Monday, November 18, 2013

The Rainbow Maker's Tale - Review

I read Hope's Daughter and loved it a while ago so I had to read Balik's POV. However, I didn't enjoy it as much as I did with the first book.
Anyway, thanks to the author for sending me and ARC copy of it.
You can read my review: HERE.

The Rainbow Maker's Tale (The Ambrosia Sequence #1.5)
by Melanie Cusick-Jones
The Rainbow Maker's Tale (The Ambrosia Sequence, #1.5)

 “I wasted no time looking around the bland plastic space I had lived in all my life. There were no real memories here for me, no cherished moments or things to reminisce over: all that had stopped when I was eight years old and learned that life on the SS Hope was built on lies.” 

Outwardly, Balik is an obedient member of society on Space Station Hope: he follows The Council's systems, excels at school and seems happy to follow in his parents footsteps... 
Balik's real life is filled with secrets he can share with no one. As he follows his suspicions about the space station into ever more dangerous territory it seems like his whole world will unravel around him. But, he doesn't understand everything: things are wrong, he is sure of that, he just doesn't know why. 
When Cassie unexpectedly comes into his life, Balik struggles to find his balance. For years he's investigated the oddities of the world he lives in, but Cassie makes him question things in a different way... Can he believe in this girl who seems so much a part of the system he distrusts? Would she put a stop to his plans to break out if she knew what he was really up to? Balik can't be sure of anything - except the fact that he can't leave her alone.





My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is always more than one side in any story and this time we get to see Balik’s POV of what happened in Hope’s Daughter. Basically is the same story, different point of view.

This book could be divided in two really different half. The first part passes slowly mainly because Balik has long moments filled with thoughts and theories. This half was a bit difficult to read despite that presents some new information. Balik has a fast and logical mind but somehow he manages to have long and deep conversations with himself, those were what make it a slow reading. He has this suspicious personality and he questions the whole thing. He looks for hidden meanings in everything Cassie does or says and it gets annoying at times.

The second half is way better. When the action begins in the story we get to see a different Balik. A more practical and strong young man decided to do anything to protect Cassie. I like more this side of him and this part of the story because it has more action and emotion.

A good thing of this book was the chance to see Balik and Cassie fall in love again. Their love is so sweet and pure that is almost impossible not to like them. Seeing her from his eyes was amazing, we discovered a more vulnerable and intriguing Cassie and we understand why they are together.

As I said, the book has two different rhythms one faster than the other. It has a great writing style as the first and the words flow naturally. If you get to pass the first half you surely will enjoy the rest of the book.

Overall, The Rainbow Maker’s Tale is a good book that shows us scenes we missed the first time. If you liked Hope’s Daughter you should read this one.

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