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)
THE RUN-DOWN On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in t...moreACTUAL RATING: 3.5
THE RUN-DOWN On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.
When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.
MY OPINION When I realized that this book not only takes place in space, but it also has aliens, I had to read it! If I book takes place in space, I will automatically want to read it. But if there is also aliens...
While the book did not have a focus on aliens, the book showed aliens as just other characters. Since the book takes place on a space station full of aliens, basically everyone is an alien. Which brings me to what I loved about this book. There had to be so much imagination involved in creating all of these species and this futuristic world. So, what was it that prevented me from upping the rating on this book? I loved the first half of the book. I was intrigued by what was going on and curious to see what would happen. But my feelings went a bit downhill when the other humans arrived. With the arrival of the other humans, I didn't begin to dislike the book, but I began to get confused. The characterization of the other humans was so strange. I couldn't tell what their personalities or motives were (but I probably was supposed to not know the motives). I basically had no idea what was going on with them most of the time. The romance was also weird. I couldn't even tell if it was a romance. It's hard to explain, but from the beginning of the romance, it didn't seem like he liked Tulla, and there wasn't even much romance in the book. The characterization and the weird romance are really all that I disliked about the book, but since those are both tied to the humans and the humans were such a large part of the book, it did hurt my feelings toward the book.
IN CONCLUSION This was a really interesting, enjoyable read. I loved the imagination involved in this book and the fact that it took place in space! The only things that hurt my feelings towards the book was the confusing humans and the romance. But overall, I did like this book and will be reading the sequel.(less)
MY THOUGHTS This was not a bad book, by any means, I just had a few problems with it. The mai...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This was not a bad book, by any means, I just had a few problems with it. The main problem was that I just couldn't take it seriously. This book takes place in the future and what this society believes about us is really laughable. They believe that we worship the Apple god and that our MasterCards and other such things are works of evil. They basically thought that we would pray to blank screens to worship this Apple god.
To be honest, I can see this happening. I always question what future society would think of us and this book shows an idea like that where they come up with their own notions based on relics that they find. So, yeah, I can see it happening, but I just had such a hard time taking this book seriously because I know how untrue this all is.
If that was my only issue with this book, it would have a much higher rating. Because, like I said, it only bothered me because I couldn't take this book as seriously as I should have. But I also had some issues with The Testing.
I thought that The Testing was ridiculous (I also found it ridiculous that it was necessary for everything to be capitalized). The Testing was supposed to be dangerous, but it wasn't even close. Eva never faced any danger and she easily passed all the tasks even though she hardly had any preparation. It's even more ridiculous that she was in the lead in many challenged and other such circumstances (when, again, she hardly had any preparation!). There also was hardly any action throughout the book, which was a bit of a let down.
IN CONCLUSION I am disappointed in this book. Much of this book was ridiculous and unbelievable. I actually found the whole Apple god interesting, but it was very hard to take seriously. As far as reading the sequel, I don't know. I get the feeling that I'll be able to take it more seriously, but I doubt that I'll like it very much. Maybe I'll read it if I get my hands on it.(less)