A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain planSynopsis:
THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
Oooooohhhhh, this was a perfect ending for this series and I am sitting her bawling over how happy this book has made me. I've seen a lot of people say that it made them happy and sad at the same time and the epilogue makes me understand why people feel that way, but for me, it just made me happy for the life Tessa got to live and for what she has to look forward to in the future. I honestly did not expect that. I'm happy that Cassandra Clare wrote it that way and have to say that this is one of those love triangles that where the first two books and up to a little over half way of this one I was so torn over who the couple should be, in the end, I think everything was perfect. I loved both Will and Jem as much as Tessa did and I adore Tessa. She will always be one of my favorite heroines.
Every thing that happened up to the point of that moment on the bridge was hectic. First, Gabriel Lightwood shows up at the Institute covered in blood and calling his father a worm and the next thing you know, the Shadowhunters are battling a giant demon worm that had once been Benedict Lightwood. After that, it becomes clear that the Consul is working to get Charlottle removed from her position for some reason. It seems like his only justification for this is because she can't be controlled. So he uses some blackmail to try to come up with something to get her out of the way. He was thwarted and the Lightwood brothers made me very proud of them. I'd already loved Gideon, but I came to love Gabriel just as much. Never thought that that could happen.
Besides that, we finally learn what Mortmain truly wanted Tessa for and it was a horrible thing. When it came to pass, I truly feared for them all and wondered how they could possibly defeat this man. Defeat him they did, but it was Tessa who was the instrument of it. I didn't see that particular tactic coming.
But before he's dispatched, we finally learn where Tessa came from and how she was created and just how different she truly is. I love that despite all of that, she had a family in the Shadowhunters that took her in and they loved her.
I loved every moment in this book. There were quite a few romantic moments between characters in this book, but my favorite moments were when Jem and Will talk before Jem sends Will off to rescue Tessa, Gideon and Sophie (view spoiler)[when he proposes (hide spoiler)], Tessa and Will in Mortmain's cave, (view spoiler)[Tessa on the bridge reflecting on the life that she'd lived with Will over 130 years ago (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[Tessa and Jem's reunion on the bridge and the kiss they shared after Jem gets his humanity back (hide spoiler)]. I just know I'll be reflecting on this book for quite some time and this series is one I'll read again and again. Yeah, there's plenty of angst. Cassandra Clare loves her angst, but in this series, it just works and I cry and cry.
This book rent my heart as I knew it would, but man! That ending totally mended it. I'll probably get all teary-eyed every time I think of that ending. There's only one other book that I've read in the past six months that has made me feel like that. At least with happy tears and that was Archangel's Storm. This ending reminds me of the perfection of that one.
I'm going to stop now before I really do start crying again....more
I found this debut novel by Delilah S. Dawson pretty freaking good. A very interesting take on vampires and the world they live in. The world buildingI found this debut novel by Delilah S. Dawson pretty freaking good. A very interesting take on vampires and the world they live in. The world building was done really well and Sang seemed very real, if a bit on the scary side. Bludbunnies! How would you like to wake up naked in a world where a bunny will try to eat you down to your bones? That's what happens to Letitia Everett and so begins her wild adventure as a carnie and a bludman's lady love.
I absolutely love Criminy Stain. He was incredibly interesting and just really fun to read. While I'd probably be terrified in a place like Sang, it could be worth the effort to survive it if there was a man like Criminy around to keep me motivated.
I really liked Letitia as a heroine, too. Her dilemma was unique and the way she felt about being stuck between two worlds was understandable. If she just up and gave up on ever returning to her own world so that she could continue to make her grandmother's last days as comfortable as possible, she wouldn't have been very admirable as a heroine. So, even though it frustrated the hell out of Criminy, I was glad she held out until she was able to realize what she truly wanted and what she would do. I think I liked her even more when she didn't take the easy way out when it was right in front of her for the taking. The glancing may have influenced that decision, but she still could have done it and that would have been disappointing. I that what she decided to do in the end was the right choice for her.
It's amazing what an adventure she and Criminy ended up having. And it all started with jealousy. That bitch Tabitha got what she deserved. I almost can't believe what she set in motion. Love makes people do the damnedest things.
It seems the next book will tell us what becomes of Casper. I felt bad for him, but Letitia already knew that they wouldn't have worked out. She saw what would come to him. She could have changed it, but it seems it'll be for the best that she didn't. I'll be reading it when it comes out next year....more
I won a paperback R2R copy of this book through a Goodreads contest. It has taken me too long to get to it, but I am thrilled that I have finally readI won a paperback R2R copy of this book through a Goodreads contest. It has taken me too long to get to it, but I am thrilled that I have finally read it. This was an amazing book.
It's been a long time since I've read Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death. As such, I do not remember how it ended. This version, seems to leave room for a sequel. I would like to see one. I want to see how this is all going to play out.
The story starts out with our MC, Araby, living in fear and as often unconscious as she can get. She likes to forget. In the world she lives in, I don't really blame her. But then, she gets dragged into the plans of her best friend's brother and delves into the world of treason. I got the feeling that at the start of things, she really believes that Elliott can and will do the things he speaks about to save the city. But there are so many secrets and so much danger, that she doesn't quite see that anymore until near the end of the book. I really liked watching Araby's character grow. She becomes a little more involved in the world once she meets Will and his family. Little by little, she starts to move past her guilt over what happened to her twin a few years back. She still has a ways to go, but she is getting better. There are so many things that Araby learns after getting involved with Elliott, it almost seems like no one was ever really being honest. I really want to see how things turn out for her.
The romance in this novel wasn't overwhelming. I actually found it to be pretty sweet and built up at a believable pace. I have to say, I was really rooting for Will there, but now, I'm not sure how to feel about him. I know why he did what he did. If he hadn't, I still feel that it may have ended up disillusioning Araby, anyway. I wonder if the reason he took her up in that balloon was because he knew what he was going to do? Elliott grew on me, but then (view spoiler)[he held Araby over a river infested with crocs (hide spoiler)] and I wants to kick his ass. However, I do think he cares for her quite a bit. It's yet to be seen if he will still be willing to sacrifice her to accomplish his goals. After that last chapter, I want to believe that he won't. I honestly cannot choose between these two. I look forward to seeing what will happen on that front.
Will Araby and her insanely ragtag group be able to find a way to save the city and get rid of the prince? I sure hope so....more
Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that theiSynopsis:
Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over. Everyone knows what happens to those who fail him, no matter how hopeless the task.
But the mission proves far less impossible, and far more deadly, than anyone expects – and soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. But trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and Buruu soon discover a friendship that neither of them expected.
Meanwhile, the country around them verges on the brink of collapse. A toxic fuel is slowly choking the land; the omnipotent, machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure; and the Shogun cares about nothing but his own dominion. Yukiko has always been uneasy in the shadow of power, when she learns the awful truth of what the Shogun has done, both to her country and to her own family she's determined to do something about it.
Returning to the city, Yukiko and Buruu plan to make the Shogun pay for his crimes – but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?
I truly loved this book. It was a very well thought out fantasy book and considering it was based somewhat on Feudal Japan, it makes it stand out from previous fantasy books that I've read. Being a huge anime/manga fan, I had been looking forward to reading this book ever since I discovered it on GR a few months before it was released. I don't know why it took me so long to finally get to it, but at least that means there's less time that I have to wait for the sequel. I am really looking forward to seeing where things go after all of the big changes that happened at the end of this book. I'm sure there will be much for Yukiko and Buruu to do for their country. I just hope that they don't suffer too much loss during all of the fighting that I'm sure will be going on.
The book opens up with Yukiko trying really hard not to get herself killed by some oni. She's suddenly saved by a beat of some kind and ends up passing out. We then go back to what all lead up to her ending up in that situation. The beginning of the book has a lot of detailed description, but I've noticed that fantasy books tend to do that, so it didn't bother me too much. We meet most of the story's major players in the first few chapters when the shogun, Yoritomo-no-miya decides that he must have an arashitora to ride into battle against the gaijin that the country of Shima has been warring against for the last 20 years. His adviser and the Hunters that he sends out on this mission think this is all a wild goose chase, but Yoritomo is adamant that he dreamed he was riding the back of an arashitora and killing his enemies. The hunting teams that gets sent out on this mission are comprised of Yukiko, her father, Masaru and her father's friends Akihito and Kasumi. They expect to return to Kigen empty-handed and to get executed for failing to catch that which doesn't exist, but are shocked when they discover that the arashitora is indeed real. They manage to catch it and then things start going bad, bad, bad.
The arashitora is pissed that it's been captured and even more pissed that Masaru clips its wings in order to keep it from getting away/crashing their skyship. When the skyship is struck by lightening and the crew must abandon ship or die, they leave the arashitora behind, but Yukiko decides to save him. She risks her life to do it, but she pulls it off. Because of that, despite his rage, the arashitora and Yukiko team up to survive since they end up stranded in the mountains of Iishi and neither of them would survive on their own. The two forge a strong bond (an ability of Yukiko's makes this possible) and become fast friends (she even gives him a name, Buruu) and even consider one another to be family. They're amazing at fighting together and this leads a group of rebels living in Iishi to ask Yukiko for a favor. She accepts after a startling revelation and it leads her to rethink a lot of what she has believed about her father all of these years.
This all leads up to something Yukiko doesn't believe she'll be able to do, until Yoritomo does yet another thing that she could never forgive him for. I really liked Yukiko. She was such a strong girl. She isn't perfect by any means. She says extremely hurtful and hateful things to her father, but a scene they share later in the story when she returns to Kigen with Buruu made me cry. As did the scene at the end. Seriously, I was all weepy. I rooted for her all the way, though. Her entire world changes the day she meets Buruu and she has to make some tough decisions and put her trust in people she isn't certain she can trust. A lot of weight gets placed on her young shoulders, but she handles it quite well for a 16 y/o girl.
Buruu's entire life changes the day he meets Yukiko as well. He really evolves over the course of the story. His thoughts become much more complex thanks to the bond that he and Yukiko share and he turns out to be quite smart. And so loving. When he tells Yukiko that he is her brother now, I cried and smiled. When ever he would leap to her defense, I would just get so happy over seeing how much her cared for Yukiko. And that day in the arena pit when he allows Yoritomo to do what he does to him in order to save Yukiko's life, it was just so powerful to see how much he came to love the girl he initially hated and called "monkey-child". I totally love Buruu.
There were some sad moments in this book. Hearts were broken and loved ones were lost, but there is still hope for all of Shima. I can't wait to see what comes next....more
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire onSynopsis:
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power — and fear — of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.
Mina can’t afford his interest, however. Horde blood runs through her veins, and despite the nanotech enhancing her body, she barely scratches out a living in London society. Becoming Rhys’s lover would destroy both her career and her family, yet the investigation prevents her from avoiding him…and the Iron Duke’s ruthless pursuit makes him difficult to resist.
But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans — and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.
I really, really loved this book. I had avoided this series at first because I thought it would be too sappy. Turns out, it wasn't. I really enjoyed the romance, but most of all, I enjoyed the world Meljean Brook created here. The lady can write some mean steampunk.
Our story starts when our heroine Mina gets called away from a party to a crime scene at the home of a man that the common folk of London consider to be their hero. When she gets there, it's clear that he doesn't want her there. At least, until he helps her remove a glove and seems to develop quite the desire for her. Mina's determined that nothing will ever come of that, but throughout the book, Rhys is determined that it will. She fights him every step of the way and I honestly understood why she did.
Mina has grown up in a society where she isn't really trusted and others really don't care for her. Having the blood of the Horde (the group that used nanoagents and frequencies to control the English for over 200 years) hasn't made her life very easy. She and her family have all had to endure ridicule and Mina has had to ensure physical abuse as well. Still, she has worked hard to get her job as a Detective Inspector and she's damned good at it. So good that it catches the eye of the Iron Duke, Rhys Trahaern as they work together to find out the identity of the dead man that was dropped onto his property. And once they do, they end up uncovering a conspiracy that no one ever saw coming.
Mina and Rhys chase across the seas to find the murderer and to stop a weapon from being used that could kill all buggers (those in England that are infected with the nanoagents that the Horde used to control their emotions) and attempt to put a stop to it. They discover more about a group known as the Black Guard and realize that the conspiracy is quite far-reaching. Along the way, their feelings for one another grow deeper and stronger. Mina does her best to deny what she really wants because being associated with the Iron Duke could ruin her and her family. And before they left to put a stop to the bad guys, some evidence of this is shown. I hated what was written about Mina in the newssheets. These people didn't know her, but they were determined to bad mouth her. It hurt her and she didn't want to put her family through the trials of eventually becoming ostracized because of her association with Rhys drawing attention to her and therefore, to her family and friends. Rhys is determined that he can protect Mina from anything. Then he discovers that there are some things that he cannot save her from. He's devastated, but he decides that he'll work hard to change peoples' minds.
Even once she gives in to Rhys, she's determined that things will only last until they get back to London. She wouldn't be able to handle the ruin that would befall her and her family. I loved the way Rhys was so deadset on protecting her. So deadset on having her. So deadset on keeping her. He was so good with her. Yeah, he messed up a few times, but after the childhood that he had, it wasn't such a shock that he wasn't the best with women. I loved him because he said what was on his mind. He would say the wrong thing on more than one occasion, but when he really hurt Mina, he apologized. And when it truly, truly counted, he wore his heart on his sleeve and I loved him even more.
While I truly loved the characters (Scarsdale and Yasmeen were awesome, too!), I loved the world just as much. There were people with pulverizers grafted to their longs, marines in steelcoats, krakens with iron limbs, sharks with iron in them, rats with iron bones and claws, men with iron bones, people with mechanical hearts, airships and not to mention the zombies! I was rather surprised by the zombies.
I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in this series....more
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing ScSynopsis:
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners -- and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage -- in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
This book is too freaking cute. I didn't realize that it is a YA prequel to Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series until I saw it on her website. I'm going to have to finally check out that series after all. I've been curious about it for a while now. Back to this book.
This was fun and I liked Sophronia from the start. Feisty little thing. Too feisty in her mother's opinion. As such, Sophronia gets herself sent off to Finishing School. To Sophronia, this is even worse than being sent off to become a vampire's drone. Still, she's sent off without any fanfare and on the way to the school, she and the people she's traveling with get attacked by flywaymen who are apparently looking for some kind of prototype. Sophronia, is of course, curious as to what this is. Especially given the behavior of their supposed headmistress who actually turns out to be another student.
From here, things just get stranger and stranger. Sophronia meets her first werewolf, her first vampire and the real headmistress who apparently has quite the ample bosom. She also befriends the niece of one of the professors and the "sooties" who are the men that work in the boiler room. She goes on multiple excursions around the school-which is actually a floating airdinghy and quite different from any finishing school that you would expect. Especially since the headmistress doesn't seem to know wtf really goes on at the school. These girls are learning to finish in more than just one way.
Sophronia and her friend Dimity decide that they will find the prototype that the flywaymen want so badly and that the school needs for a communication device. They don't care for Monique who lied about their initial encounter with the flywaymen and who just seems to be a regular witch besides. Lots of adventures occur in trying to determine where Monique hid the prototype and Sophronia realizes that there's only one place that she could have hid it. A whole lot of wackiness ensues in procuring, but what fun that was. A cheese pie was involved.
I loved seeing Sophronia becoming just a bit more ladylike despite herself and for a 14 y/o girl, she is pretty quick witted. Damned sneaky, too. I just fell in love with her and the friends she made. Especially Soap and Vieve. I kind of hope something develops between Sophronia and Soap. They've both got little crushes on each other. But then there's that Piston boy who seems to be quite pretty. I have a feeling that we haven't seen the last of him, despite not knowing what his name is. I look forward to seeing Professor Braithwope, too. Him and all of those "Whot"s. Too funny. And there's still one thing about Monique that we don't know. And why was Captain Niall not where he was supposed to be that day of the play? I wonder if we'll find those things out in the second book, which I will definitely be reading....more
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people wSynopsis:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
I loved this book. I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I had put off reading it, but I'm glad that I've finally done so. There were some very predictable elements, but there were also some things I did not expect the author to do and was surprised that she went there. This was an excellent retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale and a bit darker, too.
I really liked Cinder. She could be quite shy at times, but she did her best to stand up for herself. Her situation didn't really give her the best chance to do that, but she did from time to time. Plus, that girl was quite adept at sarcasm. I loved some of the remarks she made. Especially when bantering with Dr. Erland.
I loved Kai, too. He was like any normal teenaged boy despite being a prince. He was so cute when flirting with Cinder. I hated thinking he would be disgusted with her if he ever found out the truth about her, though. (view spoiler)[I'm still not entirely certain how to take that reaction he had at the end after she fell down the palace stairs. He did seem to be repulsed. But was it because she was a cyborg or was it a combination of finding out that she's Lunar and cyborg? (hide spoiler)] Still, he seems to be a great guy. He has the potential to be a great man. I hate that he's been thrust into the role/position he is in now. He's really stuck in between a rock and a hard place. I wonder what will happen to him now?
There were some seriously hateable characters in this book. Adri, Pearl, Queen Levana and Sybil definitely. I'm not sure about Kai's adviser Tori. He makes me suspicious, but that could just be me. I hope all of these people get what's coming to them.
I loved that this stories has similar elements to the Cinderella story, but is something quite different. Cinder is able to fend for herself for one thing and there's no fairy godmother to bail her out. I guess the closest thing she has to that is Dr. Erland. The whole thing with the Lunars and letumosis was a really nice twist. I hope that Cinder will be able to get help and do what she has to do. Even though she now knows what she's truly up against. And little do so many people know, but their survival hinges up the girl they revile so much. I'm dying to know how Kai will react once he knows the truth, but how long will it be before he finds out? And how much time will Levana have to brainwash him? Hell, she might not have to. She knows he'd do anything from the Commonwealth. All she really has to do is threaten the people and he may go along. He can only keep that awful woman at bay for so long. Will he trust what Cinder told him? Or what was revealed make her doubt him? I can't wait to find out....more
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infSynopsis:
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever.
Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense—the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.
Dude! This was awesome. This book was about a world in which people go off to fight a way against wild chalk drawings, the people called Rithmatists that are the most effective against fighting this wild chalklings and everybody else that isn't a Rithmatist and is basically ignored unless they're power in some other way.
Seriously. Chalk drawings.
And it's awesome.
Only Brandon Sanderson could write a book about drawing circles, lines and pictures with chalk and make it fun and interesting. The illustrations were a really nice touch.
Our main character, Joel, is not a Rithmatist. But he sure wishes that he were. It turns out that there's a reason as to why he isn't. Still, he studies as much theory about Rithmatist defense and attack tactics as he can. It won't get him anywhere, but he just can't help himself. It seems that it pays off in the end for him, though. He ends up getting to help figure out why Rithmatist students from his school have been going missing. What he discovers is huge. I did not see that coming. At all.
Brandon Sanderson has one hell of an imagination.
Where does he come up with this stuff?!
This is definitely a YA book, but it is fun. Our hero Joel comes a ways during the course of the events of the book. He's a nice boy, but he could be callous at times. He was often right more than he was wrong, though. I ended up liking him. He's smart and once you get to know him, he actually seems to be a good friend. I think he'd have been a bit of a better person in the beginning if someone had just befriended him. Which is why I'm glad he became friends with Melody. They had some aspects in common, just in opposite directions. And their personalities were quite different. But in the end, they make an incredible team.
I did not expect things to play out the way they did. (view spoiler)[And I certainly did not expect that the person Joel was so fixated on suspecting really WAS the culprit. Any other time, he wouldn't have been. (hide spoiler)] I can't wait to see how that plays out.
I finished it and ended up enjoying it. The beginning had a difficult time keeping my attention, but eventually, things started gSynopsis:
I finished it and ended up enjoying it. The beginning had a difficult time keeping my attention, but eventually, things started getting interesting.
This book is actually written after the first three books in the series, so it's kind of Cherry looking back and telling the story of her first collection. Therefore, some of the characters have personalities that have already been established throughout the series. I felt a little lost at times because of that, but it wasn't that bad.
The story went in a different direction than I expected and I ended up being pleasantly surprised in the end.
I'll likely read the rest of the books because I want to see what Cherry is like when she's older. She's only 15 in this book, but she's an adult in the rest. Also, I'm really interested in seeing more of Micajah Hawke.
There isn't any romance here, but I have a feeling some will develop when Cherry is older....more