I haven’t really jumped on the werewolf bandwagon of books. Mostly because I rolled my eyes at them and thought of them as overrated and clichéd. I saI haven’t really jumped on the werewolf bandwagon of books. Mostly because I rolled my eyes at them and thought of them as overrated and clichéd. I say this so you understand where I was coming from when I started reading this book.
That being said though something about Hemlock and the buzz caught my attention. Add to that and the author is Canadian (be still my little Canadian heart, I get strangely proud of these things) and that we had an awesome twitter convo. Thus I moved the book higher up on my TBR pile.
The book opens up the mystery of Amy’s death as led by her best friend Mac. A werewolf killed Amy. It isn’t until chapter 3 approximately that we find out that werewolves are common, and a disease well known in the US with internment camps for those of have caught it.
The first half of the book is the set up and backstory. We find out more about the US post werewolf reveal. The trackers. How Jason, Amy’s boyfriend has been coping, which is not at all. There is some tension between Mac and Kyle. It is quite like a chessboard being set up for the final nail biting end match.
At about the halfway point the book picks up so much momentum and speed that I recommend putting aside whatever you had planned for your day and just keep reading. My heart was in my throat and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Literally. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE!
This book was awesome and I really enjoyed it. It has pop culture references and even poked fun at itself a bit with the love triangle sub plot. The Character motivations where pretty good, and the information was well layered in.
And if you really want a thrill read this near Halloween! ...more
A very interesting fresh engaging twist on the Cinderella story. Cyborgs and Jedi mind power! It was entertaining and well thought out, the elements A very interesting fresh engaging twist on the Cinderella story. Cyborgs and Jedi mind power! It was entertaining and well thought out, the elements labored in nicely. I can't wait for the sequel to come out!...more
There are a lot of things to like about this book, but the best thing was how the story grew. Aria character growth, how the love stories worked, everThere are a lot of things to like about this book, but the best thing was how the story grew. Aria character growth, how the love stories worked, everything had a natural feel in an unnatural world. Stunning!...more
So at first I was a bit skeptical after starting this book. The Brotherhood really really really bothered me. I was so upset that these women who hadSo at first I was a bit skeptical after starting this book. The Brotherhood really really really bothered me. I was so upset that these women who had previously experienced all of these freedoms would actually submit to these pretentious over righteous fools.
And then there was the whole PROPHESY…. DOOM DOOM DOOM!!! And that totally had me rolling my eyes.
But as the novel progressed, the more I felt for these characters. The more I understood Cate and why she did the things she did. And I began to relate to them and their situation and just in general started to hate the Bortherhood even more. Well done!
I do have to say that I did see the reveal of the Sisterhood from the very start. It only makes sense.
But the prophesy. Man do I see a bunch of loopholes. How they could not be the sisters, because too many of them fit the profile. Or how there could be three other sisters who fit the profile what with a certain man’s indiscretions.
And the ending. I am such a sucker for a love story, and the choice between her sisters and the one she loves was tearing me up, and then when they use her love of the boy as a pawn against her and she is forced to give him up in order to save him. I may have shed a few tears.
I can see how the sisters are going to be worked against each other. How there is a divide and conquer approach being taken here. But they are underestimating a key player with the sisters, and I honestly can’t wait to see where this series goes.
Kudos to the author who turned my eye rolling into mad cheering for these girls by the end!
Also, I wish 16 year old me could have read this book. She would have adored it! ...more
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding this book, when it came out and on best of lists. I get it, I really do. BUT I cam to YA afterShadow and Bone
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding this book, when it came out and on best of lists. I get it, I really do. BUT I cam to YA after I had long been on the Fantasy boat of things. High Fantasy. So this for me, wasn’t exactly screaming original. I mean it was different than other YA titles I had picked up yes, but as far as Fantasy, there are a lot of similarities. Now this isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the bejesus out of this book. I totally did. But I’m gonna call it like I see it. Hence the possibly a bit sarcastic but meant to be humourous take on the events of the book below.
• Part 1 A: In which we learn that Alina and Mal have been raised as orphans together. There is a bond between. Alina looks like soured milk. This is IMPORTANT! Also Alina and Mal are thick as thieves growing up. • Part 1 B: They are tested for magic, no magic. Both normal orphans of osphanlike standards. • Part 2 A – still no magic. Both now grown and in the First Army. Mal is all super hot, and Alina is totally in love with him. Mal sleeps around. Alina pretends like this doesn’t bother her so she can hold onto the frayed remains of their friendship. Girl you totally need to watch the Vlog Brothers video about being in the friendzone and learn to look out for yourself and get the hell out. • Part 2 – B – In which they take a cruise (not really a cruise) in a sand skiff across horrible darkness with evil monsters lurking to get to the other side (yes that is a chicken joke). OH LOOK! belated magical abilities but only because Mal’s life is in Danger. • Part 2 C – Alina is returned back to the original side (yes the chicken did not cross the road so far in this story). She is manhandled unkindly into the presence of the Darkling (doom doom doom – ominous noises of ominousness) and denies magic. Witnesses say – yes magic. Alina denies some more. Mal says yes magic. Darkling who is an amplifier brings it out in her. Alina is a liar pants. • Part 3 A- Alina is sent off to this magical city of magical training , but FIRST we have the carriage ride of death with possible assassins on there heals. Mal does nothing to stop her leaving even though she clearly does not want to be leaving. Mal FAIL! • Part 3 B – the Assassins are not a lie. The Darlking comes to the rescue and saves the day. Alina questions his Morality. Good girl. • Part 3 C – arrive at destination. Have nap. Napping is important. • Part 4 A - get all gusied up to meet a King. Make new friends Treasonous talk of treason from magical people. But it’s cool. Right? • Part 4 B – Alina trains. She is not magical. Well okay she is but only with an amplifier. We learn there are talisman amplifiers and human amplifiers. Talismans can only be claimed by one person. Human amplifiers not so many restrictions - personally sloppy seconds come to mind. Alina mopes about Mal. She writes him many letters. Mal does not return the sentiment. Alina has her ass handed to her in various forms of training. Poor Alina. • Part 4 C – the Darkling (who for the ENTIRE novel is only ever the Darkling. Dude – why don’t you have a name?) thinks maybe Alina should have the talisman of all talismans. Insert ominous music here. • Part 4 D- Darkling kisses Alina. Alina likes it. Darkling disappears for inderminent amount of time. Also somewhere in here she has a friend look into Mal’s status of MIA. • Part 5 A – update on Mal. Still alive. Can not be bothered to communicate. Alina’s heart shatters. Girl why have you hung on to that drug for so long I don’t know. Dude was SLEEPING with other girls. Have some self respect. Finally Alina gives up on Mal and lets go and is all super magical and shit. • Part 5 B – Alina kicks some serious magical ass. She is awesome made of awesome and win. Still not good enough though for her trainer or the Darkling. Still questing for amplifier on her behalf. • Part 5 C – CELEBRATION TIME! Put on big show. Has moment with Darkling. Gets dragged off to make out with Darkling. Enjoys self immensely. Though does call him on his BS of not really being that into it but shrugs it off because of hormones because it is nice to be wanted. Have some self respect Alina. • Part 5 D – Enter Mal. She’s all like - woe, I haven’t heard from you. Hugs him with abandon. Mal gives her cold sholder. Dudes a total jerk. It’s okay for him to sleep around and she has to pretend to be cool about it but someone shows interest in Alina and he’s a dick to her about it. Friendship FAIL! Alina, finally has some self respect and stops running after him. • Part 6 A – we learn the Darklings true intentions and um a plot twist about one of her trainers. Alina runs away. This is the solution to ALL of lifes problems. • Part 6 B – running sucks but we keep on running because that is our life now. • Part 6 C – we mess up and almost get caught and there is more running. And then there is Mal. • Part 6 D – we run with Mal. • Part 6 E – there is a confession and kissy faces happen. Alina DOES NOT call him on his BS for sleeping around. I want a god damned screaming match. Why does she have so little self respect? • Part 7 A – the Stag appears. She does not kill it. • Part 7 B – the Darkling appears. He does go for the kill. • Part 7 C – they are screwed. • Part 8 A – there is a plot twist and all kind of ends well but um lets stop talking about the plot and realize that love is the key here. And you know not being a giant pompous dickhead
As you can probably totally tell I have little respect for Mal. Also the Darkling is like super old and I kind of find it a little Ewy. So um girl, just have some self respect m’kay?
Now onto my speculations for the future of this series. Mal is magical – which totally explains his hotness if we can believe the magical makes people bloom into super gorgeous creatures fairy tale.
Heck yeah I will totally be reading the next book. I really did enjoy the world building. And despite my ranting the kissy bits where good. And I am happy about Alina coming into her own near the end. This really is a rocking series that is well written. You know, it’s just the characters being themselves that had me at odds sometimes. ...more
Here's the thing, I liked this book well enough. I might have even more than liked it. Except I came out the other end in a fowl mood and snappier theHere's the thing, I liked this book well enough. I might have even more than liked it. Except I came out the other end in a fowl mood and snappier then a starving dog.
Things I liked:
- Realistic protrayal of PTSD. - The progragonists swears - there is sex in this book. Not graphic, but you know it's happening.
I like when authors aren't afraid to write books about characters that are human and do human shit. Like swear. Like had PTSD. Human. Kudos on here for writing that book.
The thing I think that really bothered me though was that is was too damned short. It's like it touched on all of the plot points to paint the first act of the play, but then instead of delving into the second act, they end it with a sumation letter.
P.S. In the letter he mentions he will have a bomb dog. I like this idea. Mostly because I think that dogs are healthy for people and can really help add meaning to your life. They are kind and affectionate and forgiving. And people need more of that. ...more