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Series: The Descendants #1
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on September 29th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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The first sixteen years of Arabella Penthallow’s life have been a lie…
In a world where deception is the key to survival, Ara has kept up the charade of being a perfect Legion Leader’s daughter. But a darkness stirs, and she discovers she is Touched, a mortal gifted by the Gods. The Touched are as rare as they are feared, and Ara is forced to leave Union City for neighboring Midnight City to protect herself and those she loves, leaving Tove Thorn, the boy who has always known her heart, behind.
Carter Decker has vowed to burn Union City to the ground…
Midnight City’s cocky, infamous bad boy always gets what he wants, and he wants Union City to pay for burning his mother alive because she was Touched. When Carter meets Ara, she is everything he’s been taught to hate. Then he learns she is Touched—just like him—he isn’t sure who he hates more…the Touched girl whose father killed his mother, or himself for being tempted by someone he’s sworn to kill.
They are told they’re fated to be soul mates…and they each wish the other never existed.
When Midnight City is attacked by Union City, Carter and Arabella will do the unthinkable…even if it means falling for the enemy. The truth lies in Arabella’s home nation, and Tove is waiting. Soul mates or not, he has an advantage Carter doesn’t, fated souls be damned.
War is coming…and Ara is the prize.
This book was WOW! So captivating! Honestly probably all I could want in a book, except sometimes there were too many feels, and not all happily-ever-after feels either…and the ENDING. Cliffhanger alert. OMG. Frustrating x100. But aside from that, fantastic.
Like I said, feels were through the roof. This book was very hot, very painful, very confusing, very absorbing. Once it starts affecting your real life emotions, that’s when you know you’ve got to be careful. Is that a good or a bad thing? You tell me. Overall I think it’s good. Just make sure you come off your book hangover before you actually do anything or make any decisions. Give it a rest period.
Pacing was good. If I wasn’t on a deadline, I would have had to take a few breaks while reading just to let it all sink in. The plot was very complex. Lots of political intrigue mixed with your typical love triangle-quadrilateral-dodecagon. Gets a little much, but I mean really, in my head it was quite simplified. (Just waiting for Ara to realize that.) ANYWAY. Pacing. Yes. There were a few moments/experiences that I would have liked to see in more detail instead of just looking-back-on-it-later, but that would have made for an even longer book. So I understand and I’m quite pleased with what we were given.
A few times I wasn’t sure quite what was going on or if I was missing something, sometimes due to characters’ emotions and sometimes due to some plot element, but it was all fine in the end.
Hm, what else. Yeah, the characters were very well-developed, all the major ones and even some secondary ones. Points for that + a stellar plot makes for a book that is at the very least a bookshelf keeper. The plot did a good job alternating between politics + personal/love lives. But I tell you, the love life was *phew* complicated…not only were there a million and a half guys lined up for Ara, but even the ones that were so right for her she had doubts about. I mean yes she is allowed to have doubts, growing up in a world of lies, but it’s still a bit frustrating at times. The guy lays his soul bare for you, lets you feel everything he feels and still you doubt him just because of some small thing someone said that you had considered before you even met him? What? Yeah, but I think it’ll all work out. It has to. Some way or another.
But the ENDING. Man, just when things were going to be wrapped up in a nice little bow…oh come now, I didn’t forget the fun little evil sub-plots going on. There really aren’t such things as nice little bows in fantasy political dramas. But a cliffhanger? Grrrr. I wanted at least a tiny little temporary resolution. Now I have to sit up at night writing my own ending so I can be satisfied without waiting for the next book. I mean seriously. The cliffhanger was soul-wrenching. Literally. Can’t say that I didn’t see it coming though. Ah well. There is always next book!
So all in all I totally recommend this book and will be reading the next ones. I will also be adding it to my physical bookshelf.
P.S. I do have to mention the alternating POVs and how cool they are. They always pick up on the right moments, so even if one character is in this situation with another where I need to see the other character’s thoughts, it will either switch to the other character’s POV right after (or during) or reveal their thoughts by their movements. It’s very satisfying. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. Also, I want to stress how important it is to see a guy’s POV when he’s thinking about a girl he’s into. I’m female so I won’t ever truly understand how guys think, and seeing it laid out by an author is somewhat helpful in that regard even if it isn’t 100% genuine. (Even if it is written by a man, I generally find it a lot easier to connect with a more feminine and wordy writing style. Personal preference.) That added a lot of depth to the story.
reaction upon finishing
Nuh uh! You can’t just stop there! What are you doing?!
this book in one word