March Book Reviews
Better Late than never :) Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (Seraphine Book 2) I love how the genders and sexuality of the characters are treated in this book. They are mentioned but not made into something. I wanted the princess to go the way she did but I didn't expect it. That was a refreshing twist. This was a really good end to the series. I very much enjoyed it. Dragons are awesome!
Incarnate by Jody Meadows (Newsoul 1) I wish this book came with a CD of music. I feel like we are missing half the story by not having accompanying orchestra. Sam is... well interesting The irony of "protecting" someone who hasn't been reincarnated before. The Mascrequade was my favorite part. Between her costume design and it's relation to the cover and the described dancing.
Asunder by Jody Meadows (Newsoul Book 2) This was an interesting continuation of the series. It picks up right where it leaves off and things just go wrong. For a second book this has a lot of moving story and isn't one of those get through it till book three type of reads. Lots happens. The Slyph and the new realized theory behind it, is most interesting. The memory loss is also interesting and I am curious how she plans to over come it. The introduction of Cis and the drama with Steph. It's intereting to have other people's emotions besides just the main characters. Side characters have feelings too!
Infinite by Jody Meadows (Newsoul Book 3) An interesting conclusion to the book. The ending though felt very rushed and incompleted. And then I discovered there's a novella. I hate novellas. Write it all into the book and be done with it. Don't be an asshole and create novella's that continue the story! We finally get to see dragons! Dossam's true selfish colors come out. People are extremely fanatic. But it all wraps up.
Divine by Mistake (Partholon #1) by P.C. Cast I received these books many years ago from the publisher. At the time I am not sure what she wanted, because these books were so not my style. And I hated them. I found them full of sex and the character whiny. And while I still find the book full of those two things, I also find that I have grown enough mentally to handle the material better. And with that I really enjoyed the story. Sure Shannon falls in love to quickly and it's creepy that he was "born for her" but they are well suited for each other. Alanna is my favorite character. Next is Victoria and her young soon to be suitor. Something I didn't remember was in the book was the rape. There is a lot of rape happening throughout the story and it's sad. But Shannon does everything she can to protect those she can and save those being hurt. Now for book 2.
Divine by Choice (Partholon #2) by P.C. Cast I didn't like this one as much as the first one. Mostly because Rhiannon is in it and there are babies. Pregnancy and all that jazz tends to make me tune out. But to get to book three you have to know the store of Clint. Which makes me want to know the story of the tree. And so book 3 begins
Divive by Blood (Partholon #3) by P.C. Cast This one starts of with my least favorite things. Whiny people and the births of children. I truly thoughts that rereading these, I would see them in a different light then before. But I'm kinda sticking to my original thoughts. The first one was original it was good. The sound had enough things to keep me interested but I tuned out. This one got interesting about 3/4 of the way in and by the I was commited to finishing it. I just didn't like the main character. She was annoying. I am really hoping the last two books in this series is better.
Elphames Choice (Partholon #4) by P.C. Cast This one is definitely better than books 2 and 3. I would tie my feelings for it with book 1 actually. I enjoyed it very much. Once I got past the prologue, whats with the descriptive birthing scenes?!? Elphame is a great character and she is not whining like all the previous characters. She makes decisions and stands by them. She also is insecure and heeds the advice of others. I quite like Elphame. The book ended to soon but I am pretty sure it picks up in the next book.
Brighid's Quest (Partholon #4) by P.C. Cast I honestly thought this would be my favorite of the series. Turns out I was wrong. Elphames Choice was definitely my favorite, then Divine by Mistake, then this book. I honestly finished this a week ago and didn't write a review right away. Because it didn't feel necessary. The ending was semi satisfatory. But what I discovered was that it didn't actually end. It ends in a clifhanger, something none of the previous books had done. The story of Brighid is most interesting. Her crazy overbearing mother. The way her sister choose to escape it and the direction her brother turned. The healing of another and her process of making her own path. I love how all these books have a very consistant theme, strong woman, with strong support systems but not always in the traditional way. Relationships are important, but not based on phyiscal attraction, but emotional connection.
My biggest issue is these books are old! And I can't find a new release of the story continuation. I like that I am branching out of Young Adult books and more into older stories. I am starting to be able to relate better to books about people my own age. Though I still enjoy a good YA book.
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios Jinni are always interesting to read about and this was no exception. I liked Nalia as a character. My favorite part was her time in the ocean. I liked that while there were two men it wasn't a love triangle. The two supporting female characters were strong and developed. I just thought originally that this was a stand alone book and it is so not.