I found this book to have been a flat, rather sad conclusion to a rapidly downward spiraling story. (But it's not the end! You say. There are two bookI found this book to have been a flat, rather sad conclusion to a rapidly downward spiraling story. (But it's not the end! You say. There are two books left. So you are correct. But any book that ends with "And thus ends our tale. Or does it?" (paraphrased there), or, in otherwords, a book that relies on cheep tricks to keep the reader reading, and not just in that last line, is not a book or series I'm going to continue in. Thus, it ends for me. No more wincing whenever Love over Logic is argued. No more tripping when I'm expected to make leaps of faith that events are plausible. The Lost Books started well but here they've crashed and become lost forevermore, not to rise again for me....more
I thought that The Young Elites had a lot of potential. And that is perhaps one of the saddest things one can say about a book. I really liked at at tI thought that The Young Elites had a lot of potential. And that is perhaps one of the saddest things one can say about a book. I really liked at at the first. Adelina seemed like an interesting character to follow. And yet... as the book wound on and the reader was shown the utter darkness within her, that she had to have, that fed her and sustained her, I found, not that she wasn't an interesting character any longer, for she remains so, but that I lost my motivation to cheer for her throughout the book. Enzo, also, was not a character I found much empathy with. While his cause might technically be right, he handled it and himself in such an unjust way. Most the other young elites, for the most part, were never fleshed out and meant little as characters. They felt like they were there because in such an enterprise you would need more people, so more characters were needed. Not to say that I felt at all supportive of Teren or Enzo's sister and their side of the conflic. I simply found I cared not at all which side won, which instantly removes the tension of the story.
Perhaps I will continue reading the series, perhaps not. It won't be something I search out, but if the next book falls into my lap, perhaps I shall continue....more
Ah, the joy of this book finally coming out in paperback so that I might buy it! (Can't buy hardback when you already own the two prior in paperback.)Ah, the joy of this book finally coming out in paperback so that I might buy it! (Can't buy hardback when you already own the two prior in paperback.) I was excited to lay my hands on this tale and be able to once again immerse myself in the magical world Marissa Meyer has created in the Lunar Chronicles. And Cress did not disappoint. I adored Cress and Thorne's relationship. It was used as a wonderful way to grow both the characters, and remained so different from either Cinder and Kai's or Scarlet and Wolf's. The lack of Scarlet was disappointing to me, even though it made sense in the broad scope of things. And I am so, so excited for Winter, with the short look at her we've had with this book. She seems like she'll be a fascinating character to find out about. Overall, a grand continuation of one of the best story lines going at the moment, in my most humble opinion....more
This book just fell flat for me. For starts, I think it was walking along and tripped on Percy Jackson. The issue being that it was just much too closThis book just fell flat for me. For starts, I think it was walking along and tripped on Percy Jackson. The issue being that it was just much too close. What's that, the main characters happen to have not-previously-know-to-them lineage that gives them awe striking power. Humans must work with the gods or else the world will be destroyed. Dream travel. And I get it, some of it is because Egyptian mythology can be similar to Greek and/or Roman mythology. But I was hoping for some real twist to make it really different (besides just switching the God's around). In addition, this close parallelism just made it evidently more clear, in my opinion at least, that the story just wasn't as good as the Percy Jackson ones. For some reason, it just didn't resonate as well, the characters weren't as interesting (someone else pointed out in their review that their voices all sounded the same by the end. I agree, random Goodreads reviewer!) The crazy randomness just seemed to be crazy randomness, and somehow lost the humorous, creative side of the coin.
Worse, I think it took a downward spiral into darker, more dangerous territory. Most people already have their opinions on magic in books, (Where did the magic get it's source from, anyway? Plot hole that rather annoyed me) but what really bothered me was the (view spoiler)[fact that they were being possessed by gods, and this was considered totally cool. It was scary to me that such a thing was not only taken lightly, but shown to be rather good. (hide spoiler)]
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**spoiler alert** *This review gives away pretty much the whole book, or at least, the parts of this review you might understand. I know I rambled a l**spoiler alert** *This review gives away pretty much the whole book, or at least, the parts of this review you might understand. I know I rambled a lot and it only makes half as much sense sometimes as it should. If you've already read the book you might get it. If you haven't, sorry.*
I sit here thinking of something to write but I just can't figure it out. Because I really enjoyed reading Revel, but at the same time it was tangled in so many moral issues that I can't rate it well at all and are too big to be quietly brushed to the side. See, I knew if I just started talking, even by declaring my total no idea of what to write state, I would somehow get started and actually say what I needed to. Because I feel like I can't just slap a star rating on this book and let it slide, some things need to be explained.
First off, major plot whole. Since the main character is the ward of the state, and since she promised to call whoever was supposed to look after her every week if she was able to go see her grandmother, after many months of no outside contact wouldn't someone come looking for her?
But anyway, when the main character finds herself on a creepy island with her long lost grandmother, she quickly understands that outsiders are not at all welcome. But when she starts to become an insider, things start to get even more scary as she learns about The First ones, a group of Mermaids that live around the island. She quickly falls for one of the First Ones, Jax, while simultaneously discovering that the water calls to her and is giving her power that she never had before.
Apparently, by becoming a member of the community she is expected to obey all the rules of the island. One of these rules includes attending the Revel, a ceremony in which the unmarried girls 16+ are allowed to be chosen to procreate with The First Ones in order to give them a new gene pool. Hopefully you see where I have an issue with this. To be fair, the main character refuses, saying that only those who are willing by law have to do it and that she should be exempt. Of course, she decides to say all this *after* going through all the before the ceremony stuff and *after* she finds she's chosen and *after* she finds that the First One she likes isn't there to chose her. (Would she have refused if Jax had chosen her? It's never specified, and I fear the answer would have been no).
And then it's brushed over, and while she argues telling people that such things as forcing girls to do this is wrong, she never seriously challenges the fact that pretty much everyone on the island is brainwashed or has Stockholm Syndrome or both. (No one has any desire to ever leave the island? I don't care how much you love your home, you eventually get the desire to see the world. No one ever thinks differently than what they're told is the way things are. Serious mental issues here.)
Minor romantic stuff, kissing, dreaming about Jax's looks constantly... yeah, heavy on that last thing.
Poseidon's power source doesn't exist? You open the cave and it's just water? How? Why? Someone please explain...
And I say all that and it makes the book sound downright terrible. And unfortunately, the moral tangledness that never gets untangled is terrible. But at the same time I really enjoyed reading the book. The plot was original. I loved the characters, even though they all needed to see a psychiatrist.
And the twists! The twists were soooo good. I thought they wouldn't be. I was all "Riiiight, who doesn't think she's going to turn out to be a mermaid by the end of chapter 3?" (And I so called the old captain being THE old captain who had original shipwrecked there at about that same time. But then I was impressed. I didn't see the whole Siren thing coming, and then SEAN! :O SEAN broke my heart when I found out what was happening to him (Even if he was acting under mind control or whatever. And will someone please tell me if he stays that way in the end of the book? Please?)
Would I read a sequel? Yes, especially since I thought there were a few too many loose ends left dangling. But could I recommend it? That's something not so easily answered....more
This is one of those books that makes Christians run away from Christian Fiction like it's going to suck all desire to read another book ever again ouThis is one of those books that makes Christians run away from Christian Fiction like it's going to suck all desire to read another book ever again out of you. Not because it's the worse book I've ever read, because it's not. It had an interesting premise (Which it failed to deliver) and... seriously, my mind is blanking right now.
First, it's set in a post flood world. Cool, right? I mean, it's something different (to me at least) and could have been turned into an epic, life giving setting. Instead, it was never developed - at all - and in the end was really just another fantasy world, and a rather flat one anyway. World building is important people!
The characters were all a joke. Like, seriously, they were all completely silly. Except maybe one. Now this wouldn't be so bad, except 1. the book was not sold as a comedy, and therefore was rather harsh to just discover, and 2. with the weak world it just sucked all other life from it, because it removed the last shred of seriousness the book might have had.
Speaking of things the book was sold as, Non Magic was pretty much at the top of the list (which makes sense, since there was nothing else to sell the book on) and it opens with... a witch over her cauldron talking about a curse? O.o Umm, seriously? First of all, you make a big deal about it never being magical, and then you OPEN it with a WITCH and a CURSE. I won't get into the whole no-magic thing, because I don't mind magic in my novels. But if you believe no-magic, isn't a witch worse?
So, if all of this is wrong, there at least has to be a good plot to tie this together, right? Wrong! There is no plot. There's a flimsy sub plot that is pretending to be a plot. It's basically they're all running around trying to find each other... There's no arc to justify it as a series. Which leads to annoying thing number.... 22?
Ending the book on a cliffhanger. First of all, there really isn't a climax. There's the story just moving along slowly, and then bang! Something kinda interesting (but not really deserving of the name climax) happens and book ends. This is a book, not a TV show. Give us something worthwhile to want us to get the second book, not twist our arm to do so (though you kinda have to to get us to, so I can't blame you). I don't mind a bit of one, but some resolution please. (I forgot, there was nothing to resolve. Pardon me)
And last, but not least, the classic issue of "Let's quote huge chunks of Scripture as conversation". My main issue with this, and I didn't check yet so I might be mistaken, but they were quoting parts of the Bible that weren't written yet.
Anyway, I'll read the next, because they already happen to be on my shelf. (A gift. And I kinda stretched the truth and told that person they were fine but with issues. But I digress) But the quality of writing, plot, and story is not worth much to anyone looking for enjoyment. I am probably making it sound much worse than it actually is, as rants have a tendancy to do so, and I could see where some might like it, but alas, tis not much here to like for me.
*CHRISTIAN FICTION BONUS ROUND* One unbeliever already saved One unbeliever set up to be saved soon (view spoiler)[Main Evil Bad Guy showing signs of kindness. I see him repentent by book three (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It would have been better if Four wasn't such a selfish, stupid person. I mean, come on. "I want to stop running" he says. Now, I get not wanting to rIt would have been better if Four wasn't such a selfish, stupid person. I mean, come on. "I want to stop running" he says. Now, I get not wanting to run anymore, but do you really decide this right after you learn you're the next to die? And then to be willing to take the risk, and forgetting/just not caring that it isn't just your life you're toying with, but his guardian's, Five's and her guardian, and all the way up to Nine, and ultimately the whole planet. So let's just be stupid and settle down now. Oh, and then let's get into stupid situations, like going to the party of the jerk's who beat up on you, because everything is certainly alright between you two after you totally humiliated him. (And then apparently it was OKay between them? O.o)
On the cover there was a little quote, something like, "Four is the hero of this generation."
And all I could think was, "Than this generation is doomed."
It had an interesting idea, but the Loric charm and killing in order needed more reason behind it or something, because it seemed forced or... I don't know, I wasn't buying it....more
This book, while better than Gathering Blue, just didn't make much sense to me. An okay story. I'll read the fourth to see but my hopes aren't super hThis book, while better than Gathering Blue, just didn't make much sense to me. An okay story. I'll read the fourth to see but my hopes aren't super high. I guess the main issue is that neither Messenger or Gathering Blue have lived up to the power of The Giver...more