24 October 2013

{Book Review} Shadows

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 October 2013 at 10:05 AM | | | | |

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Shadows
Ashes #2
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Pages: 528
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: September 25th 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.
Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love.
But she was wrong.
Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.
Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.

Taking things even more than one step further, Ilsa J. Bick continues this terrifyingly real end-of-the-civilized-world tale by amping up the gore, the sexuality and the stakes.

If ASHES made you squeamish, or blush – get ready for double in it’s sequel SHADOWS! Every single time I thought we had gone as far as we could, where things couldn't get more bloody, more descriptive, Bick throws in things that even your strangest nightmares couldn't come up with, and it they did they would never admit it!

The number of times my jaw hit the ground while reading, well let’s just say that I should have a bruise on my chin!!

We continue to follow the multiple POV’s, but they are not broken down by chapter (this is the same in the first book as well) and even with this it is not confusing or disjointed – which I know many have worries about and for good reason. It take s a very skilled author to write like this with out making you dizzy. As I have pointed out before Ilsa J Bick is masterful in her writing and posses the talent to spin you all these POV’s with out confusion.

I found that SHADOWS was a little bit more descriptive than ASHES, I think it was toeing the line of “perfectly descriptive” and “overly descriptive”, in my opinion. It is true that you need a lot of info in this series to keep on top of everything, and not forget so this aspect didn’t bother me so much, as just landed it on my radar. I’m eying the heft of book 3, MONSTERS and hoping that it’s a lot of action and not an over use of descriptive *fingers crossed*

I can’t wait to tear into MONSTERS and find out all the cliffhangers and almost-fully-explained scenes. I’m not looking for happy endings, this is pretty much the end of the civilized world here, there’s not going to be one, but just laying to rest all these things running in my head. Where people are, what happened to some, will this person live (I hope not), what’s up with these sex crazed teens (can they get pregnant?) Honestly, I’m losing my mind as I write this. I need to read!

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In celebration of my starting to read MONSTERS, I want to give you a copy as well! This contest will run through Nov 1st, and all you need to do is fill out the raffelcopter form!

Be sure to keep an eye out in the coming weeks for my review of the conclusion of the Ashes Trilogy!

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1 comment:

  1. I have Shadows but I still need to pick up Ashes. I hear great things about this series.

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