QUICK NOTE...Update: 1/2/19
The blog is slowly coming back on line. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. So, reading and blogging (as much as I adore it) have to take a back burner. I've finally reached a stage in all this chaos that I feel that I can try to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world. A post here, a post there, and who knows. Hope you stay along for the ride!
Sunday, April 30, 2017
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Friday, April 28, 2017
Ever finish a book and just sit there like, WHOA. Then, after that momentary stupor, feel the need to discover so many things at once...is there a sequel, what else has the author written, find a print copy to add to your library, and TELL THE WORLD! Yes, yes to all of those things and then some. Even though my ecopy was an ARC (meaning there were a few issues to edit away before the final version), I was totally immersed in the story from start to finish and here's why...
Jakes isn't a hero. She doesn't have superpowers, other than an affinity to be "invisible" to the general populous which mainly serves her in her role of pickpocket. She's not a super genius, mega rich, or even especially brave...but she's REAL. Now, I know...it's a fiction novel...blah blah blah....yes, I was there for the reading, seeing as I did it, but Jakes FELT real. Her reactions or even lack of action, her internal struggles to do what she thinks is right versus smart, her deep seated desire to simply STAY ALIVE, even after the brutal loss of her parents. She's a great leading lady, whether she'd agree or not, and so much more than she even at first knows. The growth she experiences as the story develops is astounding (to all parties) but a perfect match for all that's unfolded. BUT...she's not the only lead character in this multi-POV (point of view) story.
Equal narration time is given to at least three of the other Flames (the rebel group kicking the Empire's butt!)...Zira, Corry, and Jeremy, though the other players are certainly noteworthy as well (shout out to Addy, and Finn!). Zira is a STRONG female character, and as leader of a rebel group, she really needed to be. She didn't come to the role easily though and she has secrets she'd rather stay hidden. Why? Because they could crack the very foundation of the resistance they are fighting for. Word to the wise for Zira...sometimes, people can surprise you in a GOOD way....something Corry has been trying to tell her for ages. Speaking of Corry, he's pretty much joined at the hip with Zira, and when considering their past, it makes perfect sense. He's a good guy, deserving of much more than the station in life he was born into (but that's pretty much all of them), and definitely the hero type. Here's hoping that doesn't get him killed along the way. *gulp* Last but certainly not least, there's Jeremy. A fellow kid from the streets, he's the easiest for Jakes to trust, but he also has his own survival instinct, or as he put it...he won't be jumping in front of any bullets for anyone. *ahem* Sure, Jeremy. We'll see about that.
So, in closing, I'm going to steal my own final sentiments from my GoodReads feed. It may not be the most "professional" sounding, but really...that's not what this post or this site is about. It's about sharing the love of reading, and all the highs, lows, and in-betweens, no matter how fan-girlish it may sound. With that in mind, my closing thoughts...
"Holy snikies, that was ridiculously AMAZING! Seriously! So, so good. The author brought the story right off the page, and making the multi POV narration run smooth as silk. The triumphs and failures are equally represented and harrowing in their own right, while the characters stay with you right to the end. AWESOME read!"
Yep. That about sums it up. ^_^
Think The Hunger Games minus the food factor for a VERY basic understanding of what you're stepping into, and then multiply the awesome factor by about a hundred. Recommended for Young Adults readers, teens through adults due to some violent content, but the blush factor is totally minimal, so no worries on that front. What are you waiting for? Go grab yourself a copy! You'll be SO glad you did.