This will be a long review. This book deserves it!! Quintana is the ending of a series that's been part of my life for a few years now. A big chunk of...moreThis will be a long review. This book deserves it!! Quintana is the ending of a series that's been part of my life for a few years now. A big chunk of my heart belongs to this series and its characters.
Something happened to me while reading Quintana. Something I never thought would happen, but it did. I got angry at Finnikin and Isaboe.
Though it was only for a little bit, it still hurt me.
I've known them for three years of my life. I love these characters with a passion. I feel like they are real and they could do no wrong in my eyes. So for me all of a sudden to dislike them, even if it was for a few chapters, was too much for my heart to handle.
This also made me realize, though, that they are not the same characters from Finnikin of the Rock. Isaboe is Queen and Finnikin her consort, (although he will alway be a king in my heart) and because of who they are and what their queendom has been through, they will always put Lumatere and their people first.
Sometimes I wanted them to forget about duty and follow their hearts, and follow their hearts they did, but even as they did so, they never forgot about their duty to their people. For this I will always love them. They will always be the love of my literature life.
But amidst the short lived anger, uncertainty and desperation to see the end of my favorite characters' suffering, I'd have to say that hope was the feeling that accompanied me throughout this novel. Quintana and Froi to me were the hope in this book.
Froi never gave up, and Quintana... Wow. There's a reason why this book was tittle Quintana of Charyn. I've never read about a character quite like her. So much passion, so much hate and wildness encased in her. Sometimes I thought she'd explode from so heavy a load on her shoulders.
The secondary characters were also a very important part of QoC. Without them this book would not be a complete book, really. They are as important to the whole plot as the main characters are. It's very hard to choose but I think Perry's and Tesadora's and Phaedra's and Lucian's sub stories were my favorite.
Since Finnikin of the Rock I've had a thing for Perry and Lucian. Tesadora is just amazing and powerful. And Phaedra's transformation from shy and sad, to strong and happy warmed my heart. Oh, and Arjuro is one of my favorite characters. I love every single character in this book!!
It sounds insane to feel this way about fictional characters, I know. Trust me. But that's the way it is. Melina Marchetta writes believable characters. They are so alive that sometimes I forget that I'm not going to see them across the street and say "Good morning my beloved Queen" or "Hey Finn how is it going?"
I can't really talk about the plot without giving something away. All I can say is that the plot has Marchetta's signature all over it! It's so her and so amazing. I can't say anymore. You guys have to read Quintana of Charyn to experience the beauty of it.
I really don't know how to end this review. My heart is broken because this series is over. I know I can reread it but it's hard to let go of the characters. I want more. I want them to be real.
1st time read Oct. 28 2012 2nd time read March 27 2014 (less)
In Insurgent the chemistry between Tris and Four is not as good as in the first book. As expected in Insurgent the plot gets more and more complicated...moreIn Insurgent the chemistry between Tris and Four is not as good as in the first book. As expected in Insurgent the plot gets more and more complicated by every page turned. This leads the characters to hide secrets from one another and not trust each other. I was a little disappointed by this. I love Tris and Four together and witnessing their relationship shaken by all the events occurring in the book hurt. This doesn't mean Insurgent wasn't as good as Divergent. It was excellent in its own way
Where Insurgent lacked in romance it compensated in action and twisted secrets that readers won't see coming in a million years. I didn't know who Tris could trust. Reading Insurgent was definitely an adrenaline rush. At the end I was very satisfied. I waited 1 year for Insurgent and I'm glad that wait was not in vain. The ending of Insurgent was shocking. I have no idea what's going to happen in the third installment and I can't wait for its release!! (less)
I finished Angelfall last night and there's no words to describe how much I loved it. What comes to my mind are the words amazing, unforgettable and E...moreI finished Angelfall last night and there's no words to describe how much I loved it. What comes to my mind are the words amazing, unforgettable and EPIC. Susan Ee created a terrifying world where Angels, who we thought were our saviors are now our enemies. Although scary, Angelfall's world was beautifully written. Everything about it was perfectly executed.
To me characters are the heart of a book and boy, this book had heart. A fully functioning heart. Penryn is one of the most extraordinary characters I've the pleasure to read. She was kick ass, smart and awesome overall. Raffe was equally amazing and so swoon worthy. One of the characters I can't get out of my mind is Penryn's mom. She was absolutely bizarre and scary. But I think she gave the book a spark, something different.
What I'm trying to say is, BUY ANGELFALL NOW!
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While it Lasts was a bit different from Abbi’s previous works. In a good way of course. When I started reading WiL I couldn’t believe it was considere...moreWhile it Lasts was a bit different from Abbi’s previous works. In a good way of course. When I started reading WiL I couldn’t believe it was considered an adult book. The reason why, is because I felt that it had a little bit of Young Adult, New Adult and Adult in it. Somehow Abbi made it work. So I’m going to divide my review by genre. This is of course my opinion.
What I thought was Young Adult.
Eva acted how a YA character would act. She wasn’t immature; she was innocent, sweet but also a fighter. She brings the nice Cage out but at the same time Cage brings the feisty out of her. To me, they balanced each other out.
What I thought was New Adult.
The whole vibe of the book was New Adult. It was fun not as limited as the Young Adult genre could be sometimes. I feel like authors have more freedom when writing a New Adult book.
What I thought was Adult.
Cage. Oh my! He was such a delicious character to read. He was so different from Abbi’s other characters, except from Beau. Cage was 100 times worse than Beau or should I say better? Let’s go with better! I have to say he’s my favorite Abbi Boy.
The sexy times!!!
* Blushes* So, eh… Yeah this part of the book was definitely adult!
Overall While it Lasts was a mix of everything awesome. It gave me THE feeling. You know the feeling that you don’t want to do anything else but read? The butterflies in the stomach? The Giggles and giddiness? No? Well if you read While it Last you’ll get the feeling. Let’s call it the Abbi Feeling. Because the first time I felt it was when I read Breathe. Which is another fantastic book by Abbi Aka the queen of awesome!(less)
I'm a huge Abbi Glines fan and I love all her books. This one was no different. Maybe that's why the 3.5 rating. To me it feels like I read it already...moreI'm a huge Abbi Glines fan and I love all her books. This one was no different. Maybe that's why the 3.5 rating. To me it feels like I read it already or like I know what's going to happen next. This book is very similar to her previous books. Another think is that I felt that the ending was incomplete. For some reason I didn't get that "The End" feeling. But, I still liked it. In one hand the whole book feels like a déjà vu but in the other we have sexy, complex and amazing characters. I love her characters *sight*. This was a very fast and entertaining read. Hopefully, if there's another book in the series, we'll see something different. Maybe a bad girl and good boy match? How about Jess, Rock's cousin and Jason!? That right there my friends is a match made in drama heaven.(less)