This novella sets the scene nicely for By a Thread. Gin was her badass self like usual, and Jonah and Philip's perspectives were a nice addition. LoveThis novella sets the scene nicely for By a Thread. Gin was her badass self like usual, and Jonah and Philip's perspectives were a nice addition. Loved it! <3...more
Finely Jane is a sixteen year old girl living in a Victorian London who manages to land herself in a difficult situation- one that only her dark sideFinely Jane is a sixteen year old girl living in a Victorian London who manages to land herself in a difficult situation- one that only her dark side can get her out of. She is rescued off the street and taken in by Griffin, a duke, and his band of friends. She finds herself immersed in a mystery, and in the midst of that, gradually learns to accept herself.
Kady Cross weaves mystery, action, and romance together in a Victorian setting, and I loved the result! The gorgeous cover drew my attention. Her expression, corset, pose, clockwork background, dress, I loved everything about it! And the content of the book didn’t disappoint. I was hooked from the first sentence. The characters were three-dimensional and we were able to see them develop and grow throughout the book. I was immediately captivated by Finley and Jack Dandy. I adored Finley’s dark side in particular and Jack Dandy was definitely swoon-worthy ;)
While the villain’s identity was predictable, it didn’t detract my overall liking of the book. I loved it, and it definitely earned a place in my favourites! ...more
The Dark Swan series is in my top 5 series’, and the final book definitely didn’t disappoint. Many plot lines drew to a ful*spoilers for Iron Crowned*
The Dark Swan series is in my top 5 series’, and the final book definitely didn’t disappoint. Many plot lines drew to a fulfilling close, while a few were left open.
The book picks up a few months after Iron Crowned. Eugenie’s several months into her pregnancy and holed up with a shaman family in Alabama that Roland set her up with. After the birth she hears of a blight ravaging the Otherworld and sets off to stop it.
I found the pregnancy segment rather slow. However, when the pace picked up at about a third of the way through, Richelle Mead didn’t disappoint. It was action packed and humourous with a few major plot twists along the way.
I’ve always loved the characters in the Dark Swan Series. They were three dimensional, and many underwent a substantial amount of character development since the first book. So much for some that we see an entirely different side to them. Dorian, Jasmine and Kiyo were probably the three most notable ones. I found myself falling in love with Dorian all over again. Jasmine proved to be a reliable ally and friend towards Eugenie. I didn’t detest Kiyo like many of the readers did, but definitely preferred Dorian. This book managed to erase the lingering feelings of any endearment I had towards Kiyo.
The choices that shape who we are and sacrifice were both important themes throughout the book. Sacrifice in particular was an important element in the ending. The ending was bittersweet and will no doubt generate a lot of controversy among readers. It left me satisfied, yet unsatisfied to a small degree, although I’m sure that’s the way Richelle Mead intended it. Eugenie’s life so far wasn’t exactly a fairytale, and the ending wasn’t either. Her choice was a difficult, painful one that was made at a great cost, and I think she showed a lot of strength in making it.
It was a thought-provoking novel with masterful storytelling which stayed with me long after I finished reading. It was an emotional ride and I was left with a feeling of wonderment upon completion. ...more