I absolutely LOVE this book, and definitely the whole series too. I was just wondering whether I should put this in my favorite shelf, because then I...moreI absolutely LOVE this book, and definitely the whole series too. I was just wondering whether I should put this in my favorite shelf, because then I think I'd have to put book 3 in too. Well, I did anyway. I suppose it's no surprise--I've rated all four books 5 stars. I am craving to have a personal, real copy of the series. Then I'll reread them again, because, it's sad to buy the real book and just keep them stacked on your library shelf, right?
Right. Moving on.
Aspects of the book I loved:
Writing. In a word, beautiful. The narration never bored me, whether it was describing a place, a person, someone's feelings and thoughts, or action scenes. Admittedly, even Slag's encounters amused me. The dialogues are very much enjoyable, and a lot made me laugh out loud. Everything was simple, usually using common words. And that's really just better than flowery sentences. If it was funny, it made me laugh and smile. If it was scary and creepy, it made my skin crawl. If it was nerve-wracking, it made me jittery. If it was heartbreaking, it made my heart twinge, really, and in this book, I cried quite a few times. If it was sweet, it made me giddy and left me grinning like a crazy person.
Story. I take back what I mentioned in my review in the first book. I was naive back then. Who says the story's blah? Great, action-packed (even though I'm no fan of action) and wonderfully paced.
Title. Creative and cute (because I can't find a better term). And very much related to the book. I just love it when things are like that in a book.
Characters. THE BEST. Each and everyone is so rounded and alive, it's almost creepy. Well, creepily wonderful. Frey? Amazing. Anything more will be spoiler. Crake? I like his friendship with Frey. Silo? I certainly appreciated this guy in this book. Can't ignore his loyalty, now can I? Hmm... I'm trying to keep things short, but that seems a bit difficult. So I'll stop here and simply emphasize, THE BEST characters.
(view spoiler)[An extra ounce of the lead guy suffering. I know it sounds completely brutal and sadistic. I won't try to make excuses. Anyway. It's probably not just an ounce of suffering: The time when the crew split up because of differing opinions on the civil war, the beating Frey received from his Imperator heroine, and the moment he plunged his cutlass into her. That's probably not all. Frey went through a lot of hardship and pain in this book. And I...err, quite enjoyed those parts myself.
Ending. Now, I may be a sadistic reader, but I do prefer happy endings. This is a mix of both. So how can I argue and say I don't like it? The beginning of the chapter did make me cry because I thought my worst fears came true, and I was ready to be drowned in my own puddle of tears. Thankfully, Wooding is a bad boy and just wanted to mess with his readers. Well, even if it had ended with Frey's death, I would still have given it a full rating, albeit with a very heavy heart, simply because I enjoyed and loved the story and everything else I mentioned above. (hide spoiler)]
Now, there are two things that saddened me. First, not a lot of people continued to read the series. I mean, this needs more exposure. Second, this is the last book. I'm gonna miss reading such a wonderful series. In fact, I already miss Frey. Haha ♥["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Not that I enjoyed this less than Retribution Falls. Actually, I really liked the events here(view spoiler)[ like Frey+Trinica, Crake, and Jez (hide spoiler)]. Something--and I don't know what that is--is keeping me from giving this a full five star.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
When I first read the synopsis, I thought I'd like it. And--I'm very happy to say--I wasn't disappointed, so the reason for the 5-star (as if it's not...moreWhen I first read the synopsis, I thought I'd like it. And--I'm very happy to say--I wasn't disappointed, so the reason for the 5-star (as if it's not obvious enough).
The plot wasn't really super spectacular; it was good, but maybe not the best. What moved me to like this book so much are the characters and everything around them.
Frey, the lead guy, is a bad guy. But not those stereotypes: I'm pretending to be bad but actually goodhearted. From beginning till end, I liked how his personalities were displayed, and the changes he made. He's really bad, but I liked him anyway (LOL). A few other characters grew on me too. There was even a time I was so afraid they'd leave (view spoiler)[because Frey is just sometimes too wickedly evil and self-centered (hide spoiler)]. One thing that really amazed me is how the characters were drawn out, how they became who they are, and their effects on other people too. I would think, if one crew member wasn't with the rest, things would've been very different.
This ain't actually about romance, so there's that to consider for those who are more into love stories. This is not completely loveless, as the romance somehow still affected the plot and all. But the main point here is probably the friendship, which I very much appreciated.
So, all in all, I really liked the book along with its characters, and I'm definitely reading the next ones. But, I'm not sure if this is on my to-buy list. Don't know why I'm still thinking about it, but yeah.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I saw this book in my sister's e-book library, and started reading it because I thought, Finally, a Kelley Armstrong book that ain't about ghosts. Unf...moreI saw this book in my sister's e-book library, and started reading it because I thought, Finally, a Kelley Armstrong book that ain't about ghosts. Unfortunately, I realized too late that this isn't a YA novel.
I finished Bitten rather quickly, for two reasons. One, and I'll be honest: I liked some of the characters here. Two, I skipped a lot. There was a lot of unnecessary descriptive narrations, and it got boring to read. Around a third of the book, I ended up jumping to the next paragraph whenever I see a long one coming. And again, since this isn't YA, there were a lot of adult scenes, so that saved me time too.
The heroine annoyed me. She's one of those typical leads that just love danger and being hot-tempered. As if they're such wonderful traits.
The plot was OK. I didn't particularly like or dislike it. Like I said, I only read this book because it's not about ghosts.
Anyway, I'm dropping this series. Truthfully, I'd like to see a character like Clayton in some YA series, without the erotic-ness. That would be better, because something like this just doesn't appeal to me. (less)