, so she would be the perfect one to keep them safe, right? Wrong. Oh so wrong. As when Penn gets hit by one of the shadows and is slowing them down, Miss Sophia slits Penn's throat in the church-turned-gymnasium and then ties Luce up to an alter and tries to kill her after giving some vague speech about always wanting to get rid of Luce and not liking her because she is such a selfish brat and a vapid little girl and yadda yadda yadda.
It turns out that Miss Sophia is a part of some secret sect of Angels that Gabbe vaguely talks about, though she says that no one in Heaven actually thought that the whispers of the secret order were true, or something to that affect. Either way, it seemed to come out of nowhere and I don't see why Penn had to die. Luce could have still left the school and left Penn at the school without her having to die. I just don't get it. I really don't. It seemed so pointless and such a waste of a good character. She was the strong one, she helped Luce through the hard times, she helped her look for more information about Daniel and the Watchers. Perhaps that was why she had to die, because she was such a whiz with computers and research and Luce can't have any such help in the next books because she has to be on her own? Still, you don't have to kill her, you just separate them, which is what happened anyway! Luce got sent to some island off the coast and that is where she is safely staying while things at Sword and Cross calm down.
I know that a character death can help with character growth, but honestly, Penn's death did nothing to effect Luce. Luce was sad that she lost her friend, she wanted to bury her next to her father and hold a memorial service. That was it. Though even her mourning seemed a little off because she was also deliriously happy that she was now with Daniel. Penn's death sort of turned to a side-note and I did not like that.
Todd's death, the student who died in the fire at the library in the middle of the book, effected Luce a lot more than Penn's, even though Luce did not personally know Todd that well. Todd's death was very similar to Trevor's, in that fire was involved and that Luce felt the guilt that she could not save him. That he was yet another innocent around her that had been killed. It brought up the trauma that we knew that Luce went through, but hadn't really heard from her completely. We saw her mourn, saw her come to terms with everything that happened, we saw her change. Penn's death did not change her, unless you count the fact that she didn't blame herself for Penn's death. That was all.
Overall, I'd say if you can turn your brain off and just go with the flow, pick up this book. As I said, I enjoyed it until Penn got killed off, that just stopped the enjoyment for me. If you are a fan of Alyson Noel's Immortals series or Stephanie Meyer's Twilight books, I think you might enjoy this (I will freely admit, while I harp on the Immortals series a lot, it is one of those series that I like despite of that). I liked Kate's writing style, good pacing, good reveals. One can possibly find some new words to add to one's vocabulary in this book, which is something that I always look forward to. I'll probably re-read this book sometime in the future as well as the next book, as I've been intrigued by this one, I just don't think it can be one of my favorites.(less)
This seems to be set around the same time as Ward's Lover Unleashed, which makes me really want to go back and skim through that book so that I know w...moreThis seems to be set around the same time as Ward's Lover Unleashed, which makes me really want to go back and skim through that book so that I know who of all from that book was in this one.
There were some noticeable typos in this volume, a couple that made me scratch my head, but for the most part, they didn't take away from what was happening in the book too much.
The story was a bit cliche', with some actions being so obvious it was sort of boring to read as the characters jumped through the predictable hoops. (less)
This book took me a long time to get through, from the second day that it was available to the third of July. I really just couldn't get into it for l...moreThis book took me a long time to get through, from the second day that it was available to the third of July. I really just couldn't get into it for long periods of time.
Tohr seemed really out of character at times. Seriously out of character, with his explosive criticisms of No'One/Autumn. He didn't feel like the same caring character that had been built up before, and maybe that was the point, but I still didn't like it. Still didn't feel like it was helping him in the long run.
This book reads a lot like John Matthew's book 2.0. A lot of John Matthew/Xhex stuff going on and that sort of annoyed me. I know that we usually have a secondary couple running around and being our second focus, but this one really did seem like it was more like John Matthew's second book, with Tohr and No'One's story being the background one. Which leaves us with who as our new couple? Qhuinn and Blay, right? I'm not sure, because their presence in this book was about the same as it is in another other recent book. So I don't know.
Something good about this book: It is divided into seasons, so we aren't expected to believe that all of this happens in just a matter of months, it takes almost a full year, which I am glad about. There was no way that the characters would have been able to change and develop as much as they had in just a few months, so I am glad that it didn't end up that way. It was much more realistic this way.
This book casts the overall story forward, but it isn't a personal favorite of mine. It mainly focuses on the Band of Bastards as the bad guys, not the Omega or the Lessers, and our main guy Tohr doesn't really seem like our main. It is still a good idea to read it though, especially as we finally get some closure with Wellsie and their young by the end of it. So, read it. If you like it, you like it, but personally, it isn't a favorite.(less)
Many questions are answered in this volume of Otomen, such as "What is the true identity of Chef?," "Who is the Poet of Ginyuri?" and "How did Asuka's...moreMany questions are answered in this volume of Otomen, such as "What is the true identity of Chef?," "Who is the Poet of Ginyuri?" and "How did Asuka's parents meet?"
Some of these answers were a little obvious (such as Chef's identity) and others weren't quite expected.
This volume was a little bit more low-key on the Otoman hating front, which made it a little more likeably in my opinion. There were also plenty of hilarious scenes to balance out the some of the serious ones.
This is mainly an Asuka related volume, so we don't really get to see many of the other characters, except for in passing, and in the last fourth of the volume, with the story of the Poet of Ginyuri.(less)
I love this translation. I remember reading some things in this translation that was never touched on in the previous translation, or completely gotte...moreI love this translation. I remember reading some things in this translation that was never touched on in the previous translation, or completely gotten rid of in favor of some sort of American pop culture reference that would never have been in the original.
This is definitely one of my favorite series of all time. I love the anime as well, however, the original manga will always be my favorite, I think, as the reader gets to see the serious side of Usagi a bit more often, and realize that while she is a crybaby (and freely admits it) she can be serious when she needs to be.
I love seeing the new art for the front and back covers for these releases, as well as the color pages in the beginning. The art on the inside is still quite good, though one can tell where proportions aren't quite what they are supposed to be. Nevertheless, it is still pleasant to look at.(less)
**spoiler alert** This volume wrapped up all of the issues with Ai's record company, H.T.A. in a rather... unsatisfying way. Basically, the assistant...more**spoiler alert** This volume wrapped up all of the issues with Ai's record company, H.T.A. in a rather... unsatisfying way. Basically, the assistant was an undercover cop and everybody gets arrested without even struggling... Somehow, I don't think that that guy really would have gone out without a fight.
Another thing that bugged me was the deaths in this volume. Jen is Ai's best friend, but they just really gloss over it. I know that Ai was having difficulties, but none of the other characters seemed to be too bummed about it. Hikaru couldn't believe she was gone, but that was pretty much it. Same with Kent's (rather short) death. Hikaru, who has been head over heels for him for a long time, just says "My dear Kent!" and then pretty much that's it. Again, the only one who really reacts is Ai. I don't think that the secondary characters are that unfeeling. I'm guessing it was due to time constraints, and trying to wrap up this part of the story without having to go into too much soul searching and stuff, but it made it seem so... disconnected and unfulfilling.
I forgot about the theme of love can solve all things, which is a bit corny, but I can't really say much, I'm still a huge fan of Sailor Moon and always will be. So I can let that slide.
As always, the art is beautiful. Absolutely loved it. The clothing that the characters wear, especially Ai's, is always beautiful with lots of details put into it. I adore it.
Overall, okay book. Great art, but wasn't thrilled with the sort of lack of character development.(less)
The hilarity continues on the journey of Y-ko and Sebas, the fujoshi and the guy that loves her. The second and concluding book, it was definitely a f...moreThe hilarity continues on the journey of Y-ko and Sebas, the fujoshi and the guy that loves her. The second and concluding book, it was definitely a fun read. Again, a bit different from the manga, but that is nice, as it gives a different perspective. Also, the seven part section of updates when Sebas takes Y-ko to visit his parents? Priceless! I was in stitches for the majority of that section, along with most of the book. A nice, light and happy read with hilarious happenings.(less)