Sigh. I would like vampire books so much better if the vampires could go out in the sun. I always get so depressed on their behalf that they're stuckSigh. I would like vampire books so much better if the vampires could go out in the sun. I always get so depressed on their behalf that they're stuck in the dark all the time.......more
I wanted to like this. I really, really did. All but one of my friends loved this book, and when that one friend told me I might not enjoy it, I was cI wanted to like this. I really, really did. All but one of my friends loved this book, and when that one friend told me I might not enjoy it, I was certain she was wrong---I was even a little defensive about it. And so when I finally picked it up, I was confident that I, too, would join the droves of raving readers. And then I read this line: "When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end."
It isn't? It isn't reasonable to grieve when you lose a wondrous, never-hoped-for dream? Can't say I agree with that....
And at that point I started to wonder what sort of heroine I was stuck with for the rest of the book. And what I discovered was a girl without much personality---I never really found out what her favorite food is or what type of people she can't stand or whether she likes winter or summer or anything, really, about who she is and how she came to be that way. What I did discover is that she's clumsy, she has a floral smell, and that she's positively brilliant at getting herself into foolish situations that require a vampire's assistance to get out of. (Some of which should have killed her; vampires, I've discovered, are very good at circumventing natural selection.)
Add to this choppy, uninspired prose punctuated by wooden dialog, an anemic love story, and a cast of secondary characters who resemble cardboard cut-outs more than people, and it's not surprising I didn't enjoy the read. Maybe if I thought Edward a truly devastating representative of the ideal man, I would've had more fun, but I found him too perfect to really engage my interest. Give me Mr. Darcy, Severus Snape, Faramir, FitzChivalry, or Constantine (from Robin McKinley's far superior vampire novel, Sunshine)---and all their wonderful flaws---over Edward any day!...more
This third installment of the House of Night series starts to feel a little preachy in its declaration of the heroine's personal values and opinions:This third installment of the House of Night series starts to feel a little preachy in its declaration of the heroine's personal values and opinions: I have, after all, listened to the exact same sentiments for three freaking books now. For much the same reason---that is, my experience of the previous two books---my tolerance for the heroine's idiotic decisions and lovelorn melodrama began to wear thin.
Yes, I know you're a teenager, Zoey, and yes, I know the plot requires some stupidity on your part to move forward, but really? Do I have to keep reading as you willfully indulge in all manner of selfish vanity and lust? Have you no self control? Maybe not. And maybe that's okay, but it definitely doesn't make me care what happens to you.
And yet somehow by the end of the book, once Zoey Got Hers, I found myself still caring enough about the other characters to want to read the next book. I'm just hoping that next book brings something a little new to the table....more