The YA Bookshelf
This was my read-in-one-sitting-didn’t-move-until-it-was-finished book but honestly? It didn’t start out that way. I was dreading starting this because I knew that once I began reading I wouldn’t be able to think of anything but reading/finishing the book – which on its own really isn’t a bad thing because we all want to read that kind of book right? But as somebody who basically writes down her reactions as reviews that was a huge problem because I’d be left with nothing to say when it came to writing the review, I mean I can’t just have a whole page of I LOVED IT’s as the review right? I didn’t think so ;)…
I wasn’t feeling the book – I was starting to think I’d imagined just how good the other two books had been until about 5% in when everything changed and this became my read in one sitting book (which you know hardly ever happens, two sittings? Yes, definitely. But rarely if ever do I come across a book that I just have to finish in one go). The newest instalment in the Talon Saga was just as intense and hold-your breath-until-the-last-page as I remembered it to be. I loved being back with Riley and his gang of Rogues!
A special mention goes to that dragon-mating talk between Riley and Ember. It takes a special kind of talent to be able to write something so humorous and then go back to being all fast-paced and full of action again (in the same chapter) especially when the majority of the book was SO. INTENSE. And Julie Kagawa did it flawlessly.
There are two game-changing twists towards the end/at the end of the book. When I mean game-changing, I mean game changing. My jaw is still on the floor unable to recover from the shock of it all. I guessed the last twist of the book but the one before that? I didn’t see coming at all. And to be honest, that was the deciding on when I’d read the next book in the series, I mean before that I was like ‘I’ll read the next book but there’s no rush, I’ll read it when I want. Now? I needed to know what happens next like yesterday.
Before I started The Talon Saga, I had heard of Julie Kagawa and I went out and bought the first books in two of her different series to see what all the fuss was about. The two books have been on my TBR for a quite a while now, I wasn’t in any hurry to read them. Now though? They’re going straight to the top of the list.