What a fun and engaging read. I was pulled right in by the description and lets face it the cover. I have always wanted the pink underneath and so bet...moreWhat a fun and engaging read. I was pulled right in by the description and lets face it the cover. I have always wanted the pink underneath and so between my fantasy and the fact that this seems like a disaster waiting to happen I was hooked. Needless to say when I requested it, got approved and found it in my mailbox I was giddy and oh so excited to start. For the most part I got what I had wished for and enjoyed the book from start to finish. With a few heart stopping moments, ones that you are shocked and some things you just wont expect it was a totally worthy read.
I loved this story it was unique in its own way and really fun to read. The characters were so well done that at times it was seriously like watching some bad high school drama unfold. You know what I mean, the stuff you see coming or the stuff that is whispered about among friends in the bathroom that you catch wind of. This made everything so much easier to love and enjoy. To be honest I know where Blaze has been in some aspects so each event and reaction was realistic to me. Especially with all the people involved and all the possibilities that were there. There were also some serious moments and a few lessons thrown in for good measure.
Blaze (yes that is her real name) is the girl that no one really notices but she isn't a loser either. She just is. She is a soccer mom, in a not the real mom but sister kind of way. She loves her brother but kind of doesn't enjoy the driving him and his buddies back and forth to games. This does however give her time for her passion: Comics. Reading them, drawing them, writing them. If it has something to do with comics she's in. Well that and Mark. The girl has a serious weak spot for this testosterone high guy. Though he notices her it's not quite why she thinks and well things get a little crazy from there. This is where the story got real fun. Blaze was a serious firecracker waiting for the right moment to go off. When she did there was really no going back for her.
Her friends though quirky were annoying to say the least. Well Amanda annoyed me, I liked Terri for the most part. I will admit though that having Amanda around was almost like being back in high school. Everyone has that one friend or knows the girl that doesn't care who likes a guy or who is with a guy, when she wants him it's too damn bad. Also when she doesn't get what she wants it's not her fault but normally the closest friend to the incident! Terri tries to be there but I just felt that when things blew up and they were needed they were really not there. I mean they pretended to be but they weren't really there.
The romance part of this book was, well not really a romance. That's not what this book was about but it was in a way(if that makes sense). Mark was "the" guy. The one that everyone seemed to like, the one that got what he wanted, the JERK. Though once I reflected he didn't make any promises but he didn't try to set things straight either. There is also another guy that is kind of in play. Though he is 100% not Mark and really isn't full out going for Blaze but is amazing in his own way. I'm not going to lie I wanted to shake Blaze, tell her to wake up and smell the awesome guy! But everything happens for a reason right?
Overall Blaze was both a fun and meaningful read. It was like the best of both worlds and I enjoyed every page. Laurie Boyle Crompton's writing just flowed across the pages and made the read that much more enjoyable. My only wish is that Mark had gotten more than he did. Cruel? Maybe but trust me he deserved it after everything he put poor Blaze through. If you like contemporary reads I say give this one a go 100%.(less)
I loved the first book in this series Loving Summer and though Falling for Summer is about the same characters it's more from the view of the Donovan...moreI loved the first book in this series Loving Summer and though Falling for Summer is about the same characters it's more from the view of the Donovan brothers. I liked getting more about the brothers and how they felt about everything. I did enjoy this book but not nearly as much as Loving Summer. The tension and heart break were all still there but some of what happened in this one drove me through the walls. However maybe this book will set the stage for things to settle out a little bit.
The loss of Aunt Sookie is still fresh though and now someone is attacking Summer and the acting school. Nat and Drew have known Summer since they were children. Both have cared for her in their own ways but now they are willing to show her and even fight for her. It's more than a want for both it's a need and brother seems to be willing to hurt brother just to grab her heart, and with things so rocky with Astor things are more than a little complicated. The question is will Summer see Drew for the boy that has always loved her, find safety in Nat or love the guy that respects her as much as he did he Aunt?
I'm going to take this moment to say I am still #TeamDrew all the way!! I love his guts. His love for Summer seems so true and he is willing to do anything for her. Though he has a reputation for being a player, Drew is determined to turn it all around. His visit with Summer has made him want to be someone better. Every part of me wants Summer to wake the heck up and see Drew for the good he could do for for her and the love he would wrap her in. Sure there is a lot of sexual tension there as well and it's obvious all of the wild things he would do to her but I'm sure it wouldn't be a one night thing for those two.
Nat did nothing to make me lik him anymore than I did before. In fact by the end Nat had all but enraged me several times. Summer has loved him like Drew loved her but he never once paid her the attention that she vied for. Now she's grown up and has looks to die for, he's noticing her. Not to mention that he claims he gave Drew all the time in he world to get her and now he's done waiting... Well hold up a moment if you know your brother loves her and said you would give him the chance and now he's trying you have decided other wise?! I will end my rant here because he's not a bad guy but when it comes to Summer he now seems to be blinded ans selfish.
If Summer does not stop the hopping from guy to guy soon I am going to scream. I love her and her beautiful heart but my dog her indecisive behaviour will be the end of me. The saving grace for her was that she at least made the decision to let go of Astor. Though she only did this because of the distance and not really seeing each other. Never mind the psycho fans that are attacking her and her Aunts acting school. Though Astor is a nice guy and if it came down to him or Nat I would choose Astor a million times over, I was happy to see him go as there was one less guy to fret over this way.
Despite all of my grumbling I finished this book much quicker than the first. This isn't to say I had my issues and that the flashing back and forth between guys didn't drive me nuts. It did. My hopes are now that Ms. Gow has set the stage for things to work out and settle down. I love the characters that she has created and the conflict that they have to deal with. Each character has their own issues but they each have such strengths and big hearts under it all.(less)
How anyone has not read Tangled Tides is beyond me. Now with Dangerous Depths sitting finished beside me I am baffled why any one person would not be...more How anyone has not read Tangled Tides is beyond me. Now with Dangerous Depths sitting finished beside me I am baffled why any one person would not be doing everything within their power to get their hands on it. Karen Hooper is a master at creating well developed characters, fascinating worlds and books that you just do not want to put down. There are people that take several books to develop a character and perfect it but Karen Hooper has it down with the first book and then just pushes her characters beyond in everything after. Reading Dangerous Depths was like revisiting a place that I had missed for far too long and yet you know it because the beauty of it all never changes. I am once again blown away by just how beautiful Karen Hooper's writing is. Dangerous Depths is every bit as amazing as Tangled Tides with a little more heart pulling moments added in for good measure. There was not a single moment that I was not hooked, flipping the pages to see how my favourite characters were going to pull off the impossible... again.
Where Tangled Tides gave you an idea of just how far everyone would go to protect the ones they love, Dangerous Depths shows you there is no measure of the distance they are willing to go. The story this time around took us to a not so beautiful land. The world was once again masterfully crafted and unique. Though there is magic, it is not beautiful and enchanting as it was before. No, this place makes you question absolutely everything that is going on and is what many would consider hell. In the quest to find Rowan’s love the trio will questioning everything that they see and do. I was often thrown from here to there or left screaming at a character that something wasn't real, to open their eyes. I would not say it was something that had terrifying creatures from my worst nightmare but for those that had to live it, I have no doubt that it was terrifying. The journey from start to finish with this one was more trying than Tangled Tides and possibly a little more emotional but it was every bit the book. There was no down time that had me board, in fact I may have stayed up late just to finish!
Yara and Treygan are still the amazing couple from the last book. There was no guessing that they were a couple or if they would finish the way they started. I would be a liar if I said that they were not tested in this novel because they were. The difference is that they were able to remain strong for each other and have a much better understanding of their relationship and who they are to each other. Yara is still the strong, self-determined and loving girl that she was before but she has much more power now. She is still learning about just how much she has and though Medusa’s sisters do not show her any respect she has no problem holding her ground. I would say that she did have growth but seeing she was already well developed and handles most things extremely well she didn't really need to, to be amazing. Yara remains to be one of my top book kick ass chicks and is loyal almost to a fault. With Treygan in this one he was every bit the Merman I remembered and then some. He is so freaking sweet and some of the small things he did continued to make me swoon. I loved that there was just love between these two now and though they are together, they do not let it change who they are.
Rownan is really the game changer in this one. I can not say that I disliked the guy but he was not my favourite person. At the end of Tangled Tides I had a general understanding of his plotting and reasoning but you never really got the depth of it all. It is obvious that Vienna and him have a love that rivals that of any you have heard before. They take soul mates to an entirely new level and as much as I love Yara and Treygan and their relationship, it basically blows them away. Yes, it is that strong of a bond and I began to feel a little more for this stubborn Selkie. There is no sacrifice too small or too large when it comes to getting Vienna back. For me Rownan because a character, not the bad guy in this one. Though some of his decisions may have been rash and questionable, his intentions were always more than honourable. Treygan may be my favourite but I would never deny that there is now a place in my heart for Rownan as well.
Someone that we also got a glimpse into was Nixie. To be honest I had never really given her much consideration before now and I regret that. Hooper has given this secondary much more depth than I had ever imagined possible. She is more than Yara's Siren. Nixie misses who she was, loves the happiness that being around her family brings and only wishes she were more useful when it comes to Yara. Her need to be needed and the fact that she often did not feel as though she were a part of everything kind of tore at me. What awaited her at the end basically ripped me apart. I would love to go into her more but I honestly feel that unless you pick up this book you could never really grasp the depth and ache that has become a part of this character.
Sometimes second books suffer and do not quite become as great as the first or the ones that come after them but I would have to say Dangerous Depths is equal to its predecessor. With its easily flowing writing, stunning characters and addictive plot I will revisit this one just as persistently as the first. There were times that I found myself hoping that what was going on was an illusion and for the most part it was… Except for one horrifying time. However, that is neither here nor there and you will need to read this amazing book to figure it out yourself. If you have not yet started the Monster Memoir Series you need to!! Karen Hooper will easily capture your attention, imagination and heart with her stunning books. This is one of the best Mermaid series out there and a must have for anyone that loves reading!!(less)
hose of you that have followed me for awhile will know that I am a serious Christine Fonseca fan girl. This started with Lacrimosa but has continued o...morehose of you that have followed me for awhile will know that I am a serious Christine Fonseca fan girl. This started with Lacrimosa but has continued on with every other thing I have picked up of hers. This book was no exception but I am at a loss for words with it. Seeing I got so invested both mentally and emotionally I figured that pouring it into a review would be no problem. Problem is everything just wont come out the way I want it to. This beautiful and dark novel is escaping all proper description from me.
Transcend begins with Ien and his desire to do not what his family expects but what he wants. To have the woman he loves love him back and to make music. However nothing in life is ever that simple is it? A tragic accident changes everything for Ien and leaves him not who he was. It leaves him with more damage than you can see. I was glued to Ien and everythime something changed my mind raced with his. My thoughts were continuous and my heart broke for him on several occasions for many different reasons. Some times it was almost painful to read all of the sorrow that Ien dealt with.
The depth in which Christine takes you into Ien's mind is astounding. After the accident there is much of Ien that in't right. His obsession becomes almost dangerous and he believes things that may or may not be there. There is some minor looping but it is what creates and develops much of Ien. It is after the accident when he is sent away because of his injuries and his families inability to want to care for him that you see many of the true colours of the novel. The beautiful, dark, mesmerizing and entrapping world that ensues Ien's accident is beyond anything that I could imagine.
Although there are many secondary characters you don't see them very much. Yet some how they all are memorable in their own way. Jenna, Kiera and James all only held a small portion of this book yet they captured much of it. Even when they are not there Ien quite often recalls things that involve each of the characters and you really feel like you know them by the time you close the book. Jenna was by far my favourite of all of them. She is the girl that you hope the guy ends up with. Strange we always hope for the bad boy when it's a girl but when it comes down to guys we want them to end up with the sweet heart.
The story itself is so unique. There are many twists and surprises and no matter how much you think you have it figured out you really don't. It really tosses you around and pulls you in many directions. But you don't ever feel lost, it's more like it helps you become a part of the madness and take you deeper into Ien and his story.
Christine once again created something that will enchant you and you will savour long after you put the book down. She never fails to astound me with her lyrical and remarkable writing style. Still after finishing this novel I find myself being pulled back and running through many of the events that led up to the end. In the start I questioned my own thoughts and by the end I questioned if anything I thought and read was true. Pick this one up if you want something that is emotionally vested and can take you into darkness while keeping you thinking. (less)
You want a book that will literally and completely transport you to where it takes place, this is your book. I had wanted to read this one but was sho...moreYou want a book that will literally and completely transport you to where it takes place, this is your book. I had wanted to read this one but was shocked at just how involved it was and quickly invested myself in paying closer attention as to not miss one detail. As if being based in Renaissance Venice isn't awesome enough this book was enough to seriously tale you there and have you become a part of it. This is a great example of a YA Historical Fiction novel.
The story itself is thrilling, suspenseful and fun. With a killer on the loose and clues that were both interesting and dangerous, you never knew just where things were going. Every time Cass and Flaco followed a "lead" there was the potential for so many things to go wrong. This is only accentuated by the fact that this is Renaissance Venice and Cass is part of a higher society so sneaking around with a boy is beyond incomprehensible. Cass is supposed to be proper and beyond that she is betrothed to another man. I can't even imagine that being dictated to me but that is the way of the times and Cass is expected to do as she is told. But what fun would the be?! With danger possible at every turn, dead bodies thrown throughout and secret societies there was never a dull moment.
Cass was a great main character for the most part. She is strong willed and hard headed. Though I mentioned above that she is high society and behaves mostly accordingly while in the company of others don't be fooled. She has a wild heart but I found that some times she resisted I too much. It was like her heart was split in two. One half wished to be free and the other wished to remain a pretty bird in a cage. Maybe I'm being too judgemental, I mean she was brought up to be a proper lady and without that I don't know if I could have appreciated her as much. It was just as much the fact she fought to be more than what she is, as what she was that made me admire her. Her personal growth and inner fight to become someone of her own made her easier to enjoy I think.
Have I mentioned that Cass is betrothed? Did I mention hat this is a prearranged agreement? I know I have bu this fact is important seeing the second Falco step on the pages there is a tension and chemestry filled romance. Well it's not that right off the hop as Cass is to be a lady but it isn't far off but it's not hard to believe once you get to know Falco. The attraction between the two is undeniable but they don't jump into it (well Cass doesn't) this gives time for development and some seriously enjoyable banter.
With unique characters, a great setting and twists throughout, it is undeniable that this was a good read. Though I had issue with a few smaller things, like occasionally a slower pace for the most part this was an all around good read. There is moments that you will hold your breath and others that you will smile and laugh. If you are a fan of historical fiction or murder mysteries you should totally pick this one up.(less)
When I got the email about this blog tour I was all but jumping on the computer to be a part of it. Kailin Gow is by far one of my favorite authors. S...moreWhen I got the email about this blog tour I was all but jumping on the computer to be a part of it. Kailin Gow is by far one of my favorite authors. So when I seen this was not only by her but also a contemporary I can't even tell you how excited I was to get started. With all my excitement and the build up of anticipation I started to become afraid that I would be let down. That was not the case, actually it is so far from the case I was crazy for even thinking it.
This story is predominately about Summer but once I sat back and looked at it, it is really so much more. Summer and the Donovans: Rachel, Drew and Nat haven't seen each other in 3 years. Even with the promise to keep in touch rather than the odd text between Rachel and Summer there wasn't much contact. A lot can change in 3 years and the teens find that as familiar as it is to be with each other nothing is ever really the same. Well some things never change, like how they feel for each other.
I really appreciated that Summer was not one of those girls that guys lusted over and had no idea what was going on or couldn't understand why a guy would look at her. She wasn't shallow but she knew that she was pretty and realized when she was getting attention from the guys. Even when the famous and gorgeous Astor shows interest she doesn't go into the entire "why me" monologue type thing. She still crushes on Nat but somewhere along the line becomes aware of Drews feelings as well. This is where it all becomes complicated. How do you choose between all of those boys. I know most of you are thinking love triangle... Well really it's more than 3 so it's not a triangle. Regardless, the way Kailin writes this makes it easy to read and not torturous. I actually find the way that it is written makes it hard for even the reader to decide who is right for Summer. There is so much raw emotion from each of the characters that sometimes I am not sure how Summer doesn't go crazy.
This novel also has much more than just boys and love going on. There are issues that so many people/family's/teens deal with all of the time. What seems like a book that is about a girl and her choices between the boys that are pinning for her is so very much more. It is the novel that shows what the pressures of a parents divorce can have on the kids and the one that has some views into what the pressure a parent puts on their child can do. There is also the way people deal with illness. There is so many problems/issues that hide in the background that burst forth and demand the attention. In the end everyone has to deal with what they have been dealt and still try to remain together.
This novel was original and had me addicted from the first chapter. The characters were vivid and so alive you feel that you know them. Actually I really felt connected to Summer and so much of what she did and her reactions. Kailin Gow has created yet another series that will draw you in and have you wishing that it didn't end. Between the fast paced story and the characters you wont want to put the book down from start to finish. I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you aren't a big contemporary fan. (less)
Oh how I had dreamed about this day. The day that this beautiful book would end up in my hands and I would get to page through it's glorious story. Yo...moreOh how I had dreamed about this day. The day that this beautiful book would end up in my hands and I would get to page through it's glorious story. You want to know something? Despite my self made hype and the excruciating amount of time I had to wait after reading Lacrimosa, this book was every bit worth the wait. In fact I knew 4 pages in just how worth it, it was! Yeah I am talking that good and then some. Although I hated the wait the end result was worth it and Christine has outdone herself once again. I was blown away and completely entranced in this novel and the amount of detail and thought that was once again poured into its pages.
The plot truly thickens in this novel. It's like everything you think you know you don't and everything you don't know can happen at the turn of a page. Things are really changing and not all of it for the better. Starting this book was like walking into everything I had wanted, to start. Aydan has found the one he believes to be Nesy and they seem to be working to help her remember. But there is more at play than the two of them as Zane now means more than anyone knows. It was heart breaking at times watching what everyone had to go through, had to fight for and what the results were for each individual.
This novel isn't as much about Nesy as it is Aydan and Zane. This is a huge change of pace and on that did wonders for this book. I did expect more from Nesy's pov but it totally worked without it every step of the way. Gone is the strong, sure and determined Nesy now anyways. She is a shell of her former self now that her memories are gone. There were times when she broke through it seemed but for the most part she is no longer herself and is confused. Well confused or denying who she could be, who she really is. It was sad to see her so lost and broken because she is such a pillar in the story but Christine as done this in such a way that I still love Nesy and still want to reach out to her.
Aydan is still struggling to loose his past and his past mistakes but he has grown. Boy has he ever grown and is becoming stronger than I ever imagined. Not that he was ever weak but his new persistence and devotion to Nesy is endearing. Though they had something previously this time around he tries more. He doesn't just push his worth away and believe that they aren't meant to be. In fact this time around he has to fight for her and their future together. The strength and determination that he has discovered within himself when I comes to her is wonderful. He does make some mistakes though and it costs more than I though it would.
My wonderful Zane is a large part of this novel. I love Christine for having him be such a large part of the story and I know she didn't do it for me but she knew th affection I felt or Zane. It only deepens in his instalment and I found frequently my heart going out to him. He has given up so much just to save someone that doesn't know just how deep his feelings run. What he has lost cost him and he battles his own demons now, fights through what everyone now calls his weakness. But isn't that what we do for the ones we care about? No matter the consequence Zane continues to disobey orders and fight for the truth he believes in. In this aspect Zane has grown so much an become a more imporant part of everything and I just fell further for him. His pain though pulled at my heart much stronger and more than once I felt my chest constrict. Zane is who I fell for and so much more now.
I was left breathless and shocked many time as I read this book. The last 40% of the book refused to let me do anything but read. The 60% before that had pulled me in and captured every free moment of time I had. This includes being pulled into the kitchen with me while I cooked and through a minor break down when I ran out of power and had to stop to charge. There is so much I want to write in his review but can not find the right words. Truth be told I am so blown away that I'm not sure any words, including the ones already written can do it justice.
This work of art is just more proof of Christine Fonsca's brilliant mind. The writing is beautiful, fluent and absolutely mesmerizing. Even those that are wary of Angel novels will most likely love this book because it is so much more than just an Angel story. This is a book about friends, truths and the fight that we have within ourselves when it comes to love. If you haven't started this series I suggest you do and if you have I can say that I honestly believe you will love this one just as much if not more than Lacrimosa.(less)
Holy hot boys and drama Kailin!! I am a huge fan when it comes to all things Kailin Gow but she has truly out done herself and blown me right away wi...more Holy hot boys and drama Kailin!! I am a huge fan when it comes to all things Kailin Gow but she has truly out done herself and blown me right away with this one! I mean I enjoyed book one but loved this one. Neve's world is just as intense and complicated as ever and quite possibly more. With more twists, more romance and more drama this novel surpassed all I had hoped for and then showed me that you never really know.
The story starts off with the band on the tour that they were all excited to be a part of. Yet there is a lot more than meets the eye going on. I think I was thrown with the the intensity that this book starts with. There is so much emotion flying it flows off the pages and into you. I mean the love, the regret, the shock, the pain and many more are all so clear that you will not be able to put this book down.
Neve continues to grow in this one but she is still the same girl that I grew to love in book one. No matter what it is in her life, if it's what she wants she goes all out for it. The best thing about her is that she does go all out for what she wants but also she knows when to not be too wild about it all. However she does seem to loose control of some things but that is not entirely her fault. There is so much going on that there is no way she can control it all. Heck lets face it there are many times that she wants to loose control of certain situations. The rest however make her an emotional wreck and drive her crazy.
The romance is becoming more complicated and much deeper. Never is in love with the beautiful Danny Blue but I mean she does rock it with some extremely hot guys. However she has handed Danny her heart but as much as I adore him I am starting to wonder if it was the right thing to do. We all have our secrets and baggage but when does it become too much. Also lets be honest I am not sure exactly how much she is behind Neve but when it comes to their romance it is nothing short of hot and steamy.
This New Adult series is not to be missed. Kailin Gow has transitioned from YA to NA without batting an eye. Her characters are wonderful and develop at a perfect pace and leave you wanting more of everyone. I would be lying to you all if I said that this book has me more addicted than ever to the series and left me begging for more. This is yet another piece of work that Kailin has created that I absolutely love. Can't wait for the next instalment!! (less)
I wasn't sure how this series was going to continue on and remain as good as the first one and was a little afraid of being let down. That is so far...more I wasn't sure how this series was going to continue on and remain as good as the first one and was a little afraid of being let down. That is so far from the case with this book. Suzanne Young has taken what started out as a good start to an original series and made it into a riveting sequel. I once again found myself being pulled into the world of The Forgotten and Shadows. In this book you meet Elise who believe's that she lives a normal life but as we learned in the last book nothing is ever as it seems.
When you wake up disoriented and see yourself in a car mirror and you don't see you what do you do? Elise feels like she is going crazy. Seeing other people's lives and seeing another girl completely when she sees her reflection. Her sister has been going missing at all time of the day and doesn't seem too worried and when she tells her dad (he's a pastor) he sends her to the doctors figuring there is a logical explanation. However as we have all learned not everything has a logical explanation.
There are things that were the same in this book but a lot that were different. You realize early who is The Forgotten early but the Shadows play a bigger part in this book. It kind of gives you the feel that everything is not so black and white. There is a grey area in this book and at times it's hard not to feel drawn to that grey area. Elise being the daughter of a preacher has moments where the grey area doesn't seem so bad but does mostly what you would expect her to. Going from Charlotte to Elise is a bit of a change and I will openly admit that I miss Charlotte. Elise is a wonderful character I just didn't ever feel as close to her as I did Charlotte.
Harlin is back in this book as well but her does have competition this time. A little healthy competition is good right? Well I thought it was especially seeing he seemed so much more withdrawn this time around. Actually to be honest I can't say that I loved him as much as I did last time either. Which was hard because he was filled with so much passion last time. I know he is hurting but seriously... I wish I could say more without ruining it but I can't.
A Want So Wicked was a wonderfully written novel. I still can't say that I would call it an angel novel, even if that is kind of how most people will view it. There are moments where I can see why but for the most part there is so much that is original and not angel that I would have a hard time saying it myself. Suzanne Young is a talented writer and her compelling novel is bound to mesmerise you. If you enjoyed A Need So Beautiful the sequel is a must read!! If you haven't started this series, well what are you waiting for?! :) (less)
The show must go on... Even when the people around you aren't making it out alive. In this dystopian novel the circus is only normal on the outside. F...moreThe show must go on... Even when the people around you aren't making it out alive. In this dystopian novel the circus is only normal on the outside. For those that want to become a part of it, it could become the last thing they do. You will hold your breath while the participants go through the testing and start to compete in shows and cringe at some of the things coming. To many there is no after and to the others life will never be the same.
I love the prologue and the quick glimpse into the true nature of the circus that it gave. I got that this wasn't going to be your run or the mill clowns and elephant kind of circus but I didn't expect the level of intensity that the place produced. This is a life or death circus that can provide you with everything or take it away. In the war torn world even the horrors and possibility of not making it is worth the risk to help put your family in a better place.
The book was told from two points of view. Leela and Zach both have their fair share of the spotlight. The alternating view between the two competitors makes the novel a lot more interesting and brings a better understanding of the two people. They really aren't all that different when you look at it. They are both strong, determined and wise. They work well together and become each others strength while at the circus. It also helps that Zach knows more than he lets on. He is defiantly one of the better good guys and even if he isn't out right about it all the time he cares deeply for Leela.
The biggest question I have is about the war and invaders. What I do know is that the invaders started the war. Not only did they come for us but they have been taking technology away. The Center is the only place that seems to have full technology and communication. Rather than the odd auto-mobile there isn't much for transportation either. This doesn't even really leave us much to fight the war with either. However rather than finding out a little bit extra near the end (I'm not telling what) that is all you really know about them and the war. This is just another one of Kailin Gow's awesome ways of entrapping you in her books. Always just leaving a little to the imagination so that you need more.
This book kind of reminded me of the trials that happen in Divergent. The world is different and the characters are far from the same but the danger they endure to be a part of something just gave me that feel. Actually it was a constant intensity like that. There was something beyond the practices and the shows but when it all came down to it, it is all of the pressure that each participant faces that draws you in. When you lost a person it was like that pregnant pause where no one knows what to say. Even if the character wasn't a well developed one you still felt it.
Kailin Gow's creative and imaginative mind shines in this novel. Bringing a reality that is cruel and horrible but balancing it out with compassion and bravery. When entering this book I was excited and curious, I finished this book excited and in need of the next one!! This is another one of Kailin Gow's masterpieces and one more series for me to need and wait for each release anxiously!(less)