THE RUN-DOWN A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.
The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?
MY OPINION This book seems lit a hit or miss book. Meaning that everyone seems to either love it or hate it. I'm more of the former on this. I found the story to be interesting and I was really into what was going on (I read it in one sitting!). The world-building was also very good in the way that I understood what was happening. To be honest, though, I'm not sure what caused me to not give this book a higher rating. Was it the romance? No. I thought that I didn't give a higher rating due to the romance, but looking back, the romance didn't really bug me. It did bug me that there was a tiny love triangle, but other than that, I was okay with the romance. (view spoiler)[Although, I am disappointed that both love interests already knew that Alex was a girl! Where's the fun in that! (hide spoiler)] Maybe because it didn't have a fantasy feel? This sounds more likely. For some reason, his felt more like a dystopian than a fantasy. Sure, there was magic, but not much. And the whole tyrant king thing made it seem more dystopian for some reason. (Maybe I'm just weird) But, to be honest, I probably didn't give a higher rating because it didn't wow me as much as other fantasy books.
IN CONCLUSION I did like this book and it was a good read. I just can't give a higher rating because of all of the amazing fantasy books that I've read lately and, sorry, this fantasy book couldn't beat the others. As far as recommendations go, I think you should give it a try. As I said, you either love it or hate it, it could go either way. So, just give it a try! Just in case you find a new favorite!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
MY THOUGHTS I never know what to expect from Brenna Yovanoff. I've read all of Brenna's books...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I never know what to expect from Brenna Yovanoff. I've read all of Brenna's books and all of them took me by surprise! You can always expect creepy, strange stories from her, but you never quite know what will be in the book!
And creepy and weird this book was. "Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten." If that doesn't sound both creepy and weird to you, I don't know what does. And this book was deliciously creepy! From page 1 you get immediately drawn into the book. The strange beginning makes you curious (at least it did for me) and want to know more!
To me honest, I don't know why I couldn't give this book a higher rating. I really enjoyed this book. Sure, it was strange, but I really like strange books! And I was really in the mood for a creeptastic read! But there were just something that prevented me from enjoying this book as much as I wanted. Was it the characters? No, I don't think so. While I didn't fully connect to the characters, I had no problem with them. Sure, Clementine's character was a bit off, for someone who has been trapped in a cellar for a majority of her life. They were not flat, cardboard characters. They weren't annoying. The romance? Nope. I was actually okay with the romance! (if you know me at all, this is very rare!) There was no insta-love, no weird love triangle, or some pointlessly thrown in romance, it actually was paced smoothly and fit into the book. So, what was my problem? I think my problem might be the ending. Now, the ending ending to the book was okay, but the last 50 pages or so was very confusing for me. I had no idea what was going on within these pages and that really messed me up because that was the climax of the story!
But the ending cannot be my only problem! And that's what I can't understand! I liked everything else, I just couldn't understand the ending, yet I cannot give this book a higher rating? I just can't get myself to give a higher rating. I enjoyed this book and I guess that's what 3.5 stars mean.
IN CONCLUSION Creepy. Weird. That's this book in two words. The ending can be described in one word: Confusing. But everything else? Great! I am definitely going to read Brenna's next book! (less)
MY THOUGHTS I was enormously excited when I first found out about thi...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 2.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS I was enormously excited when I first found out about this book! Link & Ridley were my favorite characters from the Beautiful Creatures series, so a spin-off featuring them? Heck yes! But, sadly, I was disappointed by this book. Was this a bad book? No, not at all, but I was expecting so much more!
One of the major problems that I had with this book was the fact that nothing happened. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, a few things happened, but for a majority of the book nothing significant happened. And I admit it, I also had some trouble figuring out what was going on. It's been awhile since I've read the Beautiful Creatures series and have very vague recollections on what happened. Since this is a spin-off, many many MANY characters and events are mentioned and/or make some kind of appearance. There is absolutely no recap as to what happened in the Beautiful Creatures series, so while I did remember some of the things, there were a lot of moments where I would go "Wait, who's that person again?" or "Can you please tell me what exactly happened?!?!". I was able to put some of the pieces together, but it would have been nice if I was able to fully understand what was going on.
Also, Link and Ridley in Dangerous Creatures did not match how I remembered them from Beautiful Creatures. I remeber Link as the funny goofball. While he's still a goofball, he was not funny. And Ridley...I don't know why I found Ridley's characterization so different. I guess I remembered her as a strong badass, but she just didn't seem that way at all in this book.
And do not get me started on the stupid romance. I have no idea what was up with this romance, but it was ridiculous. A new character is introduced in this book. He's first introduced as a villain, but he somehow ends up as Ridley's love interest???? Granted, this irritated me because I ship(ped) Link & Ridley so hard, and then this jerk comes in to steal the show. And I just couldn't see what was happening here. New guy, Lennox, is basically trying to give Link & Ridley to the bigger villains, maybe even kill them himself, yet he is also seen kissing and confessing love to Ridley. I just don't understand!!!
One last gripe: The cliffhanger. Yeah, this book ends in a cliffhanger. I always have a special hatred towards cliffhangers, but this one was just ridiculous. The cliffhanger had nothing to do with the plot of the book or even the characters. It was just a random event placed at the end of the book just because the authors wanted a cliffhanger. As I said, ridiculous and completely irritating and it actually makes me inclined to read the next book (which was obviously not the purpose).
IN CONCLUSION As you can see, I was very disappointed with this book. Since it's been so long since I've read the Beautiful Creatures series (which I liked much more than this) I kind of question if the main reason that I disliked this book was the fact that my tastes have just changed. Maybe I would have the same feelings towards Beautiful Creatures if I were to read the series again now. Don't get more wrong, I didn't hate this book. I actually kind of liked seeing a glimpse into this world again, but the bad outweighs the good. Anyway, I don't really want to read the next book (because of that stupid cliffhanger), but I do get the feeling that the series will probably improve as it goes on. The fact that not much happened in this book is common for first books in series, so maybe the next book will have me? I don't know, but I do hope it gets better.(less)
I liked this series in the beginning, but it kind of went downhill from there for me. 1. Ben I do not like Ben. My feelings towards him got worse as the...moreI liked this series in the beginning, but it kind of went downhill from there for me. 1. Ben I do not like Ben. My feelings towards him got worse as the series went on. In this book, all Ben did was joke about getting Candra's clothes off her and actually get her clothes off her. That's all Ben did in the whole book. Along with sounding like a sexiest, horny, teenage book, he was also very egocentric. 2. The sexual content. I'm okay with a little bit, but at least half of this book had sexual content. And it went in detail. I'm an innocent girl. I don't like it when a book has a lot of sexual content. It grosses me out, especially when it actually goes into detail.
Those are the two reasons why I couldn'tgo into this book. It's surprising to me, since I was expecting to like this book more than the others due to the time travel (one of my favorite things). But nope, I couldn't get into this one.
By the way... (view spoiler)[Is anyone else wondering how Candra was able to tell her parents that she's pregnant? That's always hard to explain, but come on! Mom, Dad, I'm pregnant. And by the way, the father is that guy I just met. But I was pregnant before I even met him. Because I already been though this before. I time traveled and time messed up. Werewolves. Yeah, I'm pregnant. I can't be the only one wondering this, right? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I don't love this book as much as the other books (both the Fallen Star series & the Lost Soul). This book felt too rushed and the ending...it just...moreI don't love this book as much as the other books (both the Fallen Star series & the Lost Soul). This book felt too rushed and the ending...it just seemed to be an easy and quick way to fix everything.
To be honest, I kind of wished that I didn't read the spin-off series. I really really liked the Fallen Star series, but that series did actually have a nice ending to it. I should've stopped there instead of reading this, since everything gets even more messed up in this series.
I'm not saying that this series is bad (I still liked it) but I just believe that everything got screwed up...