As with AOC and Atonement, Beyer effortlessly weaves our known and beloved cast and her original characters (Nancy Conlon, Regina Farkas, etc) into anAs with AOC and Atonement, Beyer effortlessly weaves our known and beloved cast and her original characters (Nancy Conlon, Regina Farkas, etc) into an intricate maze of plot twists that keep your attention focused on the story and often guessing up til the end. The introduction of Denzit-Kathryn was nicely unexpected, as was the true motives and identity of Dayne (no spoilers). Even the time travel elements were handled smoothly--a LOT smoother and more sensibly done than half the basis for Denzit-Kathryn's backstory.
Year of Hell is an episode I've never been able to tolerate because it's full of holes and Annorax is an unbelievable villain - it's a pity that Beyer couldn't have been on the writing staff at that time, THIS would have been a much more interesting version of that tale, especially both parts of the ending. Another wonderful Voyager tale....more
it takes a dedicated author who actually KNOWS the characters, the universe, and the intracacies to write Trek - and Kirsten Beyer is one of those autit takes a dedicated author who actually KNOWS the characters, the universe, and the intracacies to write Trek - and Kirsten Beyer is one of those authors. Both the familiar characters we know and love, as well as her original creations (the various members of the Full Circle fleet) are each given proper attention and fleshing out and come to life as their parts are played out. I've become particularly fond of Afsarah Eden and her intriguing background and look forward to seeing what else we learn about her.
the ending was a gut-punching twist but VERY well in character for the character in question, written so well that it almost felt like an episodic scene - appropriately closing out this chapter of the saga, yet leaving it open for the continuation. as I received copies of Eternal Tide and Protectors for Christmas, I am happily awaiting the surprises to come and look forward to more of Beyer's excellent writing....more
Ante Up! is the final book in Chautona's Aggie series. The older kids are growing up, the younger kids are growing and Aggie is learning that the bestAnte Up! is the final book in Chautona's Aggie series. The older kids are growing up, the younger kids are growing and Aggie is learning that the best laid plans would rather do their own thing!
I admit that this is actually my first time getting to know Aggie and company, but Chautona seamlessly weaves events and characters into places so well that, by chapter three, I felt like I had known the family forever! The one thing I particularly enjoyed about this book is how real the characters felt – sometimes authors will make their characters realistic yet "unrealistic" in that you enjoy reading their adventures, trials and tribulations, yet you cannot really imagine knowing them (or being them). Experiencing the complete opposite as I read Ante Up! was a refreshing change. The kids cracked me the heck up more often than not. Aggie and Luke's private moments were adorable. The mentions of grandma's behavior made me roll my eyes. Like Aggie, I have had issues with my faith and, when you are feeling that low, it is difficult to imagine that anyone up to and including God cares or understands. Aggie's struggle is but one example of many instances in which it was very easy to relate to the characters (adults and kids alike) or imagine being in their shoes – or to know that I HAVE been there.
I'm almost disappointed that this is the final wrap-up in the series, I could have read another couple books. And I definitely will go back when I get the chance and read all of Aggie's stories. I'm sure I will love them as much as I loved this one!
Disclaimer – this review was written in exchange for an advance copy of this awesome book. But it's definitely worth adding to your bookshelf! ...more