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 a...moreI 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.(less)
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 characte...moreWhen 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.(less)