Like I give a shit what Jocelyn is wearing. Or about Jocelyn at all. The woman is annoying as hell and needs to either go back into a coma, or just di...moreLike I give a shit what Jocelyn is wearing. Or about Jocelyn at all. The woman is annoying as hell and needs to either go back into a coma, or just die a painful death. After (view spoiler)[ Clary murders Jace (hide spoiler)], Jocelyn hops over and tells her to, and I quote: (view spoiler)["Let him go." Um. Are you kidding me? Let him go? After about twenty seconds? After Clary just killed him? (hide spoiler)] Ohhh, kay, Jossy, sure. You're a damned idiot, and I hate your type. You're like Sophie, making good people (that you don't even know) out to be villains of your past with no proof whatsoever other than her own idiocy.
Clary isn't much better. She has two modes: thoughtless badass and thoughtless weakling. Neither is appealing. She's just missing something as a character, and comes off as cold and hard.
I was pissed about Jace's mind-control gunk this whole book. Boring. I like Simon a lot. Isabelle more than usual. Alec, despite his TSTL moments. Magnus, just because. Jordan because of a certain pair of boxers. Maia is even growing on me because at least she's warmer than Clary and doesn't act all fluttery and up herself. Also, Clary is a sucky friend. Simon goes out of his way to help her every second, and when does she ever do that for him? She never can bother to ask how he's doing.
Most of the scenes just seemed so...pointless. It was like reading mostly filler.
I'm finding this a little disturbing, but I don't even like Jace that much anymore. He's way too whipped. He's not a man anymore. He's just...the person who loves Clary, spouting cheesy love lines that make me roll my eyes. Even when he was being "arrogant," it seemed more like he was just saying that stuff out of habit, when really he just wanted to gush about Clary and get all gooey and icky.
Also, Sebastian. There was just way too much of him. There were more scenes of Sebby/Clary than Clary/Jace...and they basically had more freaking action, too, which is just...wrong.
I'll read the next one to see what happens, but...my excitement is gone. As for Brother Z...people think he's Will or Jem, but I have another guess (someone not from ID). Anyway, that would be sick if it was one of them. No really. That would like, scar me for life. *shudders*["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The four stars is for the story and other characters, not for the main couple, because...come on. Runa and Shade are ridiculous characters, especially...moreThe four stars is for the story and other characters, not for the main couple, because...come on. Runa and Shade are ridiculous characters, especially Runa. I found her very strange. The things that come out of her mouth as well as her actions. To be honest she didn't bother me much until the end. I didn't even care about her first meeting with Shade. I mean, it's a paranormal romance, so I've gotten used to the sex at first sight scenarios.
But the whole thing about...(view spoiler)[Shade beating the pain out of people. Not only is that stupid, but the fact that Runa begged him to beat her despite how it pained him was just...pathetic and stupid and made her seem like such a flimsy character. It just felt so fake. (hide spoiler)] I think Ione's heroines are kind of odd. They seem to have personality changes and make decisions waaay out of character. One moment she'll be strong and mature and the next she acts like a weak toddler, no offense to toddlers. Plus, when Shade started to disappear, she barely noticed, and when she did she pretty much brushed it off.
Also, let us talk about the corniness. Come on. The last line? Something along the lines of "and love is the greatest curse of all." Are you serious? Why does it have to be so corny? It seems so out of place and fake. You can love someone without being a sappy mess. Seriously, all these women have the men completely wrapped around their fingers, which just...I get that some women fantasize about that, but I like it to be a bit more realistic.
But my favorite thing about this series is how all the characters show up in all the books rather than disappearing. And we've got the continuing Kynan/Gem storyline, which is cool. But the overall relationships haven't impressed me, especially since at least one of them is hiding behind a big-ass lie. I don't like relationships that start with huge lies. I don't like relationships where one of the characters is working against the other character. This series has got enough drama without all that.
In the first book, I really liked the relationship between the brothers, but it's pretty much gone in this book. There were a few moments, but mostly they acted colder toward each other than normal, and I didn't enjoy it. I'm not a fan of how they act toward Wraith, either. Condescension isn't an appealing trait for me, and you don't get any more condescending than Eidolon!
However, the scenes with Wraith and Kynan were funny and just so cute. Plus, I just think Wraith in general is hilarious. I don't care what anyone else says, he's very amusing. There were moments I really liked Shade, but mostly I just felt indifferent toward him. I don't know why. I didn't connect with him for whatever reason. Same with Runa. There were times I really liked her, like when she was kicking demon-butt...and then others when she just seemed so...pitiful and immature. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked this more than I expected to based on Tayla. Enough said. Tayla. She was extremely annoying with all her bullheaded ignorance, but for some re...moreI liked this more than I expected to based on Tayla. Enough said. Tayla. She was extremely annoying with all her bullheaded ignorance, but for some reason it didn't start to grate until the halfway point. By then I was like, Okay, come on. Are you gonna start liking your hero any time soon? It took over half the book for her to finally come around and admit that she was wrong and that not all demons should be killed/are evil.
I found Eidolon to be a unique hero, especially for this genre. He wasn't the typical heman. He acts with intelligence and restraint and he was just so different from the heroes I'm used to. That's not to say I loved him, because I didn't, but I was refreshed by him, so I enjoyed him as a hero. But to be honest I can't love a guy without a sense of humor, and Eidolon has none, so he couldn't do it for me. Tayla? I didn't have a problem with her personally, meaning her outward personality, but her blindess was irksome. But I've gotta like a heroine who can take care of herself rather than sit in a corner whimpering.
Plus, the idea of an underground demon hospital is just really cool. I don't know why. Usually I don't like hospital stories, but since it's a demon hospital, it was much more interesting. I like all the random demons that crop up.
I like that a number of characters played a large role in this book. Usually with romance it focuses solely on the main couple, but not so with this series, which is the main reason why I enjoy it so much. There are multiple subplots going on that I enjoyed--nothing overly original or memorable, but entertaining enough.
I do think Tayla and Eidolon are a good match. Despite their differences, they had real chemistry and I understood why they ultimately fell in love (as is NOT the case in future books).(less)
Better than the others. The book's good all around, but I'm still not in love with Kate. I don't know, she's too...cold, aloof. I mean, I know she has...moreBetter than the others. The book's good all around, but I'm still not in love with Kate. I don't know, she's too...cold, aloof. I mean, I know she has reasons and part of this is because of how she was brought up, but...I just can't relate to her and don't like her all that much. I mean, when she went to see Derek for the first time after he awoke from his coma after being beaten to a bloody chunk of almost unidentifiable meat, she didn't say anything remotely nice or reassuring. No, "How are you?" Or, "I'm so glad you're okay; I was worried," but no. She goes all, OHH poor me, I had to feel so guilty. And then she asks if she can punch him--as if he wasn't already punished enough. And when he hugged her, did she hug him back--no. She just sat there like a log.
Andrea also gets on my nerves. I mean, you're Beast Kin. Get over it already and stop sniveling like an idiot.
Now that I think about it, the majority of characters annoy me, uncluding Julie and Jim and Saimon and Raphael and Dali and even Curran. And the relationship between Kate and Curran doesn't feel real to me. I know it's moving at a slow pace and everything, but still...I don't see why either of them would be attracted to the other. I mean, when Curran called Kate "baby," I was like: "Ummm, why?"
What's good, though, is the thick plot and number of subplots. The series is getting a little weird/random, but you can really tell the authors have spent a lot of time crafting the story. And I liked the idea of the Midnight Games. Pretty cool. (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)
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)
**spoiler alert** Well, well, well. You'd think I'd have written a review for this, considering Fang is my favorite hero in Dark-Hunterville--ever. I...more**spoiler alert** Well, well, well. You'd think I'd have written a review for this, considering Fang is my favorite hero in Dark-Hunterville--ever. I love him like no other, and this book just made me love him even more.
Aimee and Fang. I like it. A bear and a wolf. Why not? Sounds good to me. Plus, Fang and Aimee had real chemistry. I believed in their relationship--especially since Aimee had never really liked wolfweres, until Fang. They're definitely one of my favorite couples, and not just in this series, but of all time.
As for plot, there seemed to be a lot going on. We've got Fang trapped in some kind of purgatory. We've got Aimee and her family/mating issues, and Aimee trying to kill the demons, and we've got Fang dealing with his new "job," and Fang's relationship with his brother(s). So there were no lulls or boring spots, despite how it recaps parts of Vane's and Wren's books.
It was amazing to see Fang change so much. After he got his soul returned to him, he was just....different. He wasn't the loud-mouthed, smart-assed, never-think-before-you-act Fang. He grew so much. And not just mentally, but also physically. He gained power, and also learned to fight better in his human form--he can even compete with Vane now, which makes me so happy. At first, Vane's pathetic failure to aid his brother created a rift between the two, but eventually, after Vane proved he cared, I actually think their relationship strengthened. I mean, Fang actually told Vane he loved him! When does that happen between brothers? I did want to murder Vane for a good 3/4 of the book for being so mean to Fang, and saying such hurtful things when Fang needed him the most, though.
The whole thing with the bears at the end didn't make me sad. I guess it was meant to, but I never liked Nicolette, or her husband, so them dying didn't affect me. Savitar pissed me off in this book. Just saying.
I like Fury a lot, too. I'm glad he's Fang's brother, and I'm glad the two of them accepted each other. They really are so much alike--I can imagine why they wouldn't get along. That big fight between them was funny, because you know they don't actualy want to kill each other.
Aimee. I just want to talk about her for a minute. She really only annoyed me once in the whole book. This was when she said that all wolves should be gathered up and executed or some such, while Fang was standing right there. Not very smart, Aimee. You really hurt him, there. Sure, she apologizes, but what's done is done. Other than that...I was very impressed with the way she went all-out to save Fang. They both loved each other so much, and it was clearly displayed, not just told.
So yeah, I love Fang. This is my second time reading this book--my first DH reread. That says something.(less)
I really enjoyed this...I don't know why, because I can't say I actually LIKE any of the characters, except Jeremy. Love Jeremy. I know I'm supposed t...moreI really enjoyed this...I don't know why, because I can't say I actually LIKE any of the characters, except Jeremy. Love Jeremy. I know I'm supposed to love Clay, but I just can't do it. I mean, I like him AS a character, and find him really interesting, but I can't actually LIKE him. I don't dislike him, either. I'm indifferent. I just found that whole dissection thing to be pretty disturbing, um, yeah. But Clay's pretty hilarious...and terrifying.
Anyway, it was awesome to see how Jeremy "tamed" Clay, and brought him back from living in the "wild." There were so many funny moments in this. The characters are well developed, but for some reason I never connect with any of Armstrong's characters. I try, but I can't. In her young adult series, which I read first...I wasn't a big fan of any of the characters, and same goes for these books. I didn't much care for Elena, and I don't really love Clay, either, but I AM intrigued by them....if that makes sense.
Anyway, I couldn't put this one down, and I'm not even sure why...Something addictive about it, I guess. Who knows. (less)