Indigo Awakening This review can originally be found on my blog, with an interview with Jordan as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Harlequin Teen Aust...moreIndigo Awakening This review can originally be found on my blog, with an interview with Jordan as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for a copy of this novel for review.I did have expectations for this novel, but then at the same time I didn't want to as well, incase I gave too much to expect. My second novel by Dane, and it has been my favourite. I can tell that this is going to be a series that questions what is to come in the future, as well as what is to become of us as well.I love how this book is full of imagery. Every step of the way, we can picture exactly what is happening, every detail made out in each scene, mixed with our own interpretations. The vivid colours and buildings, shown both from Gabriel's depictions from his drawings, as well as from just the story-telling really bring this all to life, as well as the very realistic fact that we can relate easily to the characters. The constant change in perspective, may seem to make us lost. It doesn't. All the characters are blended perfectly into each other that only sometimes, we get a little lost because of a completely new character that is introduced. Some of the characters are just plain sick. Like seriously people? HOW THE HELL CAN YOU DO SUCH A THING! (read and find out exactly what), thinking about it now, it seems like a bit much to include, but then when you read, it really does fit. Rayne's sister is a serious nut-case. There is a fine line between family and groups (in my mind...cults). The whole Church cover-up was a bit of a stretch though, and franctly, it does limit the reader group. Many religious people would be offended in a way by this, even though it is a cover-up and their whole reaction over the book could be based on this point alone.The love connections are very easily spotted..... Basically from as soon as you meet both characters and they start interacting in some way, you can tell. What I really liked, however, was finding out about Gabriel more. Yes, we want to find out about the other Indigo Children as well, but because Gabe is one that is known as the more mysterious, we can't help but be intrigued about his past more than the others. The shock-horror ending, isn't much of a shock (well to me) because of why? predictions! (does that mean that I have a little Indigo Child in me? haha). I could guess from when Gabriel was talking about his parents what was going to happen, sorry, who should happen. It is a moment that makes us want to find out exactly what happens next, as well as how it will all end as well.(less)
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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)
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Initially it is the prologue that hooks you in. Wondering how this relates to the story and who these people are. This sets the story and we continue on straight away to see how this will impact the story and Stasia. Starting the novel, we get pulled into this world again and into her school life. We get introduced to Nadia and the rumours surrounding her. We can tell that she will be a big part of this novel by how much she is mentioned.
Once again, we get told exactly how "hot" Finn is. Is saying that your boyfriend is "hot" and regarding them as such a real sign of affection? Like in Forsaken, secrets are kept from Stasia, although this time it is just from Finn. Stasia knows that there is something that he is hiding, yet he blatantly denies it. Especially after one such moment with Nadia and Priscilla. She does have the right to be angry with him, although she should have pushed him more to the truth.
There is a lot more action in this book that keeps us constantly being pulled through everything that happens. We want to keep on reading, finding we are more captivated in this novel than their first in the series. Her adoptive family showing up was random. Nothing really happened and I wanted Finn to walk or for something to happen. It makes me think that it's like a sudden change of mind. It doesn't do anything for the story except make us want for something to happen to show them that she is not who they think she is. A charity case to make them look better.When I read this bit and finished that it felt like this happened.
"I want to include the adoptive family in this somehow" *1 minute of typing later....* "No wait, it's not going anywhere" *forgetting about the scene* *forgetting to delete the scene* ...... continuing......
Is it just me or do her friends start to annoy you all as well? There are times that you think, "Why Stasia, don't listen to them! You do what you think is right!" Most of the trouble that happens is because her friends have coaxed her into it and Stasia doesn't have the courage to say that she thinks it's a bad idea. Why? Maybe she is scared that they won't like her anymore? But then what kind of friends would they be then? This happens right through the book and sometimes I thought, "Oh great. Here we go again, wait for the mistake to happen and the 'OOPS, let's not do that again'".
As Stasia's powers grow and develop, we continuously wonder about her reveries and who the man is that was featured in the prologue. We have a feeling but are we right to assume who it is?
As the journey into the Underworld starts, we know how close to the end we are, and we power through, loving every minute and hang on to every word. All little emotions we felt in the novel leading up to this are amplified and thrown together, leaving us on the edge of our seat as we get to see the strong and powerful Stasia that we know and love, sacrificing herself for the ones that she loves and does what she believes is right.
The end proves shocking, making us NEEDChosen. I even checked to see when it will be released just so I could know when I could get my hands on it. Her actions at the end, as well as those she meets tear at us. Tear jerking, heart wrenching goodness. This book screams READ ME NOW!(less)
Instantly we get a connection with Vee. We also get the feeling of being backstage (ironically). H
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Instantly we get a connection with Vee. We also get the feeling of being backstage (ironically). Her personality and her connection to the other characters leaves her out a bit, which then brings us closer to her and her character.
Speaking of her friends, is it just me, or do you all not like Syd? She seems like the stuck up one (as well as acts like it too) and not Vee, like what everyone calls her already. In this case opposites attract or Vee is just friends with Syd so that Syd stadns out and get more attention, especially from standing next to and being friends with plain old Vee.
We don't realise how much of a friend Syd actually is until the end. Throughout the book we feel she is all about herself. Especially from the way Vee talks about Syd, is more like an obsession. Espcially from some of the things she does as well as how much Vee takes care of Syd.
We learn so much more about Vee throughout the novel. About who she actually is while in the games. We see the true side of her that the games brings out, we see the will and determination she has as well as the strength to stand up for what's right. These qualities are hidden at the start of the novel, through the book we realise that she is more than what she is believed to be, not just the shy girl hidden in the back behind everyone elses shadow. She thinks about both sides of the dare and the consequences to both sides before she acts, unlike the other players who believe that there will be no side effect on anyone else because it is 'just a dare'. Yet does everyone know that it is just a dare?
Tommy is someone who completely surprises us. The end makes us think about the kind of friend he actually is. Ian still ends as a mystery, we finish the novel still not knowing too much about him. Pssshhtt, boys. Seriously?
In the end, we look back and realise that we too are Watchers. Even though we start dispising them throughout the novel, we really end up being just like them, hanging onto every word, their every movement. We are the ones with the front seat to Vee and Ian's dares.
Both the prologue and ending leaves us craving more. We don't find out what happens after the prologue, even after we've finished the novel. But from the ending we might be able to guess because of the final dare.
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As we begin the prologue we are bombarded with endless questions, leaving
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As we begin the prologue we are bombarded with endless questions, leaving us hanging and desperate to find out more and really begin the novel. Questions like, is it her? Where is she? and has this happened yet? leaves us on the edge of our seat as we enter the book hungrily searching for answers.
When we start the novel we find ourselves at the university. Things aren't quite as we were expecting, it starts out slow like just your average YA novel about a girl going to university, which is the only reason it is brought down to a rating of 4.5. We wonder when it will start to get interesting (well we were promised with a whole mix of popular genres) until BOOM! the paranormal romance appears. Ahh intriguing a ghost, ahem sexy ghost.
As she goes through university with her best friend, we wonder what the university holds. We see cameras everywhere, yet are they really there for the students protection? especially seeing as there are more than what there should be. Try thinking maybe prison security? We experience Alessa's dedication to find out who the ghost is, as well as why he is haunting her. Also, the regular university experiences come into play as well, the gorgeous boy that everyone fans over, but likes the protagonist. In some situations like this, we wonder why Alessa is so connected to the ghost and why she feels so strongly about him and what happens in her life can be effected by the mere thought of him.
Hmmm, seems like your normal, seemingly average university cross paranormal romance story... until the dystopian sci-fi comes in. Everything from there changes, the pace quickens, the plot thickens and we get pulled deeper into the book by this mere thread (hahaha word 'thread' sits well with the novel, read and you'll understand). As the dystopian kicks in and we realise as we come to our senses, we are left shocked, just like Alessa as she finds out. There are no words to describe the feeling that takes place, you do not expect it at all (applause to Samantha, I am gobsmacked). As everything starts to sink in and Alessa 'learns' the truth, we too get acquainted with the past and what has happened along with her.We become part of Alessa by this happening, as we realise exactly what happened and what is going to happen to be able to fix everything.
We feverishly go through the end of the novel, and we realise that the story has only just begun as we finish the story and crave for more. (Especially from the teaser from the second novel, Shudder, in the back of this one). I haven't seen a cliffhanger like this one in a while, one that leaves you desperate. Although, on another note. I believe that if you got rid of the second paragraph to the blurb it will be a lot more intriguing and won't spoil the rush the dystopian side of the novel gives you.
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Unique. One word that describes this book. A very unique novel about something we don't see in YA novels, astral projection. A great concept that easily blends into our world that by the end, we question if it is real or not. Not sure if this is a spoiler, but I'm pretty sure it's not because I'm not revealing anything about the major plot, anyway... The fact that everyone basically astrally projects is something that I love the idea of. Remember seeing someone in your dreams? the answer, astral projection. All little things like this pull on the strings of reality and myth. Do we really astrally project when we are dreaming and not realise it?
I love the dash of culture thrown in the novel. Rei being half Japanese is not something we hear much of in other YA noels. Yet Rei's 'oh-so-hotness- makes him well placed above other YA characters.
Anna's personality is very easy to relate to and get along with. All of her little thoughts placed in italics, brings out the side that we know she has lost her body, but not her spirit. We laugh at some of the little remarks that she makes as well as how she reacts to her body. We easily connect with Anna and get the whole 'best friend' vibe. We get to know her more, about all of the little things that really makes Anna, Anna. when she lost her body and Rei talks about her allergies and her life. We also find out her last name and all the other things about her we didn't know.
The back story is just as important as Anna getting her body back. Every time Rei and Anna try something to get Anna 'back in', we are on the edge of our seats in anticipation for something to work. The relationship that blossoms between the two gets complicated throughout the novel, we don't get bombarded with their feelings for each other, but we see the relationship forming.
The ending keeps us guessing as to how she and Rei will go. Will they really be together? What about College? These questions leave us thinking long after the book finishes.(less)
I loved the classic feel to this novel, nothing like Twilight or any other modern day Vampire novels. Because this was set in the 1800's, the time period felt right as the kind of creatures that they are. I don't know how to really explain it, but this novel didn't exactly pull me in. I was kind of putting along with it, you know, going with the flow. I loved how strong of a character Katrina is, and yes, I understand that the girls and her are usually by themselves (before this situation) are full gossipy etc etc I found them all very annoying. I wanted to skip some of the parts with all the girls in it. And the way her father is to her friends when she asks for a favour, is the kind of cool-father that everyone wishes and it just makes me want to go "pssshhhtt, whatever *eye roll* because of how he acts. Like it was like that back in the 1800's. Even now, fathers won't be like that, she based this on an unrealistic dream of most girls. A lot of things were going on throughout the novel, and this book did feel like a chronicle of her life, but it was evident that it was. I love how this story is very unique, which is mostly hard to do when having Vampires as the subject matter. It was good because we see the classic Vampires of the 1800's, but we also see a little twist on that to make it unique and something that now-a-days, we don't find. Sometimes, characters seemed to either jump up into the story out of nowhere, or just suddenly dissapear. Yet the story continues with the characters as they were there all along. Katrina is the kind of girl that anyone can get along with, we instantly feel connected to her. Although we notice her formality in her speech then compared to us, we still come ot know and love her as well as try to help her on the way (even though we know she can't really hear us) (less)
hmmm 3.5 scrolls. I'm really stumped on this review. It's got some great elements to the story. The combination of Cara and Will are totally and completely in sync. They are a brilliant couple together and they make the novel worth reading. I loved how alone they both are in the world, yet because they both understand the feeling, they begin to understand the world together as well as escape their loneliness. Ok, it's not awfully lovey-dovey cutsey-wootsey love story. It is all played out extremely well. I loved how much of our own world we were in while in this fantasy story. Everything played out so well and so much like our very own reality today. Without the fantasy-alien element, it would be your classic YA story of a young girl finding herself and learning to grow in a world she feels outcasted and tormented. Then as she comes across a boy and they change each other's world for the better and they get more confortable in their own skin. This was the best part of the novel. Where the downfall is, was that it didn't seem to pull me in as I wanted to. It seemed to drag on at times and not have a steady pace that I liked. It was a great story, but as I said, it seemed to drag on a bit too much.
Not really sure what to say about this novel. It was predictable yes. It was also a little slow for me. But all in all it was a good read and I want to continue on with the rest of the series. The pace starts to pick up when she crosses over into the new world. Everything that happens in this world makes me think of what will happen next. And so far, I was right on everything, except for one point. However, the answer to this has never come up in the novels yet. When the novel finishes we are left as if it's the end of a normal chapter. It makes me wonder if all the novels are set up in this sort of fashion where it is like the start of a new chapter and the novel is really just one big one but split into three. (If that makes sense). It was a good story, I enjoyed it. There really isn't any particular reaction that comes from me about this novel. Basically, meh. Not really having read the synopsis for a while I completely forgot about what the actual novel was about and dived right in. I was surprised at the story, seeing as I didn't know what to expect. I was surprised, but in a good way. I don't know, but this book didn't really get to me as others have. It was good, but it didn't push me over the edge to get a higher rating than 3. Still an enjoyable read.(less)
Not quite 4 scrolls, yet above 3.5 scrolls......Hmmmm, another predictable one we've got here.... Although I was entertained and captured in this book the whole way through, it was thoroughly predictable. Jewel is one on the quiet side, we don't really see caracters like her now-a-days, we watch her grow from being quiet to someone who we could see have a lot of potential as being one of the heroines that we see in many novels today. I like this progression of growth in her, that way, we are more in tune with Jewel as a person, than to Jewel the character. The whole, running family from the dark forces and trying to protect Jewel is one of the major predictability points in this novel. And, as ususal, when in novels, the family is keeping something from the protagonist, Jewel goes and tries to find the solution herself. Well, who wouldn't when it's pretty obvious they're keeping something from her and dragging her to all these new places. There are oh so many twists and turns throughout the novel that keep us constantly turning through the pages and the momenum going. Nawwww, how can you not love her little brother, it makes me want to have a little brother! This book had all elements that I love in a story, growth, love and action blurred into one. I love the romance in this novel, despite my hate for love triangles. Yes, it did give me the sh*ts at times, but I loved it all no matter. I think I'm definitely team Roman :D
The ending was left open for our curiosity to wonder what would happen in the future. Yet we are content becuase all of the questions we had throughout the book have been answered at the ending, as well as towards the end of the novel.
I was somewhat shocked when I started this novel. I didn't think I'd get a kind of post-apocalyptic feel to it from Sleepers' Syndrome. OK, well if I wanted to, really it could've been deciphered from the blurb, but still it came as a shock. To be honest, I didn't really understand the disease much at first, but as I got through the novel, I understood it all and how devestating it would be on Alyse, as well as the others affected by it as well (such as Ryan). Along with Alyse's 'enhanced' body we start to get used to this new world, that we didn't really know we'd get ourselves into. Just as this is a shock to us, we are thrown into this new world and forced to get over it (if we signed up for it or not) just like Alyse as she catches Sleepers' Syndrome. Her job makes her that much more interesting, as I have never read from a sensory illusionist's perspective before, nor read of one until the first time I picked up my Reader and started reading. It's a wonderful concept that is brought into the novel, and it brings with it a new light as well as a new take on first person narration. The ending, oh the ending. leads us perfectly from the start of her story into her next one. We find out the truth as to why she is so unique, as well as finding out her sweet, sweet plot to come back. (Yes, start getting intrigued)(less)
A great novel by the sisters! Sometimes throughout the novel it felt like it didn't pull me in as much as it did some parts. The constant change in persona as well starts to get a bit too much, because as we start learning about one character, we instantly get changed to a whole new string of characters that are associated with one. So we start getting a little confused. It is still a great novel. The way that Abby's dilemmas are in fact, what we think should be like. Her life is terrible and we reach out to her, as well as try to find out why and exactly how she became like this. We get snippets throughout the novel as to her former relationship to Raf, as well as the Twins. We get very curious throughout the novel as to the secret that we hear about in the blurb as well as try figure out why Abby is so special.
We get so caught up in whether Heaven and Hell want her alive or dead. Half of Hell wants her dead, where the other half doesn't, and the same with Heaven as well. We get a new ring to Satan. We always think of Satan as a he. Yet in this novel Satan is a she, and she happens to be Lucifer's wife. In the very general male dominance of Heaven and Hell that we hear of constantly, this is a fresh breath as it's not just male dominated, we get a new spin on things where females are just as powerful and we actually hear about them in Heaven and Hell. We hear about some that are fearless and notorious warriros, as well as the likes of Satan (or Satinel).
There is a minor love triangle in this novel, between Abby with Raff and Gabe. But it is not THAT bad. It's bearable, for others like me that HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. So it does appeal to all audiences. If you love love-triangles, then you do get your dose. And if you hate love-triangles, then it is played out in a way that makes it a love-triangle, yet so much as it isn't infuriating.(less)
What an imagination. Dinsmore completely captivates us in the world of the White Forest. Leaving us with brilliant imagery of the surrounding land as well as a fresh intake on a new kind of faerietale. Even though it is a middle grade novel, we don't really find out about many of the small details that pop up in the novel that would help us understand more, as well as to bring us further into the world of the White Forest. We are told names yet not exactly what they, leaving us to guess what it is. In a way, this brings us further into the novel as we bring our own kind of thinking and our own kind of mind into the novel, so that it becomes special to us as the reader as it is to the main Realm.
Everything that happens in this book (adventures of Brigitta through out of the White Forest) brings the sisters together as well as brings out a kind of bravery in everyone. We find that we are either encouraging Brigitta and Himalette or telling them what to do in bad situations. Yet in the end it all works out some way and we are still propelled with the girls throughout all of the thicks and thins of their universe. Every strange character we meet along the way adds to the imagination of the world and everything that, not only is in the White Forest, but what is on the outside as well. This gives us a feel of their whole realm and not only of the Forest the Faeries are situated in. Although the names used in the novel are basically thrown at us from the very start, we get accustomed to them. However, some of the names I sometimes even had to stop for a second or two, just so I could get the correct pronunciation. Targeted as a middle-grade novel, this may be harder for younger readers to get a hold of, especially when they are so captivated by the world that they have to stop for a moment in order to be able to get a grasp of the name of either the food or the person etc. It takes them out of the rhythm they were in and the pace set to get the young readers really into the novel, to stop and think before they have to read on again.(less)
Such an adventurous little soul Brigitta has. Destined to be an Elder faerie, yet longing for adventure. In the first novel we see that Brigitta is jealous of her friends for having their destiny marking when she doesn't, as well as our spending time with her trying to figure out what she is good at that will spend the rest of her life doing. We hear remarks about her wings often in the first novel about how hers compare to those that are marked, as she longs for her wings to be marked. Yet now, that they are, she is still unsure about it all. It's quite annoying at times. Yes, it is something that you're going to be doing for the rest of your life, but don't complain about your own wings when you don't even know what your own destiny is that you want to fulfil! Ok enough ranting, next!!
We are broguht back from the first novel with the background knowledge of the Great World Cry (in which we hear about the city of Noe and a little on it's background. Brigitta, once again, is the heroine of the novel, in which she personally needs to deal with many challenges as well as adventures in order to save the White Forest once again. And, also again, she get a companion that makes her journey worse and more chaotic then if she would have traveled alone. In the first novel, she had to save Himalette numerous times. Now, in this novel, it is Ondelle that Brigitta needs to save. As a typical heroine, Brigitta saves the day! Although this novel is based for Middle-Graders, the second in the series seems to be matured more than in the first novel, in regards to the meaning behind the story as well as the lessons learnt. We start to move to the YA genre, which can lead to both Brigitta and the reader to a more mature level, like a transitioning novel.(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)
I am completely and in love with the world that J.R. has built in The Never! The world is built up perfectly and I am completely sucked into this new and exciting world. The character building of James on his journey through The Never as well as everything he discovers on the way, as well as things he doesn't discover just as yet. Just as all the major characters in this novel, like Kalani and Akil, are very important in the story as well as interesting to hear about and read. I love the way that everything is described in this novel, we see everything happening in our heads and feel like we're on the journey with James and his friends. I love how we're given background information about the world. I am completely taken with the idea of Faithfuls and Unfaithfuls, it makes the world bring itself closer to ours, with all the different beliefs. The constant jumping to different places and times is a little confusing at first, but we quickly get handle on it. We are left in agony waiting for the next novel to come out. We have so many questions that we want answered. It just got a little much with all of the flashbacks, I wanted to get a grip more on the present day than the time. Although I love the background information provided, because no one now-a-days really tells of the backstory when in another world.(less)
Straight into the novel we get a glossary. Brilliant idea, especially with so many new terms coming into play in this novel, as well as a great start to become familiar with everything, so we're not stopping to try figure out what it all means.
Without having read the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy, the way that we get to explore the world within the Estilorian Plane is brilliant. Everything we experience with Tate there keeps our minds reeling for more and our curiosity peaks. Very much action packed, I didn't really expect as much as we were given but it was still brilliantly done. Essentially what brought this down a rating than being a 5 was the start, the start of the novel didn't really get me going as much as the rest of the novel did. It started off a little slow for me, especially starting to get used to all the new terms that they use as well as all the family names etc. As well as the constant shift in character perspectives, was a little overbearing, especially when this is a first read without having read the prequel trilogy. (this is only in the start of the novel though, throughout the rest of the novel it all flowed brilliantly and fit nice together)
The love story within it all was thrilling.*sigh, smile and looking off into the distance* Enough. Said.
I love the character make-up of Tate, she's an excellent female protagonist (which many books seem to lack lately, because I really just want to slap half of them in the face). The way that the family is made up and their actions and values bring us close to home because we feel so familiar with all the bickering yet love shown to the family.(less)
I don't want to start off on a sour spot with this novel, but it is a 'blurb novel'. This is the only reason it got bumped down to 4 stars instead of the 5 it deserved. It was just the blurb that got to me. It gave away too much information. I read the blurb after I finished the novel and it just gave away too much of the story-line. When I joined the blog tour at the beginning, I completely forgot what it said just before I started reading the novel, so I went into the book with a clear head. If the blurb wasn't that revealing, we would be in for twists and turns and many surprises (below I've stated some of the parts where this book has surprised me without reading the blurb first.) Ok, I shall stop rambling and get onto the rest of the review…
When we start the nove it is already intriguing and pulling us in from the first few chapters. We start to uncover parts of Marcie's life with her as if starting afresh. It makes it easier to develop that character-reader relationship that's so important in novels ebcause we start to learn along with Marcie as we uncover what her life was like and the previous choices she has made.
I expected something different than what we were given. I so totally expected a mystery novel and I got very surprised when I see other elements in this novel as well. I was going into the novel expecting something different than what I usually read, but I'm not sure if this is classified as my "usual." I ended up really liking it, yet if a book like this one was not done right, it would be tragic. This is the kind of type of novel that needs to be done right, and that's exactly what this novel does.
It is Oh So Sexy and intriguing. It pulls you right in, I can't stop reading, and when I'm not reading, I start to think about the novel. It does not fail to surprise me, in the way that I thought the book was going to be one kindof novel, when it turns out being a whole different kind of novel, and you don't even expect it!
Ahh Sam, you smexy thing, you are such a tightly wound one, he needs to get loose and come to understand and have an open mind to Marcie's beliefs etc. I so want to shoot Dan, and Lance, yet we wonder what happens afterwards with Dan from Lance, and if Lance will pull through with his agreement. He doesn't say that he agrees, so we are left in the dark as the novel finishes to come up with our own. The way the novel finishes, is on a note that can either be turned into a second novel or be left as a stand-alone. We do think about what might happen next, yet it's not a cliffhanger, leaving room for an open decision on a continuation (less)
Wow. Talk about fast paced! Everything happened so quickly in the novel. It was way to fast paced, yet the fast pace of the novel kept us going and was in a way good for the book yet bad at the same time. Ok, let me explain this concept further. It was bad, because Gabriel and Taylor's relationship moved WAY TOO FAST. Like really? did she even know him at all?! Is there some kind of strange Angel power we don't know about from the novel? Or are we just supposed to assume there is because of how stunning and beautiful the Angels are that everyone basically bows down at their pressence because of their beauty. Seriously. Ok, but it was good, for the reason that, if the book's events moved slower, then the novel would carry along the feeling that we are getting dragged along, leaving us as the reader, start to get constantly bored with the novel's events and want to put the novel down. OR. just slowly and agonisingly continue the novel just to see what happens at the end.
The story is original, yet with it's own twist on it. We are intrigued with the idea that the Angel's and Demon's cliched roles are reversed (without giving too much away that is all I'm saying). It puts a good spin on things and makes us want to carry on reading for the sake of finding about this whole new nature to the very familiar topic of Angels and Demons in novels.
Taylor gets on my nerves half of the novel. She claims that she has a sixth sense, and that she always uses it ra-ra-ra (Aussie slang getting the better of me). But we never actually see her use this sixth sense of hers except for at the start when she meets Chris. Yeah she starts to when she meets Gabriel but "oh his gorgeousness blinds me! Why think straight?" is basically what happens. Sure I like the novel, it's a good novel, but the 'heroine' gets on my nerves. Her best friend basically ends up being more of a heroine than Taylor does! as well as taking the time to actually get into a relationship and learning to trust and not jumping straight out there like Gabriel and Taylor did. Yeah sure, there wasn't any time to waste but really. The Angel's had been waiting for Taylor for how many years, they couldn't wait longer so that she can actually get a proper relationship and not make it seems that sus to everyone around her because of how quickly they are moving! And the way that Taylor doesn't react in the situation when he tells her he is an Angel is WTF! Are you really Kirsten Stewart? You have emotions darling, please use them at the correct times. Ok, I'm going to stop before I get too ahead of myself.
It was a good novel. I liked to plot of it and the concept, and how it all played out, but it was just the WAY that it was all put together and basically formatted together as well as some ideas from the novel that I didn't like.(less)
The novel started off slow but as you go through the book it starts to pick up. Your attention doesn't start wandering as it started to in the beginning. We are made to quickly get used to their world and know exactly what is going on, instead of havingto slowly ease into it we are thrust into their world.
As the novel continues, we start to get caught up in the characters. You start siding for one of the guys, but then something else happens and you start thinking again who really is worthy of her.
I love the new spin on the classic Guardian Angels. In all Angel stories nowadays, we only hear about the other Angels they are with, no novel mentions God or any other high being like the Archangels Michael, Gabriele etc. It is good to see something newdeveloped from where the general idea of Angels come from, as well as Lignor's own spin on the ethics and characters featured in the novel in heaven.
We question the truth behind Dublin and what the place contains. We can tell that the main action and biggest complication of the novel will happen while in Dublin, but when we find out why they don't want to go back there, we aren't satisfied with theanswer we get. Yes, it explains most of it, but we still feel like we are left in the dark, because there is something else that keeps them away from Dublin and not just what they told the girls.
Liz seems wise, but she is also so very innocent at times. When we go back into Emily, we realize just how innocent, from how confused she becomes on Jason as well as Matt. Some things we realize, stays with her as she transferred into Liz's shell. BothEmily and Liz are innocent minded, and sometimes seem like they are blind to the world.
Everything starts to pull into place. All we were questioning have been answered in the 'big reveal.' Be prepared for a shock. Emotions will be everywhere (not tissue box approved however). Be careful.
The title of the novel has a whole new and deeper meaning at the end of the novel as it comes into play more and we see it bring together the novel nicely. Great choice of title for the novel.(less)
3.5 stars. It seems hard to review this book. It was good, but it’s just hard to explain. I will try though.
Wow. Talk about a prologue. it is the way that we weren't given too much information, yet given enough for satisfaction that carried us quickly through the prologue. There wasn't much that this prologue as missing and as a brilliant lead up to the rest if the novel. we really need to know about what abbey looks like, we associate her trouble and her looks and need them to fully understand her situation and early dilemmas
Even though this novel’s blurb does tell us basically about the book, it’s not that overwhelmingly so. Yes, we are already told that Death is following her, and we should be the ones to figure it out as soon as Abbey does and not through the Blurb.
Abbey. Well, she seems (up to 150pages into the book) like she is very delusional. She is has an obsessive nature over Nate, yet she doesn’t know him and has never spoken to him before. She thinks that she knows exactly what he is going to do, what he is going to say and what his attitude is. She doesn’t know. When she claims that it was just a crush on him, our perceptions from the novel don’t let us make it seem so. With her fantasies and what seems like mind games, I might question if she is sane.
Nate. As he is on his trip, we get the feeling that he knows too much. He completely diagnoses himself as well as his friend. We get the feeling that this is not a teenage boy here, but a doctor. Is this the impressions we must have on him?
The story moved pretty fast throughout the novel, and during the novel, I was wondering what would happen at the end when we could basically guess at what would happen (yet the predictability didn’t turn us off the book, it just kept us going to see where it all would lead).
I didn’t see it at first, but Jordan Dane is right (see interview) about the Cover, it does have an impact on the end of the novel and I’m glad, because it gets people more intrigued as to what the cover art is about and how it relates to the story.
Despite all this, the story kept me intrigued the whole time and I just wanted to keep on reading. Even from the blurb telling us all and the predictability, the book help our interest and keeps you going through it. (Not feverishly, but you do get a pull through the novel). It is a great story, yet as I said earlier, it is hard to review.
(view spoiler)[I am really glad that Abbey ends up with Tanner. He deserves a happy ending and she needs to forget her obsessive nature over Nate. This should help them both. I don’t know what I’d do if Abby ended up being with Josh. What I want to know is that why Josh never spoke to her about Death, or why she never brought it up when she went to visit him in hospital at the end. It would have made a connection to them and that the next time they see each other it won’t be strange or abnormal, because they both went through the same experience, whereas, now it would be strange for them because he is reminded every day of what happened and the answers that he never got from her and from everything that happened (hide spoiler)]
This is a great book, far better than what I anticipated originally. From the start of the novel in the note, we are told about the little passages at the start of each chapter that would be meaningful to what that chapter was about. At the start, we can predict exactly what happens from these passages to what is going to happen in that chapter, but then as we get further into the book, we just read over the passages and don’t think about what is going to happen as much as we would have in the start of the book, because we are pulled along with Alex and his world. Also, throughout the book as we start overlooking the passages, we actually get surprised and shocked at some of the things that happen. Even though we do try and guess what happens, the end result starts surprising us and we then link this back to the passage at the start, and we come to understand it all more. This method of surprise falls nicely with the story, as Alex is confused mainly the whole way through the novel about what his visions are about then it counteracts with us (as the reader) being mindful of what the chapter has in store but really have no idea at what it is about until we are surprised and shocked as we read through. This makes us connect with Alex even more as we can somewhat understand the situation he is in as well as his understanding of it all. The runes at the start of each chapter also act like a title. We come to understand that they are runes through the novel, yet at the start when we see them we just disregard them. It isn’t until we learn about them with Alex that we realise that these are meaningful to the novel and we also can know how many chapters there are through the runes used at the start.
Because Alex is blind, I was expecting great lengths of detail about everything (except sight of course), but this is where the novel lacked. We needed to have more detail of the things around us and not just the basics. We are left out of visual imagery but we need our other senses to be able to pick up on everything else to be able to still create imagery. Smells and touch needed to be a lot more in depth and not just talking about smells when something new enters, we need to know all the time, because if we don’t, then we seem to forget a little that Alex really is blind. We need to be able to see through the cane he uses. I completely forgot about the cane until the end and the middle when he mentions taking it along with him. This is really the only lacking quality in the novel. We just need that extra description and detail, especially when the persona is blind and we are seeing through his “eyes”. We sympathise with Alex and with what he has to deal with in his life, the bullying, visions and secrets take their toll on him and lead him astray, which then ends as more complication but also develops the story a lot more and gives it more depth than with just one challenge. Also, along with Alex, we can’t seem to quite distinguish what is reality and what is a vision, unless Alex actually informs us that it is a vision. This is also another area in the novel where lack of description and detail affects us.
The end of the novel does come as a shock to us at the reality of everything that has been going on in Alex’s visions. We don’t realise the full situation at what Alex’s power can do until the very end, which brings us onto looking forward to the next book in the series, and to how he develops his power. Although I have spoken mostly about the shocking moments within the novel, these moments weren’t too shocking as you read them, but the reality of everything does mentally start clicking together in place. So the shocks aren’t as overwhelming as they might seem. In the end, this book is a good read and although not as long as many other novels nowadays, it still fulfils our every need. (less)