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be like Shannara goodThis book "just like the previous two volumes is above all likable Not just because it features "like the previous two volumes is above all likable Not just because it features fascinating world and a whole set of likable characters but also because the whole attitude of the authors towards representation towards diversity towards portraying complex emotions well makes it precious and a deliciously immersive read I can t wait for the next book Can we like start a petition to expand this universe into books Or maybe a tabletop RPG So it took a while for me to actually get to this book from Hostage So long in fact that I didn t even remember most of the main character s names until I did a reread At first I was going to express my disappointment at the lack of much going on in this book until I saw that it was supposed to be a character driven in between Which this book does very well It just felt different to the last twocan t say about book 1 since I only reread Hostage What did I like I continue to love the characters in this series They re all complex and dealing with their own issues I love the relationship between Ross Mia and Jennie It s rare to see a poly amorous relationship especially for main characters and have them deal with the issues that arise instead of everything being automatically hunky dory It can be awkward and Jennie and Mia can feel a little jealous at times but it s realistic I loved Becky s character arc I never really cared for her in the previous books just because she was just kind of a side character And I was definitely surprised to see her as a main pov mainly cause I couldn t see what she would add to the story Her finding her way out of her oppressive homelife and finding a path that fulfills her and lets her come into herself is just the best I can definitely sympathize with her family issues it tugged at my heart and I felt myself happier to see her chapters than any of the other characters Also she and Brisa are adorableMy favorite part of this series is the world Even though the characters are amazing I m always happy with the little tidbits that make the world fleshed out What made this book a 4 star instead of a 35 for me was that our main characters got to visit some of the other towns and we could glimpse into how other people were living in this harsh et beautiful world And Yuki Even though he never made an appearance in this book he still left his mark The world felt less like a straight line between Las Anclas and Gold Point Its all just so inspiringNow what I didn t like Which isn t much really For about the entire first 30% of the book I was really not into it Everyone was so horny oh my god Why was everyone suddenly obsessed with sex It just felt like a milestone that I was so so happy they got over so I didn t have to hear about it any I m just so glad that they weren t written out It s so uncomfortable to read books with drawn out sex scenes when I m happy with a they spent the night togetherAnother major thing was the self pity In Hostage I felt the after effects of the battle were done really well I felt for the characters suffering and I know that Ms Brown s area of expertise this time around I didn t feel as much I was mostly sick of all the whining mostly from Jenny and Mia It was repetitive and overstayed it s welcome and that is all I ve gotta say about thatMinor Ing Voske has been defeated but all is not peaceful in Las Anclas Ross's past comes back to haunt him Jennie struggles with her new career Mia faces her fears Felicite resorts to desperate measures to keep her secrets Kerry wonders if Las Anclas has really seen. ,Would Be Like Shannara
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As the character of Felicitie It seems that she is being set up for a redemption arc in the next book which will be pretty fun I d feel the same connection to her as I do Becky if she wasn t so awful I know that unlearning prejudice is difficult especially out of fear for losing everything but damn I like her as a character but definitely not as a person and I m curious to see how she is redeemed I just don t want everyone s personal issues with her to suddenly dissolve when her secret is inevitable found out also "SHE LL HAVE TO TAKE A REAL BATH SOONER "ll have to take a real bath sooner later I m concerned about how many barely sponge baths shes taking here p I liked this a lot not as much as the first two books but that s a pretty high bar
#THE PLOT WAS MEANDERING AND TWO OF THE MAIN #plot was meandering and two of the main focused storylines weren t my favorites Felicit and at first Summer but there was still plenty of good character stuff and worldbuilding Becky s story was fantastic and I also really liked Kerry And MiaRossJennie of course I also enjoyed that we got to see other towns This book also than the others seemed to prepare several storylines for a future pay off and it felt like some threads were left hanging making me look forward to book 4 even Read this one back in March as an ARC and shamefully never reviewed it AghExcellent third novel in this series I m enjoying each of the three main plot arcs Becky Felicit and RossMiaJennie Summer for different reasons LOVED Becky s storyline even though it was really rough witnessing her fucked up family situation But wow I m so happy with where she ended up and the starring roles of her girlfriend Brisa and spoilery adult character I love view spoilerSheriff Crow hide spoiler FINALLY this is an arc review the book is coming out in may and i ve waited it for so long and it DIDN T DISAPPOINT it out in may and i ve waited it for so long and it DIDN T DISAPPOINT it a technically lull character driven book occupying a uieter spot between plotty excitement of hostage and the upcoming endgame showdown in traitor and i ve still stayed up until five in the morning reading it on a workday because all the character bits were so so compelling there s ross mia and jenny continuing to explore their relationship and hang ups thereof ross grappl Behold The cover and blurb for Rebel book III of the Change series Writing these with Rachel Manija Brown is such fun We sit side by side and I type as either of us dictates swapping off when one pauses or the other gets an idea We plan out sometimes act out the dynamics of action Sometimes we made each other shudder sometimes crack up Writing in this way is fun because there is never any writer s blockThat s the process A little about the story Coming between two action driven books this hopeful post apocalyptic fantasy focuses on character and extraordinary changes within rather than outside Not that there isn t plenty of actionWe had a great time with giving certain characters the space they demanded and with exploring outside of Las AnclasAbove all delving into notions of family from harrowing to healing Now that I ve had a few weeks to reflect on my experience reading this book I ve decided to revise my review and take a star off my rating I love this series but I have to be honest and say that I didn t love this book as much as the two that preceded it What follows is an edited version of my initial reviewFinally I ve been waiting to read this book for ears and aft. The last of her father and shy Becky Callahan may hold the key to a dangerous mystery In Rebel long held secrets of past and present are revealed family ties can strangle as well as sustain and the greatest peril threatening Las Anclas comes from inside its wall. .
Rebel most definitely lived up to the excited expectations I had for it I don t know what else to say I have so much love for this series I don t even know if I can do anything but gush about everything that makes them such a joy to read The characters all complex all trying their best even when it seems impossible even the characters that make poor choices do it for reasons that make sense The romantic relationships also complex and sweet and full of uncertainty and awkwardness in a fantastically relatable way The friendships The romantic relationships also complex and sweet and full of uncertainty and awkwardness in a fantastically relatable way The friendships family relationships some lovely and warm some painfully bad but gripping The world with all its amazing variety of Changed flora and fauna I m not wishing for an apocalypse but oh to see some of them in person The food So lavishly described so delicious and varied and I can t read about all of those amazing dishes without salivating a bit The hopeful tone with people creating functional mostly happy societies despite ever present dangers and predjudices All of the writing which just sparkles This is an interesting series set far into the future Civilization and cities as we know them are ancient history In fact things we take for granted like books are only found in old ruins by prospectors digging for ancient artifacts to sell The world has become mutated People plants animals are all mutated and have new magical often deadly abilities There are still some Norms or normal people but many people are mutated or Changed People can be born Changed but most mutate or Change during puberty pregnancy or menopause Las Anclas is a town mostly of Norms but with a significant Changed population There are many who hate and "Distrust Those Who Are Changed " those who are Changed them monsters or freaks This series is told from the viewpoints of several different teens Some vary from book to book as characters change in importanceWhat I don t like about this series is how the main character Ross has two girlfriends They know about each other and are in effect sister wives to him At least there is no menage a trois at least etThis book also has a ton of typos I adore this series and the much awaited third volume did not disappoint Instead of grand adventures this time it focused mostly on character development and the various relationships between people living together Of course there was still mystery excitement and all kinds "of colorful and strange creatures but as a whole this one was about challenges of self and community "colorful and strange creatures but as a whole this one was about challenges of self and community authors approach very heavy topics domestic abuse PTSD grief prejudice etc with remarkable empathy and attention to detail Trauma does not go away magically once it has fulfilled its plot purpose and relationships do not magically work just because people want them to I especially love the way various romantic relationships are handled in this series and this volume s approach to intimacy was nothing short of excellent Bonus point for actually featuring a believable demisexual characterI am still in love with the setting of this series as well Colorful strange and often deadly flora and fauna long forgotten urban landscapes and various isolated cities that developed after the world cataclysm in different ways The new places introduced in this volume were fascinating and once again made me think of how gorgeous this series would look on a screen while at the same time I am glad it has no canon set of visu. Welcome back to Las Anclas a frontier town in the post apocalyptic Wild West In this perilous landscape a schoolboy can create earthuakes poisonous cloud vipers flock in the desert skies and the beaches are stalked by giant mind controlling lobsters The tyrant
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