It's weird how much this was like Hunger Games. Another cookie-cutter book. A little too much lovey-dovey romance for me but then that's just me. I liIt's weird how much this was like Hunger Games. Another cookie-cutter book. A little too much lovey-dovey romance for me but then that's just me. I like the covers more than anything else. The love triangle got pretty tiresome and overdone. And I got pretty sick of America's tantrums. You could almost tell how they were going to some up to being the one thing they got her through the last round. It was just too set up. A good weekend read but a little too frivolous for my liking....more
Let's start off by saying that if your biggest draw to reading books of this type are the romance involved, then this book is for you. There is a veryLet's start off by saying that if your biggest draw to reading books of this type are the romance involved, then this book is for you. There is a very complicated love triangle, almost love quadrangle. I for one am NOT into that at all and it drastically reduced my interest in these books. However, I am normally the odd-man out on that particular interest so ignore me if you like some heated romance. The plot, IMHO seemed to be more about the romance than any other thing. I don't know. Anyway, with what happened at the very end of Retribution, it leaves me very intrigued as to the book 4. I like how Jensen changed gears in a big way. In fact, for most of Retribution, I was very nearly DNF but slogged along because I had already invested so much time into the series. I wasn't planning on reading book 4. However based on what happened in the last 3 pages of Retribution, I am absolutely reading the next book. I also think that quite a few people will be very upset about what Jensen did to the characters. lol.
So let's talk meat. I was not impressed frankly. I guess I'm getting to be a hard sell because based on the reviews of like 95% of the readers of this series, I am definitely in the minority here. This series so far has been trite. Stupid even at times. While I do really like some of the characters, especially Connor, Leo, Jestina, and a few other rather insignificant players, the main characters just strike me as misguided.
Let me be more specific. The main characters are obviously Tressa, Bastion, Jarrett and Elinor. From the very start, there are some really noble "quests" that they need to go on. It starts off with Tressa and Bastion (and Connor) and they begin this "journey" (I"m trying really hard to not put spoilers in here). I love the altruistic nature of their decisions and journeys and then all off the sudden, Jensen throws in these really weird, adolescent sexual thoughts/actions/scenes. I don't really know how else to explain it. The scenes aren't necessarily offensive (we know I'm not offended by blatant sex) but the way they are thrown in just drags the story down to a base level. Someone described this series as "epic". It is not. It could have been if Jensen had left out Bastion's lustful thoughts toward every woman's boobs that shifted into his line of sight, especially after we've talked about how in love he is. It just doesn't match! The same thing happened numerous times with Jessa. I realize that people fall in love with appearances first and that's what Jessa did, but I have seen other authors do this much more subtley and with a ton more fluidity. This bugged me a lot! In fact all of the love and sex in this book bugged me because it all just seemed so contrived. As if the book was written long before Jensen plugged all of these odd, broken, inappropriate scenes into it just to make sure that niche of the market was satisfied. I know I'm being ultra-critical but it really ruined it for me.
Before reading this book, I was reading the "Mistborn" trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Now there is some awesome writing people. I was transfixed for about a month. Those books are HUGE and AWESOME. I bring Mistborn up because the whole book is about this weird fog that envelops the land and threatens to extinguish the earth. So when I finished Mistborn and immediately picked up Dragonlands #1, I was all of the sudden super confused. The fog....wait, didn't I finish Mistborn? I actually had to make sure the books were two different authors. Coincidence? I don't know.
Interestingly enough, my sister is very annoyed and has distinct lack of trust in certain authors who kill off favorite characters. Especially characters who she has invested in and have placed faith in reading their particular story...then they're dead. If this bothers you also, you should not read these books. You'll be devastated page after page.
In summary, these books have a very good basic premise. I like the actual story; love reading about dragons, magic, kings, queens, mages, other worlds etc. I get bored of "quests on horseback", an over emphasis on the love/romance side, and the ever-present battle readiness of the otherwise skill-lacking main characters. This book had it all. This book is not epic, it is just a story. It's not super special. Meg Jensen can not write in the leagues of Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Brandon Mull, or Anne McCaffrey. Yet she tries, God love her.
p.s. if you value your childrens' innocence, you may not want them to read these books. While the sex wasn't nearly as explicit as I've read in other books, it is far too explicit for teens, stated from my conservative side....more
Totally absorbing. Loved the idea of magic derivative. Old love triangle... been there, but it was funny how it was poked fun at near the end. OverallTotally absorbing. Loved the idea of magic derivative. Old love triangle... been there, but it was funny how it was poked fun at near the end. Overall great escape novel. ...more
It's like the cognitive and psychological version of Guillain–Barré syndrome. Very scary. This book was written in an engaging, captivating style. A lIt's like the cognitive and psychological version of Guillain–Barré syndrome. Very scary. This book was written in an engaging, captivating style. A lot, from what I understand is second hand so I'm not sure I necessarily agree with the memoir genre but her purpose is to get this information out there and I think she reaches her goal. I'm amazed by the body's ability to betray and heal. I'm under and over amazed at healthcare in general, in this case. SC is lucky...fortuitous and doing well now to spread her good fortune. Nicely played....more
I read about 2/3 of this book and enjoyed most of it. Halfway through, it got pretty political and then BD got sort of unlikeable which turned me off.I read about 2/3 of this book and enjoyed most of it. Halfway through, it got pretty political and then BD got sort of unlikeable which turned me off. I didn't read enough to find out if he overcame his faults and turned back into a likable character; seems like that's where it was headed but I had too many other more interesting reads at hand that I couldn't stay interested to find out what happened. However I read too much to give it completely up so maybe someday I'll come back 'round and finish it up....more