I thought The Young Elites was interesting! I liked it, and I wanted to like it more, because I really liked the concept.
Something about the book madI thought The Young Elites was interesting! I liked it, and I wanted to like it more, because I really liked the concept.
Something about the book made me think of the Spanish Inquistion and even the Salem Witch Trials. I mean, the Young Elites are hunted down and killed because they're different. Anyone suspected of being a malfetto was destroyed, and it's interesting that Teren should be the leader of those tasked with finding the Young Elites.
I really liked Adelina, and she's dark and twisted and hurt, but she also really cares about her sister. No one is good or bad in this book, and everyone is very much shades of grey.
I didn't particularly care for Enzo, and I think his chapters were my least favorite. Teren, though, was interesting. I didn't particularly like him, but I do understand why he acted the way he did. I really wish we saw more of Raffaele! I would have been happy if we had more chapters with him than with Enzo, but that wasn't something that happened. Hopefully there is more of him in the rest of the series, should I continue on with it.
I'm not surprised that this book was a fantasy book, but I think part of me was expecting some dystopic or post-apocalyptic elements. When you start talking about an illness that killed people, but the surviving children come out different...well, I was expecting something a little different. It's darker than I thought it would be, and I am curious about what will happen next. I don't know if I want to continue the series- while I liked The Young Elites, I don't know if I like it enough to keep going. Maybe one day I'll pick it up, but if I do, I'll most likely get it from the library.
I never really got a clear picture of the Fortunata Court, and even though we have a map at the beginning of the book, I never really got a good sense of where everything was in relation to each other. I felt like the Fortunata Court in particular was sort of vague, and I'm not hopeful that we'll get a better picture of it. I'm still hoping, of course, but I don't want to be overly hopeful and then have that come crashing down because it wasn't described the way I wanted it to be.
My Rating: 3 stars, I liked it, but I had a hard time getting into it. ...more
As much as I love this series, I didn't really love this one as much as I thought I would. I was so excited for a new book in this series, but this oAs much as I love this series, I didn't really love this one as much as I thought I would. I was so excited for a new book in this series, but this one didn't work for me.
I think part of it is that I didn't re-read the series before reading this one, and I had a hard time getting back into this world. It's been almost a year since I read the last book in the series and even longer for the first and second books, so of course I don't remember much of what happened. It is funny, though, because her novellas are an average length book for most everyone else.
I was confused, too, because I was expecting more of a plot, and I felt like it actually took a while for it to show up. For most of the book, I felt like I was reading random scenes that didn't really connect to each other. Especially at first. Also, while we see a lot between Feyre and Rhys, we also see some of the other characters.
In a way, it felt like it was setting things up for the rest of the series. ACOMAF felt pretty resolved, and I wondered where the series was headed. I have the feeling the rest of the books will focus on some of the other characters (Nesta and Cassian, anyone?) and it seems like something else is going to come up. Hopefully our merry band of awesome people are going to deal with it together.
I did like that Feyre was out and about, and that she was getting back in her art. I also have two words: drunk decorating. That was fun to read. I love her and Rhysand together, and as far as some of the other pairings go...let's just say that some of them need to get it together.
Tamlin is still Tamlin, and while what he did wasn't okay, he did seem to lose everything, and that part...it was a little hard to see. I almost felt bad for him. Almost.
Oh, and Elain! Everyone seems to be pushing her towards a relationship. It was clear to me that she didn't want a relationship and/or wasn't ready, and I just wanted her to be left alone about it.
Even though this is bridging books 1-3 and 4-6...I kind of feel like she could have added parts of this book to either ACOMAF or book 4. I did like seeing the aftermath of the war, and I am curious to see what's going to happen next.
My Rating: 3 stars. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I wanted to, but I think I would have been just as fine not reading it....more
I liked You're Welcome, Universe! I didn't love it, but I did like Julia's story. She's artsy and fun, and she's pretty into art, especially graffitI liked You're Welcome, Universe! I didn't love it, but I did like Julia's story. She's artsy and fun, and she's pretty into art, especially graffiti art.
There's very little romance, and even then, it's two background characters, so it was nice to see a YA contemporary where the main character isn't actually dating someone. I'm trying to think of one with no romance, and I can't think of any off the top of my head, so if it's not your thing, this would be a good book to check out. There's nothing wrong with romance, of course, but it was a nice change from what we usually see.
And I did want to talk about Julia adjusting to a mainstream school. She was kicked out of the Kingston School For The Deaf, and Julia had a lot of challenges adjusting to school. It seemed very realistic, but as I'm not deaf, I can't speak to how accurate or realistic the portrayal is. Still, I felt like I understood where Julia was coming from, and there were so many things I didn't think about- like waking up on time for school, or trying to find visual cues for a lot of things, like the bell ringing. It really is a community of itself, and I think this book provides a much needed representation in the YA community.
I also like the world of graffiti art, and how territorial it is. I wouldn't have thought that, but it does make sense. I did like the artwork throughout the book, and it really brought things to life. It was nice to actually see the artwork mentioned throughout the book. Even though it's described (and some might not like the visuals of something already mentioned), I thought it added a nice touch.
It is a pretty straightforward book, and it's right to the point. Which was fine, but I also thought it could have used something a little different. I get Julia's anger and frustration at what was going on, but it did seem a little over the top at times.
My Rating: 3 stars. I liked the story and Julia as a character, but I had a hard time truly connecting with the story....more