I hate to admit how disappointed I was with this sequel to a marvelous first book. The first book had a lot of sci-fi: space travel, discovery of new...moreI hate to admit how disappointed I was with this sequel to a marvelous first book. The first book had a lot of sci-fi: space travel, discovery of new life-forms, discovery of innate gifts and talents the main character, Erynn Yager. I left that book feeling excited. I felt complete. I didn't know there would be a book two. It felt complete on its own.
Maybe it was me. I had trouble reading due to illness for a while, so I had to read sporadically. But I couldn't get into the book. A lot was assumed that the reader would remember from the first book, very little review of the names of things, or people on this planet.
This book felt more about the military actions, impending war and a romance gone bad than discovery. BUT... At 65% of the way into the book I was finally hooked. I enjoyed meeting the new beings and seeing potential for peaceful arrangements. I didn't want to stop reading for silly things like eating or sleeping.
Then when it seems to be heading to a good ending it ends in a cliff hanger. I don't like cliff hangers. I may not get around to reading the next for a couple years while authors finish the next book, I may get lost in a lot of other books in the meanwhile.
Now don't get me wrong. I think R.E. Sheahan is a great writer. There weren't the glaring grammar, spelling or formatting errors that others miss in their own e-books. The story moves and I like the characters and world. Others may relish this novel. But it was free for me for an honest review and so I tried to do this.
I do have a suggestion for this author and others who write about many characters and worlds. List of characters and glossary of the world at the front of an e-book can be quite helpful for those of us that get lost so easily. Some authors have these things tucked away in the back of their books. That works okay for tree books but e-books start at chapter one. You have to be a bit of a geek like me to back up to the cover page and read table of contents, acknowledgements, etc. I've only learned to do this recently as I have read whole books, in the dark, so to speak, and find these very helpful lists when I've finished the book. By then I didn't care.
Thank you for letting me read this. I think I will have to read the next, as I care for Erynn and her planets. (less)
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 fact...moreI 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. (less)
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 whil...moreThis 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. ;-)(less)
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 on...moreThis 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. (less)
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 there...moreThe 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. (less)
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 in...moreI 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.(less)
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 t...moreNot 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.(less)
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 a...moreI 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!(less)
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 me...moreCould 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.(less)
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 from...moreThis 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!(less)
I hope to buy this on Wednesday! I can hardly wait!
Shoot! I'm done! Hurry up, Ms. Fisher! I want more!
Well done, Ms. Fisher! I loved every bit of t...moreI hope to buy this on Wednesday! I can hardly wait!
Shoot! I'm done! Hurry up, Ms. Fisher! I want more!
Well done, Ms. Fisher! I loved every bit of the story. It was well worth the wait. The characters and plot are so real that I forgot what reality really was. And it is a book that makes you think. I makes you want to be ready. It makes you want to fight to keep Truefood, if we still have any. It is so late that I can't think of more to say. I am that overwhelmed and under-worded!(less)
This has been a fun series. I hope there is more. The author did leave a tag at the end that makes it feel like we aren't finished. I don't want to gi...moreThis has been a fun series. I hope there is more. The author did leave a tag at the end that makes it feel like we aren't finished. I don't want to give any spoilers.
By now, Lena has become very real to me. So has this world she runs in. It is a scary world that keeps me in suspense, will she live? If she does what is there for her? I put down my Kindle feeling anxious and out of breath. Most of all, I hope our world never turns the corner that makes it become Lena's world.
I have now become a fan of Lauren Oliver and look forward to reading more of her books.(less)