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1 Star Couldn't finish the book 2 Stars Didn't really like the book, but was interested enough in the story to finish (Skipping great chunks) 3 Stars The book was okay, finished it and will consider reading more from the author 4 Stars Really enjoyed the book, will check out others by this author 4 1/2 Stars Loved the book, will immediately check out others by author, if asked will recommend book 5 Stars LOVED the book, will immediately check out all others by author, will pre-emptively recommend book to ALL my book friends
I loved it and expect I'll be rereading it again in the future. This book is a solid 4 and a half stars which I've bumped up to five as Amazon doesn't do half stars.
Another amazing book by Melanie. Getting a lot more insight into the war and seeing Elena grow more in her powers. A lot of political moves and a big surprise at the end. Bitter sweet feeling getting to the final book; looking forward to it, but want to keep reading
This series has twists and turns that are brilliant. Solid plot line, great characters and a wicked pace engage from the first to the last. As well, a credit to the editing as it is rare now to read a book without errors. Loved the series, waiting for the next book impatiently!
Do you like two-dimensional womens' fiction? Stories where all the characters are just cardboard? Settings where nothing is anything but a prop? Endless female angst? Stupid decisions by the main character - the only character - that simply serve to irritate, and that wouldn't stand for five minutes in the real world? If so, this is for you.
Otherwise avoid the wretched thing. It's total rubbish from every point of view. I bought it because I'm stuck at home ill, and needed something undemanding to read. But how I regret the waste of money.
Any sensible enemy would simply have poisoned the neurotic "heroine" in the first chapter, or at any number of subsequent points. Any adult would have prevented her from dim-wittedly enlisting in the army. Any adult afterwards would have terminated the matter with a phone call in five minutes. Instead we are subjected to endless absurd agonising. The author has not bothered with characterisation either. Princes pop up at random. Ball gowns are produced in an army camp - yes, we get the obligatory female fiction dress-up - in the middle of a war. It's just idiotic.
The first novel was ok, the second less good. This is total crap. Avoid.
What a wonderful series! The world building, plot and characterisation are second to none. If you want to read gripping drama full of intrigue, schemes upon schemes with characters that despite their youth have a maturity that is believable and so far from the vapid foolishness of the last YA series I read and now deeply regret filling my head with, then do read these books. I actually wanted to cry over the wait for the next book. I will I go on?
This series follows an oddball character who is in an educational college where her special powers got her in, and keep her separated from others. There are quite a few stereotypes (such as the love interest) but the book is well written, and enjoyable to read.
The book is quite short, but it feels like it has been edited so that what is covered is mostly “meat”. So this will be a plus for some.
I think the only negative is that there are a few times when the protagonist is too trusting, and makes dubious decisions without any checking or allowance that she may be being played. But then, she is quite young.