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Continue Violet and Viggo's heart-racing journey in the epic fifth book of The Gender Game series. BUY NOW! *Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts* Continue Violet and Viggo's heart-racing journey in the epic fifth book of The Gender Game series. BUY NOW! *Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts*


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Continue Violet and Viggo's heart-racing journey in the epic fifth book of The Gender Game series. BUY NOW! *Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts* Continue Violet and Viggo's heart-racing journey in the epic fifth book of The Gender Game series. BUY NOW! *Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts*

30 review for The Gender Fall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayme Teague gauthier

    I didn't hate this book but I was very bored. I loved this series in the beginning. But now I'm just like ok come on, let something happen already. The whole thing is being too dragged out. This series has a way of nothing happening really till the very end and then it makes you want to read the next one. Which is how this one ends, but I'm not sure if I will finish the series or leave it be here. I didn't hate this book but I was very bored. I loved this series in the beginning. But now I'm just like ok come on, let something happen already. The whole thing is being too dragged out. This series has a way of nothing happening really till the very end and then it makes you want to read the next one. Which is how this one ends, but I'm not sure if I will finish the series or leave it be here.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Very tedious, pages of unnecessary conversations and descriptions of action scenes which I had to skim read they were so boring. Unfortunately there are two more books in this series before I can find out what happens to the two societies and then I will never read another book by this author. The whole series should have been whittled down to one book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Blaire Hammond

    4.5* HOLY ACTUAL HELL WHAT JUST HAPPENED I NEED BOOK 6 LIKE NOW!!!!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    AS good as ever, and by God that ending was a stunner !! Can't wait to get my hands on the next one. AS good as ever, and by God that ending was a stunner !! Can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Viggo and Violet are sweethearts but like let's wrap this series up now. Viggo and Violet are sweethearts but like let's wrap this series up now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aryana Parmar

    This book was amazing. The little twist in the last chapter was both expected yet unexpected. And then the ending was the same: both expected yet unexpected. I need to read the next book now!!! I love everything that happened with all the characters and how they coped with certain things. I loved the trust between all the characters, not blind trust, but true trust. This book was amazing and I'm so excited to read the next one, omg I cannot wait!!! This book was amazing. The little twist in the last chapter was both expected yet unexpected. And then the ending was the same: both expected yet unexpected. I need to read the next book now!!! I love everything that happened with all the characters and how they coped with certain things. I loved the trust between all the characters, not blind trust, but true trust. This book was amazing and I'm so excited to read the next one, omg I cannot wait!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamee

    This book series should be renamed "People who are constantly in mortal peril but always happen to escape with just enough injuries to be interesting but not enough to be fatal" Only still reading because I feel like I'm still in the middle of the story. This 7 book series could be easily shortened to 3. I wouldn't recommend. This book series should be renamed "People who are constantly in mortal peril but always happen to escape with just enough injuries to be interesting but not enough to be fatal" Only still reading because I feel like I'm still in the middle of the story. This 7 book series could be easily shortened to 3. I wouldn't recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Baylee McCluskey

    Speechless! I'm honestly not even sure where to begin my review with The Gender Fall. There was SO much that happened in this book. There were some huge game changing events and we were left with a jaw dropping cliff hanger. I actually have MAJOR anxiety for book 6 in this series, especially with how this one ended. I seriously thought I was going to throw up at the end. It is the best cliffhanger yet! I will say that over the course of the past 5 books Owen has become my favorite character. He ha Speechless! I'm honestly not even sure where to begin my review with The Gender Fall. There was SO much that happened in this book. There were some huge game changing events and we were left with a jaw dropping cliff hanger. I actually have MAJOR anxiety for book 6 in this series, especially with how this one ended. I seriously thought I was going to throw up at the end. It is the best cliffhanger yet! I will say that over the course of the past 5 books Owen has become my favorite character. He has such a great personality and let's be real, he is hella cute too. My heart absolutely BROKE for him in this book though. I'm going to keep my review short and sweet for this book because there are so many huge, ground breaking events that take place and I don't want to spoil anything for any other readers. This is definitely another easy easy 5 star review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    am really loving this series. The story keeps getting better and better as Violet and Viggo fights to bring gender equality. Fighting against the Marian society wanting to make females in charge of men and just using the men for more procreaton of a new human inhanced race. This is definitely a page turner,full of action and twists and turns leaving the reader wanting more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tangeline Sechrist

    Too repetitive This series should be more concise. It is becoming increasingly boring. The constant near death then revival of the main characters is overdone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    lacy white

    "Sometimes I wonder why you love me so much," he said after a moment. "But honestly, I don't care. You're my whole world, Violet." Isn't Viggo just swoonworthy? This is a Patrian male. Basically raised to think women are property and here he is expressing his love for Violet. Even though Viggo was a more forward thinking male, he still held some prejudice of being from Patrus. It's so nice to see a character arc. I'm not really sure what else to say with this series. Not a lot happens in this "Sometimes I wonder why you love me so much," he said after a moment. "But honestly, I don't care. You're my whole world, Violet." Isn't Viggo just swoonworthy? This is a Patrian male. Basically raised to think women are property and here he is expressing his love for Violet. Even though Viggo was a more forward thinking male, he still held some prejudice of being from Patrus. It's so nice to see a character arc. I'm not really sure what else to say with this series. Not a lot happens in this book. Violet is recovering from her super traumatic brain injury while Viggo slowly starts to slip away from his self. That this what war does to you. Makes you turn into a person you don't even recognize anymore. That was really the premise of the book. Planning for the way that is bound to happen. Despite how much I love this series, I wish it would hurry up. There is just so much planning with few things added here and there. Nothing super major happened until the end of the book. But even then, it's only one major plot twist. I don't expect a ton of plot twists but I need some more progression to the plot. It's starting to drag out. I don't know what it is going to happen. There is still two books left. I hope it starts to pick up soon. I still really highly recommend it if you liked the Hunger Games. Just be prepared for a long wait to get anything.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy Lewis

    ABSOLUTELY RIVETING !!! Title: The Gender Fall Series: The Gender Game Designation: Book Five of Series, Full-Length Novel (App 400 Pages), Not A Standalone, Cliffhanger Ahead Author: Bella Forrest Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Action/Adventure/Young Adult Romance Reading Platform: Kindle Unlimited My Rating: Five Divinely Entertaining Stars***** Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! I love, love, love this series! I've been a diehard Bella Forrest fan for several years and have read (and reread) every single release i ABSOLUTELY RIVETING !!! Title: The Gender Fall Series: The Gender Game Designation: Book Five of Series, Full-Length Novel (App 400 Pages), Not A Standalone, Cliffhanger Ahead Author: Bella Forrest Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Action/Adventure/Young Adult Romance Reading Platform: Kindle Unlimited My Rating: Five Divinely Entertaining Stars***** Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! I love, love, love this series! I've been a diehard Bella Forrest fan for several years and have read (and reread) every single release in her international bestselling A Shade of Vampire Series. When I learned Forrest was debuting a new series, one vastly dissimilar to anything she has published to date, I immediately raced to Amazon to preorder my copy. I could hardly wait to get it in my hot little hands and Forrest did not disappoint. She not only met all my expectations, she surpassed them. After reading the first book of the series, The Gender Game, I thought I had a fairly good grasp of the series but once again Forrest did what she does best; she upped the ante, kicked up the heat, surprised me with a completed unexpected curve ball, and totally blew me away - AGAIN! I'm addicted to romance, adore fantasy, completely smitten with action/adventure and obsessed with mystery, intrigue, and suspense, but give me the perfect combination of these elements in one great read and I'm in heaven! And that's exactly what Forrest has delivered in The Gender Game Series. Forrest is a truly gifted storyteller and has once again demonstrated her incredible talent, exceptional skill and unparalleled imagination with the creation of a vividly depicted and beautifully detailed world, populated with complex, well-developed characters and masterfully layered with mystery, suspense, and unexpected plot twists. If asked to describe this book in one sentence, I would simply say, imagine the melding of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner into one extraordinary story and you would have The Gender Game. But make no mistake, the obstacles, adversity, and misfortune suffered by the characters in this story is no game as the title implies. It's a life and death struggle for not only their very existence but also for the fate of the nations of Matrus and Patrus, two societies divided by much more than a toxic river and a tragic history. The narrative was beautifully written with a first-person perspective primarily from the female protagonist, Violet Bates of Matrus. In Book Two, Forrest expands the points of view to include a perspective from the male protagonist, Viggo Croft along with an additional brief insight from the newly crowned Queen Elena of Matrus. In Book Three, the perspectives revert back solely to Violet and Viggo. This is one of my favorite aspects of Forest's style of writing. I love knowing the motivations of all the different characters in a book. It helps me to connect with them and the story. The dialogue is smart, natural, well executed and flows effortlessly. But without a doubt, my favorite component is the cast of intriguing and engaging characters. They are captivating, realistic and relatable, literally exploding from the pages to capture my imagination as well as my heart. I fell in love with the heroine, nineteen-year-old Violet Bates, who has been branded by the Matrus legal system as a dangerous criminal. In reality, Violet is simply a victim of her own fate, forced into an untenable existence and desperately trying to survive despite the tragic circumstances of her life. I was in awe of Violet's strength, tenacity, and sheer will to live. But despite the adversity, she remains innocent and naive in matters of the heart and the opposite sex. The fact that she has never known any men other than her younger brother combined with the tragic events of her life has caused Violet to harden her heart, not only to men but to everyone and as a result has become uncharacteristically jaded for someone her age. It quickly becomes apparent that Violet is an incredibly complex character with multiple layers of emotion and feelings she discovers and explores for the very first time throughout the story. Violet is a remarkable young woman and truly a worthy heroine. This story came to life for me. I felt as if I were there with Violet through every step of her perilous journey. I cried for her, sympathized and empathized with her; my heart even broke for her. I desperately wanted to wrap her in my arms and console her. I have such high hopes for Violet, wanting so badly for her to find happiness. I can hardly wait to continue the heart-wrenching coming of age adventure with this brave young heroine in the next book of the series. In the premise for this story, the two neighboring sovereign states of Matrus and Patrus are the only remaining survivors of the once great country of America whose land was devastated and population very nearly destroyed during The Last War centuries earlier. Originally they were one group, but as the result of political discord between genders, the two factions became divided into two very different nations, Matrus with a matriarchal government ruled by a queen and Patrus with opposing patriarchal beliefs and governed by a king. The female party was convinced the political viewpoints of men combined with their aggressive behavior were directly responsible for the war, blaming them for the annihilation of the once great America. They believed women should be allowed to govern society using a peaceful doctrine as the basis for their new civilization with the national motto of 'Freedom In Peace'. The men refused to address or even acknowledge the concerns of the female party giving the women only two options: remain and keep silent...or leave to form their own society. Quite obviously they chose the latter. Thus, the two opposing nations of Matrus and Patrus were born. Both now attempt to exist on a small strip of territory located in Appalachia separated by the toxic Veil River but with very little interaction between the two. As you can imagine, there's extreme prejudice and gender discrimination against the few males residing in Matrus and in turn, the same holds true for females in Patrus. Men have no rights in Matrus, but neither do women living in Patrus. A woman cannot live in Patrus unless she is owned by a male citizen, and must have a male guardian with her at all times. I found the concept and premise for this story to be new, unique, original, fresh, imaginative, exciting, fascinating, and actually quite realistic. With the current political climate in our country, I can truly envision this happening in our society today. The Gender Game: Book One Violet Bates has never had an easy life and, consequently, has found herself always battling her anger. Growing up as an orphan, she was constantly taunted by others and called Violent instead of Violet. At only nineteen, she has already been marked as a criminal in Matrus. Sadly, she lived the majority of her life in orphanages after her mother died giving birth to her brother Timothy when she was only three. At eleven, she was caught trying to help her then eight-year-old brother, Tim, escape to Patrus, and charged with obstruction of justice. Then at fourteen, she was convicted of woman-slaughter when she tried to defend herself against a young woman who was accidentally killed by a fork during the struggle. She was sentenced to seven years of confinement along with hard labor and bounced from one horrible detention center to another. Now at nineteen, with only two years remaining before she can claim her freedom and reenter Matrian society, another tragic turn of events results in Violet having to once again defend herself, and in doing so, another young woman has been accidentally killed. This would be her third and final conviction, for in Matrus, three strikes and you're out...permanently...as in dead. The death of this bully, no matter that it was unintentional, would cost her everything, including her life. There would be no more second chances. Fortunately for our young heroine, fate intervenes and she is offered an opportunity to serve her country by accepting an undercover mission in Patrus where she is expected to recover a mysterious object stolen from a Matrian lab in an act of espionage by a Patrian sympathizer. If she can successfully complete her assignment, she will be granted her life, her freedom, and finally allowed to see her brother with whom she's had no contact at all for eight long years. But women residing in Patrus have no rights and must be owned by a male citizen. They must submit to men and are only allowed out of the home when accompanied by a male guardian. A woman in Patrus is in constant danger with perils at every turn, especially a Matrian woman like Violet who is unfamiliar with the laws and customs of Patrus. No self-respecting woman of Matrus would ever allow themselves to be owned, subjugated and treated as chattel by any man. Yet, if she is to complete her mission, she must acquiesce and submit. It seems either way, Violet is at risk of losing her life; so clearly, her only choice is to accept the assignment and become a pawn in the centuries-old struggle between Matrus and Patrus. Violet quickly realizes she must use her keen intelligence along with every skill she possesses if she is to complete her mission and survive. But never having known a man other than her brother, the one thing Violet could never have anticipated is the effect of meeting the ruggedly handsome Viggo Croft, a natural born male citizen of Patrus who stirs her blood and clouds her senses with emotions unlike anything she's ever experienced. And even worse, Viggo is a warden of Patrus, an enforcer of the law, and should be her enemy. Despite the risks, Violet finds herself with conflicting emotions regarding the handsome Viggo. But whom can Violet trust? What does the future hold for Violet, Viggo and the two opposing nations of Matrus and Patrus? The Gender Secret: Book Two Our story resumes with Violet once again running for her life and struggling to survive. She is wanted for crimes against Patrus which resulted in dozens of Patrian deaths but even worse, she has been betrayed not only by Lee Bertrand in his attempt to frame her for the murder of Queen Rina and Professor Alistair Jenks but also by her own mother nation of Matrus. Violet finally realizes that she has been manipulated by the very people she trusted and used as a pawn in an elaborate conspiracy. Now both nations want her dead. Knowing her betrayal has probably resulted in Viggo's imprisonment or, even worse, his death, Violet battles her inner turmoil as well as her conscience and struggles to find the strength to continue. Every step of Violet's journey brings more secrets to light which unfortunately results in even more perplexing questions. With nowhere to go and no one to trust, Violet battles to persevere, vowing to find her brother Tim and somehow rescue him. But will Violet be prepared for what she finds? Facing unimaginable perils, harrowing danger and insurmountable odds, can Violet defy fate and once again find a way to survive??? We'll see! The Gender Lie: Book Three Not only did Viggo survive, he has now been tasked with the job of capturing Violet and returning her to Patrus to answer for her crimes. Thanks to Lee Bertrand's implanted tracking device, Viggo tracks Violet to The Green but once again must save her life. Despite his anger at being used as a scapegoat by Violet and Lee in their plan to steal the egg, Viggo quickly realizes he still has feelings for the lovely brave Violet and after hearing her story, knows there's no way he can return her to Patrus which would most likely result in certain death. Violet is now a wanted fugitive by Matrus and Patrus so where will they go? What will they do? That question is soon answered when they discover an abandoned underground secret facility located deep within The Green. They take refuge inside only to discover Viggo was not the only one searching for Violet. Elena, the new Queen of Matrus has sent Violet's former mentor, Melissa Dale, to capture Violet and return her Matrus to face the charge of murdering the former queen. Oddly, Queen Elena is not content with sending only Ms Dale; she also enlists the help of her genetically enhanced twin sisters in capturing Violet. Viggo and Melissa Dale find themselves in a precarious unexpected alliance. They must work together to eliminate the twins but Viggo makes a critical sacrifice that may cost him his life. This time, it's Violet's turn to save Viggo but Violet quickly discovers in order to save his life, she must accept help from a new player in this perilous game of life and death. A new rebel faction calling themselves The Liberators has suddenly appeared and Violet quickly learns that the Desmond to whom Lee Bertrand's letter was addressed, is so much more than Lee's middle name. Desmond is not a dual personality of Lee as Violet originally suspected but is, in fact, a real person.... and he is a she. Not only is she a woman, Desmond is Desmond Bertrand, Lee Bertrand's mother. Huh? Oh yes, and that's not all. She's also the leader of rebel faction The Liberators! What? Yes, she's the mother of the same Lee Bertrand Violet killed in self-defense. Oh my! And without Desmond's help, Viggo will die. Oh dear? With limited options and no other viable choice, Violet must choose to trust Desmond but as even more secrets are revealed including the fate of the missing boys of Matrus, Violet begins to recognize the true complexity of her situation. Both nations have perpetuated a tenuous web of lies and the loyal citizens of Matrus and Patrus are nothing more than innocent victims to be used as pawns in an evil cabal. Regrettably, Violet learns too late that Desmond is more than she portrays herself to be and so much more than Violet ever suspected. With Viggo, Tim and Melissa Dale's life in jeopardy as well as her own....again... it appears the time has finally come to pay the piper, and the price may be their lives. Is Desmond Bertrand the Pied Piper or is she merely a puppet being controlled by another puppet master in a much more sinister 'game'? Will Violet, Viggo, Tim and Ms Dale once again find a way to survive? We'll see! Oh my! This story continues to get even darker and more convoluted... and I can't get enough! Buckle up, my lovelies! It's a wild ride! Yee-Haw! The Gender War: Book Four The adventure continues in a race against the clock with even more pulse-pounding thrills, chills, lies, deceit, betrayal, action, suspense, heartwrenching angst and gripping emotion as Violet and Viggo are forced to face the true depth of their feelings. And with the help of their small but mighty band of followers, our group of unlikely heroes square off against Desmond, King Maxen, Queen Elena and Princess Tabitha in a no-holds-barred struggle for the fate of both nations. Loyalties are tested and lives hang in the balance. Who will live and who will die? Oh my! This just gets better and better! The Gender Fall: Book Five Our story resumes after Viggo once again rushes to save Violet after she is badly injured during her confrontation with Princess Tabitha. The explosives used as a distraction aids in their escape but the palace in Patrus is destroyed, Violet's brother Tim is missing, and she's in critical condition. At only twenty years of age, Violet Bates has become enemy number one in both nations and is now hanging to life by only a very weak thread. To save her, Viggo must seek help from the very people who tried to kill them, the Liberators, and unless he can somehow convince them to turn against Desmond and join his and Violet's cause, all will be lost, including Violet's life. Join Viggo, Violet, and their band of courageous ragtag misfits as they battle to the death for not only their lives but also the lives of every citizen of both Matrus and Patrus. Love will be tested, loyalties questioned, causes doubted, friendships challenged as even more evil machinations are revealed. Not everyone will survive. Lives will be lost. Who will live and who will die? And who will be left standing? We'll see! Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Once I started reading this story, I simply could not stop. I was riveted to my seat, white knuckling my ereader with my heart fluttering wildly in my chest while the hours passed as quickly as the pages, and loved every single minute. It was magnificent! Would I recommend this book? You bet and I am, for a wide variety of ages. Although there is some violence included, it's not gory or graphic, but this book does contain a tiny bit of mild profanity. There is a sweet blossoming romance but no explicit sex. I would probably give this book a PG rating, ages thirteen to one hundred. Will I read this author again? Abso-freaking-lutely! Just as soon as she releases her next book! And finally, was I entertained? Good gracious, YES! I was completely captivated! No spoilers from me, but I will say, if you're looking for an intriguing, well-crafted, post-apocalyptic, somewhat dystopian, fantasy/science fiction saga featuring a gutsy, troubled but compassionate kick-butt underdog heroine perfectly paired with an intense, gruff yet surprisingly sensitive, ruggedly handsome unlikely hero, and filled to the brim with danger, drama, action, adventure, fantasy, hardship, angst, bravery, loyalty, betrayal, mystery, suspense, intrigue, espionage, mind-blowing plot twists and the hopeful promise of forbidden love, then this book is definitely for you! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mummy's Naughty Corner

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well the story is heating up. Another crazy sister is dead. Violet almost died and Viggo and Violet are now engaged. Tim has gone missing and I'm not too sure if Owen is still sane or not. It defiantly feels like the battles are not over. I am really enjoying this series and I love the characters. Well the story is heating up. Another crazy sister is dead. Violet almost died and Viggo and Violet are now engaged. Tim has gone missing and I'm not too sure if Owen is still sane or not. It defiantly feels like the battles are not over. I am really enjoying this series and I love the characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Book 5 starts with Violet badly hurt after blowing up the palace, Tim is hurt, and now they can’t return to Ashabee’s compound. The group make camp at an abandoned farm making plans while Violet recuperates. While the mission at the palace left many injured, Violet was able to save her cousin Cad and his family. More planning. More missions. They now have a video where a princess has admitted their plan of taking over Patrus. The last mission has them working to send it out to all of Patrus whil Book 5 starts with Violet badly hurt after blowing up the palace, Tim is hurt, and now they can’t return to Ashabee’s compound. The group make camp at an abandoned farm making plans while Violet recuperates. While the mission at the palace left many injured, Violet was able to save her cousin Cad and his family. More planning. More missions. They now have a video where a princess has admitted their plan of taking over Patrus. The last mission has them working to send it out to all of Patrus while Violet is off to find Tim. Why am I still reading this? It’s just one poorly planned out mission after another. The only character that is remotely developed to some degree is Ms. Dale. And even she has lost personality since book one. I will give the author one thing: I will probably pick up the next book because I want to see what happens next. But it’ll be awhile.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robbi Leah Freeman

    Entire series read before review. 3 1/2 stars This series was a fun distraction but way to unrealistic. Basically there are two sides the male and female. Gender relations bad and several groups fighting throughout books. The author has a firm grasp on fighting scenes but love/relationship scenes are forced. Characters are well done. But these characters get the crap beat out of them, including one with a fractured skull but are out fighting almost immediately, even though they are supposed to s Entire series read before review. 3 1/2 stars This series was a fun distraction but way to unrealistic. Basically there are two sides the male and female. Gender relations bad and several groups fighting throughout books. The author has a firm grasp on fighting scenes but love/relationship scenes are forced. Characters are well done. But these characters get the crap beat out of them, including one with a fractured skull but are out fighting almost immediately, even though they are supposed to stay home and recover. I just could not suspend my mind that much. Now her spin off series “The Girl Who Dared to Think” is great!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Payton

    It's clear Bella Forrest does her own editing. The POV from Viggo and Violet are so similar, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference if it weren't for the chapter titles. They literally described each other's hair the exact same way in the beginning of the novel (dark as night in the shadows, but delicious chocolate in the sun, or something to that effect). This book in particular dragged on and on and on and on. This series should've been wrapped up in two, MAYBE three books, and I'm getting It's clear Bella Forrest does her own editing. The POV from Viggo and Violet are so similar, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference if it weren't for the chapter titles. They literally described each other's hair the exact same way in the beginning of the novel (dark as night in the shadows, but delicious chocolate in the sun, or something to that effect). This book in particular dragged on and on and on and on. This series should've been wrapped up in two, MAYBE three books, and I'm getting tired of the ~divine intervention~ to save the main characters. Looking back, the very first book in this series is certainly the best. The quality continues to deteriorate.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

    I haven't finished this book yet, and I am not sure if I am going to. None of the books in this series have been great, but they held my interest enough to get through them. This one is just painful. I'm over it. I'm over a story that could have and should have been wrapped up in two books. I'm over a story that started with a strong, independent female character not remotely interested in being with a man, and turned her into someone whose entire existence revolves around a relationship. I don' I haven't finished this book yet, and I am not sure if I am going to. None of the books in this series have been great, but they held my interest enough to get through them. This one is just painful. I'm over it. I'm over a story that could have and should have been wrapped up in two books. I'm over a story that started with a strong, independent female character not remotely interested in being with a man, and turned her into someone whose entire existence revolves around a relationship. I don't care about what happens to any of these characters anymore. Killing all of them off would be a kindness.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    Poor Violet, I really like her, but I feel like she makes decisions entirely based on emotions when it involves people she loves, which it would be hard not to. But her decisions effect a whole group of people. I hope she learns from her mistakes soon, or it will cost her.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie_Living_in_Bookland

    ARRRRGGGGHHH, THAT WAS THE BIGGEST CLIFF HANGER EVER AND I NEED THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! HOW COULD IT END LIKE THAT? NO. NO. NO! The Gender Fall starts right where we left off with the last one. Everything is in chaos and several people are hurt and/or dying. Through the whole book I was clutching my phone, waiting to see what would happen next, who would survive and how they were going to take down the two ruling societies who are now on the brink of war. I had no idea what was going to happen ARRRRGGGGHHH, THAT WAS THE BIGGEST CLIFF HANGER EVER AND I NEED THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! HOW COULD IT END LIKE THAT? NO. NO. NO! The Gender Fall starts right where we left off with the last one. Everything is in chaos and several people are hurt and/or dying. Through the whole book I was clutching my phone, waiting to see what would happen next, who would survive and how they were going to take down the two ruling societies who are now on the brink of war. I had no idea what was going to happen and didn't know there was going to be another book until I was about 75% done with it. I wanted to start screaming when I got to that last page because as I said before, that was the biggest cliff hanger I have ever been left in. Bella Forrest's writing gets better and better with each book I think and this was so far her best. Her writing style was a lot smoother and deeper. I felt like we got to delve a lot deeper into the characters minds and the world building. She just keeps adding new layers to this horrible world and makes it even scarier with each book. You know how some book you're like, "I totally wouldn't mind living in there. I'd get to be best friends with my favorite characters and they could teach me everything they know and it would be awesome." Not so with this book. I would never wish to live in this world. It is so terrifying and I love how Bella has built the world and continues to build. There was a part in here that was really hard for me to read because it hit pretty close to home. It was so hard to read and I appreciate how Bella incorporated it. She did make it pretty believable and really made me feel. I also loved the character development in this book, but there were several things I wasn't a big fan of. Probably the biggest thing that bugged me was when there was something big going on and they needed to put all their focus into this, but then these two characters were swooning and drooling over each other. Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance, but only to a point, especially when it's in a dystopian novel that contains a lot of action in it. I loved the characters when they were focused on the war that was going on, but once they started slobbering over each other I wanted to slap them both. There was plenty of action in this book. It felt like every time one scene ended and maybe we would get a little break and some happiness, something else happened and it was back to gripping the book and screaming on the inside as everybody got hurt and came close to death or died. The Gender Game series is one of the most intense series I've read and it didn't stop in this one. I cried really hard at some parts and my heart wouldn't stop pounding at others. These books have been one big roller coaster after the next. Now, the ending. Oh my goodness that ending was brutal and intense and why would you just end it there and make us wait. I was expecting this to be the last book and then when I found out I was dreading the ending because I knew Bella would leave me screaming and crying for the next book in a corner, rocking back and forth like a crazy person. May 10 won't come soon enough and when it does I will read that book like my life depends on it. I would rate this book 14+. It was really intense and there were a couple of scenes that might be upsetting for young ones. There was also a scene where a couple almost has sex, but they stop because they want to wait till their married. It was pretty detailed and I had to skip almost the whole chapter. I was pretty disappointed about this, but almost every book has had something like this, it just hasn't come quite so close. Wonderful book all in all, probably 4.5 stars just because of the few complaints I listed above. Can't wait for the next book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Hunt

    I think that this was a solid attempt at character development but was disappointed in the lack of action in the book. I kept expecting it to be just as action packed as the other books preceding this one - but I felt it was rather slow going. It was a far cry from the other books in this series, and at one point I was questioning whether or not I would continue on with the series. However - it did have a really good ending - good enough for me to pick up book 6.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Sue

    So like the others, this starts off on probably literally the next page of the last book. Things are pretty dire in this book, which always makes for good reading. Violet is extremely hurt in this one as are many of the side characters. Not to mention the plot twist at the end, which I kinda saw coming, but it was still kinda sad because I was really starting to like the dynamic Owen had with everyone. Books 4 and 5 seem a bit similar in the actions scenes, making me have to think about which sc So like the others, this starts off on probably literally the next page of the last book. Things are pretty dire in this book, which always makes for good reading. Violet is extremely hurt in this one as are many of the side characters. Not to mention the plot twist at the end, which I kinda saw coming, but it was still kinda sad because I was really starting to like the dynamic Owen had with everyone. Books 4 and 5 seem a bit similar in the actions scenes, making me have to think about which scenes are in each book. I have started the sixth book and I getting anxious to get through the rest.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany C

    I struggled a little getting through the beginning/middle of this book because I feel like the series kind of dipped here. But it picks back up and the next two are great so it’s worth sticking with it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gurprit Kaur

    I love a good fast paced fantasy action book. Great when I don't want to think too hard 🤣 I love a good fast paced fantasy action book. Great when I don't want to think too hard 🤣

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Ann Coffey

    4 stars Again, like the rest of the series, good characterization, reasonable plot, but occasionally awkward writing/dialogue.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Miss Celi

    ✌ I def saw that ending coming, now since i suck at reviews obviously, im just gonna continue saying this series still has me hooked

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Getting in more Over my head every book......you really want to read this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily Olsen

    I really enjoyed the first four books but this one felt like it was dragging on and on. not nearly as much action as the others. I thought this was the last book as well, only to find out there are two more books!?! I'll probably still read them but am rather disappointed that the series didn't end here. I really enjoyed the first four books but this one felt like it was dragging on and on. not nearly as much action as the others. I thought this was the last book as well, only to find out there are two more books!?! I'll probably still read them but am rather disappointed that the series didn't end here.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shannon White

    Wow Omg i cant keep up with all the twist and turns! This book definately keeps you on your toes. I cant wait to start the next book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bryn

    Honestly, as much as anything, this is just dull. This series is so boring. There's plenty to make fun of, 'cause it's still bad, but it isn't entertaining anymore. There's nothing new bad, it's all the same bad. The worldbuilding is awful as ever. There's nothing new added, or at least nothing I noticed. The world isn't developing or changing in response to the revolution that is happening. The societies aren't morphing. Nothing is happening. It's boring and badly put together. The writing isn't Honestly, as much as anything, this is just dull. This series is so boring. There's plenty to make fun of, 'cause it's still bad, but it isn't entertaining anymore. There's nothing new bad, it's all the same bad. The worldbuilding is awful as ever. There's nothing new added, or at least nothing I noticed. The world isn't developing or changing in response to the revolution that is happening. The societies aren't morphing. Nothing is happening. It's boring and badly put together. The writing isn't getting better. It might be getting worse, but I honestly can't even tell anymore. The dialogue is definitely getting more stilted and robotic. The phrasing is the absolute worst I've ever read. The plot? Yeah. None. Everything is dull and predictable and dry. Nothing leads fluidly to anything else. It's just a dreary march of events with some crazy """"plot twist"""" stuck in there every hundred fifty pages. Everything is predictable. None of it makes any logical sense. I don't really know what's happening ninety percent of the time, because the events just happen with no tension or buildup or foreshadowing. There was about to be one... I can't call it a twist, but a somewhat not terrible development at the end, but no. There wasn't. The characters are still really bad. Violet isn't developing, she's just like... morphing. She changes to fit the scene. Viggo is dull and boring and flat. The side characters? I have no idea who is who anymore and it doesn't even matter. The villains are flat cardboard and aren't interesting or entertaining. The only good thing to come out of these is Amber, who's badly written (as per everything), but at least she's something, as opposed to the big nothing of every other character. These books are getting stretched so thin it's not even funny. The last four books could have been condensed into one. Nothing in this book was necessary. It could have all been cut out and nothing would be lost. Only two more left to go. Thank God.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ktsuereviews

    Im sorry but I just HAVE to rant on this one! WHAT A CRAPPY ENDING! I CANT EVEN RIGHT NOW! This author really knows how to drag a series out. Only about 2 exciting things happened in this book and they weren't even THAT exciting. The most exciting thing that happens gets cut off and LITERALLY HAPPENS IN THE LAST MINUTE OF THE AUDIOBOOK . AND . THEN . ENDS. I SERIOUSLY SAID WTF!?! SHE had the WHOLE book to do SOMETHING with this story but waits till the last chapter. She could have written out eve Im sorry but I just HAVE to rant on this one! WHAT A CRAPPY ENDING! I CANT EVEN RIGHT NOW! This author really knows how to drag a series out. Only about 2 exciting things happened in this book and they weren't even THAT exciting. The most exciting thing that happens gets cut off and LITERALLY HAPPENS IN THE LAST MINUTE OF THE AUDIOBOOK . AND . THEN . ENDS. I SERIOUSLY SAID WTF!?! SHE had the WHOLE book to do SOMETHING with this story but waits till the last chapter. She could have written out everything that happened in this book in about 5-10 chapters (100 pages or less). I really wish she would have ended this series in the last book. I don't think I will finish this series because I just can't take the slowness of it. This book was a waste of time and the only reason I got through it was with the audiobook. I can summarize this book in a few words with everything that happened. But they contain spoilers so I will write it below. (view spoiler)[ 1)Violet gets better. (no surprise there) 2) They find dead bodies in a camp. (still no surprise) 3) Within the last 4 chapters of the book they play a video showing King Maxen is alive and they know where Violets brother is. And Viggos crew mission was captured. 4) Owen asks Violet to kill Desmond the LAST 60 SECONDS IN THE AUDIOBOOK THEN BAM ITS THE END (hide spoiler)]

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