A wonderfully written novel but with a predictable yet surprising plot.
Firstly, the story is amazing. I was absolutely connected with each of the cha...moreA wonderfully written novel but with a predictable yet surprising plot.
Firstly, the story is amazing. I was absolutely connected with each of the characters especially Allie. Her pain was so painful. Her sadness so sad. And her love so wonderful. Everything she went through because of the Summer Incident broke my heart. I found it hard to trust Brooke and the others because they weren't being particularly good friends towards her. But then comes along Damien the stalker who understands her.
At first I found it pretty weird, creepy and un-explainable that she would even trust a total stranger but I couldn't help but love him! He was genuinely kind and everything.
However the first half of the story was pretty predictable. It was easy guessing who Damien was since there was a clue in the first chapter. But towards the end the author still creates a twist in which we find out how he is really connected to Allie and the ACTUAL TRUTH about his past.
The writing is quite descriptive and I loved the place the characters were staying at. The setting was breezy, calming yet mysterious. The lake brought back memories for Allie and the forest was where most of the action ad romance happened.
Lingering Echoes is entertaining, romantic and simple. (less)
Cindy does not fail at all! She is marvelous in all aspects and I can't wait till Harmony, book three in the series is released.
Destiny was a really...moreCindy does not fail at all! She is marvelous in all aspects and I can't wait till Harmony, book three in the series is released.
Destiny was a really promising, captivating, romantic and educational story, but Synchrony took it to a whole other level. In the first book it was mostly about Destiny and Isaac's relationship in the Baptist and Mormon community. However, Synchrony, explored all the characters this time, and the religious group tensions got much more intense.
It was all about Destiny and Preston and Isaac's love triangle, Olivia and Hudson's relationship, Hannah's shocking secret and Aspen's cruelty. So much more was happening and I really didn't know who my heart was going out to: Preston or Isaac. I was slightly annoyed in the end at Destiny's descision and thought that she was just jumping from boy to boy but I still love these characters and this story so I totally respected her decision.
The funny thing is that I'm not even Christian but I really love the educational aspect of the book. My heart was literally hammering when the Mormons wanted to kick the Baptists out and now that they have a way I really need book three to see what they're going to do! Plus I really need to read Hannah's story, oh and how Destiny will be accepted, that too.
Overall these series are just so unique. I've never read anything like them. Even if I've read a book somehow about religious groups, Cindy writes in such a respectful, educational and moving way! Harmony, you better be on my bookshelf soon.(less)
Read the ebook in your browser on Goodreads! Inspiration: This story was mainly inspired by the book called ‘The prophecy of the gems’ by Flavia Bujor....moreRead the ebook in your browser on Goodreads! Inspiration: This story was mainly inspired by the book called ‘The prophecy of the gems’ by Flavia Bujor. I really liked the idea about a kingdom and I have always wanted to create a character with unusual coloured hair. I also wanted to write about how the main character was also a creature, so this was the perfect setting for it. I also wanted to include a small piece of romance in this novel similar to ‘The prophecy of the gems’ but appropriate for younger readers. This novel by far has been a great experience and I have completed it in less than two months. (less)
**spoiler alert** Thank you to ATOM for sending me a paperback copy of the book!
My review can also be found on the Atom website!
Short review: I am so p...more**spoiler alert** Thank you to ATOM for sending me a paperback copy of the book!
My review can also be found on the Atom website!
Short review: I am so pleased with the depth of action and mystery in book three. We got to see the students finally taking matters in to their own hands and finding out more secrets that could change everything once again.
This is the best in the series so far because we got to the highest point of danger ever. Nathaniel was this close to destroying everything but because of Allie's bravery, she helped devise a cunning plan where there were a turn of events.
CJ Daugherty writes her books marvelously. she has this way of conveying everything you want to happen in a most surprising way.
I was very happy with book three and I can really see that this series was well thought through. Some things are predictable yet the plot isn't and that's what makes it so intriguing to find out the mystery of Night School and it's villains.
Finally some answers! But I would be lying if I said that. Okay fine we did get some.
Fracture began the same as Legacy. Something has happened in chapter one and is then explained in chapter two. I love how CJ Daugherty starts her books like that because it shows a clear and structured balance. It's not rushed and gives the readers enough time to get in to the story.
So book three begins with Allie trying to run away. I wasn't surprised by her decision I mean Cimmeria Academy is a dangerous and murderous place after all! However when she eventually gets caught and is brought back with her friend Mark, I wasn't entirely sure what happened to him after that.
Anyway the story continued this time with lots more action and dangerous events. Nathaniel plotted lots more in order to get Allie and this time the stakes were as high as ever because we still don't know who Nathaniel's Spy is! We finally got to see the students doing something about the danger; it was almost like a Secret Agent School! I was also surprised by Allie's bravery in this book. She showed more of her true colours along with other new characters such as Zoe which I found to be a cute addition to the Night School gang as we got to see more of her.
But once again the teachers are always one step ahead, and everything the students do find out the teachers already know it. It was a bit annoying because it was like they were back to square one again. But I did feel that they did get to find out some secrets that the teachers don't know of yet. I think we will get to know a really big secret in book four. Bigger than Nathaniel or Night School. Something about one of the teachers and not just about them maybe being a spy.
We also found out lots more about Allie's heritage and I felt that half of the book was centered around that so it should have been called Legacy Part 2 instead of Fracture. But there was a little bit more information on Night School itself and the organization it's part of to help the readers understand why Nathaniel is being so mean and trying to take over the school.
Again there was an epic ending which I loved to bits as it left us with another cliffhanger.
Although there wasn't much romance focused in book three, I thought it was good because it shows how serious the situation is becoming. It's time that Night School kick Nathaniel's butt once and for all! (But there's still two books left for that to happen)
CJ Daugherty writes her books marvelously. she has this way of conveying everything you want to happen in a most surprising way.
I was very happy with book three and I can really see that this series was well thought through. Some things are predictable yet the plot isn't and that's what makes it so intriguing to find out the mystery of Night School and it's villains.(less)
Thank you to the author for sending me a an ecopy of the book!
Okay, to be honest I really didn't think this book would be great. I mean I loved Lauren...moreThank you to the author for sending me a an ecopy of the book!
Okay, to be honest I really didn't think this book would be great. I mean I loved Lauren Kate and her Angel series so I didn't think any other Angel book could be any better. Guess what? I was wrong. I know the only reason why I decided to review the book was because the blurb really grabbed my attention but I seriously thought it would let me down and I really didn't want to go through such a long, almost 400 paged book. But it was amazing.
The Morning Star is a story that pulls you in from the first line. I absolutely enjoyed every word written. It was so interesting reading about Lucifer, the king of Evils, who has his own army of Evils and Dawn leads it. His daughter. Now that I had to read about. I didn't even know he had a daughter or rather daughter's, Venus and Dawn (Lillith) until this book came around! *Late in life*
Everything is explained, from Lucifer's motives with his one and only love, Michaela, and why he is fallen, to what Collectors do to what Dawn really wants to do. And that's when romance comes around.
The romance all together was epic. It was almost like a love square. You had a love triangle with Lucifer, Michaela and Ramiel and then you had Dawn and Gabriel and Silas and Venus (who is like that with everyone anyway because of her Succubus).
However because the two sisters in the story, Dawn and Venus, spend so much time on earth, it felt like they were more human than fallen angels. And that's why Dawn falls in love for a human because of her constant mingling with them and that's when twists and turns develop, creating mystery and love and something not quite what I had expected.
There were some really awesome kick-ass action scenes too especially when the two sisters do team work with their powers of fire. But the real twists came round Chapter Seven when we find out who exactly this human boy is and OMIGOD. My heart was pounding furiously. I mean when we the readers find out before Dawn, it's like an arrow in the heart.
In terms of characters, I loved all of them. Dawn was the more responsible one who listened to her father whereas Venus was her own person trying to do what she wanted as a Succubus. But when you combined the two sisters together, you had the wild evil sisters. Obviously, I liked Lucifer's manly authority over everyone who acted like a king at most times and he did have a good sense of humour. I also loved all the side characters because whilst the main plot was going on, you had these mini side stories at the same time which added a little bit more information to how life was like for a fallen angel.
Overall an amazing read full of romance, angels and high school. It's like re-reading FALLEN but with a HUGE twist. A war for love. I can't wait to read the sequel!(less)
First impressions: Girly cover with a girly story of romance. The blurb wasn't clear at all so I wasn't expe...moreThank you to HODDER for sending me a copy!
First impressions: Girly cover with a girly story of romance. The blurb wasn't clear at all so I wasn't expecting too much. But less than half way I fell head over heel with it!
This is like a better version of SHIFT by Em Bailey. They both have the same plot of manipulation and a main character that wants you to think of them a certain way but ends up being the bad guy anyway because they try to steal your life. The only reason why The Day I met Suzie is so much better than SHIFT is because its realistic; this book is so down to earth and the scenario's mentioned really do happen in real life. Its a perfect example for teen contemporary as you can really relate to the story. Everything is written in simplistic form yet still written for any audience because the story is really engaging.
Chris Higgins has a superb talent of writing! Everything flows, connects and pulls you in from start to finish. I know that it takes until the end to find out what's really up with Suzie, but all that created fantastic suspense and mystery. It kept the readers guessing for countless of possibilities for the ending which made me excited for the plot to unravel.
It was kind of obvious that Suzie wold be the manipulator but at times I was almost like Indie and felt that Suzie was actually the victim. To top it off, I was so happy for the happy ending but I absolutely loved the very last chapter when Suzie runs away and jumps to her next prey. It was almost like a cliffhanger. But I would have prefared that Suzie got caught at that point.
Indie, the main character, is the perfect example of the readers because we were fooled from the start with Suzie. Over all a page turning book, thrilling, exciting and nerve racking book.(less)
George Orwell has once again fascinated me by his clever writing to portray a hidden message.
One of the main features in this dystopian world that Geo...moreGeorge Orwell has once again fascinated me by his clever writing to portray a hidden message.
One of the main features in this dystopian world that George Orwell has created is the significance of control. Everything you do and say is monitored. But one thing that creates that sense of real fear is the fact that the Thought Police even exist.
You’re not allowed to do anything in this society: free thought, sex, and any expression of individuality are prohibited. Every single enjoyment and pleasure is removed and you can only reproduce to increase the number of party members. You are only allowed to obey and be patriotic towards the party of Big Brother and support it if you want to live. This creates a psychological aspect where people have to have self control because at the sign of a facial twitch, people can be accused of struggling to obey the party. Newspeak being the new language of this society already gives the impression of censorship. It is a way to restrict Criminal Thought so that when someone will be feeling negative emotions towards the party then they won’t have any words to express it. It also shows that the party are indirectly admitting to how corrupt they are so try to hide it with any method they can. But it is also a way to brainwash people so they can forget what Oldspeak was like. The Government don’t want people to remember how the past was like in case that it could be used against them, that is why people are made to believe a made up history where they have no way of knowing if it is true or not since there is no evidence of it thus making them rely entirely upon the party. Only in subconscious can they really cling to the truth of their memories as Winston does.
War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength, are words of contradiction that have brainwashed people to believing this is the way to live. The fact that these slogans along with the word Victory, have been printed everywhere, on coins, stamps, books etc. brings out the similarity between this party and Stalin’s cult; this idea of everything being propaganda in the society has been indirectly taken from past events. I think it was George Orwell’s way of saying that when there is power, there is propaganda. Although the Brotherhood are people who have hope that the party can be overthrown, the children are one case that cannot be resolved. They have been born in to a world of brainwashing, censorship and control, so they see just that as the truth. They cannot think for themselves and are instead trained to be spies.
It is clear that Winston is against this society of control. He doesn’t like it, he doesn’t want it and he wants to be free from it. He tries his best however to blend in with the brainwashed people who have to obey Big Brother. But sometimes it is too much for him so when he begins to write his diary of Hatred Thoughts, he thinks he will be caught by the Thought Police because this is seen as Criminal Thoughts. His actions show that even if there is so much control, there is still some sort of free will that won’t completely disappear.
Writing diaries isn’t illegal but if one is found you could be punished by death. That alone says the government is corrupt. It’s not the law but they can still punish you meaning this government is so corrupt and controlling that even laws cannot set some form of boundary to protect you because you just have to obey.
Winston knows he cannot possibly be the only one to think against the party that is why O’Brien is one man that portrays a sense of hope and confirmation that there might be a Brotherhood of people against the party. However because O’Brien is seen as such a powerful figure, there is still uncertainty if he can be trusted or he’s just there to trap people for the party. But when Winston meets O’Brien and persuades Winston that there is hope and Goldstein exists, a psychological torture has just begun.
Although O’Brien tricked Winston by making him believe he was on his side, I thought that O’Brien still believed in the Brotherhood. He made Winston read Goldstein’s theory and literally spilled all of the Party’s secrets but at the end it was all a plan. However the fact that he was in a position to reveal these secrets, not only shows him as a powerful figure but also shows how he admits the party is corrupt. But we will never know for sure if he was indeed a trickster or if he too was forced to carry out this plan by Big Brother.
When I finished the book my final impression of Winston was set. He comes across as a hopeless man who has lost hope in almost everything. Even when he does find out that there may be hope, he isn’t fully trusting. This may be due to the exhaustion that the party has burdened him with. He wants everything to end but because he is so tired of it all, he just goes with the flow of what comes to him. But towards the end of the book, Winston changed greatly because of Julia. She made the book a whole lot more daring and adventurous because she doesn’t really care if they’re there or not as she has no real power to control it. She therefore tries her best to live her life to a satisfactory level to make herself content compared to Winston who can’t stand it. Julia was the one who showed a sign of hope which encourage Winston that he could become part of the Brotherhood (However hope also came from the Proles when he saw a woman singing).
Again I found George Orwell’s writing to contain a lot of historical aspects to it. Goldstein being the leader of the Brotherhood thus making him the number one enemy of the party got me thinking that he could be loosely based on Lenin or even Karl Marx. Indeed, almost everything might be based on the incidents in Russia because it is one of those countries that had control over a long period of time. But obviously Nineteen Eighty Four was written to also highlight other parts of the depression and to say how people will never be completely free from power and control as it will always exist.
Generally, the whole atmosphere throughout the whole book that this society portrays is one that is slow, tiring and depressing. Everything has routine and even if people wanted a revolution, it would be very hard to carry one out because of the controlled society. The tone is so pessimistic and almost desperate.
George Orwell wanted to write a book to say that the world is falling apart and will always be. Power and Control are what will break humanity. It will lead to psychological manipulation, physical control, censorship, propaganda and brainwashing.
Overall I absolutely enjoyed Nineteen Eighty Four. I thought it was clever and cunning especially the twist at the end which really surprised me. I recommend it for all. (less)
The best book Cathy Glass has told so far! I adored everything about it from learning about the child she fosters to how she coped with looking after...moreThe best book Cathy Glass has told so far! I adored everything about it from learning about the child she fosters to how she coped with looking after Aimee.
The one thing that always makes me like her books is that she writes in diary-like-format so that the reader knows exactly what her usual routine is and the kind of activities she involves herself in with the children she fosters. She tells us exactly what happens to the child from the moment they walk in through her door to when they find they're own little place in the world.
Cathy is one amazing woman that I find her really talented. She's caring and loving and will do anything to resolve any child's problem and make them feel 'at home'.
This story in particular has touched my heart deeply because it teaches how abuse has psychological effects and damage to the child and how they manage to cope with that even if it means being rude and selfish, because it really isn't their fault and that's what Aimee did.
In this book we also learn the hassles Social Services have to face each time a child comes in to their database and even though so many children have been 'forgotten at home' Social Services have loads to handle, from meetings and contact to organizing foster carers, free education and health care. They are brilliant people at the end of the day who only want the child to be safe and Cathy Glass has explained this wonderfully.
Overall this was brilliant and I can't wait for more of these stories!(less)
**spoiler alert** Thank you to the author for sending me an e copy of the book!
Wow, what a ride this has been. This was so fast paced that there was n...more**spoiler alert** Thank you to the author for sending me an e copy of the book!
Wow, what a ride this has been. This was so fast paced that there was no time to breath. Right from the start, the readers get to know how multiple teenagers from around the world had near death experiences. Just by reading the first ten pages I couldn't put it down because so much was happening already; how all of the teens had some how disappeared from the real world and ended up together, trapped in a hospital on Long Island where it seems there are no other life forms apart from them. They seem to have nothing in common apart from the fact they were all 17 years old. At first they, including me, thought it was purgatory but as more of the story unfolds, its something completely different! *that includes scientific explanation to make it more believable*
I absolutely loved the strange Hospital the teens were all trapped in. I mean it was the most spookiest and freakish of places ever! I loved how at first almost everyone didn't trust each other except Declan who wanted to work together to get out. He seemed like the only character that was down to earth compared to Sophie who just wanted to die, Yosh who was too confused to understand the situation, Nico and Zain who were also clueless and Anat who wanted to just kill everyone really.
My favourate character would have to be Anat though because her past life seemed so adventurous. To top it off, when she appeared with the other teens, she seemed so aggressive and that just made me laugh. She kept thinking everyone was a soldier who wanted to kill her. Can't blame her though, poor thing, she can't tell who's innocent and who's not because of rough military training. But she still had a soft spot to herself because she missed her fiance.
Throughout the book however, we don't see much of Nico, Zain or Yosh's past lives which gives the feeling of doubt to the readers. Who are they really and are they playing a part to whats happening to Anat, Declan and Sophie? Or is it the opposite and the author wants to fool the readers to thinking something else? But then again I thought that there was too much information on Anat. What if she was the one up to something? Whatever it was it definitely worked up the mystery and kept the readers guessing!
That is why I doubted Yosh from the start. She was the quietest but knew what happened to Zain when the others didn't and didn't want to tell. And I was right when things got out of hand! Yosh, the one with the biggest secret.
But it got even more intense when all of them thought it was a different day of the year. At this point, something really strange was happening and I felt like reading the last page to find out what all this suspense was about! Halfway through the book I was really beginning to wonder if I was reading The Day of The Trifids especially when the teens discover that they were not alone on this bizarre empty place called Long Island.
As I read along, more secrets were unveiled and we eventually found out about Nico's past life. Yosh was also given some spot light but her past life was only discovered at the end of the book which totally surprised me!
Some people may consider the pacing to be draggy because we don't get the answers straight away, but to be honest that draggy-ness was what kept me wanting to read because I was dying to find out why everything was happening the way it was and the ending was predictable in some ways but there were still some twists that completely shocked me.
In some ways, I felt the end was incomplete because although it did explain why there would be unanswered questions to what happened to everyone else due the incident, I still felt like the book should have had an epic cliffhanger to leave the readers thinking of possible outcomes. I mean we didn't exactly have a complete answered ending. What happened to Yosh? It was like wrapping everything up in to a happy ending and saying: Tis' the way it is.
I would definitely purchase the book in stores. It has a mix of everything: action, dystopian, sci/fi, romance, mystery and a thriller. Anyone should enjoy this one because it reaches out to a wide range of audiences and genres.
Over all an adventurous and wonderful read! It was ordered and structured in to parts too. I loved everything about it because it was fast paced, thrilling and mysterious! Sequel now!!(less)
The beginning immediately draws you in to a magical world. Lora is different and for some reason the Du...moreThank you to NETGALLEY for sending me an ecopy!
The beginning immediately draws you in to a magical world. Lora is different and for some reason the Duke sends her off to Iverson Boarding School. The author vividly describes the beautiful songs Lora hears that no one else can and I could really imagine what she was going through. Even though the songs are so beautiful, there is something quite deadly about them. These songs are almost personalities for each individual and that's how she recognises Jesse, by his music. But some of the songs sing deadly pledges just like a haunting past that cost a life years ago.
The whole historical world built is so wonderful and magical that it portrays a setting for the aristocrats that Lora must try to fit in to while she stays at Iverson. The boarding school itself felt real, with its typical high school mean girls, a boy Gardner and a deadly secret that Lora must keep a secret.
Additionally, the author leaves so many clues to what Lora may be. I thought she might be a Witch, or someone with powers or even a Fairy! But I didn't see anything else coming! Smoke, songs, flying, I had no clue that she could be a _____. Well done to that surprise because it totally caught me off guard! Even when we find out what she is, its still completely different to the creature in normal fairy tales. But one thing that I didn't quite understand was how Jesse chose Lora. Sure, he's an _______ and can do this and that and she can do that and that and the two combined form a pair but how?
Furthermore, although the romance was really good and I really enjoyed Jesse and Lora being together, their relationship was too insta-love which ruins the magical beginning when they first meet. However as the story progresses I began to really love the insta-love because it showed the connection between the two meaning a beautiful and gorgeous love by the end.
There was also a small love triangle but not too big. Two boys for one girl. However Armand plays a greater role apart from a lover; the three are all connected because of the magic. Armand at first passes as an arrogant snob but he proves to be the greatest character developed as by the end, he turns out to be quite the bachelor. But Jesse still wins! Until the tragic ending . . . that broke and shattered my heart.
This book is filled with boarding school life, balls and parties as well as a mesmerizing plot. Overall an amazing romantic read with a historical setting intertwined with a deadly yet magical plot.(less)
**spoiler alert** Now a days, It's really rare to find books about boarding schools especially that the Enid Blyton and Harry Potter era have come and...more**spoiler alert** Now a days, It's really rare to find books about boarding schools especially that the Enid Blyton and Harry Potter era have come and gone and the Dystopian reads are increasingly climbing up the ladder to popularity. I have only read two types of boarding school books and they were The Naughtiest Girl in the School series by Enid Blyton and the Dead Beautiful Trilogy by Yvonne Woon and they both write about boarding schools in completely different ways.
I know that Enid Blyton wrote her boarding school books for children so nothing major happened in them apart from the normal school quarrels you would find in any other school and Yvonne Woon did a great job in mixing paranormal suspense and murder in her plot which I have to hand it to her was exceptional.
However, I have now come across a completely new series which I think will become my favourate after the Dead Beautiful Trilogy since they are really similar in terms of characters, plot and suspense even though you can't really compare them since they're both different stories but the whole mystery, murder and the heart pounding plot really excited me and this book once again ends in a cliffhanger so I can't wait to grab the second book, Legacy.
First off, the cover is gorgeous, intriguing and gives out that dark vibe that you know has it's paranormal elements to it but one thing that did disappoint me was that there was no paranormal side to it even though at one point after Ruth's murder I really did think Vampires were going to be thrown in but it did surprise me when I thought that there was a dystopian side to it especially when we find out what Night School is-*Kind of* - I didn't really know what to except since I didn't know what it was going to be about and I was almost going to be tipped off by it's cliche line: When everyone is lying, who do you trust? But thankfully I read it and have no regrets because that line is literally the truth.
Night School is set in a Gothic and dark mansion which only makes the book even more intriguing to read because of the mysterious setting. This is where Allie is sent to because her parents are fed up of her constant bad behaviour as she is dealing with her brother's disappearance pretty badly. Right from the start the book has you gripped because of it's first mystery. Where has Christopher gone and how can her parents just send her to this unknown Academy that we know nothing about?
It was really easy to get in to this book because nothing was rushed. Everything flows in to place and is at a steady pace as Allie discovers Cimmeria Academy and the type of students who go there. At first it would seem this is a lovely book about boarding school life, the snobby rich who attend, Summer Balls and Midnight activities in the pond but once a mysterious small fire and a murder occurs at the Ball that's when the readers stop dreaming about this wonderful school and sit up straight to find out what exactly happened that night when Allie was having a wonderful evening only to be attacked and discover something horrible. That's when the term 'Night School' actually begins to develop and take place following Ruth's, a student's murder and fingers are pointing at Allie.
All the characters have their own personality and are all different so it's really easy to know who they are even if they appear just for a few pages. Even Cimmeria Academy gives the impression of a real character because of it's rules and punishments book and the mysterious Night School that takes place and no one knows what it is or who is in it and if you try to find out, this results in expulsion . . . or even murder.
Allie is the main Protagonist and I really liked her. She is not that bad of a kid and is just struggling to find her place in life now that she is all alone without her brother so I would say she is a real fighter especially when we discover Cimmeria Academy is not at all what it seems and everyone has a purpose there and that's what Allie is trying to find out. Why was she submitted in to this really old Academy? It's not a reform school after all but she does settle in quickly. So I thought Allie was a great character; she has good looks, easily tricked but then a fighter. She really knows what she wants and finding out what Cimmeria Academy and Night is exactly, is one of the things she wants to find out. But sometimes finding out can result in murder and more deadly secrets that you don't want to know.
Sylvian is a French snobby boy who at first has the girls hearts beating wildly because of his charming and handsome looks and gentlemanly manners but when you get half way through the book you discover he is in fact two faced and only cares a pittance about the girls he dates and cares more about his reputation. So his character was a real disappointment in terms of story-wise because at first I really liked him but then I felt like smacking him right on the face when he tries to assault Allie. But then my heart goes out to him once again even though I didn't want to because of his heroic act at the end.
We also have Jo who is Allie's best friend and even though she has issue's and problems that's only one percent of her personality and the other ninety nine percent she would pass as a really friendly, crazy and fun girl to hang around with.
Jules, Katie, Rachel, Ruth, Gabe, Isabelle and Lucas are all secondary characters and they each fall in to separate categories such as, School Prefect, High School Mean Girl, Gossip Geek, The Murdered one, Best friend's boyfriend (and you will really hate this guy at the ending), Headmistress of the school who has her own secrets and supporting side character. Each one of them has their own story which at the end of the book adds up and eventually links with the whole mystery drama.
At last we have Carter who plays a big part in this whole Murder affair and at first he's really an annoying person and almost a bully but once Allie dumps Sylvian he immediately changes in to a lovable character and turns in to the hero of the story as he and Allie become detectives to unravel Cimmeria Academy's deadly secret.
The story line is not at all what I thought it would be and there were twists, turns and surprises everywhere! One mystery discovered another one takes place. The blurb doesn't even cover one percent of what this book has in store for the reader and that's why you should read it.
It's dramatic, suspenseful, romantic, slow paced, fast paced, heart pounding, mysterious, murderous, dark, gripping, thrilling breathtaking, love triangles and exciting. It has everything you would want a book to have all except for the Paranormal but it's still an amazing read and I absolutely cannot wait to read Legacy, the second book to find out who exactly is Nathaniel and what he wants with Allie. It seems she is special after all in Cimmeria Academy. . . (And I can't wait to read more about Carter!)(less)
The final breath taking conclusion to the trilogy that has gripped me to the very last page of this magnificent trilogy and I can't believe its alread...moreThe final breath taking conclusion to the trilogy that has gripped me to the very last page of this magnificent trilogy and I can't believe its already the end! Amazing.
A great battle takes place were Queen Wendy must fight the Vittra and her father . . . alone without Finn. But while Finn is ignoring her another romance begins to bloom elsewhere. As a spy Vittra is captured, Loki, Wendy is slowly and deeply falling in love with him even though she is married by duty to Tove.
Through out the whole book its more about the romance that grasps your mind. Who will Wendy end up with and will she win the battle? But the ending is very surprising and a bit disappointing but it still fits a perfect ending to the romance and answers the question of who Wendy will eventually marry which is wonderfully put together and written.(less)
**spoiler alert** One of the best Dystopian books I have ever read! Although I cannot compare it to the Hunger Games because they are both completely...more**spoiler alert** One of the best Dystopian books I have ever read! Although I cannot compare it to the Hunger Games because they are both completely different plots!
Let me just say that I do not like the first ten pages. I guess all books are like but it's because it reminded me of Legend by Marie Lu. But even if it was similar like that book at the start, it was much more detailed and there was more information on the GPPT test that Legend kind of had too, so I had a clear picture of the type of world Alenna lived in.
This book is really fast paced, and although I wanted a little bit more introductions in the beginning to familiarize myself with the characters, there was no time to do so because the author immediately delved in to the plot where Alenna is thrust on the island. I eventually discovered her character and we can really see how she has grown up through out the book. She wasn't those type of characters who could beat everything from the start, but was a girl who learn't everything from her friends and then applied her knowledge to real life combat. That's a kick-awesome character!
The moment Liam walks in to the picture, I could recognise that this book was similar to Under The Never Sky and that's why I really liked it. Liam is one of those cliche characters, strong, brave, tall and handsome and Alenna falls for him and her rival is Gadya: The girl Warrior. I'm going to admit that the romance happened too fast and was a little cheesy but it still went with the rhythm of the book so I wasn't too bothered by that.
There were lots of unique characters in this book too, like Rika the cook, Viedman the leader, Liam the fighter, Gadya the warrior as well as Markus, David and the others. You don't get confused and you can spot each of them and how they fit in the story.
The main feature of the story is definitely the setting. It's almost like we are in an Indian jungle with savages, cannibals, tribes and animals and not to mention the island forest! The author did a pretty good job in carving up a magnificent place like this! I adored this mysterious island that the whole story is based on because there are many secrets yet to be discovered. Even the sectors were pretty interesting and each symbolized a colour of the Wheel.
I was also surprised by the twist at the end when they all discover that the Monk was in fact Minister Harka who eventually dies with other main characters. I didn't see that coming at all! I was too focused on seeing how Alenna and the others were going to find a way to escape this island with Operation Tiger Strike!
But the very end surprised me the most! It turned from Dystopian to total sci-fi. I adored the idea of the pods and finding Liam frozen in there. Then Alenna and Liam manage to escape the pod and fly all the way to Australia, sadly leaving Gadya behind. Then Alenna and her muma re reunited again! That really brought tears to my eyes and utter shock to find out that there are scientists who are trying to fight off the UNA!
This whole book is action packed and is more or less a journey to freedom. I can't wait for book 2! (less)