I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I read the series out of order and I heard that book 1 wasnt as good as book 2. That it wasn't a proper threesI enjoyed this more than I expected to. I read the series out of order and I heard that book 1 wasnt as good as book 2. That it wasn't a proper threesome. I have never read a threesome romance before so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I really enjoyed it anyway. Although undoubtedly, it would have been hot to read about Dan and Finn getting it on with each other, it was still great without that. I really enjoyed their relationship. Even though Dan and Finn never had romantic or sexual feelings for each other, they still cared for each other like brothers, and complemented each other along with Ali. I loved how they worked together to take care of Ali, and the please her, in and out of bed. They were like a team. The fact that they aren't attracted to each other makes the fact that they accept each others presence seem more selfless to me. But I dunno, maybe I'll change my mind once I read more threesome romances. ...more
This was the first of the short stories to catch up with the events from Divergent. It was interesting to see scenes we originally saw from Tris' POVThis was the first of the short stories to catch up with the events from Divergent. It was interesting to see scenes we originally saw from Tris' POV from Four's, but I found it even more interesting to see what Four was up to behind the scenes. I did not realize how actively he was spying on his leaders and trying to stop the attack on Abnegation. I did not know that he knew so much about it in advance. There is a reason why this story is called The Traitor....more
This also gave us really interesting insight into who Four is. A lot of YA novels feature the underdog as the hero or heroine, so it was weird to seeThis also gave us really interesting insight into who Four is. A lot of YA novels feature the underdog as the hero or heroine, so it was weird to see Four succeed and remember that he had a position of authority and a certain notoriety in Divergent, so of he did well. But I am not sure if I knew he was at the top of his class.
I was glad that Four realized how dangerous his situation was on his own. No one had to tell him. He put the pieces together rather quickly. But I wonder what will happen next involving Eric. If I remember correctly, in Divergent Eric had the job that Max just offered Four....more
Its really interesting to get a glimpse of Four's thoughts, and how he handled his abuse. It actually sounded like the making of a bully. The way he dIts really interesting to get a glimpse of Four's thoughts, and how he handled his abuse. It actually sounded like the making of a bully. The way he decided to push people around before they pushed him first, to avoid being abused again. I wonder how he was able to keep his goodness underneath his hard shell. When Tris' group of initiates arrives, none of them liked him, but he wasn't a bully. I hope the other stories give us some insight into why....more
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historicaThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historical set in the times of ancient Greece. But it is not Atlantis, it is Atlantia. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world Above is poisoned so people moved Below the water.
This is the story of Rio, who dreams of seeing above, and her journey to see her sister again, and to discover the secrets of her world and Above, and what really happened. I read this because I loved Matched so much. And although the writing style is pretty much the same, the characters did not engage me as much. And there was very little romance. Although True helped her along the way, the real struggle was for Rio to find her sister. It had nothing to do with finding a way to be with True. He was a companion and a comfort during her struggle, but not a central part of it.
The world of Atlantia was pretty unique but the story was not enough to really grab me. It focused too much on Rio's single-minded need to go Above, and not enough on the mythology and history of their world. I would have liked to learn more about the sirens and the gods and the other gifts that some people had. It could have been much more interesting if it delved deeper I think. And if it had better characters. There was really nothing special about any of them. They were pretty forgettable.
The story was concluded, and although authors can always find an excuse to come back and expand a story if they decide to, I hope this remains a standalone story. I don't feel the need to come back to this world. We could always see how Rio and Bay are doing later, and how their worlds are faring, how things have changed, but things are good enough as they are now. I believe everything will turn out for the best.
(view spoiler)[Bay's plan to save Rio by going Above was the dumbest plan ever. She said in her letter that she knew how stubborn Rio was and that she would find a way eventually. So going Above was a way to guarantee that Rio would follow her, not a way of guaranteeing that Rio would never go Above. The best way of preventing Rio from ever going Above would have been to stay with her, like she promised, then Rio would have stayed with her. I am sure she would have been sad to never see the Above after that, but she would never have risked her life for it, like she risked her life to see Bay again. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I was really looking forward to reading this because I found the concept so interestinThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I was really looking forward to reading this because I found the concept so interesting. I wanted to see a girl who didn't understand "why she breaks the rules, just to be near him." The idea of a girl not knowing anything about boys, having never even seen one before, yet falling for one all the same, without even knowing he was a boy. It sounded like a 'love conquers all' type of story, which is pretty much the whole reason why I read romance. The more obstacles a love has to overcome in order to survive, the happier I will be in the end.
Although I still enjoyed this story overall, it ended up not being what I had thought at all. The mystery of Taylor's gender is actually solved within the first few chapters, after he reveals the truth to Mary. No one else knows, but it is no longer the obstacle it was. Actually, I suppose his true gender is more of an obstacle than being a girl ever was, because Mary has been taught to fear men her whole life. She didn't even know what the relationship between a man and a woman could be. They figured it out through bits and pieces of surviving information and instinct. Once Mary comes to terms with who and what Taylor is, and her eyes begin to open to the true potential of life, they decide to strike out on their own.
The time they spent together in Section Seven was both sweet and painful. I enjoyed seeing them try to live the domestic life together, and learning new things about each other. But that inevitably leads to clashes of opinion, like any new couple would. But with their lives always at risk being separated could cost them dearly, and they almost lose everything when they stumble upon another group of survivors. I did get pretty frustrated at times with the amount of near misses, the amount of times Mary and Taylor got separated and continued to come so close to being reunited, but not quite making it. The story felt more like a post-apoc than anything else, as Mary and Taylor attempt to survive in a world ravaged by disease.
The narration and characters felt a bit flat and two-dimensional, although I did appreciate certain things about them. Mary and Taylor were very dedicated to each other, even if they didnt tell each other soon enough, and some things could have been avoided if they had only known how the other felt. I especially loved hearing all the sweet things Taylor thought about Mary. How she was the sun in a world of gray. I still cared a great deal about them, and I was nearly pulling by hair out with worry at times. It was a simply story about finding love in a broken world. Not highly recommended, but I am glad I read it.
“I love you. Not your body, not your face." I hold her hand to my chest. "As you are. As you will be.”...more
This had everything I could have wished for in an Eden finale. Absolutely everything!
It started right where The Human left off, with Dr. Evans explainThis had everything I could have wished for in an Eden finale. Absolutely everything!
It started right where The Human left off, with Dr. Evans explaining his plan to save the world to Eve. Then Eve, Dr. Evans, Avian, West, and Bill, head off to the NovaTor headquarters with three goals in mind. And they accomplish all three goals. When they head back to LA, pretty much all the characters get everything they have ever wanted, and then they save the world.
Although there were a few chapters there where we were tricked into thinking something had gone wrong. (view spoiler)[We were led to believe that Eve died in the process of saving the world. It was sad, and I cried, but after a few chapters of seeing Avian and West cope, I came to terms with it. It seemed fitting, and a very Eve thing to do. She reminds me of Tris in that way. If she had thought she was going to die, she still would have gone through with it. But of course, she didnt stay dead. (hide spoiler)]
I love how this book gave us several chapters once it was over, to see how everyone chose to live their lives after. I really love what became of Creed, the inclusion of Tristan and Lin, Royce, Tom, everything! I am so, so grateful that this series exists. It is definitely my #1 favourite post-apoc series (not dystopian). I love that it has so much action, I love the world and the science behind the TorBane, I love the characters, I love that Eve's relationship with Avian is steady and eternal and her relationship with West is so complicated and evolving. But most of all I love the HEA! Thank you Keary Taylor for expanding on Eden! I would like to own them in paperback. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I guess I will give this a shot. It sounds better than her other books and I think it would be a good idea to try at least 2 books from an author befoI guess I will give this a shot. It sounds better than her other books and I think it would be a good idea to try at least 2 books from an author before deciding that they are not for me....more
This was too short! Only 25 pages on my Kindle and I already want more of Angus. Angus is a horrible name from my North American POV, but he was so cuThis was too short! Only 25 pages on my Kindle and I already want more of Angus. Angus is a horrible name from my North American POV, but he was so cute. He was 10 years younger than the heroine and she felt like a dirty old lady for it, but he wanted her and he thought she was beautiful and it was adorable! It was so cute how he was so excited to finally be with her that he was shaking like he was 16. :P Although it was also the adrenaline from fighting the zombies.
He said he heard about a walled town and I wonder if its Blackstone. If there is another book in this series I hope we find out that Angus and Nat made it there safe. ...more
I would like to give this 3.5/5. I am really sad that this series did not blow my mindThis 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 success 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 really 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 he never said much.
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 the 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 again from there.
The way things ended felt 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 read mostly for Jackal (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. :(