I don't encourage reading this review any further if you have yet to read any other books in the series, as this review will contain spoilers to the previous books. The only thing I have to say to that is READ THE PREVIOUS BOOKS! This series definitely does not have the amount of fans it deserves. I really hope more people discover it soon, because Falling Kingdoms is one of my favorite series and I REALLY NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO ABOUT IT.
Anyway, I've been (impatiently) waiting a whole year for this book, ever since I finished Frozen Tides (I finished it the same day I got it meaning I've been waiting for a very long time.) Let me just start the review out by saying this, I was not disppointed.
The most impressive thing about this series is that it had my opinion on a character take a complete 360.
Here's how my opinions on the main characters went:
Lucia- absolutely hate
Magnus- absolutely hate
Cleo- still love
Lucia- still absolutely hate
Magnus- hate, but slightly interested in his character
Cleo- love love love
Lucia- absolutely hate
Magnus- dislike, but I see a light in his character
Cleo- love love love
Lucia- absolutely hate x10
Magnus- Oh my god, I love him so much he's my little cinnamon roll
Cleo- love love love
Lucia- hate, but taken out an absolutely. She's still annoying.
Magnus- MY BABY DON'T HURT HIM!
Yeah, as you can see, there is a big change with my opninion on Magnus. He's my litle baby. Okay, not that little, but still. (Sorry, I just have to mention how much I love the image of how short Cleo is next to Magnus. COUPLE GOALS)
The plot was quick, maybe a little too quick. But that also might be just because I read the book incredably fast and it seemed like it ended too soon, as all good books do. There were some elements and parts to the book where I was like ??? or a little disappointed in the route that it took, but all in all I loved this book just as much as its predecessor.
In this book we get to see a lot more into the mind of Amara, as well as MAGNEO. There is plenty of action and angst. Sorry, I just have to say now that I enjoy the drama-y angst that some others may have found annoying in the book. I liked it just because I know they'll be together in the end, so why not have some fun toying with the characters' feelings?
Since I don't have much elese to say on Magnus and Cleo other than glowy, hapy fangirl comments, I guess I'll just move on to some other characters and events.
Jonas? I enjoyed him in this book, though, I still think his "romance" with Lysandra feels a bit forced (even though Lysandra is dead.) I just never really felt his romance with her, because the whole time he seemed more interested in Cleo and not even subconciously showing much romantic interest in Lysandra.
The on thing I really don't like much about these books (aside from Lucia) are the deaths. They happen so quickly that most of the time, they don't exactly feel very meaningful. When killing of main characters, you really want readers to feel the impact of it. A lot of the time the impact is not felt in these books-- like with Lysandra's death.
I did enjoy Jonas' journey throughout the book-- even when he ran into Lucia, I enjoyed him. Just not Lucia. Though, there was a plot that was happenig with Jonas that I have to say I found myself feeling very confused about. When you read it, I think you'll probably know which one I'm talking about.
Lucia. I didn't hate her nearly as much as I did in previous books, but I still found her to be incredably aggravating and kinda wished she'd just DIE ALREADY.
Taran-- remember him? He's Theon's twin. I totally thought he was going to come back and stir up all kinds of trouble for Magneo-- something I was really looking forward to reading about. Unfortunately, that route was not taken and he took a backseat in the story along with Felix. (I enjoyed their friendship, if that's what you can call it.)
Felix I found to be absolutely hilarious. Especially his interactions with Amara. The "Oops, guess I forgot to catch you" was just so perfect that it had me laughing out loud for a solid minute or two.
Amara? How do I feel about her? EH. Neutral. I can see where she's coming from with her want for power and stuff, but I still can't entirely be with her because she is working against my baes.
Sorry this review is so choppy, I just wrote three others and really am not in the mood. But I need to get this done, and also I don't have much to say about this book other than I LOVED IT. IT WAS FANTASTIC. and READ IT NOW.
Just gonna briefly mention the ending here. W. T. LITERAL. F. I know everything is going to turn out fine, I really do. BUT I NEED MORE. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW. I NEED MORE MAGNEO. I NEED IT. LITERALLY WHY DO I HAVE TO FUDGING WAIT FOR ANOTHER WHOLE FUDGING YEAR?! WHAT IS THIS?!!!! Well... As you can see I have very dramatic feelings abou the ending of the book and am highly looking forward to the release of the next one.
I finished this book after I took a math test, and I guess I was making faces at it, because my math teacher actually came over and wrote down the name of the book to check out later lol.
I'm giving Crystal Storm 8/10 stars because it was absolutely fantastic and I just cannot wait until the release of the final book. Until then, I'll just be crying and dying.
Here's the synopsis:
An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.
MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he's no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.
LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.
JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.
AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she'll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.
And what kind of darkness will descend--and who will be safe--after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?
Thanks for reading,