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Starting the novel we don't think much on it, we see a regular girl, in our world and
...moreView the original review on my blog as part of the blog tour:
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!
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This review is part of the Blood Debt B...moreGIVEAWAY! head over to the blog for your chance to win a eBOOK copy of BLOOD DEBT! Hurry, ends 10 December 2012
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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)
When I first started this book I had to put it down after a few chapters because I had to read another novel for R2R. However...... I could not stop t...moreWhen I first started this book I had to put it down after a few chapters because I had to read another novel for R2R. However...... I could not stop thinking about this book and what had transpired within the few chapters I had read. At work, I wondered what would happen next, and before I started picking up my other book, I thought back to this one. It has that factor where you cannot forget, and you just want to keep on going. For the novel being 430 or so pages this element is brilliant as it keeps you in focus of the story without having to spend too much time reading it because you want to find out what happens, which makes it seem like a 215 page novel and not double.
I loved the story line and the way that we get with each character. It is a world where you cannot trust anyone, and with all the characters we meet on the way, we are always caught up in something to think about each character and how they will be throughout the rest of the novel. We udnerestimate some characters, and find their development as we see it through their point of view. However, the constant changing of view points did start to get a little tiring after a while towards the middle of the novel. But then at the end, the character views start to die down and we get used to the many views. It is when the views are of the many different characters (4 p.o.v's at the start of the novel then gets to 5 at the end of the novel) that the constant changing after each chapter to change to a different one each time, does put a strain on our memory of what is happening. If the changing in p.o.v's was like it was at the end of the novel, then the start wouldn't be as mind-muddling as it was when there was the constant change of the 4 characters. We needed one stable character, and even though we got that feeling straight away with Elara, not going back to her after one chapter of another p.o.v, made it feel like she wasn't and we would have to try and remember what happened beforehand to her. The many p.o.v's as well, help us to understand more the supporting characters (like Elara's mother) and their notions. We learn about them and get a connection with them like we do with Elara. Getting a sense of their struggles in the world and what they hope to and will achieve.
I hope for another novel, because I want to see what happens to the characters. We are left in a state where we could make up our own ending to the story as a post-plot to the events that have happened in this novel. It is basically the new beginning of the world, where we are left off, which gives us room to fantasize.(less)
First of all I would love to thank the amazing Charlotte Abel for providing me with this eBook, after winning the write-a-spell-for-a-day contest (I w...moreFirst of all I would love to thank the amazing Charlotte Abel for providing me with this eBook, after winning the write-a-spell-for-a-day contest (I wrote a prophecy but when taking a look to this novel, the kind of prophecy it is does suit the whole context of the spells used). You did a marvellous job at writing this novel that I can't wait for the next novel in the Channie series.
Ironically, this book truly is enchanting. We are drawn into Channie's world from the very beginning and we learn with her as well as through Josh. What really needed to be done was to give more of a 'face' to the characters, we need to be able to picture each and every character. However, this really is the only lacking thing in this novel. Even the Goodreads synopsis had proved me wrong as I thought it would be a completely different novel than to what the synopsis had percieved it to be.
I love how we are completely taken into the story and get straight to the point, not waiting expectantly for something to happen, which would quickly make us tired of the story when we have only just gotten us into it. No, this novel takes on a ride and makes us wonder if a spell has been put on us to keep reading and not to put the book down. Although this novel had it's bits of predictability (view spoiler)[Josh is a mage (hide spoiler)] it wasn't overbearingly predictable and did have some shockers (view spoiler)[Josh is a Vaj... (aka. Part of the enemy clan yet dumped by them). It was also shocking that we didn't think of that possibility before when he told Channie that he had been adopted. Like Channie the information bypassed us as we didn't get any further recognition in it by Channie or Josh, so this came as a big surprise for us)
I love the somewhat fairy-tale-Disney ending to the novel, where they are just in bliss together and are so full and raw with their emotions that are sweling to the surface. In the next book I hope we are reaquainted with her family and her sister, as well as to see if Joshua/Valor can uphold his challenge and prophecy in order to save Channie from her impending doom or injuries. This is just all the more that we should hope to expect in the next novel. (hide spoiler)]
Honestly, I didn't expect to know if the novel would last (view spoiler)[after learning about the first prophecy then to find out there was another on the way, made me wonder about if these prophecies would be enough to develop and continue through the story without it feeling as if there is nothing going on and it wouldn't keep our attention and interest. (hide spoiler)]. Why I ever thought this I have no idea. The story was not lacking in any way and I can't think of much (much else to the very minor things stated above) that would have made this novel into anything but lustworthy.
The spark between Channie and Josh, brought us back to the times when youthful teenage lust was enveloping the air and the talks with our parents and lectures on the 'birds and the bees' as many subtley call it. Hormones raging, cramps playing in the background, as well as dirty minds fill our youth, but also through the remembrance of firsts. First kisses, loves and fights are also part of it and we look back and connect our youthful teenage selves within this story that we don't nedd to be given explanations to explain because we already know the feeling and were there once before.
Channie and her families innocence on some matters of everyday life (like mobile phones and BMX Racing) is cute and makes us laugh at how unaware and naive at some of our lifes everyday occurrences. It just brings on a side to her charactervand to her world of magic that we wonder what else they don't know or are unaware of.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
what the bleep! sigh. stop talking, start sighing sigh. Raquel sighing the whole time sigh. there aren't even that many kinds of sighs sigh. does this...morewhat the bleep! sigh. stop talking, start sighing sigh. Raquel sighing the whole time sigh. there aren't even that many kinds of sighs sigh. does this book involve anything other than sighing sigh. how can you tell which sigh is what sigh? sigh. trying to sigh more than a hundred different ways sigh.
Evie sigh. Typical blonde bimbo sigh, "like oh-my-bleep" sigh. She doesn't even seem like she's 16 the way she carries on sigh. With the sarcasm added to her personality it doesn't seem to fit who she is sigh.
Yes the story was interesting at times sigh.
is this getting bleep annoying yet? sigh.
would you be able to understand everything I say? sigh.
I seriously cannot wait for the next book to come out because I want to know what happens!!!
As Simon isn...moreMrs. Clare THAT WAS ONE MASSIVE CLIFF HANGER!!
I seriously cannot wait for the next book to come out because I want to know what happens!!!
As Simon isn't really one of my favourite characters (as much as Jace) I was a bit hesitant after hearing that this book was mostly from Simon's point of view, but in the end, it was a great book (just a bit slow at times). And even though I don't really like Simon, I thought that he should at least grow more as a character by learning and accepting who he is, and even from the end of the book I don't really feel that with him.
I could predict most of what happened but that was the same with the rest of the series, it was predictable, yet there were some surprises that I didn't see coming.
As I don't want to say this, I have to. Clary has lost me as a character. I don't feel a connection with her character as I can feel with Jace or with the other characters.
Just finished this book a few hours ago (already have started the second ahah)
The first book is as great as I've been told and has lived up to my exp...moreJust finished this book a few hours ago (already have started the second ahah)
The first book is as great as I've been told and has lived up to my expectations :) But I think that too many of the characters are crossing the border of over-sarcastic. If it was just one or two characters that were as sarcastic as they are now then it would be great but I just get the feeling of sarcasm overload (and I'm pretty sarcastic so that's saying something haha). I want more to happen with Jace and Clary but then there's the notion that they're brother and sister, but still trying to hide their feelings from each other :/
As I'm at the start of the second book I am kinda hoping that Jace is either Luke or Michael Wayland's child, from the occurrence that Jocelyn had an affair and Valentine didn't know about it and suspected that Jace was just his child and Jocelyn just saying that it's Valentines because he might kill her/the father if he found out.....Yes this is what I hope (I admit I love a good romance in YA books)!!!
I don't know why but I don't want Simon to get with Clary, even though I love Simon but still it doesn't really seem right.....
I thought that Valentine should've been more evil than what he already was. He seemed to me like the kind of person who was frequently dropped as a child and just wants people to love him, as from what we can tell at the end of the book. I also thought at the end of the book that the "truth" would come out (about Clary and Jace) not by means of what kind of felt like a sit-at-the-table-and-talk-about-the-bodily-changes-you're-going-to-go-through truth kind of feel. I hoped that this scene would've gone something like how after Valentine says "What is this?" after seeing Jace and Clary, she says something along the lines of "Hello father, I'm surprised you didn't recognise me." which would have not made the scene feel so deep inside kind hearted truth bearing. Jace and Clary's head would be whirling trying to get a grasp on the situation and then there would've been more understanding between them all in the evil sort of way that Valentine is supposed to be. Ok well you can probably imagine the scene after the "hello father" bit I just created.
ANYHOW, This book is brilliant and can't wait to read the rest of the series and I hope that they are as good as this one and not a let down like some other sequels are. (less)
**spoiler alert** Basically after reading this book, it was in general a whole lot slower for me to get into than the other two, but I did like the no...more**spoiler alert** Basically after reading this book, it was in general a whole lot slower for me to get into than the other two, but I did like the novel.
The pace would go from all emotions and talking as if they were talking to a psychologist and then drastically changes to action but not lasting very long!
Towards the end of the novel the pace started to get continuous as the "gang" started to unravel the "mystery" on the who was trying to corrupt the power etc. HOWEVER, there is a lot of writing to the leading up to this yet at the end when it is finally revealed and they need to defeat the Spring King/Dragon it happens only within a few sentences. Such as, Sonny as the rider becoming good and relenting the evil within the rider to then go and simply stab the dragon in the heart on the King White Stag with Kelley (add around 3 sentences and you've got the picture basically)
KELLEY WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!?! she was getting on my nerves with her whole "love" triangle with Sonny and Fennrys, I just wanted to shake her saying to MAKE YOUR MIND UP! You can tell that she does love Fennrys because no matter how many times he has deceived her and left her to fend for herself she always forgives him, whereas her parents, still get the blame and made me realise that she does love Fennrys because she is willing to forgive anything that he does within a thought-sentence and not her parents.
AND!!! how could he just sit there and make his feelings known to her even though he knows the trouble he is causing and that he is making her more confused than she already is....but it also is her fault as well because she wouldn't do anything, sure she'd yell at him afterwards but that died down very soon after , then getting on as if nothing had happened but with her feelings towards him as well as his feelings towards her growing ever-so-slightly. At this point I do feel kind of sorry for Fennrys (KINDA-SORRY) because he was essentially led-on by Kelley, causing his feelings to become too overwhelming as for him to lose who he basically is as a person in order to fall for Kelley and forget his nature.
WHAT WAS WITH THAT KISS!! these two need to sort out their priorities! Kelley knows how jealous Sonny gets of how much time she spent with Fennrys while he was in the Otherworld but kissing Fennrys in front of Sonny! what does she think his mind will be going through, it would make him question if it was the first time they've kissed (IT's THE 2ND!! - my point proven). From this book I don't think that Kelley is as deserving of having Sonny as she was towards him in this one compared to the other two. Sonny is devoted to her, even when she tells him that she "doesn't love him", he still wants to fix everything with her after staying in the Lost Faery Tunnels/Sanctuary not matter if she "loves" him or not, he is still willing to try. In simpler terms, the guy is literally devoted to her and she even changes him as a person (i.e, the Rider loses killing streak and then turns back into Sonny because of Kelley). It seems like Kelley and Sonny are taking two steps forward yet one step back in their relationship constantly but there should have been more of their romance in this book I think.
Even though this whole ordeal was frustrating, this wanted to make me continue reading to see what would eventually happen.
This book was also very predictable! from the first moment that she met the Summer Queen and especially the Spring King as well as everything that Fennrys was doing drew conclusions to those three mixed towards the final outcome.
It all ended too abruptly, and I wanted to be "taken" on the date with Sonny and Kelley at the very end of the book. It's great how Lesley left the book on a near cliff-hanger because you want to know what happens as they go into the Otherworld but then at the same time it leaves you to guess at what the ending for Sonny and Kelley is going to be from what you got out of the book and their relationship.
Ok, I've basically been talking/typing about the negatives of the book but there are positives as well (that I will not mention as they should be found out by yourself)(less)
I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the second. I just hope that there is no love triangle in the second and she realises that Cassian is a...moreI really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the second. I just hope that there is no love triangle in the second and she realises that Cassian is an *insert "creative" word here* and only wants her because of what she is.
Yes, she does think as though she is a wild animal, but in fact she is. This kind of thinking makes us able to communicate with Jacinda all the more because we are let inside her thoughts and feelings as well as the way that she sees the outside world and the threats and dangers that pull at her, making her want to be let free.
I like how Will broke away from his family and when realises what Jacinda really is, still pursues her, no matter what she is or what he is. He stabilises her and makes her see that there is often a choice in life and she doesn't have to reside only by the Pride's rules and regulations. Sometimes thought, I get the feeling as though she is only using Will in order to keep her Draki alive. You can see a big comparison from when she was out on the course trying to turn, taking away all of her energy to when she was with Will or thinking of him.
What I don't like is how she and her sister went with Cassian straight after the small battle that they had, even though they weren't safe, the shouldn't have gone with him, no matter how encouraging he was. Especially after Jacinda trusted him -numerous times- and he failed every time says that she is easy to forgive someone but doesn't think of the outcomes afterwards. Did she think of what will happen to her, her mother or her sister by going off with Cassian? No, she didn't. And then she would regret the decision when she turns up and something happens to either of them and she frantically tries to mend the situation when she created it in the first place. Just like trusting Cassian multiple times, it never turned out for the better, just the worse. Let's hope she learns come time for the next novel.(less)
Ok, when I picked this book up to read I was just my normal self: "Books!" "Reading!" "YAY!" and didn't really give any thought before I started it as...moreOk, when I picked this book up to read I was just my normal self: "Books!" "Reading!" "YAY!" and didn't really give any thought before I started it as to how AMAZINGLY BRILLIANT THIS BOOK IS!!!!!! until PAGE 1 WORD 1 had me hooked at 8pm and then until 5am (same/next day) when I finished the book. I was completely and utterly enthralled and the book is sitting lovingly on my bookshelf surrounded by (many many) other lovingly cared for books.
I love Amelia's story and how she finds herself in a soul that was taken as no more, making her feel somewhat alive again just by having that someone there and resisting what would've been a consideration to Eli's offer was now changed by her realisation that there is a kind of life after death compared to the life after death that she was living before she met Joshua. (Confusing but yeah). We also get to see the world straight as it seems to Amelia, giving the readers a new perspective that we rarely see from books as most books tell of characters that see ghosts and are not actually from their perspective. We learn about this new world of being able to feel and touch like we're born again into a new world. The book is also seemingly very relatable in terms of finding about yourself and who you really are, like how Amelia finds herself.
I love how there is no love triangle...........I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES!!!Especially being told from the female's perspective about the two guys she wants or are going for her (TWILIGHT ANYONE!!) makes me want to shake the female protagonist because of how dim witted she is and can't make up her mind and then both guys leave because she doesn't realise who she really wants and thinks she can have them both without even thinking on what it's going to do to the guys! they'll be led on and think they have a shot with the other guy as if they're out of the picture! <-- sorry for the ranting but my point is made.
I really have no judgements or concerns with this book at all (and I usually find at least one from most books, even small details I concern myself long and hard about it) and this book had zero, zilp, ziltch, none whatsoever!
BUT, there is one concern I have...................................THE NEXT BOOK NEEDS TO COME OUT SOON BECAUSE I AM DYING WITH ANTICIPATION!
Just writing this review makes me want to pick up the book and read it again! Wow I'm weak...(less)