by: Lu J. Whitley
Wild ride indeed!
There are so many things to love about this book, but since the most important thing to me is an author's style, let's talk about that first.
I love Lu Whitley. Plain and simple. First, she is not a slave to cliche, which is most appreciated. The author does not narrate the way one would expect, and most importantly, the main character, Greta, is not a helpless idiot. She certainly has her issues like a normal, well-rounded character would, but she is not weak, and she doesn't operate with the notion that she 'has' to have a man.
It has little sprinklings of humor throughout. So many times I literally LOL'd, and it usually had to do with Greta's thoughts about Jami. I'd read a line and would still be laughing days later. One can easily tell while reading this book that the author is intelligent and has a creative, open mind.
It is true that it ended on a cliffhanger of sorts - but this was one that gets the reader revved up for the sequel. I can just imagine how that last scene would be in a movie - the camera panning out, exciting music playing in the background, and the audience clapping heartily (why do audiences clap at movies?).
I need the next book. I need everything this author writes, actually. I really felt like I got to know the characters well. They are in no way generic or easily interchanged. A lot of effort has obviously been made in creating this story and this world.
About the story itself - it is a world like no other. It's part paranormal and part fantasy, and entirely unique, in a category of its own. Well done, and I'm looking forward to the next.
by: Laurie Lyons
One thing I really loved about this book was the way the author took some purposely-open threads from the first book, Feather, and wrapped it up perfectly in this final installment. I was intrigued by her choice of quotes at the beginning of each chapter - I felt they added a lot to the story.
My favorite chapter has to be the one with the same name as the book. That is by far the best one in my opinion. It's perfectly written and really summarizes the entire trilogy quite well. I think it was clever how she unexpectedly led up to that point. I could read this chapter over and over again.
I do feel a little bit sad for Gavin. I wonder how he feels, knowing his entire life that he was kind of the second choice, but I'm sure he has accepted it, since he was such a good friend of Nathaniel and he is no dummy in regards to the love he has with Lucy.
I love what happened with Roman. That was absolutely inspirational and breathtaking. She made me cry again, just like she did with Feather, darn it.
by: Laurie Lyons
When I first started reading this book, I thought, "I like this story. Lucy is a really unique character." I thought it was a good story with little sprinkles of humor here and there that made me laugh out loud.
But once I got about 2/3 of the way in, it really grabbed my attention. I'd only stop reading when I'd absolutely had to. I was struck by the powerful emotions of the book, which made me shed many tears.
The end leaves you with a happy, fulfilled feeling. It's also spiritual without delving into religion too much.
I highly recommend this book.