This whole book I wanted Adam to move on from Mia. No such luck. I mean, the girl treated him like utter crap, and her apology was so unbelievably patThis whole book I wanted Adam to move on from Mia. No such luck. I mean, the girl treated him like utter crap, and her apology was so unbelievably pathetic and puny, and Adam just forgave her - no, he didn't even think there was anything to forgive! Um, the b*tch stopped contacting you, wouldn't answer your calls, emails, wouldn't see you when you flew out to visit her, blamed you for her decision to live. News flash, Mia, it was YOUR choice, and can you really say if you'd been in his place you'd not have asked him to live as well? I don't think there's an excuse for her behavior. If she had actually broken up with him, then that would have made it better, but just stopping contact completely in order to be cruel and spiteful? Seriously, I was starting to wish she'd just have died in the first book. ...more
Here is Wynter (her name is so perfect; suits her):
Wynter is terrible in this book. Really. Her initial shame of Christopher made me sick. She also haHere is Wynter (her name is so perfect; suits her):
Wynter is terrible in this book. Really. Her initial shame of Christopher made me sick. She also has many thoughts about how she wishes Christopher was suffering. Who the hell would want that? What's wrong with her? God, she so does not deserve him. At one point Chris is falling asleep with a cup of scorching tea in his hand, and she laughs to herself, hoping he'll drop it on his lap and burn himself. If it was cold, MAYBE that would be funny, but otherwise, no. She's like a little She Demon.
Okay, so. I didn't like this book. The only reason it gets as high a rating as this is for Christopher, my dear, darling, wonderful Christopher. It started off okay, then became very boring. Alberon is an asshole and remains that way until the end, so I wasn't interested in his character. Razi is selfish and jerkish in this one, too. He turns Christopher's vengeance into something about benefitting himself and the kingdom, rather than having it be FOR Christopher, which may sound okay, but since Razi always puts the kingdom ahead of his friends/relatives, even though he's not even a prince or a king, this is just more of the same. It would be nice if he actually did something FOR his friend and his friend alone.
Wynter is worse than Razi. She cares waaaaay more about strangers she's never met than her own boyfriend or brother.
There were many more unneccessary deaths and a ridiculous bout of amnesia that was just a plot device to bring Wynter to center stage, which didn't even work well, since Wynter has gone downhill in this book.
The characters seemed to grow stupid in this book as well. Chris was hardly in it, which was a mistake in my opinion, since most of the characters are unlikable, and when he WAS in it, he wasn't even acting like himself.
Then there's the end. What was up with that? It goes on and on and then just ends. I swear, Wynter was running toward someone for a good three-hundred pages, even though the person was RIGHT THERE. And THEN, the man who claims to be Chris' father chooses to rescue a DEAD BODY instead of Chris. What the heck? Chris is lying there bleeding to death, and the guy ignores him to pick up a dead body and run away with it? Um, no. That's not how things are done. Grieve later, unless you want to be grieving for two people instead of one. Idiot.
And the epilogue? Yeah, it needed to be there, but from the POV of someone we'd never met before? Why? Stupid. Which makes sense, since all the characters were idiots. Jonathon was basically a gorilla/baboon, except not as smart. Alberon was so dumb his head was almost deflating, since his brain was absent. He was either being dumb or strutting like a peacock.
When reading this, I was either bored or pissed off at either Wynter, Alberon, or Razi. I did not enjoy it. There was ONE funny line in the whole book, since Kiernan decided to take away Chris' sense of humor so she could concentrate on Alberon's meanness and arrogance.
It really annoyed me how Razi wouldn't correct people when they called Christopher his 'property.' It's so absurd, because Chris is a better man than anyone in this whole book, and yet he's treated like crap and people think he's not good enough for Wynter, just because her father, who was a carpenter was given a courtesy title by the king. So the heck what? Yes. I get that titles were sooo important, but it sickened me how even Wynter felt this way. As if SHE deserved better? Good joke, Wyn. The lengths to which you do not deserve Chris are so immense they could make a planet.
Also, at one point in the story, a HEALER tells Wynter it would be a good idea to kick Chris in the head next time he lost his temper. Even Wynter was like, Huh? So the lady justifies herself by saying, "Men are men." Um. Yeah. She's a genius, this one. Men are men! Really!?!?!? Wow! I never would have guessed! Men are men, so women should kick them in the head! That makes perfect sense! ...Ohman.
I don't think it's a smart idea to make your narrator the least likable of the main characters....more
Four stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. IFour stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. I expected her to mature in this book. I expected her to beg for Izzy's forgiveness. Instead, Brockmann throws in a bunch of excuses that supposedly let her off the hook. And, Izzy does SO MUCH apologizing to Eden!!! Over and over he has to apologize to her! She does completely stupid things and then he has to apologize to her for calling her on it. Any time she doesn't get her way, she runs away, often into danger. Izzy deserves better. All she has to do is cry (which happens in pretty much every scene)--AND, Brockmann constantly tells us that Eden is "stoic" and hides her emotions.--um, in what world are you living!?!?!?!! This "woman" bursts into tears every five minutes and then runs away, slamming doors like a toddler.
2. Ben. He was fine at first, but then he started acting all self-righteous, bossing people around and telling them how to live their lives. One of my biggest pet-peeves is when a side character butts into the business of the two MCs, telling them how to act, and it's even worse when it's a freaking KID telling them! What right does he have??? AND THEN, there's the thing he does toward the end: (view spoiler)[Goes out to get himself kidnapped! The idiot! HE KNEW baddies were after him. (hide spoiler)]
3. The cliches. In 99.99% of romance novels, at least one character threatens the life of the hero - "I'll kill you if you hurt her" etc... Why does that have to be in EVERY book? I find myself waiting for it to happen. Is it in some rule-book?
HOW TO WRITE A ROMANCE NOVEL 101
Step 1. Make the heroine a whiny, I-turn-independence-into-bullheaded-idiocy, immature b**ch.
Step 2. Have at LEAST one character threaten to murder the hero for no reason whatsoever.
Step 3. Throw in a stupid kid who acts more like an adult than the heroine, then have him boss the MCs around, telling them how to live their lives (since we all know 15-year-olds know EVERYTHING about relationships and totally have the right to tell adults what to do, since they clearly are smarter).
Step 4. Remember that heroine? Yeah, make sure she bursts into tears in EVERY SCENE! You can't have a strong heroine unless she also has a vulnerable side, aka she tends to act like a 10-year-old. Also, be certain that the heroine's tantrums lead to the hero begging for her forgiveness, even though he's done nothing wrong.
Step 5. If you're going to have two couples, this is what you should do: Make ONE of the men likable, and ONE of the women likable. You CANNOT have more than TWO likable characters. This is important. You don't want your readers to like or relate to the characters.
Step 6. The UNLIKABLE hero, aka Hero #2. Make sure he's an a-hole up until the VERY LAST PAGE. Have him hold onto irrational anger and hatred for no reason. He needs to INSULT his heroine, too, and make her feel insecure. Also, he absolutely HAS to hate the other hero and heroine for no reason. Preferably, have him call the other heroine a whore or slut throughout the book.
Step 7. Let the "other" heroine get her revenge on Hero #2. What you want to do is set it up so she thinks Hero #2 is physically abusive, and have her accuse him of this to his face for extra drama - be sure the whole situation is unrealistic. For example, set the scene up like this:
Hero #2 is attempting to push his heroine out of his path, but then somehow he accidentally punches her in the face. Now, we know that her shoulders are not on the same level with her face, so we also know this is borderline impossible. Perfect! I know I grab someone's shoulders with clenched fists! All the better to GRIP onto said shoulders!
Step 8. Continue the theme of Heroine #1 throwing pity parties for herself, and have this lead to the hero apologizing to her some more. Now, this is very important, so read carefully: It is ESSENTIAL that the heroine come off as ridiculous, self-pitying, immature, whiny, stupid, and ungrateful. AND construct it so your readers are on the hero's side, but then have him grovel anyway. Why? Readers LOVE when books make them so mad they want to rip out their own hair. In addition, have the heroine say something like "You are not allowed to look at me anymore" while screaming at the top of her lungs in one of her tantrums, but ALSO have her boss the hero around to make her a hypocrite, 'cause who doesn't love a hypocrite? AND, have her say "I hate you" to her hero over and over, like a little kid. Remember, make her A TOTAL witch. Have her cry while she's being a witch so no one can get mad at her for said witchiness.
Step 9. Throw in an irrelevent subplot just because you can, and also to add more drama and force the book to be bulkier. Have the subplot be really, really annoying, and have it go nowhere until the VERY end. Make sure each time you switch to the subplot, you essentially write the same scene over and over. For example:
Create a little illegal immigrant girl. Have her evading baddies. Every time she's on the scene, make sure she's either A. running away from baddies, B. running away from the good guys, or C. spying on the baddies. Try to make all the scenes feel the same, and make the girl have the same exact thoughts during every scene, too, because readers like to be bored and annoyed at the same time.
Step 10. Sprinkle in little things here or there that are sure to annoy your reader. Have your likable hero portrayed as the bad guy and your unlikable heroine as the good guy. Have your likable heroine forgive your unlikable hero for everything he does after he says "sorry." Don't have him elaborate.
Step 11. Your unlikable heroine must also be REALLY FULL of herself. She must constantly think about how beautiful she is. Have her dwell on how she can never get a job, because no matter where she works, guys will be pawing her. Have her say the only two places to work are McDonalds or a strip club. No other stores exist. Now, we all know pretty women go to work all the time without getting pawed and having hands stuffed up their shirts, but that doesn't matter because we want this to make no sense. We want readers to be thinking: Well, I'm considered pretty...why don't I have this problem? Or, I know someone gorgeous, why not them? WELL, because NO ONE is as beautiful as EDEN! DUH!
Step 13. Give the unlikable heroine a long, drawn-out, extremely ridiculous sob-story so all the characters will think she's awesome! As a bonus, have every single male character in the book, save for Hero #2 and his little gay brother, be a pervert who forces the heroine (view spoiler)[into some type of sexual situation. (hide spoiler)] Have these sexual situations be unavoidable and make her be seen as a hero.
Step 13. In the end, have your unlikables both be just as unlikable as they were at the start. Maybe give them a few moments of nice, smart, kindness, but then forget it! They're back to being jerks.
Step 14. Have this book be the last in the series (for now, at least) so that people will already like the series, and won't be able to give it a low rating, since, well, THEY LOVE YOU!
Love Izzy and Jenn. Hate Dan and Eden. I did enjoy the book because I love this series and like I said, Izzy and Jenn. Dan had a few redeemable moments, while Eden had maybe one, but all the same it WAS interesting, and there were moments I really enjoyed. Plus, Izzy is hilarious. It so completely annoyed me, though, hence my 101. That being said Brockmann's talent is in creating unique, stand-out characters, whether they're annoying or not. I've NEVER read about characters like ANY of the ones in this book--or this series, for that matter, so three stars for that alone, really, and one more for Izzy. No doubt she's an amazing author and I'll pick up anything she writes in the future. Oh, and despite what I said about the subplot, I do love Nisha. I want to adopt her haha.
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I'm just so confused as to why people like this book. I really am. Maybe I'm missing some necessary gene that, I don't know, gives me bad taste in booI'm just so confused as to why people like this book. I really am. Maybe I'm missing some necessary gene that, I don't know, gives me bad taste in books?
So, for the storyline...predictable, boring, not good at all. Absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing, happens until the very end of the book. The whole thing is just the main female character whining while pretending to be so tough and smart and hard-to-get and getting injured and getting massages from the main male character, who is a stereotypical invincible robot, meaning he is omnipotent and cannot get injured under any circumstances, since he is there merely to please and offer his body to the heroine on her command. The romance is frankly ridiculous. Why would these two love each other? They wouldn't. I didn't see it at all. They barely talked, and when they did, they said nothing nice. Ever.
After hours and hours of nothing at all happening, the only action we get is at the very end, during which a good 80 percent of the characters get systematically slaughtered. This is supposed to serve as pleasurable romantic entertainment? Then some nice hot sex after watching said slaughter (ahh, how romantic). I know I'd be in the "mood" after watching a near-massacre. Nothing gets me hot and bothered like a good bloody, brutal murder of a bunch of people, one of whom was my brother.
No, no, no. This is not romance. I wish I could un-read this drivel. Maybe there's something wrong with me, but if this is typical Linda Howard, I am officially her only non-fan.
So, I'm not even sure what I really liked about this book. I think, in a way, it was boring, but somehow...not...at the same time. Okay, nothing reallSo, I'm not even sure what I really liked about this book. I think, in a way, it was boring, but somehow...not...at the same time. Okay, nothing really happened in this book, but it was hard to notice with such interesting and unique and REAL characters. I loved that, for once, it was the woman with the cool temper. Brianna was great that way. Yes, at times it was a bit annoying and you just wanted to shake her, but she stayed true to her character, and it was a breath of fresh air to have a heroine who isn't screaming at the hero every chance she gets.
Now, onto Gray. So, I don't even really like him at all, and yet he was so interesting and so damn sexy, I loved reading about him. He was weird, gruff, angry, rude, mean, moody, dark, and even kind of scary. But that's what made him feel so real. When he was writing, he wouldn't even allow Brianna in his room and he'd sometimes go days without eating and I just found that so...I don't know...I can't put it into words, but I liked it.
It was nice to have Maggie and her husband, Rogan, in this one, too. I really like Rogan, and he was a great calm, non-interfering balance to Maggie, who is basically a crazy fiery lady that's always mad about something for some made-up reason or another.
Anyway, I read Nora Roberts for her characters. I don't always LIKE the characters, but they're always so amazingly interesting that I forget their not real. The characters, the humor, and the great dialogue, even when the heroine is being obtuse and annoying!...more
Oh, Lord. This book could have been good if two things occured. 1. The subplot between the two teenagers was cut out, because it was boring and took uOh, Lord. This book could have been good if two things occured. 1. The subplot between the two teenagers was cut out, because it was boring and took up space. 2. Kate, the supposed "heroine" who is more like a villian, was actually nice.
Okay, so I loved Jed. He is a man with real problems that he is, like I said, MAN enough to face. He has a good heart, but he is flawed, makes mistakes, learns from them, and is not too proud or arrogant to correct them. He's also far too forgiving and kind.
Kate is an evil b*atch who goes out of her way to constantly humilate poor Jed. Of course, he puts up with this throughout the whole book. She believes she knows everything there is to know about him and judges him harshly and without reason at every turn. She also insults him constantly and thinks of him as less than a human being. Now, there is a line she will not cross, but, let me tell you, that line is too far out to be useful. She spends the ENTIRE book distrusting him, so their relationship is built on this distrust (on her end). Then, miraculously and for no reason at the very end of the book, Kate decides that, OMG, every single word out of Jed's mouth isn't a lie after all! And, OMG, Jed really is JED, and not playing a character to seduce me and my amazing irresistableness! And, OMG, I trust Jed! Then, the end.
Also, there is a random death that comes out of nowhere and seems unbelievably forced to add conflict. Jed's "breakdown" is glossed over and wrapped up in one single sentence, which made steam come out of my ears, because I waited the whole book for this to happen. Clearly, Brockmann was done with this story and just wanted to finsih asap.
But, despite this, it was an entertaining read, and when Kate had her few nice moments (most of which occured when she was stoned), I enjoyed myself....more
Two and a half stars for me. This book is awful. There is no romance in it whatsoever.
Let's talk about Chastity. She is a cardboard cut-out with no sTwo and a half stars for me. This book is awful. There is no romance in it whatsoever.
Let's talk about Chastity. She is a cardboard cut-out with no spine and no interesting qualities. I don't believe I've ever read of a character who felt more fake. She is flat and simple and stupid and pathetic. She falls under Thane's spell every time he approaches her. Then, after one night of sex with him, she suddenly loves him for no reason. All she does in this book is go around thinking, Oh, woe is me! I'm losing my virtue!
Thane. Okay. I don't understand why people find him attractive. He thinks of Chastity like an object, and just wants to have sex with her. Yes, he's Lust, but that doesn't mean he couldn't express love, which he does not. He claims to love Chastity, yet they do not converse, do not know anything about each other. They participate in foreplay and sex and nothing else throughout the whole book. How is this a romance? I do not know. He plays with her mind, her emotions, and treats her, as I said, like a an object that he can bend to his will. He claims otherwise, but does he ever prove his words? No.
Let's talk about the fact that 90% of the scenes of from Chastity's POV, 3% from Kian or Mercy, 5% from Chastity's father, and 2% from Thane's POV. Also, the only scenes from Thane's POV with the expection of maybe one scene, also have Chastity in the scene, so basically we get no real idea of what he's like. He's just...lustful...he has no real qualities, nothing interesting about him.
This books is all about sex and nothing else. There's hardly any plot, and what plot there is is squished beneath the heavy weight of lust. One sex scene goes on for a good 20 pages.
On top of that, the book is just plain boring. AND, Chastity's idiot sister Prudence thinks the Seelies are the good ones simply because they have golden hair instead of dark hair. She's a real smarty-pants, that one. Plus, Featherstone's dialogue was annoyingly repetitive in this book. Her characters would say things like "Do you not? You own this house, do you not?" Not a big deal, but kind of jarring for me.
Summary of Lust:
Thane spies on Chastity. Chastity hates Thane at first sight because he's a "man." Thane stalks Chastity, then forces her to make-out with him. Thane wipes away Chastity's memories. Thane hides his essense in a perfume bottle and uses this essense to essentially rub himself all over her when she uses the perfume. Evil baddies conspire against the Unseelie Court. Chastity's bumbling idiot of a father realizes he's a bumbling idiot. Thane tricks Chastity into meeting up with him so he can rub himself over her. Chastity resists Thane's advances--barely. Thane has dream sex with Chastity then erases her memory Thane kidnaps Chastity and has sex with her while she suddenly falls in love with him, because he's oh-so-appealing and, as an added bonus, she has no idea who he really is. Thane has invisible sex with Chastity while she's in a carriage with her sisters and the baddies. Chastity really loves this creepy, perverted stalker! He's a hottie! Chastity and Thane have sex for about 50 pages. Chastity declares her love for her stalker for no reason. Randomly, Thane decides she's too good for him and tries to throw her away. Chastity whines and protests like the pathetic worm she is. Chastity's brainless dad barges in to display his idiocy, hand-in-hand with the baddie. Chastity suddenly realizes she doesn't love Thane and decides to go live forever with the baddies. Thane kidnaps Chastity again, because he can't make up his mind. Thane shows his demonic self dundundundun!!!!!!! OH, THE HORROR!!!!!!!!! *swoons* Chastity: Egads! I am horrified. *shrugs* Oh well, whatevs. I love you for no reason, so I'll stay with you forever. Let's get jiggy, even though that's all we've been doing for the past week or so. Thane randomly realizes Chastity doesn't love him. A lightbulb goes off in Chastity's head: GOLLY, I DO LOVE HIM! I have no idea why, since I know nothing about him, but, man, he makes me hot! I want to spend the rest of my life with him. More sex. Some more sex, with lots of moans and groans and, gee, true wub!!! Chastity suddenly gains confidence for no reason and decides to become a different, yet still boring person. Thane ruins everything for everyone because he's a selfish dumbass. Fake words of love for no reason, since these characters have no chemistry. More of the same. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Fake love, sex. Chastity becomes a new woman because she's had wild sex with a personality-less rock.
Was the sex hot? I didn't think so. Why? Because these characters have no chemistry, feel like one-dimensional nothings, and are unlikable.
I seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And itI seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And it was soooo refreshing. On top of that, I ADORED Nate. He is seriously everything I want my future husband to be. How Nate sat with the little boy for breakfast every day was sooo cute. It made me want to kiss him. I loved spending time with him as he adapted to life in Lunacy.
Okay. I loved the setting of Alaska, because I pretty much knew nothing about it beforehand, and found it very interesting. Plus, who doesn't love a town called "Lunacy" whose residents are called "Lunatics?" Really. All of the characters were fully developed, including the secondary ones, which I liked, because it didn't take away from the development of Nate and Meg and their relationship.
Another thing I loved was that it was the heroine who had a nick name for the hero. That never happens. Every time she called him "cutie," a smile would spread over my face. It was new and awesome to have people warning the hero that the heroine might break his heart. Loved that.
I even liked the characters that I didn't like, including Charlene. I really ended up feeling for her and her struggle with getting old and her love for the husband that left her. I didn't like Jacob either, but found him intriguing. The mayor was cool, too. Annoying, but likable. I also liked all of Nate's police team. They worked well together. It was so cute that Nate refused to shoot the moose. Could he be any more perfect? About Meg. I didn't LOVE her, but I have to say I liked her because she was so unique. She was a little cold and selfish, but she got over it in the end, so it was all right. I actually thought she and Nate worked well together. She really brought out the fire in him. :)
I thought the emotions of the characters were so true and real, like when one of the characters died. Very realistic reactions.
Following Nate as he adapted to life in Lunacy and dealt with the residents was soo fun. I wasn't bored for one second. Seeing him trying to work through the major blizzard was great, too.
As for the killer, I had no idea who it was. I never suspected this person. It was good, because there were so many characters and so many people it COULD have been.
Basically, I REALLY hope NR writes another book w/ the hero as the main character.
And Nate, will you marry me, please? Thank you....more
Ugh. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Ridiculous drivel that made no sense. I mean, the guy gets shot and then acts like nothing is wronUgh. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Ridiculous drivel that made no sense. I mean, the guy gets shot and then acts like nothing is wrong. Also, on top of getting shot, he has MALARIA, okay, MALARIA, and he is fine--not uncomfortable or anything. Also, the heroine spends 90% of the book thinking she's in love with the wrong man and telling the right man how awful he is and how much she hates him and wants him dead. Pleasant. Claire is THE most stupid character I think I've ever had the misfortune to read about. This whole thing was absurd. Someone telling Claire that Harry would DIE for Trevelyan. Um, are you kidding? He found out his brother wasn't really dead after years of thinking he was, and what is his reaction: "Oh, is that you? I thought you were dead. What's that, you have malaria? Oh, cool. Can I go back to sleep now? You're bothering me." I'm sorry, but if that's "love" I'm an idiot. I hate it when the heroine spends nearly the entire book hating and thinking these horrible things about the hero, how he's cold and evil and cruel and the worst, more uncaring man--no, as Claire put it "machine" on earth. Yes. She throws all this in his face? Why? Because he says over and over how much he loves her and needs her and that she's the only woman he's ever loved and that she's amazing. And her reaction is to laugh in his face and call him a selfish self-pitying monster. Okay. If this is romance, then I fear for the world. How this book has a 3.77 average, I have no idea, because I'm ashamed that such utter nonsense can be published. ...more
You are under police protection, because someone has been stalking you and your family. You meet two very nice policemen, who vowOkay, imagine this:
You are under police protection, because someone has been stalking you and your family. You meet two very nice policemen, who vow to protect you with their lives.
What do you do?
You invite a friend over without telling your guards.
Your guards then see a shadowy figure approaching your house in the dark of night. Naturally, they take out their weapons.
Of course, you didn't tell your friend about the policemen, so your friend, who happens to be a paranoid person, whips out the gun she always carries just in case, and shoots one of the cops dead.
What do you do? You go outside, see your friend, and yell and scream at the remaining guard. "You idiot! You could have hurt my friend!"
You step over the dead body, wrap your friend in a hug, and guide her inside while telling a few knock-knock jokes.
Imagine this is not a spoof, but real life.
Okay, let's move on.
Imagine your friend has never met your cousin, who is a rather intimidating man. Imagine your friend is scared of men.
You bring your friend into the house, but do not mention the man, even though you know she fears men. Inside the house, your innocent cousin rounds a corner. Your friend, terrified, whips out her gun, and pulls the trigger.
Luckily, your cousin has good reflexes, and manages to dodge the bullet. As your friend takes aim for another shot, your cousin tackles your friend to the floor as not to be shot in the head.
Finally, you manage to calm your friend down, and then you demand your cousin leave immediately while you console your friend.
Now, make sure you and your friend tell everyone you see that your cousin is an evil psycho, because OMG, he greeted your friend by TACKLING HER TO THE GROUND!
That is what this book is about.
Isabeau attempts to murder Kieran. She has a stake in hand, and is lunging for him. He throws some powder on her, which causes her to freeze in place. That is all. He merely stopped her so she WOULD NOT KILL HIM. THAT IS ALL.
And you know what? Isabeau actually has the nerve to yell at him later about it, saying, "Oh, you greeted me with hypnos powder!" All woe is me. Um, you greeted him BY TRYING TO PLUNGE A STAKE THROUGH HIS HEART, BITCH!!! And the worst part of all, everyone agrees HE is the one in the wrong, and make fun of him throughout the book for DEFENDING HIMSELF.
Now, onto the fact that if Logan and Isabeau's genders were reversed, all the feminists would be in an uproar.
1. Logan literally has not ONE SINGLE THOUGHT this entire novel that doesn't revolve around Isabeau. He legit has NO other interests, nothing, no thoughts, no hopes, no dreams, no hobbies - NOTHING. His entire existence revolves around her.
2. Isabeau spares Logan about two or three thoughts the whole book. She is focused on herself the entire time. She has dreams and hopes and goals. This books tells us something about her, about her past. It tells us not one thing about Logan, other than the fact that he likes to wear old-fashioned clothing. He has no other quirks, nothing. He is as flat as paper.
3. Lucy. I don't get why people like her. She is an immature brat. I mean, do mature women really call their boyfriends "butthead?" I don't think so. She can't act mature for even one second, and she hasn't spared a single non-insult for Nick, her supposed boyfriend, since this series began. She's more like an annoying little sister than anything.
4. Scenes just end without warning, and then the book skips ahead in time, so that the author doesn't have to deal with the serious injuries she decided to inflict upon her characters.
5. Is there seriously supposed to be chemistry between Logan/Isabeau?
6. One of Logan's guards, whom he appeared to be friends with, dies protecting him, and he literally does not care AT ALL. He barely even blinks at her death.
7. When the baddie attacks Logan, Isabeau is miffed. When the baddie attacks her dog, Isabeau vows to kill him thrice over. I'm sorry, but anyone who puts a dog before the man/woman they supposedly love, needs to be locked up. And I say that knowing what it's like to love your dog.
8. The Isabeau flashbacks? Couldn't have cared less. So boring I almost cried.
Edit: I'm sorry, but none of these books deserve to have 4 star averages. You can really tell the author didn't put much thought into her characters, and when you compare these to other 4star books, you know you...CAN'T compare them....more
If you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is fIf you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is for you.
Rachel = person I despise. Edward = the most annoying, unlikable kid in booky existence. Gabe = very likable hero. Rachel + Gabe = bad idea! Gabe, you can do better!
I suppose I was supposed to feel sorry for Rachel because she was poor and had to take care of her kid, but I just didn't, because she was mean as heck! Especially to Gabe, who she supposedly loved. I'm not sure why she did, because, it seemed to me she didn't like him at all. I really despised that she made Gabe list the things he didn't like about his dead wife, just to make herself feel better. That was petty and unnecessary and made me hate her. Rachel spent this entire book complaining and whining about virtually everything.
I couldn't blame Gabe for not liking Edward. The kid was not likable at all! And he didn't act like a kid. I guess I was supposed to feel bad about THAT, too. Oh, boohoo he had a horrible childhood and had to grow up quickly, but...I just didn't care. He seemed fake to me. So did his "resolution" with Gabe. Why did Gabe suddenly love him? It made no sense. I also suppose I was supposed to be angry with Gabe when he gave Edward a little whap on the behind. Well, I really couldn't blame the guy! That sounds bad, and I don't think he should have done it, but honestly, it wasn't a big deal, and Gabe felt really bad about it afterward...
I don't know, I just felt like the purpose of this book was for me to sympathize with Rachel and her son, and condone the big bad Gabe, but it was pretty much the opposite for me.
With all that said, I can't deny that I enjoyed the book, even with my annoyance. The relationship between Gabe and his brothers was well written, and I thought the secondary romance with Ethan was sweet. It was good to see him finally realize the woman he loved was right in front of him the whole time, and I like when the couple has known each other for a long time before they get together. And, I must admit, Rachel is a good mother, even if I don't like her--or her son.
It was also nice to see both Rachel and Gabe forgive each other for the mistakes they'd both made. Neither of them was perfect, and they both accepted that. ...more
Is this book for real? Frannie is disgusting! Not only does she switch from Gabe to Luc every other minute, but she's also exremely selfish and showsIs this book for real? Frannie is disgusting! Not only does she switch from Gabe to Luc every other minute, but she's also exremely selfish and shows no compassion or love for anyone, except her grandpa and her dead brother. She claims to love Luc, yet, after this absurd declaration, she proceeds to make out/cuddle with Gabe IN FRONT OF LUC! And, of course, vice versa, throughout the ENTIRE BOOK. And then, if Luc so much as GLANCES at another girl, she flips out of her mind and threatens to murder him with her bare hands. Hypocrite? You tell me.
So, when she's not stringing both Gabe and Luc along, she's whining about how she killed her brother (gimme a break), or passing out for no apparent reason, since she's extremely weak/pathetic, or insulting one character or another, or crying (which she does LITERALLY, and I do mean LITERALLY in every single scene of the book). One of her faves is to insult Luc/Gabe, but especially Luc, simply because she's mad at herself. She's just so unpleasant and mean. She does NOT love Luc. Really. She says she does, and I think the author thinks she does, but that is not how she would act if she loved him. She would not insult him every minute of the day. She would not show him absolutely no compassion whatsoever. She would not show him no affection at ALL. She acts like he's just some random stranger. Frannie repeatedly says how she only wants Luc for his body, which pissed me off.
And, of course, everyone's all "Don't hurt Frannie" blah blah blah, yet she's the one who hurts Luc over and over and over and makes out with other people in front of him and treats him like crap on the bottom of her shoe. What. The. Heck!?
Another thing that bothered me: Luc/Gabe, but especially Luc, live only for Frannie. Luc has no life outside of her, no interests--nothing! His life revolves completely around her, whereas she has her own life and barely gives one fart about him. No, wait, she doesn't care about him at ALL! I hate books like that, where the guy has no life. He breathes only for the girl. WHY!? Honestly.
And back to Frannie. She's such an immature little buttface. Her favorite word is "whatever," which she uses constantly, and it always makes her sound so frickin' mean. Also, when Luc asks her to lock her window (since demons are out to get her) she flips and wants to rip his head off. Why!!?? Because he doesn't want her to die!!!??? Really!!!???
Side note: Luc does not act like a 4k year old demon. He acts like a teenage guy. Gabe acts like an old woman.
Errr, this book is soooo annoying! I kept wishing Frannie would just die or something. Whyyy is there always an annoying girl who makes EVERYONE love her and uses all the boys who come across her path and, of course, fall at her feet with melting love? Can't she frickin' pick one person!? It's not fair that she gets to make out with several guys, yet the guys are fully in love with her, so much so that they wouldn't dream of even looking at another person?
A summary of this book: Frannie cries. Luc falls in love with Frannie for no apparent reason, since she doesn't have a single likable quality. Frannie cries. Gabe falls in love with Frannie for no apparent reason, since she doesn't have a single likable quality. Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Gabe, who enjoys it for no apparent reason. Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Luc for no apparent reason. Frannie cries. A random demon attacks Frannie, and Luc, for no apparent resason, since she has no redeeming qualities, saves her worthless hide. Frannie cries. Frannie gets pissed off at Luc for no reason at all. Frannie makes out with Gabe again. Frannie cries. Luc reeaallly loves Frannie, like, reeeeaaallly, again, why!? Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Gabe and Luc, one right after the other, then gets a little more Gabe action, followed by some more Luc, and some more Gabe. Frannie swoons like an elderly woman and cries. Frannie is attacked. Luc, unfortunately and for no apparent reason, saves her. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie feels sorry for herself, and cries some more. Luc has a revelation. Frannie cries. Oh, and then she cries. Luc is an invincible robot, since it is clearly impossible for him to be injured, but even when he is injured, he's still fine. "Oh, what's that? I have a knife in my shoulder and deep claw marks all over my chest?" *Shrugs* "No biggie." *Crumples to the floor, dead* "Umm. Oops. Guess maybe I'm not okay after all." *Comes back to life* "OH, YEAH! I forgot! I'm omnipotent! WEEE!" Then again, it wouldn't matter if he was, since Frannie would show him no sympathy. No, she'd just scream and cry and hug Gabe. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie sniffles, puts on a dramatic show of tears, and gets on with her woe is me production. THEN.....DUNDUNDUN!!!!!!!! Get this: Frannie CRIES!!!!!!!! AND THEEENNN: Frannie gets drunk. And then Frannie makes Luc apologize for being angry with her because she CHEATED ON HIM. Then Frannie passes out drunk. Then Frannie does something she has never done before: SHE C.R.I.E.S.!!!...more
I liked how Keiro and Attia were still trapped in the prison, so we weren't cut off from its awesomeness entireThis just wasn't as good as the first.
I liked how Keiro and Attia were still trapped in the prison, so we weren't cut off from its awesomeness entirely, but somehow it didn't feel as interesting in this one. The character of Rix was pretty annoying and he thorougly grossed me out. I did like how Keiro and Attia stayed together, even though he claimed not to like her, you can tell he does.
What annoyed me was the lack of character development. Keiro, Attia, Claudia, and Finn all stay exactly the same and we really don't learn anything new about them. Also, there wasn't enough of Finn. It was mostly a book switching between Attia and Claudia's POV, which I didn't like. Especially since I don't like Claudia, and she gets considerably more selfish and annoying and cold in this book; you'd think she'd grow as a person, but...not really. We get Finn's POV only a handfull of times, and for maybe one or two pages at a time, and I just felt kind of cheated, because the first book was so clearly HIS, and then he sort of drops off the radar and just becomes this pathetic character feeling sorry for himself. Though, he still wasn't as annoying as Claudia ;)
Also, the revelation about Outside and what it is really like...was extremely depressing--and in a bad way. And the ending...is basically where the book just...ends...and the characters are all like, "Well, we'll probably all die soon." It just felt like nothing was resolved, except for a couple of small things. It also made me really angry that we never find out any of the mysterious about whether Finn really is Giles, or why he has those seizures, or why he continues to have them after he supposedly gets all his memories back, or if Sapphique is real, or if he's alive etc... Sure, there are little hints, but most of them are just misleading.
There was really only one scene in the entire book that I actually enjoyed...which is weird since I gave this four stars...The book kept me interested and was hard to put down because there was so much action, but I tend to prefer character depth over simple action, and there wasn't much of that.
What happens with Jared is also kind of depressing and entirely creepy. Also, I wanted to strangle Claudia for being all, "Oh, we have to get my poor daddy out of the prison. He matters more than Keiro and Attia." She didn't say those exact words, but close enough. I mean, it was HIS choice to lock himself in there!
And I don't like the idea of Finn and Claudia getting married. I really do NOT see that. There were one or two hints about Keiro and Attia maybe liking each other, despite all of their denials, but, like I said, the end leaves you hanging. And I also thought the "end" was too easy. What happened with the queen was ridiculous; I just couldn't see it. I mean, it makes sense, but it's kind of dissappointing. It feels like Fisher only wanted to write one book, but then realized the one wasn't enough to even come close to finishing the story, so she was forced to write a second one. It's like I could tell she wasn't enjoying herself writing it as much as the first.
So, it was an entertaining yet annoying read, and while I'd like to read the first book over again, I don't think I ever want to split the covers of this one apart ever again. Not because it was bad, but because it just isn't something I ever want to return to......more
I liked this one, mostly because the characters were actually likable. Ruby, though I didn't relate to her, was likable, and I did FEEL FOR her. PlusI liked this one, mostly because the characters were actually likable. Ruby, though I didn't relate to her, was likable, and I did FEEL FOR her. Plus her sister, Cora, was surprisingly awesome, too. I wasn't sure I'd like her at first, but I did. And Jamie was just too great. Everything he did, with holidays and stuff, was hilarious. I loved the Valentine's present "waves." So cute. And even Olivia was likable and interesting, even with such a small part. As for Nate, well, he was nice and I felt bad for him, but there wasn't anything too special about him. He was more just a reflection of Ruby, used to prove a point, which was a little annoying, but not much.
The one thing I didn't like was how Dessen skimmed over conversations I wanted to hear. She did it too often. And the ending was quite rushed, but overall the book was good/satisfying. I just can't imagine reading it again. ...more
I don't know, I just didn't like this book. I mean, it was pretty well written I guess, just not my thing. I could NOT relate to Remy in the slightestI don't know, I just didn't like this book. I mean, it was pretty well written I guess, just not my thing. I could NOT relate to Remy in the slightest. She was extremely unlikable, and a compelte bitch, and, for the record, admitting you're a bitch doesn't redeem you. The way she went from guy to guy, dumping them on a schedule, treating them as numbers on a chart and not as human beings...was frankly disgusting. She supposedly has an excuse, because her mom remarried four times. Big deal. You'd have to live under a rock to think treating people like such crap is actually okay.
Don't even get me started on Remy's supposed "friends." Seriously, what the hell was up with Chloe? That girl is more like an enemy than a friend. The others were all right, but not interesting or likable at all. The ONLY likable character in the entire book was Dexter, and Remy treated him like crap on the bottom of her shoe throughout the entire book. Even when she realizes she actually really did LIKE him, she broke up with JUST so she could break up with him. I'm sorry, I know I was supposed to feel so bad for Remy, but really?? Why? She's a bitch, a slut, and totally selfish. It's not like her life was THAT bad. Big deal, she had a few stepfathers. At least she had a mother and brother.
And knowing that some relationships don't last is hardly an excuse for treating a really nice guy who loved her like he was her freaking "Ken doll."
Yes, the book was funny, and I couldn't put it down, but that was mostly because I wanted to know if Remy ever stopped being evil. I don't know, I just think Dexter was wasted on this stupid book. Maybe I'm cold, but I felt no sympathy for Remy. I just couldn't. She spends the whole book boo-hooing about how she lost her virginity to someone she did't like. Well, who the heck cares? It's not like she was raped. She CHOSE to do that. She KNEW what she was doing, and did it anyway.
Oh, and the way she was complaining about having Dexter pursue her was SO annoying. Oh, poor me, an awesome guy likes me. What did I ever do to deserve such hardships? Plus the way she saw all of his characteristics as flaws just pissed me off. Well, he clumsy and messy and doesn't tie his shoes, so he can't possibly ever be a husband. Um, how do those specific traits equate to such an extreme? What's so bad about being clumsy, anyway? I think it's freakin' adorable. I mean, when she called him a freaking shoelace to be tied, I wanted to jump into the book and throttle her. AND she never apologized for insulting him, and of course he was too nice to ask. Remy wouldn't lower herself to apologize to him. Not even after she falsely accused him at the end. No, she couldn't possibly say sorry. She'll just have to kiss him, becayse he's not worhty of an apology.
Okay, so it's obvious now that I just hate Remy.
Plus, this books was SO predictable. The second they mentioned the secretary at the beginning during the wedding, I knew what was going to happen/had been happening. It couldn't have been more obvious had she come right out and said it.
And this is just my personal opinion, but I hate authors that use charcters as nothing more than tools. Like every single one of Remy's boyfriends AND friends was a plot tool, nothing more.
That being said, I can't say I didn't LIKE the book, because I did, though it was majorly depressing (though it is supposedly uplifting?? But how??). Mostly, I just liked Dexter. I AM in the minority here, though, because apparently this is Dessen's best book. Well...I'm on my second of hers right now, and I already like it better than this one, so maybe I'm just weird.
Who knows. Maybe I'll ask Remy for some advice on how to be a heartless bitch, that way I'll be able to understand her better. :D...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