Everything. The narrator, the story, the characters, the prose. There is not a single thing I did not like about this book. LOVED IT!
Cassie. She is very likable, interesting, and so freaking hilarious!
I finished listening to this book and was very impressed with how much I loved the story and the characters. I had no idea I was going to love it so much. I cannot wait for the second!!!
The pacing. The story really drags. At times it feels like it's picking up, but then it goes back to, well, dragging. It's basically a lot of wandering around the Duchess' home and attending balls and fancy dinners and dealing with the every day life of being a rich person's abused pet--I mean, surrogate. And then you have your tiny little plot points in between these to get the story going at a snail's pace. It's not until around 70% that the story finally starts to roll and get really interesting.
It's a cliffhanger, which I have no problem with, except this one ended in like the middle of a scene; it was very abrupt, so my reaction was: shock! and then, wait, is that it? oh. ok?
She wasn't great on the guys' voices sometimes, but it was decent.
LOL. You guys are funny.
The MC is a Mary Sue, which is the term for those characters that are oh-so-beautiful-and-perfect-and-special. I am usually annoyed by these type of MC's, but Violet was all right, despite her MarySueness. The romance was guess what? That's right. INSTA-LOVE. Shocker. But hey, at least I can say it wasn't the worst insta-love I've ever read/listened to. coughcough Alice in Zombileand coughcough The Kiss of Deception. And something else I should point out, the Duchess, which is your villain, was a well done, intriguing character. I liked her.
Bottom line: Not the best, certainly not the worst, but entertaining enough to keep on listening.
Everything. I love all her work; she's awesome!
No. And that's exactly why I didn't give it a perfect score. I enjoyed it and it kept me entertained, but it wasn't anything to rave about.
It was ok. I don't think there was anything wrong with the book, I liked the characters, the pacing was good, it didn't annoy me (not once, so that is saying a lot) and it kept me entertained. I just didn't LOVE any of it. Maybe I was just not really into the actual plot of the story, with the seasons and the rhythms and the conduits and all that jazz. In any case, I won't be jumping off the walls to read the second, but I most definitely plan on reading it.
She could always redeem herself, so maybe, yeah.
I would cut/edit the scene when Alice and Cole meet for the first time. The moment their eyes meet, they both have this hallucination where they are making out and lusting on each other. And what does the brooding handsome love interest with violet eyes (rolling my eyes here) do? He glares, glowers, snarls, and grits his teeth at Alice. And how does Alice react? Nope, she doesn't flip him off or anything normal like that, she drools and makes goo goo eyes, because you know, psycho douche bags are SO hot!
This book has raving reviews. So yeah, it's not what I was expecting. At all. I guess it's better if I just list my issues:
1. Cole= douche, controlling, possessive, violet eyes, suffers from severe alpha male issues.
2. Alice= being inside this girl's head was painful. WAY too insecure. She questions everything she says and everything everyone else says and everything she thinks, AND she pines for an unlikable douche (instantly, btw).
3. The whole Alice in Wonderland thing is misleading. The only things that relate to that in this novel are that the MC's name is Alice, that there is this rabbit-shaped cloud that appears to warn the MC of danger, and the titles of the chapters. That's it.
4. The writing= excessively tongue-in cheek and tries too hard to be hip-and-teenagey, to the point where it pulls you out of the story. And there were several descriptions that were just silly:
“The mountains, valleys and lush green trees highlighted by the streetlamps.”
Wow, those must be some ginormous streetlamps...
Gosh this is a difficult one because there's several characters that I love in these series. They are all very well done....but if I have to choose, I will have to say Kate (the MC) is my favorite. She is a realistic character (unlike so many other MC's in the YA world); she doesn't make stupid decisions or judgments, even her compulsive actions are well grounded. She's not helpless, and she certainly doesn't stop to swoon and think of how hot the guys are when there are more important things to do, which brings me to another good quality about her: SHE IS NOT ANNOYING
Everything. The voices, the accents...she is fantastic.
Aside from characters, the plot itself was also well written. It flowed nicely and it kept me guessing the whole time; it gives you that sense of foreboding that the Cyrists have a card up their sleeve, but you just can't get a handle on it, which was frustrating in a good kind of way.
There is a love triangle, true, but this isn't your typical love triangle. It's very unique because of the different timelines, and not once did I feel that it bogged down on the story. Honestly, I think it added layers and complexity to it.
The whole time travel concept in this book is, in my opinion, brilliant (my brain literally hurts from trying to figure it all out). And the history aspect of the early 1900's is pretty awesome too; you can tell the author did her research.
Let's say my friend is into love triangles, taverns, and plots with excessive explanation of ancient texts. Then I would say, dear friend, thou should read this book.
First one. Can't compare.
Well....I know Emily Rankin did not do the guy's voices so, this question is stupid. But out of all the characters, my favorite was the assassin's.
I had a hard time connecting with the MC; there was something fake/cookie-cutter about her that I didn't like. The same goes for her relationship with Pauline and her brother Walther. They lacked complexity and depth. And the boys, well, I pegged the wrong dude as the assassin, so when it's finally revealed who is who, let's just say I was disappointed. Most of what I thought made the character interesting was the fact his struggle was so much more meaningful, but that was me thinking he's the assassin and oh-my-what-is-he-going-to-do-now! (albeit,it's silly that he fell in love so quickly, but still, the conflict there is just so much more endearing). So when I find out my dearest assassin is *gasp* the prince, it only made me confused and annoyed, as though I got cheated somehow.
And don't get me started on the whole first daughter, the gift, ancient texts, magic, the gods, scriptures, blah, blah, blah...Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I mean, I get that you need some serious world building in a high fantasy novel, but I found myself either not paying attention or fast-forwarding over most of the scenes/passages pertaining to it, and I realize that I really didn't care to know or find out about Lia's sight/gift whatever-whatever or how it came to be. Which is probably why I liked the prince's and the assassin's POV's better than the MC's.
The love triangle romance was too insta-lovey for my taste. Basically, these two guys fall head over heels for the princess with one look. Really? I can maayyybee forgive the prince for being a shallow-arsed royal, but the assassin? Come on dude! You're an assassin!!!
I'm intrigued to 'maybe' read the second. I think I'll wait on the reviews before I take the bait, though.
The second half of the book. I completely lost interest. I still finished it though, so that's worth noting (I think). The first half was REALLY good. I was totally hooked into the story and the characters...but then, all those things started going down hill, characters included. They just lost their zap. Even Seth (who was the most interesting dude in the book) became a lackluster character. *place exaggerated sigh here*
Nope, it actually made me want to read the Iron Fey series, which I might add, are much, much better.
I won't be picking up book the next book. Adios Faerie Amigos!
If you have read The 5th Wave, then you pretty much don't have a choice. I know you will read it, and you should, because there's a chance the third book will be super badass.
Great performance. No issues there.
Yes and no. Yes because it was an enjoyable read, and no because it was nowhere near as good as its predecessor. The issue I had with this book was that the majority of the story was told in Ringer's POV (a character I don't care much for). It makes sense why it was written like that; it's setting up and building up the story for the 3rd book, which I am assuming (and praying) will be much better than this one, but in the process you are left with hardly any character building, hardly any Cassie and Evan or Ben, and more Ringer, more Vosch and The Others, more theory pondering, chess games, and a whole lot of guesswork. The whole time I kept waiting, very expectantly, to get what I've waited over year for, and at times it felt like it was right there, on the next page. But alas, it never came. I should point out though, the big reveal at the end was a clever twist I did not see coming, so to that I tip my hat to you Mr. Yancey.
Bottom line: It was intriguing enough to be enjoyed but it will ultimate leave you unsatisfied. I am sure I am speaking for most readers out there when I say that, after reading The 5th Wave, we are opening this book with VERY high expectations. So you, my dear reader friend, will most likely be let down. Perhaps not as much as I was, but I guarantee you will not finish this book and feel the same way you did when you finished the first one.
You might as well dub the book as 'Rollercoaster Ride Extremus Maximus.'
Ms. Kagawa, you squeezed my little bookworm heart like a sponge and left it out to dry on a bloody sink. But I must be a masochist, because I love you. You are amazeballs. I'm surprised to admit these series are a total contender for my all-time favorite, The 5th Wave.
The characters and their development are amazingly well written. These are the type of books that not only do you enjoy, but they leave you with a lasting impression, and you are saddened to part ways with the characters once you finish their stories. Another diamond in the rough.
If you are into romance stories, go ahead and dive in. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
This is one of those books that you pick up having no idea you will love it so much. Kind of like what happened to me when I read The 5th Wave. It's one of those awesome books where you can't stop reading; where you have a strong connection with the characters, and you cannot help but root for them. I think this is, by far, the best vampire book I have ever read. The romance between a human and a vampire feels realistic, and so does the struggle both physically and mentally to fight the inner demon and keep the blood thirsty monster at bay, which Allison doesn't always succeed at. I'll admit, the part where she is training and learning the ways of the vampires was a little slow for me, but the story picked right up, and then it took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
On to roller coaster ride number two..
The book was actually very entertaining; it had me guessing the whole time and it kept me hooked all the way to the end. Technically, that would be enough to give it 5 stars. Except for one major issue I had with the book: Noah. He is definitely interesting and complex. However, there are two things I did not like about the dude. See below...
1. He is a whore, and I mean whore with capital W. He sleeps around with so many girls and leaves them jilted because he only does it for fun (girlfriend is not a word in his vocabulary) and has no care in the world for anyone's feelings but his. I'm sorry but when a guy is notorious for having sex and 'discarding girls like condoms' (that's an actual line in the book btw) not only do you lose my good opinion but you totally gross me out. And no, being hotness personified, with an English accent to boot, won't save you.
2. He smokes. Enough said.
So yeah, I was a bit turned off (no pun intended) by Noah and the fact that Mara had no qualms about this. Sure, she has plenty of monologue where she reminds herself of this but it's all halfhearted and forgotten the minute she lays eyes on the dude. *sigh*
Aside from that, I did like it and I do recommend it to those who like romance and mystery/suspense.
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