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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-11-09 20:12
Review: "1/27: An ICoS Anthology" (In the Company of Shadows, #5) by Santino & Ais
1/27: An ICoS Anthology - Ais,Santino Hassell


"1/27 answers the important question: What happens next?"


Well, wasn't this just a huge fucking disappointment.



I thought this anthology would explain some of the questions that remained after "Fade". Maybe give me some answers or even some closure.


But instead, this was just a set-up for a possible sequel that - according to the authors in the author's note at the end of the book - "is now about 85% more likely than it ever had been before". Um, fuck you very much?


Everything that went down with the Agency in "Fade" was nullified by the fact that a new and even more dangerous Agency was arising, and everyone who managed to escape in the last book was now just miserable and in a bad place.


I cannot BELIEVE that Boyd and Sin's very last scene ended with them being in a jail cell. Or that my beloved Ryan ended up as an addict.


I've spent weeks MONTHS with these characters. I've read thousands and thousands of pages and this is how it ends? With a 85% chance of a sequel?


Sorry, but this is NOT how a long-ass series like this should bow out.




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review 2015-03-12 00:00
1/27: An ICoS Anthology
1/27: An ICoS Anthology - Ais,Santino Hassell Best anthology EVER in my opinion.

This answered all the questions I had after ‘Fade’.

And it raised about a million more.


This was so clever and so wonderfully written and I can’t say anything else because anything I say will just cause spoilers.

One thing though. I love dual POV’s. LOVE them. This is multiple POV’s. Multiple! I actually did a happy dance. A really stupid happy dance. One of those multiples also now necessitates me adding this to my ‘heroines I love’ shelf. She was always loved but now I’m crushing hard!!

I give it all of the stars there ever was.
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review 2015-02-26 00:00
1/27: An ICoS Anthology
1/27: An ICoS Anthology - Ais,Santino Hassell OH. MY. GOD.


Warning: This review contains spoilers.

The thing is, Santino & Ais still manage to amaze me with their beautiful writing. They also have an uncanny ability to use all these teeny tiny pieces of a puzzle which eventually add up to create a spotless picture. I mean, I've read ICoS, right? So, I know quite well what the authors are capable of. Still, this... This was perfect!!!

The anthology takes place some time–about two years–after the events of Fade, and it offers the reader a brief peek behind the curtains. It contains seven short chapters, each of them portraying the lives of the ones who escaped the Agency. They are all on the run, keeping a low profile, doing their thing, trying to evade the new Agency's eyes. Some live together, others have parted ways and reunited, and mostly, they're hoping everyone else is alive and safe.

1/27:01 – Vivienne + Bree

At first, I was surprised to see these two being roommates, but it seemed to be working out. Bree is great, and Vivienne shows a little bit of humanity and explains the awful choices she's made in life.

1/27:02 – Emilio + Zach

Holy shit, these two are H.O.T. Watching tough, bad-ass Emilio beg to be fucked never gets old! ;-) And OMG, Zach mouthed Emilio's name, followed by three little words, while someone else was in the room. I was a puddle of goo!!! Most of all, I knew they couldn't be dead, but I was still relieved to see they were okay and still partners.

1/27:03 – Owen + Jeffrey

Hmm... This one was interesting, to say the least. I was not a fan of Jeffrey before, but hey, he saved Owen's life, so he's got my vote of confidence for now.

1/27:04 – Hsin + Boyd

Their hiding situation was not at all pleasant, and I was right there with Sin when he was feeling claustrophobic–ugh, I despise underground spaces, tunnels, passages and the like *shiver*. But in spite of everything, they are stronger than ever, they're committed to each other 100%, and they make big decisions together. Their tender moment was sweet and I basked in it, but I did wish for some action, to be quite honest.

1/27:05 – Harriet + Archer + Doug

Harriet's still a bad-ass, Archer is freaking awesome, and Doug... Well, I just wanted to give him a big ol' hug and tell him not to worry, that everything would eventually be okay.

1/27:06 – Kassian + Ryan

Oh, wow! I really like the idea of these two possibly finally being a couple! Too bad Ryan is in denial and refuses to believe Kass's intentions. But I'm looking forward to seeing them get there.

1/27:07 – Bex

Someone needs to kill that bitch pronto! Hate her!!! >.<<br/>

So. At the end of this anthology, the authors mentioned a sequel for ICoS, and I might have squeed a bit and smiled like an idiot for a while. I am shameless, so I'm not below begging, and I'm also greedy, so PLEASE, dear authors, do write that sequel!

Seriously now. I foresee a huge book hangover...


And maybe–just maybe–some of this...


And I have so, so many questions now!!! Ugh. Okay. I'll survive. I can be patient. *deep breath* Right.
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review 2014-10-17 00:00
1/27: An ICoS Anthology
1/27: An ICoS Anthology - Ais,Santino Hassell Loved this "shorty" (it's not that short by normal standards but it is compared to the other books).

I was really happy to see what everybody was up to and where they ended up AND... DUN DUN DUN!!!

There's definitely going to be a sequel and shit is all up in the air again.. hope at one point we will have a nice, comfy happy ending.. then again, these people don't seem to be satisfied with nice and comfy, they need mayhem!!!
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review 2014-05-28 00:00
1/27: An ICoS Anthology
1/27: An ICoS Anthology - Ais,Santino Hassell This was great!!! Just finished "Fade" and was desperate for knowing wat become of Emilio, Zach, Owen, Jeffrey, Ryan and Kassian. And although there wasn't much Boyd and Sin, loved them!!!! Book 5 must be coming....??? Pretty please.....
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