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review 2017-04-21 02:54
Crescendo by Rachel Haimowitz - My Thoughts
Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

I've had this in my TBR pile forever it seems and I wonder why?  I loved the first book - Counterpoint - a lot, but for some reason I never got around to reading this one.  I shouldn't have waited so long.  Why?  First off, because I enjoyed it, but secondly, because it follows right on the heels of the first novel (they could really be two halves of a whole epic brick of a fantasy novel) and I had forgotten many of the little bits and bobs of the plot that would have been nice to remember reading this one.  


As I said, I enjoyed this one a lot.  An epic fantasy, elves, dark creatures, big battles, intimate fights, slaves and magic songs, at the heart of it is the love story between Freyrik and Ayden, man and elf.  I liked that the love story, while being  very very important, didn't overshadow the plot of the book, but was like one half of the whole.  


I did get the feeling, however, that near the end, the author just wanted to be finished with the story.  It felt a little rushed.  I would have liked more of Rik with the elves and how that bridge got built.  I'd have liked to see it instead of just being told about it.  I would also like to have seen more of some of the secondary characters, especially the some of the elves that we only really get to meet near the end of the book.  And I would also have like more depth to the solving of the problem of the 'dark elves'.  


But, I did like it a lot.  :)


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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-29 17:01
Crescendo (Song of the Fallen #2) by Rachel Haimowitz
Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

The ending was chopped off, and crudely so.






As optimistic as the ending is, I absolutely hated the very last chapter. Way too easy and cheerful and completely out of character for all the human folk in this book.


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text 2014-03-26 23:51
Crescendo (Song of the Fallen #2) by Rachel Haimowitz - I've read 55%
Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

Can't believe how much better this book is than the first! So far it's solid 5 stars from me (when I stop myself from remembering how Freyrík got Ayden into this mess to begin with). Can't wait to see what happens to these two!

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text 2014-03-25 19:48
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

So far I like it better than book one. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-02-12 14:21
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Counterpoint - Rachel Haimowitz

My thoughts right now? I wish Ayden didn't help humans during the Surge. Better let them perish and use that chance to escape. 

Not a single likable human character, including a spineless Prince of Farr, who can't even stand up to a representative of an apparently extremely opprest member of the society, a woman, The First Wife. Neither can he properly defend his property or people he is in charge of. Even children are little savages. 


Elli is no better, a clueless child in La-la land.  She needs a serious reality check in the form of flogging post next to her brother's. Maybe then she would start taking reality for what it is. 

This society is too messed up as it is and House of Farr lets it slide even more. It's motto: "People get what people want, dammit! And people want it now!" 

Maybe, maybe Lord Lini and young Ekkja are still somewhat redeemable. But the former is only a servant who would do anything for his master and the latter is ...dead. 

There is no hope in this book, or rather by the middle of it you know to abandon any and all.

Ayden is the only likable character. And only because of him I am giving this book 3stars. 

I wanted to write more, but Yvonne said it all in her review. I can sign under every single word.

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