Okay, so. I REALLY liked this book! It has all the good makings of an awesome series - genetically enhanced operators, tons of action, and maybe it's...moreOkay, so. I REALLY liked this book! It has all the good makings of an awesome series - genetically enhanced operators, tons of action, and maybe it's just me and my twisted self being married to a former paratrooper, but I could not stop laughing at the combat snarkiness. It reminds me of my husband and his friends. I also laughed for about 20 minutes at "halal Happy Meal" for no apparent reason. Yep, I'm definitely twisted.
The plot twists were great. Just when you think you have it figured out, SHIT HAPPENS and it's completely not what you thought. I know people were mentioning the lack of character development, but it's understandable. (view spoiler)[We're looking at a The Bourne Identity situation here. These operators have just been deprogrammed, it's obvious they're not going to have any sort of memories of what their previous lives were really like other than bits and pieces. Otherwise the scientists programming them would suck at their jobs. (hide spoiler)] I'm sure as we get further into the series, these things will be addressed.
There was some weird sentence fragmentation that occasionally jarred me out of the storyline itself, but overall it was a really fun read with a lot of action. I'm looking forward to the next one!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book could have been so much better than it really was. I liked the premise, which is why it's not getting any "yeah it's horrible" classificatio...moreThis book could have been so much better than it really was. I liked the premise, which is why it's not getting any "yeah it's horrible" classifications from me, but...I don't know, it was just so...mediocre, and I found I was skimming a lot; I read it in about 40 minutes. I'm interested to see what other Morgan's life is like in this Morgan's timeline (since obviously they would have switched or something, idk) and I liked the teenage petty BS, but I definitely didn't like this book enough to spend $8 to see how this ends.
I'm assuming everyone who's read advanced copies of this book-slash-was-emailing-RJC-vomiting-emoticons was disgusted by the Colleen Incident. Um. Wel...moreI'm assuming everyone who's read advanced copies of this book-slash-was-emailing-RJC-vomiting-emoticons was disgusted by the Colleen Incident. Um. Well. Maybe I'm just really fucked in the head as well, because that didn't revolt me. (And TBH even if it had I would have kept reading.)
Anyway. I didn't love Gideon as much as I loved Hollywood but he definitely had the bigger badder bad guy thing going on. RJC was definitely right when he made the 'not for kiddies' disclaimer, but I love it. The characters are so much darker and all this shit gets thrown in that makes me go o.O (view spoiler)[like the thing at the end with Alison. Like seriously. That was fucking awesome, and I cannot wait to see what kind of badass this woman becomes. (hide spoiler)] Starling is awesomely creepy as usual, and is she just an angel invading the redhead or something? ARE WE GOING TO GET A HOLY WAR? PLEASE LET US GET A HOLY WAR.
As an aside, I finished this the day before my daughter got the flu, and I was stuck home watching Bubble Guppies on repeat in a snowstorm. I felt like I was destined to run my car into a truck later on that day, so I made my husband go out and do all the driving. He almost crashed into a tractor trailer that had decided to park in the MIDDLE OF THE GORRAM STREET. SELF-FULFILLING SOUTHERN WATCH PROPHECY FTW.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** I meant to leave this review last week. Also, if profanity offends you, you should probably stop reading. I also had the spoiler thi...more**spoiler alert** I meant to leave this review last week. Also, if profanity offends you, you should probably stop reading. I also had the spoiler thing up so if you're continuing to read, I am going to assume you a: have no issue with foul language and b: have actually read the book, and the seven preceding it.
AHEM. This is OFFICIALLY my first five-star review for the Girl in the Box series. Seriously. This is fucking awesome. (Obligatory "Haha, you have Thrift Shop stuck in your head now" comment.)
Holy. Fucking. Shit! The first thing I did when I finished Legacy was go flip Alone to the scene in the grocery store parking lot and went OH SHIT, THAT WAS SOVEREIGN?!!! And it was fulfilling and amazing and made me love it. Going back to RJC's post about someone feeling ripped off about a ten book series and having him drag it out - there is noooo fucking way that was just thrown in NOW. Fuck that noise. You are entitled to an opinion, BUT THAT OPINION IS WRONG.
Sovereign is a complete badass. Whose soul did he eat that was a shapeshifter, and do he and Sienna now get to fly off into the sunset since she absorbed Eve?! (Speaking of, fucking mad props to Ariadne for being as professional as she could be. But seriously, just punch her in the face and get it over with. No need to be the bigger person in this situation.) I love how Sovereign has seekritly taken so many roles in Sienna's life, and it's so bad that I seekritly love him. Not as much as my homeboy Zollers though, and she better apologise to him. Like...now would be good. I love me some Zollers. But we all know this already.
Thing I Meant to Ask But Didn't Yet: Is Scott all up in Sienna because she's a succubus and got him all excited to save her cab fare so now he wants her? I mean it's kind of adorable and he has something to focus on now than his alcoholism (though he's just a drunk if he doesn't go to meetings, right?) but it was so sudden and arg, I thought it was ADORABLE. I hope Zack's box is nice and comfy for when she has to lock him out and inevitably face the Scott Business.
UNLESS RJC KILLS HIM TOO. I wouldn't put it past him at this point.
Ahem. Anyway. This book was fucking epic and I loved it. I really, really loved it.(less)
The narrative was very jumbled in the beginning. I didn't realise how much stream-of-consciousness bothered me until I found myself skimming. T...more....Eh.
The narrative was very jumbled in the beginning. I didn't realise how much stream-of-consciousness bothered me until I found myself skimming. The plot was decent-ish, but I don't think I'll be purchasing the others. It didn't interest me THAT much. Another one of those "I'm glad I didn't spend money on this" free Friday reads. Thanks B&N!(less)
Took me long enough to get to this book, but well...I had a grad school application to finish, and I read Called yesterday to reward myself.
Fricking awesome. Anyone who's read any RJC I've reviewed before knows I have a soft spot for the baddies (coughZollerscough) and Hollywood did not disappoint. PLEASE JUST SO YOU KNOW, I'M NOT DOING THIS BECAUSE YOU'RE BLACK. I almost woke up my kid from laughing at that. And I loved the random cow perspective just chilling there, too.
In traditional RJC form, there are lots of alsfklalf WTF DID YOU JUST DO TO ME at the end but ALSO in traditional RJC form, he writes swiftly like cheetah, so book two is already ready to sate my appetite (though yes, I secretly know nothing is going to be explained because that's how he rolls).
Anyway, this is a fun and exciting change from Girl in the Box and Sanctuary, which are a little bit more all-age appropriate, and I always love finding new fun expressions for things (aka "fuck and run motel"). I'm looking forward to seeing how well I fare with Book Two, as I've heard it's nausea-inducing...BWAH, can't wait!(less)
Okay, I admit, it took me longer than it should have to read of your latest ordeals. First, I was going to buy on Smashwords...moreHi, Sienna! We meet again!
Okay, I admit, it took me longer than it should have to read of your latest ordeals. First, I was going to buy on Smashwords but then The Smashwords Debacle happened with RJC and then my Nook refused to process the order for TWO DAYS. (I spent the interim cheating on you with Elise Kavanaugh. You don't mind, right? Your torturer and Elise's are buds, yeah?)
BUT OH HOW I WISH THIS BOOK HAD EXISTED LAST YEAR. I already tweeted this out, but seriously. If this installment had been around last year, I could have been calling my ex-sister-in-law a gutterslut SO MUCH LONGER THAN JUST SINCE YESTERDAY.
No, gutterslut is not my only take-away from this book, but it very well might be my favourite. ...That's a lie, actually.
Three things that made me very, very happy: 1. Gutterslut. 2. REED REED REED REED! I MISSED YOU, BUDDY! Where were you to provide Sienna with the humanity she needed from the last book? 3. MY PANTHEON HAS ARRIVED. :D :D :D :D All we need now is Zeus knocking up a crapload of people and I will forgive anything I find questionable that happens in the rest of the series.
Three things that made me sad: 1. Where is Zollers? D: Moar Zollers, please. But I am a huge Zollers fangirl. We already knew this.
...Okay. No, there's only one.
On another note, I will try to be as spoiler free as possible, but with that almost-plot-twist at the end? Come on! (view spoiler)[Withdrawal totally can do things like that, and all her medication got blown up! And jet lag! Isn't England like 7 hours off of Minneapolis?! I don't care if you're a meta, that shit is still going to make you puke your brains out. (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, yes. I think the only reason I haven't been giving out five stars individually is because I'm stingy as hell with them, but the series overall is right there. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
FINALLY. It loaded on Nook For Web, I read it, and it was faboo.
Except episode 8. It just felt...so smashed together and rushed that I wish it had be...moreFINALLY. It loaded on Nook For Web, I read it, and it was faboo.
Except episode 8. It just felt...so smashed together and rushed that I wish it had been split into a couple more episodes. I feel like this is a common thing with the most recent series I've finished (this one, MaddAddam, and Hunger Games). The author just gets to the point of "okay, it's done, time to smoosh everything together because I know people are salivating for it". Idk. Maybe I'm just too critical.
I really, really liked it though, and really hope there's going to be a season two.
ETA, 10/18. The more I think about it, the more I know why I'm so unsatisfied with the last three endings I've read. First person narrator. Jessie has SUCH a legitimate reason to be completely unreliable at the end of episode 8. She's just been through so much trauma and the story's being told from her point of view, and because of that it has to feel rushed and forced because she isn't noticing it. I get it, but it's FRUSTRATING. Gah! /ETA.(less)
SO. After the end of Omega The Girl in the Box 5 I'm sure we all wanted to beat Robert Crane with a huge spiky fish. You did WHAT to Zack? Oh, you cruel human. YOU HAVE RUINED THE ONLY INNOCENT AND PURE HAPPINESS THAT SIENNA HAD AND DROVE HER BACK INTO THE MENTAL STATE OF A SOCIOPATH?! (I even ranted about it on his blog. I was not happy that it happened, but I understand.) Anyway, have some spoiler-rific, stream-of-consciousness ranting about Broken!
I saw a GR review of Book One and the reviewer kind of wanted Sienna to be a killing machine badass, a la Hanna. IT HAPPENED IN BROKEN. LOVE IT. Also loved Wolfe in this one, which probably makes me the most twisted individual ever to walk this earth. But he's good for her head, especially in the context Winter turned her into. Oh, you needed her to become a ruthless killer? LUCKY FOR YOU, SHE HAS ONE-THIRD OF CERBERUS IN HER HEAD NOW.
Not gonna lie though. As much as I loved Sienna and Zack together, I LOVED the idea of Winter using him as a pawn to get Sienna to stay at the Directorate, and part of me really, really wishes that's all it would have stayed as (at least for now, but I knooooow she needed some sort of resolution to get back on course). Of course, then Sienna really WOULD have lost her humanity, instead of just sometimes listening to Wolfe when she was feeling vengeful. I am so going to need to re-read now and see if I can spot where the turning point happened for Zack, because that's the kind of lunatic I am.
Side note: Was the reference in Family to Zollers telling her not to trust ANYONE about Zack? I mean, we all know Zack spent some quality time with the shrink, and I can only imagine he would have been ranting about the inappropriateness and annoyance of dealing with a stupid teenage girl at the beginning. Or am I overthinking? Naaaaah. NOT TO MENTION, EEEEEEE ZOLLERS RETURNS.
(Yes. Zollers is Neil deGrasse Tyson. Kindly stfu.)
Anyway. When she started killing off M-Squad, all I could think of was a perfect little world in my head where she would go get Reed back, get Scott on the sober train, and the three of them would just create this soul-sucking hurricane of meta-awesome. LET ME DREAM.
But yes. This was fantastic, and I am going to flail myself to death if Sovereign ends up being Odin or Zeus or someone equally as awesome. (But probably not Zeus, unless his idea of "enslaving all humans" means "knocking them up".)
These books just keep getting better. It's sad to think we're 60% through the series D:(less)
So this has been sitting in my Nook for about a month. Bad me. I finally found the time to read it and YAY.
ELISE KAVANAUGH I LOVE YOU. Seriously. A ma...moreSo this has been sitting in my Nook for about a month. Bad me. I finally found the time to read it and YAY.
ELISE KAVANAUGH I LOVE YOU. Seriously. A main character who spent her whole life in isolation training to be a total badass and has minimal social skills! :D She is unfun, a total awkward bitchy person, and she is awesome awesome awesome and makes me incredibly happy.
Oh, the story wasn't so bad either ;D I am looking forward to the rest of the series.(less)