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The Hermetica of Elysium (The Elysium Texts)

The Hermetica of Elysium - Annmarie Banks Love Kimberlee's name. (;So yes that alone has enticed me into reading this.

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices)

Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare It's been nearly 24 hours since I finished this book, and I can honestly say that I still have no words to describe how much I loved the ending. I had myself prepared for the absolute worst, so I was pleasantly surprised that the tears I shed at the end were happy tears. It's really been a joy going on this journey with Tessa and her friends, and I will definitely be reading this series over and over. I have my fingers crossed that Tessa and Jem will make an appearance in The Dark Artifices! Hopefully being all cute and couply hehe.

Requiem (Delirium)

Requiem - Lauren Oliver Hmm, I have to say I think this one was my least-favorite of the series. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it--I breezed through it; I would have read it in one sitting if I hadn't had class this morning--but there were just a couple of things that didn't sit well with me.I didn't mind the ending, which was sort of open, although I have a good idea of what probably happened to at least Lena and Alex post-series. I actually like an ambiguous series ending, as long as it doesn't end on a complete cliffhanger, and REQUIEM didn't. But there were a couple of unresolved plotlines and characters who I thought should have been given more attention, and I think part of the problem was that the POV has been split between two people now, and it's hard to give attention to everyone who needs it. I think I wouldn't have minded if the book had been longer. At first I didn't like Hana's POV (possibly because I hadn't read her novella) but about halfway through the book I began to enjoy it and I can see why it had to be included, but I still think I would have preferred the story just be told by Lena.The writing was really beautiful, especially the ending, which made me tear up. Honestly, as far as writing style goes, Lauren Oliver is one of my favorite authors in YA right now.Overall, this was a really great series. Despite some things bothering me in this one, I really enjoyed it. Since BEFORE I FALL is still my favorite Lauren Oliver book, I am really looking forward to seeing what else she writes because so far everything I've read has been spectacular.

The Indigo Spell: A Bloodlines Novel

The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first two. I can really see Sydney developing into a great character, someone I enjoy reading about. I wasn't always her biggest fan in VA, but she's slowly won me over in this series. And of course, an appearance from my absolute favorite Moroi, Christian Ozera, warrants a good rating for this book regardless of how I feel about the rest of it. It could have been 400 pages of them sitting around eating fondue and talking about Ms. Terwilliger's cats and as long as he showed up, I would have given it at least four stars. Luckily, I liked the rest of the book as well. ;)I might write a full review when the book is officially released, I'm not sure, but for now, I really liked this one, and hopefully the series will only continue to get better.

Asunder (Incarnate)

Asunder - Jodi Meadows INCARNATE was one of my favorite books of 2012, and I am so glad that I am able to say that ASUNDER did not disappoint. As high as my expectations for this book were, it totally surpassed them all. It didn't take me long to get totally sucked back into Ana's world. I immediately remembered why I loved this world so much. Not only is there amazing world-building in this book (seriously, we find out so much about the sylph and Janan and reincarnation and basically everything??? I love it!) but there are amazing characters and an amazing storyline.Oh, and did I mention amazing writing?"I wasn't familiar with the particular way wind cut across the iron corner in the northeast, or which trees groaned. I didn't know their voices.The sound remained, but the branches, half-dressed with autumn, became motionless."That was one of my favorite passages, and it manages to be both completely creepy and beautifully written.Ana, Sam, and their friends were great as usual. Someone told me they got angry with Stef in this book, and I was worried for a moment because I loved her in the first one, but I'm happy to report I loved her just as much in this one too. Stef haters can take a seat. She's my favorite.I really loved the introduction of Cris, too. NOOOOO CRIS MY BABY I'M STILL CRYING LIKE 20 MINUTES LATER I'M SO UPSET It took me all of two seconds to get overly-attached to him smh I need to slow down lest I get attached to every character who suffers a horrible fate and I thought he was a great addition to our cast will he be back in the next book? I WANT TO BELIEVE.OH BUT WHERE WERE THE DRAGONS??? I MISSED MY DRAGONS THEY'D BETTER BE BACK IN THE NEXT BOOK THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING.Same, Dany.So yeah basically this book was perfect and if I have to give you all money and transportation to the book store you're all going out and buying it okay bye.

Everbound: An Everneath Novel

Everbound - Brodi Ashton Yes, yes, YES, this was everything I could have possibly hoped for in a sequel to EVERNEATH, and I love that my hate for Cole is completely justified now.My only complaint is not enough Jack, but I did love the flashbacks that were sprinkled throughout the book.Full review to come? Maybe. I still need time to process my thoughts, but I loved this. I need the third book RIGHT NOW.

Finale (Hush, Hush)

Finale - Becca Fitzpatrick Er, so yeah. I probably shouldn't have read this (it was on my "to torture myself" shelf) considering the fact that I really, really dislike Patch and Nora's relationship, plus the writing and plot aren't really anything spectacular (the fact that I was in a real debate with myself about whether or not to pick up this book should say a lot about how invested I was in the story line), but I must hate myself a lot, because I read it anyway.Well, "read" might be giving myself too much credit. Read several chapters, started skimming, then read the last few chapters is probably the credit I truly deserve for what I did with this book. (Somebody always gets angry when I say I skimmed parts of a book.) (What did you want me to do, sit there actually reading it until I spontaneously combusted from the poor relationships and below-average writing?)I just don't really feel like there were any redeeming qualities in this book? Yeah, it wrapped the series up if you like Patch and Nora as a couple and I don't I like Scott, that's obviously what doomed him--every character I love dies in the end but I thought she should have quit while she was ahead, re: the first book, re: the one book in the series I could tolerate. I actually sort of flew through that one, but when it was over, I was like "Wat." Mostly due to Patch and Nora and the nature of their relationship, a feeling that has followed me as I read the rest of the books.Yes, please tell me more about how they are the definition of ~true love~ and how Patch is so good to her and how his behavior throughout the series does not come across as strange or creepy at all.I would have called the police on your ass, punk.I can understand why these books are about angels, as ~the Lord was testing me~ throughout this series. I don't know if I would say I regret reading these books, as I cannot deny enjoying the first one--despite the problematic nature of the relationship it focused on--but I had less and less patience with the characters and the story line as it when on, until I was finally totally done with everything in this one. I do feel like this series could have been really good. I wouldn't have minded the writing so much, and maybe would have even been emotionally invested in the plot, if the characters and their relationships had been better. But it didn't play out that way.So yeah. No baby no.

Beautiful Beings (Beautiful Beings #1)

Beautiful Beings - Kailin Gow "From the first moment I saw you, I wanted to lose myself into those captivating spheres."wat.Yeah, he was drunk, but I don't think that excuses the "captivating spheres" line.So basically this book is about a girl named Lux(no, not this Lux:cute boys playing with children will be my downfall)and she fights demons, or...something? She doesn't seem to do much demon fighting though; she does a lot more snogging guys she has no chemistry with who she's not known long enough for me to really have any emotional attachment to their relationship.These characters don't talk like teenagers. In fact, they don't talk like anyone I've ever met. Please see the above excerpt from the book for an example of how they speak--and it's like that through the whole story.This was a short book, so I understand that the plot needs to move fast to get in everything that the author wants to cover, but I just felt like the pacing was completely off. Everything happens far too quickly. This book would have either benefited from cutting out most of the love square subplot so we could get to the actual demon-fighting a lot faster, or adding about 200 more pages if she wanted to cover that much plot in this book. You honestly get no time to really get to know the characters. Lux moves from Brax to Asher to Moore and back again very fast, and I never felt like I really knew any of these guys. Not here for this love square. I like there to be at least some sort of redeeming quality in the villain that makes me ~love to hate~ them, but I was mostly just annoyed with Shayne and Moore. Another thing I really disliked was how so many of the characters seemed to discover hidden, latent powers, or powers they hadn't previously revealed they had, at extremely convenient times. This Deus Ex Machina right now smh.Probably the most hilarious part of the book to me, as a Supernatural fan, was when it was revealed that Shayne and Moore had invited a bunch of demons to an auction.I bet Crowley showed up and brought his pinwheel.A scene straight out of Supernatural episode 8.02 tbh. All we needed was Kevin Tran: Advanced Placement and Alfie the Angel of Wiener Hut and it would have been a party.So yeah, once again, another angel book disappoints me. But I'll probably still read the second one anyway, because it's short and I already have it on my Nook and I hate myself.

Reached (Matched Trilogy Book 3)

Reached - Ally Condie *transforms into a pterodactyl and flies into the sun*I never really expected to love this series as much as I did. I've grown overly-attached to the characters (to the point where a couple of them have the ability to reduce me to a sobbing mess on the floor) and I've became really invested in the plot line. At first, I was honestly scared to read this book. I've been burned by trilogy-ending YA novels in the past (I'm side-eyeing you hard right now, Suzanne Collins), and since my favorite character is Xander and I was pretty sure he wasn't going to end up with Cassia, I didn't expect him to even survive the book (because, you know, some authors just like to kill off 1/3 of the love triangle to get them out of the way), so I was pleasantly surprised that, not only did all three of the main character survive, but they all got a lot of page-time and each of them really developed into their own person by the end of the book.I think some people are going to be annoyed by the way the romantic plot line takes a backseat to the Rising/Plague/cure plot lines, but honestly, I was glad to see them focus on something else for a while. I felt the focus on the romance in the first two books hindered the development of the Society vs. Rising plot lines, so I was glad to see that actually, you know, go somewhere for once.Let's talk about the characters. Oh wow, the characters. As the Tumblr User Formerly Known as xander-carrow, you know I've been yearning for some character development for my former URL namesake for three books now. And we finally got it. In fact, in my opinion, he was the character who had developed the most by the end of the series. I don't even mind that he didn't end up with Cassia, because I still feel as if he got a happy ending anyway. I'd really came to love Lei by the end of the book (and when it was revealed who she was--VICK FEELS!) so I was really glad they were finally able to find happiness together. For once, I am satisfied with the ending a favorite character of mine got. I love that Cassia finally got her memories back, although it irked me that we never really found out how she did it. I guess some questions aren't meant to be answered though; you can't tie up every loose end. I found Cassia too passive in the first book, but she finally took action and really came through for the other characters at the end. I also appreciate that she was able to choose between the two guys without one of them having to be killed off or vilified.Ky was incapacitated for like half the book, but if you know me you know I don't really mind that. (lol.) (sorry ky.) However, I really like the little friendship he had going with Indie (Indie! ;-;) and I like that he and Xander were able to be friends without their feelings for Cassia getting in the way. That's honestly my favorite part of this whole love triangle: That all three of them were still friends at the end, and that the two guys honestly liked each other. Not here for that macho-alpha-dog-she's-mine-so-take-a-seat-or-step shit that a lot guys in love triangles seem to have going on. Indie.I don't want to talk about it.I didn't trust her in the second book, but by the third, she'd honestly became one of my favorites, right behind Xander. She was such a strong character, and I just...Yeah. Don't even look at me right now.Probably my number-one problem with the book (and the series as a whole) is that it was hard for me to distinguish the narrators from each other. A lot of the time, their voices ran together, especially Cassia and Ky. But that's just sort of a minor thing; as long as I checked the narrator's name at the beginning of the chapter, I was good. I'm really glad this series ended in a satisfying way for me. That doesn't seem to happen too often, but in the end, all three of the main characters contributed to solving the problem and there was finally conflict in a series that I feel had earlier been marred with too much passiveness and romance, so yeah, I really liked it, and I look forward to reading more series from Ally Condie in the future. :)

Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls Part One)

Revealing Eden - Victoria Foyt Whoever thought this book was a good idea--

Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel

Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson Wow, author, A+ job of portraying a caring, healthy relationship....lol j/k.I didn't finish. When a book is literally making you feel sick because of how problematic it really is, and then you see it has a fucking 4.12 star rating on GoodReads, you just cannot go on any farther.I used to think I was just getting picky, but now I'm starting to think there really are that many books out there today that are setting the feminist movement back about a hundred years and passing off horrible relationships as something romantic. Also, I've done some research on the author, who apparently said that this book was never meant to be classified as YA. I don't fucking care. Nobody should be objected to this shit.So in conclusion:

Article 5: Compliance is Mandatory

Article 5 - Kristen Simmons Did not finish. I made it to around page 170 actually reading, then to 220 doing a hell of a lot of skimming, and I was done. I do occasionally finish books I dislike just to be as accurate as possible in my reviews, but I'm not putting myself through that tonight. Not in the mood.I'd never heard of this book before, but the author was at a local bookstore signing copies so I figured "What the hell, I'll give it a try." After all, I'm always looking for signed books to add to my collection (this brings the grand total of signed books I own to three if you count my two copies of The Fault in Our Stars; pretty impressive, eh?).The premise of the book sounded promising. In fact, once I got past the first chapter, the book sounded fairly promising itself. But, as per usual, things fell apart for me after a while.So Ember Miller is a teenage girl who is removed from her home because her mother has violated Article 5, which makes conceiving a child out of wedlock illegal. She's taken to a reform school-type place, where she's beaten and abused until she's rescued by Chase Jennings, a guy she used to like and I guess still does (lol I didn't get that far obviously).While she's at the reform school, we learn about Articles 1-4, which, in my opinion, would have made a vastly more interesting and relevant-to-today's-issues book than Article 5 did. I would have particularly enjoyed reading about Article 3, which defines the "Whole Family" as one man, one woman, and children. In the case of one girl Ember meets, Rosa, the law is violated because her cousin claimed her as a dependent on her tax form, but I would have loved to read a book about a LBGT character fighting against Article 3. I guess I can't really blame Kristen Simmons for that, though, because, as I said before, although Articles 1-4 interest me infinitely more than Article 5 does, it was still a good premise. I guess the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our premises, but in our characters and how they interact with one another. (Plot twist: Julius Caesar is my favorite Shakespeare play.)I don't enjoy Ember and Chase as characters. I don't enjoy the way they act toward each other. I mean, this is life-or-death, but they--well, particularly Ember--like to spend a lot of time pouting at each other or generally acting strange because of one another and I'm like--why?There's this one point where Ember runs away from Chase and nearly gets herself killed by this woman who apparently butchered her dog. Jfc girl I understand that tensions run high and you think it's your fault he's acting the way he's acting, but--wow.Also, earlier in that same chapter she says she has good intuition about people and plans to "seek out someone trustworthy." Apparently crazy ladies who butcher their dogs qualify as "someone trustworthy" in Ember's book.Maybe the book got better after that, but I'll never know, because I think that's around the time I started skimming. I was almost halfway through and still not seeing any redeeming qualities in this book and especially not in the characters. I wish Ember would have spent more time in the reform school, because it kept my interest much more than Ember and Chase's Great Roadtrip did. Sometimes I put a book down halfway through and then come back to it later and end up loving it, but I don't think I'm going to pick this one up again any time soon. Sorry, folks.

City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments)

City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare So I'm really not sure how to go about this review. I've written several different versions of it, but none of them feel right. So I'm going to make like an Angel of the Lord and ~just wing it. *Snorts at own joke* *I'm terrible*I had one version of this review where I wrote outeverysinglelittledetailoftheplotbut I don't want to do that. Some other reviewer will do that for you, or hell, just read the book yourself. Besides, writing out every single little detail of the plot is not what my reviews have ever been about. My reviews have always been about giving you my honest-to-god opinion of the plot and the characters, with a heaping helping of SPN references, sarcasm, and bitchiness. This one, I can guarantee, will be no different.So, Jace is missing! Sebastian wants to burn down the world! Clary has some incredibly ridiculous plan that might just be stupid enough to work--or get them all killed! In other words, nothing's changed.This book is half Clary traveling the world with "Team Evil", half bantering between the members of "Team Good" back home as they try to find a solution to Jace and Sebastian being bound together. There is a lot of Maia and Jordan having hot werewolf sex (wow there are two characters I don't give a shit about), Isabelle and Simon facing that awkward will-they-or-won't-they phase of their relationship (I actually do give a shit about them but not when their relationship is bringing the main plot to a grinding halt), and Alec and Magnus arguing like an old married couple (I can't deny I did enjoy this).Also, Alec has an incredibly ridiculous subplot about making a deal with Camille to turn Magnus mortal.Alec, love, what good did you think would come of this? If I would have been Magnus, I would stabbed you in the neck with a pencil in the middle of the night when I found out about this. You're my absolute favorite character in the series, and I'm by no means angry at you for this. I just think it was really dumb.I actually wasn't that upset when they broke up (omg string me up and shoot me through the head I DIDN'T CRY WHEN SOMEONE ELSE'S OTP BROKE UP). I'm ashamed to say I actually laughed, because Magnus made that Titanic joke which probably wasn't that funny but it was 4:00 a.m. and everything's funny to me at 4:00 a.m., and so there were Magnus and Alec, breaking up, and I was rolling off the couch laughing because Magnus made a Titanic joke. Am I going to Hell yet?If I wasn't before, I am now, because it's time to talk about--drum roll please--Clary/Sebastian incest! I won't even lie: I don't mind incest in fiction when it's between two consenting adults. Hey, you and your sister wanna fuck, that's your business. But Sebastian sort of crossed a line for me in this book, because clearly Clary was not consenting at all. What Sebastian did was sexual assault, he was about a step away from raping her, and that is not okay in any situation, incest or not. It's removed any chance there was of me liking Sebastian or ever feeling sorry for him, because I feel extremely strongly about these sorts of situations. I do not like characters who sexually assault other characters. And it's a shame he did that, because I think maybe I could have liked him if he hadn't tried to rape her. I liked Valentine. But I will probably never like Sebastian now, and rejoice when he dies the horrible death that I know is coming for him in the next book.I don't know, I just feel like the longer this series goes on, the less I like it. It seems to be getting worse instead of better. I have this particular book filed under "unnecessary sequels" on Shelfari because--what was the point of these three extra books, again? I feel like we're getting away from what's important, from the main plot. Way too much time is spent on these two characters making out or these two characters bantering back and forth and sometimes it's easy to forget what's actually supposed to be going on in the book.I will finish this series, though. I'm going to see it through to the end, because I've read five of these books so what's the point in stopping when there's only one more to go? CoLS was, at least, better than the previous book. Maybe City of Heavenly Fire will be even better than this one?

The Selection

The Selection - Kiera Cass Before any of the ARCs came out and I heard some stuff that made me shudder and turn away, I had been planning to read The Selection because of the beautiful cover. Now that's it's been released, I just couldn't stay away--it seems like every review is either a five-star one praising it to no end, or a one-star one criticizing everything about it. So I wanted to see which end of the spectrum I would fall on. As it turns out, I'm sort of in the middle. This book was just sort of 'meh' for me.I hate making comparisons to other books in my reviews, but this really reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games. There's the Caesar Flickerman-esque character who interviews them, the food porn, the adorable younger sister, the poor families with a lot of mouths to feed. It got a bit annoying after a while because I kept thinking, "Haven't I read something like this before--oh yeah." I don't expect every single book I pick up to be so incredibly groundbreaking that it's overflowing with new things we haven't seen tried before--most dystopian books I read all have a few tropes in common--and there's nothing wrong with that. But you come to a point where you can almost guess what's going to happen next because you've seen it done so many times before.Most of the characters weren't anything new, either. America is likable enough, especially when she's around her maids (who I absolutely adored), but everyone else just sort of fell flat for me. Marlee and Tiny were okay, I guess. I can only pray there'll be some redeeming quality found in Celeste since she's apparently sticking around for at least one more book. I don't feel like we ever really got to know any of the other girls very well. The two love interests--I feel they need their own paragraphs here because I'm going to need to rant for a moment.I started out liking Aspen. Really, I did. I don't mind a bit of forbidden love here and there. But then he made the comment about not wanting America to provide for him because he should be providing for her.Really, Aspen?And thus ended my five minutes enjoying his character.Maxon was downright annoying sometimes. I can't stand the way he kept calling everyone "my dear" (I hate pet names, especially pet names people who barely even know you try to give you) and the way he spoke sometimes made me think he either should have a.) had some sort of accent we were not previously made aware of, or b.) been a lot older than he said he was. There were moments toward the middle of the book where I would come so incredibly close to liking him, and then he'd open his mouth and something stupid would come out and I'd facepalm and move back to square one.Besides all that, some parts of this book just rubbed me the wrong way. The heavy focus on ~you have to get married~ and the way everyone seemed so set in their gender roles (except for, on that one occasion, America, who I applaud for seeing nothing wrong with a household where the woman is the main provider) is not the kind of stuff I like to see in books directed at young girls. I've recently been fortunate enough to come across quite a few books about girls who kicked ass, so it was sort of weird to be dropped into a world where all most of the girls are doing is swooning over a guy. If that's just ~the way this world is~ then I certainly would like to see it change before the series is over.I don't know. I'm sort of with America on this--I'm only here for the food.EDIT: I originally had this book at three stars, but after re-reading some of the more sexist and anti-feminist passages over again, I've decided it does not deserve that. A three-star book I would recommend to some people if I truly believed they would enjoy it. I would not recommend this book to anyone. So yeah.

Angelfire

Angelfire - Courtney Allison Moulton With the NCAA Tournament well underway, it's safe to say I've been glued to my TV screen a little too much to actually get a lot of reading done over the past few days. However, I did have the chance to pick up Angelfire, which I bought (along with its sequel, Wings of the Wicked) a couple of weeks ago. And all I have to say is:I've picked this book up and put it back down several times (once when I checked it out of the library, once when I downloaded it on my Nook), but the third time was the charm when I got it in paperback, since I seem to have more of a tolerance for books when a.) there's not a limit on how long I can keep them, and b.) they're in actual book form instead of words on a screen. Basically, Ellie is a fairly average girl who finds she has the extraordinary ability to control angelfire and kill demonic reapers preying on human souls. And there are angels and things of that nature. Of course I'm a sucker for anything with angels in it, so I had to read this.I will start off with what I didn't like about the book, pretty much the big thing that made me knock a star off: I didn't like how Ellie just *got* some of her memories back. And then she knew things. And she could fight. It seemed like sort of taking the easy way out, but I can understand why it was done to move the plot along. At around 450 pages, Angelfire is already a pretty big book, so a few chapters of Ellie learning all this stuff that she automatically remembered would have probably hurt more than helped. Still, just a little nitpicky thing with me. Probably not something that bothered anyone else.Ellie was a pretty cool girl. I love a heroine who can handle a sword, particularly Ellie, who has two.(I feel it appropriate to bring this gif back.)And yeah, there were times when she annoyed me. Sometimes I wanted more fighting and less teenage drama and Ellie worrying about her dress getting ruined (do we really have time for that when your life is on the line?) but overall, she was somebody I could sympathize with.Will is Ellie's Guardian, sworn to protect her, and he's someone who's been there for her for centuries, aching each time one of her incarnations dies. As something of an Ellie/Kate shipper, I didn't think I was going to like Will at first, but he surprised me by not being annoying! The whole I'm-your-biggest-fan-I'll-follow-you-until-you-love-me thing never works on me, so apparently it was not the fact that he was so entirely devoted to her for so long that won me over. Maybe it was his bluntness. It reminded me a bit of Castiel circa season 5.And they both like burgers!I really liked all the other characters, too, especially Nathaniel (I'm hoping we learn more about him in the next book but idk too much to ask maybe?) and I really liked the mythology and the world Moulton created. I'm pretty much in love with the mythology, actually; it, above all else, is what ensures that I'm going to crack open the sequel very soon. Tessa baby you're still my favorite reaper, though.

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road - Moira Young So basically the first half of this book was great. I laughed, I cried, I gasped. There was female cage fighting *fans self*. There was a heroine who actually kicked ass. But Saba wasn't the only kickass female here--they all were, especially Maev, who I am hopelessly in love with. I'll be obsessed with her for days. But most of all--my favorite part--there was a strong family bond between Saba and her siblings, and even when Emmi was annoying her, that bond was still there. Saba never lost the will to go on, even when things seemed hopeless, because she knew she had to rescue her twin brother, Lugh. I'm a sucker for a sibling bond, maybe because I'm an only child who desperately wants a brother or sister and I live vicariously through these characters, haha. The lack of quotation marks was hard to get used to at first, but I didn't mind the spelling and grammar at all because it reminded me of one of my favorite books, The Knife of Never Letting Go. Overall, the first 260 pages were genius.Then came the second half of the book.Blood Red Road seriously would have gotten five stars from me if not for the last 200 pages. The minute Saba separated from the Free Hawks, things started to go downhill, and although the action got going again toward the end and it was a little better, it still couldn't make up for all the things that came before that.Let it be known now: I don't like Jack. I don't like him as a character because he's like far too many other male love interests I've read about lately; I don't like him in a relationship with Saba because it felt forced to me. I never really got into their interaction, I never really believed that they could have possibly liked each other that much. With Saba constantly in danger, on the run, and on a mission to rescue her brother, is there really time for romance? I want to know when someone is going to write a YA book without romance because dear Lord in Heaven it kills books for me every time and this was no exception. But besides the fact that I didn't like Jack and his relationship with Saba, the second half of the book still wouldn't have been that great to me because it sort of settled into a predictable pattern and...I don't know, it just generally wasn't as good as what the first half had to offer.But thank the Book Gods for the first half, and a heroine who isn't afraid to get a little dirt on her hands.In my last review, I said maybe I was asking for too much when I wanted a YA heroine who really kicked ass. Well, I got her. Saba and the Free Hawks are awesome. I think I'm in love.Am I going to read the next one?Will there be more female cage fighting?Haha, joking! I don't really know yet. For now, I'm putting it on my TBR list, but by the time it's actually released, I may change my mind. I do have an emotional attachment to some of these characters, but the romance and the way the plot progressed in the second half of the book really threw me off.So yeah. We'll see.