I'm not going to go into too much detail here, as I feel that three stars doesn't warrant it right now. As a book that I listened to while at work, th...moreI'm not going to go into too much detail here, as I feel that three stars doesn't warrant it right now. As a book that I listened to while at work, this book was great. It was easy and somewhat interesting. The excessive amount of lists and descriptions of how things worked in the world might have otherwise been boring, had I not been focusing on more than one thing. I do enjoy good world building and knowing how things differ from my own... but so often the world did not differ from my own, and so I just felt I was having things listed off to me. I don't need to know how it is appropriate to wash dishes depending on how much stuff you have stuck on them. I already know that. It did not add to the narrative. It was weird, 'cause who wants to talk about that?
I was also kind of pulled out of the book a few times by the insistence that Mags knew how to do everything because he had come from such a poor background. I get it, his background sets him apart from those around him, and gives him a leg up when doing things that people who are born with more privilege can't do. I am all about commentary on privilege. But after a while, it didn't feel like that. So he knows how to use a mortar and pestle. So he knows how to wash dishes. So he knows how to crawl around on his stomach. I get it, which is why I do not need to constantly be told that the reason he can do these things is because of his background. I kind of felt talked down to. I am a smart woman, I do not need you to hold my hand. But this is kind of a general problem I have with some of Lackey's other writings.
I know I'm really good at harping on about the things I don't like, so I'll try to talk about some things I did like. I like Mags. He's a nice kid and he means well, and I like that. He made for an extremely easy read. I know the Heralds are always so good and better than most... but I kind of like that too. It's sweet and fluffy and something you just need sometimes.
I liked some of the other characters, and would like to get to know more about the King's Own Herald and his daughter. I was a little bummed about how much I did not know at the end of this book. It didn't feel like a good ending (more bad, I'm sorry!) because it didn't feel like the end of a book. I realize there is more story to tell, but you kind of want to end your books with at least closing up a few more loose ends, while leaving enough open to make people want more. So, with that negative part down, the positive is that I am excited to learn more. I really want to know what that whole late bit of the book was about, and I'm interested to see if Mags will start to understand the politics of everything better. I mean, the longer he is with the other trainees and Heralds, the more he will learn, and the more things will make sense to him, I hope.
I look forward to Mags getting to use his ability more. That's what I've always liked about these books, no matter the problems I have with them. So, unlike several other series that I have read recently and plan on not following through with, I definitely plan on reading the next one, if not all. But definitely on audio, definitely while working.(less)
I should probably start with: I did not finish this book.
So, I had to do it. I had to just stop reading this book I have been trying to make it throug...moreI should probably start with: I did not finish this book.
So, I had to do it. I had to just stop reading this book I have been trying to make it through this book for a couple of weeks. Admittedly, I decided to read the book after watching the movie.
My first experience with this book was while working at the bookstore. I had finished The Hunger Games, and was trying to find something of interest to read. At the time, things were really gearing up for paranormal fiction. I thought, you know, even though I have no interest in Twilight, that doesn't mean all paranormal must be bad. And I love reading teen fantasy/sci-fi.
I checked this book out, and made it through the first chapter. And I didn't like it. It felt like it was trying to be too hip and New York-centric, which I did not find compelling. I took it back.
It took watching the movie to try it again. I liked the movie, though not loved. I love strong female characters (and Lena Headey), and the movie's Clary kind of had some good moments.
Not the book. I got through 52% of the book before I just couldn't do it anymore. Clary is kind of boring, and never do I feel like she is strong. The amount of hate she has for the only other female character her age is aggravating and unhealthy. Not once did I feel like Clary and Jace were going to eventually try to get it on. In fact, I kind of just didn't like Clary at all. She blows up at really inappropriate moments, and it feels completely out of character when it happens. She gets jealous all. the. time. And she's constantly self-hating. I know that's kind of a teenager thing, but it was hard to listen to because none of the moments felt like they were a time for Clary to grow and realize that she's actually kind of cool.
My biggest problem was that there were moments where I was like, "Oh hey, I wonder what will happen next. This might be kind of cool," followed with moments where I felt kicked out of the book because the style didn't flow. The book felt like it was written by a 15 year old, not just about one. That was disappointing.
I know there's a lot that I can hate on for this book, because there was a lot I did not like, but I don't want to rage. 'Cause I could. Additionally, having had some knowledge of the author's past, I am not surprised by some of my reactions to the book (reactions I had before knowing about the past). I really did want to like the book. I'm just kind of bored. And really disappointed by the lack of depth from the main character.(less)