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message 1: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Monroe Ooh, I have mixed feelings about this. Can't wait to see what you think!


message 2: by Maria (new)

Maria I really liked it :D


message 3: by Julia (new)

Julia Carlton I kinda liked it, I hope you do too. Can't wait for your reivew :D


message 4: by Kari (new)

Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews) Yeah, this is definitely how I felt about it. It lacks some of the richness of ADSOM, but I still really enjoyed it. I don't know whether my problem is that I wanted to spend more time in world and less time in the action. I felt we got glimpses of what could be really good worldbuilding but that there just weren't enough words or pages for me to see everything I wanted to see. The action came a little soon imo, I was more interested in the history of the schism and the monsters.


LittleBookDruid Agreed with Kari, could had hoped that maybe more of it would happen in book two, but considering it's a duology, that book would be too busy wrapping things up. :/ I loved it though... :D


message 6: by Sydnee (new)

Sydnee Finally!! I've been waiting to see your review of this one :)


message 7: by J. (new)

J. Taylor I did love it but it was definitely my least favourite of V E Schwab's, I just think she's better when she writes new adult/adult. Also the boys are more my age so it okay to perv on them but August is too young and too nice. Kate was more relate-able though.


message 8: by Mina (new)

Mina Rehman Exactly.


message 9: by Madame (new)

Madame Reads I 100% know what you mean here, Emily! I've been trying to put my finger on the distinction between good vs enjoyable books, and you summed it up exactly. Thanks for the perfect review!


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna It looks fun. Nice review


message 11: by Sukumar Dash (new)

Sukumar Dash Outstanding review Emily...


message 12: by Nicay Magnate (new)

Nicay Magnate Great review, Em!


message 13: by Giulia (new)

Giulia China I agree with you, some holiness was left out of this book; but Victoria Schwab still great.


message 14: by Maria (new)

Maria "and I thought it was a testament to the author's characterization that I was really affected by something that happened to a minor character." Are you talking about Ilsa?


message 15: by Pheebs (new)

Pheebs I'm yet to read it - but I feel like this review helped me decide if I was desperate to read it, I'm not but I'm still interested in the book.


message 16: by Giulia (new)

Giulia China It could have been a 5 stars book if Victoria didn't spoil us with her others books ..


message 17: by Rashel (new)

Rashel "Good vs enjoyable" is always one of the hardest things for me to factor in when rating a book; just because I rate a book highly doesn't necessarily mean I think it was beautifully or originally written. It just means that, at the time, I really enjoyed it. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one!


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Amazing review, Emily! I was a little scared because of all the mixed reviews from my friends, but I had so much fun (especially in the second half). I agree about the dystopian settings, though. Just why, ugh. I'm pretty curious to see where the story will go now O_o


message 19: by LittleBookDruid (new)

LittleBookDruid In my opinion, a city in distress, a male and female lead, it's kind of the things what the genre is all about. So you can't just categorize a book as cliche because of that. And it's really different from Legend if only you just look at the tone alone. And the stakes are completely different. It's about monsters and that one is about bad military. Scopes change, focus differ, characterization is completely different. I don't agree with that part of the review (the rest though, is absolutely in the place)
Still can't give Shcwab less than four stars though -_-


message 20: by Emily May (new)

Emily May LittleBookDruid wrote: "In my opinion, a city in distress, a male and female lead, it's kind of the things what the genre is all about. So you can't just categorize a book as cliche because of that. And it's really differ..."

I don't actually agree that it's what the genre is about, but maybe I'm just spoiled by classic dystopias like 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale. This whole "city in distress, male/female perspectives" thing is a modern YA trend.


message 21: by Kari (new)

Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews) Emily May wrote: "LittleBookDruid wrote: "In my opinion, a city in distress, a male and female lead, it's kind of the things what the genre is all about. So you can't just categorize a book as cliche because of that..."

Handmaid's Tale is the absolute pinnacle. Reading it at age 16 changed my opinions on so much. Very few dystopian worlds I've read recently have the strength of worldbuilding, I mean, the first scene in the repurposed school gym always sticks in my mind. We actually got taught 1984, the Bloody Chamber and Handmaid's tale in school. It was a great curriculum tbh.


message 22: by Courtney Reath (new)

Courtney  Reath Your reviews always make me want to read books I normally wouldn't pick up or even take a second look at. I appreciate you sharing how you felt about a book and letting that show in your review.


message 23: by LittleBookDruid (new)

LittleBookDruid Emily May wrote: "LittleBookDruid wrote: "In my opinion, a city in distress, a male and female lead, it's kind of the things what the genre is all about. So you can't just categorize a book as cliche because of that..."
Haven't read both, so can't throw my opinion here. :D The one I have read, all feel the same. In that I felt TSS at least had a different vibe to it. Well, Lunar chronicles too can be considered different, I guess. :/


message 24: by Katrina (new)

Katrina Hi, Emily! I have a silly random question but I've noticed that Goodreads and Amazon both has this book as having 464 pages. I preordered my hardback copy from Amazon and I've been reading it and just noticed that mine only has 426 pages. I was wondering how many pages yours has? I'm just really confused on if somehow I got a book that isn't finished? Thanks for any help!


message 25: by Alisia (new)

Alisia I've got to agree - this books biggest downfall was the authors excellent stuff that has come before it. Expectations were just a little high. It wasn't bad but it wasn't amazing either. I want more Kel.


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Great review, Em! I need to read this, I think I have it!


message 27: by Libby (new)

Libby I don't always agree with your reviews, but I think I agree with this one, especially about the romance. That made this book particularly compelling for me- I'm finding it difficult to force myself to read books with the whole love triangle going on, but everything in this book stayed platonic. It was a refreshing change, in all honesty.


message 28: by Mekiah (new)

Mekiah Johnson Love this review! :)


message 29: by Munch (new)

Munch A book with main female and male characters who aren't in love? at last! I'm definitely reading it now 😊


message 30: by Stella (new)

Stella (Paper Wings) My thoughts exactly!


message 31: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I actually prefer TSS and ODD over a darker shade of magic series and viscous.. They are in my opinion not as good or as gripping..


message 32: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa John Nice review although personally the shades of magic pales to this.


message 33: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Gregory “no romance” hehe


message 34: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Awesome review Emily! I really enjoyed this book too!


message 35: by aquiverofwords (new)

aquiverofwords YUS! perfectly put. my thoughts exactly!


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