Michikit Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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They wanted us all. The fire starter, the rainmaker, and the new little healer. I should have seen this sooner.
A little sister lost.Where to buy: Downpour (Ember #2) by Madison Daniel
A family tree withered.
A journey to save the past.
Max Valentine is a walking supernova.
On the run and searching for answers, his light darkens.
Dark skies on the horizon make his next chapter ominous.
His powers are fading but still he pushes toward the storm.
Embers still burn but can he survive this one truth...
...love is eternal but the heart is not.
I am just a little bit confused with what to say and what not about Downpour. The thing is that more than half of it involves a huge spoiler and I can’t talk about certain parts without revealing it. I will try anyway.
What on earth was with that ending? I am not saying that everything went well until that point, but the last part came all of a sudden with no warning with nothing. While I was reading the last chapters I expected someone to die, but I did not expect that. Let me tell you this: I finished the book, I read the last part and I was shocked, then I read it again because it was late, I was sleepy and I thought that I might not understand English anymore. The next day I read it again because I thought that I dreamed it, but no…that character was still dead.
Anyway, moving along to the beginning.
In the end of Ember Max took off, he went after Asia and to find strength to forgive himself for his past, but Downpour is settled somewhere in the future. A couple of months have passed since Max was on the way and after a long time alone he decided to search for Asia, who still believed that he was dead. That small part in which he was with Asia was a dream, and yes, this is the third book in a row that has mentioned in it Paris. I did not expect it to last of course since there was the cliffhanger from Ember to be resolved.
After a small trip around the world, mainly because of Asia, Max had to go home and there is where things started to go crazy. He found his uncle sick for a few months, Sam had moved on and Kai really pissed off. Even though he spent his time with Asia he hasn’t forgot Sam.
They are pretty much confusing and he is doing a great job confusing me as well. I get him a little. Asia and Sam are different, but each of them has something that makes them strong and appealing. We will get there soon.
"But as angry as I was at Sam, I was even angrier with myself. I deserved this pain. I had earned it."Max has moments when he seems more mature, but every time Sam and Asia are in the same room he freaks out. He is afraid that they might kill each other and those are the moments he simply doesn’t know what to do.
He is the one that always tries to makes things right. He is calm and soothing, even in his state. When Max, Asia, Sam and Kai are in the room, he is the only one that makes them connect and he even breaks Asia’s walls down.
Asia and Sam - This should be fun.
It all started with Asia, and I thought that Max has finally made his choice, but it was way too early and she made me hate her a little. She became selfish and didn’t tell Max the most important thing that she knew that will concern him.
The moment Max meet Sam I liked the fact that she moved on and it seemed that she tried and maybe succeeded in forgetting, just a little, Max. And I was proud of her, until she realized that the feelings are still there. Once again I thought that the choice was made by Sam, who was involved in a relationship.
Passing along the fact that both girls were still in love with Max, I enjoyed the fact that they both grew stronger. Asia’s supernatural powers were now under control and she learned how to use them in all kind of new ways. Sam also grew stronger in her normal human way, she had moments when she was more confident and determined and she had one solid reason (that's the spoiler part - I'm sorry, but you'll need to read the book for that).
The relationship between them moved from anger and frustration to trust in the end. Sam trusted Asia with her most precious thing and Asia was ready to sacrifice her love for Max, letting him to be happy with Sam. And I liked that. They both changed and let away their feelings of hate until the point in which they protected each other.
“Come on Max...what’s that saying...if you love something...” her voice broke a little.
“Let it free,” I finished for her.
-Asia & Max-
Poor poor Kai. He was furious with Max when he returned; he tried to run him over with the car and then saved his life. They were best friends again, but things were different and Max kind of betrayed him ... again. That was not nice, but he still managed to remain a good friend for all of them
The Villains. Powerful, motivated and scary.
There were at least three main villains and one of them was Lucy and her motivation was revenge. There were also two more, new character and they were after Asia and Max’s powers. Their secret was out and dangerous men now want them for their unique abilities.
“I miss high school,” I said with a sore breath.
“These real world bullies hurt!” I coughed. He patted me on the back.
What I really loved in this book was the fight scenes and there were many. I really liked the way they were described and the way I could easily visualize the display of power from both Asia and Max.
"Nothing but the absolute power that I had always tried to hold back. I had let go before but never like this. I was a newborn star. A violent supernova. I was a walking reckoning. I was their end."
And just to keep you relaxed: don’t worry there is not a cliffhanger, there at least three so bye bye now, I'll go and wait for Book 3.
My Review for book #1: