I could swear this was written by a guy. It has that uncomplicated, emotional aloofness that separates the men from the pansy vampires.
In other wordsI could swear this was written by a guy. It has that uncomplicated, emotional aloofness that separates the men from the pansy vampires.
In other words, there's no deep introspection into feelings and longings and facial expressions.
It's not numb, but it's compartmentalized, and plain-spoken, and almost *gasp* rational. I have no experience with this author, so I can't say if this how she typically writes, or if she stole a man's soul so as to be authentic to her male lead, or if Rachel is just a pen name for Larry.
Regardless, even though the action of the story propelled me through the book, it just felt a little soulless, somehow. Like, I see all the evidence for why I should care about this story and it's characters, but I'm just not feeling it. I'm slightly ambivalent. Everything else is done right--well, even--but I'm still not attached. It's an odd sort of feeling. And frankly, disconcerting enough that I can give an otherwise technically good book a measly "it's ok" 2 stars, since without that crucial spark of life, this might as well have been written by a computer program.
My only other complaint is that the whole premise, while intriguing, is a bit silly to me. Don't worry, I get the message here, I'm just saying its a tad over the top.
I thought trolls were a lost cause. Some mythical creatures just weren't going to cut it for YA romance-- ever.
But these *ahem* trolls aren't half baI thought trolls were a lost cause. Some mythical creatures just weren't going to cut it for YA romance-- ever.
But these *ahem* trolls aren't half bad. And the story made a lot more sense, unlike its very similar counterpart The Hollow Kingdom.
Then again, of course the Prince of Trolls is conveniently hot instead of monstrous like all the others, so that certainly helps.
And there may be a bit of insta-love going on, but considering they're both 17, it's a little unrealistic that things progress so slowly, since THEY'RE MARRIED. AND 17. Yeah, see, not believable at all.
Some of the big plot developments yet to come seem fairly obvious, but I'm totally willing to see where this all goes....more
Well, Heavens to Betsy, but that ending made me tear up a little!
This series ended up so different than I would have guessed in the beginning. And notWell, Heavens to Betsy, but that ending made me tear up a little!
This series ended up so different than I would have guessed in the beginning. And not in a bad way, either.
I did think several times, "They're still all only 16? Yeah, right. So unrealistic!" and that holds true till the end. The only thing that gives away how young they truly are, is how much frustration crying there is going on from both the girls and boys (which I totally appreciated, by the way).
This ridiculous prevalence in YA fiction to over-inflate teens maturity, emotional capacity, physical endurance, dependability, and moral judgement is akin to how teen movies and shows often cast actors in their 20's (or more!) as high schoolers. The truth is, 16 year olds are still babies! And they would definitely fall apart regularly, and cry a lot, and want they're parents, if put in the scenarios in this book. So even though I just can't stomach the idea that a 12 year old Jag took over as the leader of the resistance, I can at least accept that even at the ripe old age of 16, he's fully admitting to being in over his head and completely unsure of what to do, not to mention bearing the emotional burden of it all. So I guess it sort of balances out.
On another note, I have to say, that after Raine's significant role in book 2, her downgrade in this one was rather glaring. And the way certain adults end up is a little too tidy for my taste.
Overall, though, I guess what won me over was that up to the very end, you still don't know where allegiances lie, so tidy? yes. But predictable? Ha! ...more
The thing about this series is that it's not especially polarizing. There aren't issues in the story or characters or writing to make it extremely likThe thing about this series is that it's not especially polarizing. There aren't issues in the story or characters or writing to make it extremely likable or dislikable. It's fluff, but at the same time it's solid fluff.
In a lot of ways it reminds me of the Archers of Avalon series.
I guess the final word is don't expect it to be your favorite series ever, but trust that you will be pleasantly and sufficiently entertained from start to finish. It's a sure thing....more
Update: started to reread before finishing the series and now I'm going to have to downgrade this one.
Maybe it had first time charm, but doesn't holdUpdate: started to reread before finishing the series and now I'm going to have to downgrade this one.
Maybe it had first time charm, but doesn't hold up now that I know what to expect. Maybe I was having an off day. I don't know. But it's definitely embarrassing that I gave it five stars before, because now the story just seems so dumb.
Anyway, here's my old review, too, if you care-
Whoa. Did you see that? I just gave this book 5 stars. I, like, never do that. You know why? Cause for me, 5 stars doesn't just mean a fantastic book, it means a book that has me so enthralled that I don't care about the stupid parts.
A book can be amazingly profound, immaculately written, and perfectly executed and still bug me. At the same time, I have very low tolerance for idiotic books. Editing, plot holes, flawed world-building, and most of all, dippy heroines, are pretty standard these days, and grate my nerves like nothing else.
So, if a story can capture me so completely that I can see past its faults and ignore its weaknesses and still really like it?....
Well, that, my friends, is called love. It's irrational as all get out, but there it is. No one is more surprised than I am....more
I'm not even sure what I really want to say about this book or the series as a whole, because it just feels too enormous for words.
It ended up beingI'm not even sure what I really want to say about this book or the series as a whole, because it just feels too enormous for words.
It ended up being SO. MUCH. MORE. than I expected. In about a hundred different ways. (Maybe someday I'll bother to list them for you, but not today. I'm still feeling a little verklempt, quite honestly.)
So, to give you a visual, just picture this: “ ...was magnificent, and she was humbled—speechless not with distaste but with awe. She tried. “I… You… It’s…" Nothing more came. No words. She was failing at this. It was beyond her skill.... She nodded. Oh great, do that some more... She folded one arm across her ribs, tight, and with the other reached up as though to stop herself from nodding, and ended up putting her hand over her mouth, as if to prevent herself even from talking. Really? Was this really the best she could do?... ...A final, monumental effort. “I like it,” she whispered, and her hand didn’t stop her from nodding like a fool."
She could have finished here. She could have wrapped it up sufficiently and it would have been fine.
But she didn't, and it makes me so, so happy.
InsShe could have finished here. She could have wrapped it up sufficiently and it would have been fine.
But she didn't, and it makes me so, so happy.
Instead she peels back all sorts of new layers without hitting the dreaded mid-series slump!
Hurrah! And BRAVO!
There is so much story yet to be told.
(Only thing I didn't like about this book, was that there is more profanity. For one thing, it's just wholly unnecessary, since the first book established some unique-to-this-world swearing. The fall away from that into generic cussing kind of weakened the legitimacy of the world that she had created.)
Whoa. All other aspects of the story aside, this book has a crazy big thing going on that I almost missed. I really wish I had a reason to write a criWhoa. All other aspects of the story aside, this book has a crazy big thing going on that I almost missed. I really wish I had a reason to write a critical essay about it, even, because now it's bugging me big time (not sounding very scholarly at the moment, though, am I?).
So here's the thing: this is a swoony sort of book with no real flaws, but what disappointed me about it, was that the story arc was given away in theSo here's the thing: this is a swoony sort of book with no real flaws, but what disappointed me about it, was that the story arc was given away in the summary and there were really no surprises.
Summaries are tough- balancing between giving too much away or making it so vague it's misleading. And with this one, knowing there was going to be trouble with the old girlfriend just frustrated me waiting for it to inevitably be resolved.
I was pretty annoyed when I realized the book picked up A YEAR after Slammed ended. After reading the first book, the aftermath is all you want to know about, and then the second book just starts off with a recap. I hate it when books do that. Yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of the stuff we miss in the interim year are detailed throughout Point of Retreat as flashbacks and memories, making them a crucial part of the story. It was an interesting way to do it, especially since Will and Lake talk about their lives not being in chronological order.
I'm not sure I liked this book coming from Will's point of view, either. For one thing, its first person, not third like Slammed. By doing so, I feel like Will's masculinity took a nosedive. His perspective was so obviously female written that I often forgot whether it was coming from him or Lake.
But you know what? It is a sweet story. And having the second book made the first book better. It's a bit cheesy, and almost impossibly happily ever after, but gosh, sometimes you just need the storybook ending. It's a lot like Callum & Harper, really, with the tragic circumstances, the amazingly supportive cast of characters, tender love story, and endless sexual tension (not to mention a couple scenes which are so eerily similar it's uncanny), so if you like one, you'll most certainly like the other.
So yeah, I had some minor grievances, but on the whole, the book, and it's companion, would melt anyone's heart....more
I'll admit, I was pretty worried that this book was about a new unknown character. I'm usually not fond of switching main characters from book to bookI'll admit, I was pretty worried that this book was about a new unknown character. I'm usually not fond of switching main characters from book to book, but I was happy to see how well Meyer integrates a new story and characters into the existing story, while continuing to advance the original plot lines as well.
Even though I'm only two books in, I've already determined that this is a reliable, "good bet" series. It's pretty good, but not amazing. It's easy to see the parallels with the fairy tales they're based on, and even some of the surprises are not hard to spot coming.
Luckily, Meyer's has given this story just enough novelty to boost it above the common fare....more
So, weird thing to admit, but I like books like this that get inside of mental illness. Compared to all the teen-flufWell that was over way too fast.
So, weird thing to admit, but I like books like this that get inside of mental illness. Compared to all the teen-fluff-supernatural-fantasy-romance, the raw intensity from addressing things like serious depression is powerfully real.
I think everybody tastes the crazy at some point and nothing could be scarier than feeling completely isolated in that prison. No one wants to be alone and no one wants to be crazy and just reading something like this helps you to feel a little less of both.
And in all likelihood, loosing your marbles a little is probably as close to paranormal as most people will be able to get, so at least there's that, right? ...more
So, the first half of the book was pretty good. I just finished reading a similar story and this one was way more interesting.
Then almost exactly halfSo, the first half of the book was pretty good. I just finished reading a similar story and this one was way more interesting.
Then almost exactly halfway through, this book turned to crap. It was laborious to slog through the boring, slow moving, swamp sludge it had become.
And even with the final twist, the end just kind of fell flat to me.
And oh gosh, I can't help but comment on the names:
DANK?? For real? Even if he is death, that's a really, really stupid name. (About as stupid as an angel named Patch.) Why not Gristle or Rot or just plain Grim? I hope Dank isn't a legitimate name, but it sounds made up to me.
As for Pagan, it actually sounds pretty cool, but I just couldn't get past the implied meaning. Was it intentional? I half expected her mom to be Wiccan or at least a hippie. (Maybe if she had siblings would they be named Heathen and Gentile?). My point is, any name sends immediate messages, whether it's the name of the bully who harassed you in second grade, the homecoming queen, but especially when its a regular word. (Just ask Chastity Bono.) Your brain can't help but make associations, and so far, these names are not helping these characters. Whatever. I'm just saying.
But alas, like the idiot that I am, I'm going to attempt the next book. I'm not holding my breath that the story will revive. ...more
Yay for an original setting! The story is ok, though there are some great little nuggets of relationship wisdom and even a smattering of philosophy. WYay for an original setting! The story is ok, though there are some great little nuggets of relationship wisdom and even a smattering of philosophy. Who knew?...more