The author too clearly described to me in the beginning that Marak was a monster, and the idea of kidnapping girls to becomes wives of ugly, hideous g...moreThe author too clearly described to me in the beginning that Marak was a monster, and the idea of kidnapping girls to becomes wives of ugly, hideous goblins to simply keep their race going disgusted me. And the idea of Kate eventually deciding she loved him disgusted me more, aided by the fact that Marak had performed spells on her- which I think is wrong on so many levels if you ever want a person to truly love you, you have to let them decide for yourself. So many times, I could see Marak being disgusting, or being horrible, or being cruel and mean, and I felt that Kate so bluntly needed to say it, so I thought it was pretty unnecessary, like redundant unnecessary. But I could not get myself to love Marak, not in the least bit, not even like him. I also think the author could have written more about Emily. I also thought it was strange how there was a like, twenty page plot at the very near end. And what's up with 'King's Wife', if I were Kate, and especially at the end where she gained her ish-freedom, I would want to be called the 'Queen.' If this story had been written that in, such a way, I could somehow come to actually like Marak, then it would deserve a 5 star, but that was not done in the least, and so it is as is. (less)
I really hate ghost stories, along with vampires, and I generally steer very clear of these two themes. Whenever I read books, I read tons in a row, a...moreI really hate ghost stories, along with vampires, and I generally steer very clear of these two themes. Whenever I read books, I read tons in a row, and this was among the very last of a very big pile I'd picked up last summer from the library, but it has left a lasting impression on me. While I still have little faith in the 'ghost' genre, when I picked up the book, hoping that I could just skim it over and get the 'gist', I was captivated. I'd recommend it to anyone, really, and encourage others who may be like me (though I think I'm just weird and alone) who are weary of the ghost genre and the zombie killers or whatever. Oh, and Bennet was cute, very cute ;)(less)
Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I love you....
I actually really liked this book, and the sweet innocence of the main character- especiall...moreHey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I love you....
I actually really liked this book, and the sweet innocence of the main character- especially in the beginning, but I thought that the romance had great potential, I liked both sides from the beginning, but I felt that all of a sudden, it was way too rushed, and they both went from 'meeting' to 'loving' in just a tiny amount of time, acting like they knew everything about each other when they knew hardly anything about each other, hence my 'Facebook meme' quote from the beginning, I do like in books how towards the ending, it gained a more sinister appeal, but then I thought that North was being too protective, overall, I did really like the book, but I probably have a 3.5 more in mind than a 4 (less)
Fictional men are so much more attractive, as *sigh* they are usually flawless, or nearly, and the flaws they might have would be cute, but whatever,...moreFictional men are so much more attractive, as *sigh* they are usually flawless, or nearly, and the flaws they might have would be cute, but whatever, I'm trying to talk about the book
loved it, just as beautiful as the first, and even though I was clearly Team Tucker in the first book, I think all the author has to do is make Tucker do something cruel and I'll end up Team Christian all the way- because I'm still convinced I'm in love with Tucker, although Christian is turning out better, but if the author plans (and I think she does) on Christian taking over, he'll have to prove himself near perfect to win me over completely.
I liked how Clara was nice to the Blackwing at the end, and how he wasn't all completely awful, just mourning. I still think it would be awesome to have a full out Blackwing versus angel/quartarius(sp?) angel war though
Definitely recommended to teens and perhaps older, a great read, a great author(less)
It's clear as the darkness on the cover that this won't be a happy-go-lucky fairy tale, and I appreciated this. The character building was neat, as we...moreIt's clear as the darkness on the cover that this won't be a happy-go-lucky fairy tale, and I appreciated this. The character building was neat, as well as the world building, though I had to reread the 'prologue' nearly two dozen times throughout the book to understand what had happened, and as soon as I understood, it made soooo much more sense, it was a great book, and I really loved her little sister and her's relationship, making me wish I had a little sister(less)
A thought-provoking, beautifully written book- one that stays with you. I read it in third grade, and the memory of it was so clear I picked it up aga...moreA thought-provoking, beautifully written book- one that stays with you. I read it in third grade, and the memory of it was so clear I picked it up again in fifth grade, and sixth grade, and since then, I'll always regard it with the original feeling it had left me with the first time I read it. It's great. It's amazing. It's so entirely original, it's fantastic. The topics brought up made me think like crazy, like it should have. And I loved it for that. I. simply. loved. it. (less)
I'm probably not being fair, but 2 stars means that 'it's ok' so I'll leave me rating at that. I bought the book on kindle and attempted to read it, a...moreI'm probably not being fair, but 2 stars means that 'it's ok' so I'll leave me rating at that. I bought the book on kindle and attempted to read it, and it started ok, and the aspect of hellhounds was much better than suspected warewolves, but honestly I couldn't bring myself to finish it, when I had to close out of kindle for a moment and I saw that I was just 3/4 of the way through, and then I gave up completely.
I would possibly recommend it to Twilight fans- though I've never even read the series, I know, gasp, just because it's mostly about that kind of 'love' I think is creepy, not the kind of love I think I'd like, I mean, ever. (less)
This was one of my favorite books in middle school, and it was by far the best book in the series (though now I've given up on it- the series, or the...moreThis was one of my favorite books in middle school, and it was by far the best book in the series (though now I've given up on it- the series, or the author, not specifically this book, this book was phenomenal) I would encourage anyone and everyone to read this book, but I'd leave it up to them to continue reading the series(less)
Ooooh, I really, really liked this, and this book got me hooked on retellings and such. I recall I stupidly started reading this instead of studying i...moreOoooh, I really, really liked this, and this book got me hooked on retellings and such. I recall I stupidly started reading this instead of studying in the evening before a big AP test, thinking that I wouldn't even like this kind of thing and that I could pull myself from the story any time I pleased, but I was sadly mistaken (though I'm sure I got a decent grade on the AP test anyways) because I stayed up into the early morning to finish it, and probably had to skip a few pages here and there so that I could promise myself a few hours of sleep. I hope some time this summer to read it again, if I can find the time, as it was such a great book. I loved how she summed up enough courage finally in the end, the only complaint I can think of was that I thought that the Prince waited too long behind the tapestry, or whatever it was, when clearly she was the rightful Princess, and that the ones who were threatening her were in the wrong. I also have one more complaint, that I had very crude thoughts as to how I should destroy the book if the 'knight'--- which we find out is not all he says he was, though I totally suspected from the very moment he stepped into the story--- should not appear again. But alas, he did, and it was. awesome. Overall, a sweet, cute and heart melting story. (less)
I was breezing through my 'read' list, updating long awaited reviews when I stumbled upon this book and forgot completely about what it was. After rea...moreI was breezing through my 'read' list, updating long awaited reviews when I stumbled upon this book and forgot completely about what it was. After reading the description, I was still puzzled, and had to read the provided preview to double check that I had, indeed read it and had not accidentally somehow misclicked and added this to my 'read' pile. But after reading the preview, it 'clicked' in my mind and I vaguely remembered, even though I didn't read it all that long ago. I suppose if you're really into this type of genre-- witches and whatnot, you could like it, but I'm not really, and I didn't, not really. So what I mean to say, is that, personally, a good book will stick with you, and you will recognize it, but what I really want to say is this: It was alright, I suppose the writing was good, which, to me, earned it it's two stars I gave. (less)
**spoiler alert** I knew the book was comming out, but I didn't keep good enough track of the release date, so when I saw a girl walking through the m...more**spoiler alert** I knew the book was comming out, but I didn't keep good enough track of the release date, so when I saw a girl walking through the mall with it, I literally attacked her, that's just how much I love this series. So...It's the fifth book in the series (finally!) but with every page I read, I'm sad, because I know that's one less page I get to spend discovering new things with Cammie Morgan- since the next book is slotted to be the last :(
Note: There's this thing about great series, standards and expectations. When you get to a book that doesn't satisfy you 150%, you feel disappointed, so much of this is my pity party of dwelling for the most part, so forgive me for that.
ANSWERS! Finally, in the fifth book of the series, we get some answers: why, and something that hadn't occured to me up until mentioned:why now. Being the teen-spy book as it is, getting all these answers was the highlight of the book. And finally, our mysterious spy guy Zach is out of secrets and Cammie full of them, its just that she wakes up in an alpine convent, having her memory erased over what she's done over the summer as well as all the secrets she has unconvered. Very counter-productive. I hope she'll remember tidbits of it in the book to come. And it's here we find out that not Mathew Morgan, not Mr Solomon, but Cammie has come closest to uncovering the secrets of the Circle of Cavan.
Don't get me wrong, I love the series, and own and have read each a dozen times, so I naturally hold this series up to very high standards, but while it seems that each book has gotten better and better, in chronological order, this one just didn't strike me as amazingly spectaularilly awesome, like has been my reaction to the others. I am still rating this a 5 because, ultimately, compared to so many other books I've read and even enjoyed, this deserves it by a long shot. To properly rate the others in the series would more likely be a 50 out of 5 or something like that. I don't know, maybe I'm just outgrowing the age of teen spy. I really, really wished that it had been longer, and despite the fact that in this book we're given answers, real answers, and many answers, which, don't get me wrong- I loved that part, I still felt like there wasn't enough story.
I guess I'm dwelling because I feel like relationships really haven't developed more, Liz is Liz and Macey is Macey and well, Zach is Zach- but for the most part that's okay :D, and Rachel Morgan is Rachel Morgan, and I didn't really feel like I got to know any of them really any better, like I've gotten to know in the past books. I was devastated when Cammie was eluding to suspecting a 'Bex and Zach' item, and, well, come on, we all know Solomon can't be finished off that easilly, especially with him surviving but just not 'waking up' after OGSY.
I liked the Dr. Steve spin on events, not to brag or anything, I am a very suspicious reader, so when I read about how Cammie pretty much attacked him without thinking, I dubbed him as a bad guy. The turn of events with Bex was different, and I think it added to the story, and ultimately to Cammie's and Bex's friendship.
I loved how Bex reminded us just how Bexly, gutsy, and independent she can be.
While there were plenty of scenes which involved Zach, I felt like there wasn't enough Zach, like we really didn't get to know him too much better. But then again, no matter how much we'd get to know Zach, I'd still be complaining, I just can't get enough of Zach. I still really, really hope that Mathew Morgan shows up alive, maybe he's just in some really, really deep cover somewhere, maybe they'll dig up Mathew Morgan's ashes and find out that they weren't actually his, and Cammie will spend the next book truly looking and hopefully, finding her father. I know I shouldn't even hope for it, it was pretty clearly stated that we would not get to officially get to meet Mathew Morgan, but I think adding him in the equation would be a great wrap to the series. I wished we'd learned a bit more about SubLevel 3, or had a little bit more school time, after all, this is the Ghallagher Girls series, one of the words being Ghallagher, so I just expected a bit more school. But I can't have everything. So overall I still really, really love this book.
I wonder where, exactly, Ally Carter will go from here. After this series is finished, and Cammie graduates from the Ghallagher Academy, I think it would be awesome to give Cammie some more time as her life as a spy, or is this too closely related with the Heist Society Series? Sigh. I'm still not ready to say goodbye.