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    urbangirlreview's book review was featured in Burning Glass.
    I had mixed feelings about this book. There were parts I like and there were parts I hated. So, I'll split this review into what I liked and what I didn't like. Starting on a good note, what I liked: Big one for me - character growth. I could see a steady progression of growth in Sonya throughout the book. Revolution theme. Seeing the rising of a revolution and the problems that arose with it. World building. I really got a sense of the countries and cultures. What I didn't like: The inconsistentness of Sonya's 6th sense. For example, in the beginning Sonya feels the anger/hunger of the peasants at the gate of her convent and it controls her to the point that she ultimately kills her friends. Then later she has no (mostly but I'll get to that later) problem controlling her emotions in just as high emotional situations. The only time she can't control her emotion 6th sense is when the emperor feels any passionate/lusty type emotion toward her. She's then all over him later blaming her 6th sense for the lack of resistance. The books focus was much more on her love interests then it was on revolutionary plot or that there were starving people in the world. Lastly, for Sonya having killed her friends in the beginning of the book, she got over it pretty fast. She "punished" herself by holding a statue with her friend's blood on it (she can feel the pain of her dead friend through the blood). But that stopped even before a quarter of the book was done. Aesthetic note: For me the book was really a three part book. The first part was between the convent and arriving at the castle, the second was arriving at castle and finishing reading the poetry book, and the third part was between finishing the poetry book and the end of the book. I had an ARC so maybe there was a page that said part 1, part 2, and part 3, but if not, it would have been a nice physical transitional between the grown of the character.
    About 4 years ago
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    urbangirlreview added a book review.
    I had mixed feelings about this book. There were parts I like and there were parts I hated. So, I'll split this review into what I liked and what I didn't like. Starting on a good note, what I liked: Big one for me - character growth. I could see a steady progression of growth in Sonya throughout the book. Revolution theme. Seeing the rising of a revolution and the problems that arose with it. World building. I really got a sense of the countries and cultures. What I didn't like: The inconsistentness of Sonya's 6th sense. For example, in the beginning Sonya feels the anger/hunger of the peasants at the gate of her convent and it controls her to the point that she ultimately kills her friends. Then later she has no (mostly but I'll get to that later) problem controlling her emotions in just as high emotional situations. The only time she can't control her emotion 6th sense is when the emperor feels any passionate/lusty type emotion toward her. She's then all over him later blaming her 6th sense for the lack of resistance. The books focus was much more on her love interests then it was on revolutionary plot or that there were starving people in the world. Lastly, for Sonya having killed her friends in the beginning of the book, she got over it pretty fast. She "punished" herself by holding a statue with her friend's blood on it (she can feel the pain of her dead friend through the blood). But that stopped even before a quarter of the book was done. Aesthetic note: For me the book was really a three part book. The first part was between the convent and arriving at the castle, the second was arriving at castle and finishing reading the poetry book, and the third part was between finishing the poetry book and the end of the book. I had an ARC so maybe there was a page that said part 1, part 2, and part 3, but if not, it would have been a nice physical transitional between the grown of the character. *Thank you to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for providing this book.
    About 4 years ago
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    urbangirlreview has read this book.
    By Kathryn Purdie
    About 4 years ago
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    urbangirlreview's book review was featured in Relentless (The Hero Agenda).
    Normally, I love Tera Lynn Childs's books but Relentless just didn't do it for me. I liked the first book in the series but the second book was a huge miss. Come on this is a super-hero (or villain as the case may be) book - the sky's the limit (and not even that with superpowers involved). I should have been on the edge of my seat and gripping the book in anticipation of would happen. Yet, I couldn't care less what would happen to the characters. A character could die: Me: ... Book: Hello, are you listening because a character DIED! Me: Wait, what?! Sorry, thinking about what I'll have for lunch. A character died? Book: YES! It's time to weep, cry "NO", and be shocked!!! Me: *Searching inside myself for any emotions about it and not finding any* Sorry, nothing's coming. Book: *Big Huff* For me, if I couldn't care less about what happens then that's a death sentence for any book. Maybe it's just middle-book-syndrome and the third book will be fantastic but I'm critiquing this book. Personally, I thought this series would be a knock-out with Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs writing it! I had a high standard for this book so that might be why I'm so disappointed. But as they would say on Project Runway, they went too safe when they wrote the book. Side note: The book cover does nothing to sell the book either. I look at it and see generic and uninspiring. A girl and guy walking into some non-distinctive white light with some buildings on the side. Could have been so much more creative.
    About 4 years ago
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    urbangirlreview added a book review.
    Normally, I love Tera Lynn Childs's books but Relentless just didn't do it for me. I liked the first book in the series but the second book was a huge miss. Come on this is a super-hero (or villain as the case may be) book - the sky's the limit (and not even that with superpowers involved). I should have been on the edge of my seat and gripping the book in anticipation of would happen. Yet, I couldn't care less what would happen to the characters. A character could die: Me: ... Book: Hello, are you listening because a character DIED! Me: Wait, what?! Sorry, thinking about what I'll have for lunch. A character died? Book: YES! It's time to weep, cry "NO", and be shocked!!! Me: *Searching inside myself for any emotions about it and not finding any* Sorry, nothing's coming. Book: *Big Huff* For me, if I couldn't care less about what happens then that's a death sentence for any book. Maybe it's just middle-book-syndrome and the third book will be fantastic but I'm critiquing this book. Personally, I thought this series would be a knock-out with Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs writing it! I had a high standard for this book so that might be why I'm so disappointed. But as they would say on Project Runway, they went too safe when they wrote the book. Side note: The book cover does nothing to sell the book either. I look at it and see generic and uninspiring. A girl and guy walking into some non-distinctive white light with some buildings on the side. Could have been so much more creative.
    About 4 years ago
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    By Tera Lynn Childs
    About 4 years ago
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    What I liked: 1. The Hunt was better then the first book. 2. I definitely like the set-up for the third book. It will be an epic final book with everything coming to a head. 3. The characters were likable in The Hunt compared to The Cage were everyone was kinda going crazy and honestly just weren't very likable. The only person I was interested in or liked in the last book was Cassian even when he lied to Cora. Also, Cora was just okay in the last book, she didn't stand out to me as being anything special. But, in the newest book, The Hunt, all the characters really worked together and were more engaging to read about. 4. One of my problems with the last book was the lack of world building (I know they were in a cage/habitat, but still) so to my enjoyment the Kindred space station was explored more in this book. What I didn't like: 1. Still slow at time. I remember the last book being slow to build up to the action and it was the same in this book. The beginning and end were fast-paced but the middle was sluggish in movement. 2. I know other people mentioned this too but it was hard to engage/connect with the book at times. Probably due to the slowness of the book. 3. Cliff hanger. I'm not normally bothered by cliff hangers but the book was just starting to pick up and then it ended. So, I was disappointed by the ending. Overall, I would still suggest reading The Hunt and The Cage if you haven't already. On a scale of 1-10 of anticipation for the third book, I'm a 6 on the scale. * Thank you to Edelweiss and Balzer & Bray for the chance to read this book.
    Over 4 years ago
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    By Megan Shepherd
    Over 4 years ago
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    urbangirlreview's book review was featured in Endure (Defy, Book 3).
    This is the third book in the series so I'm going to assume that most people reading this review have read the first two books. To the people deciding if they should read the third book in the series: why wouldn't you finish the series? Not finishing would be like eating only half a cookie. Why would anyone do that?!? I tell you - no one! Most of us when it comes to cookies or the final book of a series are like the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. What I thought of the book: To be honest, it was a disappointing conclusion to a series that started great. Most of the book was spent trying to build it to a climax which is not how a final book should be. It should be in the thick of the climax; not building it. What made it worse was that I wasn't engaged with the storyline or characters. Characters could die and I wouldn't care one bit. It felt like the author was giving us crumbs of a cookie not a gooey, chewy, M&M filled cookie. I could see the potential but it just didn't deliver.
    Over 4 years ago
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    urbangirlreview added a book review.
    This is the third book in the series so I'm going to assume that most people reading this review have read the first two books. To the people deciding if they should read the third book in the series: why wouldn't you finish the series? Not finishing would be like eating only half a cookie. Why would anyone do that?!? I tell you - no one! Most of us when it comes to cookies or the final book of a series are like the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. What I thought of the book: To be honest, it was a disappointing conclusion to a series that started great. Most of the book was spent trying to build it to a climax which is not how a final book should be. It should be in the thick of the climax; not building it. What made it worse was that I wasn't engaged with the storyline or characters. Characters could die and I wouldn't care one bit. It felt like the author was giving us crumbs of a cookie not a gooey, chewy, M&M filled cookie. I could see the potential but it just didn't deliver.
    Over 4 years ago

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