I think I liked this one best so far. Nathan is the oldest and most serious of the brothers. Also the most controlling. I think its great that his mat...moreI think I liked this one best so far. Nathan is the oldest and most serious of the brothers. Also the most controlling. I think its great that his mate is also a little controlling and doesnt always let him get his way. :P Although the stuff with the mages felt kind of contrived. But it is a novella so it isnt easy to develop the story to its best with so little pages. Also, with a mating scene at the end of each book, it might get kind of hard to make them all unique. They are starting to seem kind of the same. (less)
Each book in this series has gotten better and longer. I think the author is getting more attached to her series and wanting to expand it. This is the...moreEach book in this series has gotten better and longer. I think the author is getting more attached to her series and wanting to expand it. This is the best one so far. I love how tormented Liam is and how he doesnt think he deserves a mate. And like his twin, Rory, he was friends with his mate before he realized it was her. But unlike his brother's mate, she knew that she was his mate. But she didnt tell him to protect him from the mages. I also like how the author changed things up for the mating ceremony, because I said in my last review that they were starting to all seem the same.
I am looking forward to the last book in this series. At first I was wondering why there was a fifth book with someone named Daric, since there are only four Hale brothers. But now that I know who he is, it should be good.(less)
This one actually had a little bit more of a romance to it than Ethan's Mate did. I liked the fact that Rory and Callie were friends before he realize...moreThis one actually had a little bit more of a romance to it than Ethan's Mate did. I liked the fact that Rory and Callie were friends before he realized that she was his mate. It was really cute how much he cared for her even though he had absolutely no sexual desire until he touched her.
So Rory was the fun brother, and I usually enjoy those. Next is Nathan, the darkest of the brothers. The one who probably needs the love most. I look forward to that one too.(less)
These books are pure smut. There isnt much else to it. A series where the vampire mythology gives each vampire a mate who is distinguishable by a mark...moreThese books are pure smut. There isnt much else to it. A series where the vampire mythology gives each vampire a mate who is distinguishable by a mark that matches the vampire's family crest. And once they find their mate they have to claim them in an almost violent mating ritual which is witnessed. Yeah, it sounds like it is just trying to hit all the marks to be a smut, and thats it. The first two I have read so far had little to no romance. But they are short easy reads and I dont have time to read a full length book right now, so I am probably gonna finish off this series anyway. (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)