While it took me ages to start reading this series, now that I have started I am staying up too late each night compelled to read on and on. So, I amWhile it took me ages to start reading this series, now that I have started I am staying up too late each night compelled to read on and on. So, I am exhausted, but I'm also loving this series. I must admit that it feels like one big cliffhanger at the moment, though. I've been waiting all through Book #2 for the big reunion, but now that I'm onto book three I'm still waiting!
Anyway, I am really loving this series - it's dark and some of the characters are so very hate-worthy. There are a lot of bitch slaps in store for a lot of horrible people. I've already had some satisfaction with one particular downfall, but it's high time we had some more!
The world-building is interesting, and I think I understand it enough now to not get distracted by the details - it did take some getting used to when I first started Book #1!
I'll leave this vague-ish review here and I will see you again once I've finished Book #3....more
I've read a few reviews of these books from people who don't like the repeated use of the same descriptions in these books, e.g. the killing edge, theI've read a few reviews of these books from people who don't like the repeated use of the same descriptions in these books, e.g. the killing edge, the midnight voice, the snarling, and the arrogant smiles, etc.. I will agree that there isn't a great deal of variation in the books' language in that way, but I don't really get annoyed by it.
Some comments also mentioned that the characters are two dimensional, but I don't agree with that. I can see that there are similarities between certain characters because they're from the same "ethnic groups" and, physiologically, have the same natural responses to certain stressful situations, a la rising to the killing edge. Despite all this, I haven't lost interest in the books yet, so the characters must be compelling enough to keep me going.
This book had a satisfying ending, though I think the circle of friends is pretty lucky not to have suffered more losses than they did.
Now I'm reading Book #5, and after that I'll have to buy Book #4 before I can read Book #6. ...more
I have had this series - the first three books at least - on my literal book shelf for years, and only just picked up #1 this year. I wasn't sure whatI have had this series - the first three books at least - on my literal book shelf for years, and only just picked up #1 this year. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was 'pleasantly' surprised by the darkness of the world Bishop builds, the grittinesss of her characters, etc. I'm intrigued and have already started book #2. I also think I better invest in the remainder of books in this series as well!...more
I enjoyed this series, though towards the end (or maybe all along, my memory might be betting foggy!) the language seemed to get more and more 'casualI enjoyed this series, though towards the end (or maybe all along, my memory might be betting foggy!) the language seemed to get more and more 'casual', not what I'd usually expect from a fantasy series. Not that I'm demanding that all fantasy series have stodgy fancy language or anything, but it was pretty casual in terms of one character saying to another "you're going to get lucky" and so on.
Anyway, other than that, I read this series a little compulsively in terms of needing to keep going to know how things would turn out. This book in particular had some very satisfying moments where various characters got their comeuppance at long last. So I very much enjoyed it for that reason.
It was a little bittersweet getting to the end of the series, but I wasn't so devastated to see the end of it that I cried or anything. It was more like a "Awww, well that's one then. Neeeext!"
I'll definitely read more of Snyder's work in future, having read and enjoyed this trilogy....more
There were times when I thought this book was too frustrating to read. But I persevered because the book made me laugh uproariously sometimes and I diThere were times when I thought this book was too frustrating to read. But I persevered because the book made me laugh uproariously sometimes and I did end up wanting to know desperately how things would work out.
Of course the most annoying thing was the endless delay in Kristen coming clean about the identity of Stargazer. I was in danger of throwing my Kindle across the room with each new excuse not to confess. Still, Kristen is a 15 / 16 year old. Guess I shouldn't be expecting perfection from her.
The writing itself needs work in terms of editing. Sometimes it was very repetitive and I feel it can really be honed and whittled. This felt like a first draft pre-beta read, in a way.
I still give the author props for making me burst into laughter a few times though. Even Kristen's fall from the stage ended up amusing me instead of me just being plain irritated with her....more
**spoiler alert** I finished this book BEFORE I HAD BOOK #3 AVAILABLE. So now I have to wait for the third book to arrive via Book Depository. I'm one**spoiler alert** I finished this book BEFORE I HAD BOOK #3 AVAILABLE. So now I have to wait for the third book to arrive via Book Depository. I'm one of those weirdos who generally likes to have a book set with the same cover art style, but this time I had to buy a different style of cover art because BD didn't have the one I wanted in stock. :( Booo. Anyway, that is absolutely a first world problem and not to be dwelled on any longer.
I really enjoyed this book, though of course it left some things unresolved. I will have to read #3 to see if we get more happy endings or some sad ones, instead of people often coming back from the dead and all that. ;) It's certainly not like Game of Thrones, e.g. you may expect some death of beloved characters, but so far most of them have come back to life.
Anyway...that's it for this book. Pretty crappy quality review but I'm too tired to worry about that much....more
**spoiler alert** I wasn't totally taken with this book - I definitely had to read it to find out how things ended, but there were a few things that a**spoiler alert** I wasn't totally taken with this book - I definitely had to read it to find out how things ended, but there were a few things that annoyed me about Randi's decisions in life. I know she was not meant to be perfect, and this book would have been extremely boring if she had been. But in some ways I think her decisions as a mother were bad - for instance, letting her kids go and stay with a guy she knew was abusive towards her and had also been rough with her daughter in the past (Mike).
I also didn't really 'love' Justin. I warmed up to him as the novel went on, particularly in the last few scenes where he was being a nice family man. He just seemed really immature a lot of the time, and I didn't see him as a truly attractive male lead. I did like him better by the end of the novel though!
Part of me felt like this book had a lot of 'red herrings' or just tangents that seemed to maybe be going somewhere, but then didn't. For instance, Randi's one night stand with the 'weirdo'. His weirdness seemed to be given more significance than it needed to have. I also found myself reading a lot of detail about every action Randi took each day of her life, for e.g. all the homework she did, houeswork, etc.
I was glad that Randi stopped smoking by the end of the novel - her constant chain smoking annoyed me. But then, I am a non-smoker and a member of the 'smoking police' so no wonder that annoyed me. ;) As a kid I absolutely HATED it when my mum smoked nearby, even if she was outside - I could still smell the smoke coming into the house.
Anyway, that's about all I have to say about this book....more
I received a review copy of this book and am now writing my review. I didn't expect this to end so soon - and I was disappointed it did, because I wanI received a review copy of this book and am now writing my review. I didn't expect this to end so soon - and I was disappointed it did, because I wanted to read on! Christine Rains is developing an intriguing world and interesting characters who I definitely want to read more about, with lots of 'action / adventure' to keep me hooked. And of course there is some sizzling romance to provide a special kind of intrigue.
The book definitely left me with a lot of questions unanswered, which is natural since it's the first book in a series. I will be eager to read the second book in the series!...more