This book was tolerable, and I say this as someone who used to love romance but now avoid it like the plague. That doesn't mean it's good. It's all riThis book was tolerable, and I say this as someone who used to love romance but now avoid it like the plague. That doesn't mean it's good. It's all right.
But seriously, let's talk about Ben's dad. No. Just no. I get that the author wanted to make his home life all sad and pitiful so that he could be excused for his womanizing ways, but if you're going to go the sad and pitiful route, you have to follow through and make it believable. And no, I don't mean that Ben (view spoiler)[ not really defending himself against his dad (hide spoiler)] is unbelievable, as others have said, because it can happen and I have no room to judge, but his dad's character was SO FLAT I just can't even...he literally had like 1 line of dialogue, which he repeated in each scene he was in.
Really? Just b/c he's a drunk a-hole does not mean he has to make paper look like a mountain range. I just got really annoyed reading the two or so scenes that involved him (view spoiler)[before he was killed off like the totally disposable and un-thought-out character he was, (hide spoiler)] because I could tell the author didn't bother to think of him as a character and just made him the stereotypical angry drunk. PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who thought this?
Call me crazy, but I take the time to think about even my a-hole character's backgrounds, personalities, quirks, ANYTHING that makes them more than a stereotype listed on Wikipedia.
I'm not even going to talk about the romance, because 99% of romance stories make me want to claw out my eyeballs, and so I don't know how accurate I would be. I'll just say that it was cute at first, but quickly turned pointlessly over-dramatic and why does high school love always have to be so freaking I-WILL-DIE-WITHOUT-YOU-BEFORE-I-MET-YOU-I-WASN'T-REALLY-LIVING-esque? Give me a break. There's such a thing as dating without all the rip-out-my-soul nonsense. ...more
1. Lucius. No. Just no. (view spoiler)[Am I meant to feel sympathy for him? Never gon3 and a half stars.
These are just random thoughts, not a review.
1. Lucius. No. Just no. (view spoiler)[Am I meant to feel sympathy for him? Never gonna happen. Even if I'm not meant to, I don't think Han should. I don't care that the old fart was his 'companion' or whatever. The guy was evil to his bones. Having your best friend set up to be tortured and killed...twice? Really? Just because you're jealous of him? If you ask me, he should have suffered for eternity and never received peace. (hide spoiler)] 2. Crow. (view spoiler)[Aw, I just really love him, my Alger. He so did not deserve that awful fate, and to have a friend like Lucius, ugh, I can relate. (hide spoiler)] I love his relationship with Han and how it grows. Definitely my favorite part of the book. 3. Han. I don't know, I like him, but he lost some of his luster. I was never quite sure why he loves Raisa so much. Another thing- everyone kept calling him a murderer and all that - were they referring to rival gang members he killed? Or something? I don't remember it being explained, but these books didn't leave much of an impression on me so I might not be remembering correctly. 4. Raisa. I like her best in this book. At least she is no longer kissing random dudes for the fun of it (although Han had a nice lip-lock with FiFi), though it isn't until the end of this book that I began to slightly believe she loves Han. I felt like their chemistry from book one had fizzled down a bit. 5. Dancer. Lucius, you could learn some pointers from him, that's all I have to say. 6. Raisa's dad is just...really, his personality is so bad. Some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is ridiculous. The best he can come up with is, "Oh, Raisa, he's much more dangerous than you think!!!! HE'S DISTANTLY RELATED TO THE DEMON KING!" Raisa: "So am I." Averill: "..." Besides, being related to the demon king is pretty damn awesome in my opinion. Man, that guy is an idiot. (On a side-note Kat was more likable in this one. Don't know where that came from, but I like it). 7. The way Chima writes death scenes, and the the aftermath, or lack thereof, of the deaths--no. She did it in her heir series, and here again, though luckily this time it was no one I adore. They are very anticlimactic. One second the person is there, then she briefly says what killed them, and then basically she skips to the future and the death is either never mentioned again, as in (view spoiler)[Bird's case (hide spoiler)], or briefly mentioned as being buried, as in her previous series. Not only is there no emotional impact this way, but it leaves me feeling like it didn't even really happen, and that no one cared much either way. (view spoiler)[ Han didn't even think about Bird, someone I THOUGHT he cared about, at his marriage ceremony. (hide spoiler)] Not to mention (view spoiler)[Fiona, who, although not the most likable character, deserved better treatment than that. Shot with an arrow, and died off-screen. (hide spoiler)] 8. I just never feel submerged in these stories. I'm constantly aware that I'm reading a story, and part of the problem is that nothing is lasting, nothing is real. For example, after Han's time in the dungeon, there is no after-effects at all of any shape or form, other than some scraped wrists, which are mentioned briefly then never again. You would think getting tortured for days would have some effect, and the fact that it doesn't...I can't take the story seriously. 9. These books seems to be so long, and yet...I don't feel like much happens. 10. I did finish the series, though, which means it had to do some things right. 11. I have to say a big THANK YOU to Cinda Williams Chima for not making a Han/Dancer/Raisa love triangle. There is someone of the male gender that doesn't favor Raisa after all!!!! Dancer, this is why I love you. (view spoiler)[Lucius, I'm looking at you, you scum of the earth. (hide spoiler)]
Why is everyone in the book so hard on my 2 fave characters, anyway? That's always the way with me....more