This is the second time I've read this book, and that should say a lot... The only negative I have about this read-through is the narrator. I absolutelThis is the second time I've read this book, and that should say a lot... The only negative I have about this read-through is the narrator. I absolutely did NOT like her performance, at all. But even that couldn't keep me away from this magical story. Every relationship in this book, good and bad, are defined so exquisitely. Be it the brothers three, the male and female counterparts, the ex, the jerks, the father/daughters... it's all so well laid out. As you read, you fall in love with everyone (except the asses and jerks). You adore the father for the way he treats his grown-up daughters, you swoon over Blake, you cry for Eve, you see the heart of gold in poor Beckett, you relish in the love of Cole and... nope, no spoilers. And the supporting cast, as little as they may have to do in the book, become real people, too. The settings are so clear, the whole world is built and maintained. You just know Debra has to have a picture each place on her desk as she writes, the details are so CONSISTENT! I don't want to give anything about this book away, because it really is a journey that you NEED to go on. My only recommendation is to read the book rather than listening to the audio book narrated by Marty something-or-nuther. There is definitely something lost in the translation of written to spoken here.
But believe you me, if you read it, you will NOT be disappointed!!!
I'm sure this book would be good on it's own, but really, start at the beginning. Hawk is the perfect mix of strong alpha male, and caring prince charI'm sure this book would be good on it's own, but really, start at the beginning. Hawk is the perfect mix of strong alpha male, and caring prince charming. Jolie is every princess with asskicker tattooed on her bicep. Together, they make the most amazing couple. I've read this series once before; so to say I'm rereading them is a testament to how highly I value the story.
My heart almost could not take this book. Everything that Jax writes is heart-wrenching, lovely, wonderful, magical... Gobs, I just can't tell you enough how wonderful this series is! This book concludes the series, and I really say, it didn't go ANYTHING like what I could have imagined it going. Seriously, I thought I was going to have a heart attack before turning the last page! Every moment of this book is the perfect flow from the relationship we've seen budding between Jolie and Hauk. It's true perfection. I just don't know what else to say... so I'll just reiterate GO GET THIS BOOK!
Overall: 5 stars Character Development: 5 stars Plot: 5 stars Detail: 5 stars Writing Style: 5 stars Flow: 5 stars Recommend?: With all my heart! Audience: Adult...more
This is my third time with this book, and I think I may have loved it more this go-round... mostly because I read it immediately after reading HBMTH,This is my third time with this book, and I think I may have loved it more this go-round... mostly because I read it immediately after reading HBMTH, and I've already read HBLTB. I know the whole story, so this was like revisiting a favorite vacation spot, or rewatching your wedding video. You remember everything, you refeel all the feels, you replay all of the greatest moments that brought you to the ending. Jax is so talented, and her trilogy is so beautiful. I am just totally in love with everything about this series!
And Therese is a wonderful reader. She did a marvelous job, no doubt.
I want to say - and pretend I don't sound like a tool when I do - that I find this trilogy to be magical. Not because it has elements of magic in it, to point... but because it truly encompasses human struggle, love, hate, pride, lust, thoughtfulness, pain, agony, elation, and every other emotion in between.
And if my stupid prose didn't do it enough, let me convey my feelings about this book in gif formation...
Let me preface this by saying this is the SECOND time I've read this book. Having almost 5000 books in my collection, I really don't reread books. I hLet me preface this by saying this is the SECOND time I've read this book. Having almost 5000 books in my collection, I really don't reread books. I have so many adventures to go on with the new ones that rereading would take time away from doing. BUT Gobs, I can not tell you how much this series has stuck with me. I get so emotionally involved with the characters that it's just not funny. There is such a depth and understanding of who they really are; and they are wonderful people... er, characters. Jolie is a woman that was born with every opportunity and advantage in the world... money, breeding, looks, intelligence; and yet, she is determined to prove that she is a good person, a STRONG person on her own. She refused her Trust fund turned down a higher ranked school, and finds her own way in the world. She wants only to be a person that she can be proud of. What's not to love about that? Plus, she's spunky as hell. Hauk. Oh Huak... you poor soul. The male MC is a man that was horribly disfigured in a fire as he was fighting for our country in Afghanistan. He is, understandably so, awfully self-conscious about his looks, and has next to no self esteem because of it. He, like Jolie, tries to do everything in his power to be a man that he can still be proud of, working with what he thinks of as shortcomings. He feels that, because of his disfigurement, he is not worthy of someone as beautiful, gifted, smart, and well-off as Jolie. And even when she wants to get closer, he can not help but to push her away. Oh poor Hauk. And I don't want to give any spoilers on this book, but it's heartbreakingly beautiful. All of the books in the trilogy are, but here, where it all starts, you can not help but to be blown away and drawn in to their lives.
Jax, honey. You know I adore you... but at this point, I'm ready to lock you in a room and make you write a million more books for me to escape into!
As far as the writing style, flow, and world building, they are all as great as the character-building. Jax has a flair for knowing when to give a lot of detail, and when we don't need that much. For example, the club where Jolie and Hauk first meet... there are details about the appearance of it, but they are sparse. You know what a warehouse looks like. You know what a cove is. A sheet doesn't need a lot of explaining. Jax doesn't go overboard with the details here, because what she doesn't describe is still so clear in your mind. And the other areas, like Hauk's bedroom, are given perfect descriptions, using minimal word-count and maximum effect.
Everything, EVERYTHING in this book is beautifully spun. Is it hard to see why I had to reread it and have it in my life again?
And this go-round, I listened to the audiobook (since I have all 3 now). Therese's voice wasn't the perfect match for me at the beginning, but buy a few minutes in, I realized what a great narrator she was. She has tonal inflictions that perfectly match the situations, and she puts such emotion into her readings. It's hard not to feel every ounce of emotion, between Jax's words, and Therese's delivery.
Supurb. 5 stars is NOT enough.
Overall: 5 stars Character Development: 5 stars Plot: 5 stars Detail: 5 stars Writing Style: 5 stars Flow: 5 stars Recommend?: With all my heart and soul Audience: Adult...more
One of my biggest fears with this book is either 1. it wouldn't be able to live up to how wonderful Cinder was (think Matched) 2. Much of the plot buiOne of my biggest fears with this book is either 1. it wouldn't be able to live up to how wonderful Cinder was (think Matched) 2. Much of the plot building from Cinder would be forgotten in this one, or 3. it would be a dreadful cliffhanger which would have upset me to no end. Thankfully, none of these fears were realized. Much of the story focused around Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), and then would flip back over to Cinder's story. It was never confusing, and it kept my interests from start to finish. Scarlet's side wasn't left with a feeling of "to be continued", though I'd LOVE to see how she... wait, nevermind, no spoilers here. But with Cinder, book three will hopefully gives us some resolution.
Meyer didn't leave us hanging at the end of this book, while still giving us drive to read Cress (Book 3)
All in all, very well done, Mrs. Meyer!
And by the way, Wolf has to be one of the GREATEST Alpha Male characters I've ever read! I loved him!
Overall: 5 stars Character Development: 5 stars Plot: 5 stars Detail: 5 stars Writing Style: 5 stars Flow: 5 stars Recommend?: With all my heart! Audience: YA and up...more
I really loved this book. It was crisp, sharp, well-detailed, and had such a perfect flow to it. Oliver takes us to an anesthetized future where loveI really loved this book. It was crisp, sharp, well-detailed, and had such a perfect flow to it. Oliver takes us to an anesthetized future where love is a disease, and the cure takes away all of your passionate emotions. Girls and boys are segregated so as not to become sick. Once the child hits 18, they are given the "cure", which makes them no longer susceptible to love, or any deep emotion. Past friends are no longer interested in keeping up their friendships, husbands and wives are chosen from a pairing list, and love is never part of that equation. And just months before Lena, our MC, is scheduled for her cure, she meets Alex. And suddenly, she no longer counts the days until the operation with glee, only dread.
What I loved about this book was the flow and consistency of the tale. Oliver creates a world with vivid clarity. Each emotion or blanked out feelings are told in great detail. The only thing I could say that wasn't... awesome, I guess is the right word, is that every other sentence seemed to contain a simile or metaphor to describe the feelings and actions. After having read a few more of Lauren's book, it seems to be her writing style. However, she does this so well and so craftily that it isn't a con, per say.
And I will tell you this, without spoiling the story, I did NOT really see the ending. I thought I knew how it was going to end. I was wrong.
I read this book because I got the sequel from the publisher to read and review. I wanted to have book 1 done before reading book 2, you know? I'm so,I read this book because I got the sequel from the publisher to read and review. I wanted to have book 1 done before reading book 2, you know? I'm so, SO glad that I did. I know people will complain about this book having underage drinking and fighting, and that the relationship was quite unhealthy. Actually, I've seen some reviews to that effect. It's probably all true, but I loved this book. Travis is the ultimate bad boy who is utterly transformed by love. Pidge is the apparent good girl (with a dark past, of course) who moves mountains with her love. They are as great together as they are explosive.
Overall: 4.55 stars Character Development: 5 stars Plot: 4.5 stars Detail: 4.5 stars Writing Style: 4.5 stars Flow: 4.5 stars Recommend?: Yes, I sure would Audience: Adult ...more
First and foremost, I love this reader. She gets the intonation down PERFECTLY! And as for the talent of Laini... just wow. Everything... EVERYTHING iFirst and foremost, I love this reader. She gets the intonation down PERFECTLY! And as for the talent of Laini... just wow. Everything... EVERYTHING is written so clearly. Every detail of every emotion, the action series, the introspective parts... EVERYTHING. The imagery is so vivid, it really is like a movie in your head. As for the plot... I found myself wanting to hurry past some of the political areas to get back to the relationships, but in reality, the political spots were vital to the growth of the story, as well as the characters.
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
I love Jax, I really do. She's a great writer. I was a big fan of the previous book in thI received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
I love Jax, I really do. She's a great writer. I was a big fan of the previous book in this series, How Beauty Met the Beast, and this sequel did NOT disappoint.
The flow was great, as was the action. Every moment in the book was filled with either sexual tension (and very well done), fighting, introspect, or comedy. Nothing lulled, nothing dragged, nothing got "old". It was a great, fresh book!
Overall: 4.5 stars Character Development: 5 stars Plot: 4 stars Detail: 5 stars Writing Style: 5 stars Flow: 5 stars Recommend?: Absolutely, but read How Beauty Met the Beast first Audience: Adult ...more
I'm a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but this book did not grab me and keep me like her others have. I liked it well enough, but it wasn't as..I'm a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but this book did not grab me and keep me like her others have. I liked it well enough, but it wasn't as... OH-MY-GOSH-I-CAN'T-SLEEP-SO-I-CAN-FINISH-THIS-BOOK like some of her others were.
Good characters, good plot, lots of praying and sex. ...more
If you've read my reviews about books from SEP, you'd know how back and forth I am with her titles. Some I absolutely love, others I absolutely hate.If you've read my reviews about books from SEP, you'd know how back and forth I am with her titles. Some I absolutely love, others I absolutely hate. I had decided to read this one, thinking if I hated it, too, I'd give up on her, forever. I'm happy to say I just finished this one and have started another! In this book, we meet Rachel and Gabe, Edward and Cal and Kristi and Jane and Ethen. Rachel was once married to the world's most corrupt evangelist. He died, and everyone blames her for his crooked ways. He had swindled an entire town, and now, having to return to Salvation NC, Rachel is at the bottom of the barrel and having to face the hate of an entire town. Gabe is of the town's top families, but doesn't care a bit about Rachel's past, he only wants her to get the hell away from him and let him slowly die in peace. I loved this book. The characters were so well written and believable. The situations were plausible and understandable. There were so many highs and lows...
I started reading this as the audiobook, but my copy was either edited to the hilt or just plain out missing parts. I was so engrossed with the story up to that point that I got the kindle edition and started reading it back from the beginning. I just couldn't put this one down!
I highly recommend reading this one, it was fantastic!