Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Distiller: Hikari Loftus
Star Rating: 3/5 Stars

by Lauren Kate
Ember (September 28, 2010)
480 pages

I can understand now why opinions and reading tastes on this book/series are so polarized. Unfortunately, after reading “Fallen”, I find that I am in the “less than impressed” camp.

I battled between 2 or 3 Stars for this one, finally deciding that the idea for this book was pretty cool and interesting PLUS there was enough that had me curious to push through, to up it to a 3 Star read.

Seventeen year old Lucinda “Luce” Prince finds herself trapped behind the camera-monitored rusty gates of Sword&Cross reform school, after she is accused of murdering a boy with fire.

Not to mention that she’s been seeing dark, ghostly shadows all her life and she might be borderline mental anyway.

But her time at Sword&Cross isn’t exactly torture, thanks to two gorgeous boys. Cam, who is suavely vying for her attention, and Daniel, who seems like he can’t decide if he hates or likes Luce at all.

There is more to Cam and Daniel than good looks, and soon Luce finds that there might be more to her too. Turns out the story that these three are playing out goes back thousands of years, and things are about to get crazier than Luce could ever imagine.

I was VERY intrigued by the idea behind this story. Enough so that it propelled me through the first half of the book, eager to understand what was going on. But then the answers never came… and never came… and every explanation was cut off somehow… and then the book was over. I was less tantalized by the bits of offered information and more annoyed and fed up with it.

Lauren Kate’s writing style also isn’t for me. I found the foreshadowing painfully obvious and everything was all tell, no show. Since I’m personally over the wild, inexplicable, obsessive love between characters for no apparent reason, I struggled with much of this book. There was just too much in this book that happened without explanation or lead up for me to want to give it more attention.

I also felt little connection with the characters and found them to be pretty flat.

Anyway, as you can see, it obviously wasn’t for me. I wish this cool idea was better executed. I’m going to take a break from the series to do some other reading before diving into the second book. If the second book follows the same pattern, I will probably give up the series. At least the covers are gorgeous! haha.

What books ended up not being your type, even though many other people really loved them?


  1. Ugh, I had the same disenchantment with this series. It seemed so promising and I was totally pulled in with the first chapter and the idea of the whole thing... but then it turned into the same high school drama I felt like I had already read a hundred times. The second book was pretty much the exact same thing as the first book... but get this, she's starting over at another new school. Again same high school drama. Bleh.

    I will say I thought the third book was a lot of fun, no more school lameness and a really fun plot idea, but the series ended and I felt like there had been a lot of questions unanswered, which I think is pretty annoying, why set up all these divergent plot points for no reason? Anyway, I would say the idea for the book was awesome but the execution leaves something to be desired. Read on at your own digression.

    1. I don't know if I can deal with another series ending with too many things unanswered. The Mara Dyer trilogy was like that and I was super disappointed in it. I may stick it out to the third book of you thought it was decent. It took me seven days to read this book!! (Usually it only takes me 2 for this many pages) I just couldn't bring myself to care about it. Haha.