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Emil and Brighton Rey defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives–or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him. In Emil’s race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to Emil and Brighton Rey defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives–or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him. In Emil’s race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to dig deep into the very past lives he’s trying to outrun. Though he needs the help of the Spell Walkers now more than ever, their ranks are fracturing, with Maribelle’s thirst for revenge sending her down a dangerous path. Meanwhile, Ness is being abused by Senator Iron for political gain, his rare shifting ability making him a dangerous weapon. As much as Ness longs to send Emil a signal, he knows the best way to keep Emil safe from his corrupt father is to keep him at a distance. The battle for peace is playing out like an intricate game of chess, and as the pieces on the board move into place, Emil starts to realize that he may have been competing against the wrong enemy all along.


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Emil and Brighton Rey defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives–or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him. In Emil’s race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to Emil and Brighton Rey defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives–or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him. In Emil’s race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to dig deep into the very past lives he’s trying to outrun. Though he needs the help of the Spell Walkers now more than ever, their ranks are fracturing, with Maribelle’s thirst for revenge sending her down a dangerous path. Meanwhile, Ness is being abused by Senator Iron for political gain, his rare shifting ability making him a dangerous weapon. As much as Ness longs to send Emil a signal, he knows the best way to keep Emil safe from his corrupt father is to keep him at a distance. The battle for peace is playing out like an intricate game of chess, and as the pieces on the board move into place, Emil starts to realize that he may have been competing against the wrong enemy all along.

30 review for Infinity Reaper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sahil Javed

    22/06/20 - that cover, that fucking cover. they've done it again. i didn't think they could beat the cover of the first book but fuck me. rip to my bank balance. if emil and ness don't become a couple i'm gonna fucking riot 22/06/20 - that cover, that fucking cover. they've done it again. i didn't think they could beat the cover of the first book but fuck me. rip to my bank balance. if emil and ness don't become a couple i'm gonna fucking riot

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Oof I said I wasn’t gonna read this after not liking the first one but the cover of this one has potentially changed my mind

  3. 4 out of 5

    noah

    mfw i read an arc of the first book mid 2019 and have to wait until 2021 to find out what happens next mfw i read an arc of the first book mid 2019 and have to wait until 2021 to find out what happens next

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jthbooks

    Did I think the first book mainly sucked until the end? Yes but have been waiting for this book for this book since that ending of book one? Yes, yes I have. And I know often in the second book in a series we usually have a struggle, but does this one? No. It does not. It only goes from strength to strength. I loved it! This book does start immediately where Infinity Son ended, so if you need to reread the last few chapters like I did, theres your warning. There was just so much I enjoyed about Did I think the first book mainly sucked until the end? Yes but have been waiting for this book for this book since that ending of book one? Yes, yes I have. And I know often in the second book in a series we usually have a struggle, but does this one? No. It does not. It only goes from strength to strength. I loved it! This book does start immediately where Infinity Son ended, so if you need to reread the last few chapters like I did, theres your warning. There was just so much I enjoyed about this book. In fact I enjoyed everything. Look, I like to be asleep by 10pm, 11 if I’m feeling wild, but I was up until 1.00am reading this book because I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened, I wanted to know what happened. I was feeling all the feels and I was loving it. First of all, I loved the story. I loved the direction Adam took it in. There was so many different aspects to it. It was full of action. It was full of romance. It was full of character development. It was exciting. There was literally points when I was reading and I was saying to myself ‘damn this book is exciting’. But I also really loved the quiet moments in the book. I loved when the gang was at the New Ember Sanctuary, it was just so interesting. I also loved the characters, everything that happened in Infinity Son, they’ve grown and learnt from and it’s really interesting to read. It felt like they all became more complex and likeable. I loved each perspective, I mean did I agree with everything Brighton is doing no, but its such a great choice from Adam and makes it really intriguing. But I loved Emil, Ness and Maribelle. I do remember at one point saying that Ness has my whole heart. But me feelings are invested in all of them. I’m excited to read more from them and I want to be part of the gang. *Spoiler* That was your warning ok! The romances, I loved them. Brighton and Prudencia, I loved their trepidation towards their feelings for each other and I’m excited to see where it goes. I also enjoyed there sex positivity. But you know what us gays were waiting for, it was the reunion between Emil and Ness. What I didn’t expect was the love triangle and what I REALLY didn’t expect was how into it I was. I love how the different guys bring out different sides to Emil. I mean, I think Ness is endgame but I’m excited to see what happens. In the first book, we had a lot of magic and a lot to learn but I think in this book its been toned down and it works for the better. It felt more compact and accessible. I know this going to sound strange but it also expanded in a way I loved. I don’t want to say how, I want you to be surprised. But it was so exciting. I really loved the writing in Infinity Reaper. Reading from four different perspectives is tough, but I never got confused who I was reading. I loved how the modern world and social media was woven in. Also, the action scenes were epic. The were thrilling. I mean, the fight in the air on the back of the Phoenixes was cinematic. I could see it so clearly in my head. Like the rest of the book, it was all next level. Shall we talk about the ending? You know I want to. I can’t believe it ended like that. It was brilliant. Don’t worry, no spoilers. But Adam has built it up so perfectly between Emil and Brighton, that it made the ending epic and heartbreaking. Also Maribelle, I have questions. I need answers.So now I guess all there is to do is sit around and wait for book three..

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maartje

    Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera includes a complex built fantasy world but actually lacks the depth of its characters. So for me this book deserves the same rating as Infinity Son, which is 3 stars. I was actually giving this book a chance after Infinity Son let me down. And the same problem occured. Silvera really made the effort to build a whole new fantasy world from the ground up. I have so much respect for that! Although it is also the downside of this book. Too much world building and not e Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera includes a complex built fantasy world but actually lacks the depth of its characters. So for me this book deserves the same rating as Infinity Son, which is 3 stars. I was actually giving this book a chance after Infinity Son let me down. And the same problem occured. Silvera really made the effort to build a whole new fantasy world from the ground up. I have so much respect for that! Although it is also the downside of this book. Too much world building and not enough character depth as well as the development is lacking. There are so many aspects of this fantasy world that it is sometimes hard to keep up with everything. It felt like I was constantly trying to catch up with every aspect. Also the characters are suffering because of that. Personally I do not relate with any character at all which is an important reason for me to like a book. None of the brothers, who are the MC's, Emil or Brighton were relatable and the other characters just felt like sidenotes to the story. Brighton was so damn annoying, egocentric and yes even abusive towards his own brother. But Emil himself isn't a sweetheart either. There is a certain situation (I am giving no spoilers) when I thought that he was being selfish as well. I mean roping people into doing things just for your own good and acting like it was right, just isn't gaining my sympathy... Anyway, the majority of the characters didn't have enough depth and their actions fell flat. I do not know if that makes any sense? But I feel like their should have been more attention spent on the characters and less on the world building. The Halo Knight Wyatt is the best damn character in Infinity Reaper and he deserved better than to function as a dumb plot device. I am way into deep to not read the last book of this trilogy. Sorry if this review was only highlighting the negative things from this book. I was genuinely struggling to finish because of the problems I was experiencing with it. Maybe others will love it more!? If you like complex fantasy, Infinity Reaper might possibly be your thing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David

    the cover is literally screaming You must have me in your bookshelf :0

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rose Henry

    I’m not joking at all when I say I was ready to DNF this on page 1. It’s not that Infinity Reaper itself is a disaster novel. Sure, the plot is everywhere and the characters are flat. But Silvera is not bad writer. He has, however, managed create the worst character of all time. Have I got your attention? Cool. Let’s talk about Brighton. This book opens with Brighton drinking the Reaper’s blood so he can be speshul. You know, because he told Emil in Infinity Son that he rather die than live w I’m not joking at all when I say I was ready to DNF this on page 1. It’s not that Infinity Reaper itself is a disaster novel. Sure, the plot is everywhere and the characters are flat. But Silvera is not bad writer. He has, however, managed create the worst character of all time. Have I got your attention? Cool. Let’s talk about Brighton. This book opens with Brighton drinking the Reaper’s blood so he can be speshul. You know, because he told Emil in Infinity Son that he rather die than live without power. Stuff happens, and Brighton manages to blame not one, not two, but three separate people for all the problems he caused. He defends his action by saying, and I quote, “Someone had to be brave” (page 10. We’re only on page 10.) No, Brighton. You just wanted to be a hero. Then Brighton passes out. End of Chapter One. Some more stuff happens and we’re in Maribelle’s POV. She finds Prudencia (don’t get me started on that name oh my gosh), who’s crying because Brighton is dying now. Maribelle instantly become my favorite character (even though all she does is mope about her dead boyfriend) because she’s just like “that sucks lol but it’s kinda his fault tho.” Emil has a nightmare about Brighton “going dark” and it’s totally not foreshadowing. He asks a friendly doctor lady where Brighton is. She’s explains the situation. Emil’s like “bro. Fr?” And Dr Misses is like “fr” and Emil’s like “bro that sucks. Can I see him pls?” And then he sees Brighton and is sad because their dad died from a failed cancer treatment that was basically the same thing as Brighton drank. I actually felt for Emil a bit. He deserves better than his scumbag brother. Then we have another Brighton chapter, unironically titled “Like Father, Like Son,’’ because Silvera likes to yank at heartstrings. But it’s Brighton, so I got nada. Anyway, Brighton wakes up and freaks out. Emil freaks out. Brighton briefly acknowledges his brother’s presence, then whines about how his mommy and dear old Pru aren’t there too. Emil takes really good care of him, like the sweetheart he is, and Brighton continues to be shockingly ungrateful. He has the audacity to resent Emil for “looking sad” because it makes him feel guilty. Emil, who’s also feeling a touch a guilt himself, says he wishes he and Brighton weren’t in the same family so Brighton wouldn’t be involved, blah, blah blah, Brighton just like “well I stopped Luna not u bro so ha the world needs me to be involved” and Emil kicks a chair and says “I don’t care about the world! I care about you!” ((Okay. oKay, OkAy. This reminds me a little too much of City of Heavenly Fire when Alec tells Magnus “I don’t want the world, I want you” (AWWW). We know from Infinity Son’s acknowledgments that Silvera is a fan of Cassandra Clare. So odds are, he’s read CoHF. Now I’m getting creepy incest vibes from Emil and Brighton. THANKS A LOT, ADAM.)) Anywayyyyy, Brighton uses this sentiment as another reason why he should be the one with powers, not Emil. Cute. Emil’s all like “I’ve told u a majillion times I don’t want powers bro:(” Aaaaaaand Brighton uses their dad’s death as leverage. He gives Emil a graphic, detailed recount of their dad’s last moments, even while Emil is literally begging him to stop. I speak from personal experience when I say: If someone tells you they don’t want to hear something, SHUT THE HELL UP. Brighton then states: “Whenever I die, I hope you’re not around. You’ll be scarred so badly you’ll remember it in ever lifetime.’’ Wow. Manipulation Level 10000. End of Chapter 6. Next chapter opens with Emil sobbing in his bedroom. And I’m just going to leave this here: “I invited Brighton multiple times in the past to open up to me about Dad’s death, but I never in a million lifetime would’ve thought he would weaponize those graphic details against me.’’ Back to Brighton, lamenting how Prudencia isn’t weeping by his bedside. Good for her, tbh. But Brighton — “I won’t be around when she regrets shunning me like this; that’ll be her future therapist’s problem.’’ Seriously. Because that wasn’t nearly enough wretched behavior for one chapter, Brighton gets a call from his mommy. She calls him selfish. He says his dad was the better parent and that Daddy wouldn’t be yelling at him for poisoning himself for power. Then Brighton throws Iris’s phone across the room and it shatters against the wall. Brighton probably does other bad things, but I couldn’t finish that chapter, so I wouldn’t know. Brighton whines some more, is ungrateful, has a crisis because he doesn’t think anyone loves him (they obviously do), and then gets bitten my a poisonous snake because ✨reasons✨ and is dying faster than before. Emil feels guilty for everything. Maribelle is pretty cool. Brighton blames everyone for everything and demands Emil do something to fix all his problems. Emil is in anguish and it makes me sad. Brighton eventually goes and talks to Prudencia, they make up easily, and kiss. Then they have some classic YA off-page sex. Then things get heated, but in a very not-sexy way. Brighton starts to burn (internally ig) and he thinks he’s dying right then and there. Some cringe dialogue is spat out. I just really wanted him to die. Then it turns out he isn’t actually dying like SIKE!! He’s actually healed and a Celestial-on-a-budget now. I stopped reading and skimmed the rest after that crushing disappointment. Stuff happens, Brighton is insufferable, then he goes dARk at the end and is set to be the villain in Infinity Savior (I’m just assuming that’s going to be the title; Adam leaned pretty heavily into it.) Okay, so bad book, right? Yeah. Was there anything I liked? Not really, no. I liked Emil more than I did in book one. He and Ness are still super cute, but they interacted very little. Maribelle is fine. All the other characters are boring and I don’t care about them at all. If it weren’t for Brighton, this book would probably have been 2-3 stars. But Brighton is literally the worst. He’s so bad. He completely ruins every single thing that could have been good about this book. But will I read book three? Yes. I actually plan to at least skim it. Now that Brighton’s gone full-villain maybe I can enjoy the other aspects. Ooh! And also! I have to be here for Brighton’s death :) Infinity Reaper >>>> 0.5 star Pre-read: Me: **picks up book from library** okkk we'll give it a try Me: **opens book** **sees brighton's name on the first page** **closes book** Me: that's enough reading for today. Pre-release: "When Brighton drank the Reaper's Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him.'' Lol, of course it is. Infinity Reaper, a concept: Instead of Emil and the Magic People Squad™️ saving Brighton and taking away Emil's powers, Brighton realizes how harmful his selfish behavior is and repents and then sacrifices himself or something and dies a changed man, while Emil learns to accept and love himself and lives happily ever after with Ness.

  8. 5 out of 5

    여리고

    That dazzling cover alone got me, nothing more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jupiter Hamlet Moody-McIntyre

    If anything happens to Ness I'm going to commit a war crime. If anything happens to Ness I'm going to commit a war crime.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Simeon Tsanev

    It takes skill writing an unlikeable character. This book is not an indication that Adam Silvera has that skill. Not only is Brighton a blatantly one-dimensional piece of shit who has to make sure we get how egomaniacal he is with li-te-ra-lly every thought he has, but every character around him is forced to carry the idiot ball and act like there’s anything lovable about him, or like he has to be indulged for any reason whatsoever. Brighton singlehandedly destroys any enjoyment this otherwise m It takes skill writing an unlikeable character. This book is not an indication that Adam Silvera has that skill. Not only is Brighton a blatantly one-dimensional piece of shit who has to make sure we get how egomaniacal he is with li-te-ra-lly every thought he has, but every character around him is forced to carry the idiot ball and act like there’s anything lovable about him, or like he has to be indulged for any reason whatsoever. Brighton singlehandedly destroys any enjoyment this otherwise moderately decent superhero story carries, and the desolation is absolute. If I ever read the conclusion of the series, it will be SOLELY with the hope that he will not have a redemption arc, but rather that he will die like the whiney garbage that he is, recognized as such by all other characters. Even if secretly I’m aware that this entire show is ultimately his Prequel Trilogy...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Damien

    I'm so glad to see that you already have ideas for new books for the future. You have never disappointed me with your writing especially when it makes me cry 😂. I can't wait to see what these new ones are about. I'm so glad to see that you already have ideas for new books for the future. You have never disappointed me with your writing especially when it makes me cry 😂. I can't wait to see what these new ones are about.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Adam Silvera about Brighton: Adam Silvera about Brighton:

  13. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Waters

    Damn, can I just, like that cover, I can't even. Like how is it so gorgeous?! Its like they knew I hated the first book and all the people behind the creation of this book got together and decided to create a cover so stunning that I would have to buy it. I dont care how bad the first book is at this point! Even a blind person could see that this cover is awesome! I might actually have to read this now. Btw I hope Brighten dies a horrible slow death. Actually no I take that back, I just want him d Damn, can I just, like that cover, I can't even. Like how is it so gorgeous?! Its like they knew I hated the first book and all the people behind the creation of this book got together and decided to create a cover so stunning that I would have to buy it. I dont care how bad the first book is at this point! Even a blind person could see that this cover is awesome! I might actually have to read this now. Btw I hope Brighten dies a horrible slow death. Actually no I take that back, I just want him dead so I dont have to read his pov anymore.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hassan

    PART SPOILER PLEASE DONT READ OFF U HAVENT READ BOOK 1——————————————-| I’m not gonna lie I think that Brighton deserves to die *at least I won’t be powerless* WHY may I ask is he prizing power beyond his life it should be the other way round I’ve not read this but I LOVED infinity son and I’m hoping that in this book he does I’m not sure iff u reply no spoilers please I can’t believe he did this I was like f*ck this when he drunk it and I won’t be able to sleep until I find out iff he does LOL

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Walker

    Spoilers for book one: But the fact that based on the description alone it seems my LEAST favorite character from book one is dying. And this entire book is going to be saving him? That's an automatic no for me. Nice cover though... Spoilers for book one: But the fact that based on the description alone it seems my LEAST favorite character from book one is dying. And this entire book is going to be saving him? That's an automatic no for me. Nice cover though...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raji

    Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . Infinity Reaper picks up right where the first book ended – Emil has been stabbed with an infinity-ender blade and Brighton has drunk the Reaper’s Blood potion. But things are not going according to plan. The potion which should have given Brighton powers and made him invincible is now poisoning him. The brothers know that it’s a race against time to save Brighton, having seen their father die the same way. Meanwhile, Ness is held Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . Infinity Reaper picks up right where the first book ended – Emil has been stabbed with an infinity-ender blade and Brighton has drunk the Reaper’s Blood potion. But things are not going according to plan. The potion which should have given Brighton powers and made him invincible is now poisoning him. The brothers know that it’s a race against time to save Brighton, having seen their father die the same way. Meanwhile, Ness is held prisoner by his own father, Senator Iron, and forced to use his shifting ability to create propaganda for the Senator’s political campaign. The Spell Walkers believe him dead after the battle at Nova, and while he wants to send them a signal to let them know where he is, he knows keeping his distance for now is the best plan as he learns about his father’s plans which are more horrifying than he ever expected. Infinity Reaper was quite the adventure, but also a rather heavy read, so if you haven’t read Infinity Son recently, I would highly suggest you atleast read one of the detailed summaries out there because this book jumps right into things. There’s very little that is recapped from the first book which can make this very confusing if like me, you read it over a year ago. The first thing that comes to mind to say about this book is that a lot happened, some expected but most unexpected. In fact, I haven’t seen this much plot and character buildup in a middle book in a very long time. There is a significant improvement in the narration style as well, and the little things that didn’t work previously have all been ironed out beautifully so that the story flows so much better. Also, can we take a second to admire that gorgeous cover? (It looks even better in person.) Where Infinity Son was Emil’s origin story in a way, this book is Brighton’s. Emil is no more excited about his powers than he was previously, and is turning his focus to puzzling out the method to make a potion that will bind his powers and end the infinity cycle. Maribelle’s POV chapters didn’t make much sense to me in book one, but she plays a significant role this time and her arc was interesting to follow as she learns more about her past, struggling with her need for revenge. Following her decision at the end of the book, her path going forward is no doubt going to be an intriguing one. We also get a lot more of Ness, which was great, along with a prequel short story at the end that gives us the story of how he ended up joining the Blood Casters. The introduction of the Halo Knights was completely out of the blue, but it added a fascinating subplot with a lot of potential. As for Brighton, well, he’s a very complex character, but his attitude hasn’t improved much from book one. This is mildly spoilery, but considering it happens well before the 50% mark, it’s not too big. While he was being poisoned by the Reaper’s Blood, it seemed for a few chapters there that Brighton was finally changing his attitude, but with his miraculous recovery and turning into a Specter with a combination of powers that are both unusual and dangerous, he was back to his old self – worse, really – in no time at all, like he learned absolutely nothing from the experience. He became more egotistic and arrogant than before, seeking more and more fame and his character takes a rather dark turn. Now usually, such a character would annoy me more than I can express, and Brighton did, but as a reader, it was easy to spot at this point what path he had the potential to head down if didn’t take care. I was just following the story, waiting for the other shoe to drop, honestly too caught up in what was happening to be properly annoyed. However, I found Emil’s intentions with the potion to bind his powers more than a little selfish. He wants to get rid of his own abilities, fine, but it felt like he was roping Brighton into it under the guise of it’s the best thing to do and for everyone’s good, which is totally not fair. Emil is not entirely blameless for how this ended either. Did he really expect Brighton – who has basically wanted powers his entire life – to just give it all up now that he has essentially attained his dream? And that’s not even getting into the multitude of ways such a potion could be abused if it got into the wrong hands. That ending was just…I had to reread it twice to make sure I was getting it right. I wouldn’t really call it a cliffhanger per se, but ending it there was just evil. Brighton was bound to snap at some point, I just didn’t anticipate that it would take that form. I wonder how much of his actions throughout this book, and particularly at the end were influenced by the Reaper’s Blood that he drank and I’m even more curious to see how long it will be – if at all – before Brighton starts to regret his choices. In my opinion, he’s going to need a major redemption arc to come back from this and I’m so curious to see what the author has in store for him. Overall, this sequel was much stronger than I expected it to be and it has set the stage for what promises to be a thrilling finale. Infinity Reaper was everything a young adult fantasy novel needs and I would highly recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meigan

    I had some reservations about starting this second book in Adam Silvera’s Infinity Cycle series, mainly because the first book wasn't my favorite. Not because it was a bad book, it wasn't, but it marked Silvera's first foray into the fantasy genre and the execution left plenty to be desired. Despite my misgivings, there were several things I enjoyed about that first book and I was hopeful that this second installment would bring some much needed clarification to how this world works and who exac I had some reservations about starting this second book in Adam Silvera’s Infinity Cycle series, mainly because the first book wasn't my favorite. Not because it was a bad book, it wasn't, but it marked Silvera's first foray into the fantasy genre and the execution left plenty to be desired. Despite my misgivings, there were several things I enjoyed about that first book and I was hopeful that this second installment would bring some much needed clarification to how this world works and who exactly the various supernatural beings are. I am thrilled to say that not only were many of the speedbumps from the first book ironed out, Silvera found his storytelling groove with INFINITY REAPER and the world now make sense and his characters were able shine. The story starts right where Infinity Son ended, in the middle of a very major conflict. The outcome of said conflict marks a major plot point for one the story arcs -- Brighton is fighting for his life after drinking the Reaper potion. Both Emil and Brighton saw what Reaper's Blood did to their father and it's a race against time before Brighton meets the same fate. The heart and soul of this story really is family and brotherhood and I love the relationship between these brothers so much. We're also given a TON of Ness and I love the direction that he and Emil are headed. Though there is one thing in the way of their relationship becoming Officially A Thing, and I hope that pesky obstacle is dealt with swiftly in the next book because lets's face it -- Emil and Ness are the only relationship that makes sense. Bottom line -- this second installment was more than enough to save this series for me. There's action, there's drama, there's friendship and phoenixes and fight scenes galore, and there's also a hint of romance to round everything out. I'm so glad I gave this second book a chance because I finished it loving this world and these characters. It's going to be a long wait until book 3, and I'll be counting down the months until it's released. *Many thanks to Book Sparks for sending me a copy for review!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristel (hungryandhappy)

    WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL???? I have never encountered a character more annoying than Brighton! Omg, I want to shake some sense into him. I was already annoyed by him after book 1 but now? Wow, just wow. So many things happened and I'm mad about most of them. Like I have this rage inside me I can barely contain! Arghhhh Adam, why are you doing this to me? I'm in pain!!! WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL???? I have never encountered a character more annoying than Brighton! Omg, I want to shake some sense into him. I was already annoyed by him after book 1 but now? Wow, just wow. So many things happened and I'm mad about most of them. Like I have this rage inside me I can barely contain! Arghhhh Adam, why are you doing this to me? I'm in pain!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    tomás.

    I can’t do this anymore. DNF @ around 50% This is, quite possibly, the worst book I’ve read in my life (or at least one of the worst ones). Honestly, after not enjoying that much the first one (the only thing I liked was Emil and Ness’s obvious future relationship) I started this book with the lowest possible expectations… and this is somehow worse than I had anticipated. So, in a not too exhaustive list, here’s everything wrong with Infinity Reaper (from my perspective) 1.- The writing. To put it I can’t do this anymore. DNF @ around 50% This is, quite possibly, the worst book I’ve read in my life (or at least one of the worst ones). Honestly, after not enjoying that much the first one (the only thing I liked was Emil and Ness’s obvious future relationship) I started this book with the lowest possible expectations… and this is somehow worse than I had anticipated. So, in a not too exhaustive list, here’s everything wrong with Infinity Reaper (from my perspective) 1.- The writing. To put it simply, it’s bad and painful. It felt so robotic and bland, and in desperate need of better editing (assuming it got edited at all); I lost count of all the that that shouldn’t have been there, and some words felt oddly placed. I know not every book needs to have beautiful writing, but it feels like he didn’t even make an effort (and when he did, or at least when I think he did, we would end up with edgy sentences like “I’m someone born into chaos” or “deep” nonsense like "[The Heroic Crime it’s] what happens when innocent people get caught in the crossfire of war." and “The eyes that look like doorways into different corners of the universe.”). To be honest, it reads like a wikipedia article. And one thing I hate is when authors who clearly don’t speak Spanish (and who usually claim they are latinos) put “Spanish words” for no reason, but, not speaking the language, end up writing nonsense. FYI, Mamí and Papí don’t have that accent (or however it’s called in English) on the i. To think this is his sixth book… unbelievable. 2.- The dialogues. This is in a similar tone, but almost all the dialogues feel unnatural and cringy. And sometimes instead of having real dialogues the person narrating would say “X says something, and Y says something back”; changing that for “real” dialogues would have been better. 3.- Some plot points don’t make sense. I’m not really sure how to name this one, so I’m gonna use some examples: 3.1.- In chapter six Brighton says ”But what if we trusted more people with powers? What if we could use creature blood to strengthen soldiers (...), police officers, (...)? We can’t assume that everything will go wrong just because a select few might abuse that privilege.” but then, in chapter ten, he says ”I hate every celestial who has donated blood to power all of these so-called defensive weapons, as if it’s not easy for dangerous people to get their hands on them too?” so I’m like make up your mind? They are the same thing? 3.2.- At some point Ness goes “The twice a year constellation that made me a shifter. How has it already been eight months since I’ve had these powers?” so I’m left wondering, is their year 16 months long? 3.3.- I really hope Brighton never develops the ghost powers (not that I'm gonna find out), cause if he does then what was all that this potion is only going to work on Luna because it has the blood from her parents' ghosts (don't ask). 4.- I’m just going to link this one with the last one and say it: I hate Brighton. He’s just a self absorbed asshole who thinks he’s a good person and better than everybody else, but he’s just a bad person who is clearly gonna be the bad guy by the end. From the stuff he thinks (e.g. “Not that there’s anything powerless Emil could’ve done about it.”, and how when Ruth tells him about her difficult past and trauma all he can think about is wow, this would have been great for my show) to the stuff he does (e.g. trying to lift Emil’s shirt live when he knows how he feels about his body) I just can’t stand him and I can’t believe there are people who like him. I want him dead, and to think it almost happened with the poisoning and all... we could have had it all. 5.- Mirabelle is so annoying here too, putting Emil down and being all oh, I wish Brighton had powers, he’s the real fighter between them. I want her dead too. 6.- I just think it’s really funny how Adam Silvera wants so desperately to make gleam crafters, who in this world are suffering discrimination, the equivalent of queer people suffering from queerphobia here in our world, to the point where he uses phrases like I’m tired of having to defend my humanity. My life shouldn’t be a debating point. and creating words like gleamphobia. For me, it feels like he’s screaming to my face LOOK, THIS IS A BRILLIANT PARALLELISM AND MAKING AND YOU HAVE TO PICK IT UP SO I’M GONNA THROW IT AT YOUR FACE cause god forbids we try and make this stuff more implicit. 7.- The whole meta thing is really in your face too, to the point of being annoying: “(...) a fantasy novel (...) who opens a portal that sends them into an alternate New York where powers aren’t real. If I lived in a gleam-free world, (...). But that’s a fantasy world, (...).” and “Our lives aren’t someone’s entertainment, or aren’t supposed to be, at least.” (don’t worry about that one; your lives aren’t entertaining at all) and “Our show —(...) The Infinity Cycle—(...) ”. I just can picture him being all omg I’m a genius for doing this... no, you aren’t. By the end I had a) removed him from my favourite authors list and b) deleted all my five stars rating from his other books because after reading this, I don't think he deserves either of those things. In a word: trash.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Will

    Definitely better than Infinity Son, but still not my favorite. I'm looking forward to Adam Silvera going back to his contemporary and speculative fiction roots. These books just don't compare when compared in just about any way, and it's kind of disappointing. I would've loved for this to be the queer urban fantasy story of my dreams, but it never hits the mark. There's some very fun action in this book. Several large battles happen quite close together, and it gives the book a sense of exciteme Definitely better than Infinity Son, but still not my favorite. I'm looking forward to Adam Silvera going back to his contemporary and speculative fiction roots. These books just don't compare when compared in just about any way, and it's kind of disappointing. I would've loved for this to be the queer urban fantasy story of my dreams, but it never hits the mark. There's some very fun action in this book. Several large battles happen quite close together, and it gives the book a sense of excitement that makes pages fly by. While the first book's action sequences seemed somewhat random and loosely connected, these felt much more like a series of cause and effect. Which is good! Silvera fixes some of the pacing issues from Infinity Son here, managing to give more explanations for the world building without the (significantly increased) page count feeling too slowed down. These extra explanations are nice, as it makes the world feel more full, but sometimes push into a bit extraneous for my taste. Some are a bit clumsily done, and it makes the flow of the scene awkward. It's weird to give an entire backstory for a minor character in between two lines of his dialogue, especially when it has no bearing on the plot. Even with the extra information, though, some of the world building just felt...silly, for lack of a better word. Everyone is so intensely saying these words and phrases that sound just ridiculous, even in context. It's all just a little bit clunky for my liking. The dialogue and internal monologues still have all of the issues of the first book, unfortunately. So much of it is meant to sound casual, even conversational, and comes out feeling forced. Brighton's fame obsession and general thoughts about his status as an influencer almost felt like a parody at points. The dramatic declarations of him not being powerless, being important, people seeing him as unimportant...just didn't feel organic. Sure, I get that those are his motivations, but they're laid out so plainly and so repeatedly it feels like we're not trusted to understand that. Besides, that being his fatal flaw, he probably shouldn't be telling it to everyone? (view spoiler)[Also, everything that Brighton ever says or thinks with the word "infinity" was too much. "I'm going to be the Infinity Savior to stop the Infinity Son even if I have to be the Infinity Reaper." Really? You're gonna really talk like that? Doesn't at all feel like a normal teenager thing to say, and we're supposed to believe he's a normal teenager in an extra-ordinary world. (hide spoiler)] It goes beyond this, but none of it was the emotionally charged writing I love from Silvera's books. The characters were...fine? I liked Wyatt, and I wish Emil could've gotten his head out of his ass instead of spending so many pages focused on a boy he knew for like...a few days? Ness and Maribelle get to be off on their own for a lot of the book, which is a nice way to keep the story moving even when the others are safe somewhere. It also gives some fun dramatic irony (view spoiler)[although I did get over it when the brothers kept saying x person is dead when there was no real reason to believe that (hide spoiler)] . Brighton is exactly as you'd expect Brighton to be after the events of the first book. There are some interesting ideas brought up about abuse of power and whose right it is to make decisions, but there's no subtlety or nuance to the exploration. Again, it's all laid out too clearly. The characters all seem to disagree with each other most of the book, which is annoying but does mostly feel true to their characters, except sometimes when plot-wise they need to be able to hash it out in a few lines of dialogue and are good to go. There are so many other instances where Brighton or Emil or Maribelle voicing any thoughts would have solved a fight between characters, and it doesn't happen. It feels like they're intentionally misrepresenting what the other is doing to be angry. Emil does something not angsty, and Brighton is pissed about it, then Brighton goes and does something that ignores the problem even more like it's not a big deal. This could be attributed to character choices, I guess, but it happens too frequently, with too many different characters, and with no acknowledgment. Also, that ending wasn't really a twist (view spoiler)[because that's...exactly what Brighton did at the end of the last book? Why is it surprising that his character goes bad...again? (hide spoiler)] . Don't get me wrong, it's a fine emotional beat to end on, but(view spoiler)[ the last page's writing doesn't pack the punch it should. It's a big moment, but it's turned into a huge block of dialogue and an ominous line (hide spoiler)] . The plot was fine, but I wish that the characters had enough foresight to not fall into like...every trap. Even when they succeed, it hurts them. Which in theory is interesting! But in practice it left me thinking "you could have just done it differently and NOT made everyone's life harder?" TL;DR: Fun, quick read. Fun magical creatures, some good action scenes. A definite improvement that shows Adam Silvera is paying attention to what is working and what isn't. But nothing stellar, despite all of the mentions of the stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Crunden

    okay, this cover might be the greatest thing I've ever seen okay, this cover might be the greatest thing I've ever seen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Arien

    This cover.. FCKING BLESS!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I need to start off by saying I'm a big fan of Adam Silvera's other works, but this series just isn't it for me. I do find it alright to read, but I mainly read this sequel to see if there would be improvements to make me engage with it more (Adam has like discussed how he realised they were shortcomings in his first book, 'cause it was his first fantasy novel/series), but I just finished the book with the same feeling I had at the end of the first: I don't care to see what happens to the charac I need to start off by saying I'm a big fan of Adam Silvera's other works, but this series just isn't it for me. I do find it alright to read, but I mainly read this sequel to see if there would be improvements to make me engage with it more (Adam has like discussed how he realised they were shortcomings in his first book, 'cause it was his first fantasy novel/series), but I just finished the book with the same feeling I had at the end of the first: I don't care to see what happens to the characters. And that doesn't mean I don't like the characters, don't get me wrong. I really love the relationship (mainly their conflict) of Emil and Brighton, and I love how Brighton is written because god damn he's such a self-obsessed dickhead I hated reading his chapters (which I feel is the author's intention). But I just don't care THAT MUCH to read the next book to find out what happens. (view spoiler)[ Also the new character, Wyatt, was the best fucking thing about this book. So I'm glad for that. But why do the British characters always have to be from London with a posh bloody accent??? How often he said "Love" felt very overused. Give me a bloody Geordie love interest. (hide spoiler)] I feel the rest of this review is gonna be me just saying random comments that will contain spoilers. So my non spoiler closing thoughts are I'm probs not gonna read the next one. (view spoiler)[ I only really started to enjoy the book at chapter thirty when Wyatt entered and began flirting with Emil. IT BROUGHT ME LIFE. Wyatt is a much better love interest than Ness. Fight me. I will die for this ship #Emyatt (there is no good way to ship their name lmao). Wyatt calling Emil "sweet Emil" and "Hot wings" are infinitely better nicknames than "firefly". I really disliked this nickname from the first book cause Emil's and Ness' relationship was so flat and the nickname felt very forced, and it seems it was needed for it to be the code word in this sequel which adds to the forced nature of it. Wyatt and Emil ACTUALLY had chemistry which was lovely. But then Emil still kisses Ness smh but I still loved it cause I'm a sucker for romance plots. Wyatt is still better though, bye Ness you're not needed. Brighton finally getting into his villain arc is a big YES. Savage when he ripped out Stanton's heart. Not gonna lie, I agree with him on being able to enjoy that death, Stanton was a dick. But oh my god, the ending is so WTF like he is literally gonna get Emil KILLED by revealing about his past lives. Just JESUS. This is something I am interested in but again I can't get past the rest of my like disengagement from the novel to continue to see this develop. Didn't care for the reveal that Luna was Mari's grandmother. I don't vibe when in books it has like everyone is related to other people because DRAMA PLOT TWIST. Like you already had the reveal Emil is adopted and isn't Brighton's biological brother, and that Mari is the daughter of Bautista and Sera - I don't need anymore. I'm waiting for there to be an incestuous romance plot with Emil and Ness that then turns out they're not actually siblings. Oh how Adam tries to subtly drop in that Tala is a lesbian pained me. Like. Tala and Mari literally have just met and she just casually mentions this ex girlfriend and opens up and just this relates to a wider issue I have that I feel a lot of the characters just open up when it doesn't feel earned. I suspect Mari and Tala are gonna become a thing. Kinda hate how the title of the books and the series are like used frequently in the story. I love a good title reveal, but it doesn't give me a punch in the Infinity Cycle. It just makes me feel I'm reading merch for Brighton seen as though he's the one who came up with these names. If that becomes the twist at the end of the series, that all these books are a dramatised version of his life, that would make sense but yeah it just feels odd the titles are said by this character who is an arsehole and the whole thing is like a game to him to become rich and famous. Cheapens the titles for me tbh. And they're really cool titles, so I wanna enjoy them. I feel the first half of the book everyone is just sat around. Like their mam has been kidnapped and i don't think anyone was freaking out as much as they should? Like? I dunno, obviously people could act how they did but I really felt like there was a disconnect between their mother has been kidnapped and them just doing other stuff for the plot. Like I would be thinking about it all day and they do worry she is dead but it's not like a consistent thing??? Emil is like brb I'm gonna make out with this hot British guy byeeeee xoxo Anyway. I want to enjoy this series, but I just don't vibe. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chiara

    A copy of this novel was provided for review. If you read my review of Infinity Son you’ll know that I wasn’t completely blown away with it, and there were things like structure and character development that I felt needed more work. In my review I said I hoped that Infinity Reaper would build upon these aspects and I’m happy to say that it most certainly did. Infinity Reaper is a much longer book than its predecessor, and this extra length really allowed the characters to grow into th A copy of this novel was provided for review. If you read my review of Infinity Son you’ll know that I wasn’t completely blown away with it, and there were things like structure and character development that I felt needed more work. In my review I said I hoped that Infinity Reaper would build upon these aspects and I’m happy to say that it most certainly did. Infinity Reaper is a much longer book than its predecessor, and this extra length really allowed the characters to grow into themselves, as well as their relationships and situations. Instead of Ness and Maribelle having one or two chapters like they did in the previous book, the two characters were given much more page time which allowed me as a reader to get to know them more and therefore care about them more. This was especially the case with Ness, who is fast becoming my favourite character in the whole series (and who I ship the most with Emil!). There was one thing that really made me appreciate Infinity Reaper, and that was the Halo Knight phoenix sanctuary. Halo Knights are humans without any special powers who take it upon themselves to serve and protect phoenixes from those who would harm or kill them. The better part of Infinity Reaper takes place at one of their phoenix sanctuaries, and I wish it was a real place because I would go there! And become a Halo Knight if I had any physical skills. But anyway, this place has all kinds of different phoenixes, including little baby ones. There’s a scene where Emil is in their nest area and it was such a soft and lovely moment. I adored it. Throughout the course of the novel Brighton became a character I liked less and less, and I could see who he was going to become from a mile away. I don’t know how he and Emil turned out so different but I guess Brighton’s hunger for fame really gets in the way of everything, including being a decent person. I’m interested to see how his arc progresses further in the series, and I truly hope he ends up being a better person than he is now. The romance element in Infinity Reaper was increased from the first book, but it also formed a bit of a love triangle. I don’t mind because we haven’t had enough of this trope in queer books so I won’t have any complaints from people who were happy to read it a thousand times in non-queer books. I do have a firm favourite in Ness, but I also really like the new love interest, too. To be honest I don’t think Emil will be going wrong with either of them, but I do hope the one he doesn’t choose gets to be happy, as well. In the end I’m really happy I read Infinity Reaper because I have a new queer fantasy series that I’m invested in. I can’t wait until the next book because apparently Silvera loves torturing us with cliffhangers in this series and book two was no different. Hopefully the wait isn’t too long! © 2021, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity . All rights reserved. rigger warning: adopted main character, blood and gore, reference to torture, reference to multiple parent deaths, references to animal abuse and cruelty, physical fights, murder, discrimination, reference to suicidality, reference to child abuse, reference to death of significant other, main character with anxiety and depression, reference to panic attack, hostage situation

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Yoplac

    I’m never going to get anywhere in life if I’m waiting for everything to be perfect. 🍃 There was an important improvement here, but, there are several mixed feelings also. Did I enjoy reading this book? Yes, but there’s an opposite side too. There are so many soppy paragraphs and replete with silly lines where I couldn’t help but roll my eyes, it felt overdramatic instead of atmospheric, it helps that the book has a comedy touch which helps to ease these times, in general, this is not a patter I’m never going to get anywhere in life if I’m waiting for everything to be perfect. 🍃 There was an important improvement here, but, there are several mixed feelings also. Did I enjoy reading this book? Yes, but there’s an opposite side too. There are so many soppy paragraphs and replete with silly lines where I couldn’t help but roll my eyes, it felt overdramatic instead of atmospheric, it helps that the book has a comedy touch which helps to ease these times, in general, this is not a pattern through all the book, so in conclusion, the dialogue and writing could be likable. The plot was appealing enough, I feel like it was well structured it and every piece in the puzzle fitted exactly and it’s more obvious when you start to retrocycling – hahaha - into the bites of information you get through this series and connect it to the different characters, it’s like all make sense at last, for instance, why this character has this ability or knows certain things, the secrets, the family connections, as a reader I felt very engaged connecting the dots, and the intrigue ate me alive several times. There was this time I felt stuck in a character where all his action was developing in a hospital’s bed, I mean, this could be a good trope in a Contemporary novel, but it’s not what I want in a fantasy book, I want to explore more in this world, and we did certainly, I can say there’s a progressive improvement through the story. I think it’s still hard to connect with most of the characters, I want to feel like them and get to understand their actions but it did not happen, I’m here talking about Maribelle specifically, she’s one of the main characters but her personality didn’t click anywhere in me, we had Brighton in the other hand which has a prominent role in making me feel so uncomfortable and get to my nerves, I think I haven’t hated this much a fictional character since Zara Dearborn (That’s a lot to say). However, I cared more for some of them, If I’m honest I’m here for the gay romance, it’s cute and this new addition gave some flavor to the action, I know it’s kinda cliché a love triangle but I’m living it up this one. Also, I have to note that even If I hate Brighton I saw a development in his relationship with Pru, the flow between them felt good. You really think I’m so weak to be heartbroken by that. Your pride is wounded and always gets in your way of admitting when you’re wrong. That finale was interesting, I enjoyed watching Brighton’s true face thanks to Ness, I knew he would be the real villain, I hope he dies. Pardon me, but did Brighton rip out his own heart too? Favorite Scenes: (view spoiler)[🔥 Maribelle recalling good old memories with Iris and Eva (It is actually the only tiny time I felt something with this character) 🔥 Wyatt’s aka sexy Halo Knight's entrance 🔥 Wyatt taking Emil for a flight, this is exactly how a fantasy book should feel 🔥 That couple of last chapters got me thinking yet. (hide spoiler)] This book is entertaining and has cute romance and some drama with two hot boys, the setting improved since we could visit an amazing sanctuary and my new hobby is making connections between the characters and the secrets they all keep. I hope the next installment will take things further.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Celestino

    After thoroughly enjoying rereading Infinity Son, Infinity Reaper remains at a steady ground. I wouldn't go as far as saying I loved it, but I did enjoy it way more than its predecessor back when it came out. There was a better attempt at world-building while still feeling grounded in reality; and it was easier to keep up with the concepts, although I think rereading the first book helped because I never had to refer back to the glossary. Still, I am glad it was included because I can see it bei After thoroughly enjoying rereading Infinity Son, Infinity Reaper remains at a steady ground. I wouldn't go as far as saying I loved it, but I did enjoy it way more than its predecessor back when it came out. There was a better attempt at world-building while still feeling grounded in reality; and it was easier to keep up with the concepts, although I think rereading the first book helped because I never had to refer back to the glossary. Still, I am glad it was included because I can see it being helpful for people out there. As for one thing that worked both to the novel’s benefit and detriment was its length. It felt like it dragged on at times, but I can’t see myself taking anything out of the story without losing an important thread. Every POV provided something for the overarching plot that picks up right there by the end. I cannot even say how my heart was pounding as I got through the last few pages. Also, I am very glad that there’s what looks like an equal amount of POVs distributed for each of our four characters, which makes all the voices stand out, even if some stand out more than others. Emil’s POV is still on par with the one we embarked on in the first book, and I really enjoyed seeing him grow into himself. Those moments he shared with Wyatt were actually very important for Emil’s development for this exact reason. The way we see him wishing to pursue something with someone in ways he never saw himself doing before was very relatable, and his wishes to become a Halo Knight is something I hope we get to see become a reality. Then there’s Ness’s, and I am so glad his story didn’t go to where I feared. Everything he was forced to do was terrible, and I feared the drama from the love triangle we were told about would involve Emil being upset at him after he found out the things he had to do to survive (can you tell I’ve been traumatized by Chain of Iron’s ending?). Still, I am glad to see this drama could be from Emil figuring out his feelings for Ness and Wyatt, even if I am not the biggest fan of love triangles. Next, we have Brighton’s, whose POV is the one that stands out to me the most, as he's probably the one with the strongest voice in this series. Like, I hate him. I knew not to trust him the minute he survived drinking the Reaper’s Blood, and I was proven right. He's just this power-hungry asshole who wants to be the hero of the story regardless of how that'll affect everyone around him. He doesn't want to protect the world, he just wants to feed his ego. Like, that thing he did at the end? He deserves no rights and I promise I will not cry if he dies on the third book (a promise I’ll be likely to break). Lastly, we have Maribelle, whose POV was more important than I felt it in book one, but she still doesn’t stand out much as a character. Her ties to the Spell Walkers and Blood Casters are what makes her stand out, in my eyes. As for the story in itself, it’s alright. It never lets up, having nonstop action scenes, and it has quite a few interesting villains, such as Luna and Senator Iron. However, I can’t help but wonder how this story will come to a close in the last installment of the Infinity Cycle. I guess all I can do is wait for the last and third book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Although I like Infinity Reaper more than Infinity Son, that isn't saying much. I had serious issues with Infinity Son, but I was interested in seeing where it went. Infinity Reaper expands on the world and characters, but not much contributes to the central plot. This book suffered from middle book syndrome. This series is a fun, enjoyable read. You can't take it too seriously. For me this book, and the series, solely provide me entertainment. There is no nuance or depth, so don't pick up this Although I like Infinity Reaper more than Infinity Son, that isn't saying much. I had serious issues with Infinity Son, but I was interested in seeing where it went. Infinity Reaper expands on the world and characters, but not much contributes to the central plot. This book suffered from middle book syndrome. This series is a fun, enjoyable read. You can't take it too seriously. For me this book, and the series, solely provide me entertainment. There is no nuance or depth, so don't pick up this book expected to find those things. We start off right where the previous installment ended. Brighton drinks the Reaper's Blood and soon finds out that instead of making him immortal, it's killing him. Emil and the crew race to find an antidote while trying to stop the Blood Castors. Ness, who everyone believes is dead after the attack at Nova, is being used by his father for political gain. Brighton's egotistic personality isn't dealt with much nuance. He makes bad decisions, and reading his internal monologue slowly killed me inside. I can not stand him. I'm honestly rooting for him to die. Maribelle also gave me a similar vibe, but I do like the way she coped with finding out she is adopted ( unlike Emil). If you've read my Infinity Son review, you know how much I hated the two reveals at the end. Maribelle is frustrated at Iris for keeping the secret, understandably. But she still knows her parents are the ones who raised her. She acknowledges her adoption and birth parents, but she doesn't focus on it too much, unlike Emil. I can't tell someone how to react or what to think when someone finds out they're adopted, and their parents have been lying to them about it the whole time, but Emil's reaction bothered me so much. For like half the book, he comments about his parents only caring about Brighton, their biological son. Again this book's big reveal is that someone is related to someone unexpected. This is the third time this type of twist has been used, and I'm honestly over it. Adam Silvera also has a very simple writing style, which I didn't mind, but I was hoping for more if that makes sense. Some of the modern references made me cringe, and I think overall, his writing style is best suited for contemporary fiction. It is not flowery; it gets straight to the point. Maybe it's just me not meshing with his writing, but I have read some of his other contemporary works, and I really liked those. I think this series draws a very particular audience. For me, it is like an acquired taste. You grow to like it the more you consume, but there is still that initial displeasure. If the premise of the first installment piques your interest, I encourage you to pick it up. You might be surprised. There are a lot of flaws in this series, but I appreciate it for its entertainment value alone. If you want to start reading Adam Silvera's books, don't start with series. It might discourage you from picking up his other novels. I'd recommend his YA contemporary novels.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Red Ink Book Reviews

    Infinity Reaper (Book 2, Infinity Cycle) - Adam Silvera I was kindly given a copy of this book by the publisher in order to provide an honest review. Adam Silvera is an American author who has written books such as “Infinity Son”, “They Both Die At The End” and “More Happy Than Not”. This story starts right where the author left us at the end of “Infinity Son” - brothers Emil and Brighton are with their friends battling the blood casters and Luna. Yet, just as Emil thinks it is over and they Infinity Reaper (Book 2, Infinity Cycle) - Adam Silvera I was kindly given a copy of this book by the publisher in order to provide an honest review. Adam Silvera is an American author who has written books such as “Infinity Son”, “They Both Die At The End” and “More Happy Than Not”. This story starts right where the author left us at the end of “Infinity Son” - brothers Emil and Brighton are with their friends battling the blood casters and Luna. Yet, just as Emil thinks it is over and they have put an end to the madness – Brighton does the unthinkable. He drinks the potion Luna has sacrificed a phoenix for, and other supernatural creatures, her Reaper’s Blood potion. However, Brighton may have just signed his own death warrant, as the potion courses through his body it also seems to be killing him. Emil is beside himself with worry from his brother – did he not learn from their father’s death or is this what has spurred him to do this? It soon becomes clear what has led Brighton to this – his hunger for power, his hunger to be in the spotlight – to be the hero. Emil and his friends have many trials ahead dealing with their own demons and pasts. Discovering more about themselves and who they truly are which is confronting as it is emboldening. They also learn much about the Halo Knights and their kind – they love and care they show phoenixes. While they are battling this Ness is going through is won battle. A captive of this father he is forced to use his powers to further his father’s plans and ambitions, little does he realise the true depths of his depravity and what lengths he won't go to. Still, the final battle is yet to come and will be between the unlikeliest of opponents. “Infinity Reaper” is a book I awaited with much anticipation to read. Unlike “Infinity Son” this story did not have as much action yet seemed to delve into the backgrounds and the hows and whys. The main action of the story came right at the end with a twist that was certainly leave readers on their edge of their seats awaiting the outcome – an outcome I hope has a happy ending rather than a bittersweet one (but I suspect it will be bittersweet). I enjoyed reading the character development of Brighton and learning more about Ness – though I believe there is going to be hard and troubling times ahead for Emil. He will need to mark some hard choices and hopefully he can live with them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ellereads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5/5 stars While I enjoyed this series and find it captivating I would definitely think the narrative of the characters reads a tad more middle grade than young adult. There seems to be a lot of unnecessary repetition throughout- like Emil referencing his past life at every single possible given opportunity. As well I thought that the book was a little overly quick paced in the sense that the characters come to their conclusions- make up their minds about things way too fast. Like the moment Dr. 3.5/5 stars While I enjoyed this series and find it captivating I would definitely think the narrative of the characters reads a tad more middle grade than young adult. There seems to be a lot of unnecessary repetition throughout- like Emil referencing his past life at every single possible given opportunity. As well I thought that the book was a little overly quick paced in the sense that the characters come to their conclusions- make up their minds about things way too fast. Like the moment Dr. Bowes didn’t know what ingredients they were talking about Emil decides to give up and say the wrong son has powers. I really disliked reading Brighton’s point of view but I think the character traits Im disliking may be done on purpose. He reads very spoiled and stuck up and it’s very frustrating how he lets his value of himself shadow his judgment. For example, him getting sick has made the team loose valuable time and they get tracked but that’s necessary to him because he only cares for his own powers. As well as the death of many being worth it for him to seem a hero. I didn’t find the fighting always described very well and a little hard to visualize. Okay that’s enough complaints... there are some really good characters throughout this story my favourites including Prudencia, Ruth, Wesley and my all time favourite Wyatt. I would be really interested to see point of views from both Prudencia and Wyatt. This book heavily features some instalove but I’ve kinda noticed that in the Silvera books I have read. I really do understand the connection between Emil and Wyatt though- hes the dream of what he wants to do with his life and then he supports him becoming his own dream building this sense of possibility and trust between them. I do not however understand it between Ness and Emil I mean there was all this tension and longing between their point of views the whole book and they’re pretty much strangers. All and all I thought this book had some heavy trope faults but every twist and turn was enjoyed, it captivated you to want to keep reading and is a fun original take to these kinds of stories that I would recommend to any modern fantasy readers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Acacia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I. AM. LIVID. I AM FURIOUS. I WANT TO SHOOT BRIGHTON IN THE FACE. AAARRGGHHHH!!! I never thought that Brighton would throw his bother under the bus like that- publicly stating that Emil is essentially a terrorist, while being a terrorist himself. I hate him so much. Before, I only disliked him, but his arrogance and demand for worship have gone to a level I can't comprehend and I know there's no redemption for me. Throughout both books, I never saw Brighton caring about Emil the way Emil cared about I. AM. LIVID. I AM FURIOUS. I WANT TO SHOOT BRIGHTON IN THE FACE. AAARRGGHHHH!!! I never thought that Brighton would throw his bother under the bus like that- publicly stating that Emil is essentially a terrorist, while being a terrorist himself. I hate him so much. Before, I only disliked him, but his arrogance and demand for worship have gone to a level I can't comprehend and I know there's no redemption for me. Throughout both books, I never saw Brighton caring about Emil the way Emil cared about him. He claimed to value Emil and their brotherhood over everything, but even from the first scene, I could tell that Emil's health came second to Brighton's own achievements. There were small moments when I thought I might be wrong, but Brighton's thoughts, dialogues, and actions only reinforced what I knew. I cannot see Emil forgiving Brighton after this. And poor, sweet Emil who never wanted to fight but was pushed into it by everyone, but especially his brother. Brighton manipulated Emil into joining the fight then mocked him when he wasn't 'good enough.' Emil is trying so hard to do the right thing and wants to save and protect as many phoenixes as he can, but more powerful people continuously claim that he is a threat and can't be trusted and it's damaging him. He doesn't think he deserves good, when he does and it makes me sad that he can't spend all day in the phoenix nursery without people harassing him. As much as I love this series, I am so grateful that I am not in their world, which is in utter chaos with the public being completely manipulated by so many people who do not want to see good in it. Everything seemed to fall apart in this book and I (as an outsider merely observing) can't see how it can be righted, but I do have hope for the events that take place in book 3. Even though the ending of this book isn't very promising. This book is absolutely amazing and I love Adam's writing so much it blows my mind. It astounds me how he is able to draw such strong emotions from me. There hasn't been a single book of his that I haven't loved so far and I can't wait to see what else he can do.

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