This series is one of my absolute favourites. 5-stars across the board. Its just so unThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This series is one of my absolute favourites. 5-stars across the board. Its just so unique. I really cant get over how unusual it was. Its so dark. And by dark I mean dark. The bad guys in this story are true evil. There is so much blood and death and destruction and pure greed and evil. Yet, at the same time, Kami is simply one of the best, smartest, funniest, and wittiest YA heroines I have ever read. She provides a balance that you need in order to handle all the darkness. This is one of those books where, when you try to list your favourites quotes, you find that you want to quote the whole book.
Another thing I loved about this book was all the love. Kami and Jared's love is epic, but it wasn't the only focus. Everyone loved each other and were willing to sacrifice so much for each other. Kami loved Jared, but she also loved Ash and Rusty, in a different way. She never really gave her love for them a title, but it was probably more brotherly. Then of course she loved Angela and Holly, and her brothers and her parents, and everything she did was for them. If you have read this series, then you know exactly how much Rusty loved Angela and Kami. How much Angela loved Kami, and Rusty, and Holly. How much Jared loved Ash, and Holly, and Lillian. How much Lillian loved Ash and Jared. And how much Ash loved Jared, Lillian, and Kami. They forged such a large family together, through everything that they went through they became stronger.
As much as I love Kami and Jared's oddly epic love story, its really everyone in this series that make me love it so much. All the characters, the way they fight for each other and what is right and what they believe in. The way that they handle the tragedies in their lives. How they never quit, they hang on to what they have and keep going. How they always look for the bright side, and even when they believe that they are all going to die, they still do what needs to be done. Despite the evil of the story, and the heartbreaking deaths, this series was so uplifting and inspiring because of the courage of Kami and her friends and family. I will never forget it....more
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 matI 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. ...more
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 theEach 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....more
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 realizeThis 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....more
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 markThese 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. ...more
This book was super awesome and I am tempted to give it 4.5/5, but I think I am gonnaThis review can also be found on my blog: 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!...more