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[ [ Monsters (Ashes Trilogy #03) ] ] By Bick, Ilsa J ( Author ) Sep - 2013 [ Hardcover ] (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 10. September 2013

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Verlag: Egmontusa (10. September 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
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Monsters "Alex and Tom's future is uncertain as they continue the struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, and their lives are threatened by the Changed and other human survivors"

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Honestly, I was not sure if I would like this book. But I enjoyed Monsters more than Shadows because Shadows was not for the faint of my heart. I had trouble keeping up with it only because of cannibalism as well as mutilation. I was losing interest in what was going on, I definitely found myself grossed out at times.

Monsters is as dark and brutal as Shadows. Ilsa J.Bick is not afraid to continue in Monsters to describe exactly what was happening. She pulls one into the scene and one is helpless, doing nothing but waiting to see what happens. I find the series very, very cruel and brutal, unless she embellishes to alleviate the brutal impression.

But again I felt I had to keep on reading the last one of Ashes trilogy. Since it is the third and final book of Ashes series it ties up all the loose ends, however some of them do not end like me wanted it to.
To compare with Ashes that was amazing and Shadows that was only good, in my opinion Monsters is a fitting end to the Ashes trilogy. The beginning and middle of the book were fantastic, while I was glad to finish reading the trilogy, it seemed like the ending was rushed to conclusion. I was a little disappointed at the end.
It is strange though, but I didn't really care so much about characters who were introduced and died within the pages of the Ashes trilogy but I really did not approve at all the death of one character brave as well as faithful. I was very disappointined. I felt like I had to analyze the whole series to really make any sense of why it ended this way...
In particular, Ilsa J.Bick writes with a wonderfully captivating style with so many great ideas.
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Glad I read, however....... 10. September 2013
Von tpolen - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me start by saying my son and I are huge fans of this series. It's been about a year since the second book, Shadows, came out, so I was glad Monsters included a cast of characters (there are many secondary ones) and summary of who's where and doing what at the end of the second book. Unfortunately, that part began on page 673, when I was already finished with the book. Had it been in the first few pages of the book, my reading experience would have been tremendously improved.

I'm glad I finished this series, although I feel like the original storyline got lost along the way. The first book, and to some extent the second, focused more on Alex and her situation, how far she'd go to survive and protect her loved ones, the decisions she made, and discovering her limits. Monsters had so many varying POV's that it was hard to keep up at times. The action sequences carried on for pages, especially in the first several chapters. It quickly became tedious reading about a fight scene that seemed to go on for hours. Typically, action scenes are designed to make the reader want to keep reading, being unable to put down the book. In this case, it just make me skim through the pages to see what happened when it was finally over.

Although the second book left me feeling as if a love triangle between Alex, Tom, and Chris would be the focus of the third book, it was practically nonexistent, and for that, I was grateful; however, the relationship between Alex and Wolf left me scratching my head and was never really resolved.

The ending of the book was ambiguous and left many unanswered questions - Who was behind the EMP's? Why were some spared and what was their purpose? Why had some of the Changed held on to part of their humanity while others hadn't? - just to name a few. Some of the mysteries from the first book that held my attention were never solved and left me very frustrated.

The book was well-written, but really could have been shortened by 200 pages or so and focused more on the primary characters instead of the numerous secondary players. I would also strongly suggest moving the character and previous book summaries to the front of the book instead of the back.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
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The Good: Sadly, nothing.

The Bad: I've never read a trilogy that started out so flipping amazing and ended so unbearable that I almost couldn't even bother finishing it. I loved Ashes. Raved about Ashes. Shadows wasn't good, but I soldiered on. Sometimes middle books just don't work for me. I still had high hopes. Monsters was nothing short of atrocious. I just feel so let down by this trilogy. Everything that was wrong with Shadows was just amplified in Monsters. The pace was meandering. The book was super long and it just didn't need to be for what the plot entailed. It felt as though the story was sacrificed for the sake of descriptive writing. As every characters thoughts and feelings were described in painful detail, more often than not - nothing was actually happening. It was like time was constantly standing still for personal reflection. And then if there was action, it was overly explained. I do not need to know every eye twitch of every character involved in the scene. I don't. It's overkill and sucks all the tension and excitement out of the moment.
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Too much action description made the story drag 31. Oktober 2013
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I really really really wanted to love this book! Ashes was amazing, and Shadows was pretty good. I fell in love with Alex, Tom, Chris, and Ellie and I wanted them to all have a happy ending. But Monsters was needlessly long.

I tried really hard to be interested, but I was bored a lot of the times. I don't think I've ever skipped so much of a book before. The biggest drawback of this book is the action. Action? Why? You ask. Don't we want action in our books? But I don't need to know EVERY SINGLE DETAIL!! I don't need to read four to five pages of a fight against Chucky, or a all out gun-fight! This is not a movie script. Not every move have to be scripted out. The action was fun the first two times, but when every fight is drawn out move by move, I can care less, so yeah, I skipped probably half of the book.

Another thing that slowed this book down is all the thinking and hypothesizing. All the time Alex trying to figure out her monster, Tom with his monster, the dreams with Chris and Peter. Honestly, I didn't need all that. I already love those characters. Just get to the end! Oh, and the way every chapter ended pretty much on a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers are a good ploy for a few places, but when they're everywhere, they lose their effectiveness.

I also didn't care for all the other POV, such as Greg, or Peter's. Greg's was a nice way to see what was happening at Rule, but other than that, didn't care. I felt bad for Peter, but I disliked him from the beginning so it was hard to care for him after my first impression of him.

Overall, this book could've been amazing. This series started on a good footing and just kind of went downhill, culminating in this disaster. If you really want to know what happens, basically just skip to about 80% and that's when all the meaningful plot actually starts.
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Monsters 21. November 2013
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To be quite honest, I didn't like this series. There were some amazing ideas, and awesome scenes, but overall, all three books are terribly boring. Monsters is huge, and it felt long and dragged out. I was hoping it would be better, since I did enjoy the ending of Shadows, but nope. It starts out with just about everyone being frozen, starving, and/or hallucinating. The story still jumps around like crazy, but at least this time I had a slightly better grasp on who most of the characters were. Sadly, I still had no investment in any of them, except Alex, and maybe Tom. Both of which didn't have enough pages, so I was skim reading more often than not.

The weirdest thing about this series was that it reads like one epically long book, rather than like a series. Neither of the sequels have any kind of recap; they just pick up where the last left off. Although, Monsters does have a glossary of characters. Too bad it's at the very end and I had no clue it was there! It would have served it's purpose had it been at the beginning, but since I had already finished slogging through the book, I didn't bother reading it.

Monsters is super slow in the first half. It's beyond boring despite there being a lot of violence and near death experiences. It just felt like the previous book happening all over again but with the characters in different locations. Plus it frustrated the heck out of me how close Alex, Tom, and Ellie were to each other, but kept conveniently missing one another. Then in the second half, it's pretty much nonstop action, lots more violence, and gore, and more evil conspiracies. For the most part I found a lot of the gore to be gratuitous. The author uses way too much detail in just about every aspect of the novel, which certainly doesn't help with pacing, or making me want to read further.

As a conclusion, Monsters left me with a lot of questions. Part of this is probably due to me not reading as carefully as I should have been, but the book really wasn't holding my attention. Plus the end is pretty open. I'm still not quite sure what was happening with The Changed and The Spared, and those caught in between. For once I would have liked a concrete ending rather than the cliffhangers the author had been giving us.

*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review. No compensation was offered or accepted.
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A grand and fitting end to the trilogy. 17. September 2013
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Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

The Ashes Trilogy is better than any summer action flick. Cascading explosions and monsters and dangers fairly leap off the page, as vividly as if they were splashed across the big screen. I gulped down this entire trilogy in a matter of days, and was ever thankful that I could race from one cliffhanger to another until I'd reached book three.

I was fascinated by Alex from page one of ASHES, and MONSTERS brings her story to glorious fruition. By this point in the series Bick has a lot of characters in motion, and she makes good use of the 800 plus pages of MONSTERS to give each story their due. Some pieces of the story worked for me better than others. The continued development of the Changed was awesome, making this series ever so much more complicate than just another zombie apocalypse tale. Disaster makes some characters heroic, others detestable, but all retain a spark of sympathy and humanity that is undeniable. The action in MONSTERS is, as ever in the series, completely flawless. I jumped, squeaked, gasped and flinched as if the violence and action were happening right before my eyes.

While the fast pace of these books was instrumental in building it's heights and impact, it also helped gloss over some low points. I read this entire series in the space of a week, and only the addictive action got me past loathing Ellie for much of book one. Also, I never felt that the small town secrets and politics of this series really came together in a believable whole. Bick's own habit of referencing the fourth wall makes it all the more painful when she pushed my credulity, making it hard to ignore the author behind the curtain pulling strings.

MONSTERS may be the end of the series, but it by no means cuts off the story. Bick spends as much time opening doors to new possibilities as she does bringing the action to a satisfying pause, but it's clear that this fade to black could be as pregnant a pause as a gap between chapters. Hopeful and enthralled, I'll be daydreaming about Alex and Tom and the Changed for years to come.

Sexual Content: A kiss and a reference to sex.
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