4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
Yes, I am sad. The trilogy is over and it didn't end the way I expected. I had to take a moment to let it all sink in. This trilogy was a wonderful reading experience for me in that it was a different take on the paranormal. Birthdays as a story plot just seems like something that wouldn't work once let alone throughout a trilogy but Brian Rowe did it. He had my attention from the first word of the first book all the way to the last word of the last book. I will try to do this book justice but my emotions are just a little raw and I am still reeling.
It has been no secret that I have become a fan of Brian Rowe. I have gushed over these books in my previous two reviews but for this one Brian outdid himself. He threw in a few twists and brought the closure to some of the characters in a way that I was not expecting. Knowing that this was the final book I was curious to know how this was going to play out. Brian did not leave any unanswered questions to what happened to characters nor did he tidy it all up with happy endings. I am so glad Brian ended the trilogy in such a way. He is a good writer. He can draw out emotions from the reader and keep them on the edge of their seat. He transitions from one scene to the next seamlessly. Even though the story is dealing with something heavy Brian still showcases some wit and humor in his characters. I've loved the character of Cameron and still do. He delivered some unforgettable lines and stepped up to be the person he has been evolving into.
Now that the trilogy is complete I recommend starting from the beginning and keep reading until the end. Each book leads perfectly into the next like one complete story. Go ahead and give it a try. You will get wrapped up in the characters and story telling. I know I did.
*I received the book for an honest review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2011
Ok! This book was so incredibly amazing, I'm not sure where I should even begin. Happy Birthday To Me I enjoyed, Happy Birthday To Me Again had a terrible cliffhanger (and by terrible I mean that it was almost a "cruel and unusual punishment" to have to wait so long for book 3 to come out...Yes it was that good) and finally, Happy Birthday To YOU was in short, nothing of what you would have expected, and everything you wanted. Brian Rowe was so unbelieveably creative with this final book. Once again Brian Rowe creates this entire world with an abundance of detail and draws you in so deeply that for a second, I forgot all about my surroundings and felt completely sucked into the world he painted.
We start off were book 2 finished, and from the very beginning the action developes fairly quick:
1. Cameron and Liesel are married, and she gets pregnant almost immediately.
2. Liesel's diabolical sister Hanna is out for revenge against EVERYONE by casting a spell that makes the entire world age.
3. Cameron finds out more secrets Liesel had been hiding from him and also learns of things about himself that he didn't know.
In Happy Birthday To YOU, you run into some of the characters from the other books, and while some encounters are brief, others you read about again later. Each and everyone of those characters are very important to this book no matter how short and brief their moment may have been. There were numerous surprises in this book, many of which literally made my jaw drop in shock, and as for the ending?? As readers, we tend to think of how books will end while we're still reading. I do this all the time. Sometimes you guess right, other times you were close, and on rare occasions you are completely wrong. For me, I was 100% WRONG! I had imagined hundreds of ending and never expected what I got. Obviously I'm not going to say what it is, but I will tell you that I cried. Yes, that's right, I CRIED!!
I have a couple of series or trilogies that I can say are my favorite, but Brian Rowe's Happy Birthday trilogy is definitely top 3. (I'm not saying which of the 3 he is, if you want to know for yourself, READ THIS TRILOGY!)
5 of 5 stars. I dont even have to think twice about it. Brian Rowe, you did an amazing job with the series.
I will definitely be looking out for any more books he might have coming out next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2011
I couldn't imagine how a story about a boy who ages a year every day (in book one), could turn into a complete series. But yet in this third and final installment, the story evolves and comes to fruition.
What I loved most about this third and final book is the weaving of characters. It's no longer Cameron's story. Rowe allowed us to catch a glimpse of all of the secondary characters introduced in the previous two books, because by this time, it's not just about Cameron, but the world.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of reading Happy Birthday #3 after I had already applied mascara... Yup, expect a few more waterworks towards the end.
on February 19, 2012
Happy Birthday to You picks up where Happy Birthday to Me Again leaves off, the day after all chaos begins. Cameron Martin just can't catch a break. He forced to age each day at the end of his senior year only to find that the girl of his dreams is the one that did it to him. Then, he's forced to go backwards, a year younger, each day until he's a little baby. Now, he'll have to grow old within a three month period all over again, only this time he'll have to watch everyone he cares about do so too. That is, unless him and Liesel can kill her evil witch sister, Hannah, who casted the ageing spell on the entire planet. Only now, Liesel is without her magic powers and with child, which really throws a wrench into things. Happy Birthday to You is a dramatic, sometimes comical, fantasy that will leave you flying through the pages to the epic ending.
Something that I not only love about this book, but about the entire series was that it's a light read. It's truly a book that you can set down and enjoy and really get the whole package from. Most books just have a few aspects, such as drama, action, love, comedy, etc. But Happy Birthday to You really has a little of everything. While no, it's not a funny story, Cameron's reactions and wording seem to always have a hint of funniness, for lack of better wording at the moment, to them. It's not necessarily The Fast and the Furious, but there is a some action to thrown in there as well. There's also Cameron's love for his family and Liesel that never disappears throughout the story.
I also love how much Cameron grows from the first book to the last. In the first one he is that popular high school guy that we all loved to hate because although, yes physically, he was perfection, he was an arrogant jerk. But through all of his aging dilemmas he really grows as a person and appreciates all the people that are in his life and would ultimately do anything for them. In the last book you get to see him as a husband, although still young, and a hero. I would give you the ultimate example but it would be a spoiler ;]
on January 16, 2012
This is the third and final book in this amazing trilogy. I have given all three books five stars because I LOVED the entire trilogy.
Cameron and Liesel have been through so much together. First there was the curse she put on him to make him age rapidly and then the curse she put on him to age backwards. Cameron and Liesel are now married and Liesel is pregnant. Now they have to deal with her evil sister Hannah. Cameron and Liesel have to find Hannah and stop her curse that she has put on the world. Everyone is aging a year everyday. Then she gets angry and moves it up, finally to where they are aging a year older every minute.
I liked that we got to learn a little more about the characters from the previous two books. Their background and then what happens to them during this curse. We also get to meet some new characters that who are not whom them seem at first. It's a very fast paced story that I couldn't put down. I was so tuned into the world that Brian created that I felt like I was right there. Counting down the days till I run out like the people in this book.
I wasn't sure what to expect in reading this one. Let me tell you Brian sure shocked me over and over again in this book. There were so many twists and turns. Jaw dropping moments that I couldn't believe what I was reading and what was happening. The ending was by far NOT what I expected at all. I was so shocked that my jaw was hanging open with disbelief. This was one of the best trilogies that I have read. I loved every minute of reading all three books. I am recommending you read this trilogy, it's that good.
on September 19, 2012
I did wonder how Brian was going to tackle his cliffhanger, `take on the world to rescue' plot at the end of `Happy Birthday To Me Again'...bahhahahahhaaa!! He did take it on:)
What didn't Brian do to his characters??
Two teenagers, take on the responsibility for saving billions of people.
What could possibly go right?
This was part Final Destination throw in a quote from Wizard of Oz, a heck of a DragonballZ style smackdown complete with waring streams of light battling it out, gorey moments, suicides, 16 cans of silver paint ( witch Kryptonite) a bit of criminal activity ( all in the name of saving the people) , tighty whiteys, paintball guns a rather zombie like horror movie killing and a villain who has the power of seven and is beyond pissed off .....and a sacrifice that made me *sniffle* . Notice how that was one big badass sentence....this book was like that...full on crazy moments in the desperation to save the people.
Every moment counts!
I enjoyed this third instalment. It's quite a crazy read. I think `Happy Birthday To Me', was the most serious in the trilogy and heart felt. From `Happy Birthday To Me Again' to the last book , I think Brian definitely gets more outrageous and just has a crazy time with his characters. These are quick easy reads, which are funny and silly. If you have come off reading a serious book like I had , these are quite the medicine to lighten your mind.
on July 30, 2012
Following from the very first book, I'm sad to see this series end. I loved how different this story is, yet exciting.
What I enjoyed this book is the epic battle. The author has greaty build up this battle with the first two books and I couldn't wait to see how it ends. Once again, there is rapid aging. Only this time it is not happening to Cameron but to the WHOLE world. People are aging fast and chaos breaks loose. People who where already old, aged with days and died. Baby's become teens and soon it's crazy! This part of the story is awesome. The reader see the effects of Hannah (evil sister) spell. She is angry and bitter, running rampage on anything and everyone.
The love interest gets stronger. I enjoyed watching them fight for each other and the ones they love. The both make selfless sacrifice that only makes me sheds tears. I just could not believe it! Nevertheless, their love is one of a kind.
The ending is exactly what I hoped for and more. Bittersweet, the ending is selfless in all what they done. They fought and won. I believe they won even something greater in the end. And that is love.
Happy Birthday To You is an epic ending! The tensions runs high with battles raging through magic. Exciting with a rich plot line, Happy Birthday To You is amazing.
on December 25, 2011
Happy Birthday to You is the exciting conclusion to the Happy Birthday trilogy. Liesel and Cameron are recently married and are away from home with Cam's family. However, they need to figure out how they are going to stop Liesel's sister, Hannah, from killing off the entire human race. Hannah has cast a spell to make everyone on earth (aside from the few Hannah has selected) age 1 year for every day that passes. Once Hannah steps up the timetable and Cameron makes some new discoveries about himself, the game is afoot. Will they save the world? Even if they do, how many will die before they can stop Hannah's desperate plan?
I think Happy Birthday to You is a solid ending to this trilogy. It explains some of the lingering questions left from the first two books and the ending will bring you to tears. Cam is really growing up (and not just chronologically) over the course of the books and we find the most maturity from him in this final novel. Liesel to me has always seemed a bit "off" to me, but everything pulls together at the end. A quick read (I read this at lunchtime) with action and drama, Happy Birthday to You is a great addition to Mr. Rowe's resume and a great finale to this trilogy.
on February 10, 2012
Well, it's over. Poor Cameron just can't catch a break. First he ages, then he gets younger, now he has to deal with his wife's crazy, evil witch sister Hannah. Hannah has the power of seven witches and wants to destroy the world along with everyone and everything Cam loves. I was somewhat dismayed with the turn of events in this third installment of the series. It seemed like every chapter involved a death. Not too much fun to read about but necessary to fully comprehend the true evil nature of Hannah.
Overall, this book did not end as I expected, or hoped. It was still a wonderful series. Well worth reading.
on March 27, 2012
I have loved reading this series and this third book was written very well. Some authors are reluctant to give a true grand finale, but not this author.The only issue would be for someone that is expecting the same lightheartedness of the other two books. This book is depressing just expect it! It is fiction!