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The cultural details were my favorite part of the book, from the make-up to the architecture, it was fascinating. I did have to take a break in the middle because I find reading about mad kings tiresome as well as the relationship between the two sisters. I quickly came back to it and was quite pleased with the ending.
While I don't want the series to end, this book tied things up nicely. You really get an understanding of the conditions Toliver and Harper grew up in and what their family is and was really like.
Action, witch magic, vampire magic, brute force, romance...who could ask for more! This book was the most exciting of the Bloodlines series and even the Vampire Academy series.
I didn't have the same preconceived notions as many other readers. I never heard of Shannon being the next Rowling. It was a popular fantasy book, I listened, and wasn't disappointed. There are very human and historical themes intricate to this plot--(mild spoilers) discrimination, segregation, and slavery...bringing about a dystopian feel, my favorite! The book is very heavy on the fantasy. I've read about my share of vamps and witches but this book takes the cake. Every chapter is steeped in the supernatural. There were some areas of stalling where I said "get on with it" but that doesn't make me any less excited for the next installment. If you like Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, or even Veronica Roth, you'll like this book.
Arcadia is truly frightening and slightly reminiscent of the present. I wish the series would get on with the romance and allow the characters to grow and change. It contains the same good butt kicking though.
I read a lot of dystopian but in never breaches the subject of abortion or questions a parent's love. The themes of this book are surprising; you loose and gain your faith in humanity while listening.
A lot less of Angel's problems with her father and relationships, a lot more action and zombie science. Allison McLemore is flawless as always.
I was glad to finally listen to one of Mead's adult books. The future world she creates is very believable and full of detail. I was surprised everything wasn't explained at the beginning of the book, as Mead usually does. It got a little frustrating but then I read a review and understood that explanation would come. The supernatural element is very different from any other book I've read. This is a unique series.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book in the beginning but as soon as the plot started to form and Aria began to change, I was hooked! I'd like there to be two narrators for the male and female parts in the age group corresponding to the characters.
This is very much like Sandford's earlier Davenport books, being on the hunt for a serial killer. The ending was quite shocking. I hope one of the new characters introduced in the book will get her own series.
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