The story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and e...moreThe story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and everything else that we were introduced to, it still managed to make sense. It explained everything well enough to follow and there was a good amount of action. I dont have any complains really besides the characters, namely Dev and Kyle. I think this book handled its love-triangle rather poorly.
The book alternated between Sera and Kyle's POVs, so I was definitely Team Kyle. We got to know him a lot better than Dev because of his POVs, and I felt like that meant something for the outcome. Although I was really frustrated with the back and forth. You can trust him. You can't trust him. You can trust him. You can't trust him. My demon blood made me do it. Its really hard for a character to be an individual when they are so easily controlled, and their loyalties begin to mean nothing when it is not their own choice.
And Dev we hardly knew at all. I hated how he just strolled into Sera's life and started acting like he belonged there because of something that happened thousands of years ago. We never really got to know him, and any relationship he had with Sera was based on the past. We never saw them connect in the present, and it just felt really intrusive and presumptuous. It made me hate him in the same way that I hate River Song.
And WTF was with that ending? Who the hell did she pick? Did she pick neither or both?!(view spoiler)[She spends months in a realm between realms, where she is mourning Kyle's death alone, which I assumed meant something in favour of Kyle. But then Dev shows up and tells her that Kyle is still alive. And what does she do? She kisses Dev! And while she is kissing him she thinks. "It was a kiss of hello and a kiss of goodbye, a kiss of love and of friendship. It was a bridge between the past and the present, and a promise of the future. It was a kiss for forever." I like the part where it says 'a kiss of goodbye and a kiss of the past'. But I certainly do not like the part where it says 'a promise of the future and a kiss for forever'. Blah. But then, on the very next page, she visits Kyle and when she sees him, she thinks "Sera knew without a doubt that there was no other place she needed to be...there was no other place she would rather be. She was home." And then the book ends. Huh, sooo what just happened?! (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend this to fans of books heavy with mythology, and especially books that visit hell. There is a lot of hell and demons in this book. Or I should say Xibalba. But not necessarily for fans of YA romance. I think the romance in this book was a mess.
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I really loved Maximus in this one. He was so serious in all his earlier appearances so I was so happy to get to know him better. Artemis as well. She...moreI really loved Maximus in this one. He was so serious in all his earlier appearances so I was so happy to get to know him better. Artemis as well. She was always in the shadows and once she got some focus she was so much more amazing than I would have guessed.
I am looking forward to to Apollo's book, and I am glad when I learned at the end of this one that he is friends with Asa Makepeace. I have really been missing the Makepeace family lately. I feel like they are central to the story but they havent been in the past few books. Maybe Asa will get his own book some day. I would also really love for Phoebe to get her own book, and if the series last long enough for him to grow up, maybe one day we can have a Joseph Tinbox book. Is it weird that I think he could make a very dashing sailor? :P (less)
Oh! This is definitely my favourite in the series so far. My goodness! Perhaps it deserves more of a 4.5/5. It was a bit uncomfortable at first readin...moreOh! This is definitely my favourite in the series so far. My goodness! Perhaps it deserves more of a 4.5/5. It was a bit uncomfortable at first reading about Temperance and Silence's brother. Like first reading about Meghan's little brother in The Lost Prince, but worse (or better, depending on how you look at it) since there is sex in this one.
But it wasnt even about the sex. It never really is in these books for me. It is just like an accent to the story. The gravy but not the meat. But in this one I hardly even remember the sex. It was actually pretty awkward because Winter was a virgin, but it is his passion in their daily interactions that I will remember. When she first rescued him, during their tutors lessons, when they met again at the opera. Oh my goodness the heat was just burning off of them! There were so many scenes where my heart was beating so hard that I was feeling a little light-headed. Including the final chapter, of course. That was such an amazing scene. *happy sigh*
And I love Winter. He ended up being so complex. He is my new favourite hero of the series, as well as this being my favourite book. Mickey was my previous favourite, but now I think it is Winter, Mickey, Caire, Griffin. Not that there is anything wrong with Griffin, but the others are just spectacular. But although I have nothing against Isabel, my favourite heroine would still be Hero or Silence.
I have now caught up to the one book in this series I read last year, Lord of Darkness. But I will be re-reading it to keep continuity. Plus, I may enjoy it more now that I know so much more about these people. I am very much looking forward to it even if I am tempted to jump to Duke of Midnight. Each book ends with an epilogue that tells you who will be featured in the next book, and when I finished Lord of Darkness it left me wanting to read Duke of Midnight so badly! But it wasnt released yet at the time, and I thought I should read the first 4 book first before moving forward. And now I am almost done and I am so excited and anxious at the same time!(less)
I think this series would be a lot better if it kept its focus on Cinder instead of always getting sidetracked with new characters and trying to force...moreI think this series would be a lot better if it kept its focus on Cinder instead of always getting sidetracked with new characters and trying to force another fairy tale into the story, when it would be so much better without it. The fairy tale princesses is a gimmick that this series doesn't need in order to be good.
Although, this book did focus a great deal more on Cinder than Scarlet did, which is a shame since if one of these books needed more Cinder, it was Scarlet. I really didnt care about either of the new characters in that book, and it only got good at the end when Cinder was reintroduced.
But luckily this book only introduced one new character instead of two, and it didnt take as much time away from Cinder, and Cress wasnt so bad. Although their relationship is only in the very early stages, she and Thorne seem to make more sense together than Wolf and Scarlet do. And Cress really comes in handy. I really couldnt care less about what is happening to Scarlet right now. She is the most useless character in the book.
But still, every single time there was a chapter from Cinder or Kai's POV, I would forget about everyone else, I would forget that it wasnt their story all along. Because it should be. This is Cinder and Kai's story and everyone else just fades away into the background. They are the only characters with the power to keep bringing me back to this series, as well as the great story of course. And Thorne. And the last chapter. Oh my gosh! That is what I have been waiting for for the past 2 books! My heart is singing!
I think Mickey is my favourite hero in this series so far. I love the way he is described as so pretty, with curly black hair. I love pretty men. :) I...moreI think Mickey is my favourite hero in this series so far. I love the way he is described as so pretty, with curly black hair. I love pretty men. :) I also love funny men, and I think he was kinda funny.
This was a great story, and I am sooo excited for Winter's book!!!(less)
This is another great addition to this series. I think I am gonna try to binge read this series. I dont do that often. The only other series I have bi...moreThis is another great addition to this series. I think I am gonna try to binge read this series. I dont do that often. The only other series I have binge read is the New Species series by Laurann Dohner. I find I love the series where each book is about a different couple who you have already gotten to know well. Some series follow couples who we only saw in one scene or something. But in this series we know them a lot better than that by the time they get their own book, and it really encourages me to keep reading and to get there for the characters that I have already grown to know. The same goes for New Species.
I dont feel the need to write a full review for this book since I feel very similar for it as I do for the others. I did find some trouble feeling attached to the characters at first. I felt that their relationship was a bit rushed in the beginning, and I was bothered by the fact that Hero was already engaged. But the book was long enough that as time passed it all came together well. I was even happy for Thomas and Levinia despite hating him for hitting Hero.
I enjoyed Hero. It was interesting to see that the heroine was the more jaded one than the hero for once. Usually it is the other way around in historicals. Even though Griffin was still the rake, he had no problem admitting he loved Hero once it happened.
I am very excited to read Silence's story, and I am really curious who the Ghost of St. Giles is. I learned from reading Lord of Darkness that there is more than one. For awhile there in book 1 and 2 I thought it was Winter, but he honestly seemed confused about it at the end of this one. It could still end up being him later. I shall see soon enough if I continue to power through this series. (less)
I would like to give this a 4.5/5. I was not expecting such a complicated story. All the Elizabeth Hoyt novels I have read in the past were more simpl...moreI would like to give this a 4.5/5. I was not expecting such a complicated story. All the Elizabeth Hoyt novels I have read in the past were more simple and mostly focused on the romance. They were still amazing stories. But this one focused a great deal on the murders in St. Giles, on the foundling home, and on Caire's complicated character.
Caire was such a tortured character that I felt like I was reading a character from an Anne Stuart or Sherrilyn Kenyon novel. Elizabeth Hoyt's Princes were never that tortured and I loved it. Tortured heroes are my absolutely favourite type of leading man. Throughout the book people kept saying he was notorious for his "unusual bedsport" or his "sexual perversions" and it kept making me nervous because I hate BDSM, but more specifically I hate S&M. So I was extremely relieved that we eventually found out that he prefers the B&D aspect of it. So, that's not so bad, plus it was fairly tame. But maybe for some that's still bad, so just a warning. I dont know why this would be anyone's business or how society knew of his preferences, but everyone had a stick up their butt back then. I felt so sorry for Temperance who was led to believe there was something wrong with her because she enjoyed sex, and her husband had told her that women who sought out sex were to be pitied. And poor Silence, she couldnt even kiss her husband good morning because in the light of day that would be considered wanton. Blech, how I have come to hate that word.
I will jump right into book 2, Notorious Pleasures. I have already book 5 as an ARC a while back and I cant wait to fill in all the blanks in between. Once I catch up I will have to reread Lord of Darkness.(less)
So, I decided to go for a twofer. I wasnt done with my Cassie Mae fix so I read another one, and I read it in one sitting.
This was a bit different. I...moreSo, I decided to go for a twofer. I wasnt done with my Cassie Mae fix so I read another one, and I read it in one sitting.
This was a bit different. I dont think I have ever read a book from the POV of a guy experiencing unrequited love before. Its usually the girls who do that sort of thing, so it was interesting to see the thoughts of a guy who is in love with his best friend, and how he deals with it. He was a great guy and he always had her best in mind and never let his feelings make him bitter or jealous. Except that one time when he nearly screwed everything up.
Lexie and Ryan had obvious chemistry, and, as usual, Ryan was really funny and I enjoyed the humour in this. I enjoyed Lexie too, she was fun, although I little blind to Ryan's awesomeness. But hey, thats how the story goes.
I hate it when there is a big fight in contemporaries. Cassie Mae's other books didnt have one, and that is another reason why I enjoy her books. But this one did, and it was a doozy. When Lexi told Ryan that she hated him and then walked out, I nearly cried. So mean! Although it wasnt too bad since they made up like 3 chapters later. But I always hate it was that happens in contemps. And it is almost always a given.
So another great book from the author, I will be continuing this series. (less)
(Zak didnt have glasses, but this guy is hot so he is gonna be my Zak for now. :P)
I hated Zoe at first because of the way she behaved at school. She may have been just pretending to care about nothing but fashion and boys and herself, but in the process she put herself before everyone, she hurt people's feelings and she was willing to do it, so that makes her a bad person for real.
Zak was a total sweetie pie who she did not deserve. I was making constant comparisons to Trevor from Geek Girl while reading this, but in the end I think I liked Zak more, although its been awhile so I'm not sure. Zak was such a nice person who gave Zoe so many second chances. Even after all the times Zoe hurt him and turned her back on him, he agrees to help her out and accepts her back again and again. He claimed to not have much forgiveness left in him if she failed him again, but he had already forgiven her more times than she deserved.
"I'd let it go because I knew it wasn't the girl at school under this blanket. It was my friend."
But I gotta admit they made a cute couple. When Zoe wasnt being a bitch and they were just hanging out, they could be pretty adorable. And I loved how Zoe described Zak playing with his lightsaber keychain when he got nervous. That's so cool! I have a few Star Wars keychains myself, but not a lightsaber one. :P
I enjoyed Zoe's dramatic speech at the end. It was very much like a teen movie. Like Never Been Kissed or Easy-A. I think this would make a good movie. I wish her speech would have been longer though, and that she had said something about herself. The speech she made showed that she was willing to become the nerd she used to be again. But if she had said more she could have made it clear that she had never really stopped being Geek Zoe.
"I march right up to a table in the center of the cafeteria. People are sitting at it, but I don't care. I climb on top and look at my audience, which is now half the student body. Everyone is telling their friends to look in my direction, some already laughing, but most are gaping at me.
I unzip my jacket and toss it on the floor. Here I stand in my bright blue Superman shirt.
"The Star Trek franchise includes six series: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, totaling 726 episodes..."
From reading the Acknowledgments at the end of this book, I would guess that Cassie Mae is a true nerd herself, but perhaps not a Whovian. She kept writing Doctor Who as Dr. Who, which is just wrong and doesn't make sense. A true Whovian would know that. But this book has encouraged me to continue reading more of her books. I love her writing and characters and humour, although I may not always like the weird twist she always has in her stories. But I am looking forward to reading How to Seduce a Band Geek because the male lead is Levi, a friend that Zoe made in this book. He was really nice and super hot. He always reminded Zoe of Zak and made her miss him. :P But Levi was a few years younger so it makes sense that he could be a love interest for her sister. Although Sierra was only 14 in this book. A few years better have gone by by book 2.(less)
So this book was not what I expected. Everyone was talking about how emotional and deep it was, and it has tags like 'abuse' and 'dark', that made me...moreSo this book was not what I expected. Everyone was talking about how emotional and deep it was, and it has tags like 'abuse' and 'dark', that made me think maybe it wasnt my kind of book. Those things kind of turn me off. But I decided to try it anyway because everyone was raving, and I am glad I did.
There are definitely some heavy issues addressed in this book, but it is not dark over all. It is very sweet and romantic, and at times even funny. Sure, I cried my eyes out at a few places, but it still had an HEA and a great tone and message. Overall this book made me very happy, not sad.
I really, really, really loved Fern and Bailey. Separately and together. They were amazing people and a great duo. Like Fern says, I would rather it happened and feel the pain, than for it to not have happened and lose the happiness. It was worth it. Bailey was worth it. And Fern was just such an amazing person. The way she treated everyone, but especially Bailey and Ambrose. She had such dedication to Ambrose. Even if he had never returned her feelings, she would have continued to be his friend and done everything she could to make him feel better about himself. She was so selfless. She was also so smart and witty. She was just awesome.
So give this book a try if you want to see great people, true love, true struggle and perseverance. (less)
This book is amazing and unique like absolutely nothing I have read before. It starts with this dedication:
"For all those who didn't want a story about a man who acted like a caveman, but a story about an actual caveman!"
Shay Savage also proceeds to explain to us that Ehd is not a real form of caveman. He is not historically accurate. He looks like a homo-sapien, but he has absolutely no ability to communicate through language or signs. So you have to be able to suspend your disbelief.
The entire book, minus the epilogue, is written in Ehd's first-person POV, so that is another reason to suspend your disbelief. He cant form a sentence or understand anything that Elizabeth, Beh, says to him, but he can think very eloquently. Although, I can accept that this is what he sees and feels, if he were able to describe it. But perhaps it would have been better written in third-person POV. Either 1st or 3rd, I love that it is solely from Ehd's POV, it gives us such a unique perspective. When we first meet Elizabeth, its clear she is from the future from the way that Ehd describes her jeans and eyeshadow, but we have no idea where she came from or who she was. I suspected she was young because of the blue and pink eyeshadow. She yells and shouts at Ehd when he takes her back to his cave, but we have no idea what she is saying. I can imagine why she is afraid, but we can only guess from Ehd's observations. As time passes, we know exactly how Ehd feels about her. How she has become his #1 priority. How everything he does is the provide for her and protect her. But we can only guess how Beh feels, as Ehd does. She isn't afraid of him anymore, but she sometimes cries, and we can assume it is because she is homesick, but we don't know. Ehd thinks she must be missing her family. She must have gotten lost in the forest and separated from her tribe so he just hugs her and rocks her till she stops crying.
"I want her to be here with me. I want her to be close to me as I work or fish, and I want her to lie next to me in the furs at night. In my mind, she is with me always and forever. Finally, its clear to me that I want her for more than children."
Elizabeth tries to teach Ehd a few words but it just does not work. Apparently, among Ehd's people, people have designated sounds. So, when she tries to teach him her name, the best he can come up with is Beh. When he first tries to mate with her she yells no so he learns that that is a bad sound. When she makes that sound she is mad. Even though in the future she uses the word in innocuous ways, he always thinks it means she is mad. She eventually tries to teach him the word kiss, the best he can come up with is khzz, and he knows that if he makes that sound she will kiss him, but I don't think he understands that the sound is the kiss. And lastly, she tries to teach him the word love. The best he can come up with is luff, and I don't think he understands that sound at all. But he knows that when he makes it, it makes her smile, and he loves to see her smile. So, in a way, when he says it to her he is doing exactly what the word intends, and showing her that he loves her. *swoon*
"In the darkness of the cave, there is a light inside her eyes that makes my heart beat faster. I know the emotions I see there are also reflected in my own gaze though I have never felt this way before. Beh softly repeats the same three sounds, followed by my name-sound."
The relationship between Ehd and Beh is just so amazing. The fact that they cannot communicate means that all their love has to be shown through actions. Ehd is always trying to provide for her. Hunting, fishing, collecting wood. Beh cooks for him, bathes him, brushes his hair. Its all so basic but effective and beautiful. I felt and saw their love so much that I cried often. There was so much love that it was just bursting out of me. And I don't just mean a little bit of tears. I mean have a box of tissues handy. It wasn't quite ugly crying either, but at one part I was gasping and I had to put the book down for awhile to recover.
Although there was a lot of sex at the beginning of their relationship, enough to probably garner an erotica label, it isn't all about the fast, passionate stage of their relationship. The book covers their entire life together and eventually the sex is no longer described, as their life expands and begins to encompass so much more. Its too large-scale and epic of a love story to really be an erotica. It surpasses what that label can contain. It is one of the greatest love stories I have ever read.
"If she doesn't wake up, then I will just lie with her until I don't wake up either." (less)
For the first half of this book I was totally in love. I loved Haven's story; where she came from, how she survived, where she wou...moreActual rating: 3.5/5
For the first half of this book I was totally in love. I loved Haven's story; where she came from, how she survived, where she would go from there. I am very fascinated by the psychology of surviving trauma such as slavery. That might be a somewhat insensitive way of looking at it, but I am always impressed by people who can come out of it and continue living their lives, even though they will need help at first. And Haven is definitely one of those impressive people. And then there is Carmine. I loved him instantly. Somehow his foul mouth made him endearing to me. I usually hate foul language but Carmine was so over-the-top with it that I could tell it was a form of protection for him. A shield. It made it instantly clear to me how much he was suffering, although, at the time, I didnt know what he was suffering from. I just wanted to wrap my arms around him and tell him everything was going to be ok.
The first half of this book was one of the most beautiful and intense YA romances I have ever read. Although some of the content gives this a NA rating, most of Carmine and Haven's interactions felt very YA, and that is not a bad thing at all. They are only 17. They are so young but have already suffered so much and they understand each other so well because of that. Their age sometimes shows in the way they behave with each other but it just makes it all the more amazing that they can be so dedicated to each other.
I loved seeing their romance develop and I could see and feel their connection. And I could see them saving each other daily. It was a great love story between such amazingly broken but strong people. I was totally in love with both of them and the book. And I would have remained so if it had ended somewhere not long after Valentine's Day. If Haven had not been (view spoiler)[a principessa and they had simply been free to love. If they had moved to California or New York together. If Carmine had gone to college on a football scholarship while Haven studied art (hide spoiler)]. If this book had taken out most of the mob connections and had simply been a romance about two people with vague connections to it, I would be singing it's praises. It actually wouldn't be that hard to change. (view spoiler)[Carmine's mother could have been killed for any number of mob related reasons, and Haven's mother could have been just another slave. (hide spoiler)] That's all that really had to be done. Then everything that happened in the second half of the book wouldn't have happened, and there could have been an HEA.
I was really disappointed that this book started to drag in the second half. It was sooo long. I don't have a problem with long books if I am enjoying it, even if not a lot happens. But the second half of this book felt like things were just unnecessarily getting stretched out. And to think that there is a sequel. I will not be reading Sempre: Redemption, which really saddens me. But I already feel like this story has lived past its prime, and reading a sequel would be like kicking a dead horse. I don't see how this story could be continued, besides (view spoiler)[reading about how much life sucks in the LCN, and possibly giving them the HEA they deserved to find in this one. And what really pisses me off is that it was all for nothing. If Carmine had waited for his father to get out of prison instead of going to Sal for help, he still would have found Haven at the same time. (hide spoiler)] What a roundabout way of getting there. Haven and Carmine's story could have been a quarter of the length. I have as much interest in reading the sequel to this as I do in reading the sequel to Noughts & Crosses. Now that is a painful book. I'm not a masochist.
So I am not really sure who to recommend this book to. Fans of the intense young love, or fans of the suspense and violence of the second half of the book? I suppose you can decide for yourself and I hope I was able to help.
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This was a great conclusion to the series, although for some reason I cant give it 5-stars as I did the first two. I am not sure why not, but I just d...moreThis was a great conclusion to the series, although for some reason I cant give it 5-stars as I did the first two. I am not sure why not, but I just didnt feel quite as blown away as I did before.
The action was pretty much literally non-stop, and I could never guess what was going to happen next or how they were going to get themselves out of anything. Although I was really sad that (view spoiler)[Cinder died. I didnt see that coming. Although I think its really awesome that they named their city after him. They couldnt have come up with a better name (hide spoiler)]. It was also great to see the dwellers finally mingling at the end, and something maybe happening between Soren and Brooke. I finally started to like Brooke a bit in Brooke.
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This one left me wondering what McKayla sees in Matt. I really liked him for the first two novels. But now I am not sure. I cant believe she slept wit...moreThis one left me wondering what McKayla sees in Matt. I really liked him for the first two novels. But now I am not sure. I cant believe she slept with him again even though she broke it off because he refused to have a serious relationship. She couldnt stay away. Have some control woman! He is giving you nothing! But then he gives mixed signals by showing up at the hospital to comfort her after her mother is in a car accident. Hmmm.(less)
I did not enjoy this book very much. I did not like the way that the narration felt so disconnected. It made me feel like I was just seeing this story...moreI did not enjoy this book very much. I did not like the way that the narration felt so disconnected. It made me feel like I was just seeing this story from afar. Or that I was not reading a story, but just the outline of the story. It read like a ghost story told by word of mouth, or a fable, myth, or legend, not a novel. I was never immersed in the world, and I felt like the characters were thin and undeveloped. They felt like a list of required traits, not people.
I also didnt enjoy the fact that Nyx and Ignifex were such bad people. That was sort of the point of the story I think. Two horrible people who were never loved by anyone else, love each other. But it made it hard to care about either of them, and I hated Nyx a little bit. I guess the story did manage to draw me in enough to make me angry when I think of what Nyx tried to do to Ignifex. More can be forgiven when you are a hot guy who has been tormented for 1000 years. Less so when you are a rich teenage girl. Haha, shame on me, but it's true.
The story was unique and ambitious, but only succeeded in being confusing. I dont understand a lot of what happened, especially nearing the end. And I found the romance seriously lacking. Since they were both horrible people they couldnt really love each other properly, and even admit as much.
"But we'll pretend we know how to love." I smiled at him. "And someday we'll learn."
I couldnt really bring myself to root for them to be together when they were so willing to hurt each other before. They had such an odd relationship, and its even odder now that Ignifex is not Ignifex, but Lux. I didnt love Ignifex, but he was the best thing about the book, and now I feel a little ripped off by the fact that he no longer exists as he once did. But whatever, I can feel it slipping from my mind already. I will forget about this book completely by the end of the day.
**spoiler alert** This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever could have hoped and dreamed. It was so perfect that it left me afra...more**spoiler alert** This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever could have hoped and dreamed. It was so perfect that it left me afraid for most of the experience, waiting for the other shoe to drop. I was anxious until the end. It was as if it was fanfic written by someone who was Team Warner, it had everything that we, as Warner lovers, could have ever wanted. But of course it couldnt be fanfic because only Tahereh Mafi could have ever written something so beautiful.
The absolute best thing about this series is the transformation of the characters. Although I doubted and I was afraid, I should have known that Juliette would end up with Warner all along, because after everything they both went through, they had changed so much and Juliette just could not fit in Adam's life anymore. It was so obvious. I just love the way that Mafi portrayed real stuggle and realistic change. Although the story was great, it was really only the backdrop for Juliette's personal story. And Warner's. They both changed so much since Shatter Me, its hard to say who has changed more. They have become the absolutely best versions of themselves. What they had always seen inside each other.
"So the two of you--I mean, together-- you two could basically--" "Take over the world?" "I was going to say you could kick some serious ass, but yeah, that too, I guess."
Its amazing how Juliette and Warner fit into each others lives like gloves. Like two pieces of a puzzle. They dont even ever fight! They were so obviously made for each other, and by each other. The only thing I would have changed, and I am not even entirely sure that I would have, is that after Juliette shared her intent to become Commander herself after killing Anderson, her and Warner never discussed it. I imagine that if Warner had killed his father himself as he had always intended before he recruited Juliette's help, he would have taken over himself. But now Juliette is taking that from him and they never discuss it. She never reassures him that he will have a place in her new Re-Reestablishment. But, that in itself, might be a good sign. It might be a sign that Warner trusts Juliette to be a good leader, doesnt feel that she needs his help, and also knows that she will always want him in her life without her ever having to tell him. And it could mean that Juliette trusts Warner to support her decision without him having to tell her. I dunno how I feel about that. Could go either way.
And Mafi really knows how to please her fans. Wow! Everything went so well in this. The only negative things in the whole book was Adam's pouting in the beginning, which he got over, and the fact that Anderson was in it, but he died, easily. Adam moved on, Warner happily accepted him and James as brothers, none of the characters died, except Warner's mother, but we didnt really know her. Oh no! I just realized Warner is an orphan now. :( But he gained 3 new family members in the process. :) There is really nothing more I could have asked for. It included some of the most poetically beautiful sex scenes I have ever read, but somehow still clean enough for YA. I am ok with sex in my books, and although I know she had to fade to black since this is YA, if she hadnt, it all would have been beautiful. Mafi can make anything sound beautiful, but she can make something that is already beautiful sound like the meaning of life. I cant even imagine the metaphors she would have come up with for that. But the glimpses we got were some of the most incredible writing I have ever read. Honestly, my review is unraveling and has turned into me just gushing. But the ending was perfect! I cant think of a better image in my head, than the image of Juliette and Warner standing on top of a shipping container, holding each other, surrounded by cheering soldiers. I think I might cry at how perfect it was. And I even enjoyed the fact that we dont see the rest of the war. There may be more Sectors that will stand against them, but we know that together they can do anything.
"You know," he whispers, his lips at my ear, "the whole world will be coming for us." I lean back. Look into his eyes. "I cant wait to watch them try."
This book was weird and not that great, and I would like to give it 2.5/5.
It had some interesting concepts, but the world building was not very good...moreThis book was weird and not that great, and I would like to give it 2.5/5.
It had some interesting concepts, but the world building was not very good and I was very confused most of the time. I didnt feel connected to any of the characters and I feel like I dont even know Blaise at all, and I thought he was supposed to be the main character. I dont understand anyone's motives, and I dont even know who the villain was supposed to be. My vote goes to Augusta, since she's psycho and spent most of her time totally freaking out, and mass murdering peasants.
The story seemed to be all over the place, and I had no interest in whatever was going on between Gala and Blaise. It was basically insta-love, and they had no chemistry. Although they are definitely better than Blaise and Augusta. Seriously, the idea that they were ever a couple makes absolutely no sense. Let alone together for eight year. How could that have ever happened?! They do not meld in the slightest. But there wasnt a lot of romance anyway. It was more of an afterthought.
The best part of this book is Gala. I really like the idea of her being all powerful but benevolent. If people would allow her, she could be their saviour. She kinda kicks ass.
I will give this series another shot and read book 2. I have no idea how many are planned in this series, but I will try one more and see how it goes. (less)
This was better than its predecessor, Queen of Dragons, but not as good as the first two books. So I would rank them 2, 1, 4, 3. I still have to read...moreThis was better than its predecessor, Queen of Dragons, but not as good as the first two books. So I would rank them 2, 1, 4, 3. I still have to read book 5, that one has the lowest average rating though.
I really enjoyed Zoe as a heroine. I loved how she was such an icon of beauty and grace to all the men of Darkfrith, and she didnt even know. I wonder how Hayden found the courage to court her. And Zoe was incredible, how she ran away and searched for Hayden and Rhys on her own. She did so much that people didnt think women could do. And she couldnt even Turn. I suppose that the previous three heroines did similar things, but there is something about Zoe that fools us into thinking she is meek and subdued and not capable of such things, so it surprises you when she does.
I also loved Rhys. He was more like his father than Kimber. But Zane from book 2 is still my favourite hero from this series. Rhys was definitely the most brooding and tragic of the Drakon men, too. I felt a lot of sympathy for him and I was a bit sad about the ending overall. It was an HEA but not a perfect HEA. (view spoiler)[Hayden died, which means we dont knnow if Zoe would have really chosen Rhys in the end. She told Rhys she never really loved Hayden, but she was so loyal to him up until his death, it makes me think that regardless of her feelings, she probably would have gone through with marrying him if he had lived. Plus, Rhys ends up terribly disfigured by the torture he went through at the hands of the Hunters. There is some indication that he may heal, but it is not certain. (hide spoiler)]
The story was very interesting, and it was the first to not focus very much on the dragons. Since Zoe could not Turn, but had other Gifts that made her unique, it focused a lot on that. Her and Rhys had a lot of great interactions throughout, but I was sad that for so much of the book Zoe was caught up on Hayden. It didnt give much time for a romance to develop between her and Rhys. When it finally did happen it felt a bit rushed. Although Hayden was nice, she clearly belonged with Rhys so I was just waiting for it to happen.
Although I enjoyed this one a lot despite the tragedy of it, I feel very anxious about reading The Time Weaver. It sounds extremely tragic. This series cannot end on a dark note. It better not!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It took me a few days to get my thoughts in order on this. And I still dont really feel up to writing a full-length review, so I will quickly just men...moreIt took me a few days to get my thoughts in order on this. And I still dont really feel up to writing a full-length review, so I will quickly just mention a few things.
I ended my review for Throne of Glass with the words, "...my opinion of Celaena has been tainted now. She better treat him [Choal] right." And this book did not make me like her any more. Perhaps I like her even less. She made a lot of bad decisions based on emotion and she just cannot think practically and she is never clear headed. I would not want to live in a world where the fate of anything rested in her hands. Plus, she did not treat Choal well, just as I had feared.
Also, nothing good happened in this book. It was suspenseful and unpredictable and well written, but it contained nothing but sadness. You know when you read a book that gives you butterflies, because you are nervous for the fate of the characters? I have a feeling like that when I think of this book, but to the extreme. Its so bad that when I think about it too long the feeling in my stomach gets so strong that I feel like I am going to vomit. That could mean that the author did a good job in helping us connect with the characters. But I am extremely empathic so thats not hard for me, and the fact that all the sadness makes me nearly physically sick I think crossed a line. If there was only one more book I would just wait until it came out, ask someone if it had an HEA, then read it. But there are 4 more books, so I think I am gonna have to pass on this series, for my health and sanity.(less)
"He turns me inside out, take me apart, and puts me back together—all in the span of one night."
I would like to give this book 4.5/5. It was the dark...more
"He turns me inside out, take me apart, and puts me back together—all in the span of one night."
I would like to give this book 4.5/5. It was the darkest book of this genre that I have read yet. It brought me places that I did not know that I wanted to go. It turned me into a willing victim, just like Nora.
I personally love 'captive woman' stories. I love the psychology behind it; seeing how the different women handle their situations, the motives of the different captors, and how things ultimately turn out. Is love able to conquer all the terrible things that happened between them? Or is love even involved at all? This one was different. The biggest difference is the fact that I found nothing redeemable about Nora's captor, Julian. I hated him all along. This is not the kind of leading male you will swoon over.
But he was the cause of all the games being played between himself and Nora. He was the catalyst for everything that had happened, so I accepted his role in the story. But I knew unequivocally that Nora did not belong with him. He was not a good person, and he did not love her. And unlike the other books like this one that I have read, where everyone's emotions are shades of grey, I have no doubt that there is a lot of Stockholm Syndrome going on in this book.
Despite the fact that I never warmed to him, as I neared the end, I found myself hoping that they would remain together. I couldnt believe it had happened. I have no idea how I had found myself in that position and I feel slightly ashamed. But that is one of my favourite things about this sort of book. You have so many emotions going in different directions that you dont know which ones to follow. It can be overwhelming and a bit of a high. And Julian did put me at war with myself more often than I had anticipated.
As much as I enjoyed the psychology behind how Julian treated Nora, I did not enjoy the BDSM aspects of the story. That's just my personal preference, but it also definitely has something to do with why I hated Julian. I just cant separate my feelings and be objective about it. I think I remember Anna Zaires saying that the BDSM in this book would be mild, but if this is mild, I shudder at the thought of what true BDSM is like. *shudder*
Another problem I had with this book is Beth. I hated her more than Julian because she seemed to serve no purpose but to piss me off. I dont understand any way that she could approve of what Julian was doing. No matter what she had been through, or what Julian had done for her, it doesnt make rape ok. And if Beth thinks it does, then she has some other, deeper issues besides her tragic past. Or Julian has brainwashed her as well. (view spoiler)[But she's dead now, so I guess we'll never know. (hide spoiler)]
I cannot deny how expertly Julian handled and manipulated Nora, and I enjoyed seeing her transformation, as Julian molded her into exactly what he wanted, or needed. It was by far my favourite thing about this book, and out of all the 'captive woman' and 'Stockholm Syndrome' books I have read, I think this is the most convincing and realistic. Although, I'm no expert.
I am looking forward to the sequel, Keep Me, which there was an excerpt from at the end of my ARC. I do not know where I would want their relationship to go from here, and I am not even sure that I would want it to change at all. Would I want to risk all of Nora's conditioning being undone? Regardless of what happens, I am excited by the fact that the excerpt was in Julian's POV. Twist Me was solely in Nora's POV. I cannot imagine what is going on in Julian's head. He treats Nora like a possession and has no regard for her free will, but he risked his life for her. I would love to see how he can reconcile those two things in his mind. He is certainly a complex, fascinating, and incredibly intelligent man, whatever else I may think of him.
Even though I was already in love with Anna Zaires writing and storytelling from The Krinar Chronicles, I was nevertheless impress with Twist Me. This may not have done it for me in the erotica department (and there is a lot of it. This book is like 80% sex!), but it did not take away from my experience. It was about the purpose and motives of Julian's brutality, not the brutality itself. With this new series, Anna Zaires has surpassed my already high expectations.
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This continues to be interesting, but so brief. I find Matt interesting even though he seems to be treating McKayla so badly. He seems to be in some s...moreThis continues to be interesting, but so brief. I find Matt interesting even though he seems to be treating McKayla so badly. He seems to be in some sort of emotional pain. But I am still glad that she told him it was over. He needed a reality check. I hope she doesnt give in to his sexiness again unless he tells her what the hell is going on and gives her a chance at a real relationship.(less)
I dont have a lot to say about this, but I will say that I loved Alrik and Cal. Alrik was very sweet and demanding, Cal was very funny and candid. And...moreI dont have a lot to say about this, but I will say that I loved Alrik and Cal. Alrik was very sweet and demanding, Cal was very funny and candid. And the story was original and interesting. But dont judge this book by its cover. The hot torso may lead you to believe that it is a hot and sexy read when it fact it is not. There is zero sex in this book. There is a lot of angst and romance, but no sex. Although there is some sexual dialogue, so I would recommend this to all but the youngest and most sensitive readers.
Although the ending seemed to be setting up a sequel about Valentius, there is as of yet no sign of a sequel.(less)
I enjoyed this a great deal, but not as much as Freefall, and this might be more of a 3.5/5.
I was hoping that the only thing that would be keeping th...moreI enjoyed this a great deal, but not as much as Freefall, and this might be more of a 3.5/5.
I was hoping that the only thing that would be keeping them apart was Taylor's parents, but there were some times when Taylor was not entirely rational. I loved her in Freefall. She seemed like so much fun. She was a pigtail-wearing, bubblegum-chewing tease in Daisy Dukes, and she knew it, and thats why I loved her. She wanted Clutch so badly that she was in his face about, driving him crazy. She seemed a lot tamer in Clutch. She was still rebellious and troublesome, but not as much fun. I still liked her and she never got as bad as it could have been, but there was some whining. And of course having one misunderstanding and running off to Alaska was beyond irrational. She could have got herself into untold trouble if Clutch hadn't found her. But I really loved her dedication to Clutch. How much she loved him and only him for years was admirable.
I loved Clutch though, as much as and more than I thought I would from the bit I got to know him in Freefall. He was so intense and awesome. I loved him even more than Nix. Nix was sweet, but Clutch is larger than life. I really cant blame Taylor for being all over him. Overall the story was great and was not ruined by Taylor's occasional whining. I loved the fact that they got together regardless of what anyone said and they didnt let anyone stop them. Just a heads up that the sex is more graphic in this book than it was in Freefall. I hope Tess Oliver writes more books in this series. Maybe the next one can be about Rett and Aimee. I might even be open to the possibility of a Jason story, about him smartening his ass up and dumping his bitch girlfriend for a better one. I look forward to whatever she has for us.(less)