on Jan. 5, 2011 :
'Fate' , is proving to be difficult emotionally on Jack, Peter and Alice.
Chubby cheeked, large innocent brown eyed Milo turns 16 and learns to drive.
Jack is always there, that guy that will help where needed. He decides to step it up and learn the ropes from Ezra, after all eternity, is a long time to just sit about playing X-Box games.
The story changes up a beat, leaving Alice spending more time than she would like by herself and she doesn't like it and filling in time badly. Alice is looking for answers and Ezra it seems is the only one that can attempt to give her them.
Jealousys simmer below the surface, urges battle it out quietly and life changes dramatically for some of the characters. Emotions need to be kept in check for fear of the outcome. Alice seems to draw the wrong attention these days and Jane and her idea of a great night out have a lot to live up to.
Amanda is throwing in some twists at sharp turns and POW's that will make you stop and think. New characters are introduced and life will never be the same for some. I would recommend having all 4 books currently available ready to read one after the other in rapid succession as I can't imagine you putting them down until they are totally devoured. Amanda's rollercoaster storyline is only warming up.
FAVE QUOTES :
"You're wearing a purple thong?" Jack raised an eyebrow, but since I was drunk, I couldn't get a read on his emotions. I didn't know if it was an intrigued I'd-like-to-see-more eyebrow, or a disapproving you're-a-huge-slut eyebrow.
"Yeah . Wanna see? " I offered.
"Just get in the car," Jack said, not unkindly, and walked around to the driver's seat.
"It's beating like a moth caught in a jar, " Violet smiled wistfully at me. "I can't help myself. It sounds so beautiful."
With one magical leap, I managed to jump on the nearest platform. It was about two feet off the ground, so it wasn't that impressive, except I'm 5'3"running through a crowded gay club with a torn dress and a vampire on my tail.
"Do you have any idea how beautiful your heart sounds? "Jack asked me quietly, and I shook my head. "You have no idea how beautiful and amazing any part of you is."
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on Dec. 7, 2010 :
** spoiler alert ** In terms of my enjoyment level, this book was an improvement on the first one; I was sucked in and didn't want to stop reading until the end. Alice still annoyed me a bit with her total lack of interest in school, but this time around Jack has a job, so I sort of like him a bit better. There were some bits that seemed a little bit too convenient (such as Milo almost dying early in the book so he has to turn, and he was really the only thing holding Alice back from turning), but it was easy to just suspend disbelief because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. Hocking also gets teenage love/angst down pat.
I think what made this book work better for me than the previous one is that the focus was much more on Alice and Jack rather than Alice and Jack and Peter. Peter was always present in both of their thoughts, but he wasn't physically there for the bulk of the book.
One thing that I didn't like is that supposedly Peter actually did/does love Alice. What made the "love" triangle work for me in the first book was that it wasn't actually a love triangle; Peter was only physically compelled to be with Alice and he didn't actually care about her or want to care about her. That is the only acceptable reason in my mind for why he treated her like crap and the only thing that really made the dilemma between the three of them interesting (the whole Alice and Jack love each other-- Alice and Peter are physically connected/bonded but don't want to be--if Alice and Jack actually get together, Peter will be unable to prevent himself from killing them both thing). By the end of this book, Peter admits he loves Alice, and that just really work for me because he doesn't even *know* her. You can not love someone in a romantic love kind of way that you don't know. Maybe Hocking will change my mind about the believability of this whole love triangle thing in the next books, and make it an interesting part of the story, but I'm skeptical. Fortunately, this came into the storyline only at the very end.
Still, as I said before, even with the parts that didn't work for me, I was still sucked in, and I enjoyed this addition to the My Blood Approves series more than the previous book. I'll definitely keep reading to see how this all turns out.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)