3.5 stars. Suffers from some serious continuity issues, but it is a fairly good read overall. I enjoyed the main character's strength and maturity, wh3.5 stars. Suffers from some serious continuity issues, but it is a fairly good read overall. I enjoyed the main character's strength and maturity, which is not something I have come across in my reading lately. While there is a lot of sexual tension you won't find the MC crying over imagined slights, nor will you find her romantic interest to be a domineering. he-man even if he is an incubus. I thought it would turn out to be another just-because relationship but instead there is depth to all of their interactions.
As for the rest of the story, I was pleasantly surprised to be surprised. Things didn't happen as I thought they would, and the story unfolded in an interesting way. I'm just sad it was so short as I would have enjoyed reading more. I know there is an entire series, but after spoiling the plot for myself in reading a few reviews I'm not sure I can handle what happens next. *Sigh* We'll see how I feel in a few days....more
***Spoiler alert. Lots of frustration in this one.***
There is something uniquely intriguing about this book, and that same thing kept me up reading it***Spoiler alert. Lots of frustration in this one.***
There is something uniquely intriguing about this book, and that same thing kept me up reading it all night. Yet there are more than a few things that are just absolutely annoying. I would honestly like to know how many reasons can one character have to cry or nearly cry in the same book. According to Raine, the answer is at least once per chapter. But I digress. I think it will be easier to just list what didn't work for me:
1.) The overwhelming sadness, watering eyes, and straight up crying. It was just too much. Couple this with impulsive coping tactics like running away childishly when faced with conflict. It isn't pretty.
2.) Magnetic, otherworldly, constantly pulling attraction beginning with the first glance, which leads to clumsy accidents and various embarrassments. One of the characters constantly teeters between chivalry and crazy possessiveness. I think I'm done with centuries-old immortals falling for the most immature and insecure girls around after only one conversation with them, and then having their restrictive obsession pass for sexiness. It's ridiculous.
3.) Cliches, characters around for convenience then forgotten, and passages that contradict previous passages.
4.) Parental cliches with one parent missing and the other parent conveniently not questioning odd occurrences. While I admit that this parent is much more tuned in than most are portrayed to be these days, she still withholds pertinent information that could have prevented a lot of heartache and troubles for the characters.
5.) Raine's treatment of Eirik is just horrible. In the beginning she didn't know what she wanted...but there was a definite line where she knew, and she kept stringing him along, (view spoiler)[and still hadn't officially let him go by the end! (hide spoiler)]
6.) Probably the worst of all was the ending. (view spoiler)[ After having gone through so much in their relationship, fate leaves one with no memory of the other. I get why this happened--and it's actually pretty genius--but I don't want to suffer through the will I/won't I stuff all over again. (hide spoiler)]
Okay so what kept me reading? Well, despite all of this I'm still a fan of some good tension and an intriguing story. So while Raine bugged me to no end, I still wanted to see how things would turn out, and what parts of Norse mythology would be used. It was pretty interesting to see the story between the pages of the story unfold--if you get my meaning. I'm totally invested in some of the secondary characters, and how their stories end up. And if I'm being completely honest I have to say that as much as I hated the ending, you can bet I'll be reading the next book just to figure out how on earth they get past that. Dang curiosity!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
After reading this I feel like I understand Seiya so much more. I thought she was okay before, but now that I've seen her learn and grow a bit, I canAfter reading this I feel like I understand Seiya so much more. I thought she was okay before, but now that I've seen her learn and grow a bit, I can understand some of her previous comments and actions.
But let's be honest: I read this book for Lyre, and it definitely delivered. Some of his cryptic comments make sense now, along with Ash's complete trust in him. We learn more about Lyre in this book than in any other, though there is still a ton that we don't know about him.
The conversations during their time locked away are some of the most introspective of the entire series. Lyre becomes brutally honest with Seiya at one point (but isn't harsh), and Seiya unearths some of Lyre's closely guarded secrets. Both characters seem to grow a little bit--Seiya more than Lyre.
My recommendation: read this before you read Reap The Shadows! I read RTS first and felt a little confused at the subtle changes in character between that book and the previous one. While it wasn't anything huge, it was also a big relief to read this novella and finally understand. ...more
I liked this one even more than the first book. Gen begins to really grow into himself, and I like that we can see*Mild spoilers for the first book!*
I liked this one even more than the first book. Gen begins to really grow into himself, and I like that we can see more of who he actually is, than who he is pretending to be. The chapters switch back and forth in a non-uniform way between Gen and Attolia, giving us a good look at both characters and their motivations. There were a few surprises, one important one which I did expect, but which played out in a much different way than I had expected it to. I was pleasantly surprised many times while reading this book, and stayed up late into the night in order to absorb every last word.
I honestly would love this book to death if it were not for some clunky transitions in character towards the end. These are things that I expected to happen, but that were awkward in their delivery. Still, I look forward to reading the next book asap.
Edit: I also have to add that not knowing Gen's age is absolutely maddening! He seemed so much more immature in the first book, but part of that was due to the part he was playing. In this book he not only seems more like a young adult, but he also ages a few years, leaving his actual age up in the air. His "young" age is referred to by others many times, so without actual knowledge of how old he is we're left to guess....more
More like 3 1/2 stars. I found this book engaging and interesting, with a compelling storyline. It did take a while for me to get into things, though,More like 3 1/2 stars. I found this book engaging and interesting, with a compelling storyline. It did take a while for me to get into things, though, and there were times when action wasn't described clearly enough for me to follow it without going back and reading passages again to try to fill in the gaps. Despite the slow beginning the story became more and more interesting as I read, and I was treated to a great interwoven tale.
It is similar in ways to Jennifer A. Nielsen's The False Prince, and I suspect that those who enjoy either one of these will also enjoy the other. The ending is satisfying, though I didn't want it to end where it did. I'm excited to pick up the next book and continue the story.
Edit: I also wanted to add that there were some very slight digs at monotheistic religion (which I took to be Christianity) in this book. I know it's fictional, but I couldn't help but be offended at a few of the digs. If you're sensitive to that type of thing, be aware. ...more
Gives clear, in-depth information using scriptures and quotes from prophets and past general authorities. It gave me a greater understanding of the plGives clear, in-depth information using scriptures and quotes from prophets and past general authorities. It gave me a greater understanding of the plan of salvation as a whole, and helped strengthen my testimony. The only thing I didn't like is that the book often repeats the same paragraph in a chapter word-for-word to drive the point home. A few times would be okay, but it happens more often than every other chapter.
It's a quick read, and the chapter headings give you a clear understanding of what's inside, so you can answer a specific question if needed....more