This was a fun, quirky steampunk read featuring a strong heroine. Amaranthe starts out as a good-guy all the way, and through some bad luck ends up on...moreThis was a fun, quirky steampunk read featuring a strong heroine. Amaranthe starts out as a good-guy all the way, and through some bad luck ends up on the wrong side of the law. She still has the best of intentions with a noble and good goal, however she is learning that sometimes rules need to be bent.
As the leader of a motley group of guys, she is the heart of the story. Amaranthe has the ability to talk her way into and out of any situation, and can get almost anyone to do anything. For example, she somehow managed to talk the world’s best assassin into not just letting her live, but also into joining her crew and helping her out.
The dialogue in this book is great. It feels real with the various characters bickering and provoking each other. Amaranthe’s smooth-talking is amusing and believable. She could totally talk me into anything.
Overall, I was surprised at how quickly this story drew me in. It has steampunk and fantasy elements, but it’s more of an adventure story than anything else. The characters are a crazy crew, and I want to see what adventures, and misadventures, they get up to next.(less)
I sat down to start the book and promptly read it all in one sitting. It was a serious, older YA story with an overall energetic, hurried, deadline fe...moreI sat down to start the book and promptly read it all in one sitting. It was a serious, older YA story with an overall energetic, hurried, deadline feel that is constant the whole way through the book. The story jumps right into the action, and never seems to let up.
The characters are well developed and felt consistent. I thought Jason felt a little one dimensional with his constant hitting on Sarah, but it wasn’t out of place. I adored Maya, even if her zoo was horribly disturbing. I loved how her and Sarah bond so strongly. It helps to reduce the insta-love feel between Sarah and Charlie, and adds a lightness to some of the more serious parts.
The ending is both happy and sad and ties up the story nicely while still leaving room for future books. The story stands alone well, but does have a series feel.
Overall, it was a great story. Very emotional and powerful. It showcases an afterlife without making religion a huge part, which is something very tricky and hard to do. I think the book could be popular and hope lots of readers find and read it.(less)
This was a fast and entertaining YA read. It starts right after the first book ends, with Cal and Cali on the run towards Cali’s home. From there it b...moreThis was a fast and entertaining YA read. It starts right after the first book ends, with Cal and Cali on the run towards Cali’s home. From there it branches out to include Layla and Michael, and their struggles. Things escalate quite quickly for all the characters, culminating in an ending that was a bit easy, but still relatively satisfying.
While Cal and Cali are both sweet characters, my favourite is Layla. She is much more complex than any of the others. She has been raised to intentionally use her power without mercy, and it will be very interesting to see how her thoughts, feelings and usage of this power will change as she learns to live in the real world.
While this story seems to mostly be a build up towards the next book, it does have it’s own storyline. It couldn’t stand independent from the first book, but is still a great addition to the series. The book made for a great weekend read, and I look forward to the next one.(less)