This was such a unique story. I loved it. It read like a fairy tale, or folklore or myth. Keturah was such an unusual girl. She had never been in love...moreThis was such a unique story. I loved it. It read like a fairy tale, or folklore or myth. Keturah was such an unusual girl. She had never been in love, but she wanted to love with all that she was. It seemed to be her life's ambition to find her soul mate and fall madly in love. But there was no one that piqued her interest. She gave everyone a fair chance. She was very forward about it. She spoke to every man in her town to see if she could love them, some she even told the truth of why she was speaking to them.
When she got lost in the woods and Death came for her, she convinced him to give her another day to find her true love. She didnt want to die before finding her love. Each day she goes back to Death and convinces him to give her another day. Three days she searches high and low. At first, she thinks she might love Ben, the best gardener in town. Then she thinks she might love John, the Lord's son. But neither prospect fills her with happiness. Something is missing, until she realizes what it is.
It was beautifully poetic and I loved every minute of it. I was so anxious to get to the end and find out who Keturah's true love was. Although part of me knew, I just didnt want to get my hopes up. :P
My only complaint is that the story started as a story within a story. Keturah is around a fire and begins to tell the story of when she met death. But at the end, it does not go back to an older Keturah, and the beginning doesnt really fit with the ending. I am kind of confused about that. But if the prologue didnt exist this book would have been perfect! (less)
This more than makes up for the heartbreaking ending to Unspoken. I find that relationship cliffhangers kill me the most. They are way worse than stor...moreThis more than makes up for the heartbreaking ending to Unspoken. I find that relationship cliffhangers kill me the most. They are way worse than story or action cliffhangers. Thats why the ending of Unspoken destroyed me, but I was fine with the ending of Opal.
This story has more of what we loved in book one. More of the humour and the brilliant Kami. More of the awesome sidekicks Angie and Rusty. More of the brooding Jared and Golden Boy Ash. Especially Ash. We got to know him a lot better in this book and I really feel for him. He is so often overlooked. I hope he gets more affection from his mother in book 3.
"Everyone all right?" "I'm okay," [Holly] said. "I see you are too. I also see you have a weapon that is on fire." "I'm badass like that," Kami said.
Kami and Jared also break my heart. They are like star-crossed lovers. There are so many things set agaisnt them. But Jared is such a hero and a martyr. In that way he kind of reminds me of the Rajaram brothers from Tiger's Curse. He has traits of both. But make no mistake, he is not as awesome as Kishan. Very few people can compete with the love of my life, and none outside of my holy Quintet. But, there is a great shortage of amazing heroines, so Kami really does make the cut for me. She is whip smart and clever and funny, and amazingly brave and strong. There are not enough heroine like her.
Although so far this has been a very clean YA series, Kami and Jared are still totally epic and they both love each other unconditionally and passionately. And not just romantically, but any way they can. Its Eros, Storge, Pragma, Mania, Philia, and Agape. And that, my friends, is beautiful.
"Do you remember how you used to believe I wasn't real? Sometimes I wish that was true. If I was just a thought in the back of your mind, then I'd be with you, and I'd be better." (less)
This book was super awesome and I am tempted to give it 4.5/5, but I think I am...moreA video version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was super awesome and I am tempted to give it 4.5/5, but I think I am gonna have to stick to 4/5 for a couple of reasons. The first being the major info-dumping that happened in the first 50 pages. I had some trouble getting through that, but I hope you will find it easier, after reading this and knowing that greatness is waiting on the other side. The other reason this loses half a star is because of the amount of different clairvoyants there are, and trying to keep track of them all, and their weird names and what they all mean. Some are straightforward; like soothsayers, and mediums, and necromancers. Others are not; like drymimancers, astragalomancers, and cleidomancers. These kinds of words kept getting thrown at us as if we were supposed to know what it meant. Eventually I had to just give up and skim over them. Although, you can sometimes pick up what they mean from the context.
One of the first things you need to know before starting this book is that there is absolutely no basis for any comparison to JK Rowling. That is a ludicrous claim that no one should have ever made. If Samantha Shannon's writing emulates anyone, it would be Veronica Roth. World and tone-wise, I would compare this to The Hunger Games. And characters and romance-wise, I would compare this to Shatter Me. I really dont think that this is genre breaking or anything. I thought it was absolutely engrossing, but its still just a YA paranormal as far as I am concern. A great YA paranormal. Story and mythology-wise there is nothing I can think to compare this to. Maybe the Covenant series by JLA, but that's a bit of a stretch since it's a completely different kind of mythology. Although they both feature forbidden romances.
The story starts out with Paige in Scion, explaining to us how clairvoyants have become feared and hunted over the years, starting with the alternate history of King Edward VII. The info-dumping explains Scion's underworld, but its not really that important. After less than 50 pages Paige is taken away to Sheol. Sheol is a hidden city where supernatural beings who have made a pact with the Scion government, take clairvoyants to enslave them. The Rephaim of Jewish mythology are giant, beautiful beings from the netherworld. Its a complex mythology and I am sure there is still a lot more to learn about them in the future books.
Paige's new master is Arcturus, usually called Warden. He is intimidating and a strict task-master as he taught her to use her gift to become a soldier fighting the Emim, creatures that followed to Rephaim from the netherworld. I hated him so much at the beginning. He never beat her like the other keepers, but he let bad things happen to her and other people, and he tried to force her to cooperate. But Paige's spirit was strong. She was a fighter. In that way she reminded me of Juliette and how she fought against Warner in book 1 of Shatter Me. How she refused to play his games.
But unlike in Shatter Me, there is no love-triangle in this. As much as I hated Warden in the beginning, I suspected he would become the love interest, and the book actually brought me around to that idea. I ended up rooting for Warden way sooner than I would have expected myself to, considering how much I hated him in the beginning. He was stoic, and mysterious, but you could tell how much he was watching out for Paige. He took care of her as much as he could get away with before it would become suspicious. And in that way, he reminded me of Warner, and I really recommend this book for fans of Shatter Me. I am very curious where their relationship will go in the end. It is a planned 7-books series, so they have a long journey ahead of them.
This series is a lot darker than the average YA novel, though. The Rephaim were torturing and killing humans left, right, and center. There was always a sense of danger and mystery, because we didnt know how much danger Paige was really in. How many of the Rephaim knew what she was up to? Did Warden know? What did he want from her? You never really knew, until it was too late. Its a really unique, complex world that captivated me. I highly recommend this book!(less)
Its been a very long time since I have read a YA fantasy this good. I have been on a search for one ever since I read Graceling over 2 years ago. All...moreIts been a very long time since I have read a YA fantasy this good. I have been on a search for one ever since I read Graceling over 2 years ago. All the popular ones that I have read in that time just could not live up to it for me. They were just all the same. Although there were some things about Shadow and Bone that were familiar, it got a lot more right than most.
I love the world in this book. It was interesting and well developed. Although I was a bit confused about the setting. It seemed too much like Earth to be High Fantasy, but too little like Earth to be any kind of historical fantasy. But putting that aside and accepting that it is a unique combination of Earth-inspired High Fantasy, it was really well built and fleshed-out and immersive.
The story may have been a bit familiar, with a girl finding out that she has had a strange power her whole life that she never knew about, and then being whisked off to train her new abilities. And there was a bit of the 'Sorting Hat Syndrome', with the Grisha being categorized according to their abilities. But the way their magic system (yes, its magic, as much as the Grisha might want to deny it) works was really interesting and different.
I also loved all the characters. I found Alina very realistic and relatable. She was not perfect. She had a lot of abandonment issues, but she was consistent and human. She is miles more interesting than Celaena, who I always found nearly too vain and haughty to tolerate, and perhaps even better than Katsa who seriously kicked-ass, but was so stubborn and independent that she began to annoy me. I also loved Mal, who, like Alina, wasnt perfect, but his faults were realistic and didnt take away from his character. He was brave, and loving, and loyal, and constant. Even if Alina hadnt known it at the time, he was constant.
The Darkling was a fascinating character. Although I never fully accepted him as a love-interest and wasnt too surprised by what happened in the end, he was still a great, complicated character. He was ancient and the depth of his experience and knowledge is unfathomable. I knew it was impossible for someone like that to truly be caught up in a moment and to let down their guard and act like a boy. (view spoiler)[Referring to their first kiss. It was when I first became suspicious (hide spoiler)]. He was larger than life, charismatic and intimidating and awe-inspiring all at the same time. Even now he still is. None of those traits are mutually exclusive to good or evil. He is perhaps my favourite character in the book, regardless of where he will go from here. I really look forward to finding out where that will be. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was even better than the first book, which I totally loved! But I had been thrown off a bit by the alternate history which I had not been expect...more
This was even better than the first book, which I totally loved! But I had been thrown off a bit by the alternate history which I had not been expecting, and it took me awhile to reorient myself before getting into the story. But this time, I was prepared and ready, anxious even, to jump back into this story and the unique world Jessica Spotswood has created.
The story of the Cahill witch sisters cant be contained. Its not about three sisters passing unnoticed in a small town with a vague idea that they may be important one day. They are three witch sisters who are important, who can change the course of their futures--and of their friends and their country--with each choice they make, with the allies they choose, the people they trust. They are now living the prophecy, living the fates that were given to them. And it seems like it is only a matter of time before the last part of the prophecy comes true... and one of them dies. Will it be revenge, jealousy, or just an accident?
I could not predict what would happen next, and I am extremely fearful for Cate. Their situation is tearing the sisters apart and destroying their lives. I dont want any of them to die, but I hope, if anyone, its Maura. Although I hope she feels some guilt before she dies. I dont think I have even the tiniest bit of sympathy left for her. In book 1, she was just the annoying sister, but now, she is a blight. Considering how amazing and adorable Finn is, he has to be back in book 3, and the blurb does seem to have a bit of hope in that area. I cannot wait for the final book in this epic series!(less)
I would like to give this 3.5/5. When I asked for recommendations for High Fantasy Romance, this is not exactly what I had in mind. Romance was about...moreI would like to give this 3.5/5. When I asked for recommendations for High Fantasy Romance, this is not exactly what I had in mind. Romance was about 2% of this book. This was a High Fantasy court intrigue through and through, with a touch of magic.
I really liked the main character, Cazaril. He was intelligent, loyal, humble, unusually kind and selfless, determined, and brave when fighting for who and what he believed in. But as a love interest? He was not at all what I look for in a love interest. He was bookish, quiet, and sickly. He was also 16 years older than his love interest.
The romance in this was by no means a focus. There were a few random moments that were enough to make it known that Cazaril had feelings for Betriz, but it was not an epic love. It was a common love. The kind that is good in real life, but not in books. In books its rather disappointing. Its the kind of love that is mostly respect and fondness. The kind that results when a modest girl finds a good husband who will take care of her and provide for her.
The story was somewhat epic though. The story of Cazaril, the most loyal servant anyone could ever ask for, risking life and limb, risking his very soul, facing long avoided enemies, and traveling across mountains and countries to protect his mistress and free her family from the shadow of a curse. And of course, Cazaril is not particularly imposing or physically capable. The fact that he can barely walk and usually vomits after a day on horseback perhaps makes it more impressive that he does it at all.
So, if you cannot tell by now, I think that Cazaril carried this book, but even he wasnt enough to make me care about the "romance", if you can even call it that. All in all, it was engaging, if a bit slow. I was very invested in his character, and it had a pleasing HEA. But I will not be continuing the series, or perhaps, ever reading any more books by this author. They are not really up my alley. (less)
This book was absolutely nothing like I expected. Even the blurb didnt give away...moreA video version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was absolutely nothing like I expected. Even the blurb didnt give away the fact that this was a futuristic sci-fi and not a high fantasy. And it wasnt much of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, either. There was not much left of the original tale. The only similarities I saw was that their love could break a curse, but even the details of that were very different. Besides the drastic change in story and setting, one of the more major changes is the fact that there is no clear beauty and no clear beast. They were both a little beautiful and both a little beastly, and I really loved that about it. The whole point of the story is that we are all the same, we are all human in the end, regardless of the differences we see at first glance.
"I am her monster, and she is mine. But right now none of it matters."
This book wasnt the type of book that made me want to yell with excitement or made my heart race. It had a lot of darkness, but being a standalone novel, it didnt have time to dwell. It had to bring a resolution sooner than in a series, so I am left mostly with feelings of peace, warmth, and happiness. It was a love story, not an adventure. The setting and story itself reminded me a great deal of books such as Under the Never Sky and Cinder. But the atmosphere, the HEA, and the focus on the power of undying love reminds me more of For Darkness Shows the Stars.
Isra and Gem were amazing characters would had been through so much, had been put through so much by others, and still found the courage in themselves to love without reservation. They were brave, incredibly kind, and capable people whose love was real and tangible, beautiful and selfless. And it saved the world. And although that leaves me with incredible warm and fuzzy feelings, my blood is not pumping. I am not holding back any emotions that want to burst out.(less)
I ended up enjoying this a lot more in the end. The first half of the book was so slow that I was struggling through it and thought there was no way I...moreI ended up enjoying this a lot more in the end. The first half of the book was so slow that I was struggling through it and thought there was no way I was going to enjoy it as much as book one. But the second half of the book really picked up and ended up being better than book 1. So it evens out and I am giving it the same rating.
Overall I dont think I care enough about this series to give it a proper review, but I love the depth of emotion that everyone has in this series. How much Rain and Ellysetta love and need each other. How much Gaelan loves and cares for his sister. How much Gaelen and Bel care for Ellysetta. The Fey are full of so much devotion.
(view spoiler)[I am so glad that Rain and Ellysetta are finally married. Their need to resist each other was getting pretty tedious, as was the wedding planning. Although that was her mother's fault. As much as I hated Lauriana and as glad as I am that she is dead and out of the story, I still cried at her funeral. I think I was crying for Lorelle and Lillis. I cant wait to see Rain and Ellysetta complete their bond. I assume it will be pretty epic. I also really want the Fey to find out about Shannisorran and Elfeya. (hide spoiler)]
I am going to be taking some time off this series. I wont be ordering King of Sword and Sky from my library right away. I would probably frustrate myself too much, knowing that book 3 wont progress as much as I'd like. But I look forward to reading it some time in the future. At the right time to appreciate it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I enjoyed this a bit more than The Vicious Deep with 3.5/5. There was more action, more romance, high stakes.
The characters are starting to grow on me. They are still nothing special really. Tristan is funny and a very realistic teenage guy, but most teenage guys arent that special. :P But he loves Layla and that just raises him up so high for me. A guy who truly loves his girl is priceless.
Tristan and Layla have an interesting relationship. They never really talked about what they wanted, or revealed their feelings to each other. It sort of just happened, like North and Sydelle from Brightly Woven. They are adorable.
There were also some twists in this that I didnt see coming and they will complicate things in The Vast and Brutal Sea. I look forward to seeing Tristan fight for Layla. I actually dont care whether or not Tristan becomes king. There are a few other champions who would probably make decent kings too. I just hope that everyone will be ok in the end.(less)
I didnt end up enjoying this as much as I thought I would in the beginning, but it was still pretty awesome. I think that the series will focus on the...moreI didnt end up enjoying this as much as I thought I would in the beginning, but it was still pretty awesome. I think that the series will focus on the same story for all 5 books as it slowly develops. Not a lot actually happened in this one as it set up a lot for later, and maintained its focus on Ellysetta and Rain as their relationship develops, also slowly.
I really enjoyed this world, their form of magic, and the concept of truemates. But the story wasnt as epic or engaging as I had expected, and there was no clear climax or resolution. It just ended. As I said, I expect this series to be one story spread out over 5 books, so I am sure it will get better later.
Not that it wasnt already great. It has a lot of characters and a large world that I loved, and Ellysetta and Rain are great and I cant wait to read more about them. (less)
I would probably have to give this more of a 3.5/5. It would have been a solid 4 if I was judging by the first half alone. I really enjoyed the first...moreI would probably have to give this more of a 3.5/5. It would have been a solid 4 if I was judging by the first half alone. I really enjoyed the first half of this book. I loved the survival element. It was really interesting seeing them try to catch fish with earrings, building a little house, day-to-day life of trying to live on a deserted island. I have never read a book like this before and it was great. Not that I wanna go and read survival books now. Romance always makes me care about characters more so I wouldnt have been so interested in their lives if it werent for the romance.
I didnt realize how much time they would be on the island, although I guess maybe I suspected, considering TJ was only 16 when they crashed. I love how the romance developed so slowly. At first, Anna didnt really see TJ as a man. Its not like she was waiting for him to grow up before having a relationship with him. It didnt even cross her mind until he was already grown up. It felt really natural for her to just see him differently one day. I think he was already 18 by the time she thought about it, and he was about a month away from his 19th birthday before anything happened between them.
Nothing really happened in the story and that is part of the reason why I loved it so much. I love low drama in my contemps, and the first half of the book was just life on the island and I cant think of it as anything but a pleasant read, despite fighting sharks and dengue fever. But I did not expect the second half of the book. I would have been much happier if the book had ended when they were rescued and then skipped to the epilogue. So much unnecessary drama and "you deserve better" bullshit! The second half of the book drove me crazy and I did not enjoy a moment of it. Its split into two extremes and I have a hard time distinguishing my feelings about it.
I definitely enjoyed The Education of Sebastian more. Not because of the smut, but because of the dynamics of a relationship with such a large age gap, and there was zero unnecessary drama. The gap in The Education of Sebastian is actually 2 years smaller, but Caroline didnt wait until Sebastian was of age and I guess I should maybe hold that against her, but maybe not. Maybe the day that Sebastian became a man was sooner than the law thought. Anna had a moment when she suddenly looked at TJ differently and she was lucky he was 18, and maybe Caroline just could not control when that happened. Although Sebastian and Caroline still had all their ridiculous drama in book 2. (less)
I enjoyed this more than Reckless, and would have enjoyed it more than Ruthless if it weren't for the imprisonment business.
I was completely pulled i...moreI enjoyed this more than Reckless, and would have enjoyed it more than Ruthless if it weren't for the imprisonment business.
I was completely pulled in by the story in this one, and by Simon and Alys. They were amazing and Simon is by far my favourite Anne Stuart hero so far. He was absolutely wicked and irresistible. I was told this was one of her best books, and I can see why someone would think so. But it is just my personal preference that I didnt like how Alys was imprisoned. After finally admitting their feelings and have some beautiful moments in the rain, they were torn apart, leaving Alys doubting Simon. I really did not enjoy that. I wanted to see more of them enjoying each other. Plus, at the end, Alys didnt even leave a note so her sister would know she was ok. Likely everyone would worry about her. It wasnt an entirely happy ending when you think about the people they left behind.
And that brings me to another issue. I could not stand Claire! OMG what a spoiled brat. Even after everything I still could not stand her. She drove me crazy to the end and I think Thomas deserved better. This book had another secondary romance, like the previous two Anne Stuart books I have read. It must be standard for her. Another standard must be that the villain is a relative. Next time I read one of her books I wont trust anyone's family. :P
Although I seemed to have a lot of issues with this, Simon and Alys made this book and I want to love it more because of them. Especially Simon. Gosh I love him! Alys was awesome too. Definitely better than Charlotte. Maybe not Elinor though. Elinor kicked ass. :P (less)
I would give this a 3.5/5. I enjoyed the story for the most part. The first 3 stages of the testing, the first half of the book, reminded me a lot of...moreI would give this a 3.5/5. I enjoyed the story for the most part. The first 3 stages of the testing, the first half of the book, reminded me a lot of the fierce competing in Divergent. But the final stage of testing, and the second half of the book, was without a doubt similar to The Hunger Games. Although YA dystopians abound these days, I enjoyed the world and thought it was well done.
But I found the character development seriously lacking. Cia is a decent heroine, but she's not amazing, imo. She was determined and brave but not in any way that makes her stand out among the plethora of brave YA heroines. She was smart in a way that made her impossible to relate to and her loyalty was blind.
I wanted to love Tomas because Cia does, but he just wasnt anything special, and I find myself wishing for a love-triangle with Michal in book 2. That would probably spice up the character development a bit. And I find that tiny twist about Tomas at the end to be unbelievable and unfair. I am angry at the author for spending the whole book trying to convince us Tomas is a certain kind of person, only to tell us differently in the end with no proof and no idea what to do with the information she has given us except hold it in the palm of our hands until Independent Study. This is not what I call a cliffhanger and it does not make me more invested in his character. It is incomplete and poor character development that took away from my overall enjoyment of the book.
But I am curious enough about their world and whether or not Cia can take it down from the inside to keep reading. (less)
This book blew me away! I was not prepared for this. I asked for recommendations in a romance group for books with really dark heroes, and Anne Stuart...moreThis book blew me away! I was not prepared for this. I asked for recommendations in a romance group for books with really dark heroes, and Anne Stuart was recommended to me. I was told that the Rohan series was not her best, but it was one of two available at my library so I picked it up immediately. They downplayed it a bit and I wasnt prepared to love it so much.
I loved the battle of wits, for there was one, as much as Rohan thought he always had the upper hand. His and Elinor's back and forth was the center of the story and it was immensely entertaining. I also found it interesting how it all took place in front of a sexual backdrop. There was only one actual sex scene, at about 80% into the book, but the whole book was surrounded by it, and every move Rohan made was motivated by it. As it says on the back of the book, "Pursuit of physical pleasure is both his preferred pastime and his most pressing urge." It was all so very enticing, while never really crossing the line until the end. Like the entire book was foreplay. As well as Rohan's forceful behaviour. I was in the mood for a dark hero and I definitely got one. Rohan had practically no conscience. He never forced Elinor, but he played horrible games, blackmailed her, locked her in his house, used any means necessary for her to bend to his will. And it worked. On me as well. He was utterly delicious.
There was also a secondary romance that was more light and innocent and was perhaps used to balance the dark of the book. It was extremely sweet and I enjoyed it as well.
I have been warned that some of the later books in the series are even darker and that I may not enjoy them with my standards. But I am still really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.(less)
I enjoyed this a bit more than book #1, The Immortal Rules. The story is more developed, with several more layers and went in more interesting directi...moreI enjoyed this a bit more than book #1, The Immortal Rules. The story is more developed, with several more layers and went in more interesting directions. Zeke isnt quite as much of a wuss, and we see a new, far more interesting and entertaining side of Jackal. And Sarren is a far better villain than Jackal was. Jackal works better as comic relief IMO. He made me bark with laughter at the most unexpected moments.
It took me awhile to get into this, I think because it was just Allie and Jackal at first. I enjoy their banter now, but at first I didnt know if he was gonna try to kill her at any moment. But now that I have gotten to know him better I really enjoy his company. But things really picked up once Zeke and Kanin were added to the picture. They are a great team, despite their drastically different backgrounds. And like Allie once mentioned, you would not expect to see them working together, but with their common goal, they work together well.
The tension was high in this and I never knew what was going to happen next, and there were a lot of feels near the end. I gotta say I really dont understand Stick. What the hell was he trying to do? He said he wanted her to see him, but there were other ways. It made no sense. Did he have romantic feelings for her? I guess it doesnt really matter, like he doesnt matter to Allie anymore. Still a bit frustrating.
I still dont really love Zeke, which is a shame after the amazing and unforgettable Ash and Puck from Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey, but he's ok. I can accept him. There is no denying that he makes Allie better. He's like Allie's version of Peeta, just less awesome. Despite the evil cliffhanger in this, I will be enthusiatically yet calmly waiting for The Forever Song.(less)
This book was so much better than Everneath, and even Neverfall. Each got a little better as the series went on, but Everbound made the biggest leap i...moreThis book was so much better than Everneath, and even Neverfall. Each got a little better as the series went on, but Everbound made the biggest leap in improvement IMO. I found the first two to be mediocre, but Everbound has everything that I love about YA PNRs! It had incredible new worlds, adventure, emotional torment, betrayal and sacrifice, and romance.
I was Team Jack from book 1. I love how they had been friends first. Friendship is a great basis for a romantic relationship. And Jack was so sweet, and had waited for her. And what he sacrificed for her in the end cannot be denied. Plus, I dont usually have a thing for bad boys. On the very rare occasion, but Cole is not one of them. Regardless of whatever feelings he may have proved to have had later, he was still willing to take her to the Everneath, not knowing that she would survive. He was willing to sacrifice her, even if it was what she wanted. He thought she would most likely come out looking like Meredith did, and he did it anyway. I could never forgive him for that. I may have grown to be sympathetic towards him during the course of this book, but he was never good enough for her. Certainly never selfless enough. Especially after how this one ended. I dont understand how he can love her when he behaves so selfishly. He's not the type of guy to not fight for her. I get that. I would have been willing to accept him if he didnt walk away. I would have even admired him a bit for not giving up. But there is a difference between fighting for her, and what he did. What he did is unforgivable as far as I'm concerned. But that just adds to the emotional depth of the story.
I really loved the story in this one. Everneath barely even qualifies as a story in comparison. This was totally epic. It was a quest in the classical sense. With a labyrinth and physical as well as mental and emotional obstacles. It had everything from the old myths. It was exciting and tense and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. What else Nikki would have to accomplish in order to win her prize at the end, Jack. And now I cannot wait to find out what Nikki will do in Evertrue in order to keep her prize. Cole should have known better, Nikki doesnt give up that easily. (less)
I enjoyed Wither enough to keep going with the series. It made me a bit uncomfortable, but I was curious about Rhine and Gabriel's fate. So I read Fev...moreI enjoyed Wither enough to keep going with the series. It made me a bit uncomfortable, but I was curious about Rhine and Gabriel's fate. So I read Fever and enjoyed it more. There was little or no Linden, several locales, and much more romance developed between Rhine and Gabriel and it was totally adorable. It had so much more progress in Rhine's life overall, compared to Wither, which was stagnant in comparison. Of course it was all undone with one move by Vaughn in the end. But with only one book left in the series, and with some much left to accomplished, I figured Sever would be full of excitement. But 100 pages in and I still have to suffer through Linden's presence, and there is still no sign of Gabriel, and no sign that Rhine will be going after him or Rowan any time soon. I hate how the book portrays Linden as a sympathetic character. In the first book he was portrayed as kind, although he impregnated a 13 year-old. Its a contradiction but I figured it didnt matter, because I figured he didnt matter. But 2 books later and Rhine's world still seems to revolve around him. His role in the series isnt what I thought it would be. He completely disgusts me and I couldnt take it anymore. What finally tipped me over the edge was this line:
"I dont know that I could ever love [Gabriel] the way that Linden and Cecily are in love, or the way Linden and Rose were."
WTF?! You think impregnating a barely pubescent girl twice in quick succession, causing her to nearly die is love? You think his love for two girls within a year could grow stronger than you could love Gabriel in a lifetime? Gabriel who is actually worthy? If Linden had actually loved Rose or Cecily his relationship with his other wives would have seemed wrong to him. He had absolutely no sense of fidelity. If he didnt love them, then I understand it would not have occurred to him, because thats just how things are done. But if he loved Cecily in this book, he would not have been making any attempt to reconcile with Rhine. So if Rhine cant love Gabriel as much as Linden can love, than the fault is solely hers. She is defective and doesnt know the meaning of love. So I closed the book. I'm done.(less)
This book didnt really hold the excitement the first two did. There was a story outside of the romance involving hunters, but it wasnt really much of...moreThis book didnt really hold the excitement the first two did. There was a story outside of the romance involving hunters, but it wasnt really much of a focus. I would say most of the story revolved around Maricara and the tension between her and the drakon of Darkfrith. Her ways are so different that it takes a long time for them to trust each other.
This was the shortest book so far and didnt have enough time to really focus on either the story or the romance. There wasnt as much of a connection between Kimber and Maricara as there was between his mother and father, or his sister and Zane. It was underdeveloped but I still enjoyed it, and I love the world Shana Abé created. I enjoyed Kimber's character in this more than I did Mari, although she was great in The Dream Thief. I also really enjoyed poor Rhys, Kimber's younger brother, and I look forward to seeing more of him in The Treasure Keeper.(less)
The idea and story of this book is extremely unique and it's strongest feature. It kept me guessing and it was a constant learning process, to underst...moreThe idea and story of this book is extremely unique and it's strongest feature. It kept me guessing and it was a constant learning process, to understand what had happened to Nikki, what would happen next, and the rules of the everneath.
The romance was sweet but not totally swoon-worthy. It was not very intense until the very end, although I was always Team Jack, and I loved the ending. I am an HEA fan all the way. I usually prefer to avoid sadness in my books, but the ending of this gave us the emotion the book had been lacking until then.
Cole is an even more complex and interesting character who I look forward to learning more about in Neverfall. I didnt really see anything special about Nikki, but I will be continuing the series regardless. The ending left me hanging (less)
Above all, this is a high fantasy adventure. In all three books, the heroine, Aerial, is traveling across an extremely fantastical landscape, collecti...moreAbove all, this is a high fantasy adventure. In all three books, the heroine, Aerial, is traveling across an extremely fantastical landscape, collecting magical objects that will help her accomplish her goal.
The bulk of the books is spent on world-building and describing the landscape, and strange creatures and characters Aerial comes across. It is extremely descriptive and spends a lot of time using old-fashioned English that is hard to understand. Call me spoiled, but I much prefer the way YA books are written today--spending a large portion of the book in internal monologue, exploring characters and their motives, and expanding the story. But if you love the strange new worlds of high fantasy, this definitely has that in abundance.
I didnt feel that I really knew Aerial or Irrylath, or what was really going on in the story. And I did not find the relationship between them believable. (view spoiler)[At the end of the first book, after Aerial released Irrylath from the curse, he was a completely different person. He didnt even look the same. I have trouble seeing how Aerial could love him before, and after. One or the other version of him, but not both. And I also had a problem with the fact that they were first cousins. I know back in the day people used to marry their cousins (and still do today in some countries). I believe the heroine from Austen's Mansfield Park even married her cousin and that was only 200 years ago. Also, this series is set in a completely different world where that may be acceptable. But the book was only written 30 years ago, in America. Why try to force us to accept something that she knows would be completely foreign and uncomfortable compared to our way of life? The fact that they were cousins served no purpose. And not only was Aerial Irrylath's cousin, so was the other woman who was in love with him--his first cousins from the other side of his family. The ending totally sucked. It didnt have an HEA. If I had known that ahead of time, I probably wouldnt have read it. But as I said, I wasnt really attached to the characters too much, so I'll get over it. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I would rate this more like a 3.5/5. It wasnt as good as #1, but better than #2. A lot more happened in this than the first two. The rebellion really...moreI would rate this more like a 3.5/5. It wasnt as good as #1, but better than #2. A lot more happened in this than the first two. The rebellion really picks up and there is also a plague that is sweeping through the Society. Cassia, Ky, and Xander all play their part in trying to cure the plague, but they are separated for the first half of the book and there isnt room for much romance. The book alternates between the 3 POVs and we see how what they are each doing is contributing to the Rising and the part they play in the cure, and in each other's lives.
I found it very interesting the way that this book approached love. I love the way Cassia and Ky have an absolute, unwavering love for each other, and they are each other's Rising. They keep each other afloat in the ocean of their broken world. But there are also other ppl in their lives who they love and they are willing to be there for and to help keep afloat. Cassia is also there for Xander, and Ky is also there for Indie, and Xander is also there for Lei. Although they each love two people, they acknowledge that they dont necessary keep each other afloat, that sometimes it is one way. Only Cassia and Ky keep each other afloat, as well as... well, you'll see. It was a very different angle, and definitely made the love-triangle more interesting, and also turned it into a pentagon.
There werent any big action sequences like most dystopians. It remained fairly calm throughout, like the first two books. Being a conclusion didnt change that about it. It has the same feel and it didnt go out with a bang. The story was interesting, but I just wish there had been more romance. It did have an HEA, and there was one scene where Cassia was singing to Ky that made me cry, but overall it was about curing the plague. I am happy about the ending, I am glad I read this series, but I am also glad it is over. I loved the first book too much and it had my expectations too high for the series as a whole. But I still enjoyed myself. (less)
Another 4.5/5 for Drakon, and very nearly 5/5. This is such an amazing series. Such a great concept, crossing historical romance with dragons. And I l...moreAnother 4.5/5 for Drakon, and very nearly 5/5. This is such an amazing series. Such a great concept, crossing historical romance with dragons. And I love the men in it so far! I loved Zane even more than Kit, but they were both so naughty but still dignified. Zane isnt even Drakon but there was still something about him that was just magnificent. I am slightly in awe of him. I really cant blame Lia for being in love with him most of her life. For making a move on a man in his mid-thirties when she was only 14. I am sure she couldnt have helped herself. But the way she was dedicated to him was inspiring. She knew him her whole life, being a friend of her mother, and she knew what he was. A criminal, a thief, a liar. But she loved him. She knew his future (or a possible future), and the terrible things he was capable of, yet still she loved him.
The story in this was much grander than The Smoke Thief, which was about a jewel theft in London. In The Dream Thief, Lia and Zane go to Hungary to track down a legendary diamond that can control the Drakon. There is much at stake. There are powerful new enemies, and powerful new allies, and you dont always know which is which. There is sacrifice and love, and a possible dark future. The sense of desperation between Lia and Zane, caused by her dreams, was nearly intoxicating. The scene where they made love just after Zane had found out the power of the diamond, was heartbreaking and beautiful. The more I write about this book, the more I wonder why I didnt give it 5/5. The writing is breathtaking, its beautiful and hypnotizing. I added 12 quotes from the book to Goodreads. Nearly every word is worth remembering and making note of. Its like a song.
I cant stop thinking about this series, and I have to order Queen of Dragons from my library right away. It is about a character we met in this book. She was only 11, but Zane was only 13 in The Smoke Thief, so I'm sure several years will have passed. I am extremely excited to hear her story. The rest of the series has lower ratings than the first 2 books, but I hope I will love it anyway.(less)
I enjoyed this almost as much as the first book, which I rated half a star higher. The intense action and suspense was back, and the story was just as...moreI enjoyed this almost as much as the first book, which I rated half a star higher. The intense action and suspense was back, and the story was just as interesting. Trying to figure out who to trust, with Remnants and Vigilantes, and court fae, and now even more sighted humans thrown into the mix.
But I found the first part of the book to be a bit slow. It didnt really pull me in until they went to London, which was about 40% into the book. We also only saw Aren a few times before London, then he appeared fairly consistently. And I remain impressed by McKenzie. She was a great, strong lead in The Shadow Reader, and I loved how she didnt let her feelings get away from her, and made a decision in the first book as to which fae she would commit to. And she stuck with her decision. She had no weak moments with Kyol, no lingering feelings, or betraying thoughts. She was completely dedicated to Aren, and you could see her falling in love with him more and more throughout the book. There were several times when he would do something, and she would think, "This is why I chose him instead of Kyol." In every comparison, Aren always came out on top for McKenzie, constantly reaffirming her decision. But, that doesnt mean that life, or Kyol, are going to let her off easy.
The ending was really sad and leaves us wondering the fate of McKenzie and Aren's relationship, and whether or not Kyol will suddenly come back into the picture. I hope not because I am sooo mad at him right now! Its not entirely his fault, but I wanna blame him anyway cuz it was totally not fair! I hope McKenzie will be able to remain true in book 3. It could end up being something like what happened in Ceaseless. Its a long time to wait until 2014.
Like book #1, this is only listed as adult because of the age of the characters. There is absolutely no objectionable content for younger readers, besides a handful of F-words.(less)
Another great one from Abbie Glines. This book was more slow and sweet, while The Vincent Boys was angsty and hot. It goes to show the difference betw...moreAnother great one from Abbie Glines. This book was more slow and sweet, while The Vincent Boys was angsty and hot. It goes to show the difference between the Vincent brothers.
Sawyer and Lana's relationship still moved really fast though. Once I realized Lana had a plan for winning Sawyer, I thought she would at least have to work at it a bit. But nope. They had an instant and irresistible attraction. And this book still had some hot scenes, but there was always that sense of innocence and discovery. It was all new to both of them. Something we definitely didnt get from The Vincent Boys or Beau. And I really loved that scene where they were making-out in the tent, and Lana didnt really understand what had happened. The way that Sawyer explained it to her was so sweet and adorable.
“Let me explain it to you then. I just had a beautiful girl trust me enough to touch her and see her in a way no one else ever has. I got to hold her and watch her and feel her as she came apart in my arms. It was like nothing else I'd ever experienced. She was breathtaking and she was responding to me. She wanted me. I was the one making her spiral out of control.”
Although Sawyer proved his feelings and said some really deep things, I still never really felt a connection between them. Why did he love her? When did it become about more than the physical? And I didnt really see anything special about Lana, besides her being super hot and innocent. Nevertheless, I still loved this. It is my favourite contemporary romance after The Vincent Boys and Geek Girl.(less)
This was an absolutely perfect ending to this unique series. It is possibly even a 4.5/5. Although I could have done without books 2 and 4. I hated 2...moreThis was an absolutely perfect ending to this unique series. It is possibly even a 4.5/5. Although I could have done without books 2 and 4. I hated 2 a lot because I find Irial to be a truly despicable character. And although I really enjoyed Devlin and Ani in book 4, they turned out to be mostly irrelevant to the larger story. I would have liked to see them again.
But, putting aside the Irial/Niall/Leslie sub-plot this series was nearly perfect. It was dark without being too dark, like Holly Black's Tithe, which I enjoyed although it was too dark for me at times. There was no shortage of romance and swoon-worthy guys. I'll admit Keenan finally grew on me in this book. Probably because he finally left Ash alone. I had never disliked him as much as Irial though. He was just too manipulative for my tastes, not downright evil like Irial. But Seth still has my heart in this one. And the fantasy and faery magic was so prevalent. We are fully immersed into faery courts and politics and war. Even more so than in The Iron Fey, seeing as nearly all the main characters were faery regents of the various courts. This is the first faery book I have read with more than 2 courts. There were 4 in the beginning, and later 5.
Another thing that I really loved about this series is that there are so many main characters. Usually a YA book will have 2 leads, a guy and a girl, who usually fall in love. In Wicked Lovely, I would say the leads were Ash and Keenan, but they didnt fall in love! And that seemed revolutionary to me at the time. But Seth isnt any less of an important character. Nor is Donia, or Niall. There are so many ppl you can care about. Some many couples you can put your heart behind. And they all got their HEA! Although I am a little weirded out by the Irial/Niall/Leslie love-triangle threesome. In a YA! They only ever hinted at Irial and Niall's feelings for each other, until in the end they made it pretty clear.
"The threads he could see for the two faeries were woven tightly together, and in many of the possible futures, he saw Leslie's not-quite-mortal, not-quite-fey thread wrapped with theirs. She wasn't anywhere near ready to stay with the Dark Court, but there were more than a few possible futures for her that brought her into a happy future with the two faeries who loved her and each other."
If it werent for that sub-plot, for Irial's character in general, or if it had kept its focus on the story as a whole instead of each book focusing on a different aspect of the story, I would have loved this series more than The Iron Fey. Yes, I said it! But it didn't happen that way, so I dont. :P(less)