I didn't see that this was billed as a Young Adult story, but it sure seems to read that way. Either that or Brandon wrote this long ago, when he wasnI didn't see that this was billed as a Young Adult story, but it sure seems to read that way. Either that or Brandon wrote this long ago, when he wasn't as good at his craft ...
I should also admit that I didn't read this - I listened to the Audible version. It is possible the way the performer read this influenced my enjoyment, in fact I know he did -- but I think even had I done the written version instead, I think would still feel like it was aimed at the YA crowd, as it was somewhat simplistic overall.
It also took me half the story to even figure out who was who half the time. There was too much describing something that had occurred and not enough description of what was happening. I don't care for stories that rely so heavily on a character summarizing a scene from the past for you rather than show you the scene itself; I always feel that the author couldn't write well enough to make the scene engaging, so they cut it out ...
For example when a story describes a character as "brilliant political negotiator", but doesn't show an actual example of a political negotiation where this character shows brilliance -- it can be made more aggravating when there is a scene that the character actually has an opportunity to provide us with an example of brilliance, but it doesn't.
The plot was intriguing, but the characters weren't very engaging and the writing came across to me as being very YA or still wet behind the ears. This book is OK, but definitely not in the same class as his Mistborn or Stormlight series....more
BOOK 1: I quite enjoyed the book. I enjoyed it for its similarities to the movie (which was how I even learned of the BC series) as well as for beingBOOK 1: I quite enjoyed the book. I enjoyed it for its similarities to the movie (which was how I even learned of the BC series) as well as for being almost a completely different story than the movie. Don't take that amiss, both worked for me, but I am glad I saw the movie first, because I didn't miss the huge number of things that were missing -- I could enjoy the movie with a fresh eye, without preconceptions. If I'd read the book first, I think I would not have like the movie as much. It really is different, but we're not here to talk just about the movie, right?
THE BASIC PREMISE: Home grown Gatlin teen Ethan falls for new girl Lena and discovers that Lena is what her family call a "Caster". Some people would call them "witches", but Lena disdains the overly generalized moniker. To top it off, there is a sort prophecy relating to a Caster's 16th birthday, which for Lena is coming up in a few short months. On that day the Caster will be claimed for either the Light or the Dark ... no one can predict who will be called by which side, nor what would happen to Ethan and Lena's love if she is claimed by the Dark.
THE AUDIENCE: This series is aimed for the young adult audience, but the writing is more complex than I expected. I am not the target audience (being in my 40s) and I usually find the young adult fiction’s writing to be simplistic and often inconsistent in how the characters behave or speak. It tends to irritate me after a while and I find my reviews can come across as more negative than was intended.*Note: this does not apply to Alice in Deadland, that review stands, awful, terrible, book…
I think both boys and girls would enjoy the book, though since it is billed as a romance I doubt that many boys will pick it up. It’s too bad, there aren’t many ‘romance’ books out there told from the boy’s POV. Beautiful Creatures is told from Ethan’s POV. I think there might be a few scenes from a 3rd person POV, but mostly it’s Ethan story and it’s intriguing.
THE WRITING: As I mentioned above, the writing is not your typical simplistic and over stylized fare you see in YA fiction these days, it is more dynamic and complex and reads quite well. That said, it is still accessible to a younger audience. It should be completely comprehensible and enjoyable a read for all ages.
HOW I FELT AT THE END OF THE BOOK: Invested enough to see how Ethan and Lena’s story(s) end, so I got the next one, then the next. I read all four in a week.
THE SERIES OVERALL: I liked them all. I was surprised a few times, laughed out loud a few times, certainly shed a tear or two now and again and did not get bored at any point. HOWEVER – if you ever intend to see the movie, watch that first so you can enjoy it for what it is, not dislike it for what it’s not. ...more
Like some, I came into this third installment thinking it was the final in a trilogy--it's not. It is a definite ramp up in speed and tension and I haLike some, I came into this third installment thinking it was the final in a trilogy--it's not. It is a definite ramp up in speed and tension and I had a hard time putting it down. I hate that I again have to wait another year to see what happens next...and dread the day it is complete because I don't want to leave this world.
Truly, the reviewers (oh so many years ago) who likened Ms. Moon as Tolkien's heir were right. The world is so rich and complex and I want to know all the stories, follow all the characters ... I would love to see an "Oath" version of the Simarillion some day....more