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This is such an awesome book. READ. IT. NOW! This is my first book by Nancy and I can say without hesitation that I am not let down. I've wanted to read her Destiny series for a while now, but haven't gotten around to it. (P.S. Meeting Destiny (Destiny #1) is FREE on Kindle!)
We can easily get into the book and set a continuous pace. This book pulls us through effortlessly and we don't realize where the pages have gone. It flies by, and so does the time. The characters, the plot and the world and history are easy to get into.
We relate to Camille straight away, she is one of my favourite heroines of 2012. We connect with her from beginning to end and try to understand all that she is going through. She is such a 'real' character and fits perfectly into this new world. Everything that she does and believes in make us feel the same way, especially when things occur in the novel, we instantly get the same reaction that Camille does.
Reading this, even though we don't know too much about her mother, we get to know her throughout the book. She influenced a lot of things on how this all came to be. I really wish that we get a novella in this series about Camille's mother, before she had Camille, and what drove her to make the choices she did. We get to see some of it in her journal, but not enough to satisfy us. Even though we didn't know her, we feel like we do once we finish this novel. We get frustrated when Camille is trying to learn about her powers, and about how she hid everything from her to try and protect her. The same reason as all novels come up here, she would be able to protect herself better if she knew exactly what she was going up against and protecting herself from, and practising on how to protect herself than find it all out when there is basically no time left to do anything. Love makes people strange sometimes, maybe her mother didn't want her to embrace her powers because she thought that she might not like living in seclusion from the herd or from her father's family.
The rest of the backing characters are also done like this, although they are alive. We find them strange at times and a little weird in their beliefs, because we are unfamiliar with their Centaur ways. Especially with Bianca, we love her to bits, but she is so comfortable with knowing that Drake is in love, and is going to fall in love, with Camille, even going to the lengths to draw them together! Speaking of, how can you not fall in love with Drake? Seriously though? no further explanation on this, it is self explanatory once you read this. Sigh, Drake, Swoon.
We have a love-hate relationship with the Richardson's, at one point we hate Kyle because he is out to get a blood debt, but then on the other hand, Gage and Kyle try to help when they figure out what Camille's grandmother is doing to her. Like seriously? CRAZY MUCH!?
We get annoyed with Camille's progress in communicating with her Centauride self. She doesn't seem to quite get the hang of using her 'powers', maybe because she is so desperate to use them to communicate with her mother that she is not getting to her full capacity because she is distracted and in her mind, half still doesn't believe that this is all not real.
The end is something we don't expect. This is the same with all of the plot throughout the novel, we don't expect much and we get surprised with it all, mainly beacuse we are still taking in this new world. A gripping final to the novel that leaves us hanging for more in this unque series. Everything is starting to unravel and we anxiously wait to see more of it and to figure out what happens. Can't wait to read the second novel, Centaur Legacy. It was just released on the 22nd November 2012 and really want to see what happens to Camille and Drake next with chasing up their legacy and if they end up being together.
(view spoiler)[*Spoiler-y* We still don't know who Daniel really is, we get the feeling that he is something more, even if he doesn't know it yet, but we know that his father does. My suspicion is that he is a half breed. Anyone else agree?(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Brilliant. It somes up this book perfectly. It was short yet sweet and to the point.
Although we move fast through the book, we fell pulled to the end and through the pages. We also don't expect what happens in the novel. Mainly on how it becomes paranormal from what we start to think is a general YA novel. I love the way that was done! It suits both audiences, either YA readers or Paranormal readers. The one part of this that makes itpossible is through the blurb! Not many novels do this, and leave you in the dark AS WELL as making you intrigued in the novel itself, without giving away too much information. We get caught up in the story, as well as how fast Maddison and Issac's relationship is moving. At the start it bothers us, how they can move that quickly (especially Maddison), but as we continue, we realise where her feelings come from as well as why they developed so quickly. We don't understand it as much when we find out, but we are still captivated by it all.
We get propelled into the story so much that we don't stop to think and predict what is going to happen, and we start to go with Maddison. We feel like Kaylee at times, because we feel like Maddison's best friend. We understand her pain and we get to know about everything that she is going through on a different perspective as to what others would. We start to go along with Maddison's judgement and don't stop to think if it could be anyone else causing it all and just go with what she thinks. That is how much we get pulled into the story. That is how much we develop a relationship with the main character. That is it's own kind of Witchcraft.
We don't understand the title as much as we do when we finish the novel (or when we get around 3/4 of the way through). We can't help but smile at the realisation of the title and how much it suits the book's hidden tale. There's not much that I think the book missed, it included everything that it needed as well as leaving the novel on a good stone. (view spoiler)[I love at the end how, Cherie uses the memoir kind of tone in the last chapter. But the way that she uses that first and then after that it gets into the last bit of the novel doesn't really seem to suit in my eyes. I think the memoir bit at the start of the chapter should have gone last, as well as have a little tie in with the last of the chapter (that should have been first in my eyes). This in my opinion would have made the ending a bit more memorable as well as make it have that little extra edge as we find out about everyone and how it all turned out so that this is elft on our minds as well as Maddison and Issac's forever developing relationship. (hide spoiler)]
We get shocked when we find out the truth about everything and everyone. We don't expect it, as well as the others behind the situation. In this moment, the underlying questions are answered and everything all comes together. The only thing in this chapter was that it only took a chapter. It was very dramatic and it could have extended longer, and still hold our interest and continue to pull us through as the rest of the novel had. This would have brought the book up a little further, but that factor doesn't bring the book down or anything, it just gives us the feeling that we want a little more. Other than that there's not that much else about the novel that isn't already said. Like the book, this review is short and sweet!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book has it's positives, then it has it's negatives.
The positives of this book, that I fell in love with, was the plot line and the idea of the s...moreThis book has it's positives, then it has it's negatives.
The positives of this book, that I fell in love with, was the plot line and the idea of the story. The negatives of this book were the characters. Yet the inclusion of these characters made us want to read more, despite our constant need to want to slap them (Mary especially).
In regards to the positives. I loved this book for the originality of the story and the idea of everthing, as well as everything that happened. This only added to the drama of the story and it pulled me constantly through the book. (Started late/early at night on tuesday and finished afternoon on wednesday). The original yet new light we see the Unconsecrated (i.e Zombies) is refreshing, yet original through their looks and characteristics. This book has a lot of moments that are heart-wrenching. That tear-jerking moment/chapter end threw us home to the end of the novel and towards the final obstacle. Questions still remain from this book, but hopefully they will be answered within the next novel. These questions are the real cliffhanger that his book holds at it's final pages. We want to find answers and we want to be able to then think back to this novel and understand why most of the things happened the way that they did. Everything that happens in the plot-line was intriguing and I loved it. It kept me hooked.
Negatives. The characters. Yes, something this small affected practically the whole book. Ok, let's go through a basic run-down of them and why they completely brought this novel down:
Mary Where do I start with Mary. She's our protagonist, which means there's more to hate about her in this book. She has trust issues, especially with her brother. (view spoiler)[seriously, why would you trust someone after they completely shut you out, especially if it's your own brother because he is the one who was supposed to be protecting you, not throwing you at, especially when you're both hurting. I don't care if that's the way that he deals with his grief, by taking it out on others. But you don't go running back into his arms the minute you see him again and he starts acknowledging you. Especially without an apology beforehand at least. (hide spoiler)]. She is innocent, despite her constant curiosity to know more about life and about this new world and the secrets it holds. She doesn't realise what and who she has (view spoiler)[in the beginning she questions everyones love for her, and to why she hasn't been "proposed" to yet, making her feel like she is unloved which, also causes her lack to recognise and act against these feelings (hide spoiler)]. She takes people for granted and oozes selfishness. She has courage in a sense but she doesn't have it when she needs it. (view spoiler)[she needs to have the courage to ask for answers instead of thinking that they will just be handed to her, like with Travis etc (hide spoiler)] She cannot make up her mind. She doesn't know what/who she wants, leaving everyone suffering. (view spoiler)[Between Travis and Harry she really needs to make up her mind, it is not some game and she doesn't realize what she has with these two until it's gone. Sometimes she wants Travis because she doesn't give up on him when he never even came/spoke for her, yet she doesn't realise until this that she should give Harry a chance. Sometimes she relates back to her "marriage" to Harry, but then she talks about her 'undying love' for Travis. When she nearly loses Travis as he crosses the rope, her actions now, doesn't make up for her neglecting him and ditching him half the time when they were alone in the house. But because something bad starts to happen and he might not make it out alive, she starts realizing what matters and doesn't let go(metaphorically speaking with the whole rope scenario) (hide spoiler)]. Basically summing Mary up is that she acts like a complete and total CHILD. She needs to grow up and face her problems and not try and stick to a fantasy or to something that she has just found out about in a life-altering moment. She is supposed to be of marrying age (16, 17 18-ish!) (view spoiler)[Tells Travis about the ocean when he tells her the reality of it from someone who has been there. Her trying to show Travis the papers while he was busy trying to secure the rope to the other side so they can get out of the house saftely.etc (hide spoiler)].
The Sisterhood More like the Society of Secretive B***hes. Wow, do these ladies like to keep things to themselves. They also love to live by the word of God. (view spoiler)[yet their experiments do the people more harm than good. (hide spoiler)] They basically are the God's of the village, they are superior through knowledge and power. They know about the outside world. They know that they are strong enough to basically "brainwash" the people. (view spoiler)[There is nothing outside of the villiage (hide spoiler)] They tell everything how it is straight. They are mean to Mary, yet their emotions and moods swing when someone else is there.
Cass This girl has some serious mental issues. You. Are. Insane. She doesn't get the reality of what is happening as well as what she is hearing when it is something different from what she has been told by the Sisterhood. Also her confliced emotions are very raw and make her seem psychotic. (view spoiler)[telling Mary, that she loves Harry, yet even though Mary loves Travis she still won't let her have him, then Harry will get her. Really the decision is simple. If you love Harry, then 'switch' with Mary. (hide spoiler)]
Jed Oh how I loathe him. He is the type of person who needs to have someone with him. (view spoiler)[After he lost his father, he had his sister. After he lost his mother, he had Beth. After he lost Beth, he has no one so he has no other choice but to go to his sister whom he kicked out. Is it the fact that he needs someone who is his own flesh and blood beside him that keeps him going? You would think that after his mothers death, he would be with Mary. Yet he kicks her out and gives her to the sisters. THEN, after the whole town is being ravaged he falls back to his sister because he knows that his wife is going to die. Ok you do start to warm up to him but then after he falls you do get a little sad because things were starting to lighten up between them. (hide spoiler)]
Brothers:Travis&Harry These two really need to sort out their priorities. Even they are only a year or so apart their mind set is similar in what they attract. (view spoiler)[they are both in love with the same girl, yet one has a claim on her and doesn't even show these feelings in her time of need. Doesn't come to visit her while with the Sisters. Doesn't try and speak for her after her brother threw her out. Harry only comes by her again because his brother is in the infirmary. By then Travis starts to let his feelings for Mary show because of all the time they spend together. But then he doesn't come for her and lets her marry his brother. But then Harry starts to fall for Cass, then he ends up marrying Mary. Then after they wed Travis becomes interested in Mary again. It is all too much to handle between them two. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
From the start, we learn that Sera has been by herself. Not many friends and a father that doesn't know what he is do...moreOriginally posted on my blog:
From the start, we learn that Sera has been by herself. Not many friends and a father that doesn't know what he is doing. We come to realise that Sera doesn't speak much or at all about school or friends. The onyl intel we get on her old life if one chapter, which only then involves her dad, yet still not a main part of her life. We understand this feeling as she skips past her old life's school, including those in it. It is as much of a blur to us as it is to Sera, which instantly forms our connection to her and her new life.
Along with Sera we come to realize there are so many questions and mysteries. We also, use our own mental checklist of all things weird and unknown to us. This, for us continues throughout the novel for us, as it does Sera, ultimately bringing us closer with her.
The story lets off a very quick pace. Just as it is all so new to Sera in this new world and getting confused in the time elapsed, everything seems to be moving pretty quickly. We get a little confused about how much time has passed in the present day. I know you might be wondering what I'm talking about if you haven't read this novel yet, but it's hard not to include a spoiler about what that actually means (if you read the book, and you should, then you'll find out). This, however, doesn't stop our interest in the novel, even if there is some action (at the end), the new world is quite as thrilling.
As we read, we see her struggle to adapt to this new world she is thrust into, as well as the people within it. The love that blossoms as well as struggles throughout the book tests Sera, and we ultimately feel her pain and her struggle as she faces all of these challenges head first. The choices that she's faced to make leave us shocked and awed at her courage and strength, especially after all that she's gone through and all that she hopes and wishes for.
Although there is no cliffhanger, unknown answers keeps us on edge, waiting anxiously for the next novel. Even after we finish the book, we are still wondering about it all and keep on finding more questions that haven't been answered. This leaves us utterly hanging, desperate for the second novel. Hmmm, yes, I stand corrected, it is a cliffhanger.(less)
I completely didn't expect what was going to happen when she finds out the truth about the school and Dante. It was a shock but not that much of a sho...moreI completely didn't expect what was going to happen when she finds out the truth about the school and Dante. It was a shock but not that much of a shock (yes confusing but that's my realty of it). It was, in other words, a nice surprise that I didn't and wouldn't see coming but made the story all the more. As to the name of the novel it lives up to what it means, when first reading the title I wouldn't have thought that it could mean anything other than to the fact that she was trying to find out who killed and how her parents were killed and not who she really was in a sense that made her feel like she belonged and knew what was right and what she was made to do. This we find out at the end of the novel in the last chapter or two and really, the title is very fitting, yet once you've read the book it gives away more than many (including me) would have thought from first glance.
I kept trying to figure out who it was within the school. Going from one charcter to another from the new pieces of information that we and Renee recieve. At one point (for a brief moment) I thought that it was Nathaniel but then ultimately he was found out to be....let's just say, incapable, because of what happened to him and why he ended up in the hospital wing.
I found that we really connect with Renee, even though it is from her point of view, we really can see and feel all of these things around us and feel like we are the actual character. Mainly I saw this when all of a sudden (view spoiler)[Nathaniel tells of who stole the diary but then we realise that the same time as Renee does that we did completely forget about it and then everything seems to fit into place. Also by the way that we can quickly piece together bits of the information and reveal what really happens at the exact same time as Renee and not having to have easily guessed at this beforehand. (hide spoiler)]
Not that I want to bring this up but in a small way it did remind me of Twilight. Yes, I know I shouldn't have even brought this up but seriously. (view spoiler)[who didn't think of twilight when she asked the famous Twilight question "how old are you?" and then he replies in the same Twilight fashion "seventeen". I did laugh at this bit because in a way it does kind of mock it but then at the same time relates to it as well. (hide spoiler)]
On a better note, I loved the ending, it was so cute: (view spoiler)[ "Real love is selfless." "I miss you already," I whisper, my insides in panic. Dante plucked a flower and tucked it behind my ear. "I'm with you, always." <-- corny but NAWW And then he leaned over and kissed me. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Funnily enough, this novel is pure imagination. Summing up this novel is exactly that. Along with the new imaginatvie f...moreAlso see this review at:
Funnily enough, this novel is pure imagination. Summing up this novel is exactly that. Along with the new imaginatvie force we are sucked in from the beginning right until the very end of this gripping tale in a compltely new and unheard of world.
At the beginning of the novel we find it hard to get used to the world. It is so strange and unique we need to re-read some sentences to make sure we've read and understood it all properly. Because of this, the start of the novel doesn't quite pull us in as much while we get used to the world.
When you come to realise how many different perspectives are used in this novel, you instantly might thinkn that you'd be confused. Maybe even a little overwhelmed. Yet surprisingly, it doesn't. When switching between Pressia and Partridge, we continue the story exactly where we left off, but from another side of things. We see first, how each world is like. Pressia's world outside the Dome, and Partridge's world on the inside. Then, as we switch, the two get closer and closer to each other until, finally, they meet and we get to understand how Partridge sees this new world and how he reacts to it all, as well as how Pressia reacts to Parridge, a pure, as well as how she deals with everything. This brings us so much closer to the two characters that we feel at loss when things get complicated and we start to learn more about their world and its corruptions.
From us seeing how much Partridge's life has changed makes us realise exactly the lack of reality that is represented to those inside the Dome. When Pressia tells Partridge of something that he doesn't believe, we sigh and shake our heads, knowing better of the false reality presented. Throughout the novel we ask: What are they trying to hide? What are they covering up?
Once Partridge escapes the Dome, his innocence blinds him. He doesn't know what he's in for, as well as the fact that his mother could really be dead. We wonder if he will accept it when the truth is revealed. If it is even true...
There are still so many questions left unanswered while going throguh the book. Nothing is all that it seems and we hope that some parts of the truth are revealed to us later on in the novel.
So totally in love with Bradwell. "sigh" :D Straight away, I could tell something would happen with him. I knew all along that although the blurb gives the impression, but Pressia and Partridge were not going to be together, in love or falling for each other.
Fantastic! Brilliant! Shocking! Heart-Wrenching! Such an explosive ending. Like WOW! That final chapter was... well... it was truly epic! The final chapter putting together everyone's perspective. With much of the truth revealed we stop after that explosive and fast-paced ending and just stop. Think of all that has happened and coming to terms with it all. Did that really just happen? Hearts racing, tears threatening to spill and our bodies relax after sitting on the edge of our seats. Overall, a novel that pulls you in, and makes you question the world around you, that not everything is as it seems.(less)
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Starting the novel we don't think much on it, we see a regular girl, in our world and
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Starting the novel we don't think much on it, we see a regular girl, in our world and our time. She's a track star and is loved by all as well, including have a loving and caring boyfriend, Grayson. She tells us first of her seemingly unnatural hair and we just dismiss it, not really thinking much about it, hey, she could be just lucky with having envious hair....
Straight away what seems to be a perfectly normal life, takes a dramatic turn when Celestra comes home to find her family gone. This is where it all starts to get really interesting. First, comes one Jack Simple. How is it not possible to fall in love with him at first sight? Remind you of James Bond much? Super secret spy protecting the ladies, and secretly saving the world. The action increases as we get to know Jack and we delve deeper into the story. When Celestra starts asking about what's happening, we are just as anxious for answers as she is, where is she going? Who are the people out to get her? And what is going to happen to her?
Instantly our connection with Celestra grows as the novel continues, her questioning of who and what she actually is matches ours, and we are both eager to learn more. With learning about the Underground, herself, Jack and her Faded self, you would expect to get lost in the amount of things happening in this novel, surprisingly it doesn't at all. Gow has done a fantastic job of mingling in all the information that is relevant, without making us forget about other important bits of information in the process.
As the book develops, what she is becomes a more pressing question. Her powers are developing and more are out to get her. Who she thinks she can trust is blinded by Jack and the Underground trying to protect her. A she is Faded her relationship with Jack develops, much to our pleasure and prediction :) She becomes more confused about if Jack really likes her, as well as guilt felt for Grayson, who has no doubt forgotten about her already.
We have no trouble connecting and falling in love with Celestra and all the minor characters. When Grayson gets throw into the picture there is a lot more action involved, including a love-triangle. You all probably know by now how much I hate love-triangles, but this one is purely entertaining, and we know Celestra's mind is made on who she wants.
The end. Just WOW!!! Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat. Betrayal, emotions on a high, love, memories and a hint of war, leave us utterly shocked and craving for Falling (Fade #2). The way this ends, I can't even begin to describe the torment. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! This is a must read series, pick it up now!