I love this series. I really do. Even if Kate got on my last nerve in this book. I really wanted to travel to the Underworld and slap her Jersey Shore I love this series. I really do. Even if Kate got on my last nerve in this book. I really wanted to travel to the Underworld and slap her Jersey Shores style a few times. I absolutely hate whiny, needy, clingy females—whether they are real or fictional. Kate was ridiculous in this book. The only missing from her pity party was a daisy and a little “He loves me, he loves me not.” She spent the entire book convincing herself that Henry didn’t love her (despite everyone telling her differently). It was very Bella in New Moon—and we all know how irritating Bella was in that book.
To sum up my feelings on this book as a whole, I’m going to use one of my insightful food analogies. If this series were a double layer cake, The Goddess Interrupted would be the icing in the middle of the layers. By itself, it leaves you a little queasy, but together with the other pieces, it’s the binding element. I don’t think I would say “sophomore slump” for Goddess Interrupted because I did enjoy it. It just seems like this one had the sole purpose of developing the plot for the third book. The characters weren’t as great as in the first book. Kate was a little lacking, and there wasn’t enough Henry. I felt more annoyed by Kate this time around. In The Goddess Test I thought she was this incredibly strong female that blazed her way through life. This time, however, I only glimpsed elements of her inner strength. She spent most of her time whining and feeling sorry for herself in this book.
So, with the ugly out of the way, I can honestly say that where the characters lacked, the plot soared. There is a lot going on in this book. Calliope has gone completely evil and sided with one of the Titans. Don’t whine about a little spoiler. You know you saw that coming in book one. What I found really surprising in this book was Persephone. What a piece… I couldn’t make up my mind on whether I hated her or not. She was a snot (kid friendly edit) most of the time, but there seemed to be a few redeeming elements to her personality. A very small few… I have a feeling that she will have a major role in book three.
Now for the best part about this book: the final 30 pages! Holy moly. My toes curled when Henry and Kate finally… bow chica bow wow… (and get your head out of the gutter because it was handled very nicely. No smutty romance novel scene here.) There was also another cliffhanger ending that left my mind blazing! So many questions and guesses. I can only imagine what the next book will have in store for us! Now I’m all moody and sulking because we have to wait a year to find out! Ugh. The sabotage and double crossing at the end of this book is unbelievable. Un-believable! I really didn’t see it coming. ...more
Shame on me for not writing this review the moment I finished this book! Now I have to remember all of the wonderful things I found in Of Poseidon. LeShame on me for not writing this review the moment I finished this book! Now I have to remember all of the wonderful things I found in Of Poseidon. Let me start by saying how much I enjoyed the characters. I really, really, REALLY liked them. All of them. Every character had a nice amount of spunk (ok, minus Emma’s mom and Rachel). I probably had the most trouble connecting with Faye, but I still liked her all the same. She was the exact opposite in many ways to Emma, so it worked for me. Her beau, Toraf, I found to be adorable. He’s not a main character, but the parts that included him were entertaining. Emma and Galen? Sigh. I will admit, Galen was drool worthy. Most people might find him arrogant, but I loved it. He seemed so playful, which was funny because Emma was not. They were opposites, yet they complimented one another perfectly. I thought they were such a great literary couple. I really loved how spunky Emma was. She was hilarious, clumsy, and had a certain amount of sass that made her instantly likeable. I appreciate how to wasn’t that girl. I didn’t think there was an extreme amount of world building in this book. The majority of the story took place at a typical New Jersey high school and Emma/Galen’s houses. Nothing really exciting or overly inventive there. What I did enjoy was the slowly building tension. The entire story felt like it built up to that ohmysweetgoodness cliffhanger ending! There was a lot of emphasis place on the relationships and discovery who (or what) you really are. But those final pages. Oh. Man. It really sucks that I have to wait so long for the next book, Of Triton. (There isn’t even a tentative publishing date yet!) Simply speaking, I enjoyed this one. The mermaid aspect was a driving force in the story, but it wasn’t overpowering. It was a very unique spin, and the mythology that was woven in was a nice bonus. I also think that the ending of this book is what really put it over the top for me. I was thinking “3” material until those final pages. Now I can’t wait for Of Triton. If you don’t like open endings, better wait for the next book to come out before you read this one. ...more
I really have to start taking notes as I read. I read this book in one sitting then jumped right into a new book. Eight books later, I can hardly remeI really have to start taking notes as I read. I read this book in one sitting then jumped right into a new book. Eight books later, I can hardly remember what I liked and didn't like about The Vicious Deep.
I do remember that I liked that this story is told from a merman's point of view. I'm glad that the menfolk are getting some representation in a female dominated genre. No need to be sexist, afterall. Tristan was pretty darn funny. He was arrogant and witty, just like you would expect most teenage boys to be. He was a 100% believable narrator.
Then there is Layla. I liked her a lot. She was strong-willed and independent. She was also not a mermaid. She found out about Tristan's secret, by pure chance. Of course, since it's been like 3 months since I read this book, I forgot why exactly I liked her other than those reasons.
I also want to point out that I enjoyed the world building. The descriptions of the merworld were great. It is so important to have a believable setting-- even in a fantasy type book. The old school rules of fighting for the tritan were pretty extreme, and added to the plot. There were a few characters that I didn't care for that kept hanging around, but whatever. I'm sure they will find their place somewhere in book 2.
But what really irked me about this story was the ending. Did anyone else think it ended too abruptly? I was crusing along enjoying the quest, when BAM. End of book one. Just like that too. I had to actually flip back a few pages to make sure I didn't skip something. I really thought I had missed a chapter or two. That was a huge disappointment. I love a good cliffhanger, but not when the story seems to hit a brick wall at 65 MPH. Of course, though, I'll have to read The Savage Blue because I need to know how and if Tristan can find the rest of the trident pieces. ...more
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with what I read.I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with what I read. For some reason I thought there was a paranormal element to this book. I have no idea why that ever entered my mind—the synopsis gives no hint of anything paranormal related. I guess I’ve been so overwhelmed with all things supernatural lately, that I just assumed I was reading another book in the genre. Shame on me. In case you share my own folly, know that this is not a paranormal book. It’s a murder mystery mixed with a coming of age story. I thought the author’s ability to mix two stories (from two different points of view) was brilliant. She did an amazing job making the story lines flow smoothly without seeming choppy. I was engrossed with Becca’s story from the first chapter. Her piece of crap boyfriend made my blood boil. (Read that first chapter and you’ll know what I’m talking about.) I spent most of the book waiting for Becca to realize how crappy her boyfriend was. I’m not sure if that’s how I was supposed to feel or not, but he definitely struck a nerve with me. Of course, he did have a few redeeming qualities. I couldn’t help but feel a tug at my heart when he described his mom’s death from cancer. His compassion for other people’s suffering becomes clear in the end (even if he is a slug to his girlfriend). Mixed within the pages of Becca’s story is Amelia’s own tragic tale. When she finally realizes what she wants to be, it’s too much for those around her. The effects are tragic. In a way, the book is the coming of age story for two girls (un-coming of age story for the one that dies?). Both girls, Becca and Amelia, struggle with figuring out where they belong in the world and how the people they love fit into the puzzle. Both girls deal with horrendous heartache and life changing events... except one of them never gets the chance to grow from the experience. Enough about the characters and the plot. Let’s talk about what really made this book special: the author’s writing. Her descriptions! Sigh. She has an eye for detail, that’s for sure. Her writing had a poetic element to it that made me think of prose at times. There were parts that were simply beautiful. It’s hard to believe that this was the author’s debut book. She is certainly talented, and I’m excited to see what else she will write in the future. ...more