Wow. I really loved this book, everything just worked for me. I have a tendency to start skimming a book as soon as it gets a little bit boring, but tWow. I really loved this book, everything just worked for me. I have a tendency to start skimming a book as soon as it gets a little bit boring, but that didn't happen once. I very rarely give anything a 5 and maybe it got elevated in my eyes after having just finished a really bad book prior to starting this one. Anyway, that's my honest feelings right now and even a re-read will probably end up being a very strong 4,5 at the very least. Now let me just applaud the author for writing such a clever, strong yet likable heroine! I was basically waiting for the moment I'd throw up my hands in exasperation, which usually happens at least once if not more, but before I knew it I had already reached the end. Hitomi is a fully fleshed out character and while she's strong, loyal, resourceful and quick to act she's also vulnerable and has her doubts even as she strives to do the right thing. Not once did she turn stupid or turn into a damsel in distress, she has her principles and she sticks to them. She was truly likable and I could really connect to her character, which is a rare thing.
I also absolutely loved the fact that Hitomi bonded with Val. He's another great character that I really liked from the first book and while he doesn't appear much in this second book, he was there for her when it mattered. I basically need the third book to focus more on those two and their bond! I'm also intrigued that we don't really have much of a romance going on, or maybe there is one shaping up between Hitomi and Val (at least I sure hope so!), but so far it isn't all that clear. It was more about building relationship and it didn't overshadow the central story, which was awesome. I prefer a natural romance over one that feels forced and out of place.
I remember having some issues with the first book, being a mixture of alternative cultures (that resembles the ones we have in real life) and having its own version of werewolves and vampires. I don't usually favor those kind of alternative worlds but luckily I got over that when reading the first book and while I did end up liking it I can also say in hindsight that it kinda feels like a big prologue for this second book. So anyone who's hesitant about reading the sequel, I only have this to say, "Go read it now, you won't regret it!"
Book 3, take the time you need but also don't take too long! ...more
**spoiler alert** The friendship between the three central characters was truly beautiful and I can honestly say that it was what hooked me and kept m**spoiler alert** The friendship between the three central characters was truly beautiful and I can honestly say that it was what hooked me and kept me reading. I cared about these characters and wanted to know what would happen to them, but I agree with a previous reviewer that there were a bunch of background stuff that I would have liked to know more about. Also, apart from the fact that the whole "White Hand" concept freaked me out I didn't quite understand the "answer" to it… will need to re-read that part again someday. And then there was a fourth character that appeared really late in the story and while I did found him very likable I also wished he had shown up earlier so that the whole romance thing didn't feel so rushed....more
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. The female lead was a bit annoying in the beginning (although it was also rather understandable)I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. The female lead was a bit annoying in the beginning (although it was also rather understandable) but she grows on you and in the end she does rise above tragedy, making you really root for her. It was refreshing to read about a fierce and headstrong female lead like this one (although she's a bit too fearless at times) and it was great see her grow without losing those traits. The two male leads are also very interesting in their own right, making it a very compelling love triangle for once. My only complaint is that the book was too short and ended in a very frustrating cliffhanger way. I can't believe I have to wait a whole year to get the continuation, but I'm definitely grabbing the sequel as soon as it's out!...more
What can I say about this book that hasn't been mentioned already? It's a short but powerful book about grief, loss and love. You're swept along almosWhat can I say about this book that hasn't been mentioned already? It's a short but powerful book about grief, loss and love. You're swept along almost immediately and the story will make you stay riveted throughout the whole book. The setup is clever too, we're thrown into the midst of things without further ado and then we get to uncover layer after layer of both the past and the present as the story unfolds. But most importantly, the male character Connor feels so real and it's very easy to connect with him and his raw emotions. It makes you care about him and what he's going through.
If you want to read a story that tugs at your heartstrings, this is the book. ...more