If you are a fan of sci-fi and adventure, this book is perfect for you.
I found that it had elements of intrigue and end-of-the-world chaos that wouldIf you are a fan of sci-fi and adventure, this book is perfect for you.
I found that it had elements of intrigue and end-of-the-world chaos that would appeal to Divergent fans. But would I consider this a dystopian? No.
I found Tabula Rasa to be an extremely quick read-- I finished it in a few hours. From the start, it was a page turner and that helped keep me reading. There were several twists along the way that I enjoyed, too.
My only complaints are fairly minor. First,, the author delivers the perfect outcome, which I find to be annoying. I feel there are some books that need to have the unconventional ending to be whole, and this is one of them. Also, I am not too keen on stretching concepts to use at a later point just so the plot can wrap up smoothly. I felt that Tabula Rasa did this on several occasions, which disappointed me.
The concept was interesting and I felt original. The plot felt a bit abrupt at places, which enhanced the iffy-ness I have about the love relationship between the two characters. I just can't say I bought into it. Because of the abrupt nature and piecing together of seemingly unimportant elements, there were a lot of unanswered questions about who/why Angel gets help. The author tried to fill the reader in, but that attempt turned into a massive info dump.
Overall, I can see Tabula Rasa appealing to a certain type of reader. I'm a bit picky when I read outside of my preferred genre, so it was okay for me, but not one that I'm going to praise for years to come. ...more
Morgan Rhodes is going to make me bankrupt. First she starts with a 6 part series that I love, and now there is a spin off series that is just as goodMorgan Rhodes is going to make me bankrupt. First she starts with a 6 part series that I love, and now there is a spin off series that is just as good.
This series keeps the magic elements I loved from the Falling Kingdoms books, and amps it up a bit. Not only do we get a glimpse into Mytica pre-Falling Kingdoms, but we also get a dose of the modern world and a new set of characters.
These characters are also full of surprises. I loved them all! It's so hard to pick a side, because character is unique. I am always skeptical of alternating points of view, because I fear the characters will sound the same. But that is never the case with Morgan Rhodes' writing. Every character has a unique voice and personality. The chapters tell a part of the story that is unique to that character. Then, when you begin to wonder how it all comes together, BAM. Every plot line mingles together and becomes one incredibly brilliant plot twist. Morgan Rhodes has never been afraid to kill off favorite characters, so there are plenty of shock factors in ABOSAT.
Of course, also in typical Morgan Rhodes fashion the ending is left wide open for the next book (The Darkest Magic) and we have to wait until June 2016 for it. ...more
I had high hopes for this one. Such high, high hopes. Unfortunately, I was left a bit disappointed.
I have mixed feelings on the characters. I like CarI had high hopes for this one. Such high, high hopes. Unfortunately, I was left a bit disappointed.
I have mixed feelings on the characters. I like Carter. Robin is ok. Some people might like Robin but she just didn't mesh with me for some reason. There really isn't anything wrong with Robin per se but I just did not like her much at all in some parts of the book. The musical references were over the top, even for someone that "loves music more than life". And this, is what probably put me over the edge. I get it; music is that thing they can't really share in the same way. It's like the line in the sand that they have to overcome (and really it's Robin). But even with her deep love of music all the references were too much. I don't keep current on pop culture, so most of them were lost on me anyway. But I was proud of myself for getting the Emmylou reference by First Aid Kit.
Now, Carter was unique. I felt the author did a great job capturing his personality and making him believable. She was on point when she wrote Carter, no doubt. His story was a very interesting look into what it's like being deaf and how people treat you. I do not know anyone that is considered deaf, but I would imagine his reactions were realistic. The only thing that left me wondering more about was how he was able to ride the motorcycle. I know there was an explanation thrown in there, but I guess it didn't make much sense to me? For whatever reason, it didn't stick.
So, I was pretty crazy in love with this book until the end. Everything mentioned so far was minor and didn't bother me too terribly much. Not enough for me just to say it was so-so anyway. But then the ending happened. I was infuriated by the ending! No sense of closure at all. I know life doesn't always give you closure, especially in the summer romance department, but this was crazy. You're left to speculate what might happen. Maybe I'm being overly critical, but I feel those kind of endings are a bit of an escape for authors to write. (Then again, some people love imagining their own version of happily ever after.)
In a nutshell, it was a pretty good read. It's certainly different, which is refreshing. I don't rank it as a favorite like I hope, but it's certainly something I would recommend.
Let me start by saying that this cover is even more beautiful in person than you can imagine. I just saw it yesterday at Barnes and Noble and instantlLet me start by saying that this cover is even more beautiful in person than you can imagine. I just saw it yesterday at Barnes and Noble and instantly swooned.
I am also extremely happy to learn that this is not the end of the series! The whole time I was reading I thought I would be saying goodbye to the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised at the end. Unfortunately, I have to wait another year for the final book. On a side note-- any guess for the final cover? Doon and Destined for Doon featured one of the girls each, while Shades of Doon has them together. Perhaps book 4 will add those delicious fellas into the mix as well?
I am in love with just about everything in this series. Those darn MacCrae boys have me flipping the pages faster than I can read at times. My only complaint is Jamie and Veronica were too over the top sappy at times. I was very close to gagging from the saccharine sweet exchanges on a few occasions. Luckily, some of the minor characters and Kenna's personality help cut down on the sweetness.
I enjoyed the modern setting for the majority of the novel this time around. Learning more about Veronica's home life gave her even more depth. I still think Kenna has too easy of an escape route, but this is a series I read for fun so I'm not picking it apart too much. I can still proclaim my love of all things Doon. And, like the other books before it, Shades of Doon has a great cliffhanger ending that leaves you yearning for more. ...more