19854My least favorite of the Song and Swords quintet.  We’re thankfully back to Arilyn and Danilo and their fragile courtship, but that’s not even wrapped up nicely.

Danilo and Arilyn want to wed, but between their obligations it’s been four years and still nada.  They’re able to ‘wed’ in the elven fashion as far as I can tell, but for the rest of the world Danilo just kinda runs way from his high class merchant family to be with Arilyn.

A bastard half sister crops up out of nowhere for Danilo and is disposed of just as quickly, while an enemy from what seems to be another book is running amok as the main antagonist within this story.  There are hints of adventure between Danilo and Elaith that -again- seem to be from another book.  And at the center of everything are these Dream Spheres, spin offs of an elven magic that eventually drives the orchestrating mage insane.

Add onto ALL that, layer upon tangled, confusing layer of lies, deceit, cover ups and intrigues, that have no hope in hell of being explained until the last possible second and you have a disappointing story.  Well, disappointing for me at least.

I think it would have been better if there weren’t so many other hints of other stories. I’m a completionist.  I want the whole story and hints aren’t going to help.  And how frustrating is it to have to go to two or three other books to finally understand the whole picture?

Overall, much disappoint.  Lets hope our next foray turns out better.  Finally going to check out Divergent by Veronica Roth, wish me luck.

13335037In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.