1. I think it's inappropriate for Tory to wish the pain of castration on Ash, a man who was once castrated. First of all, she mentally rants about how1. I think it's inappropriate for Tory to wish the pain of castration on Ash, a man who was once castrated. First of all, she mentally rants about how Ash needs to know what it feels like to have great pain down in his lower regions (as if he doesn't already) and then she thinks about how she wants to be the one to do this, so she fantasizes about castrating a man who has already been castrated. Interesting. I'm sorry, but giving birth is not an excuse to wish extreme pain on someone, especially someone whose entire life has been one big ball of pain and suffering. Now, I've never given birth, but I specifically asked my mother and several other people who have, if (while they were giving birth) they literally wished their husband's to be dead/in unbearable pain, and they all said that they didn't. Case closed.
2. Abigail sucks as a heroine. She's stupid and blindly kills people without making sure they're evil and without even knowing who they are! And everyone forgives her for no reason.
3. Where was the romance? Also, there was only one sex scene. Also, they didn't figure out they loved each other until the last paragraph.
4. I didn't enjoy the scenes during which Abigail was a little, tiny child and Jess was a full grown man. It was creepy. It's one thing to know he knew her when she was an infant, but it's another to have to bear witness to those scenes.
5. I swear to God, if Kenyon thinks Artemis will make an acceptable heroine for anyone, let alone Nick, she is crazy. It seems to me this is being implied. Artemis changing because of Nick? No. There is no redemption for someone who brutally beat Ash, the most beloved character of the series, over and over again, allowed him to be castrated, beat him some more, and then watched while he was murdered. No.
6. I think Kenyon thinks that just because Artemis helped Tory give birth, that she has been redeemed. Are you kidding? NO!!! That woman deserves eternal torment. If she becomes a heroine, I will never read a Kenyon book again. That's sick.
7. Jess is just a replica of some of Kenyon's past heroes. They all have the same sense of humor. He had a bit of Dev, a bit of Talon, a bit of Ash, and a little bit of Raven. Abigail is a lot like Tabby, Maggie, Susan, Astrid, Kat, Danger, pretty much a replic of Tori. They all have the exact same personality, just with different jobs/interests. ...more
All I want to know is...why in the heck does Cian love Moira? She's dull and whiny and unlikable, where Cian is the exact opposite.
Also, I can't beliAll I want to know is...why in the heck does Cian love Moira? She's dull and whiny and unlikable, where Cian is the exact opposite.
Also, I can't believe we don't find out how or why Cian stopped drinking blood. I waited the whole freakin' trilogy for this, looking forward to it, but his character ended up barely developing. I am hugely annoyed. I wanted more details about Cian other than, oh yeah, he slept and killed a few "whores." Really? Ugh....more
If you like to read about the most annoying and mean and self-centered and idiotic main character ever written, then meet Rose. She's all of those thiIf you like to read about the most annoying and mean and self-centered and idiotic main character ever written, then meet Rose. She's all of those things, and honestly, she made this book awful. She can be nice sometimes, but only when it suits her. Also, it annoyed me how we got POVs from Rose, her two younger brothers, her grandmother, and another secondary character but not from Declan. It was weird.
I guess it was unique and mildly entertaining, and the writing was prety good, but...God, I spent the whole time annoyed with Rose....more
This was a good one, but not because of the characters. I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't much like Dev. I found him to be selfish, cruel,This was a good one, but not because of the characters. I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't much like Dev. I found him to be selfish, cruel, and kind of gross. He states that he wouldn't mind, no, would LIKE to sacrifice one of the dark hunters (you know, offer them up to evil to be killed?) for no reason other than the fact that they don't get along all the well. I found that unappealing, especially since said dark hunter is a good person and risks his own life to save Dev, the ungrateful little buggerbutt.
As for Samia, her sob story, for some reason, felt real, and I don't know why, because it wasn't original or even interesting. As for Sam, I don't like or dislike her. I do like that she can kick butt, but her overall personality...I don't know, she's just not one of my faves.
I loved getting a nice dosage of Fang. Love, love, love him!
Acheron was...Acheron...not much new there. As for Nick...this is the first time in awhile I wanted to stick up for him and defend him. I felt really bad for him and wanted to bite the heads off of people who didn't trust him (even though they have reason). I wanted to rip Dev's face off when he stormed off planning to "use Nick's entrails as shoelaces." And he was really going to do it, too. No, he'd known Nick since Nick was a little kid, and he'd liked him and been kind of like a big brother to him and had even lost bets on purpose so he would be able to give Nick money, and then BAM at the drop of a hat he is ready to murder Nick in cold blood without a shred of remorse? No. That made me feel icky toward Dev. He's also not very smart, and he doesn't think anything through. Kill first, ask questions later. Not my kinda guy, gotta say. I did feel bad for him for having Nicolette the b*atch as a mother, but...whatever....
Ummm, the plot??? It was entertaining. There are always new creatures/mythos added, which is cool. I also always like meeting new characters. I hope we see more of Ethon, because I felt so bad for him with the way Sam treated him, like he was crap under her foot...He needs to find an awesome gal who loves him and treats him RIGHT.
Also, I'm upset. I really want Apollo and Artemis to get what's coming to them. Will that ever happen? I wanted them punished in Ash's book, but that never happened. Can it happen, pretty please? I want to see them both suffer horribly (preferably for all eternity).
Oh, and back to Nick. Okay, I think he IS making progress on the self-pity I want to bite everyone's heads off thing. He was altruistic in this book, and it pissed me off that he went out of his way to get Sam's soul back, and Dev didn't even thank him, the ungrateful jackbutt. But, oh, Nick. I want to give him a hug. All my annoyance with him has waned away, and I want him happy! But, alas, he will probably continue to suffer for a lot longer......more
Okay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not fuOkay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not full of herself or anything, being a senator's daughter, but she is a little self-pitying and she is weak when it came to her father. But I enjoyed reading about her and actually cared for her. She works really with Wren, and the two of them balance each other out nicely. They have real spark from the very first moment they meet.
Wren is awesome. He really acts like how I would expect a tiger in human form to act, and yet he is also a good "person." I think Maggie even makes him a better person, brings out the best in him, which is awesome.
The plot...what is the plot? Baddies plotting to have Wren killed for some green? Yeah. Nothing much special about it, to be honest, yet it was entertaining and tasted like chocolate (hehe). I liked the scenes that took place in the past, and getting to see Wren when he was little, and I wish I could have seen more of them. I liked what happened with Wren's dad, but, honestly, I can't forgive him. I'm glad he and Wren got a chance to work things out, though.
Maggie's relationship with her father is very thin. Her father seemed a little fake, but I didn't mind, since he isn't exactly a big part of the story. Kenyon really focuses on the fantasy aspects, which I like.
The ending has a nice twist. It is wrapped up rather abruptly, but I didn't much mind that, either because the characters had already been through enough.
Really, the best part of this story is the relationship between Maggie and Wren. They spend a lot of time together, and they are well matched. Plus, some of the things they said to each other were adorable. I especially loved the scene where they went to McDonalds and Wren ordered something like ten Big Macs, five Filet's-o-Fish and a bunch of other things. So funny. He had no idea there was anything weird about eating that much food.
Okay, so if you're in the mood for a good sob...check this one out.
We've got two parts to this book. The first part is Ash growing up. This consistsOkay, so if you're in the mood for a good sob...check this one out.
We've got two parts to this book. The first part is Ash growing up. This consists of him being tortured in various gruesome manners for 21 years. Why did I enjoy this? I'm not sure. We start off with Ash being born to a woman who is not his mother, and into a family who despises him and takes every opportunity to tell him as much and show him as much. The only person who shows him any kindness is his "sister," Ryssa. Now, I don't dislike Ryssa, but I don't love her either. She was a bit of a weak character, and also selfish. I feel like I say this alot about characters, but it really is true. She would occasionally stand up for Ash, but other times...when Ash had been imprisoned in this tiny little cell the size of a small dog crate...first of all, she didn't even realize he was there for about a million months, which I suppose isn't her fault, but, really, if she paid any attention to her surroundings, she would have figured it out. When she does find out, she goes to visit him...and proceeds to be cruel. Now, Ash hasn't eaten for weeks and has been stuck hunched over in some hole in the dungeon, so when Ryssa tries to speak to him, he's so weak he can't respond to her. What does she do? Screams at him and tells him she hates him and that he's awful etc..then storms off and leaves him there to rot. Nice.
As for Artemis. Can I kill her? After I torture her? She's evil. She uses Ash as a plaything and cares naught for his feelings at all. I mean, at one point she allows him to be castrated and while he's lying there sobbing, she just shrugs, snaps her fingers, puts his parts back, and says something like, "There, all better." Of course, this is after expressing her disgust with "eew" etc...She doesn't even do this to help him; it's so she can continue to practically rape him for however long he stays attractive, then she'll dump him away like garbage. And this b*tch gets no comeuppance!? What IS that!?
Also...I was very upset with what happened to Ryssa. I just...didn't like it at all.
Onto part two, where we get to know Tory. I like her a lot. She's strong without being annoyingly stubborn. She's judgmental, but who's perfect? She's also kind and loyal and stands up for what/who she believes in/loves. I loved the way she defended Ash and chewed Arty out. I also liked her reaction to Ash's revelation about who he was/is. I do think Kenyon could have gone into more detail about Tory's reaction to Ash's past. I just wish they could have discussed it a little. I know it happened a billion years ago, but...I'm sure it doesn't feel that way to Ash. I enjoyed the way Tory and Ash met. It was pretty funny. I also adored how Tory could make Ash clumsy, when that is so the opposite of who he is. He's all powerful and graceul...sort of...so to see him falling off a ladder looking at Try was pretty cute. I didn't think Ash got too sappy or corny, like some others. I mean, Ash was always a really nice, caring person, so...why shouldn't he be happy?
What really ticked me off though, is that Apollo the evil jerk-off and Artemis the idiotic witch didn't get their comeuppance. AT ALL. I loved the scene during which Ash's mother goes all apocolyptic. I was actually rooting for her to kill everyone, I was that pissed about what happened to Ash. Apparently, Apollo and Artemis can't die or the world will end or some such, sooo can they perhaps be imprisoned and tortured for all eternity, please??...more
Yes! I love this series. Though, I must admit I wish Mary Ann's POV would be cut out entirely, since I find it extremely repetitive and boring. I'd raYes! I love this series. Though, I must admit I wish Mary Ann's POV would be cut out entirely, since I find it extremely repetitive and boring. I'd rather have Victoria's POV, or even Riley's, 'cause he's a hottie.
There is still a lot going on in here, but that didn't bother me, since, well, I like to have a lot of stuff going on! It's entertaining. We've got the whole problem with the witches. We've got Mary Ann's weird issues. We've got Aden's role with the vampires along with the new demon creatures that popped out of nowhere. We've also got Aden's problems with the faeries, and even some stuff with Shannon. Then we've got the stuff with Vlad/Tucker and Aden's upcoming demise to worry about, along with the Aden/Victoria and Riley/Mary Ann relationships.
Crazy, right!? Yes, I agree.
So, I love Aden. He's just a really good, really nice person. I loved his reaction to Shannon's revelation. It made me want to give him a big hug and tell him how much I adore him! I like that the two of them are becoming friends, and hoping nothing stupid happens to mess this up. He's strong, brave, altruistic, smart, loving, loyal, everything you could want in a hero.
Mary Ann, on the other hand...not so much. She's whiny, self-centered, juvenile, short-sightened, and generally unintelligent. Despite this, I actually like her--I just don't care for her as a main character, and I really don't understand what Riley sees in her.
As for Victoria. I find her really interesting. I can really see her love for Aden, and I like that she tries to protect him, and I love that's she strong and smart and is willing to do anything to save him.
As a side note: I feel so sorry for the poor people who live with Aden at the ranch. Especially Dan, 'cause he's such a good guy, and all these supernatural creatures are always manipulating him.
Back to Aden. His new "power" is very cool. I wonder what exactly is behind it. I liked getting to see a little more of Riley's brothers, too. Hopefully we'll see more of them in the future. Speaking of Riley, lord do I feel bad for that dude. The situation with Mary Ann is impossible! I almost don't want to know what's going to happen there. It was also good to see Riley and Aden starting to become friends, 'cause originally Riley hated his guts. But, really, who can hate Aden?
One thing about this, though...I really hated the ending. Not only was it a cliffhanger, but something happened with Aden's souls that really ticked me off. I mean, my favorite part of this series is Aden's relationship with the other souls living inside of him, and now...well, you'll see. But it makes me very sad. I hope things go back to normal!...more
I'm getting tired of the: "Introduce a bunch of new characters and then kill them off" plot thingy. It's old and boring and, frankly, disgusting.
EverI'm getting tired of the: "Introduce a bunch of new characters and then kill them off" plot thingy. It's old and boring and, frankly, disgusting.
Every single character annoys me, especially Marc, who thinks he's God.
Faythe and Jace are the only likable characters (now that Ethan is gone).
I didn't feel like there was a purpose to this book. It seemed like she was just trying to make up a bunch of random, gruesome stuff to fill pages. The thunderbirds weren't at all interesting and seemed totally unnecessary.
I can't see this series having a happy ending. Obviously, either Jace or Marc has to go, and it's pretty clear that Jace is the one who's going to be doing the leaving, so that makes me angry. I wish Marc would die, but I'm not getting my hopes up. And when Marc said no one ever took Jace seriously, I wanted to strangle him, even though I already knew that was true, but to hear it coming out of Marc's mouth. And the way he kept ordering Jace around, telling him to leave the Pride...Um, where's your authority, bud? Up your ass, that's where. Only the alpha can say that.
Although, I was surprised Marc didn't immediately murder Jace when he found out about him and Faythe. So, props to Marc for only knocking him through a wall full of cabinets and not full-out ending his life in a juvenile fit of jealous, possessive rage. Maybe Vincent's just saving that for the next book.
Also, was I the only one who felt sorry for Brett? I know he wasn't some really important main character, but after he helped them...what his own FATHER did to him! I don't know why, but it really struck me the wrong way.
Oh, man, I've been seriously crying all day as I read this one. And it sucks.
Okay, so Rachel Vincent has a way of making me feel stupid--not becauseOh, man, I've been seriously crying all day as I read this one. And it sucks.
Okay, so Rachel Vincent has a way of making me feel stupid--not because I can't see her plot twists coming (I usually can), but because she manages to keep so many different plots/subplots going without confushing the hell out of herself and her readers.
I'm trying to recall what happened in this book, and if I liked it, but all I can think of is that God-awful scene that broke my heart and replaying it over and over and comparing it with all the other death and despair in the book.
If it weren't for the funny lines, I'd have keeled over dead from despair of my own, which I guess says something about her writing and ability to create such fully-realized characters, even the minor ones.
But damn, there's no way I'm going to get ANY sleep tonight after the whole, "Faythe. Help." fiasco. Yes, I know it's just a book, but it feels real enough to me, especially since I've been immersing myself in Faythe's world this whole week.
Luckily, I'd read some spoilers, so I was prepared for this specific tragedy, but that didn't stop me from crying like a baby for the entire day (including during the meals I did not enjoy at all...it's hard to taste food when all you can taste is the salt from your own tears, huh?)
Anyway. Besides my hysterics...I'm really liking Faythe better now than in earlier books, and Marc has improved a little bit, I guess, though he still bores the crap out of me (not to mention the fact that I wouldn't shed a single tear if he died).
And I really liked Faythe's dad in this one, too. It was good to see him finally showing some emotion, because I wasn't so sure he had any. And Kaci. At first she was kind of annoying, but I realized that I like her character, and she adds something to the series...though I can't say quite what. But I like her relationship with Faythe. It's kinda cute.
In other news, my heart is breaking for Jace, too, both because of the tragedy and how it's affecting him, and because of Faythe's reaction after a certain, uh, "mistake." But it is SO SAD to see him lose his light/humorous attitude. I mean, I know why it happened and it makes sense, but it still makes me tear up just thinking about it.
AHH! I really need to start reading something else to distract me before I lose it completely. ...more
Unlike seemingly everyone else, I was dissappointed with this book. It just didn't come up to par with The Mortal Instruments for me. And that's not jUnlike seemingly everyone else, I was dissappointed with this book. It just didn't come up to par with The Mortal Instruments for me. And that's not just because I miss my Jace ;)
So, I think the book had a promising start with the prologue, but I can't say I liked the first part with Tess trapped in that horrible place with the Dark Sisters. I just don't think having the main character in the custody of the enemy is a good start for a book. I mean, it worked for the whole plot of course, but it just isn't something I prefer. I was so thankful when she finally got the heck out of there, because it was so creepy--and not in a good way. It was as if Clare wanted to break Tessa before she'd even really begun her journey.
A few things that bothered me about the writing: too many long, boring conversations from characters I did not care about. And when people are given dialgue, explaining things that happened to them in the past, they talk as if they're writing a book, which I find rather jarring. A character says this at one point: "I can barely describe my sense of shock as I stared around me--creatures of indescribable grotesqueness filled the room. The Dark Sisters were there, leering at me from behind their whist cards, their nails like talons." And then "I was drawn to the gaming table like a moth to light," and "I emerged in the dawn" etc etc.. I doubt many people talk in similies, or as if they are writing a novel.
The plot of the book, with the automatons and everything just isn't my cup of tea, but I won't take any stars away for this, because it's just my personal opinion, and I believe it was done/written well and decribed as accurately as something like this can be. I could always clearly picture every single scene as though I were looking down on the characters from above, and I suppose that almost made up for the book not being to my taste. The villian wasn't precisely obvious from the beginning, but I had a pretty good idea who it was early on.
Clare did a good job painting nineteenth century London. I felt like she knew what she was talking about, and I really liked how in a time where women were considered unequal to men, the Shadowhunters were different. Charlotte, a woman, is in charge of the institute, and works very hard to get there and stay there. I liked that Shadowhunter women were still allowed to fight. It was funny to see Tessa's surprise at this. What did seem a tad fake or forced, was Tessa's beliefs about women and servents. It seemed as though Clare merely had Tessa think some of the things she does to prove that she knows how things were in the nineteenth century, yet without actually having them be a part of the book and the world the sShadowhunters live in. For example, Tessa is shocked at how the servent, Sophie (I'll talk about how much I loathe her later), talks to her "masters," yelling at and insulting them. Tessa is also shocked that female Shadowhunters fight, because she believes females don't have "blood lust." So Tessa was sort of a device to fit in the nature of the 1800's without the book actually having that feel, and without the characters actually acting accordingly.
So, the characters. I'll start with Tessa. I have to say, I don't hate her, but I don't like her either. I much prefer Clary. But about Tessa...I found her to be inconceivably idiotic. Stupid. She witnesses a character hacking up blood on two occasions and still does not realize that said person is ill or that anything is wrong with them. She just brushes it off as if its a common occurance with no meaning, as if the person simply sneezed or something. And then, when she finds out there is something wrong with him, she's shocked. Stu-pid. She was also a little bit rude, and said so many hurtful things to people. On top of that, she apparently knew that a certain character was evil all along, yet she said nothing and convinced herself said person was not evil. Stu-pid. She's brave though, which is good, even if I do find her a little bit icy and self-pitying. At one point she tells a character that he doesn't have the "luxury" to blame himself for something--she actually gets quite angry with him--then proceeds to whine about how it was all her fault. Hypocrite much?
As for Will... Well, I'm getting bored of the whole "guy thinks he isn't good enough, and every other character in the book thinks he isn't good enough, for the girl, so he is mean to her to push her away." It's getting old. And boring. And stale. Still, I found Will to be an intriguing character, because I don't fully understand him. I love not understanding a character. It's just so fun. I'm anxious to learn more about him and, despite what many of the characters think, he obviously does have feelings and care about people other than himself. People who have no feelings don't mourn, don't weep over those they think dead. They just don't.
Now...I honsetly didn't find Will to be that rude until the end of the book--at least to Tessa. I think Jace is meaner to Clary in the beginning than Will is to Tessa...but then, in the end, he has to do the whole "I will push you away to save you from my evil self" thing which was not a good note to close with. I loved that when he found that one of his human servents/friends had died, he said the thing Shadowhunters always say when one of their own dies even though the guy was only a "mundane." It was beautiful, because Shadowhunters are supposed to be so superior and arrogant, and yet Will was willing to say this for a human because he believed the man deserved it and he was right.
Jem...I like him a lot. I don't think I really understand him, either. We learn a chunk of his past, yet I still don't feel like I know him and I can't predict what he might say or do next, which is always fun. I like that he and Will are so close, because he's apparaently the only one who realizes that Will is not completely evil, except for Charlotte and Henry (though they believe most of the lies that come out of his mouth throughout the book). Basically...he seems like someone I'd want to be friends with--someone good to talk to/confide in.
Charlotte was wonderful. She's so strong and caring and yet vulnerable at the same time. Henry...he's adorable and quirky and serves to lighten the mood a little. And boy does this book need lightening, because it is dark. Way darker than TMI.
About Sophie. I hate her guts. She's the type of person to blame others for a wrongdoing committed by someone else, simply because she assumes, with no evidence, that both people are exactly alike. I found it so annoying that she claims to know for sure that Will cares for absolutely no one but himself. Really? How would she know that? And anyway, it's obvious that that is not true. If she's gonna hate him, hate him for something that's actually true, something she actually knows. Hate him because he's rude--fine. But don't make up false evil qualities that he does not actually have because you assume he's like some random jerk from your past when in reality you don't actually know as single thing about him. Also, Sophie thinks she's God. She tells Tessa that Will does not deserve to be loved. Uh-huh. And what exactly gives her the right to make this absurd proclimation? She also says that beautiful people are bad, because snakes who have pretty bright colors are the most dangerous. Well, I hate to break it to you, Sophie, but human beings are not snakes and you should not judge them on their appearances. Also, you were once considered beautiful before your face got scarred. Does that make you evil, too?
And question: Why does no one say Jessamine is evil and selfish? She's a lot ruder than Will is throughout the entire book. Every word out her mouth is an insult. She also leaves a character on his own to die (which he does) simply because she thinks ladies should not fight--and she is a Shadowhunter for goodness sake! It's her job to protect people! Yet she does nothing but run and hide and then shows absolutely no remorse when the poor guy dies. She casually metions his death as if he's a flea or something. Ugh. I get that she doesn't want to be a Shadowhunter and just wants to be a lady, but really. I hate her. She's the one who cares about no one but herself, not Will. Fact. I wanted to give her a good beating. All she cares about is clothing and looking good. At one point, Tessa even acknowledges the fact that Jessamine enjoyed going to a funeral because she looks good in white, the Shadowhunter mouring color.
A little side note on Magnus. He's so different in the past! He's so much nicer! I actually liked him more in this book than in TMI, but I liked him there too--just not as much. He's much greedier in the present.
Okay, moving forward. I think my main problem with the book is that it depressed me. Will has funny lines for about the first half, then he stops being funny altogether and the book becomes all gloom and doom and death and destruction and betrayal and sadness and tears. A few of the characters have pointless deaths that made me sad. This is why the four stars. Truthfully, it would have gotten three stars save for one thing: the characters. I love how each of the characters has their own past and motivations and dreams. They all feel very real, and this is amazing for a YA novel. Many YA novels make the mistake of having every character's life revolve around the main character and none of them actually have lives or concerns of their own. That's what makes this book so great. ALL the characters are so distinct and different and all have different wants and needs. They don't live strictly for Tessa. They have lives. And I love them for it.
Now, about the ending...it had a really annoying cliffhanger. I want to know what happens, even though I can't say I loved the book. I still don't want to wait. Time machine, anyone?...more
There is one word to describe this book: BORING. I disliked all of the characters, and grew tired of hearing the name of the main character, Quincie, aThere is one word to describe this book: BORING. I disliked all of the characters, and grew tired of hearing the name of the main character, Quincie, as well as the name of the restaraunt, Sanguinis.
Everything about this book annoyed me and seemed frankly ridiculous. I mean, werearmadillos and werepossums? This book was a mess. There was no character development at all, the ending was poor, and the writing style was quirky and overdone.
Random, unimportant sidestories were thrown in, and nothing really ever happens. There was just nothing to like about this book. Instead of an escape, it was more of an imprisonment.