TRUST IN ME is essentially WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn retold in Cameron's point of view. While I did really enjoy TRUST IN ME, I think the full impact of...more
TRUST IN ME is essentially WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn retold in Cameron's point of view. While I did really enjoy TRUST IN ME, I think the full impact of the novella would be lost if you don't plan to read WAIT FOR YOU.
TRUST IN ME explores Cam's side of the story and his feelings and thoughts from the situations in WAIT FOR YOU. The novella assumes you know the events that take place in WAIT FOR YOU, and a few scenes are cut to make TRUST IN ME a little shorter. If you don't know what happens in WAIT FOR YOU, there will definitely be questions that are raised. However, I guess you can then proceed to read WAIT FOR YOU to fill in the gaps you missed.
TRUST IN ME isn't a full length novel, it's a novella. It isn't meant to replace reading WAIT FOR YOU, even if it is shorter. Instead, I think it's meant to be more of a treat for those who fell in love with Cam and his cookies in WAIT FOR YOU. TRUST IN ME and WAIT FOR YOU work well together, and I think after reading both the picture is finally 100% complete. You can certainly read one or the other first, but I would recommend reading them in the order they were published, with Avery's side before Cam's. If after reading WAIT FOR YOU you still haven't had enough of the story, TRUST IN ME will be more then satisfying while still leaving you looking forward to this couple's return in the future books.
Because Cam wasn't always at Avery's side, he had to be doing something when he wasn't around in WAIT FOR YOU. My favorite parts were when we explored the times Cam hung out with friends, and the time he left to go to his parent's house as well as his relationship with his family and Jase. It certainly wasn't because scenes with Avery and Cam together bored me in any way, but seeing Cam do something more than always just being there for Avery makes him more realistic. Like the slightly scary serious reader that I am, I want nothing more than the characters I come across to seem real to me. Even when Cam is away though, you can see very clearly that he is in love with Avery and nothing can change that fact.
There are a few things TRUST IN ME accomplished for me. There was a nice set-up for BE WITH ME, the next book, and that perhaps Jase, who seemingly is good-natured, has a few secrets of his own to keep. I finally understood what happened to Avery all those years before, because it was so vague in WAIT FOR YOU, and for some reason oblivious me could not figure out what happened without it being spelled out in plain English.
If you liked WAIT FOR YOU, you will definitely enjoy TRUST IN ME. Like all of Armentrout's other books, it has a sort of addictive quality to it that forces your hand to keep turning the pages. You'll understand why some of the conflicts happened in WAIT FOR YOU between Cam and Avery, and how important trust is to Cam in a relationship that will last. I do wish we saw a little more of Cam's visit with his family on his own, because I am a sucker for a good family story, and time with people you consider family in YA.
Let's Discuss: In the comments, tell me what you need in order for a character to feel real to you. And if you had a turtle, would you name it Cookie? :3 (less)
There aren't many books where the main character conflicts me so, in a way that I both love and dislike her.
Or maybe it's just me. Strange, strange me.
Elisa was never a character I felt I hated. Frustrated, certainly, but I never wanted her to fail at what she was doing. For those, like me, who are late to reading this fantastic series might love Elisa as a heroine because she has her flaws. She is not skinny nor absolutely beautiful as Elisa describes many of the people she comes across seems to be. She achieves her goals not by stunning people with her charming beauty, but by using her brain. Elisa is very perspective and smart, but because of that, it sometimes bothers me because I just can't see where she's coming from for someone so intelligent. But making mistakes is the mark of a realistic character, so it leaves me entirely conflicted on my feelings.
Elisa aside, there were plenty of characters I adored. Hector, Rosario, Mara, and the whole array of the desert rebels were are great characters in their own right. There's a part of me that I think could have really loved Alejandro as well, but he was a weak ruler who made terrible decisions, and ignored his son.
The beginning of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS was a bit slow, but once it picked up it didn't let go until the end. The story itself was adventurous and a bit magical. Chosen as a once in a century bearer of the Godstone, Elisa is supposedly destined for great things. However her ability with her Godstone doesn't extend far, and she spends the book learning more about herself and how to utilize it.
Religion plays its part in THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, but never did I feel like the story was weighed down by it. Instead it was just the way things were and a part of our characters. Some people might be a bit hesitant to read a book with religious aspects because they don't want anybody shoving it in their faces, but it isn't a concern with this series.
If you are a fan of high fantasy young adult, and have yet to read THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, I encourage you to give it a try. Rae Carson has set up a world with interesting history. There is quite a bit of politics because Elisa is a queen, and a lot of world-building as well as history is laid out for you. If you prefer action over explanations, and exploring the present instead of the past, you might find parts of this book a bit slow. But I think you'll find it worthwhile when all the puzzle pieces finally connect.
There were parts of the story that surprised me, most particularly the characters. So many people that I loved right off the bat, and a few characters that seemed to be against Elisa at first and turned into allies that I loved as well. There was also a lot of wanting to interfere and play matchmaker and make all my ships into canon. Because that is what I do.
I also cry when my ships don't end up happening.
WHY WON'T YOU JUST GET TOGETHER AND KISS?
In another book, I'm certain Humberto is a love interest I would have adored. I really liked him, but because Hector was around, unfortunately there really was no competition. I was no satisfied with the amount of Hector scenes because there just wasn't enough. It might surprise you to learn that my one true pairing is regrettably not Hector and Elisa, but Belen and Mara.
To end it off, Rae Carson is an author to look out for. This review is being written after I have read the entire series, so I can confidently say that I will pick up whatever Carson writes next. Carson has a way with words, but what impressed me the most was the way she developed her characters. While Elisa is not my favorite person in the world at all times, she does undergo a stunning transformation from a shy and not confident princess, to a fierce warrior queen using what she learned and experienced from her time in the desert with Cosme and her friends, characters who I strongly loved.
And man, those certain deaths, even though I was expecting them, still broke my heart a little. Okay, maybe a lot.
Let's Discuss: In the comments, tell me who your favorite pairing from this series is! I am hopeless romantic and would love to know. If you haven't read THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS yet, you can tell me about a pairing from another series you love or what makes you decide that you like certain two people together.
A book is not complete for me without at least people I can ship together.(less)
FEVER by Lauren DeStefano was one part unpredictable, one part lyrical, and gripping from the beginning to the end. FEVER, however, felt very differen...more
FEVER by Lauren DeStefano was one part unpredictable, one part lyrical, and gripping from the beginning to the end. FEVER, however, felt very different from WITHER. I loved both of them, but I can understand where people who really enjoyed WITHER and disliked FEVER are coming from. The writing style in WITHER was beautiful and flowed well. While FEVER retains that style, it also feels like a different approach of storytelling. There's a reason descriptions seem unfamiliar though, and that's because our setting is completely different.
Rhine isn't the bird locked in the cage anymore. Freedom is in her hands now. In FEVER she has to decide whether or not it's worth fighting for.
The one problem that clearly stands out to me is that this series is a bit unmemorable. I'll always know that I enjoyed Rhine's journey, but I doubt I'll really remember why. There are parts that have stayed with me, certain details that stand out, but I'm writing this review months after I've read this book, and honestly if you ask me to tell you about it, the best I can give you is an overview of the story.
The other far smaller issue I had with the series as a whole is that Rhine and Gabriel are kind of bland characters. It's like oh you're nice and all, but to me you just...exist. Rhine and Gabriel aren't lifeless and flat, but their personalities weren't exactly vibrant and I couldn't connect with them beyond surface level.
The main reason I wanted to read FEVER was to explore the world, and Rhine's narration got the job done. She might not have had the most exciting outlook on life and an abundance of happiness, I wonder if I could really fault the character design. The world she lives in is grim and messed up, and how many people are going to be laughing and jumping for joy after they were ripped from the life they've always known and taken from their brother. That's why I never had a problem with Rhine and Gabriel, I just didn't love them.
The time in the circus was interesting, and it was probably my favorite part even though I felt sorry for some of the characters we meet and I liked a lot of them. So see I do really like characters in this book. Ha. Take that, people who think I'm heartless. Okay I'm probably still heartless sometimes. I also feel like Juliette when I use strikethrough. I AM ALL POWERFUL WITH MY LETHAL TOUCH. I've also developed fondness for circuses because of the Noah's Ark Circus Arc in Black Butler.
The ending was exciting because I was waiting for Rhine to find her brother through the whole book. I would've preferred Rhine to at least see her brother from afar by the end of FEVER. There are few things I love more than a good sibling relationship, and I hope there are some good bonding moments between Rhine and her brother in SEVER.
This series isn't something I think everyone will like. Some people might think FEVER was intriguing while others just find it slow and boring. It all goes back to whether or not you enjoyed WITHER. If you did, you'll probably like FEVER too. But if you didn't, I have a hard time telling if FEVER will be any better for you.
And if you've read FEVER, you'll know the cover does have meaning behind it, such as the tarot card, which plays a part.