This was honestly one of the worst books I have ever read. I decided to read it on a whim because I was in need of some fluffy YA romance. Little didThis was honestly one of the worst books I have ever read. I decided to read it on a whim because I was in need of some fluffy YA romance. Little did I know this book would embody every single embarrassing YA stereotype in the first chapter or that the main character would be ABSOLUTELY INSUFFERABLE.
"Special girl who just wants to be left alone but won't be because she has a rare power. Every guy is infatuated with her and every girl dislikes her. But behold the popular, troubled boy who is also your enemy is madly in love with you and this causes the popular girl to hate you and make your life hell. Girl eventually falls in love with the enemy boy and decides to risk her entire family/clan's safety by being selfish and insolent. Shit goes down that would have been avoided if the girl wasn't an insufferable idiot"
Ahhh I hate hate hate this book. It had so much potential. A secret race of people who can turn into dragons and are insistently pursued by a group of hunters. We could have had it all.
My last annoyance with this novel was that we never got a full description of what the dragons looked like. It seemed to me they were half dragon/half human by the description we were given but that wouldn't explain how the hunters don't know what they are. Then I thought they were full dragon but the author gave them human characteristics...
Absolutely terrible. Needs to be burned for warmth. I should probably mention that I didn't finish the book. I got about a 1/3 of the way through and decided life shouldn't be wasted....more
This book left me with more question than answers if I'm being honest. Most of them have to do with "why did this character have [blank] or why did thThis book left me with more question than answers if I'm being honest. Most of them have to do with "why did this character have [blank] or why did this character do [blank]?" These questions were mainly driven by poor character development and a lack of distinction between character voices.
I'm not going to lie, I barely enjoyed any of the characters with the exception of Megan. Every character was completely flawed and possibly insane. They all had flaws which were amplified beyond belief. This made them intolerable but also relatable. Each character makes the reader uncomfortable because we see a bit of ourselves in them. Rachel with the loss of control of her life; Megan with her feelings of domestic suffocation; and Anna with her need to be wanted and envied by all for her "perfect" life. Maybe because they didn't have POV chapters but I didn't understand the men's actions. Why was Kamal leaking information to the press about Megan? Why did Tom's character take such a drastic turn at the end (view spoiler)[(aka having no quims about murdering whoever) (hide spoiler)]?
Once the mystery was wrapping itself up, I was at a loss as to the character motivations. It was as though at the last minute, all these characters decided to show their true colours but it was a little too late. It didn't contribute anything to the plot and just left me asking why. But that's maybe the point of the novel, who are we really and do we really know those around us? Maybe that's the metaphor for this entire novel, that we project our problems unto others and see what we want to see in them.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Oh my gosh! I did it! I finished this book. All 832 pages. Wow. I'd like to thank my tenacious need to finish books no matter how bad they get.
I'll kOh my gosh! I did it! I finished this book. All 832 pages. Wow. I'd like to thank my tenacious need to finish books no matter how bad they get.
I'll keep my review shirt and simple, something The Luminaries did not do. When the book first came out, I definitely knew I wanted to read it. Written with astrology in mind, chapters that are half of the ones before them, intense mysteries, etc. I knew it was for me. But after finally being "forced" to read it for my book club, all of the books selling points were a hoax. I don't know much about astrology other than I'm a Leo so the fancy titles and charts meant nothing to me. The Victorian writing style and weird writing references (e.g., spelling damn as d-mn and connection as connexion) didn't mean anything to me. The only thing that sold me was the mystery.
The mystery was definitely overly convoluted and drawn out but it was a good ride. I liked how all of the 15+ characters lives intertwined around this one murder. It's a shame all the characters merged as one. They had no distinguishing traits and spent more time dissecting their personalities than showing them (the show don't tell problem). The only characters I do remember well are Ah Sook and Ah Quee and Taru because they were the only characters of diversity.
At the end of the day, if the novel doesn't suck you in within the first couple of chapters, I'd say leave it. Life's too short to read a novel like this. You're not missing anything. It may have won a very prestigious award but I don't think it was deserving in the most literal sense. The Luminaries is a VERY VERY smart book that caters to literary academics. For the general public though, it's a very superficial and convoluted mystery (kind of like how it won the Governer General). ...more
Not the best person to review this novel as I didn't even finish it. Debating if I should bail on my book club or walk in and straight up say that thiNot the best person to review this novel as I didn't even finish it. Debating if I should bail on my book club or walk in and straight up say that this book was a terrible decision.
My issue stems from the weird YA writing for Izzy's POV. It was a walking cliche of every teenage high school movie. Izzy enters a new school and the hot girl hates her immediately but hot girl's equally attractive boyfriend, Ethan, feels terribly sorry for Izzy and stands up for her. Hot girl doesn't like this and makes Izzy's life a living hell. But behold Ethan and Izzy share out of school duties and they bond ever so well. Not all is lost though cause there is hot girl's rejected best friend who comes in and saves Izzy from the hot girl's terrible pranks. She dishes the dirt on hot girl and makes Izzy feel justified in her hate. Kill me. If the terrible plot wasn't bad enough, the writing will end you. I don't know how many times I had to read about Ethan's raven hair.
Clara's story was probably the best until about 4-5 chapters in. There comes a point when you can only handle so much abuse for a character. Clara's situation gets worse and worse and worse. There is no end in sight. It's like every good thing in her life gets taken away and stomped, spat, shit and sneezed on. This becomes an issue when you don't even want to read her POV because there is literally no hope for her.
I gave up about 7-8 chapters in. Honestly I can't even remember. I just wanted the book to end. Do not recommend. Save yourself the time for a better book. ...more