And might I say, HOORAY!!! This book doesn't read like one third of a larger story (I'm looking at you Darkest Pow...moreKelley Armstrong has done it again.
And might I say, HOORAY!!! This book doesn't read like one third of a larger story (I'm looking at you Darkest Power series). No, instead it reads like the first in a cohesive series! So happy at that fact...don't judge me.
Let's be clear though, for lovers of WOTO or Darkest Powers, this book, while classified as PNR, isn't. Yes there's a slight supernatural presence throughout the book, but that is hardly the focus. If anything this is more mystery, detective, thriller stuff than anything else.
Let's just say this, if you liked Kelley Armstrong for her storytelling, kick ass characters and decently steamy romances (love me some Gabe, what can I say), then you'll enjoy this. If you're looking for more werewolves and witches and half demons, this might not be up your alley.
Also, if you're a fan of Gillian Flynn, give this a try. Throughout the book I kept thinking this is something Flynn might have written. If you take out the small supernatural part. And add in a lot of angst, depression, and various other mental disorders. Coupled with a lot of downer beginnings, middles and ends. Otherwise, Flynn could have written this herself!! (less)
I don't think that I have ever identified more with a protagonist than I did with Camille. That's both terrifying and strangely hopeful...well done Gi...moreI don't think that I have ever identified more with a protagonist than I did with Camille. That's both terrifying and strangely hopeful...well done Gillian Flynn, well done(less)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer in one word. Spooky? No. Romantic? No. Magical? No. What is the word? Ah, there it is, disappointing!!
This book had everyt...moreThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer in one word. Spooky? No. Romantic? No. Magical? No. What is the word? Ah, there it is, disappointing!!
This book had everything going for it: a GORGEOUS cover, intriguing plot summary, and I truly enjoyed Hodkin's writing. So where did it go wrong?....if you guessed the story's execution, then you are a winner!!
After being introduced to the main characters, the seemingly terrifying dilemma and Mara's PTSD I thought to myself that there must be 3 ways this story will develop:
1) Hodkin will write a story about a girl who finds herself, seemingly, suffering from a severe mental disorder. Throughout the story we'd be given hallucinations as well as strangely supernatural occurrences. This combination will have Mara, as well as the reader, questioning whether the things she see, hears and ends up doing, are really a product of her traumatized mind, or if there really is some kind of dark power lurking within her heart. And maybe she'd throw in a love interest sometime. (If she had gone with this option I would have been a little peeved, mostly because that's the main focus/theme of one of my own novels in progress)
2) Mara is dealing with the aftermath of her friend's death while dealing with her hallucinations/power manifestations, but her ability to work through the pain and her issues is cut short as she, and her British sidekick Shaw, must work to secretly uncover the perpetrator of a terrible murder. And as they get closer, the killer begins to strike closer to home.
3) The story will immediately drop any hints at a plot involving Mara's own growth (through her own struggles) or her playing supernatural detective with her boy toy, in order to spend close to 300 pages focusing on a rather tepid romance that moves the story along at a glacial pace.
Sadly Hodkin went with option 3. Granted she did attempt to make the reader question (view spoiler)[whether or not Mara was hallucinating or if she did have the power to kill with her mind. But, honestly, did anyone really believe that Mara was just crazy? (hide spoiler)] The way Hodkin went about this left no doubt the reason behind certain events. That in mind, it became incredibly annoying when Mara went deep into denial and was trying to think that things she, and others, did was just a dream/hallucination in order to further repress.....wait a second...I see what you did there! Well done Hodkin. Well done.
Honestly the way the storyline went might not have been so terrible if the focus of the romance wasn't Mara and Noah. They were both so damn insufferable!
Mara tried to tell us that she was a strong willed girl who wanted to heal and get over her recent past. However, in all of her actions, we are shown a girl who blindly listens to whatever the men around her tell her to do. The only person she really stands up to is her mother. Weird how she only stands up to another woman.......anywho...and Noah was no better. He was basically an expy of Edward Cullen (right down to the amount of beautiful descriptions, even some of the scenes/timeline of his and Mara's courtship). In short, he was an ass. Granted he was an ass with a British accent, but still!!
Despite my negative feelings, I raced towards the end, turning pages like a madman. Mostly because I wanted to see if Mara really gave in and (view spoiler)[killed the guy. Which, that whole scene was confusing. So I take it that since Noah can see those hurting, Mara can see those who are murderous. But the whole way that scene was written I though that the mother was shooting Mara's father for some weird reason. Though I am to assume that she hit the murderer and then, accidentally, hit Mara's dad. But still, I had to read that scene about three times, that does not bode well!! (hide spoiler)]
The book ended with confusing scenes/descriptions. There were many unanswered questions. And I was very frustrated. However, the nice little cliffhanger was good enough to make me want to read the sequel (eventually). Plus, towards the end, Mara was actually showing some potential towards growth (not facilitated by her TWUE LOVE) and may or may not be starting down the path to darkness. We shall see gentle viewers, we shall see.
Till next time.
Please. Spay and neuter your pets.
Oh and quick little add on. (view spoiler)[Mara, once she remembers, finds out that Jude was attempting to rape her, hense her collapsing of the asylum. Almost immediately after she figures this out, she does seemed shocked, but she's willing to become intimate with Noah, as intimate as possible. That seemed weird to me. Now I know that anyone who experiences that kind of assault, or attempted assault, responds in different ways. But in the very least I expected her to have a tiny bit of hesitation about moving forward with Noah after crying over the fact that she learned she was attacked. I don't know. Just something that struck me as odd. Then again that could just be me saying what a victim is supposed to look/act like. Which is not what I'm trying to do at all. I just think it's weird that they only bring up Jude's actions in order to justify Mara trying to kill him. Just a rambling train of thought I remembered. I did not mean to seem like I was victim blaming, and I sincerely apologize if that's how anyone read it. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The beginning of this SHORT story was interesting. It got me hooked, but as it went on I just found myself bored with both the main character and the...moreThe beginning of this SHORT story was interesting. It got me hooked, but as it went on I just found myself bored with both the main character and the story itself. And eventually my interest just petered out. I will, however, say that this story did get me pulled in and I might just have to give Half-Blood a chance. (less)
I really don't know why I decided to torture myself. Really don't. I'm just going to say that reading this in graphic novel form really highlights all...moreI really don't know why I decided to torture myself. Really don't. I'm just going to say that reading this in graphic novel form really highlights all of the sexism and disgusting behavior that permeated the actual book. You get to see the coach in all of his disturbing, student-traumatizing glory. Patch acting like the stalker-douchebag that he truly is, all the while wearing baseball caps (I don't remember him wearing a hat in every scene in the book, but that's just me). And Nora truly looks like the ditzy, bubble gum popping girl she really is.
In regards to the artwork, I actually enjoyed it. The artist has some skill, it's just the dialogue/story that ruins it for me. (And I know; I knew what I was getting going into this, but what can I say, I"m a masochist). Because I have to finish I will be checking out volume two when it comes out later. But I have to ask; why do they split these into two different books? The Twilight Graphic Novel did the same thing (though Twilight was considerably larger). But when Vampire Academy was turned into a graphic novel they managed to fit it in one book. So why not Hush Hush? They're practically the same size.
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)
Ok so first off, I don't care if you judge me for having this book on my favorites shelf. But before you judge, read it! It is downright one of the sw...moreOk so first off, I don't care if you judge me for having this book on my favorites shelf. But before you judge, read it! It is downright one of the sweetest kids books I have read. The relationship between the two characters is beautiful, heartbreaking and, in the end, hopeful. People seriously, read this book!!
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)