There are so many wonderful things about this book! First of all, I love the world and the concept of Gracelings. It is so refreshing to come across s...moreThere are so many wonderful things about this book! First of all, I love the world and the concept of Gracelings. It is so refreshing to come across someone with new ideas. And of course the female lead, Katsa, is so utterly kick butt! I love how she can even out-fight Po, the male lead, and he is ok with that. The first part was awesome, when Katsa still didnt know what his Grace was and he kept giving her funny little looks that she couldnt decipher. It made him so mysterious. Not that Po wasnt still awesome later, but your perception of him changes a lot as you get to know him. And once you find out his Grace, you can think back on some of those intense stares and then they are just funny. :P And the description of his eyes really didnt hurt. But the description of everything, really. Cashore has an amazing way of building a scene and describing the emotions involved, until you know exactly what the characters are going through. It got me very personally invested in the characters and it was a joy to read that. There was so much great action, and Katsa and Po were a great duo from the beginning, even before the romance developed. And once it did, it was so beautiful and heart wrenching, in a good way, because they loved each other so much that they couldnt hold it in. It was beautiful.(less)
The whole faery world is new to me, but I thought it was great. All the possible magical creatures you could imagine. It reminded me of Narnia. But th...moreThe whole faery world is new to me, but I thought it was great. All the possible magical creatures you could imagine. It reminded me of Narnia. But the characters were the greatest part. I loved them all, especially Ash, from the beginning. He may be extremely stoic, but really thats what I love about him. He is extremely strong, but when it really matters I'm sure he will do the right thing. Now I just cant wait to read The Iron Daughter so I can find out!(less)
The book was great from the beginning, but the second half was almost unbearably addictive. I read it in two days, and that is really impressive for m...moreThe book was great from the beginning, but the second half was almost unbearably addictive. I read it in two days, and that is really impressive for me, I am a slow reader.
But I just have one little issue with the epilogue. Meghan and Ash have accepted the ultimate punishment for being together. There is nothing else left. When she went through the portal into the rain, it was the perfect setup for an amazingly epic The Notebook style kiss. Really, what are they waiting for?! Gosh, I am so disappointed. :P But I am still picturing that it happened that way in my head. :P(less)
The adventure and humour in this are as great as ever, with so many fave characters back, and some new ones. But I think this suffered a bit for not h...moreThe adventure and humour in this are as great as ever, with so many fave characters back, and some new ones. But I think this suffered a bit for not having Meghan. She was in only two scenes, both of which were great of course, but it wasnt the same without her. More importantly, Ash wasnt the same without her. I really missed the super sweet things he always said to her that made my heart race. My heart did no racing while reading this one. There was no space for romance with a missing Meghan. The ending was perfect though, so I that's what really matters. Pretty much everything I would have wanted in an ending is what we got, minus Ash's ambiguous condition. This is still my favourite series ever, but this would probably be my least favourite of the four. But I hope to reread them soon since I dont remember The Iron King as well as the others. I wasnt really disappointed though since the book is totally awesome. I just put more emphasis on romance than most ppl.
And I really didnt enjoy the tests, especially chapter 19 and 20. I knew they werent real but they were still so sad and I dont know why Julie felt like she had to put us through that. She could have made it much more brief and much more like a test. I am very glad that is not how things turned out, but it still left a little bit of doubt in me that I dont want to have.
I was surprised to read in the interview included at the end of the book, that Julie Kagawa prefers tragic endings, but her publisher insisted that Ash and Meghan be together in the end. OMG thank goodness! If not for her publisher I may have died! But now I am a little worried about Julie's two upcoming series. I hope her publisher is super stubborn. :P(less)
I am not sure where to start. Its hard not to be biased. I guess the easiest place to start would be to say that I didnt enjoy this as much as The Iro...moreI am not sure where to start. Its hard not to be biased. I guess the easiest place to start would be to say that I didnt enjoy this as much as The Iron Fey. I thought the first half of the book was far too slow, and it took awhile before something happened. And I am not entirely won over by Zeke. I liked him more in the end, once he finally got some courage and stood up for Allie. At first he was extremely kind, but he never really stood up for himself or anyone else. He was kind when he could be, otherwise he just did what Jed said. And I really couldnt believe how he let Jed treat him. But I started to like him in the end. He did a few very impressive things and started to become the man he woould have been without Jed's influence, so I am looking forward to seeing more of him, which I am sure we will. As well as Kanin.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, even if I had some issues with the pacing. I like where I see this going and I cant wait for more action. Allie kicks ass with her katana. :P A zombie chopping vampire with a katana.
One of the most impressive things about this book imo, was the vampire lore. Being a vampire was not glamourized, and a perfect combination of vampire characteristics were kept that helped it feel real. Characteristics that could be explained with science fiction, rather than the supernatural. It was messy and gritty. Allie's struggle was both more desperate and more believable than other vampire books I've read. I see a lot of potential for this series. There were no issues that cant be easily overcome in the next book (pacing, Zeke manning up). I look forward to reading more, and growing to love the series as a whole.(less)
OMG this was SO GOOD! I am in love with everything about this book! The best things about it were Varen, obviously, the fact that the romance progress...moreOMG this was SO GOOD! I am in love with everything about this book! The best things about it were Varen, obviously, the fact that the romance progress realistically, and the amount of romantic scenes. Those are the things I always look for in a PNR. Varen was so unbelievably amazing. He is one of my new favourite YA guys.
The romance was very believable and developed so very slowly. Although sometimes too slowly. It is a very long book and, shame on me, I caught myself skimming sometimes because I wanted to get to the next scene with Varen. And after he finally kissed her there was only one more scene with them together. But I was really happy when she found the note in her pocket at the end, and it was like he was briefly with her again. Better than nothing. I cant wait for the next book! I love how it ended. I was sooo happy that we got that little glimpse at the end (trying not to spoil). Without it, I would have been upset. I knew there was another book anyway, but I still wanted that little piece of hope before we parted. I cried several times in the last few chapters, for happiness and sadness. I am so buying this. Now, lets see if I can go on with life.(less)
I would give this 3.5/5. This book was all over the place and seemed like it wanted to be every genre at once. It was a bit overwhelming and confusing...moreI would give this 3.5/5. This book was all over the place and seemed like it wanted to be every genre at once. It was a bit overwhelming and confusing at times. It was set in the late 1800s and it was steampunk. And not just a little steampunk like TID, but very steampunk and alternate history. Pretty much everyone in London drove steam powered vehicles and had automatons for servants. And the clothing style was far different. Finley and Emily's outfits were described numerous times, and they mentioned wearing bloomers, stockings, and corsets, like real Victorians, but the dresses were knee length and they wore their corsets on top of the clothes. So Finley would not have looked like on the cover of the book, but something like this.
It was also paranormal, seeing as all the main characters had special powers, as if they were Teen LXG. And Griff's power sounded partly like magic and partly like he was using The Force. Then there was talk of the work Griff's parents accomplished before the setting of the book, where they journeyed to the center of the earth and discovered the cradle of life, which is part Jules Verne and part mythology. So yeah, whoa! So much going on.
I wasnt always able to understand what was going on. The story was somewhat confusing, especially when related to Finley, Griff, and Emily's powers. But it was still interesting, with an evil genius villain with big plans, and lots of action and butt kicking from Finley. Even if the steampunk aspects took over too much at times, I really enjoyed it. A lot of interesting ideas can come from steampunk.
Although I think all the characters got at least one chapter in their POV, most were Finley, Griff, or Sam. Finley was easily my favourite and the most well developed character. I liked her from the very first chapter. She was the only character that I really got attached to. I like the idea of all the other characters, they had interesting traits (except for maybe Sam, he is kind of annoying), but none but Finley seemed to accomplish the depth the author was striving for. I like Griff, he was kind and sweet and even a little funny, and better than Jack (a bit of a love triangle there), but far from swoon worthy imo. I hope he gets more attention in the next book and we get to see something happen between him and Finley. (less)
This felt so much like a fairy tale for many reasons. Most of all, because of the way it left the reader so distant from the characters. You know the...moreThis felt so much like a fairy tale for many reasons. Most of all, because of the way it left the reader so distant from the characters. You know the way that old books and movies didnt really have as much character development as modern stories? Disney's Sleeping Beauty, and Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz come to mind. It felt like that. I wasnt really as drawn into the story as I should have been. It was a great story though. I dont know if the distance was intentional (to make it feel like a genuine fairy tale) or poor execution.
It also felt very much like a fairy tale because of the ending. Everyone got their happily ever after. All the couples were adorable but sooo obvious. I knew who all the couples were going to be from the first time they interacted with each other. It practically said *sparks* *sparks*. And I must say, Teddie was adorable. I dont know why everyone thought him annoying and unfunny besides Bramble (although I dont know why she threw the pie at him). I thought he was hilarious and awesomesauce. But it was all rather abstract. Cute, like a Disney movie, but not deep and moving like a lot of great YA romance can be.
And I really didnt understand their government, or society, or whatever I should call it. The strangest thing about it is that the King is chosen to be whoever marries the previous King's daughter. Not as Prince Consort, but as King. What is the point of having a Royal family when it doesnt stay in the family? Not that I disapprove, its just strange. Also, the King was sometimes called General, which I dont get. And why were they so poor?! This I cannot figure out. They mention it on many occasions. They come straight out and say they are poor once or twice. But they continuously point out their cheap boots and mended dresses. What kind of Royal family is this?!(less)
This book was infuriating! Every chapter, every page, every paragraph just made it all worse and worse. When I thought there could be no more depth to...moreThis book was infuriating! Every chapter, every page, every paragraph just made it all worse and worse. When I thought there could be no more depth to the stupidity, there was!
My number one issue with this book was the poor logic that seemed to abound on Godspeed, the ship. First, it was Eldest, the leader of the ship, and his theories on monoethnicity, and how differences bred discord. But the only cause of discord was people like him, who made a big deal out of all the differences they saw, instead of trying to understand and accept. And he is a fan of Hitler?! Oh yeah, thats logical, strongly appose discord, yet support the greatest cause of discord in Earth history. Logical. They never address Hitler again, even though the book spoke of Earth's history a few times. And all Eldest's flaws werent a part of the final confrontation. They seemed to play no part in Amy and Elder's rebellion.
The most common complaint I have heard from others was that this was too slow, and I have to agree. Without giving too much away, the book starts with Amy and her parents being cryogenically frozen, saying goodbye to each other for the next 250 years. Right up to the moment when the tank seals, and I was thinking, this is going to be good. We get to skip all the unimportant stuff, and wake up 250 years in the future. But no, Amy remains semiconscious, and we have to go through 13 chapters of pointless dreams that have nothing to do with anything, before she finally wakes up again. And there are several chapters that contain no dialog at all.
And then there is Amy and Elder. The chapters alternate between the two of them, so we got to know them both equally. It is a good format and I would enjoy seeing more books using it. But it cannot save the book if the characters suck to begin with. From the moment Amy wakes up, Eldest is upset about the discord she will cause, and she never once tries to argue with him, with all the hundreds of reasons she has every right to be there, and that Eldest should never have taught his crew to hate differences in the first place, knowing perfectly well that there were 100 frozen people at the bottom of the ship that are different from them all. And as she gets to know Elder she tries to show him what people were like on Earth, but it is such a weak attempt I dont know why she even bothers. When people start mating in the streets (which was laughable) she says its unnatural, and Elder is confused but she goes no further to explain. And when Elder recites her an extremely altered version of the Gettysburg Address, she says its wrong, but goes no further to explain the truth about American history. And Elder, he seems to think she is slow or something. Not as slow as everyone else, but he doesnt seem to trust her. The few things she does tell him about Earth, he shakes off and thinks to himself, that she just doesnt understand what it is like to live peacefully. Godspeed is just one small bubble of humans, and Amy came from the origin of humans, where there are billions of them, yet Elder and everyone else treats her as if she knows nothing about it. No one ever takes her seriously. Amy and Elder really dont seem to have a connection. And neither seem to react to each other, or to their trials, in any way I would imagine someone reacting. This book is a good example of how the future will never be. No one in this book seemed to behave like a proper human being. The word illogical is the most prominent in my mind when I think of this book.
Elder is basically constantly thinking about how much he wants to jump Amy, but that is purely a physical attraction. He also likes how alive she is compared to the others on the ship, but Amy gives no indication that she has any interest in Elder. Right up until the end, she still doesnt even want to hold his hand. Which reminds me, Amy's old boyfriend Jason. What a jerk. He sounds like a horrible boyfriend and I cant believe Amy is still thinking about him. And I am so disappointed that she slept with him. What a waste. Part of the reason I so love YA romance, not that this had any romance, is I love seeing people discover love and all that entails, together, for the first time. Amy and Elder can't ever have that now, if they ever got that far.
In most dystopians there are a few corrupt individuals at the top. Those underneath either dont know what is really happening, or they serve through fear or bribery. But in this book, there are a few who know the truth of Godspeed, and none of them does anything about it. No one besides Amy and Elder seem to think there is anything wrong with anything. And even then, I have my doubts about Elder. He is far too much like Eldest. No one on the ship seems to have a conscience. When we finally found out what Godspeed's secret was, there were far better ways the problem could have been dealt with, instead of creating all those secrets and discord. And when we found out who the culprit is, his reasons for what he did dont make sense either. I cant think of a single example of good decision making in this book.
This book just made me so angry. I wanted to shout and throw things. There was absolutely nothing pleasant about the experience. Nothing could make me read the next book, A Million Suns.
For those of you who want to read a book that did what Across the Universe failed to do, or even if you loved this and want more dystopians in space, I recommend you read Hope's Daughter.(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)
This was very nearly as good as Graceling, but not quite. It has a much slower pace, and more intrigue than action, although there was still some acti...moreThis was very nearly as good as Graceling, but not quite. It has a much slower pace, and more intrigue than action, although there was still some action. Some great moments of action, in fact. But most of it was about politics, spies, and subterfuge. The story was very interesting and the writing style is still as clear and refreshing as ever.
I was at first disappointed to discover this was not a continuation of Katsa and Po's story, but a separate story set in the same world. Just think of it as a similar stand alone novel by the same author, so its still good. It is set to the east of the Seven Kingdoms, over the mountains, and is in fact set several years before Graceling.
Although Katsa was much more literally kick-ass than Fire, I think I may actually like Fire better as a heroine. Katsa was totally awesome and kick-ass, dont get me wrong. But Fire's lack of physical strength made her moments of strength more impressive. She may have had superior mental strength, and far superior beauty, but those are the things medieval and fantasy women usually have to depend on. While Katsa kicked-ass, chopped off her hair, and refused to wear dresses, Fire was a magnification of womanly strength. So, I enjoyed this new heroine who did not fight, but had so much courage.
When it comes to the issue of Prince Po or Prince Brigan, the choice is more difficult. They are both quite awesome, but different. Po the joker, Brigan the brooder. If I really had to choose I think I might go with Po because he was more fun. But I have no shortage of appreciation for Brigan as well. Funny thing is, for some reason I pictured Brigan as Paul Wesley pretty much from the beginning and I couldnt get that image out of my head. But I have no idea why since he doesnt really fit the description. He was described thus: "His eyes were clear and very light gray... He was little more than average height and build. He had his mother's fine mouth, but besides that and those pale crystal eyes, he was not handsome." But you cant blame me for trying. :P I really didnt like Archer though. I thought I liked him at first, until I realized what he was like. I dont know why Cashore felt like we needed his character in the book, especially a YA book. He added nothing to the story. The book would have been better, almost perfect, if his character didnt exist.
The romance in Fire was nothing like it was in Graceling. Po and Katsa were far more passionate, and it built quickly and they gave into their passion about halfway through the book. Many scenes were described in detail. In fact, far more detail than I would have expected for a YA. In Fire, I was unsure in the beginning who would be the object of Fire's affection. I think I figured it out around the same time as the passage I used above for Brigan's description, because at the time he seemed the least fitting. Having a dramatic change in a character is always a good base for a romance. :P Although it was just a theory for some time, it eventually became clear. Their relationship development was very slow and subtle but sweet, and they didnt even kiss until nearly the end of the book. And when they did it was so vague, with no description that I almost missed it.
So, this turned into more of a comparison than a review, but if you liked Graceling than you can make a very informed choice as to whether or not you want to read this. My recommendation is yes. :)
**note** I really want to see Fire's hair on the big screen one day.(less)
This book is so boring! I just had to start off by saying that. Ana is the first person to be born in Range with a new soul. She is not a reincarnatio...moreThis book is so boring! I just had to start off by saying that. Ana is the first person to be born in Range with a new soul. She is not a reincarnation. She is shunned and mistreated her whole life. When she turns 18 she leaves home and goes to the city of Heart, hoping to learn more about why she was born. She meets and falls in love with Sam. A musician who she has admired from afar her whole life. Since no one else wants her, Sam agrees to be her guardian and takes her in. And the two of them spend a lot of time together in the library and playing piano. That about sums up the whole book. Just lots of pointless walking and talking. And the romance started off really slow that I didnt even see it at first. I wasnt really sure what was going on because nothing was happening and I was confused by the lack of story.
Also, the concept of being reincarnated with your memories completely intact and keeping the same name would cause so many problems. They live as if its one long life, rather than separate lives. Its more like the Doctor and his regenerations than the traditional idea of reincarnation. Its just a horrible concept and I cant imagine how a society could survive like that. Your worse enemy could end up later being your mother. A lover could end up being your sibling. Jealousy carries over. Grudges lasting for generations. It would be chaos. Not to mention the fact that they are not always born as the same gender. They would all have to be gender neutral. Because if I were reborn as a man I would be so disappointed! I like being a woman. Women are awesome. :)
There are just so many things about this book that I didnt like. I didnt even really like Ana that much. She was so bitter and always assumed the worst of people. Sam was amazing though. He treated her like an equal from the very beginning. I didnt like the setting. The fact that it was so ambiguous bugged me like an itch I couldnt scratch. It wasnt earth, but was it a futuristic planet or a fantasy world? There were centaurs and sylphs and dragons. But there were also phones and cars and laser guns. WTF? And there are exactly one million souls in Range, that have been recycled over and over again for thousands of years, so they all feel like they know each other so well. And when people meet Ana for the first time, they know right away that she is the Newsoul because they have never met her before. But that is ridiculous! You cant remember one million people by name! I dont care how old you are! And it was never explained why Li hated Ana so much. Like beyond regular dislike. She seriously had it out for her and it didnt make sense. But the book left a lot hanging. It just ended and it felt like it didnt bring us anywhere or accomplish anything in the end. It didnt give us enough answers.
A lot of the issues I can admit is just my personal tastes, but not all. And maybe some of these things will be explained later on in the series, but I wont find out. I wont be continuing this series. (less)
This was great! It reminded me a lot of The Immortal Rules. I didnt like The Immortal Rules as much as most people. It was still good, but I prefer Eden. There was a band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. The main girl, Eve, is different from the rest of the survivors. They travel to a safe haven for humans, which was called Eden in The Immortal Rules. Although in this Eden is the name of their group, not their destination. And there is even a young guy in the group, West, who reminds me a lot of Zeke.
The main difference, besides this being about cyborgs instead of zombies and vampires, is that this has a love-triangle. An equilateral love-triangle. I have never seen such an equally matched love-triangle before. There were absolutely no hints to who Eve was going to choose for the whole book until I was 92% done. She never even leaned to one or the other. She was split 50/50 for the whole book up to 92%! After she had a particularly tender moment with Avian, I wondered if she was finally leaning towards one of them. But the next thing it says is, "That night I dreamed of West." And I was like, "OMG! This is hopeless!" It was ridiculous but enthralling!
I preferred one of the guys but I wasnt convinced he was necessarily best for her. So even though she didnt pick him her reasoning was good and I wasnt upset. I was actually pleased that this took a different route from most YA romances. It was extremely romantic either way, and after reading all her ridiculous helplessness in everything guy related for most of the book, I was so happy when she finally made a choice that I cried. I dont mean to sound negative when I call her ridiculous. I have never seen a love-triangle that was drawn out like this before, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I was absolutely captivated! I couldn't put it down! I had to find out what would happen next. Who she would pick. It made the pay-off all the more exciting. And it even managed to make me happy even though she didnt pick the guy I liked better, because its about Eve, not me. But I don't get why some people were making a big deal out of the age difference between Eve and Avian. I didn't think it was that bad. Eve was 18, West was 19, and Avian was 25.
Anyways, no need to talk about the love-triangle for the whole review. I also really loved learning about the robots or cyborgs, and the infection, and Eve's history. It was all very interesting. And Eve was amazing. A seriously kick-ass heroine! I love that scene right after Eve had her epiphany. She found out that the guys went on a dangerous mission without her and she runs after them doing robot head shots. That would be an awesome scene to see on screen! And a movie is planned, which is very exciting.
Keary Taylor made this fake poster herself. I had seen it on her blog before I started the book and I pictured Gillian Zinser as Eve the whole book, and Wentworth Miller as Avian. Matt Lanter isnt really how I pictured West but he is not a bad choice. Since it is Keary Taylor's choice I have no right to complain. :P This will be an amazing movie! I cant wait!
I am pretty sure this is stand alone. There is no sign of any more books being planned. The story was mostly tied up. There were a few things we could have had more information on. Namely the fate of a particular character, and what the future of the world will hold. But over-all the ending tied up all the more immediate issues and I cant help but be excited for Eve's future, even though I dont get to see it.
I would give this 4.5/5. It wasnt what I expected. It was more of a romance than anything else. Which is great if thats what you're looking for, which...moreI would give this 4.5/5. It wasnt what I expected. It was more of a romance than anything else. Which is great if thats what you're looking for, which I was. I enjoy almost all YA romance I read, even the ones that try to disguise it with a weak storyline. But Matched didnt bother. Its a romance. The dystopian aspect is just the setting. Of course the dystopian society is also the force keeping them apart. There has to be a force keeping them apart. But the story is not about rebellion, except in the form of love. It felt somewhat slow because it pretty much spent all of its time focused on Cassia and Ky, but that is also why I loved it. If you are looking for a calm, beautiful, and inspiring YA romance, this might be just the thing for you.
Of course, there was also building tension concerning the society, and the way things were left in the end. Cassia and Ky's fight to be together is not over, and there will certainly be some of that rebellion in the future.(less)
This was a really complex YA high fantasy. Like a cross between Eragon and Fire (better than Fire but not as good as Eragon). It is all extremely heavily influenced by Chinese mythology. The characters were not described in enough detail to know whether or not they are supposed to look Asian, but I imagine them that way anyways, because of the world they are in.
In this world, there are 12 spirit dragons that correspond to the 12 points of a compass, and the Chinese calendar. The ox dragon, tiger dragon, rooster dragon, snake dragon, etc. Each dragon has a master and an apprentice Dragoneye. Every 12 years the master retires and a new apprentice is chosen. These Dragoneyes use their Dragon's magic to serve the people and control the weather. Dragoneyes are always men. Eona is a 16 year old girl disguised as 12 year old Eon, and is in training to compete to be a new Dragoneye apprentice.
I found the world and mythology and story very interesting but hard to understand. My brain might need more exercise but I still enjoyed it. There was so much plotting and political intrigue, but also a lot of magic and descriptions of Eona's power and how the dragon magic works that was extremely complex, I found. Hopefully it will be explained more in the next book.
Most of the book was about Eona's political maneuvering. I kept waiting for her to whip out some awesome dragon powers, but she never did. She never really figured out how to use it until the end, which was a bit disappointing. There was a big battle at the end but besides that there was no action, just drama. And I didnt enjoy her isolation. I wish she would have had someone she could confide in. At least one good friend who she could trust with all her secrets. But she always had things to hide and I felt very anxious for her. And she made a lot of mistakes (some that seemed very stupid and obvious to me) and I wish she could have had someone for counsel. But she has some good friends in the end that I hope she can trust through the next book. And I read mostly YA romance so I was disappointed that there was no romance in this book. But the next one is listed as romance, so I am looking forward to that. I hope it is with the Pearl Emperor. :P
There is one more thing that confuses me and slightly bothers me. (view spoiler)[Eona's master Brannon. He bought her as a slave because he saw her potential to be a Dragoneye. It was his idea to disguise her and train her. When Eona finds her sewing needle in his room she realizes that he loved her. But did he love her as a child, or as a woman? Because he is in his 40s and she is only 16, so that's kind of gross. There is this scene which is a bit confusing but makes me think he loved her as a woman.
"I didnt think I could do it. But I did." I felt the smock slip from my shoulder as he pulled me against his body. "Yes, you did," he murmured against my hair. I pressed into him, my body blindly molding itself into his approval. His breath against my ear was like the soft press of lips. "You've done well." I rested my head on his shoulder as his hands stroked my hair, my neck, the dip of my collarbone. A sharp spark of energy snapped between us, breast to hand, leaving a singed smell. And then I was standing alone, my arms still holding the moment before. He stood a few paces back, cradling his hand, his eyes fixed on my bared skin. "The dragon is still in you," he said. He lifted his fingers to his mouth, sucking away the pain. I hugged my arms across my chest. The sting of our contact already fading, "I'm sorry, Master."
It seems kind of obvious there, but there were no other signs. The rest of the time he just treated her like a child he was very proud of. Like a father. He even smacked her around a bit at one point when he was disappointed. So that one scene is just hard to come to terms with. (hide spoiler)]
This book was set almost entirely in the Emperor's palace, but at the end Eona is on the run and the next book promises much more adventure than this one. I really enjoyed the intrigue, but I still look forward to more adventure in Eona. I already ordered it from my library.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I didnt like this quite as much as the first one, but I still really liked it. Ally Condie's writing style is beautiful. But I think it took too long...moreI didnt like this quite as much as the first one, but I still really liked it. Ally Condie's writing style is beautiful. But I think it took too long to get Ky and Cassia back together. Some of the time spent in the carving could have been taken out and they could have found each other sooner. I think that would have been better. I liked the new characters Eli and Vick, but not Indie. Too bad she is the only one of the three who is still with them in the end. Something about her really bugs me. She seems selfish.
But what I really didnt like was the ending. At the end of Matched they were separated, which seemed inevitable, and I knew it would lead to much more of the story. I knew they would fight for each and find each other again and it would make the story better. But then, after everything they went through, especially Cassia, they get separated again. But I dont see the separation as really having that purpose anymore. Now its just pissing me off. Especially since the cause of this whole chain of events was that Ky and Cassia didnt want to let the Society tell them who they could be with. So they join the Rising, who does the same thing! Why would they want to join a movement that wont let them be together? Especially Ky, since he didnt want to join in the first place. He only did it to be with Cassia, which he doesnt get to do. I would have been super pissed if I were him. He seems suspicious, which is good. But he should be raging. I also wish we could have found out who Cassia was going to meet in the end. Ky or Xander. I want it to be Ky but it is probably Xander. I have a feeling that the last book is going to take the love triangle into full swing. To give Cassia the chance to fully explore both options before choosing Ky. :P