2.5 stars It got semi-interesting at about the half way mark, but I still have not been able to feel anything for the characters. On the one hand we ha...more2.5 stars It got semi-interesting at about the half way mark, but I still have not been able to feel anything for the characters. On the one hand we have Ricky who is so likeable he's not a real human, and on the other there's Gabriel who is a very practiced robot. And in the middle there's Olivia, who despite having interesting abilities and an eventful existence is as bland and unoriginal as white rice. All my experience with this genre points to her ending up with Gabriel, that somehow this unremarkable person will melt the ice king and teach him how to love. Blech. I really hope Armstrong surprises me and has Olivia walking on her own two feet after being her own hero in the third book. But I doubt it. Like the previous book, the contained plot ended in a disappointing fashion while the larger, ongoing Cainsville plot continues to manage some intrigue. I'm glad this is only a trilogy, I'll say that much. I would stop reading right here if this was going to be an indefinite series. You need good characters to keep people reading a series for years on end. She had that in the Otherworld, but not in Cainsville.(less)
Although published only five years ago, this book is already a bit out of date (MySpace? please), but the research is still very relevant. Narcissism...moreAlthough published only five years ago, this book is already a bit out of date (MySpace? please), but the research is still very relevant. Narcissism is a huge problem in our culture and it's only getting worse. Worth a read if you are new to the subject.(less)
Sound the trumpets, I've finished Harry Potter! I didn't enjoy this last one as much as #6, which in the end turned out to be my favorite. The Deathly...moreSound the trumpets, I've finished Harry Potter! I didn't enjoy this last one as much as #6, which in the end turned out to be my favorite. The Deathly Hallows had a lot of lulls and was unnecessarily dragged out (I'm guessing the only reason this story took a year to play out is because the other ones did). The explainathons didn't help much either. I have to wonder if Rowling left the door open for a spin-off starring the orphaned son of Tonks and Lupin. Orphans seem to be special in the Wizarding World. Anyway, I get why people who read this series when they were younger are so attached to it, but it didn't do as much for me at my age. I'm just happy I can now tick it off my list of "must-reads". Adieu Harry. You cheated me out of the tragic ending I was mistakenly led to expect and had hoped for, but adieu.(less)
This series is never going to end, is it? She just keeps adding new people to the scene, which makes everything more complicated and each storyline we...moreThis series is never going to end, is it? She just keeps adding new people to the scene, which makes everything more complicated and each storyline weaker. I've been hanging on for awhile now, I think ever since Rhev's book - which was my favorite - I've been less and less interested in anything. There was nary a whiff of Lesser plot in this book, and I can't remember when there has been. I enjoyed the lesser plots, it made the series feel like it was about more than just relationships. And the Band of Bastard's plot that had so much potential has been completely castrated by Layla's pussywhipping of Xcor. Dude just laid down his whole plan for war and went out for some duds and cologne. This particular book was all political, and while I admit I got teary-eyed about Wrath's becoming a daddy and coming to terms with his crown, I miss the damn streetfighting. It's all becoming so boringly domesticated. Trez and IAm are mildly interesting, Assail and Sola, meh. Ward really needs to come up with a brilliant plot ASAP or just pack this series in for good.(less)
From what I can remember of the previous books, I think this one was better than the second one. It was paced more quickly and there was a lot going o...moreFrom what I can remember of the previous books, I think this one was better than the second one. It was paced more quickly and there was a lot going on. There was so much going on that at times it got a bit confusing. Dozens of characters in separate, ever-changing groups, always on the move, people dying and new characters being introduced almost until the end makes for a lot to keep track of.
The relationshippy parts in this series seem a bit packaged and shallow to me, kind of forced and even too easy in a way. And the way it wrapped up so neatly in the end was disappointing. I did enjoy Marcus as comic relief. And I was impressed at what Vale ended up doing in White Plains, not necessarily because I approve of his action but because it was unexpected in a YA novel. There was so much death and gore and violence you wouldn't think it appropriate for this genre but somehow I didn't feel much of the horror you might expect. The author attempted to have his characters feel something about this but did not succeed in transferring that feeling to this reader.
This series is clearly bound for movie adaptation à la Hunger Games and Divergent. And I think it might even be quite decent in that format. As for the books, they were a mostly enjoyable adventure but didn't delve as deep into the emotions and issues they raised as much as I would've liked. The trilogy focuses more on action than anything else.
I'm basically reading these out of habit now, and I was relieved to hear there's only going to be one more. Hints dropped at the end of Undead Pool po...moreI'm basically reading these out of habit now, and I was relieved to hear there's only going to be one more. Hints dropped at the end of Undead Pool point to the finale centering around the Rosewood Children.
Anyway. After 300 pages of "OMG he touched me, I remember when we kissed, no, bad Rachel, but I love him, no I don't, oh yeah I'm trying to save the world here" ad nauseum interrupting the pace of the mediocre plot, we arrive at literally the only (spoiler) sex scene that has ever failed to even slightly arouse me. I know there's a huge Rachel/Trent faction out there, and I hope they are happy. I would rather dispense with the romance aspect of this series entirely, it's so repetitive.
Harrison is very busy churning out books and you can tell. She puts very little effort into her grammar or making sure the readers can follow Rachel's thought sequences or understand what exactly is happening with the plot. And this lack of attention in turn makes me even more apathetic with each book in the series.
The mystics thing was pretty original (to my knowledge) so I can give her credit for that much. Otherwise I can't see much to praise. All the characters are well-established and predictable and therefore rather uninteresting. Trent is the only one who seems to have changed much, Rachel is still as emotionally flabby as ever, and even Jenk's endearing stubborn loyalty is getting old. Double meh.