You know, this book had more grammar/spelling/editing issues than the first two combined, but you know what else? I do not freakin' care!
This book madYou know, this book had more grammar/spelling/editing issues than the first two combined, but you know what else? I do not freakin' care!
This book made me have all the feels. All of them. I cried, and cried, and cried some more. Happy cried. Sad cried. My children and husband gave me wide berth as I finished this book because they all got snapped at for daring to disturb my sob sessions. (Of course I apologized after I was done, and of course they still think Mommy is nuts)(Mommy is nuts) Many, many deaths in this book, all but one heartbreaking (view spoiler)[I don't care what anyone else thinks, I was glad Will got killed off. He remained an abusive dillweed and was not worthy of Emma's love (hide spoiler)]. And even when the one person died that I wanted gone, dammit, I still had the feels and still cried because of how it affected all the others.
I was left very satisfied with the ending. I think the relationships that ended up happening according to the epilogue were good and I seriously bawled-ugly cry bawled-(view spoiler)[during the Leo gravesite scene. (hide spoiler)] I mean, I'm tearing up just writing about it now. Gawd I loved this series! This story will stay with me. And as many books as I read, I can't say that about most. These go beyond a moment's entertainment, and have sealed themselves into a little portion of my brain & heart.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I am writing this review after reading all 3.5 books in the series (I include the alternate ending to Reborn as .5), so I know that how I felt about tI am writing this review after reading all 3.5 books in the series (I include the alternate ending to Reborn as .5), so I know that how I felt about the story as a whole is influencing this review.
This series is so close to being perfect, that it pains me to find such major flaws in these books. So, let's get the bad stuff out of the way. First, and foremost, Will is NOT a good person. Will is an abusive SOB, by any & all definitions of abusive. And every time I think Emma is going to come to her senses and leave him for good, I am again extremely disappointed to find her still having feelings other than hatred and disgust for him.
Second, the grammar & editing issues never go away. I was very rarely so distracted by them as to be yanked out of the story, but it is still frustrating to see so many problems in a finished, published book.
As for all that I love in this book, first, my need for more details on how the world ended was finally fulfilled. And it was quite satisfying. It bears repeating from my review of Born, that an apocalypse featuring BOTH zombies and a nuclear war was already amazing to me. And now we get to throw in a mad scientist behind it all with a eugenics masterplan! Love! Now that's how to bring about the end of the world. And the world building is surprisingly well done for a book done from only one person's perspective. No mass info dumps. Very few stilted conversations that are only there for exposition, but you know darn well people would never talk like that in reality.
As for the main reason I love this entire series--so many female characters to love! I adore stories about strong women, and this series overflows with them. Emma & Anna are my new spirit-animal women. And Leo, oh what a wolf! My family adopted an adult labradane this year from a shelter, and I gotta say, without my firsthand knowledge of canine behavior, I probably would have dismissed much of Leo's behavior as completely implausible. But now I know, yup, that's pretty much exactly what a wolf/dog would do. And I kinda really want a wolf now. That would be popular with my 4 cats I'm sure...
I am writing this review after reading all 3.5 books in the series (i include the alternate ending to Reborn as .5), so I know that how I felt about tI am writing this review after reading all 3.5 books in the series (i include the alternate ending to Reborn as .5), so I know that how I felt about the story as a whole is influencing this review.
I am a total sucker for books about the end of the world. And the crazier the apocalypse, the better. One of my few complaints about this book is the lack of details on the actual disasters that occurred. That said, this world is absolutely terrifying, and I loved it! Zombies and nuclear war?! Yes!! Then add in one bada$$ chick and her pet wolf, and I am in heaven. After throwing in several more incredible female characters, I have found who I want to be when I grow up finally.
Even the fact that Emma found herself in love didn't bother me the way it did so many other readers. She is a 19-year-old girl who has never been around 19-year-old boys that make her hormones go nuts; so it actually makes perfect sense to me that the first guys that get her ovaries singing would be her first love interests. And especially knowing (view spoiler)[that it's part of her "mutant powers" to have heightened emotions and impulsive behavior (hide spoiler)], it isn't at all hard to believe Emma would fall in love that quickly.
That said, I do take exception to her being in love with Will simply because of him being an abusive a$$hat. The way he treats her is not okay, and to have her forgive him (view spoiler)[and going forward, to choose him over Jake (hide spoiler)] never sat well with me. For that reason, and for the grammar/spelling/editing issues, I can only give this book 4 stars. Still, I highly recommend the whole series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
First things first, I have never seen an episode of the television show. I was encouraged to read the book by a co-worker who had read the book and thFirst things first, I have never seen an episode of the television show. I was encouraged to read the book by a co-worker who had read the book and then saw the first episode of the TV series and was astounded by how unalike the two were.
Now after listening to this book, and hearing about the content of the TV series, I'm confident I don't want to watch it at all.
This book was so much fun to listen to. The reader's accents truly added to my enjoyment of the book, and I would highly recommend purchasing an audiobook version of the book. That being said, the content of the book was equally amazing. A very in depth view from the inside of a women's prison. A view that was completely opposite from what I was expecting. The level of care that these women show each other was just astounding to me. I kept waiting for something horrible to happen to Piper, and for that I blame the same people that are producing the current TV series. That is what the entertainment industry wants us to believe happens in prison, so it was very refreshing to see the reality, and to see just how ridiculous the judicial system can be in this country even today....more