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- Print Length: 330 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Limitless Ink Press (25 Jan. 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBWHZ0B
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I would love to see more of Drystan... maybe a novella on him and how he picks himself back up. Maybe meeting his forever in the sanctuary. Maybe she could be Irish 😄
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Ethan and Nara have a roller coaster of a relationship. In book one, Brightest Kind of Darkness, we see their meeting and the beginning of a budding relationship. Then Ethan disappears in most of book 2, Lucid, to deal with some stuff. However, Nara has plenty going on in her world, while worrying about Ethan. Book 3, Destiny, completely wrecked me. No one is communicating (I’ve stated repeatedly through reviews that lack of communication guts me!). It’s a mess of emotions. Then things are back to lovey-dovey in book 4, Desire … until the very end. Book 5, Awaken, the book I waited YEARS for, starts like book 3, Destiny, all over again—the couple aren’t communicating, and Ethan has left Nara for her own safety. I couldn’t read the book fast enough. And when I was done, I wanted to go right back to the beginning again!
Ethan struggles with nightmares. He is an empath who picks up only the negative emotions of others. These negative emotions come out through his nightmares, showing him the demons other people face in their lives. At one point, prior to the series’ beginning, he tries to kill himself, unable to take all the negativity anymore. He goes through a major character arc throughout the books. You can’t help falling in love with Ethan, but his stubbornness makes you want to hit him upside the head.
Nara is equally as stubborn. However, where Ethan always seems to be wrong, she is always right. I wish Ethan had figured that out a long time ago. She also has a gift. She can see her next day in dreams the night before. Throughout the events in the book, she remains strong. She is very loyal to Ethan and her friends, though her friends are pretty shallow. One in particular I wish she would have dropped. Nara has a good head on her shoulders. She is fearless, not naive, and just a good person in general. Even when people were trying to tear her down, she remained strong. If I were her, there were many times I would have gone off on people. Not Nara, though.
I don’t want to give away the direction this series goes, because it truly surprised me. Elements grew in the story. When you thought it was about one thing, the books turned in another direction.
This is definitely one of those memorable series that you will never be able to walk away from. I wish the story could go on and on forever. I can’t express how much I love this series. It’s one of those stories you will read over and over again.
So this plot seemed simple at first but it evolved and changed with each book. And I know that is expected with a series but you would be surprised at the amount of series I have read that just recycle the same plot in each book. One of the reasons I loved this series so much was that each book had a duel plot. The big picture that carried over into the next book. And a small plot that was resolved with each edition. And while most series have this concept, each plot was separate but had equal face time in the books.
Also, Ethan and Nara have their own parallel stories in this series, making it stand out to me even more. Nara comes off as really quite perfect as a character. Smart, sassy, funny, head strong, family oriented and pretty much the polar opposite of Ethan.
Ethan is a loner, broodish, a bit possessive and generally has a surly disposition. This corresponds with his background though, so its actually a nice contrast to Nara’s constant positivity.
I loved how integrated became and while I felt the side characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, Samson and Gran more than made up for that.
Honestly, the ending was a bit of a letdown. Probably having more to do with the fact i was upset the series was ending than any fault of the authors. I highly recommend this series to any YA addicts out there. I’ll most likely re-read it again at some point.
The first quarter of this book consisted of Ethan acting weird and Nara moping. That and dealing with Nara's dad being crazy, and Ethan's parents being a pain in the arse. It was unnecessary and did little to actually advance the plot. The Sampson storyline was brilliant, because he deserved a little more fleshing out and he got it.
Drysten's ability to created / amplify abilities is introduced /expanded on and that plot line still isn't fully resolved at the end. I for one wanted to see Lainey's reaction to entering this chaos. The ending felt rushed, the big confrontation between the Master Corvus and Lucifer was only a handful of pages long and Lucifer felt like a bad B movie cliche instead of one of the most powerful creatures in the world. That whole situation felt like a footnote, even though they are actually trying to save the world and it was pretty predictable.
Having said that, I still shed a tear or two at the end. Mitchell is a very good writer but it's shame they wasted a large portion of this final book on random soccer games, jogging with friends, whining for pages about people missing phone calls and the relationship between Nara's mom and dad when the FATE OF THE WORLD was at stake.
It felt like the characters were a bit all over the place and that the author was unsure how to end this series. There were flashes of brilliance but the grand finale just didn't hold up to the quality of the earlier books in the series.
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