This book....this book...where to begin?!? I can't begin without spoilers so read below for an analysis...otherwise just know this book made me want t...moreThis book....this book...where to begin?!? I can't begin without spoilers so read below for an analysis...otherwise just know this book made me want to become physically violent at points...mainly in regards to Thomas & Theresa! I liked it enough but geez.
(view spoiler)[ So everything goes horribly wrong...they weren't saved after all. Can't say I am shocked by this revelation. What made me laugh a bit was like 20 pages in there was a very graphic description of something disgusting and I was like this book has potential! I am not sick in the head I just like books to make it real. What made me utterly annoyed was the change from confused suspense to constant repeat. I get it the body can only take so much before you pass out but this book was riddled with Thomas blacking out...like over and over and over. It got to the point where I was like, clearly he is going to pass out again and bam there he goes. I also hated that only minor or unnamed characters got killed, not that I want any of my favs gone but unfortunately that makes it more real. Just because you like them doesn't mean they can't die. Well I thought Mihno was a goner but I am glad he's ok, I like him. I also liked the introduction of Brenda and Jorge. I don't trust them, I think they are part of the experiment but I like them.
I hate that Tommy and Theresa are on the outs. I kind of liked her and now I just don't know. I am agreeing with Thomas...maybe you can't trust her. Plus the whole Aris thing, it was weird not bad weird just, WTF weird. Then the Brenda talking in his head thing creeped me out...seriously she is part of it somehow. All in all, I hate WICKED. I don't care how much Theresa says they are good, I hate them. I will probably eat my words at some point but that is how I feel. (hide spoiler)]
Don't get me wrong, the book is interesting I just found some of the repeating themes irritating. I like that we are getting more glimpses into how Thomas was involved in creating the trials and variables. So its a good book to get lost in just had some annoying parts. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked it I really did. I'm glad I didn't realize it was a series. I think that helped me like it more. You know because...moreHoly mind shuck batman ;) ha!
I liked it I really did. I'm glad I didn't realize it was a series. I think that helped me like it more. You know because I thought the end was the end and then....the epilogue happened and I started laughing. Probably not the response the author would like but it's my brain's way of saying that's messed up. There are points where the story was very annoying but I found that I still enjoyed the story and the characters enough to want to finish it and finish it quickly. (view spoiler)[ It almost seems rushed in the Maze. I guess everything happened so fast which annoyed me until I finished the book, then I realized why the Maze part had to end. I just wish I could know a little more about life in the glade but maybe that wouldn't have been as interesting. I liked Thomas and newt...alby was ok but a real ass. I didn't like gally but I almost felt bad for him. Chuck...oh my sweet chuck. I actually teared up when he died. We didn't know him long but we thought he was going to be ok and then just kidding hahahaha he dies. I like Theresa she seems strong and realatable. We just don't know much about her yet. Like I don't see her as a damsel in distress although Thomas seems to think he needs to protect her. It's sweet but a little odd. The telepathy thing is really weird...it went from believable to WTF very fast. I mean it's a cool gift but oddly thrown in there. Hope we get more explanations in the other books. (hide spoiler)]
It's a decent read. Try it out. But don't compare it to the hunger games....it's not the hunger games. It's its own story, just give it a chance. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It took 24 hours to write a review because I wanted to reflect on what I just experienced. This was a book I actually ended up loving...it was quite u...moreIt took 24 hours to write a review because I wanted to reflect on what I just experienced. This was a book I actually ended up loving...it was quite unexpected. I mean the premise was intriguing. An old man telling a story to the village people about the founding of the Britons, the fighting with the Saxons. Its like historical fiction told like a camp fire story. The intro of the characters was fantastic. You have Usher, his BFF Cal, Cal's little sister Clarisse and the unexpected ally Meryn all going on an adventure laced with fears of young teens experiencing lots of bloodshed and loss. The conquering Saxons aligning with the savage Picts against the tribes of Briton I mean that's quite the tale and it was told very well. Usher being the old story teller, telling the tale of his youth. And then about 1/2 way through, the book slapped me in the face and the story became THAT much better!
(view spoiler)[ So when Meryn finds Excalibur...I was like wait...like the sword of legend??? No, ignore this brain and move on. Then the second...I mean second Ambrosia called Usher, Uther I squealed! I was thinking "Uther...like Uther Pendragon...King of the Britons...founder of Camelot...father to King freaking Arthur?!?!? OMG, this just became the story of the creation of Camelot...wait if he's Uther...is Meryn...Merlyn...no way...no freaking way but what about the story teller...he seems like such a commoner". Then I started to recognize the locations mentioned in the book and names from Arthurian Legends. I absolutely love stories about Camelot so this book shot up ten points when I started to make the connections. Honestly it was so wonderful the way it took some history and Arthurian legend and mixed them into this tale told by the 1st King of Camelot, the one who brought the tribes of Briton together, who paved the way for hi son King Arthur. The ending was almost perfect. You briefly meet the infamous Sir Lancelot and then flash back to the preset Uther. You forgot who you were and now its time to go home...home to the Shadowland to be with the ones you love for eternity. (hide spoiler)]
This was a great work of fiction. Short but fulfilling. I truly enjoyed this book. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
OK, I got this book for free one day from Amazon. The summary peaked my interest, so I downloaded it. I have some mixed feelings. For one in my head a...moreOK, I got this book for free one day from Amazon. The summary peaked my interest, so I downloaded it. I have some mixed feelings. For one in my head all I could compare it to was Twilight. Which is not fair since this is its own book and its fairly well written. A pet peeve is I caught quite a few grammatical and spelling errors and I am not a Grammar Nazi by any means but these stood out and that was annoying. Onto the story, I must say Ms. Rosavin did a great job of creating characters that I managed to develop an attachment to in one book. From start to finish this book only took me about 4 days to complete. It was easy to follow and flowed fairly well. It was a bit, um, descriptive at parts which was a little difficult to read at work but once you began you didn't want to put it down until the "part" was finished. This in turn made you want to read on.
(view spoiler)[ So in this over told story of sexy vampire loves a human there were a few things that stood out. One is Kat is not a mere mortal. She is a witch, albeit her powers are unknown to her for a while but she is born of an ancient magical bloodline. The love interest and sexy vampire Adrian is insanely old, in years not in looks, and wants to control Kat and her dormant powers. Of course this is going to lead them to fall in love, its forbidden, her family (who know about the undead) would never approve and he doesn't know what "love" is...its like Romeo and Juliet meets Dracula.
Honestly the book was not bad. Both main characters were strong willed and determined to out will the other, which made for some hilarity and some really hot intimate scenes between the two. It also was beaten to death before the halfway mark so by the end of the book I wasn't feeling proud of Kat for being a strong woman. I wanted to slap her and tell her to grow up. Every time she acted like a brat it made me dislike the book a little bit, dropping lower and lower down to two stars. It was way over done. On the other hand I felt Adrian's deceit was well balanced. It wasn't overdone, even if it was annoying, there was a purpose to it. This also goes for Olga, Dimitri and Stefan their deceit was balanced...everyone lies, good lord!
The biggest reason for my Twilight comparison was the vamp baby. This book is how a vamp baby should happen. Thank the gods that the baby didn't have to eat its way out, that was just disturbing in Breaking Dawn. This baby was normal-ish. Born like a baby...didn't kill mama. It was half human/witch and half immortal undead. It totally brought some of the happy back and made me like the book more, back up to three stars.
Of course when they killed off Kat I freaked. I was like noooo not another one where the freaking main character dies. I can't handle this, I was just beginning love her so incredibly much. But they rectified it and it wasn't creepy, it was sweet. Plus the evil, lying overbearing vampy has a soft spot and happily ever after ensues. Well it seems to. Is this a first in a series. I can't tell because the ending gave closure but the story has some areas where it could continue. I guess we shall see. (hide spoiler)]
So overall a decent book. I am glad I read it. Its like twilight with sex but a little better. If you like vampire and witch stuff check it out. Some of it takes the legends to the extreme but its tolerable. Kudos to Gina for developing characters in one novel that had me near tears at some parts. I felt connected to them and that made this a good read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
150 pages....150 pages....wtf!?!? I started having feels for Sophia and Derek and then done over....wtf?!? It was way way way too short. It has potent...more150 pages....150 pages....wtf!?!? I started having feels for Sophia and Derek and then done over....wtf?!? It was way way way too short. It has potential and her writing style is nice but I'm gonna need a lot more detail in the next book. If I walk away as frustrated as I am now I will NOT read any further!(less)
This was just a form of mild torture! I was seriously hoping for more. The Iron Knight was closure dammit! I mean yea, so the "story isn't over". Leav...moreThis was just a form of mild torture! I was seriously hoping for more. The Iron Knight was closure dammit! I mean yea, so the "story isn't over". Leaves it open for a bazillion possibilities but really you are ending it like that?!!?!?!? This is supposedly it for this series...I was hoping this would make me like the ending of it more. Read it if you want I guess but....
(view spoiler)[ Just poof, lalalala, your son may destroy everything, that's okay we are happy, yay! I mean I am all about family sticking together and saying "suck it" to idiotic prophecies but I just can't, ahhhhh! Okay let me be more specific, its great we get to find out that YES Ash and Meghan are having a baby like he saw in in trials. Really, that makes me exceedingly happy. But really we go on this way too short quasi adventure where we get Puck and Grim back for a hot second and then *wham* its over. I just...I know its a "short" but come on!!! At least give me a proper story. Give me something more than "your son may or may not kill your little brother and bring and end to Faery and the only way to stop it is to ______________". I mean I am all about cliff hangers but this better be resolved at some point in the spin off series with Ethan.
Sorry for ranting... at least, I think, reading this just made the ending of The Iron Knight that much more appealing. At least The Iron Knight was happily ever after even if I felt it was a little too perfect. Stupid short messing up my mood :P (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)