Author: Claudia Gray
Format/Length: Paperback/336 pages
Publisher/Date Published: HarperTeen/March 4th 2014
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Description: Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth…or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic…which has begun to call Nadia’s name.
2/5 stars –
Everyone likes some witches, yes?
Yep, thought so. So do I — when they’re done well. And it’s not like there’s a written way that witches should and shouldn’t be written . . . but in terms of witchy/paranormal novels, I felt like I’ve read better. (*cough Harry Potter *cough*) (But really, what witchy novel is going to live up to those books?)
Lately, I’ve read and reviewed quite a few paranormal books — and I’ve always made the same point. The genre is dying, if not already dead.
We readers want something fresh, new, exciting. And Steadfast failed to live up to that. We’ve got good and evil and love and romance and blah, blah, blah — and honestly, that becomes kind of boring for me after awhile. While I liked the concept of the story, I didn’t love it like I wanted to love. In her debut series, Gray surprised me so much with her Evernight series, which was actually really good. And vampires are an even more done topic than witches, I think.
This was not a bad novel.
Not at all! Gray’s writing is very readable. You say to yourself you’re only going to sit down and read the first couple of chapters, but the next thing you know you’ve finished the novel. That’s what happened to me. She has a smooth, easy writing style that’s simple to get sucked into. I also liked the change of views. We got to see the story from multiple aspects — not just Nadia’s, Mateo’s, and Verlaine’s, but Elizabeth’s and Asa’s, too. There were even some point of views from characters that were even more minor, like Nadia’s father, Cole, and Gage.
As for the characters, I didn’t like Nadia or Mateo much — I thought they were a little bland for my tastes — but Verlaine, once more, was awesome. She’s strong-wielded and sarcastic, putting on a strong front when in fact she’s horribly lonely.
I just felt like a Crowley gif had to go here.
Let’s talk about Asa.
He was awesome. He was, probably, the best thing about this novel. And I’m hoping that he’s going to play a big role in the last novel, because I found him to be the sort of character who was loveable and flawed at the same time. I think that maybe he was the sole reason I didn’t give this novel a one star. (By the way, does anyone know how to pronounce this? I kept reading it like “ass — ah”, though I’m not sure that’s correct…)
I liked the storyline (I guess?) but there was nothing “Wow” about it.
I will admit: sometimes it’s really hard to please me when it comes to storylines. Things have to be a certain way — not too predictable, and definitely not boring — for me to fully enjoy them. The novel started off well, but as we got around to the middle of it, it kind of began to dip and sag, when in fact I just wanted something more to happen. (Also? This is the second book I’ve read in two weeks that mentioned Ebola. COINCIDENCE??)
This is my overall opinion of Steadfast.
Overall, I was unimpressed.
I’ll read the last in the series, though. I like to finish books off, no matter what, and like I said, this was no means bad, just a little clichéd and boring at times. But there were elements (Asa, mainly) that I managed to enjoy, so I will read how the story concludes in Sorceress.