Just finished my reread of the book since I actually beta read this a few months ago!
The book starts off a little slow, but really picks up when she fJust finished my reread of the book since I actually beta read this a few months ago!
The book starts off a little slow, but really picks up when she finally goes to her new school. I LOVED how skeptical she was of the magic stuff...and how she maintained it even as she played along at first. Sometimes I find the characters in paranormal books believe things too easily, and this just felt so much more realistic. Thus, her reactions when she finds out it's all real just killed me! The thing that I found great and refreshing about Sophia as a character is that she wasn't set out to be "special" in her new world. I'm not saying I don't love books with that trope (b/c a lot of my faves are just that)...but it was nice to see something new in this genre you know? She was just a girl thrust into a strange new world trying to cope with all this new information. (view spoiler)[And even in the climax fight with her Grandmother, she was just a teenage girl struggling to survive and do the best she could with what she knew. (hide spoiler)] Sometimes I wished for more...ummmm, not background about the paranormal world, but interactions *in* the paranormal world. Most of the book is just her training and learning about her magic. I have a feeling what I want is going to come in upcoming books now that she's been initiated.
Connor was absolutely adorable. And as such, I wanted more. ;) I really enjoyed the sweet first kisses they experienced. Would love to see their relationship develop more in the next books.
Sydney was a great new BFF. Loved seeing a side character develop a backbone against Alexa and the coven on her own. On the other hand, it was hard to feel too close to Abby since we get so little of her before Sophia moves. (view spoiler)[And in the end her death didn't have quite as much of an impact on me as a reader as I would have expected. (hide spoiler)]
LOVED that with Ellen, Sophia had someone in the house to give her that normalcy and a link back to her Dad. Hope we get to see more of her in the next books too!
The Grandmother and Alexa were fabulous bad guys...you could really feel how "on the edge of madness" they both seemed to be. Will be interesting to see what becomes of them.
All in all, this was a solid debut book. There were parts that left me wanting, but I have a strong feeling that the next book is going to be even better!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
OK, this was way more heartwarming (yes, I said heartwarming) than I was expecting. For some reason when I read the synopsis I totally figured she wasOK, this was way more heartwarming (yes, I said heartwarming) than I was expecting. For some reason when I read the synopsis I totally figured she was pregnant....probably from reading too many Harlequin novels. I did have another theory that turned out to be correct, but it was still nice to have it not be the obvious plot twist. I really liked the way Ms. Oak dealt with Gaby's struggles. It was real, and effective. I ended up really enjoying this novella as a result. I loved the backgrounds of Gaby and Cal, and loved watching them come back to each other. I especially love how Gaby ran with Cal's offering to her....laughed so hard, what a spunky girl. Now I just want my own Gay murse....I think Chris needs his own story. :)...more
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author as part of her street team!! Course, then life got crazy and I didn't even read it until afteI received an advanced copy of this book from the author as part of her street team!! Course, then life got crazy and I didn't even read it until after it was already out.... (ps - this review attempts not to be spoilery, but I think it could give vague suggestions...just nothing concrete -- you have been warned).
I don't really want to write this review much b/c I had a really bad day and so I'm having a hard time sorting out all my emotions. This series has its flaws here and there, but for imagination, originality, emotional impact, action adventure, conflict, gray areas of bad and good -- seriously, I think it's my favourite. It just has so much and is so different!! There were moments in this one where it felt a bit repetitive at times (just stuff that Stella has already thought about, like how she will get her real swords when she turns 18....I think that was brought up multiple times). But on the whole??? It was amazingly impactful. So I did give it a lower rating, but strangely I still consider this my favourite of Ms. Higginson's epic paranormal series. I think the problem is sorting out my own emotions over how things go in the story you know? B/C seriously, Rachel knows how to rip your heart to pieces.....
Things I LOVED: The expansion on Jude's story. I knew it had to be coming, and I knew there was so much more there, but she still managed to surprise me from time to time. So while my whistle was definitely whet with a few answers, I was still left confused on what was real, what it all meant, what I (and Stella) could believe, and where it was all going. I know there's more there. I really loved the depth given to Seven's character too. I have ALWAYS felt that she would be key somehow, but I wasn't sure if she would remain an insanely evil character, or if there would be more depth....I wanted more depth, and holy cow did Ms. Higginson provide. Course, as with Jude, while I was given MORE to the Seven story/character....I was also left with a gagillion questions. Which can be frustrating, especially since I know I have to wait so long for a bigger taste!! At this single moment in time I am desperate for a Jude or Seven (or Jude AND Seven) prequel novella....you know, just throwing it out there.
I LOVED the way things settled out with Tristan and Piper. I know there are many team Tristan's out there, but I wasn't one of them, so I like the stability that that is turning into more.
I really enjoyed that the reader was given lots of hints to reveal the other bad guy, but it also made me really frustrated with Stella for not also figuring it out. I think it's hard to relate to how Stella's dealing with all this since, you know, I'm not an Angel/Star with the entire fate of Earth on my shoulders....so when she gets a visit and doesn't tell anyone, I want to frickin SMACK HER! Seriously girl. Give yourself a hand up at any point here....
Things I was conflicted on (which means didn't love or hate): Seth. Seth tore my heart out in book 2 and pretty much made that the book of the century for me. I can't even express how much my heart hurt watching his struggles. So I was left not knowing what to think in this book. B/C he almost went too far.... There is this constant permeating question throughout the book of whether Seth will be able to return from this horrific ordeal with a) sanity; b) any semblance of good. And I almost felt like he passed the point of no return you know? I mean, I seriously wanted her to kill him. I kind of lost my hope in him. I think he needed a few more glimmers of goodness or at least conflict here and there. It was almost too late by the end. Heck, for a while there I was TEAM JUDE. I know right? I mean, I'm actually ok with how that all played out, but it's leaving me feeling very hopeless and not quite as attached to the Stella and Seth love. The ending gave me some of that back, but I am leery of how this is going to go from here. So....yeah....how's that for some rambling bit of nothingness?
And one other little thing: I totally expected more from the Jupiter side of things based on the blurb (about Jupiter disappearing), but while he provided some interesting answers, he wasn't as involved in the plot as I expected.
In the end, despite my occasional moments of conflict, I'm still totally invested in where this story is going. I LOVED the little tidbits we did get, but so many of those answers were left shrouded in some doubt that I wasn't as satisfied as I expected to be. But honestly, when I think back on it -- book 3 of the Star-crossed series was my least favourite on FIRST read through, but ended up being one of my favourites on re-reads. So maybe once I see where this all is going, I will LOVE this book for what it sets up, kwim? Oh, wait, is anyone even still reading this?? GO. BUY IT. GET SUCKED IN AND WAIT IMPATIENTLY WITH THE REST OF US....more
4.5 stars -- OK, really enjoyed this one. I mean, a couple of nerds grown up? Yes please. And I wasn't sure how I'd like Georgia from previous books,4.5 stars -- OK, really enjoyed this one. I mean, a couple of nerds grown up? Yes please. And I wasn't sure how I'd like Georgia from previous books, b/c I personally just can't vibe with the whole brand name everything....but she became so much more than the whiny brat in this book. Seeing her grow and figure out what made her tic....you just rooted for her and wanted her to come into her own. She was so exactly what Seth and Logan needed. And the whole scene with the ladies of Bliss was perfection.... Watching her figure people out and want to help them...yeah. I don't even know what I'm saying, but I enjoyed this so much more than I was expecting....more
OK, I honestly wasn't super hyped about this one, and then it turns out to be my favourite so far. Weird. I just LOVED the chemistry between Henry andOK, I honestly wasn't super hyped about this one, and then it turns out to be my favourite so far. Weird. I just LOVED the chemistry between Henry and Nell, and how absolutely crazy and insane and elaborate their backstory was!! Nell was like Henry's heaven. *sigh* So good. And seeing so many of the characters 5 years earlier -- fabulous! Getting bigger glimpses into all of their lives before their HEA -- SO GOOD! Yup, this was just perfection for me....more
OK, I loved the awkwardness and inexperience of Gemma. She was sassy, strong, but strangely vulnerable. The whole scene where she finally decides to sOK, I loved the awkwardness and inexperience of Gemma. She was sassy, strong, but strangely vulnerable. The whole scene where she finally decides to sleep with them....just perfect. So, normal and real. It was quite refreshing actually. And Jesse was just fabulously sweet. Even the cowardice of Cade was believable and not too over the top and frustrating. Seeing his struggle was heart breaking. Yeah, but mostly it was Gemma. LOVED the glimpses more of Nell and Henry...who-wee I'm excited to read their backstory!!...more
This one was good, but not as good as the others have been. I feel like I'm left wanting a lot. We didn't get quite the same amount of fun and humour.This one was good, but not as good as the others have been. I feel like I'm left wanting a lot. We didn't get quite the same amount of fun and humour. It was there, but just not up to the previous books. I think I really hated that James was knowingly hurting Hope by being a stubborn idiot. Most of the other guys were also stubborn, but they didn't necessarily know that what they were doing was hurting the girl. And I just wanted more. More fun-loving James. More about Noah, seeing him with animals. It was like him being a vet was just a side thing, and as someone who loves animals I was excited to read about a vet hero.... I kept thinking he would help with Red. Just, anything more. Not enough. Or maybe I wasn't in the right mood. Who knows. It just seemed more formulaic than the previous books I've read by Ms. Oak. Maybe I need an Oak break....more
3.5 stars -- fun reunion book. It was a bit hard going between all the stories and keeping track of where they were all at at any point in time. Regar3.5 stars -- fun reunion book. It was a bit hard going between all the stories and keeping track of where they were all at at any point in time. Regardless of that, it was fun to get a little after HEA for so many of these couples. It had all the delicious humour of any of the Bliss and Siren books, so basically it was just a fabulous indulgence....more
4.5 stars -- ok, really enjoyed this one. I've always been fascinated by Chase, and he didn't disappoint. In fact, he wasn't quite as odd as I expecte4.5 stars -- ok, really enjoyed this one. I've always been fascinated by Chase, and he didn't disappoint. In fact, he wasn't quite as odd as I expected. It was nice to see the twins get their HEA, and Nat was a perfect foil for them. I seriously love a little bit of awkward and nerdy with my hot male leads.
And I am loving Kitten. Seriously, can't wait for her story.......more