I waited for some time to read this book. I was initially drawn to the beautiful cover, and mostly sold on it based on the synopsis. I was sincerely aI waited for some time to read this book. I was initially drawn to the beautiful cover, and mostly sold on it based on the synopsis. I was sincerely afraid of being severely disappointed if the book turned out to fail my expectations. I read the book in two days. I could not put it down. I am pretty stingy with my stars, but this story earned all five. Let me tell you why:
1. There isn't a love triangle. There might be one developing by the end of the story, but I was able to make it through an entire YA book without a love triangle. Truthfully, I trust that Redwine will be able to pull off a proper love triangle without all of the garbage if she goes that route.
2. Rachel is a strong female lead. She's not strong in an extreme feminist way, but in a balanced way. She understands that she has a need for people that is not discriminatory upon gender. Rachel is strong in her convictions and passionate about the people she loves. Enough so that she is willing to risk her own life. Love her.
3. Logan is an idiot, but in all the right ways. Circumstances, life, and Rachel bring him into full character. I love that he's nerdy AND a warrior.
4. Commander Chase...Let's just say I have a few choice words for the Commander that I won't use here. I definitely hated him right away.
5. The book is beautifully well-written. It expanded my vocabulary by a few words and the story had solid structure.
I recommend this book to anyone old enough to read and comprehend its value. I'm hooked....more
When I first started reading this book, I thought, "WOW - a FREE book (on Barnes and Noble), and it's actually pretty good!" I mean, the main characteWhen I first started reading this book, I thought, "WOW - a FREE book (on Barnes and Noble), and it's actually pretty good!" I mean, the main character (Bryn) is quirky, introverted, and a bit of a recluse (for good reason), and knows what she wants in a relationship. I especially loved that she says something to the effect of "I know what I want. Why date other guys along the way who don't have it?" But then she meets William. He had the potential to be a really great character. He seems strong inside and out, but then once they finally spend some real time together and have their first kiss, it gets over the top gushy and they can't live without each other. I'm all about romance, but every moment they're alone together, they both struggle with really believing whether the other one loves them, and only because of their own faults. Then they end up reminding or reassuring each other of their love. It gets a little nauseating, and it reminded me, at times, a little too much of Twilight. I'm not hating on Twilight, honest.
Williams' concept of the Immortals is not something I've read before, and that was refreshing. One character I particularly LOVED was Patrick. My personal opinion is that he is better suited for Bryn than William is, but if nothing else, he was just really well-written. Joseph and Cora are pretty lovable characters as well. John makes a great villain, though I think he fell a little flat at times.
I think I'll end this by saying that my main disappointments lied in the fact that there was too much "how could he/she possibly love me?", and that Bryn started out as a strong girl who'd been through a LOT, but then turned all over-the-top weak-kneed, needy girl. Overall, I really liked the story though....more
We don't see much of Nick in this one, but Astley is very present and though he seems perfect, we learn very quickly that he is not. He has suffered lWe don't see much of Nick in this one, but Astley is very present and though he seems perfect, we learn very quickly that he is not. He has suffered loss, rejection, and has taken up the responsibilities of his pixie kingdom - all at a young age. He reveals moments of weakness, and he and Zara strengthen each other. They are connected in ways that she and Nick are not, and she fears that Nick will not be able to love her anymore. She's made a life altering decision that may cost her the love and acceptance of her friends, her boyfriend, and even her mother.
Zara's the heroine here, but Astley appears to be the picture of self-sacrifice balanced with maturity, and depth of character. I look forward to the fourth installment of this series, and I hope that there will be companion books, or prequels that show us the life of Astley - the betrayals he suffered, etc. ...more
Lovely story! We meet some new characters in this one. Frank, a hostile pixie king. And Astley, who is just wonderful. Nick ends up in Valhalla, landLovely story! We meet some new characters in this one. Frank, a hostile pixie king. And Astley, who is just wonderful. Nick ends up in Valhalla, land of the gods. Zara is, of course, consumed with retrieving Nick from Valhalla and will stop at nothing to ensure his hasty and safe return. Devyn and Issie's relationship gets complicated, and Zara can't stop turning blue. Astley insists that it is her pixie blood responding to him, answering his call for his queen. Some of Zara's worst fears come to be in this page turner, and she fights hard to keep everything and everyone together....more
What a lovely book! It was a fast, easy read, and a page-turner. The characters were easy to follow, and were easy to like or dislike, depending on whWhat a lovely book! It was a fast, easy read, and a page-turner. The characters were easy to follow, and were easy to like or dislike, depending on which ones they were. I was disappointed, personally, to learn who her father is, but it makes sense in the story. I look forward to reading the rest of the series....more
By far the best book in the series. 3.5 stars on this one. So many binding promises in this book, and two of them kept completely in the dark until thBy far the best book in the series. 3.5 stars on this one. So many binding promises in this book, and two of them kept completely in the dark until the very end. Suspenseful, action packed, and true love. Sweet little series....more
I think this is the book where we meet Gemma's father in some form or other. This too was a good book for the price. I believe this is where Sorensen'I think this is the book where we meet Gemma's father in some form or other. This too was a good book for the price. I believe this is where Sorensen's creativity really shines is in this book as well as in the final installment of the series. The way the visions work, and what Gemma discovers in this book is a little mind boggling, but well done. I think if a publisher got a hold of her and helped her tighten things up and do some grammatical editing, this could be a popular series....more
Again, not bad for a cheap read. The character develops a little, and I was thrilled to see Laylen in it more. There's still a lot of back and forth bAgain, not bad for a cheap read. The character develops a little, and I was thrilled to see Laylen in it more. There's still a lot of back and forth between Gemma and Alex, and some questions about who we can trust, which kept it kind of exciting. One thing I will say about this book, and really the whole series, is that the characters never seem to sit still for very long. They're always on the move, which is a little exhausting at times, but the story does keep moving forward. ...more
The main character was kind of annoying at times, but it was a page turner. I like the vampire. He seems honest, and I hope to see his character moreThe main character was kind of annoying at times, but it was a page turner. I like the vampire. He seems honest, and I hope to see his character more through the series. I do feel like I don't know who I can trust, which I believe was something the author was going for. Not bad for a cheap read....more
This is a good story. It's sort of a Percy Jackson for Young Adults, only with a female lead who is directly descended from Zeus. It keeps you guessinThis is a good story. It's sort of a Percy Jackson for Young Adults, only with a female lead who is directly descended from Zeus. It keeps you guessing and turning the page. I have to admit that I started having to re-read passages because there seemed to be just too much unimportant detail at times and my mind wandered off. There are also a lot of typos and grammatical errors, which were distracting for me at times, but didn't detract from the story itself.
There was a character that I didn't like very much. Gerald. He's weak, whiney, and not even in the book that much, even though his part is rather significant as a part of a love triangle. If I were asked to make a suggestion to the author, I would suggest that Gerald not be a part of it, unless mainly as a truly innocent friend on both sides and make the love triangle COMPLETELY between Delia, Evan, and Victor.
And truthfully...I'm rooting for Victor. Evan is capable, and they clearly love each other, but there's just something about a guy who goes all wrong and then makes a positive come back - like Victor. Although, I suppose that we have yet to see if he truly makes a positive come back.
Anyway...worth the $.99 I paid for it, and I will likely read the sequel when it comes out in June, 2012. ...more
This book was beautifully written. The concept is wonderful, the world building is fantastic, and the characters are easy to imagine. Maddie is a compThis book was beautifully written. The concept is wonderful, the world building is fantastic, and the characters are easy to imagine. Maddie is a computer genius, and the complete opposite of her controlling and manipulative father. The dilemma comes in choosing between a nation's rights, and the preservation of her family as a unit. Maggie's character develops so much during her journey of self discovery, and she's trying to find balance between the drastic ends of the plugged-in/living free spectrum. She meets a guy named Justin who shows her what life could be like when you live "un-plugged". I read this book in two days. I would recommend it to ANYONE who likes Dystopia, and to people in high school. It has a few curse words in it, and some make-out scenes, but the core point (I felt) of the book was that computers and such were meant to enhance life, not to become our way of living, which is a great point of thought for upcoming generations....more
**spoiler alert** *I'm reading this book to fill in the space between having just finished Everneath, and waiting for Fever. I hope I like it!*
This bo**spoiler alert** *I'm reading this book to fill in the space between having just finished Everneath, and waiting for Fever. I hope I like it!*
This book was cute. It was well worth the $.99 I paid for to read it on my Nook. It has an X-men feel to it (I'm excited to see more of this in YA/Teen literature), but instead of an adult leader (at least so far), they look to the main character for leadership.
The villain is quite dangerous because of his talent, and what makes him more dangerous is his philosophy that the rules don't apply to him. I do feel like Dylan could use some more depth to his character in the writing, but I really, really like Joss. I'm not certain how I feel about Kat. I don't totally trust her yet. I've found that it's very easy to take on Joss' way of thinking. I really don't trust anyone, but there are a couple of people I WANT to trust.
I look forward to reading the second book and watching the kids with talents organize....more
I'm still troubled over this book. In this book, Calla decides not to decide on an alpha mate until the end of the war.~THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS~
I'm still troubled over this book. In this book, Calla decides not to decide on an alpha mate until the end of the war. She makes her decision literally minutes before going into the final battle.
The losses in this book still weigh on me. I read a LOT, and I rarely get so attached to the characters. I finished the book right before I was supposed to go to sleep. I was still working everything out after finishing the book and had a difficult time falling asleep. I woke up throughout the night still trying to work it out.
I have mixed feelings about how it ends. Calla chose Shay right before going into the final battle, and she loses Ren at the Rowan Estate. One of the things that troubles me about Calla losing Ren is HOW she lost Ren. I felt like it was a little out of character. I know he wanted to kill Emile to avenge his mother and father that he never knew, but he's an excellent fighter, and it just seems like he wouldn't make that mistake. It lead me to wonder if he somehow knew that Calla had chosen Shay and used the opportunity to take himself out of the equation - BUT, he had a sister now to live for as well...Ugh. I still haven't worked it all out, but I gave it 5 stars because of the solid plot, the beautiful narration of the story, and the way she attaches you to the characters. You ultimately feel like part of the pack, which brings me to how I felt when Calla and her back became wolves and lost their human side. In the end, I felt like Sabine (except I didn't have a choice as to whether I would lose my human or wolf), happy for them, but an outsider. No longer part of the pack, but happy for them and their freedom.