I was already annoyed after book 1 that not enough had happened. Mac had made no progr...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I was already annoyed after book 1 that not enough had happened. Mac had made no progress on any of the things she was trying to accomplish. And now, after the second book, she still has not accomplished anything. She hasn't discovered her sister's killer. She hasn't found the Sinsar Dubh. She hasn't discovered who she can trust. And now I am F%#@ING furious!
I still love Mac and think she has only become more interesting as she becomes practically a different person. If only the story was different. If only the things that she is forced to go through were more relevant and that things would move faster, this would be great. The world and protag are good, and the writing has gotten better. Although Mac's stupid "rightie-leftie" ridiculousness was really starting to grate on me.
I just don't care about the story or Barrons at all. I don't find anything about Barrons attractive, and the unbelievably slow pace at which we get to know him is beyond unacceptable. As far as I am concerned he is a jackass. I just couldn't give a damn at this point and I will not read who knows how many more books just to find out what happens.
I said in my review for book 1 that there was zero romance. Z.E.R.O. There wasn't really in this one either. Mac never thinks of Barrons in a romantic way and never even shows any sign of being attracted to him, except that she said he looked hot when he laughed. It was the first time she had ever seen him laugh so it had surprised her. But there is also one part later in the book when Mac is sort of freaking out and high on violence and Barrons kisses her and she kissed him back. I think the violence had turned him on. This still does not cause Mac to have any sort of romantic thoughts about him. Afterwards its like it never happened. It doesn't change their relationship at all. So if you are looking for romance I really suggest you look somewhere else. I looked into what happens later in the series and none of it sounds very promising. This series deems to be way more story-driven than romance or character driven. Too bad I don't think the story is good enough to carry the series. But a lot of people clearly do, so I think fans of Urban Fantasy are the best bet for enjoying this.
This is the second majorly popular adult PNR series I have read and not gotten past book 2. The other was Night Huntress. I am not really sure which was worse since the things I hated about them were different. I am not sure how they would balance out in the end. I hated the hero in both fairly evenly, but I also hated the heroine in Night Huntress. More than the hero. But I did enjoy the story somewhat. A lot more than the story of Fever. I think they balance out pretty closely. I feel like I am playing Russian roulette when I read a popular series. Do I want to risk it again? I do. I know I will do it again. I still need to read Dark Lover, Night Pleasures, and Magic Bites. I am a glutton for punishment. (less)
This wasn't really what I had been expecting. Its way more Urban Fantasy than Paranormal Romance. The story was interesting and the world easy to get into and understand. But I can tell that it is merely the introduction. The story didn't get too deep and didn't progress too far. Really, I am disappointed by the fact that this had no conclusion whatsoever. I am always a little upset by books that don't have the five-stage story structure. This book didn't solve anything. They didn't find the Sinsar Dubh. They didn't find Alina's killer. We didn't even learn a single thing about Barrons. I don't think a main character should remain a mystery past the first book. It makes it hard to really care when you don't know who it is you're supposed to care about.
I really enjoyed MacKayla's character. She was amusing and lively, fun, honest, loyal, brave, and a girl. A girlie-girl, and I liked that. I am a girlie-girl. I like to look nice and I like to wear pink. My friends even half-heartedly make fun of me for always making them look bad. I always dress up even when we aren't going anywhere. I love how MacKayla proved that just because you like to look nice does not mean that you are a damsel or a wuss. Barrons was ok. He was definitely domineering, but that in itself is not hot. I know I hardly know him at this point so I cannot judge until I have read the next book. But at this point he is pretty dull, and if I have to wait longer than two books to get to know a character I will most definitely hold it against the series. I have already ordered book 2 and then after I finish that one I will reassess whether or not I will continue the series.
The cover on this book is extremely misleading. There are two seemingly naked people on the cover but there was zero romance. Z. E. R. O. This book has an average rating of 4.19 out of 76 000 readers, and I know that they can't all be wrong, but at this point I am doubtful. I rated this 3.5 because it had an interesting Urban Fantasy type story, but I was disappointed in everything that I was led to expect it to be. If I had heard nothing about this series before reading this I don't think I would have bothered continuing it. Sure, book 1 was interesting, but I don't like things that are drawn out too much, and with no conclusion to this one I may not have bothered. It makes me wonder how this became popular when it was new and no one knew that it would be worth waiting for. (less)
I would like to give this 3.5/5. I am really sad that this series did not blow my mind...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I would like to give this 3.5/5. I am really sad that this series did not blow my mind like The Iron Fey did and continues to do with each installment of The Call of the Forgotten. I know most people love Blood of Eden, and many love it more than The Iron Fey. But this series just makes me nervous, wondering if The Iron Fey was a one-off for me and Julie Kagawa. Will I love Talon or not?
Like book 1, this dragged. About halfway through and all they had done was walked. Allie, Kanin, and Jackal walking to Chicago. Sure they came across a few of Sarren's massacres, and they stopped to feed on some farmers. But half the book was just them walking to Chicago. And then they picked up Zeke and that was cool, but he was being a big baby again and then they continued walking. Actually at this point I think they picked up a vehicle, but the point is that nothing happened until they got to Eden.
The whole final scene on the island and on the barge was really cool and awesome. Zeke turned out to be a bad-ass vampire, even though no one thought he would make a very good vampire. So I am glad he proved them wrong and finally became relevant. And when Allie is needed, she really steps up. I don't think it was until the climax of this book that I really started to appreciate her. But that took way-the-hell too long! The climax of a book cannot carry the whole book. But I am glad that she proved herself to Kanin, and to herself in the end. I was happy for her, and Kanin I guess. Although I feel like Kanin was just a ghost. We never really knew him. He was just there but her never said anything.
The story of this series, overall, was great. I liked the idea of the world Julie created, and the mission Allie and her friends were on. I just wish they characters who carried out that mission were not so flat, and that it hadn't dragged so much. It probably could have been done in two installments. But book 2 was definitely the highlight of this series for me. It felt the most full and involved. There was so much going on. With the introduction of Jackal as an ally, the infected, the city and the Prince, Stick, and Sarren. A lot was going on and I never got bored. I assumed the series was picking up steam and that in book 1 it was just finding it's footing. But sadly it went down hill from there.
I feel like the way things ended was pretty incomplete. I feel like I need another book. I know that this was Allie and Zeke's story and they got everything they could want in the end, and the important part of their story is over. But I lived for Jackal while reading this series (or at least in books 2 and 3). I was always just waiting for his next scene, his next line. I didn't like the way he and Allie parted. It just doesn't feel right to me, to not know what becomes of him. I want to know if he goes to Europe, what he does there, if he ever sees Allison again, if he treats her like a Master when he does. I just want more Jackal. :(
This was a great conclusion to the series, although for some reason I cant give it 5-stars as I did the first two. I am not sure why not, but I just d...moreThis was a great conclusion to the series, although for some reason I cant give it 5-stars as I did the first two. I am not sure why not, but I just didnt feel quite as blown away as I did before.
The action was pretty much literally non-stop, and I could never guess what was going to happen next or how they were going to get themselves out of anything. Although I was really sad that (view spoiler)[Cinder died. I didnt see that coming. Although I think its really awesome that they named their city after him. They couldnt have come up with a better name (hide spoiler)]. It was also great to see the dwellers finally mingling at the end, and something maybe happening between Soren and Brooke. I finally started to like Brooke a bit in Brooke.
Over all an awesome series that I recommend to all YA fans. Especially post-apoc fans["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I dont have a lot to say about this, but I will say that I loved Alrik and Cal. Alrik was very sweet and demanding, Cal was very funny and candid. And...moreI dont have a lot to say about this, but I will say that I loved Alrik and Cal. Alrik was very sweet and demanding, Cal was very funny and candid. And the story was original and interesting. But dont judge this book by its cover. The hot torso may lead you to believe that it is a hot and sexy read when it fact it is not. There is zero sex in this book. There is a lot of angst and romance, but no sex. Although there is some sexual dialogue, so I would recommend this to all but the youngest and most sensitive readers.
Although the ending seemed to be setting up a sequel about Valentius, there is as of yet no sign of a sequel.(less)
Make sure to read this before Through the Ever Night. It has a drastically different effect if you dont. I dont think it matters too much if you read...moreMake sure to read this before Through the Ever Night. It has a drastically different effect if you dont. I dont think it matters too much if you read it as a 0.5 or a 1.5 though.(less)
OK, I am confused. Is Michael a human now? How did that happen?! And this seemed completely concluded, so why are there 2 more books left in the serie...moreOK, I am confused. Is Michael a human now? How did that happen?! And this seemed completely concluded, so why are there 2 more books left in the series?
I am glad at least that the love-square seems to be over with. There was really absolutely no hope for the other two guys in this book, and Jackson seems to have all but disappeared from Sarah's mind. Its all Michael, all the time now. :)(less)
So, this series started out with two love interests. Both vampires. One was a vampire who was bound as a prisoner to Sarah's land. Michael, the dark,...moreSo, this series started out with two love interests. Both vampires. One was a vampire who was bound as a prisoner to Sarah's land. Michael, the dark, mysterious vampire. The other was Alex, beautiful and golden, but he did something terrible that turned Sarah away from him, not before she slept with him.
By book 3 all readers would have chosen a team, and I chose Michael. Whether or not he would get Sarah in the end is not certain. But everyone has been shown their options, or so they thought, and made a choice that they are comfortable with.
But, then Jackson walks into the picture and its insta-love. He's human and perfect and boring and a giant cliche. He is also so gorgeous that Sarah cant stay away and, like a ho-bag, nearly sleeps with him on several occasions. But, because he is so damn perfect *gag*, he is the voice of reason and gently refuses each time.
But then wait! Michael is still around! In the middle of her private Jackson party she sees Michael again and boom! They are having sex too. So now she has slept with 2/3 of these guys and Jackson knows it but he is still all like, "I wanna makes this work with you." Dude, you can do better. Michael could do better too, but he's awesome so I want him to get the girl that he chooses. Which just happens to be Sarah the ho-bag.
I dont really know what is going on in this love-square anymore. Introducing a new love interest at this point was just a huge mistake. And you may be wondering why I even gave this 3-stars. Well, I am still interested in the story of Michael and Isaiah and the other vampires. I want to know Michael's fate after he sacrificed himself for Sarah at the end of this one. There are still 2 books left in this series, one of which is not yet released. Hopefully it is not too long before this is all resolved.(less)
So, Adam is super lame, and now we have proof. Honestly, it was so blatantly obvious that he would make a horrible partner for Juliette, that I really...moreSo, Adam is super lame, and now we have proof. Honestly, it was so blatantly obvious that he would make a horrible partner for Juliette, that I really cant see any way that Mafi can justify them being together now. There is no way that it can happen. I never really liked Adam. He was ok in book 1 because I thought he was gonna be it, and I just went with it, but I never really loved him.
I found Warner interesting from the beginning, but it wasnt until I read Destroy Me that I realized that he is THE ONE for Juliette, and then I started to really hate Adam. But I honestly never suspected that he was this bad inside. I already knew that Warner was more supportive and accepting than Adam. But now I know that Adam is almost constantly just thinking about protecting Juliette from everything, and about all the things that she cannot do. It was ridiculous. She isnt an infant! Not to mention the fact that he abandoned her at the end. I understand that James is his little brother, and almost like a son to him and he had to save him. But Juliette didnt even cross his mind. He wasnt even a little torn up about it.
If it was Mafi's purpose to do this, to turn the last lingering Adam fans to Team Warner, than she did a fantastic job. But entertainment-wise, this book was pointless.
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. Also it never explained why the eye slowed down for Ben and wept for John. But besides that, 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 (Kishan, Ash, Warner, Jem). 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 heroines 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)
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)
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)
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)
I think this may be my favourite Vampire Warrior Kings book because I loved Henrik, plus I like the idea that Kaira was sort of kidnapped. :P I get a...moreI think this may be my favourite Vampire Warrior Kings book because I loved Henrik, plus I like the idea that Kaira was sort of kidnapped. :P I get a thrill out of that sort of story. Although I did find that their love did not seem to develop as naturally as the others, and this is the first book in the series not to actually show the bonding ceremony, which I would have preferred. (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 it to The Hunger Games. And characters and romance-wise, I would compare this to Shatter Me and Half-Blood. I thought it was absolutely engrossing, but its still just a YA paranormal. A great YA paranormal. Story and mythology-wise there is nothing I can think to compare this to.
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)
I havent read a lot of Urban Fantasy in the past, but I saw this on NetGalley and I decided to try it because the premise sounded unique, and I read a...moreI havent read a lot of Urban Fantasy in the past, but I saw this on NetGalley and I decided to try it because the premise sounded unique, and I read a lot of PNRs, and how different can that be from UF, really. UF is a pit more mature, darker, more violent, and a little less romantic. But I still loved this book, it was a lot of fun, action-packed, and still a little romantic. I love John. He was so funny and just a fascinating person, after everything he has been through that he turned out the way that he has. Sad and cynical but still full of jokes and willing to fight for a future for himself.
This book was really cleverly written. I loved all the characters, and the dialogue, and the way that John's narration knew it was a narration, and would sometimes address the readers directly. There were so many wonderful, quotable moments. A large amount of this book is highlighted on my Kindle.
But I should be more specific. I loved all the characters beside Dvornik. He was a complete "ass-hat", as John called him. It really bugs me that I dont understand how he ever had a relationship with Sig. Its not just that I dont like him, but I dont think it was explained well enough. I really dont get it and it took away from my enjoyment of the book a bit. I wish their relationship had somehow been made more believable.
The romance in this really surprised me, since there usually isnt a lot of romance in UFs. There wasnt as much as in the average PNR, but it was still romantic and totally cute. I loved the way that John and Sig acted like teenagers around each other. Probably because of the fact that Sig already had a boyfriend, it made them shy and hesitant, like teenagers who are afraid of admitting their feelings. I am really looking forward to what will happen between them now. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series!
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Orbit Books, in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I still love this series and the complex world Adrian Phoenix created. I love it as much as I did after reading book 1, A Rush of Wings, and being tot...moreI still love this series and the complex world Adrian Phoenix created. I love it as much as I did after reading book 1, A Rush of Wings, and being totally blown away. And I love Heather, and Dante, and Lucien more and more with each book. But I am giving this a 3.5/5 because I feel like the story is really getting drawn out.
Its just been a constant stream of Dante being kidnapped and tortured by vampires, psychopaths, evil angels, the government, other branches of the government, eviler angels, etc, etc. I am really getting tired of it. I guess this is all leading towards pushing Dante into becoming the Great Destroyer and then probably being saved by Heather, but I dont like seeing quite so much of it. Its starting to all seem the same.
Although the more Dante is tortured and pushed to his limits, the more I love him. I LOVE DANTE SO MUCH!!! But its not even in a swoony book-boyfriend kind of way. I just love him so much as a person and admire his strength. I sort of have two separate lists of favourite heroes in my head. One is book boyfriends, and one is just heroes--male leads whose romantic relationship, or lack thereof, has no effect on my love for them. Dante would be on the latter, along with heroes like Ender and Eragon. But make no mistake, I am most certainly swooning and drooling ALL OVER his daddy. ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ (At least, this is how I imagine him in my head)
I love Lucien and I look forward to seeing him protect his son further, now that Leviathon has awakened. I also want to learn more about Annie's baby. That wasnt really addressed at all in this book. Is Annie the only one who knows who the father is? As well as the father. He seemed to have figured it out real quick. Things could get interesting. But please, dont focus the next book on kidnappings and failed rescue attempts! It took all of this book for Heather to track down Dante after he was kidnapped at the end of the last one. It was so frustrating!
Edit: I contacted the author and she said that the end of the series is not in sight for her. That she will continue writing the series as long as she can keep the story interesting. I guess I can live with that. Not like I really wanna leave these characters yet anyway. (less)
This was even better than the first book, which I totally loved! But I had been throw...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
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 was expecting to like this more than Mirrorlight, but I didnt. At least in this one they could speak and had somewhat of a relationship along with t...moreI was expecting to like this more than Mirrorlight, but I didnt. At least in this one they could speak and had somewhat of a relationship along with the sex. But they had sex before even speaking. That must have been one horny soldier, to just have sex with the first woman he sees after being awoken. Good thing she didnt mind.
But I also preferred the story of Arik (I think that was his name) and his background and how he had to be saved from his time, over Titus and having to be saved from the curse of being a statue. Arik was more interesting and tragic imo.
These stories are brief smut. The relationships really have no time to develop and are only an accent to the sex, so go into this with the right mindset.(less)
This was a great conclusion to Cade and Poppy's story. We visit a third new world, meet new characters, and have new adventures. I loved the setting i...moreThis was a great conclusion to Cade and Poppy's story. We visit a third new world, meet new characters, and have new adventures. I loved the setting in this one. I have always been intrigued by the time period and I loved seeing Cade adapt so well. Except for his jealousy. I thought he was being very foolish about that.
I liked Colin and Pearl and I am sad that I wont see them again. In a way, this story felt incomplete or that it could be revisted in the future. Cade and Poppy are safe and together and happy, but Angus is still out there, and the Council is still corrupt. They saved themselves but not their world. I suppose that is more than I should expect from them, but I am just used to stories where the characters go all the way to solve all the problems they see, especially in all the dystopians I have read.
Although a sacrifice was made in order for them to be together, I am so happy that they finally are. The ending reminded me why I loved Distraction so much. It was my favourite from this series, and this would be my second. I felt like I didnt see enough of Cade and Poppy together in this one. While they were on their mission in the past they didnt get a lot of opportunity to be together and I was beginning to really miss that by the end of the book.
Another reason why this story felt like it could be revisited is because of Mari and Jackson. I would love for Mari to find happiness like her sister but it was unclear whether or not that had happened. All the book said was that they had become inseparable. That's a word usually used to describe friends or children, and I dont know if I would be reading too much into it to assume they were more than friends. But I choose to assume that they are.
So, a great conclusion to the series, with a bit of tragedy mixed in with their happines. And another great book from Tess Oliver. I will continue to read more of her books.(less)
I enjoyed the concept of this, but it moved way too fast, and I really hated Muffin. I know not everyone can write a romance in less than 100 pages as...moreI enjoyed the concept of this, but it moved way too fast, and I really hated Muffin. I know not everyone can write a romance in less than 100 pages as well as Laura Kaye, but I really had trouble believing their relationship. Their second meeting and she strips for him, their third and they have sex. And these meetings are brief, so nothing else really happens besides the stripping and the sex. Plus they cant speak to each other. I think this would have been much improved if they could speak and had a few conversations at least.
As I said, I also hated Muffin, and Muffin is the one thing, beside time travel, that links the books in this series together. She really bothered me and brought the book down IMO. But it was brief and I really enjoyed the concept. I love romance and time travel and this is the lowest rated in the series, so I intend to give the rest of the series a try.(less)