An amazing conclusion to an amazing series. When I first went into this I didn't think that Riordan would be able to finish all the storylines and tie...moreAn amazing conclusion to an amazing series. When I first went into this I didn't think that Riordan would be able to finish all the storylines and tie everything up without making it feel extremely rushed. (How dare I doubt Riordan?! Blasphemy!!!) The plot was engaging as ever and the characters as funny and complex as they've always been. While there were moments that seemed too tacked on/ "deus ex machina-like", they ended up working out very nicely. The overall dilemma was solved brilliantly and characters were given nice finales. And while this was the final chapter in the Kane Chronicles, it is still left open should Riordan want to continue; "other gods and rival magics, who knows what that could mean?" OMG!! If it means what I think it means, there may be another very interesting book/series to look forward too. All in all I am incredibly saddened to say goodbye to the Kane siblings, but excited to start reading their journey all over again. (less)
So, I have three main beefs with this book. The first being, of course, the lovely “interpretation” of Greek myth. Now I have always loved the mythol...more So, I have three main beefs with this book. The first being, of course, the lovely “interpretation” of Greek myth. Now I have always loved the mythology of Ancient Greece. It started when I was a young lad watching a lovely Hollywood bastardization of the Perseus myth, also known as Clash of the Titans. Despite the manipulation of the base story, the movie got me interested in the actual tale, from there I began to do some research and fell in love with the amazing epics. Because of this love I get a little touchy when people attempt to retell or interpret these myths, and do it completely wrong. Now I know what you’re all saying artistic license and all that crap, but no! Just no! You cannot, cannot, warp Zeus from an all-around man-whore into someone who condemns marriage outside of wedlock. It is just not done. And Hades being a virgin?!?!
Second beef: realization. In the beginning of the novel Kate is presented with something that only can be described as magic. Plain and simple magic. She also makes a deal that any normal person would second guess. But does this worry her or her friends in the slightest? No!! She doesn’t worry about the fact that something magical happened. This was the same problem that I had with Need; something magical or supernatural is introduced and all of the main characters just accept it. What?!?! I could understand maybe one or two people coming to terms with it rather fast. But when the whole cast does it in a matter of sentences, that is BULL CRAP!!!!
Third beef; mixed mythology. NO!! Now I’m not bagging on all mixed mythologies, because in the right hands it can be done very well. But attempting to mix Christianity with the religion of Ancient Greece; that just doesn’t work. It isn’t even the fact that the two are polar opposites. It’s the fact that there was no evidence to justify or explain the collaboration. And to me it speaks volumes about the author’s laziness. Right now I’m working on a story idea that deals heavily with the Christian mythos. However in order for my story to work on the basic level I would have to introduce concepts that exist in the Buddhist or Hindu philosophy. I’ve tried every angle to introduce these ideas and none of them work. So I am spending countless hours in an attempt to make my story work in a plausible and realistic way that will make sense (and that means going back and recreating my base concept which kills me just a little bit). I think that any good author would do this. Carter, however, seems to just have picked and chosen pieces from the two ideologies and clumped them all together, without so much as attempting to bind them cohesively. That is just plain lazy. And honestly, a slap in the face to the reader.
The writing itself was decent. I wasn’t too impressed but I wasn’t let down either. Plot wise the story lagged so much I found myself skimming pages because really nothing was happening.
One final note; what the hell was up with the ending. I shouldn’t have been surprised. I mean anyone who reads the prologue knows exactly who is who and what Kate’s role is. But the end just disgusted me. I mean just thinking about it makes me a little ill and actually feel bad for Kate. Having choice, free will, taken away is one of my worst fears. And to find that my whole life is something that has been planned out by the people closest to me, that scares me. Terrifies me. And the whole time the characters rationalize it by saying that Kate had a choice all along, when she really didn't, which is such a huge cop-out.
Very good question Marcus. Very good question indeed.......
Because of all of these bad aspects, the last one especially, I know with certainty that I will not be continuing on with this series. This series might appeal to a certain type; those who don't give a damn about realism in a plot and only want a "swoon-worthy love story". However I am proud to say that I do not belong to that group. (less)
Can I say impressed? Going into Unearthly there was a little aprehension, thanks to many other books on fallen angels/nephilim. I was terrified that i...moreCan I say impressed? Going into Unearthly there was a little aprehension, thanks to many other books on fallen angels/nephilim. I was terrified that it would end up being the mess that all those other books were *cough* HALO *cough*. But after getting some good recomendations I decided to finally give it a try. And boy am I glad I did.
Unlike most angel books out now Hand has done something different in her book; research. Now I don't know much about angel lore and the like so I don't know how accurate she is, but you can tell she researched the hell out of this concept. The angel-bloods are fully defined as are their purposes. On that note....PURPOSE!!! Yes finally an author gets it!!! Angels are not just there for the heck of it. Angels are there to get something done. I loved the way that Hand worked the sense of duty in admist first love and the concept of free will.
While I loved the book for the most part there were a few eh moments. I have a question and I hope that someone can answer it for me; Why does every YA PNR have to have prom in it? I mean yes I get it prom and dances are big for teenagers but does every single novel have to use it as some kind of big plot device? With that there were moments in which the book began to seep into cliche and annoying territory; mixed supernatural couple who can't go farther than heavy kissing. And yet with all the moments where I rolled my eyes or sighed like crazy, I wasn't put off. I was able to look past that moment to the story itself. So in the end it all worked out.
A final note. I finished this book at like midnight last night. I know that I should have gone to bed due to classes and work today, but I couldn't put Unearthly down. When I finally finished it, I was unbelievably glad that Hallowed was already out so I could read more about Clara and Tucker.
P.S, Last night, after finishing it, I had a dream where I was in the book. It's rare that I have dreams about books so that really goes to say something about this book. Though since I don't know how to interpret dreams, I don't exactly know what it says. (less)
Once I can clear my head I plan on writing a review. But for now all I can say is; THIS BOOK ROCKED!! It may sound fan-girly and trolly, but it's tote...moreOnce I can clear my head I plan on writing a review. But for now all I can say is; THIS BOOK ROCKED!! It may sound fan-girly and trolly, but it's totes true!!!(less)
Anna Dressed in Blood was the book that you start and just can’t put down. It...moreAnna Dressed in Blood…. Where to begin? Let’s see
*Cough* Moving on.
Anna Dressed in Blood was the book that you start and just can’t put down. It pulls you in from the beginning and doesn’t let you go until the last page is turned. No matter how many times I tried to put it down and go to sleep last night, I couldn’t. Which sucked a little bit because there are certain parts you definitely shouldn’t be reading at midnight while your house is eerily quiet.
Kendare Blake can tell a story. The writing was fantastic and wove the perfect spooky, haunted atmosphere. I could picture everything perfectly and got chills at all the right parts. There are not many teen “horror” books nowadays that can do the same. They usually end up being horror imposters with the only terrifying quality being the cheesy romance. Not Anna. This book gave me goose bumps and, at one point, had me checking to make sure that my doors were locked. Not that it would help is there were ghosts but still. And I don’t like to admit this, but (view spoiler)[the attic scene nearly had me wetting myself (hide spoiler)]. Anyway...
There were twists and turns. Just when you think you have something figured out, she pulls the story the other way, taking it in a whole new direction. While I had my guesses as to certain plot points, they just barely touched on the whole story leaving me pleasantly surprised. The only complaint that I have with the story was the curse. (view spoiler)[It was stopped far too quickly in my opinion. For something that made Anna brutally murder people for decades, it was ended with such simple means that I didn’t buy it (hide spoiler)]. But honestly that was the only thing that bugged me. Even after that part, the story never lost me.
But not only was the story superb it was filled with great characters too. It’s not often that a female writer is able to write a believable male lead, but Blake did a fantastic job. Cas was a great character who was smart (refreshing in a YA MC) but still made mistakes. He was cocky, but not overly so. Okay in some scenes he was. But come on! The guy kills ghosts for a living, I’d walk around like I was the shit too if I had that job! The support cast was fleshed out. And I love that Blake avoided attempting to hook up Cas and Caramel.
Now because I just have to mention it; there were numerous Buffy references (Will Rosenberg; I see what you did there Blake). Which normally annoy me, but I was cracking up whenever they popped up. And in the beginning there was the whole Supernatural feel; I was definitely picturing Cas as a young Dean Winchester. Yet despite these throwbacks and similarities Anna is so refreshing that those similarities seem more like self-aware, Wes Craven-y satire.
All in all Anna Dressed in Blood was a fantastic book. And you can bet your butt that I’ll be reading this sequel (I already pre-ordered my copy)!! On that note I’m so freaking glad that I only have to wait a week to read the second one! August 7th baby! August 7th!!
In conclusion, Kendare Blake; ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
1. A review on Amazon boasted this book had action scenes that would have Buffy hanging her head in shame...morePre-reading
Reading this book for two reasons:
1. A review on Amazon boasted this book had action scenes that would have Buffy hanging her head in shame!!!! I immediatly knew this was blasphemy, but I had to read it just to make sure the reviewer was wrong.
2. A story of my own that I'm currently writing deals with a similar concept (reincarnation) and so reading other writers takes on it helps out immensly in seeing what to avoid. (Though I'm almost certain that Moulton somehow looked into my mind, saw my story idea, stole it, wrote it and got it published before I could even finish a first draft!!)
Anywho....hoping this will be a nice read, though based on other reviews...well let's just hope that it's decent.
In another review of this book, Lyndsey's to be exact, she mentioned that this book was like Buffy Season One; Disney Channel version. That statement could not be more right. This book takes on serious subject matter but does so in a light and positive way. That didn't really work so well. But I digress.....
In the YA lit world nowadays there are far too many TSTL heroines. These characters tell you that they’re smart. They tell you that they’re pretty and they tell you that they’re independent. When, in all actuality, they are steaming piles of crap! I’m sorry there really is no way of sugar coating that. With the influx of this brand of MC it seems that there is a void to fill; the strong female lead. Many new books and authors are attempting to fill that void. They create strong and witty female characters that can kick butt and think for themselves. This should be a good thing, no? Sadly, however, the execution of this character is faulty. We see this done in books like Paranormalcy, The Mortal Instruments, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Bitten. (Can you name the one book that actually does it right?)
Angelfire is another attempt to fill this void. We meet Ellie who is a somewhat-smart, pretty, popular rich girl who has the occasional nightmare. We later find out that Ellie is actually the Preliator; the Chosen One who must help avert the Apocalypse. Really?! Really?! Chosen One?! Seriously?! The Slayer Preliator does this by wielding twin swords that alight with a magical fire. Using these swords she kills the reapers that take mortal souls to hell. Despite the flagrant Buffy references, this seems like a great character no? I honestly think that she had potential. However any and all attempts to make Ellie this kick butt heroine that YA lit is missing failed! While I do admit that Ellie kills a hell of a lot of demons and manages to defend herself, sometimes, the majority there is always somebody there helping her. Her Watcher Guardian Will holds back the badies and gives her time to run off be safe. In almost every single battle Will does this, never does she manage to save him like this, in fact that only time she does anything in order to aid him, she gets him impaled. FAIL!
The love interest AngelGiles Will is basically a walking info-dump, as also said by previous reviews. While I do enjoy the fact that Moulton did do her research when it came to the angelology, she ruins it with the way she introduces it. Ellie asks Will a question and Will then proceeds to go on for a page, or two, on some mythological term. This is not how you write exposition. You should never, never, just dump all of the knowledge on the characters like that. You weave the details into the story, slowly and intricately, so that it’s natural and not glaringly obvious to every reader.
Now as I said in my pre-review of the book I went into this book because of the statement that the action scenes would rival those of Buffy. Did they? Well even I have to admit that the action scenes were pretty action-y, but there was really no point to them. They simply spend most of the book hunting, or getting attacked by reapers, and while there is blood and gore, there’s no urgency. This is because of the fact that both Ellie and Will have the ability to magically heal themselves after an attack. Okay, so I now know that, baring decapitation, the heroine will make it out of the fights unscathed. Okay sounds good.
Another part of my pre-review was that I am working on a story myself with a similar concept (reincarnation) and I wanted to see how Moulton did it. For the most part I enjoyed it. Except for two things. 1. Reincarnation means that the soul itself is immortal and lives on and on and on. The body is not. It was mentioned in the book that in each lifetime Ellie’s body and soul is reborn, NO!!! 2. Do not give your heroine the ability to remember how to fight with a slap to the forehead. While it know that she had to train to hone her abilities. She didn’t have to learn anything. Will just slaps her on the head and suddenly she remembers how to conjure her swords and light them with fire and kick reaper butt! NO!!!
Honestly I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book. It pulled me in and kept me interested. Then it got to some weird juncture where it seemed to want jumpstart the plot with more info-dumps and action scenes. That schpeel got old very quickly. The book spent pages discussing Ellie going out with her friends but then when the plot finally starts moving she describes what should take pages in paragraphs. I did not like it. The big twist at the end wasn’t really twisty and just annoyed me to no end. But that’s mostly for personal reasons.
Overall this book was decent. Ellie, in no way, filled the void of the strong female lead. But she managed to avoid getting lopped into the same category as Bethany and Zara, at least to me. I will be moving on to read the next book in the series because, from some other reviews, it does get better. As well, according to some, the next book takes on a darker turn. And in my humble opinion dark is what YA lit needs. Not light and fluffy b.s. that pretends to be something that it’s not.
Gaaaahhhhh!!!!! Why Rick, why must you leave us hanging like that?!?!? Why?!?!?!?!? After waiting about a year to get a hold of this book I started th...moreGaaaahhhhh!!!!! Why Rick, why must you leave us hanging like that?!?!? Why?!?!?!?!? After waiting about a year to get a hold of this book I started thinking to myself; "Is this book really worth all of this anxious, jump up and down like a little girl, OMG it comes out in a week! A day! It's out! kind of excitement?" (Slaps self) OF COURSE IT IS!! It's PERCY FREAKING JACKSON!!!! This book was everything that I hoped/thought it would be, and more. I loved the new characters that Riordan has created. And I especially love how he mixes in the myths with their stories, not just with the parents but with their births/life force. These books have the amazing quality to have me constantly trying to guess the story line/what characters are who. And while I'm only right half the time, I love it! I can't believe that I have to wait a whole year for the next book. But Mark of Athena! That means we're gonna have a lot of Annabeth! I can't wait for that, the lack of her in these past books has been killer. (less)