In the sequel to The Iron King, Meghan Chase is stuck in the Winter Court as per her contract with Ash. However, when Iron fey sneak in to steal the S...moreIn the sequel to The Iron King, Meghan Chase is stuck in the Winter Court as per her contract with Ash. However, when Iron fey sneak in to steal the Scepter of Seasons and no one believes that the Iron fey exist, it’s up to Meghan to get the scepter back and stop a war between Summer and Winter. Along the way she finds herself with the unlikely ally of an Iron fey when she finds out that an imposter sits on the Iron throne.
The concept in general is interesting. The execution is horrible. I mean really, mind-numbingly bad.
There is so much about this book that I hated. As the book went on I despised Ash and Meghan more and more. And the love triangle feels so forced and annoying. There are so many cliches in this book too.
Grim is predictably still great. I really enjoyed the idea of Leanansidhe’s little kingdom in between the real world and Nevernever. And I enjoyed the Iron fey who joins up with Meghan (view spoiler)[which is why I’m so mad that Kagawa killed Ironhorse. Because I really only liked two characters: Grimalkin and Ironhorse. And in one fell swoop she reduced the characters I like by 50% (hide spoiler)].
I’ve officially given up on this series because if I have to read one more page of Meghan and Ash being the ultimate sad, emo couple I’m going to give up on reading altogether and George R.R. Martin hasn’t even finished A Song of Ice and Fire yet!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** I give parts of the first half of this book a 3 and rest a 1.
There was just so much I didn't like about this book. For instance, onc...more**spoiler alert** I give parts of the first half of this book a 3 and rest a 1.
There was just so much I didn't like about this book. For instance, once Bella is a vampire, her learning to be one is so boring, and then the even more boring crap about the Volturi coming and then getting ready and about a hundred-plus pages of them just getting ready and talking. And then the final fight comes and it's a non-fight! Meyers could have made that last fight epic. She could have ended the books on a bang. Instead it was a whimper from me as I forced myself to get through it all.
The one redeeming thing was Jacob, and I might be biased because he has always been my favorite. Even with his creepy imprint on the horrible and annoying Loch Nessie monster, his character was still one of the best (closely followed by Emmett as always). Having part of the book from Jacob's point of view was incredibly interesting and he is just so interesting that this is part of the book that easily got a 3 in my opinion.
And having to read through the honeymoon was absolute torture. My the end of book 2 I was sick of reading Bella describe Edward as perfect and beautiful and an Adonis and be down on herself and self-conscious and blah, blah, blah. We get it, you suck as a character and you are obsessed with Edward. It had been done so often over the previous books that by this one I was having none of it.
Edward was a character I was always torn between. I liked him at times but then when he was with Bella he turned into such an emo kid. I like angry Edward. I like mad Edward. I like it when he's frustrated with Bella or something else because, oh my god, the kid has different emotions! The only time I liked emo Edward was during the pregnancy and seeing Edward from Jacob's point of view. That Edward was realistic. That Edward was someone I sympathized with.
There was so much that could have been interesting about this book, but instead Meyers just let it all fall flat. Take a note from Suzanne Collins: don't be afraid to go all out and murder some favorite characters. It's the last book, you're not using them after this anyway. Make the fight epic and intense and take out one or two of the wolves (one of them should have been Sam, Jared or Quil since they've imprinted) or at least two of the vampires, including one from the Cullen coven (preferably Jasper). This is the end of a series, make it totally awesome and heartbreaking.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book started out with promise and about halfway through I realized I made a mistake. The one thing I really liked about this bo...more**spoiler alert** This book started out with promise and about halfway through I realized I made a mistake. The one thing I really liked about this book was how cruel and heartless the character was. She was mad, she wanted revenge and she didn't quibble about that. She set out to kill those who took the man she loved and she didn't suddenly have a moral dilemma, which made sense with who she was during her human life compounded with becoming a demon.
What I didn't enjoy was her obsession with Charles. I think I've had enough of books that take a character who is strong and independent and then makes her swoon and become wholly reliant on a guy because she think she's in love with him. Wilhemina went from being mad at him and feeling betrayed to in love and I found it all a little nauseating to slog through.
I'm really glad this was only $0.99 on Amazon, otherwise I'd feel really ripped off by the way this book turned out.(less)
I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I wasn't super impressed with the beginning of Wither, but shortly into it I started to enjo...moreI actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I wasn't super impressed with the beginning of Wither, but shortly into it I started to enjoy it more. It was sort of a typical YA plotline even if the specifics of the world were different. It's fairly formulaic, although I was very happy with the "romance" aspect of this book.
There were some questionable plot points and motives of people (view spoiler)[considering there's a deadly virus killing people after they turn 20/25, why is it so horrifying that Vaughn is taking the bodies of the people who died and dissecting them to try and find a cure? Maybe I'm a horrible human being, but it sort of makes sense. Sure, everything else about him sucks, but that actually wasn't that bad and people made it out to be the most horrible thing in the world (hide spoiler)]. But I'm also not a geneticist and I was really reading this book as a light, fun summer book, so I didn't want something too deep and technical to read.
I guess the most important thing is that I liked it enough to get the next book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I received this book free to review, which works out well because I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't something I would have happily spent money on.
Th...moreI received this book free to review, which works out well because I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't something I would have happily spent money on.
Those Who Wake follows a sort of large-scale adventure set in the not-too-distant future where people are consumed by their phones and advertising and fear, mostly of terrorism. In New York the city is floundering (partly, in my opinion because the Mets up and left town) and a small group of people find themselves caught up in something much bigger than them.
Mal has lost is brother and has gone searching for him, nobody in Laura's life remembers her anymore, Mike's job as a teacher is miserable until he finds a door in the basement leading elsewhere and John is an authority figure who was simply sent to investigate. Somehow they all end up together, trapped in the same mess and begin to unravel the mystery of what is affecting the minds of people.
I liked the beginning of this book. It was interesting enough to get me to continue reading and had enough promise that I was eager to find out what was really going on. And the ending is strong, the way things are tied up and slightly mournful in the way that just made sense. In fact the last five or so pages of this book are incredibly well written and I can tell that the tone will continue to stick with me.
The reason why this book doesn't get four or five stars from me is because of the middle. The middle of the book gets bogged down with information dump after information dump and long sections of someone just talking to explain things. For almost 100 pages I struggled through this novel. And while 100 pages might not seem so bad, it really has an affect on Those Who Wake since its only 340 pages long.
As a debut (I'm assuming since I can't find any other novels) book by Jesse Karp, Those Who Wake is decent enough. There's room for improvement, but Mr. Karp shows enough creativity that I'm definitely interested in seeing more from him.(less)
The more I read this book, the less interested I became to the point that by the time something actually happened I was so fed up that I barely paid a...moreThe more I read this book, the less interested I became to the point that by the time something actually happened I was so fed up that I barely paid attention. People who we thought were good were actually secretly bad and *yawn* don't care. You can't write a book that starts out interesting, turns into a high school soap opera with random uninteresting bits of training and then try to make me care about the big ending.
I bought Vampire Academy because I read the sample on Amazon and I was so interested in the main character. A strong female with a sharp, sarcastic wit. Awesome, right? Wrong. Rose is not that awesome, in fact I downright hated her and her horrible temper and the stupid situations she put herself into. She's a relentless flirt who liked to drink and "have fun" but oh my god, she's not ready for sex.
And I'm so sick of the romance aspect of these YA novels. They all suck, they're all eyeroll worthy and they make me gag with how cliched they are. I felt like reading this novel was a waste of time, that's probably why once I started to hate it I kept putting the book down or I started skimming pages so fast so I wouldn't have to read about the stupid teenage drama.(less)
Give me a good plot and I will read that book cover to cover and typically be happy to do so. This just had to be the one exception. I Am Number Four...moreGive me a good plot and I will read that book cover to cover and typically be happy to do so. This just had to be the one exception. I Am Number Four took me a while to read because although I enjoyed the story, I hated the writing. The writing was very childish in my opinion. I felt as if we were often being told in short, clipped sentences what was happening, rather than experiencing it. Take this gem:
"I laugh. Henri does not. Bernie Kosar lies on the ground the whole time watching us, seeming to offer his own encouragement. After we are done I shower, do my homework, and sit at the kitchen table for dinner."
It's like a list, not a story. Unfortunately, this type of writing tends to pop up fairly frequently throughout the novel. With better writing, I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more. I'm torn between whether I liked the book or the movie more. While I enjoyed that the movie had some some badass fight scenes that just don't translate well into the written word, the novel had more context. We actually see Lorien in the book. We learn in more depth what happened there and more about the Loric. But, and maybe this makes me a horrible person, I enjoyed (view spoiler)[the way Henri dies in the movie better. It's just more dramatic and it takes place before the big fight, so I liked that (hide spoiler)]. I also liked Mark James in the movie better for some reason, although I can't really put my finger on why.
Bottom line: the atrocious writing really ruined it a lot for me. I found myself skipping a lot of writing just because I couldn't read it or I just didn't care about the mundane crap being explained in excruciating detail. The concept was great, the execution abysmal.
I can't lie to myself, though: I'll probably read the next one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Although the population in Divergent is divided up by the virtues they hold most dear, in a way, the book is all about how the best of people have all...moreAlthough the population in Divergent is divided up by the virtues they hold most dear, in a way, the book is all about how the best of people have all five virtues within them.
I felt like Divergent was wonderfully written and incredibly fast paced. I couldn't put the book down and I found all of the characters and their many facets to be fascinating. The story and the ultimate conflict is set up wonderfully throughout the book, as is the burgeoning romance Tris finds herself caught up in. It is all realistically developed, unfolding in a believable manner — something many YA novels lacks when it comes to romance.(less)
My initial reaction is at the bottom, because it still stands. Here is my more thought out review.
In Delirium, society believes that love - or amor de...moreMy initial reaction is at the bottom, because it still stands. Here is my more thought out review.
In Delirium, society believes that love - or amor deliria nervosa - is a disease that if left unchecked will infect others and lead to death. So the solution was to create a cure that essentially prevents people from having strong feelings about anything and if they're shown to be having strong feelings (laughing, loving, crying, etc.) they're reported and hauled in for another treatment. Naturally there were people who disagreed and therefore they escaped when the cures were being administered. The government set up electrified fences around cities to keep the infected (and I'm not talking 28 Days Later infected), aka Invalids, out. These Invalids live in the Wilds (supposedly) but the government denies they exist still.
This book does its very best and is a resounding success when it makes the reader understand why people were accepting of the cure. This is revealed slowly throughout the book. So at first I was thinking, no freaking way would this EVER happen in real life. We can barely get any sort of legislation passed if it's sort of controversial and this one is basically letting the government control people's emotions and love lives, which is a gross invasion of privacy. So I couldn't understand how people would line up and say, "Yep, that sounds good."
But through Lena, who wholeheartedly believes in the cure, we get to see the things that made her for the cure. We see things from her past regarding her sister or her mom (view spoiler)[that Rachel fell in love and he left her and how devastated she was as a result. Our how her mom never got over the death of her husband and she would have black days where she locked herself up and cried (hide spoiler)]. We see how amor deliria nervosa is really viewed as a disease and we even get little history lessons where it sort of explains what happened in the past to get the cure instated. Of course, I do realize that history books are written by the victors, so I don't know how trustworthy that material is.
There are some things I wondered about because I thought Oliver managed to sort of wave over what otherwise could be problems (view spoiler)[others have mentioned how Lena gets mauled by a dog, is in terrible pain for a little bit and then manages to walk home on said leg just because she had a magical kiss, and then she's sort of limping the next day but that's all. Also, Alex sure didn't act like he was cured, so I don't know how no one figured it out. Also, the people who live in the Wilds in Portland, MAINE (not exactly known for its mild winters) are living without heating, sometimes just with tarps and blankets making up the four walls of their structures. I don't buy it. People would be dropping like flies if they were there all winter long (hide spoiler)].
The great thing about this book is that it's a dystopian, so you know that eventually the main character is going to realize what a horrible society she's actually living in and join the resistance or whatever. What I liked was that Lena's change of heart was gradual and even while she's changing she's still scared out of her mind and worrying all the time about break rules. It was realistic. It wasn't like, "I like a cute boy. Oh, you're doing something illegal. I'll totally do that too with you." I enjoyed seeing her struggle because for so long she agreed with society's rules for a reason, she had seen what they were protecting them from, but eventually she begins to see the other side of things too.
The characters were all really enjoyable. I really liked Alex (view spoiler)[although like 10 pages into the book I knew the guy was going to be from the Wilds and then was pleasantly surprised when he was actually a security guard for the lab and then disappointed again when they reveal that he really IS from the Wilds (hide spoiler)] and I really enjoyed the romance between him and Lena. It was a realistic buildup and it was done wonderfully. And I LOVED the idea of Hana, Lena and Alex hanging out and secretly breaking the rules and being awesome all summer long.
And that ending. Ouch. That's just the way I like them.
I'm completely surprised at how much I liked this book, at how much it took me by surprise and managed to not do the things I was expecting it to do (for the most part). And the ending ... it was like reading the end of Catching Fire(view spoiler)[where we learn that Peeta wasn't rescued and my reaction to that was "WTF? NOOOOOO." (hide spoiler)].["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I have to admit, that at first I really disliked the main character, Deuce, because I thought she was a bit like a robot. As the book went on I began...moreI have to admit, that at first I really disliked the main character, Deuce, because I thought she was a bit like a robot. As the book went on I began to appreciate Deuce as she was in the the beginning because the point of it is how she began to question the things she had always taken as fact before.
Enclave is a zombie book in a way. There are Freaks who crave flesh but if someone is bitten by a Freak they aren't infected. It's never really explained what the Freaks are, although it's sort of hinted at where they came from.
But what Enclave is truly a book about is a journey. It's almost like (but not quite as epic as) The Lord of the Rings. What I enjoyed most was seeing how Deuce's world continued to expand, first beyond what she knew of firsthand and then beyond even the things she had heard about but hadn't experienced. The relationship between Deuce and Fade is almost like Frodo and Sam even, because where one went, the other was going to follow because they were partners and had one another's back. They had their troubles, their doubts about each other, but they found their way back to that trust and partnership. What I didn't like was the addition of Stalker and his nickname for Deuce. I think it's one of my peeves when a strong guy comes along and gives a stupid (but supposed to be sweet nickname) to a strong woman (i.e. Liam Ironarm had a stupid nickname for Alanna that I always hated but can't remember).
I can certainly understand the problem people have with the ending, but it didn't really bother me all that much. I can see where the next book is going to go and where this one ended was sort of closing the book on that leg of the journey and preparing for a very different experience coming up. Yes, the ending is sort of abrupt, but it still makes sense.(less)
However, Unearthly was incredibly interesting and had a very unique take on the idea of angels. All angel-bloods (Clara is only a quarter and her mom is half) have a purpose. Shortly after puberty they begin to have visions of what they were put on earth to do. Clara learns that her purpose is to save a boy from a forest fire in Wyoming, so her California family packs up and moves.
There are typical high school moments in the book, but for me the most interesting thing is the mythology created about angels and angel-bloods. I want to learn more about this world, about these beings. Some angel-bloods’ purposes are to watch, others are messengers, and there are those who are supposed to interfere in human events in some way. There is conflict between angels. There are angel levels and hierarchies. It's all touched upon here, but not completely fleshed out yet.
In this book, the antagonist isn’t really the Black Wings (fallen angels who have gone against their purpose and what God intends for them), although Clara does have a confrontation with one. The main antagonist is actually Clara herself. As the book progresses and she meets Christian, Clara seems certain she is supposed to fall in love with him. When she instead falls in love with someone else (love triangle! dun, dun, DUN! But seriously, it's not that annoying), Clara finds herself torn between fulfilling her purpose or being with the boy she truly loves.
To me this book doesn’t really end. This felt like only the first act. I think it’s because there are so many open storylines now that Clara has made her decision and things don't go down how anyone had expected them to. There's so much to cover in the next book still: (view spoiler)[Neither Clara nor Christian knows what they should do now that they both technically didn’t complete their purposes. Something tricky is going on with Jeffrey, whose wings are almost completely black now. And Clara’s mom is still hiding things. I imagine all of this will come into play in the next book, and I eagerly await all of it. Especially Jeffrey’s storyline. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
At the beginning of Aftertime I believed that Cass was going to be a strong, kick-ass heroine. However, it slowly became clear that Cass was weak and...moreAt the beginning of Aftertime I believed that Cass was going to be a strong, kick-ass heroine. However, it slowly became clear that Cass was weak and rife with personality flaws (alcoholic, used sex to fill a void, steals). I was thoroughly disappointed in her and the first half of the book was a solid 2 stars. However things began to pick up when the conflict with the Rebuilders came into play, and slowly Cass actually became worth my time.
Overall, I'm glad I forced myself through the first half of the book. The second half was much better. Once you get through Cass' inner emotional turmoil and all the multitude of problems she has, the book gets really interesting as it starts to explore the different factions that have taken power during Aftertime. That sort of world building (I suppose you could consider it like that) was so much more intriguing than anything going on in Cass' head. Based on the second half alone, this book would have been 4 stars.
I'm debating if I'll read the second book, but considering it's focusing on the division between Dor's group and the Rebuilders, I'll probably end up giving it a try.(less)
The Trylle books are all very quick and easy reads. However, I liked the second book of the trilogy a lot less than the first one. My biggest issue wa...moreThe Trylle books are all very quick and easy reads. However, I liked the second book of the trilogy a lot less than the first one. My biggest issue was that Wendy is suffering from Bella Swan Syndrome. She's her own kind of super special (more so than the other Trylle) and she's caught in the midst of a love triangle (between the guy who's trying to do the right thing and distance himself and the guy who is the sworn enemy of the first and likes to tease and flirt and say inappropriate things to her (sound familiar?)). It's all sort of ridiculous.
And perhaps my biggest peeve is that Wendy is deliberately stupid in this book. She recaps things that literally took place the page before and sums it all up again. Yeah, hi? I was paying attention when I read it the first time less than a minute ago. Also it's like she can't follow the simplest conversation without someone spelling it out for her. For instance, when they're discussing Elora's age. Wendy guesses low to be nice and Elora calls her a bad liar and then says "I'm only thirty-nine." "Thirty-nine, what?" Really? You couldn't follow that? Also, (view spoiler)[she can't seem to figure out what's going on between Matt and Willa even though they're clearly flirting it up all over the place. (hide spoiler)] She's also the worst princess in the world. She's incredibly selfish when it's sort of common knowledge that when you're royalty your life isn't really your own. It's expected that you'll marry for the good of the people or that you'll have to do things for the sake of those you govern even if you don't particularly want to. Get over it. (view spoiler)[ So she really shouldn't have been surprised by the arranged marriage to Tove, which I saw as soon as the Kroners were introduced back in the first book. And is the idea that she might have to kill her father really all that horrible considering she spent five minutes in his company and hated him instantly. He's your father in name, he didn't raise you, you have no other ties to that man what's the big issue?(hide spoiler)]
So overall, even though there's only one other book, I don't know if I'm going to bother with it. I could have enjoyed this book simply for the plot, but the characters all ruined it for me. Except for Tove. He's awesome. And maybe Willa. I'd read a book where those two were the main characters.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book was an absolute gem. Somehow Hobson managed to take witchcraft, steampunk, the old West and various fictional religions and create a wonderf...moreThis book was an absolute gem. Somehow Hobson managed to take witchcraft, steampunk, the old West and various fictional religions and create a wonderful adventure with two well-crafted but flawed characters.
Emily Edwards is just the time of plucky heroine I like. She’s a little crass, she can be improper and, best of all, she doesn’t become someone else when she finds love. And the thing I enjoyed was that as Emily fell in love with Dreadnought (coolest name ever), so did I. He was insufferable and incredibly obnoxious in the beginning. He was the guy who couldn’t help but correct you and rub your nose in the fact that he is smarter and richer than you. And falling in love with Dreadnought (for both the reader and Emily) is gradual, it creeps up on us and it’s utterly perfect.
The use of magic in this book was amazing. I liked how brutal and dangerous it could be. It brought a sort of realism to the story. And the villainous Caul was so very scary for me because he became less sane as the book goes on.
As a historical novel, I loved the little things Hobson put into the Native Star that helped me remember where they were in time. She mentions people (like President Ulysses S. Grant) and places (Central Park is being constructed in New York City) and it all served to help me really feel like I was back in time.
I really enjoyed the ride and can’t wait to read the next one. (The only reason it took me a week to read was because I was simultaneously reading A Song of Ice and Fire and those books are hard to put down!) (less)
I was left with mixed emotions once I finished The Strain, mostly because I really, really did not like it at all for the first three-quarters of the...moreI was left with mixed emotions once I finished The Strain, mostly because I really, really did not like it at all for the first three-quarters of the book. It was only until the end that I began to get interested, but by then I had little to no patience.
To me, The Strain felt like the poor man’s The Passage and feels sort of like the movie Contagion in which it tries to be incredibly scientific and look at the process of turning into a vampire like a disease. This is interesting initially, but quickly becomes boring and continues to go on for the majority of the book.
I had high hopes for this book because the beginning – the tale of Sardu, the dead plane landing in JFK – really caught me. But the book never really seems to go anywhere from there. Once the virus is out and it’s taking hold of Manhattan, we jump around from minor character to minor character just to see the various ways they are sucked dry and turned or find out what is happening. Eventually, you know longer care (I get it! No one is prepared!), because it has been to varying degrees over and over again.
And I didn't care at all about the characters who were all cliched caricatures. There's the good guy who has troubles (former alcoholic, divorced, going through a custody battle), the old, wise man who knows everything, the female love interest, the son who is so smart for his age, the ex-wife who has a weird, confusing relationship with the main guy, and her boyfriend who is an a-hole.
I'm pretty sure I’ll never go on to read The Fall because The Strain left me feeling so disappointed.
Instead, I think I’m going to go back and read The Passage again in anticipation of the sequel, The Twelve, coming out.(less)
It would be difficult to read the Percy Jackson books and not compare them to another series about a magical young, prepubescent boy. But Percy Jackso...moreIt would be difficult to read the Percy Jackson books and not compare them to another series about a magical young, prepubescent boy. But Percy Jackson is sort of like an inverted Harry Potter. Harry tries to spend his whole life being invisible so Dudley and his friends won’t beat on him, whereas Percy, with his ADHD and various other issues, can’t help but act out. Like Harry, Percy finds answers to all of the weird happenings in his life when he discovers the truth of what he is and is brought to a place to train those like him. Only, where Harry Potter gets to live at Hogwarts during the school year and dreads summer, Percy dreads the school year and makes the choice to only attend Camp Half-Blood in the summer.
If I had read this book when it was first published I might have enjoyed it more. I’m a little older now, and much of The Lightning Thief was a little juvenile for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the quest because it was a little repetitive: the group goes here, they run into trouble, they get out of trouble and move on to the next destination where they run into trouble and get out of trouble and then move onto the next destination…
I think I’ll still give The Sea of Monsters a try (eventually, but not right away) because I like the overarching plot that this book set up at the end (view spoiler)[that Kronos is a threat once again and trying to come back (hide spoiler)]. I’m also interested to see if both the writing and Percy mature a little as the books go on.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I think I would typically rate The Host at 3.5 stars, but because I was so surprised at how much I liked it (and to be fair, I went in with really low...moreI think I would typically rate The Host at 3.5 stars, but because I was so surprised at how much I liked it (and to be fair, I went in with really low expectations), I’m bumping it up to 4 rather than down to 3. I really feel like I have to justify why I liked this book, especially since I loathed Twilight so much.
In my opinion, this is a huge improvement over the schlockfest that was Twilight. There is an actual, interesting story to tell that is beyond a love triangle (although there is a love triangle present: more on that later). And it’s a rather unique story too. Meyer proves to be a competent storyteller, even if her writing leaves a lot to be desired at times. She still has her sentences that aren’t quite sentences, which annoys the crap out of me. She still has her creepy, WTF scenes that masquerade as her idea of romance and love, and make me wonder what goes on in this woman’s head.
One of my biggest complaints, however, is that Meyer still avoids actual confrontation and loves the fluffy, happy, Disney ending. (Hell, even Disney might be more hardcore considering it’s not afraid to do things like kill off Mufasa or throw in a montage of a married couple’s life that includes me bawling for five minutes when we learn the wife can’t have children and then she DIES and it’s so depressing. Disclosure: I love Disney and Pixar). The whole book is leading up to a confrontation between Wanda and Seeker. And what we get is Wanda being a sad sack and then coming up with the perfect plan that fixes everything. (view spoiler)[Yes, Wes dies. But he dies off screen and to be honest, who gives a crap? We barely knew Wes. He’s just someone who lives in the caves and happens to support Wanda. But he’s not vital, we see maybe three scenes with him. And yes, Walter dies. But it’s of cancer. No one can control that. It’s not the result of someone’s choices. And again, we barely knew him. (hide spoiler)]
Meyer broaches some interesting topics, specifically about humanity and the soul. We have to wonder just what makes us human. What makes us civilized? And what is it that makes a person who he or she is? Is it the body, the soul, personality, interactions, relationships to people, reactions to events? Furthermore, the book brings up interesting parallels of how countries would invade another and take over, enforcing their ideas on the natives. The whole justification by the souls (other than they can’t survive without a host) is that humans were too violent and they were killing the planet. So they came in and they made it better. They made people better and the world better. Of course this is all debatable, and it’s not really better for the humans if they are trapped in their own heads or if they disappear altogether.
This book was already incredibly long at more than 600 pages, but Meyer made a mistake in not giving details and explanations in the area that really needed it. Wanderer is placed in Melanie’s body and she quickly realizes that the host is not gone. Wanderer, who has been to eight different planets, is supposed to be pretty hot stuff among the souls. She’s strong and she’s confident that Melanie’s presence isn’t going to be a big deal.
Fast forward a few months, and we learn that perhaps Melanie is just stronger. We get a few memory/dreams and the adventure starts as Wanderer chooses to go search of Melanie’s brother Jamie and Jared, the man she loves. Wanderer, at this point, already has very strong feelings for the two and she doesn’t want any harm to come to them. I suppose it’s understandable, but I felt like Meyer copped out by not showing us the slow change in Wanderer as she gradually came to care for two men she’d never met simply through the memories of her host.
It’s like the insta-love problem. You skipped all of the relationship building, all of the turmoil, the INTERESTING stuff. Plus, considering how AWFUL Jared is to Wanderer for the first couple of months she's there, I just don't believe that she would still sort of love him even when she's afraid he's going to hit her (yes, this is a very real fear she has at times). But maybe if we saw the development of her feelings for Jared, I could better understand why those feelings remain despite her fear.
But Meyer also proves in this book that she’s capable of writing a believable, growing relationship: thus, the third aspect of the predictable love triangle. This is where things get tricky. Melanie, who is very much still there, loves Jared. Her body responds to Jared. Therefore, Wanderer (aka Wanda, now) also has very strong feelings and responses to Jared. But, enter Ian. Wanda slowly develops feelings for Ian, who has slowly developed feelings for Wanda (Melanie, for the record, is not happy about this because it's still her body ... so, creepy, when you think about it). Things aren’t insta-love for the two of them right off the bat. Instead, Ian is one of the many who (quite understandably) hates Wanda for what she is, doesn’t trust her and even tries to get at her so they can kill her and protect the group. But we can see when Ian starts to change his mind; when he realizes that there is more to Wanda than a parasite alien.
But Meyer has to ruin some well-written relationship development with her incredibly twisted idea of what is romantic (she did some fairly creepy things with Edward-Bella-Jacob. Hi, tent scene and time when Edward offers to pimp out his wife). There’s a lot of weird experimental kissing and a juvenile pissing contest between Ian and Jared that is full on ridiculous because these are grown ass men.
I know there has been talk of two other books, which I’ll probably read, but I think The Host stands fine just the way it is. I like the ending as it stands. It opens up the possibility of sequels (view spoiler)[(I would assume that they would then focus on the rebel cells of humans and taking back Earth.) (hide spoiler)] but they aren’t necessary, and to be honest, they will probably be a letdown unless done exactly right.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)