After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home.
The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch mov ...more
After waiting a year for the second installment of the Internment Chronicles I'm sad to say it was a complete disappointment. The plot went almost nowhere. Instead of a journey into a new world, Morgan and friends are left to stay in a hotel pretty much the entirety of the book. I wanted adventure, to discover what secrets the ground below held. What we get is pages with Morgan and Pen sneaking out at night with their new friend to get wasted. The ...more
Dat cover . . . WHHHYYYYYYYYY?????
HOW could they think the original type of cover wasn't perfect?!
Firstly, now my copy of Perfect Ruin is not going to MATCH with the rest of the series.
Secondly, the original cover was perfect!!!! It is still one of my favorite covers. So beautiful . . .
But NOOOO . . . they have to mess with beautiful things.
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Nobody bores me quite as beautifully as DeStefano. She is a very talented writer and her lyrical prose is absolutely mesmerizing. Her writing pretty nearly makes up for 300+ pages of almost comatose inactivity because it is simply a delight to read her words, to see the way she strings sentences together and creates the most beautiful of images almost effortlessly. Even after losing the intrigue that made the first book in this series, Perfect Ruin, a hit with me, I was riveted by the w ...more
After reading the first book, which set the scenes up very well, I had quite high expectations for this one. I thought at last we would have the history behind this world revealed, but we didn’t. Instead I just got a well written description of the characters everyday lives and while that may be ideal for some, it makes boring, uneventful reading for me.
I think the only real good thing here was the writing style and how the author was abl ...more
1) The return of characters I adore.
2) A fresh, new world and plot. No second book syndrome here!
3) Reveals that broke my hearts (in a good way).
4) Romantic tension that sizzles.
5) The dreamy, lyrical writing DeStefano is famous for.
6) Beautiful endings that leave you feeling complete, yet wanting more.
GIVE ME THE LAST BOOK!!!
What's weird is, nothing really happened in the first book either. Again, more wibbling around, talking endlessly about maybe doing something, and not until the last 50 pages does anything of note happen. Plus there's the world's most poorly thought out rebel resistance ever. We don't get much info on that front, because book two takes place exclu ...more
This review will contain spoilers from Perfect Ruin. You have been warned. Also some minor spoilers for Burning Kingdoms
You know, when a series is beginning to expand in the world building and exploring new places and new people, it can make a series much better. It all depends if the author manages to create a unique world with interesting characters. For some, it’s either a hit or miss. I’ve read some books where the world building is great! And other times I’ve read some books where th ...more
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I have an interesting take on DeStefano that I developed while reading her Chemical Garden series, and this series only seems to solidify it. DeStefano is a talented writer, but she isn't a great novelist. That is, she has the words to make eloquent writing, but she doesn't seem capable of writing a plot that can keep me interested in a series. Perfect Ruin was interesting, but nothing special. It left a lo ...more
For me, it lost some of the magic Perfect Ruin had once the characters went to the ground. There are some great new characters and some sweet swoons. The ending is a bit floaty and I'm not a fan of that. I need concrete endings and now I need book 3.
**Huge thanks to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
First Impression: I didn't enjoy Burning Kingdoms as much as Perfect Ruin. It seemed a lot slower and very much anti-climatic. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and love the female friendships.
Review: I really enjoyed Perfect Ruin. So much so that I hadn't even finished the first one before I requested the second.
Burning Kingdoms picks up immediately after Perfect Ruin, and the gang have just had their first steps on Earth. It's different, they'r ...more
I enjoyed seeing Morgan settle into life on Earth. She has a personality that is very easy to adapt to new situations. I loved how much ...more
This was an amazing sequel. I read it in just a few hours and could not put it down. I stayed up way to late and hung on every written word.
There is a feel of the author's other series here, but just barely. This story definitely stands well on it's own. I don't know what it is, but I absolutely love Morgan and Basil. Pen and Thomas equally make me angry and everyone else ...more
Let's just start by clarifying the reason I gave it 2 stars. The plot merited it a good solid 1, but I felt obliged to give it another because Lauren DeStefano's writing was still as beautiful as ever, despite the not-so-beautiful story.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVED Perfect Ruin. I thought the plot was more or less good, but it was the characters that really got me. They all felt so real and raw and exposed, and I appreciated that. Nowadays, most Y ...more
I'm not saying I won't finish it, but I've been trying to get past chapter three for nearly four months, so...
on hold for now...
I do feel like Lauren DeStefano has lost her creative edge, and she's trying way too hard to be like other contemporary YA authors by creating series with ideas that have already been done.
Thoughts from before I started reading, way back when I was excited to read this ---
First the freakishly long wait after book 1's publication, and now the cover design ...more
Karen at For What It's Worth and Mary at The Book Swarm occasionally post twitter-style reviews. Karen calls hers Short and Tweet, and I am going to borrow that review style here.
Slow at times, but still featured the characters I love and introduces new ones. Will be continuing.
We collect a few stares from passersby, but they mean nothing. We are young and enchanted and clattering with beads. We are untouchable....more
“We can't be kings,” I tell her. “We're girls.”
“So what, we're girls?” Pen says. “We can be anything we want, and tonight I want to be a king of this mad wor
Why the cover change?? The cover for the first book was beautiful... these covers for the 2nd and 3rd make no sense to me, but whatever, it's what on the inside that counts most of all.
So.... this book. I was thrilled to go back into this world, even though throughout the whole book as a whole I dealt with some issues. I will admit, when I started the second book I had some HIGH expectations. Such as, Morgan having more personality, the world on the ground being developed more and descr ...more
But what I COULD NOT excuse was Chapter 20. I honest to God almost DNFed this book even after making it 80% through and being genuinely invested in the story. There w ...more
In Burning Kingdoms, Morgan and her band of merry men and women have escaped their magical island in the sky and landed on the ground. Before they have a chance to do anything noteworthy, they’re immediately whisked away to a hotel. The ho ...more
This book was almost entirely perfect. I love it deeply. Now I want to read Wither- is it good? I also can't believe that I have to wait AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR A SEQUEL. Seriously, Lauren DeStefano how could you do this to us? *fangirls intensley* aside from EVERYTHING The characters, setting plot, dialogue and characters and concept and honest portrayal of war made me love this with all my little heart and it gets a five star.
So, lets start with characters. I liked Pen a lot more this time. I r...more
Other books in the series
"I could find another one," Basil says.
"No, I want to see if they'll I through with it," she says.
"I don't understand why they're throwing her in the volcano," I say.
"Because she's a virgin," Basil says, and clears his throat.
"We could throw Morgan into the volcano," Pen says.”