This book was repetitive and dry. It felt a lot like a bad rehash of the earlier books in the series. A lot of this was because the characters felt fl...moreThis book was repetitive and dry. It felt a lot like a bad rehash of the earlier books in the series. A lot of this was because the characters felt flat, Dane wasn't too bad just a little boring. Lacy could easily have bee swapped for Danica or Kaylie or Max or Jade or Riley. All of them are basically the same person, overly dramatic bags of hot air without a single original thought in their heads who wear the same clothes right the way down to their underwear, just taking a thought here but does Melissa Foster really not know a single woman who does't wear a thong? They're basically cardboard cutouts who've been dressed up like the paper dolls you used to get, Lacy's outfit is her fear of sharks. This is not a dimension of her personality, it is her entire personality. You wanna go for a swim Lacy? I can't, I'm scared of sharks. How about the aquarium Lacy? I can't, I'm scared of sharks. Fall in love with me Lacy? I can't, I'm scared of sharks. Hey Lacy, how about a picnic in the middle of a dessert? I can't, I'm scared of sharks. You get the Picture. She irritated me above and beyond belief, and although I have the last two books in this series I'm really not sure if I'll be giving them a shot which is a shame because I still think that Danica's book was quite good.(less)
This was awesome. I know that Charlie and Phoebe spent all of one night together, but it was clear that it was a tragedy of circumstance that ripped t...moreThis was awesome. I know that Charlie and Phoebe spent all of one night together, but it was clear that it was a tragedy of circumstance that ripped them apart rather than any fundamental incompatibility. I loved how the story was told largely in flashbacks with the two of them separately moping about something that could have been, and I loved how they just kept missing each other and saw each other only by chance. I think the realism of their moping was brought home by the fact that it was such happenstance that they would be able to reconnect, possible just unlikely.
I liked that this novella was a reasonable length, giving me a chance to get my teeth into their story, it was well thought through and well written, but it was also short enough that I was able to comfortably read the entire story during the length of a 2 hour train journey, making it just what I needed at 7am on a monday morning.
I liked that we got to catch up with some of the other characters from the previous books, I especially liked Katie and Dario's happy news. I was a bit shocked at the surprise marriage however, or that Alison and Petey didn't tell the others meaning that Finn wasn't even there with Lizzie.
All in all a good book, and just a little more of what I'm coming to expect from Mara Jacobs.(less)
I liked this less than some of the earlier books, it felt a little flat to me. It kind of just lacked something, and for me I didn't feel like Riley a...moreI liked this less than some of the earlier books, it felt a little flat to me. It kind of just lacked something, and for me I didn't feel like Riley and Josh were actually compatible, or even the right sort of people to be working inn the industry they were. I don't know, it was just a little meh...(less)
I liked this book. I was a bit confused by the ending though. I was half expecting West to get a happily ever after. I like catching up with Ardee tow...moreI liked this book. I was a bit confused by the ending though. I was half expecting West to get a happily ever after. I like catching up with Ardee towards the end but would have liked to have known what happened to her in the interim. I loved Jezal's transformation, and particularly how his only goal for the future is now to ask Ardee to marry him. I liked the development between Logen and Ferro, but expected it to go further. I liked the Dogman even more, but I was disappointed with what happened to Threetrees. Glokta's actions in this made me like him less than ever.
I think that the writing of the book was excellent, as can be seen by the array of emotions I feel for the array of characters. The only thing I would say about this book is I'm never quite sure where it's going, I think I may have recently come to understand why Jezal is a main character though, so that's progress! (less)
I liked this better than the last book in this series. It broke the mould in that I didn't feel like Rex and Jade were carbon copies of Treat & Ma...moreI liked this better than the last book in this series. It broke the mould in that I didn't feel like Rex and Jade were carbon copies of Treat & Max, Kaylie & Chas, or Danica & Blake. They actually had unique personalities.
The thing that I have always liked about this series is the fact that the romantic aspect of each story is different, no matter how eager the characters are to jump in the sack ALL OF THE TIME. My heart actually hurt for Jade and Rex at times because it felt so real, like they'd always been looking at one another.
I particularly liked the resolution to the story, but I'd like to know more about the feud. I felt like the resolution to it was hurried, almost like Melissa Foster thought she'd covered it adequately, but I think it only just skimmed the surface.(less)
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I think that this book has two aspects which should be looked at separately.
Firstly there is th...moreI got this book for free through Goodreads Firstreads.
I think that this book has two aspects which should be looked at separately.
Firstly there is the love story aspect which is compelling and well written. Both of the main characters have plenty of depth although I felt some of the secondary characters felt a little flat. Although I didn't really understand the kick-off of the romance the build-up and eventual closure of it was really good. I felt like in the ending this book could have been compared to a Cecilia Ahern book in that it left me hanging and wanting more although that was all I was getting, there were a couple of places near the beginning where I could have taken or left it...
The second aspect is the 'Adult' part of the book. And I think that this is probably a matter of personal opinion and taste. Although it was probably well written it left me feeling uncomfortable. This aspect I didn't really like and would gladly have left out. I much preferred protective Aidan to scary Aidan, but perhaps just a matter of taste.
If you're into that kind of thing then it's worth checking out, but for me, despite the love story which I liked, I'll probably leave this area alone in future.(less)
This book was good, however I was left feeling a little dissatisfied with the ending, not because of anything particularly wrong with it, but more bec...moreThis book was good, however I was left feeling a little dissatisfied with the ending, not because of anything particularly wrong with it, but more because there's so so much more I want to know about this world and Canavan currently has no more stories for it. I really want Kyralia to encounter Igra, I was a little disappointed after they were introduced in 'The Ambassador's Mission' that nothing more was really made of it, beyond giving a starting point for some changes to some laws that we won't actually get to see take effect.
(view spoiler)[I really enjoyed watching the complete turnaround for Sonea's feelings towards Regin, however I would have liked more romantic interaction between them before being told 'oh and she moved in with him' right at the end. I do think it seemed like a natural romance, despite, or perhaps because of, all the existing antagonism between them. (hide spoiler)]
I liked Lorkin and Lilia's threads in this. They seemed to have more action, which felt like something they were lacking a little in the earlier books. My heart broke a little more for Dannyl with each page of his story I read.
(view spoiler)[I was quite disappointed with Cery's death. For two reasons. Firstly he was pretty much my favourite character in the first trilogy. Secondly it seemed a needless waste which lacked flair and effort. While I appreciate those in fantasy worlds are likely to die of natural causes as well as dramatic ones, I don't really wish to watch it happen to one of my favourite characters. I would rather have it hinted at in a sequel set a long way in the future. But then that's just me. (hide spoiler)]
My only major criticism of this book is that it felt like the overall arc should belong to someone, but it was really hard to tell who, and I think Canavan almost fell back on Sonea out of habit.
I really liked this book. I felt that it carried over the mature feeling which had developed between the Black Magician Trilogy and the Magician's App...moreI really liked this book. I felt that it carried over the mature feeling which had developed between the Black Magician Trilogy and the Magician's Apprentice, but also that it deviated from that storyline, and the similarities which were apparent in those two stories. I wasn't overly fond of the Dannyl thread of the story which disappointed me because he was one of my favourite characters in the first trilogy, however I think this may have had more to do with a lack of propulsion in his storyline compared with the others more than anything actually wrong with it.
I also liked that characters were brought in from lands beyond those immediately bordering Kyralia as it gives the world more depth and clarifies for me the fact that there is definitely a world beyond the map something a lot of authors often fail to do in my opinion. It certainly makes me wonder about all the possible stories Canavan could have dreamt up in this world beyond the borders of the ones we've experienced.(less)
I liked this much better than the three books in the Black Magician's trilogy. Whilst they were good I felt this book had a more mature feel with more...moreI liked this much better than the three books in the Black Magician's trilogy. Whilst they were good I felt this book had a more mature feel with more depth to it. I was, and slightly still am, a bit confused as to why Stara's thread of the story was in there. It appeared a bit randomly and didn't really seem to have any connection to the rest of the story, however I'm theorising that it was in there as a precursor and set-up to the traitor-spy trilogy. I really like the magic system in this world and was glad to see the reappearance of some things in the first set of books. The differences between the worlds of now and then was also interesting.(less)
This book was ok, but to be honest having read the four released books in this series they're beginning to all blend into one. The girls are all super...moreThis book was ok, but to be honest having read the four released books in this series they're beginning to all blend into one. The girls are all super skinny, pretty, and wear the same exact clothing. The guys are pretty much all rich and handsome with some sort of parental hang-up. It's like they're the same people and Melissa Foster's just playing dress-up with them. The only reason I didn't rate this lower is that I think that if you were to read this without having read the other books in the series it'd work pretty well.(less)
**spoiler alert** I liked this book, but not as much as the previous two. Huge parts of it just didn't ring true, like the wedding which went on forev...more**spoiler alert** I liked this book, but not as much as the previous two. Huge parts of it just didn't ring true, like the wedding which went on forever and appeared at first to be an atheist wedding but ended with an amen and some other religious context. And the part where Danica cut their wedding dresses up with a stone, seriously wtf was up with that?
The parts of it that I did enjoy generally rang more true to the previous two, but I also liked all the suspicions I got surrounding Max and Trent, I kind of think there's more history there than either of them is letting on and I'm glad that the next story is their story. I think it'll make a refreshing change to have a break from Danica's whirlwind of thought. After three books I felt a bit like her incessant worrying had been dragged on for too long. (less)