**spoiler alert** Well, there's my first five star read of the year.
I don't even know what to say just yet other than I want to bottle the feeling I h...more**spoiler alert** Well, there's my first five star read of the year.
I don't even know what to say just yet other than I want to bottle the feeling I had while reading this book and sell it. Also, the worst thing about this book was that it ended.
So excited for Julie James' book signing on Friday!
Updated thoughts 4/3/13:
-Really, really into all of the relationships in this book. Not just Cade and Brooke, but Cade and Zach, Cade and Rylann, Cade and Huxley and Vaughn, Brooke and Ford & co, Brooke and Ian, etc.
-The tidbits we got on the previous couples/callbacks to the other books in this series were fantastic. Best part was Rylann relating the story of how Kyle proposed to her, although if there is ever a bonus scene where we get to see exactly how the guys assembled that crib? That one might be the winner.
-I especially enjoy how Julie James handles her heroines and their careers and how they don't give up themselves/what they want for the hero. And really that Julie James allows them to be ambitious and career-driven in the first place.
-If there is not eventually a book (or at least a novella) about Huxley and Simms, I am going to be very sad. Also Wilkins still really needs a book. And I really want my female FBI agent book, too.
-Like About That Night, this was another one where the "case" plot wasn't really very busy. It was definitely there, but it really felt more of a set up to get the characters to meet. That meant there was more time to spend on the other relationships like Zach and Ford, etc., and I thought that added a lot to the story for me personally.
(view spoiler)["Nothing in the whole world could come between you and me, Betsy. We're . . . woven together. You know that. And darling, when I come b...more(view spoiler)["Nothing in the whole world could come between you and me, Betsy. We're . . . woven together. You know that. And darling, when I come back we'll have our little home again. We'll have Bettina."
"How do you know all these things?" Betsy asked through her tears.
"You understand, I think, that I've always had a Plan for my life. In order to carry it out, I had to rule out girls, and I didn't mind. Even last fal...more"You understand, I think, that I've always had a Plan for my life. In order to carry it out, I had to rule out girls, and I didn't mind. Even last fall, although I liked you a lot, I wouldn't let you come into Plan. But I've been doing a lot of thinking, Betsy. That Plan has been twisted about to let you in. You're in it, now, that's all. I wouldn't like it without you. I wouldn't give a darn for my old Plan if you couldn't be in it."
I want to have other things to say, but I really think I need to let this stand on its own. That is all.(less)
For the first 20-30 pages I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, and I'm not sure there was a concrete reason for that. I think once th...more4.5 stars
For the first 20-30 pages I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, and I'm not sure there was a concrete reason for that. I think once the group got together, and in particular Lucy and Ed started interacting, that was what changed this from something I wasn't sure about to something I loved. This was a lovely, understated story that hit just the right tone in the voices of the two main characters and in the way they interacted with each other. A wonderful read.
UGH, THIS WAS JUST FANTASTIC. Among other things, the use of first person was among the best (and most appropriate) that I have ever read. I love each...moreUGH, THIS WAS JUST FANTASTIC. Among other things, the use of first person was among the best (and most appropriate) that I have ever read. I love each and every one of the characters and their relationships with each other and how damned complicated it all is. What a great family of young exiled royals. It's so easy to root for them, and to feel for them. But most of all, Sophia. I love that she loves reading and is always referencing Jane Austen and the Brontes and Virginia Woolf. I love her calm nature, but that for all that she's reserved and somewhat quiet, she manages to make herself heard and can take control of a situation. She uses her strengths to her advantage so well. MACHIAVELLI DISGUISED AS A DEBUTANTE. I want her to get everything she wants. And I also really want to be her friend.
You should all go read this book. As soon as possible.(less)
4.5 stars. When Loretta Chase hits it out of the park, she really hits it out of the park. I want to have more to say, but I'm too busy flailing. Mayb...more4.5 stars. When Loretta Chase hits it out of the park, she really hits it out of the park. I want to have more to say, but I'm too busy flailing. Maybe I will say more later.
Reread 10/10/12: Yeah, I don't know why I didn't give this five stars before. Fixing that.(less)
**spoiler alert** This was a combination of what I was expecting and everything I wanted. Really fun if somewhat high on (predictable) drama. I am a f...more**spoiler alert** This was a combination of what I was expecting and everything I wanted. Really fun if somewhat high on (predictable) drama. I am a fan. I'm going to enjoy rereading this one.
PS: Jess and Steph, if you're reading this, you should not be... :-P(less)
**spoiler alert** After I finished this, my immediate reaction was, "Wait, did I really love that as much as I think I did?" Because I loved the first...more**spoiler alert** After I finished this, my immediate reaction was, "Wait, did I really love that as much as I think I did?" Because I loved the first book so much, I was fairly anxious that this would be a bit of a disappointment. I wanted to have faith, but I also wanted to be cautious. It turns out, that caution carried over after I finished. Logically I knew I loved it, but I couldn't quite believe it yet.
I'm going to be piecing together my thoughts for a while, but I did want to record some of the things that made this everything I could have hoped for and more:
-Tris Prior, heroine. Sacrificing herself for others, but not sacrificing herself against her beliefs. She grew into her Divergence more and more here by tapping into the Erudite parts of herself, as well as the Abnegation and Dauntless parts of herself that we already knew were there.
-A relationship where they are together and there aren't outside love interests, and the conflict is centered around the very real situation they've been placed in by the factions fighting each other. We got touching and proximity and some really great lines, but we also got some painful arguments that are about the main conflict of the book! WHICH IS REFRESHING. They were not fighting just to have conflict; the conflict was very, very real. And in the end, he knows who she is and he does trust her, which was wonderful. There was so much about Tris/Four in this book that I loved, even when it was extremely painful.
-CHRISTINA. And Christina + Tris friendship. I was genuinely worried about how this was going to play out, but it was handled extremely well - in a way where they can understand what happened with Will and move past it, even though it seemed impossible at first.
-This entire book included a grief/trauma narrative. I can't get over how well that was handled and how much I loved it. Tris lost her parents and any and all stability in her life and she has to shoot one of her closest friends, and we actually see her struggle through dealing with this. She struggles when she tries to pick up a gun again. She's very willing to sacrifice her own life. She doesn't want to live, until finally she's faced with death. Neither her grief nor the trauma of everything she'd been forced to go through were brushed aside and ignored, and I love this book forever because of that.
-The expanding world view. We see the different factions and the factionless, and as Tris' views of the groups and their entire community system begin to change, we get to see more and more of the world she lives in. No one person or group is black or white at the end (except Eric), and we get to see the good parts of each faction along with the bad. That Tris allows this to happen shows definite character growth that I adore, and it makes her a wonderful narrator. And yes, I assumed the big reveal at the end had to be something along those lines, but I'm still VERY interested in where that's going to go in the next book.
-The fact that we did get more information about Tris' parents. Not enough. Not NEARLY enough. But I did like that we got some follow up on that. Now I need even more, with the information about Edith Prior at the end.
-Lots of action that I actually really enjoyed. I do not necessarily always follow action scenes/plots with a lot of interest. This was not the case here.
I'm going to stop for now because I'm having trouble collecting all of my thoughts, but I am just so, so impressed with this and how it made good on the set up in Divergent. It was well worth the anticipation. I'm already looking forward to when I have a chance to reread.(less)