Yeah, still unimpressed with this one. It's sort of sloppy and sentimental, a lot of thrown-together imagery and scenes that don't make sense, and the...moreYeah, still unimpressed with this one. It's sort of sloppy and sentimental, a lot of thrown-together imagery and scenes that don't make sense, and the fantasy backdrop seems slapdash and more symbolic than thought-out. But Libba Bray's more recent stuff has been really good, and I want to see what happens through the rest of this series.(less)
Don't like this one as much as the first three. Mostly it's waffling. Still fun, of course, just...man, fourteen-year-olds. I'm glad that age only las...moreDon't like this one as much as the first three. Mostly it's waffling. Still fun, of course, just...man, fourteen-year-olds. I'm glad that age only lasts for a year.(less)
Kickass heroine is definitely Donia. Aislinn has her moments of badassery, but overall she just seemed like a placeholder - she didn't seem to have a...moreKickass heroine is definitely Donia. Aislinn has her moments of badassery, but overall she just seemed like a placeholder - she didn't seem to have a character, just a set of rules which she followed.
I dunno - this had a really interesting world and some pretty awesome characters, but the plot seemed skeletal and a lot of very intriguing things went completely without explanation. It seemed like this book was the second one in a series, or something - all this background information that we didn't have was simply assumed, or touched on as if it'd be resolved later. Which doesn't really work in a one-shot like this, even though the same characters apparently show up in Ink Exchange.
Seth, howevs, I loved. It's not often we get a human hero who isn't a dumbass - he researched and poked and prodded until he knew he and his closest were safe, and was hot while doing so. ILU, Seth. Call me, bb.(less)
...I tried to avoid it. I borrowed the book (no money, NO MONEY TO YOU) and will read it for decompression during finals week.
FINISHED (after five hou...more...I tried to avoid it. I borrowed the book (no money, NO MONEY TO YOU) and will read it for decompression during finals week.
FINISHED (after five hours): Well, that was astonishingly mediocre. I wonder how she managed to get four books out of two paper dolls. However, it wasn't a complete waste of paper: it was a fast read, there was nothing terrible about the writing (other than the whole "I tried to look alluring. He looked allured!" failure, and also the "oh my god I can't believe I'm taking extraneous cold medicine" anti-drug spiel), and...hee.
Okay? That's totally a good reason to read a book. TOTALLY.
a month or two later - I just reread the sample bit in the blurb. What I said about "nothing terrible about the writing"? That was a dirty lie.
Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands. 'Be very still,' he whispered, as if I wasn't already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat.
WHAT DID ADVERBS EVER DO TO YOU, STEPHENIE MEYER
Softly, with hard hands, slowly, but abruptly, but also gently, and he manages not to break eye contact while sticking his face in her chest. If I'm not mistaken, that's physically impossible. Unless his eyes move around on his face, and oh god now I'm thinking of the Fugit Brothers from Abarat whose features are all on little scrabbly crab-legs and oh my god those things are terrifying and I'm going to go cry now.
Also, god would he stop telling her to sit still. Reminds me too much of the necrophiliac prince from Snow, Glass, Apples. As well as being completely - god -
That was one of the things I hated most about these. He keeps being like "STAY AWAY FROM ME I AM NOW GOING TO FOLLOW YOU EVERYWHERE AND SHOW UP AT YOUR HOUSE BUT STAY AWAY FROM ME." And the "omg don't move while I kiss you" - it's just creepy, and takes away her agency and her humanity and it's like self-induced bondage without any safewords and ugghhh. With, y'know, the very real and present danger of him ripping her throat out, and telling her not to move means that if she does move and startles him and he goes for it, it'll seem like it's her fault, which is just - just -
The more I think about this, the more I feel like I need to take a shower in acid to get the feeling off me. They're insidiously, sneakily terrifying and anti-woman and anti-sense and couched in the form of a cute high school romance with sparkly vampires and adverb abuse and it's just fucking inexcusable, I'm sorry.
**spoiler alert** My only consolation is that I obtained this book at no personal cost.
Very beginning: HOLY GOD, BELLA. YOU ANNOY ME.
OH GOD DAMMIT BEL...more**spoiler alert** My only consolation is that I obtained this book at no personal cost.
Very beginning: HOLY GOD, BELLA. YOU ANNOY ME.
OH GOD DAMMIT BELLA. Werewolves are SO much cooler than vampires (who are basically just zombies with good PR, for all that they're still kind of kickass). Furthermore, there's this thing? With Jacob? I think they call it "chemistry". Or perhaps "relationship not built entirely on the pretty". Maybe "realism". Maybe "not a gigantic tool". "BEING A REAL PERSON WITH REAL INTERESTS AND THE CAPACITY FOR COMPASSION AND NOT WANTING TO KILL EVERYTHING EVER." Seriously, Bella, what the hell.
Good things: this one's way more with the action, even though it's just as much with the wander-around-feeling-tortured. Ah well. Angst.
Finished: YOU ARE SO DUMB, BELLA. I KIND OF HATE YOU. Also, Jacob, c'mere you sexy wolf thing, I'll make you forget all about the little girl. *kisses*
God, again, the more I really think about this series and the way relationships are portrayed... This shit is unacceptable.(less)
all of 38 pages in: OH JESUS HECTOR CHRIST, BELLA. Grow a spine. Edward, stop being a creepy asshole. If you were huma...more...I have this one too. SHUT UP.
all of 38 pages in: OH JESUS HECTOR CHRIST, BELLA. Grow a spine. Edward, stop being a creepy asshole. If you were human you wouldn't get away with this shit, and if you were a decent person you wouldn't try to.
Also, what the hell. Every single couple in here is presented as the boy kissing the girl and the girl becoming incapacitated. Even Angela, who is possibly the most sensible character in the entire series, is all swaying and gasping and what the hell. Teenage boys are troglodytes. Yes, kissing is nice, but just standing around and being kissed? Booooooriiiiing.
end: Marginally better than the other two. Possibly because there was, y'know, plot. And by the end, characters had personality. It was fascinating.
Dialogue still stilted, Bella obsessed with the dumbest things, plot was resolved with horrifying ease. But it wasn't two hundred pages of angst - not REALLY, anyway - so I found this one...less unforgivable than the others. At the most. Also, Jake, run like the wind. Get far, far away from the crazy.
I'll read #4, but I won't pay a dime for it.
Also - for GOD'S SAKE. If a boy kisses your daughter and she punches him for it, you do not fucking laugh and tell him good job. My father - hell, my brother, even my brother's best friend - would have presented me with his head on a fucking silver platter within the hour, regardless of mystic wolfy omnipotence. This shit is unacceptable.(less)