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Posted June 13, 2014
Just on originality alone, this book had me. I don't know what
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Just on originality alone, this book had me. I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this.
I LOVE that there was a love story in this tale but that it didn't CONSUME the book and hold it captive. It was a perfectly planned balance of love story, action, and suspense.
Ashlyn made me love her for her bravery and her willingness to overcome. She was loyal and incredibly mature for her age.
This book was perfect in that I felt complete at the end and felt that there were no holes left in the story, but at the same time, I could read more about all of these characters and never be bored!
Bring on some more Light Chronicles!!!
Posted June 12, 2014
First of all, fantasy is NOT my favorite genre. A long time ago,
First of all, fantasy is NOT my favorite genre. A long time ago, I read The Dresden Files because one of my friends said he refused to talk to me until I gave it a try. While not talking to him was a bit tempting, I figured that I would still go ahead and give The Dresden Files a try and I fell in love with them. I thought that nothing would ever measure up to that series. But I was pleasantly surprised with Shadow Fire. More than, actually.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Right off the bat, you're thrown into Ashlyn's survival-of-the-fittest world. This amazing lady is carrying a leopard back home from her hunting trip. She had taken this beast out when it threatened her life! Can you imagine tangling with a leopard? "So what did I do today? Oh, I just took out a freaking leopard and then dragged it home. YOLO!"
As messed up as this will sound ... in that first chapter, you meet a broken Ashlyn and ... I LOVE IT! She's poor and worn down and tired and victimized ... truly broken. Until she is thrown together with Zane, at least. Zane seems to complete her and the way that he was written, I can totally see it. This isn't a far-fetched tale. Sure, there's magic and weird creatures but the meat of the story, the foundation, is based on this amazing relationship that Wheaton has created for her readers. The rapport between Zane and Ashlyn really speaks volumes and I think that it is something a lot of readers will be able to connect with.
Let me take a moment to clear something up. Yes, this is a series. Yes, this novel can stand alone. Now, is it truly a stand alone? Man, when I finished this, it really seemed as if everything was buttoned up pretty neatly and unless the next novel branches off to be about a secondary character (which would be totally awesome ... especially if it is' about a certain pirate ... hint hint ...). I suggest not even worrying about whether it is stand alone or not and just give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
Posted May 5, 2014
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This book was incredibly adventurous and slightly humorous! Not to mention, though, that some parts slightly didn't come to my likes as well. I loved the plot, the fact that there were mythological creatures everywhere! It was pure fantasy! It was like living in a whole new universe entirely different from our own. And that's what I absolutely loved about the book. It was like reading another Percy Jackson book because there were lots of heroism and fantasy contained within the 300 pages of this book. Growing up, I've loved Percy Jackson. This book was good!
What didn't come to my likes? There was too much romance in it. Sure, I have grown to love romance novels such as The Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. I love the fact that characters in novels just fall in love despite the circumstances and then I would end up bawling in the end. But - I'm really sorry of having to say this - there was just too much in this novel that I caught myself sighing instead. I wanted to take a break from all those lovey-dovies, but it showed up in every chapter which makes me tired! I wanted more adventures!
There was too much kissing and moaning + groaning and "exploring the mouth" thing. I just wanted more of the fantasy from this book!
Also, I was quite surprised because after 30+ pages, there was already intense kissing. My initial thought about this was: "Wooow! That escalated quickly." And this continued throughout the entire novel. Shocking!!
Apart from the things that didn't come to my interests, I have to say that this book is amazing. Wonderful story line, impressive narration, valiant characters, and such a beautiful, beautiful fantasy world. I also liked how the story ended. I have been a fan of happy endings ever since the Disney Princesses started it like 10 years ago (?) so it really got me smiling. I loved the main plot of the book! It just made the whole novel more exciting!
Would I recommend it? Yes, I would still recommend it. It's the story that drives me forward. It was really engrossing knowing that there were lots of perilous events Ashlyn and Zane were heading off to.
It was like taking a ride and watching a movie in your head.