So, so, so happy to receive this book! The wait seemed to last forever, but when it magically arrived on my Kindle, I was so happy that I...more4.5+ stars!!!
So, so, so happy to receive this book! The wait seemed to last forever, but when it magically arrived on my Kindle, I was so happy that I actually sighed! I got to immerse myself yet again in Jamie & Claire's world.
I have to admit, that having followed Diana G's Daily Lines for several months, I did feel a sense of deja vu while re-reading the passages that she'd grabbed the lines from. But mostly, I just felt that wonderful sense of "home".
I took my time reading this one, since I usually swallow the book whole in 24 hours or less. But I paced myself, forcing a slower read - a true absorption while I read. I also did *not* skim or read ahead, no matter how badly I wanted to. And yes, because I was concerned and (I'll say it) skeptical that I'd have some major beef with the ending, I really, really wanted to read the ending first. But I didn't do it. AND I'M SO GLAD THAT I DIDN'T!
The Jamie & Claire parts were my favorite. I thought I'd burst before they found their way back to one another again for more than a few minutes.
But I found the Roger & Buck parts especially poignant. I learned so much more about the characters involved in those sections... I even re-read "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" again in the middle of this book, so that I could truly cherish those moments. (And while I have minor nits that didn't line up between that short story/novella and this book, they are minor and outweighed by the truly emotional and heart-warming feel.)
Always love Ian and Rachel. Enjoyed more of Fergus and Marsali, although I thought my heart would stop at "that" part. Found my liking for Jenny again. Despaired and then cheered for Lord John. And even felt myself wrapped up in William this time; it was amazing to truly compare and contrast William and Jamie - past and present. Some characters just didn't seem to make too much of a splash this time, but even in over 1,000 pages, it's tough to complain, because I'm so at peace with the story that I got!!!
OK, so the moment when I couldn't stop bawling came when (view spoiler)[Claire was reunited with the cat! (hide spoiler)] Yes, there were several tearful moments in this book; and yes, I thought my heart broke just a little. But that one particular moment simply laid me out, and I had to bawl until I was done.
And as usual, Jamie has some of the best lines ever!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Mixed feelings... it's sad to see this series end, and yet...
I admit, I had to read the ending before I could read the book. I *had* to know if it was...moreMixed feelings... it's sad to see this series end, and yet...
I admit, I had to read the ending before I could read the book. I *had* to know if it was worth my time. (Several series, such as final book in the Divergent series, have seriously ticked me off lately, making me feel royally ripped-off for buying into the story.) I'm happy to say that after reading the End, which I couldn't fully understand, I was able to read the Whole Thing from start to finish.
Sure, there might be some criticism of "neat" or corny endings. And while some of the middle parts dragged... and dragged... and dragged... it felt (to me) as if the author did have a vision of where she was heading and got us there with only a few bruises and minor scrapes for our troubles. The basic vision remained true from book 1, and some of what seemed like random moments from the books came together into "something meaningful" before the end was The End.
I had several unexpected moments. Several "OMG" moments interspersed with "I knew it!", "really?", and "hmmm..." moments. I like being surprised. I like thinking and debating my way through a book.
And it's not truly over yet... we know that Ms. Clare will pick up with an story from the 1920s and likely some of the "newer" characters we came to know and love in this last book. I'm also hoping we get more glimpses of the infamous Herondales, Carstairs, Lightwoods, and the like through the years - from where we knew them in The Infernal Devices through to Present Day (Post-The-End).(less)
I'm still freaking out a little bit over this book. I was afraid of where it would take me, and yet... this book took me where I'd...moreTotal. Mind. Blower.
I'm still freaking out a little bit over this book. I was afraid of where it would take me, and yet... this book took me where I'd never imagined I'd ever go. The creative imagination of Susan Ee truly boggles my mind.
We pick up with Penryn right where we left her at the end of book 1, which was very good, because I couldn't have stood any time skips. And the action picks up just as quickly, too, and virtually never ends until the cliffhanger ending. I wasn't ticked about the cliffhanger, because there's no way I could have read any more of this story than I did. I picked it up and only put it down ONCE, because I had to; otherwise, I read straight-through in shock, awe, disbelief... completely mesmerized by this world, its characters, and this story.
I don't want to get into spoilers here, so let me just say that, while I was a little disappointed having to wait for a major character to appear (or re-appear), Ms. Ee couldn't have done a better job of getting me to that moment.
I literally have NO IDEA where we're going from here, but I LOVE the way we got from where we were to where we are. I can't even imagine such a story, let alone see how these characters build and grow within this post-apocalyptic nightmare that is now Earth and life on Earth. There are wonderful comic relief moments with the Twins Dee & Dum, and heartwrenching moments as Penryn comes to realizations about her sister and her mother.
Truly, madly, deeply... completely applies to this book!(less)
The latest Sinners book contains 4 stories featuring the never-before-told wedding stories of Brian & Myrna, Eric & Reb (Rebecca),...more3.5-4 stars
The latest Sinners book contains 4 stories featuring the never-before-told wedding stories of Brian & Myrna, Eric & Reb (Rebecca), Sed & Jessica, and Jace & Aggie. If you're a Sinners fan, you CANNOT miss this book! Plus, we get progressive glimpses of Malcolm, Brian's & Myrna's cute little guy at each of the other weddings.
Of the 4 stories, Brian's & Myrna's if my favorite - probably because their book is also my favorite Sinners book. It's what got me hooked on the Sinners in the first place. I love Brian and I love Myrna. But we've been part of their wedding in Book 2, so while it's fun to take another look at that day - to focus on it, it's not all that unknown. The story just completes what we already know.
He blinked at her, knowing that he looked like shit. He felt like shit. He wasn't sure why he'd let his band mates talk him into going to a strip club for his bachelor party. They hadn't believed him when he'd told them he'd rather spend his last night of freedom with Myrna. He'd had enough of bachelorhood; it was only more of ht esame. The love he shared with Myrna was new and exciting. Exactly what he wanted. Needed. His mart and sexy Myrna. His heart.
- 4 stars
My next fav is Eric's and Rebekah's story. And this one we haven't seen any part of, so it's delightfully new, fresh, sweet, and so very Eric & Rebekah! I much prefer Reb's mom in this story; it's nice to see she's sticking to her meds and is trying. These two are so sweet with one another. Eric finally finds a FAMILY. And Rebekah's dad comes to the rescue in a moment with Eric that made me teary.
Forever was just a word until I met you. Now it's a promise. A dream. A cherished reality. I love you forever, Rebekah. My love. My wife." He lifted her hands to his lips and kissed her wedding band, staring deep into her eyes. "Forever."
- 4.5 stars!
I wish I could say I loved Jace's & Aggie's story, and I did love parts of it. But there's a weird paranormal ghost story going on in it... just didn't fit. And the revelations about an old pal of Aggie's... well, I can't say I was surprised exactly, but this "news" was somewhat irrelevant. But Jace's & Aggie's vows are THE BEST of all the couple's vows.
She and Jace were now one. IN her heart, they'd always been one, but now she understood the importance of weddings. It allowed a couple and those they cared about to celebrate the rare and wonderous love that two people found in each other. What could possibly be more glorious than that?
- 2.5-3 stars for the paranormal stuff, 3.5 stars for Jace & Aggie
Sed's & Jessica's wedding... I enjoyed many aspects of it, especially since we've been given the build-up on the planning and the Big Wedding. But Jessica is my least fav Sinner's gal (wife, now), and so it was tough for me to get too involved in her emotions and such. I did love the way that she and Sed dealt with what happened on their Big Day. Besides, Jess is only 3 months (or so) preggers at her wedding, and I thought she was going to be much further along than that; didn't it take >3 months just to plan this wedding? But Jessica telling her mom off is STELLAR! 3 stars
Ms. Cunning tells us that Trey & his 2 lovers will get their own wedding story in an upcoming book. Should be interesting. There's also a planned book featuring each of the Sinners' honeymoon tales. Always something to look forward to!(less)
This book felt more like "home" to me... it felt (to me) as if JR Ward found HER voice for the BDB again. That she told her story the way that she saw...moreThis book felt more like "home" to me... it felt (to me) as if JR Ward found HER voice for the BDB again. That she told her story the way that she saw it.
This book picks up where the previous book left off. And while I'm still a bit peeved that Blay and Qhuinn seem relegated to the background, I was pleased to see that Wrath and Beth truly had focus in this book - as expected. It was nice to return to them again. Their struggles, in light of all that's been going on around them - especially the politics and war - felt real.
I enjoyed having the snippets of the Brothers and their Mates interspersed with working out some of the multiple plot lines introduced in the previous books. Ward likes to show us that no one is all black or all white - there are multiple shades of gray within each heart, soul, and mind. Just when you think you have someone figured out, he or she surprises you. And that's what keeps me reading!
Tough to say much more without putting in spoilers... but suffice it to say that I agree with most of my Goodreads friends' reviews and opinions.
Looking forward to the next snippet, novella, or book!(less)