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- Publisher: Revelen Press (February 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IJYII4E
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The Girl in the Box Series, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless Kindle Edition
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The books sounded vaguely interesting when I saw them on my daily book alert, and they were free, so I grabbed them. I wasn't sure what to expect exactly, but it was one of the best book decisions I've made this year. I place this series squarely and categorically with Jennifer Armentrout's "Covenant" series, and Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy". It will take over your life until you've read every last word of it.
The concept is very different, although similar in some ways to Covenant. The world is one of "meta-humans", those with extraordinary powers who are descended from the originals who once ruled the earth: Zeus, Thor, Odin, Hades, etc. etc. If you've read Armentrout, you know that universe.
The protagonist is a young girl, Sienna Nealon, a succubus, who finds herself the center of an "old order" ending war intended to destroy most of the "metas" in existence, and to bring about a safer world for any who survive. Ordinary humans are part of this plan, but it really isn't clear exactly WHAT kind of world they will inherit. The author does an incredible job of slowly revealing details here and there relating to this theme, while spinning his tale with depth and detail.
The richness of the character development was a surprise. I actually had a hard time believing that the author was a man. Ordinarily, men simply do not write female characters well, and specifically, teenaged girls. Crane is a master at character development. His characters span the gamut of age (really -- some of them are thousands of years old), and Crane gives them all rich interior lives, that we are witness to. Seeing lives in flashback is one thing, but when those lives belong to those formerly known as "gods", it takes a crafty writer to pull it off.
You will know them all, and care deeply when one is lost, one way or the other. This world is filled with the good, the bad, and the very, very bad. (I almost stopped reading after one of the books, when one of the losses seemed too much to bear. If I'd known the author personally I'd have probably choked him for it.)
Answers to the reasons for the attempted extermination are slow to come, and you will find yourself chewing over even the smallest little clue, trying to force it to make some kind of sense. Each book has its reveals, but the Big Reveal doesn't come until Book 8. And, it was a surprise. I ordinarily see endings coming. Being a careful reader, I catch all clues and set them aside to put together. I didn't see this coming. Parts of it were hinted at, but the final scene in the 8th book brings it all into perspective, and sets everything up for what will surely be a monumental ending.
All 8 books are worth reading. And, they are all worth 5 stars. I'm dying for the next one to appear. Absolutely read this series. Read it carefully, because you won't be going back to reread it. You won't be able to wait until you open the next book. These books are spectacular.
I like Sienna. She reads like a real 18-year-old. However, she doesn't react like I imagine a girl who never went into public until she was nearly 18 would. For this reason alone, I have a hard time imagining her as the savior of the world (which reading the descriptions of the other 7 titles in this series, I believe she single-handedly becomes at the end of the series).
I found the revelation of the "someone else" point of view character at the end to be somewhat unbelievable. Too many of the segments from that narrator read like a churlish young adult not a well-trained adult agent. However, it did explain the amazing fighting skills and meta powers. I had mixed feelings about a buy-in.
I did look into purchasing this series. However, I don't see these novella-length stories meriting $5 a pop. (My opinion) Since they seem to run continuously, I think sets of omnibuses (like the one I got for free that contains the first three books) would be a better deal financially. And I read a 10-book series of similar length and pace from Morgan Rice and those were $2 each. In this case, Mr. Crane priced me out of his readership.
I don't want to delve too far into detail because I absolutely hate spoilers, but the main character is a teenage girl by the name of Sienna. She is a part of a completely different world where she must find a way to help save that world and destroy the evil forces within it. The books are well written, the characters are completely captivating, and you will find yourself quickly delving into her world and feeling as if you are right there on this journey with her.
If you are looking for a new YA paranormal series this one should definitely be on your list. I did in fact receive these at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review of them. However, if I am correct they are offering these first three books in the series for free in the Kindle store as well. I fell in love with the series and absolutely couldn't put it down. I would also like to mention that the books aren't very long so it is easy to read a good chunk of the story even if you don't have the time to dedicate to it.
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Look forward to continuing with the rest of the series soon