Basically: The Forsaken is a mash-up of The Lord of the Flies and Aldous Huxley's The Island.
So, I'm rather new to the adventure/scifi genre, so I'm nBasically: The Forsaken is a mash-up of The Lord of the Flies and Aldous Huxley's The Island.
So, I'm rather new to the adventure/scifi genre, so I'm not good at guessing story details, like, at all. Every few pages I think of something new that might happen or another theory about what's going on.
One of those thoughts? "Stasse could totally be pulling an 'The Island' (view spoiler)[and be keeping the kids for their body parts to give to regular citizens that passed the GPPT (hide spoiler)]! Duuuuude." Okay, so I haven't actually READ The Island, but we watched the movie with Ewan McGregor in my sophomore English class like a billion years ago. And, okay, we never finished the last twenty minutes of the movie, so I really am not an expert on The Island, but still. I got the gist from the movie because I thought Aldous Huxley was the shiiiiizzzzz that year.
It's fantastic; I loved it so very much. I totally stayed up until 3 AM this morning to finish it. Okay, yes, I do that a lot. But it was worth the exhaustion today 100%.
Guess what I'm reading tonight? That's right! The sequel, "The Uprising"! And the third book, "The Defiant" totally came out last month, so that's online for later this week! Yuuuuussssssss.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
We're no longer in the land of normalish West Virginia. We no longer are getting the boy/girl/alien next door. NThis is where I feel the series turns.
We're no longer in the land of normalish West Virginia. We no longer are getting the boy/girl/alien next door. Now we're getting all up in the politics and government takeover phase. The lock-em-up, no boundaries, make us some babies to test on phase.
The death toll shoooooooooots up in this one. And not just faceless Arum like before. Nope. This is serious, main character expirations. Some are good. Some are not. How's that for a spoiler?
And LUC! LUC IS THERE! A LOT! Man, I love that kid/alien mob-boss. Favorite character? YUS.
Well, except for Daemon. And Katy. But that's a given.
Was it good? YEEEESSSSSS. I wasn't sure I was going to forgive Ms. Armentrout for that cliffhanger in Book 3, but I don't know, this was pretty good. I MIGHT consider pardoning it. But probably not.
What I missed? 1. Daemon's ego. 2. "KITTEN"!!!! Where was "Kitten"? Kat was there, but the name Kitten was hardly present. No good. 3. The easiness of the first three books ...... Yeah, that's about it.
Oh, and last, but certainly not least: There's a lot of bow-chica-bow-wow here, fyi. Yup. Serious Daemon time.
So, after a super stressful time trying to get my DOODLED, AUTOGRAPHED copy... apparently there was an overturned Fed-Ex truck involved... I finally gSo, after a super stressful time trying to get my DOODLED, AUTOGRAPHED copy... apparently there was an overturned Fed-Ex truck involved... I finally got antsy and downloaded Blue Lily, Lily Blue on the kindle and devoured it.
Oooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (Moan of delicious love).
I mean, it's awesome enough that this sort of plot exists. It's so very... out there. It's unique, and fresh, and deep and friggin amazing. But to add to that Maggie's mind-blowing characterization and master storytelling, and it's impossible not to be awed by this book. No, truly, there were multiple times when I just had to put the book down and soak up the sheer awesomeness. And then I dived back in, because, dang, that story is freaking intense.
More characters are introduced in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Greenmantle comes to town, and becomes a somewhat-main character, along with his wife, Piper. I sorta adored Piper. At least until the event. You know, (view spoiler)[when she friggin shoots the Gray Man. WITCH (hide spoiler)]. I felt so betrayed. The Gray Man isn't as prominent as he was in The Dream Thieves, but he's still definitely there. We get to meet Gansey's professor friend from England (I can't remember his name!), and his pretentious dog (although, if I was named the Dog, I would pretty peevish, too). We also meet a... well... without being spoilery, a half-crazy witch lady whom they shelter at 300 Fox Way. She, named Gwenllian, provides great insight into Blue's psychic abilities. I mean, it's totally ambiguous and confusing in the shape of fourteenth century songs, but there are insights.
Mirrors. Maggie wrote an article about her title, and how it's a deference from "The Raven Boys" and "The Dream Thieves" to "Blue Lily, Lily Blue," and her answers were mirrors. Mirrors, physical and metaphorical, are a main theme of this book.
Lonesome. "Lonesome" is a main theme, too. Because of all the events in the past two books, and the craziness of this one, each of the boys and Blue starts to feel lonesome. Not alone, because they are all growing closer as friends, and find support in each other. However, they find things in which they feel apart from everyone else.
Adam, who felt very alone in The Dream Thieves, is learning to understand the ley line, and feeling more in control. He and Ronan scheme together to keep Greenmantle off their backs, which means lots of Adam+Ronan times. No romance, but (view spoiler)[ is this a spoiler? ADAM KNOWS. ADAM KNOWS THAT RONAN LOVES HIM. I was like, WHAAAAAAAT?!?! WHERE CAN I GO ON THE INTERNET TO FREAK ABOUT THIS?! *here!* Adam knows, and says that he's flattered that someone like Ronan would have a crush on someone like Adam. The way the story is going, it definitely looks like there is going to be some Ronan+Adam romance. (hide spoiler)]. Ronan himself is starting to freak out about what will happen when he dies, that so much of the Lynch legacy will be destroyed (or simply sleeping... more so than we ever realized before), and spends his time trying to find a way to wake the sleeping dream things (practicing on his father's cows) who have lost their dreamer. Noah starts to morph into this scary version of himself via the leyline/evil sleeper? and it's awful, because Noah is one of my favorite characters of all time.
Gansey is suddenly experiencing panic-- about death. About bees. About dying before he finds Glendower. About simply dying. There is super foreshadowing going on, but it's not certain just what will happen yet. But one thing is clear: Gansey's starting to understand that something bad is on the docket for him soon. He's feeling that foreboding feeling, and he's starting to freeze up with it. Blue... Blue is blue. Blue is naturally upset, because, duh, her mom's missing. Underground. And they can't find her. A house full of psychics and a group of teenage boy-king hunters can't find her mom, and she really needs her mom. I mean, she's in love with a guy who's going to die in the next 10 months, and she can't kiss him. And he's starting to fall in love with her. I'm sorry, but I don't fault Blue a bit for wanting to talk to her mom about that. Who else is going to understand? Yeah. She needs Maura.
So, yes, the romance is buzzing in the book. Mmmmm, more than I expected! It was fantasmolistic. Yes, I just threw that one in there. It's frustrating, and intense, and romantic, and stressful and full of, yes, feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllsssssssssss. Both of them are feeling it all, which makes it all the more intense-- it isn't one-sided, or wishy-washy wondering anymore. It's solid, it's there, and it's as painful as it is wonderful (did we expect anything less?)
The search for Glendower has turned up two extra sleepers, one who is expressly NOT TO BE WOKEN. As our beloved characters get closer and closer to discovering the sleeping king, they suddenly have new obstacles to dodge, new villains to fight, new riddles to solve, new dreams to traipse through, and realizing that time is running out of time.
It's sooooooo goooooooood.
My real, hardback, doodle and autographed copy just arrived in the mail, so now I get to go back reread!! Eee!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Okay. So. The end of the series. And, sadly, I was confused by it.
I felt like this book added new elements while bypassing others. Sophia is hardly meOkay. So. The end of the series. And, sadly, I was confused by it.
I felt like this book added new elements while bypassing others. Sophia is hardly mentioned. There is hardly any grieving or even mentioning of her. Isis' mother and her clinginess just sort of goes away.
The new elements? Well, for one, they leave home and are at college. Minus Wren, Kayla, and Avery. AND KNIFE-KID (I loved him!). New characters are introduced instead. Jack has a new job, and after everything in the last book, it made it seem like they were the bad guys? Not the sort of good people you'd take a job from? But they end up doing all sorts of good? And becoming family friends with each other?
That night in middle school is finally played out, like for real, watching the video Wren shot. And confirming all that we already knew. But, in the video, it's mentioned that everyone there, including Sophia and Jack are thirteen. So, basically, Sophia and Jack got it on when they were probably twelve for her to get preggo and lose the baby at five/six months when they're thirteen. Now, we all know that Jack is a sexual guy. But I also happen to know a lot of twelve year olds. And even if they're curious, very, very few are hooking with a fellow twelve year old. So, realistically, I had a hard time getting past that.
And, finally, Nameless becomes a main character in this book. And, having had my own Nameless experience, I find it really hard to believe that he was so obsessed with her after all those years. I doubt my own Nameless still remembers me, despite the way I, like Isis, obsessed over him, what he did, and the abusive thoughts he planted into my mind for years after our "relationship." One of the reasons I really loved this series was because I felt like the way Isis thought and felt after her experience was so incredibly spot-on. Enough to make me wonder if this was something Sara Wolf had experienced first-hand. But the way everything turned out, with Nameless suddenly unable to stop stalking and taunting Isis still just didn't ring true to me.
So, what does this mean? I loved the first and second book. I was disappointed by this one. I wish things had actually been resolved, instead of adding so many new elements.
So, we say farewell now to sassy, snarky Isis. And tortured, sexy Jack. But mostly Isis. Because there are a ton of Jacks in literature these days, but I have yet to find another Isis. Live on, my friend....more
Me reading this book: Yup. Yup yup. I'm totally digging these gargoyles. Yup. I'm down with having a torrid gargoyle romance. Mmhmm.
You know, althoughMe reading this book: Yup. Yup yup. I'm totally digging these gargoyles. Yup. I'm down with having a torrid gargoyle romance. Mmhmm.
You know, although this book was chock-full of romance, which is usually what I'm rooting for, I was totally cool with it this time. Why? Because the STORY is so good, not just the romance (although that's fabulous, too). The story is intriguing, and multi-layered, and told from different characters views. There were heart breaks, and dumb decisions, and long-awaited hookups. There were new characters, and new demons, and deaths. It was chock-full of AWESOME!
The only bad part? We have to wait for the next one....more
I picked up this book at least three times at the bookstore, only to slam it back on the shelf with scoff at the tag line: "Her mission was to kill hiI picked up this book at least three times at the bookstore, only to slam it back on the shelf with scoff at the tag line: "Her mission was to kill him. Her destiny was to love him." I'm sorry, am I in the crappy paperback romance isle by mistake? GOSH. So it wasn't until I found this book on Amazon-- with only a thumbnail cover, the tagline was too small to see, so I FINALLY actually turned to the synopsis and realized that it sounded awesome-- that I downloaded it.
Moral? It doesn't matter how beat your book is, or how pretty the cover (cause this one is gorgeous), if you dare put a sappy/cheese-tastic tagline on your book, it WILL keep people from reading it.
Anyway. I loved this story. I really did. It was like some sort of Alice in Wonderland take on Beauty and the Beast, plopped down in a skewed Greek-mythology worshipping society. It was rad. There were some story elements that were a bit confusing, but with some imagination on the readers part, it doesn't take too much away.
Now, Shade. I have diverse feelings about Shade. The moment we met Shade, I guessed who and what he was... halfway. I mean, I went a half too far. (If you read the book, you'll understand). So, immediately, I fell in love with Shade, but he quickly started to get on my nerves, until I wasn't surprised when he was suspected for purposefully killing 5 of Ignifex's wives. It was Ignifex, truly, who had claimed my heart from his first, snarky words. I truly adore him in all his screwed up glory. So, as the story continues, and Ignifex seems to progress and change as a character, I grew lost when Ignifex's "identity" was revealed. Could Ignifex truly grow, since he was more a personification of the Last Prince's hate?
What threw me the most was the "return" of the Last Prince. How he was not quite a mash-up of both Ignifex (yay!) AND Shade (boo, hiss), but a whole new person all together. Nyx loved Ignifex. I feel like it should have been the progressed version of Ignifex that he was becoming under Nyx's love.
However, I LOVED the end, how it ended in the alternate world. I suppose if Ingnifex was no longer Ingifex but someone else, it was only fitting that Nyx be different as well. I loved Astraia's sharpness, and I adored the Day of the Dead ceremony that Nyx was going to take advantage of, and "become the Bride of Tom-a-lone." Totally imaginative. And the fact that when she was 7 she sort of remembered Ignifex and tried so hard to save him/talk to him/marry him.
My two dislikes: It ended a little fast for me... If the characters were going to change, I wanted to have time with them to witness and get used to those changes, and with Nyx we had that, but not Ignifex/Lux. I would have liked to have spent a little extra time with the happy couple. Maybe an epilogue. Also, I would have liked to have seen a little more romance! Don't get me wrong, I appreciated the fade-to-black sex scenes. In a lot of YA books these days, I start to wonder if I've secretly stumbled upon some porn or something, it's so graphic. However, it could have used a touch more touchy-feely kissy-huggy lovin' with still being just as classy, but more satisfying for us readers. Wow, that was a disgusting sentence. Sorry. You get the idea.
Overall? Imaginative. Creative. Full of self-loathing and snarky characters. Combines classic fairy tale elements with mythology in a surprising, interesting, and clean (almost disappointingly so) love story. Definite favorite....more
So, I think I'm turning into a scifi fan afterall. Huh.
Okay, but first: Let me say, I am by no means a scifi connoisseur. I am a YA paranormal romanceSo, I think I'm turning into a scifi fan afterall. Huh.
Okay, but first: Let me say, I am by no means a scifi connoisseur. I am a YA paranormal romance connoisseur. And I thought this book was bomb.
First chapter impressions left me wondering if Cara was going to be an over-ambitious, selfish ball of jerk and cheese, but it ended up not being that way. Were her blog posts cheesy? Definitely so. Was she? Not so much. Was she a genuinely kind person? Yes, yes she was.
Was I surprised at Cara and Aelyx's friendship? Yes, indeed I was. I thought it was going to go either one of two ways: 1. Aelyx would be disgustingly mean and insulting to Cara and her planet, when not completely ignoring her and her attempts to make him comfortable and fulfill the exchange program's mission. They would, of course, overcome their differences and fall madly in love. 2. They would both hate each other while being extremely attracted to each other and the pages would be full of sexual tension and intergalactic roommate trysts.
So when they started out amicably and became close friends and stay that way for a long time, yes, I was pleasantly surprised. It made for good reading.
It ended with a set-up for another! Which made me happy, because 1. It didn't end of a cliffhanger, but had a satisfying but still not perfect ending, and 2. I want to keep reading about these characters!
**spoiler alert** ..................... (That's the sound of me staring at my book, gaping)
WHAT KIND OF CRAP ENDING WAS THAT?!
Excuuuuuuuuuusssssseeee m**spoiler alert** ..................... (That's the sound of me staring at my book, gaping)
WHAT KIND OF CRAP ENDING WAS THAT?!
Excuuuuuuuuuusssssseeee me?! After sitting through 200 pages of Isobel being depressed before it finally picked up, then another 200 pages, you're going to leave me with Isobel and Varen's one and only REAL interaction being all of 3 sentences long and one push off a cliff?
ARE YOU ON CRACK?!
This is not acceptable. I mean, I knew Varen wasn't going to be the same. But I didn't think he was going to be some zombie robot who throws his rescuing girlfriends off cliffs in dreamworlds. What the heck? I mean, couldn't he have yelled at her or something? I would have felt so much better. I feel so off right now.
And now, it's like.... It's all up to you, now, Varen. Isobel's done her stuff. She went above and beyond for you, and you trashed it. You either step up and fight for her and yourself, or you lose all respect from your fandom. He's sitting on that precipice, I'm telling you. He's quickly descending from mysterious and damaged to some sort of whiny boy. Buck up, little camper. Put your big-boy undies on and strike out!
And Pinfeathers! Okay, ever since we met Pinfeathers in Nevermore, I've had an affinity to him. Even if he was supposedly evil. So when Pinfeathers bites it, that's almost harder to take than Varen being impossible. PINFEATHERS, NO!!!
So, now we sit. And wait. Until, what, August?! So. Not. Cool. I mean, Nevermore's been sitting on my "To-Read" list for at least two years now, so when I read it last week and realized it was a trilogy, I was like, "Sweet! Written in 2010! It's 2014, I'm sure all three are out now!" Only to discover today that, oh-ho-ho, NOPE! Not for another 6 months!
Fine! You keep your excellent Poe-ness and your whiny, robot Varen. I don't want them anyway!
(But come August, I'll have come to terms with the 6 month wait. And I'll be ready to read the DECENT--- you hear that Creagh?!--- ending to this excellent Nevermore endeavor.)...more
Oh, Laini Taylor. Your writing is packed with magic. Literally. But mostly figuratively.
Um, so Zuzana is kinda one of the best characters ever. KarouOh, Laini Taylor. Your writing is packed with magic. Literally. But mostly figuratively.
Um, so Zuzana is kinda one of the best characters ever. Karou refers to her as a "rapid fairy." Um, can you get better than that? I don't think so.
And Mik. Do we really need to talk about Mik? Because it goes without saying that he's a sexy beast, that violin boy. And in Night of Cake and Puppets, we get to read from HIS PERSPECTIVE! Um, yes pleassse.
Like the title dictates, it's cake. Sheer, delicious, multi-layered sweetness. That also features puppets.
It's great to be back into the world of Daughter of Smoke and Bone....more
The thing I always find about John Green: while reading his books, I'm questioning the awards they've acquired. I mean, they'reOh my.
The thing I always find about John Green: while reading his books, I'm questioning the awards they've acquired. I mean, they're nice, original, but still very real to life. And yet, I don't expect to put them on my all-time favorite lists.
BUT, by time I finish them, I realize that slowly, and without fanfare, John Green has shattered my composure, broken down walls and ideas I'd previously had, and given me an emotionally impacting experience. Maybe they don't always land on my "Dude, that was the best STORY ever!" list, but they DO always land on my most moving, intellectual lists.
The Fault in Our Stars is no different, and is, perhaps, my favorite John Green book so far. Perhaps this is because I myself have a chronic disease. Not a terminal disease, but a lifestyle altering illness nonetheless. I related to a lot of the characters and mentalities that occurred to the characters at different times in their illnesses. (Support Group. Oh my gosh, Support Group!! It's SO. TRUE.)
It was moving, it was emotional, it was devastatingly sad but hopeful. And you HAVE to read it. But make sure you have Kleenex....more
Second, I've waited like, three weeks since I finished it to write this review, so it wouldn't be full of the "I can't..." and "I just..." and all the other fangirl drooling/foaming/unfinished sentences.
The second I finished The Dream Thieves, I flipped back to the beginning and started it again. Whoa, wait. That's a lie. I finished it, gave myself 5 minutes to soak it all in, another 5 minutes to mourn the fact that it'll be over a year until the story continues, and THEN I flipped back to the beginning to start again.
You know what's awesome about Maggie Stiefvater? (Well, what isn't, right? But, no, seriously) Every book of hers I read, I think, "Oh my gosh, this is friggin' amazing. The BEST she's written yet! There's no way to top this!" And EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. She does. She tops it.
Thought The Raven Boys was fantastic? The Dream Thieves blows it out of the water. With all the beautiful prose, captivating characters, and unique plot concepts we've come to expect from Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves is one of the books you'll find yourself accidentally ripping the pages in an attempt to turn them faster and faster.
This is predominantly Ronan's book. Hooray for that, right?! The beautiful, harsh, and father-obsessed Raven Boy is slowly revealed in a fast paced, thrill-seeking, dream-exploring mess of chapters interspersed with the continuing antics of Blue and the boys. The hunt for Glendower is suddenly halted when Cabeswater disappears and the lay line starts surging erratically. Adam, now boarding in a tiny room at a local church, is starting to crack under other-worldly exhaustion and slowly drifting from his usual place with the boys. Gansey is feeling less happy-go-lucky than usual when he finds his options exhausted and the hunt for Glendower can't go forward. After visiting back home with Adam for a Government-related high-society weekend of parties, Gansey is realizing that he wants nothing more than the life he has in Henrietta. Adam, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to leave Henrietta behind and become a part of the world Gansey wants to desperately leave: the important, rich life of government officials and public figures. And Blue will never have the opportunity to have the thing she wants. She finds herself falling for Gansey as they support each other through out the story and become closer friends, and half pretends that somehow things will turn out alright.
Enter into this Joseph Kavinsky, lord of the sketchy side of the Raven Boys, notorious for fantastic forgeries, the hottest drugs, legendary parties, and drag racing his white Mitsubishi. This last item is what draws Ronan and Kavinsky together, at first. Ronan's need for dangerous thrills and his love of his car make for epic races. But soon the boys realize that they have more in common than death wishes and love for the dangerously exciting-- namely, dreaming. After Ronan finally takes things too far (view spoiler)[ and wrecks the Pig... Ronan, how could you?! (hide spoiler)], he seeks help from Kavinsky to learn how to control his dreaming to get what he wants. And thus ensues a hesitant, undefined relationship with what once was regarded as our Raven Boy's enemy.
But what's an amazing ability without someone wanting to take it away and own it for themselves? Also enter The Gray Man, hit man extraordinare, sent to find the unknown object called the Greywaren that is rumored to let a dreamer take things from his dreams. Along with groups of other Greywaren seekers, The Gray Man quickly infiltrates himself into Henrietta and Ronan's life, but soon discovers that the hope he finds in the relationships with other existing characters is stronger than the pull of his job and the blackmail that lies with his boss.
So. Whew. It's a lot, a lot, a lot. Filled with even more danger, magic, and teenage-boy antics (PLUS: Noah being his awesome self, pigeon competitions, kitschy snow globes found at late-night visits to the Dollar Store, aerial yoga, illicit trips to the Lynch home, cows in comas, Chainsaw, and a finally budding romance between Blue and Gansey), The Dream Thieves totally lives up to it's predecessor and leaves it in the dust like a Molotov-cocktailed Mitsubishi.
Now, to address point #1. (view spoiler)[ Ronan is GAY?! But really... Okay, so it was a shock. The FIRST time I read it. I thought the alluding to the fact was all Maggie-magic adding danger and allure. And it was; it was just more specific than I was letting myself see. Going back and reading the book a second time, it's very obvious. There ARE many hints. Subtle, but there nonetheless. So, yes. Ronan is gay. And in love. No, not with Gansey. With Adam. Okay, that wasn't OFFICIALLY said, but it's also there, between the lines. That's totally happening. Just wait. (hide spoiler)]
My one gripe? The swearing. Maggie recently wrote on her blog about this, when someone asked her if all the swearing was really necessary. She made a good point, saying, "If you trust me to be using non-swear words in a skillful way, please assume that I’m wielding my ****s and ****s with the same contemplation." Here's the thing. I do trust Maggie. She's one of the most skilled writers I've ever encountered. And even though I don't like those words, she DOES skillfully use them to define characters. However: I don't like those words. They do offend me. So, in response, Maggie, don't be offended because I took a (metallic silver) Sharpie to my book and covered up those words.
So. Did it end in a cliff-hanger? Yes. But it was still a greatly satisfactory ending. You know how sometimes, in series, there are books that feel completely worthless? Like the whole thing was filled with nothing with filler, and the story went no where? The Dream Thieves is the opposite of those books. There is value on every single page.
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Opened to the first page: "But. The ink is black."
I didn't realize I was expecting the colored ink of the first 3 Shiver books, but when Sinner was plOpened to the first page: "But. The ink is black."
I didn't realize I was expecting the colored ink of the first 3 Shiver books, but when Sinner was plain black, I was deeply disappointed. Huh.
But: oooh, but. Does it ever make up for it in the story.
It's no secret that Maggie Stiefvater is one of my top three favorite authors. There's something about her writing that is so unique and refreshing that I can't find anywhere else. It's out of the box and cutting edge while being extremely accessible to YA. Her characters come alive in your mind and won't leave you alone.
Having spent my entire life in Southern California, I highly appreciated the setting in LA, and the completely realistic descriptions of it. The relationships and characters are all the dynamic, multi-layered wonders that you expect from dear Maggie. The plot is amazing. Of course, involving both Cole and Isabel, it is full of sass and pain. As Ron Weasley once said, "You're going to suffer, but you're going to be happy about it."...more
Once again, the book has ended without answering the most important question: Where did Buns and Brownie get their names?
So, plotwise, I think this isOnce again, the book has ended without answering the most important question: Where did Buns and Brownie get their names?
So, plotwise, I think this is probably my favorite. Or, I don't know. I like the first one, too. But, if you think about it, the story about a girl getting mauled at the campus 711 seems so, so far away from this one, doesn't it? Almost like two different stories.
Few issues: 1. I feel like we're losing characterization with the original characters as we gain more people. And I miss it. I liked the spunky characters. 2. Evie isn't intelligently funny anymore. 3. Why did Brennus fall in love with Evie's portrait? I mean, sure, I pictured it being an awesome picture, but this dude's been around for centuries. Suddenly one painting from one loser of a Reaper and it changes EVERYTHING? I mean, if he had met her, and then fallen in love with her, but to have gotten so obsessed with her from the one painting... I'm putting too much thought into this. 4. Russell and Brownie should get together. Just saying. Make everything neat and tidy. 5. I'm kind of sick of Evie playing the martyr...
Out of the four books out right now, this was probably my favorite.
The roughness of the first book is mostly smoothed out by now, my pet peeve of vocaOut of the four books out right now, this was probably my favorite.
The roughness of the first book is mostly smoothed out by now, my pet peeve of vocab dropping has been mostly resolved, and BRENNUS! Not that I'm rooting for Brennus or anything, because I love Reed, but... okay, maybe there's a piece of my heart that loves his crazy obsession.
Okay, that's creepy. Way to be a pyscho.
Anyways. I just like the fellas and the extra element that they bring to the book-- that it isn't just angels and humans in this world, but we've got ourselves some tasty Gancanagh, and who knows what else?
But, ugh... Evie pulls a friggin "I'm bringing danger to everyone I love! Everyone is in danger of me! I have to leave to save them!" which, of course, THE MOST ANNOYING THING FOR A READER EVER. Sure, Genevieve, go run away from your dearest Reed, like he'll stay away and he'll never be in danger ever again, therefore making the both of you so happy for the rest of your petty, loveless existences... Psh.
And, the book has concluded without answering the most important question: What is the reason for Buns and Brownies names?...more