Well, of course Ms. Tuttle manages to find a way to break my heart in more places than just the ones I was expecting. SERIOUSLY ELIZABETH!!
OK OK, so yWell, of course Ms. Tuttle manages to find a way to break my heart in more places than just the ones I was expecting. SERIOUSLY ELIZABETH!!
OK OK, so yay! Got to beta read!! Mwahahaha. It's no secret I'm in love with Zander, so this was just a whole schwakload of awesomeness. He is even more adorkable in his own head. And I got to see every scene I was desperate for, PLUS more. Basically, this is the perfect present for every Spark of Light fan. So if you haven't already (and it's before Feb 6th), for goodness sake go sign up for her newsletter!!! You won't want to wait to get this in your greedy hands......more
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
4.5 stars -- now THAT's what I'm talking about! After having fallen in so heavily with the last half of Gathering Water, this book just flowed so natu4.5 stars -- now THAT's what I'm talking about! After having fallen in so heavily with the last half of Gathering Water, this book just flowed so naturally out of that and kept me enthralled. I had kind of expected more epic battles throughout this whole book, but it was almost more about Della continuing on her quest to figure out who she is, how she fits into all these new worlds, and making up her own mind about what to think. And so I wasn't actually disappointed that there were only 2 major battles (disappointed b/c Ms. Claire writes gut-wrenching battle scenes, so I sadistically love them). Instead I found myself thinking a lot more than I expected to.
And that's the other thing that Ms. Claire does so well -- she makes these books feel so real. I actually don't mind insta-love, but I also really enjoy when things unfold more naturally. And that is how ALL of the relationships unfold in this trilogy. Not just the romantic ones, but the familial ones too. Everything is not easy and automatic (minus Cash, but he's hard not to love, even for Della). It's not that Della doesn't feel *something* for the people she's interacting with, but it doesn't go from "I don't know you" to "WE'RE ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY" in 60 seconds. So when she finds out Derek is her Dad (not a spoiler unless you didn't read book 1, which then I'm going to have to stop you and make you go read it now), it's not immediate happiness and rainbows. Like everything else in life, there is potential, but it involves work. I really appreciated that.
I will say I was sad about the developments in the romance department, but in the end I understand why it all went down the way it did. I can't really say more without giving something away. I guess I'm just used to all these insta-love relationships, when in reality most people don't find their true love right off the bat.
I LOVED the burgeoning questions about the Clades and Elfennol that came up in this book. I loved that Della does take the time to explore what she thinks, and doesn't just buy into what she's told. I'm really eager to see how that unfolds, b/c shades of gray are so much more interesting than ALL black & white.
Occasionally it was hard to keep up with all the new things we were learning (along with Della) about the paranormal world. So I really loved that there was a Della cheat sheet at the beginning *AND* end of the book. But I still felt confused sometimes trying to remember what everything does (bending earth vs gathering water, etc... Tempering Fire is the easiest for me. I always remember that one), without having to flip back to the cheat sheet every time.
And while I totally expected humour in the book (I mean, Cash, need I say more), I was not entirely prepared for how *much* I would LAUGH OUT LOUD while reading it. And not just in the Cash parts. Totally unexpected bonus people. So awesome.
Finally, I totally call dibs on Cash. It's in writing, so you can all back off now. But seriously, I LOVE the role he fills in Della's life. He's one of my fave secondary characters of all time. Which is saying something, b/c I do have love for quite a few secondary characters....
It's going to be hard to wait for the next book....so many questions to be answered.......more
I received an ARC of this book, and here is my honest review!
There were so many 5 star worthy moments in this book, but it was coupled by little thingI received an ARC of this book, and here is my honest review!
There were so many 5 star worthy moments in this book, but it was coupled by little things that niggled at me and thus averaged to a 4 star book.
Since I was reading the ARC, I wasn't sure it was the final edited version....so while I did notice quite a few typos, it didn't really affect my overall enjoyment of the book.
I really love the quirky Wright family, so it was fun to be reading a book about another brother. The pieces of Bridger that we got made for a really strange mix of guy -- a wee bit sappy, rather straight-laced, super sweet and attentive at times, kind of hard to read at others. I didn't feel like I knew all of him even at the end. Some of his transitions in personality and mood were so abrupt, and even though that was mentioned in the book, it didn't work for me. I wanted a bit more, to really know why he is the way he is. Some of it was given, and bits were teased here and there, but it's like it wasn't *quite* enough.
On the other side of the coin though, when he was being super sweet Bridger, OMG melt my heart. Seriously, he was so adorable sometimes!! I just wanted to hug him. And I enjoyed his relationship with the wacky West. I think I'm looking forward to his story the most.
Tate was so fabulously spirited and fiery and sassy and stubborn and full of sunshine all at the same time. There were times where she was just the perfect match to bring Bridger out of his funk. But there were parts of her story that I wanted more of too. She kept mentioning her "wild" youth, but I never figured out why she rebelled. I had theories, but it seemed like it was just this add on....and if it was going to be mentioned, then I guess I wanted to know why and how it built her into who she was. I was told that it made her who she was, but I wasn't shown you know?
So yeah, one of those books where the good parts were out of the park, but as a whole it left me wanting just a bit more....more