Boring main character does boring things and is clueless when she should be smart. Lackluster all around. How can this be the same author who brought...moreBoring main character does boring things and is clueless when she should be smart. Lackluster all around. How can this be the same author who brought me Rose Hathaway?
This book was written by someone possessing a basic familiarity with the original quartet and who has also been very influenced by the tv show. Small...moreThis book was written by someone possessing a basic familiarity with the original quartet and who has also been very influenced by the tv show. Small details like the quince tree at Elena's house coexist with tv!memories of Elena dumping Matt *before* she meets Stefan. Stefan now wears a sapphire ring, and I don't think either lapis lazuli or vervain were mentioned once. Meredith gets a third last name in this one, so you can take your pick: Meredith Sulez, level-headed, elegantly eyebrowed sarcasm machine; Meredith Fell, doctor with an ethically challenging healing method; or Meredith Suarez, who uses her fighting stave for breaking and entering (whatever happened to using a nail file?)
These characters are undignified cartoon versions of their former selves. Everyone is crying or whining all the time, which is actually part of the plot. *grumble*
Spoiler Alert (view spoiler)[Several plot points are pulled straight out of the original series and then hacked to pieces. Elena is attacked by a Smallwood in the cemetery and then immediately doesn't care. Stefan kicks his ass, but Elena gets mad at him because of it. A very large crow watches Elena. When Elena is stressed out, she'd rather take a bath than eat. Caroline is mentioned a few times but we never see her or find out what's going on with her. And finally...to save the day, Elena performs a heart snatch on the Big Bad. *headdesk* (hide spoiler)]
This is the story I expected to happen in the previous book, Phantom. The writing style was better here than in Phantom; I assume LJS did not write a...moreThis is the story I expected to happen in the previous book, Phantom. The writing style was better here than in Phantom; I assume LJS did not write a single word in this book.
So here we are at Dalcrest College, where Elena and Company start to drift apart while mysterious student disappearances and murders happen all over campus. Elena discovers her parents were members of a secret society at Dalcrest, which this year has invited Matt to join (but not Elena, which is really weird.) Elena decides to dump both Salvatores and be on her own for a while. Stefan mopes; Damon swoops in to make his move (literally: he is a crow a lot in this book.) Bonnie gets a new boyfriend who is kind of shady and has rowdy friends who like to practice parkour on campus rooftops. Meredith meets another hunter and they patrol the campus together, which actually does no good at all. Caroline and Tyler are nowhere to be found.
So disappearances and murders keep happening, hitting closer and closer to home for our heroes. Is it werewolves? Is it vampires? Is it something else? They take forever to figure everything out, and by the time the mystery is solved, you will have already guessed most of what's going on.
This is very, very unoriginal. Continuity errors abound. Pretend it's fan fiction.
Here's a fun spoiler: (view spoiler)[Elena discovers her parents agreed to be the parents of a mortal Guardian child with "special powers...to maintain the balance between good and evil supernatural forces on Earth," and that they'd give her to the Guardians at age 12. When that child--Elena, duh--reached age 12, they refused to give her up and were killed. So Elena's basically The Key. I may have bruised my forehead when I headdesked at that point. (hide spoiler)]
Towards the end of the book, Elena goes to sleep. I am hoping when she wakes up, Bobby will be in the shower and the last five books will have disappeared. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Actually, 3 stars might be overly kind. This book wants to be the YA version of The Handmaid's Tale and fails. At first I was thinking it was just tha...moreActually, 3 stars might be overly kind. This book wants to be the YA version of The Handmaid's Tale and fails. At first I was thinking it was just that the main character is such an idiot, but reading other reviews I remembered all the other things that sucked about it.
The dialogue ("Come on in, the sludge is warm!") The weak, implausible world-building (WHY do they need so many babies in the city?) The two main female characters named Eve and Arden (like Eve Arden, the actress?) The random viewing of "Ghost", which sends the main character into an hours-long crying jag ("Thelma and Louise" would've been more helpful.) The obvious cliffhanger, the belabored writing, the stupid love story. Every time I asked "WHY?!", I had to remind myself that OF COURSE Caleb, a semi-interesting boy, would be attracted to Eve...he hasn't seen a girl in like, EVER.
Let's not get into the whole Leif incident, because that was not handled well at all. It's where you give up hope that Eve will ever be well-written or make any sense--and in fact, she only gets worse.
Arden would've been a much better main character. She grows, changes, has real feelings, makes believable decisions and is interesting. I might read the next book to see what happens to her and to Caleb, and to find out if Moss looks like Richard Ayoade. But Eve can go away now.(less)