First I want to acknowledge this book is worth the four stars. To have read the first book, went for the second, continued through the third and kept...moreFirst I want to acknowledge this book is worth the four stars. To have read the first book, went for the second, continued through the third and kept with it through the fourth, this def. means for something. I was pulled into the story, so I say it deserves the acknowledgment of a worthy read. It was good, not terrible, but I can't say this story was fabulous. I left a review for the first book and decided to wait for the last to leave my final review of the whole series.
So here it is: This was a beast of a book filled with content,to me,some that could have been omitted. Sometimes less content is memorable content. Stories don't have to be long to be good. As for the mythology connection- I'm no scholar in Greek mythology, but I know this is definitely not spot on with it. I'm not sure if this is a big no-no in the story telling world, but if you're a Greek mythology buff,this might upset ya.
The characters: Demeter bothered me the most. I hated her, the whole character. She almost could have been just left out. I get we needed the back story of the curse and the search for an answer to break the curse, but the outcome of all of it, it fell short. I get Demeter was hurt-her daughter was killed, the sirens failed her, she wanted them to suffer the loss she did...so she curses them, but in reality, were they really suffering? Had she really accomplished what she set out to? People do petty things in anger,hurt,etc. I guess gods can too, so this curse for revenge thing fit the bill, but not what they got in the end with the Goddess. Going to all this trouble to find the goddess just to what? Spend a blink of time with her only to get a false clue they could have figured out themselves(Kill Penn and at least you spend eternity without a tyrant, plus this helps Daniel) and to entertain a jerk who curses sirens, cowardly hides from them for centuries, but then acts superior to her visitors? It fell flat for me. I enjoyed Marcy, Daniel became a little cowardly. He was this tough guy at the beginning of the series and then he became too compliant.
The story overall wasn't bad. The whole Penn trying to rape Daniel was a bit corny, but not far from realistic. This probably is something that does happen in this world, but I would rather Daniel conspire with the others to kill Penn rather than submit to being her whore. That's just my type of guy. As for the clues, again, they should have been figured by the characters as easily as I figured them. Characters need to think like us. None of them were portrayed as stupid, so why did they suddenly stop thinking? The whole "wash it away" clue I picked up quick it had something to do with the scroll, so why didn't they? Then later, the whole clueless about Gemma's deceit over the curse being broken? Again,why did no one pick up on that when they should have?
The disregard of Harper to call her sister, even with Daniel's promptings also upset me. She had this "sense" or connection with her sister and yet not this time? Gemma spent the whole night dying and only until morning did Harper feel something was wrong with her sister? It didn't make sense.
Now the ending- I must admit, I was pretty disappointed. I get there doesn't have to always be an epic ending, but with this one, there should have been one at least near to it. There was too much focus on breaking the curse rather than, why not just get rid of Penn? I think I would have preferred the close of the story ending with the big fight with Penn- maybe something like her finding out about the scroll and they finding the solution to the curse and she trying to stop them and in the end didn't and then BAM! The curse is washed away and there she stands on the beach (they needed the seawater) and as the sun rises, a breeze comes, she turns to dust and blows away. A grateful Thea,arriving just then, mouths a quick thank you to Gemma and then she too turns to dust, and then it ends there.
No closings to relationships. No what happened after. Sometimes we don't have to know all the details to a happily ever after. This was really about breaking the curse or ending the sirens and that was all we needed to know. We didn't have to know everyone went to college, started dating, or proposed. IT wasn't a bad ending- Daniel proposing to Harper- but it was so "every other ending". Sometimes not knowing how things wrap up afterward isn't bad. The last sentence should be as great as the starting one.
Ok, I'm shutting up now. This IS a good series. I will STILL recommend this series to anyone.
For her first offering, I have to say author Lizzie Friend did a fabulous job. Giving characters with vibrant personalities, a great plot and perfectl...moreFor her first offering, I have to say author Lizzie Friend did a fabulous job. Giving characters with vibrant personalities, a great plot and perfectly timed twists, this was a story well written.
Sadie, the protagonist, earns a scholarship to Keating Hall, a prestige boarding school for the rich. She knows she'll be a sore thumb in the mix, but with great friends and two famous British royalties as roommates, she blends in very nicely. Of course in any prestige school, there is the stuck up you know what included(Thayer) who gives Sadie some grief on the lacrosse team (Thayer's the captain after all)and there's your great antagonist (she is a PITA). No worries though, Sadie gets herself a hunk of a beau (Jeremy) who among many great attributes is also humble, which now makes pavement towards a knight in shining armor.
Pulled into a sorority, one that dates back, this makes things all the more glamorous for Sadie, but with anything perfect, there always is a crack in the to good to be true pristine mirror. Something sneaky is going on behind the reflection and Sadie has to figure who's foe or who's just being folly before she finds herself floating in deep dark waters(literally).
I enjoyed this book, it is a good story, however it was one that also fell short for me. I love connecting with my characters. I want to root for them...moreI enjoyed this book, it is a good story, however it was one that also fell short for me. I love connecting with my characters. I want to root for them, hate with them & fall in love along with them; I want to feel their despair or seek vengeance at their side- a guaranteed no guilt, no consequence and no jail time way to have fun. :0)
With Gemma, Harper and Alex, I didn't get that so much. Daniel I did. Loved him. Imperfect, humorous, charming and humble, he's the guy you want to love and so I did. I hope I'll get a lot of him in the next book(in which I will be reading).
As for the nasty sirens, I didn't like these girls right along with the other characters, but I didn't hate them. I definitely didn't fear them. There just wasn't enough scare factor about them. I knew they were something to be considered sinister under the foxy exterior illusion, but there wasn't enough to evoke that. For gals having lived for centuries, they sure acted childish, ditzy even. Having killed for so long, they were too careless. I know the bodies needed to be discovered, but how about half buried? Or better, a peek of the hand with the green lantern ring on it?
The protagonist- Gemma, I liked her, but didn't love her. I felt sorry for her situation, but didn't feel sorry with her. The story was good, original, but there were too many things unrealistic. A teenage girl allowed to swim alone at night in the bay? No way. After finding some gutted bodies, that's bad parenting and not at all realistic. Most parents wouldn't let that happen. In reality there would have been a curfew set for the town so Gemma wouldn't even have that option, but in this story she did.
I know with paranormal stories, there is that bend to the rule leniency/play on reality, but with paranormal within a story that is supposed to be a reality, you have make sure to keep it realistic. Things have to happen how they would in reality, people have to react how they would in reality and things have to play out as they would in reality to make it believable. Its those stupid meticulous things that keeps the reader drawn in.
For example, I get that Harper and Alex needed to stumble upon these bodies in order to move the story along, get them to where they needed to help them figure this mystery with Gemma and the girls, but in reality, in a section of the woods, going on a trail that people so commonly used they made their own path, why did only Harper and Alex find the bodies? Two of the boys had been missing for months. How did those bodies go so easily missed so close to the trail and for so long? And with a swarm of flies and a stench?
Again, I did enjoy the story, heck I'm eager to read the next offering, but I wish this first book had more. It certainly wasn't awful, those are four stars up there and that isn't bad. I liked the author's writing style for the most part, but there was a tiny bit of struggle at times that slowed the flow for me. Using their names so much. He or she would have worked at times for me and why Brian and not Dad? No matter, this was a good book and one I will recommend. I look forward to reading the next offering.(less)
I must admit, when I first started reading the book I had to stop and look again at the author's name on the cover. I knew it was a woman, but reading...moreI must admit, when I first started reading the book I had to stop and look again at the author's name on the cover. I knew it was a woman, but reading, the writing came more across as that of a man( not saying that is a terrible thing) and I had to remind myself it wasn't. When I reached the end, I learned why or at least I think I did- this is (from my interpretation) Widget's story. This very well could be the author's writing style and again, absolutely nothing wrong with that,it just caught my attention. :0) The story drew me in, kept me absorbed and carried a perfect balance of description and suspense- the qualifications of a great story.
I rather liked the way the author told the tale, her writing style, her choice in a more present tense manner, something I haven't read lately, giving, to me, more to the telling of it. It makes the reader feel more connected (tightly connected) to the characters and story, like they are experiencing it right in the moment as the characters are. They are you and you are them.
It also in a way directs you, your imagination and discoveries, the way you see things, playing in the favor of the author's imagination, but not to much to take away from your own. I love the characters. All of them. Even the bad guys, which are really only two, right? Might think Chandresh is another, but my opinion is swaying on that one.
Manipulation. True manipulation is at hand in this story without a doubt. The selfish playing with another's life for the selfish reasons of entertainment and catering to their stubborn determinations in proving their opinions of manipulation, atmosphere, pawns and magic. The night circus or Le Cirque des Reves is an amazing story. Ingenious comes to mind. Magical. Exceedingly imaginative! I fell in love with this one, becoming a forever favorite without a doubt. I will be dreaming of those numerous listed delectable treats, wishing for the experience of such a magical place for myself and living with the disappointment that I'll never own a Thiessen creation.
Add this to your must read list, send it flying to the top and enjoy the ride. Don't forget to wear your small splash of crimson before you do, I assure you by the end you will forever be a Reveur. Spectacular! (less)
Sarah Addison Allen did a superb job in telling this tale. I liked the characters, loved Evanelle the most. I liked the idea of giving people somethin...moreSarah Addison Allen did a superb job in telling this tale. I liked the characters, loved Evanelle the most. I liked the idea of giving people something due to prompting and seeing how they used it. I liked the creativeness of the apple tree magic and the special "spells" the flowers of the garden surrounding it brought to the recipes Claire made, but I do have complaints. Not big ones, but ones never the less. Call me unrealistic perhaps...perhaps I will agree with you. :0)
Complaint 1- For a book drawing you in on the peculiarity of the Waverley family and their magic tree bearing prophetic fruit, edible flowers with special powers, not much is mentioned inside the story on this. A little here and there on the special flowers and recipes and a smidgen on the history of the family and how they came to be considered outsiders, but I don't think anything was really explained about the apple tree,except their owning it. How it came to be magical or of how the soil did surrounding it. How the Waverley's came to make such recipes. I understand there are things in life that simply "are" , but I still felt there should have been a little more back story on this.
Complaint 2- I will not take a way the fact the apple tree giving Mr. "Bad boyfriend" David an apple and him seeing his horrific fate (I assume a violation and demise in prison), was not clever, but it also fell a little short... for me. I don't think anyone would disagree with the fact we all could predict he would be making an appearance later on in the story, but how he did, well... again to me, it was too short, he was too easily disposed of. Yes, not all heroic events have to be epic, but this was just a tad bit too...lacking? I guess I was looking for more? Call me ridiculous, probably am, but this is my complaint. :0)
Complaint 3- Emma. Ok, we all have our insecurities. Emma had hers and Sydney antagonized it. Sydney leaves for ten years, comes back and Emma acts well...ridiculous. Nothing unrealistic about that, there are those who do this, but come on...Sydney didn't even make a move towards her man. Not one. And I know this insecurity was focused around Hunter John, her netting him with a pregnancy, the fear of him having regrets and Sydney being one of them, but still...and then to end it the way it did. I know, I'm being picky, ridiculous...but there it is.
I did enjoy this book( you believe me right? :0) Again, loved the characters, charming, great personalities. Enjoyed the authors writing style and the charm of her coming out through her writing. Creative story, liked the prophetic apples and edible flowers, the story wasn't the most original, but great stories don't always have to be so original and in reality, this story happens a lot to may, its how you tell it that makes it original and Sarah Addison Allen did just this.
Do add this book to your to read list, it does deserve a place on the shelf. Call my complaints anal ones,because they most likely are. Read for yourself, see what you think and do leave a review, authors greatly appreciate this.(less)