I know once I get further into this series, I'm probably going to go back and re-rate this, but for now - I liked it! It's a good start to what promisI know once I get further into this series, I'm probably going to go back and re-rate this, but for now - I liked it! It's a good start to what promises to be fun and crazy and any time wibbly-wobbly timey wimey and other fun supernatural elements gets involved in literature (and I can actually follow it) it's going to be a good time....more
First off, thanks to the author (and his assistant!) for providing me a copy in exchange for a review!
I needed a few days to sit on this one. I'll admFirst off, thanks to the author (and his assistant!) for providing me a copy in exchange for a review!
I needed a few days to sit on this one. I'll admit I wasn't crazy about it at first - and really, I'm not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan, if I'm being perfectly honest - but it definitely grew on me. The first part of the book just really didn't do it for me, because I was utterly lost, but at the same time it definitely started to come together more as I got further into it.
It's a very interesting take on all the characters, especially Cheshire, and while I'm probably interested in checking out Book Two, it's not high up on my list at the moment, to be perfectly honest. It's good, but there are a few other things that I'm not willing to back-burner for it....more
I've been seeing all these wonderful things about this book and, quite frankly, I'm really spoiled right now. I beta-read for a wonderful author who pI've been seeing all these wonderful things about this book and, quite frankly, I'm really spoiled right now. I beta-read for a wonderful author who puts out magical $5 stories and I am really, really picky about what I read now.
But hey, when this showed up as my Bookperk of the day for $2, I said...eh, why not.
And "eh" was pretty much how I found this whole thing. I can only hope Juliette's instalove really just comes from a place of solitude and exploitation (or that she's a succubus or something), but I really don't care enough to read the rest of the series to find out if that's the case. Weak characters, it didn't really grip me in the slightest, and I tend to like my heroines with a little more badassery. So meh....more
I received this book to beta-read. I have not yet seen the final version. However, even the "before the editor" copy was amazing. RJC has tDISCLAIMER:
I received this book to beta-read. I have not yet seen the final version. However, even the "before the editor" copy was amazing. RJC has this awesome way of writing baddies that you just can't help but love, and this trio of awful was no different. And of course, Sienna just had to go kicking me in the feels at the end of that, too. I will save more spoilerific squealing for November.
I love that OotB is essentially a standalone series, so anyone complaining about the 25 book series...it is not exactly something you'll have to series-read (though all the veiled Reed references are making me way too excited for Book Two). There are plenty of authors who make their livelihoods on standalone series, and usually after this many books they start to lose their appeal. Not Sienna & co. ...more
I have this bad habit of rating individual books while forgetting their overarching places in the overall story arc of the series.Okay.
I'm all in.
I have this bad habit of rating individual books while forgetting their overarching places in the overall story arc of the series. NO MORE, I SAY.
This series is amazing. I love it.
Sophia (along with another female character, not relevant to this current post) has managed to restore my faith in female characters. She's not a pushover. She doesn't need a romantic attachment to make her any more complete. She simply kicks some serious ass, all the time, and still manages to keep the combat archetype without being a total sociopath emotionless operative. She's still a person, dammit. Sophia, thank you for not being a whiny whimpery lazy heroine who pretends to be ~*important and brave and independent and fierce*~ while really just defaulting to occasionally throwing out witty one-liners or kicking butt after getting herself into a situation because of a romantic attachment.
This is not this kind of story.
For that, I thank you, Nathan M. Farrugia, for giving the world a real heroine who you can look to in literature who is there simply because she is a fucking badass.
First off, thanks to the lovely folks at Goodreads and the author for providing me with my first reads copy!
I am going strictly by the actual rating sFirst off, thanks to the lovely folks at Goodreads and the author for providing me with my first reads copy!
I am going strictly by the actual rating system here. It was...okay. I know I'm in the minority with not being completely enamoured with this book, and I'd probably give it more like 2 and a half stars. I wanted to like it. I really, really did. I absolutely adore the premise, but the execution...just kind of didn't do it for me. The exposition was vague at best until the timeline at the very end (which actually helped a whole boat-ton), the characters all kind of started to mesh together for me (with the exception of the First Lady, who was kind of awesome in her own evil way), and I kept getting knocked out of the story by the grammatical errors, something I try not to complain about too much, but they were really, really jarring to me.
I dunno. Like I said, I wanted to really like it but it really was just...okay. :|...more
I beta-read this and I wanted to scream from every Facebook post about the anticipation killing them that it waSo I'm just going to start with this...
I beta-read this and I wanted to scream from every Facebook post about the anticipation killing them that it was SO WORTH THE WAIT. I didn't, though, and now I get to scream it with OTHER people who have read it!!!
Because I feel like Sterling Archer and co are the only ones who can party hard enough for this book's awesomeness.
WARNING: Definite spoilers for 1-9. Hopefully nothing too spoiler-y for 10, except for the one huge thing that's under a spoiler cut at the end.
Firstly: SIENNA NEALON. Girl, I am so proud of you. You're a grown-up now! I feel like Sienna has just had every opportunity to curl up and die. And even when she comes close and gets that way, something always snaps in her, she nuts up, and can't bring herself to quit. And she just grows as a person, and is amazing, and ugh. Anyone who doesn't like what she's become, seriously, you must be a 50 Shades of Gray (or Grey, or whatethefuckever) because you like your heroines with a side of "can't do shit for themselves". I love how she's grown up, and I'm not even kidding; even though I beta read the damn thing, when I was re-reading it the other day, I got chills from seeing Sienna the way she was at the end. Seriously, if you're ever facing an existential crisis, just ask yourself: What would Sienna do? (Just remember, punching the shit out of people is only *sometimes* a legally acceptable option. Like if you work out at an MMA school.)
Secondly: THE STORY ARC. What a great ride! As I was beta-ing, I was running back and forth between every book, trying to ensure canon functionality, and there were things I'd completely forgotten about that came back; like the fact that Omega used to be full of baddies, til Sienna killed them all (except Janus, and Kat, I guess?), and the only one who can't bring himself to get over it is Reed, because he was Alpha. BUT IT'S OKAY, because Sienna killed THEM, too. >.> There was just so much in the backstory that when you're re-reading, it's like "oh, that's why he put that there, oh, THIS makes sense now because of _____", and everything.
Thirdly: SECONDARY CHARACTERS. When I was first reading, I thought Reed felt kind of out of character. I guess that's just because we'd only seen his serious side. But I love the fact that these characters have PERSONALITY, even though Sienna tells the entire story. Even if it's someone like Kat, who she hates, we still get to see her grow as a person. And have her badass moments.
Fourthly: (view spoiler)[SOVEREIGN. Well, fuck. I'm going to go dig up my exact verbiage from my e-mail back to RJC from my beta-read, because I can't get it any more eloquent than I did then:
I have so much sympathy for Sovereign it's not even close to funny, and I'm not sure whether to place the blame on myself for that for feeling the connection because of the mommy issues or place the blame on you for making someone who should be just innately a baddy bad who we love to hate be this millennia-old, fucked in the head meta who can't keep from acting like a teenager because of his circumstances and everyone fucking him over (and by everyone, I mean Janus).
I cannot be the only person who feels this way about Sovereign. Please tell me I'm not. Otherwise, I'm going to feel like a total asshole. SOMEONE APPEASE ME HERE, DAMMIT. (hide spoiler)]
But yes. I loved this series, and I feel like we had such a great journey watching Sienna grow up, and I can't wait to see what kinds of shenanigans she gets into in her twenties.
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I am only giving this a second star because of the fact that I loved Grant. I know you're not supposed to like the bad guys, but I think he was the onI am only giving this a second star because of the fact that I loved Grant. I know you're not supposed to like the bad guys, but I think he was the only one with a personality. Otherwise, this was a book with an interesting premise that immediately got sodomized by every bad YA trope, with a sandpaper condom and no reacharound. I'm glad I didn't actually spend money on it but come on, B&N, you can do better with your Free Friday picks....more