So it was another read that I liked, but didn't love beI wanted this to be more than it actually was.
Was it horrible? No.
Was it mindboggling? Also no.
So it was another read that I liked, but didn't love because everything was predictable. The romance was predictable, but not steamy. The characters were predictable, but not exceptional. The plot was predictable, but not angsty enough for my taste.
All in all, it was the dreaded N word: Nice....more
Because I got to the end of the book and I swear to fucking God there was a tear rolling down my cheek.
Eva Morgan, you are goiI cried.
Locked broke me.
Because I got to the end of the book and I swear to fucking God there was a tear rolling down my cheek.
Eva Morgan, you are going to have to be my saviour.
There is nothing I can say about this book that is negative. The ending ripped my soul out. Irene ripped my heart out. And Sherlock Holmes made me cry.
Maybe its because its 3:21am right now and I'm running on 4 hours sleep over the last 48 hours. Maybe Eva Morgan is a genie. Or maybe Sherlock stole my breath away.
I'm going to physically die and wither away into dark matter if there's no sequel.
The characterization of this novel is flawless. It couldn't have been done better. The plot didn't even have to exist, it was that good. If anything, the plot was a little ordinary but Morgan managed to capture the essence of the Sherlock created by BBC and embody it within an eighteen year old guy, who in turn takes over the entire novel and makes you completely forget about trivial things like plot. Then there's Irene, who was the epitome of every girl who has ever experienced a loss and has finally found a reason to not let it define her. But then she was broken all over again.
The beauty of it all is that you get to break along with her.
Some stories take a little piece of your soul and change you. This one is such a keeper because of that single reason. I haven't felt such genuine emotion evoked from a book like this in a very long time.
I'm at a loss for words.
But Ms. Morgan, I salute you. This book was love in every facet imaginable, with all the dark and crushing bits that we hate to hunger for.
I can honestly say the wait for a sequel will be a worthy one....more
“You’re not exactly what I’d imagine an angel would be like, you know.”
“I’d always pictured something, well, fluffier.”
Lou Morgan has recreated Hell.“You’re not exactly what I’d imagine an angel would be like, you know.”
“I’d always pictured something, well, fluffier.”
Lou Morgan has recreated Hell. And I, personally, love what she's done with the place. She's taken the stereotypical fire and brimestone and changed it completely into something even more frightening: a world where everything is ice and ever-numbing cold. She's added a waterfall made of ice, a gate made of bone and on top of that, added some kick-ass characters to the mix.
Blood and Feathers is simply put, fantastic. Why? It hits almost all of my top 5: characterization, plot, style and humour.
Morgan just has a way with words. The language and style she weaved into this story made it ridiculously enjoyable, I couldn't put it down for a second. I had to read it one sitting. Her descriptive words pulled me in hook, line and sinker. And so did the plot. Her take on angels was so new and refreshing that I actually wanted to learn more about the Descended, the Earthbound, the Fallen, the Travelers and even the 12. Her divisions within both Heaven and Hell created this backstory that was just so enjoyable to read.
The angels themselves really became the soldiers Morgan set them out to be; they were cold, blood-thirsty and always fighting for their cause, which is something I never thought could be attributed to an angel. Even the Fallen angels seemed to be more demon-like if anything.
And by tipping the term 'angel' on it's head, it made the characters that much more entertaining:
Alice was a kick-ass heroine. A half-blood who refused to follow orders and refused to take no for an answer. Not to mention the cool fire thing. She was a so-called human placed into the middle of a war between angels, and I have to say she handled herself pretty spectacularly.
But Mallory by far was my favourite character. Another character I have to add to my list of fictional guy's I have a huge crush on. He was a crude, messy, Earthbound angel that had a drinking problem and was a bad-ass fighter to boot. What is there not to love? His humour was hilarious and his 'I care but I don't care' attitude was frustrating but I love him to pieces.
And the Archangels were so well-written. Michael was scary and hardcore and kind of amusing. Like he was the Big Bad. With that kind of entrance, it made him an awesome character with awesome powers who knows how to take charge. Gabriel on the other hand was a corrupt idiot fond of having temper tantrums (which I never thought I'd say) and I while I loved seeing him get put into his place (view spoiler)[Gwyn too. Killing an innocent comrade, cavorting with the Fallen, I knew there was something about him... (hide spoiler)] I can't wait to see what's in store for him in the sequel. And Raphael was just... fluffy. He made me smile goofily in contrast to the other 2.
And a shout-out has to go to Vhnori, or Vin for short, who was just too frickin funny (view spoiler)[that scene where he gives Mallory another gun and then throws Mallory's flask away? Classic. (hide spoiler)]. Plus he has such an awesome name.
The only thing I felt was missing in the novel? Romance!!! While the action scenes were great, the absence of romance was felt. I would've loved to see at least a kiss or two, especially between Mallory and Alice because I have totally hopped on that shipping train (view spoiler)[even despite the whole Mallory and Seket relationship (hide spoiler)]. I would've been happy with a little Vin and Sari action. But no, nothing. Zip. Nada. Guess I'm just gonna have to wait.
All in all, Blood and Feathers was a great novel from a great new debut author. And you can be sure as Hell freezing over that I'm going to get my hands on the sequel.
And so, in conclusion, I offer you all a little taste of what I have dubbed, 'Mallory humour':
“I told you, Alice. I know you. You think we’d leave you unprotected all these years? There’s always been someone watching over you. Your junior school teacher, Esther Charles? A half-born. Eddie North, your college lecturer? An Earthbound. Your therapist...”
“You’re telling me that Dr Grove is an angel? Seriously?”
“No, I was going to tell you he owed me money."
“And to think, when we first met, you were giving me the whole ‘brothers’ spiel. What happened to that, by the way?”
“Fuck it.” Mallory kicked a stone that lay in his path, and watched it bounce along the rock. “That was clearly my charming naivety speaking. It won’t happen again. In the meantime, I suggest we find a way out.”
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I don't know what I was thinkingAwesome or nothing.
The last 3 words of the book.
The last 3 words of the series.
And in the end... it was awesome.
I don't know what I was thinking the ending was going to be like for this series, all I knew was that I was really excited to find out. And I have to say, I think the way Jana Oliver ended it was spot-on awesome.
Everyone's been wondering about Beck's past and it played a major role in the plot development of this story. His interactions with his mother, the memories of this childhood were enough to bring even me to tears. And I hate crying. (It was only like one or two tears anyways). I think Beck really pushed this book along and it was really enjoyable to see him so integral to the plot.
But don't get me wrong, Riley was still kicking ass. She had more of a mental strength to uphold in this one, ending up being Beck's pillar of strength and it added a different element to the story compared to the previous books.
And their relationship? Can I just say, finally? FINALLY! Fans have been waiting for this since the beginning and Jana Oliver delivered. Riley grew up in the sense that she really took the bull by the horns when it came to fighting for their relationship and Beck learned to open up. Ultimately they still had their discrepancies and difficulties but they way they put up with each other, having each other's back through thick or thin really solidified the bond between them. I loved almost every minute of it. The thing was, there were no major squealey moments. I was kinda hoping for those. I wanted a jaw-dropping moment where I physically had to put down the book for a second and walk away in fit of passionate emotion. I didn't get it. I was really hoping I would, but I didn't.
But there are some shout-outs that really have to go out to some of the other characters who actually made me smile with glee or made me want to bawl my eyes out:
Ori: Ah the return of the infamous Fallen angel. He was back and bad-ass as ever and his new demeanor was killer. I totally fell for his righteous act towards the end and what a finish for this guy, let me tell you. Bittersweet. I kind of fell in love with him a bit. So sue me.
Simon: The little Simon that grew. I went from absolutely hating this guy to liking him again by the end of the novel. His interactions with Riley just totally redeemed him in my eyes. It was nice to see.
Grand Master Stewart: I can honestly say I think Grand Master Stewart is hot for an old guy. I think it's the accent, but I could be wrong. I just love his attitude, the fatherly figure he plays, and his little backstory revealed throughout the novel was so fitting.
But my favourite shout-out character is definitely Sadie. She was everything I pictured her to being and more. She was just a horrible mother figure who never had the will to live for her kid and didn't know what do with him. So she abandoned him. Not once did she offer her love to Beck, not even at the end (you'll know what I mean when you get there.) She was just so damn good of a character, so real and shocking that I couldn't get enough of her.
All in all, plot-wise I feel like the ending leaves enough little openings that make me wish there is a possibility for a sequel. It's just the little comments that were said and lack of tattoo removals.
But even if it's wishful thinking I don't mind. Riley and Beck's story might be over, but that doesn't mean I can't read it all over again....more
“We were going to have such a passionate romance, too, like in the dramas. But, no—I’ll die alone, never kissed, not once.”
He groaned, but it was out“We were going to have such a passionate romance, too, like in the dramas. But, no—I’ll die alone, never kissed, not once.”
He groaned, but it was out of frustration, not heartbreak. “Listen, Cress, I hate to break this to you, but I am sweaty and itchy and haven’t brushed my teeth in two days. This just isn’t a good time for romance.”
Oh my god Cress.
Oh my god Carswell.
Words cannot explain how very serious and passionate my romance with this book is.
This is a full blown love at first read kinda romance guys.
Meyer's is actually just my idol. A genie. In a freaking bottle that is basically fulfilling my every wish.
And we are so past major fangirling right now and I don't even care. I have no shame. I would scream this from rooftops I swear.
Cress takes the story building from Scarlet and the fantastic characterization from Cinder and just explodes with magnificent plot lines and connections.
We start right back into the thick of it with Cinder and her crew and the lovely introduction to Cress. Cress is a different kind of girl than both Scarlet and Cinder and she, like them, is perfect. She is quirky due to her pretty solitary life and is rather shy, but she has moments of pure melodrama and just a hint of the fighting spark in her that just make her a rather girly kick-ass. But she makes it work.
Her relationship with Carswell Thorne- who's name is 50 shades of awesome sauce and is totally going to be given to one of my future children - is so sweet and I just get crazy feels about how well they perfectly balance each other out. Thorne is pretty much the Han Solo of this crew and every bit as swoon worthy as he should be AND MORE. And his one-liners. Priceless. Especially considering his condition for most of the book.
So what does this mean?? Basically that I'm at the point where I have physical and emotional attachments to pretty much every character in this novel.
Cinder is still bad-ass and resourceful, so basically she's still No. 1 on my 'if-you-could-be-any-female-character-from-a-novel-who-would-it-be' list. Her worries became my worries and the whole Sybil faceoff had me gripping my tablet so freaking hard I pretty much went into a coma and needed Thorne to switch me back on too.
Kai is really developing too and getting to see his point of view was a real treat. Scarlet and Wolf didn't have too many POV's but they still shined whenever they did, especially the Scarlet - whose quick mouth and crazy nerves were so called for towards the end. And Wolf was pretty much heartbreaking the entire novel, so MAJOR feels for him. Even Dr. Erland and dare I say Sybil were great, especially the revelations and inside looks at other characters that we get from them.
Which brings up the question, what about the POV's? Don't they get distracting? NO!! They actually push the story along because Meyer managed to tie the plot into the different POV's and weave them so the story was enhanced instead of detracted from. I think it's what makes this novel virtually perfect. The POV's are so well written that once you get absorbed into the story, not only can you not stop reading, it feels like a movie going by. The magnificent world-building is kept up to par and the story flows according to the perfect pace.
The introduction of Winter to connect to the final book is just so well placed and her backstory is given in little slips from the other characters yet still kept pretty mysterious, especially when she speaks herself. I can tell she's going to be a very interesting character in the next one.
But my favourite part of the book?
Well there was Jacin and then there was Darcy.
And then there was Iko.
Who pretty much stole the show for me.
She was hilarious and played her role to a freaking capital T and more. She was basically a version of me inside the novel saying the exact little comments I would have said if I'd been there myself. So I seriously need her to have her own novel and HEA. Marissa Meyer if you're reading this please MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
And so to end off, a moment with my gal pal Iko. Because we all need a little Iko in our lives:
“See? Injustice. Here we are, risking our lives to rescue Kai and this whole planet, and Adri and Pearl get to go to the royal wedding. I’m disgusted. I hope they spill soy sauce on their fancy dresses.”
Jacin’s concern turned fast to annoyance. “Your ship has some messed-up priorities, you know that?”
“Iko. My name is Iko. If you don’t stop calling me the ‘ship,’ I am going to make sure you never have hot water during your showers again, do you understand me?”
“Yeah, hold that thought while I go disable the speaker system.”