Overall, it was pretty good with the action/mystery and all, but I found it a bit less engaging than some of the other superpower books I've read. Firs...moreOverall, it was pretty good with the action/mystery and all, but I found it a bit less engaging than some of the other superpower books I've read. First, Lila is WAY too obsessed with Alex. Or at least she mentions it way too much. I feel like half of what I read was "I couldn't breathe when I looked at him" or his action was "swoonworthy" oh goddddd pleaseeee maybe a few times it's okay but when it's done every few pages it's so incredibly unbearable. Second, the book is a bit blocky. Chapters ended with something happening, or the resolution of some conversation or an issue. Then all of a sudden, Lila is somewhere completely different, with no explanation of what exactly is going on, which confused me a few times, though I felt like it got better near the middle-end of the book. Third, *SPOILER ALERT* the transition from Unit to Demos side is so... easy for Lila. And the description of the Demos side characters seems so oddly nonrealistic. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't feel any sort of depth at ALL from the characters, like when *SPOIILEERRRRR* Ryder dies I felt nothing. Like no feeling. whatsoever.
But overall, the book was entertaining! Lots of running around, a bit of fighting, lots of HIDING INFORMATION (that's so annoying), lots of romance (lots of it just "omg he's beautiful" ehhhhhhhh), character depth is not good for the side characters, but pretty believable for Lila and Jack. Alex is a bit unrealistically great, or at least maybe that's all the "omg he's great" lines affecting my head.
I actually didn't like this as much as The Lost Hero, but that's probably because I'm super biased towards Percy after reading the entire Percy Jackso...moreI actually didn't like this as much as The Lost Hero, but that's probably because I'm super biased towards Percy after reading the entire Percy Jackson series LOL I still think this series overall is looking to be better than the Percy Jackson series, or at least a bit more mature, but maybe that's just me getting used to the whole tone/style of the books. I TOTALLY wanted a book where Percy kicks everyone's butts LOOOOL love it when that happens heh but then I realized the other two new demigods would have basically no action. and everyone else would think the book sucked prob LOL SO OF COURSE *SPOILER (?) ALERT* (not really this happens very very early in the book) the river styx thing gets removed. NOOOOOOOOO I wanted some AMAZEMENT and serious ADMIRATION going on for that ughhhhhh but I guess he'd be way overpowered with it or something QQ
general *SPOILER ALERTS* from here to the end of the review
So we meet Hazel, who has the power of jewelry hehhhehhe okay riches. To compare... I think I like her power a bit worse than Piper's, just because what if there's not enough jewelry :x I've only seen her do major stuff in the Amazon store, where there's literally jewelry everywhere... so I'm not that impressed. BUT her horse is extremely cool so maybe riches+horse > persuasion for me HMM
Frank gets the COOL SHAPESHIFTING. THAT is pretty awesome but I'm not really sure how that works... since only celestial bronze/imperial gold works against monsters, and he somehow hurts them with his eagle talons or something yeahhhhh but I guess he can still knock them around as an elephant. I don't know I just thought almost all monsters were like so much stronger than elephants for some reason LOL I guess not.. he seemed extremely effective in the last portion of the book so GREAT! AND he seems VITAL to the whole group of seven O_O Personally I still like power over water/air better... but to compare him to leo HMM leo's magic tool belt/building stuff/fire is extremely useful too. But I guess leo is more support while Frank would be the main course o_O Their histories are both pretty interesting too, what with her dead/raising up giant thing, and frank's stick/power thing. And for some reason I found their personalities so similar. They didn't stand out to me as much as leo/piper did. Or at least Leo. But then again who stands out compared to the jokester leo LOL
Overall I like how we have demigods from EVERYWHERE.. aphrodite (who I thought was portrayed to be so useless in the pj series LOL), hephaestus, poseidon O u O, athena (most likely right...), zeus, ares, hades :D
This book took on a more serious tone for me, and I was a bit thrown off by Percy, who seemed so FOREIGN to me that I couldn't get used to it. The loss of memory thing was so ARGADFJLK and I WISH he took a more central role in the earlier/middle parts of the story... I only got "Percy shaked his head from across the campfire" or "Percy looked at them in shock" NOPE I liked it better when I KNEW what he was thinking then -_- BUT THEN AGAIN I wouldn't be able to know what Hazel/Frank are thinking, which would make them hard to get close to. OMG CAN'T DECIDE WHAT I WOULD LIKE MORE LOL Plotwise, very similar to lost hero-- complete quest, save camp woohoo but you know what same formula does not mean boring. same formula but completely different setting/characters/adventures is GOOD. Like the amazon ladies- they were good. ELLA is completely unexpected for me, but I suppose she'll act like a personal oracle from now on.
ohhh I just realized something... TYSON is the first to meet the rest of them because he's not really civilized in that weird polite/complicated relationship way. If ANY of the other mainish characters met percy first, it'd be so AWK and like WHERE'VE YOU BEEN and WHAT'S GOING ON and how do I act around this guy after not seeing him for so long things and it'd be so much more dramatic and stuff.. but since it's tyson it's just "BROTHER" *HUG* and everything's good. NICE ONE -_- now it's just as much of a cliffhanger as ever goddddd
BUT DUDE SAMMY LEO THING WOOWWWWWWWWWWWW I ALMOST CHOKED ON MY SPIT WHEN I READ THAT LOOOL I bet there's some reference to this in the last book and I, who haven't read it in a year I think, probably forgot about it and am the only person freaking out about this piece of info but GEEZ I DID NOT EXPECT THAT!!! And who's gonna be like the LEADER of the group? PERCY (please please) ? JASON? ANNABETH?
overall, a good read but I WISH my bias for percy wasn't so strong LOL -_- or that he got more of the action heh(less)
4.5 stars Interesting read, but I felt like the book was just a series of events. Like Armstrong's other books, the climax seems to be just another mor...more4.5 stars Interesting read, but I felt like the book was just a series of events. Like Armstrong's other books, the climax seems to be just another more intense event, although this book had a clearer climax than some of her other ones. The plot is unique, about werewolf rebels who team up to fight against the Clan, and the only female werewolf who struggles between her human life and werewolf life, but it took a while to really get going. Once it got going, it really picked up the pace, but occasionally, it sidetracked and went back to the slower pace it had going on earlier. I love the whole werewolf "culture" Armstrong describes--it's so fascinating with the different values, such as being okay with walking around nude no matter what gender someone is, and the natural arrogance over humans ^^
What I don't like is the fact that women are basically viewed as prizes or objects to be used as a convenience. What I do like is Elena, who basically kills that whole idea with her badassness.
Character-wise, Elena is witty, strong, and the very picture of a strong woman, complete with 5'10 height and an incredibly fit body, while Clay is simply "perfect," really. Goodlooking, a genius, passionate, strong. The Clan is believable and I can't help but become attached to them. Nick is too adorable :) Overall, an awesome, varied set of characters. However, there is such an excessive amount of sex in this... very vividly depicted too. I suppose it makes sense because it's technically an adult novel, but really. Personally, it seems like the type of book that's pretty good, but in the long run, rather forgettable as well.(less)
**spoiler alert** The book was pretty good. Lots of cool fighting/action scenes, which was nice, but lots of loose ends Paolini never got around to, w...more**spoiler alert** The book was pretty good. Lots of cool fighting/action scenes, which was nice, but lots of loose ends Paolini never got around to, which was disappointing. Also, the book was pretty darn predictable :P
And the ending made me sad :(
THINGS I WISHED PAOLINI ADDRESSED: (possible spoiler!) Who is Angela? She's definitely a really old, powerful being, but he never told us who she is! Who are the Grey Folk? What was the point of the 2 warriors coming from the faraway land... all they did was save Roran once -_- Also, I thought the green dragon and Elva would play a larger role in the whole "Defeat Galbatorix" thing (less)
3.5 stars World building=amazing plot=slow at parts I didn't really get into the story until around halfway through, and even then I felt like nothing mo...more3.5 stars World building=amazing plot=slow at parts I didn't really get into the story until around halfway through, and even then I felt like nothing monumental really happened. Sure, exciting things happened but everything seemed so toned down I just wasn't WOWed :( Raisa was okay I suppose. She annoyed me at times with her immaturity and stubbornness (I feel like so many authors think headstrong immature girls are the ideal female fantasy characters -_- NO). Can we please have some maturity and flexibility in characters? SIGH Han was pretty awesome though :D He was honestly just a chill guy who's been through a lot, but doesn't really hate anyone for it. I love how much he cares for his family and friends, and I love the way Chima makes him seem so easy to understand and loveable :) The Bayar family was interesting. High Wizard=intense, scary guy and Micah=a bit confusing for me honestly. In the beginning of the book he's portrayed as some sort of arrogant idiot from Han's point of view, and then suddenly from Raisa's point of view he's this amazing, dark, tall and handsome/charming guy that all girls love. Definitely weird XD Oh, and I absolutely hated the queen. GOD. I hope she realizes how idiotic she's been.
So overall, 3.5/5. I guess I'll continue on with the rest of the series since I started it anyway -_-(less)