I liked this about the same as Onyx. It had more romance, and an even sweeter and more dreamy Daemon, but less action. So it evens out in the end. TheI liked this about the same as Onyx. It had more romance, and an even sweeter and more dreamy Daemon, but less action. So it evens out in the end. The only action was the two escape attempts, which dont add up to many pages.
But I really appreciate all the romance, and the focus on Katy and Daemon's bond. The reaffirmation of their relationship. We need that assurance that they can get through what faces them next. I am still a bit worried about their fate, but not sad. All the fuss over the ending had me worried, because I am really sensitive and I didnt want to cry. But I didnt. It ended up not being the kind of cliffhanger that makes me cry. It was a surprise twist, but not especially sad. But it really has me anxious to read Origin....more
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I really grew to appreciate Darkness in True and was really looking forward to this. I can't resisted a gorgeous manI enjoyed this book a great deal. I really grew to appreciate Darkness in True and was really looking forward to this. I can't resisted a gorgeous man who is hurting inside. I just want to fix them, or at least witness another woman fix them.
During Darkness' own story, I saw how complicated he was inside. As much as he may have continued to deny it, he was in pain. He had so much guilt over the deaths of his brothers that he didn't deserve. It was all Mercile's fault. No one fought against having a mate as much as he did. Poor Kat went through so much for him. He pushed her away so many times. I would not have blamed her for giving up on him. But she always took him back. He needed her so much and she was always there to tell him he was not to blame.
I love this series so much that it really wouldn't even have mattered whether or not I cared about the title character. I enjoyed all the characters. I loved seeing Sunshine, and Fury, and Justice, and Salvation! The NS are such an amazing family and I feel like they are all my family now too. They are such amazing people and I cant wait for Smiley. I am so glad that it is coming out so soon after Darkness and there wont be a long wait for me. Whenever I read NS I just don't want to stop!...more
I love how Veronica Roth chose this scene for Four's POV. Most authors who have been releasing scenes from the guy's POV lately, always choose a sceneI love how Veronica Roth chose this scene for Four's POV. Most authors who have been releasing scenes from the guy's POV lately, always choose a scene where they were making out or something (in which case she probably would have gone with Chapter 31). Like Clare's An Offering of Moonlight, or Jennifer L. Armentrout's Daemon Extra from Obsidian, which is fun, of course. But this scene of Tobias and Tris is before all that happened. When they were still figuring each other out. It has a range of emotions instead of just the one, and it reveals much more about his character. Again Roth puts herself above the rest. I love it....more
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 reallySo, 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 the idea.
I found Warner more interesting from the beginning, but it wasnt until I read Destroy Me that I realized that he is THE ONE for Juliette, and I start to get brave enough to support the idea, 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 is probably the best YA book I have read since Divergent. I have heard some people complain about it being slow or confusing, but I think that itThis is probably the best YA book I have read since Divergent. I have heard some people complain about it being slow or confusing, but I think that it depends on the reader. I didnt find it slow or confusing at all. My guess is that they found it slow because of the constant trekking. I have read a lot of high fantasy and a lot of books that are almost entirely walking, building fires, and hunting. I am used to this so I didnt find it slow. Its part of the adventure. And my guess is that they found it confusing because of the amount of technology and virtual reality in the beginning, before Aria left the dome. I have also read a lot of hard sci-fi, so I am used to this. So, if you are expecting this to be a soft YA romance, you should adjust your expectations before reading it.
I dont know if I am the only one, but I find a lot of YA feels amateur. Even though I love YA, and almost every book I read, they dont all have the same level of prose. I tolerate this because I read for characters more than anything. But the writing in this was amazing! And an author's writing abilities (not taking imagination into account) dont just make it easier to read, they bring everything to life! This flowed so smoothly and felt so real. I have hardly ever read a YA book with characters that felt so real. There is one point where Perry, the male lead, thought to himself about how much Aria has changed, and I realized, wow, she really has! It hadnt even occurred to me that she was practically a different person at this point, because it had happened so naturally and organically. The same goes for the romance. It wasnt insta-love, and there wasnt any defining moment when their relationship or feelings began. It just grew. We could see it right before our eyes, from the beginning right to the end, growing at a steady pace. It was beautiful. And the enhanced senses that some people had brought the whole world brightly to life.
Be warned that this is not like other dystopian or post-apocalyptic. Its a bit of both, but mostly it is an adventure. There are absolutely no references to our world. There was clearly a devastating event that happened in the past that they call the Unity. But we dont necessarily know that this is even Earth. In that way, it reminds me of Orson Scott Card's Pathfinder. And although there is a fair amount of technology, this feels a lot like a high fantasy, since there is a great lack in technology outside of the domes, and a primitive way of life. This is a very difficult genre to define. And although the main characters are 17 and 18, this doesnt exactly read like a typical YA. It is slightly heavier, story-wise, as well as thematically and in writing style. But the content is entirely suitable for YA readers. Highly recommended!...more
This book was absolutely nothing like I expected. Even the blurb didnt give awayA video version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was absolutely nothing like I expected. Even the blurb didnt give away the fact that this was a futuristic sci-fi and not a high fantasy. And it wasnt much of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, either. There was not much left of the original tale. The only similarities I saw was that their love could break a curse, but even the details of that were very different. Besides the drastic change in story and setting, one of the more major changes is the fact that there is no clear beauty and no clear beast. They were both a little beautiful and both a little beastly, and I really loved that about it. The whole point of the story is that we are all the same, we are all human in the end, regardless of the differences we see at first glance.
“Beauty is wherever you find it, and Beast is there when you need to defend it.”
This book wasnt the type of book that made me want to yell with excitement or made my heart race. It had a lot of darkness, but being a standalone novel, it didnt have time to dwell on it. It had to bring a resolution sooner than in a series, so I am left mostly with feelings of peace, warmth, and happiness. It was a love story, not an adventure. The setting and story itself reminded me a great deal of books such as Under the Never Sky and Cinder. But the atmosphere, feelings of peace, HEA, and the focus on the power of undying love reminds me more of For Darkness Shows the Stars.
Isra and Gem were amazing characters who had been through so much, had been put through so much by others, and still found the courage in themselves to love without reservation. They were brave, incredibly kind, and capable people whose love was real and tangible, beautiful and selfless. And it saved the world. And although that leaves me with incredible warm and fuzzy feelings, my blood is not pumping. I am not holding back any emotions that want to burst out.
"I am her monster, and she is mine. But right now none of it matters."...more
I found this book strangely moving. It was my first Seth Grahame-Smith book and I didnt know what to expect. Although there was some humour, I thought it would be more out there, and ridiculing the whole story. But really he just expanded on the story that already exists in the Bible, filling in the blanks with his own ideas. There was very little that was altered from the original story, mostly just the timeline and a few other details (Mary and Joseph met Simeon in Jerusalem not Hebron, Jesus only forgave one of the criminals crucified with him not both). I am a Christian myself so I am quite familiar with the story.
Although I am a Christian, I am not an overly sensitive Christian, so I decided to read this thinking it would be a bit of fun. But thats not why I ended up enjoying it at all. I dont know what Grahame-Smith intended, if he has a positive or negative view of Christians, but I actually found this motivational. I love the way God brought them through everything, and how changed Balthazar was in the end.
For those who dont like the idea of a Christian book, it reads mostly as an adventure; a great, violent, historical adventure with some supernatural elements that could be considered mythology. It also has the feel of a high fantasy at times, with the many sword fights, dungeons, and evil kings.
Balthazar was the only character that we really got to know, but I really felt for him, and I actually cried three times throughout this book. The last time was in the epilogue. It was such a clever and satisfying ending. I love the way Grahame-Smith uses real historical events to accent the story, as he did in the epilogue, and I imagine it is the same in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Although I am not very familiar with American history so I may not be able to appreciate the work once I get around to reading that.
Despite all the violence, I would consider this a 'feel good' book. I feel uplifted. But also impressed. Very smartly done....more
I have had some fairly good luck with contemps lately. This and Losing It getting 5 stars from me within a month? Thats monumental! I think maybe theI have had some fairly good luck with contemps lately. This and Losing It getting 5 stars from me within a month? Thats monumental! I think maybe the trick is for me to stick to the funny contemps.
Reason 1: You know how to sign the word 'balls' Reason 2: You walk with a book on your head Reason 3: You know how to make awkward less awkward Reason 4: Its easy with you Reason 5. You know how to make a guy feel pretty good about himself Reason 6: You give the best hugs Reason 7: I think about you before I think about her Reason 8: You slaughter me at Ghost Recon Reason 9: You turned me into a psycho
The title says 'Funny Fat Friend', and they were right about the funny part. Hayley is hilarious, amazing, and totally "awesomesauce". :P And when she told Brody he had to make a list of reasons why he chose her over a skinny girl, he actually found it extremely easy, and was daily adding new things to the list as he discovered more and more reasons to love her.
Reason 10: You are the FHF--Freaking Hot Friend Reason 11: You are perceptive Reason 12: You don't let my jackass jerk brother get to you Reason 13: I'd beat the crap out of my own flesh and blood for you Reason 14: I need crave you Reason 15: You rock some sexy ink Reason 16: You make me feel all that gooey shit crap I'm supposed to feel Reason 17: You're a cute little cheater Reason 18: You make me nervous, but not nervous
Brody was a great guy. He felt totally genuine and realistic and just the right amount of sappy. He fell for Hayley fast and hard. When it started, I thought the book would be about the process of him falling for her, but he was almost instantly in awe of her, from the first chapter. The rest of the book was mostly him trying to prove it to her. Making her realize she deserved it.
Reason 19: Pictures of bleeding people don't make you want to puke Reason 20: If eyes can be hot, yours are smoking Reason 21: You can put boob marks in all my shirts and I wont care Reason 22: You smile when you kiss Reason 23: You're as horny as I am Reason 24: I cant lie to you Reason 25: When you're pissed at me, I turn into a depressed slob who cant stop listening to pop crap
This book was totally sweet and heartwarming, and fun, and just the right amount of drama to not piss me off. Lovable characters, a YA-appropriate touch of hot, and an HEA. What else could you ask for? :) This is definitely one that I'll be re-reading in the future.
Reason 26: I want to shout it to the world that I'm in love with you Reason 27: You are THE girl...more
I am so angry right now I dont even know if I wanna read Throne of Glass any more. But the reason I read all these shorts this week is because I orderI am so angry right now I dont even know if I wanna read Throne of Glass any more. But the reason I read all these shorts this week is because I ordered it from my library and it will be here soon. But I dont think I could even stomach reading it right now. I am not just sad, I am angry. Almost seething. I usually avoid gifs because I like to write proper reviews, but I am too angry to write so...
That was me, literally. I took a shower to help me feel better. It didnt help....more
I enjoyed this much more than Obsidian, but I dont know how it ended up with the same rating. Like Katy, I had trouble forgiving Daemon for the way heI enjoyed this much more than Obsidian, but I dont know how it ended up with the same rating. Like Katy, I had trouble forgiving Daemon for the way he treated her when they first met. He had to win me over too, and he definitely did. Daemon is like a different person in this book. If you were one of the people who didnt like Daemon and thought he was a jerk, because I know I wasnt the only one, I suggest you give him another chance. His jerkiness turned into cocky and funny and oh so sweet. I really like funny guys. They are not my favourite type of YA boy, but they are definitely better than the bad boys. I cant even see Daemon as a bad boy anymore. The only thing bad about him is his willingness to kill for people he loves. But that isnt because he has a bad attitude, it is because he is passionate and fierce.
I know a lot of people found Katy annoying, but mostly I liked her. There were two times I was pretty upset at her, but thats it. I love how she is a book nerd. There is no better way to make readers love a character than to make them exactly like us. And she is super spunky. And like Daemon, she would do pretty much anything for people she loves. What really bugged me though was (view spoiler)[the time Blake took her out past the rocks and made her fight an Arum, and she didnt text Daemon. It was so obvious Blake was up to something and she even considered texting Daemon, but didnt. Stupid move. And again when Blake showed up in her bedroom. He even left her alone to get dressed giving her the perfect opportunity to get Daemon over there in case Blake tried something, which might have prevented Adam's death. (hide spoiler)].
Oh, and for those who just loved Katy and Daemon's chemistry, this was certainly not lacking. Just those couple of scenes in Obsidian had woman all over the world fainting and swooning. But in Onyx, it was x10! Ok, maybe realistically it was less, but I cant even remember how many times they made out in this book. It was pretty awesomely hilarious.
I love how the story has expanded so much from what we thought we knew. So much is going on now and the enemy is so much more dangerous than they thought, and not even who they thought. I can only guess where things will go from here and I cannot wait for Opal. Thankfully, its not too far away.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This wasnt really a #2.5 like I thought it would be. It didnt take place after book 2. It was the story of books 1 and 2, quickly and briefly retold iThis wasnt really a #2.5 like I thought it would be. It didnt take place after book 2. It was the story of books 1 and 2, quickly and briefly retold in Jules' POV, and focusing mostly on the scenes between Jules and Kate. It was pretty heart-wrenching. Sometimes unrequited love is the most epic. I wish he had someone to share his pain with though. Maybe he should tell Charlotte, since she is in a similar situation with Ambrose. Maybe they could empathize with each other. I feel so sorry for them both.
This better be from Varen's POV. I think that would be the best option after the ending of Enshadowed.
Really not fair that they are making us wait soThis better be from Varen's POV. I think that would be the best option after the ending of Enshadowed.
Really not fair that they are making us wait so long for this. Unless it is for health reasons and she is unable to finish the book yet, although I had assumed it was done long time again and they were just making us wait to build hype. But there is such a thing as too much, and now I am starting to just forget about this series. I hadn't thought of it in so long so I decided to come and check why I hadn't heard that it was out yet. Yeah, July 2015. :/...more
This book's best feature is easily the original story idea and unique combo of genres. It is in a post-apocalyptic setting, set in Toronto, Canada, apThis book's best feature is easily the original story idea and unique combo of genres. It is in a post-apocalyptic setting, set in Toronto, Canada, approximately 60 years after a cataclysmic war. But despite the futuristic setting, and even before taking Weaver's powers into consideration, it felt like a fantasy in theme, characters, and adventure. With the mysterious, seemingly all-powerful villain, who will likely remain faceless till the end of the series (which is fine, as long as he isnt Weaver's father :P); the boy hero who discovers that he has a power that is the last hope. And Weaver and his friends seem to all have a sense of duty and self-sacrifice in protecting the Shield, which is common in classic fantasy. I am not surprised to see in Najeev Raj Nadarajah's bio that he was inspired by many famous fantasy authors. But this was its own unique new world. Apocalypse by design, where dreams come to life, and fire ignites creatures of nightmare.
The writing style in this was extremely descriptive and had some beautiful imagery. I really enjoyed it for the most part. But sometimes it seemed a bit beyond YA, and a bit word-heavy. And the characters didnt talk like normal 16-18 year olds. It was too formal to seem natural. And some of the characters didnt have enough distinguishing characteristics to tell them apart. Most of them didnt stand out, and I kept mixing them up, despite remembering their names.
But Weaver was a great hero, with great potential. He accomplished much already, with the little knowledge of his power that he has. I cant wait to see what he will accomplish in the future. And I hope to see Toggen there in that future too. I had no problem remembering Toggen. He was a great character, and a great friend, despite denying wanting any friends. He was so loyal and noble, and stoic. Haha, great combo. I cant wait to see what he is capable of either. Considering what faces them in the Dream Eater, they have far to go and much more to do before they are safe and it could be totally epic. I hope it is. I look forward to finding out.
I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
This reminded me a great deal of Matched. Although this story is more well organized and fully developed compared to Matched, certain things in it madThis reminded me a great deal of Matched. Although this story is more well organized and fully developed compared to Matched, certain things in it made me not enjoy it as much. But then I remember Eio and I want to give it several more stars. :P Jessica Khoury is definitely an author I will be keeping an eye on.
I really enjoyed this book although a lot about it made me very uncomfortable. The lengths people would go for science. It was really disturbing and nearly nauseated me at times when they really explored what the scientists had done. In that regard, it somewhat reminded me of Wither.
It definitely had a dystopian feel above all else, although its set in modern day. But within the world of Little Cambridge, the research facility hidden in the depths of the Amazon, there are so many secrets and hidden evils, it easily overshadows every aspect of the story. It was a very interesting world and setting.
Pia was a very unique heroine. She was created by scientists, and has never been outside of the fence. She is expected to become a scientist herself one day soon, and continue their work. But Pia cant help but wonder what is on the other side of the fence, and beyond the jungle. The scientists avoid talking about the outside world around her, but once in a while a word slips. "San Francisco." "Shakespeare." This only makes her wonder more and more. Until one night, when a thunderstorm takes down a tree, and its roots push up the fence enough for her to crawl underneath. The scientist inside her knows that she shouldn't, but that is only what the other scientists want her to be, not who she really is. She spends the whole book struggling with the two versions of herself inside, waging their internal battle. And that is how she meets Eio. Whenever "Wild Pia" has the upper-hand, she sneaks out of the compound and meets the gorgeous jungle boy, and she has to decide between the only life she has ever known, and her feelings for Eio which she doesn't even understand.
Eio and the romance between him and Pia was beautiful. It was slow, but deep, and true, and... beautiful. The comparison to Matched and For Darkness Shows the Stars is perfect in that regard. Eio was a wonderful character who loved Pia and never saw the differences between them. He was so utterly dedicated to her and her safety and happiness. There is a scene in chapter 26 when he picks her a passionflower from behind a waterfall, and he just seemed like a miracle. Pia was the one that was told that she was perfect her whole life, but Eio is so beautiful and perfect inside and out, it nearly took my breathe away. I cant understand how Pia did what she did next, instead of throwing her arms around him and never letting go.
"Then he's here, emerging from the water like some kind of myth, some fabled Ai'oan god, his hand smoothing his wet hair back from his face, his chest and shoulders gleaming with water and moonlight. Behind him, a pale shimmering trail of blue light marks his passage through the water. His wet shorts hang a bit lower on his hips than they usually do, tempting my imagination. He extends the flower, which I take with trembling fingers.
He smiles a small, crooked smile, and I think he knows exactly how tightly he's bound my tongue in knots. I suspect fetching me the passionflower was only half his purpose in swimming through the glowing pool."
In the end I had a lot of anxious feelings, after discovering the truth about Little Cambridge, and not knowing if things would be ok. But the ending was great and there was a twist I didnt see coming. I wish I could see more of what happens to them next but they got their HEA. ...more
This book really grabbed me by the heart and would not let me go. Although I havA video version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
This book really grabbed me by the heart and would not let me go. Although I have one major issue with it which is the cause of the 4 stars, and I will get to that later. I was tempted to even move it down to a 3.5 because it was kind of a major issue. But I really enjoyed the story so I couldn't.
First off, the story was totally captivating and I just could not put this book down. I read way past my bedtime. For the first part of the book it was fascinating but in a subdued sort of way. I thought it would be about Zara coming to terms with her position in Karm and using her influence over Sebastian to try to make a better kingdom--while also loving someone else. But then the rebels were introduced to the story and it become so much more complex. There was so much more going on than I gathered from reading Unveiled.
When I first saw the cover for this book I really liked the appearance of the characters. Zara was gorgeous but there was something about her that still looked strong and kick-ass. But I didnt even know the half of it. Zara was amazing, and so was Devlan. The cover made him look strong but kind, and he was. He was so protective of Zara and it made me like him instantly, before I really knew anything else about his character. They had so much chemistry that I felt like they couldnt even be in the same room with Sebastian or he would be able to see it simmering between them. Their romance moved faster than I first anticipated, which I am very glad for. I wasnt sure at first what the romance level would be in this.
Now my problem with this book was Sebastian. The problem was that I liked him. He was a tormented character from the beginning but I never bought him as a villain. Not that I was 'Team Sebastian' or anything, but I saw the goodness in him that Zara seemed to see in the beginning. I felt so sorry for him whenever she rejected him. He was an ass to her sometimes, especially when he hurt her, and I dont agree with his actions, but I certainly do not think that Zara's actions were justified either. She treated him worse than he deserved. And when she lost faith in him in the end, she jump to the extremes about how he was worse than his father. I really thought she was getting through to him when she told him all her secrets. I could see it getting through to him. But then it was ruined and I think he started to act a little out of character. Its hard to believe he would do some of the awful things he did without really understanding where it came from. We never met King Hart and we never saw Sebastian interact with him so its hard to believe that that darkness had been seeded in him by his father. We never saw where it came from, we were just told "he's Hart's son" and are supposed to know that that is enough to make him evil. And Zara's actions in the end make me incredibly sad. Its hard to accept what the rebels did, but I can accept that if I saw Sebastian as a true villain, as I get the impression that I was supposed to, then none of it would have bothered me. So it doesnt ruin my feelings for any of the other characters. But overall I dont like how his character was handled. He was either portrayed too kind in the beginning, or not evil enough in the end. It all just left a sour taste in my mouth.
But besides that I loved how things turned out in the end. I really enjoyed seeing Fallon and Xander and the roles they played in this story. It was a huge HEA all around and I especially enjoyed the epilogue. Zara and Devlan seemed to be in a perfect place for them. I am not sure whether or not any more books are planned in this series, but the ending was perfect if there arent.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Spencer Hill Press, in exchange for an honest review....more
This is definitely my favourite Lux book so far. Actually, this or Obsession, which inst really a Lux book but its the same Universe. Just wow, to thiThis is definitely my favourite Lux book so far. Actually, this or Obsession, which inst really a Lux book but its the same Universe. Just wow, to think of where this story has come since Obsidian. Its almost unrecognizable.
And you know what else it almost unrecognizable? Daemon. I really didnt like him to start out with. He was such an ass. And although I am still not totally in love with him, he is pretty incredible. Even knowing it was a romance series, I never could have predicted how deep their love would grow. This is the kind of romance I search for in YA and rarely find.
"She was beautiful, and I was so, so desperately in love with her."
The only thing holding me back from really falling for Daemon and giving this book 5 stars, is that the attempts to make him witty and cocky seem to fall flat. It doesnt seem natural to me and always manages to ruin the mood and throw me out of a scene. I know that this is what most ppl love so much about him, but for some reason, to me it just seems contrived.
The scale this series has taken has really blown me away, and I can hardly even imagine where Opposition will take us next. I really look forward to the grand gestures of eternal love to be made :P, and the epic battles to be fought. ...more
I really loved this book! It was just what I needed! I hated that I had caught up and now need to wait in between New Species books, but this was wortI really loved this book! It was just what I needed! I hated that I had caught up and now need to wait in between New Species books, but this was worth the wait.
I really loved Jeanie. She was pretty bad ass. She had so much inner strength and she was so brave. She fought for the NS like almost none other. She is such an amazing champion for them. She is fearless. The story surrounding her and the mysterious Terry Brice was different and fascinating. This still had the usual NS mandatory kidnappings :P, but it was very different circumstances and it really drew me in with the mystery of it and what was really going on. I couldnt put it down.
I also really loved True. He was a bit softer than most NS. Still very dominating, but also a little insecure and just so sweet. He was a great character and he was wonderful to Jeanie. A complete sweetheart. They are a wonderful couple and I am incredibly happy for them. I cant wait until they have children! He's gonna be such an awesome father!
I was so sad when I finished this book. I didnt want it to end. And although I enjoyed the softer side of True, I still cannot wait to read about Darkness next, one of the most intimidating and "darkest" NS there are. That must be why he chose that name, because he feels like Mercile ripped out his heart and left nothing but darkness behind. But he has a heart, and some incredible woman is going to discover that. Wow! She is gonna be amazing. I cant wait!...more
This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever coul**spoiler alert** This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever could have hoped and dreamed. It was so perfect that it left me afraid for most of the experience, waiting for the other shoe to drop. I was anxious until the end. It was as if it was fanfic written by someone who was Team Warner, it had everything that we, as Warner lovers, could have ever wanted. But of course it couldnt be fanfic because only Tahereh Mafi could have ever written something so beautiful.
The absolute best thing about this series is the transformation of the characters. Although I doubted and I was afraid, I should have known that Juliette would end up with Warner all along, because after everything they both went through, they had changed so much and Juliette just could not fit in Adam's life anymore. It was so obvious. I just love the way that Mafi portrayed real stuggle and realistic change. Although the story was great, it was really only the backdrop for Juliette's personal story. And Warner's. They both changed so much since Shatter Me, its hard to say who has changed more. They have become the absolutely best versions of themselves. What they had always seen in each other has been brought to the surface.
"So the two of you--I mean, together-- you two could basically--" "Take over the world?" "I was going to say you could kick some serious ass, but yeah, that too, I guess."
Its amazing how Juliette and Warner fit into each others lives like gloves. Like two pieces of a puzzle. They dont even ever fight! They were so obviously made for each other, and by each other. The only thing I would have changed, and I am not even entirely sure that I would have, is that after Juliette shared her intent to become Commander herself after killing Anderson, her and Warner never discussed it. I imagine that if Warner had killed his father himself as he had always intended before he recruited Juliette's help, he would have taken over himself. But now Juliette is taking that from him and they never discuss it. She never reassures him that he will have a place in her new Re-Reestablishment. But, that in itself, might be a good sign. It might be a sign that Warner trusts Juliette to be a good leader, doesnt feel that she needs his help, and also knows that she will always want him in her life without her ever having to tell him. And it could mean that Juliette trusts Warner to support her decision without him having to tell her. I dunno how I feel about that. Could go either way.
And Mafi really knows how to please her fans. Wow! Everything went so well in this. The only negative things in the whole book was Adam's pouting in the beginning, which he got over, and the fact that Anderson was in it, but he died, easily. Adam moved on, Warner happily accepted him and James as brothers, none of the characters died, except Warner's mother, but we didnt really know her. Oh no! I just realized Warner is an orphan now. :( But he gained 3 new family members in the process. :) There is really nothing more I could have asked for. It included some of the most poetically beautiful sex scenes I have ever read, but somehow still clean enough for YA. I am ok with sex in my books, and although I know she had to fade to black since this is YA, if she hadnt, it all would have been beautiful. Mafi can make anything sound beautiful, but she can make something that is already beautiful sound like the meaning of life! I cant even imagine the metaphors she would have come up with for that. But the glimpses we got were some of the most incredible writing I have ever read. Honestly, my review is unraveling and has turned into me just gushing. But the ending was perfect! I cant think of a better image in my head, than the image of Juliette and Warner standing on top of a shipping container, holding each other, surrounded by cheering soldiers. I think I might cry at how perfect it was. And I even enjoyed the fact that we dont see the rest of the war. There may be more Sectors that will stand against them, but we know that together they can do anything.
"You know," he whispers, his lips at my ear, "the whole world will be coming for us." I lean back. Look into his eyes. "I cant wait to watch them try."
I find it hard to believe that I am actually rating something by Cassandra Clare so high, but I absolutely loved this. I much,**spoiler alert** 4.5/5
I find it hard to believe that I am actually rating something by Cassandra Clare so high, but I absolutely loved this. I much, much preferred the overall story of TID over TMI. But I was still prevented from really loving the first two books in the series because of how much I despised Will's character, and nearly every scene that involved him. So it is just half a star away from being perfect.
Although the book was long, the story did not drag at all. It was packed full of action and adventure and danger and heroics and revelations. It was almost too much to bare. I found myself sometimes wishing it would end if only to end the strain on my heart. The emotion in this book was overwhelming. I always thought that Tiger's Destiny was the most emotional YA book I had ever read. But this has easily taken the cake. It has gone above and beyond, and that is both a good and a bad thing. In Tiger's Destiny, Kelsey was engaged to Kishan, even though she was obviously more in love with his brother, Ren. I was absolutely in love with Kishan, and it broke my heart to see how Kelsey betrayed him in her heart. I greatly, greatly appreciate that Clare did not do the same thing to Jem. Tessa loved Jem. She loved him as he deserved, as Kelsey could never have loved Kishan. But Tessa's love for Jem only makes it all the harder for me to understand how there could be any room left in her heart for Will. It defies nature, as she seemed to be aware. The only explanation is that they were parabatai, but that seems to be a weak explanation to me. It makes me sad and uncomfortable. I guess you just have to accept it as a natural phenomenon, or a paradox. I still appreciate that Clare tried, harder than most authors, not to break anyone's heart, characters and fans alike. But then again, it is rare that there are characters as loved as Will and Jem. There are very few instances of fans becoming so invested in a love-triangle, where both sides are loved almost equally.
I personally never saw the connection between Will and Tessa, throughout the whole series. I never really understood Will until this book. His personality annoyed me. Even in Prince, when we knew of the curse, he still annoyed me. The way he never took anything seriously. But I felt a lot of sympathy for him in this one. Regardless of my personal feelings for him, he was in a lot of pain that he didnt deserve, and he clearly loved Tessa so much. But I still didn't believe he belonged with her. And her love for him didnt seem real. She had an amazing connection with Jem, and whenever she thought of Will she thought, "Oh, his blue eyes and beautiful face." It couldnt compare to her feelings for Jem in my eyes. Those are not reasons to love someone. I never really believed that she loved him until Cadair Idris, when she said that he was like her. "You say the things I think but never say out loud." It was an extremely touching scene, and the first time I had any sort of positive feelings for Will. But then he had to go and ruin it right after. Will doesnt seem to know the meaning of the word Kiss. He didnt know that she had been in love with him for a long time. For all he knew, she was distraught, and mourning Jem, and only looking for comfort, or distraction. He took advantage of her weakened state. I cant believe how little he questioned her first. She didnt regret it because she knew her own feelings for him had always been the same, regardless of Jem. But Will did not know that, and I cant believe what he did. In most YAs, the guy is usually like, "Are you sure? We can wait. It should be perfect. Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure?" And then, only then. But Will? He hears, "Kiss me," and then BAM. Sex. Dude, a little restraint? Your best friend just died! Or so he thought at the time at least. I am so glad that I knew Jem was not dead at that point. I think I would have died too, if I had thought Jem was gone forever.
When Jem said good-bye to Tessa and Will as Brother Zachariah, I cried so much. I was sobbing and gasping. It really broke my heart, even though I knew he would be back, it was still so sad. He belonged with them so much. But after he was gone, Tessa and Will got together way too quickly. When Jem and Tessa got engaged, ppl thought they were too young. But they knew Jem was dying so they tried to be understanding. When Will and Tessa got engaged, they were still only 17 so it must not have been long after Jem left, no more than a month or two, and no one comments about them being too young. Tessa and Jem had an excuse. Tessa and Will do not. Plus, Tessa should still be mourning Jem. But no one comments about the oddness of their swift engagement. I found it so disrespectful. Even though Jem gave them his blessing, they had no shame, no restraint. As if the fact that they both loved Jem gave them the right to do whatever they wanted with each other, completely heedless of Jem's loss that led to their gain. Do I sound bitter? I am a bit bitter.
Tessa should have been with Jem and only Jem, but if she was to be with both of them, it is better that Jem be the last rather than the first. And desptie what Will and Tessa did, Jem is the one that is with her in the end. And she still loved him, 130 years later, still wearing his pendant. I know she would likely have done the same for Will. If she had been with Jem first, and had to wait 130 years to be with Will, she would have still loved him then. But I dont have to think about that anymore, because Will is dead. And Jem is back. Thats all the matters now. That they are together again. But I dont know whether Tess will want to have more children, and watch them die before her. So maybe Will will still have more from life than Jem will ever have. I just hope that he is still immortal. *looks skyward* Gosh, do I ever hope that he is still immortal. Oh, and I fell in love with Magnus a little bit in this book. :P...more
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 toThis 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....more
I actually really enjoyed this although I didnt expect to. I like the predictable PNRs. Girl meets vampire, girl falls for vampire, vampire risks allI actually really enjoyed this although I didnt expect to. I like the predictable PNRs. Girl meets vampire, girl falls for vampire, vampire risks all for girl, HEA. Once I realized that this was not going in that direction, I got a little worried. But I ended up really enjoying it anyways. No, this was more like girl meets vampire, girl falls for vampire, vampire terrifies, terrorizes, and incinerates dozens of ppl in an attempt to protect girl, girl runs from vampire, vampire stalks girl. Haha, he definitely has a darker side. Its not all fluff and hearts and sparkles, but I still really enjoyed Lucien's character. He was intense, but sweet. There was a reason Meena fell for him in the first place. A complete prince charming when he wants to be. Although the romance did happened rather quickly. They had sex the day they met, and again the next day.
I also really enjoyed Alaric. When his character was first introduced I thought he would be some sort of villain, being a vampire hunter and all. But he was a tentative ally. Like Lucas and Balthazar in Evernight. He was funny in his completely arrogant and self-centered way. He thinks so highly of himself and his money and his silk bath robe. But he was still entirely lovable. I wish Meena could just have them both. :P Yes, his name is Alaric, like the vampire hunter in The Vampire Diaries, which I dont think is ironic, but a bit annoying and way too obvious. Also, Meena was the name of the heroine in Dracula, for those who didnt already know that.
I actually didnt like Meena that much. She seemed like such a flake. Both Lucien and Alaric love how she is so different from anyone they have met before. She is always saying or doing things that surprise them. When Lucien first met her he actually thought she might be crazy, literally crazy. She might have just had ADD or something. Lucien could read minds and he still had no idea what she was talking about half the time. It made her come off as ditsy and stupid to me. Like she really didnt understand what was going on around her. But she writes for a TV show so she cant be stupid.
I heard that Overbite wasnt nearly as good as this one, but I am still excited to read it and find out what direction the story will take. Will Lucien come back and convince her he is worth the risk? Or will she end up with Alaric? Like I said, I like predictable PNRs, where Meena would end up with Lucien and live happily ever after. But as long as the ending isnt sad I dont mind different or unexpected sometimes. Thats why I enjoyed Eden and Wicked Lovely so much....more
"...he'd been left with no choice but to turn his own angel againsThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Actual rating: 4.5/5
"...he'd been left with no choice but to turn his own angel against him, to treat a treasured jewel as nothing more than filth scraped across the bottom of his boots."
This book grabbed me by the horns and would not let me go, and still hasn't. Instantly, I was captivated and amazed by Maddy as a character. The strength she had, despite being a small, shy woman, as she woke up to find herself naked and chained to a cot in a strange, dark room. She didnt scream and despair, she didnt panic. She held herself together long enough to discover that there was a hidden light in the darkness.
"There was light in him, one so bright it could illuminate the entire night sky if only it wasn't covered over by the shadows of his darkness."
Aaron was a man lost. Lost in his own darkness. Lost in the life of crime that was forced on him by his father. You could see that he was fighting the life that he had been dealt. Like another Aaron, his father sought to corrupt him, and although he reveled in the control and violence of his position in his father's organization, he had limits. Lines he refused to cross. He wouldnt let his soul be wholly lost.
"I want to give myself to you, Master. I have given myself to you... Will you accept what I give you?"
Aaron has never brought a woman that he could care about into his life, knowing how he would corrupt her. Knowing how his father would use her against him. But, when Aaron shows special interest in the beautiful concert cellist Madeleine Clark, he unwillingly gives his father the tool to control and destroy him. But what his father didnt know, was that by bringing Madeleine and Aaron together, he had also given them both a reason to fight, to face down death and become lions.
"Through her strength and her bravery, Maddy had not only saved herself, but also Aaron: By opening her eyes and discovering that hidden deeply within the recesses of the executioner's soul, there was goodness, there was compassion, there was love and there was honor; but above it all...deep within the infinite darkness...there was light."
The writing and dialogue in this book is beautiful, but you should be warned of the darkness you will find. It is full of abuse, inhumane degradation, and violence; but above all, the strength of the human spirit and enduring love. But the violence did almost overshadow the beauty of this story near the end. It is the reason for the missing half a star. I'm talking about graphic disembowelment, dismemberment, and beheadings. I knew to expect more violence for the climax of the story, but I didn't expect it to be that strong. It was much more than I would have wanted, or what I was comfortable with and it really turned me off for a few moments. But before that I was convinced it was going to be a 5-star book. I still feel like it deserves a 5-star rating rather than 4-star though.
A bonus point for this book, is that the scene on the cover actually did happen. Its rare that they have such exact representations on book covers. I highly recommend this book for fans of dark and intense romance. You wont soon forget it. ...more
This book was emotionally exhausting! Just like the first two. The ending didnt make me cry though, which is a first. The first ended with (view spoilThis book was emotionally exhausting! Just like the first two. The ending didnt make me cry though, which is a first. The first ended with (view spoiler)[Kelsey refusing Ren and returning to Oregon, which was a very moving scene (hide spoiler)]. Then the second ended with (view spoiler)[Ren losing his memory and Kelsey overhears him telling Kishan that he doesnt love her anymore. That was heart wrenching and I cried more at the ending of the second (hide spoiler)]. But the third ended with (view spoiler)[Kelsey being kidnapped by Lokesh (hide spoiler)], which is quite a cliffhanger, but an action one not an emotional one. I am quite excited to find out what happens next.
The setup of this book was a bit different from the previous two. The first two start out with Kelsey in Oregon, until she returns to India, then the bulk of the book takes place on their adventure in another realm. This one started out in India and Kelsey does not return home between her second and third adventures. Which is good because I dont really enjoy the parts in Oregon as much. The first half of this book is set on a yacht, before they start their adventure. Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, Mr. Kadam, and Nilima. The usual group, while they prepare for their next adventure. It is during this time that the love-triangle is taken to a whole new level. So much back and forth and fighting between the three of them. I think it may have been taken a little too far and shifted the focus of the book a bit too much away from the curse.
In Tiger's Quest I was very impressed with Kelsey's loyalty to Ren. I was impressed that she so strongly resisted such a hot, flirty guy when Ren wasnt around. I had new found respect for her. But Kishan is unlike most back-up guys and I knew it would be possible to turn the triangle around, and that Colleen Houck would likely do it. Although I couldnt figure out how it could be done without Kelsey betraying Ren. Well, it was done very well. Not on Ren's part of course, I am still mad at him, but on Colleen's part. She convincingly took Kelsey away from Ren and gave her to Kishan, in my opinion. She did it without me having to lose respect for Kelsey. Although I did lose a little respect for Ren, which is unfortunate. But I have a new found, immense love for Kishan which I am very happy about. I love him so much I could cry! Haha, maybe not literally but when you read so much teenage romance your emotions can get a little confused. :s
But I was disappointed in how Kelsey kept saying that she loved Kishan, but she was constantly thinking about Ren. Even after she listed all the reasons why she chose Kishan (Chapter 24), which were all good reasons imo, she could barely stay focused on him. She kept making horrible analogies like how Kishan was the steady player who would last the game but couldnt score the three-pointers. I found it extremely unfair to Kishan and I think he deserves more. He loves Kelsey a lot so I would want him to be with her so he could be happy, but at the same time I think he deserves someone who could love him more thoroughly. Although I would never want Colleen to do that thing where you throw in a new girl at the end so everyone can be happy. I hate it when that happens. But the girl always ends up with the main guy. Colleen will find a way to get Kelsey back with Ren, and she will most likely find a way to do it smoothly and naturally like everything else. But will she find a way to do it without breaking Kishans's heart? :(
But this book still excelled where the first two did. The amazing adventure and mythology! This one may even be my favourite in that respect. They travel the ocean of another realm and face five dragons inspired by Chinese mythology. Each dragon gives them a different task to complete before they reach the end to claim their prize. My favourite was definitely the green dragon, although it was probably the characters' least favourite. It was very exciting. :P I really look forward to what happens next. It says Tiger's Destiny doesnt come out till September, but the first three all came out in 2011, so that seems a little unfair. :( Although these books like to torment me emotionally, Colleen has somehow managed to make me agree with all the changes that have happened to Kelsey. I am taking the ups and downs with her. I love Ren when she loves Ren. I love Kishan when she loves Kishan. So I hope whatever happens in the next book, I will agree with it. I dont know how she does it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 progressOMG 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....more
I hated this book. I hated everything about the experience and every emotion itA video version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
I hated this book. I hated everything about the experience and every emotion it gave me.
I hated the endless circles. I hated the self-pity and the secrets. I hated the selfishness and the faithlessness, and the accusations. The denial and the immorality. And I hated all the characters.
I tried to love Josh. I tried. He is unquestionably the best character in the book, and I felt for him some of the time. But then I would remember Leigh and I would be sickened by him again. He also had an unhealthy fascination with furniture. I get having a passion and being proud of what you create. But he went above and beyond and it was just weird. And why did every character have some sort of extraordinary talent? Jeez, I wish they could spread some of that around over here. Also, none of the characters acted like teenagers (except Sarah I guess). I think this would have been more realistic if they were all twenty-somethings.
After everything Nastya put me through, I couldnt find it anywhere in me to even feel sorry for her. Nothing like this has ever happened to me or anyone I have ever known, so I cant even begin to empathize. But I honestly wanted to tell her to quit whining and move on. Why do authors feel the need to write about the most tragic characters? Dont people with happy lives deserve love too!? It was a little contrived and very infuriating, and it just kept going on and on and on! I dunno, maybe that makes me a horrible person. This is pretty much what I think of Nastya, in her own words:
“Thats the irony of Josh and me, and it shames me every time I think about it. He has no family. No one to love him. I'm surrounded by love and I dont want any of it. I piss all over what he woud thank God for. And if I needed more proof that I have no soul, then there it is.”
I only finished this out of mild curiosity. I couldnt even find it in me to be happy for them in the end. I wasnt even invested enough in the story to really care whether or not they found their HEA. Part of me thought maybe they didnt even deserve it, after being such morons for 400 pages! In the end I was mostly just happy in was over. I would rather read Beautiful Disaster again than read this. Now that is saying something. I also hate that bit at the end, the last line of the book. WTF? I dont even wanna go there. Could have saved 300 pages if she would have just admit that in the beginning!
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Atria Books, in exchange for an honest review....more
Well, I definitely liked this better than Clockwork Angel, but besides that I am not entirely sure how I feel about it. My main problem with it is theWell, I definitely liked this better than Clockwork Angel, but besides that I am not entirely sure how I feel about it. My main problem with it is the same problem I had with Angel, which I knew would not change. Tessa and Will. I didnt understand them in the first book and I dont understand them in this one either. Whatever reasons Will may have had for his behaviour, Tessa was not aware of them until the end, and still, somehow she managed to have insatiable feeling for a boy who had no discernible personality beyond sarcasm. Every private thought Tessa shared with us about Will only sounded like lust. "And still a look from him could make her tremble with mingled hatred and longing. It was like a poison in her blood, to which Jem was the only antidote. Only with him did she feel on steady ground." That makes things very clear to me. How can there be any comparison?
My feelings for this love-triangle are quite similar to that of Tiger's Voyage, although Tiger's Voyage excelled in all other areas, where Prince was merely mediocre. In both books, the girl has passionate thoughts about a boy who is wrong for her, who hurt her, who has a supernatural barrier between them. And when he comes back to her, it is too late because she has already fallen for someone else. A boy who is good and kind and understanding, and who deserves so much better than a girl who is constantly betraying him in her thoughts. I am aware that YA romances do not attempt to give an accurate portrayal of love. And I adore YA romance, it is practically all I read, so I have no reason to complain about the basis of the genre. I love it for what it is. But this book, and Tiger's Voyage, I must admit as much as I love it, take things a little too far. Lust and passion are a horrible basis for a relationship, as the above quote shows. "...hatred and longing." Emotion for emotion's sake does not mean love, it could simply mean hatred. It reminds me of a scene in Tiger's Voyage, which isnt this book but still supports my point. The girl was confiding in someone about her torn feelings, and mentioned that one boy gave her peace, and the other makes her want to strangle him. Her confidante implied that the strong feelings that the second boy provokes in her is a sign that he is the one she should choose. What a load of @%$&! But that seems to be what Clare is trying to imply as well. I could go on all day about how wrong this is, but I think I've said enough.
I enjoyed this more than I should have because of Jem and Tessa. Will feels like the main guy of this love-triangle because of the way he dominates Tessa's thoughts, but otherwise I would have guessed that it was Jem, because he got much more focus in this book than Will. He could so easily fill the role of "main guy", if it werent for Tessa's betraying thoughts. And I dont want to enjoy Jem and Tessa as much as I do because I dont see how it can end well. Has there ever been a YA author who defied the laws of YA romance and got the girl with the back-up guy? Not to my knowledge. Although I would praise her unceasingly if she did.
Edit: I have since read a book that came close to choosing the secong uy. I dont know which guy in the triangle was guy #1 and which was guy #2, and that alone is an accomplishment. But if I had to guess, I would have expected her to end up with the other guy. So I was impressed. I wont say which book it was because that would be a spoiler. But I'm just letting you know that it can happen!...more
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 IroI 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....more
This was incredibly unique and surprising. Leticia is a home care nurse coming out ofThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was incredibly unique and surprising. Leticia is a home care nurse coming out of a long-term abusive relationship and she is not looking for anything serious. But someone else is. Someone is looking for someone just like her. She is strangely drawn to a ruby necklace she finds at an estate sale of a deceased patient, and without really understanding why, she steals it! That night she wears it as she falls asleep, and she wakes up in a strange magical land.
She is found by a caravan gypsy king named Criminy Stain (sounds like a girl's name to me, but oh well). He is a Bludman. In his world called Sang, Bludmen are born, and besides drinking blood, their only similarities to vampires are their strength and longevity. When Leticia asked him if he was a vampire, and explained to him what a vampire was, he was rather insulted to be compared to something dead. He is very much alive and lives life to the fullest. It is a very strange world Leticia finds herself in, with Victorian dresses, magic, and clockwork pets, and where she suddenly has the power of a seer. And most confusing of all, is when Criminy tells her that she has been brought there for him.
He had his heart broken once when he was younger. Now he is 130 years old and still alone. So he put a spell on the necklace to go out and find him his perfect mate. But he never anticipated that she would resist. He just assumed that if she was perfect for him, he would be perfect for her. She is drawn to him of course, he's like a wickedly delicious version of Mr. Darcy, but he is not the kind of man she ever actually imagined herself with. He's just a secret fantasy. And at first that is what she thinks he is, a dream. Criminy is extremely forward and honest about his feelings, but Leticia refuses his advances. Then her necklace is stolen and she is stuck in his world. Together they must chase down the rich and powerful man who stole it and stop his plots against Bludmen. On their journey they have to fight ghosts, blood thirsty bunnies and jealous, backstabbing mermaids, and commandeer a submarine.
The world this book created is extremely unique and vivid, but my favourite part is the characters. Criminy and Leticia are not your usual hero and heroine. They have some of the familiar traits, but Leticia was really a damsel. She is brave and clever and kind, but she is not strong and never did any of her own fighting, and she cries rather easily. But I really enjoyed her character because she felt so real and genuine. And her and Criminy complemented each other perfectly. Criminy has a viscous side, like any blood drinking creature, vampire or not. But he is not dark and mysterious like you might be expecting. He is vibrant, exciting, and open, always making Leticia laugh with his magic tricks and crooked smile. They are an amazing couple. Criminy loves her so openly and freely, and although Leticia may not be there yet, I can see theirs becoming a truly epic love. I cannot wait for Wicked As She Wants. **Edit: I am sad we don't get to see it as the future books in the series are each about a different couple.
This is an adult book and there are a couple of sexy scenes in it, but it was not overly emphasized. I am very glad that this is one of few adult PNRs I've read where the sex does not overshadow the romance....more