Tuesday, March 20, 2012

[NOR Review]: "Unbroken"

Unbroken by Rachel Caine
Publisher: Roc (February 7, 2012)
Series: The Outcast Season, #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romance
Summary (Amazon.com):
For millennia, Cassiel was a powerful Djinn—until she was exiled to live among mortals. Now the threat of an apocalypse looms, and Cassiel is in danger of losing everything she has come to hold dear…

As the world begins to fall apart around her, Cassiel finds herself fighting those she once called her own: the Djinn. With Weather Warden Luis Rocha and the rescued child Ibby by her side, Cassiel struggles to find a way to protect those who are in her charge and come to terms with the leadership role she never asked for.

Cassiel is opposed by Pearl—a powerful Djinn bent on raising an army of kidnapped Warden children to bring about nothing less than the end of the world. It will take everything Cassiel has to stop the Djinn from starting a war that will wipe all of humanity from the face of the earth. She knows that this might not be a battle she can survive, but protecting those she loves is worth any cost…

Where to Buy*:
More Info:

Other Books in the Series:
Click on the covers to buy from BN.com; the title links to the book's page on the author's website.
Book 1: Undone
Book 2: Unknown
Book 3: Unseen

My Review:

Cassiel, Luis and Isabella are back, and the struggle for Earth's survival—for humanity's very continuation—is still on going. As the planet is literally pulled apart, destroyed piece by piece, and the Wardens are trying to fight off the Djinn's attacks, another enemy starts to take advantage of the upheaval. Cassiel knows that even if they survive the attacks from the Mother, they won't survive what Pearl has in mind for them. But how can she get the Wardens to believe her and stand against Pearl?

Another thrilling chapter in the action-packed life of Cassiel (former Djinn, now merely human), Unbroken continues the story, adding new twists and turns when I least expected it. This series is anything but simple. Filled with complex characters, complex plots and enough fighting to keep you on your toes, it is a perfect example of urban fantasy at its best!

I was a bit let down by the lack of romance between Cassiel and Luis, but I could (kind of) understand why. After all, when your life, and the lives of everyone else on the planet, is in danger, and the fight for survival is never ending, when do you schedule time for a little something-something with your lover? I would have preferred more from them, but the tension between Luis and Cassiel was pretty high—and with only the smallest spark, they could have went up in flames! As they say, sometimes the build-up can be just as satisfying as the actual event... :)

^Favorite Quote:

“I ate in silence while Luis and Betty chattered on—discussing pasts, comparing relatives, talking of nothing in particular, and certainly not the lives being lost, the cities burning, the horrible cost of what was to come. It might be called denial by some, but in that moment I thought it was the very strength that made humanity so successful...the ability to transcend reality, to create reality around them, even for a moment.

It was a gift the Djinn did not have, and until that moment, I had never imagined it to be so powerful.”

4 STARS! From the moment I picked up Unbroken, I was sucked back into Caine's thrilling world! I couldn't flip the pages fast enough, and even though it had been nearly a year since I read the last book in the series, I wasn't lost—the details came back, much like being reunited with an old friend, a talent that Ms. Caine has honed over the years! Surprises lurk on every page, and it's unclear whether or not anyone will survive this great battle. The only way to find out is to jump on and enjoy the journey with Cassiel, a kick-butt heroine, and Luis, the sexy man she's fallen for. Get ready, because in true Rachel Caine fashion, this is one helluva ride, and one that you will not want to miss!

^Quote belongs solely to the author. I do not claim it in anyway.

Thanks to Night Owl Reviews, where I received this book for free in exchange for reviewing the book. (Free book does not equal biased review, however!) This review is the property of NOR.


Until Next Time,
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Angela said...

I think I am going to have to add this whole series to my TBR pile! The ideas sound great and the covers are awesome!

The_Book_Queen said...

:) I would highly recommend it! I've still yet to read book one (read 2-4 though) and I loved each one. There is also a series (Weather Warden, I think) that came before this one, which focuses on different characters but is set in the same world. I haven't read it myself, but I think it's safe to say that if these books sound interesting to you, so will the others!

Thanks for stopping by!

Eesti said...

I read this book in two days flat and I know that, had I had the time, I would have read it in one sitting. This is a book that grips you, draws you in and leaves you feeling a slightly better person for having read it.