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Caszandra (Touchstone Book 3) (English Edition) par [Höst, Andrea K]
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Part 3 of the Touchstone Trilogy.

Cassandra Devlin doesn’t know what she's for. But she knows she's running out of time.

Since Cass was rescued from the abandoned world of Muina, the Aussie teen has proven more than useful to the people of Tare. Expeditions to their home world no longer end in slaughter. The teaching city of Kalasa has been unlocked. After years of searching for answers, they are starting to make progress.

But space is tearing itself apart. Ionoth attack in ever-greater numbers. And "the useful stray" has been injured so many times that the Tarens hesitate to use her for fear of losing her.

With one particular Taren now her most important person, Cass is determined to contribute everything she can, and hopes to find some answers of her own. What is the link between Muina and Earth? Why are the reclusive Nurans so interested in 'rescuing' her? And what role in the crisis do the inhuman Cruzatch play?

Can Cass keep herself together long enough to find out?

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  • Editeur : Andrea K Hösth (23 novembre 2011)
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Je vous écris ce commentaire depuis la maison de repos où je suis interné, suite à la lecture du tome 3 de la trilogie Touchstone.

C'est peut être le livre le plus frustrant, le plus énervant, le plus crispant à m'être passé entre les mains depuis longtemps.
Je sais, j'étais prévenu : l'auteure s'intéressait déjà bien plus dans le deuxième volet des aventures de Cass à sa vie sentimentale qu'à peaufiner son univers et développer son intrigue (pourtant tous deux forts prometteurs).
Mais là, franchement, c'est pas possible : sur les 300 pages de ce livre, il n'y en a pas plus d'une trentaine consacrées au bouclage de l'histoire. L'auteure se consacre essentiellement au mode "journal de jeune fille", entre les affres de l'adoption, celles de l'amour, les petites filles ingrates (mais tellement craquantes avec leurs traces de fouet dans le dos) et les "hou là là j'ai bien failli mourir". Car pour éviter toute scène trop longue hors de portée des petits nenfants, Cass se fait (presque) trucider ou tombe dans les vapes dès que l'action commence. C'est bien pratique. Et pis comme ça après elle peut rester pendant une trentaine de pages à l'infirmerie, où tout le monde vient lui faire des bécots et lui raconter les aventures passionnantes qui se sont déroulées pendant son coma.
Et je n'évoque même pas les sous intrigues à la Dallas, les romans feuilletons tirés de la vie de l'héroïne, ni le fait qu'un des personnages les plus rigolos soit sacrifié sur l'autel du "puisqu'on vous dit que c'est du sérieux".
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Le tome 3 de la série "Touchstone" clôture officiellement la série, bien qu'un autre tome, le 4, sans autre titre que "gratuitous epilogue" lui succède pour faire plaisir aux fans (je l'ai commencé, je m'attendais à 50 pages pour les fans, mais c'est un roman aussi épais que les tomes 1 et 2).

Il est au moins deux fois plus épais que les précédents, qui n'étaient déjà pas minces. Difficile avec le format de se rendre compte de la taille des romans autrement qu'en voyant le temps qu'on met pour lire disons 10% du contenu. Attention, de gros spoilers suivent!

Ce troisième tome est fortement clivant je pense. Pour ceux qui aiment l'action dramatique, les enjeux politiques, les combats, les débats sur les mondes parallèles, il y en a. Pas des masses mais il y en a. Il y a surtout des pages et des pages sur le mariage et les enfants. Vous rêvez d'une héroïne qui se fiance en quelques semaines avec son amoureux et qui adopte 4 enfants quelques mois plus tard? Vous rêvez de voir l'héroïne leur donner leurs bains, leur lire des histoires le soir, faire leurs devoirs avec eux, jouer, pique-niquer avec eux? Encore et encore? Et finir par construire une maison sur une île, maison tellement bien détaillée qu'on croirait être en train d'en construire une chez les Sims? (mise à jour: quoi que je crois que les détails pour chaque pièce n'arrivent que dans le tome 4). Avec leurs amis construisant leurs maisons à côté ? Le tout dans une atmosphère extrêmement positive (l'auteur ne s'attarde pas sur les personnes désagréables). Vous avez ouvert le bon roman. Sinon fuyez!
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HASH(0x904c3eb8) étoiles sur 5 excellent conclusion to the series 25 novembre 2011
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I was eagerly awaiting the third installment of the Touchstone series, and was so happy that it didn't dissapoint! As in the previous 2 books, there are many laugh out loud parts. The main character just has such a wonderful "voice" and funny way of looking at the new world(s) she inhabits. There were definitely some poignant and sad moments...but I suppose it would be odd if there wasn't any sadness when they are battling for their continued existence. Apparently there is an upcoming release for this series called "Gratuitous Epilogue" which should be greeat fun for finding out the details of the happily ever after.

This whole series was such a pleasant surprise as the author was completely new to me! I highly recommend it to anyone- regardless of your preferred reading genre. The characters and world building are wonderfully done.
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HASH(0x904c351c) étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable Ending to Enjoyable Series 1 décembre 2011
Par Alrian - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was pleasantly surprised to discover Höst and the Touchstone series. Having been disappointed by a lot of writers who can't quite figure out what to do with the story once the bad guys are defeated, I was wondering if Höst could pull off an ending. Happily, she does. The story isn't fully wrapped up; I still have plenty of questions about the Ddura, for instance. However, the loose ends make sense in terms of the character's view point. Cass doesn't explain everything, because she doesn't know the everything, and she has other things to worry about.

I wonder how much better known Höst might be if she had the clout of a big publisher behind her. Then again, would she be able to write something as quirky and interesting as Touchstone with a marketing department leaning on her and her editor?
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HASH(0x904c3468) étoiles sur 5 To conjure dragons 6 mars 2012
Par Mark Andrew Edwards - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Review: Caszandra
This is the last book in the Touchstone series by Andrea Host. The whole series has been entertaining and I'm glad I read it.

In this last book we have the true enemies revealed (no, it's not the cats) and the true threat to the world revealed. We also see the pendultimate expression of Cassandra's power: she can literally create things from pure imagination, will and pain. If there's a more clear parallel to being a writer, I don't know of it.

Although we do get a clear resolution to personal relationship plots as well as the world-shaking events of previous books, this was my least favorite of the trilogy. It's the Return of the Jedi of the series, if you will. I'll try to explain.

Things I liked:

I loved seeing the ultimate expression of Cassandra's power. The ability to replicate objects, settings and even people from sheer imagination is something I haven't seen in literature very often. Not unless we go back to the `Lathe of Heaven' by Ursla K. Leguin.

Relatedly, the author's use of these powers, but the main characters as well as the supporting character's, shows imagination and a clear vision. The action is always easy to visualize and exciting. Which is why I wish there was more of it.

Cassandra finally comes into her own as a hero here, acting and moving to shape events as opposed to being a tool moved around by others.

The conflict is also huge here, with mass death and destruction -mostly off stage- and very high stakes drama in everything but the main character's personal life.

Speaking of relationships, I did like the way Cassandra and Kaoren's relationship is depicted. It's a little idealized but, damn it, I like that sometimes. Real relationships are full of disappointments, it's nice to see fictional characters having a happy ending.

What I didn't like:

The action, so vivid and exciting, starts to wind down in this book. Cassandra is considered too valuable to go on monster-clearing patrols, to the book's detriment. Too much of the story takes place in bedrooms and hospital labs, moving those scenes to locations of danger and action as in the second book would have helped.

The main characters, who is 18, ends up adopting three children and this REALLY slows down the pace and drama in the story. As happens elsewhere in the book, with the loss of liberty and privacy, the main character raises the issue that maybe an 18 year old newlywed isn't the right person to be raising three children. But that is papered over pretty quickly and the main character starts playing house. That doesn't mean that those scenes aren't well written. They were and Cassandra's actions all seemed in character. It just felt slightly more unbelievable than her ability to create dragons. (Which might be unbelievable but is also very awesome)

There isn't enough cost to victory. Lira's eventual fate has Deus Ex Machina that had me saying `Come on' aloud when it was revealed. There is a lot of death and destruction and one previously-high-profile character does get badly wounded. But that isn't enough. The author is good enough to recognize these issues and even address them but she seems to shy away from `pulling the trigger' as it were. But maybe the Mega-Happy Ending is expected in YA.

Characters that we spent a lot of time with in the first book are pushed to the background and nearly forgotten. I'm thinking most of Zan and Maze, who were so prominent and supportive when she needed it. But once she hooks up with Kaoren Ruuel, he and his Forth Squad take center stage. This actually is very realistic, new relationships can crowd out old friendships, but I think it's a flaw from a story viewpoint.

I didn't like Ys as a character. She doesn't play `hard to get', she plays `hard to want', to quote Ford Fairlane. I just didn't like her and couldn't really see why Cassandra would spend so much time and attention on her. It could be that Cassandra is just a pushover. I'd buy that as a reason.

The climax happens too fast. The whole series has been building up to this moment. It deserved a lot more time and attention to give an appropriate emotional climax and release.

The `dénouement' after the climax goes on too long.

Summary:

The last book in an interesting trilogy, this is a required purchase and it should charm readers of the first two books. Indeed, there is even an inexpensive fourth book-let for those readers not yet ready to say good bye to living, breathing characters of the Touchstone books.

The book does go off in the last third into `what happened after' rather than staying focused on the story. This is one area where an editor's voice would have helped but on the whole, I am very impressed by the author and this series. Those same rough spots were deliberate choices by the author and lets her voice and her decisions drive the story.

I think Andrea Host is a potent counterpoint to anyone who says there's nothing by a self-published author is any good.

Recommended
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HASH(0x904c372c) étoiles sur 5 a fitting conclusion to the series 25 novembre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If I didn't finish this book in a single sitting, it's not for the want of trying. While some threads are left dangling to some extent or other (arguably leaving a small opening for a sequel or spin-off in the Touchstone universe), it still neatly concludes the series. I would have wished for some parts of the story to be resolved less abruptly, but I don't consider this much of a problem.

I'll be rereading the series. Thanks, Andrea.
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HASH(0x903cc06c) étoiles sur 5 Touchstone Series 26 novembre 2011
Par Mary S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was the perfect conclusion to the series! I don't want to give away any part of the book, but I felt the new characters fit in well. Although I knew it would end in a HEA, I was thoroughly surprised with some of the twists and how some of the scenarios played out.

Characters are well formed, relationships between them seem realistic and believable. The level of detail in the writing made it easy to picture in my head without trying too hard.

Loved the series, can't wait for the follow-up. Have and will continue to suggest it to others.
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