May contain some spoilers Ismae is a kick-ass heroine. That pretty much sums it up! She's been abusedMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Ismae is a kick-ass heroine. That pretty much sums it up! She's been abused by men through her life, until suddenly she's saved. After that some kick-ass nuns will teach her how to become an assassin. You just have to love the sound of that. It's nearly poetic! Even my husband found that intriguing.
Not long after her first assignment Ismae is sent to high court with mysterious man (yes, there's always a mysterious man!), Duval. After a while, she manages to get over her hate for men (at least somewhat) and starts having romantic feelings about Duval.
First of all, I loved the romance. It wasn't instant love-at-first-sight, but you could sense there's some kind of attraction and I just loved how it was described step by step, slowly increasing into something real. It was just.. lovely. Beautiful. Some may not like when every little detail was described, but I love details like that. It just makes it feel more real.
Wanna guess my least favorite part? Oh, the politics! I hate them in real life, and I hate to read about them. Yet it didn't bother me as much as I expected. Though it might have something to do with the fact that the politicians were dropping dead left and right! Something I miss about those days ;)
I loved the ending, I love happily-ever-afters, as we all know. And I was so excited when the book ended and I just wanted to know how Ismae's story continues, since I expected the second book to be about her too. Unfortunately, it was revealed that the second book won't be about Ismae! Damn! But about her loony friend. For some reason, I wasn't that thrilled anymore. I presumed we would see more about Ismae and what her life will be like, but instead we'll get story about another nunchaku-nun (sort of), who will undoubtedly also find true love etc. Somehow, I just feel like it cheapens this book. Since this was such a great book and I want to see more Ismae! And I don't want this to be one of those stereotypical "ah-how-my-loins-ache!"- historical romance novel series. It's hard to explain this feeling. Guess I just want to only see Ismae, since she's one of a kind and that makes her important.
If I won't hear more about Ismae, my heart will break a little, because she's just lovely. And kick-ass. Which makes a great heroine!
Huge thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for this book, I just loved it! :)
May contain some spoilers After receiving this book, it only took me few hours to read it. I was neMy rating: 4.5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers After receiving this book, it only took me few hours to read it. I was nearly finished when I realized that this will be the end for Sophie! I'm not sure if I already knew that and just blocked it from my memory, or if this really was news to me. Either way, I had to stop reading for a while and go through the five stages of grief:
* What, it's over?! It can't be over! I don't believe you, there will be another book, no matter what you say! * Seriously, it's over?! *throws book in the wall* Who can I beat up? * If I beg and cry and pray and be a good girl, will you write another Hex Hall book, please Rachel! * No. It can't be over, but it does seem so *sobbing in bed* * Okay, it's over. At least I have these three books I can read over and over again.
Luckily, I just went through these stages in my head, I didn't send begging-/hatemail to Rachel, so no worries! Though I do feel I might have regress back to anger. Except now it's aimed at the plot. So I may not be thinking all that clear right now.
Okay, first to things I loved. What I loved the most is the same as with the other two books: quick and witty dialogues! And here's the reason why I try to read alone: I don't have pokerface. So you can see from my face what's going on in the book. And the witty dialogues? I always "act" them. My mouth moves and my facial expressions changes with the subject. Luckily, this only happens when there's really good dialogues going on! But when there is (good dialogues going on), I can't stop myself. So it's quite embarrassing to read good book in public. But at least it's easy to spot good dialogues ;)
I also loved the love triangle (when don't I)! Though not the end, but I'll get to that later. But the beginning was awesome, you had to love the jealousy and Elodie's meddling! ;)
Then, what I didn't like.. Well, there wasn't really much of that and maybe it was only because I was so upset after realizing this is the end. But I did get the feeling that everything just ended so abruptly. I wished there were extra 200 pages so we could've slowly just ease into it. Now it just always felt sudden. Like "oh no, I like two boys, I can't choose", few pages later "I'm enlightened, now I know who I want!" and "I missed the bad guy, but we will find out more about their plans soon! And they will pay!" and then it was just "Oh, things sorted out". Not exactly like that, but it was just as abrupt.
Also, the love triangle and how it ends.. Well, I'm not going to spoil anything, but I was so not happy. Both guys had their pros and cons, but I was actually starting to like Cal more. Don't read too much into this, I'm not hinting anything. Or am I?
Well, guess you just have to find out yourself! ;)
Overall, Rachel Hawkins didn't let me down and managed to live up to my expectations. Though of course I'm still heart broken, because I really don't want to say goodbye to Hex Hall. I hope we'll see more adventures located there, hopefully including Sophie!
Love you, Hex Hall. You'll be missed. And now I'll crab a box of chocolates and head to bed, probably cry myself to sleep.