This book was far more boring than Evernight. The fights between the main characters seemed forced, a way to provide action where there was none. I do...moreThis book was far more boring than Evernight. The fights between the main characters seemed forced, a way to provide action where there was none. I don't like Bianca, the main character, at all, nor do I particularly like the other main characters, Raquel, Lucas, and Balthazar...none of them are likable to me, so it made it hard for me to enjoy the book.
I also thought there was a bit of 'thought overload,' and that basically Bianca's thoughts interrupted every sentence and seemed choppy. In fact, each scene change seemed rather choppy. Gray puts all her energy into creating major twists to supposedly shock readers, but then fails to actually create an interesting story.
Overlall, it isn't a bad book, not not one of tops. (less)
Okay, so PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who HATES Marc!! ANYONE!?
Warning: This is more of a rant than a review and may contain minor spoilers......moreOkay, so PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who HATES Marc!! ANYONE!?
Warning: This is more of a rant than a review and may contain minor spoilers...
I simply could not enjoy this book, because I was too busy hating Marc's guts. I mean, really. What is the attraction? Marc is the biggest A-hole of all time. Call me crazy, but if cold-blooded murder has become the new "sexy," then I really have to wonder what the world is coming to. I just found it creepy how Marc readily admits on several occasions to wanting to bash someone's face in or rip their throat out for non good reason other than his uncontrollable temper.
Just because he doesn't hit women, doesn't make him some great guy. If a guy so much as glances in Faythe's direction, Marc would not hesitate to murder said guy. I mean, he was all ready and set to beat Jace to DEATH for no reason other than he accidentally left his keys on the table for Faythe to find. By that point, it was pretty clear her bet with Jace about the car keys was off, considering he'd begged her NOT to take them. Marc WANTED to and WOULD HAVE killed him, had he not been forcefully stopped. When Faythe hears about this, she not only doesn't care, but accepts it as if it's totally okay.
Yes, she's used to Marc's temper. But the second she sees him she's all over him like nothing's wrong, when he's a freakin' killer! And where does he get off acting all high and mighty. Yes, he's second in command or whatever, but no one can extort their power so much and still be considered likable...only Marc is. No one EVER gets angry with him for his psychotic outbursts. He's a freaking Stray, and he thinks he rules the world. Also, he's the most possessive person of all time, and controls Faythe's life as though HE is the author of this book, rather than Rachel Vincent.
On top of my complete annoyance with Marc, this bookk dragged on and on for what seemed like years. It felt like the longest book in history, and some of Vincent's scenes are so pointless I wanted to scream, "GET THE HECK ON WITH IT, ALREADY!" She goes on and on about nothing, using twenty words where she could have used one.
And then there's Faythe. She's so annoying I can almost compare her to Marc. They make a lovely, self-absorbed pair of unsympathetic assholes.
Faythe cares about no one but herself and Marc. She has a human boyfriend, who she couldn't care less about, and then she goes and makes out with Jase and then has sex with Marc on the same day. Can you say slut? And still, she won't commit to one single man.
Yes, she's brave and strong and seemed to care a little for Abby, but it's still hard for her to see past her own damn skull. She doesn't cry until she sees her BRUISED FACE?? Vain much? Ugh.
I also found it irritating how she felt no remorse after murdering that Eric guy. Sure, he was a bad guy/rapist, but still...she should feel SOMETHING after ripping his throat out other than glee and excitement. But, then again, if she likes a guy like Marc...what does that say about Faythe herself?
Think I'm being harsh? (Not that anyone reads my reviews) Maybe I am. But this book just wrung every nerve I have. It's like my pet peeve in book form. Everything that bugs me happens in this book.
On the good side. There were some funny moments, and the characters seem real and well developed. Though most of the book is slow and boring, it still managed to entertain me and keep me reading, though more out of a necessity to see if Marc loses the stick he has up his ass (he doesn't).
The whole werecat thing was done well, and was pretty convinving, though VIncent contradicted herself on several occasions. One moment, werecats are creatures that suffer from blood-lust, and the next they are creatures who hunt only to eat, and get no enjoyment out of doing so. However, Faythe seemed to be having a pretty damn good time whilst killing "Bambi's Mom," and then going after a human with the same intent. And then she has the nerve to cry afterwards like, "Oh poor me." Give me a freaking break, Faythe.
Well...I don't know if that really counts as a review, but I really had to get this off my chest or face spontaneous combustion.
In other news...I feel compelled to continue with this series, even knowing it will only grow more annoying with the deaths of good characters whille Marc prances around like God Almighty himself.
Gag me. Really. Please.
Oh, and one more thing: Faythe is an absolute IDIOT! She WALKED right into her kidnapper's arms! And then at the end she's like, "Hmm. Why is Marc growling at me?" Did it seriously not occur to her that there was someone BEHIND her?(less)
Sea Change has a slow start, and doesn't really pick up any until about a third of the way through the book.
It's a very mild book without much action...moreSea Change has a slow start, and doesn't really pick up any until about a third of the way through the book.
It's a very mild book without much action. It basically relies on mystery and suspense to keep the readers going, though, even by the end, most of the questions still remain un answered.
Miranda herself was pretty much the only character that seemed remotely developed, though even she, aslong with all the other characters, could sometimes step out of character. Her mother, for instance...I didn't undertand that woman...she appeared to suffer from multiple personalites (aka DID).
As for the love interests...it remained quite clear who Miranda would actually 'end up with' throughout the whole book. T.J. was so sickenly (and fakely) polite that it made me want to hurl. Leo, on the other hand, was a more likable character—heck, he was pretty much the only likale character in the book besides Miranda, though I don't think he had a significant amount of appearances.
Also, Miranda and Leo's relationship was like BAM, let's make out and be in love...then, oh wait, let's have a cliche fight scene that is so forced it doesn't make sense!
Overall, the book was entertaining enough, though it could have been better. (less)
Okay, so this book is completely different from Poison Study. In Poison Study, I quite liked Yalena, and thought her a truly relatable and realistic c...moreOkay, so this book is completely different from Poison Study. In Poison Study, I quite liked Yalena, and thought her a truly relatable and realistic character, but she got on my nerves in this one.
There are tons of new characters. We meet Yelena's real family, all of whom are intriguing. The characters are convincing, and not flat, but they all have one thing in common: Their lives all revolve around Yelena. None of the character's has a life outside of "Yelena! Yelena! Yelena!" At one point, a character actually says as much, which really annoyed me. The whole world pretty much revolves around Yelena.
Also, how many times can you read about someone being kidnapped and have it be interesting? She gets kidnapped about 10 times in this book, and tons more in the third book, but that's in other news. The same things seem to happen over and over. Yelena is constantly getting tortured. Yelena is always in some kind of pain--either that or she's too tired to move. Now, don't get me wrong, it's nice to see that using magic has consequences etc. but I'm getting bored of Yelena waking up to someonce's 'concerned face.'
I find it rather amusing that none of the other characters are ever injured besides the very unimportant ones. But the secondary characters are pretty much omnipotent. Valek is invincible. We get a lot more rape/torture in this book. There are several evil people in this one, and Yelena is kidnapped by all of them on seperate occasions...I can think of four off the top of my head. Ugh.
Yelena became progressively more annoying throughout the story. She gets high and mighty on several of the characters. I laughed when she started hating Leif for not fighting off a full grown, powerful magician when he was eight years old in order to save her. I also find it hilarious that Leif believed that Yelena kidnapped HERSELF when she was SIX YEARS OLD and STAYED AWAY for an additional FOURTEEN YEARS just to spite him! Come on! That's just ridiculous--as was the scene in which he tried to slice and dice her with his machete. Yes, the magician was controlling him...but really? The whole Leif is evil and a horrible brother premise was just stale by this point.
Everyone will hate me for saying this, but I don't get the big deal about Valek. He's an assassin. Woohoo. So what? What's so sexy about murdering people....and for that matter, murdering babies. Valek is mildly interesting, but he became little more than Yelena's beau in this book. It annoyed me how he kept calling Yelena 'love' throughout. Once or twice would have been fine, but it was overdone and made him, the assassin, seem like a sap. I like Valek, but I he isn't one of the best characters I've ever read, that's for sure.
There's lots of action, and it's always difficult to tell who is good and who is bad, because it fluctuates often, which keeps the pages turning. It was fun to learn about the different clans etc.. and I thought Moon Man was pretty cool with his story weaving and such. Oh, and I LOVE Keke!!! It's awesome how Yelena can communicate with horses-- one of the best parts of the book, and it isn't overly corny, because these books can get pretty dark. There's still a bit of humor, but not much.
All in all, it's a fun book, and it's hard to put down, even if it's repetitive, and I wanted to slap Yelena several times throughout. She is a strong heroine, though, and I liked the balance Snyder created: Yelena can take care of herself, but she's not all-powerful, and does need assistance now and then--she just doesn't need to always be rescued, because she can ususally take care of that herself. (less)
See my Magic Study review, because this is pretty much the same book, except instead of Yelana saying, "Oh, why oh why would I be a Soul Finder? It's...moreSee my Magic Study review, because this is pretty much the same book, except instead of Yelana saying, "Oh, why oh why would I be a Soul Finder? It's not possible!" she's saying, "Oh, why oh why am I a Soul Finder when my parents are not and when I don't want to be!?"
She gets kidnapped about a hundred times. I like the book, because it's pretty intricate and Snyder clearly has a great imagination, plus so many of the concepts were new and interesting to me.
Cahill seems to suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder, because he kept switching personalities throughout the series. For some reason Snyder liked to use Leif as the annoying, bad-talking, 'I'll turn on you in a second' brother, which was okay at first, but was stale by the end of Magic Study...and by Fire Study I was rolling my eyes.
Valek was too lovey dovey, "Oh, Yelena, my love!" everytime he saw her. Fisk was an interesting character, but it annoyed me how he had to call Yelena "lovely Yelena" every SINGLE time he spoke to her.
Yelena was without a doubt the center of the world in both Ixia and Sitia...which was weird. Loose ends are tied fairly well...just not in a way that I cared.
The ending was a bit silly/rushed. Roze's demise was anticlimactic.Possibly this was because, by the end, I really didn't care much what happened...I just wanted the thing to be over.(less)
For YA, these books are pretty disturbing. It would have been better had Kaylee not become so self-centered--not selfish--but she couldn't seem to see...moreFor YA, these books are pretty disturbing. It would have been better had Kaylee not become so self-centered--not selfish--but she couldn't seem to see past her own feelings...as though everyone's actions around her were a personal affront to her and her perfection.
Also, I like Tod's character and all, but come on...how did he suddenly become a self-righteous Kaylee-obsessed hero? Honestly, if Tod asked Kaylee if she was okay one more time...And literally the second Kaylee told Tod what was happening I was like, ooh I can't wait for the scene in which he punches Nash...and then, sure enough...that really annoyed me. Tod butting into Nash and Kaylee's business and playing the hero. It's just not...Tod...
The end was hugely anti-climactic, and I found it absurd that Kaylee took a million years to figure out what Nash was doing, and I also found it annoying that the book cut off where it did. I really wanted to see Nash's mom's reaction.
One of the problems is that Vincent tends to have everyone in the book obsessed with her main character. Seriously. With this series and the werecats series, every character's favorite person is the main character and the main character is always sooo important. I mean, Tod LITERALLY cares more about Kaylee, a girl he's known for a few months, more than his own brother. Okay...if you say so.
This just annoyed me personally, but when Kaylee called her uncle to tell him that Nash and her dad were trapped in the Netherworld, his response was OHH I HAVE TO GET MY BROTHER BACK. Then, oh, and we can't let Nash die because it would upset his mother. Really? Who says that. Shouldn't they want to save him for HIM, so HE WON'T DIE, not simply so Harmony won't have to lose someone else...Honestly, some of the things her characters say are ridiculous. In other news: Everyone thinks Kaylee should dump Nash and never look back because he made a mistake. He is HUMAN, well...kind of lol. But seriously, he can't be PERFECT. People make mistakes. Everyone. If you really love someone and want a relationship with them, you have to work through mistakes and the realities of what people are, including their less perfect sides. Oh, Nash isn't perfect? Well, dump that guy's sorry ass and find someone that is perfect and will never make a mistake. What's that you say? There's no one out there that fits this description? Well, gosh. What to do?
Truthfully, I never liked Nash that much, because I thought he was too perfect. NOW, I like him much better, because he feels more real. He's allowed to make a mistake. People CAN have second chances. If you think Kaylee should never forgive him, that's just silly. Yes, he needs to earn back her trust, and no, things will not be the same, nor will they be easy, BUT...they can work through this.
Oh, and one more thing: for those who don't like Nash because he supposedly only likes Kaylee b/c she's a banshee, well, news flash...Why does Kaylee like Nash? When they talked for the first time, she liked him ONLY BECAUSE he was popular and good-looking. She gave no indication that this changed in any of the rest of the books...and nor is there proof that Nash likes Kaylee only b/c she's a banshee.
So...why is it okay for her to like Nash for his popularity/good-looks? Just wondering. Honetly, she never acted like she really loved Nash or had real feelings for him as a person...she was too into having her first real boyfriend...and then, of course, the instant she finds out he's not perfect, she dumps him. And, of course, everyone is cheering her on for doing so, but I'm not. If she REALLY cared about him, they would try to work things through. Yes, Nash made a horrible mistake, but that's what people do. Get over it already.(less)
This was really nothing special. I don't understand the rave reviews.
It felt like an outline of a book rather than an actual book, which was weird co...moreThis was really nothing special. I don't understand the rave reviews.
It felt like an outline of a book rather than an actual book, which was weird considering its length.
The characters were flat and had no development, save for Bryn. Devon was a stereotypical cardboard cut-out of a theater guy who dresses all fancy and in-fashion and talks in annoying movie lines. So was Lake, whose only trait was her love of guns and protectiveness of *gasp* Bryn. Chase was less than even that. His only line was basically "Bryn, mine, protect," or some variation of that. He acted like a wolf throughout the entire book, which got tiresome, and he had no personality whatsoever. He was obviously created to fill the position of Bryn's mate, and no thought was put into his character.
Ali was the only remotely interesting character, though I can't even say I liked her. She was a good mother figure to Bryn, but not much more. I liked how she "stuck up" to Callum, the pack Alpha, though.
The plot was...easy? I don't know, there was just nothing special about this book. Maybe I was expecting too much from it?
I didn't really find the Were lore to be all that unique, despite what others have thought. Maybe I've read too many werewolf books to feel like anything relating to them is new?
And then Bryn. I didn't like her. It annoyed me how she referred to her dead father as "the one I called Daddy" instead of "my father." Just because he died when she was four doesn't mean he wasn't her dad.
And she was supposedly so messed up from being there while her paretns were killed by the werewolf, but she never actually acted like it. Barnes just kept repeating the same "big bad wolf" is coming to get you line, and "blood-blood-blood," and it was supposed to be some big emotional thing. Well, it wasn't. I didn't feel for her at ALL. She really felt sorry for herself.
Oh, boohoo for me, I could have been killed etc..I have such a traumatic past wahwahwah. Now I'm gonna cry.
Overall, just...not the best. It keeps you entertained and you want to know what happens next, but, really, you're not missing much if you skip over this one.(less)
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 shows...moreIs 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.!!!(less)
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 thi...moreIf 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.(less)
One of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treat...moreOne of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treats like crap until the last chapter. It barely feels like a romance, considering Dylan isn't even in the book that much. There is no plot. It's just a bunch of random things happening to Malic, as if I cared. I was relieved when it ended.
Dylan. Who the heck IS he, anyway? No, really. We know next to nothing about him, and he's as flat as paper. Come to think of it, Malic is pretty flat himself. He's a scary, muscle-man and that's about it. Dylan is a clingy, horny teenager. That's about it. (less)