Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tremble: Review


TREMBLE is the sequel to ETHEREAL (Celestra Series Book 1)

Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is determined to bring back the dead.

For Skyla, being an angel from the coveted Celestra faction hasn't been easy.

An entire band of wicked angels is after her blood, a Sector is after something far more sinister, and her newfound powers lead her on a quest to save her dead father.

Skyla and her boyfriend Logan try to piece together a plan to take down the Countenance in order to maintain their relationship, but will Skyla's burgeoning feelings for Gage get in the way?

And when Skyla decides to use her powerful blood to change the fate of another deceased soul, just who is going to stop her?

*This book also works as a stand-alone novel.

**Look for Book 3 in the Celestra series COMING SUMMER 2011!


My hopes aren't high after reading the first book, Ethereal. But I decided to give it a chance. Damn if that wasn't a wrong move. I like it even less than Ethereal. There's just nothing likable in this book.

First problem is the plot. The whole prioritizing thing sucks in Tremble. I mean, after Skyla finds about her powers as a pure Celestra, she is on a quest to save her dead father by time traveling/light driving/whatever the heck her skill is. And to find ways to defeat the oh-so-bad Countenance. But the first twenty or so chapters of the book is literally about cheesy teen romance. You know, the boy rejecting the girl for fear of some paranormal danger caught up, and the girl is heartbroken. Meanwhile she's stuck with another boy and her feelings are torn, blah blah and blah. This is not Twilight, for crying out loud. The rest of the book is slightly better. But by the time things get a little more interesting, I've already lost interest in the book so I can say I read the book without really soaking in all the words.

Second problem are the characters. Starting with Skyla. I hate to say it so harshly, but she's stupid and selfish. Oh and she's a slut. Stupid, because anyone with brain cells knows that time traveling/ light driving to the past can change things so drastically that it can well be irreversible. And she uses it to meet Chloe and her dad, thinking that maybe the outcome won't be so horrible? Seriously? Selfish, because she uses her power to time travel/ light drive back to the past to meet her loved ones. Hell, an apocalypse can happen when she does something stupid like that and all she cares about is saving her dad and Chloe for her to be happy? And not to mention she uses people like they're her tools. That is so selfish. The slut thing is even worse. Do I even need to point out that she practically jumps between Logan and Gage, holding Logan this minute and the next kissing Gage? I don't care if she has the power to kick some Countenance butt. I hate her, almost as much as Evie from Poison Princess.

Logan is not much better either. He's cruel and jealous. At the same time! Normally these two things don't match and thus doesn't matter much. But he is cruel to Skyla one minute by practically ignoring her and saying cruel things to her just to prove a point that he's not with her publicablly (when Skyla's only greeting him!), and the next he's hurt all over the place because Skyla's with Gage and she's happy? I don't care if you are protecting her from the Counts or the Fems or whatever danger she will eventually have to face. He's frustrating. Gage is probably the most tolerable character in Tremble. But he's too soft and he practically allows Skyla to date both boys at the same time without even complaining about anything openly. Really? I almost yell "grow a pair, jeez" while reading the whole thing.

The only slightly better thing about Tremble is the writing. But even I have a hard time to digest the words and let them sink in. This book is 107 pages in Kindle Edition. Short enough to be a short story. But damn, 3 days to read Tremble when I can read a three-hundred-something-page book in one and a half day? You get the picture.

Despite all the flaws, I still will continue to read the series, but only because I want to see how Chloe is resurrected and how Skyla drags herself into serious trouble. Yep, karma is a fair bitch.

Rating: 4/10

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