If the first two books were compelling, Monsters of Men is absolutely earth-shattering.
With Mayor Prentiss and Mistress Coyle at two opposite ends ofIf the first two books were compelling, Monsters of Men is absolutely earth-shattering.
With Mayor Prentiss and Mistress Coyle at two opposite ends of the spectrum, Todd and Viola must use their strength and influence to join forces and defend the incoming Spackle army. These two will move mountains, sometimes questioning their better judgement in order to protect each other. But what Patrick Ness demonstrates, in such an elegant, symbolic manner, is that love does conquer all.
I love how Todd and Viola are essentially good, but they are surrounded by so many bad people. Only with their steadfast trust in one another, and their belief in the other’s decisions, will they be able to conquer two dictators who are as dangerous as one another. In Monsters of Men, they lead. They defy the odds. And they show that good people, can prevail, that there is goodness in this deep dark world filled with Noise, madness and terror.
Monsters of Men is filled with the awful terrors of human nature combined with the overarching theme of redemption. Can people be brought back from the depths of evil? Will forgiveness change their ways and make them into better people? Or will they go down with their beliefs and what they essentially believe is right? It’s amazing how deep this book goes into questioning the balance of power and so many themes that apply to our everyday life.
With the addition of a Spackle point of view, the book shows us the scope from the other side of coin, of whether revenge or forgiveness is worth pursuing and the end result of both. While I found these point of views to be distracting at the start, they do add an essential element into the story. Everything becomes interwoven and climactic as the Spackle’s point of view brings the story to a full circle.
After a month of binging this series, I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself now. Brilliant, epic and surprisingly deep, the Chaos Walking trilogy is an absolute triumph. It’s a series that every reader should experience at least once.
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Two years ago, we learnt of Eo’s dream. A dream that would spark an impossible revolution. The burden of hope would be placed upon a lowly Red miner. This Red, would be elevated into the heights of Gold society. He would lead, infiltrate and manipulate from behind the scenes, to bring forth war and revolution for his people. Break the chains.
Many plans have conspired since the beginning of Red Rising, with Morning Star being the epic grand finale that we’ve all been waiting for. While the first two books featured the plans being set into motion by Darrow and the Sons of Ares, the all out war will take place in this final book. You can see it’s a massive undertaking, bringing readers from the bleak end of Golden Son to the events that are due to happen here, and it’s an epic journey that features all out space warfare.
As with all of these books, Morning Star takes a while to build. The beginning is quite slow, as Darrow flies about the solar system, gathering troops for his army and making allies. There are so many twists and turns, that I had to put the book down to absorb things before picking it up again. The quieter moments mixed with technological space battles were worth it however, as it builds into an epic crescendo in the latter half of the book. I loved Darrow’s speeches, having the voice and the words which not only carry power, but hope and revolution.
Through these quieter moments, we experience the hope and honour he places upon his friends, and even enemies. He’ll howl with Sevro in the moonlight, bear witness to Victra’s thirst for vengeance and experience the might of Ragnar the Obsidian. Darrow makes us believe that it’s his friends that make him who he is, and they take centre stage in Morning Star. Some of their final moments had me absolutely shattered, whereas others had me overjoyed. Whether as a Red, Gold or other colour, there are so many people who have touched Darrow’s life in one way or another, and you’ll see what will become of them in this book.
Times have changed since the battle on the Institute grounds, as they’re now dealing with nuclear weapons, space warships and political warfare. We’ll also experience the solar system and its highlights in all of it’s glory – from the colder parts of the outer Rim to the Martian lands which Darrow calls home. From the snowy moon of Phobos, to Jupiter’s volcanic moon of Io and numerous warships and shuttles in space, the world in Red Rising sprawls across the solar system here.
As with impossible odds come impossible feats, and I love how the battles and overarching war never felt too easy. Plans will get foiled, their mission will get adapted, they’ll have victorious wins superseded by devastating losses. The build up was filled with twists and turns, and even in it’s final moments was a twist that I never saw coming.
Morning Star is a book of impossible odds, of friendship, death and new beginnings. It’s absolutely everything that I wished for, delivered with finesse, perfection and justice. With Iron Gold coming out next year, I’m actually not too sad that this series was over because it was concluded so perfectly. For an epic technological dystopian set in space, you can’t go wrong with this series.
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Sinking my teeth into the next The Others series is like eating your favourite comfort food. You just know it's going to be good, with the warm fuzzinSinking my teeth into the next The Others series is like eating your favourite comfort food. You just know it's going to be good, with the warm fuzziness between Meg and Simon but also the warning that overindulgence may be too much.
If I could describe Vision in Silver it would be quieter than the first two books. We're already comfortable with the concept of the terra indigene, scary creatures living amongst humans, and the character of Meg, a blood prophet, into the Courtyard lead by the wolf Simon Wolfgard. Vision in Silver brings in more complications outside of the Courtyard living, with the subtle uprising of the Human First and Last Movement who wants to take back control of their world, a young girl being saved on a train and the blood prophets escaping their confinements.
What struck me about this role reversal is that usually the supernatural creatures are the evil ones, with the human uprising being the pinnacle of a great supernatural war. But not in this series. With every incident, the author paints a picture of how humanity is defined by values and morals, and how you treat your own kind, not by your race. And every time, with the drowning of babies, with the humans cutting their food supply for starvation, harming their own young or the turning against one another, we see, even feel the pain of The Others who embody humanity more than the humans themselves.
But that doesn't mean these creatures are weak or non-threatening. The "medusa" like character Tess will turn you to ashes simply by looking at her true form, the wolves will tear you to shreds and the elementals will change the tide of the ocean if it means protection for their own.
Here we get more development of secondary characters, including the protective wolf Nathan, Tess, Vlad the vampire and Monty, a police. There are heaps of characters and perspectives in this one, which caused the novel to drag a bit as we shifted from each one.
What I missed the most was the tender moments between Meg and Simon. As both of them are kept fairly busy, there's a subtle sense of longing and tenderness there, but the moments together are few and far in between. This must be the slowest romance ever, with barely a touch here and there to sate our cravings for the slowly evolving ship.
Vision in Silver is about a brewing war, misunderstandings between humans and the terra indigene and the further humanising of a different species. There's ever building trust between the youthful Meg, who we can slowly see maturing and the terra indigene. This installment is less about protecting Meg and more about Meg protecting the Others, and it was great to see her use her visions to defend the terra indigene from their homes.
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The Golden Son is amazing, transcending the brutality and the warfare in Red Rising, and making it so much more epic. It's filled with twists, turns, deeper world building and an exhilarating game of political infiltration, and I loved every minute of it.
While Red Rising was about gaining trust of the Golds and the war games of the Institute, The Golden Son featured war, politics, revolution and Darrow executing his pivotal role infiltrating the Golds as a Son of Ares. While Darrow has proven himself as a master strategist in war, he plays a dangerous game with gaining political influence and manipulating those around him. Friends will betray him, enemies will reveal their true allegiance, new alliances will form and others will severe. Darrow has to rely on his instincts in order to survive and achieve such a dangerous and tricky objective.
Darrow is an amazing leading character, from his humbled beginnings as a Red miner on the bottom rung of society to his current rank as a top official in the Golds. He's completely ruthless and brutal when it comes to getting what he wants, including proving his loyalty to the ArchGovernor Augustus, his loyalty for his friends, his confidence in the lower classes and most of all, his duty as a Son of Ares. He's constantly calculating, thinking of the best course of action and achieving a dream that Eo sacrificed herself for. He's a true leader, empowering those around him including the lower classes and putting utmost trust and confidence into his closest allies and friends. The hardship he's experienced and his extreme determination to fight for the cause is prevalent in his thoughts, and only he could survive the complex path of manipulation, deceit and trust.
The Golden Son is completely epic and perfectly conveys a modernised Greco-Roman setting, with modern warfare, space ships and worshipping of the elite Gold race. The sci-fi/high fantasy balance is a complicated one, and in this sequel we witness more space fights and technological war, as opposed to the insular battle in Red Rising. The Golden Son shows us the full society in action with all the colours in between, not just Reds in their hardship or Golds in opulence. From Obsidian being the hired warfare, to Blues navigating ships with their scholarly upbringing, and the Pinks in their slavery, the world building here is a lot deeper and more wholesome.
The secondary characters were all amazing and complex, and it was great seeing a large spectrum of them undergoing character development. I usually have trouble following multiple characters in high fantasy books, but I eventually got used to each of the character eccentricities and who they were aligned with. In particular, I loved Sevro and his Howlers, a loyal 'wolf pack' of fighters who will follow Darrow to the ends of the world, Ragnar, the hired 'Stained' Obsidian who becomes Darrow's bodyguard, and the ever conniving and fiery Mustang. There is a slight romance in the book, less than I would have wanted but with so much going on, it felt natural. I only wish things would have went differently.
The Golden Son has a fascinating, complex and compelling story that shows us the meaning of a true hero on the brink of political destruction. It brought so much more to the epic Greco-Roman world of Red Rising by exploring the sci-fi elements and the colour-based class system in the story. This is a story made to be savoured, and I loved every minute of it.
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The ending of a favourite series is always bittersweet. All the emotion from experiencing the highs and lows of the characters. Saying goodbye to them. Feeling everything they’ve been through, and have done. After all is said and done, Their Fractured Light delivered an impactful, beautiful ending, where nothing could have ended more perfectly.
As each book has introduced us to another pair of starcrossed lovers, I quickly fell in love with Gideon and Sofia. These two have a complicated relationship, with layers upon layers of secrets, yet they can’t refute their undeniable attraction to each other. While they did spend the better half of the book trying to resist their feelings to one another, they had to put so much faith in each other even though they didn’t know how much they could trust one another. Throughout the book, you’re anchoring everything on the fact that they will work things out, and the way they let their heart win over their head was just perfection. Another well paced romance, another great couple, and another important duo in the fate of the world.
While the first half of the book we get to know Sofia and Gideon, and their secret identities and their interests in LaRoux Industries, the whole cast will join together in the other half of the book. They will each have an important part to play after everything they’ve fought for, and having everyone together really brings back the feels for these couples. We still get only Sofia and Gideon’s perspective though, so I missed Jubilee and Flynn’s easy natural relationship. We don’t really get to hear from the soldier much, as she’s more of a doer rather than a thinker.
There’s so many emotions built up over the course of the book – the fear for whether everything will work out for the Tarver and Lilac, whether Gideon and Sofia will work out their differences, whether Flynn and Jubilee will get everything that they’re looking for. Although they’re each working towards the same goal, we’ve seen and felt so strongly over the course of all three books, just how much everything hangs in the balance from preventing LaRoux Industries from taking over the world. They’re split up over their method, Tarver and Gideon for the saviour of love and the rest for justice. But only through their love, and the trust of one another, with their fates intertwined, can they bind together to save the world.
Oh what a beautiful ending it was. And it had me in tears by just how perfect it was. It’s like everything that you’re holding onto throughout the series just comes rushing out in a flood of relief. You just have to place your trust in the authors, that they won’t lead you astray, that everything will work out, and somehow, lead to an ending that couldn’t have been better.
Their Fractured Light is now my favourite trilogy of all time, coming out over my most loved Legend trilogy. The sci-fi romance series is completely and utterly beautiful, with some well-rounded characters fighting for justice over the course of different planets. These Broken Stars, will give you a couple so different that will grow to love one another, in a planet filled with secrets. This Shattered World will wrought you with death and war, with starcrossed lovers from two enemy sides. Their Fractured Light will give you a couple who has lost everything, driven by secret identities, loneliness and revenge. And it will bring everyone together, tying up everyone’s destiny in a perfect way.
I can’t rave about this beautiful series enough – ITS MY FAVOURITE. Those covers are also incredible.
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Sarah J. Maas you have done it again. You have managed to tease out every emotion from the human spectrum with Queen of Shadows. Fear, for the characters’ safety. Horror, at the monsters at Morath. Courage, for a disabled slave. Happiness, at characters reunited. Loneliness, for those being pushed away. Pain. Love. Humility. Sadness, upon reaching the end of the book.
This book will make you feel as you’ve never felt before. With every word, with the bare existence of these pages, you will be transported into the world of Erilea. Where wyverns live. Where magic has been disabled. Where fae warriors with fierce loyalty will survive. Where a new Queen will rise from the ashes and bring down vengeance, justice and hope for the people of Adarlan.
Every single character here is well developed, full of depth and emotion. Celaena is every bit the cocky, confident assassin that she is, but here she brings SO MUCH MORE. She will make you proud. Her secrets can be frustrating, but they are only for the good of her friends, who she protects with fierce loyalty. She frustrates her fae companions to no end with her independence and risks she takes to her safety. I loved how she found a female friend in Lysandra. Their teasing, banter and support for each other was amazing. Also Celaena is every bit the badass assassin that she’s been trained as, as she takes down a Valg commander in a fight. Celaena is every bit as vain and endearing as she can be, with her appreciation of book, food, finery.
Rowan and Aedion are super sexy fae warriors and I just loved their fierce loyalty and how they would go to the lengths of the world to protect Celaena. The banter and pure connection she had with both of them was amazing!
Back in Adarlan, Celaena gets reunited with her past. But after Sam, after the events of Heir of Fire between Chaol, Sorscha and Dorian, everything has changed. How will she face Arobynn, the King of Assassins and her past mentor? How will she face Chaol and Dorian? This book, is what I wanted Heir of Fire to be. The characters reunited, is every bit as complex and powerful as you would expect it to be.
I don’t know who you’ve been shipping in this series so far but it becomes clear who Celaena belongs with. That unending loyalty, love and respect for one another. MY SHIP. MY SHIPPP. SO MUCH SEXUAL FRUSTRATION. These two tease each other incessantly and blind to everyone’s else’s knowledge of their love for one another, will DRAGGG things out on getting together. My heart just about fell out of my chest at their teasing for one another. SO MANY FEELS. Just WOW I SHIP IT. I SHIP IT A LOT. A fair warning, one of your ships may fall here.
Manon Blackbeak, the Wing Leader and Heir to the Blackbeak clan really expanded the world of Adarlan. With her wyverns, command of a witch clan and defense of the Duke’s forces, you will find out just how big of a role she plays here. Everything comes together and she surprised me – we all know she’s completely and utterly RUTHLESS and won’t take no for an answer, but she shows a shred of humility, which makes me think she’d be a powerful ally.
Queen of Shadows is absolutely everything. Everything I wanted it to be and more. It really manipulated my emotions and I found myself shouting at the book and crying at times. It was powerful, filled with action, intensity and so much awesome banter. It’d be hard for EVERY OTHER BOOK to match up to this one, ever.
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The whole internet is gushing about Cress and now I know why. It’s superior to Cinder and Scarlet and I loved every single page of the book. At 500 pages, that’s a big call, but the plot was paced so perfectly with the perfect amount of action, laughs, and character development that I wanted more. Each of the characters’ stories are interwoven seamlessly here, even with the changing point of views (which is a criticism I had with Scarlet). They each get plenty of screen time, except for poor Scarlet being pushed to the side due to her captivity on Luna.
Cress was a fantastic addition to the cast and so different to the snarktastic, loyal Cinder and the straight talking, fiery Scarlet. Her social awkwardness, obsession with Thorne and unrealistic ideals for romance makes her completely charming in her own way. Seeing Thorne finally get his match warms the heart as he takes center stage in Cress.
“Since we have a few minutes…maybe we should talk about how to handle this girl. If she’s been stuck on a satellite for seven years, with no one to talk to but a Lunar tharmaturge, she might be…socially awkward. I think we should all make an effort to be extra welcoming and supportive and…try not to terrify her.” – Scarlet
With so many leading ladies and men, Meyer manages to avoid the ‘too many cooks’ syndrome with each character shining on their own accord. You’ve got Cinder who is now taking on the weight of the world on her shoulders. The broody, fists first Wolf who only has his eye on Scarlet. Scarlet, the fiery, tough as nails orphan who unfortunately gets kidnapped. The shy, socially awkward but brilliant hacker Cress. The upbeat android Iko who narrates the ship. And of course, the witty, self confident Thorne who gets by with style and swagger. This cast of characters is absolutely brilliant and I adored every single one of them.
It’s not often that I find myself rooting for several couples in one series, but I love all of the pairings here, especially my favourite Cinder and Kai who are perfect for each other. Thorne and Cress had a really cute dynamic, with Cress being a socially awkward, idealistic romantic at heart and Thorne with his charm and overconfidence.
“How are your eyes?” she asked. (Cress) “Well, I’ve been told they’re dreamy, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.” (Thorne)
Cress is noticeably heavier than previous books, with the plot more serious than it ever has been before. Thorne is blinded at the start of the book, Cinder uses her Lunar powers in a dark way and Scarlet is not treated well on Luna. Even Cinder’s trademark sarcasm is wit is bogged down with the weight of responsibility, as she assumes a leadership position within the crew. We are ramping up for some pretty major political breakthroughs, with Kai’s forthcoming marriage with Queen Levana and Cinder planning to stop the Lunar war. But Thorne’s hilarious remarks and Iko’s charming personality were a much needed reprieve from all of the seriousness.
Marissa Meyer is a genius for reinventing these fairy tales into something fresh, vibrant and completely enthralling, placing beloved fairy tale characters into the futuristic world of Lunar. When the story for each book is interwoven into the single point of awesomeness that is Cress, you know that the author has a plan for the series as she takes us to its epic finale in Winter. Cress is a magnificent, flawless story that just makes me want to squeal like a fangirl over the characters, the cover, the writing and Kai. If you haven’t read this series yet, do yourself a favour and READ IT NOW. You can thank me later....more
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If you haven’t read this series yet, you have to read it now. It’s the best YA fantasy series I have ever read, and the sequel is somehow even better. Crown of Midnight is an incredible sequel, delivering even more intrigue, action and romance than the first.
While Celaena Sardothean rarely practiced her trade in the first novel, the book opens with her performing her duties as the King’s Assassin. She walks into court room dropping her target’s head in front of the King. It appears that the Celaena we know from the first novel has hardened, now that she’s taking instructions from the king, and we knowingly witness tense relationships with her two suitors, Dorian and Chaol.
Our assassin has a few secrets up her sleeve with surprise reveals in Crown of Midnight. She shows us her ruthless dedication and manipulative side, and an event will have her unleashing all of her fury and rage at the world. Even Dorian and Chaol add their own dose of kickass to the mix, and I was pleased to find how action-packed the book was throughout.
Even more than the first, Crown of Midnight involves multiple layers of deceit, secrets and betrayal that will have you constantly guessing throughout. Sarah J. Maas holds no bars when it comes to deaths, mentions of gore and the horrors of the castle, which adds a morose and threatening air around the castle.
The romance in Crown of Midnight was done beautifully again, with Celaena choosing the man that is the most right for her and all she stands for. Others have mentioned how every guy seems to fall in love with Celaena and that’s certainly the case here. Luckily the Captain of the Guard is someone I can certainly get behind, with his loyalty, dedication and protection of Celaena being at the forefront of his mind.
Overall, Crown of Midnight was a brilliant follow up to the first novel with the series creating a hardcore fandom worldwide. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to read this series and can now join everyone in waiting eagerly for the third book – Heir of Fire.
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Actual Rating: 4.5
After Crown of Midnight, we had no idea where Heir of Fire was going to take the plot from there, as Celeana takes off to a new land while Dorian and Chaol stay in Adarlan. Heir of Fire takes a while to get off the ground, fleshing out the land of Wendlyn and adding some new characters to the mix. While the previous books were set in Adarlan, Heir of Fire truly explores its potential as an epic fantasy by showing us multiple plotlines in different kingdoms, cities and characters.
In Heir of Fire, Celaena is at a crossroads as she deals with her grief and learns to harness her powers. She undergoes some immense character development and shows us that Celaena spark and charm that we all know as she eats her food heartily, eyes off dresses she likes and banters with new trainer Rowan, who doesn’t take no for an answer. I really loved Rowan, as the no-nonsense Fae prince who is indebted to his aunt in service. He’s a warrior who commands legions and can relate to Celaena in her pain and grappling with grief.
Sarah J. Maas builds so many powerful, strong males that we could all ship for Celaena. Unlike Dorian or Chaol though, Rowan is all business as he treats her as a soldier and doesn’t treat her with kid gloves or as a dainty young maiden. He isn’t enthralled with her beauty or charm and because of this, they develop a powerful friendship over the course of the novel. I also really liked Aedion, Celaena’s childhood friend who has been looking for his long lost friend, and there are some interesting, tense developments between all of the characters. I still ship my favourite Chaol and Celaena though – and I wish there were more moments between them during the course of the book.
There are a lot more point of views in Heir of Fire as compared to the previous books, which I found overwhelming at times. Between Chaol, Dorian, Celaena, and new characters Aedion, Manon, Sorscha and Rowan, I counted at least seven point of views in the book. There is a lot happening between all of these characters, but it was an interesting way to delve into the mind of different characters and their motivations. Despite it flipping around, I really enjoyed these new characters: Aedion, the King’s puppet who has his own hidden motivations, Sorcha, the healer who has always had a thing for Dorian, and Manon, the Blackbeak witch with a wyvern who is battling other witch clans to take control. In classic Sarah J. Maas fashion, there was plenty of twists and secret reveals throughout the book to keep things interesting.
Heir of Fire takes a different turn from its predecessors, and those who aren’t familiar with high fantasy books may struggle along with all of the new characters, places and the outer world building outside of just Adarlan. I found like there was too much going on at times – I just wanted the romance between Chaol and Celaena from the first few books. Throughout the book I was screaming NOOOO as certain developments will happen based on their time apart. Heir of Fire isn’t a quick read by any means, it takes the time to build up and develop these new characters. But it builds up momentum towards the end of the book as we are thrust into a dark world of demons, magic, war and fae which will take your breath away.
An excellent installment in this amazing fantasy series with the introduction of some amazing characters and some twists and turns with the ones that we love. This series is gearing up to become absolutely amazing and I have the feeling it’s going to completely blow our mind!
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Where a simple act of defiance and moral justice transforms into a web of deceit, betrayal, and death, The Assassin’s Blade completely blew me away as a prequel to Throne of Glass. It all starts from a simple mission which Celaena Sardothien chooses to disobey, leading into her entire livery being crushed before her very eyes and into the bitter, jaded assassin that we know today.
The five novellas each cover separate missions: one, to rescue thousands of slaves from a Pirate Lord, to teach a healer how to defend herself, to learn from the Mute Master of Assassin’s in the desert, to help fight slavery from an evil crime lord and lastly, the assassination that was never going to pan out. In the first story, we see Celaena rescue thousands of slaves from a Pirate Lord, which sets the tone for the rest of the novellas. Celaena’s past is one I couldn’t tear my eyes from, as the events all lead up to her inevitable imprisonment in Endovier.
The stranger couldn’t have been older than seventeen but…But Adarlan had made them all grow up fast. Too fast. - Yrene the healer
In The Assassin’s Blade, we see what shapes Celaena into the person she is today, with her love of finery, cocky confidence, intelligence and mastery of assassination present here. Her master and mentor, Arobynn has taken her in as his protégé and like a cult leader, she doesn’t question his decisions. As the King of Assassins, he’s given his group board, missions and even gifts in exchange to do his dirty work.
One in his position of power cannot be infallible however, as his anger towards Celaena and Sam are enacted throughout the novel. With multiple layers of deceit and trickery, Arobynn’s cruelty knows no end as he toys with Celaena and Sam with his influence and missions.
Celaena is certainly a kick ass character and we are given some background as to why she holds herself to high standards and morals. Pampered and entitled as Arobynn’s favourite, she has high regard for herself and her master, and she lets everyone know it. She even treats Sam as a competitor ready to swoop into her title, but slowly warms to him across the course of the novel. With all of her morals and penchant to do the right thing, we wonder why she’s in her chosen career. The Assassin’s Blade demonstrates to us that her love of finery and skill actually allows her to right wrongs against slavery and evil by dispatching the toughest enemies.
The romance with Sam is slowly developed over the course of the novel, and we see her slowly regard him as a competitor, to companion, to someone who she truly cares for and loves. With his never ending devotion to Celaena, his honour and power protecting her throughout, he holds on his own against Chaol and Dorian. Having grown up with her, he really does know her the best out of all them. Sam just feels totally right for her, which reinforces my belief that there is no The One out there for us. There are several people who could become them, each with their different things to offer us.
“I love you…I have for years. And he hurt you and made me watch because he’s known how I felt, too. But if I asked you to pick, you’d choose Arobynn, and I. Can’t. Take. It.” - Sam
The Assassin’s Blade is a compelling, in-depth prequel filled with fantasy, romance, action and deceit that fleshes out Celaena’s background as Adarlan’s Assassin. The author has taken her time to illustrate to us Celaena’s relationship with her mentor, her moral high ground, and the protectiveness that her and Sam share. This is a MUST READ for any fans of the series and even as an introduction to the novel. I couldn’t put it down, and it’s the perfect filler until Reign of Fire is released.
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Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
What a beautiful ending to my favourite Lunar Chronicles series! There were so many beautiful moments throughout the book. At 800 pages, the book never drags or slows down.
This is war, where Cinder rallies the Lunar Citizens to overtake Levana’s mind control rule. I wasn’t quite prepared for the bloody massacre within the book, and the ruthless choices that needed to be made for the greater good. But in the end it’s all for the better. I must say it made it all the more epic, there’s so much action and so many point of views here because you want to hear from every single one of these beautiful characters. And they each get their defining moments and their happily ever afters, even though it’s tense, thrilling and you just never know if they’re all going to pull through.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m just going to fangirl about all the couples in the series:
I just love Cinder and Kai so much, and they really play their roles well here. I wanted to mush them together! But there was so much as stake as Kai needs to fulfill an important role for distracting Levana. He showed so much restraint and his pure repugnance at what he had to do was mesmerising. I love his speeches and how he just rules with sophistication. I LOVE YOU KAI.
Cinder, you beautiful brilliant girl. It doesn’t matter that you’re half an android, because you have the bravery and the confidence to move a revolution. I just loved that after all odds, your sheer determination kept you moving and going. I just loved how you’ve come from your humble beginnings and grown into an incredible inspiration. Your strength and bravery is stunning and there could be no better person to lead the series. MY OTTTTPPPP
How about Wolf and Scarlet? Oh my goshhh they have the sweetest moments! Those stolen kisses, being each other’s alpha, and being able to protect each other. Scarlet, your spunk is so incredible and I wouldn’t be able to do half the things that you did. When you walked into the alpha base and OWNED EVERYONE I was like YESSSS! Totally winning. And Wolf, you poor ferocious beast. I just love your softer side. It’s so completely adorable, because you’re not just all jaws.
AND CRESSS AND THORNE! Omgg I don’t know what happened, it’s like so much happened here and I missed something. They’re still pretty conflicted because of Thorne’s overconfidence and playboy self. His cocky attitude but utterly charming personality over an awkward girl actually reminds me so much of my partner. My heart totally melted at their kisses and the SLOWW BURRRNNN of their romance and admitting they had feelings for one another. Oh my gosh guys, seriously they are ADORABLE. Thorne is the besttt!
I can’t talk about the wonderful characters without bringing up Iko. She’s just such a loyal, adorable android and I just love her humour and her bright, unwavering personality so much!
And last but not least, Winter and Jacin. Winter is completely crazy, with her hallucinations and suffering from Lunar disease, but beneath all of her strange utterings and behaviour, she’s just a really lovely girl that just CARES. My heart just ached for her, this sweet and beautiful girl who has been mentally and physically damaged by Levana and not wanting to hurt people like her. And the beautiful, protective Jacin who shows restraint and makes absolutely EVERYTHING about Winter. How beautiful!
So I didn’t expect my entire review to be fangirling but guys, if you haven’t already, you really need to pick up the Lunar Chronicles. It’s one of my favourite series of all time and being a massive sailor moon fan I can see glimpses of it through the series. The characters are completely adorable and utterly charming and all the stakes get higher in the last book. My HEARTTTT
Half a star off because of some character conveniences but it’s the last book so everything has to work out!...more
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Up From the Grave filled me with emotions; the comfort and enjoymenThis review originally appeared on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
Up From the Grave filled me with emotions; the comfort and enjoyment of picking up a well-written familiar series, the anticipation and excitement of seeing where it was all going to go, the anxiety and nervousness of things being in an array at the start of the novel and the despair that this would be the last installment featuring Cat and Bones.
All of these feelings are those you’ll feel at the end of a long, wonderful, well loved series as the characters finally get their happily ever after. The last installment of the Night Huntress series was as exciting, fast paced, sexy and emotional as the rest, as Cat laments on what she’s achieved in her time as a vampire and says goodbye to old friends.
Cat’s experience throughout the novel is as varied as mine, as she discovers the truth of her uncle’s betrayal which has resulted in her worst nightmares for genetic testing. Since the events of the last book, Cat’s friends Tate, Juan and Don have gone missing which she must recover from her nemesis Madigan. Cat enlists the help of the ghoul queen Marie and her shapeshifter friend Denise throughout her adventure and experiences extreme joy, shock, numbness, pain and elation at both friendship, family and love.
The side characters are fantastic as always, with the hilarious Ian finally admitting his bro code with Bones and we finally see Vlad get his happily ever after.
I have shipped Cat and Bones’ relationship throughout the series, they are both strong, independent vampires with a sexy, passionate and fierce attachment to each other. These two have been through so much together, and I really enjoyed their development through out. While they have had their share of arguments and tough times, they’ve realised that they are sole mates and there’s nothing they won’t do for each other, in life or death.
The wonderful and imaginative urban fantasy world of half-breeds with powers, master vampires, ghoul queens, FBI forces and other supes was a fantastic one. I’m glad the Night Huntress Universe is an extensive one and I’ll be catching up with the other spin-offs and finding another couple to ship all over again.
Thank you Jeaniene Frost for delivering a brilliant, action-packed and mindblowing series all the way through and giving Cat and Bones the happy ending they deserved. Night Huntress is one of my favourite vampire series of all time and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who loves strong, well-developed characters, an indepth world filled with romance and vampires....more
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Harvard University’s most famous Professor returns in Dan Brown’s forth installment of the Robert Langdon series, Inferno. Inspired by the poem of the same name about a man’s journey into the depths of hell, the major focus of Inferno includes deciphering some mysterious lines that can only be solved by Robert’s intellect.
As my most anticipated book of 2013, Inferno did not disappoint. Despite a contrived beginning where Robert suffers from short term amnesia, the research conducted into a centuries old poem, the magnificent daydream setting of Florence, and the historical references of major artifacts is a literary feast for your senses. As Dan Brown’s trademark, Inferno takes us through famous museums, old crypts and celebrated tourist spots, where Robert’s knowledge of symbolism, secret passages, and historical secrets may flourish.
Only one person can masterfully envelop multiple points of historical and current research into a thrilling, yet eerie plot and that person is Dan Brown. Filled with twists and turns, the novel entices us with it’s nonstop action with Robert and Sienna, his trademark lady accomplice running from armed soldiers. Their mission is to decipher an obscure poem left by master geneticist and Dante devotee, Bertrand Zobrist which hints at solving over population, human kind’s biggest threat.
The conspiracy within the book is as chilling and realistic as ever, captured in this confronting quote: “If you could throw a switch and randomly kill half the population on earth, would you do it?…What if you were told that if you didn’t throw that switch right now, the human race would be extinct in the next hundred years?”
Multiple plot lines seemingly converge at a perfect pace and the pockets of intellectual research never seem to interfere with the fast-paced plot. The novel covers a myriad of topics, from theories into bio-weapons and geneticism, Dante’s life and other historical figures, the trademark opera masks, to the significance of ancient artifacts such as the death mask. A book like this can be digested over and over again, and each time we can take away something new from it.
While Robert is as sharp as ever (despite his brief lapse in memory), it’s his companion Sienna Brooks that steals the show. From the start of the book, we find out the doctor is also a child prodigy, where her intellect and smarts blow the rest of his peers out of the water. While being a master actress, skilled fighter, multi-linguist and being able to think quickly on her feet, she seems to have a mysterious agenda which she only hints at alluding to throughout the book. Since Sophie Neveu from The Da Vinci Code to Vittoria Vetra in Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has always been proficient at creating intelligence female characters that match Robert’s intellect in one way or another.
The facts are all presented to us in a thrilling way, and the ending is definitely not a happily ever after. It leaves us with some thoughts to ponder on what will be done to solve a real threat to life as we know it. Dan Brown is extremely adept at his craft and his gutsy, intelligent, and controversial reads will always be at the top of my favourites list....more
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World After is everything that I wished for, with so much more intenThis review originally appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews.
World After is everything that I wished for, with so much more intensity, the return of Penryn and her band of family misfits, heaps of angel infighting, twisted horrors and of course, our sexy archangel Raffe. Although not as much as I would have liked, as he's largely away for most of the story.
I'm glad I read these two books back to back, as World After continues on from the events of the last book, where Raffe delivers a paralysed Penryn to her family. Straight off the bat, there's a lot of action and intensity as Paige is admist a battle of scorpions and humans. She also gets some one on one time with her terrifying family. The book packs a lot of emotional punches early on, as Paige runs off in horror and Penryn is again searching for her throughout the book.
I look up to say something but he puts his finger to my lips and whispers, “Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.
Her search takes her through the post-apocalyptic San Francisco Bay area includes a stint on the angel infested island of Alcatraz, which is filled with nightmares, where she'll encounter shocking and disturbing experiments and an army of sentient/scorpion angels. Other horrific situations she'll encounter include a camp of survivors burying their lost, a disturbing themed angel party where humans are terrified servants and plenty of angel power plays. These situations showcase just how far gone the world is under the clutch of angel retribution.
Although Penryn was never the damsel in distress, in World After she really stands on her own with her extensive martial arts skills and Raffe's archangel sword. Unlike the first book where Raffe would have her back, we see her pull off some pretty cool fighting moves, making her a formidable opponent against angels. Raffe undergoes some great character development as well, you really feel his heartbreak, loss and turmoil over the loss of his wings and separation anxiety from his sword.
Bow down to me, Pooky Bear, who has only two other equals in all the worlds.
Speaking of the sword, it is so fearsome and intimidating, that its presence alone will have angels shaking in their boots. Only Penryn, in a moment of genius, has decided to disguise it and dress it up with a teddy bear and call it...Pooky Bear. Only the most hilarious name for a sword ever! I loved that Pooky Bear had a personality of its own and that it forms a strong part of the story. The humour was so outlandish that it cut a welcome contrast against the bleak, dark happenings of the World After. It also fit nicely with the lighter moments in the story, such as Penryn and Raffe's delicious, antagonising banter.
The writing has vastly improved since the first book, with a succinct, poetic way of putting things that just flows off the page. I really relished how Susan Ee put things so beautifully, from Penryn's guilt towards her sister, from her mum's turmoil, to her feelings with Raffe. She can explain a few conflicted feelings with just a few words.
Compared to Angelfall, World After features more character development and a slower pace as the book is a lot longer than the first. While Angelfall had one focused goal the whole way through, World After seems to have a lot more happening as we witness a lot more of this twisted, shocking world of angel war. The gory moments are also a lot less impactful, mainly because the first has set the precedent and we know what to expect.
World After is a worthy and excellent sequel expanding on the story and world building set in Angelfall. This post-apocalyptic angel world is twisted and features a lot of gory horrors, but it also features some wonderful moments in Penryn and Raffe's character development. Although there wasn't as much of Raffe as you would have liked, the wait will be worth it when they eventually encounter. Somehow Susan Ee strikes a balance between horror, gory action, twisted characters and humour in a twisted, dark world and it is a wonderful experience.
So what are you waiting for? Read the sequel to Angelfall now!...more
Another fantastic installment of The Walking Dead. I just love the raw human emotion here and the desperation for survival. It has a different feelingAnother fantastic installment of The Walking Dead. I just love the raw human emotion here and the desperation for survival. It has a different feeling from the TV series, seems to be more ruthless, dark and grittier somehow.
Rick is trying to manage the community in order to survive, but realises the more people you are letting in, the more problems you have to deal with. While dealing with Carl's injury, he has an emotional breakdown behind the scenes and bonds with a certain someone.
The survivors also learn that they aren't the only community out there, and that there may be hope in getting more food and supplies after all...
I wish there was more, once per year is not enough to get my Walking Dead fix! Of course, I could start reading the seperate issues but the hardcover books are definitely worth it. They have neat artwork bonuses at the end too.
Check out my blog for my Walking Dead TV vs graphic novels comparison. ...more
What an emotional rollercoaster. Sacrificial Magic is an aThis review has also been posted on my Happy Indulgence Blog. Check it out for more reviews!
What an emotional rollercoaster. Sacrificial Magic is an amazing journey as Chess, Church witch and drug addict, appears to spiral deeper into depression, self-loathing and drug dependency. The case she's thrust into this time is perilous and someone appears to have a personal vendetta against her.
Her relationship with Terrible has gone through the ups and downs, but it only gets stronger. She's still got Lex on the other end who appears to still have feelings for her. These are two important men in her life, and her drug use appears to affect her actions a bit too much here.
What made this book entirely worthwhile though, was the ending. As much as they can be, these endings are uplifting especially with the Church and Terrible in Chess' life.
I found Sacrificial Magic to be so far, the most powerful in the Downside Series. It's less about the fake hauntings and gang violence and more about Chess's incredibly journey. Forget those Mary Sues, Chess is one woman who needs a bit of love. We want her to find happiness. ...more
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The penultimate title to the Weather Warden series is a tumultuousThis review also appears on my Happy Indulgence blog. Check it out for more reviews!
The penultimate title to the Weather Warden series is a tumultuous journey that starts off on the Titanic, lands on a pirate ship and concludes on a rocky alcove, where the ultimate enemy awaits. Joanne Baldwin and her Djinn husband David board a massive cruise ship with the wardens to steer a deadly hurricane from its destructive path, and here they find a whole lot of rich, snobby patrons and one too many Titanic flashbacks.
As with all the other Weather Warden books, Cape Storm delivers plenty of twists and turns that you'd never expect. This is the book that really irons out the love that David has for Joanne, despite his position as the conduit, a link between the Djinn and the Earth. Jo's demon mark also gave her a dark side, and seeing her express some homicidal tendencies towards her friends and colleagues is really entertaining, especially since she narrates as herself.
There are some loose ends, but I expect them to be tied up in the last installment, Total Eclipse, which I'll be getting to as soon as possible.
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Inevitably, all good things must come to an end. Joanne Baldwin’s journey has been wrought with magic, fear, power struggles between Djinn and the forces of nature itself, some incredibly brave and charming people and with death itself. After following Jo since she discovered her weather warden powers to dating a Djinn who will go on and become one of the major players in the world, to coming back from near death and having to walk away from everything she’s ever known, you realise that a good character is someone who’s become as familiar as your closest friend. Reading Total Eclipse is a bittersweet experience, it’s sad to say goodbye to some of the finest characters (and book boyfriends) out there, but you’re glad to finally see them at peace.
Weather Warden series is one of the most epic I’ve ever read, and has definitely become one of my favourite series out there. No matter what, Rachel Caine seems to always keep on surprising you with the depth of emotion and plot twists so unique that you’d never see them coming. If you think about the unpredictable nature of the weather itself, that’s what your journey will be like experiencing this series. I won’t deliver any spoilers here, but this is probably one of the most satisfying endings you’ll ever encounter. Jo’s journey comes full circle at the conclusion of the Weather Warden series, as she faces the largest nemesis the wardens and Djinn together will ever encounter – Mother Nature herself.
As you’ve probably come to expect from Rachel Caine, Total Eclipse delivers everything that you would want it to, and more. The entire story arc to the series has been leading up to this final moment, and the climactic ending is emotional as is it heart-breaking and satisfying.
To some of the best characters in modern day fiction, I will miss you. You’ve opened my eyes to a world I would have never known, and for that I am thankful. For now, the story of Jo and David has finished, and I’ll move onto the Outcast series to discover Cassiel and Luis’s story.
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While the first Kitty Norville book had many gripes about Kitty being submissive and weak, it seems she's shaken off her pack mentality and is now staWhile the first Kitty Norville book had many gripes about Kitty being submissive and weak, it seems she's shaken off her pack mentality and is now standing firmly on her own two feet in the 2nd Kitty Norville book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Kitty Goes to Washington, it had a much tighter plot and was much stronger than the last one. Kitty's just a likeable character, she's charismatic and her strength is in building a rapport through her listeners and with people she's met.
Kitty Goes to Washington is centered upon a Senate Committee Hearings to determine whether the recently exposed creatures of the night are harmful and should be accepted into the greater community. I think this addressed a key issue I had with the first book, that a radio host could just openly come out and say she was a werewolf, and it would be accepted.
It also further investigates the work of Fleming, the scientist that was introduced in the first book. Kitty has a great cast of characters around her, such as the "honest lawyer" Ben, the vampire hunter Cormac, and a few others who she meets along the way.
Thoroughly enjoyed it, and will be continuing onto the next one.
A quick read, which I finished in 2 sittings. The author has spent some time establishing the bleak world where the protaganist Holston is stuck in aA quick read, which I finished in 2 sittings. The author has spent some time establishing the bleak world where the protaganist Holston is stuck in a silo. At only 35 pages, the novella was a bit too short for me to garner what my thoughts were on it but I definitely was intrigued when I got to the end. Will read the next 2 to gain a better understanding of the world and the story. It's set in a dystopian world and breaks the conventions of "everything may not be what it seems".
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We’ve reached the halfway mark for the Weather Warden series and as far as I’m concerned, Thin Air is the best in the series so far. Since the epic world-domination build up from books 1-4, Thin Air throws all of this out the window and gets us back to basics.
Joanne Baldwin, our favourite weather warden with a wicked sense of humour, wakes up naked and shivering in a forest with no recollection of who she is. She is approached by Lewis, her colleague who tells her they have impending danger ahead. Slowly throughout the course of the book, she learns who she is by absorbing other people’s memories with the help of a Djinn and her own mysterious abilities.
There’s one thing evident about Rachel Caine ever since Ill Wind, and that is her skill in delivering flashbacks to supplement the current story. Thin Air is all about flash backs, but it’s from other people’s perspectives. Ever wanted to see what swimwear model Cherise thinks of Jo and Sarah, her money-grabbing sister? What the cold hard life of a twisted killer is like? Thin Air delivers all of these and more, and it really adds to the character development in the story.
While Joanne is trying to figure out who she is, we know exactly what has happened and the whole memory loss thing didn’t affect the brisk plot moving forward after the whole Djinn aftermath. We pick up where the previous book has left off, not knowing what’s happened to Ashan and Imara. There’s this awesome ‘Evil Twin’ plot thread happening too, an evil Demon who is trying to take over Joanne’s life.
I devoured the whole book in just 3 days, and things are really looking interesting in the weather warden universe. If you haven’t started it yet, you’re missing out on a really unique and exciting series!...more
After seeing Joanne Baldwin, kickass weather warden being bruised, beaten, powerless, and everything else thrown in her way, it was great to see her fAfter seeing Joanne Baldwin, kickass weather warden being bruised, beaten, powerless, and everything else thrown in her way, it was great to see her finally manifesting her powers here and using them to save herself and others.
Let's face it, she's been dragged through the ditches and back in the series so far, and we're all getting a little tired of that. But the stakes are now higher, with her adult, half-djinn daughter around and her sister under hostage by a madman.
She can no longer rely on David saving her in every situation because he can become psychotic at any point and kill her. It's an impossible love that you can't help to root for at any point.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the Weather Warden series and will continue to do so. Can't stop now, I'm halfway through!
This is fast becoming one of my favourite series, it justThis review has also been posted on my Happy Indulgence Blog. Check it out for more reviews!
This is fast becoming one of my favourite series, it just gets better and better as the series progresses. My review contains spoilers for the first two books for the series so progress with caution.
Joanne Baldwin is a weather warden, the book opening with her racing towards Las Vegas to stop her enemy from creating the next Ice Age. Kevin is a force to be reckoned with, he's absorbed powers from the most powerful combined Warden ever, and he's also got an extremely powerful Djinn to boot.
Soon after, things turn around for the worse and Joanne starts to get jerked around by first the Wardens, a secret organisation, and her own worse nightmare. If it wasn't Joanne, I think anyone would have broken down from the things she endured in this book.
Joanne's an extremely likable character, she's powerful, has great fashion sense, has great strength of character, and she has lots of snarky retorts in this book. Unlike the previous two books, we learn that her character can be attributed by some nightmares in the past. This journey is highly personal for her, and had an incredible emotional impact in this book.
There's just so many aspects to the story that makes the series a 5 star one. The writing is just so absorbing and easy to read. It has an addictive quality about it. The scientific weather manipulation powers and the use of Djinn (or genies as we may know them) is unique and compelling. The Weather Warden world itself, is a fascinating one with Earth, Fire and Weather Wardens looking after the world. The story itself just feels so epic, with a powerful archenemy in each book. This always leads to an explosive grand finale at the end of each book.
Building upon all of these concepts, this book adds a different dimension to the world with a different organisation to the wardens. That's what makes this series so compelling, there's just so many factors to it that constructs the story. I'm glad I'm reading this in a buddy read, so we can discuss it to our hearts content. Check out our discussions if you’ve read the book.
If you haven't picked up this series yet, definitely put it on the To Read list! ...more
WOW what an exhilarating ride! Heat Stroke was a way slicker book than the first one, fast-paced and easier to get into than simply a road trip and reWOW what an exhilarating ride! Heat Stroke was a way slicker book than the first one, fast-paced and easier to get into than simply a road trip and reminiscing about the times which was pretty much sums up Ill Wind.
I absolutely love the cool factor of both Joanne and her powers, either as a Djinn or Weather warden. This book contains descriptions of meteorology that border on being too scientific, but wow they just blow my mind! Not to mention the descriptions of how Djinn draw their power. The author holds great imagination and skilfully conveys something which seems to be difficult to understand into such a readable, easily digested format.
A thing I am loving so far about this series: it's so incredibly addictive, with a writing style so natural that it flows easily. That's probably a flow on from Rachel Caine's YA writing.
I absolutely adore the male leads in Joanne's life, David, the sexy Djinn and Lewis, the world's most powerful weather warden. Joanne's wit, charisma and sheer determination just matches both of these men well, and she can definitely keep up with them.
Later on in the book, you do meet some twisted and disturbing characters, but it does lead to an epic finale in the end. I was totally hooked into this book from the start and it was difficult to put down.
If I didn't have so many other books lined up to read for the next month, I'd be reading Chill Factor in an instant!
Ill wind is an explosive debut about a group of wardens who maintain balance to the Earth, fire wardens, earth wardens, and weather wardens. Joanne BaIll wind is an explosive debut about a group of wardens who maintain balance to the Earth, fire wardens, earth wardens, and weather wardens. Joanne Baldwin is a powerful weather warden who is running from the storm, looking for her powerful friend Lewis who is the only one who can save her from a demon mark.
The whole story is basically set out around a huge road trip, but it's a journey definitely worth travelling. The weather descriptions went over my head a little as they were a bit too scientific for my liking, but definitely makes it unique in a sense. Flashbacks are tied into the Joanne's road trip, fleshing out why she is running and looking for Lewis and the relationships she has with other characters.
When she meets a handsome hitchiker David, things get really interesting from there as he's not what he seems from the start.
I really enjoyed the writing, it is personable, down-to-earth, and does not try too hard to be descriptive or poetic. The author weaves complexities into the storyline really well. Both Joanne and David are extremely likeable characters, while they aren't perfect in any sense, they are void of any annoying character traits that are so common in PNR/UF titles.
I loved how the story unfolded and felt like I went on a little journey myself, reading about the circumstances following Joanne. The way the story was set out definitely led up to an explosive finale that had me gobsmacked with an ending I did not see coming.
The weather warden series is an interesting one, and I'll definitely pick up the next books in the series to see how things pan out.
Finishing off the last of the Percy Jackson series, I felt rather sad that there will be no more following Percy, Grover, Annabeth and his demigod camFinishing off the last of the Percy Jackson series, I felt rather sad that there will be no more following Percy, Grover, Annabeth and his demigod campers on their adventures. This book was absolutely flawless with incredibly action and commeration to Greek mythology tying everything together in the end.
The Last Olympian is pretty much all out action from the first page, as the Titan God Kronos unleashes his attack upon the world. As with the end of every great series, there are great moments mixed in with the sad, and we get to finally see the agenda that Riordan had planned for his characters from the start. Possibly the strongest of the series, The Last Olympian was unputdownable as the entire host of campers, gods, and demigods have their own moments.
I'm rather satisfied with the conclusion of The Last Olympian, finally bringing peace to Camp Half-Blood and resolution of the ominous prophecy from the very start. The Percy Jackson series have definitely paved their way as a classic to be read over and over again.
Continuing on from the phenomenal Night Huntress series, This side of the grave starts off with a bang as Cat gets accustomed to her newfound powers aContinuing on from the phenomenal Night Huntress series, This side of the grave starts off with a bang as Cat gets accustomed to her newfound powers and strange feeding habits as a vampire.
Bones and Cat have ironed out their issues from the last book and spend their time either being mushy with each other or getting hot and heavy. It's a welcome change from the angst and whining from the last book as there's a lot more happening here on the brink of an all out ghoul war with an evil ghoul ruler and a ghoul goddess representing queen of the Damned.
The side characters especially the ghost Fabian are a crucial focus on this book, and Vlad as well as Mecheres are as fascinating as ever.
The plot isn't as tight and fast moving as previous books, but a hilarious voodoo experience and emotional passing of someone who means a lot to Cats heavyweights in this book. It's def a stronger contender than the previous title filled with lots of action, wit, and love. Can't wait to move onto the next one.