<3 *insert girly squeal here* !!!! Can't wait for the next one! I feel the intense need to consume the entire series, please publish the last two f...more<3 *insert girly squeal here* !!!! Can't wait for the next one! I feel the intense need to consume the entire series, please publish the last two fast, I don't think I can take the wait!(less)
**spoiler alert** You have got to be kidding me with that ending!!!!! How could you do that?!?!?! I somewhat get what the author was trying to do, but...more**spoiler alert** You have got to be kidding me with that ending!!!!! How could you do that?!?!?! I somewhat get what the author was trying to do, but I'm sorry, it just didn't work. All I got out of that was that she died for a pretty dumb reason that could have easily have been avoided, which just seems out of character for Tris who we've seen throughout this whole series fight tooth and nail for everything. And why the hell did it take all of them to get back into Chicago, leaving only Caleb, Tris and Cara to face the entire Bureau alone???? How did they make that decision - I mean, I get it, the conflict in Chicago had to end - but couldn't it have been dealt with the next day after they all collectively stopped the Bureau from wiping the minds of the people in the experiment? Wouldn't that have taken a bit of the pressure off? And what the hell happened to Tobias in this book?!?! Seriously, where is the ultimate bad ass we all know and love? besides whimpering in the corner and doubting himself and Tris at every turn? I'm in shock. Honestly this book has pretty much ruined the entire series for me. Really disappointed and a little bit heartbroken.(less)
**spoiler alert** First off I would really like to thank K.C. Hilton for the beautiful copy of this that I received. I was lucky enough to win a signe...more**spoiler alert** First off I would really like to thank K.C. Hilton for the beautiful copy of this that I received. I was lucky enough to win a signed copy through the goodreads giveaways and it was the best christmas present I received this year! Thank you!! :) And now onto the review.
I give this book three and a half stars out of five, I feel I must be honest, so here we go.
The cover is absolutely beautiful and the story's plot had a really interesting twist on the typical Rapunzel story. The prologue caught my attention immediately, it had a great premise but as I read on I really wanted to love it, I really did, but I just couldn't. I loved the idea but I couldn't help but to stumble through the book, sometimes skipping entire pages because of the somewhat repetitive writing style. The first chapter starts us off with Rapunzel attempting to escape from her prison and the dragon that keeps her there, its exciting and enthralling, I couldn't wait to see where it lead to. Only it didn't lead anywhere, in fact, that wasn't even a major scene in the novels plot. It was a well written chapter and if the story line had followed it's lead I feel It could have been instantly one of my favourites. Instead we are told a long history of Rapunzel, including a ton of filler information that really did not move the plot forward at all, and as interesting as it was to learn her history, I was still on the edge of my seat waiting for the escape! Cause why else would that be the first chapter if it wasn't what the book was building towards? So I read and read, but all I got was Rapunzel being heart broken over her long lost love, and her indignation that John Jenkins didn't believe in fairy tales, which lead once again to a huge history dump. Still I hoped that the story would save itself, I saw John and instantly loved him, he gave the story a sense of realism and I really felt that he would be good for our leading lady who deserved to move on with her life. But no, of course this is the moment that we find out that Henry is alive and is actually the dragon who has kept Rapunzel confined to her tower all those years. Cursed to never be able to look upon her face without becoming the dragon, he stalks her to "protect" her from the witch. And Rapunzel instantly throws away the great guy who can offer her a new life for the guy that essentially stalked her and keep her prisoner. Henry could have just looked at the ground and saved her years and years of heartbreak. I don't get it. I couldn't connect with Rapunzel, her motivations didn't make sense and I didn't feel that the character was very dimensional. John (although I loved him!) confused me as well, when we meet Mr. Jenkins he is upfront and certain in his convictions about not wanting to be married or settle down, and then in a whim of a moment, he's head over heels for Rapunzel and asking her to run away with him? I just don't see how he got from A to B, it was as if the character changed personalities within a chapter.
I just re read what I wrote and although I do feel strongly about it all I really want to express the parts of this novel that I did like, because even with all that I did enjoy it. I didn't love it but I definitely didn't hate every second of reading it. Hilton has a great sense of humour and it most definitely shows. The story is filled with humour and emotion which is incredibly well written. Rapunzel's history, though a lot of it seemed unnecessary, was interesting and kept me drawn in wanting to read more.
Overall, it was a good book for a light read, but it could have been amazing. That being said I would definitely purchase any other book that K.C. Hilton writes, she's a great author and I can't wait to see what she does next. (less)
Interesting concept, but it seemed rushed and a lot was not explained. For a girl who's about to be sixteen Ana is very immature and speaks mostly lik...moreInteresting concept, but it seemed rushed and a lot was not explained. For a girl who's about to be sixteen Ana is very immature and speaks mostly like a child, the tone I got from the writing was that she was closer to twelve.(less)
This book was, one of the best books I have read all year, maybe even ever. It was beautiful, heart wrenching, uplifting and inspiring all at once. I...moreThis book was, one of the best books I have read all year, maybe even ever. It was beautiful, heart wrenching, uplifting and inspiring all at once. I don't even know the words to describe it, I just really want to thank the author. It was so much more than I expected it to be, an amazing read that I would recommend to anyone who would listen.(less)
**spoiler alert** I bought the first Goddess Test book because of my love and intrigue for greek mythology. For reasons I can not remember I quite enj...more**spoiler alert** I bought the first Goddess Test book because of my love and intrigue for greek mythology. For reasons I can not remember I quite enjoyed the first two instalments in the series (besides the fact that the characters and mythology are completely warped to fit Carters world) and was absolutely shocked at the poor plot progression in the goddess inheritance. The writing was disjointed, leaving much to feel unexplained and illogical. The characters were stereotypical and it seemed as if Henry and Kate just took turns trying to sacrifice themselves for each other over and over again, each time leaving their child behind.
Which brings me to the part that pisses me off beyond anything else.
Milo, Kate & Henry's child... HOW CAN YOU CALL YOURSELVES PARENTS WHEN YOU REPEATEDLY CHOOSE THINGS OVER YOUR BABY?!?!?! It absolutely blew my mind how repeatedly the baby was just "left behind" when any parent knows that you would die before abandoning your child - especially with the two people who want to kill you. Chapter two and Kate and Henry leave the fight, hoping that one of their other relatives will be able to save their son... sorry but hell no, I have a hard time believing that any parent would have just up and left their infant son in danger with the "chance" that someone else "might" save him. And then the one part where Kate literally thinks that she would rather her son die than live with Cronos. Just AGHHHHH.... I just can't imagine how that could even be possible... sorry end of rant.
All I am left with after this book is the sincere gratitude that this butchered version of the greek myths has been put to rest. LET IT DIE AND STAY DEAD PLEASE!!! aka don't pull a Cassandra Clare on this series! It needs to just be done.(less)