I fell into like, um, I really cared about the characters, in the first book. It was that carinWow! Was this part of the same series as Not the Norm?
I fell into like, um, I really cared about the characters, in the first book. It was that caring that drove me to read book two. That's a good thing! This part of the story hit the ground running. If there were mistakes in the grammar or spelling I didn't notice for trying to keep up with the action.
In a world of super-humans, being either sub-norm or just human can be down-right dangerous. Hence the name of the name of the series (Sub-normal). Though you see this in the first book, this second book throws it in your face.
My only problem with this book was that I was left LONGING for part three. I have tried to think through, as a writer, how I would handle this. Would it be better as one larger book broken into sections? Then I had to think about the author. Would her larger book make as much as three (or more) short stories? I, for one, was looking for something fast when I picked up book one, and then book two. But the waiting for the next installment, then trying to remember where we left off... I guess this is why a lot of people wait until they've gathered all the parts before reading it as a whole. I am sure this is a quandary for serial writers everywhere. Point is, I can't wait to read the next in this series! ...more
Can I give this book ten stars? Is it possible to love a second book in a series more than the first? I wish I could, and I do.
The depth of character,Can I give this book ten stars? Is it possible to love a second book in a series more than the first? I wish I could, and I do.
The depth of character, plot and world building is absolutely amazing! Jacqueline Carey writes in poetry it seems. Not in a dull, you have to figure it out as you go into tangled webs-way, but flowing and vivid. It is like you have put on Carey glasses and see a world you might not have seen before.
I didn't cry at the end of this book. But I am sad. I cannot see how there could be a sequel. I have never seen so many threads brought to a more satisfying end. Except one. Robe. I wanted more. My problem is that I miss the characters so much and I know outside of reading the books again, I just wont have opportunity to enjoy them again. But Jacqueline Carey is a genius, so maybe she can pull more out of these characters. I hope so.
Now for a word for the narrator, Susan Ericksen. Wow! I am sure the book was marvelous without Ms. Erickson's voice but to listen to her while reading Jacqueline's book was like "cake AND ice cream." A couple of the characters have similar backgrounds yet Susan managed to keep their accents separate and individual. Since they are of Latino descent I was worried that as they went to European countries and then to Australia and Japan that there would be some dull or unbelievable accents. No. She carried all characters and accents off with a flair. I look forward to more of her narrations.
I highly recommend the series and/or the audio of Santa Olivia and the sequel Saints Astray to Everyone! ...more
I am not the target audience. I wasn't the target audience when I was a teen. I never liked girlie-romancie, helplessness and swooning. Redeeming factI am not the target audience. I wasn't the target audience when I was a teen. I never liked girlie-romancie, helplessness and swooning. Redeeming factor is that the main character did try to use her gifts and regain some kind of independence. But not very much.
I found I understood more about the main characters and their missions. I just wish both books would have spent more time on the wonders of the channelers.
The thing I felt the best about were the little quips at the beginning of each chapter. I would love to read the book about societies. I would love to see the results of learning from different societies, blended and pure. ...more
This is a continuation of The Dragonriders of Pern. I didn't have the money for the Kindle version so I managed to listen to this Audible version whilThis is a continuation of The Dragonriders of Pern. I didn't have the money for the Kindle version so I managed to listen to this Audible version while attempting to decypher the book with its tiny font. Because of the narrator's wonderful voice and character depictions I was able to keep track of where I was in the story even when my eyes refused to read any more.
I loved this book the first time I read it nearly two decades ago and found it equally exciting this time. Other books in this series are about the dragons and their riders and the fight against thread. This books challenged us to look at traditions and even break them to see if there might be a better way to do things. New sciences were discovered or recovered in this book. These kept me involved wondering if our own descendants may run into similar discoveries should we let go of our tightly held concepts. Who know, maybe gravity will cease to be so grave!
Anyway, I am lucky to have the next of the Dragonrider books in Audible form and have already cheated ahead. I remember White Dragon as one of my favorites, so I'm getting back to my 'reading' um, listening. ;-)...more
This was another book to keep me up until 3 in the morning. This series is so exciting! It involves so much action that from the beginning, in book onThis was another book to keep me up until 3 in the morning. This series is so exciting! It involves so much action that from the beginning, in book one, until now the end of book two, one is caught up in the story. Susan Ee's writing keeps you captured in her world.
It was so long ago that I read the first book that I was a little worried that I would have to go back and read book one again to remember all that had happened but Ms. Ee does a marvelous job reacquainting the reader with 'World Before'and 'World During' that it all flows quite well as we step into 'World After'.
Book one had us meeting Penryn, her little crippled sister, and their mentally ill mother. The world was hard enough for poor Penryn to live in then the Angels and Demons decided to cause the apocalypse. Survival was the theme in both of these books. But there is a minor (?) romance between Penryn and an angel.
This book continues the survival, fighting, and romance. Penryn is quite the character and struggles to help her family and the other humans to survive. She learns to use the angel's sword and tries to save everyone. She is quite spunky and able to hold her own no matter what.
I was about a third of the way in the Kindle version of the book when I realized that I had the Audible version of the book that I had purchased a while back. I must admit that the narrator, Caitlin Davies, was able to read the story exactly how I had been hearing it in my head. What is nice about having the audio version is you get to hear how the names should be pronounced. In this case I had been calling Raffe 'RAF' with a long 'A' sound and silent 'e'. Apparently it is 'Rawffa'. Sounds a lot better the right way, I must admit!
Though almost all threads have been tied up, and the ending is sweet, there is enough to let me know there will be more. Yay! I do really enjoy this series. Oh, and those who don't believe in angels demons or the bible will still enjoy this series as a fantasy. I recommend it to all for a fun adventure. ...more
The adventures continue for Abigail and friends. I liked this one enough that I am hoping to see part three soon, assuming, due to ending, that thereThe adventures continue for Abigail and friends. I liked this one enough that I am hoping to see part three soon, assuming, due to ending, that there might just be more.
I find myself questioning a lot on this one. Though Abigail Deane is in the title, it seemed there was more about everyone else. She doesn't seem to be star enough to have it titled after her. I like her but she isn't deep enough. I feel more of her friends Ethan and Cassie and Auntie Temperance than I do Abigail. I just like the girls I read about to be spunkier.
What I do enjoy is the traveling. It is fun to go to new places and see them through the characters' eyes.
And the adventure and edge of your seat excitement pushes this to nearly a five star status.
I wish I hadn't finished this in the middle of the night after I had closed down the computer. Writing reviews a day later is not as effective. And by the time I realized I hadn't written this I had already finished another book so I have to sort through my hazy brain to be fair.
What I think might be good about Abigail not being so front and center, is that boys might like this better. It isn't all gushy romance, though thoughts are there. It is more about the mission and the adventure. ...more
I am so enjoying this series. I don't much like stories about werewolves, but I do like the characters very much and I love the relationships built inI am so enjoying this series. I don't much like stories about werewolves, but I do like the characters very much and I love the relationships built into the story. By the way, these books are lendable so if anyone would like to borrow these let me know. S. M. Reine tells interesting, exciting adventures. Now, I will go and read the next in the series....more
Not fair! Now I have to buy the next book, if it is even out there.
This is a great series! The writing is wonderful, kept me engaged. I even had to tNot fair! Now I have to buy the next book, if it is even out there.
This is a great series! The writing is wonderful, kept me engaged. I even had to turn off Dr. Who and the Olympics because I wasn't ready to leave the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good adventure, dystopian world, and strong, smart fem main characters.
What I don't like is the fact that it is non-loanable. That isn't fair. In a day and age where people have no jobs or little income, one ought to be able to loan a good book to a friend....more
I SO want to give this less stars. The reason? The book leaves you high and dry. You go on this marvelous adventure with the characters and get left aI SO want to give this less stars. The reason? The book leaves you high and dry. You go on this marvelous adventure with the characters and get left at the cliff. And I was prepared for that and had book two ready. But it did the same thing. But there is no next book. A quick search, and there was nothing I could find saying another book is in the making.
But other than being left on the edge, the plot, story, characters are all great. I love the philosophies that the characters portray.
I will leave this review on both books as to me they are the same. I really think the author should have finished his story and put this all in one book. Still, have to leave it at 5 stars as I don't think I will forget these books anywhere near soon. It was that good!...more
Could I give this one 4.5 stars? I really liked it. But it got to be too long and was often confusing. I liked the idea of using whatever spiritual meCould I give this one 4.5 stars? I really liked it. But it got to be too long and was often confusing. I liked the idea of using whatever spiritual method (prayer, meditation, yoga,etc.) to block the bad guys' thoughts but it seemed the most rational, let's say atheist(?) got left in the cold when I think their rationale might have gotten them by, also.
This book continues The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy which, also, wasn't about angels. No matter, it was sci-fi the way I like it! I do love that Lady Grace is given just that as in the previous book we learned to hate her. The characters were believable though the worlds building left a bit to be desired... maybe that will be taken care of in the sequel. Can't wait for that!
By the way, I like the cover for this one better than the cover for the previous book.
This was a complimentary copy from BookRooster but I don't quite know how to let them know as it isn't on the list. Anyway, I am grateful to be able to read it....more
This was much more fun than Charlie and much more age appropriate. I appreciated the chance to read this book. It was a complimentary Kindle copy fromThis was much more fun than Charlie and much more age appropriate. I appreciated the chance to read this book. It was a complimentary Kindle copy from BookRoosters dot com. I think the author writes well and tells a story that makes you feel you are there in the scene. Of course, in this case, I am glad they can't see the old lady standing there acting like she is a Freshman again. <>
I love the characters in the story, all of them. Even the bratty cousin, who turns out to be the best thing the family had ever had. They all needed to be shaken up so they could find the love for each other, find their own happiness. Great job, Dalya Moon!...more