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  • A Marked Past on April 10, 2012

    This book definitely had tremendous potential to be amazing. Just by reading the synopsis I liked it immediately. Witch trials and Salem witches are always an interesting material and make great storylines. I loved the main characters name, Lyla, and not to mention that she has Irish roots, she's a witch and there's some big family history secret going on. Unfortunately, the book didn't live up to my expectations and all that excitement was for nothing. There were some good things too, for example I really liked the writing for most of the part - I think it was fluent and easy to read. I got confused by the end of the book though, there was so many things going on and Lyla was jumping in and out of the battle and back in, and it wasn't really believable. However, the dialogue was very repetitive for me. Sometimes the characters were just repeating themselves over and over again and each time someone was explaining the whole historic background to someone else, we had to read the whole story over one more time and found out nothing new. I had a problem connecting to the main character, since I can't help but find her annoying, spoiled and very self-absorbed. It might be just the attitude she has towards world, towards people, life, love, everything. It seems that she can never really relate with others and she always makes quite superficial remarks - like saying that Caleb, her love interest, is hot and then repeating that over and over again, it makes us think that she's into him just because of his looks (all though occasionally she does mention that he's also very nice, smart and so on). And how she judges Hana at first just because she's wearing all black and keeps to herself. Lyla is also always butting in everyone else's business and she always does more damage than good. When it comes to love connection between Lyla and Caleb, I just didn't feel it. It was all very... I don't even know. She tried to hard and was very obvious about her crush, while there's still a lot of questions about Caleb. He didn't appeared as a strong character, he was just supposed to be perfect and the reader was supposed to accept that. I still think he should be paired up with Hana instead, since there was more chemistry in my opinion. For all it's worth I loved the character of Sage, I wish there would be more of her. She seemed so down to Earth, strong in her own way and the way she fought against everybody else and doing her own thing, but in the end did what she had to do to protect Hana, her sister. I'm still wondering, though, how old she really is? There are so many unanswered questions all through the storyline. I am curious though to see what will happen in the sequel but this time I won't let my expectations get up again.
  • Dangerous on April 10, 2012

    Never before have I came across a book where I couldn't care less about the storyline and about secondary characters. This book is set in a world where each person has it's own element: air, earth, water, fire. From the first sentence on it reminded me a little bit of Vampire Academy, minus the vampires - elements, side-elements, some big mystery, outsiders with magic disease who kill their own kind in order to gain power, a university where teenagers are trained to become more acknowledged with their element and so on. In the beginning I wasn't quite sure how it will all turn around and I didn't even like Ria, the main character. But then... oh, then... If I didn't care about storyline, what did I care about then? Ria and Adrian. I feel like such a typical teenager for falling for the typical bad boy and the typical egoistic behavior. But I just can't help it. The relationship between them was so nicely described and it progressed from frenemies to mixed/intense feelings. And even though I'm so excited about them I can't even find the right words to describe it all. Ria might be spoiled and self-absorbed back-stabbing so called friend, but then again... I kind of understand it all. When she starts showing symptoms of magic disease (which Adrian has to, he's the only known carrier), slowly she begins to grow up and realizes there's more to life. And Adrian has a really bad attitude and he really is a douche bag but I simply adore his witty remarks and constant use of sarcasm. The storyline was kind of predictable, all though there were some twists I never could have seen coming. Not to mention how the ending left me breathless. I always complain that series books need better cliffhanger - I remember someone said how Cinder by M. Meyer had a great cliffhanger and then I came to the end and for me it wasn't a cliffhanger at all. So I waited to find a book that would really really really leave me hanging for more. This one definitely did and I can't wait for August to finally come. YAAY!
  • Dangerous on April 10, 2012

    Never before have I came across a book where I couldn't care less about the storyline and about secondary characters. This book is set in a world where each person has it's own element: air, earth, water, fire. From the first sentence on it reminded me a little bit of Vampire Academy, minus the vampires - elements, side-elements, some big mystery, outsiders with magic disease who kill their own kind in order to gain power, a university where teenagers are trained to become more acknowledged with their element and so on. In the beginning I wasn't quite sure how it will all turn around and I didn't even like Ria, the main character. But then... oh, then... If I didn't care about storyline, what did I care about then? Ria and Adrian. I feel like such a typical teenager for falling for the typical bad boy and the typical egoistic behavior. But I just can't help it. The relationship between them was so nicely described and it progressed from frenemies to mixed/intense feelings. And even though I'm so excited about them I can't even find the right words to describe it all. Ria might be spoiled and self-absorbed back-stabbing so called friend, but then again... I kind of understand it all. When she starts showing symptoms of magic disease (which Adrian has to, he's the only known carrier), slowly she begins to grow up and realizes there's more to life. And Adrian has a really bad attitude and he really is a douche bag but I simply adore his witty remarks and constant use of sarcasm. The storyline was kind of predictable, all though there were some twists I never could have seen coming. Not to mention how the ending left me breathless. I always complain that series books need better cliffhanger - I remember someone said how Cinder by M. Meyer had a great cliffhanger and then I came to the end and for me it wasn't a cliffhanger at all. So I waited to find a book that would really really really leave me hanging for more. This one definitely did and I can't wait for August to finally come. YAAY!