Is it just me or does anyone else feel like this series has gone from highly entertaining YA to shameful adult fantasy? There was a ton of swearing inIs it just me or does anyone else feel like this series has gone from highly entertaining YA to shameful adult fantasy? There was a ton of swearing in this book, much more than I remember the others having. Maybe Sarah assumes that her audience has aged, so her content can mature too? If a book is amazing it can appeal to everyone regardless of genre. Not the case here.
Also, subplots are suppose to enrich the story, but for these past two installments in the series I found myself rolling my eyes whenever we were switched over to Manon and the witches. I feel like their story might get somewhere cool in the next book, but it's been painful for me to get there.
This book was way too long. There were so many parts that just dragged and I feel like a lot of characters are losing the parts of their personalities that made them great. Aelin has become emotionally weaker, Dorian was basically AWOL this entire book, Chaol is a brooding jerk, and Rowan is a big sexually frustrated sap.
Overall, I was disappointed with this book in the series. It felt like drudgery getting through it. I will probably still read the next one just to finish out the series, but I won't be eager to pick it up....more
I have to admit, I was outraged when I first heard that my teenage niece had to read this book for an high school assignment. Why spoil a good thing?I have to admit, I was outraged when I first heard that my teenage niece had to read this book for an high school assignment. Why spoil a good thing? So when my mother, a Jane Austin aficionado, said that she actually enjoyed the P&P&Zombie movie I was floored! So, I listened to the book on audible. I laughed, I scoffed, I cringed. On several occasions I found myself wishing I was listening to the original version instead, but overall I was amused. Granted, I was skeptical going in and had very low expectations, but I'm grateful that my love of Jane Austin was revived by reading/listening to this ridiculous (yes, it's ridiculous) version of Pride and Prejudice. ...more
Well written? Yes. Intriguing? Yes. Pretentious? Yes. Unbelievable (not in the good way, but the way that implies that it is actually difficult to belWell written? Yes. Intriguing? Yes. Pretentious? Yes. Unbelievable (not in the good way, but the way that implies that it is actually difficult to believe?) Yes.
Long story short, I enjoyed reading it, but I couldn't shed a single year over the heart wrenching story because I couldn't stop thinking about how completely contrived the thoughts and ideas were for these two teenagers. I get that people like their characters to be somewhat over the top because it makes them more interesting, but I felt like the young characters in this book were all the same and were just voices for John Green's ego. Don't get me wrong, I think he is impressive, but I didn't like how these "deep" characters were so one-dimensional. "Deep" was their only trait. It didn't help that I personally disagree with many of his philosophical views.
I applaud the talent John Green displayed in this book. He is very eloquent with his words. However, I was so caught up in the words that I lost the emotion they were trying to convey....more