I'd give this book more stars if I could. Where do I even begin... Poor Kaylee just can't catch a break! Easily the best book in the series yet.
I don...moreI'd give this book more stars if I could. Where do I even begin... Poor Kaylee just can't catch a break! Easily the best book in the series yet.
I don't like reviewing Rachel's books because she's my favourite author and I end up just babbling like a crazy fangirl, so I feel like my reviews would be far too biased to ever be taken seriously. But this book blew me away and I have to say something or else I'll burst.
The thing I love about Rachel's writing most is how much she makes me feel. Her characters become my friends. I feel, even if I can't comprehend, what they're feeling. (Seriously, we won't even talk about how much I cried reading Prey and Alpha.) In this book, around the giddiness I felt at a certain point and the deep pain I felt at others, I felt my heart beating with trepidation. I was as scared as Kaylee, just... waiting. And when I read the ending, I was so relieved, like you'd no idea how big the smile on my face was.
What I also love almost as much about Rachel's writing is her honesty. She's not afraid to be gorey. She's not afraid to tackle the big issues. She's not afraid, simply put, to make her books real (I can believe these things exists because everything is just so lifelike, and everyone is flawed). And more than that, she's not afraid to be different. This book--heck, this entire series--could have gone in any number of directions, and she took it down the path I least expected, paving that path with dozens of things many people might object to. But you know what? It was the right thing to do. I cannot even imagine this series being anything but what it is.
I'll finish this blatantly obvious love letter with this:
(view spoiler)[I love Tod. I've loved him from the start. I am SO happy he and Kaylee are finally together. But not simply because I love Tod, but because he's the right person for Kaylee. The two of them make a great team; Tod's personality meshes well with Kaylee's. I was like this with Marc, in Rachel's adult series. I loved the pants off that guy, but I also wanted him to be with Faythe because he was the right one for her.
I like Nash. I always have. I even feel sorry for the guy and don't really blame him for making some of the choices/saying some of the things he has, because it must suck having everyone you love keep dropping dead around you. He's not a bad guy. But I've never liked him with Kaylee. Nash and Kaylee felt like a sudden, all-consuming (and ultimately destructive) co-dependency; with Tod, there's a maturity there Nash can't compete with, an understanding of what love really is, or at least should be. And, of course, his relationship with Kaylee has been building over time.
There's no doubt in my mind that Nash and Kaylee care deeply about each other, but loving someone and being in love with someone are two different things, and once the shine wore off, Kaylee knew that, even if she didn't recognise it straight away. She and Nash have a 'vision' of each other, but she and Tod know each other.
I like that Nash is who he is, and did what he did. I like that Kaylee didn't forgive him and jump straight back into his arms like nothing had happened. I like that Kaylee made mistakes too, and tried to fix them but failed. I like that despite everything, Kaylee keeps on trying anyway. I like her pure heart and her courage. Most of all, I like that Tod sees that and respects that enough to let her do what she feels she needs to, even if it ends up being a bad decision. He lets her choose.
That's why I think he's right for her. He believes in her. (hide spoiler)]
And now that it's almost 4am and I'm finished my rambling, I'll go to bed, unable to stand the thought of not getting my hands on the next book until... I don't know when, but it'll be too long.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I can't even write a proper review right this second because it would just end up being a big happy fangirly mess. Give me a few days and then I might...moreI can't even write a proper review right this second because it would just end up being a big happy fangirly mess. Give me a few days and then I might have something not-so-biased to say. It'll still be five stars, though. This book... ugh, LOVED IT.(less)
I can't ever properly review a Rachel Vincent book because she is my favourite author and I tend to turn into biased, fangirly mush whenever I read so...moreI can't ever properly review a Rachel Vincent book because she is my favourite author and I tend to turn into biased, fangirly mush whenever I read something new by her.
This book? FEELS, I HAS SO MANY OF THEM. Nothing will ever top the ending to If I Die, but this is a worthy successor, and I just know the final book will be epic. Epic is Rachel's style, after all.(less)
Discovered Sarra Cannon today via a post on the OLL blog (I actually believe she follows me on twitter, probably via NaNoWriMo, and I'm embarrassed to...moreDiscovered Sarra Cannon today via a post on the OLL blog (I actually believe she follows me on twitter, probably via NaNoWriMo, and I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't really think much of it at the time!). I downloaded the first book in the series not expecting to like it even though the premise did draw me in (I'll admit, it may have had something to do with this series being indie, but I do admire the author for taking charge of her career!), but Cannon's sucked me in. Couldn't put either book (er, my iPad) down, and I've got the other four in the series ready to go. The books aren't perfect, not by a long shot ((view spoiler)[I know her memory was wiped, but she caved so easily to the cheerleader life for someone who disliked, for lack of a better word, it so much. Although, props to Harper for realising Drake was a total dumbface jerk (hide spoiler)]), but they're fun. The plot is building, and I'm excited to see where Harper's story leads. (less)