There are times when Heather & I finish a book, but don’t have time to write a full, comprehensive review… or even a shorter “flashbulb” review. BUT we still want to share our thoughts with you on what we’ve been reading. That’s why every Saturday we’ll be featuring 2 “snippet” reviews — short, sweet, to-the-point reviews that we’ll try to keep to 2-7 sentences. So we hope you enjoy these!!
As is true with the other books in the Pushing the Limits series, Take Me On follows similar themes of self-discovery, surviving/overcoming harsh circumstances, exorcising personal demons, and first love. While I did enjoy this novel, for some reason Take Me On failed to grab me completely like the previous PTL books did. I love Echo & Noah, Beth & Ryan, and Rachel & Isaiah, but I had trouble connecting with Haley & West. I found Haley to be a little on the bland side, and West leans too much the way of the stereotypical-bad-boy-with-a-good-heart-who-is-bit-of-a-walking-innuendo. (Yes. It’s an official classification of romance hero.) But nevertheless, despite my issues with the characters, it was still an enjoyable read full of the drama, romance, tension, danger, angst, and redemption that I’ve come to expect from a Katie McGarry novel.
P.S. – Also, I have to add that my favorite bits of Take Me On are the ones that include Abby. She’s such a GREAT character.
*(im)patiently waits for Abby’s book… and Logan’s book. Or an Abby & Logan book. I’m good with whatever.*
Intellectually, I know that Julie Kagawa will never disappoint me. I’m aware that her writing never stops impressing me and that her ability to take my heart, smash it, and put it back together is something nearly breathtaking in its complexity. Yet despite this knowledge, I am somehow always left in awe. Every. Single. Time. This woman is a genius.
The Forever Song is a beautiful conclusion to The Immortal Rules Series. While I have no doubt that Julie could continue writing this series (and I hope she will because I seriously need more of Jackal), the plot of these three books reaches a satisfying, dramatic conclusion. She pushes her characters, as usual, through ultimate sacrifices that we as the readers temporarily want to stone her for. However, this push causes them to show who they truly are and to reach levels of development and strength they never knew they had. The growth of her characters is totally worth the heartbreak and devastation she puts us through. =)
Overall, The Forever Song is fitting conclusion to an epic tale of love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of humanity in the midst of psychotic monsters. Absolutely fabulous read!