The entire premise rings false: rape was a common practice in the middle ages especially after sieges, wars, and invasions. Additionally, women weren't "supposed" to enjoy sex as that was done for the creation of children and for the pleasure of the only thing of value in those days: the men.
A high born woman may hate sex after being brutally attacked, but it wouldn't kill her soul for she would know that her true value was her bloodline and her husband to be need only wait until she bled to bed her. Even if she carried another man's child, more than likely, she would still be taken to wife if her family was wealthy and powerful enough. Eleanor of Aquitaine was considered a great beauty, but more than one scholar wrote that she could have looked like a ox and knights would have still lined up to marry her because she was the sole heir to a great fortune.
The idea that Arianne would be killed for not being a virgin or that her father would give a handsome dowry that would have to be given back also makes no sense.
But I suppose to a modern woman who may not comprehend a time when women had two purposes: to bear children and to pleasure and please men and that high born women had an additional value (unfair as we common folk do not possess it) of proper bloodline, the one "value" we women DO all possess, our viriginity, might be important.
Enough for a man to die, to start a war, to end a prophecy, to begin a legend.
To write a book.
A better ending and a much better adherence to the story. A major inconsistency reared its ugly head and should have been caught.
I think they were fine; I just didn't like what they were reading.
They really should have fired the editor who should have said; "ah Veronica, there is no way that Tobias could NOT be Divergent. Did we forget the shot that was given precisely to weed out normal from Divergent? It wasn't just his ability to keep his fears to four that made him Divergent. Tobias DID NOT turn zombie. I get that you need some reason to have Tobias throw his lot with the normal people, but this ain't it."
This is the Harry Potter for grown ups. A series so good I've tried buying new releases from England (who gets it first). One of the first thing the cover of the book advises is to "not read it after dark". That advice makes me smile because this describes the series perfectly. It is so fun creepy, that you never want the book(s) to end.
In this the 13th and last book, it was wonderful that Tom shed the old issues and people and paves the way for a new series. A new apprentice that is the 7th DAUGHTER of a 7th DAUGHTER. How cool is that?
There are some that lament the lost of Alice to the dark; but I for one was getting tired of the inner fighting of Alice's soul. I mean, enough already. I even got bored with old Gregory's preaching.
This was a book that had Tom finally grow up. He understood his role and came to appreciate his powers without being torn between Alice's and Gregory's vision of his place in future events.
Tom is ready to move on--and so am I.
I HATE stories that make you wait for justice; it encourages me to skip chapters. This had evil torture but almost instant "get you back", cool. LOVE that kind of stuff.
I'm not sure there is another book that has 3 bad a$$ people that no one should mess with. So very cool.
The North Korean Assassin. Hands down. I kept wanting more chapters on just her.
Oh yeah. absolutely.
Sort of. It started slow, picked up, then the ending was like really stupid.
This had a truly horrible, silly ending. The "What??" kind.
The hacking; always wish I could do that. (For fun, not illegally, lol)
Try to stick to my rule, if the story doesn't grab you in the first chapter, dump it.
I have never been one for torture and I hate unfairness. This was an extremely unfair book, with no redemption or satisfaction for the reader.
First rule of creative writing: make the reader care about the characters. Second rule: don't make your readers angry. Third rule: If you must make your readers angry, give them satisfaction. Wilson succeeded with the first, bombed with the last two.
The county fair.
If I had written the man's reply to the woman who was trying to defend Michael, I would have said this: Laws and rules are there for the SURVIVAL of society. I stole so that Joshua and I could survive. Michael told me I had broken the rule of trespassing but that I had been forgiven because of the circumstances and yet even though he knew why we stole, he punished me for a crime that I had committed out there were there was no society and where he had no jurisdiction over. And while I'm at it, where did you guys get YOUR food and guns? Your medical equipment? Did you buy it from the government or did you just take it?
I am leaving because of Joshua, because one day he is going to break a rule that someone decides needs punishing. I need Joshua to learn and understand rules that don't change on a whim of whomever is in power.
Those who read the first 2 and didn't mind an ending with no surprises.
She should have worked on a better ending, something that hadn't been done a thousand times before. I would have also liked a real connection between the 3 ladies and their burdens.
Suitable, easy switch between female and male tones.
Everything between Gage and Cybil. There was just nothing between them or from them to reader. I found the whole thing boring and if I had not invested time with the first 2 books I wouldn't have continued on to the end.
The pairing of men to women was rather silly and so predictable. I really wished they all could have remained friends with love blooming slowly and with great reluctance. Perhaps if they had changed attractions between couples between books and back again or one loving but the other not returning that love. I don't know, something that would make the whole couple thing more realistic.
I also wished Nora would have taken a page out of other horror talents. Ever notice how most successful books begin with children doing ordinary things? It is a trick authors to get the reader to recognize and accept the world being shown so when the scary stuff happens, the reader believes.
Nora started right but STOPPED right after the big bang. If she had taken the story to weeks after the first incident so that the reader would get into it and root for the boys and then jump to the first 7 years when it was starting all over again. THEN jump another 14 years, the reader would have been invested in the storyline.
Going back and "telling" what happened seems like it happened to someone other than the boys and the reader no longer has a vested interest.
The biggest problem I had with this book was that I was expecting Shep to be the equalizer and get the bad guys back, a sort of "now you're gonna find out what fear is". Instead Michael didn't really seem to need him.
And the whole reason behind the terror was kind of lame and unbelievable.
But I liked the going back in time and how the relationship with Shep came into being.
I loved the characters as children; true to nature of boys of 10, yet not stereotypical. I didn't care for how there just happens to be one gal for each guy when they got older nor that it took 21 years for them to get serious relationships.
Some parts dragged on far longer than it should have, but in all, it was fairly good reading. I am buying the rest of the set.
I truly hated/loved this book. It was the first mystery I can remember where I just had to skip to the end to find out who did what, when and how. I loved everyone even the so called pedophile which I KNEW was innocent--right? I rooted for the broken hearted father who killed the bad guy because the guy was a pedophile and we all hate pedophiles, but then I thought what if the guy was set up and was not a pedophile, so maybe the vigilante didn't really kill him--huh? I was on the side of the cheesy tabloid "reporter" whose "caught ya" journalism I hate in real life.
By the fifth chapter, I HAD to stop and check out the end to confirm that my values had not changed--and the bad guys really was good and how and why they pulled it off.
Doing so ruined the book for me because I just couldn't go back and subject myself to more disorientating emotions toward people that if they knew what I knew wouldn't act the way they do...even though I knew that they were acting perfectly normal for the information they had at the section of the book.
Confusing, yeah, now you know how I felt.
One of the truly best mysteries for someone who ALWAYS knows who done it.
Drop the soapy love obsession. It got old after the first few times; I found myself saying, all right already. And I really wished the guy would quit getting beat up. I wanted someone I could cheer on; instead I found myself joining the other characters who told Jake, DROP IT ALREADY!!
Oh I'll pick another Colben book since the last 3 was outstanding. This was really, really bad and I'm glad it wasn't the first I had read from Colben or I would never have bought another.
He made Jake sound stupid as well as love sick.
the second and third attack. Come on the guy is supposed to be big as well as a professor and he can't keep from being attacked???
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