This was my favorite book of the series. It had everything I love - action, suspense, major character growth and yes, lovin! I was on the edg 4.5 Stars
This was my favorite book of the series. It had everything I love - action, suspense, major character growth and yes, lovin! I was on the edge of my seat for the entire book.
All the characters have strong and distinctive personalities, and I love them all. Although this series is about Neil's journey, it was Andrew who captivated me from the beginning. Every gesture of trust and feeling Andrew expressed tore right through me. Both Neil and Kevin made personal strides as well, but it's Andrew I needed to come through this the most. The author made the progress of these characters believable. There was no magic love cure for these characters. They basically still have all the same issues, except now they have some hope.
Here's my only niggle. I felt like some of the plot issues were resolved too easily. For the most part, everything was tied with a nice neat bow. I would have liked a loose end or two. I know, I know, I'm crazy to complain about something like this, but to me leaving a little bit of uncertainty creates more mystery and keeps the characters alive.
I love the feeling of camaraderie Exy brought out in these highly dysfunctional and unstable guys. It was an exciting ride! ...more
First off, I want to say how much I loved Cooper’s voice. He was relatable and simply adorable, especially young Cooper. I thought the writing was wonFirst off, I want to say how much I loved Cooper’s voice. He was relatable and simply adorable, especially young Cooper. I thought the writing was wonderful and absolutely loved the idea that something as simple as a rock could help Cooper, not only deal with his life, but also store each and every one of his memories. His needs, wants, desires, and fears are all laid bare in his rocks. It was a wonderful way to follow him on his journey.
Cooper doesn't have an easy life and when he meets Jace, it’s been turned upside down. They slowly develop a beautiful friendship that begins to turn into more. Not only did the story feel authentic (most of the time), but so did the all the characters. I loved every single one of them!
I truly believed in their story. However, at the half way mark it took a bothersome turn. Many things can keep a couple apart and yes, there was drama in this book that threatened to keep Cooper and Jace apart. For the most part, it felt natural, all until this one incident. It’s one thing to be afraid of the truth, but it’s a whole other situation to ignore it and live your life in the dark. I understand they were young, and kids make mistakes and wrong decisions all the time. I get that, but this felt unnecessary and I felt it was only there to prolong the angst. I think the story would have been much stronger without it. For those of you that have read this, I’m referring to the (view spoiler)[ DNA results. GAH!!!!! How could they not open it! I don’t get it. (hide spoiler)]
This really was a sticking point for me and aggravated me. I couldn't fathom anyone ignoring this issue and living in anguish all those years. It doesn't make sense to me. So, because of this the last 50% of the book left a bad taste in my mouth.
I wish I could have ignored it, but unfortunately that’s all I kept thinking about and this is what brought the book down for me. Even so, I will always think warmly of Cooper and Jace. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Sadly, this book was a fail. I enjoyed the first two books, but Consort had zero character progression1.5 Stars, rounded up only for nostalgia’s sake.
Sadly, this book was a fail. I enjoyed the first two books, but Consort had zero character progression. It was predictable and a carbon copy of book 2. The only difference was that Tam was the center of the plot in this book. At first, the book seemed to be showing the possibility of a character-driven story through some of the new friendships developing. (view spoiler)[ Vincent was becoming close to Nao, and I started to see glimpses of them coming out of their shell, but unfortunately nothing more came of their friendship. I did enjoy seeing Charon and Reiji together and learning more about Charon’s past, but it wasn't enough to propel the story. (hide spoiler)]
Worst of all it was predictable and there was an excess of re-telling. I also hated that all the boys seemed to “sense” the impending doom for no apparent reason other than to cause drama.
My one star is for the very few Vincent and Aburon scenes.
I still recommend the first two books. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have mixed feelings on how to rate this. The characterization and world-building is 5-star, but the first half moved a little too slow for me, so I'I have mixed feelings on how to rate this. The characterization and world-building is 5-star, but the first half moved a little too slow for me, so I'm bumping it to a 4/4.5 star. Did this take away from my love for Des? HELL NO!
This world is set in the future where robotics play a big part of everyday life. Don’t let the sci-fi/futurism scare you, because JCP created a realistic story set in a dark and gritty world. Everything from the descriptive setting to the authentic characters sucked me right in. I could picture everything, from the abandoned warehouses to the riverside flea market. She painted a bleak yet vivid picture.
Let’s get to Desmond Poole. He lost his arm in an accident and now he is drowning in self-pity. Not an attractive quality, I must say. He’s a character that many people will dislike. He’s depressed and he’s drinking himself to an early death. He’s rude, emotionally-stunted, constantly brushes off his responsibility, and hurts the people he cares about. He wants nothing to do with learning how to use his prosthetic arm and only cares about getting another bottle or another pack of cigarettes. Basically, he’s a major fuck-up. You can't blame his attitude on losing his arm because he was just as messed up before the accident.
For the most part I loved his voice. One minute I wanted to shake him and yell "get off your ass and grow up" and the next he had me laughing or got me all misty-eyed.
He's also in love with two men. Hi ex-boyfriend Jim, the social worker who is constantly getting him out of trouble and wants to save him from himself, and Corey - the lazy new boyfriend who's an expert at using his prosthetic arm and helps Des try to beat the system. The book doesn't focus on some messy love triangle or the romance, but it's these relationships that have an impact on Des, both negatively and positively.
Even with his multitude of flaws, there were flashes of hope for Des. JCP made me care for him. I needed him to pull through. Des starts to become aware of his own screw-ups, past and present. It's not a big "Aha" moment, but it occurs slowly. He begins to realize that he can have more, he can become more. He faces his past and his relationship with Jim and Corey. He finally takes some responsibility and makes decisions. He knows things won't be perfect, but that's not what he strives for. He's taking small steps and that's ok with him, and me :) It's not a transformation, but it's progress and he's finally moving in the right direction and that's what I loved most about this. His story was believable.
So, yes Des is a screw-up, but I still love him. ...more
This picked up right where Volume One ended. It was chuck full of action and suspense. However, the plot did get a little drawn-out and far-fetched to This picked up right where Volume One ended. It was chuck full of action and suspense. However, the plot did get a little drawn-out and far-fetched towards the middle. I love all these characters, so I'm ignoring that part. Vincent and Aburon are still my favorite. The connection between them is so freakin intense! They better be in the next book.
One of the most touching moments was when Reiji (view spoiler)[ and Charon got together at the end. I loved seeing Reiji's vulnerability. He desperately needed to feel special and cared for, and Charon gave him that. (hide spoiler)]