I am shocked that this book hasn't received more readers. Granted, this book doesn't have the most complex plot developments or character dev...moreJust wow!
I am shocked that this book hasn't received more readers. Granted, this book doesn't have the most complex plot developments or character developments, but it is an amazing book.
The book's description doesn't really do it justice. A better summary for this book would be, "Delve into the world where children gladiators and technology combine to form an amazing tale, of intrigue and betrayal."
I encourage everyone who reads this review to read the book... if you have Amazon Prime, it is free!! Yipee!!
Onto the serious review....
The tale of an orphan kid being picked up from the streets and placed into a new, "special", role is nothing new, yet the method that this author approaches the subject is truly inspiring. Not only is our protagonist adept at thievery, but he also has the ability to be an accomplished pain in the ass sometimes, to the degree that you begin to sympathise with the other characters.
So for me, I had no idea what I was getting into. The description of the book doesn...moreWow! Just Wow! At first I was like:
But by the end of the book I was:
So for me, I had no idea what I was getting into. The description of the book doesn't do it justice. A better, concise, summary would be: "Experience the journey of an individual that learns about her Egyptian Mythology roots and has to use love to conquer evil." Or something like that!
For starters, Lindsey does a great job of giving insight into her main character. Lex is a well developed character, and we are given sufficient insight into her character to understand her actions.
The plot is refreshingly unique and takes some predictable twists, but overall, I was kept on edge around what would occur in the book.
I hate to do this, but this book can be compared to 50 Shades of Grey, yet this author has an actual plot that can stand without the romance. This book was exactly what I was looking for at the time, action with romance, and not too many complications.
Ok now the main character isn't the strongest I have seen a women as a protagonist, but she is a hell of alot stronger than Tris in Divergent or Katniss in the Hunger Games.
Basic Plot Summary: Lex is to some degree, a lost individual, wrapped up in her dissertation in the intro of the novel. She continues to develop into a decent character. I do have one major niggle, her emotions seem to be that of a 17 year old not a 25 year old (bear in mind I am a guy... so I guess I expect girls to be slightly more developed, all well..).
I will say, the author does a great job of balancing both the romance and central plot (the egyptian stuff). Some of her weaknesses, would be lack of detail regarding the mythology stuff and rushed transitions. (view spoiler)[ Like really?? Lex is conveniently out for 3 months and therefore, the author can skip writing what occurs during that time?? WTF! (hide spoiler)]
I highly recommend this book to anyone and can not wait for the sequel!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Excellent book to continue the series with! If you don't want spoilers, then only read this review up to the spoilers section...
Firstly, this book has...moreExcellent book to continue the series with! If you don't want spoilers, then only read this review up to the spoilers section...
Firstly, this book has been my favorite in the Cahill vs Vespers series so far. For many reasons, chiefly among which is that it is not only action packed, but sees some of the largest shifts in plot seen so far.
(view spoiler)[ Ok so firstly, Alister is dead!! Crap I hate killing of characters that are amazing. Firstly Irene, who was a PITA for the most part but turned out to be good. Secondly, the death of William, which was ok as he was not a major character. And so forth for Erasmus and Luna. But killing Mr. Oh! That sucks..... Also Nelly might be dead, but unlikely as I hope the book would not kill off such a developed and critical character, if she was dead, they would probably have shown the whole video. Reminds me of Harry Potter when Lupin and Tonks were dead, but I only noticed it at the end of the book in the epilogue because their death's were glossed over.... (hide spoiler)]
Apart from deaths, I believe it is ok to reveal one plot idea. I am sort of glad that Amy fell apart as through the 39 clues and the Cahills vs Vespers series, she got really annoying. (This could be due to my own status as being a younger brother), but I was really glad when Dan took over and Amy took a back seat. While Dan might make more rash decisions, he will make more aggressive ones that can save the family and the world while Amy would probably have taken a more passive role.
Another series of Spoilers... but I can't be bothered to hide them as they are important....
I am glad that it was not Ian who is the mole as he is in a sense more critical to the operation than V3. And I have to say, that at no point did he seem to be the mole as his devotion against his mother has been unwavering and did not have motive outside of saving his sister to join the Vespers.
I know these books are targeted towards 8+, but they could be longer and contain more transitions.. I though the Harry Potter series proved that longer books are not out of range of the younger reader. The lack of smooth transitions and more development is disappointing to avid readers. I do not expect the insane detail provided in a Game of Thrones, but I do hope for more development and less Hollywood action.
So overall, if one want's a quick and yet good read, do continue this series, but do not start here as it will confuse the hell out of you.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The title? The Devil's Apprentice more like Precocious Pre-Adult Lawyer: The Adventures of House-Sitting. Like really? The title is...moreWhere to start....
The title? The Devil's Apprentice more like Precocious Pre-Adult Lawyer: The Adventures of House-Sitting. Like really? The title is far from the mark.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I found it quite refreshing. The writing style is quite developed and somewhat complex. However, this author wrote the story from different narratives throughout the book, and while this is essential for the story, I do not like this style. Therefore, it took a concerted effort at times to continue with the book as the narratives changed, but if you like this, then go for it!
I don't typically read books that include time-travel, but this book takes a new approach to time travel, in the way the characters interact with the past. Like I said, this could be standard for the genera, but I enjoyed it.
Onto character development! The author does not provide us with a lot of insight. While there are monologues that are from the character's perspective, they seemed fairly basic and their thoughts predictable.
Now the title is a little misleading, yes, it is sort of about the devil's search for an apprentice, but that doesn't factor in until the latter 1/3rd of the novel. Also, it doesn't mention it here, but is this part of a series? It doesn't need to be, but if not, there was a whole lot of plot development for something that played a minor role. I hope for a sequel and would read it, but the ending didn't seem to indicate that.
Also, if you are into action, action, action (as I am), this book will be a little slow, given its length, this is understandable, yet I desired either more action and/or character development.
Now I am going to split it up into what I liked and didn't like (pro/con) Pro: -Introduces the idea of Time-Travel -Includes magic and demon characters -has a dog -Main Character is intelligent and not all emotional (a little too precocious..) -Includes fighting -Well developed plot line
Con: -slow plot -subplots -possible future (if sequel is in the works) love triangle -has a cat -not a whole lot of development, feels like it could have been shorter
Overall, I recommend this book to those that enjoy subplots and good writing. (less)
I had written a long review but lost it due to an issue. So I will attempt this review again.
Having read books such as The Hunge...more This book is amazing.
I had written a long review but lost it due to an issue. So I will attempt this review again.
Having read books such as The Hunger Games Trilogy, Inside Out, The Maze Runner Trilogy, The Gone Series, and Divergent; I can honestly say that this book set a whole new standard.
I was hesitant to read this book due to the lack of reviews and having not seen this book referenced in other sources. This book was a find such that I have not found in any other contemporary literature associated with this genre. With references to BlackWater, World of Warcraft, Homeland Security, The EPA, ArmyCore of Engineers, FEMA, and the Red Cross, this book relates the issues to everything that is currently at the forefront of the headlines of today and the past 20 years or so. However that not to say that this book isn't timeless, quite the contrary. It could have been written during the Roman Empire or a thousand years from now and it would still have been a delightful and exemplary book.
Without giving too much away, I am going to sink my teeth into why this book is so amazing. The book revolves around a likable and well formed protagonist named Alex. Who has his fatal flaws and his own development through the book. I will say now that this book could be used in teaching contemporary literature. Alex, who begins the book with the immediate issue that sets the course of the book. The eruption of the volcano at Yellowstone National Park begins the novel. As with any individual facing a unpredictable natural disaster, Alex and his fellow survivors know almost nothing about what is going on. Being a survivor of hurricanes (such as Andrew, Floyd, Alex, and Isabel to name a few) and of other natural disasters (unavoidable living in the Southeast), I have been exposed to situations that are reflected in the novel. The power outages, food issues, and overall loss of daily stability are accurately reflected in Ashfall. While I have not dealt with any disaster even close to the scale that is shown in the book, I felt as though it is completely within the realm of possibility and disasters (such as the 2004 Tsunami, 2010 Hati earthquake, and the 1980 eruption of Mount St.Helens to name a few). This book clearly depicts a doomsday version of a natural disaster.
Having gone completely off topic, I will return to the novel in question. There is nothing particularly unique with Alex as introduced in Ashfall. Alex is a rebellious teenager who fights with his parents and younger sister, plays WoW, and is a black belt in martial arts. His constitution is shattered when he realizes the enormity of the task facing him when he decides to hike to where his family has vacationed at his Uncle’s house. Dealing with solidarity that is promoted by the horrors of his initial exposure to what it takes to survive at his neighbor’s house, he soon is faced with having to realize his need to have a companion on the trip and this is where Darla steps in to the picture. Without giving too much away, she becomes his travel companion once they encounter each other about ¼ of the way into the novel.
What I love about Ashfall is that Mike Mullin does not depict Darla or Alex as being too much of one extreme or another (a shortcoming in the Gone series and the Hunger Games). They both have their own talents that are balanced by the other. It is only at one point in the novel where one is required to be a typical travel buddy (at the FEMA camp). What I mean by a typical travel buddy is one that goes with the expectations of being either too weak or strong in moral character as is shown by many other authors (Maria V. Snyder and Michael Grant come to mind).
I cannot stress how amazing this novel is and highly recommend it. I will also most likely edit this review seeing as it is my first attempt at a comprehensive review. Comments and flames are more than welcomed. (less)
One of the few 'grocery store' novels by Grisham that seem to keep true. I like how the main character is the stereotypical lawyer that we have grown...moreOne of the few 'grocery store' novels by Grisham that seem to keep true. I like how the main character is the stereotypical lawyer that we have grown to hate. (less)