Oh, Death… (Endless Knight – A Book Review)

Endless Knight
Author: Kresley Cole
Publsihed: 2013

Endless Knight

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Shocking Secrets. Unexpected Allies. Gut-Wrenching Treachery.

The Flash has obliterated the world, turning it into  an apocalyptic wasteland, and Evie Greene is no longer the fragile, helpless girl. A deadly game that only one can win has already began between the tarot cards. Oh yes, they’re real. Evie, The Empress, has fully embraced her poisonous abilities, though she hasn’t embraced the part she’s meant to play in this battle to the death. Death keeps calling out to her, growing closer and his craving to end her is also growing.

With her friends and the help of other Arcana cards, she stands a chance at ending this dangerous game and surviving the dangerous threats that lurk in the shadows. Jackson is still reeling from Evie revealing her abilities to him and when dark secrets are revealed, shattering her heart, can Evie truly stay out of the deadly game?

Endless Knight

Following Poison Princess (you can read the review here), this book was just as hot and addictive, seducing me all naughty-like. Tsk tsk! I was a little concerned that this wasn’t going to measure up to all of the intense action and emotions, but let me tell you, there wasn’t a beat skipped. From beginning to end I was rattled. So many new elements were added, expanding the worldview that Kresley created with this series, adding more to the journey that Evie and her group are on: to stop the game and end Death—the deadliest of the Arcana. It really added to the development of the characters as well. Evie was faced with more than her strange abilities and the voices in her head. She’s now faced with her own emotions of how she feels about herself and how she feels about others, whether she can truly trust the people she allows into her heart.

The Major Arcana introduced in this book are The Hierophant, The Devil, The Tower, The World, Strength and Death, pulling Evie and her group onto the battlefield. Then there’s the spinning complexity that is Evie Greene and Jackson Devaeux. Their (extremely intense) feelings for one-another comes to a head and if you’ve read Poison Princess then you already have a pretty good idea of just how these two are with each other-fighting, bickering, immense build of sexual tension that neither really want to admit to. Sparks were flying between them in Poison Princess. Those sparks turned into a full-blown fire here in Endless Knight.

And then, add a side of Death and you get a really messed up triangle. And you just can’t look away. Well, I couldn’t. (And if I’m being honest, I’m a total shipper of Evie with Jackson. Oh yes, very much so.) More so, major secrets were dropped and my jaw dropped along with them. I won’t tell you about them because that’d just be rude, but they completely change Evie’s life.

And then there were cannibals. Yep, people eaters, and that was actually pretty creepy. Kresley’s attention to detail actually gave me chills from time to time. You’ll get twisted and sharply because of how in-depth it gets. I still know the parts I held my breath at.

Endless Knight

I still find the pacing of this story to be really nice. It moves fast, but is completely steady. Not a single bit felt out of place over the span of several months for these characters. The transitioning is so smooth and that’s not something I usually point out, but it was so splendid that I had to. The mentions of time passing was subtle. And I loved the well placed surprises even though they broke my heart. I didn’t except what I discovered. This is coming from a chick who strongly dislikes surprises, but holy crap.

Do I recommend this book? I ordered the third book before I finished this one, so yes! I do. There was nothing that through me off the path. If anything I’m more sucked in than before. It’s been some time since I’ve been this attached to a series.

 

Quotables:

“Death comes for us all…” (Mathew, p.20)

“Sooo….anybody else have a sense of impending doom?” (Finn, 56)

“Hotel California, Evie. You can check out, but you can never leave.” (Lark to Evie, p. 189)

“I desired you before, but I never loved you until this life.” (Aric to Evie, p. 306)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Bad at Love by Halsey.

 

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Can You Handle That? (Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future – A Book Review)

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
Author: A.S. King
Published: 2014

History of the Future-Goodreads

 

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Max Black. Oven. Jupiterians. Why People Take Pictures. The train. Photography. Zones.

Glory O’Brien just graduated high school. She still struggles with her mother’s suicide. Her best friend is in a hippie cult. And she can see the future. A civil war will break out in fifty years and women will have all of their right revoked. But there’s more and Glory can barely handle it.

Glory’s not sure if what she sees is real or if she’s just going bat-shit crazy. But in any case, she writes it all down because what if it is real? While she’s unsure that she can do anything about the war and death she sees whenever she looks at a person, she’s hoping that the history of the future she’s writing will help someone.

“I am no one special. You are no one special. Can you handle that? Most people can’t handle it.” (Darla, p.99)

Glory

This book shook me to the core and surprised me with how deep and twisted it was. Glory is a character that I think we all secretly look up to. She is witty and intelligent. She explores the world around her with incredible thought and feeling. She uses photography to waver between life and death. She tries to find meaning in life with the photos she takes while also trying to find a connection with her dead mother who’d also been a photographer.

 

WARNING:

Your inner activist has a chance of getting revved up which really adds to the uniqueness of this book. I’ve never read anything that’s affected that part of me like this. It made it more realistic for me because I can relate to it.

Glory

I found the build-up of the story-line to be slow, but the plot is magnificently multi-layered. This story isn’t about one singular event, but about the world and discovering how people fit in it according to Glory and more importantly, how she fits in it. She gives great thought to this.

All of the unnatural flip-flopping from one subject to another would usually be looked at as annoying, but I found it to be just the opposite. This is the front seat of Glory’s mind and she doesn’t leave out a lick. You get to understand human ability of weighing pros and cons as well as the reasoning behind giving second chances even though it’s not worth it. The in-depth understanding of her feelings or even the lack thereof made me think about how I view myself.

The style and tone were fantastic as well. The vocabulary of the characters really separated them from other fictional book characters and made them more real and independent.

I found my anticipation growing to read her excerpts on the future, allowing me to see what she saw. Each chapter stood alone and solid with no serious transition from one to the next. It just kept moving forward, allowing for a fast pace. When I made it to the last page I was in a stupor and didn’t want it to be over.

mind blown

I know one thing. Well, maybe two. One, this is a phenomenal book and I didn’t think it would be at first. Two, this book NEEDS to be picked for a TV show. Hello, Netflix?

 

Quotables:

“We could see the future. We could see the past. We could see everything.” (Glory, p. 1)

“Humans are weird, right? We’re walking contradictions. We are zone 10 and zone 0 at the same time.” (Glory, 23)

“Your mom killed God, dude.” (Glory to Ellie, p. 48)

“Free yourself. Have the courage.” (Ellie, p. 55)

“You are not your virginity. You are a human being. The state of your hymen has nothing to do with your worth…” (Glory, p. 79)

“Fact: Past, present and future have one thing in common. Me.” (Glory, p. 197)

“You were like a lighthouse in a storm. That’s all. I didn’t want to freak you out. I was just happy to find you.” (Peter, p. 202)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.