In my opinion, this was the slowest book and the least connected to the gods. All you are connected to is Ash and Pele and their past. You barely getIn my opinion, this was the slowest book and the least connected to the gods. All you are connected to is Ash and Pele and their past. You barely get a glimpse of Modo and Wes doesn't come in until later. Gods fighting one another but still not enough gods. All the history and back story of the gods you wanted is gone. I suppose that comes with being the last book. Instead of giving it 3, I gave Afterglow 4 stars specifically because the ending was HIGHLY satisfying. ...more
Once upon a time there was a girl who would go to her grandfather's enormous home every other summer with herThis book reminded me of another story...
Once upon a time there was a girl who would go to her grandfather's enormous home every other summer with her family. All of her cousins from all over the world would come with their families and they'd stay in the enormous house together for the summer (and sometimes her uncle's house). The cousins would obviously split up by their appropriately aged companions.
The girl, we will call her T, would hang out with nearly the youngest cousins (the youngest was her sister who was only a baby at the time). They would get up to all kinds of mischief in the large echoing halls of her grandfather's house. One time she even convinced her cousins to cover an entire room in white baby powder and create fake cobwebs. They advertized the room as a haunted house to all the parents (who promptly panicked, angered and made the kids clean it up, while the older cousins simply shook their heads and snorted at them), as if they were are hired freak circus.
The cousins raised chickens and took in stray cats. T even spent a year at school in the foreign city, also known as a city of violence and crime—a modern-day Gotham. T was thankful she was only there for a year.
During these many summers T grew into a tomboyish preteen. She didn't get along with her cousins as well as she did before, and she found herself feeling lonelier and lonelier every time they returned to her grandfather's house. She spent more and more time with a hired local, who was a grounds keeper. His name was R. She tried to teach him English and he tried to make her happy, sometimes for his own selfish gain.
T's final summer in her grandfather's house she found that R, who she'd known pretty much her entire life, was gone. Her grandmother told her he'd run off to marry some young girl in a village. T felt lonelier than ever and realized she might have actually loved R very much. She shut herself off and became colder to those around her. She pretended to be normal and let her family cocoon her with their fussing and meaningless complaints.
The next year T's grandfather was shot dead, in the heart of the violent city he called home. His estate was torn apart by family members feuding and callously claiming what was theirs. T realized her cousins were not who she thought they were and she was not who they thought she was.
T never went back again.
Many years later, T was under a lot of stress and a memory slipped through the cracks. She remembered R and how terrible and amazing he'd been to her. She remembered the things she didn't quite understand as a child and realized it was time to let those things go.
T never forgot, but moved forward faster than ever. She never forgave, but fueled her fire higher instead....more
Arrow arrives in time to save the starving magic bunnies of his warren and to witness the dark bunnies biding their time until he returned to attack.Arrow arrives in time to save the starving magic bunnies of his warren and to witness the dark bunnies biding their time until he returned to attack.
Once again Arrow gets an innocent small dwarf bunny disguise. He's like the 007 of the magic bunny world.
I've quickly realized Arrow is a con-artist. He appears in front of vulnerable kids that are out of their element and asks for their help in a fearful and manipulative voice. Then he gets shelter and food for free.
And he also reveals his mission and his true form way too quickly into the relationship. If I were a dark bunny I'd disguise myself as a vulnerable little girl. Or recruit a vulnerable girl and make her my dark bunny minion.
Huge difference this book: human to bunny transformation. And they save a warren from pest control. Shit got real. Mad respect.
Next book there will be war though, right? I mean someone's gotta find Arrow at least. He's not exactly the master of disguise....more