One of the things I love best about Balogh's books is how it isn't often obvious how the hero and heroine will complement each other and fall in love.One of the things I love best about Balogh's books is how it isn't often obvious how the hero and heroine will complement each other and fall in love. I love seeing how it all unfolds. In the beginning of this book, I was definitely thinking, "How could they possibly fall in love?" And yet they did, and it was wonderful. ...more
**spoiler alert** I absolutely LOVED the beginning of this book. But then it got quite frustrating. Still, I liked the book a great deal. And I liked**spoiler alert** I absolutely LOVED the beginning of this book. But then it got quite frustrating. Still, I liked the book a great deal. And I liked how Lucius wouldn't give up on Frances, even when she kept pushing him away. But he didn't do it without questioning himself and his own sanity. Recently, I also read Everything and the Moon, whose hero is also determined to convince his love that they should be together, but that hero was so obnoxious about it. And I did get frustrated with Lucius at times, but he wasn't obnoxious, and he wasn't entirely convinced he would succeed (which would have made him quite annoying indeed). He was merely stubborn. Frances was stubborn too, and definitely frustrating. I didn't feel as if her reasons for refusing Lucius were all that dire, though I do understand how she might have felt they were. At the end, she was going to pursue her music career, but I wish she would have been brave enough to go after Lucius instead of him (yet again) going after her. ...more
This was a solid series and I enjoyed it, but I still don't LOVE it.
The audio narration got to me a little bit in this last book. There were some verThis was a solid series and I enjoyed it, but I still don't LOVE it.
The audio narration got to me a little bit in this last book. There were some very action-packed scenes and stuff, and though I wouldn't consider them overacted, they were narrated a little too intensely at times, and it just rubbed me a little bit the wrong way. Maybe if I had been into the book more, it would have felt better for me. This is entirely a personal preference, though. Overall the narration was wonderfully done. It just didn't work for me at times.
I think the biggest issue I had with this book was that there's a lot of bad stuff that happens, and, in my opinion, it didn't really work well with Meyer's writing style, which (to me) feels light and fun. So there was a little bit of a disconnect for me there.
However, the story was good, and I definitely felt the romance in the romantic scenes (which is important to me). I think the romantic storylines were what I most liked about the series (though I didn't care as much about Cinder/Kai - probably because, as I said in a previous review, it seemed like a foregone conclusion). I think, in general, the books I love best are the ones where the relationships between the characters are just as important as the plot. But these books are very heavily plot-based. There are some things about friendship and Cinder's relationship with her adoptive family, but those took a backseat to the plot, and to the romantic storylines. And the emphasis on the external plot over the internal connections among the characters and the characters' own emotions is probably a contributing factor in my ultimate enjoyment of the series.
I was also a little disappointed that (view spoiler)[there were absolutely NO redeeming qualities about Levana, so she felt a little 2-dimensional. She was just SO EVIL. And Lunars being able to control other people is a serious issue that wasn't really dealt with to my personal satisfaction. So they have a device that prevents manipulation - ok. And in Africa, there was a community of humans and Lunars living peacefully together, but it wasn't really explored HOW that was. And Luna is full of people who abuse their power for their own entertainment or advancement, and how are they supposed to be stopped? There was no answer, aside from the anti-manipulation chips. And it just felt to me like there needed to be more. (hide spoiler)]
But overall, it was a series that I would recommend to others. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The beginning of this book was dreadfully tedious, and I considered giving up and putting it down several times. But after about 3 chapters or so, itThe beginning of this book was dreadfully tedious, and I considered giving up and putting it down several times. But after about 3 chapters or so, it picked up and I was able to get into it. I loved the romance between Vanessa and Elliott. Balogh writes such amazing slow-burn love stories! ...more
UGH. I found Robert to be SO ANNOYING. I liked the beginning, and could even understand his behavior prior to finding out what happened That Night. BuUGH. I found Robert to be SO ANNOYING. I liked the beginning, and could even understand his behavior prior to finding out what happened That Night. But after that, he was insufferable. It seemed apparent to me that he did not respect Victoria one bit. He was always interrupting her, never listening to her, and completely disregarding what she said she wanted because he thought she was "wrong". Even after he heard her talking to herself and began to understand her fears. It just makes me so angry! His actions were obnoxious and I just could NOT root for them as a couple. Nothing is worse than a guy who thinks he knows what's best for a woman without listening to her. (view spoiler)[PLUS HE EFFING KIDNAPPED HER. SERIOUSLY???!? (hide spoiler)] UGH!!!!!...more
3.75 stars. I enjoyed this one the best so far. But I realized why I don't LOVE these books. It comes down to Meyer's writing style, which is quite st3.75 stars. I enjoyed this one the best so far. But I realized why I don't LOVE these books. It comes down to Meyer's writing style, which is quite straightforward. Not that it's bad. It certainly isn't that, and she tells a good story. I guess I just prefer a bit more of a flowery sort of language. So it really just comes down to personal preference. But I like the characters and I find the story engaging and I want to know what happens. ...more
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one, just like the first. I didn't listen to the audiobook this time, though, because it was checked out and I didn't want t3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one, just like the first. I didn't listen to the audiobook this time, though, because it was checked out and I didn't want to wait for it.
Again I didn't LOVE the book, but I found it very enjoyable and wanted to see what happened.
I liked Scarlet and Wolf and Thorne who are all introduced in this book.
I look forward to seeing where the story goes in the next book. ...more
I had no idea how I would feel about this book. I was definitely skeptical because its format is so different. Basically it's set up like a dossier, wI had no idea how I would feel about this book. I was definitely skeptical because its format is so different. Basically it's set up like a dossier, with the collection of files telling the story. I was unsure how this format could work to put me in the story world, to make me feel, and to make me sympathetic to the characters. But with so many rave reviews of this book (which was kind of another strike against it in my mind, because when something is so hyped, it kind of has me running for the hills because it's rare for me to agree that the thing does live up to the hype), I wanted to give it a try. Also because this book looks so damn colorful and pretty (though I do not own nor have seen a physical copy in person). I also wanted to try it because the format was different. And I was transported into the story world, and I did feel, and I was sympathetic to the characters. It took me by surprise in the best way possible.
I didn't know much about this book going into it. The only thing I knew was that a girl and a boy were on different ships and were in love and talked to each other. Everything else about the book was a surprise, since I don't always read synopses. But sometimes it reminded me of Battlestar Galactica, and sometimes that's how I pictured things. And then this book got dark. Like, seriously dark. Like, I thought it couldn't get darker, and then it went and got darker. And there was a good chunk of the book towards the end where I was thinking I didn't like where things were headed, but that ending!!!!! The ending was amazing, and I'm glad I don't have to wait very long for the next book to come out.
I listened to the audiobook of this rather than "eye-reading" it. And the audiobook was fantastic! It was a full cast and there were sound effects and stuff. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but it was perfect and not over-the-top or obnoxious or anything of the things I was worried it would be. It was just so good. I loved all the different voices, and the actors really brought life to the story.
Overall, I really liked this book. I didn't love it because of how dark it got, but I definitely want to see where things go in the rest of the series....more